Ellen Accepts G. Bassa Supt. Cooper’s Resignation

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has accepted the resignation of the Superintendent of Grand Bassa County, Madam Etweda Cooper.Madam Cooper tendered her resignation to the President on September 3, expressing the hope that her resignation will foster the spirit of unity among the residents of the county, and thereby, promote development which they all desire.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf thanked Madam Cooper for the services she rendered the people of the county under difficult circumstances as well as her commitment to continue to serve Liberia.In her resignation letter, Madam Cooper indicated that her action was the best way forward for her home county in “the current atmosphere of calumny, invective, intense acrimony, and deliberately circulated falsehoods that currently typify political and societal exchanges in the county.”She expressed thanks to President Sirleaf for the confidence reposed in her over the three years she served the county and availed herself to serve this administration and people of Liberia when called upon.Madam Cooper’s resignation, she said, was largely due to the continued confrontation of her office with the county’s Legislative caucus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kante Arsenal transfer fears growing at Leicester

first_imgThe 25-year-old has a buy-out clause, believed to be around Sh2.9 billion (£20million), following his bargain Sh956 million (£5.6m) switch from French side Caen last summer.Arsenal have already registered an interest and, unlike team-mates Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, Kante has given no assurances yet he will stay with the champions for next season.MirrorSport understands team-mates and King Power officials now fear he could be tempted to link up with fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.The Gunners are also likely to be able to offer him a much bigger new contract as Financial Fair Play rules mean Leicester could be in trouble if their wage-bill suddenly rockets.By Mirror-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Will Kante take his title-winning powers to Arsenal, who last won the league in 2004?LONDON, United Kingdom, May 18 – Leicester officials are increasingly concerned star midfielder N’Golo Kante could be prised away by Arsenal this summer.Midfield dynamo Kante has been a vital cog in the Foxes ‘ Premier League title success with his industrious play.last_img read more

Canfor sawmills in B.C. are curtailing production

first_imgVancouver B.C. – Canfor’s B.C. sawmills will be curtailing production while mitigating the impact on employees.Canfor Corporation announced Thursday during Q4 2018 due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions curtailment will are required by the company and expected to reduce production output by approximately 10 percent throughout the quarter.Lumber production will be reduced by decreasing operating days and achieved through immediate short-term curtailments at some facilities, along with extended downtime at Christmas.- Advertisement -“We are working to mitigate impacts on our employees as much as possible,” said Don Kayne, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have made the difficult decision to curtail our BC sawmill operations over the fourth quarter due to log supply challenges following another difficult wildfire season, uncompetitive log costs and declining lumber prices.”last_img read more

Civilians with cash can walk in space

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 WASHINGTON – You don’t have to be an astronaut anymore to experience walking in space. All you need is $35 million and the willingness to risk your life. A private Virginia firm that already has sent three super-rich men to the international space station for $20 million each announced Friday it would offer an even rarer adventure: a stroll outside the space station for an extra $15 million. “It is the holy grail of spaceflight; it’s something very few of the astronauts and cosmonauts have done,” said Eric Anderson, chief executive of Space Adventures Ltd. Added former NASA spacewalker Kathy Thornton, who is on the firm’s advisory board: “It’s just sort of the feeling of freedom, that you are your own satellite.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rogue council

first_imgTHE Los Angeles City Council finally got the smackdown it deserves from no less than City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. The snub came in the form of legal guidelines created by Delgadillo’s staff giving police the go-ahead to start arresting the homeless camped out on sidewalks during the day, even while an appeal on an ACLU lawsuit is pending. The guidelines became necessary because the council scuttled a settlement worked out with the support of the mayor, police chief, city attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union over how the Skid Row homeless should be treated. The ACLU had claimed – and a judge agreed – that the city could not enforce a ban on sleeping on the sidewalk. The settlement would allow the homeless to temporarily sleep on the sidewalks during the night if there are no shelter beds for them, and then disperse at daybreak or face arrest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleIt seemed like a reasonable arrangement considering the homeless problem has been going on for years. The issue got no attention from City Hall until the developers making billions from downtown redevelopment took notice. Having ignored the problem and done nothing to deal with the needs of the homeless for so long, council members had no hesitation meeting last week behind closed doors, and deciding to reject the Skid Row settlement and to appeal the federal ruling. The council’s flat-out rejection indicates that its members have a more politically motived agenda than merely helping those who can’t help themselves. This is a rogue legislative body that’s grown too fond of meddling in city policy without solving the people’s problems – and second-guessing and obstructing department managers. It’s time the mayor stepped up: Los Angeles needs strong leadership on top and empowerment of neighborhoods on the ground. It does not need destructive meddling by council members in the middle.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chatham-Kent-Leamington: New Dave takes over as Conservative MP

first_imgChatham-Kent-Leamington remained Tory blue by electing Conservative Dave Epp to continue the work began by his predecessor, Dave Van Kesteren, who retired after 13 years holding the seat.Epp was declared elected after garnering 22,698 votes, with 240 of 260 polls reporting.“I’m still a bit overwhelmed, but I am looking forward to the task,” Epp said after being declared the winner. “We’re going to get to work right away, starting tomorrow morning.”He and his team, though, will take some time tonight to celebrate and reflect.The Leamington farmer will soon be a first-time member of Parliament, but he has more than 30 years experience representing farmers in a political capacity, previously serving on the board of directors of Agricorp and the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers.The loss was disappointing for Liberal Katie Omstead, who had 15,119 votes with 240 polls reporting.“I’m happy with the national result . . . I certainly hope everyone will work together for the betterment of Canada,” Omstead said.Noting she was “obviously disappointed,” Omstead said, “My team worked very hard . . . I feel there’s nothing more we could have done. I can’t have any regrets in this.“We knew it was going to be tough,” she added.As for her future in politics, Omstead plans to process the campaign and spend time with her family.She spent months out on the campaign trail knocking on doors across the riding, along with mounting an extensive social media presence in the hopes of building on her strong showing in the 2015 federal election, when she finished just 2,326 votes behind Van Kesteren.She was the only local candidate to have a party leader come to the riding during the election campaign when Justin Trudeau held a quick meet and greet with Liberal party supporters in Tilbury on Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 14.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer visited the neighbouring riding of Essex near the end of the campaign.NDP candidate Tony Walsh, who appeared to be poised to finish third for the second consecutive election, said he enjoyed the campaign.“I got a chance to work with good people again,” he said.When asked if he’ll run again, Walsh said he “would never rule anything out,” adding it would be another family decision.Walsh said if there’s a minority government, and an election happens sooner than four years, “there’s a chance that I’d be in the same position I’m at right now where I could do this again.”Green Party candidate Mark Vercouteren, who appeared destined to finish a distant fourth, said a minor controversy involving his 2014 response to a Campaign Life Coalition survey, which resurfaced again, proved “to be a huge distraction for me and I think that was creating issues.”However, Vercouteren believes the Green Party did well because the climate change issue remains foremost in the minds of many Canadians, particularly with climate emergencies seen in Chatham-Kent-Leamington.THE RESULTS(260 of 260 polls reporting)John Balagtas, PPC – 1,052 Paul Coulbeck, MP – 306 Dave Epp, CON – 25,289 Katie Omstead, LIB – 16,751 Mark Vercouteren, GRN – 2,205 Tony Walsh, NDP – 8,125last_img read more

Jackson County Airport Upgrades

first_imgJackson County AirportConstruction on a major upgrade is expected to start this spring at the Jackson County Airport. Operations Manager Jim Rowell explains the upcoming replacement of the aviation fuel system. “Each Year the Federal Government gives the State of North Carolina block grant money or non primary entitlement money for us, that’s $150,000 a year, we have to match that 10%, which would be $16,000. You can hold on to the money for 4 years. After that time, if you’ve not spent that money it will go to someone else. We’ve held on to that money and took bids about 2 weeks ago.” NHM was the lowest bidder of the three. NHM was selected to provide the work which is expected to get underway in April. The total bid was $539,000 of which 90% will be from the FAA and state airport improvement fund. The project will also include the expansion of a ramp to make it more convenient for larger airplanes to refuel.last_img read more

RFID: The Future of Supply-Chain Management

first_imgImagine a microchip the size of a grain of salt attached to every single manufactured product in the supply chain. Every can of soda, package of razor blades, pair of jeans…everything. Each microchip contains a unique code. That means, in a carton of sodas, there are 12 cans with 12 microchips with twelve different codes. A pallet of soda cartons might contain hundreds of individual cans with hundreds of unique codes.Now, imagine that pallet of soda on a truck loaded with dozens of other pallets of merchandise, again, each with its own microchip and code, pulling into the loading dock at your distribution center. As each pallet is unloaded from the truck, a special reader at the doorway reads the thousands of unique codes coming off the truck and automatically enters the items into your inventory. No hand scanning, no unpacking, no verifying counts…simply, unload and warehouse the pallets.Now, imagine your store with those same readers not only integrated into your receiving dock, but also integrated into your shelving and customer entrances. When a customer removes a carton of sodas from the shelf, the inventory system automatically alerts someone to restock the shelf. As stock is removed from the backroom to replenish the shelf, the inventory system keeps count. When backroom stocks reach specified limits, your distribution center is automatically notified to ship more sodas.- Sponsor – Throughout this whole process, nothing is scanned in the traditional sense. No one is keeping track of quantities of SKUs. Your entire inventory is invisibly, automatically, and, yes, accurately maintained by the millions of tiny microchips communicating the whereabouts of every single item throughout your corporate system.If that’s not intriguing enough, consider the customer who picked up that carton of sodas from your shelf. Instead of waiting in line and unloading her entire shopping cart at the front end, a reader near the exit automatically reads the entire contents of the shopping cart in an instant, displays the total amount, and the customer can leave with a swipe of her debit card or scan of her fingerprint.At home, a reader attached to her refrigerator automatically updates her personal grocery inventory on her PC. And every time little Johnny grabs a soda, the grocery list for next week is updated.Wait…it doesn’t stop there. When those empty soda cans are picked up at the curb by the recycle truck, the microchips still have a job to do. Readers integrated into  the recycling center’s sorting equipment will not only automatically sort the various containers into similar materials, but conceivably sort the containers by manufacturer, so that the soda cans are returned to that manufacturer for recycling.Science Fiction or Reality?Sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it? But this science is, in fact, currently in research and development at three of the world’s most prestigious universities: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Cambridge in England, and University of Adelaide in Australia.But it’s not just formulas on a chalkboard. Prototypes have been in field testing for almost a year tracking pallets of merchandise from various distribution centers around the U.S. to a Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart store in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A second phase of testing began this summer tracking cases of inventory to test the system’s capacity for handling higher volumes of inventory.This innovative program is the result of a unique collaboration of academia and leading manufacturers, retailers, and other corporate sponsors. Today’s research is focused strictly on supply chain and store-level inventory management. The consumer-related applications at the checkout counter and in the home described above are not currently part of the research and will likely be dozens of years in the future.The genesis for this program began in 1998 when two professors at MIT proposed a system-level approach to automatic object identification based on RFID technology. In 1999, the two researchers, Dr. David Brock and Professor Sanjay Sarma, met Procter & Gamble’s Kevin Ashton, who was developing strategies for placing smart chips in everyday items in the retail business. The end result was the formation of the Auto-ID Center within the department of mechanical engineering at MIT in October, 1999. Ashton, on loan from Procter & Gamble, is currently executive director of the center, and Sarma is research director.The initial funding for the center was provided by the Uniform Code Council, Proctor & Gamble, and The Gillette Company. Today, over 50 companies are involved as sponsors of the center.Combining Old and New TechnologiesMost retailers are somewhat familiar with RFID technology because it is one of the technologies used in electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags. The first application of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology goes back to the 1940s. Large, powered RFID transponders were placed on allied aircraft to identify friendly aircraft using a radar signal.Subsequent research and advances in technology, including the invention of the microchip, allowed RFID applications to get smaller throughout the 1970s and ‘80s. One of the most significant advances allowed RFID tags to become passive, meaning no battery or source of power is required on the tag. Instead, the tag actually uses power collected from the signal transmitted by the tag reader. Because of the minute power exchange involved in this manner, tags and readers must be within limited physical range to work correctly.Today, technology allows the miniaturization of RFID microchips to about the size of a grain of sand. This size reduction, combined with sophisticated computer and software applications, is the foundation of the auto identification research.At the heart of this system is a unique numbering scheme called the electronic product code (EPC). Similar to a barcode, the EPC uses a string of numbers to identify an item’s manufacturer and product category. A third set of digits, not unlike a serial number, is added to the string to give each microchip a unique identification.This unique number is the only information included on the chip.When a reader sends out its electromagnetic waves, the microchip uses the power from those waves to transmit back the EPC embedded in the chip. The reader becomes a collection point for a software technology developed at the Auto-ID Center called Savant, which is the backbone of the network. When the Savant system receives the EPC from a reader at the loading dock or store shelf, the information is sent to a company’s local area network or Internet site to a database that associates that EPC with a product. New addressing protocols and software languages have been developed to accommodate this process.As you can imagine, with the potential for tens of millions of EPCs circulating in the supply chain, managing this tremendous amount of data is perhaps the most challenging part of this new technology.Moving to this Brave New WorldMuch work is left to be done before this technology is implemented throughout the supply chain. The field testing that began in October 2001 in Oklahoma is moving the process forward rapidly. Field testing is helping debug the new software languages and protocols developed for this program as well as the necessary hardware. The ultimate goal of the field testing is to prove in a real-world setting the validity of the concept on a small scale before wider implementation.At the same time, the Auto-ID Center is partnering with sponsoring technology companies to bring down the cost of RFID tags and readers. One of the critical needs to make this system a reality is lowering the cost of the RFID microchip from its current cost of about $1 each to the 5-cent range. Affordable, flexible, and low-cost readers are also in development by other sponsoring companies, with the goal of selling for under $100 each, about one-tenth of their current cost.The target goal is to have both hardware and software products commercially available by the fourth quarter of 2003.Once this new system is fully implemented throughout the supply chain, the benefits can be tremendous. Transition costs will be reduced. Lead times for manufacture and delivery will get shorter. Inventory costs will go down, while product availability will go up. At every step of the supply chain, there will be better accountability with better security, safety, and traceability.From a loss prevention and security perspective, a fully implemented system will certainly help reduce retail shrinkage, internal and external theft, as well as product counterfeiting and diversion. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more


first_imgChris Ross. PBA IMAGESOnce the San Miguel Beermen found their rhythm, the Alaska Aces couldn’t keep in step.The Beermen poured in 33 points while holding the Aces to 15 in the third quarter to overhaul a 15-point deficit and win, 109-96, on Saturday night in Batangas City.ADVERTISEMENT Drawing firepower from reliables Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos, San Miguel notched its seventh win against two losses, including a shock defeat to Blackwater last week, to keep top spot in the PBA Philippine Cup.The Beermen, who bucked the absence of the injured Alex Cabagnot, also bolstered their bid for a top two finish in the elimination round that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSantos came through with a dunk off an inbound pass from Ross that shove the Beermen ahead, 98-87, going to the last minute as they dealt the Aces a second straight loss in a 4-6 card.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra tries to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinal bonus as it tangles with Meralco in their first meeting since Game 7 of the Governors’ Cup finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. But with the Elite teetering at the brink, Blackwater coach Leo Isaac has challenged his team to get the job done just two days after the 95-76 win over Kia.Fatigue remains a concern for Isaac, but the veteran mentor feels his team should have more than enough in its tank to overcome NLEX.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img MOST READ In a tie with NLEX at fifth spot with a 5-4 record, the Gin Kings are looking to avoid complications in the quarterfinal race, even as the Bolts are hoping to keep their bid alive for a playoff spot.With their backs against the wall, the Bolts recovered in time to score a 92-90 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters last Wednesday.The Gin Kings are seeking a follow up to their 99-84 drubbing of TNT Ka Tropa last week.Just like Ginebra, the Road Warriors are gunning for a sixth victory against a Blackwater team coming off a morale-boosting win just two days ago.Banking on the heroics of rookie Kiefer Ravena, the Road Warriors have put themselves in a strong position of punching their ticket to the quarterfinals with games to spare.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate PLAY LIST 02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Happy Lady Eagles soar to victorylast_img read more

Arts and Culture Partnership Council Welcomes Funding

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership said the new investment in arts and culture announced this week is a show of support for the sector. The provincial budget tabled on Tuesday, May 9, included $850,000 more for cultural organizations and activities — a 12.6 per cent increase over funding last year. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is also receiving a $361,000 boost in funding for operations and programming as well as a commitment to support year-round operations at its Yarmouth branch. In addition, the province provided one-time, year-end investments in the culture sector in 2005-06 totalling more than $850,000, including support for the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts, and performing arts extravaganza, Drum!. “Nova Scotia has a unique and vibrant culture that provides important social and economic benefits to our communities,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We recognize the immense potential of the sector and we continue to build on a record of support with new investments.” The minister said provincial funding for arts and culture in Nova Scotia has increased by 32.5 per cent since 2002. The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council is advising government on areas of potential growth and development for the sector in Nova Scotia. “New investments in existing programs for arts and culture is exactly what we’ve been working for,” said Paul Gallant, chair of the council. “Our council is bolstered by this news and we plan to continue our efforts to bring arts and culture to the forefront in the coming years. In terms of showing commitment to the sector, this budget is a positive step.” The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia also welcomed the news. “This investment will help us continue to bring the art of the world to Nova Scotia and the art of Nova Scotia to the world,” said Jeffery Spalding, director and chief curator of the art gallery. “We can now also open the Yarmouth Gallery year round, increasing tourism, educational and cultural opportunities to rural Nova Scotia.” Nova Scotia’s culture sector is valued at $1.2 billion, and employs more than 28,000 people across the province.last_img read more