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first_imgArcelorMittal Liberia is now accepting applications for its Advanced Academic Studies Scholarship Program (AASSSP), which has this year been extended to include undergraduate studies in specific fields. Unlike previous years, when the scholarship program was restricted to students pursuing postgraduate degrees, this year the program has been expanded to include bachelor’s degrees in Mining, Geology and Mechanical Engineering.The AASSSP was launched in August 2012 as part of the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) the company signed with the Liberian government. Under the terms of this provision of the MDA, the company will annually provide scholarships worth a total of  US$ 200,000 to deserving Liberians wanting to pursue tertiary education in fields relating to the mining industry.The program specifically supports students pursuing postgraduate and now undergraduate degrees in Engineering, Geology, Natural Sciences, Procurement and Logistics and Vocational or Technical Education.  Applicants can choose a university from a wide range offered. Since its launch last year, 13 students have benefitted from the program and are currently enrolled at universities in Ghana, China, Australia, and Kenya.“The undergraduate component has become necessary to help encourage incoming university students to consider a major in the natural sciences, geology and  engineering while  addressing the shortage of qualified Liberian personnel to work in mining related areas,” said Marcus Wleh, ArcelorMittal Liberia’s head of external affairs and corporate responsibility.The requirements to qualify for a scholarship and related guidelines have been published in major dailies and are also available at any of the sites where the company maintains offices (Monrovia, Buchanan, Yekepa and Green Hill quarry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgPomeroon factory closureEver since the closure of its operations due to improper waste dumping, Fat Boy Coconut Ventures in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) has committed to paying the $1 million fine imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, a bigger problem lies now that some 3000 coconut farmers have been placed on the breadline.On Friday the company stated that the facility remains closed and harvest continues to spoil, owing to a steep decline in demand for coconuts. According to the company, reports in the media suggesting that Government has allowed them to continue operating are untrue.“We recognise that the livelihood of the majority of the farmers in the Pomeroon River is heavily dependent on the harvesting, processing, sale and export of coconuts and their by-products from the region and we know that this sudden loss of stable and predictable income for their crop has had a severe negative impact on the farming community…We also wish to confirm that our processing facilities remain closed, and regrettably, farmers’ crops continue to spoil with little to no demand for them, contrary to the recent ministerial outreach that…Government has decided to allow the country’s largest coconut water facility to continue operation,” Fat Boy Coconut Ventures said.The EPA had imposed the penalty for dumping shells and husks into canals which lead into the Pomeroon River. While they have expressed willingness to pay the fine, there has been no definitive timeline as to how long this situation will endure. Presently, consultations have begun with relevant officials as well as exercises to find a solution independently.“Fat Boy Ventures Inc is working with local and foreign consultants to resolve the issues with the EPA and subsequent closure of its processing facility which has unfortunately resulted in thousands of farmers being placed on the bread line. We cannot definitively say for how long this situation will continue. Our Quality Assurance and Quality Control operations teams have been conducting an in-depth diligence exercise to try to find solutions swiftly, independently of the EPA.”Meanwhile, the bottling facility also called out the EPA for failing to present solutions to address waste management woes in the interior locations.“Although the EPA is the regulatory agency in charge of environmental protection, it has failed to offer any practical and innovative suggestions to the waste management challenges unique to the Guyana interior and surrounding terrain,” the closed company expressed.According to the company, for now they have managed to convince overseas buyers of the bottled coconut water that the product can be supplied consistently on the international arena despite present challenges.“We have also actively engaged our overseas buyers to reassure them of our continued reliability as a consistent and sustainable supply source of coconut products to the regional and international export markets. So far, they have indicated a willingness to continue buying from us.”Guyana Times understands that the bottling plant is the largest purchaser of coconuts from the Pomeroon region, and the finished product has proven to be a major foreign exchange earner.President of Pomeroon Coconut Farmers Association, Glenrick Ali had indicated last week that the closed facility was the most dynamic in the Caribbean, processing 15,000 nuts per day. Now, only one other bottling facility remains, which cannot ease the current production rate.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Antonio Conte.LONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 10 – Antonio Conte says he will continue to utilise Eden Hazard as a ‘false nine’ for as long as he feels the system is working for Chelsea.The Blues play struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, hoping to return to winning ways in the Premier League after two losses, 2-1 to Manchester United and 1-0 to Manchester City. Hazard has played in the false nine position on a number of occasions, but critics slammed the tactic last week following the loss against City, as Chelsea failed to record a shot on target.However, the Eagles are a very different proposition, with Conte explaining: “If I think it’s right for the team to play this way, it’s OK.“Otherwise I can take another decision and play with a striker. Maybe I can take different decisions. There are three players for two places. One has to go on the bench. Then I have to decide who has to go on the bench.”Chelsea signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in January but he has been used sparingly by Conte, who added: “For sure, [Giroud] is ready. He has specific characteristics, Olivier. He’s a strong player and has a lot of physicality. I think that, in some games, it’s right to start with him. In other games, it’s right to start with (Alvaro) Morata.“In others, it’s right to continue with Hazard as a No.9. Olivier, he played against West Brom from the start, and played against Hull, and then came on in every game, I think.“But he’s ready to play. But I repeat, I don’t like to speak to the press what happens with one player, with two players, with the team.“I like to talk with the players face to face, or in meetings with all the players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgThree new shareholders were co-opted onto the Finn Harps Board of Directors at Sunday night’s AGM in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey, brining to nine the number of members now sitting on the Board.The three new Board members are Mark Crawford, John Gallagher and Junior McConalogue.Ballyshannon native Mark Crawford works in AIB Bank, Letterkenny and now lives in Ballybofey. John Gallagher is originally from Rathmullan and now resides in Letterkenny. The third new member, Junior McConalogue, hails from Muff. Finn Harps Chairman, Joey O’Leary, welcomed the three new members.“I am delighted to see the three new members coming onto the Board and I hope they enjoy their time involved with the club. It’s good to see the geographical spread of the board members from all around the county now.”The Harps Chairman also paid tribute to two board members who resigned during 2011.“Ian Curristan and Aidan Campbell both stepped down from their roles on the board last year, and I would like to place on record my thanks to both of them for all their work with the club. I wish both of them well in their future endeavours and look forward to continuing to seeing both of them at Finn Park on match nights.” The full list of Finn Harps Board members is as follows:Joey O’LearyDenise O’NeillJohn CampbellSean Quinn Seamus GallagherJames RodgersMark CrawfordJohn Gallagher Junior McConalogueNEW FACES ON HARPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS was last modified: March 13th, 2012 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:BOARD OF DIRECTORSfinn harpslast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Eli Manning threw for 296 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the New York Giants’ 44-24 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Manning was 19 for 35 and threw for two TDs to Plaxico Burress – who had a career-high 10 catches – and one each to Amani Toomer and Jeremy Shockey. Jay Feely added three field goals for New York (3-1), which entered the game having scored the most points in the NFL this season. The Rams’ (2-2) Marc Bulger finished 40 of 62 for 442 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted twice and was hampered by his team’s inability to establish a running game. St. Louis finished with 42 yards on 15 carries. last_img read more

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first_img(Visited 496 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The simple story for the public: a dynamo creates the Earth’s magnetic field. The real story: complex scenario needed to start it and keep it running.Science is often like the two-headed Roman god Janus: one face for the insiders, a different face for the outsiders. Geophysicists have locked themselves into an explanation for the Earth’s magnetic field—the only one, in fact, that offers any hope for keeping it going for billions of years. That theory is the geodynamo theory. Since electromagnetic theory is sufficiently abstruse to keep all but certain college graduates able to fathom its intricacies, only a select few are able to see the problems. But since the public understands what a dynamo is if they know enough to say that a hydroelectric power plant turns a turbine that creates electricity, all the outside-facing face of Janus has to do is smile and say, “a dynamo creates the Earth’s magnetic field.” If asked what runs the dynamo, they have a stock answer: “convection in the Earth’s core.” Since everyone has seen water boil, they can feel satisfied with that explanation.The public deserves better. When journal articles report problems with commonly-assumed notions like the geodynamo, they should hear about it in language they can understand. Here’s an excerpt from a recent paper in Nature by Anke Wohlers and Bernard Wood, followed by a layman’s translation:An additional question in the context of heat production is that of the energy source for the Earth’s magnetic field. Arising from convection in the core, Earth has had a magnetic field for at least 3.5 billion years. The crystallization of the inner core is an important source of energy for the geodynamo but most attempts to construct histories of core cooling indicate that the inner core cannot be much older than 1–1.5 billion years unless a source of radioactive heating is present. Numerous studies have focused on 40K as a potential core heat source, because K, in common with all moderately volatile elements, is depleted in the silicate Earth relative to the chondritic abundance.Furthermore, high-pressure experiments indicate that K enters sulfide under oxidizing conditions and sulfur (S) is believed to be a major component of the core’s complement of approximately 10% of elements of low atomic number. It appears, however that the maximum possible K content of the core is insufficient to generate more than a small fraction of the 2–5 TW required to generate reasonable core thermal histories. The alternative explanation—that U [uranium] and/or Th [thorium] provide the energy for core convection—has some support from early experiments on sulphide–silicate partitioning but more recent results indicate very little partitioning of U into S-bearing metals even under extreme conditions.Translation: the geodynamo cannot be billions of years old. There aren’t enough heat sources to run the convection that theoretically runs the dynamo.Faced with a dilemma that would spell doom for “deep time” and the Darwinian evolution that needs all that time, the geophysicists were forced to concoct a highly-improbable scenario: that a Mercury-sized object loaded with uranium was “added” to the Earth way back in unobserved prehistory when it was forming. This is known in the philosophy of science as an “ad hoc theory rescue device.” But even then, according to the Editor’s Summary of the paper, the added uranium was not enough. It could only contribute a “substantial part of the heat source to power the geodynamo.”Richard W. Carlson tries to put a happy face on this ad hoc idea. In Nature, he says, with a very big if, “[Wohler and Wood’s] results lead to the intriguing conclusion that if Earth formation started with highly chemically reduced building blocks, the planet’s metallic core might contain enough uranium to power the convection that creates, and has maintained, Earth’s magnetic field for more than 3 billion years.” Notice the angry face of Janus on the insider’s view:The energy source that drives the generation of Earth’s magnetic field in the core has long been a topic of discussion, as has the suggestion that one such energy source could be a moderate concentration of uranium or potassium in the core. However, before Wohlers and Wood’s experiments, there was only limited (and controversial) experimental evidence that either uranium or potassium can be incorporated in iron metal at the high temperatures and pressures of core formation.That’s why the addition of a Mercury-like body might bring in more magic pixie dust (if you’ll pardon the expression for unobserved uranium) into the equation to save the theory.  Even so, Carlson does not seem ready to jump on this new ad hoc platform. To make it work, he notes, Wohlers and Wood need their Magic Mercury (if you’ll pardon the expression for an unobserved planetesimal bringing pixie dust to the Earth) to be finely balanced between oxidized and reducing elements. “Although possible, this carefully balanced ratio must also satisfy other potential geochemical consequences of involving highly reduced materials in Earth-formation models — not least, how Earth ended up in its present oxidized state, which it has apparently retained for more than 3 billion years.”Space.com contains the improbable scenario “could” rescue long ages. Notice the words could and if propping up the solution to a “mystery”—These experiments could also help solve a mystery concerning Earth’s magnetic field.Prior research suggests that Earth has possessed a magnetic field for at least 3.5 billion years. Earth’s magnetic field results from churning metal in the planet’s outer core, but it was uncertain how Earth’s core could have remained molten for so long.The new experiments revealed that if the early Earth engulfed a sulfur-rich Mercury-like body, uranium could have dissolved better in iron sulfide. This in turn would help uranium sink toward Earth’s core. Uranium is a radioactive element that generates heat, which could have kept Earth’s core molten.Update 4/19/15: This news just in from Rosetta: the comet on which the Philae lander descended contains no magnetic field. This is surprising, the BBC News and New Scientist reports, because magnetic fields are assumed to have helped assemble comets in the early solar system.  At least for Comet 67P, there was none. “If this comet is representative of all the others, there is no chance you can have accretion with magnetic forces,” the principal investigator for the magnetometers says. That means the modelers cannot invoke that force in their theories; they would have to rely on collisions between particles, which are far more likely to disrupt small bodies than assemble them. “We can say nothing about millimetre of centimetre-scale particles, but for these larger particles we can exclude that magnetic forces have played a role in the accumulation of planetary building blocks.”You deserve to know these things. The moyboys are unable and unwilling to reconsider their dogmatic adherence to deep time. So what do they do? They add magical elements to fairy tales [“scenarios” that are highly improbable] to get them to work. Instead of science (despite the jargon about uranium, neodymium, samarium et al), the “scenario” morphs into fantasyland, wishing upon a star to fill in the gaps (like a Magic Mercury coming special delivery with just the right balance of conditions). When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true. Your perhapsimaybecouldness index skyrockets, but why let a little epistemic modesty spoil the fun?In the limit, this becomes no less supernatural than any given theological origins story. We suggest they save a step. Believe what the Eyewitness (the Creator of the heavens and the Earth) says about how He did it. No fairies, no pixie dust, no magic. The Creator had the desire, power, and will to create a habitable Earth for creatures He desired to create in His image. As a being of infinite intelligence, wisdom and love, the Creator also had the ability to tell his creatures what He did. It’s simple cause and effect. That’s science. Magical ad hoc planetesimals, finely balanced with the right ingredients, arriving in the nick of time to support a dogmatic belief in deep time is not science. It is unbelief masquerading as science through bluffing with highfalutin jargon. What is their “cause” for the observed effect? Chance! It’s the Stuff Happens Law at work, the same law that Darwin relied on so magnificently.The Creator explanation permits sentient beings like Wohlers, Wood and Carlson to live safely inside our magnetic field’s protective bubble where they can employ the capacity for reason with which they were endowed. We hope they will try it.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation, but compensating farmers for losses due to trade disruptions will be a very complex undertaking.Ohio State University Ag Economist Carl Zulauf says in order for USDA to implement this plan, they will have to estimate how much of any price movement for any crop was actually due to the trade disruption and not a dozen other factors“We have econometric procedures and analytical procedures that can give us some idea but it is going to be really hard,” Zulauf said. “And it will be a number with a lot of uncertainty around it.”Actually it may not be one number for damage, but several of them — a number for each ag product subject to tariffs. The economic damage, even for one product, might vary depending on the regions the products come from.For example, a product grown in the west might be more likely to have been exported to China and the Asian markets then the same product coming from the east.“The question will be what can be done administratively under existing law and what will Congress potentially have to enact,” Zulauf said.We’ve heard the USDA does have some existing authority to use commodity credit corporation funds to buy some U.S. ag products to make up for what’s not going to China, for example. However, Zulauf says existing authority may work for some commodities and it may not work for others. Then the question becomes how does Congress move to give the authority? Does it do it through separate legislation or as an amendment to another bill like the appropriations bill?Another factor to consider is most of the tariffs were only imposed the first week of July. How much of the talk of a trade war impart prices prior to the actual tariff implementation? Zulauf says maybe, just as it does with certain disaster payments, USDA could decide to give producers only a partial compensation payment early on and then wait for the rest because of the resulting uncertainty.“A year from now we will have a much better feel for what the damage is because exports will have shifted and prices will have figured out what they have to do,” Zulauf said. “Hopefully agreements on trade will be made quickly, tariffs will come off and losses to farmers will be minimal.”last_img read more

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first_imgTaking serious note of the six killings in Allahabad, the U.P. government on Monday suspended Senior Superintendent of Police Atul Sharma, an official said. The decision came after three people were killed in Dhumanganj, one in Allahapur and a double murder took place in the Tharwai area of Allahabad on Sunday. “The Prayagraj SSP has been suspended,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said.Akhilesh slams govt. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has slammed the State government over the “deteriorating” law and order situation and said “Uttar Pradesh is becoming Hatya Pradesh”. “After the murder of a journalist and his brother in Saharanpur, six killings took place in the past 12 hours in Prayagraj (Allahabad). Due to deteriorating law and order, Uttar Pradesh is becoming ‘Hatya Pradesh’. Is this what the BJP wants UP to be identified as. When there’s no guarantee of people’s lives, then how can there be any development or faith,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. Earlier in the day, Mr. Sharma was transferred and attached to the DGP office while STF SSP Satyarth Anirudh Pankaj was made the new SSP of Allahabad.last_img read more

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first_imgWomen achievers earn PSA’s Athlete of the Year award MOST READ Pacquiao has started tapering off his sparring and is personally devising a plan against Broner, a former world champ who has lost his last two fights.“Even he (Pacquiao) gives his input, with things we need to add on and things we need to cut,” Fernandez was quoted as saying.Team Pacquiao is expected on Saturday to ride into Sin City where he last fought more than two years ago.He scored a unanimous decision win in November 2016 over Jessie Vargas, whom Broner fought to a draw following a loss to Mikey Garcia.Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s come-backing tactician, had earlier hinted at breaking down the American’s body and taking advantage of Broner’s penchant for throwing few punches.Pacquiao said he would look for a knockout win, the better to follow up his sensational triumph over Lucas Matthysse last July in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As Adrien Broner’s troubled past continued to haunt him, Manny Pacquiao has reached optimum shape and is taking a hands-on approach on flight plan specifics, two weeks away from their WBA welterweight championship fight.Broner, aptly nicknamed “The Problem,” has been reportedly summoned to appear in courts in Atlanta and Ohio for sexual assault charges. Both were scheduled for Monday, according to TMZ Sports.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES The website said the 29-year-old Broner, preparing for the biggest fight of his career where he will reportedly get paid $10 million, may choose to send a lawyer in Ohio where he is accused of forcing a woman to kiss him in a nightclub.In Atlanta, he was charged with assaulting a woman in a shopping mall. In both cases, he was reportedly facing a total of five charges that carry the penalty of imprisonment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThose are aside from traffic violations he incurred in Florida where he got arrested last month for not attending court hearings.In Hollywood, Pacquiao’s chief trainer, Buboy Fernandez, told philboxing.com they were already in the late phase of their preparations for the senator’s Las Vegas comeback. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue But Broner has not been knocked out before and was only down on the floor twice in his career, both at the hands of heavy-hitter Marcos Maidana in 2013, eventually losing by unanimous decision.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

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first_imgIn our super-busy lives, it’s almost impossible to find sufficient time to work out, and stay fit. While it’s an ordeal for most of us, some tinsel-towners have been observed to be extremely dedicated towards staying fit.As difficult as it is to hit the gym every day, it’s even harder to be stylish while at it–but not for our B-town divas. If the monotony that comes with slipping into those basic yoga pants is demotivating you, then these sexy yoga pants should be on your shopping list, that is, if you can afford them.Kareena KapoorAfter giving us major pregnancy-dressing goals, Kareena is back in shape to woo us with her looks all over again. Though the actress has regained her lean figure, she doesn’t take her fitness for granted, and works out regularly. Often spotted outside her gym, Kareena has got a really cool collection of printed yoga pants that can totally jazz up one’s workout look. These pants can be a relief from the drudgery that comes with basic, black gym wear.Photo: PinterestPhoto: Pinterest Malaika Arora Hole-patterned clothes have been in vogue for quite some time now, but Malaika Arora has taken this trend to a whole new level of awesome by sporting it on her yoga pants. The Bollywood bombshell was seen sporting a pair of black yoga pants with symmetric holes on it that looked just so hot.Photo: Yogen Shah Huma QureshiActress Huma Qureshi’s yoga pants are the sexiest we’ve seen so far. The black, sheer yoga pants have a touch of sensuality about them, however, one has to be careful while working out in them, since the delicate fabric is easily damageable.advertisementPhoto: Yogen Shah Neha DhupiaWe have to admit that Neha Dhupia’s lace-up workout attire is really trendy. Basic towards the waistline and trendy towards the bottom, it’s a perfect pick for anyone who wants to keep it subtle without making it look boring.Photo: Yogen Shahlast_img read more