Better Future Foundation (BFF) has characterized as disappointing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s State of the Nation address with respect to education.BFF said the President’s address before the joint session of the National Legislature on Monday, failed miserably in providing a clear roadmap aimed at genuine solutions to the nation’s education dilemma.According to BFF leader Augustine Arkoi, it is unimaginable for President Sirleaf to continue to offer mere diagnoses and prescriptions as opposed to correcting the so called mess in the country’s educationa system.In a statement issued in Monrovia yesterday, the foundation also expressed disdain and repugnance for the President’s declaration that “Education remains a number one priority in the development of Liberia and the most difficult to show positive results in a short term.”BFF, which is an advocacy group, said such a declaration by the President is not only mindboggling, but also serves as a testimony of her government’s neglect of education after spending nine years in power with full control of state resources.“It is also troubling for President Sirleaf to tell the nation that government succeeded in the achievement of quantity goals by increased enrollment of students, but the quality of education has declined even further,” the organization pointed out in their statement.Arkoi insists that Pres. Sirleaf was elected to state power by the Liberian people to design appropriate and implementable policies and programs aimed at providing, among others, basic social services including education which would enable Liberians to not only contribute effectively to national development, but also meet other development challenges in the global community.“It is unacceptable for our President to accord lip-service to education which is a constitutional right and not a privilege for the Liberian people,” he declared.“It is time for the Liberian government to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to the Liberian people by ensuring uninterrupted access to quality and affordable education for all Liberians with the use of state resources”, BFF said.However, the group said it concurred with and applauded the President when she disclosed that the Ministry of Education would begin a review and update of government’s Comprehensive Educational Reform Program.However, BFF advanced the need for the government to incorporate Distant Learning in the country’s Education curriculum.According to BFF, distant learning which includes reading of academic and professional courses online, if guaranteed under the laws of Liberia, would enable Liberian youth to have access to more educational opportunities as others worldwide.Meanwhile, the group has called on the government to provide urgently needed subsidies to both public and private schools throughout the country for one academic year so as to avert mass dropouts of students due to lack of income of most parents as a result of the national economic paralysis caused by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…Chief Constable admits ranks abusing authority Accusations have been made by the Market Vendors Union of vendors in Georgetown experiencing harassment from City Constables, but M&CC Chief Constable Andrew Foo recently denied that vendors are being harassed.Vendors’ Union president Eon Andrews has said he is concerned about the issue, since it happens to be an ongoing one. He has even alleged that City Constables have been extorting money from vendors.Chief Constable Andrew Foo“A lot of these constables go and shake down the vendors, always seeking to get a raise or to probably get a black bag from these people. They will be collecting these things from a vendor or two, and from the time that vendor stop (giving them anything), they arrest (that vendor),” he told this publication on Saturday.Lack of securityAndrews has also voiced concern that there is inadequate security in the market area, although constables are being paid to do their jobs.“We are concerned that you (City Constables) spend time harassing a set of persons who are trying to get a living, who are trying their best to confirm to the requirements of the City; and then the Constabulary in particular, right in front of them, there are those youngsters who hang around right in front of the parks, robbing people. It means then that people are now afraid to go in those areas and buy,” he complained.When contacted, Foo told Guyana Times he is unaware that vendors are being harassed by City Constables.He noted that it is the constables’ duty to ensure order is maintained in the City. “The Constabulary has a duty to perform in terms of the enforcement of laws. You mentioned some vendors who are making claims of harassment by constables. I, as we speak, have not been, in terms of formally or officially, notified of these claims, and I am saying this based on the fact that the Constabulary is a Policing body,” the Chief Constable explained.He went on to say that the Constabulary has provisions in place for persons who have claims of harassment, which can lead to necessary action being taken against constables.“We will conduct our investigations, which can lead to departmental, in terms of charges, or we can have those ranks placed before the court. Likewise, those persons can, depending on the nature of the matter, they can also make reports to the Police,” Foo said.The Chief Constable went on to note that, in keeping with the law, vending activities should not be done on the streets; and this would most times result in breaches of the law.Abusing authorityFoo admitted that he is aware of the fact that persons within the Constabulary have been abusing their authority, and he is urging vendors to make official reports at the City Constabulary, so that necessary action can be taken.Over the years, vendors have allegedly been facing harassment by City Constables attached to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).In 2016, several vendors took to the streets in the form of a peaceful protest, as they sought to put an end to Council’s harassment.“I think to myself (that) Mr Royston King (Town Clerk) is overstepping his marks. To me, he is behaving as if he was not a poor person. Why is it that you are only attacking the vendors? There are no other working class persons that you can attack? Maybe because he believe that we are sitting at the road corner selling? We are doing a legitimate job, he should allow us to sell our time,” one vendor told Guyana Times.She said the complaints from City Hall are that vendors sometimes leave the area untidy. While that is true to some extent, she claims that council is receiving fees from vendors, and they must know who vends where. “They must be able to tax them, but Peter mustn’t pay for Paul, and Paul pay for all. He is punishing poor people,” she said.
Claudio Bravo 1 Luis Enrique has refused to give anything away about Claudio Bravo’s Barcelona future.Manchester City, now managed by former Barca boss Pep Guardiola, are being heavily linked with a swoop for Bravo.Guardiola dropped Joe Hart for Saturday’s opening Premier League game against Sunderland and is understood to have earmed the Chilean goalkeeper as his replacement. But Enrique refused to discuss the transfer speculation at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Spanish Supercup second leg against Sevilla.The Barca boss said: “I understand the rumour mill is attractive but I don’t want to and mustn’t get involved in all that.“What interests me is the final of the Supercup, gaining a title which is attractive for us.”However, when asked about the possibility of further changes being made to the Barca squad before the transfer deadline, Enrique said: “I think, though I could be wrong, that some players are going to come in and I think that also some are going to leave.”Barca midfielder Javier Mascherano, meanwhile, insists he is none the wiser about Bravo’s future – but hopes his fellow South American continues at the Nou Camp.The Argentina international told a press conference: “We don’t know anything. I don’t know what the truth is. When a team-mate decides to leave it’s because it’s the best decision to take.“Claudio gives us a lot, hopefully he’ll stay. He’s been a very important part of our team, but I don’t know what his decision is. If he decides to go I will understand because we are professionals and we look for what’s best for us and our family.”
The ladies team is now up and running and Coaches Hazel White and Hugh Mc Clafferty have asked that anyone interested in getting involved to come along to training on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 to 8 in the hall.To help the development of the Ladies team a Table Quiz will be held in Callaghans Bar Churchill on Friday February 21st at 9pm. tables of four At €20 per table, please come along and support this new venture for the club.All hall bookings are now under the management of Paul Lapsley who can be contacted on 086 8222887. This weeks winning Lotto numbers are 10,23,9,7. match three winner is Thomas Mc Gee of Churchill. This weeks sellers are Joe Gibbons and Darren Mc Ginley.All underage training is now underway and it is essential that all players are registered for the forthcoming year.Thomas Simmons will let us all know of the next opportunity to register, keep an eye on the notes for dates or contact your manager for a form.Well done to our County men for a fine display down in Galway last weekend and in particular to Big Neil who was back in the county colours after a short layoff. A Bazaar in aid of the Chapel restoration will be held on Sunday next from 3pm. in the club house, there will be some interesting items on sale, with raffles and prizes galore so please come along and support.Our under8s/10s are to commence training this Sunday at 10.30am. in the Game on Facility (old unifi building),so any young boys or girls wishing to get their football careers up and running are welcome to come along.Our Scor team are competing this Saturday February !5th in Carandonagh so we would all like to wish them all the best. Tickets For the GAA draw are on sale at €10 each or three for €20, the prizes are excellent such as a trip for two to the International Rules game later this year in Australia. Tickets are available from Clun Treasurers Bryan Faul and John McGinley.GAA NEWS – CALL FOR PLAYERS AS GLENSWILLY LADIES BEGIN TO REBUILD was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAA notes
Analysts expect the drug, which costs each patient about $4,400 per month, to surpass $1 billion in annual sales in the next few years. The company also is investigating Avastin’s possibilities to treat other forms of cancer, including breast, lung and kidney. Meanwhile, sales of Genentech’s established breast cancer drug Herceptin skyrocketed 70 percent to $215.1 million in the quarter compared with$126.3 million in the same period a year ago. Sales spiked after the company at a major cancer meeting in May unveiled a study that showed Avastin having promise in helping patients with earlier-stage cancer. “Clearly, there’s new growth in the market,” said Rodman & Renshaw analyst Mike King. Genentech shares rose 5.4 percent, or $4.40 to $85.90 after the report was released. Earlier, the stock gained 35 cents to close at $81.50 on the New York Stock Exchange. After hitting a 52-week high of $94.99 a share on Sept. 1, the company’s stock price has sagged about 14 percent after the company announced Sept. 23 that it stopped an Avastin study in ovarian cancer patients because many of them developed a serious bowel problem. Company President Sue Hellmann said one possible reason for the problem is that late-stage ovarian cancer attacks the colon, so Genentech researchers are investigating its use in earlier stages of the disease. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Genentech Inc. reported a 56 percent surge in third-quarter net income, fueled by strong drug sales of its newest colon cancer drug and its flagship breast cancer fighter. The results, released Monday after the stock market closed, beat analysts’ expectations. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, the South San Francisco-based company earned $359.4 million, or 33 cents a share, up from the previous year’s third-quarter earnings of $230.9 million, or 21 cents a share. Excluding special expenses and income related to litigation, Genentech said it would have posted a profit of $383.8 million, or 35 cents a share. On that basis, the results exceeded the per-share estimate among Wall Street analysts by 5 cents, according to research firm Thomson Financial. Revenue rose 46 percent to $1.75 billion from $1.2 billion in the same third quarter last year. The company also on Monday boosted its expected earnings for the year from a 35 percent increase to about 50 percent before special charges compared with 2004. The company’s new colon cancer drug, Avastin, was approved for sale in February 2004 and accounted for $325.2 million in sales in the third quarter, a 78 percent increase from $183 million in sales for the same period a year ago. Ian Clark, who oversees Genentech’s cancer drugs, said during a conference call Monday with analysts that more doctors are prescribing Avastin, including “off label” for other cancer types like lung cancer. Clark also said more colon cancer patients are using Avastin for longer periods. Avastin is designed to choke the blood supply that feeds tumors and is the first drug of its kind to be approved by the FDA. When used with chemotherapy, it extends the life of the sickest patients by an average of about five months.
Tragic Conor Boyle’s mum has paid a loving tribute to her courageous son.Conor will be retweeting in heaven says his mum.Heartbroken Sheila Boyle posted a message on Facebook in which she thanked everyone for supporting her son and family over the past two weeks.Sheila said the 18 year old Loughanure teenager will be keeping in touch with everyone he has left behind in his own unique way. “He will be sitting in heaven this evening looking down to see how many likes he got on Facebook and how many re-tweets he got on Twitter,” she said.Sheila and husband Hugh have stayed beside Conor’s bedside in hospital since a car crash plunged him into a coma two weeks ago in London.Sheila said “Sadly this morning our precious son Conor Boyle lost the biggest battle of his life . From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank everybody for their support and prayers over the last two weeks. We would also like to thank our family and friends who were with us at Addenbrokes hospital in Cambridge.”The mum of six boys paid a special thanks to Megan Greene from Maghery who is a staff nurse at the hospital saying Megan was their rock throughout these dark days. She said the family are astonished and overwhelmed the way the local community, county and beyond has pulled together to offer their support and well wishes through social media, phone calls and texts.Sheila said Conor excelled in every sport he participated in, mainly boxing , GAA and soccer.“He never bothered with basketball as he wasn’t the biggest man in the world but he had the biggest heart.”His loving mum said Conor was “caring, full of life, confident and funny.”And she recalled “In recent weeks he even had a 64 year old work colleague doing press-up for his own entertainment , which he recorded and posted on his Facebook page. “If you were lucky enough to have met Conor you would know why he was so well liked and left a lasting impression on everybody, young or old he would find something in common.”She admitted that they are now broken hearted and life will never be the same without their beloved son.“Conor’s favourite saying was “some man me” and that you were. From the proudest parents in the world. Hugh and Sheila.”TRAGIC CONOR’S MUM – HE’S IN HEAVEN COUNTING FACEBOOK LIKES AND RETWEETS was last modified: September 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Conor BoylecrashdadFacebookHughmumSheilaTwitter
Photographer Noel Keating captured this amazing footage of the enormous 5-kilometre wide asteroid Florence. Equipped with a home made tracking mount with a Visionking 90mm refractor with Nikon D5500, he set up his gear in Ballintra last night.He managed to get this astronomical shot between 3:34am and 3:48am! Noel says he is delighted that he got clear skies to catch this asteroid, but says it was difficult to find with such a large focal length.Discovered in 1981 by astronomer Schelte J. Bobby Bus in Australia, he named the asteroid in honour of Florence Nightingale.According to NASA, the asteroid shot by 7,066,600 miles from Earth, the closest approach since 1890! Astronomers predict that it won’t fly by this close until after 2500. The last time the asteroid passed Earth was in 1930, and is expected to be seen again in 2057.To see more of Noel’s work you can visit his Facebook page: Noel Keating Photography.Photographer captures footage of largest discovered asteroid flying over Donegal was last modified: September 2nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:asteroid florenceNoel Keatingwatch
How do you evolve a mouse into an elephant? Just add 24 million generations. But you can shrink it back down in just 100,000 generations. This and other eyebrow-raising stories have been told in the secular science media recently.Monash University published the mousephant story alongside a photo of a jolly professor, Dr Alistair Evans, holding a mouse skull in his fingers with an elephant skull towering behind him. For those who move past the headline, this admission needs a megaphone: “Dr Evans, an evolutionary biologist and Australian Research Fellow, said the study was unique because most previous work had focused on microevolution, the small changes that occur within a species.” The original paper is in PNAS (January 30, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1120774109).So, did Prof. Evans actually watch a mouse-sized mammal evolve into an elephant with a controlled lab experiment? No, he just assumed the evolutionary time scale of fossils, and divided the millions of years into generations based on the lifespan of the organisms involved. Well, then, did he use a sliding scale from mouse lifetime to elephant lifetime? If so, was it a linear rate, exponential rate, or chaotic rate? It wouldn’t have mattered, because he didn’t cover a law of nature that makes predictions. “While mammals got steadily bigger after the dinosaurs disappeared,” the article claimed, “the rates at which they did so varied among the groups.” Whales, for instance, evolved into giants at twice the rate of land mammals, while primates seem to have limits on how big they can evolve. (See diagrams on PhysOrg and Live Science, which both dutifully regurgitated the story without criticism.)For the exceptions, just-so stories were ready in the wings:Post-dinosaur era: “It’s a classic story of taking advantage of a new opportunity — the vacant landscape devoid of dinosaurs.”Whales: “Dr Erich Fitzgerald, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at Museum Victoria and a co-author, said changes in whale size occurred at twice the rate of land mammals. This is probably because it’s easier to be big in the water – it helps support your weight,” he said.Primates: “There seems to be some intrinsic maximum rate that each order evolves at, which may have something to do with the basic construction or physiology of each group,” Evans wrote. “So it may be really hard to be built like a primate and get very big.”The science media got embarrassed by a peer-reviewed paper that shouldn’t have been. Several sites uncritically posted a press release from Case Western Reserve University that alleged to be a “theory of everything.” Erik Andrulis claimed that the earth is alive and so is the solar system. Andulis, an otherwise legitimate biochemist, wove his tale of “gyres” and “macroelectrogyres” that circulate in lifelike patterns. Jesse Emspak exposed the“crackpot theory” of on Live Science. It’s not clear if Andrulis was pulling a hoax, but if so, Emspak said the incident “reveals the dark side of peer review,” a process that is supposed to eliminate bias and nutty ideas, but doesn’t always succeed. Meanwhile, PhysOrg and Science Daily both pulled the links to the story.PhysOrg, however, did not pull the link on a prophecy that 2012 could be the year we find extraterrestrial life, or another that announced the discovery of a new clue on the chemical origins of life. Nor did Science Daily pull its tale that cave critters in underwater caves in the Bahamas could reveal truth about life beyond earth, or the one claiming that the nature of prejudice and aggression in men and women can be summed up as “It’s evolution.” New Scientist, meanwhile, kept their weird tale about how to catch a date in the multiverse.Dr. Alistair Evans calls himself an “evolutionary biologist.” To demonstrate that his title is not an oxymoron, he needs to go out into the woods, take off his clothes, and let natural selection act on him. Otherwise, if he uses his mind, he is an intelligent design biologist in spite of himself.What if the weirdos took over science? What if by sheer power of numbers, they were able to get their nonsense published with alacrity, while denying a hearing to those outside their party? What if peer review is a sham? What if mice-sized animals never evolved into elephants? What if there is no multiverse to go dating in? What if men are not more aggressive because of evolution, but because of misuse of well-designed traits due to true moral evil? What if creatures in sea caves have nothing whatsoever to do with life in outer space? What if there were no millions of years for dogs to evolve into whales? What if the ones calling creationists nuts are the real nuts? What if nuttery has been reclassified as science? What if passive citizens let the nutters get away with this? What if they laughed loud and long, instead, and were able to shame the nutters out of the science lab and back into the Cartoon Network? What if scientific integrity really meant what the words mean, instead of consensus groupthink? What if people understood that integrity implies absolutes? What if the restoration of moral absolutes led to a new scientific revolution?(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
After a stunning start due to an early Lunar New year, demand growth in the Asia-Pacific dropped to more subdued levels in February but the Association for Asia Pacific Airlines remains optimistic about future growth.Preliminary figure released by the association showed a total of 24.2 million international passengers flew on the region’s carriers in February, up 2.2 per cent compared to the same month last year. That compares with a 7.7 per cent rise in January compared to the previous year.Demand in terms of revenue passenger kilometres grew by 3.9 per cent, outpacing a modest 1.2 per cent increase in available seat capacity to see the average international passenger load factor rise by 2.1 percentage points to 80.2 per cent. International air cargo demand, considered an indicator of economic health, registered double-digit growth of 11.3 per cent in February compared to the same month last year.AAPA said this was underpinned by strong growth in new export orders and an acceleration in international trade activity. “Notwithstanding the distortion in growth comparisons due to the earlier timing of this year’s Lunar New Year festive period, combined figures for the first two months of the year show an encouraging 5.1 per cent increase in the number of passengers carried by the region’s carriers to a combined total of 51 million,’’ AAPA director general Andrew Herdman said.”During the same period, air cargo demand registered a healthy 7.6% increase, with a boost in demand for air cargo shipments of intermediate and finished goods.” “High levels of business and consumer confidence across most major markets underpins continued optimism for further growth in both air passenger and cargo demand. “However, intense market competition, rising fuel and other costs will continue to put pressure on yields. As such, the region’s carriers remain vigilant in seeking further opportunities to enhance growth and increase operational efficiency.”
15 June 2011Global payments company Visa is to acquire Cape Town-based Fundamo, a leading platform provider for mobile financial services in developing countries, for US$110-million.Fundamo, which is a combination of the words “fundamentally mobile”, is owned by a group of South African investors including Sanlam, investment firm Remgro, and HBD Venture Capital, an investment conglomerate founded by billionaire Mark Shuttleworth.It has more than 50 active mobile financial services deployments across more than 40 countries, including 27 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.Fundamo’s platform enables the delivery of mobile financial services to unbanked and under-banked consumers around the world, including person-to-person payment, airtime top-up, bill payment and branchless banking services.Convenient, secure transactionsThe combined Visa Fundamo platform will add enhanced functionality and new services to existing mobile financial services subscribers across Africa, Asia and Latin America for safe, reliable and globally accepted payments solutions.Mobile prepaid payments provide affordable, convenient and secure transaction capabilities that are transformational to the lives of merchants and consumers in those regions.“Combining Visa’s unparalleled network scale, global reach, extensive product suite and established financial institution relationships with Fundamo’s expertise in delivering mobile financial services in developing economies presents us with an important long-term opportunity to grow our business and drive financial inclusion in key geographic markets,” Visa CEO Joseph Saunders said in a statement last week.“We are pleased to add Fundamo’s industry leading technology solutions to our portfolio.”High standards for security, reliabilityFundamo’s deployments currently have a base of more than five-million registered subscribers and the potential to reach more than 180-million consumers with mobile financial services.The Fundamo management team will continue to manage current and future Fundamo implementations as valuable members of Visa’s mobile product organisation.“Mobile network operators and financial institutions will now be able to take advantage of Fundamo’s trusted mobile financial services platform backed by Visa’s high standards for security, reliability and scale,” said Fundamo CEO Hannes van Rensburg.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material