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The Angel You Don’t Know: Harvard’s Fundraiser Blights Kennedy’s Values

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first_imgOn May 16, 2014, the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) launched a $500 million dollars fundraising campaign. HKS claimed the funds will “allow HKS to provide a new level of leadership and innovation while bringing meaningful and positive change to the world.” HKS invited its super star, Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to showcase its global leadership model. While President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has done many important things for Liberia and Africa for which she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, her two-term record on democratic leadership disqualifies her as an envoy of Kennedy’s values of public service and democracy on the world stage. It is important for HKS not only to train “exceptional public leaders”, HKS must also model on the global stage its values by associating only with leaders committed to strengthening democracy-no matter who they are and even if such a move hurts fundraising efforts.John F. Kennedy is known worldwide for strengthening democratic institutions, empowering ordinary folks through the Peace Corps and public service, evidenced by President Kennedy’s favorite quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on the other hand, has demonstrated an extraordinary contempt for democracy by usurping the authority of citizens to vote for local government officials.The Liberian constitution gives the president vast powers, including the power to appoint all cabinet members and their deputies, heads of all government agencies and public corporations and governors of all political sub-divisions in the entire country.In 2009, President Sirleaf struck a devastating blow at the very core of the republican form of democracy by seeking new powers to exclude citizens from electing local government officials who control many basic aspects of their lives. President Sirleaf argued and won the authority to appoint all mayors and city councilors, adding to her already vast powers. This act by HKS super star and outstanding fundraiser has rendered the republic impotent by usurping the powers of citizens to vote. It is incomprehensible and unjustifiable for an elected official who sought the vote of Liberian citizens to effectively disenfranchise voters immediately after they voted to make her Africa’s first female president.This undemocratic act in a republic, not a monarchy, jeopardizes security, justice and access to equal opportunities. For example, in obtaining the power to appoint government officials in nearly all aspects of government, President Sirleaf has worked to establish undue powers in her own hands and in the hands of the elite few, including her sons, friends and family members.Considering the many top government officials recruited from HKS, including the dismissed Airport Manager and other relatives and friends of the president represented in high-salaried positions within the Sirleaf Administration, one can conclude that the administration has done more to enrich members of the elite, her sons and family members than it has done to improve the quality of life for ordinary Liberians.The administration set its own standards for who can work in government (including educational requirements that would be unavailable to ordinary Liberians) as well as corresponding salaries and benefits that far exceed those paid to public servants across America. For an impoverished post-conflict country with an annual budget of $583 million, Liberian representatives earn at least $84,000 per year while cabinet ministers and heads of public corporations can take home up to $180,000 excluding benefits such as gas slips, medical benefits, and housing privileges. Compare that to salaries earned in Massachusetts, where the annual budget is $36 billion dollars, lawmakers earn $62,000 yearly. In New Hampshire with a budget of $11 billion dollars, senators and representatives earn $100 yearly. In both cases, lawmakers receive no cars, gas slips, no armed body guards, or other tangible benefits. Liberian citizens live on less than one dollar a day but the elite officials’ excessive and costly travels include first class airline tickets. The Sirleaf administration’s standards are unrealistic, given the revenues generated by Liberia. The high salaries and benefits, in practice, only benefit the Liberian elite and these policies are helping to create an elite ruling class and permanently sowing the seeds of discord and more political instability.According to Photius.com, Liberia has 85% unemployment. Most citizens lack access to electricity, running water and basic services. In fact, Liberia, a country of 43,000 sq. miles has only one registry of motor vehicle located in the capital city Monrovia,  where the 4.5 million citizens must travel up to 300 miles go to get driver’s licenses and register their vehicles. Imagine how Americans would feel if President Obama appointed all governors, including Governor Patrick of Massachusetts, all mayors and directors of public transit such as Massport. Imagine living in a country so centralized that every citizen must travel to one office to get a driver’s license and vehicle registration. In Liberia, citizens must also travel to the centralized post office to mail letters and every citizen must rent mail boxes because the Liberian Postal Service does not deliver to homes.  President Sirleaf wields more powers in Liberia than the queen of England who rules over a monarchy, not a republic and who lacks the powers to appoint all mayors, including the mayor of London.According to the May 16, 2014 Harvard Crimson article, President Johnson Sirleaf was very clear about her primary role. “My first role is to inspire women,” she said. “You must accept the fact that there will be vulnerability in response to (disaffected citizens’) needs… and that’s part of what leadership is all about.”  After benefiting from the ballot cast by Liberian citizens, the president immediately began to undermine the voting powers of citizens in a country where bullets, not ballot determined the leaders in the past two decades.                                      Irving Christo said: “Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions; it guarantees equality of opportunities.” By concentrating undue powers in her own hands and in the hands of her children, family and friends, systematically widening the gap between filthy rich Liberians and dirt poor citizens, by closing all avenues of opportunities for Liberians without access to American colleges and universities and deliberately eroding democratic institutions through unjustifiable disenfranchisement, President Sirleaf earned for herself a seat at Harvard’s fundraising table. However, I am surprised that the HKS has betrayed the values of President Kennedy by turning a blind eye to President Sirleaf’s actions designed to weaken democracy and snatch ballot powers from citizens who have struggled for two decades to transition from bullets for ballots.Torli H. Krua is founder of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI). UHRI promotes democracy and citizens’ initiatives in Africa and refugee rights in the United States of America. Krua, a resident of Brockton, MA is a native of Liberia and pastor of Dorchester-based Ziah Mission Church. Please send comments to: harlankrua@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FIFA’s new rule could have a huge impact on Chelsea

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first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Most popular football news smart causal REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade impact RANKED silverware Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack center_img “Talents under the age of 21 who have been trained by their home club and have been under contract there for an extended period of time may continue to be borrowed in unlimited numbers to further their development by collecting match practice elsewhere,” Bild claim possible standings The number of players allowed to leave clubs on loan is set to be capped to eight.If FIFA’s plans, as reported by German publication Bild, come to fruition, then Chelsea, who have 40 players currently on loan, will be hit hard.However, the potential new rule will not apply to players under the age of 21 who have come through club academies, but only players who have been bought. MONEY Bakayoko joined Milan on loan for the season highlights BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 1 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures At the minute, Kurt Zouma, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi are among those purchased players currently out on loan.Juventus are another team that have farmed several players out, with 26 plying their trade elsewhere.last_img read more

REVEALED: HSE IS PAYING €86,400 A YEAR TO RENT NOWDOC OFFICES IN LETTERKENNY

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first_imgThe building in Letterkenny which houses the NowDoc offices.The HSE is spending €86,400 a year renting the NowDoc building in Letterkenny, auction documents have shown.Auction details of the building at Oldtown Road has revealed that the HSE has paid rent on the building for the past decade.A reduced rent of €59,000 is currently being negotiated between the HSE and the current owner. Details of the rental agreement are contained in an All-Sop auction brochure which was published last night.The NowDoc offices is one of two joint-buildings to go under the hammer as one lot at the auction in Dublin on October 22nd.The other building is the Dizzy Rascals play centre which has a rent of €15,000 each year.The current combined rent from the 14,000 sq ft warehouse is €101,400. The reserve price on the warehouse office unit has been put at between €490,000 and €540,000.The tenant information posted with the All-Sop brochure for prospective buyers says “The HSE is a public sector organisation with an annual budget of approximately €13 billion, it is also Ireland’s largest employer with approximately 67,000 employees.”There are a total of three Donegal properties for auction at the All-Sop auction.The other two include the Magnolia Restaurant in Letterkenny which has a reserve price of €30,000 and also a half acre of land in Bridgend with a reserve price of €5,000. REVEALED: HSE IS PAYING €86,400 A YEAR TO RENT NOWDOC OFFICES IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:All SopauctiondonegalHSEletterkennyNowDocrentlast_img read more

Rhine Named Enterprise Bank MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

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first_imgTo qualify for MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. This season, Rhine is averaging 15.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, which ranks second and tied for fifth, respectively, in the MVC. She leads the MVC in field goal percentage at 57.5 percent. Rhine has been MVC Player of the Week three times this year. It is the fifth MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award for Rhine this season and a league-leading 18 for a Drake student-athlete in 2017-18. She was honored for her performance during the period of Feb. 5-11. Rhine, who owns a 4.00 cumulative grade point average in elementary education, was recognized by the Valley for her play on the court by being named MVC Player of the Week on Monday. ST. LOUIS – Redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week presented by Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, MVC commissioner Doug Elgin announced Wednesday, Feb. 14 morning. Coming off the bench, Rhine averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 73.9 percent (14-of-19) from the floor, including making 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) from behind the arc to help Drake win at Evansville and Indiana State. She started the weekend against Evansville with a game-high 19 points on a 7-of-8 shooting night to go with four rebounds and one block in just 16 minutes. Rhine followed that performance against the Sycamores with her fifth double-double this year with 16 points and 11 rebounds. She made 7-of-11 shots, added one block and nabbed one steal in 20 minutes. 2017-18 Drake Missouri Valley Scholar-Athletes of the WeekSept. 6 – Josh Yeager – Men’s Cross CountrySept. 13 – Kyle Brandt – Men’s Cross CountryOct. 4 – Kyla Inderski – VolleyballNov. 28 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballNov. 28 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballDec. 6 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 6 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballDec. 13 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballJan. 3 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballJan. 3 – Nick McGlynn, Men’s BasketballJan. 10 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballJan. 10 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballJan. 17 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballJan. 17 – Nick McGlynn, Men’s BasketballJan. 31 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballFeb. 7 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballFeb. 7 – Maddy Dean, Women’s BasketballFeb. 14 – Sara Rhine, Women’s Basketball Print Friendly Version Rhine and her teammates visit UNI Friday, Feb. 16 with tipoff with the Panthers set for 7 p.m. The in-state rivalry game is the MVC’s Game of the Week on ESPN3.last_img read more

COCKHILL CELTIC CELEBRATE RETAINING 4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE TITLE

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first_imgUSL Results & Reports 10.08.14Results4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League Letterkenny Rovers 2 – 3 Cockhill Celtic**Cockhill Celtic are League ChampionsFinn Harps Res. 1 – 2 Bonagee Utd. DPD Div. 1Cup Semi-FinalsDrumkeen Utd. Res. 2 – 5 Bonagee Utd. Res.Letterkenny Rovers Res. 5 – 1 Fanad Utd. Res.ReportsCockhill Retain Title After Friel Hat-Trick Letterkenny Rovers 2Cockhill Celtic 3Cockhill Celtic were crowned 2014 Ulster Senior League champions after having to come from behind twice to eventually defeat Letterkenny Rovers 3-2 at Leckview Park.Cockhill went into the game knowing a win would secure title glory but that victory seemed like a million miles away when Rovers took the lead after only ten minutes. A free kick from the left hand side was whipped in by Neil Lloyd and it found David Shovlin and his cute header deceived Gavin Cullen to put the hosts ahead. The visitors responded well and equalised on 21 minutes. Oisin McColgan with an incisive pass found Garbhan Friel and as he attempted to round Rovers defender John Doherty, referee Stephen Toner adjudged that Doherty had handled the ball. Friel made no mistake from the penalty spot slotting it past Jason Quinn in the Rovers goal with ease. Cockhill had a glorious chance to go in front on 27 minutes when Derek Doherty capitalised on a mistake by Aaron O’Hagan. Doherty played a ball through to Conor Carlin who tried to place his shot low into the corner but the ball hit Jason Quinn who managed to retreat and gather the ball. Rovers never really tested the Cockhill defence but regained the lead on 37 minutes. Stevie Okakpo raced on to along through ball and was bundled over unnecessarily by Gavin Cullen just inside the box. Darren McElwaine stepped up and scored his second penalty in week past Cullen to ensure Rovers held a 2-1 advantage at half time. Rovers were intent on spoiling the title party and should have put the game beyond doubt two minutes into the second half. Stevie Okakpo mishit an effort while well placed and Johnny Bonner should have done better at the far post but shot wide after a McElwaine cross to the far post. This seemed to be a turning point as Cockhill went straight up the pitch to equalise on 49 minutes. A wonderful cross from Gerry Gill found Garbhan Friel and his looping header went over Quinn to the sound of huge cheers from the large army of away supporters. Indeed they didnt have to wait too long before what turned out to be the League winning goal arrived just 3 minutes later. A corner from Gerry Gill found Friel at the near post and the ball seemed to come off his knee and bounced into the ground and into the net to spark off scenes of wild celebration from the Cockhill faithful. The Inishowen men did have chances to extend their lead with Conor Carlin again guilty on 68 minutes. A long kick out from Cullen was expertly taken down by the former Drumkeen man and he had plenty of time but somehow his lob over Quinn went just over. Letterkenny did have a couple of chances to equalise with a Johnny Bonner rasper bring a top notch save from Cullen while a John Doherty header also caused some panic in the Cockhill defence as time was running out while James Bradley should have done better for the visitors but blazed high and wide on 87 minutesWhen referee Stephen Toner who was excellent throughout blew the final whistle it sparked scenes of jubilation and ensured that Cockhill defended their title with a game to spare. Celtic are back at Leckview next Saturday when they play Swilly Rovers in the League cup final and are attempting to win the double double having also won both competitions in 2013Letterkenny Rovers; Jason Quinn, Ryan Gildea, Neil Lloyd, John Doherty, Johnathan Minnock, David Shovlin, Gareth Doherty, Aaron O’Hagan, Darren McElwaine, Stevie Okakpo, Johnny Bonner. Subs; Stephen O’Donnell for Shovlin 75 minsCockhill Celtic; Gavin Cullen, Kieran McLaughlin, Oisin McColgan, Mal McDermott, William O’Connor, Derek Doherty, James Bradley, Liam O’Donnell, Conor Carlin, Garbhán Friel, Gerry Gill. Bonagee Up to FourthFinn Harps Res. 1Bonagee Utd. 2Bonagee started brightly with Kevin Barr having a few attempts on goal that were well saved by Shaun Patton. Dean McConnell & Darragh Black had good efforts for Harps that were well saved by the Bonagee keeper. Frankie McBrearty put the away side in front 20mins in as he finished low in to the bottom corner. Ryan McFadden doubled the lead in the 40th min as he headed home from a free kick. The second half was open with both sides having numerous efforts on goal and Harps got back in to the game in the 71st minute as Jack Dean finished well after a great through ball from Jordan Loftus. Loftus then had a free kick come back off the crossbar as Harps pushed for the equaliser, but the Bonagee men held out for the victory.DIV 1 Cup Semi-FinalsRovers Cruise Into FinalLetterkenny Rovers Res. 5Fanad Utd. Res. 1Letterkenny Rovers advanced to the final of the reserve league cup and a meeting with local neighbours Bonagee Utd following a comfortable 5-1 victory over Fanad Utd at Leckview Park on Saturday afternoon.No real chances were created in a feisty opening to the game before Rovers took the lead on 22 minutes. The impressive Luke Nelis did well beating a couple of men before playing the ball wide to Kevin O’Donnell and he pulled the ball back to BJ Banda and his left foot shot beat Joe Coll low to the bottom corner. Fanad had barely time to recover when Rovers doubled their advantage on 27 minutes. Again it was Nelis who was the catalyst. Nelis went on another mazy run before being brought down by Ronan Sweeney who received a yellow card for his indiscretion. Veteran Anthony Gorman stood up and drilled a trademark free which beat Joe Coll with the aid of a deflection. Fanad never really threatened with a couple of efforts from Jaydee Alawiye going high over the bar and not troubling home netminder Christopher O’Donnell. Any hopes Fanad had of fashioning a comeback were dealt a major blow just before halftime. Another Gorman free kick could only be parried out by Fanad keeper Coll and the ball fell to the inrushing Kieran Doherty who finished with aplomb high in to the roof of the net to loud cheers from the home faithful.Fanad however got a lifeline straight after the break. A speculative long ball from Coll found Adam Serrinha and he ran into the box and while attempting to round goalkeeper Chris O’Donnell was brought down. Referee Marty McGarrigle had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Jaydee Aliwaye stepped up and had no problem hammering home a fine penalty to bring Fanad back into the game. Letterkenny did have chances to extend their lead again with Adrian Delap firing over when well-placed while Dan O’Donnell somehow put the ball wide from close in before they did find the net again on 63 minutes. BJ Banda found himself in a race with Joe Coll a long way out following a long diagonal ball. Banda won the race before finding the net with a super effort from 35 yards. Letterkenny put the icing on the cake on 76 minutes when Odhran McMacken fired high following good work by Jason Doherty. Fanad had a couple of chances for a consolation late on with Declan Sweeney going close with a header just over the bar while Adam Serrinha had an effort just wideLetterkenny now play Bonagee in the final but are back in action on Tuesday when they could win the League away to Drumkeen.Letterkenny Rovers; Christopher O’Donnell, Kieran Doherty, Luke Nelis, Dan O’Donnell, Michael Herrity, Kevin McGrath, Kevin O’Donnell, Anthony Gorman, Jason Doherty, BJ Banda, Adrian Delap. Subs; Noah Mailey for Herrity 9 mins, McMacken for Banda 67 mins, Igor Arriel for Kevin O’ Donnell 70, Gareth Doherty for Gorman 77 mins, Zach Gorman for Jason Doherty 84 minsFanad Utd; Joe Coll, Ronan Sweeney, Adam Salhi, Glenn McNulty, Declan Sweeney, Jaydee Alawiye, Conor Blaney, James McCahill, David Adetuyi, Keelan McElwaine, Adam Serrinha. Subs; Mark Wilson for Adetuyi 37 mins, Kyle Burke for Aliwaye 64 mins, Joe Friel for Salhi 70 mins, Eoghan Lafferty for McElwaine 74 minsReferee; Marty McGarrigle; Assts.: Brian O’Kane, Barry Hunter.Bonagee Set-Up Rovers ShowdownDrumkeen Utd. Res. 2Bonagee Utd. Res. 5Drumkeen started this game on a bright note and after 10 minutes a Benny Bonner free kick found the head of G Bonner who found himself unmarked in the 6 yard box to knock the ball home for the opening goal. Bonagee drew level after 26 minutes when some slack marking in the home defence allowed S Murphy to score, Bonagee scored again after 36 minutes again the home defence failed to clear O Barron scoring. Drumkeen drew level on the 40 minutes J Black pass to Peter McName on the left who crossed to Shane Lafferty to leave the teams 2 each at half time. The young home team found Bonagee to strong in the second half and Bonagee went on to score three more to put them in the final of this competition. The club wish Bonagee good luck in the final.FixturesTuesday, August 12th at 7pm4 Lanterns USLFanad Utd. v Swilly Rovers Ref. M. McGarrigleDPD Div. 1Drumkeen Utd. Res. v Letterkenny Rovers Res. Ref. C. McLaughlinWednesday, August 13th at 7pmDPD Div. 1Swilly Rovers Res. v Fanad Utd. Res. Ref. V. McLaughlinSaturday, August 16thDonegal News League Cup Final at Leckview (4pm)Cockhill Celtic v Swilly RoversRef. P. Coll; Assts. P. Duddy & V. McLaughlinDPD Div. 1Letterkenny Rovers Res. v Fanad Utd. Res.* Ref. C. McLaughlin*To be played in BonageeDrumkeen Utd. Res. v Swilly Rovers Res. Ref. M. QuinnSunday, August 17th at Leckview (2pm)Shield FinalBonagee Utd. v Drumkeen Utd.Ref. P. Duddy; Assts.: V. McLaughlin & M. McGarrigleTuesday, August 19th at 7pmDPD Div. 1Bonagee Utd. Res. v Letterkenny Rovers Res. Ref. C. McLaughlinFanad Utd. Res. v Drumkeen Utd. Res. Ref. S. TonerDPD First Division 10.08.144 Lanterns Ulster Senior League Table 10.08.14*Cockhill Celtic are the 2014 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League championsCOCKHILL CELTIC CELEBRATE RETAINING 4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE TITLE was last modified: August 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:4 lanternsChampionsCockhill CelticUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL TOWN COMMUNITY BAND CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS

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first_imgThere was a joyous homecoming last night in Donegal Town for the all conquering Donegal Town Community Band who made it three-in-a-row at Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo.Brendan McMonagle, Mentor and Manager of the Donegal Town Community Band told Donegal Daily this win was “the sweetest of them all” as he addressed the homecoming crowd on the Diamond, Donegal Town yesterday evening.Just a few hours earlier the band won their third All Ireland Junior Band title in-a-row at the Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo. McGonagle thanked the band members, their parents and dedicated backroom team, he added, “The band trained every Tuesday all year but this week they trained 4 days for a total of 12 hrs to perfect their routine.Mayor Patricia Callaghan also congratulated the band and said they were a credit to the town and their families.Councillor Tom Conaghan, (a former All Ireland U21 manager himself) acknowledged the huge effort it takes to win one much less three All Irelands.One of the founding members of the reformed band Pauric Kennedy had the memory of his late father Peter’s in mind when he said, “Dad founded the original band and he would be so proud to see the success this band has achieved here today bringing three national titles home to a small town like Donegal. Liam Conneely, the band’s bus driver was singled out for special mention,”For his care and courtesy way and beyond the call of durty.Ernan McGettigan was his usual competent MC and Jonathan Kennedy organised the Reception lorry and PA, with one hand literally (he broke his arm last week!)PICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL TOWN COMMUNITY BAND CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelandDonegal TownFeaturesFleadh Ceoilnewssligolast_img read more

South Africa’s job-friendly growth path

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first_img13 September 2010 Shift to ‘green economy’ “If economic growth and job creation are priorities, then attracting foreign direct investment into labour-absorbing ventures in South Africa must be high on the agenda.” “We must leverage the lessons we learnt on ‘walking the talk’ more effectively in planning, decision-making and implementation for the benefit of all South Africans, especially relating to the provisioning of infrastructure,” Mtoba said. Speaking at the 15th National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) annual summit in Johannesburg last week, Motlanthe said there would be intense engagement to find an implementable strategy that would have the full backing of the government’s social partners. Social partnership South Africa is busy finalising a new policy framework for labour-intensive growth, as well as identifying the policy tools available to support job creation across the economy, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Source: BuaNews Leveraging World Cup sentiment Also speaking at last week’s the summit, Business Unity South Africa President Futhi Mtoba said the positive energy shown during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ had to be channelled into economic growth, employment and transformation. “[It] will define the nature of the South African jobs and equity challenge, and address labour-intensive growth.”center_img It also aims to promote broader-based industrialisation characterised by greater participation of historically disadvantaged people and marginalised regions in the mainstream of the industrial economy. At the time, Patel said the new growth path would recognise the crucial role of the private sector in creating new jobs. In March, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said the government had embarked on a shift to a more labour-absorptive economy, and that the new growth path would include a focus on manufacturing, infrastructure development, rural development and agro-processing, and the “green” economy. “An obvious but necessary starting point will not only be to acknowledge the importance of finding solutions, but also being prepared to rise above partial interests in constructing shared solutions that are in the public interest,” he said. “As government, we hope that the new growth path will provide another stepping stone towards the shared vision that we will require to address the structural constraints of the South African economy,” Motlanthe said. Motlanthe said there were a number of challenges in achieving a more labour-intensive growth path in the country, suggesting that organised labour and business could do more to contribute towards a higher participation rate and better utilisation of labour. Industrial Policy Action Plan The government earlier this year launched the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2 (IPAP), which seeks to respond to various economic and industrial imperatives and to address weaknesses in South Africa’s economy. The plan’s vision is to have an industrialisation trajectory that promotes labour-absorbing industrial sectors, with an emphasis on tradable labour-absorbing goods and services, and economic linkages that promote job creation, said Motlanthe.last_img read more

Winter wheat management: What are tillers and how do they contribute to yield?

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the coming months as the weather warms, up winter wheat will break dormancy and will begin to green up. After a period of about 2 weeks producers should evaluate their stand in order to make management decisions for their wheat crop. Part of this evaluation includes counting tillers to determine if there is an adequate stand for achieving high yields. According an article in a 2014 C.O.R.N. Newsletter written by Laura Lindsey, Ed Lentz, Pierce Paul, “Yield potential is reduced if tiller numbers fall below 25 per square foot after green up.”So, what is a tiller? And how should they be counted? Tillers are additional stems that develop off of the main shoot of the plant. Primary tillers form in the axils of the first four or more true leaves of the main stem. Secondary tillers may develop from the base of primary tillers if conditions favor tiller development. On the wheat plant pictured above, you can count 6 tillers in addition to the main shoot.Tillers, especially those that develop in the fall, are needed to achieve high yielding wheat. The plant pictured above has the potential to develop 6 to 7 heads. A wheat stand of 1.65 to 1.7 million plants per acre with this amount of tillering (6 to 7 heads), a 100 bu/ac yield is possible. While fall tiller development is promoted by timely planting and applying fall N, determining if stands are adequate and applying N at green up are also critical components in a management program that produces high wheat yields.last_img read more

How IBM Watson is powering every other business with AI

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#IBM#IBM Watson#super computer#Watson AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them James Grills James Grills is a technical writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of mobile application development and IoT technology. He is a marketing advisor – currently associated with Cumulations Technologies a mobile app development company in India. As the growing temptation for automated processes covers the varied industrial spectrum, Machine Learning is emerging into an ocean of possibilities while IBM’s Watson leads the marathon. From acting as a virtual chef of 65 recipes to embracing space programs, there’s a swathe of applications being ideated, built and rolled out to the public. Pulling large volumes of data and producing the most relevant possible results to user’s quest stays the flag bearer, Watson is amazing in churning higher revenues and upscaling business presence.Related Read: How machine learning analytics can accelerate IoT resultsReduced Mortality Rate – More advanced treatmentsTreatment for many of the world’s deadliest diseases is entirely dependent upon reference to past records. While browsing through them all using traditional analytics applications is unvaried, IBM Watson takes a giant leap with instant derivations from years of clinical research and patient data. Such accurate identification of potential risk factors helps try more effective pharmaceuticals.The answer to the deadliest diseases is hidden in our history and cognitive analytics may exactly help us reach there.Proactive QA – Brands are saving millions of dollarsComplying with legal standards and the brand repute, manufacturers are bound to bestow attention to detail so that superlative quality isn’t compromised with. IBM Watson is being applied to detect faults and ensure the end product is performing as per the standards. Not to miss, additional checks to qualify the product on safety parameters is also performed accurately by the cognitive analysis the platform has.As a result, the best of brands in the world are saving millions of dollars that were by default drained in fighting lawsuits and liability cases.High-Value Loans – Issued in minutes without manual verificationThe eligibility towards loan offer is derived out of many metrics such as different sources of income, savings, age, banking record and the type of employment. Browsing through the details and calculating a specific loan amount that the customer fits into is a tedious process and usually takes up to many days before payout. At times, such a break in the customer interaction compels the customer to withdraw the request and look for alternatives; a major loss to business when hundreds of such leads don’t mature.IBM Watson eliminates the need for manual scanning and verification does all the needed checks within minutes and lets the agent confirm the status instantly. Such a leap over traditional processing helps close deals faster and works as a terrific alternative for customers in need for extempore financial needs. Days of processing boiled down to minutes anchors in the portfolio.  Predicting Farm Damage – Take due diligenceOne of the most implacable problems of our times has been the inability to accurately predict potential threat to farmlands from unpredictable weather conditions or any human activity of mass impact. In complete sync with IoT, IBM Watson gets the best out of Cognitive Analytics by analogizing structured and unstructured data from multiple channels. Using historic and predicted weather data, published research notes, geographic information, identifying vulnerabilities and using real-time pictures from drones, an insightful report is being used to make pointed predictions and take safety measures in advance without any need for physical monitoring of the affected areas.Resolving Resource Crunch – Enhanced remote functioningNeeded skilled force versus available resources stays a challenge today and may get worse in the decades to arrive, especially in rural areas. UN predicts a tremendous rise in urbanization with more than 60% of world’s population living in the urban areas and thus a scary shortage of skilled labor in farmlands. IBM Watson is being unlatched to automate processes and cut down drastically on the number of people working manually on land.Remote Management has a wider acceptance and a productive impact on business processes. It helps improve workforce utilization and IBM Watson is surely an unquestionable tool to look out for.Robots For Customer Support – Personalized interaction with ChatbotsChatbots are the trendiest advancement in interactions with automated conversations with end users. Being able to decode natural language and inculcating machine learning techniques, these virtual assistants are already a rage in customer support across retail, media, services and travel industry. Still nascent in their ability to pull off longer conversations and with a personalized touch, Chatbots are one of the most hugely anticipated applications from IBM Watson towards sharing insights and giving suggestions.Find the Perfect Diamond with ROSIThis could possibly be one of the most innovative ways to utilize a proprietary algorithm enhanced by IBM Watson’s deep capabilities.  Deciding upon the most suitable diamond for her is a tough task at hand that men wish was as easy as one-two-three. By creating, ROSI, the world’s first AI-powered digital diamond expert leading online diamond retailer RockHer, has actually achieved it. ROSI correlates your needs for diamond shape (round, princess, cushion, and oval etc) and budget, with preferential choices, the online store’s integrated AI platform does the work and produces the most relevant results in seconds. RockHer also offers instant insurance approvals through Jewelers Mutual and Free Overnight FedEx shipping making the overall diamond purchasing process as quick as a few clicks. Related Posts last_img read more

A List of Force Multipliers

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first_imgThere are certain attributes and skills that not only enable greater results, they multiply them. When you combine these attributes and skills individually or as a group, you produce outsized results. One plus one isn’t two, it’s ten.Leadership: Nothing produces better results faster than leadership, plain and simple. Whether it’s group performance or individual performance, leadership is a force multiplier. If you produce a certain result now, leadership will increase that result by 10 times. Personal leadership counts, too.Disciplines, Processes, and Systems: Consistency is a force multiplier. Disciplines, the things that you do without failure, generate outsized results over time. Having processes and systems is a form of discipline. Doing the right things in the right way at the right time multiplies the effectiveness of what you do over time.Esprit de corps: This is unit cohesion. Esprit de corps is an attitude about who you are and why you do what you do. It’s a commitment to one another. This is the soft stuff that leaders build, and it is the foundation of high performance.Growth mindset: The belief that you can be more, learn more, do more, and contribute more increases your overall effectiveness by a factor that is impossibly difficult to measure. It iswhat actuates your initiative and resourcefulness, allowing you to increase your capacity to take on greater challenges.Agility: We live in the Disruptive Age. The world we live in is changing faster, and we are accelerating that change. Agility means being able to adapt to the changing environment, in this case, an environment that we are creating. Being fast is more valuable than being big. Speed multiplies your effectiveness.Psychological safety: The ability to fail without being chastised or punished allows for experimentation. When you can question why things are, you can explore what you might change and how you might change it. The ability to question the status quo and create new possibilities multiplies your effectiveness.Accountability: Accountability is an underestimated force multiplier. Accountability is keeping your commitments. It’s doing what must be done without fail. When everyone is accountable, no one has to worry about what is being done or if it is being done right. This multiplies results by creating the confidence to act.Courage: Being willing to act in spite of uncertainty or known difficulties massively improves results. It allows for action where fear creates paralysis. The ability to move forward without knowing the outcome, to take risks, multiplies your strength.You have limited time and energy. Most of us spend too much time doing, without building the capacity to actually increase our effectiveness. It makes sense to sharpen the saw.Which of these attributes would multiply your effectiveness?Which attributes could you use to build a force multiplier effect in your team?last_img read more