January 14

Liberia Makes More Gains in Ebola Fight

first_imgThe leader of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), Rev. Kennedy Sandy, says that Liberia has made more gains in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and must continue.Making the statement over the weekend in the Air Field Community, the LTP leader emphasized that the war against the virus was not over and called on Liberians to ensure that the country is free of the epidemic as the spread of the virus could return.Rev. Sandy observed that, “In the midst of the national health crisis, political tensions had grown very high and continue to rise to exacerbate the health crisis. (While) exercising our political franchise and constitutional rights, we must continue to observe the preventive measures of the virus.”In the process of electing the 15 lawmakers in the ensuing election, he believes it is important  for every Liberian to act in the confines of the law.He explained that the special senatorial election is necessary for the smooth running of Liberia but must not create any condition that would lead to further spread of the epidemic.“It is also constitutionally mandated that the election is held in a free, fair, transparent and credible as well as a peaceful and democratic atmosphere. This will reflect the authentic views and choices of the people of Liberia and a clear representation of each county,” said the LTP leader.He admonished that the efforts and support of the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations, the United States, China, European Union and the Centers for Disease Control as well as other experts around the world, who have risked lives by joining Liberia and contributing immensely to the fight against the Ebola virus must not be wasted.The LTP leader warned the general public against engaging in any act that would undermine the fight against the epidemic, adding that Liberia has gone far in the fight and must continue until it is completed.He urged that the political parties, the election, the Government of Liberia and all senatorial candidates must be responsible to make sure that this election is fully participatory, inclusive, transparent, impartial and free.“As we elect our 15 senators, let us not do any thing that would place the life of our people in danger or put the citizens at risk. Liberia faces constitutional challenges today as we go into this election. The people own the country and have the right to change whatsoever they want to change,” he stressed adding that while Liberia goes through political recuperation, Liberians should show political maturity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 19

Enough Fish to Go Around

first_img(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Rights-based fishery policies can guarantee a rapid rebound of fish stocks, biomass and profits for fishermen.A surprising study in PNAS scores a win for private property, appropriately managed. Though many environmentalists have been worried about the collapse of seafood markets due to overfishing, a dozen scientists from the University of Washington, University of California at Santa Barbara and the Environmental Defense Fund have found a path to recovery: stop “business as usual” policies, and veer toward “rights based” fishery policies. PhysOrg explains how it works:The analysis suggests that implementing reforms such as those based on secure fishing rights are critical to providing the combined benefits of increased fish populations, food production and profits. “Fishing rights” is a fishery management approach that ends the desperate race to fish by asking fishers to adhere to strict, science-based catch limits in exchange for a right to a share of the catch or to a traditional fishing area.“We now have a clear roadmap for how to recover fisheries: Give fishermen secure fishing rights so they can control and protect their future,” said co-author Amanda Leland, senior vice president for oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund. “Countries from the U.S. to Belize to Namibia are leading a turnaround by implementing secure fishing rights and realizing benefits for people and the oceans.“Although they don’t mention the old economic problem of “tragedy of the commons” that drove early pilgrims to near starvation until they were given control over private plots of land, the principle appears the same. Rights to fish certain areas without competition, except for agreement to sustainable catch limits agreed in advance, give fishermen the incentive to protect their areas and make them as productive as possible. Since they know that overfishing would drive them out of business, they would have the incentive to protect and control their future by conserving their fishing rights.This is a win-win situation all around, the scientists calculate after looking at the most heavily-fished areas around the world. Even with the expected rise in world population and seafood consumption, there should be plenty to go around under rights-based fishery policies, if implemented now.Applying sound management reforms to global fisheries in our dataset could generate annual increases exceeding 16 million metric tons (MMT) in catch, $53 billion in profit, and 619 MMT in biomass relative to business as usual. We also find that, with appropriate reforms, recovery can happen quickly, with the median fishery taking under 10 y to reach recovery targets. Our results show that commonsense reforms to fishery management would dramatically improve overall fish abundance while increasing food security and profits.The methods could include cooperatives, territorial rights or individual transferable quotas to achieve the conservation and ecological objectives. Costs to consumers, they figure, are only a fraction of the potential benefits. Some of these benefits have already been seen in the experience of Iceland, New Zealand and Australia. Moreover, it would not be necessary to put some areas off-limits to fishing, because the rebound will more than offset the time to recovery:Our results suggest that some of the greatest economic improvements in fisheries may come more from improving institutions than from improving the status of fished stocks. Furthermore, these gains in profit can occur quickly following institutional reforms, because they do not exclusively rely on stock recovery. Such rapid economic gains can help offset many of the necessary short-term costs associated with stock recovery when catches must temporarily decline to enable recovery.In fact, the tradeoffs are few. It’s good policy all around. Fish will like it, fishermen will like it, and consumers will like it. It seafood prices rise temporarily, they will likely fall when supply increases.Our results suggest that a suite of approaches providing individual or communal access rights to fishery resources can align incentives across profit, food, and conservation so that few tradeoffs will have to be made across these objectives in selecting effective policy interventions.As for seafood prices, they say, “Although we have not explicitly modeled effects of fishery reform on consumers, they are likely to benefit from the catch increases (and price decreases) that arise from fishery recovery.”Rights-based conservation differs drastically from the intuitive tendency of governments and bureaucrats to regulate things. “No fishing” signs could be replaced with licenses for individuals and groups to take ownership of areas, giving them both control of their destiny and incentive to protect it. Such “commonsense” reforms can’t come too soon. Christopher Costello of UCSB says, “Our research reveals a stark choice: Either manage fisheries sustainably and realize the tremendous potential of the world’s oceans, or allow the status quo to continue to draw down the natural capital of our oceans.”Why does it take some people so long to re-learn the benefits of free market economics? Have they never learned about Adam Smith? If these principles seem unfamiliar, take a primer at Prager University (here’s another). Academics and government regulators usually resort to tried-and-true capitalism when some crisis beats them over the head. Their natural tendency is more government, more regulation, and less liberty.God gave us a planet loaded with resources to sustain a large population which He anticipated when He commanded both Adam and Noah to “be fruitful and multiply.” He also gave us Ten Commandments that teach us to respect property rights (Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet what is thy neighbor’s). Notice that these commandments were given to sinners, not saints. God knows that the recipe for peace and prosperity in a fallen world requires thinking of our neighbor (the customer) as much as we think of our own desires. That’s the foundation of market economics.Exercise: What about endangered species? If tuna fishermen only care about catching tuna, what happens to sea turtles and dolphins caught in their nets? Would rights-based fishery policies help or hurt other species in the area? To what extent should government intrude on rights-based policies? Explain your answer. (Hint: what would the rebound of target species imply for the entire food web?)last_img read more

December 16

Milestone: The Web (Finally) Surpasses Newspapers As Source for Americans’ News

first_imgaudrey watters Tags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The report points to another milestone in 2010 as well: For the first time, more money was spent on online advertising than on print newspaper advertising. Online advertising overall grew 13.9% to $25.8 billion in 2010. Ad revenue at newspapers, however, fell over the same period by 6.4%.The declining revenue and subscriptions for newspapers have resulted in many closures and layoffs. Indeed, newspaper newsrooms are 30% smaller than they were in 2000. But according to the survey, most Americans don’t seem terribly concerned by the loss of this news source. Twenty eight percent said the loss of their local newspaper would have a major impact on their ability to keep up with local information; 30% said it would have minor impact and 39% said it would have no impact.In a report that accompanies the State of the Media report, Pew finds that more people are turning to their mobile phones for local news; 47% of Americans report they get at least some local news from their cellphone, although their interests seem to be in information that’s practical and in real time: weather and restaurant information, for example.Interestingly, while nearly half of Americans say they get their local news via a mobile device, just one in 10 use an app to do so. And of those, an even fewer percentage pay to use those apps. This raises questions for the news industry as it’s unclear whether people are willing to pay for online content, even if their local newspapers disappeared.Nonetheless the Pew Research Center insists that, “Local news remains the vast untapped territory.” “While local has been the area of greatest ferment for nonprofit startups,” reads the report, “no one has yet cracked the code for how to produce local news effectively at a sustainable level.” Photo credits: Flickr user Daniel Blume Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Although digital technologies have been changing the face of the news for at least the last decade, we have finally reached a important milestone: more people now get their news from online sources than they do from physical newspapers.That’s according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, which has just released its latest report on the “State of the Media.” The study finds that, “By several measures, the state of the American news media improved in 2010,” but that improvement did not extend to one important sector – newspapers – which continued to see a decline in revenues, readership and newsroom jobs.According to the survey, 46% of people now say they get their news online at least three times a week, surpassing newspapers (40%) for the first time. Only local television is more popular among Americans, with 50% indicating that’s their regular source for news.last_img read more

December 1

Jharkhand MLA gets 18-month jail term

first_imgDhullo Mahto, the Bharatiya Janat Party MLA from Baghmara in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand, and four others were convicted by a local court on Wednesday and sentenced to 18 months in jail for helping a person flee from police custody.One acquittedSub-Divisional Magistrate Shikha Agrawal found the five guilty under Indian Penal Code sections 353 (assault to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty) and 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt) but acquitted another accused. Bail grantedThe court, however, granted bail to all the five convicts on the condition that each should furnish a surety bond of ₹10,000.The incident happened on May 12, 2013, when a man named Rajesh Gupta was arrested on a court’s order. Mahto and his supporters reached the police station, attacked the policemen and took away Gupta forcibly. He was again arrested a few days later and spent 11 months in jail.The BJP MLA is known for his influence in the coal mining areas of Dhanbad. Several criminal cases have been lodged against him in the district.Twice winnerIn 2009, he won the Assembly poll as a candidate of the Babulal Marandi-led Jharkhand Vikas Morcha. In 2014, he retained the seat but on a BJP ticket. Mahto’s advocate said that his client will challenge the order in Jharkhand High Court.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

November 27

FEU holds off NU in UAAP volleyball opening win

first_imgOpening game loss not dampening UE Lady Warriors’ confidence MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The Lady Tamaraws, last season’s runners-up, were quick to recover from their disappointing first set and showed their might in the next three sets.NU fell further in the game when it lost its only setter Joyme Cagande late in the third set after she collided with Roselyn Doria and suffered a sprained ligament in her left knee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith the Lady Bulldogs without their only playmaker, their offense quickly fell into shambles while the Lady Tamaraws just took advantage of their wobbled opponent.Risa Sato carrying Cagande to the locker room. #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/nayfMfOEjb— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) February 16, 2019Roselyn Doria threw away her toss attempt that put FEU at the 24-12 match point and France Ronquillo ended things with a well-placed service ace.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU head coach George Pascua said NU “was an unfamiliar team” to them with the Lady Bulldogs fielding in just 11 players six of whom are rookies including Cagande.“NU is unfamiliar to us so we had to adjust in the second set and it was a good thing we were able to recover,” said Pascua in Filipino. “I actually criticized them but in a calm manner and of course I just instructed them on what they should do.”Rokie Lycha Ebon led FEU’s charge with 13 points while Heather Guino-o and Celine Domingo added 11 points apiece.Jerrili Malabanan, the Lady Tamaraws’ captain, pitched in 10 points.Ivy Lacsina finished with 14 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs while Princess Robles had 13 points. ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University got off to a good start and dismantled National University, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12, in the second game of the opening day of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

September 17

Liverpool are confident of title success Alisson

first_imgAlisson Becker has dismissed any speculation of nerves creeping into the Liverpool squad as they bid to win the title for the first time in 29 years.The Brazilian shot-stopper still believes they can win the Premier League despite City returning to the top of the table on goal difference.However, the Reds can reclaim top spot if they beat Bournemouth on Saturday, after managing back-to-back draws with Leicester and West Ham.🔙🔛🔝#PL pic.twitter.com/u5z2qtPZfX— Premier League (@premierleague) February 6, 2019When asked if nerves are playing a part, the Brazilian goalkeeper told Sky Sports: “I wouldn’t say anything on the matter.“We believe we can win the league.“We’ve shown in the past that we’re good enough and we’ll continue to show this in the games we’ve got to come.”Alisson Becker, LiverpoolReport: Injury update on Liverpool’s Becker George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Liverpool has released an update on Alisson Beckers progress as he recovers from injury.According to Liverpoolfc.com, there is still no timeline for the Brazillian…“Our pressure is the same,” he added. “We take things game by game without worrying about what our opponents are doing.“Everyone wants to win this league but at Liverpool, our concern is winning games and not dropping points.“We don’t think about Man City, we think about ourselves. We only think about what we can do and how things are moving forward.”😍 THAT pass from @Alissonbecker… pic.twitter.com/NDH1egNkbs— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 1, 2019That starts on Saturday, according to the Brazilian, who says Liverpool’s game against Bournemouth at Anfield is a must-win for Klopp’s side.“I really want to win the Premier League with Liverpool,” said the goalkeeper. “We need to win games and we need to focus on our next opponent.“To get back to the top of the league we need to win games that comes from hard work, starting on Saturday.”last_img read more

September 12

2018 Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri Chucho Valdés Dyango More

first_img Email Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri & Others 2018-latin-grammy-special-awards-honors-yuri-chucho-vald%C3%A9s-dyango-more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 14, 2018 – 4:44 pm Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri & Others Facebook 2018 Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri, Chucho Valdés, Dyango & More The celebratory evening honoring these nine people was filled with applause, gratitude and even a few tearful moments as the artists reflected on their achievements and what it took to get there. Latin Recording Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. and singer Raquel Sofia hosted the event, which, as Abaroa highlighted when opening the event, the awards presented are not “extra GRAMMYs,” as they don’t honor an album or a song, but a career and legacy of an artist. A touching video showcased each artists’ achievements and milestones, and each award was given by a different presenter, who highlighted some of the honoree’s most notable career moments, with Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow handing off the first award. The event was livestreamed on Facebook, with fans from around the world sharing in the excitement and celebrating each artist.”We are proud to pay tribute to this remarkable group of talented artists and music professionals with this year’s Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards,” Abaroa Jr. said in a statement. “Our 2018 class has made outstanding contributions benefitting Ibero-American music, providing innovation and a unique vision in favor of all music lovers.” Seven iconic Latin music artists were awarded with the Latin Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, plus two industry veterans received the Trustees Award during the celebratory event last nightAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2018 – 4:44 pm Las Vegas is the place to be this week for the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards, taking place this Thursday. The Latin GRAMMY Week festivities officially kicked off Nov. 13 as the Latin Recording Academy honored influential Latin music artists Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón, Chucho Valdés, Wilfrido Vargas and Yuri with their Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Special Awards ceremony. Visionary label executives Horacio Malvicino and Tomás Muñoz received the Trustees Award. Both awards celebrate the honorees outstanding and lasting contributions to Latin music. News Twitter https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1062543130036101120 The first to be honored was the great Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdés, born to a musician father, who he released a touching duet album with, followed by Brazilian rocker Erasmo Carlos, whose music transcended genres, often with psychedelic influences. Next to be presented the award was Barcelona-born singer Dyango, aka “La Voz del Amor” (The Voice of Love), whose passionate ballads gained him a loyal following in Latin America, and Puerto Rican salsa legend Andy Montañez from Puerto Rico, a lead artist of the growing salsa romántica sound in the ’80s. The fifth award went to Mexican singer José María Napoleón, aka “El Poeta de la Canción” (The Song’s Poet), who got teary-eyed with gratitude as he said, quite poetically, “gracias por este tesoro gran precioso” (thank you for this beautiful treasure).The excitement and positivity stayed high throughout the evening, with each presenter having plenty to talk about for each monumental honoree. The second to last Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Dominican merengue artist Wilfrido Vargas, a trumpet player and bandleader who led the genre forward for years, even mentoring the next generation of artists including Las Chicas de Can, the first all-female merengue group from the Dominican Republic.The final artist honored—which many Facebook viewers seemed to be waiting for the whole time—was Mexican genre-defying popstar and actress Yuri, aka “La Güera” (The Blonde), or as she’s often referred to, the “Global Pop Diva.” She shared how thankful she was to her many fans for making her 40 years of work worth it, although she knows she has plenty more work to do. As the presenter of her award said, “Su talento no tiene limites” (her talent has no limits).Horacio Malvicino, a label executive and jazz musician from Argentina, and Tomás Muñoz, a label executive from Spain who worked with the likes of Julio Iglesias, were both honored with the Trustees Award.As excitement mounts for Thursday’s presentation of this year’s Latin GRAMMYs, which recognize the finest artists and projects of the year, the Latin GRAMMYs Special Awards remind us where we come from, celebrating those artists and industry players who paved the road for so many of today’s stars.Thalía, Fonseca, Miguel Bosé & More To Join 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards PresentersRead morelast_img read more

September 10

CNET Asks Did you notice the Facebook outage

first_imgFacebook experienced an almost day-long outage on Wednesday. Facebook’s outage affected a near 2 billion people, with their problems starting around 9 a.m. PT Wednesday morning. The outage affected users mainly in the US and Europe, but also affected users in South America, Australia and Asia. The outage was also felt in apps and companies owned by Facebook, most notably Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook’s virtual reality company Oculus, was also affected. On Thursday Facebook announced the problem was due to a server configuration change and apologized for what eventually became the longest and largest outage in its history. While many abstain from social media, there’s no denying its presence in today’s world. Many people were frustrated not being able to load their social feeds. Many businesses who use Facebook or Instagram for ad placements were undoubtedly upset as well. Did this outage affect you at all? Did you even notice it? While Facebook and Instagram are the largest services to go down, what if other social media outlets such as Twitter or Snapchat were out as well? How crazy would that be? Let us know how you feel about these questions and more in the poll below and feel free to explain your vote in the comments. Check out previous installments of CNET Asks here, and cast your votes on a wide range of topics. If there is a particular question you’d like to see asked, or if you’d like a shot at being featured in a future edition, join us at CNET Member Asks and submit your topic idea. Facebook Instagram WhatsApp 1:42 Mobile Mobile Apps 2 Tags Share your voice Where were you when Facebook went down? Now playing: Watch this: Tour Facebook’s new Instagram-worthy digs in Singapore Comments CNET Asks 23 Photoslast_img read more

September 3

2 killed in road crash

first_img.Two motorcyclists were killed as a tractor hit their vehicle in front of Gazirhat Degree College of Ranisankail, Thakurgaon on Friday night, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Abdus Sabur, 24, son of Abur Rashid, a resident of Amjuan village and Jahangir Alam, 25, son of Faizul Islam, of the upazila.Abdul Mannan, officer-in-charge of Ranisankal police station, said that the accident took place when the tractor rammed the motorcycle, leaving two riders- Sabur and Jahangir-critically injured.The injured were admitted to Ranisankal Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared them dead.last_img read more