first_imgFormer Holy Trinity High School footballer, Jordan Foote, lost his battle with bone cancer this morning. Foote who had his leg amputated last December died at 10 o’clock in the University Hospital of the West Indies. His mother, Nadine Sutherland, said the 18-year-old died with members of his family by his side. “His last moment was peaceful as he saw everybody he wanted to see,” she explained. Foote passed away in the company of his mother, brothers, cousins and his former coach Devon Anderson.last_img read more


first_imgThe World Bank has expressed dismay over the manner in which agriculture is neglected by African governments across the continent.Though a few countries on the continent are making headway in agriculture, the WB said many others, including Liberia, are yet to invest substantially to improve the sector.The regional taskforce team leader of the World Bank West Africa Project, Abdulai Toure, said the Government of Liberia should now see the need to commit more funding to the sector in order to make it more vibrant and productive.  The agriculture sector, with more investments, is capable of taking Liberians out of poverty. The WB team leader noted that the Liberian government should invest in human capacity, technology and provide financial programs that will solely be dedicated to agriculture. If these are done, he noted, the sector would transcend from its present state of under-performance to a better level that will bring improvement to the living conditions of the people.The WB official made these comments over the weekend when he addressed a joint press conference along with Agriculture Minister, Dr.  Florence Chenoweth, at the Ministry’s head office in Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.  Mr. Toure, along with a team, was in the country to access the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease and to see how the bank could help through the West African Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP).  He also took the opportunity to pay field visits to WAAPP project sites in the country.  Mr. Toure stated that Liberian government’s failure to promote agriculture contravenes the Malabo Declaration, to which it is a signatory. The Malabo Declaration is an agreement among African leaders to spend at least 10% of their national budgets on agriculture.   He noted that he was impressed with the level of work that is being done by WAAPP, especially its cassava production in Bomi County.Minister Blames Legislature, Government  Minister Chenoweth, for her part, expressed frustration over government’s failure to adhere to the Malabo Declaration blaming the Legislature for not paying attention to the sector.  She said the Liberian government has not supported the sector, which has the potential to absorb as many employees, especially young people, as possible with the potential to contribute substantially to Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product, (GDP).She said there is, and has always been the need for the Liberian government to shoulder its responsibility and support the agriculture sector.  Minister Chenoweth however disclosed that the government, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has pledged a commitment of investing US$35 million in the sector in order to boost its capacities and productivity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFormer Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangdi has volunteered to testify against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri who has been charged with sexual misconduct during and before his time with the board.”If the @BCCI want information about Rahul Johri on #metoo I am happy to assist them. I am putting my hand up as a former Captain,” Hattangdi tweeted.When India Today asked Shishir if the details he claims to have pertain to charges against Johri during his BCCI term, he answered in the affirmative. However, Shishir refused to go into details saying he wanted the probe committee to meet him first.If the @BCCI want information about @RJohri on #metoo I am happy to assist them. I am putting my hand up as a former Captain!shishir hattangadi (@shishhattangadi) October 26, 2018″This is to do with Rahul Johri’s current job. I don’t want to reveal identity but the lady asked me for advice and I have asked her to document it and give it to BCCI. I have met a COA member and followed the due process,” Hattangdi told India Today from Ahmedabad.”I don’t know the CEO but I was approached by the person concerned and I have played the facilitator and I am happy to meet the BCCI probe committee if they wish to invite me,” Hattangdi added.It’s not about @RJohri and their ilk,its about representing a country’s sport through the @BCCI on a world forum,that is revered. Individuals cannot be above the game. Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion,if at all,there is suspicion!advertisementshishir hattangadi (@shishhattangadi) October 26, 2018BCCI issued a statement last night sharing details of an independent inquiry committee set up to probe the charges and submit it’s report in fifteen days time.The committee comprises of Justice Sharma, former Allahabad High Court judge, Smt. Barkha Singh, former Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women and P. C. Sharma, former Director, CBI.”The independent committee may take into account and/or probe all allegations of sexual harassment against Mr. Johri while he was employed with the BCCI. All facts and aforesaid alleged transgressions, may be placed before the committee. The committee will be free to seek any record or evidence that it desires. Any person desiring to place any fact before the committee is also free to do so,” the BCCI statement read.READ – Rahul Johri accused of sexual harassmentDifferences within the two Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) also came to the fore with Diana Edulji of the view that Johri’s contract be terminated considering the grave charges against him. COA Chairman Vinod Rai on the other hand had the opinion that Johri should be inquired against but be given a chance to put up his case.READ – Rahul Johri goes on leave after #MeToo allegations”Ms. Diana Edulji, expressed her view that since the CEO has such grave sexual harassment allegations against him, it would not be in the interests of BCCI and Indian cricket that he represents BCCI. In view of this she suggested that he resigns or his contract be terminated. The Chairman of the COA did not agree and felt that an independent inquiry was necessary as the tweet was anonymous. It also pertained to a period much before the CEO joined BCCI and it was necessary to provide natural justice to the CEO by following a due process of law,” the BCCI statement read.READ – BCCI seeks explanation from Rahul JohriFollowing legal advice, the independent inquiry committee has now been set up.Charges against Johri during his previous job in a leading media house surfaced on social media through an anonymous post on October 12th. The third party post has subsequently been deleted. Johri has denied the charges.READ – Amit Shah-led Gujarat, 6 other associations seek Rahul Johri’s suspension over #MeToo allegationsSeven BCCI state associations have written to the board as well inquiring if it was true that a BCCI employee had also complained of harassment against Johri and whether any probe had been conducted on the matter.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC which exited the India market in July last year, on Wednesday launched “Wildfire X” with InOne Smart Technology, the local licensee partner of HTC Corporation, in the country. The 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM configuration smartphone comes at a starting price of Rs 9,999. The 4GB RAM+128 ROM variant will cost Rs 12,999. Both the variants are priced under a limited period offer and would be available on Flipkart, starting August 22. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “The HTC ‘Wildfire X’ coupled with our six months no-questions-asked accidental and liquid damage protection, sleek look, 8X hybrid zoom and large storage will help create a distinctive positioning for the smartphone amid target customers,” Charles Huang, Vice President of HTC APAC, said in a statement. “We are also restructuring our market penetration plans along with InOne, our local licensing partner,” he added. There’s a triple rear camera with 12MP+8MP+5MP lenses and a Big Pixel main camera. The device sports a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS waterdrop display with 88.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio.last_img read more


first_imgMarch 5, 2008 Congratulations to the January 27. 2008 workshop participants upon their graduation last Friday: [from left] Anna Greenberg continues at Arcosanti, splitting her time between the foundry and the bakery, Roman Salas, Mario Andres Botero Giraldo continues with in internship in the Arcosanti planning department, John Mahony, Erika Sotelo stays on for two weeks as a volunteer in construction, Colleen Reckow was hired as a crew member of the ceramics staff, and John Knutson stays on as part of the construction crew. [Photo: Joelle McTeeg & text: sa]last_img read more


first_imgThe café provided the main dishes of the meal, which included 4 turkeys, cornbread stuffing, mash potatoes and gravy. We were lucky to have Melanie Husband agree to cook, this marking her fifth year of preparing the main dishes. Although Melanie cooked the turkeys, one tradition that has held through the years is for Tomiaki Tamura to carve the turkey. November 30, 2015It was a time for celebrating at Arcosanti, as residents, alumni, family and visitors gathered for Thanksgiving. Every year the café hosts a warm and cozy space filled with laughter, cheer and lots of food.[all photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Hildemar Cruz] To keep true to the spirit of giving the attendees provided the rest of the fixings, which included hearty family recipes and dishes from all over the world to satisfy all types of dietary needs. The abundance of food was so great; we even had a table just for desserts! Old friends reunited and each table had a great mix of new comers and old timers.Graciously, one of the most timeless traditions in Arcosanti’s Thanksgiving meals is the toast of gratitude at the end.last_img read more


first_img24Sep Rep. Bizon invites Vietnam-era veterans to state Capitol Tags: Bizon, Veterans Categories: Bizon News,Featured news,Newscenter_img State Rep. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek, invites Michigan veterans who served during the Vietnam War era to be honored for their selfless contribution.The event is at noon on Oct. 8 at the Michigan State Capitol Building. It is intended to allow Michigan civilians to give their welcome and thanks to Vietnam-era veterans, to honor them for their service. As a veteran himself, Rep. Bizon looks forward to meeting all of those who wish to attend.“The Vietnam War is a notable chapter in our country’s history,” said Rep. Bizon, who served in the U.S. Air Force. “Those who were involved undoubtedly deserve to be remembered, thanked and honored. I encourage all veterans from this period in time to attend.”Veterans may RSVP online at www.michigansaysthanks.com/rsvp.###last_img read more


first_imgAlbertis, the Spanish infrastructure company, has sold a 7% stake in satellite operator Eutelsat to China Investment Corporation for €385 million.Albertis acquired its stake in Eutelsat in 2006 in a deal valued at €1 billion. Last January, it sold a 16% stake in the operator in a private placement among qualified investors. The company retains a 8.35% stake.last_img


first_imgNew business models are likely to emerge for over-the-top content and ISP peering as local access operators seek better terms from content providers for the delivery of content over their networks, according to a report by Informa Telecoms & Media. According to Informa’s Internet Innovation: Navigating the Future of Online Content Delivery, local access operators will increasingly seek to question or revise peering arrangements with large content providers and CDNs, with some operators calling for volume-based wholesale charges for traffic sent by content providers to local access networks.“The next 5-10 years will see the emergence of multiple commercial and technological arrangements for managing relationships between local-access operators and content providers/CDNs. Only in some cases will this involve some form of paid settlement, however,” said the report.While some large content providers including Google have opposed the idea of paying for last mile access, other content providers could be willing to pay to have their traffic prioritised, said the report.Informa’s Global Internet Services and Traffic forecast predicts that video will account for 86% of consumer traffic by 2017, up from 75% today.The structure of the internet is changing, according to Informa’s report, with content giants including Google, Amazon and Netflix increasingly building out their own network infrastructure and establishing direct peering arrangements with last mile network operators including cable companies in order to reduce transit costs.last_img read more


first_imgTelekom Austria Group has bought 100% of Blizoo Macedonia, one of the largest cable providers in Macedonia that offers TV, broadband and fixed voice services. Announcing the deal, Telekom Austria said that the deal represents a “significant step in fulfilling the group’s convergence strategy” and complemented its “convergent footprint” in Austria, Bulgaria and Croatia.With the takeover, Blizoo will offer bundled fixed and mobile services with Vip Operator – the Telekom Austria-owned Macedonian mobile network operator.“The takeover of Blizoo Macedonia allows us to offer the full scale of communications services in the fourth country within our group and is a step forward in the execution of our successful convergence strategy,” said Telekom Austria Group and A1 CEO, Hannes Ametsreiter.Vip Operator CEO, Nikola Ljushev, said: “This move opens a broad range of exciting opportunities to Vip operator, the second largest mobile operator in the Republic of Macedonia, by bringing together complementary assets and capabilities for future success.”Blizoo Macedonia currently claims 63,000 subscribers, of which 47,000 are broadband subscribers. In 2013 revenues amounted to some €10 million.“It is great that we are becoming part of Telekom Austria Group as we know this will make us stronger and will ensure sustainable value growth for our shareholders. We are looking forward to sharing experiences and working together with Telekom Austria Group, in particular with Vip operator, in order to provide advanced products and services to our customers,” said Kiril Trendafilov, CEO of Blizoo Macedonia.The deal is subject to merger control clearance and the price was not disclosed.last_img read more