Prez. Sirleaf Recommends Economic Vision to Agricultue

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her state of the nation address on Wednesday recommended that the economic vision of the country will increasingly be shifted to agriculture. By doing so, she believes it will ensure that the country moves away from the old system of enclave (commune) extractive industries.According to Madam Sirleaf, shifting Liberia’s economy to agriculture will enable every citizen to aim at a higher potential that will make the necessary impact and export diversification through stimulating production in a select few of traditional tree crops such as rubber, oil palm and cocoa.“While continuing to support small farmers, food security can only be achieved through large scale mechanized operations as well as agro-industrial operations, which focus on our nascent (emerging) small and medium sized entities. This will include agro-processing operations that are largely dominated by women,” said President Sirleaf.He noted that her government is determined to empower the private sector in all that they do so as to make the sector viable to become the driving force of the economy, through which Liberiam entrepreneurship can play its rightful role.“This can only be achieved with your support in promoting and buying products made in Liberia, and maintaining a good credit rating, in paying your rightful taxes,” she challenged.President Sirleaf then assured Liberians that her administration will continue to do its part in making it easier to do business by reducing the bureaucratic hurdles, thereby, creating a more conducive and friendly business environment. This, she said, will ensure that the tax regime is “fair and allows businesses to expand.”The Liberian Chief Executive re-emphasized that her government will continue to improve the infrastructure required for a successful business climate in the country.She further said the setback brought onto the country by the Ebola outbreak saw the departure of contractors, technicians and stoppage of concession operations. However, she expressed her gratitude with the level of progress in the country’s infrastructure development. She attributed the backwardness in achieving most of the country’s development agenda to poor road network, but stated that basic social services, including electricity, water and sanitation, ports as well as ensuring the improvements are now re-started.”“These programs are the backbones for expanding the economy and improving the lives of our people, and therefore, critical to achieving our goal of social transformation through inclusive growth,” President Sirleaf indicated.She reiterated that without a doubt, all of these plans and efforts would require a stable environment of peace and security achieved through higher levels of support for ongoing security sector reforms, and for a stronger open and democratic society that will help to continue the fight against corruption and injustice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Assam NRC SC orders list of exclusion be published only online on

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court ordered on Tuesday that the list of those excluded from the final Assam NRC be published only online on August 31. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman said that like Aadhaar data, an appropriate regime be enacted for securing the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) data. The apex court also said that the ongoing Assam NRC exercise, which is being monitored by the apex court, cannot be ordered to be reopened on the basis of certain legal challenges raised before it. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details It had earlier said that the final Assam NRC would be published on or by August 31. It had also brushed aside criticism and statements made in the Assam Assembly and outside relating to the exercise carried out for NRC and had asked the Centre to adhere to the deadline of August 31. The court had said that it was not bothered about what was being said about the NRC and was only looking at the entire exercise of NRC being completed within the deadline of August 31. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On July 23, the top court had extended the deadline for publication of the final NRC in Assam by a month to August 31 while rejecting the pleas seeking permission for 20 per cent sample re-verification. The Centre and the Assam government had sought permission for sample re-verification to find out wrongful inclusions, especially in districts bordering Bangladesh, and exclusions of persons in the NRC which was to be published by July 31. The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of December 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018 in accordance with the top court’s direction. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated then. Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC which was first prepared in 1951.last_img read more

4 Men Arrested By Royal Bahamas Defence Force For Fisheries Violations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Sept 2015 – Coral Harbour Base 21 Mar. (RBDF) – While on routine patrol in the area of Umbrella Cay in the Northern Abacos, Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) P-44 commanded by Lieutenant Alexis Brown observed occupants aboard a Boston Whaler engaged in spear fishing. P-44 then proceeded toward the vessel to conduct a routine boarding and inspection.Upon arriving in the area, two more vessels were seen by crew members of HMBS P-44. All three vessels then fled the scene as HMBS P44 approached. HMBS P-44 gave chase intercepting one of the boats. Defence Force Marines later boarded the 17-foot Boston Whaler resulting in the arrest of two Bahamian men, who were found in possession of a quantity of undersized crawfish. At the time of the incident, the two men had no personal identification or any proof of ownership for the vessel.Swift action undertaken by Lieutenant Brown and his crew members also resulted in the arrest of another small vessel engaged in illegal fishing. This incident occurred while P-44 was escorting the first vessel it had apprehended to Cooper’s Town. During the boarding, Defence Force Marines also confirmed that the two Bahamians aboard a second 17-foot Boston Whaler did not possess any form of identification or proof of ownership. Juvenile grouper and a quantity of undersized crawfish were found aboard their vessel.The four men were and the two vessels were taken to Coopers Town, Abaco where they were handed over to the Department of Fisheries for various fisheries violations and further investigations and verification of ownership of the vessels.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to “Guarding our Heritage.” Recommended for you Defence Force Makes History With Public Service Award Related Items:fisheries violation, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Haitian Migrants Apprehended Recovery Of Stolen Vessel From Atlantis Marina Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Emery out to change Arsenals history against topsix teams

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery is aiming to write a new chapter of the club’s history against top-six clubs ahead of their game with LiverpoolThe Gunners won just once against Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool across nine matches last season.But Emery, who’s currently enjoying a 13-game unbeaten run at Arsenal, is determined to change that – starting with Liverpool this Saturday.“We want to write a new history,” Emery told reporters on Arsenal.com.“Our new history is with the present and also with our players and with our quality.“I believe in our players and this project and we are starting this project very positively and in our mentality.“We need to improve but each match gives us a lot of information on how we develop and I trust in our players.”The Spanish coach lost to City and Chelsea in his opening two games in charge of Arsenal.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“These two matches are so far and also they are so near, so close,” said Emery.“Tomorrow is similar because Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are in front of us in the table and now we want to compete against them and this test.“I think, is a very important test but I trust in our players, I trust in our way. The result tomorrow is very important.“But first I want to show them, to show you and to show everybody our best mentality in the game.“I know if we have a very big mentality in the game and a very big performance individually and collectively, and also we need some luck, then I think we can win.Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and just four points shy of leaders City and Liverpool.The Gunners will host the latter at the Emirates on Saturday with kick-off at 18:30 (CEST).last_img read more

New interferometer could simplify materials research

first_img Explore further “We can get an interferometer that is more in line with classical visual optics,” Snigirev says. An interferometer works when beams of light are sent through slits or lenses, and patterns are detected against a background on the other side. The patterns reveal information about the object of study. “Our technique is sensitive enough for diagnostics and accurate measurements, and is more stable and easier to set up than using crystals.” Information on the work done by Snigirev and his colleagues is found in Physical Review Letters: “X-Ray Nanointerferometer Based on Si Refractive Bilenses.”Using electron beam lithography, the lenses used by Snigirev and his peers were created by a process of deep reactive-ion etching into silicon. “We prepared concave lenses, and put them in a row. This inline approach increases the refraction power,” Snigirev explains. “Varying the number of individual lenses it is possible to focus x-rays at different distances from meter to milimeter focus distance and use this technique for nano-focusing.”Rather than relying on double slit-type interferomter, which is difficult to accomplish and because of low resolution and loss of intensity, this team relied more on an interferometer related to the Billet split lens. In this classical optics technique, a lens is cut along the optic axis. This still allows for interference to be measured, but the intensity remains high, and the resolution is better.Snigirev points out that one of the advantages of this system is that it is tunable. . “You can tune this ‘nanoruler’ system easily by changing x-ray energy or by moving objects along the optical axis.” Another advantage of the system is in the silicon construction of the lenses. “Silicon is very stable,” Snigirev explains. “It can also take a high heat load, as from a beam. In this case we are using x-rays, but it could be used for future X-ray Free-Electron laser projects.”Indeed, the possible future applications of this interferometer set up have promise. “This could be very attractive for materials research,” Snigirev insists. “It would allow us a better look at photonic and colloidal crystals, multilayer structures, as well as other natural and synthetic mesoscopic materials”.“Interferometry is used a great deal right now, and it could be improved for research into materials and also for other purposes. It is a very important technique,” Snigirev continues. “However, as it is done now it can be difficult to implement. Our approach is simpler, and it could really help in the development of future applications and materials development.”More Information: A. Snigirev, et. al., “X-Ray Nanointerferometer Based on Si Refractive Bilenses,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.064801. Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Fabricating 3D Photonic Crystalscenter_img Citation: New interferometer could simplify materials research (2009, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-interferometer-materials.html (PhysOrg.com) — “Most current hard x-ray interferometers are based on crystals, which require their high quality and high mechanical stability,” Anatoly Snigirev tells PhysOrg.com. “This can make x-ray interferometry quite limited. What we have done is develop a different set up that is simpler.” Snigirev is a scientist at ESRF in Grenoble France. Along with scientists at the Russian Kurchatov Research Center in Moscow, and at IMT RAS in Chernogolovka, Russia, Snigirev proposes that refractive bilenses made from silicon can be used in place of crystals.last_img read more

Antarctic lake home to diverse community of viruses

first_img Aquatic viruses usually infect prokaryotes such as bacteria, but the viruses in the Antarctic had a large proportion of viruses that infect eukaryotes. The findings included small single stranded DNA (ssDNA) viruses and phycodnaviruses that have never previously been seen in aquatic environments. The researchers, Alberto Lopez-Bueno and colleagues, from Spain and the UK, examined samples taken from Lake Limnopolar on Livingston Island in the Antarctic before and during the summer, and found the aquatic environment to be rich in microorganisms and a diverse collection of viruses that prey on them. The number of viral genotypes found was unusually high, running into thousands instead of the more usual hundreds, and less than 3 percent of the genome sequences were similar to previously identified viral genomes from aquatic systems. Many of the ssDNA viruses were related to non-aquatic viruses that infect plants, mammals and birds, and some had never been found in aquatic environments before.The scientists also observed a change in the virus assemblage with the seasons. When the lake was covered in ice during spring, the smaller single strand DNA viruses dominated, while in summer, when the lake was open, the larger (>50 nanometer) double-stranded DNA viruses dominated, possibly because of seasonal differences in the host organisms, such as the algal blooms that appear in summer.The scientists also found the double-stranded DNA viruses helped the bacteria survive by assisting their metabolism of amino acids and carbohydrates, and helping with respiration.Antarctic lakes are covered with ice for around nine months of the year, and the underwater environment is cold, dark, and contains few nutrients, and is home to bacteria, protozoa, algae and viruses, and little else. In these conditions viruses probably play an important part in controlling the other microbes.Viruses from Antarctica have been difficult to study in the past because they cannot be grown in the laboratory, but new genome sequencing technologies are allowing researchers to identify viruses without the need to grow them.The research paper is published in the November issue of Science.More information: High Diversity of the Viral Community from an Antarctic Lake, Science 6 November 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5954, pp. 858 – 861; DOI: 10.1126/science.1179287© 2009 PhysOrg.com Antarctic lake. Image credit: British Antarctica Survey. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A study of the genetic structure of viruses in an Antarctic lake has revealed an astonishing genetic richness in the large number of viral families discovered. In Brief: Mobile viruses doubled since Nov. 05 Citation: Antarctic lake home to diverse community of viruses (2009, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-antarctic-lake-home-diverse-viruses.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more