Even though academic activities at the state-run University of Liberia over the last four years under Dr. Emmet A. Dennis have been highly admirable, 2013 was a rigmarole year with good and bad mixed up for the faculty and students.Besides the normal students and faculty exchange programs that have led many instructors and students including student leader Patrick Suah to travel to the United States of America, one major event of concern at the UL for 2013 was the cancellation of the May graduation.When Dr. Emmet A. Dennis took over as president of the University in 2009, he introduced a bi-annual graduation system: one in May and the other in December of every year.However, students became one way or the other annoyed during the May graduation of this year when the administration announced that graduation in May was cancelled. Those who felt that they have stayed long in the institution displayed their annoyance by discussing in groups and expressing discontentment.At the same time those who imagine the euphoria of year-end graduation in December consented with administration because they want to form part of the event.According to the administration, they were spending more money on the bi-annual graduation in a year, when there were other activities to direct money to.One major improvement the Dennis administration continued in 2013 was the administering of entrance every year, and this began in May of 2010.This has provided many Liberians the opportunity to remain in high school to sit entrance with the assurance that upon graduation they would enter the University to pursue their careers.Nevertheless, the hope of Liberian students was dashed in 2013 when the administration announced on August 21, 2013 that all 25,000 candidates who sat last year’s entrance for undergraduate degree failed.According to Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell, the UL administration set passing bench marks as 70% for English and 50% for Math to enable a candidate be successful in the entrance, but no candidate met the bench marks, she had said.On the basis of scaling, the Provost also stated they had to reset 40% for Math and 50% for English, which enabled over 1,600 candidates to be selected for enrollment last year.Since the announcement of that result, normal academic activities had not been forth going as students’ continual demonstration stalled normal learning process.Beginning October to November, disruption of classes by a handful of students became the order of the day for various reasons.At one point, students who could not meet up with the registration deadline for the new academic year in October grouped and disrupted classes, situation that led to the administration giving additional one week to students to process their registration and be fully registered.The process continued until it collided with time for the mid-term examination. When schedules were placed up for mid-term, students again demonstrated against the schedule and called for additional two weeks to be given them before sitting for tests.Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost Wede Elliot-Brownell in response to the demonstration refused to adhere to students’ demand and said the schedule would stand.Coincidentally, the Faculty Union of the University of Liberia met and decided to lay down chalks. They further called on the Provost to resign.The union led by Mr. Clifford Young, accused Dr. Brownell of arbitrarily dismissing instructors without observing the Labor Law of Liberia.The union went further to demand increase in salaries for instructors and accused Dr. Brownell of interfering with the duty of the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs amongst others.Students on the next day of the go-slow action of instructors joined the fray, with their leadership drafting a release calling on the Provost to give up the post and vacate the university, describing her Doctorate degree as fake without backing.On November 22, the situation turned violent and students surrounded the administration. They threw stones at the building. One of the UL security officers sustained injury.Administration immediately called the Liberian National Police and a troop of Police Support Unit (PSU) was dispatched to the campus to bring the situation under control.Dr. Brownell and Dr. Dennis were rescued by the Police to a different location, and since then the University has remained closed with the first semester of 2013/2014 in complete predicament.Following the accusations against Dr. Brownell and suspension of classes at the University, she (Dr. Brownell) held a press conference for the first time on December 12, 2013 and referred to those calling for her resignation as “Academic Criminals,” who are fighting back because their cartel established to extort money from students had been blocked.She disclosed that many people were on UL payroll but were not working in the university, and from the method employed to curb the situation she was able to collect LD$20 million for the university.She said department chairpersons were making business by contracting unqualified teacher assistants to teach in their places to be paid by them (chairpersons).In her position statement to the call for her resignation, Dr. Brownell said she will not leave the University of Liberia but will stay there to clean the system for better future of Liberian students.Despite the suspension of classes with investigation pending to ascertain the facts surrounding accusations from both the Provost and faculty, the University of Liberia carried on the December 18 graduation scheduled earlier.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A teenager and a 24-year-old man are now in Police custody after they were found, in separate busts, with illegal firearms along with matching ammunition.In the first instance, ranks of a mobile patrol observed and intercepted a motorcycle without registration plates at about 20:00h on Friday at Cummings Lodge Public Road, Greater Georgetown.The revolver and ammunition found on the teenagerA search was subsequently carried out on a bag the suspect had in his possession during which an unlicensed semi-automatic Intratec DC9 pistol was found.The 24-year-old suspect of Murphy Street, Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was taken into custody, while the weapon, which had no ammunition or magazine, and the motorcycle ridden by the suspect, were lodged. Investigations are going.Meanwhile, a 17-year-old resident of the Soesdyke/Linden Highway was also arrested by ranks in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) on Friday evening.According to reports, the ranks went to Emerald Tower Road on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway and detained the teenager after he was found in possession of three live rounds of.32 ammunition and a .32 revolver. The youth are in custody assisting with investigations.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Two suicide bombers turned a procession of Shiite pilgrims into a blood-drenched stampede Tuesday, killing scores with a first blast and then claiming more lives among fleeing crowds. At least 114 were killed amid a wave of deadly strikes against Shiites heading for a solemn religious ritual. Hours after the attack in Hillah – in the Shiite heartland south of Baghdad – boys used long-handled squeegees to push pools of blood off the road. The victims’ shoes and sandals were gathered in haphazard piles. “In an instant, bodies were set ablaze, people were running and the ground was mixed with teapots, kettles and other supplies for pilgrims,” said Mahdi Kadim, one of the survivors. But there was also a louder message in the carnage that left at least 138 pilgrims dead throughout Iraq: U.S.-backed authorities remain virtually powerless to stop suspected Sunni insurgents trying to push Iraq toward a sectarian civil war. U.S. forces, too, continue to tally losses at the hands of extremists despite signs of more successful raids against bases and weapon stockpiles. The military said nine soldiers were killed Monday in two separate roadside bombings north of Baghdad, making it the deadliest day for U.S. troops in Iraq in nearly a month. “A brutal massacre against people who are only practicing their faith” was how Shiite lawmaker Sami al-Askari described the Hillah attacks, which wounded at least 151 people. Dr. Mohammed al-Temimi, at Hillah’s main hospital, said some of the injuries were critical and the death toll of 114 could rise. The Hillah strike came after gunmen and bombers hit group after group of Shiite pilgrims elsewhere – some in buses and others making the traditional trek on foot to the shrine city of Karbala, about 50 miles south of Baghdad. At least 24 were killed in those attacks, including four relatives of a prominent Shiite lawmaker, Mohammed Mahdi al-Bayati. This weekend, huge crowds of Shiite worshippers will gather for rites marking the end of a 40-day mourning period for the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Hussein died near Karbala in a 7th-century battle. In Hillah, southeast of Karbala, a long line of pilgrims marched toward a bridge checkpoint on the edge of the city. Food and cool drinks were distributed at nearby tents. The first suicide bomber killed dozens and touched off a mad dash away from the bridge, said witness Salim Mohammed Ali Abbas. As the fleeing crowd grew thicker, another suicide bomber among them blew himself apart. An Associated Press cameraman at the scene said ambulances and Iraqi police swarmed the area. A police commander, Brig. Gen. Othman al-Ghanemi, said the attackers joined the procession outside Hillah and waited until it reached the checkpoint bottleneck to try to maximize the damage. “The government bears some responsibility for this,” complained a Shiite parliament member, Bahaa al-Araji. “It has not provided enough security to protect the pilgrims.” In the past two years, the powerful Mahdi Army militia watched over pilgrimages to Karbala. But the group agreed to put down its arms under intense pressure from the government, which wanted to avoid any confrontations with U.S.-led forces during a Baghdad security crackdown launched last month. “This year, things are sadly different,” said al-Araji. But the Mahdi Army has been unable to protect other religious pilgrimages. In February 2005, a suicide car bomber hit mostly Shiite police recruits in Hillah, killing 125 people. U.S. forces, meanwhile, suffered their deadliest day since Feb. 7, when 11 troops were killed – seven when their helicopter was shot down north of Fallujah and four others in combat operations. The military said six soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division were killed Monday in a bombing in Salahuddin province. It was the single largest loss of life in the past three years of combat for the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based unit, said division spokesman Maj. Tom Earnhardt. Three other soldiers died the same day in a roadside bomb attack in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad. Both provinces are Sunni-dominated and have seen a rise in violence since additional U.S. forces moved into Baghdad as part of security sweeps. The Pentagon has pledged 17,500 additional combat troops for the capital. The latest phase brought U.S. and Iraqi troops into the Mahdi Army stronghold of Sadr City. Its militias have so far stuck to their agreement with the government to keep their weapons stowed away. U.S. forces also kept to their bargain of low-key patrols. Some 600 American soldiers searched the neighborhood, knocking on doors and searching homes, according to an Associated Press reporter traveling with them. The U.S. forces are seeking a “reconciliatory approach” to avoid sparking a backlash on the streets, said Col. Richard Kim. One small gesture seemed to show appreciation: a child offered soldiers ice cream bars. In a speech to the American Legion in Washington, President Bush said it was “too early to judge the success” of the Baghdad crackdown. “But even at this early hour there are some encouraging signs,” Bush said. Still, he added: “There are no shortcuts in Iraq.” Near the northern city of Mosul, gunmen stormed the Badoosh prison and freed about 140 inmates, but most were recaptured soon afterward, said Brig. Gen. Mohammed al-Wakaa. All but 47 fugitives were seized within hours. Local security officials said the attackers were insurgents, but the prison has a poor security record. Saddam Hussein’s nephew, Ayman Sabaawi, escaped from the same prison in December. He was serving a life sentence for financing insurgents and possessing bombs. He remains at large. In Baghdad, parliament failed to reconvene as scheduled after only about two dozen of the 275 lawmakers showed up. Political leaders claim that talks between various parties kept the deputies away. But it was seen as another sign of political stagnation when key issues are facing the parliament, including a proposed law to divide Iraq’s oil revenue among its three main groups: Sunnis, Shiites and the northern Kurds. Associated Press Writer Ryan Lenz with U.S. troops in Baghdad contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Cathal DunleavyA THUG who stole the car which killed Garda Robbie McCallion in Letterkenny today pleaded guilty to driving a car at another Garda.Cathal Dunleavy (23), from Meentagh, Glenvar, Kerrykeel, Co Donegal, admitted driving an Opel Corsa car at Garda Patrick Geraghty at Milltown, Kerrykeel on October 18 last year. The incident followed a high speed car chase from Letterkenny to Fanad.Prosecuting barrister Patricia McLaughlin told the court that the DPP wished to give full facts in the case later this week including the showing of a 20-minute video of the car chase.Dunleavy was jailed for three years in June 2010 for stealing the car which was driven at Garda McCallion on March 26, 2009. He was on bail at the time of that offence.His co-accused Jamie Grenaghan was later jailed for seven years for causing death by dangerous driving.In court today, Dunleavy pleaded guilty to endangering the life of a Garda, 12 counts of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.The full charges were:1. Endangerment by reversing a silver Opel Corsa in the direction of a Garda Patrick Geraghy which created substantial risk of death or injury.2. Dangerous driving in Letterkenny.3. Dangerous driving at Barrack, Ramelton.4. Dangerous driving at Ballaghdearg, Letterkenny.5. Dangerous driving at Ballykelly, Ramelton.6. Dangerous driving at Ray, Rathmullan7. Dangerous driving at Main Street, Rathmullan8. Dangerous driving at Glebe, Rathmullan9. Dangerous driving at Kerrykeel.10. Dangerous driving at Kinnegar Rathmullan11. Dangerous driving at Kerrykeel12. Dangerous driving at Glenvar, Fanad13. Dangerous driving at Glenvar, Fanad14. Failing to provide a specimen of breath15. Driving without insurance16. Driving whilst disqualifiedAlso before the court was a co-accused Gary Gibbons of Glenvar, Kerrykeel, who faced three charges.He was accused of causing criminal damage by smashing the window of a Garda car, throwing items at a Garda car which could have caused injury and allowing Dunleavy to drive his car.Both men, who were in custody, were remanded to appear again before the court later this week for sentencing.THUG WHO STOLE CAR WHICH KILLED GARDA PLEADS GUILTY TO TRYING TO KILL ANOTHER GARDA was last modified: April 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CATHAL DUNLEAVYTHUG WHO STOLE CAR WHICH KILLED GARDA PLEADS GUILTY TO TRYING TO KILL ANOTHER GARDA
Makaila Napoleon had 19 points and for the second time in as many meetings the Eureka High girls basketball team crushed its cross-town rival, the St. Bernard’s Crusaders, 58-35, this time doing so in the semifinal round of the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament, Wednesday night at St. Bernard’s High.St. Bernard’s jumped out to a 7-2 lead midway through the first quarter after Jasa Sisemore hit an 18-foot fade-away, and for a few brief moments it appeared the Crusaders may have enough defensive …
24 August 2007The issues of electricity security, improvements to South Africa’s criminal justice system, and skills development dominated the agenda of President Thabo Mbeki’s meeting with local business leaders in Cape Town on Thursday.The second meeting of the year between the Presidency and the Big Business Working Group discussed recommendations on how to manage the changeover to new capacity in the midst of tight electricity supplies in the country.Safika Holdings deputy chairman Saki Macozoma told reporters after the meeting that possible measures discussed included looking at the role of independent power producers (IPPs).According to a document on local government expenditure released last year by the National Treasury, a tender has been issued for IPPs to provide about 1 000 megawatts of new capacity by 2009.Other measures discussed at Thursday’s meeting included the role of renewable sources of electricity and continued demand-side management of electricity usage.Macozoma said the current electricity supply situation would not necessarily affect South Africa’s economic growth. At the same time, he emphasised the importance of raising awareness on saving electricity among both household and industrial consumers.State electricity company Eskom has already made considerable savings from such measures, a factor that would be critical during the next five years, the meeting noted.CrimeAnother key item discussed was the partnership between business and the government in tackling crime in South Africa.The meeting noted that crime levels were still high in the country, but expressed satisfaction with progress in key areas, such as the fight against organised violent crime and the overall re-engineering of the criminal justice system.The government made a presentation on a plan to improve the capacity and efficiency of the justice system. Details of the plan will be presented to the Cabinet before being publiched for public commentMacozoma said a key element of the plan was ensuring “systemic planning” across the criminal justice system.Skills developmentThe third key issue discussed at Thursday’s meeting was how investment in skills development had progressed in the country.Macozoma said skills development was a key focus area for business, with research showing that South Africa companies are generally spending about 4.7% of their payrolls on training, including the one percent already going to the skills development levy.Macozoma added that he was unsure as to the quality of this training, and said this was an issue to be examined in the future.A key question related to the training of artisans, whose skills are in great demand as South Africa experiences a construction boom.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In late July, President Barack Obama signed into law an important agreement that protects America’s food supply from a harmful patchwork of state-level food labeling laws. The law will provide consumers with more information than ever before and ensure a transparent, national food labeling system.“We are grateful to President Obama for swiftly signing into law a bill that is crucial for American farmers and consumers,” said Chip Bowling, National Corn Growers Association President. “His signature brings consistency to the marketplace and prevents the negative ramifications of conflicting state and national food labeling standards.” The legislation requires food packages to display an electronic code, text label, or symbol identifying whether or not they contain GMO ingredients. The exact details will be determined by the Department of Agriculture that has up to two years to write the rules for the labeling specifics.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, we received a few comments about soybeans having mature pods, but the stems remaining green. Similar observations were made in 2012 — another dry year. Green stems on soybean may be a result of a source/sink problem. With the hot and dry conditions this year, pod set was likely reduced. With a limited number of pods (sink), there are fewer places for the plant’s photosynthates (source) to go.From previously conducted work by Jim Beuerlein, when soybean pods were removed from a plant node when they first formed and started to expand, the leaf at that node stayed green after the rest of the plant matured. If all the small pods were removed from a branch on a plant, that branch did not mature. Further, if setting of pods were prevented on the main stem of a plant but pods allowed to develop normally on the branches, those branches matured normally while the main stem stayed green and held onto its leaves. Anatomical studies of the flow of carbohydrates within a plant show that each leaf fills the pods at its node only, but if all its carbohydrates are not needed at that node, the extra will move to the next lower node. Therefore, soybean plants digest their leaves, petioles and stems to complete the pod filling process and add a few more bushels per acre. If the digestion of plant parts is not needed to complete pod fill, then these plant parts remain green.Another possible cause of stay green syndrome might be stink bug feeding. As the bugs feed, they inject saliva which may impact the plant’s physiology to remain green. In 2012, some acres of green stem were known to have stink bug infestations, especially along the edge. We have seen similar fields with stink bug pressure in 2016. To check for stink bug feeding, open a few pods and look for shriveled or flat seeds that may indicate stink bug feeding.
Here’s a trick for overlaying textures, footage or graphics in your video projects when color grading in DaVinci Resolve 9!Professional colorist and editor Juan Salvo shares a trick for creating unique overlays in Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve 9. Sure, you can overlay a texture as a new track in the Resolve timeline, but this can inadvertently cause problems. The sizing may not match the source footage, the overlaid clip wouldn’t be ‘connected’ to the clip below it….just not a very streamlined process.Juan suggests a better way to do this by connecting an overlay clip to your footage as an ‘external fill’ and adjusting the blending mode. The biggest advantage of this seems to be that the overlay is then “attached” to your footage – a better way to keep your Resolve project organized. You can also adjust the size and position of the overlay, grade it separately or quickly enable/disable it.This is a handy feature for adding grain to your footage (as shown in the video example) but would also be useful when working with graphics, flares or other textures. See how it’s done in this DaVinci Resolve video tutorial and be sure to check out Juan fantastic color grading reel below.Juan Salvo is active on Twitter. Follow him!Resolve 9 External Fill from Juan SalvoJuan Salvo ColorReel 1080 from Juan Salvo
Seoul, Sep 5 (AP) As North Korea prepares for a massive parade Sunday featuring thousands of goose-stepping soldiers and lots of scary-looking missiles, some potentially capable of reaching the US mainland, worry is rising in South Korea that a tentative, hard-won detente is starting to slip away. An authoritarian nation obsessed with big milestones, North Korea will use the celebration for the 70th anniversary of its national founding to glorify Kim Jong Un as a leader who’s standing up for a powerful nation surrounded by enemies. Kim will also welcome a delegate from his most important ally, senior Chinese official Li Zhanshu, the third-ranking official of the country’s ruling party and head of its rubberstamp parliament, whose presence at the parade would underscore Beijing’s role as a major player in international efforts to solve the nuclear crisis. That’s a role South Korean President Moon Jae-in covets, and one of several reasons why the pressure will be intense when he travels to North Korea later this month to meet with Kim. Moon, who previously held summits with Kim in April and May, will arrive in Pyongyang with dual goals: speeding up inter-Korean engagement and breaking an impasse in nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States.It won’t be easy. The current stalemate between Washington and Pyongyang has raised fundamental questions about Kim’s supposed willingness to abandon his nukes, questions that were initially brushed aside amid the soaring, and so far largely empty, rhetoric surrounding a June summit between Kim and President Donald Trump that saw very little substance in its wake.advertisement If Moon fails at his upcoming meeting with Kim, he may face a serious political dilemma: whether to continue to engage the North or join another U.S.-led high-pressure campaign against Pyongyang. “It’s worth the gamble for Moon to make bold demands to try to get North Korea back on track in nuclear negotiations with the United States, but current signs indicate the North won’t budge,” said Choi Kang, vice president of Seoul’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which was stopped with an armistice that left the Korean Peninsula still technically at war, has been a major point of contention between Washington and Pyongyang and will almost certainly be discussed by Moon and Kim during their summit. Amid faltering negotiations, North Korea has accused the United States of making “unilateral and gangster-like” demands on denuclearisation and delaying a declaration on formally ending the war. There were also complaints about “persistent” sanctions by “hostile forces.” Trump responded by calling off Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea last week, citing insufficient progress on denuclearisation. Seoul expressed regret and urged Washington to commit to continued diplomacy. Suh Hoon, Moon’s spy chief, told lawmakers recently that Pompeo’s visit collapsed mainly because North Korea demanded that the United States sign an end-of-war declaration up front, while Washington insisted that the North first hand over a list detailing the components of its nuclear program. North Korea, which calls for a “phased and synchronized” process in which every action it takes is met with a reciprocal reward from the United States, claims it has already taken serious steps toward denuclearization, including its unilateral dismantlement of a nuclear testing ground and a missile engine test facility. By denying a peace declaration, Pyongyang says the United States is refusing a corresponding measure that would build trust and move the process forward. US officials maintain that such a declaration cannot come before the North takes more concrete steps toward relinquishing its nukes in a verifiable way. None of North Korea’s actions so far have been verified by outsiders or seen as realistically reducing the country’s nuclear and missile capability. The American stance could cause a split with Moon’s government, which also wants a quick end-of-war declaration, possibly at the U.N. General Assembly in September. Moon’s critics say he puts too much faith in North Korea. The North has never provided a full account of its fast-growing nuclear and missile program and seemingly has an endless number of cards to play in the “phased and synchronized” game like dismantling a missile engine test site or removing a launch pad before it ever has to take concrete steps on denuclearisation. Once a peace declaration is made, Washington and Seoul could struggle to find other points of leverage. Washington is unlikely to provide sanctions relief, diplomatic recognition or the reduction of US forces in South Korea unless North Korea takes major steps on denuclearization. The North, meanwhile, could easily find excuses to drag out the process or even discard it.advertisement North Korea’s obsession with an end-of-war declaration may also indicate that it seeks to turn the talks with the United States into an arms reduction negotiation between two nuclear states, rather than a process to surrender its nukes. Moon is also running out of goodwill gestures toward North Korea, which has expressed frustration about the slow pace in cooperative projects with the South that it hopes will bring it economic benefits. The Koreas have staged emotional reunions between aging relatives separated by the war, fielded combined teams in sports competitions and held military talks to ease border tensions. (AP) SMJSMJ