Amb. Sulunteh Speaks to Harvard Medical School on ‘Challenges of Ebola Outbreak in Liberia’

first_imgLiberia’s Ambassador to Washington, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, is expected to speak at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts (MA), USA, on Thursday, January 29.Ambassador Sulunteh, who will be the first speaker to deliver the formal opening address at a three-day symposium, will speak on the Challenges of the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia.Following the Ambassador will be the Health Minister of Burkina Faso, Mr. Lene Sebgo, who, too, will deliver another opening statement.The three-day conference on the theme, ”Global Response to Emerging Infections”, will be held in the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School.The Ambassador might have a lot to say as Liberia is one of the three nations hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease, which is now on the wane in Liberia.During the height of the Ebola crisis last year, his mission mobilized some of the biggest relief aids sent to Liberia to cater for patients and health workers.The three-day event, according to the organizers, will bring together top scholars and boots-on-the-ground practitioners in the fields of crisis leadership, epidemiology, humanitarian, and disaster medicine for an up-to-date symposium on emerging infections and threats to global health.Amb. Sulunteh will also use the occasion to visit UMASS in Worcester, MA for a tour and hopes to meet there with a large Liberian population.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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Annie T. Doe Foundation Opens Free Computer Training Program for Girls

first_imgThe founder of the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation (ATDMF), Mrs. Saya Doe Sio, along with her husband, Mr. Francis K. Sio, has added to their free basic primary elementary school a free computer literacy program for senior high school girls in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Opening the new program recently, Mr. Eddie L. Williams, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Grand Bassa County Authority, on behalf of the Superintendent and other county leadership, thanked the ATDMF and the ROZALIA Foundation “for this great opportunity given to the young women of the county.” Williams encouraged the students to make good use of the value-added skills as the world is now in the age of technology. He told them to be committed and focused as these skills can land them jobs and better prepare them for future challenges, including doing research in college. The county’s PRO further challenged them to use the skills they will acquire to bring pride to the sponsors, and to serve as ambassadors of the ATDMF. Williams also pleaded with the ATDMF to extend the free computer literacy program to other schools in the county so that more girls will have the opportunity to become computer literate.The District Education Officer (DEO), Thomas Kerkula, thanked the ATDMF for what he termed as “this worthwhile venture,” and encouraged the students to take the opportunity seriously. He also appealed to the ATDMF to extend their program to other schools in the county.For his part, Mr. Eric D. Peters, coordinator of the ATDMF in Liberia, outlined the goals of the Foundation and disclosed that it intends to carry out many women empowerment programs, beginning with Grand Bassa County. Peters encouraged the youths, especially females in the county, to take advantage of the Foundation’s Women Empowerment programs aimed at preparing them for a better future. He thanked the ROZALIA Foundation, a Switzerland-based organization, which is partnering with ATDMF, for sponsoring the computer literacy program for girls in Liberia.” Mr. Peters also announced that a tailoring training program for more than 40 girls will begin by the end of this month.The ATDMF runs a free primary institution for kids in Buchanan, presently running from nursery to grade 2. The Foundation supplies students with uniforms, text and note books, pencils, pens and book bags. The staff of the academy is paid from donations received by the Sios. Mrs. Sio told the Daily Observer that her Foundation’s mission is to empower today’s generation for a better tomorrow by providing free primary Christian-based education to youth in underserved and marginalized communities in Liberia.“Every child deserves the right to a sound education. Our goal is to stop the epidemic of high illiteracy rate among children in marginalized communities by providing free primary Christian education to over 200 young Liberians from pre K through 6th grade,” she stated.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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Gymnastics Club rolls into summer

first_img***This story originally said the year-end performance was on June 6th.  The correct date is the 26th. Registration costs $175 per week for full-day sessions and $90 per week for half-days. Discounts are available for families with more than one registered child.For more information, visit www.npga.ca or call 250-787-5327. The North Peace Gymnastics Association is tumbling towards an action-packed summer.On Saturday, June 26th, the club will host its annual year-end performance, starting at 11 a.m.- Advertisement -The NPGA will then kick off nine straight weeks of summer camps on July 5th.The camps, running Monday to Friday, offer half- or full-day sessions including gymnastics instruction and other activities.There are three different camps being offered, including a Kinder Camp (for 3-5 year-olds), Youth Camps (for 6-10 year-olds), and “Trampoline and Tumbling” (for children 8 and up).Each week will be based on a different theme, ranging from ‘Disney Character Fun,’ to ‘Wild, Wild West’ to ‘Space Camp.’Advertisementlast_img read more

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The Miller Experiment Is Dead; Long Live the Miller Experiment

first_img(Visited 76 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The image of Stanley Miller pondering his spark-discharge apparatus is too valuable an icon to toss on the trash heap of history.Dr. Stanley Miller (1930-2007), like Frankenstein, stands proudly, arms akimbo, behind his lightning-bolt flask in a piece on Astrobiology Magazine.  Yes, he got some glycine and other mixed-handed amino acids in his artificial atmosphere, but in the many years since 1953, many in the origin-of-life field have found serious problems with his experimental setup.  When they replicated the experiment with more realistic prebiotic atmospheric gases, including free oxygen, they got nothing.  The field has moved on since then, looking for amino acids in meteors or comets, are imagining metabolic processes emerging in deep-sea vents.  But something about that photo, with the lightning bolt in the flask, sent the imagination of atheists soaring:In 1953, American chemist Stanley Miller had famously electrified a mixture of simple gas and water to simulate lightning and the atmosphere of early Earth. The revolutionary experiment—which yielded a brownish soup of amino acids—offered a simple potential scenario for the origin of life’s building blocks. Miller’s work gave birth to modern research on pre-biotic chemistry and the origins of life.Miller, therefore, electrified more than gases: he electrified the imagination.  It was not a realistic scenario; just a “potential scenario” that sent the world on a quest that has run into obstacles at every turn (e.g., compare 2/15/07 and 1/26/08).Now, to keep the dream alive, Antonino Marco Saitta and colleagues at the Sorbonne in Paris have re-examined Miller’s experiment at the quantum level. This, presumably, will breathe new life into the old icon.  In computer simulations, they got the glycine all right, and discovered something new: that formamide, not formaldehyde, appears to be the precursor molecule (Jeffrey Bada, Miller’s student, is skeptical about this, the article notes).  They also believe that the electric field might be 10 to 20 times stronger on mineral surfaces.  “Nobody has really looked at electric fields on mineral surfaces,” Saitta said. “My feeling is that there’s probably something to explore there.”None of this should matter, though, if the experiment starts with the wrong gases.  Did they make the same error Miller did?  A look at their paper in PNAS shows, that, indeed, they did: “A preliminary test to all simulations reported in the main text was carried out on a system, named M00, based on the original Miller mixture and relative proportions of ammonia, methane, and hydrogen.”  Apparently all 50 runs used reducing conditions with no free oxygen, which would have destroyed the desired “building blocks” (glycine, it should be noted, is the simplest amino acid, with no chirality).  They failed to mention, also, that the “brownish soup” included chemicals that would destroy the amino acids.Any results of the new work, therefore, are only of academic interest, and—like the original Miller experiment—bear no relevance on speculations about the plausibility of life arising under “natural” conditions.  They only illustrate intelligently-designed artificial experiments about organic synthesis under controlled conditions.Sixty-one years now the evolutionists (and NASA, with tax funding), have promoted the Building Blocks of Lie with their Miller icon.  We’ve been crying out like a voice in the wilderness about this phony icon for over a decade (5/02/03).  What will it take to get the liars to fess up?  They know full well that this experiment has nothing to do with life, but they continue milking it of all the propaganda value they can get to promote atheistic materialism.  Debunking the “useful lie” requires some knowledge of organic chemistry many people do not have, but the propagandists know that a picture is worth a thousand words.  That image of lightning-in-a-flask sent young Lee Strobel, as a high school student, down his decades-long detour into atheism (see film The Case for a Creator).  How many others went down that same path to spiritual destruction?The origin of life is arguably the most (or one of the most) astronomical hurdles for evolutionary materialists to leap over by faith, but you wouldn’t know it from NASA’s power of suggestion.  Get educated about this key issue!  Read our online book.  Read Shapiro and Orgel falsifying each other.  Read Meyer’s Signature in the Cell.  Whatever you do, help stop this scientifically-vacuous, emotionally-poisoned propaganda from doing any more damage to impressionable minds.last_img read more

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SCN sampling can be done in the spring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest These fluctuating temperatures that we have had this spring where we go from snow days to short days provides some opportunities to get the crews out and enjoy some nice weather. Sampling for Soybean Cyst Nematode is fine to do in the spring, especially in years where the ground thaws early.It is becoming increasingly important in Ohio to know your numbers. Sounds like a cholesterol warning doesn’t it? In the case of SCN, less than 500 eggs per cup of soil and keeping it under 1,000 is what we need to shoot for on some fields. Non-detectable levels are like gold.If you haven’t tested in a while, here are some guidelines of fields to be sure to target:1. Fields which are consistently low yielding, always below the county average2. Continuous soybean fields3. Fields with a healthy crop of purple dead nettle, shepherds purse, or planted to a legume cover crop. These can all serve as additional hosts to SCN and especially with a warm winter there will be some increase in nematode numbers.If you have yield maps, especially for no-till farmers, target the low yielding pockets. SCN will stay in that one pocket, but the pocket will get larger over time with no-till. With cultivation, the pocket will get larger in the same direction that you till.For a quick video on sampling for SCN check out OSU Department of Plant Pathology Ph.D. Student Horacio Lopez Nicora’s take on “How to properly sample for Soybean Cyst Nematode” at http://plantpath.osu.edu/about-us/multimedia.Only two labs in Ohio will accept samples:Spectrum Analytic Inc1087 Jamison Rd NWWashington Court House, OH 43160800-321-1562740-335-1562740-335-1104 faxwww.spectrumanalytic.comandOSU C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest DiagnosticClinic ($15/sample)8995 E Main St, Bldg 23Reynoldsburg, OH 43068614-292-5006http://ppdc.osu.edulast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, April 2, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No significant change in our forecast this morning. We see two more days of sunny, nice weather today and tomorrow with a few fair weather clouds here and there. High pressure returns to the area tomorrow. We see temps climbing about 10-12 degrees today over yesterday, and likely another few degrees tomorrow. Our next chance of rain remains on track for Thursday. Scattered light showers move through during the daytime hours over the northern half of the state with rain potential of a few hundredths to .3”. Then Thursday night through Friday, a second wave moves from southwest to northeast across Ohio, bringing additional rains to about 70% of the state. The totals there will be a few hundredths to half an inch. Combined, we see coverage at 90% of the state with rain totals up to .5”, but most areas will be around a quarter to third of an inch or less. Clouds likely hold through most of the day on Friday, but clear out Friday night. High pressure brings partly to mostly sunny skies for most of the weekend. Temps will be normal to above normal. Clouds start to increase late in the day Sunday. Rain starts to develop Monday and lingers into Tuesday morning. There still are moderate to heavy rain and thunderstorms in this event.  This morning we are keeping rain totals for the full event at half to 1” with coverage at 100% of the state. The threat of strong thunderstorms and have the potential even for some potentially severe weather will be mostly Monday evening and overnight. The map at right shows an updated snapshot of potential action Monday around midnight. We return quickly to dry weather with some sunshine later in the afternoon on Tuesday the 9th. We are fully unchanged for the extended period, with sunny and dry weather for the first couple of days, through Friday the 12th. Temps remain near to above normal, ad we see strong south winds emerging late in that period. Then we flip the switch. Rain develops for the 13th, bringing .25”-1” with 80% coverage. Then from Saturday night through Sunday the 14th we can see an additional .25”-1” come across the southern part of the state, at least from I-70 southward, and perhaps even just from US 50 southward. Sunday will be dry elsewhere. A third system arrives Monday afternoon (the 15th) and runs through Tuesday but has lesser rain totals…a half an inch or less with 90% coverage. Temps remain near normal through the wetter turn of the pattern. That means there is the potential for a full 1-3 inches of rain in the latter part of the extended period alone…which will not allow us in the fields anytime soon.last_img read more

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SOA Adoption Stats

first_imgAnalyst reports are confirming that adoption of SOA is growing, but just how fast is another question.  And depending on which industry you’re looking at the numbers are quite different. The Aberdeen Group report “Enterprise Service Bus and SOA Middleware” published in June and sponsored by IBM, TIBCO and Fiorano finds that 90% of their survey respondants of 120 IT and business professionals expected to have had some level of SOA planning, design or programming completed before the end of 2006.In July, a survey from Evans Data of 400 respondents showed acceptance of SOA, but not at such high levels.– 24% of developers said that they’ve used SOA techniques, up 85% from the previous year– More than 30% will be using more than 20 Web Services by the end of the year, up 58% from the previous year.John Andrews of Evans Data said “While we are still at the beginning of this major software architecture shift, it is clear that the benefits of both SOA and Web Services are beginning to be realized.”Gartner’s report from November 2005 found that SOA was growing, especially in vertical sectors that are highly dependent on Information Services.  They looked at Banking, Insurance, Investment, Healthcare, Government, Oil and Gas, and Media.  Of these, banking, insurance, investment and healthcare are the industries with the leading adopters, banking having an adoption rate as high as 78%.One area that shows up as an exception is government.  A Merlin SOA Coalition did survey of IT workers that paints a different picture than what’s happening in industry.  Merlin consists of Amberpoint, Systinet/Mercury and BEA.  The survey covered 196 government IT professionals and it found that only 17% of respondents were involved with SOA and one third of the SOA projects they were involved with were considered to have been failures.last_img read more

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Activities Being Streamlined in Areas Around Kingston Port

first_img The issues to be addressed include parking restrictions, enforcement and traffic management to prevent the haphazard parking of motor vehicles; the relocation of vendors to a designated food court area; security in and around the port; signage; drainage; and a designated area for truckers to leave chassis. The working group is expected to comprise representatives of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), among others. A special working group is being established to develop a comprehensive plan aimed at streamlining activities in the areas immediately around the Port of Kingston. A special working group is being established to develop a comprehensive plan aimed at streamlining activities in the areas immediately around the Port of Kingston.The issues to be addressed include parking restrictions, enforcement and traffic management to prevent the haphazard parking of motor vehicles; the relocation of vendors to a designated food court area; security in and around the port; signage; drainage; and a designated area for truckers to leave chassis.The working group is expected to comprise representatives of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), among others.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, expects the plan to be ready by the end of January 2019.“Most importantly, we are looking forward to timelines and funding, so that we can work together [with] all entities to be able to start implementation. The situation down here [at the port] has existed for far too long, and it is an untenable position,” he added.The Minister was speaking with journalists following a tour of some of the areas, in the vicinity of Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL), on Monday (Decrmber 3).Meanwhile, Mr. Vaz said based on discussions with the PAJ and the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), clean-up work in and around KWL’s facilities will commence soon, to prevent the flooding of drains in the event of rainfall during the Christmas period.He encouraged business owners in the area to also initiate their own clean-up exercise as part of their responsibilities as stakeholders.The PAJ’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Gordon Shirley, who also toured the area, said it is imperative that the issues identified be addressed within reasonable time.“We look forward to working with the Mayor, National Works Agency (NWA), National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the other entities to ensure that we have a plan that elevates the area to a leading maritime centre,” he said.Kingston Mayor, Senator Councillor, Delroy Williams, who was also part of the touring party, noted that a competitive port facility is critical to Kingston’s and, by extension, Jamaica’s economy.He said the Kington and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSMAC) will move a resolution to assume responsibility for the road network in the area, to ensure its rehabilitation and maintenance.Other persons touring the areas included KWL Director, Charles Johnston and CEO, Grantley Stephenson; NWA CEO, E.G. Hunter, and representatives of the JCF and SAJ. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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McConnell Presses Senate to Pass Disaster Aid Bill by Memorial Day Break

first_img ADC AUTHOR Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on the Senate Tuesday to pass a disaster aid package before the Memorial Day recess, Politico reported.“We need to get this done,” McConnell said at a late afternoon news conference.The stalled disaster aid package, which includes critical recovery funding for several military installations across the U.S., is caught up over differences with Democrats’ funding level request for Puerto Rico and President Trump’s demand to border-related projects.Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and ranking member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) shared optimism last week a deal was close on the $17 billion package.But earlier Tuesday Shelby said intensifying complaints from both parties were impeding a final deal, as ADC reported.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) placed blame on President Trump for the delay.“It was all on the road to being solved when President Trump came in and said ‘don’t give aid to Puerto Rico,’” Schumer said Tuesday.Ten governors wrote to the White House and congressional leaders urging them to pass disaster relief aid.last_img read more

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