Harmon appointed Director General of Ministry of the Presidency

first_imgPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Tuesday announced that former Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has been appointed Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph HarmonThe announcement was made during the Prime Minister’s address at the National Communications Network (NCN) Linden Complex at the Government outreach to the mining town.Minister Harmon, a dual citizen, resigned as a minister and Member of Parliament (MP) effective April 25. He was replaced as an MP by Mervyn Williams. Vice President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; former Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin and former Minister of Public Service, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine also resigned as a result of being deemed dual citizens by Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George in a court ruling.Gaskin and Dr Roopnaraine were replaced by Haimraj Rajkumar and Tabitha Saraboo-Halley respectively.Prime Minister Nagamootoo was delivering the feature address at the hand-over ceremony of the NCN Linden assets to the Linden Broadcasting Network (LBN).Director General Harmon attended the Cabinet meeting earlier in the day at the invitation of President David Granger where his new portfolio was formally announced to Cabinet.last_img read more

“Overdose of Awesomeness”: New Pluto Images Show Unpredicted Activity

first_imgMore images have been released from New Horizons’ July 14 flyby of Pluto, showing youthful mountains, glaciers and an escaping atmosphere.The following is just one of the new images making the New Horizons Twitter Feed erupt in WOW!!! exclamations:Pluto lookback image 15 minutes after closest approach July 14, 2015Dr. Phil Metzger’s tweet “Overdose of awesomeness!” sums up the feelings of scientists looking over the latest images posted by NASA’s New Horizons mission today. The stunning panoramas, taken just 15 minutes after closest approach last July 14, show mountains rivaling the Rockies or Sierras (about 11,000′ high) adjacent to the smooth plains of Sputnik Planum. Additional high-res images show nitrogen glaciers flowing from the mountains onto the plains, and shadows cast by the mountains onto apparent ground fog. The thin nitrogen atmosphere also shows unexpected structure, with over a dozen layers visible.Last week (Sept. 10), a press release from New Horizons summed up Pluto’s surface this way: “It’s complicated.”New close-up images of Pluto from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reveal a bewildering variety of surface features that have scientists reeling because of their range and complexity.“Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado. “If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top — but that’s what is actually there.”New Horizons geologist Jeff Moore described Pluto’s surface as “every bit as complex as that of Mars” — a remarkable description for a body a third the diameter of Mars and 26 times farther from the sun. Laws of physics demand that smaller objects lose heat faster, and objects more distant from stars should be the coldest. Sources of heat are limited: radioactive elements should be depleted this late in Pluto’s assumed age, and Pluto is not subjected to significant tidal forces.New images also show the most heavily cratered — and thus oldest — terrain yet seen by New Horizons on Pluto next to the youngest, most crater-free icy plains. There might even be a field of dark wind-blown dunes, among other possibilities.“Seeing dunes on Pluto — if that is what they are — would be completely wild, because Pluto’s atmosphere today is so thin,” said William B. McKinnon, a GGI deputy lead from Washington University, St. Louis. “Either Pluto had a thicker atmosphere in the past, or some process we haven’t figured out is at work. It’s a head-scratcher.”  The surprise extends to the satellites of Pluto:Discoveries being made from the new imagery are not limited to Pluto’s surface. Better images of Pluto’s moons Charon, Nix, and Hydra will be released Friday at the raw images site for New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), revealing that each moon is unique and that big moon Charon’s geological past was a tortured one.Surprise, not vindication, is clear from quotes by the scientists. “Now we can study geology in terrain that we never expected to see,” John Spencer said on Sept. 10th. “Pluto is surprisingly Earth-like in this regard,” Alan Stern remarked today, “and no one predicted it.”Update 9/18/15: At The Conversation, David Rothery, professor of planetary geosciences at The Open University, discusses what the images mean. Sample:This is probably nitrogen snow covering water-ice terrain, and there are signs that nitrogen-ice flows glacier-like from the bright rigged terrain into the flat area. Why here? How recent? We don’t know….While the images tell us a lot about Pluto and Charon, they also raise a number of new questions. We simply don’t know what controls the localised nitrogen snowfall, the intricate haze layers or the old fractures that cut through the craters. We don’t know why Pluto’s surface is so diverse or its atmosphere so complex, or how much of this is driven by tidal interactions between Pluto and Charon. The list goes on.Additional images and data from the encounter will trickle down over the 10 months.Hey, Alan! We predicted it. On July 9, before the encounter, we predicted: (1) active geology and evidence of resurfacing, (2) atmospheric escape rates too rapid for billions of years, (3) moons that will challenge the idea they were formed by a collision, (4) reporters would leap from evidence of water ice to speculations about life.  We haven’t found the L-word life in the press releases yet (at least since 7/27/11), but our first 3 predictions have been confirmed.Why were we successful? The reason: we don’t bow down to the A.S.S. (age of the solar system, 4.5 billion years), the Law of the Misdeeds and Perversions that Cannot Be Altered. Openness to younger ages has a long track record of success explaining youthful features on Enceladus, Titan, Saturn, Mars, Mercury, comets, Io, Earth, etc. etc.Resource: Jason Lisle’s report, “New Horizons at Pluto” at ICR posted August 2015. (Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Middle class ‘key to Africa’s growth’

first_img24 July 2013 Africa may be the world’s next growth frontier, but the continent is still confronted with fluctuating commodity prices, rising inequality and youth unemployment, says President Jacob Zuma. Over the last decade, six of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies were in Africa, with the World Bank stating recently that almost half of the countries on the continent had attained middle-class income status. “Despite this achievement, there is still severe poverty and inequality in many parts of the continent, Zuma told the Forbes Africa Forum 2013 in Congo-Brazzaville on Tuesday. Abundant natural resources, the growing consumer power of an emerging middle class and a youthful population were among the continent’s key development drivers, offering enormous potential for sustainable economic growth and development.Growing middle class Zuma said the African middle class could be a key player in finding solutions to the challenges facing the continent. Research findings by the McKinsey Global Institute, a consulting firm, define middle-class households as those with incomes of US$20 000 per year or more. Data compiled by the World Bank and the African Development Bank puts the number of middle-class Africans at 350-million out of a total population of approximately 875-million. Countries counted among those with the largest middle-class populations are South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Angola. “The growth demonstrates that we are making progress in improving the quality of life and extending opportunities to those who were oppressed only 19 years ago before the dawn of freedom,” Zuma said, referring to South Africa. Research by the University of Cape Town’s Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing estimates that South Africa’s black middle class has more than doubled in the past eight years, from 1.7-million South Africans in 2004 to an estimated 4.2-million in 2012. Zuma said the growth of the middle class was good for Africa, as it meant a growth in a population with skills to help manage the economy.Infrastructure development Infrastructure, Zuma added, would also play an important role in boosting the continent’s growth. “Infrastructure development will help lower transport costs and ensure that people, goods and services are able to move more effectively and efficiently throughout the continent. “Roads, bridges, rail lines, pipelines, power plants, ICT connectivity, cables, ports, and water-ways are the underpinning arteries of growth.” It was for this reason that the African Union (AU) had adopted the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa, which is being led by the AU Commission, the secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) and the African Development Bank. Zuma said, however, it was difficult to accurately project the capital cost of the implementation of long-term infrastructure projects, with costs estimated at more than $360-billion until the year 2040. “I wish to encourage the private sector representatives present here today, especially those from Africa, to become more involved in the development of infrastructure on the African continent. The benefits are immense. “The establishment of strategic linkages between the African and international companies will be most helpful in the transfer of skills, knowledge and technology.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Announcing Our Third Country Channel: ReadWriteWeb Brazil

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We’re very pleased to announce the launch of ReadWriteWeb’s third country channel: ReadWriteWeb Brazil. It joins our existing two country channels, France and China. ReadWriteWeb Brazil is written in the Portuguese language, one of the world’s major languages with up to 230 million native speakers. Brazil has by far the largest online population in Latin America, with an estimated 26.2 Million users of age 15 or more (according to comScore).Our Brazil channel is edited by Diego Gomes. Diego and his team will combine translation of ReadWriteWeb posts with original posts about Brazil’s emerging Web market. Like the mothership ReadWriteWeb, the Brazil channel will focus on Web trends and products.The site’s original content will cover local businesses and applications, where appropriate comparing them with the rest of the world. The Brazil team is also preparing a series about how web usage in Brazil is completely different from the US and Europe. To find out about the state of the Internet in Brazil, check out the comScore presentation embedded below.ReadWriteWeb has a natural affinity for the international Web – after all, the company was founded by a New Zealander (yours truly)! For more context about our global strategy, read Bernard Lunn’s post Do You Speak Global Innovation?.RWW Brazil Sponsor OpportunitiesReadWriteWeb Brazil already has two key sponsors, who we’d like to thank here:UOL HOST, the top .comdomain registrar in Brazil and a provider of quality web hosting, e-commerce, e-mailmarketing and data center services. PagSeguro, the leadingBrazilian online payments and money transfer service. It allows usersto send and receive payments via e-mail or using credit cards, bankaccount transfers or bank payment slip.If you’re a Brazilian Internet company or an international company seeking to reach an influential readership in Brazil, please contact the RWW Brazil editor to find out about their sponsor and partner opportunities.Brazil’s Web MarketWe last wrote about the Brazil web market back in September 2006, at a time when Brazilians were 70% of the user base of Google’s social network Orkut. We noted at the time that Brazilian Web users had a special affinity for community, which was reflected in the web apps that were popular in Brazil at that time. For an up-to-date review of Brazil’s web market, check out this presentation by comScore: richard macmanuscenter_img Tags:#Admin#international#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Is WebOS Just Helping Microsoft Build a Better Version of Windows?

first_imgRelated Posts klint finley Last week Hewlett-Packardannounced it will be brining WebOS to PCs. In an interivew with the Seattle Times, HP CTO of Personal Systems Phil McKinney says that HP isn’t ditching Windows, but will integrate WebOS with Windows. “It will be a combination of taking the existing operating systems and bringing WebOS onto those platforms and making it universal across all of our footprint,” McKinney said. “It’s not virtualization. It’s an integrated WebOS experience we’re looking to bring.”On the subject of WebOS in the enterprise McKinnley said:The key is what we see as the consumerization of IT. Look at how many technologies going into the enterprise are really decided by the consumer. I go out and buy a consumer phone, bring it into the workplace and say, ‘I want my e-mail on this consumer phone,’ right? I buy a pad, I bring a pad in.What you’re seeing is this collapse — this lack of differentiation — that’s going to happen between what is a consumer technology and what is an enterprise technology. What the enterprises really want is manageability, security. There’s an entire WebOS roadmap to build in all of the security models so not only is it a great consumer device. But it will be the best and most friendly enterprise device that allows the enterprises to manage it, control it, secure the piece of information that’s important to the enterprise, but all in one device experience.Bob Warfield likens this to New Wave, a graphical desktop environment introduced by HP in 1989. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#mobile It’s probably a little too early to draw comparisons between WebOS and New Wave, without seeing exactly how WebOS will integrate with Windows. But Warfield isn’t optimistic. “The little things it adds that have been demoed so far are all obvious things Microsoft should be building into Windows and in fact will have to build if they want to make their Nokia partnership perform as it should,” Warfield writes.What sorts of things? Warfield elaborates in another post. He thinks Nokia and Microsoft need to focus on doing a better job at serving Windows users than Android and iOS. “HP is showing some fascinating new developments,” he writes. “For example, the ability to see your phone’s instant messages on your PC without having to go get the phone in the next room. That’s the kind of stuff Nokia-Microsoft should be doing for Windows.”Warfield sees HP basically in competition with Nokia/Microsoft for third place after Android and iOS. I would add RIM to the competition for that spot as well. Which means the enterprise security angle McKinney mentioned will be important in this power struggle.Warfield thinks HP is giving Microsoft a big advantage here, just as the company did when it introduced New Wave. “It introduced some cool stuff that Redmond promptly scooped up and marginalized through various releases of their own,” he writes. “Their [Microsoft’s] engine is not particularly innovative, but if someone else can show them what to do that’s in a format not too far removed from what they’re familiar with they will grind that stuff out like nobody else.”What do you think? Is HP just helping Microsoft build a better version of Windows? Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Air sealing solutions: Where two sidings meet

first_imgA Crack in the ArmorSiding joints are a break in an otherwise continuous surface. When the siding types are different thicknesses, outside and inside corners are created that require extra attention. When one of the materials is brick, this detail gets even trickier. See this construction drawing in our Strategies and Details LibraryLearn more about why air sealing the envelope matters.last_img

TMC plans cyber cell to counter BJP

first_imgThe Trinamool Congress has decided to set up a cyber cell comprising 40,000 members to counter the BJP on social media.Party sources said the decision was taken during the TMC’s Social Media Conclave in Kolkata on Wednesday.A senior Trinamool leader involved with the party’s social media operations revealed that during the conclave the TMC leadership emphasised “identifying and exposing fake news and videos” spread through social media. The conclave was attended by 248 members of the newly-formed cyber cell’s core committee. The cyber cell is under direct supervision of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee.Professional help“During the conclave, IT professionals explained to our workers selected for social media operations how fake news and videos are spread by the BJP to polarise people. The experts also spoke about the techniques of identifying and exposing fake news and videos,” the TMC leader told The Hindu.He said the use of software to distort images and the process of identifying such “fake photographs” were also explained to the workers.The TMC sources revealed that one of the key objectives of the cyber cell will be to monitor the “comments of BJP leaders and expose them if they resort to falsehood”.Messaging platformsApart from social networking sites, the TMC’s cyber cell is also planning to take on the BJP’s IT cell on various instant messaging platforms. “Our aim is to set up 10,000 WhatsApp groups to promote the developmental activities of Mamata Banerjee and reach out to at least 2.5 crore people through these groups,” the TMC leader said.“We want to reach out digitally to people even in the far-flung corners of the State and make them aware of the TMC government’s commitment to development,” Diptangshu Chowdhury, joint convener of TMC’s cyber cell, said. He had joined the party after quitting the BJP in December last year. The impact of “fake news, trolling and viral social media posts” were also discussed during the conclave, the TMC leader said.The party sources revealed that during the conclave Trinamool MP and spokesperson Derek O’Brien cited the example of Ms. Banerjee’s prompt reaction against demonetisation on a microblogging site. “The decision of demonetisation was announced at around 8.25 p.m. and Mamata Banerjee tweeted on demonetisation at 9.42 p.m. while other political parties were busy holding meetings. If we have to be Didi’s soldiers, then we have to be alert,” Mr. O’Brien was quoted by the TMC leader.Another party leader, however, indicated that the party “cannot match the BJP in resources” in any area, including the setting up of a cyber cell.last_img read more