The ruling Unity Party (UP) has termed the Supreme Court’s action in recent electoral disputes involving two of its senators- elect as a “dangerous precedent.”Cllr. Varney Sherman and Morris Saytumah won their respective senatorial seats in the special elections with 13,651 and 8,857 votes in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties, respectively, but the results were subsequently challenged before the high court, ignoring the required channels provided by the electoral laws of Liberia.The High Court has since ruled in both cases and instructed the National Elections Commission (NEC) to proceed with the certification of the UP senators- elect.At the ceremony yesterday, UP Secretary General Wilmot Paye noted that the trend of the Supreme Court signals a very “dangerous precedent” for Liberia’s fragile democracy.Paye told newsmen that his party is worried about the future of the country in the wake of “the interference from the High Court.”He equated the latest action by the Supreme Court to the “misuse of judiciary power,” and wondered what will be the role of the Supreme Court in 2017 when elections will be conducted for 73 electoral districts and for the presidency.“There are laws that govern electoral processes. The new Election Law states how complaints emanating from election competitions are addressed in Liberia and we expect the court to know these things. The law called for electoral disputes to start with the counties then to the Commission before finally reaching the Supreme Court. From all indications, these two cases began at the Supreme Court,” he said.“Imagine in 2017 how the Supreme Court will be overwhelmed with unnecessary complaints because they have set a very wrong precedent,” the UP stalwart stressed.Meanwhile, presenting certificates to the two winners in Monrovia, the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Cllr. Sarah M. Toe said after conducting hearings into complaints filed against the elected senators, the Board of Commissioners of NEC reaffirmed their election because the complainants could not prove “allegations of electoral fraud filed against the candidates.”“Consequently, the Supreme Court of Liberia last week rescinded its decision to prohibit the certification of Cllrs. Sherman and Saytumah.“Accordingly, and in keeping with Section 2.9 (q) of the New Elections Law of Liberia, we are gathered here today to certificate Cllr. Sherman and Cllr. Saytumah. The certification of Mr. Tornolah is still pending,” the acting NEC Boss noted. She said as much as these individuals felt discouraged because they could not be certificated with their colleagues during the certification ceremony on January 3, the NEC welcomes the decision of those who felt aggrieved by the outcome of the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Election in their recourse to the law. “This is a clear indication that our democracy is maturing. It is therefore the wish of the Commission that this practice of reverting to the law whenever a citizen feels aggrieved in a process will resonate in all areas of our lives as citizens of Liberia.” Cllr. Toe concluded. Speaking on behalf of the newly certificated senators, Bomi County Senator-elect, Morris Saytumah lauded the NEC, the Supreme Court and the electorate for the process that legitimized their election as senators of Bomi and Cape Mount Counties, respectively. He said that they are going to the Senate to make significant changes in the body politics of Liberia, noting that the current senate will work very diligently to ensure a smooth transition in 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Participants with some of the officialsAgriculture Minister Dr. Mogana S. Flomo Jr. has extolled the Chinese Government for investing in the sector to improve Liberia’s quest to become self-sufficient in food production.Minister Flomo spoke at the inauguration of the Chinese hybrid rice extension and demonstration site on Saturday, June 9, in Foya, Lofa County.Flomo described China as one of the biggest contributors to Liberia’s post-war development drive, most importantly in the agricultural sector.He said that the Chinese have immensely contributed to the country’s infrastructure development over the last 13 years, resulting to increased access to basic social services across the country mainly through grant support to the Liberian government.Minister Flomo specified that key areas of Chinese support to Liberia include health, education, agriculture, science and technology, road and electricity restoration.“As part of support to agriculture development, China-Liberia signed a memorandum that aims to establish a framework for cooperation and understanding, to promote agricultural technology and further strengthen bilateral cooperation and technical training, demonstration, extension and farm development at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in central Liberia,” Flomo said.Under the scheme, the Kpatawee Farmer Based Organization, a local agriculture production group, is being assisted with advanced Chinese technology, to improve agricultural production and increase food yield in the country.At present, according to Minister Flomo, Chinese agriculture technicians are aiding local farmers in rice and vegetable in Kpatawee on the 50 acres of land the local community set aside for the project.Since the establishment of the China-Liberia Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center, there have been training opportunities for Liberians in the areas of rice, vegetable, cassava, animal husbandry, machine operation and other agriculture related entrerprises.In August of 2005, lawmakers of the 52nd Legislature jointly passed a Resolution No. 001, which confirmed and reaffirmed the government’s total and unwavering commitment to the one China policy, a resolution which made the policy irreversible, according to Flomo.Ming, a Chinese interpreter, said that the program covers 50 hectares of land, including 22 and 28 hectares of lowland and upland respectively.The program, accordingly, focuses on providing technical support through training and field technical advice to farmers.“We provide rice production technology training, including water control, weeding, fertilizer application and pest and disease control for the farmers in order to have good yield,” Mr. Wing said.He disclosed that his organization has conducted technical training to 77 participants mainly farmers and field technicians under the program in Lofa County. The training mainly concentrates on hybrid rice nursery technology, hybrid rice transplanting technology and rice field maintenance technology.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A study at the University of Toronto reinforces the growing body of evidence that being active outdoors is good for you. PhysOrg printed an interview with Guy Faulkner, in the Physical Education faculty at U of Toronto, who shared that exercise not only provides physical benefits; it beats depression and appears to slow the onset of dementia in the later years. Even 10-minute walking breaks can have a noticeable effect on mood. All it takes to benefit from exercise is self-monitoring, action planning, and overcoming barriers. “As researchers, we’ve looked at how physical activity adds years to life,” Faulkner said, “but the flip side of this is that physical activity also adds life to years.”Suggested previous entries:06/06/2010 “Get a Life with Nature”01/27/2010 “Barefoot Is Better”10/23/2009 “Modern Men Are Wimps,”10/11/2009 “Conservationists Moan Lack of Hikers,”08/10/2009 “Don’t Just Sit There; Do Something,”02/20/2009 “Back to Nature; Back to Health”and other entries under the Health chain links.People in Biblical times walked a lot. Look at the Holy Land and you see hills and valleys everywhere. Getting anywhere required walking up and down; getting from Jericho to Jerusalem, for instance, was a 3,400 foot ascent in 15 miles – a hefty workout. Soldiers, farmers, and travelers took all this walking in stride (pun intended) unless a horse did the work. Jesus walked that trail many times. Our comfortable society, with powered transportation, has made exercise a choice that is too easily crowded out of our schedules. See what the article prescribes about small ways you can get at least a little activity into your routine. You don’t need a gym or expensive equipment. One of the best means to physical and mental health is walking outdoors surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation:Short walk from a cityTrail overlooking a metropolisDesert hikeWildflowers just minutes from homeA remote mountain glory land (Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
26 June 2014Sydwell Sihlangu, who is doing his Masters degree in crop science at North West University, has managed to cultivate oyster mushrooms in the dry climate of Mahikeng.Usually the mushrooms were grown in temperate and sub-tropical regions, “none of which Mafikeng [Mahikeng] offers, making this a milestone for crop science and a major development in food security”, the university said.The region is semi-arid, and the town’s summer temperatures can go up to 37°C, making it unsuitable for cultivation of the mushrooms. “The oyster mushroom is one of the most important macro fungi, producing high levels of quality protein for various agro-wastes,” the university stated.“I am especially proud, because it is a real breakthrough in terms of crop science,” Sihlangu said. “I plan to work even harder and create more recognition for small-scale farmers and the important role they play in the country’s economy.”Sihlangu worked under the supervision of Dr Khosi RamachelaHow it was doneSihlangu made use of crop residues to successfully grow the mushrooms.The university said the concept used – using non-conventional crop production with existing agricultural systems – could improve conditions for small-scale farmers.“Plant hormones are involved in several stages of plant growth and development. The objective therefore was to investigate the effects of different plant substrates and growth hormones on the growth characteristics and nutrient content of oyster mushroom species in the arid and semi-arid regions.”Thesis and workSihlangu’s thesis is titled “Effect of different plant substrates and growth hormones on the growth characteristics and nutrient content of oyster mushroom species (pleurotus ostreatus) in the semi-arid region”.He has been working with the assistance of Neo Makhobela, an honours student.The Mpumalanga-born student would like to continue to work with small-scale farmers to share his knowledge and possibly train them.SAinfo reporter
Share with your Friends:More Two Groundspeak hamsters find homesTwo retired Groundspeak hamsters found ‘forever homes.’ The toy hamsters were retired after playing a starring role in a Geocaching.com video. The segment aired in a continuous loop while the website received a major update in early May. The “Geocaching.com Hamster Power” video played on an old joke – that Geocaching.com is actually powered by hamsters. (It’s not.)Thank you to the more than 100 geocachers who offered to care for the hamsters in their retirement years. Ultimately, a geocaching family from Germany and a geocaching couple from America will receive the hamsters.CacheZwerge is a team made up of 10-year-old Kai-Luka and 12-year-old Catharina.Team CacherZwerge: Catherina and Kai-LukaThey wrote, “We would be so glad to offer little Hammy a forever home. He was a hard working hamster for geocaching and now deserves a real good place to enjoy the sunny side of geocaching. We will show him all fantastic places in the Black Forest. Take him out to exciting adventures, visiting caves and climbing. Go kayaking with him and we will always carry him if he does not want to walk. Or he can get a special ride with our husky.”The other hamster up for adoption won’t be traveling as far. It’ll find a home in Indiana, USA. Miss.Betsy and her fiance Mr.Charles have been geocaching since their first date, “We’ve camped, hiked, canoed and swam and nowwe’re looking for a special pet to share in our adventures!”Miss.BetsyMiss.Betsy says no other pet would do, she’s allergic to animals. “His polyester-based fur wouldn’t require me to medicate myself, we could find some nice hiking gear for him (Or perhaps I could sew him some!) , He would have a forever home in Greenwood, Indiana. He could weekend with us wherever we decide to camp, and he could have a beautiful, two-story, to-scale townhome located in scenic my bedroom! There are many lock-in-locks in which he can nest, and if he feels the need for roomier digs, he can inhabit one of many ammo cans.”Both CacheZwerge and Miss.Betsy will be receiving their Groundspeak pets soon, with care packages including Travel Bugs so that the hamsters will be trackable. You can watch the video below that made the hamsters famous. Stay tuned to the Latitude 47 blog. You never know when another hamster will come up for adoption! SharePrint Related”Hammy” a Groundspeak Hamster Finds a New HomeJune 22, 2011In “Community”Geocaching.com Hamsters Go Big TimeNovember 4, 2011In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Mailer – December 28, 2011December 28, 2011In “Community”
You and your friends want to go on a trip, you know that you each have $1,000 to spend, eight glorious days of freedom, and a serious case of wanderlust. How do you figure out what to do where in the budget you have? You might do a ton of research and come up with something or you might go look at some package travel deals at your local travel agent. Now, you can plug all of these variables into Wanderfly and see what comes out on the other end.Wanderfly, which raised a million bucks earlier this month, asks you where you’re leaving from, how much you want to spend, how much time you have, when you’re looking to travel and what type of activities you’re interested in and spits out some solutions. It not only shows you a potential destination and activity, but also suggested flights, hotels and even restaurants in the area. Check it out: The company, which has now served more than a half million trips in 200 countries, says that the website is just the beginning and that it has a bunch in store for 2011. According to Wanderfly co-founder Christy Liu, the company has five areas it plans on focusing on in year ahead. The Wanderfly team just started last week working on a social travel solution, bringing tools to help friends organize trips together – “a real pain point right now in travel,” according to Liu. Liu called this Wanderfly 2.0 and said we could expect the first version to roll out some time early in March. Beyond social travel (which is certainly a big realm), Liu said they plan on expanding the database of destinations and the attributes associated with each, launching an “expert program” that will feature bloggers and travel writers, platform partners and, possibly most importantly, a mobile app that we could expect to see in the second half of 2011.From what Liu said, it sounds like Wanderfly has a number of big partnerships in the works and we’ll be keeping an eye out for this company in the mobile travel space in the year ahead. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Tags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts
Make the most of FCPX in a collaborative workflow with these useful guides to shared editing.If you’ve not yet seen this behind the scenes making of video from That Studio, you’ll soon come to realize that global shared workflows are becoming more and more feasible, even for small teams of collaborative creators.Although this video is all about the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications, there are plenty of ways to use Final Cut Pro 10.1 in a shared workflow.FCPX Collaborative WorkflowAuthor and trainer Larry Jordan, is always an indispensable source of insight, especially on all things Final Cut X, and in this case you won’t be disappointed. In this excellent step by step guide, Larry walks you through how to correctly import and manage your media for a smooth collaborative workflow experience. Most helpfully he also details some common sharing scenarios, from two editors working on the same project, sharing networked media to having a producer create a rough cut remotely, which are a must read.Final Cut Pro X is designed with collaboration in mind, but it requires thinking differently about how and where to store your media. Libraries reduce the need for cloning drives, instead we simply need to copy files from one drive to the other. And the ability to move projects by containing them within libraries makes sure that all essential data transfers from one editor to another.If you are looking for a much more in-depth guide to using FCPX as the central point in a collaborative workflow then this free 57 page primer from the London based creative consultancy 10dot1, is probably the best you could possibly hope for. It is an outstanding paper covering all aspects of sharing, media management, and file backup in great detail.The paper covers four different ways in which you can collaborate and then goes on to elaborate on a further six different sharing scenarios, including XSAN storage, NAS storage and a 4k film workflow. You can directly download the free FCPX collaborative guide here.More Posts on FCPX WorkflowsIf all this talk of FCPX workflows has made you hungry for more information on the core topics of media management, file back up and organizational workflows, which all underpin getting any creative work done effectively, then you might want to check out some of the other rich resources right here on The Beat.Backing up your work is essential preparation for side-stepping any unexpected drive failure, system crash or corrupt project. This recent MacBreak episode talks you through it.In this short video you can learn in 4 minutes how powerful it can be to organise your FCPX Libraries with Smart Folders.Editor Aaron Williams shares this excellent article on his three top tips for handing over a project to another editor.Looking to learn FCPX? Check out this 30 minute introduction, recently posted by Caleb Ward.I also recently collected together a lot of great FCPX workflow tips, tricks and tutorials over on my blog, which might also be worth a look. Check out this recent FCPX Workflow Round Up. The post includes mastering metadata for an efficient feature film workflow, round tripping to DaVinci Resolve 10 and much much more.
Easily create your very own effect presets in Adobe After Effects. Using presets in Adobe After Effects is a great way to quickly add cool effects to your projects. Some presets online can sell for hundreds of dollars. Did you know that making your own presets only requires two mouse clicks?In the following video tutorial by Short-Form Video, they show you how to make effect presets in Adobe After Effects. The video covers:Saving effect presetsApplying presets to new compositionsProblems associated with not saving presets Making your own presets is a great way for motion designers to automate processes, saving time and effort. If you have links to effect presets that you have made, please share in the comments below.This video was first shared by Short-Form Video on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!
zoom Florida-based liquefied natural gas supplier JAX LNG has received acceptance for the operations at its waterfront LNG facility and approval to conduct ship-to-ship LNG bunkering.Under a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from the US Coast Guard (USCG), the company was granted the approval to carry out bunkering operations with TOTE Maritime’s Marlin Class ships and the LNG barge, Clean Jacksonville. The ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations are scheduled to start in early 2018.In August 2015, JAX LNG, a joint venture between Pivotal LNG and Northstar Midstream, along with its partner TOTE Maritime received their first LOA from the USCG establishing an industry first landside LNG bunkering facility in the Port of Jacksonville. Since then, JAX LNG has safely delivered LNG to the company’s LNG fueled container ships.“The receipt of this second LOA demonstrates our commitment to our customers, the value of inclusive port stakeholder relationships and exhibits confidence in our rigorous operational risk analysis methodology,” Tim Hermann, president of Pivotal LNG, said.Expected to be operational by end of 2017, JAX LNG’s waterfront LNG facility in Jacksonville will be outfitted with a marine dock and truck loading capability.The facility’s initial daily liquefaction capacity will be 120,000 gallons of LNG per day and it will have 2 million gallons of storage capacity.