Sweden Donates US$2M to UN-Liberia Ebola Response

first_imgThe Government of Sweden has provided 15 Million Swedish Krona (SEK) (US$2M) in support of the UN Joint Appeal to respond to the Ebola crisis in Liberia.At a formal signing ceremony in Monrovia recently, the Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden in Liberia, Ms. Ewa Nunes Sorenson, said Sweden was happy and proud to support the people of Liberia through the United Nations.“Sweden is happy to contribute to efforts by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to improve Sexual and Reproductive Health and reduce morbidity and mortality among pregnant women and girls and combat gender-based violence during the Ebola crisis in Liberia”, Ms. Sorenson said.“Through this mechanism, we are also happy to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) to establish early case detection at community level around refugee camps as well as UN WOMEN’s contribution to social mobilization and strengthening of women’s network, as we know that a large part of the victims are women as they often care for the sick”, Ms. Sorensen added.In response UNFPA-Liberia Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Remi Sogunro, who signed on behalf of the UN said, “The global response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has increased significantly in recent weeks, but there still remains a huge gap in stopping the spread of the virus, treat those who have been infected and ensure the provision of essential health services. The support from the Government and people of Sweden is the first tangible support to the Joint UN Appeal. It is our hope that this SEK 15 million can be a catalyst for a rapid restoration of health and social services to the communities in dire need.”Dr. Remi further noted that Ebola is not only having a heavy toll on women as care givers in hospitals or at home, but also as wives, individuals, mothers and givers of life.The ceremony was also witnessed by UNHCR Liberia Representative Khassim Diagne, who stated that the UNHCR Liberia office is grateful to the Swedish Government for “significant contribution towards our preparedness and response activities in the refugee camps against Ebola.”In September 2014, the UN Resident Coordinator, Antonio Vigilente, on behalf of the UN in Liberia launched an appeal for 500 million USD to support the Government response to the Ebola outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Duo remanded for home invasion

first_imgRaymond Rodrigues and Patrick Smith were on Friday remanded to prison by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly, before whom they appeared to answer to two counts of armed robbery.The duo pleaded not guilty to both charges.Police allege that on May 9, 2018, the two men, armed with a gun, invaded a Prince’s Street, Georgetown property and relieved Bidinauth Sooklall of $500,000 in cash, one DVR, one mobile phone, two Seiko watches, and one laptop computer.Police further allege that, on the same day, the two defendants robbed Giselle Ramos of three gold chains, one gold earring, one Gold IPhone, and one suitcase of cosmetics. The value of the booty from both robberies was estimated at close to $2 million.The prosecution’s facts presented to the court detail that at 7:00h on the day in question, the victims were in their bedroom when the two armed men confronted them. The couple was subsequently held at gunpoint, bound and robbed. The armed men then fled the scene, but were subsequently arrested, and positively identified by the victims during an identification parade.The matter will be called again on June 8.last_img read more

Exclusive – Sterling is doing Liverpool a disservice, claims McAteer

first_imgRaheem Sterling is doing Liverpool a disservice by turning down a new contract at Anfield, believes former Reds star Jason McAteer.The 20-year-old attacker, whose current deal is due to end in 2017, has reportedly turned down a huge offer from the club, who are keen to tie him down as quickly as possible.And McAteer feels the player is being poorly advised as the protracted talks continue to stall, with more planned in the summer.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It’s stop-start on these contract negotiations. It’s a little bit messy. It looks like [Raheem Sterling] is holding out for something.“You know how the football world works, someone will be in his ear telling him this and that. I think he’s just got to knuckle down and let his performances do the talking.“Liverpool is the right place for him, certainly for the next two or three seasons where he’s going to develop and play every week in the first team. He’s under a good manager and it’s a good young team as well.“There are rumours of him going to Barcelona or Real Madrid, but then it’s all about a culture change.“I just think he’s being misguided somewhere along the line. The club and Brendan will be telling him all the right things.“Brendan is a good young coach with great ideas who has worked with youngsters before. He’s a good man manager as well and Liverpool is a massive club.“I think he’s doing them a disservice by saying he wants to leave because Liverpool are on the up.”last_img read more

MAN TURNS OVER A NEW LEAF AFTER BOOZED-UP ARREST

first_imgLetterkenny District Court.A young man who was arrested after refusing to pay his taxi is now dealing with his alcohol demons through work.Patrick Toner (25) who now lives in Navan, Co Meath appeared in Letterkenny District Court today for failing to comply with direction of gardai, refusing to provide his name and address, using insulting behaviour and being intoxicated in a public place. He was arrested at Letterkenny Garda Station after he refused to pay his taxi fare on January 23, 2011.The court heard that he was in a highly intoxicated state and barely able to stand. When asked by gardai to leave the area, he used abusive language and refused to give his name and address.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that he had returned from a period in Australia to do a full-time plumbing apprenticeship, from which he earns €250 a week.The court heard how Toner had little or no recollection of the night in Letterkenny, and has not had a drink since. In reference to his past problems with alcohol, the defence said that he has “dealt with his demons by way of work.”Toner has had previous public order convictions in Kells in 2008 and Trim in 2010.Judge Paul Kelly warned Toner that he could face a custodial sentence. Toner asserted that such an incident would not happen again, as he has sworn off alcohol and attended AA meetings in Australia. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, the court heard that he hopes to return to Australia.Toner was fined €300 for public order offences and his charge of being intoxicated in a public place (Section Four Criminal Justice Act 2003) was struck out.by Rachel McLaughlinMAN TURNS OVER A NEW LEAF AFTER BOOZED-UP ARREST was last modified: January 28th, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Letterkenny District CourtPatrick Tonerlast_img read more

Round-up: Terry backed by ex-Chelsea man, QPR youngster’s loan move, Chery’s hopes, Bartlett’s new deal

first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair has told West London Sport he believes John Terry will still be a key man for the Blues even they sign John Stones. Chelsea are looking to sign Everton defender Stones, who has been touted as the long-term replacement for Terry, but Sinclair insists the skipper won’t be moving aside for the foreseeable future.Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah has finally completed his loan move from Chelsea to Roma.Chelsea youngster Todd Kane has also moved on loan – he’s joined Dutch club NEC Nijmegen on a season-long deal.QPR have also sent a youngster out on loan, with teenage defender Niko Hamalainen joining Dagenham & Redbridge for a month, and have signed midfielder Oscar Gobern following his recent trial.One player who won’t be leaving Rangers for the time being at least is midfielder Leroy Fer, whose agent has confirmed that an injury problem led to the Dutchman’s proposed loan move to Sunderland being scrapped.Fer’s loan move to Sunderland was scrappedFer could yet line up alongside summer signing Tjronn Chery, who has spoken about his desire to play in the number 10 role at Rangers, as well being a free-kick specialist and wanting to take his career to the “next step”.Once again there is speculation about Charlie Austin’s future – it’s been claimed that Tottenham want to sign him. Spurs have not shown any interest in the R’s striker.Fans of both clubs have been discussing Spurs’ supposed interest in Austin on Twitter.Fulham have injury concerns ahead of their Championship opener at Cardiff on Saturday – Scott Parker is one of five players who will miss the game.The Whites have offered new contracts to Moussa Dembele, Marcus Bettinelli and Emerson Hyndman, while manager Kit Symons says the club have ended their pursuit of Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald.Elsewhere, long-serving manager Gordon Bartlett has signed a new contract at Wealdstone.And Middlesex face a struggle to qualify for the Royal London One-Day Cup knockout stages after losing to Nottinghamshire at Lord’s.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Congress for the New Urbanism Lands in Atlanta

first_imgI had the pleasure of attending the 18th Congress for the New Urbanism in Atlanta this year. I have been following the development of the New Urbanism movement since its early days, having been introduced to it by my friend Peter Katz, who wrote one of the first books on the subject, The New Urbanism, almost 20 years ago. New Urbanism is a movement in architecture and development that promotes walkable neighborhoods by combining a range of housing types, community amenities, and businesses in close proximity. Interestingly, some of the best examples of “New” Urbanism can be found in older cities such as New York and San Francisco, and in much of Europe. New Urbanism embraces one core tenet of green building: reducing the amount of driving by designing communities that encourage walking, biking, and mass transit. These communities also encourage smaller buildings, indirectly promoting resource and energy efficiency.What’s the code?New Urbanism is developed using what are referred to as form-based codes, a type of regulation that replaces a traditional zoning code, which focuses on building use, with one that controls the physical form of buildings and their relationship to the streets to encourage walkability. Many successful new communities have been planned like this, creating (or re-creating) places where people can live, work, walk, and socialize.About ten years ago, I brought up the idea of green building as a part of New Urbanism. At the time, my friend Mr. Katz expressed his opinion that he thought all green homes were ugly, although he has come around recently. It does appear that the movement has finally embraced green building, although it seems to me that they still have a long way to go in this regard. Planners of New Urbanist communities often have an opportunity to lay out the street grid, providing them an opportunity to design lots for appropriate solar exposure. Within individual blocks and lots, opportunities exist to create codes for building types that maximize the solar potential. I asked this question in several presentations, and while the response was generally positive and several professionals assured me that they were including these criteria in their new codes, I did not see enough evidence at the congress to assure me that they are doing everything they can.SmartCode, an open-source form-based code, has recently introduced several add-on modules to their core document—including a sustainability section—which planners can use if they wish. All good, but when looking at the details of this module, they only have four sections: Wind Power, Solar Energy, Food Production, and Composting and Recycling. The solar energy component looks promising, but on further investigation, it only addresses orienting roofs for solar panels, rather than taking a bigger view of street and lot planning and how building forms can work best in different locations. An alternate module, produced by Farr Associates, goes into more depth with solar orientation, window shading, and overall energy demand reduction.I very much appreciate the New Urbanism movement, and their actions are leading us toward energy efficiency and improved health and environment by reducing vehicle miles and building size, conserving natural resources, and encouraging a walking lifestyle. I look forward to seeing all aspects of green building incorporated into the codes for future developments.Oh, and I almost forgot, the keynote speaker at the opening session was David Byrne, of Talking Heads fame. He gave a very quirky talk on bicycle riding. I kind of wish he’d sung instead…last_img read more

Shakeup At Google: Andy Rubin Out At Android, Sundar Pichai Takes Over

first_imgGoogle CEO Larry Page dropped a bomb on the smartphone world this morning, announcing that Andy Rubin, head of Google’s Android unit, is “handing over the reins” of the world’s most popular smartphone platform to Sundar Pichai.Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world: we have a global partnership of over 60 manufacturers; more than 750 million devices have been activated globally; and 25 billion apps have now been downloaded from Google Play. Pretty extraordinary progress for a decade’s work. Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android—and with a really strong leadership team in place—Andy’s decided it’s time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google. Andy, more moonshots please!Page stated that Sundar Pichai will pick up the Android reins, in addition to his responsibilities overseeing Google’s Chrome browser and OS and its Google Apps platform .Today Chrome has hundreds of millions of happy users and is growing fast thanks to its speed, simplicity and security. So while Andy’s a really hard act to follow, I know Sundar will do a tremendous job doubling down on Android as we work to push the ecosystem forward. Page’s statement leaves many questions unresolved.What will be Rubin’s next “moonshot” at Google? How long will he remain at Google?Does Pichai’s oversight of both Android and Chrome OS herald a future unification?What does this mean for the Android brand? Nexus? The rumored Google X Phone project inside Motorola?Will this impact the current line-up of Chrome-based mobile devices?Rubin’s Victory: Market DominationNo one can doubt the rapid global rise of the Android smartphone platform. As of the end of 2012, Android commanded a 48% market share — up from 31% in 2011. Second-place iPhone trailed with a 19% market share.While initially derided as a imitation of Apple’s popular iOS software, Android has rapidly improved. As ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Dan Lyons wrote last week, even the Apple faithful within the media have begun singing Android’s praises:One by one, many of Apple’s biggest, loudest, best-known fans are jumping ship. First came Guy Kawasaki, who has become not only an Android fan but now is consulting for Motorola. Then Robert Scoble made the leap. Now Andy Ihnatko, a tech reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, has switched to Android. Moreover, he’s writing a series of articles for TechHive explaining, in great detail, all the reasons for his move.Rubin’s FailuresDespite Android’s massive market share, the promise of a Google-led OS with a thriving ecosystem of hardware partners has been limited by Samsung’s dominance of Android. As ReadWrite noted last week, 8 of the top 10 Android devices in the world belong to Samsung. Samsung’s flagship “S series” commands over 17% of the Android market. Samsung’s Note line similarly dominates the “phablet” segment.The breadth of Samsung’s offerings is choking other Android manufacturers to death. Samsung controls 47% of the total Android ecosystem, according to Localytics. Essentially, Samsung is taking all the market share and profits while would-be competitors like HTC, LG and Motorola battle for scraps.Earning reports bear this out. HTC announced earnings on Monday and was down to $2.03 billion for Q4 2012, a paltry sum compared to Samsung and Apple. Google is raking in about $1 billion a quarter from Motorola. The Droid Razr was the only non-Samsung smartphone to break the top 10.Tablets, too, remain a sore point for Android, given that Apple’s iPad continues to dominate. Potentially more troubling is the inconvenient fact that, as Adobe Digital reported, tablet usage drives more Web traffic than smartphones.So the popularity of the iPad — along with Amazon’s Kindle line, which relies on its own flavor of Android — will limit Google’s access to those devices and users. This could become particularly troubling for Google if tablet users tend to stick around remain inside Amazon’s and Apple’s retail and media ecosystems.From the Adobe web traffic analysis:Tablets drive more traffic because internet users prefer them for more in depth visits.After analyzing more than 100 billion visits to 1000+ web­sites worldwide, Adobe Digital Index has discovered that global web­sites are now getting more traffic from tablets than smartphones, 8% and 7% of monthly page views respectively. Pretty impressive for a device category that was introduced less than three years ago!More surprising, perhaps — and a more pressing issue for Google — is that Adobe noted that “all countries saw tablet traffic double in the past year.”Rubin’s departure marks a clean sweep of the leadership at major operating systems over the past six months. Scott Forstall, formerly Apple’s Senior Vice President of iOS Software, was replaced late last year by a team that Tim Cook suggested was more “collaborative.” And Microsoft’s Windows 8 chief, Steve Sinofsky, took his leave not long after the new OS debuted last October.UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal obtained a copy of Rubin’s email to Open Handset Alliance members, quoted in full, below:Dear friends,In November of 2007 we announced the Open Handset Alliance with 34 founding members. Today, I’m grateful to the over 85 OHA members who have helped us build Android and drive innovation at such an incredible pace. The Android ecosystem has seen tremendous growth since the launch of the very first Android device in October 2008. The volume and variety of Android devices exceeds even my most optimistic expectations – over 750 million compatible devices and counting!At its core, Android has always been about openness – the idea that a thousand brains are better than one. Just as the ecosystem has grown, so has our team at Google. I am incredibly proud of the phenomenal group of people that spend their days (and nights) building the Android platform and services. Just look at last year…a lean yet incredibly ambitious team released Jellybean with Google Now, launched Google Play in many languages and countries and collaborated with several partners to build three new Nexus devices to help drive innovation in the ecosystem.Today, the success of Android combined with the strength of our management team, gives me the confidence to step away from Android and hand over the reins. Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Hiroshi Lockheimer – who many of you already know well – plus the rest of the Android leadership team will work closely with all of our partners to advance Android and prepare the platform for new products and services yet to be imagined.As for me, I am an entrepreneur at heart and now is the right time for me to start a new chapter within Google. I am amazed by what we have accomplished from those early days (not so long ago!), and remain passionate about the power of a simple idea and a shared goal – an open source platform freely available to everyone – to transform computing for people everywhere.Thank you for your support,– andyLede image of Andy Rubin courtesy of Google Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#Google What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts brian s hall Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Discover Cinema-Quality Royalty-Free Music with Masterworks

first_imgHow Did the Sessions Come Together?To capture the full-bodied sound we were seeking, we called in the experts. After reaching out to some of the top orchestras in the world, we assembled a backstage crew made up of a PremiumBeat music producer, one (or more) of our composers, and a studio supervisor who manages the space and players.Our music producers worked with the composer to select the genres and styles for the session. In sessions where we recorded original works, the composer wrote brand-new works and created a corresponding demo version. The music was then translated into sheet music, which the players were able to play on their first read. No practice necessary for these professionals!Check out this behind-the-scenes look at our recording session with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra.Now available for use in your projects.Dive into our collection of Masterworks music, and discover the perfect track for your project on PremiumBeat.Cover image via Alenavlad. As a busy storyteller, you don’t always have time to listen to thousands of music tracks to find the perfect royalty-free music for your video project. Over the years, we’ve heard you loud and clear: quality is key.That’s why, here at PremiumBeat, our focus has always been on high-quality music. We’re deliberately selective in the music we publish, and multiple members of our music content team review each track before we publish it. Our composers are full-time, professional musicians who are constantly monitoring industry trends and updating their gear to maintain a fresh, relevant sound.We’ve now taken this quality-centric approach even further and are thrilled to introduce our Masterworks series, consisting of top-tier orchestral content with the quality you can only find in the film industry.Introducing MasterworksImage via Pavel L Photo and Video.We’ve been out in the field recording live sessions with some of the top orchestras in the world. From popular classical works to original cinematic tracks, we’re bringing you cinema-quality stock music tracks at a cost that’s affordable for filmmakers large and small.Why Record with a Live Orchestra?“Nothing beats working with live instruments,” says PremiumBeat music producer Kate Cooper. Since digital samples have become prominent in music, artists have struggled to make certain instruments sound less like someone pushing a button on a keyboard, and more like the real thing. “There’s a lot of great things that have developed with sampling software, but there are some instruments that you just can’t beat live, and those are horns and strings.”While digital instruments have evolved over time, a live recording session is the only way to guarantee an authentic sound for stringed instruments like the violin. “The thing about stringed instruments is they breathe and they swell,” Cooper explains.“There is so much nuance and detail to playing a stringed instrument,” says PremiumBeat music producer David Lizmi. “Thousands of micro-decisions are being made by the player and the resonance of the instrument for every note played. While software can get close, the full picture is only there when a human is playing it.”See if you can hear for yourself in this video, where we compare the sound of digital instruments to a live orchestra.last_img read more

Goan-origin British MP Suella Fernandes and Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law appointed to cabinet

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday appointed two pro-Brexit Indian-origin MPs to ministerial positions. The prime minister named Goan-origin Suella Fernandes a junior minister in the department in charge of leaving the European Union, Reuters reported. Fernandes is the head of the European Research Group – a faction of Conservative lawmakers who support Brexit.May also appointed Rishi Sunak, the son-in-law of Infosys founder Narayana Murthy, to a ministerial position, The Guardian reported. He will serve as the parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.Read it at Scroll Related Itemslast_img read more

Congress urges Lokayukta to probe govt. website crash

first_imgWith the Maharashtra government’s website allegedly being unresponsive from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon, the Congress has written to the Lokayukta to investigate the matter, accusing the government of “large-scale corruption.”Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant on Saturday accused the State Cabinet of taking various urgent decisions to extend financial gain to members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena. He demanded an inquiry into the decisions taken by ministers and departments during the last one week, before the model code of conduct for the Assembly elections came into effect. The party demanded that the Lokayukta cancel all these decisions to prevent the government from uploading them as “backdated” clearances on the website. It asked the Lokayukta to investigate the reason for the website crash.“We know the nature of this government. These are some of their general practices. We encountered various scams on March 31 — the last day of the financial year. This is a similar case. The government is trying to maximise financial gain by indulging in large-scale corruption, a day before the model code of conduct came into force. There are reports from reliable sources about this. The main reason why the website wasn’t working has a lot to do with this. There has been an unjustified use of power, and the justification will be given by uploading backdated decisions on the website,” Mr. Sawant said.last_img read more