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US$ 40M Water & Sanitation Projects for 3 Counties Launched

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) in Partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) May 2, 2014 launched a US$ 40 million sanitation and water projects for three counties in Kakata City Margibi County.Speaking at the official launch in Kakata City last Friday, Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project Manager at the LWSC Gabriel S. Flaboe, Sr. pointed out that the water and sanitation projects have three critical components for implementation, comprising infrastructure, institutional capacity building and project management.In a specific breakdown of the sanitation projects, Manager Flaboe disclosed that the total cost of the Buchanan, Kakata and Zwedru’s sanitation and water works include US$535, 701.85.For the Zwedru sanitation and water project the AfDB has provided US$199,274.66 while Kakata and Buchanan sanitation projects have received US$336,427.19In related development, Manager Flaboe disclosed that a team from the LWSC would be officially visiting Kakata City in Margibi County to turn over and break ground for the construction of pipe-borne water facilities.The LWSC executive also disclosed that the water supply facility is the provision under the infrastructure component of the AfDB’s financial and technical assistance to Liberia’s water system.He added that with regards to the Institutional Capacity building component, the LWSC has hired several professional consultants that have rendered some valuable services to the LWSC’s management programs.In order for Liberians to benefit the impact of the capacity building component, Mr. Flaboe also explained, the project has awarded scholarships to six LWSC staffers who are currently pursuing studies at the Kwame Nkrumah’s University in Kumasi, Ghana.  Pursuing courses in procurement, engineering and financial managements, the six are expected to return to Liberia in September this year with post graduate degrees aimed at institutional, financial and engineering development of the water agency.The UWSSP’s focal person at the LWSC said that the water entity team was in Kakata to turn over the site and break ground for the construction of the vital sanitation facility in Margibi County.He further intimated that the sanitation facility is divided into three components and the ones for Kakata and Buchanan are placed on one lot owing to the projects’ proximity.Manager Flaboe also disclosed that a week ago the LWSC team turned over sites and broke ground for the construction of sanitation facilities in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County and Zwedru City in Grand Gedeh County.The LWSC official however reminded the officials of the Margibi County administration that the hired contractor would start work on the sanitation project in 15 days at the Kakata sanitation site. He said the contractor is expected to complete work in six months, for official dedication for use by the citizens and residents of Margibi County.Manager Flaboe stressed the need for the residents and citizens of Margibi County to consider the sanitation facilities as their own property and urged them to maintain a sustained posture in its management.“We want for the AfDB’s officials to come and see the sanitation facilities in hygienic conditions so that more money would be given for other important projects in Liberia,” Manager Flaboe concluded.For his part, the Institutional Expert at the LWSC, Chris Sherman, said his entity was excited about the sanitation project and urged the residents to work hard on the sustainability components.He noted that how the sanitation facilities would be taken care of by the residents that could encourage other donor partners, want take same projects to another level.He also disclosed that the LWSC would soon form committees that would be charged with the cardinal responsibility to manage and sustain the sanitation facility in Kakata City, Margibi County.Mr. Sherman also disclosed that the community women would be prime targets in the sustained management of the sanitation facilities in Kakata, Margibi County.Speaking earlier, Margibi County Inspector J. Tarr Sackie said Liberia has suffered a lot and many infrastructure facilities were destroyed as a result of the 15 years civil conflict.“We must now retrospect our past, correct our present and protect our future against the carnage and destruction that befell our nation,” Inspector Sackie pleaded.I and my team of administrators will take the sanitation facilities as our own property so that same will not be abused and misused by anyone in Kakata City,” Inspector Sackie assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa’s closing ceremony dazzles

first_img12 July 2010 A sell-out crowd inside Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium as well as an audience of hundreds of millions across the globe were wowed by a colourful ceremony on Sunday night to celebrate the successful conclusion of a memorable first Fifa World Cup on African soil. As darkness descended on Johannesburg, the floodlights in the iconic arena were all dimmed before a squadron of Gripens from the South African Airforce flew over the calabash-shaped stadiums. And with the giant screens at both ends of the stands running videos of comets and fireworks, South African musician Stoan Seate got the show started with a performance of “Sizodalala-la” while performers took to the centre of the field, dancing and forming the shape of a vuvuzela. Having performed at the closing ceremony of Germany 2006 at Berlin’s Olympiastadion, Colombian pop star Shakira once again took centre stage, along with local fusion band Freshlyground, with the worldwide hit “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”. Highlights of the group stage matches followed, before Seate returned to the stage with “Everywhere You Go”, joined by Africa United, comprising six other musicians from across the continent. And with some key moments from the quarter-finals on display, the three-time Grammy Award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo made sure the crowd remained on their feet as the “Weather Song” filled the stadium as a safari scene was created, complete. By the time Abigail Kubeka and Mafikzolo finished their performance, Soccer City’s celebrations were well under way, and the stage was set for the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Fifa.comlast_img read more

South Africa announces 2015 Rugby World Cup squad

first_imgIn naming his chosen few, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the 31-member squad that would represent South Africa in the Rugby World Cup would carry the country’s hopes on their shoulders. It would be a tough tournament, he cautioned. Jean de Villiers will captain the team.The South African Rugby Union announces the 31-member team that will represent the country in the Rugby World Cup, on 28 August 2015. The championship takes place in England from 18 September to 31 October. (Image: The Yellow Cap)Jean de Villiers would captain the South African rugby team, the Springboks, at the Rugby World Cup in England starting on 18 September, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) announced on 28 August.Victor Matfield was named as vice-captain, and Schalk Burger would provide captaincy back-up for the 31-man squad.“We’re going to England with the hopes of a nation on our shoulders and we would really like to make our country proud, but we’re under no illusions about how tough it will be,” said coach Heyneke Meyer.It will be the first Rugby World Cup for 16 of the players, while six players who took part in 2011 were selected to represent South Africa again. The average age of the selected players is a little over 26 and their combined number of caps is 1 297.The squadWillem AlbertsSchalk BritsSchalk BurgerDamian de AllendeLood de JagerJean de Villiers (captain)Bismarck du PlessisJannie du PlessisFourie du PreezPieter-Steph du ToitEben EtzebethBryan HabanaZane KirchnerSiya KolisiJesse KrielPatrick LambieWillie le RouxFrancois LouwFrans MalherbeVictor Matfield (vice-captain)Tendai MtawariraLwazi MvovoTrevor NyakaneCoenie OosthuizenRudy PaigeRuan PienaarJP PietersenHandre PollardMorne SteynAdriaan StraussDuane VermeulenDifficult selectionMeyer said it was very tough to select the final squad from the wider training group that had been together for the last two months.“Every single player in our wider group worked incredibly hard and to cut the squad to 31 was probably the most difficult selection I’ve faced in my coaching career,” he said. “In the end, the selectors decided the 31 players named were the best we have at the moment but that is not to say any of the others won’t have a role to play, with injuries a reality in our game.”In the selection, consideration was also given to utility players – those who could move between positions.“I think the squad has a great balance between youth and experience while keeping together the core of the team that did the country proud in the last few years,” said Meyer. “We also have a number of players who know what it takes to win a World Cup and their knowledge will be very valuable.”Gratitude and supportA few players took to social media to show their pride.“Honoured and privileged to be selected to represent my country at #RWC2015,” tweeted Pietersen. “So grateful and thankful.”Steyn echoed his sentiments: “Such an honour to be part of this again! #WorldCup2015 #SA.”Take to the field on the backs of the Boks. Fuel our #HomeGroundAdvantage here: http://t.co/pqvFsQcdKE #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/oQIaxtPpWU— South African Rugby (@Springboks) June 5, 2015The World CupThe Springboks’ first game will be against Japan on 19 September in Brighton. Their second pool game is on 26 September against Samoa in Birmingham.The team plays Scotland in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 3 October before the final pool fixture against the USA in London on 7 October.In the previous World Cup, in 2011, the Springboks reached the quarter-finals. But along with New Zealand and Australia, the Boks have won the most World Cup trophies at two each. New Zealand won in 1987 and 2007; Australia won in 1991 and 1999; and South Africa won in 1995 and 2007.In other records, the least points conceded in a tournament were 35 by South Africa in 2011, while Habana ties with New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu in scoring the most tries in one competition. Lomu scored eight tries in 1999, and Habana made his record eight in 2007.Source: South African Rugby UnionWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

60,000 plants per acre: The future corn crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recently, Monsanto unveiled a wide range of agriculture solutions being developed to assist farmers as they work to grow better harvests, protect their crops and deliver more to society. The company highlighted a series of innovations under development across its research and development portfolio, including its research platforms in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, chemistry, biologicals and data science.Among the ideas being tested by Monsanto is a High-Density Corn System. This research project is expected to allow farmers to increase the number of plants per acre to produce a higher yield.“When I left my Dad’s farm in 1970 to go to college, the average corn yields across the country were about 75 bushels an acre and the average corn population was about 17,000 plants per acre,” said Robert Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer. “In 2015, yields were at about 170 bushels and part of that gain over the years has been achieved by plant density, changing to narrower rows and better fertilization and nutrient management.“As we look ahead and test ultra high density corn, which entails sowing 40,000 to 60,000 plants per acre, rethinking seed spacing and using better management from a disease and nutrition standpoint, the result will be a new kind of corn planting and a new corn crop for the future.”Fraley sees the High-Density Corn System as an important tool in an integrated set of solutions that will allow for yields that will double today’s yield figures by 2050, producing enough food for an ever booming world population.Testing done by Monsanto will not be based on the seed alone. It will include many other new high-tech factors that will play a role in reaching that ultimate high-yielding goal.“There is so much increased knowledge of how we integrate what we understand from the gene-level of the seed, with the right traits, the right seed treatments, the right variable planting rate and then using a variety of new tools above the ground,” Fraley said. “Things like satellite images and sensors on the farm equipment can give growers an advantage in managing yields, reducing inputs and driving that increase in food security that the world needs.”Another step in the process of finding ways to get more production from every acre is being sure that equipment manufacturers understand what is needed from their side of the equation as planters and combines will need to up their game for higher plant populations in the spring and bigger yields in the fall.“Monsanto has great relationships with almost every major equipment company and we are working in cooperation on projects like High-Density Corn Systems,” Fraley said.  “Obviously, where you are talking about harvesting 300- to 400-bushel corn in the future, it’s going to take a redesign of the equipment and the capabilities to manage and store that crop, so manufacturers play a big role in the integration process of these new ideas.”High-Density Corn System testing is being conducted right now on a global level and Monsanto is using one of their own products, Climate, to move the trials forward.“In Ohio, for instance, most of the fields look pretty flat and uniform, but in reality there are many differences in soil types and elevation, moisture patterns and potential for disease,” Fraley said. “So, to be able to utilize tools like Climate helps us target genetics to any given field and also assists in finding the right population and management solutions throughout the field to get optimal yield across the field. Those tools will work together to give farmers more confidence in High-Density Corn Systems in the future.”last_img read more

Dear Senior Citizens – You Folks are the Easy Target of Hackers

first_imgLeveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Zubair KhanZubair Hussain Khancenter_img How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Zubair Khan – a foodie by choice and tech enthusiast by profession. He loves to get his hands into modern technology trends and share the knowledge with everyone. He is currently working fulltime for ReviewsDir as a Digital Marketing Executive. Aside of the work life, Zubair loves to travel new places and explore nature, food is still his first love though! Imagine this love story of Mia’s 78-year-old father. He fell in love with a woman on a dating website. The woman was wonderful and tender. Glenda started pouring her heart to this dear old man without meeting him in person.The couple had many beautiful moments, and Mia’s father could feel Glenda’s goodness during the precious hours they spent talking over and sharing their life experiences.Glenda and Harry bonded soul to soul and heart to heart through many emotional exchanges. Mia never worried about her fairly tech-savvy father. Mia, herself had spoken to Glenda — and Glenda loved Harry’s daughter, too.Glenda — (the phone person — he/she – God knows!), on the other hand, started requesting financial-aid from daddy, Harry. Of course, daddy, never mentioned this point to Mia — so she remained blithely unaware. According to Mia, her father was merely “talking” to someone — taking up some lonely hours.But, Glenda needed help for herself and her physically-challenged daughter. Over the next several years, our personable Glenda — turned villain — and parlayed the “aide” of a generous older gentleman — from a few hundred bucks into $400,000.We may be making our grandparents digital-savvy — but they’re still prime prey for prying eyes.Whom we have to blame for this and other increasingly relatable dilemmas?Not the Internet alone.The increasing convenience in the form of internet usage among Americans over 65, reached 66%, and still getting bigger; even this cannot be the only blame.Before proceeding, let’s quickly overview the internet saturation among the senior citizens; thanks to Medalerthelp.org, for conducting a comprehensive survey.It’s good that the pre-conceived notion – elderly are technophobes – has now been changing; venturing the internet out from the young-only era. But, like in the case with other age groups, seniors are also under the radar of cyber warfare; a war that everyone has to fight to protect.How Are Elders Being Scammed? A Massive Problem in the US“Elderly people lose out on about $3 billion to scammers every year.”The Orlando SentinelScammers hate any type of discrimination. They are self-invited in by everyone to get money out of anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, rich, poor, 65 and healthy, 85 or ailing.American Journal of Public Health estimates that approx 5% of senior citizens – that makes up to 2 – 3 million US citizens – suffer as part of scams each year.  The estimate is considered a low one, considering the fact that 176 million health care records have been hacked, according to HIPPAJournal.com. Let’s see: who goes to the doctor more often? Older people, or younger people?Do you know, as per the city of London, 85% of fraud and cybercrime unreported; this means the figure above is just 15% of what seniors are facing in the unprotected world of internet.Why the elderly? Come on — senior citizens are most trustworthy and trusting — and they have the most assets with loaded retirement funds and government benefits.Scamming is a multi-billion dollar business. Other estimates reflected that seniors loss up to $36 billion/year.Other reasons:Isolation – Loneliness does not only eat away happiness but also make an individual susceptible to scams.Easily Trusting –  Generations that grew up in 1920s, ‘3s, ‘40s are more frequently targeted by scammers than any others – they are more trusting.Financial Insecurity – Some seniors seek the more get-rich-quick sources of income, pyramid schemes attract them, while hackers’ take this as an advantage.Social Insecurities – Aging is when we live on govt-funded insurances, scammers become a government representative and ask seniors to pay a particular medical bill or else they won’t be entertained further. Scammers use healthcare data security threatening sources for digging information.Embarrassment – It’s easier to embarrass elders than youngsters; this is why seniors are the hackers’ easy target; also, importantly — they don’t easily report a fraud.The results or scamming are horrendous. A scammer uses multiple twists to get the maximum cash and other non-financial returns.One of the well-renowned ones is the grandparent scam. Don’t know about this scam? Please get to know this now. All of our futures are hanging on the outcome of the grandparent scam.The Grandparent scam works similarly to this:The victim receives a call from a stranger posing as his or her grandkid, using a frantic-sounding voice, that he or she is in trouble. Arrest, accident, or a robbery. Want to up the drama? The caller sometimes claims to be stuck in a foreign country — and to impersonate more intensity, throw in some family particulars, which he/she taken from the actual grandchild’s social media profiles.All drama of such a personal emergency scam is just for the sake of asking money immediately — and this often allows the scammer into the motherlode of all the savings.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that wire transfer or gift cards are no more while mailing cash is the leading trend among fraudsters; having a median loss of $9,000 (individual).Do you know the innovative ways that the scammers use to deal with senior victims? They ask them to keep the bills into envelopes, placing them between the magazine pages, and then send them via carrier, including U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, and others.There could be so many other faces of scams, some of them are;You owe me money scam – It’s common for scammers to send “bills” to people to those who don’t owe the money.Winning Lottery – If you find a bright and loud advertisement that you’ve won a sweepstake, asking your bank details to wire your winning money; close or better to report it as “Nothing is free.”Fake Anti-aging Products – Everyone deserves to look and feel younger, but not at the expense of phony or counterfeit Botox, creams, and other products; scammers can do anything to trap you.Employment Scams – Aging Baby boomers are more hardworking than any other aging generation before; scammers post fake job listings to get the personal information of seniors.Dating scam – We all have somehow found love (at least once) via dating websites, but so many have been scammed out of money by such con artists.Infected scam – Hello it’s Mr. XYZ from “Microsoft,” your computer is highly vulnerable to hacking, and I am here to fix it for you. Hang up immediately! Reputable companies like Microsoft never make such calls, but criminals do for money and planting viruses on your machine.Sweetheart Scam – This is precisely what I have shared at the beginning of this piece; this is more or less associated with isolation, that leads scammers to intervene.Counterfeit Prescription Drugs – What if you find your prescribed drugs at a discounted rate? You would buy (may be in advance.) Scammers play with this nerve to extract personal information; these drugs may be counterfeit or placebos.Malware – It’s an easy way that a hacker uses to damage your computer or install ransomware to extract essential data saved on your systems, such as a retirement account, tax files, and bank account details, and more.Free Vacations – Who doesn’t like free vacations? But scammers love our data more we love freebies; seniors need to double check the advertised property before signing up for any such ads.The number of emerging cyber threats surfacing in the Cyber World is increasing; the only way out is to be preventive, following simple privacy and security tips and tricks.Keeping the senior citizens into context, let’s talk about some shortcuts for elders to avoid getting scammed, but one thing is for sure, Google knows you, more than yourself.To All Baby Boomers – Your Cyber Security is still in your HandIs your loved one is under threat or is susceptible to one of these scams, share them these tips to help them prevent these scams.First, let’s deal with what older adults can do:If it’s a prescription drug savings on a vacation or anything that seems too good to be true, that probably is; do your research first.If someone is selling something and trying to get more information out of you, revert those questions to them and who they represent. If they refuse, kick them away.Don’t mind in consulting family members and caregivers before going through any deal on the internet.Never give information on an impulse unless you’re confident it’s a trusted source (like a company or doctor you’ve already consulted before).Avoid answering every other email and ad especially ones from unknown or unfamiliar sources.The government will never notify you of a late bill or owed payment on a website.FBI suggests you contact your doctor before conducting any health procedure or treatment.What if my grandparent or a loved one becomes a victim or under suspicion?Follow these steps so that an Internet scam won’t dupe the older adult in your life:Keep your loved ones informed about the possible scams on the Internet.Keep a check over your loved one’s bank accounts and retirement accounts for odd purchases or withdrawals.Keep visiting them to discuss their monthly prescriptions and other bills.If you find your loved one discussing an upcoming vacation or a good deal, ask them more information about how they got the good buy or good deal.Make sure your loved ones are aware of not to click any impulse buys, especially if the “deal” is ending in a few minutes.What seniors want out of everything? A one-word answer: “convenience.”To make your cybersecurity more convenient, allow me to brief out all the tips in a more defined manner.Stay Safe Tips online for SeniorsWhen communicating with friends and foe:Use strong and unique passwords.Tweaks some privacy settings.Make your password longer – use your favorite childhood memory!Don’t post everythingReport abuse. (How-To report is done further in this post.)When seeking new friends and romantic partners:Arrange your first meeting in a public place.Get to know dating scams.Watch red flags – if a person pressuring you to leave the dating site and communicate via email or text messaging or if that person is professing instant feelings of love; leave if he/she is never available for a face-to-face meeting.Don’t send money – don’t be a fool like Mia’s father.Look for typos and other abnormalities.When sharing pictures and views on social platforms:Keep it civil -it’s OK to disagree but only with respect.Do read the privacy policy of the platform.Don’t believe everything you read and never share or forward something you’re not sure about.When shopping, charity, banking, finalizing travel itinerary online:Don’t click every other link.Use stronger passwords on such sites.Not all the offers are too good to be true.Shop only at reputable sites.Look for secure websites.Use credit cards if possible.Keep monitoring your financial accounts.Make sure you’ve researched enough before applying for anything online.Can’t remember all these handy tips in one go? Don’t stress! These 5 essential tips would also save you from scamming threats, but others also need to be learned.Be smartphone savvy –  Make up your mind that these smartphones track your location and can reveal information about you, including contacts. Be careful not to download any unnecessary non-reputable apps and keep your PDAs password- protected.Keep your devices secured and protected, using software like VPN; don’t be a fool with any VPN.Secure your internet router – VPN can do that for you.Don’t be shy in reaching out for help.Don’t take marketing pressures seriously; you might not need that, but marketers would hit in your right nerves.If you find yourself in trouble, report it ASAP to these authorities.Where to Report Online Scams?Federal Bureau Of Investigations (FBI)Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC)Federal Trade Commission (FTC)Better Business BureauThe Social Security Administration (SSA)Any Advice for Seniors?Mostly, seniors are self-sufficient, but with age, they need a bit of help; so many seniors entirely rely on their younger generations to help them with their finances, legal affairs, housing, taxes, and other issues. In that case, it’s helpful or sometimes necessary for caretakers to access a senior’s medical records, online bank and investment accounts, and some other online sites.The U.S. Government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also help seniors with their banking and finance management.Before wishing you secure luck and long life, I would say do whatever you want, but when it comes to sharing anything online, especially your personal information; be very careful and take any family member or loved into confidence. It would help you live by your life with all your lifetime earnings.last_img read more

No sign of any let-up in lawyers’ strike

first_imgThere was no let-up in the lawyers’ strike in Odisha even as the Police Commissionerate here on Thursday took action against four policemen, who had allegedly assaulted a lawyer on Tuesday.Demanding arrests of the erring policemen, the agitating lawyers have decided to continue boycotting of courts indefinitely. “The situation will be reviewed on Monday,” said the High Court Bar.The day also witnessed picketing of lawyers at places in the vicinity of the High Court while lawyers across the State abstained from court works in response to a call given by the Bar Council.last_img read more