Foreign Ministry Gets New Passport Director

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has approved the appointment of Ms. Nyanda F. Davis as Director of Passports & Visas, a positioned she has acted in for the past few months.According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOF), the President‘s approval of the  appointment followed a recommendation from Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan for Ms. Davis to assume the position after effectively serving as Acting Director.The statement added that the President’s concurrence with the Minister’s recommendation is due to Ms. Davis’ career path as a young professional, and the testimonials of her level of dedication, commitment and ability to deliver on an assigned task.Her appointment will take immediate effect.Prior to her appointment to the new portfolio, Ms. Davis served as Deputy Director for Passports & Visas and, the release noted, she efficiently and effectively managed and supervised the administration of Liberian Biometric Passports both in Liberia and at Liberia’s diplomatic missions around the world.Before coming to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms. Davis served as Technical Analyst, President’s Young Professional, Office of the Minister of Finance where she analyzed Debt and Aid Management and served as Secretary to the National Budget and the Debt Management Committees, respectively, said the MOFA release.The new Passport Director, who is a graduate of the Cuttington University Graduate School, holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and an undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (BA) from CU.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Agreement on IsDB US$20M loan not signed

first_img– but GPL CEO says local procurement process has begunWhile the Guyana Power and Light Company Incorporated (GPL) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) are yet to sign a formal agreement to secure the approval for a US$20 million loan to begin a planned upgrade project, Chief Executive Officer of GPL, Albert Gordon said the procurement process has started.Gordon reminded that this loan is one of several that will help to start a series of upgrades at various GPL locations that would ultimately reduce power outages.“The formal agreement has not been signed but there are some primary indications that we are on track and we have permission to start the procurement process which was done,” Gordon told <<<>>>.“We expect to proceed as scheduled. But that will address some of the transmission and distribution issue at the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS),” he said, while explaining that it will complement the US$5 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Gordon further stated that the commissioning of another 5.5 megawatt of electricity generator at Canefield, East Canje, Berbice, is expected to be completed next month. He said GPL is also looking to implement additional capacity at Bartica.“Because we have been operating over the years with very slim margins and so once something goes down due to the lack of redundancy customer feels it,” he noted, explaining that these loans will help to improve the current system.The loan is expected to fund the shortfall to satisfy the targets of the power utility’s upgrade programme of GPL, namely reduction of overall electricity losses and improvement in the safety and reliability of the system.Divided into six components, the works include upgrades to a number of lines that the company believes contributes to the number of blackouts experienced by its customers.Those works include: rehabilitation of 153km of medium and low voltage distribution network, including the upgrade of the associated metering infrastructure; construction of new and upgraded substations at Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop respectively, including associated feeder and transformer reconfiguration; consultancy services for the supervision of the works; project management support and start up workshop; financial audits, and EnvironmentalGPL CEO, Albert Gordonand Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study.GPL said the first five components would be financed by the IsDB. In component one, it said the works will include mainly the installation of new poles transformers, conductors (anti-theft conductors included), installation of distribution boxes and change out of old meter and infrastructure with new smart meters and infrastructure.In component two, it said the works will include the engineering, the procurement and construction (EPC) of mainly: new 13.8kV metal clad switch-gear, new 69kv GIS and AIS bays, new 80MVA and 25MVA 13.8/69kV transformers, and the reconfiguration of circuits and hardware associated with the two substations.Meanwhile, in component three, the consultancy services will comprise the site supervision services for the works related to component one and the engineering services and site supervision for works related to component two.The fourth component would involve mainly the procurement of two vehicles, the procurement of two specialised engineers and two technicians to reinforce the existing project management team and the organisation of the project startup workshop in Georgetown.The fifth component would ensure that financial obligations are met according to project specifications. This would see the external financial audit of the project, during the development of the infrastructures, being undertaken.The auditor will audit the financial situation of the project and verify that all payments are made to the concerned beneficiaries for the components and packages under IsDB financing.In an effort to end the constant blackouts and bring some level of efficiency to local electricity services, Gordon had said GPL needed US$110 million to assist with a strategic plan to overhaul the entire operation, as well as upgrade and reconfigure the supply system to produce better electricity.The GPL CEO said once secured, the US$110 million is to be used to reroute and correct the current system, where distribution lines that take power to buildings are connected directly to the company’s generator.Gordon made this statement in April when he was first introduced to the media, following his appointment to the post. He said his first priority was to keep the lights on, but noted that all depended on the investment to make the necessary changes that were required to bring some normalcy to the system.He said, “There is a lot of immediate action that is needed to address the problems… Aside from that, about 50 megawatts of the generating capacity, which is just over 130 megawatts is very old and in need of replacement. So, they fail very regularly. We need to change that and many other things we have to do.”Government has promised to facilitate the process of securing the loans and said it would also play its part to ensure that the system is upgraded.last_img read more

Decomposed body of missing ex-Policeman pulled from canal

first_imgThe decomposed body of a former member of the Guyana Police Force was on Sunday morning retrieved from the Lama Canal, D’Urban Backlands, Georgetown.Dead: Cyril PersaudThe body has since been identified as that of Cyril Persaud, who went missing on Friday last.Guyana Times understands that after the body was pulled out, it was taken to the Lyken Funeral Home, where it was subsequently identified by the now dead man’s brother, Peter Brahamdow.Ever since Persaud’s disappearance, his children who reside overseas have been trying to locate him through family members in Guyana.Upon the discovery, Police could not say if there were any marks of violence on the body.A post-mortem is expected to be performed today. An investigation has been launched into the discovery.Persaud was reportedly attached to the Mounted Branch.last_img read more

PRRD expresses “extreme disappointment” in Premier’s lack of response regarding Caribou Recovery Leaders’ Table

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has written a letter, to Premier John Horgan, expressing extreme disappointment that the Board did not get an invitation to take part in the proposed Leaders’ Table regarding Caribou Recovery Agreements.For months, the Regional District says it has been advocating for open and transparent communication regarding caribou recovery and has been asking the Province to provide them with a seat at the Leaders’ Table as the Province works towards a conservation and recovery plan.The District also says it has requested a timely response regarding the request for an invitation to the Table.- Advertisement -The Regional District hopes that neighbouring communities and industries are not being ignored by the Province, like the District itself claims to have been, since the last meeting with Lorne Brownsey in late August.last_img read more

Germany crash to Austria on Neuer’s comeback

first_imgBut the ‘keeper was powerless to stop second-half goals by Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schoepf after Mesut Ozil gave the Germans an early lead.The result is a big concern for Germany head coach Joachim Loew with the World Cup to kick off in less than a fortnight.The world champions are now winless in their last five games since suffering back-to-back defeats after losing 1-0 to Brazil in Berlin last March.“It was a good comeback from Manuel after so long out,” Loew told broadcaster ZDF.“The defeat is annoying, we did well in the first half, but we lost a lot of ball in the second half and made life hard for ourselves.“A lot of things were bad today.”This was Austria’s first win over their neighbours in nearly 32 years – dating back to October 1986 when Rudi Voeller scored West Germany’s only goal in a 4-1 defeat in Vienna.After 259 days out injured, Neuer pulled off a string of saves in an impressive first-half display, but had little chance to stop Austria’s goals after Germany’s defence leaked badly in the second half.The friendly came close to being called off after heavy rain in Klagenfurt delayed kick-off by an hour and forty minutes.When it eventually got under way, Germany took the lead on 11 minutes after pressing the Austrian defence.Austria’s midfielder Alessandro Schoepf celebrates scoring with his team-mates defender Aleksandar Dragovic and defender Stefan Lainer during the international friendly footbal match Austria v Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, on June 2, 2018. © APA/AFP / Johann GRODEROzil snapped up a poorly timed clearance kick from Joerg Siebenhandl and curled his shot back around the Austria goalkeeper to claim his 23rd goal in his 90th international.At the other end, Neuer made his first save on 16 minutes to deny attacking midfielder Schoepf.– Austrian fight-back –Julian Brandt came within a whisker of putting Germany two goals up when he fired wide four minutes later.Neuer then made a key save by pushing Florian Grillitsch’s shot around the post on 32 minutes as it was 1-0 to Germany at the break.Loew made a change at the break when Bayern midfielder Sebastian Rudy, a prime candidate to be one of the four cut from the World Cup squad, replaced Sami Khedira at half-time.Rudy was not to blame, but Germany lost their shape as the hosts came flying out of the blocks for the second half and kept the world champions’ defence under pressure.Austria levelled when Hinteregger unleashed an unstoppable volley, direct from a corner, past Neuer unmarked at the back post on 53 minutes.Germany’s goalkeeper was in action less than 60 seconds later to superbly deny West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic.Loew tried to shake things up with a double substitution on 67 minutes, throwing on forwards Timo Werner and Marco Reus, but Austria took the lead moments later.Stefan Lainer tapped back into the area and the German defence failed to shut down Schoepf, who fired past Neuer to the delight of the home crowd.Austria have failed to qualify for the World Cup, while Germany face Saudi Arabia on Friday in their final warm-up before playing Mexico on June 17 at Russia 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (C) fails to save the ball during the international friendly footbal match Austria v Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, on June 2, 2018. © AFP / JOE KLAMARKLAGENFURT, Austria, Jun 2 – Manuel Neuer looks set to go to the World Cup, but Germany’s goalkeeper was unable to prevent his team crashing 2-1 to Austria on his comeback on Saturday.Neuer has proven his fitness after eight months sidelined by a fractured foot in timely fashion, with four names to be cut ahead of Germany naming their final 23-man World Cup squad on Monday.last_img read more

Rafa Benitez planning to bring Liverpool duo to Newcastle

first_img REVEALED This is because Newcastle already have Kenedy and Salomon Rondon in on loan and Premier League regulations state they can now only take top-flight players on permanent deals.Benitez may be required to look across the continent as a result.However, Benitez may not even get the opportunity to make the double swoop as another former Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has been linked with his job.Although there is little prospect of Benitez staying beyond the remaining eight months of his contract, he will be determined to guide the St James’ Park club towards safety. And it seems the Spaniard will attempt to raid the Reds to solve his striker problem if he can get around some Premier League regulations.According to the Newcastle Chronicle, Benitez has asked about the availability of Reds strikers Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke, who have struggled to establish themselves in Jurgen Klopp’s first XI.Origi’s departure from Anfield seems inevitable having attracted interest from Turkey in the summer and is expected to leave permanently in January.Solanke would only be available on loan, however, which could pose as a problem for Benitez. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 Solanke has only scored one goal for Liverpool since joining in July 2017 IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM RANKED Rafael Benitez is eyeing two strikers from former club Liverpool in a bid to ease Newcastle’s threat of relegation.Benitez’s men have yet to win this season, having scored just six goals in eight Premier League games. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST targets center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer News targets moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade It’s set to be a long old season for Newcastle The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more


first_imgCan you sing? Can you play an instrument? Are you an amazing mimic or do you have a very special talent?Then Arena 7 is the place for you to be later this month.Donegal’s hottest entertainment venue is sending one person (and a friend of their choice!!) to Dubai to have the time of their lives and to take part in the Destination Dubai Talent Competition. What have you to do to qualify?All you have to do is to read the poster below and get working on your act!ARENA 7 LAUNCHES DESTINATION DUBAI TALENT CONTEST was last modified: September 14th, 2011 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:Arena 7Destination Dubailast_img read more

St Joseph’s Hospital Group cancel meeting and hope Minister can attend rescheduled date

first_imgThe Save Our St. Joseph’s Hospital Public meeting tonight Friday 19th Jan at 7 pm in Jackson’s hotel, Ballybofey is CANCELLED due to bad weather conditions.Organisers say health and safety has to come first.The group now hope that Minister Mc Hugh will be in a position to give them a date in which he can attend a public meeting in the Finn Valley to meet with the people and address their concerns. The issues surround the long stay residential beds and the long stay and short stay beds in the dementia unit and to guarantee them that these services will be there for future generations.Organiser Fr John Joe Duffy said “Our meeting will be rescheduled on the availability of Minister McHugh to attend. This will now be our third attempt recently to set a public meeting and a date that would be agreeable to the Minister Mc Hugh’s schedule.“We hope on this occasion that the Minister can give us a date of when he can be available to attend a meeting to discuss this most important issue to the people of the Finn Valley and surrounding areas.“In a way these adverse weather conditions are an now a renewed opportunity for the Minister to attend a meeting with the people of the Finn Valley and the surrounding areas.” St Joseph’s Hospital Group cancel meeting and hope Minister can attend rescheduled date was last modified: January 19th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Is Life More than Sewage?

first_imgLook at the sewer pipe accompanying an article on Science Daily.  The article claims that a bacterium in the sewer water is a “missing link” in our evolution.  How can this be?    For a long time, evolutionists have tried to bridge the gap between bacteria, which lack a nucleus, and eukaryotes which have them.  A leading theory was that at some time two prokaryotes fused together, one becoming the nucleus for the other.  This theory is called endosymbiosis because the engulfed cell became dependent on the host cell and the host cell benefited from work done by the slave cell.  But now, evolutionists at the University of Dublin claim that larger bacteria in sewer water provide the missing link between the two cell types; no fusion was needed.    Dr Emmanuel Reynaud from University College Dublin, one of the co-authors of the paper in Science,1 told the media, “Our discovery means that the appearance of eukaryotic cells on Earth can be explained by Darwinian evolution over billions of years rather than a ‘big bang’ fusion theory.”    In their paper in Science,1 the Devos and Reynaud claim that the Planctomycetes, Verrucomicrobia, Chlamydiae (PVC) form a “superphylum” that acted as “a ‘cauldron’ for the evolution of eukaryotic and archaeal features, and that the superphylum is indicative of a path of intermediate steps between such an ancestor and an archaeal-eukaryotic ancestor (before the eventual split of the two domains).”  Their assertion, however, was hardly a hypothesis; they called it “a starting point for considering whether such features originated in a PVC-related ancestor from which the common eukaryotic and archaeal branch arose.”    As evidence, they pointed to intermediate-looking structures for the bacterial cell wall and cytoskeleton.  They also suggested that organelles originated by invagination of the cell membrane.  A table in their paper lists 14 features, some of which are shared by archaea, and some which are shared by eukaryotes.  These and other outward similarities they said “may illustrate intermediate evolutionary attempts” at becoming eukaryotes.  Notably absent from their list, however, is a full nucleus with the nuclear pore complex that controls entry and exit, chromosomes, mitochondria, and many of the machine-operated organelles characteristic of eukaryotes.    In all honesty, they could not be dogmatic about their suggestion, as the ending paragraph makes clear:The PVC bacteria are indeed a curiosity and their phylogenetic location in the Tree of Life is unclear.  Although these features could be the result of lateral gene transfer events, convergence, or a complex universal ancestor, their intermediate nature can be considered a more parsimonious scenario.  The possibility of a fusion scenario remains disputed.  More evolutionary scenarios are likely to unfold—and be debated—as more bacteria and archaea are discovered and characterized.  Although division into three domains of life remains the norm, the PVC superphylum may reflect continuity between the three domains, blurring their distinction.The news media, though, went berserk with the suggestion that another “missing link” had been discovered.  In addition to Science Daily’s teaser, “Sewage Water Bacteria: ‘Missing Link’ in Early Evolution of Life on Earth?”, SoftPedia announced that “Sewage Sheds Light on the Origin of Eukaryotic Cells,” and Before It’s News stated confidently, “Sewage Water Bacteria Fills ‘Missing Link’ In Early Evolution Of Life On Earth.”1.  Devos and Reynaud, “Evolution: Intermediate Steps,” Science, 26 November 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6008 pp. 1187-1188, DOI: 10.1126/science.1196720.Where are the reporters saying this is dumb, dumb, dumb?  Why do they fall in line like toy ducks with a string-pull voice recording, quacking “Missing link! Missing link!”?  Here are the headlines astute journalists should be writing:Your Ancestors Live in Sewage?  Get RealTwo Evolutionists Tell Grand Fib in the Name of ScienceScientists Declare War on Endosymbiotic Theory, Causing Rift Among EvolutionistsEvolutionists Guilty of Claiming Similarities Suggest AncestryComplex Molecular Machines Ignored in Weak Evolutionary TaleSpeculation Without Evidence: Evolutionists Appeal to ImaginationEvolutionists Admit They Don’t Know Where Bacteria Fit in Tree of LifeTwo Evolutionists Invoke Miracles to Explain Origin of EukaryotesThis last one is justified by counting the number of times Devos and Reynaud invoked the well-worn evolutionary miracle words originated, arose, emerged and the like in their “scenario” (i.e., tall tale).  If PVC was such a glorious revolution in celldom, how come all the other bacteria didn’t get with the show?  Why did they live happily for two billion years without getting hip?  If journalists would just do their jobs and ask critical questions, science news would be a lot more interesting.    It’s a sad state of affairs in science when evolutionists can tell stories and get away with it.  What we need as a “more parsimonious scenario” in biology is less scenario and more observational evidence.  Certain evolutionists and their gutless lackeys in the media could learn a little parsimony – by getting fired.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Ocean’s Most Efficient Swimmer Is… A Jellyfish

first_img(Visited 57 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 They look so lazy, drifting among the waves, but jellyfish are powered by such efficient mechanisms, the Navy wants to imitate them.Nature explained “Why a jellyfish is the ocean’s most efficient swimmer.”  The inputs to the calculation are not speed, but results for the power input.  The subheading explains, “Elastic body allows moon jellyfish to travel extra distance at no energy cost.” Ed Yong writes,The sockeye salmon is a sleek torpedo that uses its strong muscles to leap up waterfalls. The moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) is a flimsy blob that drifts along like a gently pulsating bell. The salmon is obviously the more powerful swimmer, but a study has revealed that the jellyfish outclasses it in efficiency. For its mass, the jellyfish spends less energy to travel a given distance than any other swimming animal.The article explains how relaxation of the bell allows the jellyfish to travel 80% more for nothing.  Yong concluded, “the moon jellyfish’s energy-saving trick might be useful when designing ocean-going machines — from floating buoys to autonomous underwater vehicles.”  Sure enough, the Navy is looking into it, reports Science Daily.Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy.The Navy already has a 170-pound prototype it is testing.  New Scientist also explained some of the physics behind the jellyfish’s swimming efficiency.  It was “remarkably difficult” to model the action because of the soft body of the jellyfish.  Science Daily included more amazing facts about these seemingly “primitive” creatures of the sea:“Jellyfish are attractive candidates to mimic because of their ability to consume little energy owing to a lower metabolic rate than other marine species, survivability in varying water conditions, and possession of adequate shape for carrying a payload,” Priya said in 2012 when several of the smaller robotic jellyfish were unveiled. “They inhabit every major oceanic area of the world and are capable of withstanding a wide range of temperatures and in fresh and salt waters. Most species are found in shallow coastal waters, but some have been found in depths 7,000 meters below sea level.“Who would have thought that the humble jellyfish would be the subject of a Nature article on power production in biomechanics.Like other animals that appeared abruptly during the Cambrian explosion, jellyfish show up with “instant body plans” and no transitional forms, as explained by Evolution News & Views.  We’ve reported before how some jellyfish have complex eyes, too (4/28/11).  Evolution is the bad habit of taking things for granted.  Creationism believes things were created wisely for a purpose.  That assumption is a stimulation to do good science, and to imitate the exquisite engineering that we in fact find in nature.last_img read more