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‘Sirleaf, Boakai Must Give Way’

first_imgAmidst reports that he has thrown in his weight behind the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Boakai, Nimba County’s ‘political ‘godfather’ Prince Y. Johnson has now announced that he has deposited US$10,000 for the formation of new political party.The Nimba County Lawmaker, a former member of Unity Party, who went solo during the 2005 elections, maintained that as president, he will endeavor to reconstruct the government, “because the current government is too corrupt and has become a vampire as admitted by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.”“I still maintain that both President Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai together must now see the need to give way to a new leadership that will be willing to put stop to vices that are depriving our citizens (of their) fair dividends of the country’s natural resources,” he stated.Senator Johnson in a phone interview with this newspaper last week, denied a statement by his kinsman, Representative Matenokay Tingba, that he (Sen. Johnson) was now supporting Vice President Boakai for the post of President in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections.“Rep. Tingba must not use his campaign of tribal divide to say that I have endorsed the candidacy of Ambassador Boakai. As a senior politician of Nimba County, I have not met with Boakai, so I don’t know where Tingba got his report from,” Senator Johnson said.Senator Johnson emphasized that as chairman for recruitment and mobilization for Vice President Boakai, Lawmaker Tingba deliberately left out all the big names of the county, who he said belonged to all of the more than five tribes that call Nimba County home. Senator Johnson said: “I have deposited US$10,000 in preparation of my new party, which will be called the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR).”In a recent discussion with a local radio station in Monrovia, and published by this newspaper, Rep. Tingba disclosed that as a result of discussions he held with his kinsman, Senator Johnson gave his support to Vice President Boakai.“Discussion with my brother Senator Johnson two days ago has finally put to rest the question as to where he goes, come 2017. As the national chair on recruitment and mobilization, I can emphatically tell you that Senator Johnson is supporting Joe Boakai,” Rep. Tingba said.Meanwhile, in that radio discussion, Tingba, who won District #9 as an independent candidate condemned what he described as the proliferation of political parties, and accused founders of those parties of trying to establish dictatorial empires.The formation of the MDR will be Senator Johnson’s second political establishment since 2011. His first, the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) won six of the nine districts in Nimba County and propped him up at a distant third in the 2011 presidential race, after Congress for Democratic Change. Sen. Johnson and several other members left NUDP a couple of years ago as persistent in-fighting beclouded the vision of the party he established.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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CAPP Responds to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Declaration

first_img– Shannon Joseph, Vice-President of Government Relations, CAPPThe UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged Canada to stop work on three major resource projects which include the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion until it obtains approval from affected First Nations.The committee, in a directive last month, says it’s worried that work is going ahead without free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous groups CALGARY, AB – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) released a response to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Declaration.Capp shares;‘The statement by the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reflects an embarrassing ignorance of Canadian law and consultation processes that have been developed over the past 30 years. Canada has an in-depth consultation process required by law to protect the constitutionally protected rights of Indigenous peoples.- Advertisement -All three projects in question underwent extensive review and consultation in accordance with these Canadian laws.The UN Committee has also failed to recognize that a significant number of Indigenous communities along the route of the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline and all 20 Indigenous communities on the Coastal Gaslink route have exercised their sole discretion in signing agreements with the project proponents.These projects are vital to those communities in exercising their right to develop their resources and provide jobs and economic opportunities for generations to come.’Advertisementlast_img read more

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INJURED FAMILY PET FOUND IN GORTAHORK AREA

first_imgAn injured Jack Russell-type dog was found on the road at Magheroarty, Gortahork area (beside Coll’s pub) this evening. The kind person who found the dog has taken it to the vet’s office in Ramelton.The dog, which is tan in colour with white paws, is badly injured. It has a blue collar (with ‘Wow Bling’ written on it).There are no contact details on collar but someone’s family pet is missing tonight.INJURED FAMILY PET FOUND IN GORTAHORK AREA was last modified: December 23rd, 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:DOGinjuredMagheroartyRameltonvetlast_img read more

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New Guidebook for Earthlings Published

first_imgA new book by two CEH authors can help readers understand their spacecraft and its mission.Dr Henry Richter, distinguished NASA scientist, former Caltech professor and inventor, the last surviving manager of Explorer 1 (January 31, 1958), has a new book worth sharing. Its title appeals to all readers on the planet: Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers. Published by Creation Ministries International (CMI), this highly accessible and fact-filled book will interest everyone who has a human body and is interested in where life, our planet, and the universe came from. The publisher’s summary states,We hear so much today about how the universe, the earth and life all supposedly came about by chance events and processes. In this book, a bona fide rocket scientist, Dr Henry Richter—a pioneer in aerospace—challenges these views by exploring what is required for us to exist in the universe. He shows that our planet can be thought of as a sophisticated spacecraft designed for our benefit. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand this fascinating book, so dive in and discover for yourself the truth about our amazing universe and how it came to be.Attractively printed on glossy paper with dozens of color illustrations and specially-commissioned cover art, this new book makes a great impression and invites page turning. Just the right length to look inviting (164 pages), it makes a great gift to share the gospel with teens and adults in our scientifically-minded society. Cost is only $12 for one, but you can buy 5 for just $8 each – a 34% savings. (The book is not yet available from Amazon, but should be in due time.)Since Dr Richter was instrumental in the design and success of the first US satellite, the book is organized around the theme of Earth as a well-designed spacecraft. Although the term “Spacecraft Earth” is not original, this may be the first book-length treatment from an intelligent design and Biblical creationist viewpoint. Here are the chapter titles:Foreword by David CoppedgeIntroduction by Henry Richter1. The Spacecraft: Planet Earth2. The Spacesuit: The Amazing Human Body3. The Other Passengers: Plants and Animals4. Explaining the Observations5. Populating the Spacecraft6. The Final Frontier7. A Matter of Time8. From One Passenger to AnotherEpilogueCEH regulars will recognize Dr Richter’s name from his occasional contributed articles to this website. The new book began as an upgrade project for a small book he had self-published years ago, called The Universe: A Surprising Cosmological Accident. Richter had written about some of the scientific discoveries that led him from nominal church attender (but practical atheist) to vibrant Christian. With no marketing or distribution channel, he would hand out copies to friends and acquaintances. CEH editor David Coppedge felt that the book had potential for a much wider audience, but needed updating and polishing. Three years ago, they began the long task of revision.Many of the latest design evidences, often drawn from news items here at CEH, were added. Chapters were rearranged and a new title was chosen. CMI agreed to publish the book in 2016, but many months of review and revision continued into 2017. CMI staff and co-author David Coppedge spent months fact-checking and referencing each claim, choosing illustrations, and formatting pages, all with Dr Richter’s approval. By summer of 2017, Spacecraft Earth was ready for launch… but printing required several months more. Finally, this November, it is in stock and ready for shipment.Each page of Spacecraft Earth is packed with amazing evidence for intelligent design: from the cosmological level on down: stars, planets, life, human life, animal life, plant life, the cell, and genetics. The book makes crystal clear why Darwinian evolution cannot account for any of it. Most importantly, it leads the reader to the implications: there is a Designer, and we need to get right with him. That story is told gently through Richter’s own story. We hope CEH readers will find this resource “just right” as a message well aimed for modern readers.No one needs to see themselves adrift on a planet in a vast universe, wondering what it all means. Here’s “A Guide for Passengers” to open their eyes to the wonders around them – the greatest of which is God’s love.Richter and Coppedge at JPL in 2008.Dr Richter and I pray that this book will reach many people for the Lord. Would you like to help? Please buy it, read it, share it, and promote it. Once it comes out on Amazon, you can help by writing a good review and rating it.View Henry Richter’s Author Profile to see his previous articles on Creation-Evolution Headlines.At Richter’s personal web page, you can order his previous book, America’s Leap Into Space: My Time at JPL and the First Explorer Satellites. This engaging book describes the early days of rocketry and space travel from the viewpoint of the Russians, the Germans, and the Americans, capped by his insider’s view of the development of America’s answer to Sputnik. A valuable history from a key person on the team that brought America to pre-eminence in space flight.(Visited 539 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Young energy champions lead the way

first_imgDaniel von Eschwege’s invention is cost effective and easy to assemble. Louise Williamson and her family have not looked back since turning their home green. South Africa’s first Six Star Green Star-accredited building is owned by Vodafone. A view of the entrance to the Vodafone building. The City of Cape Town is leading the way in energy efficiency. Here an employee is retrofitting a traffic light in the city with LEDs.(Images: www.eta-awards.co.za)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sandisiwe GugusheMedia Relations Manager: Ground Media+27 11 544 1900RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa becoming a renewable energy hub• First Cape Town homes to feed power to grid • Energy centres to power rural South Africa • Power from South Africa’s wind • Portable plant makes fuel from wasteValencia TalaneEvery year in November South Africa’s energy utility Eskom rewards citizens who apply their minds and skills to inventing energy efficiency tools that don’t only help to keep energy consumption down but, in many cases, also address sustainable community development needs.This year is no different, as the eta Awards 2012 ceremony in Kyalami, north of Johannesburg, proved. If anything, the judges had their hands full, according to the chairman of the judging panel, Prof Roy Marcus.“The plethora of good ideas that came through made the judging difficult,” said Marcus. “What’s more, 90% of them are in fact working in the environment that we are so encouraging.”He urged the audience to go out and believe in what South Africa can produce in terms of energy efficiency projects.Now in their 23rd year, the awards, named eta after the Greek symbol for efficiency, showcased projects in nine categories, namely industry, commercial, residential, innovation, energy efficiency awareness, community, young designers and energy savings in household. The last was added in 2011 to encourage ordinary South Africans to innovate sustainable methods of conserving energy.Seeking alternative energy sourcesDelivering the keynote address, Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi cited the work that his organisation has done over the years to move towards more energy efficient solutions, not only within the company, but in encouraging South Africans to adopt a greener approach to their lifestyles.“The eta finalists have proven that it is possible to offset price increases through energy savings,” said Tsotsi. South Africa’s electricity pricing is rated among the world’s highest, and almost 90% of its electricity is generated in coal-fired power stations. Recent media reports have indicated generally negative response to a proposed 16% tariff hike every year for the next five years.Speaking of efforts to seek alternative energy sources, Tsotsi said since 2005, Eskom had rolled out energy efficiency projects that have brought environmental and economic benefits for the country.“Over 3 000MW has been taken off the national grid, mainly from the installation of compact fluorescent lamps around the country,” he said.The industrial sector, he added, had also been supportive, and through its intervention 600MW has been saved since the beginning of the initiative through the implementation of energy efficient technologies and energy management.“Turning ideas into action depends on us,” said Tsotsi. “There is no time like the present to power a brighter future.”Rewarding excellenceContinuing its effort to encourage energy saving among residents, Eskom introduced the Energy Saving in Households category to the etas in 2011. This year the award went to the City of Cape Town’s Public Lighting Retrofit Programme, which has seen the municipality retrofitting all its traffic lights from incandescent luminaries to LEDs in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.“Since 2009, 15 370MWh-a-day have been saved, which is almost the equivalent of 17-millionMWh a year,” explained Sumaya Mohamed from the City’s environmental resource management division.From the example of Cape Town to private companies in a range of industries, to community development initiatives and school groups, all nine categories of the awards were represented by innovative ideas that Tsotsi contended South Africans can learn a lot from.Young achieversThe Young Designers category’s repertoire of entries saw several young people show initiative and imaginative thinking in their approach. So popular was the category, receiving many entries from budding young scientists that the judging panel decided to split it in two, for individuals and groups.A group of pupils of Bracken Hill EK primary school in Knysna – who designed a hotbox and a clay oven that requires a few twigs and a small amount of coal to heat it up – helped their community reduce its wood consumption by at least half, from its average 900 pieces per week.To further their conservation efforts, the pupils also developed a system that allows them to make coal using recycled paper. This way the families in the Bracken Hill community would have a cost-effective alternative to regular coal.To the east of Knysna, four pupils from Bay College in Plettenberg Bay named their team Girls Looking Forward, and their research was meant to determine the most efficient option for cooking, using a microwave, a stove top and the slow-cooking process.The result was the invention of a hotbox that proved popular in their community’s crèches and soup kitchens, and had a wider social impact as these institutions expressed how the girls’ project had changed their perspective on energy consumption. They were winners in the Young Designers category: Group.The winner in the individual section was 12-year-old Daniel von Eschwege from Bloemfontein in the Free State, who has entered his design in the Eskom Expo for  Young Scientists for three years.Von Eschwege has created a solar geyser system that is affordable and will also benefit users by keeping its maintenance costs low.Using high-density polyethylene (HDPE), or the black plastic pipe – which upon testing was found to be as efficient as the copper pipe used in conventional geysers – he is able to keep installation, construction and labour costs down.The HDPE, which is coiled and fitted inside a solar panel and connected to a plumbing system, is mounted on the roof of a house to absorb as much solar energy from the sun as possible.A separate eta section, the Energy Efficient Lighting Design Awards, also proved popular, with the judges selecting 19 finalists. These too were put into different categories: professional, special/amateur, scholar and student.Nine-year-old Thomas Granig, a pupil at Johannesburg’s The Ridge Preparatory College, was the youngest winner of the night. His lighting design, in the scholar category, is named the LED Envirolight.The base of his light is constructed out of balsa wood that supports the paper light shade which is held in place with a Pringles chip lid. Granig made holes in the base to fit an old torch switch, LED globe and wires to a transformer that he recycled from an old telephone with wireless handsets.Innovative designIn the innovation category, victory went to the architectural team of Naina Sharad Marsai, Savier Huyberechts and Alison Grove from Grosskopff, Lombardt, Huyberechts and Associates, designers of the first Six Star Green Star-accredited building in the country. Mobile provider Vodafone now has an office block that is a prototype 350 square metre building for which all power is provided by solar panels, while the building generates its own electricity.The winners in the other categories were:Industrial – Magnet Electrical, an energy services company in KwaZulu-Natal that provided an ammonia heat pump for Rainbow Chicken’s plant in Hammersdale. The pump provides hot water as needed by the plant, but reduces the amount of power used to produce the hot water.Commercial – the operations department of the V&A Waterfront Holdings in Cape Town has managed to turn the 85-building precinct into an energy efficient zone. This was achieved by installing lighting controls, energy efficient lighting and upgrading their air conditioning BMS, among other efforts.Energy Efficiency Awareness – hosted by Gareth Burley, the Green Hour radio programme on community radio station Kingfisher FM in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, has been going for just over a year.The programme creates awareness around energy efficiency and showcases good news stories and ideas, among other things.Efficiency champion – Barry Bredenkamp, who worked for Eskom for 27 years before starting and committing in 2000 to a campaign to get South African households to turn to compact fluorescent lights. He now heads up the South African National Energy Development Institute.Community – Billy Hadlow and the Seven Schools Club are joint winners of this category. Hadlow invented the Khaya Power, a 5l plastic container converted into a solar energy power pack that can supply energy to a house for up to eight hours. It contains a 12-volt battery, a DC socket and is fitted with LED lights. It is charged during the day for use at night.The Seven Schools Club’s initiative is focused on a recycling campaign that sees pupils collecting recyclable waste to earn money for their schools .Energy Saving in Households – Louise Williamson’s family was motivated by an unanticipated move from their old house into a new one to commit to living off the grid. It took six weeks for her husband to build their green home, where they use solar panels for energy, borehole water and to cook, an effort that has saved them R20 000 (US$2 260) over 56 months.“The awards are a great platform to get people talking about becoming more energy conscious and also showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of energy saving innovations,” said Dr Steve Lennon, Eskom group executive of sustainability.All the winners of the receive cash prizes of R30 000 ($3 400) each, while the runners up get R5 000 ($564).last_img read more