FRENETIC 68 Stokes and Liam Dawson, who made 30, ensured that England got beyond 350 by posting a frenetic 68 off 31 balls for the sixth wicket. In reply, the Vice Chancellor’s XI were carried by Walton, who struck 12 fours and seven sixes in an entertaining knock. He lost opening partner Amir Jangoo and then Anthony Alleyne – both without scoring – in the space of three balls in the second over from seamer Steven Finn (2-22) as the hosts stuttered to 10 for two. However, Walton anchored two successive half-century stands to put his side back on course, adding 70 for the third wicket with Hetmyer and 81 with Burton for the fourth. The right-handed Walton reached his half-century off 44 balls with a boundary through mid-wicket off leg-spinner Adil Rashid and needed another 56 deliveries to complete a run-a-ball hundred, clipping left-arm spinner Dawson to mid-wicket for a single to reach his landmark in the 33rd over. He was eventually eighth out at 216 in the 36th over, leg before wicket to Root off a faster delivery. BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Captain Chadwick Walton struck his second List A hundred in three outings, but it was not enough to prevent the UWI Vice Chancellor’s XI from crashing to a 117-run defeat to England here yesterday. The 31-year-old, who gathered a career-best 117 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force just 10 days ago during the Regional Super50, improved on that effort with a stroke-filled 121 off 109 deliveries as the Vice Chancellor’s XI were bowled out for 262 in the 40th over. Youth World Cup hero Shimron Hetmyer stroked 40 and Cassius Burton, 25, but Walton lacked real support, and the innings collapsed later on. Sent in at Warner Park, the tourists had earlier piled up an imposing 379 for eight off their 50 overs, courtesy of half-centuries from captain Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Joe Root, and Ben Stokes. Morgan struck 95 off 84 deliveries with six fours and six sixes; opener Roy blasted a stunning 79 off 43 balls with 12 fours and three sixes; while Root’s 71 came from 76 balls and included five fours and two sixes. Stokes weighed with 61 off 53 balls with a four and five sixes. Fast bowler Jermaine Levy was the best bowler with four for 100 while left-arm spinner Khary Pierre claimed two for 53. Roy put on 42 off 34 balls with Sam Billings (14) for the first wicket before adding a further 72 off 50 balls for the second wicket with Root. Morgan and Root then combined to plunder 127 for the third wicket, and once Root departed in the 31st over, Morgan and Stokes put on 57 for the fourth wicket. Left-hander Morgan was eyeing triple figures when he missed a swing at one from Pierre, which kept low, and was leg before wicket in the 42nd over at 297 for four.
The purpose of this article is to provide public education on what is happening at the House of Representatives and its implication for our collective security. It is the desire of the author to provide a clear legal perspective and thereby contribute to preventing a further deterioration of the situation at the Capitol Building.For weeks now the Legislature has not been able to function. The situation evolved from a position taken by some members of the House of Representatives that Speaker Alex Tyler should recuse himself from functioning as Speaker because of his indictment by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County for bribery. The speaker in reaction to the request for his recusal took the position that he was innocent and that consistent with the Liberian Law that says that an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty, he would not recuse himself. Members of the House of Representatives who were advocating for him to recuse himself then decided not sit under his gavel and vacated the chambers for the regular meeting of the House to another location of the Capitol Building. As a result this evolving confusion in the House of Representatives, our budget and other important proposed acts, one of which is the Land Rights Act, are not being acted upon by the Legislature. The situation exists because one house of the legislature cannot act for the entire legislature. Therefore, the failure of one house to act, ultimately leads to a failure of the Legislature to act. A failure of the legislature to perform its function as is happening, currently, bears a potential for undermining our collective security. The current draft budget, for example, contains proposals for taking care of the army, the police, the immigration, the fire service, road construction, food production, the holding of the 2017 national elections and health services, amongst other needs of the nation. It is obvious that the failure of our government to provide these basic needs for the people of Liberia could lead to restlessness and thereby undermine our ability as a people to sustain the peace and maintain our collective security. Therefore, what is happening at the House of Representatives should not be seen as a matter that members of House should be left alone to solve for themselves. Elders, religious leaders, heads of fraternal organizations and everyone in the Liberian society with any degree of influence over the contending sides in the standoff should persuade them to return to status quo ante, doing the people’s business in the manner in which they were proceeding before the request was made by some members of the House for Speaker Tyler to recuse himself. For such persons, it is necessary to understand the legal context of the growing confusion at the House.First it is important to understand how the House generally conducts its business. In this regard, it is important to look at relevant provisions of the Constitution of Liberia and the Rules Governing the House of Representatives. The Constitution of Liberia provides, at article 33 that “A simple majority of eachHouse shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but a lower number may adjourn from day to day and compel the attendance of absent members…” This means that for the House of Representatives to conduct any legislative business, at least a simple majority of its members must be present at meetings of the House. However, if the number of members present at a meeting do not constitute a simple majority, then those in attendance must keep attending meeting and compel the other members who are absent to attend. The question is how can those members of the House who are in attendance compel those who are absent to attend the next meeting of the House. Can they use physical force individually or collectively to bring absent members of the House to attend the next meeting of the House? Can they use the Sergeant-at- arms to do so? The answer to these two questions are in the negative. The compulsion that the Constitution directs that a lower number than simple majority of members each house of the Legislature may pursue should be guided by the law. In other words, the Constitution is mandating any of the house of the legislature that finds itself in such an odd situation to use the law to compel members who are absent to attend for the purpose of constituting a quorum to transact legislative business. One legal method of compelling absent lawmakers to attend a meeting is to file a petition before the Justice in Chambers of the Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to compel the absent legislators to perform their official duties. The Civil Procedure Law of Liberia at section 16.21.2, provides, “Mandamus is a special proceeding to obtain a writ requiring the respondent to perform an official duty.” To attend a meeting of the House convened by the Speaker is an official duty of a member of the House of Representatives because all decisions of the House of Representatives are taken at meetings of the House of Representatives, both at the level of the committees and at the level of the plenary. Therefore, members of the House can be compelled by the Supreme Court of Liberia, through a petition for mandamus filed before the Justice in Chambers of the Supreme Court of Liberia to attend meetings of the House.No justice can consider a petition for lawmakers who are absent to be compelled by law to perform their official duty of attending meetings of the legislative body to which they belong, a political question. Political questions relate to matters that are purely discretionary. It is not a discretionary decision on the part of a legislator to attend a meeting of the legislative body to which he belongs, just as it is not discretionary on the part of a cabinet minister to decide not to attend a cabinet meeting, or for a justice or judge not to be present in court at the times mandated by law. An alternative way to deal with this issue is for either of the sides to the conflict in the House of Representatives to file a petition for declaratory judgment in the Civil Law Court of Montserrado County, for the court to declare their rights under article 33 of the Constitution of Liberia and the relevant rules of the House of Representatives. A declaratory judgment is provided for under Section 43.1 of the Civil Procedure Law. It provides, “Courts of record within their respective jurisdictions shall have power to declare rights, status, and other legal relations whether or not further relief is or could be claimed. No action or proceeding shall be open to objection on the ground that a declaratory judgment is prayed for. The declaration may be either affirmative or negative in form and effect; and such declarations shall have the force and effect of a final judgment. The power granted to the court under this section is discretionary.”The second important information that the people need to know is how the House of Representatives is administered. In other words who is the head of the House of Representatives? According to the Constitution of Liberia the Speaker is the head of the House of Representatives. He presides over meetings of the House, when that body meets. At article 49 of the Constitution of Liberia, it is provided, “The House of Representatives shall elect once every six years a Speaker who shall be the presiding officer of that body, a Deputy Speaker, and such other officers as shall ensure the proper functioning of the House. The Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and other officers so elected may be removed from office for cause by resolution of a two thirds majority of the members of the House.” It should be noted that the Constitution did not use the indefinite article “a” when referring to the Speaker as presiding officer. Instead it used the definite article “the” when referring to the Speaker as presiding officer of the House. This means that under the Constitution of Liberia, there can only be one presiding officer. The Constitution provides for a Deputy Speaker and not an alternative speaker. Therefore, the Deputy Speaker cannot concurrently perform any of the duties of the Speaker of the House. He is the deputy to the Speaker as the nomenclature of the position clearly states.In order to have a deeper understanding of the roles and authorities of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, it is important to look at the Rules of the House of Representatives. These rules were made by the House of Representatives, consistent with article 38 of the Constitution of Liberia, for the conduct of its business. The rules relevant to the dispute that is the focus of this article are rules 7 and 8 of the Rules and Procedures of the House of Representatives. For clarity, these rules are herein quoted verbatim as follows:“RULE 7POWERS & DUTIES OF THE SPEAKER7.1 The Speaker shall perform the following duties:7.2 Call the Honorable House of Representatives to order at the commencement of each day’s session and shall proceed to business in manner prescribed in these rules.7.3 Preserve order and perfect decorum and shall decide all questions of order subject to an appeal to the Honorable House of Representatives. The Speaker shall see that members conduct themselves in a civil and orderly manner. When necessary, the Speaker may order the Sergeant-at-Arms to clear the aisles and compel members to take their seats.7.4 Appoint the Chairpersons and Co-chairpersons of Statutory Committees.7.5 Appoint members of Statutory Committees in consultation with the House’s Leadership.7.6 Appoint Chairpersons, Co-chairpersons and Members of Standing Committees in consultation with the House’s Leadership.7.7 Transmit all directives of the Honorable House of Representatives to the Chief Clerk.7.8 In appointing the chairpersons, co-chairpersons and members of each Standing Committee, the Speaker shall take into consideration the partisan composition of the House, professional knowledge, expertise or experience of the individual appertaining to the functions of the committee to which he or she is appointed.7.9 Represent the Honorable House of Representatives at all public and official functions whether or not the Honorable House of Representatives is in session.7.10 Sign all bills, resolutions and addresses after they have been enrolled and also approve transactions after the account department, Ways, Means, & Finance and the Deputy Speaker shall have initialed them.7.11 The Speaker shall carry out other duties assigned to him by plenary.RULE 8POWERS & DUTIES OF THE DEPUTY SPEAKER8.1 In the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker of the Honorable House of Representatives shall preside over the sitting of the August Body and shall exercise all rights and powers assigned to the Speaker.8.2 The Deputy Speaker shall assist the Speaker in the discharge of his/her functions, and he/she shall perform such duties as the Speaker shall delegate or deem appropriate and shall also initial any financial and other transactions prior to the approval of the Speaker.8.3 The Speaker and Deputy Speaker shall serve as Ex-Officials of all committees.”It should be noted that Rule 8.1 states clearly that the Deputy Speaker shall preside over the House in the absence of the Speaker and Rule 8.2 states, “The Deputy Speaker shall assist the Speaker in the discharge of his/her functions and shall perform such duties as the Speaker shall delegate or deem appropriate…” Without the absence, suspension or removal of the Speaker or a delegation of duties by the Speaker to the Deputy Speaker, he cannot legally perform any of the functions given by the Constitution of Liberia to the Speaker. In this regard the holding of meetings of some members of the House under the gavel of the Deputy Speaker is unconstitutional.This conclusion has nothing to do with whether or not the right thing for Speaker Tyler to do was to recuse himself. Many persons, including this author, hold the view that whenever there is a cloud over the integrity of a public figure, such as Speaker Tyler, the most honorable thing to do is to recuse himself/herself. For example, not long ago, the Prime Minister of Iceland, resigned his post when his name appeared in the Panama Papers. He did not wait for a conclusion of the investigation to say whether he was guilty or innocent. But, this high standard held by public office-holders in other parts of the world is, unfortunately, not a common practice in Liberia. The common practice is for a public official to provide justification for not resigning. The other question that members of the public have been struggling with is whether one in a position of trust can be asked to recuse himself/herself. The issue of recusal of one presiding over an issue is more common to the court than other areas of government. It is intended to deal with conflict of interest. For example if a family member or relative of a judge appears in court before him/her as a party to a case, it is ethically required for that judge to recuse himself/herself. This action on the part of the judge concerned is usually voluntary. However, if the judge is not honorable enough to recuse himself/herself, the other party to the case may ask the said judge to recuse himself/herself and if he/she refuses to do so, a higher judge may compel him/her to recuse himself/herself. Therefore, recusal can be voluntary or involuntary. This point is important because many persons have been arguing in the print and electronic media in Liberia, over the past weeks, that recusal can only be voluntary. In the case of the Speaker, for the members of the House opposed to him to compel him to recuse himself, they would have to do so in a legally constituted meeting of the House by a two thirds majority vote.In the light of what have been discussed in this article, it is the view of the author that it is unconstitutional for any member of the Government of Liberia, acting in his or her official capacity to do business with the group of members of the House of Representatives that is meeting under the gavel of the Deputy Speaker. The action of this group of lawmakers is not different from a group of cabinet ministers to meeting under the gavel of the Vice President, because they and the Vice President are opposed to certain action or a failure of the President to take certain action. Similarly, the action of the members of the House meeting under the gavel of the Deputy Speaker is like two justices of the Supreme Court leaving the Chief Justice and a justice sitting in the Chambers of the Supreme Court, which is the official courtroom of the Supreme Court, to conduct hearings in another part of the Temple of Justice. Three justices holding the same opinion on a case can decide a case because they constitute the majority and the Chief Justice and another justice may dissent, but both the majority opinion and the dissenting opinions are delivered in the same place under the gavel of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia. This is what is meant by a country of laws and not of men. We Liberians must not encourage or accept any attempt by our leaders to depart from leading us by respecting the Constitution and statute laws of Liberia. It must be noted that it is an act of treason to attempt to undermine the Constitution by any other means. Article 76(5) provides, “Treason against the Republic shall consist of abrogating or attempting to abrogate, subverting or attempting or conspiring to subvert the Constitution by the use of force or show of force or by any other means which attempts to undermine this Constitution.” Note that the Constitution states that attempting to subvert or abrogate the Constitution by the use or show of force or to undermine it by any other means is treason. Under the Constitution of Liberia, governance must be by the rule of law. Therefore, let us call, in loud voices, upon all of our leaders to always follow the law, under all circumstances, such as in the current situation that exists in the House of Representatives. We must not gossip and whisper about serious issues affecting our country. We should speak to our leaders, truthfully, and fearlessly in order to preserve the peace and dignity of our country. 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Marseille and UEFA have both scheduled decisions for Friday with many observers believing that Evra will at least suffer the same punishment handed out to French compatriot Eric Cantona for his flying kick in 1995.Cantona, playing for Manchester United at Crystal Palace, was banned for eight months by the English FA.Evra has already been suspended by Marseille while the club’s fanatical supporters insist they do not want the French international to represent them again.“This Game is Over” said a banner unfurled at the club’s Stade Velodrome home at last weekend’s 5-0 win over Caen.Another banner read: “We don’t want you in our colours anymore. Evra get lost.”Evra has attempted damage limitation.“Great result tonight well done guys I’m really proud of you. Thanks to all real Olympique Marseille fans… I’m receiving so much support from them,” Evra wrote on his Instagram account.Marseille’s American owner Frank McCourt has said that Evra’s moment of madness was “unacceptable” but he also pointed the finger at the fans involved.“This was unacceptable behaviour, from both the player and the supporters,” McCourt told La Provence newspaper.“It’s not something that we can tolerate at Marseille, it’s as simple as that.“It’s a very regrettable incident and it is really a pity to see a great player like Patrice pushed to a point where he behaves like that,” McCourt said.Hardline Marseille fans insist that Evra is no longer welcome at the club.“It’s not possible for him to play again at the ‘Vel’,” Michel Tonini, the head of Yankees Virage Nord supporters group and who was at the game in Portugal, told AFP.“It was insulting, but at Marseille, I have seen players like Rudi Voeller getting stoned — and we were on the way to becoming European champions.“I have known days when players hid in the boots of cars to escape fans. It’s always been like this at Marseille.”“It was he who crossed the barriers and said ‘come tell me face to face’. With a gesture like that, you will find someone who will do it.”Another group, Les Fanatics, said in a statement that Evra must bear all responsibility.“The only person who committed an act of violence was the one wearing the blue and white shirt,” they said.“To suggest that fans travelled for 40 hours by bus just to insult one player is as stupid as it is unfounded.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Teammates try to calm down Marseille defender Patrice Evra (back L) as he tries to kick a supporter before the start of the UEFA Europa League match on November 2 © AFP/File / MIGUEL RIOPAMARSEILLE, France, Nov 10 – Patrice Evra faces his disciplinary destiny on Friday when he could be sacked by Marseille and heavily sanctioned by UEFA for aiming a karate kick at one of his own supporters.The fiery 36-year-old former Manchester United and Juventus defender was red-carded for his violent reaction to being taunted by Marseille fans during the pre-match warm-up at last week’s Europa League game against Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal.
GARDAÍ have issued an alert to drivers this morning.There are reports of icy roads across Co Donegal as temperatures dropped to -3C in places overnight.Secondary roads are the worst affected, with black ice formed following overnight hail and snow showers. Donegal County Council has been gritting main routes since 6am.Gardai have appealed to motorists to take “extreme care” when driving this morning. DRIVER ALERT: WIDESPREAD ICE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: November 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DRIVER ALERT: WIDESPREAD ICE ACROSS DONEGAL
21 June 2007Network BBDO won South Africa’s first Outdoor Grand Prix at the 2007 International Cannes Advertising Festival for a solar-powered billboard offering “power to the people” – literally, in the form of electricity generated for a nearby school.According to Bizcommunity.com, the billboard makes good on Nedbank’s message – “What if a bank really did give power to the people?” – by transforming sunshine into electricity for the MC Weiler School kitchen in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, saving the school around R2 000 a month in electricity bills.The billboard is reportedly being patented for use on school sites across South Africa.The innovation – and the fact that it made a difference to a local community – gave Network BBDO the edge over a BBDO, New York billboard created for BBC World. The New York billboard featured a photo of soldiers and allowed passers-by in Times Square to vote via text message whether they thought the soldiers were occupiers or liberators.The “power to the people” billboard “was more than advertising,” Lowe Bull executive creative director and Cannes outdoor jurist Porky Hefer told AdAge.com. “It was help and it was hope.”SA’s Cannes Lions winnersNetwork BBDO hasn’t been the only award-winning South African agency at the festival taking place in Cannes, France this week. The country’s creatives have also picked up gold, silver and bronze Lions aplenty in the direct mail, media, outdoor, press, promo and radio categories.And according to Filmmaker South Africa, Dean Blumberg of Freshwater Films and Grant de Sousa of Collective Energy also shared second prize in the CFP-E/Shots Young Director Awards in the non-European broadcast category.South Africa’s 2007 Cannes Lions winners include:Cinevation – Bronze Media Lion (Microsoft Xbox campaign).FCB Johannesburg – Gold Direct Lion (Raid insecticide).Grey Worldwide – Gold Radio Lions (Geronimo condoms).Ireland/Davenport – Bronze Press Lion (Hubba Bubba bubblegum).Jupiter Drawing Room – Gold Radio Lions (Senokot laxative); Gold Media Lion (Mont Blanc fountain pens).Lowe Bull Johannesburg – Gold Press Lions, Gold Radio Lion (Axe deoderant); Bronze Press Lion (National Council Against Smoking).Network BBDO – Gold Outdoor Lion (Ghost Pops).Ogilvy South Africa – Bronze Press Lions (Audi pollen filter); Silver Outdoor Lion (Eskom “Save” campaign); Silver Radio Lion (Exclusive Books).Tequila – Bronze Media Lion (Toot-n-Scoot taxi service).SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
As Team South Africa returns from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene reflects on the common challenges faced by different countries across the globe – including ours – and reports back on the message communicated to the forum about the South African success story. Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene (centre) joins other global leaders during the session “The BRICS Agenda” on 22 January 1995 at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. (Image: World Economic Forum/swiss-image.ch/Photo Michael Buholzer) Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene For one week of the year, Davos becomes the centre of an increasingly complex world. Corporate, political and thought leaders join representatives of civil society groupings in this snow-covered town in the Swiss alps. For this one week, rank and status fall away as we seek solutions to the challenges facing the global community.In our discussions this year, what struck Team South Africa is that developed economies face similar challenges to those in developing countries like South Africa. Youth unemployment, achieving faster inclusive economic growth, job creation, competition for global investment, cost of energy – all of our respective nations are tackling these problems.Of course there are differences. The scale and depth of the challenges differ. For example, 90% of the world’s youth population lives in developing countries. And as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) points out, labour markets for young people in developing economies are very different from those in developed economies. The irregular nature of employment among youth and the tendency for young people in developing economies to leave education early are the labour market characteristics that contrast most directly with those of youth in developed economies. Compared with advanced economies, the ILO says, developing countries face the additional challenges of underemployment and working poverty, with young people making up the bulk of the workers in the informal economy in both rural and urban areas.As emphasised in the National Development Plan (NDP), reducing the cost of living for low-income and working-class households is essential for broadening economic participation and inclusive growth. Government contributes to reducing the cost of living in three ways:• Investment in the social wage, made up of education, health services, social development, public transport, housing and local amenities• Support to vulnerable households through the old age grant, the child support grant and other social assistance grants• Contributory social security, including unemployment insurance, injury compensation and death or disability benefitsThe government is also working to ensure there is sufficient infrastructure to lower the cost of doing business. South Africa needs to invest in a strong network of economic infrastructure designed to support the country’s medium- and long-term economic and social objectives. Economic infrastructure is a precondition for providing basic services such as electricity, water, sanitation, telecommunications and public transport. It must be robust and extensive enough to meet industrial, commercial and household needs.In South Africa we have identified a few key things that must be done to ensure we close the gap between expectations of our people and the reality they live.1. Leadership of our institutionsWe cannot build the country envisaged in the National Development Plan without strong leadership. In fact this is so important that it is included as the sixth pillar of the National Development Plan. When one looks at definitions of leadership, there are common features – trust, inspirational, common vision, ability to motivate and inspire others to participate in achieving a common goal. And in South Africa we need to combine this with an ethos of service to ensure that our public institutions serve the needs of constituencies they were established to serve. Leadership cannot be legislated – it must be something we must cultivate within ourselves and exercise for the greater good.2. The implementation of the policies we have draftedSouth Africa’s growth and development will not be achieved by writing more policies and legislation. At the same time, the mere presence of policies and legislation will not result in the growth and development of our country. We need to begin to fill the execution deficit – the gap between policy and legislation, and implementation. This is the only way in which we can ensure that South Africa achieves the goals we have set for ourselves. We must begin to implement what are often described as some of the most progressive legislation and policies in the world.3. Common purposeThe common purpose by which we should all be united is the National Development Plan. This plan will, if implemented in earnest, ensure that that we address the great disparity and inequality in our country – at all levels and in all spheres. We need to bring all our focus and determination to the implementation of this plan. The leadership in our country should be at all levels and in all sectors should be focused towards growing our economy in a way that meets the needs of our people. I am not suggesting that we do away with our respective roles – I am suggesting that we find, within our respective spheres, the common purpose of working towards South Africa’s sustained growth and development.South Africa’s message to the worldSo how did South Africa fare at the centre of the world this week? I believe that for an emerging economy we were able to communicate consistently and strongly that South Africa is open for business.We were able to contextualise our growth and development imperatives for our investors and other members of the global community. We communicated awareness of our challenges, but equally explained how we are addressing them.We communicated that we are committed to the growth and development of our southern Africa neighbourhood and the rest of the continent. We also contextualised for investors the many opportunities available in South Africa, SADC and the rest of the continent. In this context, South Africa will be hosting the African chapter of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town from 2 to 6 June 2015.This year’s WEF Africa will be especially significant as the World Economic Forum will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in terms of meetings held in Africa.This year’s theme will be “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future” with the following subthemes:(a) Marshalling Resources(b) Enabling/Expanding Business(c) Inspiring CreativityI am positive that the deliberations in Cape Town between government, business and other stakeholders will be vibrant and that it will also provide a platform to share and exchange ideas on how we can collectively position Africa to become a greater force in the global economy.I was proud to be part of Team South Africa to Davos and I look forward to 2016 when we will be able to communicate to this microcosm of the global community the achievements and progress we would have made this year in delivering on our developmental agenda.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beneficial Rains Promote Crop Progress Rainy weather and warmer temperatures brought relief to many areas, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 25th. Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy brought a lot of rain to many parts of the State. The wet weather promoted crop growth, but also weed growth, especially in soybean fields. There were some reports of flooding, saturated soils, and crop damage in the southern and western parts of the State, but overall crop condition continued to look good. Wheat was maturing with the warmer temperatures while harvest continued slowly due to wet weather. Some corn and soybeans had to be replanted due to early wet weather. Other activities for the week included cutting hay, side dressing corn, spraying for pests, and certifying crop acres at county FSA offices.Click here for the full report
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Manufacturers of heat-recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy-recovery ventilators (ERVs) know that HRV or ERV cores can get clogged with ice in cold temperatures. During the winter, this type of appliance brings cold outdoor air in close proximity to a stream of humid indoor air. If the outgoing air is humid enough, and the incoming air is cold enough, the moisture in the exhaust air stream can turn to ice.How cold does it have to be for these problems to occur? The answer depends on indoor moisture levels and the design of the HRV or ERV core. In general, HRV cores can ice up when outdoor temperatures drop to the low 20s, while ERV cores may not develop icing problems until outdoor temperatures drop to the low teens. That means that people who live in the warmer parts of Texas, Georgia, and Florida probably don’t have to worry about HRV defrost strategies.Fortunately, the ice-up problem is easy to solve, and almost all HRV and ERV manufacturers offer solutions to this problem. There are five basic strategies:Some HRV manufacturers bristle as the term “defrost.” Instead, they talk about “frost prevention” strategies.Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter whether a few ice crystals have begun to form, or whether the first ice crystal has yet to form, when the frost-prevention cycle is initiated. All the owner cares about is that the warming cycle prevents damage to the core. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to talk about defrost cycles. You can mentally substitute the words “frost prevention cycles” if you prefer.Your car has an automatic choke. Why? To make it easier to start the engine when it’s cold outside.Engineers invented the choke to solve a problem. Once the choke was invented, it became… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members
Two Bangladeshis suspected of being involved with a terror group based in their country were arrested on Tuesday in a joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad, Noida police and West Bengal police.The Uttar Pradesh police said the two suspects were “active members” of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh. They were arrested from the Surajpur police station area of Gautam Budh Nagar district.‘Active since March’According to the U.P. ATS, the suspects — identified as Rubel Ahmed alias Munir-ul-Islam and Musharraf Hussain alias Musa — had escaped from Bangladesh in March and started operating out of Noida and Ghaziabad.The arrests were made on the basis of intelligence inputs by the West Bengal police. The police, however, did not specify the exact nature of terror activities the two were involved in. “No arms, cash or drugs were recovered from them. Things will be known after a thorough joint questioning,” U.P. DGP O.P. Singh told reporters.The W.B. police will present the accused in court and request for a transit remand. A team of U.P. ATS will go to West Bengal for further questioning. “We will try to inquire about the nature of their activities in U.P. and who are their associates still living here,” said the ATS.
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