first_imgThe Tubman University in Harper City, Maryland County, on Tuesday May 31, graduated 218 students, who successfully completed their undergraduate studies covering a period of four years.Agriculture, among the five colleges, tops the number with 44 graduates.The university, which is the second government run tertiary institution in Liberia, is operating five colleges including Health Sciences, Education, Agriculture and Food Science, Management and Administration, and Engineering and Technology. This graduation exercise is the third since the institution began operation in September 2009, after the war that damaged all facilities on the campus.According to the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the University, Dr. Emmet Dennis, the university started with 287 students in September 2009 and presently, it has an enrollment of about 1,195 students.He explained that this third commencement brought the number of graduates to 428 since 2009.Dr. Dennis praised outgoing president Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell for her passion and dedication to uplifting the university from what he described as “ashes to excellence.”“In spite of infrastructural damage, Dr. Russell started classes with 287 students, renovated 13 of the 15 damaged buildings and constructed six new buildings, with 28 units,” he said.The institution was once known as “William V. S. Tubman College of Technology,” but upon the appointment of Dr. Russell as president, she lobbied for its elevation; and in 2010, it was enacted by the National Legislature as the second state run university.The orator, Dr. Bernice Bass De Martinez urged the graduating class to remain focused as graduation is only a stepping stone that leads to the next phase of learning.She explained that as graduates of the Tubman University, they are now charged with helping to make a positive difference in their own and the lives of others.“Support and contribute to all that make a positive advancement and bountiful future for Liberia regardless of where you go from here, where you work and where find yourselves,” she said.Dr. Bernice Bass Martinez, who served as the founding chair of the Tubman University Board, cautioned the graduates to make plans that will guide them in the next stage of their lives and set goals that they hope to achieve.“You need to establish a road map for yourselves, how you will travel throughout your lives, how you’re going to use the talents you acquired,” she added.“Life is like a journey, it includes planning a road map and planning to reach a destination.“What you have in your mind cannot be taken or stolen; you have the key and only you can share it. One could lose all of his or her earthly possessions, but cannot be robbed of his/her education.”She encouraged the graduates to focus and take their education seriously, adding, “Your education is and will always remain your greatest asset of possession.”Historically, Tubman University was the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology, but because the county lacked a higher institution of learning and many students found it difficult to leave Maryland to go to Monrovia, political leaders and other prominent citizens advocated for the establishment of a university in the region.Construction of the college began after the celebration of President Tubman’s 75th birth anniversary during the regime of President William R. Tolbert. TC began operation in August 1978 with the enrollment of 87 students.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_imgThere is something sinister about Government’s attempt to downsize the local sugar industry, even after promises were made to the electorate in 2015 that tangible investments would be made in the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to assist with its recovery and sustain thousands of jobs.This is according to former President Donald Ramotar, who told Guyana Times in a recent interview that having paid attention to the Government’s statements on sugar, he has come to the realisation that something seemed a bit off, especially since it has now flip-flopped on its decision.Former President Donald RamotarRamotar recalled that back in 2015 when Finance Minister Winston Jordan presented the annual budget to the National Assembly, much emphasis was placed, during his speech, on the importance of the sugar industry and how Government planned to keep it alive.Earlier speeches made by President David Granger, before the 2015 election and after he assumed office on several occasions, highlighted the importance of sustaining the industry. And he had promised to do whatever it took to keep the industry afloat despite the challenges. However, after about one year in office, the President and his Cabinet in 2016 changed their position and moved to set up a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to assess the industry’s performance. At the completion of the CoI, no recommendations were made to either downsize or close the industry.However, the Government on May 8, 2017, through Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, presented a white paper on sugar, revealing a massive policy decision to commence the downsizing of the industry.“So, why have they changed their mind? That has been bothering me. They knew. They can’t say that they didn’t know before they got into Government the state of the sugar industry,” Ramotar stated.According to the former Head of State, the management and board of GuySuCo appeared before a Parliamentary Economic Committee in the National Assembly when the coalition parties were in the Opposition and gave them every detail and piece of information on the state of the industry.“So, again, why have they changed their mind?” he questioned.Ramotar continued: “That is what is bothering me all the time, because this was not their original position. Their position in less than a year changed and as I mentioned for emphasis, it’s not a case where they don’t know what they were inheriting, they knew.”Value addedWhile recognising that the industry has many challenges, Ramotar maintained that under his leadership, Government had piloted value added production as a means of making the industry more viable and sustainable, because they knew how important it was to many Guyanese.“One of the first things my Administration did was to make the industry more flexible. Already at Albion, we had experiments going on with ethanol. So, we were planning to switch from sugar to ethanol and when the price for sugar was high, we could have come back,” he recalled.In addition to that, the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government also moved to find other solutions and by doing so, steered GuySuCo towards more value added production, where the company began refining sugar. Ramotar said the intention then was to ensure that Guyana tapped into the market, having been a producer of raw sugar for decades and given the fall in international prices for sugar.The former President also pointed out that as a member of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Guyana could also take advantage of that market, which has an annual demand for 220,000 tonnes of refined sugar. “With the arrangements we have in Caricom, most of that market could have gone to GuySuCo, only if this Government would make the investment and go into that direction of refining sugar,” he stressed.Further, Ramotar believes that co-generation plants could also be placed at Albion and Enmore Sugar Estates to assist with the provision of electricity for thousands more Guyanese. He said if the Administration was serious about creating a green economy, this would be a step in the right direction.“You could also generate electricity with bagasse and cut down on the amount of wood used to restart the factories. Millions [are] spent on buying wood. Putting them in boilers damage the tubes”, he said, while also pointing out that GuySuCo could make a big profit from molasses and crude alcohol.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, England, December 23- Manchester United boss David Moyes has hailed the leadership qualities of Wayne Rooney and says he’s on the verge of greatness at Old Trafford.Rooney, who was an injury doubt before this weekend’s game, was instrumental in United’s 3-1 win over West Ham and Moyes believes the England international is now playing a key role in helping his team-mates improve. Moyes has been impressed by Rooney’s attitude since taking over at Old Trafford and believes the 28-year-old is showing more maturity on his way to becoming a true United great as he enters his tenth year at the club.“Do you know what I see more than anything in Wayne? I see leadership,” said Moyes. “I see somebody who wants to take responsibility for the team. I see somebody who cares for how he plays and how the team plays. More than anything, that is what I see from Wayne.“Maybe if he is not quite at the top of his form I will need him to drop in at times and he has no problem doing any of the jobs. He is getting to an age now where he realises he is not a boy any more. He is one of the senior men in the team. He is actually on the verge of being one of the great legends at this club.“Because of that I think he is saying, ‘I have got to take responsibility for results and for performances and make sure the players are doing it on the pitch.’ The players are responding.”-By Football365.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgNancy P. Montgomery, age 69, of Salem, Indiana, passed away Thursday April 12, 2018 at the University of Louisville Hospital.Born on February 17, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Howard Leroy Whitehead & Ruby Jewell (Melton) Whitehead.Nancy was retired from Tecumseh Products in Salem. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pekin. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Robert Lewis Montgomery of Salem; daughter, Rhonda Danser & husband Mark of Pekin; sister, Barbara Shelton of Kentucky; adopted son, Steve James & wife Tammy of Ohio; 6 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren.Preceded in death by parents; brother, Barney Branham; grandson, Matthew Danser.The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM Monday at the First Baptist Church in Pekin.Viewing will be from 4-8 PM Sunday at the church, and Monday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church. Burial will be at Conway Cemetery. Brother JerryGoodwin will officiate.Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

first_imgFairview Elementary School in Sylva will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016.Approximately 300 car riding students from Fairview Elementary will be walking to school Wednesday along with, Superintendent, Principal, teachers, staff, community partners and community leaders. Sylva Mayor Linda Sossamon will participate celebrating the 20th year of Walk to School Day. County Commissioners, Town Board Members and School Board Members have been invited to attend this event.Students may be dropped off at the baseball field parking lot below the school between 7:00-7:30 AM. Other special activities associated with the walk include incentives gifts for walkers from Safe Kids Jackson County, Active Routes to School, and FED EX a proud sponsor.Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.The event is being organized by Fairview School and PTA, Active Routes to School, Safe Kids Jackson County, FED EX, NCDOT, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Sylva Police Department, Rotary Club of Sylva, Jackson County Department of Public Health,  Southwestern Planning Commission, Sylva First Baptist afterschool program, Western Carolina University Athletics, WCU Center for Service Learning, Park and Recreation Management students, The Town of Sylva, Jackson County Sr. Center, Jackson County School Health and Advisory Team, and Harris Regional Hospital- A Duke LifePoint Hospital.last_img read more

first_imgThe average loss-value and number of reported cargo thefts in the United States increased significantly from July to September, according to the latest industry reports.A total of 165 cargo thefts were reported during the quarter, with an average loss value of $155,709, according to the latest quarterly report published by SensiGuard. Those figures represent a 13% increase in volume and a 31% increase in value compared to the previous quarter. The numbers also represent a 3% increase in volume but an 8% decrease in loss values compared to the same quarter last year.The SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center has issued its report on cargo theft incidents in the U.S. for the third quarter of 2019. The company publishes quarterly reports in addition to an annual report on cargo theft. The report notes that delays in incident reporting typically cause measurable increases in theft volumes in the weeks following the quarterly reports, and totals from the most recent quarter are expected to rise. The report notes that electronics loads were the most stolen product type, with 21% of the total thefts. Of those… Land Line Media- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#news#privacy#web mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Rapleaf, the personal information aggregation service, has brought on a new member of the team to serve as general counsel and chief privacy officer. For the San Francisco startup that recently made headlines over its tracking techniques, the addition of Ken Dreifach should help.After all, the company released an API just last week that offers “lifestyle” information like home ownership status, occupation, income and more, and could get critics fired up all over again.The company wrote on its blog today that it brought Dreifach on to “help us further our strong commitment to safeguarding people’s data as we build a more personalizable world.” Dreifach previously served as deputy general counsel for Linden Lab, operators of virtual world Second Life, and chief of the Internet Bureau of the Office of the New York Attorney General.Rapleaf was in the news last month when the Wall Street Journal wrote that the company “profiles users by name,” giving it the ability to “build extraordinarily intimate databases on people by tapping voter-registration files, shopping histories, social-networking activities and real estate records, among other things.” In this same story, the company was accused of mishandling Facebook users’ privacy by transmitting identifying details to other companies.We asked Rapleaf if Dreifach had anything to say on its new Personalization API or the privacy implications of the centralization of personal information, but did not hear back in time. We will update this story if and when we receive a response.Update: Dreifach got back to us this evening and had this to say:“The new API will help companies customize their products to make consumer experiences more relevant and personalized — while also taking into account continuing needs in the industry for improved data protection. I am excited to help Rapleaf lead industry practices in achieving both of these important objectives.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgThe titular detective of the BBC television series Sherlock possesses a “mind palace”—a highly organized mental catalog of nearly every memory he’s ever had. We mere mortals can’t match Holmes’s remarkable recollection, but when we store and recall memories, our brain activity probably looks a lot like his, according to a new study. The findings might help us find early warning signs of memory loss in diseases like Alzheimer’s.Previous research has found that when people perceive an event for the first time and when they are asked to remember it later, the same brain regions are activated. But whether different people encode the same memory in the same way has been a topic of debate.So scientists turned to Sherlock Holmes for answers. A group led by Janice Chen, a postdoc in the psychology department at Princeton University, and Yuan Chang Leong, a graduate student studying psychology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, strapped 22 study participants into a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, which traces blood flow in the brain to measure brain activity. The scientists then showed them a 48-minute segment of BBC’s Sherlock. (Roughly the first half of the series’s first episode, “A Study in Pink,” for the curious superfans.) 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She had initially expected most people would talk for 10 minutes or so. Instead, on average the participants spent more than 20 minutes describing the show, including the type of hat Sherlock wore, the colors in his apartment, and the relationships between the characters.When the researchers compared the viewers’ brain activity while watching Sherlock to when they were recalling it from memory, the brain patterns were so similar that the scientists could accurately identify which scenes the participants were describing at any given time just by looking at their fMRI results. “This goes beyond just showing that some part of the brain is active during some movie scene,” Chen says. “We’re showing that there is a distinct brain pattern, like a fingerprint, for each movie scene.”Next, the team combined all the participants’ brain activity during the perception phase into a single, average pattern. Then they compared this averaged pattern to fMRI results from individual participants’ recall phase. If everyone’s memory-related brain activity is different and individualized, then these recall patterns shouldn’t match up very well with the group’s collective brain pattern while watching the show. But the researchers found that each participant’s recall brain activity closely matched the group average during perception. That suggests that when humans experience the same events, their brains organize the memories in an extremely similar way, the researchers report today in Nature Neuroscience.Though humans naturally share the same basic neural architecture, most scientists have thought that when it comes to memory, the big similarities are confined to “lower-order” brain regions like the hippocampus, the cerebellum, and the amygdala—things our brains have in common with most other vertebrates. The “higher-order” regions within humans’ intricate cerebral cortex are thought to contain distinctive, highly personalized brain activity for memories. Interestingly, the shared brain patterns identified in this study were found exclusively in higher-order, cortical brain regions, including the posterior medial cortex and the medial prefrontal cortex.These findings could make cognitive scientists rethink the way they view how personalized and special our memories really are, Chen says. “We feel our memories are unique, but there is a lot in common between us in how we see and remember the world, even at the level of these brain activity patterns that we measure at the scale of millimeters,” she says.Scientists working with memory-related neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s might be able to use this technique to identify early warning signs of memory loss or to develop more accurate, imaging-based benchmarks for memory loss, she adds.Michael Rugg, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Texas in Dallas, says he’s convinced the findings reveal that our memories share some common organizational structure. Whether that’s due to memories forming in similar ways at the deep neuronal level or to people using similar strategies for recalling events will require further investigation, he says, but either way it’s “striking” how similar our brain patterns are while remembering.“There’s a certain humbling here,” Rugg says. “We like to think of our brains and memories as being highly individualistic, idiosyncratic. … But perhaps in our brains, we aren’t the individuals we thought we were.”last_img read more

first_imgOpening batsman Lokesh Rahul struck a brilliant 96 to guide India to 221/6 at stumps on Day 1 of the first four-day cricket match against Australia A at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Wednesday.Opting to bat, India A got off to a bad start with opening batsman Abhinav Mukund getting bowled for 9 with the hosts at 20. However, Rahul and captain Cheteshwar Pujara (55) combined well to strike a 107-run partnership to steady the ship for the hosts.India A lost Pujara and Karun Nair (0) in quick succession following which Shreyas Iyer played an important knock of 39 before being bowled.The hosts later lost three quick wickets — Iyer, Rahul and wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha (10). Vijay Shankar (4 not out) and Amit Mishra (0 not out) were at the crease when theplay was called off for the day.Australia A pacer Andrew Fekete (2/38) and tweaker Steve O’Keefe (2/66) picked up two wickets apiece while fast bowlers Sean Abbot (1/23) and Gurinder Sandhu (1/53) also scalped one each.Brief scores: India A 221/6 (Lokesh Rahul 96, Cheteshwar Pujara 55, Shreyas Iyer 39; Andrew Fekete 2/38, Steve O’Keefe 2/66, Sean Abbot 1/23) against Australia A.last_img read more