EPA Snatches ‘Best Regulatory Agency’ Award

first_imgAnyaa Vohiri, CEO of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency receives the award on behalf of the AgencyMadam Anyaa Vohiri, CEO of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was overwhelmed when organizers of ‘Liberian CEO, Business and Leadership Awards’ called her on stage twice to receive two separate awards — one for the EPA and another for herself.Madam Vohiri had gone to the award ceremony held recently at the Monrovia City Hall with no idea that she and the EPA would be honored with two separate awards, a release from the agency has said.But, to her utmost surprise, the EPA was rewarded with Liberia’s ‘Best Regulatory Agency of the Year’ Award for her stance over the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), while she was provided Liberia most prestigious corporate award.According to the release, Madam Vohiri was also awarded the ‘Outstanding Public Leadership Award’ for her contributions to the progress the country has made over the years.The award, according to the organizers, demonstrates Madam Vohiri’s efficient leadership ability at the Environmental Protection Agency.Peter SaSellu, chairman of the organizing committee of the Liberian CEO, Business and Leadership Awards, said that the award bestowed on the EPA executive director, was established to recognize and celebrate exceptional leadership in Liberia.SaSellu told an audience of leading corporate executives, managers and professionals from major companies, banks and investment firms that Madam Vohiri selection for the award was based on her hard work, innovation and excellence leadership ability.“As a private sector-driven initiative, we have selected and honored Madam Vohiri, who has exemplified leadership excellence, hard work, innovation and commitment,” Mr. SaSellu said.Shortly after she received the awards, Madam Vohiri, who danced to the stage, expressed surprise for the honors.She requested EPA staff at that ceremony to join her to celebrate the awards, who she later dedicated the awards to, adding that without them, EPA could not have reached thus far.Madam Vohiri said protecting the environment is every one’s business and explained that “the dear Lord left us with the Garden of Eden and told us to take care of it.”“I see Liberia as God’s little Acre, the piece of the garden he set aside especially for us so my passion is to help to take care of it,” the EPA Executive Director said.Madam Vohiri thanked employees of the EPA for believing in her and buying into her vision and commitment.She lauded President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for giving her the opportunity to contribute to her legacy.Madam Vohiri also thanked EPA Board Chair, Minister Boima Kamara, for listening to her in appreciating the value of the environment in sustainable development mix.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE RESERVES BEAT AODH RUADH IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgThe reserves defeated Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon in the Intermediate championship playoff at Convoy on Friday evening. The seniors had no fixture this week.The reserves took on Aodh Ruadh under lights at Convoy in the championship playoff on Friday, and after a terrific performance emerged victorious on a full time scoreline of Aodh Ruadh 1-12 4-08 Naomh Colmcille. The lads now take on Naomh Brid.The U16s lost out to Naomh Columba in the all-county semi-final on Sunday. The minor board held a fun evening for all U8, U10 and U12 kids on Friday in the clubhouse. Well done to all the kids and thanks to everyone for attending and to the local businesses for providing the raffle prizes.The club are holding a Night at the Races fundraising event on Saturday 1st November. Race cards are now being distributed, and horses (€10) can also be got from any committee member.The minor board AGM takes place on Wednesday Nov 12th at 8:00 pm in the club house. Coaches, parents and anyone else are encouraged to attend.The dinner dance is scheduled for Saturday 22nd November at the Radisson. More details to follow. The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 pm. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week.U18. See Facebook for further updates.U16. See Facebook for latest updates.U12. See Facebook for updates during the week. U10. See Facebook for updates during the week.Girls U12-16 Gaelic. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers and winners will appear in next week’s notes. Next week’s jackpot €6,500.The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE RESERVES BEAT AODH RUADH IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: October 28th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalNaomh Colmcille GAA noteslast_img read more

Warriors’ Draymond Green gets engaged, Steve Kerr announces

first_img“The time’s been great,” Kerr told reporters after … Warriors coach Steve Kerr broke the news that his All-Star forward Draymond Green got engaged while the team has been in Los Angeles the past few days.While talking about the team’s relaxing time in Southern California, Kerr sort of let it slip Monday that Green is now engaged to be married to reality TV star Hazel Renee. Neither of them had officially announced the big news, so Kerr beat all the entertainment news websites to the story.last_img

The Spin on Planets

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 As the orbs whirl around Sol, human understanding of our space neighborhood rises and falls.Mercury:  The innermost planet has undergone a paradigm shift since the MESSENGER spacecraft arrived.  Now, explosive volcanoes are prominent in explanations for its many flat-floored craters and volcanic plains, Robin Wylie discusses on The Conversation.  Here’s his spin doctoring:Before its explosive nature surfaced, experts assumed that, having formed so close to the sun, Mercury would have been stripped of its volatile gases early on in its life. So future theories of Mercury’s genesis must now take into account how the planet kept its fizz hidden. They will likely now invoke ideas of ancient collisions with volatile-rich “planetesimals” – balls of rock and dust that are thought to have formed the inner planets – which could have topped up Mercury’s levels.  All of this puts a new spin on the first rock from the sun, and its place among the others.Venus:  Water at 900 degrees?  Live Science reported that a revisit of 30-year old data from the European Space Agency’s Venus Express orbiter and ground data from Russian Venera landers suggests (indirectly) that water molecules might have survived in the planet’s mantle.  Since those early days of exploration, scientists have dreamed of proving that Venus was once host to Earth-like lakes and oceans of liquid water before the climate went terribly bad.Earth and the Young Sun Paradox:  How did the Earth stay warm when the early sun was 25% cooler than today?  That old puzzle was revisted by Astrobiology Magazine.  Astronomers are still working on the new spin.  Maybe it was tiny bubbles in the wine of Earth’s early atmosphere: changes to the ratios of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases.  “We do have some choices for understanding the early atmosphere,” Bernard Marty said.  It’s going to be tough to spin a solution out of the paradox, because as Earth was evolving, changes to the magnetic field, the atmosphere and the crust were evolving, too.  Maybe noble gases helped: “We think that this implies that the xenon composition has been evolving through time and it was not fully in the atmosphere 3.5 billion years ago,” Marty said.Mars:  See the 2/13/14 entry for Mars news.Asteroids:  A paper in Nature found “unexpected diversity” of asteroid composition in the asteroid belt.  This undermines the idea that a single body disrupted in that orbital region.  “The asteroids in the main asteroid belt have been discovered to be more compositionally diverse with size and distance from the Sun than had previously been known,” the abstract says.  “This implies substantial mixing through processes such as planetary migration and the subsequent dynamical processes.”Jupiter’s Io:  The volcanoes of Io have been popping off consistently for decades at least, a new paper on Icarus says.  Based on comparative data from Galileo and New Horizons missions, the authors state this finding: “Most Ionian hot spots [are] very persistent on decade timescales.”Jupiter’s Ganymede:  The largest moon in the solar system, Jupiter’s 3rd Galilean satellite Ganymede, got a new map published.  Combining data from the Voyager and Galileo spacecraft, the new map shows a splotchy surface that PhysOrg displayed.  The article did not mention any new findings, but connected potential water to potential life, as is customary for NASA press releases: “With its varied terrain and possible underground ocean, Ganymede is considered a prime target in the search for habitable environments in the solar system, and the researchers hope this new map will aid in future exploration.”  As John Grotzinger pointed out last week, habitable does not mean inhabited.  A paper in Icarus comparing Ganymede and Europa shows the difficulty in inferring crustal depths from crater characteristics.Saturn’s Titan:  Three papers discussed Titan recently.  One in Icarus tried to figure out how icy “sand” particles move around to form the equatorial dunes and infer something about the time involved.  Another paper in Icarus tried to refine the distribution of methane in the atmosphere.  A third paper in Icarus found that the equatorial dunes cover about 17% of the moon’s surface, and comprise the bulk of organics on Titan.  One surprise involves dating: “Dunes are the largest visible surface reservoir of hydrocarbons and may be less than 730-Myr old.”  That would be just 16% of Titan’s assumed age.Saturn and rings:  Another stunning photo of Saturn’s north polar vortex, shaped like a hexagon, was published by Space.com.  Atmospheric scientist Andrew Ingersoll said that vortices like these are “notoriously turbulent and unstable,” yet this one has been spinning at least since Voyager’s flybys in 1981.  A photo of little potato-shaped moon Prometheus is shown by PhysOrg pulling on the F-ring.  “It’s a visual demonstration of gravity at work!” the article exclaimed.  Icarus described a bit of “calm amidst the chaos” in this ephemeral ring of tiny ice particles, predicting a narrow, stable zone in the core of the ring.  How can that be, with Prometheus and Pandora constantly tugging on it?  “Essentially, we find that the F Ring core is not confined by a combination of Prometheus and Pandora, but a combination of Prometheus and precession.”  How stable over time that arrangement could be is not clear; it seems like a tenuous balance.  Astrobiology Magazine published an overview of “Cassini’s View of Weird & Wonderful Saturn,” ending with a prediction of the spacecraft’s daring attempt to “shoot the pier” in 2017 before it plunges into the gas giant.Extrasolar planets:  Now that planets around other stars are becoming commonplace, what’s new with them?  On PhysOrg, Caltech astronomer Fraser Cain discussed “What are hot Jupiters?”.  In text and video, she explains how new theories of migration were invented to account for the unexpected observation of gas giants orbiting their stars closer than Mercury to the sun every 2-3 days.  Asked how they got there, she said, either the dust disk in which they formed created a torque pulling them in, or they got slingshotted in by interactions with other planets.   Those are just some theories they’re working on.Extrasolar moons:  Space.com claims that extrasolar planets may not need a big moon to support life.  Jack Lissauer at NASA-Ames found in computer simulations that changes to obliquity without a large moon were not as dramatic as previously calculated.  “For timescales that are relevant to advanced life, it changes by maybe plus or minus 10 degrees — a lot bigger than we have with our moon, but a lot smaller and a lot fewer climate effects [than predicted by previous models],” he said.  Still, this is only a simulation.  “We’re not talking about, really, the Earth without the moon as a realistic model for the Earth, unless somebody goes out there and destroys the moon,” he said. “We’re using this as the first case of studying a plausible exoplanet, and we’re going to use some future calculations — we’re going to do the same thing with other systems.”Good time to recall Finagle’s Second Law: “No matter what the experiment’s result, there will always be someone eager to: (a) misinterpret it, (b) fake it, or (c) believe it supports his own pet theory.”  Planets spin, and so do their spin doctors.  Ask them, “What do you know?” and you get a much smaller subset of verbiage.  This is confirmed by the number of times previously held beliefs have been overturned.This is also a good time to remember Ken Ham’s debate argument contrasting observational science and historical science.  Despite Bill Nye’s denials, there is a difference (see also Todd Friel’s explanation on Wretched TV).  We can observe hot Jupiters, but we cannot retrace how they got there.  We can see Saturn’s F-ring, and dunes on Titan, but nobody was there to see how they got that way.  All one can do is model it, or create a plausible story that doesn’t violate known physics.  That being the case, alternative models should be welcomed, and any consensus view must be humbly considered tentative.last_img read more