‘Make Science & Tech a Priority’

first_imgIn a speech to the 2015 graduating class of the T.J.R Faulkner College of Science and Technology, the Korean Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Noh Kyu-Duk, suggested that when Liberia prioritizes education, especially in science and technology, it can accelerate its economic development, and therefore, become like his native Korea, a country that invested substantially in education after its civil war in 1953.“During the period of war and restoration, however, education remained the nation’s highest priority,” Ambassador Noh told the graduating class yesterday. Recounting how Korea achieved its economic success story which turned it into one of the “Asian Tigers,” Ambassador Noh said Korea developed a five-year economic plan in 1962. “Korea’s economic development goes back to the year in 1962 when Korea put a first five- year economic plan into action,” he said. “In the 1960s the light industry such as garments and textiles developed rapidly and created momentum for Korea’s economic growth.” According to Ambassador Noh, Korea soon lost its competitive advantage due to wage increases, which could not be sustained, forcing the government to invest heavily in the chemical industry.“Steel was the first heavy industry to be developed,” he explained. “Despite skepticism about the feasibility of such a venture in Korea, the Korean government successfully integrated steel mill in the early 1970s,” he added.He said that paved the way for the advancement of other steel-related industries, such as shipbuilding, automobiles, machinery and construction. However, he said the Korean government saw that without the support of science and technology of its own, the national goal of industrialization and economic development would be nothing but a sand-castle or a mirage. “Against this background, in 1973, the Korea government established the ‘Daedeok Science Town’ (DST) as an engine of enhancing the national competitiveness of high technology,” he said. To the graduates, Ambassador Noh admonished them not to see themselves as others, impressing upon them to develop a plan of action to achieve their goals.“You will never be too late to do anything. Forget too much entertainment and don’t enjoy laziness, but focus on what you can do to improve yourselves,” he told the 189 graduates of the Science College. Similarly, Ms. Anita Tarplah, the valedictorian of the 2015 graduating class of the T.J.R Faulkner College of Science and Technology and also the valedictorian of all 2015 undergraduate students of the University of Liberia, urged her fellow graduates to civically engage, rather than focus on egoistic ideals, prestige, or ambitions of splendor. “As we move into tomorrow, let us hold fast to the words of Frederick Douglass, remembering that, ‘If there is no struggle, there is no progress, and that progress is in our community, in our country, in our world, which can only happen when bright minds like us adopt to become involved,’” Ms. Taplah said. She attributed her success to faith and hard work, adding, “My own education has been blended in faith and hard work. It is not modest as has been mentioned by some.”She emphasized that an effective generation requires the compressive education to make some strong predictions about the future, and recommended that the government make the salary and benefits of hardworking professors attractive so as to enable other professors in the Diaspora to return and join the profession to impact knowledge into the student population of Liberia. For her part, the Dean of the Science College, Dr. Ophelia Weeks, recounted the numerous demonstrations that resulted in the closure of the college for two months, threats by geology students that put faculty safety into question, the Ebola epidemic that ultimately resulted to the closure of the school for six months. “We are a resilient family, and things are getting better,” Dean Weeks said. “Our silver lining in light of these challenges is that on Thursday, December 10, 51 women and 138 men will become alumni of UL’s T.J.R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology, and we are proud of them.”The College of Science and Technology also honored several professors and staff including Zizi Zubah, the College Coordinator; John Y. Flomo, a Physics Lab Demonstrator; Professors Dr. Eugene Shannon and Francis Cooper for their “dedicated services” to the college and the university.Several students with grade point averages (GPA) ranging from 3.28 to 4.00 from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry were honored. They included Anita Taplah, Klon D.C. Hinneh, Alimany S. Donzo, John R. Alpha, Amyleen Y. Maimie, Victor S. Tamba, David N. Worjloh Jr., Lucia L. Paye-Layleh, Swaliho F. Kamara, Titus B. Jerbo and Patrick A. Blamo, Jr.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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6 big Warriors watch parties around the SF Bay Area

first_imgOK, Wednesday night’s Dubs game was a debacle, but there’s always hope. Here’s where to watch the next game at sports bars around the Bay Area.Warriors vs. Raptors Game 5 @ Mad Oak: 4-10 pm. June 7 and 10, 135 12th St., Oakland. $20 entry includes two drink tickets. http://bit.ly/2WoSHIdNBA Finals Watch Party: Warriors vs Raptors: 6-9 p.m. June 7 and 10, 13 and 16 (if necessary) , SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., San Francisco. Join the largest outdoor viewing party with a DJ, huge TVs, …last_img read more

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A Better Way to Encourage Efficient New Homes

first_imgDavid Goldstein is co-director of the energy program at the NRDC. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Blog. We hope to find out soonThe Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) — an organization of North American utilities and other efficiency program administrators that supports their members’ work to advance energy efficiency by developing common specifications for efficiency — adopted a specification for efficiency in new homes on January 16, 2018.This spec is based on the Energy Rating Index (ERI), a generic form of the HERS Index. The ERI provides a consistent signal to home builders about the level(s) of higher efficiency that utilities want. It also allows tangential market actors, such as lenders and appraisers, to compare homes’ overall energy performance against each other.Manufacturers are more inclined to make higher efficiency products when they know in advance that utilities throughout the North American market will all be promoting the same level of efficiency. By providing a binational market signal, CEE members can cause manufacturers to offer products at higher levels of efficiency than they could justify otherwise. This dynamic applies to new homes, too: last year just 19 companies built 35% of all single-family homes in America.Housing accounts for one fifth of climate-change-causing emissions, and residential energy accounts for about 4% of household expenditures (almost $2,500 a year, or $75,000 over the life of a mortgage). The CEE specification offers participating utilities the choice of incentivizing one or several levels of efficiency. The mid-range level represents a reduction in energy use of about 40% compared to the energy use of a typical new home that barely meets the state energy code. It could easily save the consumer $500 to $1,000 in annual utility bills.HERS ratings lead to competition between builders for who can build to the lowest score; however this competition is still restrained by the fact that increased energy efficiency often costs more, and the lending system does not yet recognize the value in determining whether a family qualifies for a mortgage. Utilities frequently address this barrier by offering the builder or buyer a cash incentive for efficiency that compensates for the cost increase. (This approach was also used extremely effectively in federal tax incentives for energy-efficient home construction that were in effect from 2005 to 2012.)By setting a specification that includes several very ambitious tiers of HERS/ERI scores, as well as more modest options that can work in areas where efficiency is a new idea, CEE is leading the way in harnessing market forces to work in coordination with energy codes to promote continual improvement in home energy efficiency. The cornerstone of these methods is the HERS Index, a home energy inspection and rating method developed by RESNET, a nonprofit standard-setting organization that NRDC has supported since its inception. Markets in energy efficiency can only work if buyers and sellers have the information needed to evaluate energy efficiency in dollars. Long-term transformation of efficient construction practices relies on allowing stakeholders across the new construction industry to compete for overall home performance, not just incremental improvements in individual technologies.The HERS Index is similar to a miles-per-gallon sticker on a car: it projects energy use compared to a baseline. The baseline score of 100 is based on a house that barely meets the 2006 energy code, while a score of 0 means zero energy use, on net.More than 20% of new homes were rated in 2017, with an average score of 62, which is impressive considering that few entities provide incentives for such ratings. A score of 62 is some 15% better than the requirements of the most advanced model energy code in America. How much better could we do with financial incentives for the lowest scores? 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The list goes on…Traditional building energy codes and efficiency incentives have focused on promoting one or several of these technologies in an inflexible package, requiring specified amounts of insulation in the floor, walls, and roofs, specified heating and cooling efficiency, and a specified maximum air leakage rate. This prescriptive approach succeeds at improving efficiency at low cost, but does not give credit for energy savings from comprehensive or holistic design strategies. Furthermore, the specific measures promoted within codes and incentive programs change over time, causing uncertainty in the industry.Builders therefore tend to resist the prescriptive approach because it reduces their flexibility and is more expensive than it needs to be for any given energy efficiency target.For example, perhaps one of the specified criteria is very expensive to meet for a particular house while another technology that might cost much less could save even more energy.The Natural Resources Defense Council has been working with builders and building efficiency suppliers, as well as with nonprofit efficiency advocates, to introduce the combination of more ambitious energy goals and more flexible ways of meeting them into building energy codes and other market-based programs.last_img read more

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Irregularities in labour schemes in Rajasthan

first_imgA social audit of labour welfare schemes in Rajasthan, conducted on the Supreme Court’s direction, has revealed several irregularities, including registration of a large number of those who were not entitled to the benefits of the schemes. The State government has planned a crackdown to check irregularities and promised action against the guilty officials.‘Panel to take action’Minister of State for Labour Tika Ram Jully said in the Assembly that a committee comprising the Labour Secretary, Labour Commissioner and senior officers would examine the complaints and take suitable action. The department has already blocked 24 E-Mitra Centres after receiving reports about labourers’ registration on the basis of forged documents.Mr. Jully said the social audit had revealed that 33% of beneficiaries of the schemes meant for construction workers were those who were not employed in this sector, while the construction labourers were identified in a five-month-long campaign in the State. Besides, the cess from owners of buildings was not collected in the correct proportion of the buildings actually constructed.The Minister said a labour inspector was suspended on charges of accepting bribe.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to miss 4 to 6 weeks with sprained left ankle

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) is carried off the court by Michael Beasley, left, and Lance Stephenson after Ball sustained an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)LOS ANGELES — Already without injured star LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers will be missing guard Lonzo Ball for the next four to six weeks after an MRI on Sunday showed a sprained left ankle.Ball was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 138-134 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainers before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by teammates Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Seeing similarities between Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather, Jerwin Ancajas confident Manny Pacquiao will beat ‘Money’ in case of rematch SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes An MRI revealed a Grade 3 sprain, the team tweeted Sunday.James has missed the Lakers’ last 13 games with a strained left groin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLos Angeles hosts Golden State on Monday night. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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