Liberian Afro-R&B singer DSP is singing to the world this week (June1-7, 2014) as part of the United Nations Pageant World Finals 2014, in Kingston Jamaica.The singer is also expected to perform at the Liberian Music Awards in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) on June 14, 2014, where he has also picked up nominations for numerous categories during this most anticipated eventcelebrating Liberian music.DSP, who was born Ernesto Herbert will be visiting Jamaica for the very first time, and will be standing by and equipped to present his recent hit single “Promise”.“I’ll be performing Promise and one other Jamaican song, the one that’s written on the poster. Going to Jamaica is an opportunity for me because it’s not a small place; everyone wants to go there. I feel confident about going out there to perform, doing a lot of reading to know how other people did it and came out successful over there. I’m learning the standard of how it works out fine to be able to put out the best. I don’t want to get out there and guess but do it how it is supposed to be done professionally,” DSP articulated.Additionally, DSP recalls being astounded at the news of his scheduled Jamaican performance when his acting manager Junda Morris-Kennedy brought the news to his attention, though he says he wouldn’t miss any opportunity coming from his manager.“Junda told me about Jamaica and I was surprised, thinking it was a joke, but she said it was real! Women from different countries will be taking part in the pageant but no one is representing Liberia. I know of 9 different countries partaking including Ghanaians and Nigerians. I can learn from it (the visit), that’s what I’m doing now, learning from what other people are doing that are already in the game.” He articulated.Morris, DSP’s manager, highlighted during an interview with LIB Life that her duty as a manager is to help create opportunities for her artist in getting gigs. “Well as his PR company, I seek out opportunities for my clients to be recognized internationally. The organizer of the pageant, who is a business acquaintance, had heard DSP’s music via my newsletter and reached out to me for him to perform at the United Nations Pageant Finals. I tried to get a Liberian representative but the people in Liberia are not serious. I am a pageant production guru and every time I try to reach out to people to send Liberian representatives to international events, everybody is not serious,” Morris laments.Meanwhile, DSP says he’s going to give all he’s got to make sure that Liberia is remembered as having talented musicians wherever he goes. His planned trip to the United States of America will give the “Carolina” songster a chance to do just that.“ I’m being nominated for the Liberian Music awards slated for June 14, 2014 as new artist, best new male artist of Africa and best new video. Of course I’ll be performing “Promise” and I’m so ready. It’s just another opportunity that I have to prove myself. I see it more like an opportunity than something to be afraid or nervous of.”He further added that he will do his best to get more fans while staying in the states, but has no intention of wearing out his welcome by making himself too available or seen.“I’m practicing, reading about mistakes, how to posture your looks and everything that relates to performing. I read bout it and learn the arrangements in dances and then I practice it. I want everything to be prepared before I get there. I spoke with my manager Junda and she says that she will have it all set. I don’t want to be seen everywhere when I get out there because I’m targeting those people, if they see you to much they will get less interest in seeing you or your performance,” he said in closing.Also, DSP has some big plans while being away.“ I’ll be working on some other things [including] some videos out there, and some photo shoots. I’ll also be doing the remix of “Carolina” with a Cameroonian girl,” He smiled.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As the Juliet Griffith Day Care Centre celebrates its 24th anniversary, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Wednesday hosted a church service in celebration.In attendance were Police Commissioner Leslie James and Deputy Commissioner Maxine Graham.The Juliet Griffith Day Care Centre, also known as the “Police Day Care Centre”, is located at the Police Officers’ Mess, Eve Leary. The Day Care Centre caters for the children of Police Officers between the ages of one year six months and five years.The caregivers of the Day Care and members sang choruses while steelpan melodies filled the air. Reverend Donny Holder addressed the gathering and highlighted the great service the Day Care Centre has offered over the years. Additionally, Reverend Donny Holder commended the teachers and caregivers ofSome of the children at the Police Day Care Centre during the anniversary service on Wednesdaythe Police Day Care Centre for greatly caring for the children.The Centre also caters for children enrolled in another school, who in many cases, are dismissed too early for the officers’ families to take them home, hence they are often enrolled at the Police Day Care Centre to ensure that they are taken care of until it is convenient for the parents.The Juliet Griffith Day Care Centre was established on October 3, 1994. This Centre was named after the late Juliet Griffith, who was the wife of Senior Superintendent Joseph Griffith. The couple were both born and raised in West Berbice. Juliet Griffith is the founder of the Police Wives Association of Guyana which is the first organisation of its kind locally.
The RCMP report that on the morning of Friday August 13, 2010, a lone caucasian male exposed himself and performed an indecent act in front of a female walking her dog. The incident took place at the Fort St John Toboggan Hill behind North Peace Secondary School.- Advertisement – The unknown male is described as a young teenager, 5’8″, 150lbs, with short blonde hair with a medium build. He was wearing a black baseball hat, t-shirt, blue jeans and wearing a grey backpack. If you have any information about this incident, please call the RCMP at 250-787-8140. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca The Fort St John RCMP is looking for your help after a man exposed himself near North Peace Secondary School.
The City of Fort St. John is reminding drivers that, as the Holiday shopping rush picks up, the appropriate decal must be displayed to park in designated handicapped parking spaces at shopping centres and around town.According to the Mayor’s Accessibility Advisory Council, December is a particularly challenging time for people with disabilities.“Designated spots are created for a reason, they enable those with disabilities to safely enjoy aspects of life that others take for granted,” stated Mayor Lori Ackerman. “Please be attentive and don’t take these designated spots, even if it’s only for a few minutes.”- Advertisement -Even if there is snow on the ground and the blue line on the curb or the handicapped symbol on the parking space is not visible, the City reminds drivers that there are always traffic signs that people can watch for to avoid parking in a handicapped parking space.Drivers who park in a designated handicapped parking space without the decal can face a Bylaw fine of $50.
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Those following the Titan exploration by Cassini-Huygens have wondered where the ethane went. Oceans of ethane hundreds of meters deep, if not kilometers deep, were predicted but not found, as reported previously (see 04/25/2003 and 10/16/2003 pre-Huygens reports, 01/15/2005 and 01/21/2005 Huygens early results, and 12/05/2005 review; see also New Scientist analysis of the “total revolution” in thinking about Titan going on because of the lack of oceans). Now, finally, Cassini found something at least: a cloud of ethane at the north pole (see Cassini press release) Is it enough to blanket the embarrassment of finding Titan to be a dry, young surface with only trace amounts of ethane? The findings made by Cassini’s Virtual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) were published in Science this week,1 and described in a Perspectives article by Cassini atmospheric scientist Mike Flasar in the same issue of Science.2 Indeed, a “vast tropospheric cloud” of ethane was observed over the north pole in a series of observations between Dec. 2004 and Sept. 2006 (this cloud contrasts with the south-polar cloud believed composed of methane).3 The abstract leads one to believe this solves the problem of the missing ethane:The derived characteristics indicate that this cloud is composed of ethane and forms as a result of stratospheric subsidence and the particularly cool conditions near the moon’s north pole. Preferential condensation of ethane, perhaps as ice, at Titan’s poles during the winters may partially explain the lack of liquid ethane oceans on Titan’s surface at middle and lower latitudes.That word “partially” is key, though, as shown in subsequent discussions in the paper. First, they restate the problem in stark terms, to show the seriousness of the prediction that failed:Methane (the second most abundant atmospheric constituent after nitrogen) is dissociated irreversibly by solar ultraviolet light, producing primarily ethane and, at one-sixth and one-10th of the ethane production rate, respectively, acetylene and haze, as well as other less abundant organic molecules. These photochemical by-products precipitate to Titan’s surface. Titan’s atmospheric composition and photochemical models indicate that ethane accumulates as a liquid (at the equatorial surface temperature of 93.5 K) at a rate of ~300 m (if global) over Titan’s lifetime of 4.5 billion years, whereas solid sediments, including acetylene and haze particles, accumulate at roughly one-third of this rate. Thus, unless methane is a recent addition to Titan’s atmosphere or ethane incorporates itself into surface solids, it has been reasoned that a considerable fraction of the surface should be covered with liquid ethane. Titan’s surface reveals dunes of solid sediments, probably including haze particles and acetylene ice. In addition, the surface is riddled with alluvial features, suggesting the occurrence of methane rain in the past. Craters are rare, indicating geological relaxation as well as their burial by photochemical sediments. Yet Titan appears depleted of its most abundant photochemical by-product. Except for the ethane-damp surface measured by Huygens, no condensed form of ethane has been detected, despite its rapid production in Titan’s stratosphere and the expectation of finding ethane-rich oceans before the Cassini encounter.The same is admitted by University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab in a press release (see EurekAlert): “Ethane is by far the most plentiful byproduct when methane breaks down,” it states. “If methane has been a constituent of the atmosphere throughout Titan’s 4.5-billion-year lifetime — and there was no reason to suspect it had not — the large moon would be awash with seas of ethane, scientists theorized.” That’s why most artist conceptions were amply illustrated with liquid before Cassini found a dry desert (05/04/2006) with a few possible lakes at high latitudes (07/24/2006). The science team tried to get a fix on the composition of the cloud and the mass of ethane within it from the four oblique views obtained by VIMS. Best guess by inferring spectral properties, particle sizes and altitude is that the cloud is indeed ethane, that condenses at 30-50 km above the pole and precipitates down, falling at 3 km per month. “If conditions remain cool enough throughout the year,” they infer, “Titan may accumulate ethane ice each winter at the poles and develop year-round polar caps.” Direct evidence of an ethane ice cap will have to await future flybys by Cassini (perhaps the high-latitude pass on October 9). What about the south pole, though, which has been imaged? No simple answers, unfortunately, and we’ll have to wait to find out, but what we know is not that convincing yet:Presently, there is no direct evidence of polar caps composed of ethane. The northern pole has not been imaged. Cassini images of the southern pole do not indicate the morphology of 2 km of ethane ice, assuming current rates of ethane production over the past 4.5 billion years, accumulated within 35° of the poles. Yet south polar images suggest flow features, possibly associated with a smaller quantity of ethane ice accumulated on the young surface. The detection of surficial ethane ice is hindered by the correlation of ethane features and methane signatures, which obscure the visibility of Titan’s surface. In addition, the polar surface is probably distinct and varied. Similarly, other hydrocarbons would precipitate preferentially at the poles and pollute the ethane ice, and any lowland methane lakes would dissolve and melt ethane, because the mixture’s eutectic temperature is 72.5 K. Such lakes might condense out of Titan’s humid lower troposphere during winter. The surface distribution of liquid or solid ethane, whether corralled into the polar regions by circulation or transported by surface flows to lower latitudes, will be determined with radar and near-infrared images of the geomorphology, radio determinations of the polar temperatures, and infrared measurements of the polar composition, which are scheduled for future Cassini encounters with Titan.What does Dr. Flasar think of all this? His commentary focuses primarily on the atmospheric circulation on Titan. At the end, his reference to this problem is delicately understated:Until now, clouds of the most abundant product of methane dissociation, ethane, have eluded detection. The Griffith et al. identification of polar ethane clouds is reassuring, in that it validates the basic ideas we have about Titan’s meteorology and chemistry: first, that condensation does occur, as expected, in the lower stratosphere, and second, that the inferred altitudes of the ethane cloud (30 to 50 km) are consistent with subsidence in the winter polar region. This and other clues that we will obtain will help us to sort out the things we still puzzle over.The biggest puzzle on his mind is, undoubtedly, where is all the ethane? It’s not enough to answer that it just stacks up at the poles. The U of A press release spoke with lead author Caitlin Griffith, and reported, “If ethane was produced at today’s rate over Titan’s entire lifetime, a total of two kilometers of ethane would have precipitated over the poles. But that seems unlikely, Griffith said.” Why? The south pole, which should roughly match the north pole, shows no such ethane ice cap.1Griffith et al., “Evidence for a Polar Ethane Cloud on Titan,” Science, 15 September 2006: Vol. 313. no. 5793, pp. 1620-1622, DOI: 10.1126/science.1128245.2F. M. Flasar, “Planetary Science: Titan’s Polar Weather,” Science, 15 September 2006: Vol. 313. no. 5793, pp. 1582-1583, DOI: 10.1126/science.1130698.3Methane, CH4 is exposed to the solar wind in the upper atmosphere of Titan, a continuous process that strips off hydrogen atoms. The ionized methyl groups CH3– rapidly recombine into ethane C2H6, which has nowhere to go but down. At surface temperatures on Titan, it should condense as a liquid, or as ethane snow at higher latitudes where it is colder. Extrapolating the current ethane production rate for the assumed age of the solar system (4.5 billion years) should have yielded deep oceans of ethane at least 300 meters deep, but probably much deeper if methane were more abundant in the past, as is commonly believed.The problem vanishes when you liberate your mind from the requirement of billions of years. This is really uncanny. Everything about Titan screams young, but nowhere do you find anyone questioning the linchpin assumption that Titan is 4.5 billion years old. It’s almost like they want to downplay this “puzzle” and sweep it under the rug. Don’t let them. Most creationists could live with a young or old Titan, though some would prefer the former. The only people who would be completely scandalized by a young Titan are the evolutionists who absolutely depend on billions of years in which to hide their skeletons. The ethane cloud is too little, too late. After all, vast quantities of ethane must be there. Dr. Flasar admitted it: he was reassured that the ethane “condensation does occur” and that the basic ideas about Titan’s chemistry have been validated. It follows logically that this process, going on interrupted for billions of years, would leave the evidence in abundance. OK, so where is it? They can’t hide the answer in the future much longer. Imagine the entire globe covered with an ethane ocean half a mile deep or more. What happened to it? Did the interior suck it up like a sponge? Did aliens take it? Did creationists steal in a vast conspiracy to support their young-earth views? Come on; let the facts speak to the unbiased mind.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
17 February 2003Serious crime categories in the country are either stable or on the decline, acording to Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.Addressing the media during Parliamentary briefing sessions in Cape Town on Monday, Nqakula said the gains made in reducing the levels of crime in the country were the result of a 10-year programme initiated by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster in 2000 to stabilise or reduce crime and build capacity in the cluster departments.The cluster comprises the departments of safety and security, correctional services, justice and constitutional development, and intelligence.Nqakula said incidents of murder had already decreased by almost 17% since 1999 due to a concentrated action on specific tendencies such as gang violence, taxi violence and other manifestations of inter-group violence.To ensure an even further reduction in crime levels, crime combating units have been established to deal with medium-risk operations as well as operations requiring high levels of force, Nqakula said.The minister said stabilisation initiatives were under way in 45 priority areas where there were high levels of violent crimes, while special projects were put in place to address murder and rape in 94 areas.Major events hosted in safetyNqakula said the conditions were ripe for the government to forge a people’s contract for a safer and better South Africa.He was referring to the country’s ability to host major events without any criminal incident. Last July, South Africa hosted the launch of the African Union in Durban without any criminal incident, as well as the World Summit on Sustainable Development in August.Nqakula said that to date, no serious incidents of crime and security breach had been reported at the Cricket World Cup, which South Africa is currently hosting.“As President Thabo Mbeki highlighted in his State of the Nation on Friday, our successes in the sphere of criminal justice system will depend on communities volunteering to assist the security agencies in this work,” said Nqakula.He added that this success would involve consolidating all partnerships – like the efforts involving Business Against Crime (BAC), and a recent development in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape where business, education and community leaders had joined forces to address crime.Source: BuaNews
Rated by AirlineRatings.com, a company that has received plenty of negative attention is Indonesian carrier Lion Air.The airline is on its way to becoming one of the biggest carriers in the world, committing $46 billion for almost 500 new planes, in one of the biggest aviation deals in history.Geoff Thomas from Airline Ratings says “they are brand new planes – the planes themselves are magnificent. But as we saw recently one undershot the runway at Bali. Fortunately everybody walked away, but that should never have happened, it should simply never have happened to an airplane like that one (which is) state of the art.”
JOHANNESBURG, Wednesday 30 January 2019 – Brand South Africa notes South Africa’s performance in the 2019 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which indicates that the country’s corruption perceptions score remains quite stable at 43/100 in 2019.Commenting on the report, Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa said: “At the time of conducting analysis of the Corruption Perceptions Index, the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture is unearthing significant news regarding corrupt activities involving the private- and public sector. It is in this context therefore striking that South Africa’s corruption perceptions score remains quite stable at 43/100 in 2019. The score translates into a ranking of 73/180 nations measured through the CPI, the country’s ranking in 2017 was 71/180.”Dr de Kock adds that while the ranking and score in the CPI remains stable, it is necessary to manage the reputational fall-out of revelations regarding corruption carefully.“In this context it is necessary to indicate the extreme levels of transparency designed into the South African states’ governance system. For example, South Africa ranks 2/115 nations in the Open Budget Index, an indicator that clearly illustrates that the South African governance system is a world leader in terms of transparency and accountability within a constitutional democracy. It is necessary to reinforce this message on an ongoing basis to contextualise the reasons why revelations of unethical behaviour, and corruption, occur in the South African context,” said Dr de Kock.In line with an element of public opinion in South Africa, the CPI also notes that ongoing commissions of inquiry is a step in the right direction to fight corruption. However, there is a need to move beyond commissions of inquiry towards the prosecution of those implicated in cases of corruption and/or state capture.In terms of South Africa, the CPI notes that ‘under President Ramaphosa, the administration has taken additional steps to address anti-corruption on a national level, including through the work of the Anti-Corruption Inter-Ministerial Committee. Although the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) has been in place for years, the current government continues to build momentum for the strategy by soliciting public input.Dr de Kock concludes: “From a Nation Brand reputation point of view it is important that commissions of inquiry are interrogating issues of state capture, and associated corrupt behaviour. However, as a nation we need to embrace the principles of transparency and accountability embedded in the nation’s constitution.”//ENDS//For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:email@example.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.com
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather and Wheat Harvest Heat UpWinter wheat harvest sped up during the week with help from warmer than average temperatures, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician with the USDA, NASS, Ohio field office. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 8. High temperatures continued to be ideal for wheat maturation and harvest but also continued to dry out the soil. Scattered, heavy rains continued to miss most fields yet caused lodging of wheat and corn in others. Soybean blooming and corn silking continued to outpace 5-year averages with recent increases over normal growing degree days. Hay harvest was almost able to catch up to last year’s progress thanks to the dry weather.Click here to read the full report