Liberia to Get New EU Ambassador Soon

first_imgNow that EU Ambassador Attilio Pacifici has bidden farewell to Liberia and left, a new Ambassador has been named to continue the diplomatic relations between Liberia and the European Community.She is Tiina INTELMANN, 51, an Estonian, who is coming to take the place of Attilio Pacifici whom President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf extolled as a “great European diplomat who had accomplished a lot for Liberia,” during a farewell reception in his honor last week.Pacifici on many occasions defended government and attributed the cause of poverty in Liberia to all parties and not just the governing body.His administration brought about the signing of agreements between Liberia and EU to include the Voluntary Partnership Agreement in the Forest Sector and Sanitation and Hygiene projects in three slum communities in Monrovia.Under the leadership of Ambassador Pacifici, EU committed millions of Euros to the health and education sectors and to the fight against Ebola.Tiina INTELMANN also has vast experience in diplomacy.From November 1, 2011 to present, Ms Tiina INTELMANN served as the president of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC, Ambassador-at-large for the International Criminal Court, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tallinn, Estonia.She also served as an Ambassador of Estonia to the state of Israel and non-resident Ambassador to Montenegro from October 1, 2010 to November 1, 2011.From February 1, 2005 to October 1, 2010, Ms INTELMANN served as an Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.While at the UN, she co-facilitated the General Assembly Intergovernmental Consultations on Systems-wide Coherence from November 2009 to July 2010.Ms INTELMANN also served as Vice President for the Economic and Social Council of the UN from January 2009 to January 2010, co-facilitator of the 10-11 June 2008 high level meeting on the comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, and Chairperson of the Consultative Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) from January 2007 to January 2009.In education and training, Ms Tiina INTELMANN earned the Master of Arts and Bachelor of Art degrees in Italian Language and Literature, teacher and interpreter in Leningrad State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.She is also trained in Italian and French language Literature and Political Science.NOTE: Yesterday, the printer’s devil made us publish the wrong caption for the new EU Ambassador to Liberia, Ms. Tiina INTELMANN. So today, we have decided to reprint the article with her proper caption. The error is regretted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Avant Shoots Even Par In The Second Round of the Kingsmill Intercollegiate

first_img“We have several teams a couple of strokes ahead of us and we know a good score tomorrow and we will move up the leaderboard,” said Lewis.The Bulldogs will close out competition at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate on Tuesday with the final round of the 54-hole event. Print Friendly Version WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Tommi Avant recorded one of the best round on the second day of the Kingsmill Intercollegiate to lead the Drake University men’s golf team on Monday in Williamsburg, Va. Avant fired an even par 70 and is tied for sixth-place (72-70=142) to lead the Bulldogs. Junior Matt Lavery carded a 75 for a total score of 151 (76-75), while fellow junior Drew Ison is a stroke behind Lavery with a 152 (76-76). Sophomore Jack Kennedy registered a second-round score of 79 for a total tally of 155 (76-79) through 36 holes. Freshman Chase Wicklund, who is still battling an illness, capped of the team’s day with an 83 for a total score of 161 (78-83). “Tommi had another great round today. As a team we had a few mental mistakes and too many big numbers,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. Second Round Results For the second-straight day, the Bulldogs recorded a team score of 300 and have settled to 13th-place out of 22 teams. Only three strokes separates 10th and 13th-place and Drake is just five strokes back from host William & Mary, who is in ninth (297-298=595). Story Linkslast_img read more

Puzz pushes Panthers past Tigers

first_imgIssac Puzz dropped 24 points in the first half and the McKinleyville Panthers snapped a 6-game losing streak with a 74-54 win on the road over the Arcata Tigers, Thursday night, in Arcata. The win puts the season series at 1-1 between the two rivals after Arcata beat the Panthers on their home court a couple weeks ago.Puzz was electric in the first half, dictating the pace of the game and pushing McKinleyville’s offense. Puzz finished the night with 32 points.“I just kept shooting,” Puzz …last_img

Dino Fossils Generate Overblown Claims

first_img04/10/2006), inventing feathers out of thin air.  This time, it was justified on the basis of a new paper in Nature that claims to remove an obstacle in the dinosaur-bird evolution story.1  Doubters had pointed to differences in the three forward-pointing toes.  With dinosaurs, it was toes 1, 2 and 3 that were retained; while in birds, it was toes 2, 3 and 4.  The new fossil Limusaurus inextricabilis found in China shows 4 toes:“So here you have a form that’s reduced the first finger, and it is right in this period of transition in the evolution of theropods,” Clark said.    The find helps fill in what had been seen as a “chink” in the otherwise widely supported theory that birds descended from dinosaurs, said Hans Dieter Sues, a paleontologist at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History who was not involved in the research.    “Having a fossil that shows that there are three digits plus this sort of little residual digit … is almost a perfect structural intermediate” linking theropods and birds, he said.Perhaps this is why National Geographic felt justified in feathering their artwork.  The paper argues that researchers may have simply mislabeled the digits.  With birds, the developmental stages can be observed; this is not possible with dinosaurs.  The tale of the toes, however, does nothing to remove other chinks in the dinosaur-to-bird theory: namely, theropods have lizard-hips instead of bird-hips, and birds have an immobile femur that is essential to proper function of the unique avian lung (see 06/09/2009).  The present article only relates to how nubs that turn into toes are to be numbered.  PhysOrg used the same paper to tell the “story of finger evolution.”    National Geographic reported on another fossil dinosaur named Psittacosaurus gobiensis.  Apparently some dinosaurs felt like a nut.  They deduced from the beak and skull that it had the force to crack hard nuts.  Without answering how all the structural changes occurred through an evolutionary mechanism, the article simply stated that evolution happens when the opportunity arises: “animals that take advantage of their environments—in this case, eating what few other animals could—have plentiful resources and are therefore more likely to branch into more species.”  Evolutionarily speaking, good things happen to those who take advantage of their environments.    Speaking of birds, Live Science and Science Daily talked about how big a bird can get.  Argentavis magnificens was as big as a Cessna airplane.  Scientists think that the limiting factor was how long it took for the bird to molt (i.e., replace its flight feathers, which most birds do annually or semi-annually).  Feathers wear out from exposure to ultraviolet rays and bacteria.  Argentavis, they speculated, might have molted during one long fast each year.  These giant birds seem to exceed the weight limits for feathered flight.  They weighed around 150 pounds and had a wingspan of 23 feet.  The wingspan of today’s largest living flyer, the California condor, is about 10 feet.  The article on Science Daily shows a handsome bald eagle in flight.  Eagle wings can span 90 inches – one-third that of Argentavis, the record holder.1.  Xu, Clark et al, “A Jurassic ceratosaur from China helps clarify avian digital homologies,” Nature 459, 940-944 (18 June 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08124.Remember that Darwinians are not above lying and distorting evidence to promote their agenda.  For decades, National Geographic has been adept at misleading the public with the power of suggestion and visualization.  Stay on your toes; forewarned is forewinged.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ebola survivors share life-saving tips via mobile app

first_img8 January 2015Ebola survivors in West Africa are connecting with each other and sharing public health advice, as well as speaking about the challenges they face in post-recovery, using an interactive mobile app available through #ISurvivedEbola, the ground- breaking West African multimedia campaign.The innovative digital tool debuted in Guinea on 5 January, piloted by the first Guinean survivor to share her story with the #ISurvivedEbola campaign. The website also houses the stories of a growing community of Ebola survivors from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.In the first message sent via the mobile app, Camara “Fanta” Fantaoulen said: “Yes, I survived Ebola, thanks to the help of the brave health care workers who treated me. And I’ve learned that together, we can defeat this virus and protect our families and communities.”After losing her father and five other family members to suspected or confirmed Ebola, Fantaoulen believed her death was imminent when she tested positive for the virus. Thanks to a combination of early treatment, strict adherence to her treatment plan, and sheer determination, she recovered from the virus and is now providing psychosocial support to Ebola patients.Survivor storiesThe mobile app is the latest component of the #ISurvivedEbola campaign, which leverages survivor stories from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to deliver vital public health information about Ebola to affected populations, and to reduce the stigma faced by Ebola survivors.A key way in which the campaign does this is by documenting survivor stories in video, audio, and print formats; then disseminating these stories broadly via local, national, and international media, online platforms, and other distribution channels. Educational radio dramas that tell fictional yet reality-based stories of survival, and radio call-in shows that feature Ebola survivors as guests, are among the campaign activities.#ISurvivedEbola is part of the #TackleEbola initiative and is implemented by PCI Media Impact in collaboration with Unicef.Each survivor who has shared his or her story through the campaign is given a smartphone installed with the app. This helps them to use the technology to share information about their lives after recovery. The smartphones and the app were provided and developed with support from the charity fundraising website GlobalGiving.With the release of the app and launch of the website, the #ISurvivedEbola campaign has completed the first phase of its roll-out. It includes two additional survivor story videos from survivors in Liberia and Sierra Leone, respectively.Helping othersThe Liberia video introduces the world to Decontee Davis, a 23-year-old who overcame Ebola but lost her fiance to the virus. Davis now works in an interim care centre for children who have come in contact with Ebola patients and are under 21 days of observation. Many of these children have lost one or both parents to the disease.From Sierra Leone, audiences meet Aminata Kargbo, a university student who, after surviving Ebola, has become a leader in efforts to educate others on the benefits of early treatment.“We began in early December with the launch of the campaign and release of the first survivor video out of Liberia,” said Sean Southey, chief executive of PCI Media Impact.“Then, the campaign launched educational Ebola-focused radio programmes in Liberia and released the premier survivor story out of Sierra Leone. Now, we have activated the mobile app, released the first survivor story out of Guinea, and launched a website that will allow concerned citizens throughout the world to join the movement.”The multiple #ISurvivedEbola campaign products and activities are reinforcing the existing work being done by organisations like Unicef in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to spread key messages about Ebola to the public.“While treatment of Ebola patients is critical, the best way to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is to cut the chain of transmission and prevent further infections,” said Rafael Obregon, chief of the communication for development section at Unicef.“As the global UN lead for the Social Mobilization Pillar of the Ebola response in West Africa, Unicef is at the helm of efforts to stop transmission by working with national governments and partners to educate the public in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea about how to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from the virus.“#ISurvivedEbola is reinforcing our efforts by providing this information in multiple, highly entertaining forms, including through the testimonies of actual survivors.”Videos for the #ISurvivedEbola campaign are available on Vimeo, while audio clips are available on Soundcloud.Follow #ISurvivedEbola on Twitter @SurvivedEbola, Facebook, and Instagram @isurvivedebola. Source: APOlast_img read more

Women entrepreneurs network and learn at Lionesses of Africa event

first_imgFour female entrepreneurs shared their journeys at the Lionesses of Africa’s monthly event on Thursday 25 May 2017. As business owners, they shared lessons they learned.Fatuma Abdullah is the founder of the black doll, Akiki. Abdullah also self-published children’s books, Akiki’s Stories, where the main character is modelled after her daughter. (Images: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThere are mentors you do not have to pay, advised Suzana Moreira, founder of moWoza, to attendees at a Lionesses of Africa event on Thursday 25 May 2017.The Lionesses of Africa Lean In Breakfast was held at the Standard Bank Incubator in Rosebank, Johannesburg, at which Moreira was a speaker.Moreira said she got mentors through networks she associates herself with. “For example there are tons of virtual networks out there. [I also got mentors through] academics and accelerator meet-ups.“Entering competitions to pitch your business is important. Sometimes, someone might call you and be interested in your business. If they don’t give you money, you can ask for mentorship.”She said the ladies she met through accelerator programmes are mentors too. “We hold each other accountable.”Suzana Moreira says her role model as a child was her aunt, a businesswoman. “She and her husband, who is blind, had a successful business in Europe.“I learned your circumstances don’t set what you want to become.”MoWoza, based in Maputo in Mozambique, provides informal cross-border traders in Southern Africa with a mobile information service on pricing and access to goods.Originally from South Africa, Moreira moved to Mozambique three years ago to launch a mobile commerce platform, moWoza.Other lessons Moreira learned in her entrepreneurship journey includes:• Entrepreneurship happens in practice.• When you’re getting a developer, know what you’re getting yourself into. Have a contract in place, she advises. Her first developer told everyone about what they were planning to do. Another developer disappeared.• An investor in Europe is different to one in America. “We got overvalued,” said Moreira.• You need the right mindset. You’re not going to have a nine to five job.• You need to be super brave to be an entrepreneur.Lionesses building new generation of businesswomenMelanie Hawken, founder of Lionesses of Africa, said on its YouTube Channel the initiative is about sharing, connecting and inspiring. “It’s about creating a community of like-minded women entrepreneurs from across the African continent who can get together, share ideas, share inspiration, and ultimately build a powerful new generation of women entrepreneurs in Africa.”Melanie Hawken:“Make a conscious decision and support another women entrepreneur” #LionessLeanIn pic.twitter.com/FsUkDqudsy— Community Centre JHB (@ComCentreJHB) May 25, 2017She added that the aim is to create a new economic future for the continent.Once a month, Lionesses of Africa hosts a Lean In Breakfast event for women entrepreneurs to come together. It’s an opportunity for them to share entrepreneurial stories and network.On Thursday, 26 women entrepreneurs, who took part in the first Lionesses of Africa accelerator programme, were introduced to the audience. They graduated in April 2017.The accelerator programme, in partnership with Liberty and Standard Bank, focuses on business development and access to resources.Congratulations to the first graduates of @lionessesA #SBIncubator business acceleration programme ?? pic.twitter.com/b9y5o3D5up— Clare Appleyard (@KatannutaGems) May 25, 2017‘Being an entrepreneur allows me to make a difference’Edith Venter of Edith Unlimited says that as an entrepreneur she learned you have to let your employees go, because some of them might want to expand or grow elsewhere. “Remember, you helped to make them a better person.”Edith Venter of Edith Unlimited told the audience that she had been in corporate for a very long time – before she started her own events management business. She described her entrepreneurial journey as amazing.The mother of two boys said when she started her own business because she wanted to do something for herself. “I wanted to do something that will make a difference.”The lessons Venter learned in business are:• Networking and trading business cards is very important.• Never say you cannot do anything. “You say yes and you go figure it out. You can also find someone to help you,” she said.• As someone in the events management business, you have to realise that you are holding a client’s dignity in your hands.• Have your contract checked out.• Be mindful when going into partnerships. “There are promises made but not all with the right heart. In business look deeper than that,” she advised.• Don’t over promise, but over deliver. “I always try to keep things simple because it works.”• Don’t be greedy.Conscious parentingAbdullah shared how she started making dolls and writing children’s books. She said her daughter was two years old when she started looking for a doll for her. Abdullah wanted to find something that looked like her daughter.“I kept saying ‘I can’t find a doll for my daughter’. Then my colleague said ‘Why don’t you create one?’ But at the time I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind [to do that].”Three years later, when her contract at a former job ended, she started working on creating the Akiki doll. “I didn’t want her to have a size 0 doll. I created a doll with a childlike figure.”Her daughter was surprised when she got the doll and said: “She looks like us”.#LIONESSLEANIN Our 3rd speaker is Fatuma Abdullah, founder of Akiki Dolls – building positive self-image in our children #SBIncubator pic.twitter.com/cGq2U6TikH— Lionesses of Africa (@lionessesA) May 25, 2017Later, because of conscious parenting, Abdullah decided that she will create books for her two children that have characters who look like them. Even though she had never written children’s books, she went for it. Abdullah said most of the books are about values and things they can relate to.“I can’t write about a Gogo fetching [water] at the river. I know the question on my children’s mind would be ‘why doesn’t she just open a tap?’”One of the stories of Akiki is when she got lost in a mall. “I always tell my children to look for a person in a uniform if they ever get lost in a mall. You must know mommy’s name, not just as ‘Mommy’ but my full names and my number.”The lessons Abdullah learned is:• Do your research if you walk into an industry you know nothing about.• Use social media as an entrepreneur. “I was not a social media person. Someone said we need to know you exist,” she explained.• When you are trying to find a route and it doesn’t work, find another route.• You have to keep moving.• Never take anything personal in business and don’t make assumptions.Watch an episode of the Lionesses of Africa’s television magazine show:The audience shared what Anna Shilina, author of the ‘The Business Tango’ book, said in her talk:Anna Shilina, author of the Business Tango stresses relentless resilience, asking difficult questions and being courageous. #LionessLeanIn pic.twitter.com/fb9tqR5Bhw— gemboreeshop (@gemboreeshop) May 25, 2017“Don’t for inspiration. I followed my frustration ?” – @annashilina @lionessesA #lionessleanin #SBINCUBATOR— Clare Appleyard (@KatannutaGems) May 25, 2017“Entreneurship is a lot about moving from one level of incompetence to the next, always learning” – @annashilina #Lionessleanin— Clare Appleyard (@KatannutaGems) May 25, 2017A good character of entrepreneurs is that they are relentlessly resourceful #lionessleanin @annashilina— LDR Consulting (@ldrconsultingsa) May 25, 2017Sources: Lionesses of Africa, Radio 702, Standard Bank and Lionesses of Africa, YouTube Channel.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

5 IN 4 Growth Plan will benefit poor and vulnerable

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, November 8, 2016 – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says measures by the Government and the Economic Growth Council (EGC) to put Jamaica on a path of higher and sustained growth will benefit the poor and vulnerable.  The Council, which was launched in April, is committed to achieving five per cent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in four years.The Prime Minister said the eight initiatives for growth put forward by the EGC in its Call-to-Action speak to a system of financial inclusion, which will move persons from poverty to prosperity.  “If you look closely at the strategy, it takes into consideration elements that will include the poor, the dispossessed, the vulnerable,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister was speaking during a panel discussion and signing of a declaration of intent to implement the EGC’s growth plan at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, on Monday (November 7).  “I am happy about the plan, as our mandate and our commitment is to the poor. It is about empowering people, ensuring that they have the access, that they have the amenities and the knowledge, through education, which gives them independence and freedom to realize their potential.  This plan is pro-poor,” he stressed.Mr. Holness expressed confidence in the so-called ‘5 in 4’ plan, noting that the country is already reaping the rewards of the discipline from various sectors to maintain social order and cohesion as well as to improve the macroeconomic environment of the country. “This Government will make sure that we are faithful to the sacrifice that the people have made.  We deserve results.  We are a great country. We will make Jamaica the place of choice, the centre of the Caribbean region for culture and lifestyle, trade and commerce, logistics, technology and information,” he said.Mr. Holness said that through the road map of growth initiatives, and the Council’s engagement through quarterly updates, the public can help the Government remain faithful to the commitment of implementation.The Prime Minister; EGC Chairman, Michael Lee-Chin; and Vice Chairman, Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke, used the ceremony to sign a declaration of intent with private-sector groups, unions and civil society, which underscores the Government’s commitment to the specific policies that fall under each growth initiative.The measures put forward by the EGC include maintaining macroeconomic stability and pursuing debt reduction; improving citizen security and public safety; improving access to finance; pursuing bureaucratic reform to improve the business environment; stimulating greater asset utilization; building human capital; harnessing the power of the diaspora; and to catalyze the implementation of strategic projects. Related Items:last_img read more

Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee

first_imgSANTEE (KUSI) — It’s one of the most horrifying things you’ll ever see.  A German shepherd and a pit bull ripping each other apart. It’s nasty enough to see this kind of thing once.  But twice?  Brutal.“I witnessed by neighbors dog getting attacked by the pit bull, locked on his neck,” said George Scott of Santee.The same thing happened with the same dogs two years ago.The latest drama began when Mike Clinger was playing baseball with his son in their front yard.  Suddenly, a bicycle rider and his pit bull stopped in front of the house, for some reason.“He stopped and started doing something.  No reason to stop except to cause trouble,” said Mike Clinger, owner of the German shepherd named Zuess.And trouble it was.  Clinger’s German shepherd heard the pit bull outside and darted out the front door for a nasty battle.  Both dogs needed medical help and so did the owner of the German shepherd.“He attacked me, he started punching me and kicking my dog.  Then he threw an aerosol can at my chest,” Clinger said.The Clingers don’t deny fault.  They admit that they should have locked the door to keep Zuess inside.  But they didn’t.“I would have paid for their vet bill, I know we were in the wrong, but after he assaulted me, I’m done with it,” Clinger said.Instead, the Clinger family has filed assault charges against the owner of the pit bull who attacked him.  They also want a restraining order to keep him away from their home and family.“I am shaken, Elise Clinger said.  “He’s putting up hundreds of flyers with our address, saying we have a killer dog.  Our kids walk to school every day and see these flyers.  I’m worried about this man.”Making matters even uglier.  The owner of the pit bull has been calling the city and blowing the whistle on “code violations” around his neighborhood.  The Clinger family was forced to take down a small home office in their garage and lay down rocks under their jets skis after the complaints were filed.“This man is a terrorist,” Clinger said. “The guy rides by our house three times a day, taunting and trying to get our dog to react.”The Sheriff’s Department has the case, but it does not appear to be urgent.  As for the Clinger family.“He’s basically disrupted our lives, we can’t do the things we normally do.  I feel like law enforcement needs to help,” Elise said.As for the owner of the pit bull?  He appears to be unapologetic and aggressive. “I’m not done yet”, he told me over the phone.  He’s referring to harassing his neighbors about “code violations.”As for the dogs, both will survive after receiving medical care.  Stay tuned. Dan Plante April 25, 2018 Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee Posted: April 25, 2018center_img Dan Plante, Updated: 6:19 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more