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_imgSubmit them electronically via Pravin Gordhan’s Facebook page and add your comments there. Fax your comments to 012 315 5126Post your comments to Private Bag X115, Pretoria, 0001 21 January 2014 South Africa’s Treasury is again inviting members of the public to give Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan advice on how to spend the country’s public money. The minister is also encouraging South Africans to send through their suggestions on matters relating to tax and how the government can improve its management of public finances, boost economic growth and create more jobs. The minister’s annual Budget speech, which will be delivered in Parliament at 2pm on 26 February, maps out state spending, taxation and borrowing plans for the year, while also detailing how the government will raise money and how it will be spent.How to send your Budget tips Run throughout the year, the Treasury’s Budget tips campaign ensures active participation in government programmes, especially matters related to the economy. The campaign helps to ensure that government spending is in line with what is expected by the South African public, and to gauge public opinion on issues such as education, social services, health, job creation and taxes. South Africa is ranked second in the world for the transparency and accountability of its budget process in the latest survey by the Washington-based International Budget Partnership. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest    A conversation with…Cathann Kress, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences OCJ: This spring, you started in as the new dean. How have things gone since you got started on the job?Cathann: It was good timing coming into a position like mine. At the end of the academic year everything comes together. You really get to be there when you can see the best of everything happening. We gave out faculty and staff awards and had commencement. It is a great time to come in and see all of the good stuff happening. I have had opportunities to talk with alumni and I have been at the Statehouse three times already and had a chance to dive into some of the budget discussions going on. I have been delighted at that opportunity as well. OCJ: What are some of the area of the state budget affect Ohio agriculture and the College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences as a whole?Cathann: We are very appreciative of the attention that has been given to the lines that we have that impact us directly. One of those is for OARDC and research in general. The House has recommended an increase for OARDC and we are very appreciative of that. The research that is being done is incredibly important to not only agriculture but also peripheral and related industries. We really need to stay at the forefront of that work. The other line, of course, is Extension. Extension throughout the state has such a wide portfolio of programs including 4-H, which is an incredibly important way to reach out to the young people. All of the Extension programs form an important network that allows us to make sure we are getting the research-based information out to all of our citizens — serving all Ohioans, not just those on our campuses. Those are both really important lines we are watching in the state budget. OCJ: Are there things that need to be pushed a little bit more in the College? Are there ways Ohio State needs to be more competitive?Cathann: In our research and academic programs we have a tremendous amount of talent and expertise and we have really strong students across the whole portfolio. The breadth is really impressive. That is one of the things that was appealing to me as I considered this position. But it doesn’t appear to me that we have the level of depth that I would like to see in some of our program areas. When you look across the nation at the top departments, while everyone knows we have really good programs, we don’t often end up in that top tier. To me that is a bit frustrating because I know we have the talent and resources. I think what it really boils down to is that we haven’t had the focus. I want to make sure we have that focus so we are able to move on some of the priorities in a way that really starts to position our college in that top tier where I think it belongs.We always want to be at the forefront in our portfolio of offerings we have for students so when they leave us they will be able to step into the workplace and really be able to bring the most technological savvy possible. We need graduates who know about state-of-the-art to be accountable to businesses and our citizens. That is important to us. OCJ: What are your thoughts on improving facilities for the College?Cathann: Facilities are one of those things that are constant. Growing up on a farm, one of the things my dad always used to say was, “In agriculture no matter where you sit you’re always looking at work to be done.” It is like that when you’re a dean too. No matter where you are sitting there is always work to be done, particularly with our facilities. People who aren’t as familiar with agriculture think about agriculture as being agrarian and not really cutting edge with technology. We know, though, that this is the world of agriculture and it will be even more so in the future. You are going to see more use of data and technology. The big challenges ahead of us in agriculture really mean that we are going to have to continually upgrade so our research can address these things. We have got to keep pace with the technology, facilities and the equipment or we just won’t be able to answer those challenges. OCJ: What are some key challenges moving forward?Cathann: Water quality and health in general are important challenges. There are three components of health: human health, environmental health and animal health. But in my mind they really are part of one big circle. You don’t have one without the other. We really need to get beyond just thinking about human health. When we think about health, we think about hospitals and medical communities and place less emphasis on environmental and animal health. In my opinion those are equally important if we are going to preserve our health in the future.And, somewhere along the line we ended up with a gap or divide between urban areas and the general public and agriculture. What are we doing in agriculture and can we be trusted? How do we communicate the stories in agriculture to reassure consumers that nobody cares more about the land and animals than we do? I think that is another role for us to play at the College. When you look at the misinformation out there, I think we have a responsibility to help make sure that we are transparent in farming. I think we have been silent for too long and people made assumptions and got misinformation. We have a role to play in making sure the public understands our industry better.Also, the USDA just issued a new report that in the future all of the colleges are only going to account for 61% of the jobs that we anticipate will be in the ag industry. That is a huge shortfall. How are we going to address that shortfall? We are already looking at the challenge of feeding the world and research is critical in that area. We are falling way behind in investments being made into agriculture and ag research. If we are only turning out 61% of the grads of what we know the workload is gong to be, that will start to be a pretty pressing workload too. OCJ: You have worked in several jobs around the country. What is the opinion and reputation of Ohio State from the outside looking in?Cathann: The Ohio State University has a very solid reputation in terms of a strong community within the faculty and students as well as among the network of alumni and donors. That is a tremendous asset. As far as the reputation of the College, as I said earlier, the resources are there and it is always in the top 10, but as far as the very elite group of the top five often it doesn’t pop up there in the different disciplines and departments. That is something I am hoping to change. The talent is there and we need to leverage that talent and opportunities in ways that get recognized nationally. I am very optimistic we can address that. OCJ: What are your thoughts on the Agricultural Technical Institute?Cathann: ATI was another one of the reasons I was interested in this position. There are several positions out there for deans but there are not many of them that have this broad portfolio of educational opportunities that we can make available to students. ATI is right at the top with being able to offer these kinds of opportunities with associate degrees here in Ohio. Not every learner learns the same and not all of them need the same opportunities. I am very proud of the fact that we have a whole variety of ways you can come in as a student and learn the different things you may be interested in learning. Whether you start at ATI or in Columbus or distance learning, we want to make sure we can tailor an educational program that is going to meet your needs and at the end of it you will be able to go out and get the job you are looking for. I think we have more opportunities to do that here at Ohio State than most other universities do and that makes us highly competitive.last_img read more

first_imgEver since Apple released iPhone OS 3.0, Twitter addicts have been waiting for their favorite iPhone application to implement the OS’s new “push” technology which could deliver messages as pop-ups on the homescreen. Today, the first app to implement this feature has arrived, but it’s not one of the popular apps as you may have expected. Instead, the brand-new app iTwitter (iTunes link) has beaten out all the other major clients to become the first push-enabled Twitter application for the iPhone.About iTwitterDespite the number of iPhone Twitter applications out there, most users have narrowed down the list of clients they use on a regular basis to one or two of the most popular apps like Tweetie, Tweetdeck, Twitterfon, Twitterific, Twinkle, Twittelator, Tweetsville, or something else entirely. Since these clients already have notoriety and a solid user base, we expected to see one of them emerge as the first Twitter client to introduce “push” technology. Imagine our surprise then when another application, a newcomer called iTwitter, beat out all the rest to achieve this claim to fame.Having just launched yesterday in the iTunes App Store, iTwitter is a robust Twitter application which offers all the features you would expect including access to your friends’ timeline, direct messages, mentions (@ replies), favorites, following and follower lists, and a compose screen. Plus, it also throws in several extra features that may put it one notch above your current favorite app like its ability to display nearby tweets, integration with TwitPic (including an inline viewer), a fast re-tweet option, a landscape keyboard, custom searches and the ability to save them, and conversational threaded tweets. Here Comes Pushed Tweets! However, the feature which everyone cares about is not currently listed in the app’s description on its iTunes page: PUSH. But a few hours ago, the app’s dev team tweeted the big news: “iTwitter push notification is working perfectly now, enjoy it guys!” The pushed messages arrive as pop-up messages on your homescreen, just like they do in other push-enabled applications like instant messaging clients Beejive and IM+. You can choose to “close” the notification message or you can tap “view” to launch iTwitter and view the tweet. Unfortunately, there is a drawback to the way iTwitter implements the push technology. It pushes all mentions and direct messages…but only if the person sending them is using iTwitter, too. Sigh. So close, yet so far. We don’t know why they would implement such a serious restriction and it is quite the disappointment. We guess the only way to work around this issue is to convince all our friends to ditch their current app and start using iTwitter instead.At the moment, iTwitter is free, but if it remains the only available push client for too long, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they started charging. Better grab it now just in case!Update: As one commenter noted below, iTwitter isn’t technically the first app to implement push Twitter messages – IM+ is. However, IM+ is more well-known as an instant messaging client, not as a standalone Twitter client. iTwitter is the first Twitter-only client to do push, an important distinction since many people prefer using a dedicated app with a lot more features. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Tags:#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s Rupinder Singh in action against South Africa on ThursdayThe Indian men’s hockey team won their fourth and final Pool A game 5-2 against South Africa Thursday to qualify for the Commonwealth Games semi-finals where they will take on New Zealand at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Saturday.India needed to at least draw the contest to have any chance of qualifying for the last four and they did it in style by thrashing the Africans, for whom it was a must-win contest.India finished second in Pool A with three wins out of four matches behind defending champions Australia, who won all four matches to top the group. In the other semi-final Saturday, World No.1 Australia will take on England.India got into business right at the start to earn their first penalty corner in the third minute. Drag-flicker VR Raghunath made no mistake in converting the opportunity to open the account for the 2010 silver medallists.India earned another penalty corner in the next minute but this time it was saved by agile South African goalkeeper Erasmus Pieterse.World No 9 India kept the pressure on and in the ninth minute Rupinder Pal Singh was successful in converting another penalty corner to make it 2-0.Ramandeep Singh then extended the lead to 3-0 in the 22nd minute by scoring a field goal. Four minutes later India scored another through forward SV to put India 4-0 in the lead.South Africa came out in a different gear in the second half and finally in the 42nd minute registered their first goal which came from the stick of Taine Paton. They scored once again in the 47th minute through captain Austin Smith’s penalty corner flick.advertisementBut India had the last laugh when in the 58th minute Manpreet Singh’s diving goal helped India take the score to 5-2.last_img read more