President Ellen Sirleaf has relieved several high-profile officials of government of their posts, while reshuffling others as she announced “a team,” which she presumed will take her government to the finish line come 2017.Prominent among those relieved of their posts are embattled Minister of Public Works, Dr. Antoinette Weeks and Mr. Ambrose Nmah, Director-General, Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).The President also reshuffled Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, outgoing Minister of Health and Social Welfare who has been on the bang-wagon since the inception of the Unity Party led government in 2006, and Education Minister, Madam Etmonia David Tarpeh.President Sirleaf also appointed several of what she calls “potential and result-oriented individuals” including Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, president of Tubman University; William Gyude Moore, Project Coordinator in the office of President Sirleaf; Mr. Christopher Sellee, Deputy Presidential Press Secretary; and many others.Minister Gwenigale and others, including junior officials of government were relieved of their posts by the Liberian President on Sunday November 16, 2014. She made the pronouncement through a state of the nation’s address from her Foreign Ministry office.William Gyude Moore replaces outgoing Public Works Minister Antoinette Weeks, while the president of Tubman University located in Harper Maryland County, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, replaces outgoing Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh. Civil Service Agency Director General, Mr. George Werner, who himself is embattled after it was alleged that he masterminded a massive dismissal of civil servants, replaces Minister Walter T. Gwenigale.During her pronouncement to the nation on Sunday afternoon, President Sirleaf said even as government continues to combat the Ebola virus and strive to achieve the national objective of zero-new-cases by Christmas, government needs to also attend to what will be a difficult job of recoveries. These have to do with, she said, “recovery to the health care system so that we deliver health care services all across the country and are better prepared for any epidemic of the size and scale of Ebola; recovery to the economy so that we are repositioned to produce more opportunities and afford decent and better living conditions for all our people; recovery to governance so that notwithstanding the superficial differences which haunt the body politic, we can still remain enjoined behind the common purpose of national healing and reconstruction.”The President noted that this requires a team that is adaptable, responsive, disciplined, loyal, and focused – a team that understands the prevailing challenges, and is resolved to respond by taking appropriate risk to get things done on time. “It is my job to continuously vet and ready such a team for the challenges we currently face and those that lie ahead…” adding that members of her new team “are transferred or reassigned, signifying our recognition of their capabilities and performance.”The rest, she said, “are dropped from where they served, but will be given appropriate opportunities to continue to serve the country.”“We are not short on expectation that going forward, each working day – indeed each working hour – will be spent not only on catching up and continuing with the transformational agenda of the country but also to exploring creative new approaches by which we deliver on the agenda within the limited time of our stewardship.“My hope is that this team will take us to the finish line. But make no mistake: As Captain, I will not hesitate to change anyone who fails to meet our expectations,” the President said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Cesc Fabregas starts for Chelsea against West Brom after recovering from a hamstring problem, while Willian is also in the side. Ramires is among the Blues substitutes, as is the fit-again Andre Schurrle.For Albion, Craig Gardner returns from suspension but Jonas Olsson and Sebastien Pocognoli are out injured.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba, Remy. West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Yacob, Baird, Gardner, Brunt, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Berahino.Subs: Myhill, Gamboa, McAuley, Morrison, Anichebe, Samaras, Ideye.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors face Oakland’s Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers at Oracle.The Warriors are looking to atone for a rough Christmas night performance against the Lakers when they were humbled in a 127-101 loss. Golden State (23-12) is hoping things go as well against Portland (19-15) as they did last month when the Warriors rolled to a 125-97 victory …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the likelihood of 2018 farm economics again favoring soybean production, soybeans being planted after soybeans could be on the rise this spring.With consecutive years of soybean production, yield potential declines and the potential need for additional inputs and precautions increases.“Agronomically, we never like to see beans after beans, but when it gets into your back pocket sometimes we have to do some things differently,” said Mike Earley, Seed Consultants, Inc. agronomist. “We need to make sure to not plant the same variety in the same field back to back. If we get into continuous beans for multiple years we need to do a lot more scouting and chances are we are going to need some fungicide applications because of a lot more disease pressure in the fields.”In addition to increased potential for soybean issues including Phytophthora, white mold and frogeye leaf spot, more soybeans could also mean more yield loss to soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The silent robber of soybean yields has been on the rise and has been found in over 60% of Ohio soybean fields, according to Ohio State University Extension. SCN yield losses of 25% to 50% can take place with no above ground symptoms.Of course, the easiest way to combat SCN is crop rotation, but if that is not an option then variety selection becomes increasingly important.“Almost all of the soybean varieties sold to farmers in Ohio are labeled ‘Resistant to SCN,’ ‘Resistant to SCN Race 3’ or something similar. Most of the time, a variety labeled as SCN-resistant got its resistance from an ancestral soybean line called PI (Plant Introduction) 88788,” wrote Anne Dorrance, Laura Lindsey, Terry Niblack, and Chris Taylor with Ohio State University Extension in the CORN Newsletter. “This source of resistance was considered broad-spectrum, highly durable, and relatively easy to transfer into the new high-yielding varieties via traditional breeding practices, and that’s why most of our soybean varieties have this resistance. Based on data from hundreds of trials in locations throughout the Midwest, varieties that have this source of resistance will yield higher than similar varieties with no resistance even when SCN populations are low.”Testing for SCN also becomes increasingly important in fields of soybeans planted after soybeans. There are numerous labs that measure the SCN populations, including OSU’s own C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic. The latest fact sheet has contact information for each of these labs and management practices can be found at http://ohioline.osu.edu/ac-fact/pdf/0039.pdf.
Another year, another September event, another iPhone.Apple’s key event met all the criteria, although the lack of MacBook, iPad, and “one more thing” segment might have upset some fans that were hoping for surprises.iPhone 7The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were unveiled at the event, with a slight design tweak, upgrade to the camera, and internal boost.Starting with the design, Apple announced two new color options, jet black and ‘black’, which replace space grey. Jet black is the only glossy finish out of the options, which also include rose gold, gold, and silver.Apart from that, the design changes are very minimal. The camera lens is bigger (dual-lens on 7 Plus) and the antenna lines have been moved to the top and bottom of the device. Speakers are now located on the top of the device, as well as the bottom, for a “stereo” experience.The Home button click has been removed from the iPhone 7, replaced with taptic feedback. Apple has also added IP67 water and dust resistance to the smartphone—finally.The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will come in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options. Jet black and black will only be available in 128GB and 256GB configurations.Cameras are the major upgrade on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Both receive a new 7MP FaceTime camera and a higher aperture lens on the rear. On the 7 Plus, Apple has added a dual-lens, which provides two times optical hardware zoom and 10 times software zoom.Internally, the A10 fusion powers the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The chip is 40 percent faster and 50 percent faster in the graphics department. Apple also promised one hour of extra battery life, compared to the previous iPhones.Lighting connectorApple removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as rumors had suggested for months. There’s been ferocious debate over the headphone jack online, but Phil Schiller ultimately put it down to bravery and progress.Apple will bundle a pair of lightning connector earpods for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus customers, alongside a lightning to 3.5mm jack adapter.Wireless earpodsApple also showed what it hopes to be the future of audio: wireless. The new wireless earpods use a homebrew wireless solution, hopefully better than Bluetooth, to keep a stable connection. The wireless earpods cost $170.Users will be able to talk to Siri and answer calls through the earpods, but fitness tracking, which Bragi Dash or Samsung’s Gear IconX wireless earphones provide, will not be available. Beats Electronics have launched three new wireless headphones to go alongside Apple’s first venture.While it seems revolutionary to abandon the jack, it may not be innovation, says one next-generation earphone maker. “Apple eliminating the headphone jack is great news for hearables makers racing to ship product, but it does very little in terms of pushing true innovation,” says David Cannington, co-founder of Nuheara. “Truly wireless earbuds are about so much more than just music, phone calls, hearing live concerts, or biometrics.” Apple Watch series 2Its been two years since the original Apple Watch launched, to mixed reviews from critics and consumers. Some of the complaints were fixed with the announcement of Watch OS 3.0, which goes live later this year, but others have been mended with Series 2.Internally, the new Apple Watch comes with a dual-core processor that offers 50 percent higher performance than the original. The display is also 50 percent brighter and higher resolution.Apple has added built-in GPS, which gives hikers and runners the ability to monitor location without a connected smartphone. The new Watch is also waterproof for up to 50 meters, great news for swimmers.An LTE version was not announced at the event. Rumors suggest Apple is worried about battery life, if it added an LTE chip.Nike unveiled its own Apple Watch at the event, using the familiar Nike+ design aesthetic. It is supposedly perfect for runners and workout junkies.The original Apple Watch will receive the dual-core processor upgrade and start at $270. Series 2 will start at $370, as will the Nike+ edition. It announced a new ceramic version, which will cost more, and the Watch Edition has also been updated. David Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Apple#Apple Watch#Internet of Things#IoT#iPhone 7#iPhone 7 Plus#mobile#Nuheara#smartwatch Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…
Picking up the Pieces: Helping Couples Overcome InfidelityDate: August 11, 2016Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: Picking up the Pieces: Helping Couples Overcome InfidelityFlickr [IMG_2625 by Vortexas32, March 29, 2012, CC BY-ND 2.0]This session is being presented by Emily Brown, LCSW. Emily is the director of Key Bridge Therapy Center in Arlington, VA. She works with individuals, couples, and families regarding the underlying issues in relationships, marriage, divorce and betrayal. In this webinar, Emily will be assisting service professionals in the identification and treatment of affairs in couples. This will include special difficulties for military families when it comes to affairs in addition to the different types of affairs, how to handle the surfacing of an affair, how to intervene and work with couples effectively, and how to assist with forgiveness and closure. Join us on August 11th at 11:00 am Eastern!We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.
About 200 children, who will become voters taking part in the country’s democratic process after a few years, have called upon the political parties to include their crucial issues in the manifestos for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly election. Their charter of demands is the outcome of a series of seven workshops organised at divisional headquarters under the ‘Dasham’ initiative.‘Cell for children’The children’s demands included construction of toilets in schools, free distribution of sanitary pads, power supply in villages, mandatory holding of ‘Baal Sabha’ in village panchayats and improvement in Anganwadi centre services. “All political parties should establish separate cells for children,” stated the charter.At the ‘Dasham’ event here earlier this week, Rajasthan Assembly Deputy Speaker Rao Rajendra Singh and State Women’s Commission chairperson Suman Sharma (BJP), Mahesh Sharma (Congress), Sanjay Madhav (CPI-M), Nisha Siddhu (CPI), T.P. Sharma (Aam Aadmi Party) and Shailendra Awasthi (Samajwadi Party) interacted with the children.The event was an initiative of Rajasthan Right to Education Forum, Girls Not Brides — Rajasthan, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and Baal Suraksha Network. Resource Institute for Human Rights spokesperson Vijay Goyal said though the children below 18 years were not allowed to vote, they should be heard in their capacity as “future voters”.Children below 18 years comprise 41% of the State’s population. If the teenagers till the age of 19 years are included in this population, the figures touch 49.6%, requiring special steps for their development by the government. The participants said the children could not become responsible citizens without an effective intervention for their healthy growth.Parties’ assuranceWhile the political leaders assured the gathering that they would try to get children’s issues included in the manifestos of their respective parties, the children from different districts, including the hearing- and speech-impaired students of schools and colleges, raised the issues which were affecting their natural growth.‘No school or hospital’Amira Khatoon, 17, from Jodhpur, said her village had no school or hospital and the people often died before getting to hospital in case of emergency. Kundan Kunwar from Udaipur said children in the rural families, who did not know anything about career choices, were lagging behind in the competition.The young boys and girls also challenged the traditions of educational opportunities being denied to the girls and the children forced into unwanted marriages at the tender age. The demands of specially abled children pertained to an easy access to public places and the availability of interpreters. .
The Delhi and Pune IPL match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi was washed away on account of insistent rains on Saturday. Score | PhotosBoth teams were awarded one point each and as a result Delhi finished last on the points table with nine points from 14 matches. Pune too finished with nine points, but they had a better net run rate compared to Delhi.However, there was little that the two teams could have gained from it, had it continued till the end as the qualifiers for the knock-outs had already been decided. Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai have made it to the next stage while the rest would be hoping for a good show in the next season.Delhi captain James Hopes won the toss and elected to bat in the 68th IPL match of season 4.The match was reduced to that of academic interest, but Pune bowlers got on with the act of stifling the Delhi batsmen from the word go.Pune paceman James Faulkner got rid of opener David Warner with a perfect yorker in the fourth over of the innings when the Delhi total was 24. Then in the sixth over the other opener Naman Ojha departed to a Shrikant Mundhe ball on eight. Delhi were reduced to 32/2.Another yorker and another wicket! On the last ball of the 9th over Mitchell Marsh got rid of Matthew Wade with a yorker and Delhi were down to 47/3. With an average of 5/50 runs per over Delhi score was moving at a rather slow rate and by the 10th over they were 55/3.advertisementDelhi were batting on are 56/3 in 10.1 overs with Venugopal Rao and Colin Ingram at the crease when rain forced the match to be called off.Teams Pune Warriors: Manish Pandey, James Faulkner, Sourav Ganguly, Callum Ferguson, Yuvraj Singh(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Sachin Rana, Mitchell Marsh, Rahul Sharma, Alfonso Thomas, Shrikant MundheDelhi Daredevils: David Warner, Naman Ojha(w), Colin Ingram, James Hopes(c), Venugopal Rao, Matthew Wade, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Umesh Yadav