VP Boakai Lauds New Investor

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded the Atlantic Construction Group, Inc. (ACGI) for what he term as job creations for citizens and a contribution to the rebuilding of Liberia.Speaking at the official opening of ACGI office in Old Road Community Friday, May 16, the Vice President said, the government appreciates the investment by the ACGI.The Vice President stated that he was glad that the company decided to construct an office space before anticipating a single contract. According to him, this shows a high level of commitment on the part of the company in working with the people of Liberia, as well as the government.“We want to see people including investors carry out such investment in the country as this will serve many of the people by providing job opportunities and also contributing to the rebuilding process of Liberia,” he stated.Mr. Boakai further emphasized that ACGI was one of the groups that have clearly demonstrated a level of sincerity to the people of Liberia by ensuring that they have a well-constructed office to work and also provide empowerment for many of the people.He said despite the huge difficulties face by Liberians, “We still have committed investors to help the government in creating job opportunities and empowerment for our people when they are in need.”Also speaking at the opening ceremony, the president of the Board of director for ACGI, Madam Juliette G. T. Alindgo expressed thank and appreciation to the government of Liberia and the Vice President for his humanity and their acceptance to working with the ACGI in Liberia.  Madam Alindgo told Vice President Boakai, “Few years ago, we met and we told you about what ACGI intended to do in Liberia, this is the evidence before we move further and a joint venture of Liberia and Togo business, Africa own.”She also use the occasion to call on business women to be instrumental in helping to reduce poverty in Liberia.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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Emery expects tough Premier League debut against City

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal manager Unai Emery expects a testing day at the office for his Premier League debut against champions Manchester City © AFP / Paul FAITHLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery is excited about his baptism of fire in the Premier League on Sunday even though he could have wished for an easier first opponent than champions Manchester City.The 46-year-old Spaniard, who has brought in five fresh faces in the close season since replacing French legend Arsene Wenger, beleives City will have the upper hand as they have a consistent style due to manager Pep Guardiola being with them for two years and he is still bedding himself in at the Gunners. “We are excited,” he said. “We have a lot of ambition to start well on Sunday against the last winners of the Premier League.“It’s more easy to speak here than to do it on the pitch.“City, I think, after two years of working with Guardiola they have more stability, more security and when you watch City’s matches, they are playing with a very, very great confidence in themselves.”Emery, who has won plenty of silverware in his time, including three successive Europa Leagues when coach of Sevilla, says that he has been coaching the team this week to counter what he believes is Guardiola’s system.“I think that Guardiola’s coaching is clear in this team,” said Emery.“For that, we are working this week and preparing for this game and preparing for the opposition against City as a collective and as individual players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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MEP Anderson meets Donegal County Council chief Neely to discuss Brexit

first_imgSINN Féin MEP Martina Anderson has today met with the chief executives Donegal County Council and Derry and Strabane District Council in Brussels to discuss the implications of Brexit.There are fears that EU chiefs will insist that the Irish government impose a hard border between Donegal and Derry over the movement of goods and people.Martina Anderson said: “There is no doubt that the Tory Brexit agenda is disastrous for Ireland and that its impact will be particularly felt in border areas. “Today in Brussels I met with the Chief Executives of Derry and Strabane District Council and Donegal Council Council, John Kelpie and Seamus Neely, to discuss the impact of Brexit.“There is clear concern over Brexit, particularly in areas such as Derry and Donegal.“I updated the chief executives on the work of the Sinn Féin team in Europe in highlighting the impact of Brexit on Ireland and on building support for the north to secure designated special status within the EU.“We will continue to engage with the chief executives of both councils as we continue to work to secure special status within the EU for the north,” added the Sinn Fein MEP. MEP Anderson meets Donegal County Council chief Neely to discuss Brexit was last modified: July 11th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrexitBrusselsdonegalMartina AndersonmeetingSEAMUS NEELYlast_img read more

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‘No one would blame me’ – Ajax star hints at move amid Everton and Spurs talk

first_img1 Davy Klaassen Everton and Tottenham target Davy Klaassen does not believe anyone at Ajax would begrudge him a lucrative move this summer.The Ajax captain produced another excellent display in last night’s Europa League final defeat to Manchester United and many believe it could have been his last game for the club.Ronald Koeman has shown an interest in bringing him to Everton during the summer, while there has also been speculation that Tottenham are keen on the deal.And Klaassen feels after years of service at the Amsterdam Arena, nobody could deny him a big-money switch.Speaking to Dutch newspaper Trouw about a transfer abroad, Klaassen said: “I think no one would blame me.“But I want everyone to have a good feeling.“I can see that I cannot be honest about a lot of things right now.”last_img read more

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Liverpool given good and bad news over new £50m training ground

first_img The existing Melwood site will be turned into 160 houses in November by Liverpool City COuncil According to Construction News, the Reds have named McLaughlin and Harvey as their main contractors behind the site at Kirkby.Work will begin in October later this year, but the facilities will not be available to use until the 2020/21 season.Manager Jurgen Klopp announced in May last year the club were keen to integrate both the first team and the academy together in one facility.The £50million project will see the construction of a new match pitch with floodlights, a 499-person capacity viewing stand for guests, and a combined first team and academy building. Liverpool have named the contractor who will lead development on their new £50 million training complex.However, there will be a delay as work is not expected to be completed until 2020.That’s one year later than originally planned, partly as a result of the hold-up in appointing a main contractor. 2 2 This is how the entrance of the new site will look (image courtesy of KSS/Liverpool FC) The 34.6 hectare site will also contain a new two-storey training centre with a gross internal space of 91,500 sq ft.Leading architecture and design company KSS is the architect behind the scheme’s design, having worked with the Reds on the expansion of Anfield and also with Brighton & Hove Albion on the construction of the Amex Stadium.The club secured approval from Liverpool City Council to build 160 houses on the site of its existing Melwood training ground site in November.last_img read more

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YOUNG ST EUNAN’S LADIES CROWNED CROSSMAGLEN 7s SHIELD CHAMPS

first_imgA YOUNG St Eunan’s Ladies team have been crowned the Crossmaglen 7s Shield Champions today.The team – all aged under 20 – took Ballyhegan to extra time in the final of the prestigious senior ladies tournament.And then the Letterkenny girls beat the fancied Armagh team handsomely, showing all that hard work in the convent gym paid off. The final score was 2-10 to 2-04.Proud manager Alan O’Connell said: “It was a fantastic day for us.“We had such a young squad with us and the girls performed brilliantly.”  YOUNG ST EUNAN’S LADIES CROWNED CROSSMAGLEN 7s SHIELD CHAMPS was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Crossmaglen 7s.LadiesSt Eunanslast_img read more

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Earliest Galaxy Points Out Flaws in Secular Cosmology

first_img(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 More evidence points to a fully-formed universe very soon after the beginning.Using the magnifying glass of a gravitational lens, astronomers at Johns Hopkins University have located “a galaxy dating back to a mere 500 million years after the big bang,” reported Science Magazine (Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Warped Light Reveals Infant Galaxy on the Brink of the ‘Cosmic Dawn’,” Science 21 September 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6101 p. 1442, DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6101.1442).   The discovery was announced in the  rival journal across the pond, Nature (Wei Zheng et al., “A magnified young galaxy from about 500 million years after the Big Bang,” Nature 489, 20 September 2012, pp. 406–408, doi:10.1038/nature11446).This is the latest of a trend to find mature structures closer and closer to the big bang – leaving cosmologists little time to go from random particles to “lumpy” structures like stars and galaxies (see links in commentary below).  This galaxy’s redshift (z = 9.6) is a record, indicating it existed close to the beginning: “Light from the primordial galaxy traveled approximately 13.2 billion light-years before reaching NASA’s telescopes,” PhysOrg stated. “In other words, the starlight snagged by Spitzer and Hubble left the galaxy when the universe was just 3.6 percent of its present age.”  Even so, the galaxy was estimated by the astronomers at 200 million years old.  This implies its formation was even earlier.  The original paper in Nature said,We estimate that it formed less than 200 million years after the Big Bang (at the 95 per cent confidence level), implying a formation redshift of ≲14. Given the small sky area that our observations cover, faint galaxies seem to be abundant at such a young cosmic age, suggesting that they may be the dominant source for the early re-ionization of the intergalactic medium.Modern cosmological theory places an “epoch of re-ionization” after the first generation of stars that ionized the interstellar medium.  Something with enough energy broke up the hydrogen gas into protons and electrons.  Nature‘s paper was pretty straightforward, explaining how the discovery was made and the math used to determine its redshift, etc.  But Science Magazine took the occasion to point out substantial gaps in current cosmological theory:In the timeline of cosmic evolution, the galaxy represents an era that is still filled with mystery. The universe was a soup of hot plasma for a few hundred thousand years after the big bang. Then the electrons and protons in the soup combined to form hydrogen. The first stars and galaxies are believed to have been born some 300 million years after the big bang. Over the next 700 million years or so, something re ionized the universe, breaking its hydrogen back into electrons and protons.Studies of the cosmic microwave background have broadly confirmed this timeline. But key early details are missing, including what led to the reionization. Many astrophysicists have suggested that ultra violet (UV) radiation from early galaxies may have played an important role.Nature probably did not have time to incorporate the latest findings from the South Pole Telescope, reported by PhysOrg.  Astronomers now put the epoch of re-ionization earlier and shorter than previously thought – between 250 and 500 million years after the big bang, not 750 or more.  Assuming stars were involved in the re-ionization, this implies “First Stars, Galaxies Formed More Rapidly Than Expected.”  The article explained the implications:The epoch’s short duration indicates that reionization was more explosive than scientists had previously thought. It suggests that massive galaxies played a key role in reionization, because smaller galaxies would have formed much earlier.But if massive galaxies played a key role, it compresses the time available for the first stars to form, the first dwarf galaxies to form, and then the massive galaxies to form.  The early birds must have been awesome.  They had to be in order to have the energy required for the re-ionization epoch: “The first stars that formed were probably 30 to 300 times more massive than the sun and millions of times as bright, burning for only a few million years before exploding.”The trend over the last decade has been for observations to exacerbate the lumpiness problem in cosmology (the puzzle that a smooth beginning produced stars, galaxies, clusters, superclusters and other “lumpy” objects, separated by large voids of empty space).  Follow the trend with these previous entries:5/30/01: Cosmologists still lack many basic answers.  How did galaxies form?  “The details are devilishly difficult to understand.”6/05/01: Quasar 800 million years after big bang.  It’s going to turn a great number of astronomical theories on their head and confirm others.”1/08/02: Universe began with fireworks grand finale.  The idea that “the fireworks ran backwards… is not at all intuitively what one would have predicted.”1/23/04:  Should cosmologists get worried yet?  “It’s not quite time for theorists to panic, but we’re getting there,” said astronomer Roberto Abraham of the University of Toronto, Canada, after announcing his group’s discovery of a startling number of mature galaxies in the young universe.”10/14/05: Old man in the stellar maternity ward.  “These chunky babies may be pointing to a cosmic crisis.  They don’t seem to fit the leading theory of galaxy formation, which cosmologists have relied on for more than 2 decades….”8/18/06: Early spiral resembles Milky Way.  It is also puzzling that the most massive galaxies were more abundant and were forming stars more rapidly at early epochs than expected from models.”9/24/06: Mature galaxy 700 million years after big bang. “The simplest explanation is that the Universe is just too young to have built up many luminous galaxies at z approximately ~7-8 by the hierarchical merging of small galaxies.”12/08/09: Hubble Ultra Deep Field.  “600 million years after the Big Bang.  No galaxies have been seen before at such early times.”12/17/10: Whopping celestial baby boom revealed in early universe. “The new glimpse of such a productive early universe – seen as it looked 3 billion years after the Big Bang – may change the way scientists think about star formation.”3/09/11: Young galaxy cluster already mature.  “Surprise!  Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Looks Young.”4/14/11: Mature galaxy with old stars 950 million years after big bang pushes star formation earlier, suggests “that the first galaxies have been around for a lot longer than previously thought.”6/17/11: Clumpiness of distant universe surprises astronomers: twice the clumpiness per unit distance found than was predicted.1/11/12: Cosmologists forced to “In the Beginning.”  — “serious threats to our existing understanding of the cosmos.”Other examplesLook through the Cosmology links for other examples.  Upsets are common, confirmations of theory are not.  Secular cosmologists did not expect to find early maturity, like old men in a maternity ward — but they did.  Remember these stories when someone tries to pull a scientism bluff on you.last_img read more

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Police seek Amazon Echo recordings to answer murder whodunit

first_imgTags:#Amazon Alexa#Internet of Things#IoT#murder#police#voice control Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… The Amazon Echo and Google Home sold in record numbers this holiday season. These devices, which boast a similar set of features including smart home control, are designed to listen in on your conversations. These devices are like robotic people in the room, anxiously awaiting your command so they can leap into action delivering hit tracks on Spotify or turning your thermostat down.Police have issued a warrant for information gathered by an Amazon Echo owned by James Bates, an Arkansas man charged with a first-degree murder that took place in 2015. It is believed that the murder took place in Bates’ home, and that the Amazon Echo in the home may have captured vital information.See also: Amazon Alexa now has more skills; listens betterIt’s because these devices hear so much that police are interested in them. These devices could act as a virtual witness to the crimes themselves. If they happen to record something pertinent to the investigation. Fortunately for us, accessing information takes a bit more doing than dragging the Echo downtown and putting it under a hot light.In fact, very little audio is actually stored — at least according to Amazon and Google. This audio is the conversation that takes place after you say the command phrase. For the Amazon Echo, that phrase is typically “Hey Alexa.”Everything you say, now in the cloud?These conversations, which are typically short phrases such as questions about the weather or the height of the Empire State Building, are kept in the cloud and made accessible to the user to play back. This is the same on Amazon’s service as it is on Google’s. The user can choose to delete specific recordings at their leisure. This data is used to create more accurate results and to improve on voice recognition.In the case of Bates’ Amazon Echo, police have stated that they retrieved some information from the Echo itself. This is surprising, considering the Echo doesn’t have a real hard drive that would store any significant amount of data.In fact, the Echo itself requires an Internet connection to send your voice command to the cloud to be processed. Amazon has declined to hand over recordings to authorities twice, but have handed over Bates’ basic account information and purchase history.Whether or not these devices will one day be sitting in the witness chair in a courtroom remains to be seen. In any case, it’s probably a good idea not to ask your smart speaker for any tips for committing a crime. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Ryan Matthew Piersoncenter_img Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

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AT&T unleashes drones to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Amanda Razani Follow the Puck AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagecenter_img Tags:#AT&T#climate change#drones#featured#Hurricane Harvey#Internet of Things#IoT#natural disaster#Smart Cities#smart city#top As residents on or near the coast of Texas continue to try to pick up the pieces of devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey, the ability to communicate to the outside world has become more and more important. Yesterday, AT&T deployed a fleet of 46 drones to inspect areas in South Texas that have been impacted.The key goals for the deployment were to check out all the towers, determine the network impact and ensure that customers continue to be able to speak to their loved ones.  A total of 26 drones were sent the day before, prior to sending out the 46 drones yesterday.  AT&T has an additional 58 drones on standby if needed.See Also: Amazon’s drones will tell you when your house needs workIn natural disaster situations such as this one, drones can often be utilized to inspect areas that aren’t accessible to cars or trucks due to flooding. The use of drones allows for quicker access to these inaccessible areas that could not be inspected otherwise. They can also see parts of the towers that people can’t reach when climbing or see from observing from the ground level.  They also speed up the inspection process of towers overall, because more towers can be studied in a shorter amount of time, freeing up time for making repairs.AT&T said “Drones can take HD video and photos of a cell site, giving us a birds’ eye view of the tower. This offers high-quality visuals of equipment, components, and cabling so our engineers can remotely view cell sites safely from the ground – all in real time.”Further help in the worksIn addition to the two flights of drones, AT&T plans to deploy 2 Satellite Cell on Wheels (Sat COLTS) to Beaumont, TX.  These will be joining additional assets that are already in place.  AT&T is planning to send 12 more to assist customers and first responders located in that area, due to the second landfall of Tropical Storm Harvey.Customers who live in these impacted areas will be receiving credits for extra data, voice and text charges, and prepaid credits for extra voice and text charges from the company.Follow this link to see drone footage shared by AT&T:  https://ql.mediasilo.com/#ql/59a73367e4b0b55905b47c40/ec1edd79-9041-419b-a5a1-45a0d480164a A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Windies women thrash India by 9 wickets in first ODI

first_imgThe West Indies women thrashed hosts India by nine wickets with 13.1 overs to spare in the first ODI at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s BKC ground in Mumbai on Monday.West Indies vice-captain and off spinner Anisa Mohammed grabbed four out of the top six Indian wickets to help skittle out the hosts for a paltry 161.The target was easily achieved by the visitors who rode on opener Stefanie Taylor’s unbeaten 85 in 122 balls.One- down Shanel Daley remained unconquered with 44 off 86 balls and also added 137 runs for the unfinished second wicket with Stefanie after the cheap dismissal of the other opener, Juliana Nero, who fell to Indian skipper Jhulan Goswami.Earlier, opting to bat first, the home team stumbled against Anisa and medium pacer Deandra Dottin to be reduced to 129 for 7 before the slog phase and could not post a good score which could have troubled the visitors.The second and third matches of the best-of-five series are to be held at Vadodara on January 13 and 15 followed by the last two ties at Rajkot on the 18th and 19th. The visitors are also slated to take on the home team in a best-of-three T20 series with all matches scheduled at Ahmedabad from 22nd to 24th January.Brief Scores: India 161 all out in 49.3 overs ( Poonam Raut 33, Harmanpreet Kaur 32; Anisa Mohammed 4 for 27) lost to West Indies 162 for 1 in 36.5 overs ( Stefanie Taylor not out 85, Shanel Daley not out 44)With PTI inputslast_img read more

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