More Loans for Roads?

first_imgThe Official Seat of the House of Representatives and the Senate– House mandates President Weah take an extra US$1 billionIn spite of the furore surrounding the ratification of the two controversial loans/financing agreements to construct 759.7 kilometers roads in southeastern and northern Liberia, the House of Representatives yesterday mandated President George Weah through a proposed Joint Resolution, bearing the signatures of at least 48 Representatives, to secure and or negotiate more loan finance agreements for “road construction of the country’s critical corridors.”The Joint Resolution was forwarded to the Senate for concurrence.The House of Representatives and the Senate recently approved the US$536.4 million Loan/Financing Agreement between Eton Finance PTE LTD and the Government of Liberia as well as the US$420.8 million Loan/Financing Agreement between EBOMAF SA and the government.In the lawmakers’ authorization yesterday, they asked President Weah to employ all legal and legitimate means in securing Loan Financing Agreements for the construction of paved roads leading to the 15 counties, prioritizing, “Sawmill (Gbarpolu County) – Gbarma-Kongba-Vahu-Menekroma-Voinjama-Kolahun-Foya (Lofa); Bopolu-Belle; Zwedru-Fish town; Montserrado County Soul Clinic-Johnsonville-Mount Barclay-Tyler Island 72nd connection; Todee – Bomi Corridor; Neckley’s town-Rehab.-Pipeline-White plain corridor; Bong – Gbarpolu corridor – Bong – Bassa corridor and Formutolee Route; and Margibi – Bassa Corridor (Gibi – Bassa); Virginia-Arthington-Mount Coffee Corridor; Morlton Corner-Suehn Mecca corridor; Saclepea – Butuo and Palala – Saclepia.”The Resolution further read, “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed to by Head of States and Governments in September 2015, to set the world on a path towards sustainable development through the adoption of the 2030 Agenda; the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development consist of 17 SDGs oof which poverty eradication is the overarching objective, alongside the promotion of economic, social and environmental development and Article 8 of the 1986 Constitution provides for policy towards ensuring opportunities for improvising the livelihood of our citizens, to include health and welfare facilities.”It further read, “The attainment of SDGs requires domestics resource mobilization, and it is established that economic growth pivots on frequent movement of people, which suggests that roads connectivity is a causality to economic growth and that recent borrowing to connect our cities is in the overwhelming interest of the Liberian people; Article 34d (iii) of the 1986 Constitution states, “no loans shall be raised by the government on behalf of the Republic or guarantees given for any public institution or authority otherwise, then by, or under the authority of Legislative enactments.”According to the attached communication to House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, the Resolution is predicated upon the unanimous resolution of the people to petition the Government of Liberia through their direct Representatives.Four members of the House of Representatives, including Jospeh M. Matthews, Jr. (Gbarpolu County District #3), Thomas P. Fallah (Montserrado County District #5), Francis S. Dopoh (River Gee County District #3) and Beyan Howard (Lofa County District #5) are the sponsors.Though the Resolution did not state the amount of the Loan/Financing Agreement, reports say it targets additional US$1 billion to cover the construction of road corridors of about 1,000 kilometers.It may be recalled that Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan, said Liberia has a total road networks of about 12,000 kilometers, and under 1,000 kilometers of roads are paved, which means 94 percent of the roads are unpaved.He said the roads are accident-prone, especially during the raining season.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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Backcountry Backpack to School

first_imgBackcountry Backpack to School is brought to you by Backcountry, helping you enjoy the great outdoors, Energeticcity.ca, everything Fort St. John and Moose FM, 100.1% Fort St. John. – Advertisement -do the rest.  This year we are not looking for backpacks, only cash donations.Then we’ll take that $30 donation and with the help of Backcountry, provide a child in School District 60 with a backpack valued at over $80 and fill it full of supplies.Make a donation online below, or at Backcountry located on the Alaska Highway in Fort St. John.You have until September 11th, 2009 to make a donation and then all the money will be used to purchase backpacks and supplies, which will be donated to students in School District 60.Advertisement Backcountry Backpack to School is here for another year!  We are looking for your help to make sure every child in School District 60 goes back to school with all the supplies they need.All you have to do is make a donation of at least $30 at Backcountry or online by clicking on the donation button below.  Then, we’lllast_img read more

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UAW leader ending an era

first_imgDETROIT – United Auto Workers Vice President Richard Shoemaker grew up in a time when General Motors Corp. claimed about 50 percent of the U.S. auto market and imports were virtually nonexistent. Today, his union is battered by foreign competition and he has watched GM’s market share shrink by more than half. The face of manufacturing has changed, but Shoemaker says the UAW’s mission – and his passion for it – has remained the same since he got his first union card nearly 50 years ago. “That’s what the union’s all about, about people and their hopes and dreams, their aspirations, about the kind of future that they want for themselves and their children,” Shoemaker told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. Shoemaker, 66, announced last week he plans to retire in June after 36 years at the UAW, which oversees 950 local unions and has more than 1.2 million active and retired members. Vice presidents Gerald Bantom, who is in charge of negotiations with Ford Motor Co., and Nate Gooden, who is in charge of negotiations with DaimlerChrysler AG, also are stepping down. UAW leaders typically retire after they reach 65. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake When Shoemaker leaves the union’s headquarters in Detroit, a piece of history goes with him. He is the last person on the UAW staff who was appointed by legendary UAW President Walter Reuther. Reuther appointed Shoemaker to the union’s Detroit headquarters in 1969, the year before he died in a plane crash. Shoemaker remembers Reuther as an inspiring speaker and a progressive who was concerned about issues like the environment, Shoemaker said. “He was one of those people who saw some of the problems years ago that we’re experiencing today,” Shoemaker said. But Reuther might never have imagined today’s UAW, which has 1 million fewer active members than it did when he died. Shoemaker says unions are facing unprecedented competition as well as government reluctance to help manufacturers with tougher trade agreements and relief on health care costs. Shoemaker has been at the center of the UAW’s push to retain relatively high wage and benefit levels for U.S. workers in the midst of those global pressures. He has been negotiating almost constantly since he became a vice president in 1995. As soon as Shoemaker negotiated the end of a strike against GM in 1998, for example, he began talks about GM’s spinoff of Delphi Corp., its parts operation. “At the bargaining table, he’s thorough, meticulous, determined and effective,” said UAW President Ron Gettelfinger, who has worked with Shoemaker since 1992. Gary Cowger, GM’s group vice president for manufacturing and labor relations, called Shoemaker “a very intelligent and experienced bargainer.” “Although he is hardworking, dedicated and tough at the table, I have always found him to be a fair and thoughtful man,” Cowger said in a written statement. Shoemaker’s decisions haven’t always been popular. Some union members spoke out against his recent agreement with GM to require hourly workers and retirees to pay more for their health care. Hourly workers approved the proposal last month by a 61 percent vote. But Oscar Bunch, president of UAW Local 14 in Toledo, Ohio, said workers generally feel Shoemaker is looking out for their interests. Bunch remembers Shoemaker guiding the union expertly through negotiations in 2003 even though most people predicted a strike. “He has a lot of compassion for people. I’ve never seen a guy in his capacity worry about the average person in the plant the way he does,” Bunch said. “He still associates himself with the guy on the plant floor.” Shoemaker began his career right after high school at the same Deere & Co. plant in East Moline, Ill., where his father worked. Shoemaker got a physical at the plant the day he turned 18 and was working there a month later. “In those days, you really had a choice whether you wanted to go to school or whether you wanted to spend a career in the plant,” Shoemaker said. “You were pretty secure in those days if you hired in at one of the major manufacturing plants.” Shoemaker quickly worked his way up union ranks, becoming UAW Local 865’s youngest president ever at the age of 27. The union hall in East Moline was renamed in Shoemaker’s honor two years ago. Despite the pressures of the bargaining table, Shoemaker remains a reserved Midwesterner who rarely loses his temper and speaks in quiet, measured tones. “I don’t change very much from place to place. I try to deal with people the way they deal with me,” Shoemaker said. “But I know how to be a forceful advocate for our position.” On the Net: United Auto Workers: www.uaw.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Industry Minister Calls on More Young People to Offer Innovative Ideas

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on more youth in Jamaica to offer innovative ideas and creativity that will aid the nation with economic growth. “We want our young Jamaicans to unleash their entrepreneurial pursuits to create their own wealth.  Create your own wealth and wealth for our country by being your best selves,” he emphasised. “For example, at the Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers and Services Village, I saw three PhD graduates from the University of the West Indies who decided to put their knowledge to work and develop new and competitive nutraceutical products, utilising natural Jamaican materials,” Mr. Shaw said. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on more youth in Jamaica to offer innovative ideas and creativity that will aid the nation with economic growth.Speaking at the Optimist Club of Kingston Meeting on Thursday (September 27), at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica in St. Andrew, the Minister said youth account for nearly half of the nation’s population, and in keeping with that, they are the ones being looked to for solutions that will provide the country with growth.“The statistics show that almost 50 per cent, half of the Jamaican population, is below the age of 25 years. It is my belief that our youth will have to look at the kind of innovation and creativity that is needed as the catalyst for the growth and expansion of our economy,” Mr. Shaw said.The Minister noted that one of his most memorable experiences since becoming Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, was witnessing the participation of talented and innovative young entrepreneurs at this year’s Expo Jamaica in April.“For example, at the Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers and Services Village, I saw three PhD graduates from the University of the West Indies who decided to put their knowledge to work and develop new and competitive nutraceutical products, utilising natural Jamaican materials,” Mr. Shaw said.“We also saw packaging innovations for the coffee industry, which will allow consumers to have a coffee percolator in a bag,” he added.The Minister said he also wants to see young people forgetting the get-rich-quick and scamming mentality, and not being motivated by notions of instant gratification.“We want our young Jamaicans to unleash their entrepreneurial pursuits to create their own wealth.  Create your own wealth and wealth for our country by being your best selves,” he emphasised.last_img read more

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One person injured in a house fire in La Jolla

first_img KUSI Newsroom, One person injured in a house fire in La Jolla Posted: January 2, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 2, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:14 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A late-afternoon house fire in La Jolla left one person injured today, authorities said.The blaze was reported about 3:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Westbourne Street, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.Crews were able to get the flames under control within 15 minutes, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Medics took a resident of the two-story home near Windansea Beach to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of apparently minor burns, she added.The cause of the blaze, which erupted in an upstairs bedroom, was not immediately clear. last_img read more

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Researchers field test genetically modified mosquitoes to combat dengue fever

first_img More information: Field performance of engineered male mosquitoes, Nature Biotechnology (2011) doi:10.1038/nbt.2019AbstractDengue is the most medically important arthropod-borne viral disease, with 50–100 million cases reported annually worldwide1. As no licensed vaccine or dedicated therapy exists for dengue, the most promising strategies to control the disease involve targeting the predominant mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti. However, the current methods to do this are inadequate. Various approaches involving genetically engineered mosquitoes have been proposed2, 3, 4, including the release of transgenic sterile males5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. However, the ability of laboratory-reared, engineered male mosquitoes to effectively compete with wild males in terms of finding and mating with wild females, which is critical to the success of these strategies, has remained untested. We report data from the first open-field trial involving a strain of engineered mosquito. We demonstrated that genetically modified male mosquitoes, released across 10 hectares for a 4-week period, mated successfully with wild females and fertilized their eggs. These findings suggest the feasibility of this technology to control dengue by suppressing field populations of A. aegypti. Specialized mosquitoes may fight tropical disease (PhysOrg.com) — Oxitec, a British company spun off from Oxford University has announced the results of its field test of genetically altered mosquitoes to combat the infamous dengue fever. As they report in their paper published in Nature Biotechnology, the team found that their genetically altered males comprised 16% of those found in subsequent samples obtained from the area, and that they had sired 10% of the larvae. Explore further In past studies, insects have been genetically altered in ways that would make them sterile. The thinking went that they would mate with local females, but no offspring would result, which would then lead to a smaller population of mosquitoes because those females would not mate again. Unfortunately, in most cases, the modified males were also apparently less suitable mates and therefore met with little success in mating. For this reason, the Oxitec team took a different approach. Instead of creating sterile insects, they genetically altered male mosquitoes that produce offspring of both genders that die before reaching an age where they could mate. The idea being that male mosquitoes altered in this way, when released in the wild, would mate with females and produce offspring that would not live long enough to produce offspring of their own. To keep the genetically modified male mosquitoes alive so they could breed with the females once they were released, they were given an antibiotic. Based on the results of their field test, it appears the population of the targeted mosquitoes would be diminished by ten percent. By expanding the field test to include more mosquitoes released, and doing so repeatedly, theoretically, the population could be reduced dramatically.In the field test, just one species of mosquito was modified and released, Aedes aegypti. This is because it’s the sole carrier of dengue fever, as opposed to the myriad species that carry other diseases such as malaria. The gene modification causes both genders of the mosquito to overproduce a certain protein that leads to the underproduction of other proteins necessary to keep them alive. At a certain point, before they mature, they simply die. Tetracycline is used to keep the males alive that are bred in the lab and then released into the wild. Without the tetracycline, their offspring cannot survive.And while the field test, done in a part of the Caymen Islands, does appear promising, some worry that not enough testing was done to ensure that a monster species of mosquito isn’t created and unleashed unto an unsuspecting population. While that appears unlikely in this case, due to the fact that only males (who don’t bite people) are being modified, there is of course always a risk. Especially in light of the fact that some 0.5 percent of those modified are in fact female due to errors in separating the mosquitoes before the procedure is performed. There is also the worry about what happens when a very small number of those altered manage to survive and mate, producing over time, mosquitoes that evolve in ways that can’t be predicted. Field site and larval fluorescence. Image from Nature Biotechnology (2011) doi:10.1038/nbt.2019 © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Researchers field test genetically modified mosquitoes to combat dengue fever (2011, October 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-field-genetically-mosquitoes-combat-dengue.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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