Ellen Wants Senate to Ratify US$10M Financing Agreement

first_imgThe Senate has received a communication from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, requesting that body to ratify a financing agreement between Liberia and the International Development Association (IDA) in the amount of Seven Million Two Hundred Thousand Special Drawing Rights (SDR7, 200,000) which is equivalent to Ten Million United States dollars (US$10,000,000).In her communication dated May 24, 2016, and read before the Senate plenary during its 35th day sitting on May 31, President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that the purpose of the loan “is to financing, which will be used to improve access to income generation opportunities for targeted youths and for strengthening the government’s capacity to implement its cash transfer program.” Giving a breakdown with respect to payment, President Sirleaf explained that the maximum commitment charge rate payable by the government on the un-withdrawn financing balance is one-half of one percent per annum, while the service charge payable on the Withdrawn Credit Balance “shall be three-fourths of one percent per annum. Payment dates are February 15 and August 15 in each year commencing 2022.”The term of the loan according to the communication is thirty-seven years including a six-year grace period, while repayment of the principal amount of the loan shall be made in accordance with the repayment schedule set forth in Schedule 3 to this financing agreement, the communication concluded.Sponsored by Senators Geraldine Doe-Sherif, H. Dan Morais and George T. Tengbeh, it was sent to the Committees on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget, and Foreign Affairs, headed by Senators Edward Boakai Dagoseh and H. Dan Morais (respectively), who were mandated to report back to plenary within two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former first lady Ford released from hospital

first_imgRANCHO MIRAGE – Former first lady Betty Ford was released from a hospital where she underwent surgery last week, her office said in a statement Monday. “Mrs. Ford is resting comfortably at her home. She is recovering well,” the statement said. The statement did not say when the former first lady, who turned 89 on Sunday, was released from Eisenhower Medical Center. The Ford office has not disclosed the nature of the surgery. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

North Peace Savings and Credit Union to forgo name change

first_imgVoting revealed that the majority were actually in favour of the switch, however it was not by enough of a margin to proceed with the change. The vote required 67 per cent and it fell short by four per cent.550 votes were cast which represents 5.7 per cent of the total members. 346 were in favour of the name change.In a release North Peace Savings and Credit Union CEO Mitchel Chilcott says “North Peace Savings will continue to provide services tailored to the unique needs of their members, while fostering the growth of local businesses. “The credit union will continue to action our existing operating plan without losing sight of our strategic purpose. We remain committed to going the extra mile for our members, being adaptive to both their personal and business financial needs.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Step Aside, Creationists: Darwinists Figured Out How Bees Fly

first_imgWith an air of triumph, LiveScience announced that Caltech scientists have won one against ID:Proponents of intelligent design, which holds that a supreme being [sic] rather than evolution is responsible for life’s complexities, have long criticized science [sic] for not being able to explain some natural phenomena, such as how bees fly.    Now scientists have put this perplexing mystery to rest.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Exactly who has said that bee flight is inexplicable to science was not named.  Reporter Sara Goudarzi spoke of bee flight mechanisms as “more exotic than thought,” and that they “work like racing cars” – even that engineers might learn how to design hovering aircraft by observing them.  So how does this relate to a putdown of intelligent design?… They are also pleased that a simple thing like bee flight can no longer be used as an example of science failing to explain a common phenomenon.    Proponents of intelligent design, or ID, have tried in recent years [sic] to promote the idea of a supreme being [sic] by discounting science [sic] because it can’t explain everything in nature.    “People in the ID community [who?] have said that we don’t even know how bees fly,” [Douglas] Altshuler [Caltech] said.  “We were finally able to put this one to rest.  We do have the tools to understand bee flight and we can use science to understand the world around us.”This story was picked up verbatim by Fox News and MSNBC, complete with the pretty picture of a bee hovering at a flower.  The research revolved around fairly mundane lab work, observing bees with high-speed cameras and robotic sensors, in different concentrations of oxygen and with varying payloads to analyze their aerodynamic principles.  They mainly discovered that the insects use principles different than those of airplanes and helicopters.  There was no mention of how these flight mechanisms evolved.  It was even subtitled, “Robotic wings mimic insects’ rapid beat and could inspire new designs.”  Presumably this would involve the work of intelligent engineers.Update 01/13/2006:  The author was contacted about this paper and a copy was received for review.  The paper said nothing about creationism or intelligent design.  Apparently he made some off-the-cuff remark at the end of the interview about ID proponents claiming science could not explain how bees fly, and the reporter made that the title and theme of her article.This article is very perplexing.  Who were they talking about?  Steve Meyer, did you ever say that?  Paul Nelson?  William Dembski?  Did you ever define intelligent design that way, as an argument from ignorance?  Phillip Johnson?  Jonathan Wells?  Michael Behe?  President Bush?  Pope Benedict?  Any of you creationists ever say that science could never understand how bees fly?  Duane Gish?  Henry Morris?  Isaac Newton?    We don’t get it.  We have no idea what these guys are talking about.  Everyone in the ID community we know respects and loves observational, testable, repeatable science.  No problem.  What we would really like to hear, dear LieScience reporter, is how these racing-car hovering flight mechanisms that are the envy of engineers originated.    So here goes Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Proponents of intelligent design, or ID, have tried in recent years to promote the idea of a supreme being by discounting science because it can’t explain everything in nature.”  If LieScience doesn’t understand how they won this award, they need to study up on Straw Man in the Baloney Detector.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Will treat waste I generate, says Goa CM

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday took an oath to take responsibility for treating waste generated in government offices and nominated three others, including leader of the Opposition, to take a similar oath.Addressing a press conference at his official residence, Mr. Sawant said he would be setting up bio-digesters in all government offices to treat waste, and urged citizens to do so as well.“I will treat the waste I generate myself. My secretariat, my government offices will also be part of this process,” Mr. Sawant said after taking the oath, a day ahead of Goa Statehood Day.“I have also nominated Deputy Chief Ministers Vijai Sardesai, Manohar Ajgaonkar and Leader of the Opposition to take a similar oath. Let leaders start treating their own waste. People will emulate them,” said the Chief Minister.Mr. Sawant said schools and panchayats would also be involved in the oath-taking process on the occasion of Goa Statehood Day, in order to improve cleanliness and rein in the garbage menace.The Chief Minister also said households should start investing in bio-digesters or make them on their own, but said that while the government would look to subsidise bio-digesters, there was no question of the government giving them away for free. “Home composters cost ₹1,000 to ₹7,000. You could also make one from a bucket,” Mr. Sawant said.Piling up of garbage on the State’s beaches as well as in rural and urban areas in recent years has been a cause for concern for the government and tourism industry.A garbage dump in South Goa’s Sonsoddo has been emitting smoke due to a fire triggered by combustible methane gas pockets in the dump, and the government has been unable to douse it. “I am monitoring the situation on a day-to-day basis. Four firefighting vehicles are already there. We will be controlling it in a few days,” he said.last_img read more

Sallu wants to host Bigg Boss show once again!

first_imgEven before Bigg Boss 4 comes to an end, show host Salman Khan has shown interest to appear in the show’s fifth season.Salman KhanThe season 5 is on the cards, for which Sallu is keen to make a small-screen comeback as the host. However, the channel has not given any official confirmation as the actor is yet to finalise the terms and conditions for the next season.For the current season, the actor had charged approximately Rs 3 crore per episode and in the coming season, he is likely to charge more.”Salman thoroughly enjoyed hosting this show. He also increased the entertainment level of the show by being high-spirited and sporting. The decision to host the fifth season has come from him, which the channel is likely to honour,” says a source.We know that Salman went inside the Bigg Boss house at the time of Diwali. Similarly, he had also developed a good rapport with the contestants.Salman enjoyed hosting the show so much that he has even planned to throw a bash for all the Bigg Boss participants.The channel, however, is too busy with the finale of the show which will take place on Saturday night. It is only after the finale is over and the winner is announced that the channel will start working on the fifth season.last_img read more