Ellen Disagrees with ‘Christian State,’ Accepts Dual Citizenship

first_imgThe chairperson of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, has disclosed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf personally disagrees with the quest for Liberia to be declared a ‘Christian State’ and has called on the National Legislature not to pass it into law.At the Information Ministry’s regular Thursday press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Dr. Sawyer said apart from President Sirleaf, he believes that no citizen, particularly a patriotic leader, will support such a position to declare Liberia a Christian State.“We believe that the issue of making Liberia a Christian State is contentious and we don’t need to be protected by state security in the name of worshiping Christ Jesus. The Constitution also speaks of free practice of religion and we don’t believe that making Liberia a Christian State is good judgment,” Dr. Sawyer explained.He further explained that Madam Sirleaf has sent a proposal to the National Legislature supporting the issue of dual citizenship, with supporting reasons, including Liberians who had to leave the country due to the civil crisis but continued to make contributions to families back in Liberia.“This issue is not new to Africa because many countries have dual citizenship and continue to gain the benefits, so in the President’s judgment, she reconciled with it and communicated to the Lawmakers and the Legislators the need to consider the issue of dual citizenship to Liberians who have taken up other nationalities,” Dr. Sawyer explained.He said looking at Liberia’s position and commitment to the International Declaration on Human Rights, and all other rights and protocols, considering the time this clause was put into the constitution and change now, Liberia needs to change itself.On the work of the Governance Commission (GC) and Constitution Review Committee (CRC) toward local empowerment, he explained that expanding Liberia’s physical infrastructure, including access to roads; economic activities and other deliverables remain cardinal in helping Liberia achieve its development goals.Dr. Sawyer emphasized the need for Liberians to engage in full coordination and institutional development to address Liberia’s development challenges.Dr. Sawyer stressed on infrastructure development, including ports, electricity and roads among others as the hallmark of Liberia’s development, which generate power and connect various communities as well as empower locals with support to their livelihoods.“We need to focus on human capacity building, the kind of human and infrastructure needed for Liberia’s development. If the capacities of the people are built, they become the caretakers of the development and the beneficiaries,” he noted.Dr. Sawyer said that the Governance Commission has “been engaged in coordinating a sizable sector of governance and institutional development that is within the software package for empowering locals and developing Liberia.”He explained that if anyone in other parts of the country intends to focus on the private sector with electricity, roads connectivity, it is possible for such individual to utilize and develop within the process; but said if the infrastructure is absent, it becomes difficult to succeed.Dr. Sawyer described the coming of people from the rural counties and communities to Monrovia to carry out their business registration as a serious challenge to making progress and feeling the impact of the economy.He noted, “We cannot use our roads effectively if we don’t engage in improving the infrastructure. The road maintenance cannot be centralized in Monrovia, including the issuing of drivers’ licenses. This makes the governance infrastructure important.”Dr. Sawyer said the CRC in its 25-count document also talks about the reduction of the Presidency from 6 to 4 years, Senators tenure from 9 to 6 years, and Representatives tenure from 6 to 4 years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man rushed for emergency surgery after vicious dog attack

first_imgA man had to receive emergency surgery for facial injuries after being attacked by a dog in Donegal Town.Gardai have confirmed the incident happened on Sunday morning last.The man was taken to Galway Unversity Hospital for specialist treatment. The dog was later taken into the care of the local dog warden and was put down.Gardai have appealed to dog owners to keep control of their dogs.Man rushed for emergency surgery after vicious dog attack was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Scientist Sees Evolutionary Sense in Coordinated Complexity

first_imgAn article on PhysOrg tells “A vertebrate story,” and a story it is: the more complex a phenomenon becomes, the more it makes evolutionary sense.    Portuguese scientists were studying the interaction of Hox genes with the development of the ribs in vertebrates.  You can imagine the control that these genes must have when thinking about the differences between a mouse, with 12 pair of ribs, and a snake, with 200 to 400 pair.  The variety of ribs between a snake and a Tyrannosaurus are staggering, yet are under the control of developmental genes that direct their formation at the right time and place in the embryo.  The genes must be switched on and off in a coordinated fashion for the skeleton to come out right.  It usually does – except when scientists interfere.    The scientists found that genes for Hox10 are not the only ones involved.  Another class, called Hox6, interacts with Hox10 to regulate the formation of vertebrae.  By deactivating these genes they could get embryos to grow extra ribs in different portions of the spine.  They found that one set of genes promotes rib formation in the thoracic region, while another blocks the activity in the lumbar region.  Then they found that the genes for rib formation do not switch on unless genes that control the formation of both muscles and ribs are also switched on.  Suddenly the picture started looking a lot more complicated.     One would think this complexity would create additional problems for evolutionary theory.  Moises Mallo, however, waltzed right past the problem and rejoiced in the new insights it provided him.  Here is his prize for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Our findings reveal a more complicated process than we would have imagined, but one that makes perfect sense, from a functional and evolutionary point of view: it is no good to make ribs without muscle, so, in the embryo, the production of both ribs and their associated muscles is under the control of a single and coordinated mechanism.”You may now all emit a collective groan.  Make sure it is heard at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, where certain people need to be turned right-side up.  Evolutionary sense: how’s that for a prize-winning oxymoron?  David Berlinski put it well: “The unfathomable complexity of living systems, Darwin’s theory affirms, is the result of random variation and natural selection.  Is it indeed?  Of these concepts, the second is hopelessly confused and the first is of no intellectual interest” (Daily Californian, 04/01/2005).  No wonder he began that essay with the line, “Wearing pink tasseled slippers and conical hats covered in polka dots, Darwinian biologists are persuaded that a plot is afoot to make them look silly.”  That’s about all they’re wearing, too.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 14, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry and sunny through most of the day today as we are in-between systems. However, clouds will start to build later this afternoon, particularly in south and southwest Ohio ahead of our approaching moisture surge from the south. It should be a nice day today in many areas, but still chilly.Moisture is coming about 6 hours faster with our next event. By this evening, moisture will be pushing into far southern Ohio and will be fully across the southern quarter of the state midnight tonight. From there, moisture spreads across the rest of the state through the overnight and through Friday morning . We are keeping liquid equivalent precipitation totals at a few hundredths to .5”, with coverage at 90% of the state. Snow totals will be from a coating to 3” with coverage at 75% of the state. The southern third of the state may end up with lesser snow potential with more rain around. Temps over Ohio look to largely be above 35 degrees through the day tomorrow, which will allow snow flakes to fall, but perhaps not stick around as much to accumulate. Or, we may see predominately rain in some areas. It all comes down to temperatures tomorrow, and right now that is what makes Ohio tough to call on rain v. snow. Either way, all precipitation should be done by sunrise Friday.  The map at right shows potential snow through Friday morning.We should be dry in all areas Friday afternoon through next Wednesday. This is a drier forecast, as we are taking precipitation out on Saturday. There can be some clouds around, but the disturbance is losing moisture quickly, and will have nothing left as it drifts across the state. The weekend should be decent.While we are taking moisture out for the weekend and giving a longer dry window in this forecast this morning, we are going to have to pay for it. That comes next Thursday, on thanksgiving. We are projecting clouds to increase through the midday and early afternoon, and we can’t rule out a bit of moisture, light rain and light snow, from late afternoon through the evening. Rain continues through Black Friday. Totals do not look too dramatic, but still, we will be calling for a few hundredths to .3” with 75% coverage.The extended 11-16 day period starts drier, and we are taking rain out of the forecast for the 24th. However, we are leaving a good slug of moisture in or the 25th and 26th. To be clear, we are still taking about all rain, as temps begin to climb after thanksgiving.  Since we are lopping the 24th off of this precipitation event, we are drawing the top end of the rain projection back slightly and are looking for half to 1.5” rain totals, with coverage at 90%. A second minor batch of moisture arrives a few days later around the 28th and 29th but should produce under .25” of moisture. We cool down with that system and may have to look at a rain/snow mix.last_img read more

BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya keeps world cricket on the edge to prove a point

first_imgHogging the limelight: In his usual pugnacious way, Jagmohan Dalmiya took the issue of the match referee’s verdict to the brink, shocking traditionalists both at home and abroadIn Oliver Stone’s film Wall Street, the bad guy, bond-broker shark Gordon Gecko, is on the verge of ruining yet another firm. “Why,Hogging the limelight: In his usual pugnacious way, Jagmohan Dalmiya took the issue of the match referee’s verdict to the brink, shocking traditionalists both at home and abroadIn Oliver Stone’s film Wall Street, the bad guy, bond-broker shark Gordon Gecko, is on the verge of ruining yet another firm. “Why do you want to wreck this company?” he is asked by an agitated young and earnest subordinate.Gecko’s reply is simple: “Because it’s wreckable.”Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Jagmohan Dalmiya would appreciate that kind of iconoclasm. Some would even accuse him of subscribing to it. He has made his name in the business of construction – but in cricket he has the reputation of being able to pull down what he has built without a single backward glance.The irony should escape no one at the International Cricket Council (ICC) but it probably already has: the entire structure and chain of command that is to-ing and fro-ing messages and strictures from London to Kolkata was in fact set up during Dalmiya’s years in charge.When he took over as president of the world body in 1996, the ICC had precious little in its account and had to ask its solicitors for a discount in fees. Dalmiya left cricket’s ruling authority rich enough to be able to send ultimatums to the wealthiest cricket board in the world.SPEED POSTWhat Dalmiya wrote to ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed on November 27″I can go to Australia, to America to settle the issue because there cannot be anything more important than settling this.””I strongly feel that this is not the time when personal egos should take centrestage, specially when the great game is facing such a crisis.”So the current crisis is not about whether Virender Sehwag served his ban at Centurion or he should do it at Mohali. It is about Malcolm Gray, president of the ICC, and Malcolm Speed, its chief executive, or any other white cricket administrator unwilling to see India’s point of view.advertisementDalmiya says Sehwag was left out of the team in the third match against South Africa and Dalmiya is a man who wants things to go his way. And he can be ruthless, cynical, persuasive.When Speed wanted a commitment from the BCCI that the Indian team for Mohali would not have Sehwag on the rolls, Dalmiya threw the book at them. “If the team is disclosed 48 hours before the Test, it will bring both Speed and me into conflict with the anti-corruption rules of the ICC,” he pointed out. The ICC was taken aback. A day later on November 29, it was in a more conciliatory mood. Gray and Speed offered to fly halfway round the globe to meet Dalmiya in Kuala Lumpur to sort out differences.The Indian Government, having supported the cricket chieftain all the way, now clearly thought that Dalmiya should reciprocate the peace gesture. He was told that the Government would like the crisis defused, now that India’s misgivings about Mike Denness’ actions had been so vigorously expressed. The England series should not be cancelled and any disputes, particularly on appealing, could be cleared up later.When Dalmiya made the first of his hundreds of phone calls over the issue, he spoke to the team management and told them he was in charge, that the team should continue to play, and that all the decisions were taken off their hands. The decision to have Sehwag sit out the Centurion match came from above and the team had no option but to obey. South African captain Shaun Pollock said that the players should have had a say in the entire business but no Indian would have wanted to be part of a process involving some of the toughest and most vain men in cricket administration.Malcolm GrayThey would certainly not want to be caught between two powerful bodies, one which fears losing control over cricket and the other which wants to redefine the meaning of control. Soon after the crisis in the cricket world began, Dalmiya is reported to have told a friend in South Africa, “We’re going to fight this.”And Dalmiya doesn’t often go back on his words. (Whatever else he may or may not stand for, Dalmiya’s word on the phone is usually cast-iron: when he called Gerald Majola, CEO of the South African Board, to say that the Indians would not play unless Denness was removed from the referee’s position, Majola had to ask him to put it down in writing. The fax was there in double quick time.) “Dalmiya is a tough guy, you can hear that even on the phone,” testifies a senior member of the Indian team. “He means business, specially this time.” And he has not budged.The world came down on the BCCI president for his stand and there were strong words for him – from the prime minister of Australia to the pony-tailed Hells Angel type rigging up television equipment at Centurion Park. Dalmiya is much detested in the British media and a journalist remarked at a formal dinner recently: “If Osama bin Laden and Dalmiya walked into the room now and I had a gun, I don’t know which one I would shoot first.”advertisementMore sensitive souls may shrivel at the sound of such criticism. But this is where Dalmiya is in his element – the battle for power and influence is his natural state and he has now assumed his most familiar role: the eastern administrator battling against Fortress Lord’s.ICC President Malcolm Gray, wary of the BCCI president’s unpredictable ways, offered to meet him in Kuala Lumpur and sort out the differences.So while the Marwari from Kolkata appears unperturbed, even bored, in front of the mikes thrust in his face, the adrenaline was surely rushing when the mandarins of English cricket chose to descend into the mud-wrestling ring. “We are not here to play a friendly match,” declared Lord MacLaurin, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, his aristocratic nose sniffing in disdain.He said that the touring Englishmen would pull out if the Indian board did not relent on Sehwag. There was even talk that the British Airways had been sounded out for emergency bailing out of the Englishmen from Indian soil. But for the Government’s advice, Dalmiya wouldn’t have cared less. His campaign earlier to become the ICC president was precisely to ensure that the subcontinent wouldn’t have to listen to hectoring officials in grey suits and ties. And he was content to fuel fears that he would use Denness and Sehwag to launch an Asian breakaway.Dalmiya has tried to keep the heat off the Indians during the Sehwag episode – though it has been unfathom able and hellish for the quiet and hardworking cricketer from Delhi’s Najafgarh who began the tour of South Africa with a blazing century and finished it sitting in the balcony, acutely aware of cameras focusing on him, even as his mates tried to josh around and make him laugh.The ICC gag order means he cannot speak but the 23-year-old cannot understand what he has done to deserve a ban and why the huge controversy centres on him, a player with two Tests under his belt and a lifetime of dreams in front. The Indian team is being briefed on a need-to-know basis (which means they need to know nothing). In Johannesburg, coach John Wright, hit with the Sehwag question in many guises, replied, “We would like, from my perspective, Sourav’s, the team’s, the Indian people’s to put our best possible team out for that match against England.”There was hope in that little speech that Dalmiya, Grey, Speed and company would eventually untangle the knots before December 3 and the lush green grass of Mohali would again have spikes crushing them. Punjab Cricket Association President Inderjit Singh Bindra echoed the feeling when he told INDIA TODAY, “The Mohali Test is very much on. We have had much bigger crises before.”advertisementThere is perhaps a hint of disapproval in Bindra’s voice at the confrontationist attitude of the board president when he says, “We can put forth our views on the controversy in the next ICC meeting in March 2002.” Dalmiya, on his part, knows he has been given a long rope with the executive committee of the BCCI deciding on November 27 to support the board president in any action he deemed fit to take on the issue.Dalmiya is clear on one point: Indian cricket’s voice – his, in other words – has to be heard on the world stage. The ICC does not want its authority eroded but is aware of the influence India exerts in cricket’s eastern hemisphere.There was yielding on both sides. The BCCI did concede Denness’ authority and deposited the fines imposed on the six players; the ICC accepted there were enough differences to warrant a dialogue. It also decreed that Sachin Tendulkar had not tampered with the ball, only failed to inform the umpires he was cleaning the wet ball.Perhaps it should be this way. In the classic way of politics and power, confrontations keep the public’s attention off what Indian cricket really needs: peace and planning, not war and words.-with Ishara Bhasi in London and Ramesh Vinayak in Mohalilast_img read more