During the visit of African pop/hip-hop icon, Alianue Damala Badara Thiam (alias Akon) and his partners TO (Tikkun Olam), Nachson Mimran and younger brother Arieh Mimran, for the launching of Light to Learn in partnership with Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia, Akon made it clear to Liberians that it is the people that move a country forward, not the government.“The government is only there to regulate and there to help manage the people to get what they need and what they want. Communication between people and government is important,” Akon stated during his visit to Ganta, Nimba County.Akon, the co-founder of Solektra International, who partnered with entrepreneur Samba Bathily and youth leader Thione Niang in an investment to drive growth and employment throughout Africa through public-private partnerships, said the perception that people have of the government is the cause for the lack of growth in society.“You have to be able to send a message over to government in order for them to know what you need here. Clearly, government doesn’t have time to come in places like this to understand your needs. If you don’t get involved, it makes it hard for them to get you a job, and it makes it very easy for us to blame government for what’s not happening because we are not communicating properly,” he stated. Many Liberians have over the years stressed their level of disappointment in conditions such as poor road infrastructure, lack of jobs, housing and the lack of a strong interactive relationship between government and the people. With Akon coming out to encourage Liberians to recognize what it takes to move a country forward, his message was received by hundreds who stood by to listen to him speak over the weekend.“Liberia is probably one of the strongest countries I ever visited. You survived war, Ebola, hunger and suffering. No one can tell me that the strongest people in Africa are not based right here in Liberia. I know that with this strength, the people have the power to build Liberia to where it needs to be,” he said.As hundreds screamed to concur with his views, Akon made it very clear that he has a high level of respect and admiration for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf because of her boldness in requesting for help when her country needed it.“I like the Liberian President because she said ‘listen I need help, we don’t have the resources.’ If most people put their egos aside and think of the people first, things can happen every day, because you’ll be surprised how many millions of diaspora [people] out there that want to do things with Africa, that want to be able to invest in Africa, that want to create an empire right in Africa, but half of the time they don’t know how or where to begin, mainly because the infrastructure is not fully stable and mature enough for people to want to take a chance. They just need more information and they will come,” he added.In saying so, Akon in relation to his bringing light to Liberia, realized that development starts with the youth and with education.“It takes time for it to happen; nothing happens overnight, it can’t happen right away. But if you’re constantly developing, when that one thing starts to happen, everything follows through, and things will continue to keep happening. The people are the ones that have to keep making it happen,” he said.Meanwhile, Akon has asked that everyone, media outlets and people alike, use communication to relate to the Liberian government what they really need.“You have to communicate with them because they are the ones with the tools to give you to build your own country. There are only 100 people in office; you expect them to build a whole country with 4 million people? No! The 4 million people have to support them to give you what you need. So the people have to be the ones to build. Africa has to be built by Africans. It’s that simple,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Advertisement – Grace Kromah is a first generation U. S. citizen with a strong Liberian heritage.Born in the United States some 20 years ago, Grace is the daughter of Mr. Abraham Dudu Kromah, younger brother of former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, Dr. Foday Kromah, and Mrs. Mayatu Peabody, wife of the eminent Liberian dentist, Dr. Christian Peabody of Stevensville, Michigan.Grace is a photographer who employs digital and film photography supplemented by darkroom alternative processes, screen printing and writing in her work.In these outstanding photographs, Grace is trying to depict first, the hands of the woman, Ma Edna King, featured in the second photograph, who took care of Grace and her siblings as children. Ms. King first worked in Liberia as a maid for Mayatu’s mother, Ms. Gladys Lewis Smith, and her consort, Mayatu’s father, Mr. Ousman Bah.In later years, 1987 to be exact, Mayatu brought Ma Edna King to the United States to help take care of Mayatu’s three children. Ma Edna remained in the USA for 30 years and returned to Liberia last December in retirement. Mayatu renovated her home in Barnesville, Monrovia, furnished it and made it comfortable for Ma Edna to spend the rest of her days.(From left) The hands of the woman, Ma Edna King, featured in the second photograph, who took care of Grace and her siblings as children (Photos by Grace Kromah)Why the first photograph with Ma Edna’s hands covering her entire face? Photographer Grace Kromah says she wanted to show the loving hands that took care of her as a child.Grace’s art practice explores themes such as family trauma, historical trauma, immigration, Liberian culture, the African Diaspora and gender equity in America. Her goal is to tell her story, narrate her life experiences and illustrate recurring memories through analog and self-portraits.Grace is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is anticipating graduation May 2020. This Institute is the second most prominent art institutes in America, the first being the one at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.These photographs were brought to Liberia and shared with the Daily Observer by Mr. George Gooding, a prominent Liberian businessman.Mr. Gooding and Dr. Peabody, products of St. John’s Episcopal High School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County (1966) and Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), 1969, have remained lifelong friends and brothers, spanning nearly 60 years and counting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Grace Kromah, aspiring photographer
– acting Chancellor of the JudiciaryResidents of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) will have swift access to justice now that the Rupununi Magisterial District Court Office has officially been opened. This District Office will also handle administrative matters of the courts at Lethem, Aishalton, Annai, and Karasabai.Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of this District Court on Friday, acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, reflected on theJustice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag)many challenges the region’s residents had faced. She said that sittings of the Magistrates Court in Lethem were held for two weeks on a quarterly basis. “For areas like Monkey Mountain, the Magistrate would come in on the flight, and 30 minutes before the flight goes back, within that period he or she would hold court and then they go back to Georgetown. Could that be justice in the circumstances?” she asked rhetorically.Emphasising that justice is “not one-sided”, Justice Cummings-Edwards said the magistrates were not the only ones affected. “Persons coming from Karasabai and even Aishalton, most of the times court was held here in Lethem and they would have to travel sometimes two days just to get to court; and when the water is high, it would take even longer for them to get to the court,” she detailed.The Magistrate’s Court was previously held in the Police Station in a small roomHis Worship Allan Wilson, Resident Magistrate of the Rupununi Magisterial District.“which was 10 by 10…the Magistrates, the lawyers, the prosecutors, the prisoners, everyone assembled in that room for justice,” Justice Cummings-Edwards related.The Guyana Police Force (GPF) also incurred financial expenses as a result of the court system in that region. For instance, if someone were charged with an unbailable offence, the transportation cost for that person to stand trial before the Chief Magistrate in Georgetown would be the responsibility of the GPF.In cases where persons were not imprisoned and had to be returned to the district to await the next court date, in some cases three months later, room was left for them to take advantage of the system by engaging in other illegal activities, she explained.According to the acting Chancellor, “We have looked at all of those factors, and we have seen the benefits the District here would have for all the residents, for all concerned”.The instrumental role that Justice Carl Singh, former Chancellor of the Judiciary, played in realizing this District Court Office was highlighted and commended. Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards pointed out that Justice Singh, recognising that the conditions under which the law was being administered in the Rupununi were not suitable, acquired the present land on which the Supreme Court was able to construct the District Office.With the opening of the office, residents will now have centralised services for their legal matters, such as bail refunds and payment for licences, among other things.Another plus for the region is the appointment of His Worship Magistrate Allan Wilson as the Resident Magistrate for the Rupununi Magisterial District, which will guarantee timely dispensation of justice.Delivering brief remarks, Magistrate Wilson said excuses can no longer be advanced for delays in the dispensation of fair-play within the District.Magistrate Wilson also reflected on what used to obtain in terms of the space constraints, poor furnishing, and long hours for hearing of cases within the designated two weeks at the Lethem Court. He said the job had to be done in spite of those challenges.“The creation of this sub-registry and the expansion of the Rupununi Magisterial District to include courts at Aishalton and Karasabai will greatly assist the people of this region. No longer will the litigants have to travel long distances to Georgetown…or depend on the Post Office for the payment of child support; and it will also now be easier for domestic violence issues to be addressed in a timely fashion”, Magistrate Wilson pointed out.The Magistrate and other staff are now better accommodated, and are therefore better positioned to adequately provide services which were previously inaccessible within the region.Magistrate Wilson expressed gratitude to the Government of Guyana and members of the Judiciary for the achievement of what is described as a “historic milestone” for the justice sector.Lethem Mayor, Carlton Beckles, also said the advent of regular court hearings would contribute to timely litigation and assist the regional administration in meeting its goals as a township.He noted, “We have joined other municipalities, like Linden, Bartica and New Amsterdam, just to name a few. We will also now benefit, from time to time, (by) the other services provided by this entity; and for these reasons, I pledge our unconditional support”.Mayor Beckles also called on residents to see the court as a “necessary ingredient in the menu of development.”The Supreme Court conducted extensive consultations with Toshaos, the regional administration, residents, the GPF and agencies, particularly the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC).The establishment of the Rupununi Magisterial District Court Office falls under the Justice Improvement Project.
11 23. Emre Can (holding midfielder) 11 11 11 12. Joe Gomez (left back) 7. James Milner (midfield) 11 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 9. Christian Benteke (striker) 10. Philippe Coutinho (left side attack) 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below 11 11 14. Jordan Henderson (midfield) 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino (right side attack) 37. Martin Skrtel (centre back) 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) Liverpool host Bournemouth tonight in the Premier League, marking the Reds’ first home game of the 2015/16 season.Victory for Brendan Rodgers’ team would give them two wins from two and put them ahead of potential top four rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in the table.The opening round of fixtures saw Liverpool earn a hard fought three points at Stoke City. While the performance was far from sparkling, the 1-0 result was more than welcome considering the 6-1 thrashing the Reds had been handed by the same opposition less than three months previously.Now the hope among Kopites is that the newly promoted Bournemouth will be swept aside with the kind of attacking intent that Liverpool demonstrated in their 2013/14 title challenge.‘Outplay Liverpool? Nonsense! Our aim is to win at Anfield’ says Bournemouth bossBut who will Rodgers select to start against the Cherries? Take a look at our possible line up above and let us know what starting XI you would pick by leaving a comment below.Brendan Rodgers discusses sending Liverpool signing on loan
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 The race had been brewing ever since Bermudez and Calderon were elected to the Assembly in 2002. Former Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh of Whittier was expected to be a third Democratic candidate but he died in March. Firebaugh’s supporters split between Bermudez and Calderon. The race was expensive. Bermudez outspent Calderon, $767,272 to $691,903. The corrections officers union and attorneys groups spent about $677,000 on behalf of Bermudez, while business groups provided Calderon with $738,000. Assemblyman Ron Calderon led Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez by fewer than 400 votes Tuesday night in the hotly contested 30th state Senate District Democratic primary. But Calderon’s 20,257-19,863 margin might be close enough that it could change. There still remain uncounted absentee and provisional ballots. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office has the month of June to finish counting the ballots. Bermudez, D-Norwalk, and Calderon, D-Montebello, each gave up their own seats two years before they were termed out to run for the seat being vacated by termed-out Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk. The winner will face Republican Selma Minerd of Whittier.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week – Associated Press Madonna says she’s the disciplinarian with 9-year-old Lourdes and 5-year-old Rocco. The former material girl told Newsweek that she doesn’t let her children watch TV or look at magazines. She says milk and ice cream are also off limits. “When Daddy gets home, they get chocolate,” Madonna said. “I’m the disciplinarian.” She’s also strict about laundry duties: If Lourdes leaves dirty clothes on the floor, “we take all of her clothes and put them in a bag, and she has to earn all of her clothes back by being tidy,” Madonna said. “She wears the same outfit every day to school until she learns her lesson.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Madison Bumgarner gave up six earned runs, plunked a batter in the head and didn’t record an out in the second inning on Sunday against the Cubs.His day was still more successful than the last time the left-hander took the mound at Scottsdale Stadium.Thirteen months after a Whit Merrifield line drive busted up Bumgarner’s pitching hand and cost him the first two months of the season, Bumgarner wasn’t …
News from biomimetics is coming in so fast, there’s only time for brief mentions in a growing list of living designs worth copying.From leaf to photocatalyst (PhysOrg): Engineers have “have used biologically inspired self-assembly to build photocatalyst architectures with highly integrated light-harvesting and catalyst components for light-activated hydrogen production.” Another PhysOrg article showed how reconstructing the photosynthetic machinery of cyanobacteria was so daunting, it took the geniuses at PARC to attempt it. “It’s a very complicated data analysis routine that literally generates tens of thousands of peptides that took a team of students and postdoctoral associates overseen by Hao Zhang and Michael Gross, months to analyze“.From skin to battery (PNAS): “Here we present important findings related to biologically derived pigments [e.g., melanin] for potential use as battery electrodes.” See write-up on New Scientist.From biological tissues to soft robots (PhysOrg): “If I think of the robots of tomorrow, what comes to mind are the tentacles of an octopus or the trunk of an elephant rather than the mechanical arm of a crane or the inner workings of a watch. And if I think of micro-robots then I think of unicellular organisms moving in water. The robots of the future will be increasingly like biological organisms“.From cockroaches to high-speed robots (PhysOrg): “Love them or hate them, cockroaches are notoriously good escape artists and can flee at astonishing speeds.” Engineers at Johns Hopkins have built an artificial robot antenna mimicking the cockroach’s antenna.From drumstick tree to pure water (Science Daily): Not just for Africa, but Europe, too: more good news about the water-cleansing properties of the Moringa oleifera tree, a literal “tree of life” (see 3/09/10). “…a research group … has discovered that seed material can give a more efficient purification process than conventional synthetic materials in use today.”From bacteria to politics (Current Biology): Finding solutions to the “public goods dilemma” in bacterial biofilms, Princeton researchers say, “Our results demonstrate new mechanisms by which the physical conditions of natural habitats can interact with bacterial physiology to promote the evolution of cooperation.”From tree frogs to electronics (Science Daily): “Novel Bio-Inspired Method to Grow High-Quality Graphene for High-End Electronic Devices” thanks to studying how tree frogs and beetles cling to slippery wet leaves.From amphibian skin to self-healing armor (BBC News): “Engineers at two universities in Pittsburgh have copied the way amphibians regenerate their body parts in the model for the synthetic gel. It could eventually lead to tables capable of growing back broken legs, one university said.”From octopi to cling-ons (PhysOrg): The material in octopus suckers is very soft, like jellyfish, allowing a watertight seal. Italian researchers “hope that by revealing the properties of these sticking suckers they might inspire a new generation of attachment devices.“From sea turtle to rescue robot (Live Science): “The lab’s research … assists the design and engineering of robots that must traverse unstable, uneven terrain — those used in search and rescue operations at disaster sites, for example” the way sea turtles and lizards can walk on sand, which can act like a solid, fluid, or gas. (See also 4/29/13.)From tropical fruit to iridescent clothing (Live Science): “Inspired by the lustrous skin of a tropical berry [Margaritaria nobilis], new iridescent threads could eventually be woven into clothing that changes color at the flex of a muscle or bend of a knee, say the inventors.”From biology to everything (PhysOrg): This article about photonics (light manipulation) and phonomics (sound manipulation) does not mention biology, but many previous biomimetics stories have told how butterflies, birds and oysters (among other living things) are inspiring a materials revolution (see list). “New abilities to corral light and sound from the macroscale to the nanoscale with structured polymers could deliver profound changes in the way we live…. Such advanced materials could not only revolutionize computing and sensing technology but could also bring about new strategies for soundproofing buildings and cars, managing heat and cold and making submarines invisible to sonar.“Student assignment: (1) How many of these articles mentioned evolution? (2) Of those that did, was evolution useful for understanding the design or imitating it? (Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Getting a Tatkal or instant passport has been made simpler by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), making the process easier for those who require it urgently. The recommendation or a verification certificate of a Class 1 or gazetted officer is no longer required for people who apply for a passport under the Tatkal or instant category.The new rules, which came into effect on Jan. 25, stipulate that the verification certificate recommending that the passport be issued under the Tatkal category is not required. “Henceforth, there won’t be any need of a Class 1 officer’s verification for Tatkal passports,” said JD Vaishampayan, IES regional passport officer from Pune, the Hindustan Times reported.“We have taken this step to let the people know that the Government of India trusts its people completely. This is one of the steps in the direction of MEA’s consistent efforts towards formulating a pro-people policy,” said Dnyaneshwar Mulay, secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, HT reported.This will ease the process for many Indians who did not have access to Class 1 officers and needed a passport for urgent travel.Mulay added that once the applicant presents all the necessary documents that are valid and required for a Tatkal passport, there is no need for anyone to verify it.“With this new norm in effect, the documents an applicant would need for applying in the tatkal category are an Aadhaar card, Pan card and election card,” he added.The list of documents required for a Tatkal passport for an adult who is in the non-ECR category are proof of address like water bill, telephone bill, electricity bill, income tax assessment order, voter ID card, Aadhaar card, or rent agreement, among others. “Furnishing of Aadhaar card will expedite processing of passport applications. Aadhaar letter or card or the e-Aadhaar (an electronically generated letter from the website of UIDAI), as the case may be, will be accepted as proof of address (POA) and proof of photo-identity (POI) for availing passport related services,” the Passport Seva said in a statement.A Tatkal passport that requires police verification on post-passport issuance basis is dispatched on the third working day, excluding the date of submission of application, without waiting for the police verification report. Passports that are not under the Tatkal category require about a month or more to be dispatched.For those who do not require police verification, the expected time of dispatch of the Tatkal passport is one day, excluding the date of submission of application. Related Itemspassport