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first_imgThe outgoing Deputy Minister for Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Isaac W. Jackson, has said Liberia’s culture remains unmatched across the globe considering its uniqueness.Minister Jackson made the remarks on Tuesday during the official celebration of World Tourism Day held in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, with exceptional performance from various county culture troops.At the opening of the celebration on Monday, which was marked by a competition to win the best county culture performing troop prize for this year’s tourism celebration, the fifteen (15) counties displayed impressive cultural recitals and other performances aimed at winning the competition.The county culture troop performances were splendid enough to bring smiles, joys and laughter on the faces of the audience, including Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, Internal Affairs Minister; Samuel F. Brown, Bomi County Superintendent; Tenneh Simpson, Grand Cape Mount Superintendent; and other senior officials in attendance.Also at the official indoor program on Tuesday, impressive cultural performances were witnessed courtesy of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace, headed by Liberia’s Culture Ambassador Juli Endee, and Bomi County – who ended up winning the best county culture performing troop prize for this year’s World Tourism Day.“Just by seeing the artistic displays at the tourism celebration today indicates that we have a unique culture and no one around the world will argue it. We have a lot to show to the world when talking about culture and we must begin to show gratitude where it is duly payable,” Minister Jackson said.He said the celebration of United Nations World Tourism Day (UNWTD) is intended to create awareness in various communities about the importance of tourism in the everyday life of each Liberian and the country at large.Minister Jackson said the decision by the government to decentralize the celebration of Tourism Day across Liberia adds value to the newly introduced decentralization program in the country, adding: “This decentralization will highlight the tourism potential of the various counties in Liberia.”According to him, the tourism sector has so much to offer to Liberia’s growth and the development program, which we have to celebrate and continue to ensure is realized for the benefit of all. “It’s estimated that by 2030, 1.8 billion tourists will be traveling around the world and we can’t allow this opportunity to pass us by. And so, we want to call on all the stakeholders and local and international partners to support the government’s efforts in promoting and advancing the tourism industry in Liberia,” Minister Jackson said.“As we celebrate today, must resolve to champion the cause of tourism by protecting and by promoting the typical Liberian traditional fashions. We need to support tourism by wearing or using Liberia’s fashions.”Henrique F. Tokpa, Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA), who served as the guest speaker, said tourism remains an important source of income for many countries, including Liberia.“As Liberia is considered a LDC (least developed country), it behooves the government of Liberia to make every effort to build and promote the industry in order to achieve national and international objectives to alleviate poverty, creating job opportunities, promoting a cleaner and healthier environment, thuscreating a natural space for true and lasting reconciliation,” Minister Topka said.Also in remarks, Milton A. Weeks, Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), lauded the organizers and the various county teams for making this year’s celebration a success.Juli Endee, Liberia’s Culture Ambassador, praised the level of awareness done for this year’s tourism celebration and described it as a successful story for Liberia and her people at large. Speaking during the opening of the occasion, Juanita Yiah, Director for Tourism (MICAT), said she was delighted to welcome everyone to celebrate this year’s World Tourism Day and praised the various counties for showing up. “This day is about showcasing your products, including culture, tradition and folklore as well as other things to get one attracted to your country. We want to urge you to embrace tourism as tourism remains a key component in Liberia’s development agenda,” she said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe NEW GPC INC has made a contribution towards the University of Guyana’sUG Nursing Society President Garfield Bryan receiving the cheque from NEW GPC INC Marketing and International Sales Associate Elisabeth RamNursing Students Society for its annual graduation and award ceremony, which is scheduled to be held on November 12.The company’s Marketing and International Sales Associate, Elisabeth Ram stated that the donation was aligned with NEW GPC’s corporate responsibility towards ensuring that Guyana’s medical system and personnel, including our hardworking nurses and those who are aspiring to be nurses, are provided with the recognition they so rightly deserve.She congratulated the graduating class of 2016 for their success in their nursing careers and reiterated that the NEW GPC stood committed to providing quality pharmaceutical items to the people of Guyana and around the world.The Society was developed to represent nurses studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Guyana. Its aim is to ensure that all students complete the programme in a timely manner.The donation was presented to the President of the Nursing Society, Garfield Bryan by Ram.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Liverpool star Javier Mascherano wants to end his playing days at boyhood club River Plate so he can begin his coaching career there, according to his brother.Following a stint at West Ham the Argentina international spent three years at Anfield, before moving to his current club Barcelona in 2010.The 32-year-old has been a great success for the Spanish side, helping them win the Champions League twice and the LaLiga title four times.However Mascherano’s brother, Sebastian, has now revealed the centre-back will look to see out his days back in his homeland with River Plate to aid his transition into becoming a coach.“I would say that he is going to retire at River,” he told Radio Mitre.“It is a club that gave him a lot. Everything that he achieved he achieved because of River, because it was a big window.“Javier is going to want to return to River to start his career as a coach.” Javier Mascherano 1last_img read more

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first_imgA Donegal man is planning to travel the length of Ireland in his vintage tractor in memory of his late wife.Paddy Duffy, aged 74, wants to raise as much funds as possible for the Cardiac Services Unit at Beaumont Hospital and the CR♥I House, Cardiac Foundation in Galway.Paddy lost his wife Kathleen to a hereditary heart condition in 2005 atthe age of just 63. And now Paddy, a former mechanic and landscape gardener from Greencastle, is set to rave the elements by driving from Mizen to Malin in his open cab 1961 Massey Ferguson 35x tractor.Because of Kathleen’s death, Paddy’s daughters Sharon and Anne Marie attend Beaumont on an annual basis for check-ups due to the condition being hereditary.In April 2018 Sharon, 41, was admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital with chest pains and after failing a stress test she was transferred toGalway for an angiogram.Sharon was told she had a 90% blockage in her left main coronary artery which required a stent but due to her age, they wanted to follow up with a CT angiogram before committing her to lifelong medication. This resulted in Sharon being admitted to Galway University Hospital.Sharon’s husband Noel was given a number for CROI House by the staff nurse in the Cardiology Dept in Galway University Hospital and this enabled him to be with Sharon for the full week she was in Galway University Hospital.Paddy, a founding member of Moville Vintage Club, said “I just want to give something back and I thought what better way than to travel the length of Ireland in a tractor.“I’m really thankful to both of these organisations for helping my family and we’re hoping to raise as much money as possible for them.”The family has already been inundated with support and offers of diesel and diesel vouchers for Paddy’s marathon journey. The Duffy family feel that these are two very worthy causes and due to theexcellent care Kathleen received from Beaumont Cardiac Unit and the wonderful facilities that is offered by CROI House to families who unexpectedly find their loved ones admitted to hospital so far from home they want to be able to give something back for the care they received.Paddy has already raised more than €700 of his €2,000 goal on a Go Fund Me Page. If you would like to donate in any way, please log on to https://www.gofundme.com/paddy039s-tractor-runMassey journey ahead for brave Paddy and his tractor was last modified: September 3rd, 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)Tags:charitydonegalGreencastleheartMalinMassey FergusonMizenpaddy duffylast_img read more

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first_img9 December 2008State-owned petroleum and gas company PetroSA has appointed US firm KBR as the engineering contractor for its planned US$11-billion (about R112-billion), 400 000 barrel-per-day crude oil refinery at the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth.KBR will carry out the feasibility studies, as well as the front-end engineering design for the refinery, which is expected to come into production in 2014, becoming the largest refinery on the continent.PetroSA CEO Sipho Mkhize said the Houston, Texas-based firm was appointed because of the quality and expertise of its management, its proven mega-refinery expertise in the petroleum industry, and its commitment to the project.“The appointment of KBR as an engineering partner follows the selection of other world-class organisations such as HSBC as financial advisors, KBC as technical advisors and PFC as marketing advisors, to ensure that every aspect [of the project] meets global best practice,” Mkhize said in a statement this week.According to an Engineering News article this week, the contract is estimated to be worth about R1-billion.Local development, skills transferThe contract also includes aspects such as skills transfer, the development of empowered suppliers, and opportunities for local equity partnerships, in line with the industry’s Liquid Fuels Charter.“We are also delighted that KBR has shown full commitment to working with PetroSA to achieve goals of transformation of the local petroleum industry,” Mkhize said.KBR Downstream president John Quinn welcomed the appointment, saying the company would work closely with PetroSA to develop a competitive supplier development programme plan to maximise the project’s contribution to local economic growth, employment creation, skills development and black economic empowerment.“KBR is pleased to continue its successful partnership with PetroSA, offering our expertise in designing this world-class facility,” Quinn said.Fuel securityMkhize explained that the refinery would play a major role in securing South Africa’s future fuel supplies, with nation demand for refined fuels already exceeding the country’s refining capacity.With diesel consumption forecast to grow at 6% and petrol at 2% per annum between 2009 and 2020, PetroSA estimates that by 2015, South Africa will have to import 10 billion litres of refined fuel per annum – about 200 000 barrels per day, or about 20% of the national requirement – if there was no significant investment in local refining capacity.“Importing this much refined fuel will have a negative impact on the country’s foreign exchange reserves and makes national supply very vulnerable to external factors,” Mkhize said.The feasibility phase of the project will be concluded by September 2009, and final board approval for the investment will be sought in late 2010, after which construction will begin.The project, if approved, is expected is expected to also give the Eastern Cape economy a much needed boost, as it is expected to create about 25 000 direct and indirect jobs.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Eco IQ#Internet of Things#IoT#Schneider Electric#smart home#thermostat#Wiser Air Energy management and automation firm Schneider Electric announced on Wednesday a new self-learning feature, called Eco IQ, for its Wiser Air smart thermostat.Instead of manually changing the temperature throughout the day, users tell the thermostat if it’s too hot or too cold and Eco IQ changes the temperature accordingly. Schneider Electric believes that the self-learning system will be able to gauge the temperature better than a usual thermostat by removing the predetermined set point.See Also: You pinged, sir? SmartAll launches AI butler for your smart homeWiser Air will slowly adapt to user preferences, but if the user doesn’t complain for a few days it will start to implement changes faster.Eco IQ works similar to the self-learning system inside the Nest smart thermostat, which take into consideration whether you are out of the house, the weather outside, and manual changes to the temperature.It also utilizes information from its “top ranking” forecasting service, WeatherSentry, to change the temperature before a storm or blistering heatwave begins.Energy savings aren’t the real driverSchneider Electric claims that most thermostats aren’t utilized to save energy anyway.“Created by building automation and HVAC experts at Schneider Electric, Eco IQ is the most advanced self-learning algorithm on the market today,” said Paul Buda, senior group expert at Schneider Electric. “With Eco IQ, Wiser Air challenges the very idea of set points – commonly used as a determining factor of user comfort in other solutions – freeing users from the need to set temperatures and schedules.”Better understanding of consumer use of energy via these devices will mean better ability to control and curb — or increase — electricity consumption via demand response systems. The critical issue is that the consumer often needs to take action themselves to turn an appliance down or off entirely versus having it automatically move.The Eco IQ update will be pushed to all Wiser Air thermostats in the coming weeks.center_img Follow the Puck David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s a $10 million gift for Mizzou.The school’s Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy is getting the money through the Kinder Foundation. Cape Girardeau natives Rich and Nancy Kinder are behind both the foundation and the foundation of the institute.Mizzou professor Justin Dyer says the money will support two new degrees: a bachelor’s in constitutional democracy, and a master’s in Atlantic history and politics.“We’re excited about this [gift]. Democracy is under strain all around the world today, and I think it’s critically important for us to revisit the foundations of American constitutional democracy. And that’s what these two different degree programs do.”The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy was established at Mizzou in 2015.“One of the goals that we’ve had is to bring the people together from across the political spectrum, and from different ideological perspectives, to pursue a shared and mutual inquiry into the foundations of American politics and how it’s developed since then,” Dyer says.last_img read more

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first_imgI’ll be capturing some cool videos from the conference and you should keep a look out for these on Channel Intel at YouTube. Thanks for stopping by The Server Room. This week I’m in Portland, Oregon, where I call home. Its interesting for me since this is my first Super Computing conference, and soo far, I’m really impressed, not only by the intense knowledge and the plethera of scientific discovery all around, but also by the fact this conference is so well attended. There -s a huge trade show floor, filled to capacity where you can see everything from genome research to oil and gas exploration, to bio-computing. . It’s very cool to see NASA, Oak Ridge Labratory, and many top universities all showing off the lastest in High Performance Computing, some very cool stuff indeed. From the point of view of higher learning and how super computers are changing the world, this is the place to be. Here are a few shots of the Intel booth in case you get a chance to come by and see us.last_img read more

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