first_imgVP Jewel Howard Taylor The Office of Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has reiterated that she does not only remain committed and loyal to the Presidency of President George Weah, but to the advancement and implementation of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).The office of the VP said in a statement issued yesterday, November 13, that she is fully cognizant of her role, which is meant to serve as a critical support arm to the President. “The role of a VP is in strict consonance with clearly stated constitutional roles and responsibilities of the office, and Madam Howard-Taylor is fully mindful of her sphere of duties.”This clarity comes amid rumors that the Vice President, who is the political leader (standard bearer) of the National Patriotic Party (NPP)—one of the three political parties that made up the victorious CDC — is harboring an unquenchable ambition for the nation’s highest seat and has, therefore, planned to contest the 2023 presidential election.The NPP has been rocked by controversies in recent times, thus bringing its leadership to public disrepute.Expelled party chairman, James Biney, accused VP Taylor of harboring an ambition to become the country’s next President.The former Maryland County Representative told reporter in an exclusive interview that the NPP is engulfed in crisis, because VP Taylor wants to remove it from the Coalition so that she can contest for the office of the presidency in 2023.Biney was reportedly expelled from the party for violating its key provisions, including by-laws and constitution.In a reaction, the office of the VP said: “By her grateful acceptance of her nomination from Dr. Weah, and the blessed election of the ticket to national leadership, she undertook an irreversible commitment to always work with and remain supportive of the President. To this, she remains unwavering.”“The VP wishes to reiterate her awareness that the prime focus of her energy and intention has always been to lend full support to the agenda and purposes of the President, not to pursue a separate end of her own,” a statement for the VP’s office said.NPP Acting leadership also dispelled allegations that VP Taylor intends to contest the 2023 presidency as alleged by the former chairman.Acting party Chairman John Gray said at a press conference on Monday, November 12, that such a rumor should have been in the public long ago if the expelled chairman is sincere in his claim.“It is therefore ludicrous, diversionary and a bold-faced lie to have heard Mr. Biney telling the public that the VP met with him and expressed the desire to contest for the presidency in 2023,” Madam Taylor’s office said.She also acknowledged creeping political uneasiness within the Party at the moment as unfortunate, adding that this is “unwelcome development,” and that such scenario is not uncommon in political institutions, especially in an illiterate setting.“Such should not mislead any partisan to assume that he or she can maliciously distract the Party by resorting to acts bordering on self-aggrandizement and manifested by the spewing of lies and libelous statements about her person and the NPP,” the statement said.“NPP remains a reliable and unshakable pillar under the indomitable Coalition for Democratic Change, the institution that is destined to change the sad story of this country remains unfazed by the ill-advised bidding of mischievous elements.She refuses to be swayed away from her preoccupation with the championing of the strengthening and forward march of the Coalition, an alliance in which her Party is a willing and proud constituent member.The Vice President remains firm in her commitment to upholding and defending all party laws as well as ensuring that the NPP keeps glued within the Coalition, staying the course of loyalty and faithfulness to President Weah as he steers our national developmental agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe differences between Neanderthals and modern humans were not due to evolution for bigger brains or anything of the sort.  They were due to genetic drift, says an article on Live Science.    “A team of anthropologists has compared measurements of Neanderthal skulls to modern human skulls, and argues that most variations among them are the result of random changes that occur over time, and not of adaptations driven by natural selection,” the article states up front.    Don’t chalk up the differences in modern humans to bigger brains, better eyesight, better noses, or better ability to survive and reproduce.  That’s the assertion of Tim Weaver and a team from University of California, Davis.  The article says, “This finding may contradict a common belief that humans won out over Neanderthals because they acquired helpful physical changes in their skulls.”    Erik Trinkaus, anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis, agrees. When we look at the archaeology, there’s essentially no difference in their implied social sophistication,” he said.  “They use the same kinds of tools, they’re all burying their dead, they’re all using body decorations of some form or another.  They were equally effective at hunting animals.  In anything that we can measure, there’s very little difference between Neanderthal and modern humans 50,000 to 100,000 years ago.”    Trinkaus said the reason modern humans flourished and Neanderthals didn’t may have just been luck.Trinkaus explained that it’s like football.  One team wins one year, another team the next.  “Why, in more recent time periods, do you have some groups of humans with certain cultural advances who displace others?  It’s happened many times.  There’s nothing biologically superior about one group versus the other.”    If modern humans and Neanderthals diverged from a common ancestor 370,000 years ago, as the article claims, this would have to mean that two independent lines of humans converged on the same intelligence, culture and physical capabilities without natural selection – only by random genetic changes.    We need to keep repeating that the Neanderthal myth is dead.  Neanderthals were Homo sapiens, wise, intelligent, capable hunters who made art, buried their dead, survived and flourished.  Their traits overlap with those of other humans.  There is no reason to believe they were not fully human, capable of interbreeding with other Homo sapiens and talking and communicating with them.  They were members of the ONE human race.    The article dubs this a “counterintuitive hypothesis.”  It’s not counterintuitive at all.  It makes perfect sense to those not drunk on Dar-wine.  Neanderthals and modern humans were brethren; they were both descendants of the original created human beings.    The new evolutionary myth, that Neanderthals and “modern humans” (note the embedded evolutionary assumption) diverged from some mythical common ancestor 370,000 years ago, but never learned how to ride a horse in all that time, is no better than the old one.  Evolutionary myths are tales told about bones that have been sacrificed in homage to Charlie.  There’s no meat on them.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farmers Union will hold its 83rd Annual Convention beginning Friday, January 27, 2017.Among public policy topics to be decided by the delegates are Ohio farmland tax issues and whether or not to establish carrying capacities for livestock in Ohio’s sensitive western Lake Erie watershed.“We are delighted to announce the convening of the 83rd annual convention of the Ohio Farmers Union this coming weekend. Our convention will feature inspirational and educational presentations from key leaders in Ohio agriculture, thoughtful discussion on policy issues and great fellowship among members, delegates and guests. Please join us,” said Joe Logan, OFU President .Delegates will hear from a variety of speakers and decide whether to discuss and adopt number of policy priorities for 2017 including, setting livestock carrying capacities for the western basin of the Lake Erie watershed and making adjustments to the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) of Ohio’s farmland.CAUV will be an especially hot topic as many farmers around the state have experienced farmland property tax increases of 300 percent or more since 2008.On Friday, delegates will hear from Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels as well as Mike Weaver, president of the Organization for Competitive Markets. Friday will conclude with awarding Ohio State Sen. Joe Schiavoni OFU’s “Legislator of the Year.”“We’ll also hear from renowned Ohio farmer and an agriultural advisor to President Donald J. Trump’s recent campaign, Fred Yoder, among many others,” Logan said.Logan announced this week that Ohio State Sen. Cliff Hite will deliver the convention’s closing keynote at a luncheon on Saturday.To view the entire program, follow this link.The Ohio Farmers Union represents around 4,000 family-sized farm members and consumers throughout Ohio. Each year, the organization gathers in January to set policy priorities for the year and honor state legislators for their work in the prior year.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement3×3 Pro Basketball League concludes its inaugural season with the sixth and final round in Mumbai.Delhi Hoopers emerged as the Champions of Round 6, after having won four rounds previously.The franchise, owned by Actor/Filmmaker Pooja Bhatt, has given strong performances consistently throughout the season.India was also represented for the first time at FIBA 3×3 World Tour at the Utsunomiya Masters in July 2018 by Delhi Hoopers. The team has qualified for Mexico City Masters (8th-9th September) and Hyderabad Masters (22nd-23rd September) as well in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour.Delhi Hoopers stand a chance to become the first Indian team to qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals in Beijing, China in October 2018 depending on their performance in Mexico and Hyderabad.Below are the results of the Day 2 of Round 6 of 3BL:Quarter Finalso   Goa Snipers vs Mumbai Hustlers: 14 – 18o   Ahmedabad Wingers vs Aizawl Legends: 22 – 13o   Jaipur Regals vs Delhi Hoopers: 10 – 22Semi-Finalso   Mumbai Hustlers vs Ahmedabad Wingers: 14 – 18o   Bangalore Machas vs Delhi Hooper: 14 – 22Finalo   Ahmedabad Wingers vs Delhi Hoopers: 19 – 22last_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo splits cameraman’s head open in Champions League final warm-up Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:06 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Cristiano Ronaldo cameraman composite Getty/Goal composite Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool UEFA Champions League Videos The 33-year-old handed over his training jacket to make up for his wayward shot leaving a cameraman needing stitches Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to make amends for smacking a cameraman on the head with a ball while preparing for the Champions League final.Real Madrid’s hopes of winning a third consecutive European crown are resting on the Portuguese star’s shoulders ahead of their meeting with Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday.Hit by a @cristiano shot… But the four-time #UCLfinal winner makes up for it!Ronaldo = @realmadrid pic.twitter.com/Km3ggwzT67 — #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) May 25, 2018 However, the 33-year-old will have to improve on the level of shooting he showed in their last training session before the big game. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Ballon d’Or holder hit a shot but immediately recoiled in horror as he saw it hit cameraman Juan Lorenzana Prieto on the head, leading to him needing stiches.(Square) Cristiano Ronaldo's cameraman Real MadridRonaldo was left feeling guilty by the incident, as he checked to see if the Lorenzana Prieto was okay and even handed him his training jacket as a gift.Luckily, however, the injury was not severe, but Ronaldo will have to improve his accuracy on Saturday night.The former Manchester United forward is hoping to bag his fifth Champions League win, surpassing Lionel Messi and equalling Real legend Alfredo Di Stefano.Liverpool aren’t without their own fantastic forwards, with Mohamed Salah (10), Sadio Mane (9) and Roberto Firmino (10) having scored 29 goals between them in the Champions League this season.Real defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, Juventus in the quarter-finals and Bayern Munich in the last four as they bid to win the title for a third consecutive time.Last year, their victory over Juventus in the Cardiff final made them the first club in the Champions League era to defend the top European club crown.last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the oilsands on Friday, just a day after getting heckled and booed in Vancouver and Victoria for his approval of the TransMountain pipeline expansion. The project that has the neighbouring provinces of Alberta and B.C., at odds will see the pipeline’s capacity nearly triple from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day giving Alberta heavy oil access to much needed foreign markets.“Our government has been unequivocal, this pipeline is in the national interest and will get built. We had a regulatory process that went through, an examination, an engagement with partners, and it was determined that this Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion is in the national interest and that’s why it’s going to get built,” said Trudeau.He also didn’t take long to slam the Harper-era Conservatives by saying that through ten-years in power while Harper may have “topped up” the oilsands, his government wasn’t able to get a pipeline to tidewater approved because no one trusted them to protect the environment.Trudeau used that as an opportunity to once again tout his plan that links the environment and the economy.“Canadians are united on that, everyone wants to see their grandkids with both a protected natural world around them and good jobs and successful communities,” said Trudeau. “That’s something, we can and will work on together regardless of the fact that there’s still a choice to be made between either the economy or the environment, the only way to do this responsibly is to do this together.”Trudeau’s visit to Suncor’s Fort Hills site brought him to the most recently completed mega-project in the region, as when it hits full-production (within a month) it will produce 194,000 barrels of oil per day through its open pit mining operation.The Prime Minister, who gets more than his fair share of heat in this region spent 30-minutes in a lunch room with dozens of Fort Hills workers, answering questions off the cuff especially about the carbon tax and pipelines. Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (middle) climbs the stairs into the cockpit of a Komatsu 780E heavy haul at Suncor’s Fort Hills oilsands site on Friday, Apr. 4, 2018. Bradley Karp / REPORTER His tour of the facility was led by Suncor CEO Steve Williams, who in February told the Financial Post that due to regulatory changes by the Trudeau government, his company would likely cut back on investments in Canada. The two were all smiles as Williams and Suncor staffers guided Trudeau around a Komatsu 980E heavy hauler, the Prime Minister even took a seat at the helm.“We’ve talked about market access, we’ve talked about market pressures which are the sum of taxation, royalties, the confidence in the regulatory process and I’m greatly encouraged by the conversation we’ve had today and I think it sort of speaks for itself,” said Williams. “The Prime Minister has taken the trouble to come here and spend some time with us and understand our challenges better so I think we’re going to get some help.”Williams went on to acknowledge how the environment for oilsands producers has changed in the last few years, from the price cut in 2014, taxation and regulatory overhauls along with the United-States going from their biggest customer to their biggest competitor, expediting the need for a pipeline to tidewater for foreign market access.While producers in the oilsands need that market access through pipeline, the province next door (British-Columbia) continues to throw up roadblocks. When Trudeau was asked head on what he’s doing about it, and how he’ll ensure the pipeline actually gets built, this was his response: “I’m continuing to engage regularly with British Columbia, there are a number of court cases going on that the Federal Government is monitoring closely, but as I said many times we have a regulatory process that was open, responsible, fair, heard from everyone, we made a decision around the fact that this pipeline is absolutely in the national interest, the federal government has the responsibility and ability to move forward on projects of the national interest, that’s exactly what we’re going to do, we’re going to get this pipeline built.”Trudeau’s visit to the region wrapped up with meetings with other oil executives as well as meeting with local First Nations and Metis leaders.last_img read more

first_imgSMITHS FALLS, Ont. – Canopy Growth Corp. says its shareholders have approved a $5-billion investment in the cannabis company by Constellation Brands Inc.The Smiths Falls, Ont.-based company says more than 95 per cent of the votes at its annual meeting supported the private placement of 104.5 million shares and 139.7 million warrants to Constellation subsidiary CBG Holdings LLC.The alcohol giant announced in August that it would invest in the marijuana producer, giving it a 38 per cent stake in the company.The transaction is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, after regulatory approval is received under the Investment Canada Act.Canopy chairman and co-CEO Bruce Linton thanked shareholders for approving what he called “a landmark investment in our business.”The Constellation deal comes as other alcohol companies have also started homing in on the cannabis industry.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), a premier think-tank which advises the Delhi government on key policy issues, has set-up a 17-member high-level committee on reforming higher education in the national Capital. The panel, to be chaired by DDC vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah, will recommend goals, metrics, policies, and actionable plans for reforming Delhi’s higher education system within a year. “Nalanda 2.0, a non-profit policy think tank with a mission to make India’s higher education system world class, is the knowledge partner of DDC on this initiative,” a government official said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe other members of the committee are Pramod Bhasin, founder Genpact and co-founder Ashoka University; Arindam Bhattacharya, senior partner and Director, BCG; Abhishek Gupta, skill development expert; Pankaj Jalote, Founding Director, IIIT Delhi; Devesh Kapur, Director of Asia Programs and Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Gaurav Khanna, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC San Diego; Sandeep Kumar, Secretary (Higher Education), Delhi government; among others. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy CM Manish Sisodia said this initiative furthers the government’s commitment to transform the education system in the national capital. “Over the last few years, Delhi came to be known all over the world for the innovations in its government schools – be it the happiness curriculum, infrastructure overhaul, teacher training initiatives or more recently entrepreneurship curriculum. We also wish to make Delhi a knowledge and innovation centre where some of the best talent in the world would want to live, study, and work as faculty members, students, and professionals,” Sisodia said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to encourage the use of bicycles among the commuters, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has introduced permanent parking spaces for bicycles at its metro stations. The parking charges will be around Rs 5 upto 12 hours, Rs 10 upto 24 hours, however, additional Rs 10 will be charged at night.Currently, the DMRC has a provision of allowing commuters to use bicycles for covering small distances at nominal charges at some of its metro stations. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In a boost to last mile connectivity, DMRC is introducing permanent space for bicycle stands at its Metro stations which have dedicated parking lots to promote the use of bicycles as part of an eco-friendly measure. The extension of the existing stands will be carried out in more stations in a phased manner. The permanent bicycle stands have the parking capacity of multiple bicycles and will be provided with a locking mechanism for the safety of bicycles,” the DMRC said in a series of tweets. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”It’s an effort to tackle the problem of pollution, the organisation has been encouraging commuters to use bicycles as it is an eco-friendly mode of transport, said official. At present, this facility is available at 18 parking lots at different stations across Delhi Metro network. These stations are: Line-1: Seelampur, Shahdara, Welcome, Rithala; Line-2: Saket, Arjangarh, Chattarpur, Line-3/4(3): Dwarka Mor, Dwarka, Dwarka Sec21, Line-5 : Mundka, Nangloi, Peeragarhi, Line-6: Tughlakabad, Badarpur, Sarita Vihar, Line-8 : Okhla Bird Sanctuary. However, “the parking lots at Nawada, Uttam Nagar (E) and Vishwavidayala Metro stations have also been identified for permanent bicycle stands which will be installed within few days. This facility will be further extended to more stations in a phased manner,” DMRC said in a statement. “These permanent bicycle stands have the capacity for parking of multiple bicycles and will be provided with a locking mechanism for the safety of bicycles,” the DMRC statement added. “DMRC in association with some private operators is already operating 20 bicycle sharing service stands (through operators) covering 19 stations across its network. With the recent expansion of Metro network, 13 more stations have been identified for these bicycle sharing service which will be functional in few weeks,” official added. The Delhi Metro’s current operational span is 343 km with 250 metro stations, spread over eight colour-coded lines.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh met the Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik at Police Headquarters at ITO on Monday and demanded security review for Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who was attacked recently in a public rally in Motinagar.Speaking to reportes Sanjay Singh said that they have given a demand letter to the Police chief for the necessary action. Raising concerns over the increasing attacks on Arvind kejriwal, Singh said that the Chief Minister has been atacked multiple times which is an area of concern. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Delhi CM has been attacked 9 times, this is not normal, who would be held responsible if something unfortunate happens with him? We have asked the Commissioner to analyse his security,” Sanjay Singh said. Sanjay also said that the family of the accused man has already confessed that they have an inclination towards the BJP so there is no question of this man being a part of AAP. He also attacked both Congress and BJP for accusing AAP of self-staging the attack. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”Rahul Gandhi’s silence on the issue is also questionable when almost all are condemning the attack on Delhi CM,” Sanjay Singh said. Asked why did the police say that the accused belong to AAP, Sanjay Singh took a jibe at Delhi Police and said that when the incidents will happen with the protection of the government the language of the police would be like this only. The accused, Suresh, has been booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and has been sent to 2 days of judicial custody.last_img read more