As UNMIL folds up in just a matter of days now, there are haunting questions about the extent to which Security Sector Reform (SSR) efforts have succeeded in curbing tendencies towards lawless behavior on part of state security personnel.We recall that there have been several reports of lawless behavior by state security forces including members of the military. The shooting and killing in 2011 of CDC partisans protesting the results of the elections that year were never addressed to the best of public recollection.Similarly in 2014 during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease, a little boy, Shaki Kamara, was shot by military officers deployed to quarantine overcrowded West Point slum community.Little Shaki Kamara subsequently died from his wounds but little is known to have happened to the soldier responsible for firing the fatal bullet. In other instances, the Police has been accused of brutality and lawless behavior against journalists and other members of the public.And such behavior has drawn the attention of international human rights watch dogs including the United States whose State Department reports, including its most recent instance, have often pointed accusing fingers at the country’s security forces, particularly the Police.In some cases ranking officials of government have used the Police to intimidate and harass people for personal reasons. Concessionaires are also complicit because much too often the Police is ordered into action to suppress workers protests.In most of such cases and, almost invariably, as the evidence attests, the Police has resorted to using live ammunition to fire on protesting workers. Never for once has it been recorded that the Police under such circumstances has used non-lethal force or ammunition to quell protests by unarmed individuals or groups.It can be recalled that the prolonged 14-year Liberian civil war bore witness to a plethora of atrocities committed against unarmed and defenseless Liberians by state security forces as well as by armed non-state actors from various warring factions.During those dark days a person could lose his/her life for something as trifling as a can of sardines. Some of those active in the commission of atrocities are today parading the corridors of power as if their past actions never mattered at all.AS the United Nations Mission finally winds up, at the end of March, public concerns abound about whether the peace and stability Liberians have enjoyed for over 10 years can be supported and maintained by the country’s security forces.The recent Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) announcement disclosing that it had ordered Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) soldiers to shoot on sight individuals tampering with facilities at the Roberts International Airport has heightened public concerns and apprehension about a return to the dark days of wanton violence and lawlessness.This raises the question about command and control structures of the country’s security forces. Who can order them into action and under what conditions are they permitted to use lethal force?Questions also abound about how much and to what extent human rights concerns are factored or mainstreamed into training and mentoring programs of the country’s security forces.Can and should the Liberian people depend on and trust their security forces when any Tom, Dick or Harry can order them into action such as the “Shoot to Kill” orders issued by the Liberian Airport Authority or the ransacking of people’s homes on the orders of some big shot Representative claiming to be acting in the public interest?Thankfully, the AFL Chief of Staff promptly distanced the Army from the “Shoot to Kill” order issued by the Liberian Airport Authority.State security personnel must always be aware that they are bound by international conventions forbidding them to obey unlawful orders.Needless to say it smacks of downright disregard and disrespect for the human rights and the rule of law. And this is not limited to the officials of the Liberian Airport Authority alone for other officials are also known to be culpable of such digressions of the law.Should President Weah, however, fail to lead by example to honor the laws of Liberia, the people must seek redress through the Courts. Why? because short of a return to the ugly violent past, the law remains the only recourse but, only if the Liberian people remain vigilant and ready to nip this growing menace in the bud before it gets too late.As the late veteran journalist and pamphleteer Albert Porte of blessed memory reminds us, “Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Xabi Alonso Xabi Alonso is ready to snub interest from Liverpool and Real Madrid to remain at Bayern Munich.The midfielder is heading into the final six months of his contract with the German champions and fresh terms are yet to be agreed.It has led to rumours that the Spaniard could leave the club and return to one of his former employers, either Liverpool or Real Madrid.But now Bayern’s chief executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has rubbished such talk and insisted the 34-year-old is happy in Germany.“Recently, I had a talk with Xabi. He feels very good at Bayern Munich and in the city of Munich too,” Rummenigge told Bild.“He signalled to me he is interested in staying in Munich. Rumours he would plan to leave are wrong.” 1
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – At 4, Asia Morehead is already a dental care veteran and she knows the oral hygiene drill by heart: Sit still. Head up. Mouth open. Spit. Thanks to five specially trained moms known as las promotoras, or the promoters, Asia and dozens of her classmates at the Lowman Head Start program stand a good chance of having healthy smiles well into adulthood. “We only had two criers today,” said Martha Baguel, a Head Start mom and promotora who is a graduate of a 120-hour program sponsored by UCLA’s Oral Health Promotion Program. “The kids first come with fear, but then they feel comfortable with us because we’re moms,” Baguel said. “Because of us, they look at dental care differently now. They are not afraid to go to a dentist.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWinning the battle against tooth decay is about more than just a pretty smile. Some experts now say dental disease is the No. 1 health problem among California children, even worse than obesity and diabetes. For some of the dozens of children enrolled in the Head Start program, Monday marked their first brush with dental care. The promotoras transformed the North Hollywood classroom into a clinic, with dental files and sanitary bibs, sterile cotton applicators, gauze and boxes of toothbrushes. After a brief checkup for plaque and puffy gums, the children sat calmly around their play table to get their tiny teeth polished with tooth-decay-fighting fluoride. And for the moms who trained to provide the service, there is the satisfaction of learning a new skill – as well as reaching out to a community that might otherwise overlook dental care needs because of poverty and a lack of education. In 2000, a first-ever surgeon general’s report on oral health called dental and oral diseases in the United States a “silent epidemic.” The report found that while 44 million Americans lacked medical insurance, 108 million had no dental insurance, and uninsured children are 2.5 times less likely to receive dental care. In California, almost two-thirds of the state’s youngsters have dental disease by the time they reach third grade, making it the No. 1 health problem in children, according to a study released in February by the Dental Health Foundation. The study also found that 4 percent of the children, or 138,000, are in pain or have untreated tooth infections. Researchers say children should have their first checkup at 2 years old, or even younger. “We have all the tools to help in prevention but the problem is getting those tools to the children,” said Dr. Nancy Reifel, an assistant researcher with the 2-year-old UCLA program that trained the moms. “It would also take a change in the dental profession to add to this level of prevention.” Funded by California’s First Five initiative, the $25,000-a-month program provides dental care to more than 500 children ages 3 to 5, at nine Head Start classrooms in North Hollywood, Pacoima and San Fernando. Those children and each member of their families receive free toothbrushes and toothpaste every three months, and the results are positive, Reifel said. Instances of baby bottle tooth decay, for example, have decreased thanks to education, Reifel said. The promotoras not only apply fluoride, but if needed, some cavity-fighting sealants. They also make referrals to local dentists who can treat bigger problems. For the parents of the children who participate, the checkups also ease fears of dental visits. “When I took her to the dentist for the first time, she already knew everything,” said Elvira Gonzales of her 4-year-old daughter, Priscila. “Now, she tries to teach me how to floss.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A smile, thumbs-up and a mantra that “every day is a good day” were the words and actions that guided the unique life of Letterkenny’s Calum Nugent.Despite living with serious illness and health issues for most of his 25 years, Calum packed in what seemed like several lifetimes worth of wonderful experiences that inspired everyone he met before he sadly passed away in May, 2018.Now, as the first anniversary of his passing approaches, we take a special look at the life of the young man who touched the hearts of so many – from his friends and family, right through to some of the most celebrated stars of sport, screen and music. Indeed, some of these famous names will play a role in hosting a special charity event being held in Letterkenny’s Clanree Hotel on May 3rd next to honour his memory and help raise funds to support the work of the Donegal Hospice and The Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital.Calum was born in London and was the first son of Pauline and Eddie Nugent.They returned to Ireland when Calum was two and resided in Carnamuggagh, Letterkenny, for most of Calum’s life where they are well-known and respected within their community.Calum, parents Pauline and Eddie and friend Kelly McIntyre inBilbao for the European Rugby Championship finals.Pauline and Eddie recall a fun loving, adorable boy who always had a permanent smile on his face and a unique sense of optimism and positivity. While he grew up a healthy young boy, as his development continued his mum Pauline, a nurse, says she began to notice that his movement appeared slightly different to his peers. His gait was slightly different and at times he would require balance assistance when negotiating steps or stairs.At aged six, things escalated quickly when he began to develop headaches and sickness and it became clear that something was not right. A diagnosis revealed he had a significant brain tumour at the back of his head near his brainstem that would require immediate surgery.Pauline explained: “They put him on life support and it looked like there was nothing they could do for him, but, Eddie insisted that he be brought to Dublin immediately. We left in a blue light ambulance.”Eddie adds: “Once he got to Beaumont Hospital I knew he had a chance. There was something we could hold on to.”While doctors battled for up to eight hours in surgery to relieve the huge pressure that had built up inside Calum’s head they encountered complications in the form of a bleed that forced them to halt proceedings with the surgery and he gradually slipped into a coma. Weeks passed and it appeared that while he had not deteriorated further, neither had he gained ground and concerns grew.She said: “He was just lying there and he could not do anything. It was week three going on four and the doctor said that except for the fact he still had a heart beat they would turn the machine off.Eddie said “I don’t believe it. I knew in his eyes that he can hear us’. We went in and said to Calum ‘Show us a sign. We know you can hear us – prove it’. That was when he made the smallest movement and started to squeeze Eddie’s thumb”.Eddie explains: “From there he just built up. The doctors did tests and said they were now getting a reaction from him.” These micro-movements signaled a new hope and they grew from this tiny effort into bigger movements and the slow but steady process of recovery that eventually saw Calum regain much of his movement, speech and ability to walk, was underway.He was taken off life support, had a tracheostomy and he had to be peg fed and after spending 28 weeks and 2 days in the Dublin hospital he was able to return home to Letterkenny hospital just before Christmas and shortly after he returned to his family home.Once he began to recover he returned to family life and by now had siblings Rhys, Jordan and Grace to share life with.Calum and his sister Grace.Calum with his brothers Rhys and Jordan.Over the years of growing up alongside their brother they used to refer to him simply as a “Legend” for the inspiration and positivity he spread to them and everyone else he would meet.Pauline says that’s what Calums life was all about – smiling, inspiring others and enjoying the small things in life like sitting in the garden taking in the sights and sounds of nature or hanging out with his friends for coffee. He left everyone feeling better for time in his company and he motivated and inspired many people by his selfless attitude that never saw him complain or see the negative in anyone or anything.A trait that his family say was rooted in his deep faith and love of life.“He was very wise and he would always say thing to us like, ‘Sure it could be worse’ or he would say things ‘Look at nature. Look at the birds. Everyday is a good day.’“The funny thing was that within the family we never treated Calum like he was sick because he went everywhere with us, on holiday, or to the cinema, for meals. There was never a problem with him always brought happiness and he brought us a lot of luck. Even in the way he would meet people, he just attracted people to him.We enjoyed everyday of life with Calum.” – Pauline“We enjoyed everyday of life with Calum. There was always lots of laughter. He was great craic. I remember once at Christmas time get got his presents of some new Arsenal tops and a new radio and he said ‘Now I’m in my element’. He had so many quirky little sayings. Yet, he never demanded anything or complained about the pain he was in. He never moaned about it. He smiled, he laughed and nobody with him would no there was even anything wrong”.He returned to school and he participated fully in all family events as well as annual trips to see his favourite rugby stars in action in the Heineken Cup finals.Calum with Johnny Sexton.“He was always smiling and he was a great inspiration to us and our other kids. He never complained or gave out. He was amazing. He would say ‘if you have a goal just go for it’”, Eddie says.By age 15 however, the tumour had returned once again and forced him into a position where he had to receive more surgery and hospitalisation and it appeared that against all their best efforts there as little more that could be done to help him at this point.Then, as a last ditch effort, one doctor said the only remaining hope would be to try radium treatment but it may be too late to help.Pauline said: “It was Christmas 2008 and we were told there was no hope and the doctors gave us two weeks. But once they started the radium you could see it was having an effect and it was taking the pressure away from his head. He did really well and after four months they told us that in the doctor’s experience that they felt he had between four months to a year left.”His amazing recovery continued and this episode saw the Nugent family resolve to make the most of whatever time they had left with Calum and to live each day to the maximum.This new attitude set them on a roller coaster ride that saw Calum grow and flourish alongside his family and friends and he continued with his huge passion for sport, art and music and become friends with some of the worlds biggest celebrities along the way.Pauline said “In early 2009 we went ‘Right, that’s it’. Calum just improved and we lived life to the fullest from there on”.A budding DJ with a huge passion for music saw Calum get to meet some of his music idols including U2 stars Bono and The Edge.The U2 guitarist spent time with Calum and his parents right before he was due to walk out on stage to play for a sell-out crowd in Croke Park.Calum with The Edge from U2.On another occasion, at a party hosted by music promoter Denis Desmond, U2’s frontman Bono, having heard Calum was a fan, casually walked over and put his arm around him and said “I’m an aging rock star looking for some love and attention from my number one fan”. He then sat down and enjoyed spending time with the Letterkenny lad and signing a poster for him with the message “God is great and so are you”.“We couldn’t believe it. It was his hero. Calum seems to make wishes come true for everyone. Maybe in some way he may have done it for us. But had a huge interest in all music from classical right through to heavy metal. He just had a great understanding of music,” Eddie says.Calum and BonoAs the months passed Calum also got to meet and befriend Today FM Stars Ian Dempsey and Mario Rosenstock, rugby stars including Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien, movie actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers and many more. All of whom took a genuine interest in Calum, his positivity and his well-being, Eddie says.He just drew people to him wherever he went and made time for everyone” – EddieCalum with rugby star Rob Kearney.The family pictured with actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers.As time moved on, gradually the illness impacted more and more and while his family knew that his health was in decline, his spirit was as unbreakable as ever.Nothing would prove this more than in the last weeks of his life while receiving care in the Donegal Hospice.Eddie says that he and his son were big rugby fans and each year they enjoyed going on their ‘men only’ rugby trips to the European Championship Cup finals, but by this stage it looked like they may have gone to their last game together.While they had plans to attend the 2018 finals in North Spain between Leinster and French club Racing 92, while in the hospice Calum slipped into a coma but miraculously, he re-emerged from this unscathed and confidently proclaimed to his family that they would make it to Bilbao and they would see their heroes take to the field once again.While it seemed impossible initially that they could make the trip to Spain, with the right help and support from their friends they self-discharged from the hospice and managed to bring all the required medication and equipment needed for Calum and off they jetted to the Basque city.Calum in BilbaoDuring the journey Calum maintained his trademark smile, upbeat humour and positive vibes throughout. His inspirational journey was matched by the heroics on the field of play as they got to watch Leinster claim a historic victory in the final creating special memories of one of the best trips they had ever undertaken.On their return he re-entered the hospice and a short time later, once again, he slipped into a coma. But, in the true fighting spirit he showed throughout his life he amazed everyone once again to re-emerge one last time.During his life his siblings coined a new nickname for their hero brother – Lazarus – for the way Calum had come back from the brink so many times in his life and once again his spirit was not diminished.Pauline feels that this was his special way of preparing for his final journey and saying a final farewell to the family he loved so dearly before he peacefully passed away on May 19, 2018. He was 25 years old.Remembering Calum, Pauline says: “He left his mark on so many people and he was the happiest person I have ever known. Calum had an infectious smile, gave unconditional love and never judged. He had a great sense of humour and was known as a legend by his siblings.”Against all odds he never gave up” – PaulineAs in his life, Calum continues to inspire in his passing and his life has been the motivation for a special charity night planned by his family that will feature two of his well-known friends radio and television stars Ian Dempsey and Gift Grub’s Mario Rosenstock who are coming to host a special charity night in the Clanree Hotel on Friday May 3rd.Calum pictured with his friends Ian Dempsey and Mario Rosenstock whowill perform a special show in his honour in Letterkenny on May 3rd.It promises to be a special night with lots of memories, laughs, prizes and a few surprises with all the proceeds going to Donegal Hospice and Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital for new medical equipment.Speaking on his popular breakfast show on Today FM recently Ian said “A friend of ours, Calum Nugent is his name, unfortunately he passed away at a very young age of 25 last year and myself and Mario became good friends with him and he used to come to all the stage shows and also used to come and visit us here in Marconi House.“Well, we were asked to put on a show so we are doing a very special show with myself and Mario, in memory of Calum, in the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny on Friday May 3rd, 2019 and starting at 8pm and it is only 20 quid to get in and we are all doing this for nothing with the money going to the Donegal Hospice and the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital because they gave him such great care when he was, unfortunately, near the end of his life.”He said on the night people can expect lots of laughs, lots of fun and lots of interaction and all for two very worthy causes. There is also a host of great prizes to be won on the night.You can get tickets directly from The Clanree Hotel, at The Donegal Hospice and through the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital priced €20.Remembering Calum: A shining star who touched many lives was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade What a guy 🤳😄@Cristiano 👏 pic.twitter.com/OrfpPINdIf— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 23, 2018 huge blow Cristiano Ronaldo rebuked a pitch-invading fan as he left the Old Trafford pitch – before agreeing to take a selfie with him.The Manchester United legend returned to his old home ground for a second time with another club as his Juventus side won 1-0 in their Champions League clash. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED MONEY ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED RANKED BEST OF 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo appears to tell the fan to calm down Paolo Dybala’s 17th-minute strike was all that separated the two sides on a night where Ronaldo was denied a goal after brilliant work by David de Gea.It was a comfortable win for the Old Lady and the final whistle didn’t mark the end of the drama when one fan ran from the Stretford End to catch a glimpse of the 33-year-old.After exchanging frank words with his admirer, Ronaldo then posed for a picture with the ‘lucky’ fan who was swiftly tackled to the ground by the pitch stewards. Latest Football News no dice 🎶 Viva Ronaldo 🎶Cristiano Ronaldo was the very last player to leave the pitch as he received a chorus and an ovation from the Old Trafford crowd…#NoFilterUCL pic.twitter.com/8bzxH9kp1r— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 23, 2018 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card
Ardara have beaten Gaoth Dobhair to become the last team in the semi-final draw.And a short time ago the draw was made for those two semi-finals.The semi-finals of the RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta Senior Football Championship will be played on Saturday & Sunday 5th/6th October. The first game will see Killybegs face Malin who shocked everyone by claiming the scalp of favourites St.Eunans.The following day Glenswilly will face Ardara after narrowly edging out Kilcar by 0-8 to 0-7 this afternoon at MacCumhaill Park. GAA – CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL DRAW MADE AS ARDARA BEAT GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: September 15th, 2013 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:ArdaraDonegal GAA club championshipglenswillyKillybegsMalin
23 January 2008State energy company Eskom has invited South Africans to register on its website to get tips on reducing their energy consumption as well as incentives for using solar energy to power much of their household needs.Customers are being encouraged to visit the site for more information on the incentive programme, how to size a system based on a household’s needs and the types of solar power systems from which to choose.The programme aims to put South Africa’s plentiful sunshine to good use as a sustainable alternative to coal-generated electricity.Eskom has also invited businesses who supply solar power equipment to take part in the programme.Speaking to BuaNews on Tuesday, Eskom spokesperson Sibusiso Duma said that during Eskom’s 2007 facilitating programme, auditors had sent an expression of interest request to 80 solar power equipment suppliers.Their responses to the call are currently being processed, and Duma said that the first suppliers would be registered within the next two weeks and an updated list of suppliers added to the website as soon as it became available.“For a supplier to be registered on the programme, they have to comply with various criteria, such as financial and credit checks,” Duma said. “This is vital so that Eskom can ensure a quality product is supplied to residents by a reputable solar supplier.”Solar water heating is already being used at Cosmo City, a major housing project north-west of Johannesburg. The solar geyser project at the mixed-housing development is the first of its kind in the city, and cost developers around R2-million – amounting to about R13 000 per unit, consisting of a geyser and a solar panel.Though the solar heating units are not backed up by electricity because of a lack of funding and the limited power supply in those areas, users can expect water temperatures of 55 degrees Celsius and higher on sunny days.For more information, visit Eskom Demand Side Management or e-mail email@example.com.Source: BuaNews
South African IT firm Mavoni Technologiesand international satellite company O3bNetworks have signed an R8-billiondeal to bring internet access to SouthAfrican schools and governmentdepartments in rural areas. (Image: Emerging Technology News) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tinyiko Valoyi Mavoni Group +27 11 612 3725 RELATED ARTICLES • Energy centres to power rural SA • High-speed internet from Cell C • Cheaper internet for SA • Google’s SMS internet for UgandaNosimilo RamelaSouth African IT firm Mavoni Technologies is collaborating with international satellite company O3b Networks to make internet access possible for rural communities in the country.The two companies have signed an R8-billion (US$1.2-billion) deal that will see the roll-out of fast-paced broadband internet to communities in the Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces over the last quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.According to the agreement, the companies will build a satellite-based global internet backbone with a constellation of eight medium-earth orbit (MEO) satellites.These MEO satellites will provide faster internet access and clearer voice communications and video conferencing than standard communication satellites, as they will be four times closer to the earth.Mavoni CEO Tinyiko Valoyi said his company wants to focus on providing internet to underprivileged areas of South Africa to help develop them and improve the lives of people living there.Valoyi added that his company would focus on rolling out internet in schools and government institutions. The first province they would concentrate on would be the Northern Cape where they would provide internet access to an estimated 1 500 schools, which would benefit about 185 000 pupils.Mavoni will also partner with the provincial government of Limpopo to bring internet connectivity to more than 500 schools there.“We decided to start with the Northern Cape as it is often a neglected area when it comes to connectivity. Limpopo and Mpumalanga are also high priorities. Traditionally, these have been areas where fibre networks have not been able to reach.”Valoyi said his firm is currently talking with various other provincial departments and municipalities which could also benefit from the initiative.He said no contracts have yet been signed with any of the departments and municipalities, but they were looking to get them finalised towards the end of the year.‘We are ready to advance’Bandile Thusi from Nonzwakazi township in the Northern Cape said he was pleased to hear about plans to bring internet to schools in the province.“It’s really great news. Most communication is done via the internet these days and people in our areas, especially the young people, need to have good computer skills and a great knowledge of the internet in order to apply for work and be ready for the workplace.”“We are ready to advance,” said Nolwazi Zwane from Botleng township in Mpumalanga. “As a community, we are keen for ways to develop ourselves and see progress in our area. Having internet will help us stay connected with what is happening with the world around us, and help educate ourselves further.”Chifiwa Makhwedzha from Nkowankowa in Limpopo said the initiative would be a great way to increase productivity in government departments.“This will help things work faster in some of the state departments here. At times, something that could have been done fairly quickly takes longer because of the communication channels. With internet, it will hopefully be quicker to get assistance at government departments.”Makhwedzha said he is also happy that schools will be getting internet as that should improve the quality of education.“I’m particularly glad about the schools being the first on the list to get connected. Teachers at schools will now be able to get educational material for the subjects they teach through the web. They can then use this material to educate themselves and also to teach the students.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Coordinated federal review of advances in agricultural biotechnology will help America’s farmers and ranchers achieve gains in efficiency and productivity needed to meet the continued challenges of the 21st century, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.“American agriculture must stay on the cutting edge of technology,” Duvall said. “Agency collaboration and efficient government review of new food production methods will help foster public confidence, provide our farmers and ranchers tools that enhance their productivity and respect the diversity of our nation’s crops and cropping systems.”Duvall’s comments came in response to a bipartisan letter from 79 members of the House to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Spearheaded by Reps. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) and Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), the letter urges federal regulators to adhere to a “consistent, science-based, risk-proportionate regulatory system” for agricultural biotechnology.Like the letter, Duvall urged the department and agency leaders to coordinate and advance timely reviews of advances in biotechnology and biology-based tools including gene editing. He said policies and strategies should embrace the review of innovation, domestically and internationally, through the president’s Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.“We will continue to highlight the need for a sound scientific and appropriate risk-based regulatory approach that will ensure farmers and ranchers have the tools and innovation they need to meet the challenges of the future in the most sustainable way possible,” Duvall said.
On a high after back-to-back wins, an in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to continue their winning run when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Saturday. (Full IPL Coverage)After two losses in-a-row, skipper David Warner led from the front to steer Hyderabad to a convincing win over Mumbai Indians followed by Gujarat Lions to climb to fifth in the points table with four points from as many games.While Punjab are struggling at the moment and are placed at the bottom of the table with two points from four games, having lost three and won one. The side comes into the match after a six-wicket loss at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders.Hyderabad will again rely on skipper Warner to fire for them at the top at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. The Australian hard-hitting batsman sits at the top of the leading run scorers with 235 runs.His unbeaten 137-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan which helped them bag a 10-wicket win over Gujarat will give the side a lot of confidence ahead of their home game. Dhawan who has not been among the runs lately will take confidence from his unbeaten 53-run knock to do better on Saturday.Moises Henriques, Eion Morgan, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha coming up in the middle and lower order make a formidable batting line-up.Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been leading the bowling attack with full responsibility and he is well supported at the other end by young Bangladeshi sensation Muztafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran and Henriques.advertisementOn the other hand, Punjab despite having match-winners like Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, David Miller and Murali Vijay in their side have been inconsistent in their batting department.The Miller-led side will aim to put aside their previous defeats and put up a good show to climb up the points table ladder.In the bowling line-up, Mohit Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Sharma will look to take a step ahead and put up a collective effort to stop the Hyderabad batting powerhouse from exploding.The squads:Kings XI Punjab: David Miller (captain), Kyle Abbott, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Anureet Singh, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Pardeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Armaan Jaffer, Farhaan Behardien, KC Cariappa, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nikhil Naik, Shardul Thakur.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Trent Boult, Ben Cutting, Shikar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abhimanyu Midtun, Eoin Morgan, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Mehra, Naman Ojha, Vijay Shanker, Karn Sharma, Barinder Sran, T Suman, Aditya Tare, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh.