Dr. Darren WilkinsTechnology has always played an important role in campaigning. From using bullhorns in neighborhoods and radio and television broadcast to reach voters, to robocalls, cellphones, websites, the social media, etc. No doubt, efficient and smart use of technology in campaigning can give candidates a competitive advantage all the way to the ballot box. In modern political campaigns, understanding technology translates into being able to better understand people, and there are a few technologies that have become crucial. These technologies include but are not limited to Big Data, Cloud Computing, the Social Media, and Mobile. In Liberia, the “big data” is not leveraged as it is in western countries primarily because of the lack the skills locally to embark upon such an initiative. However, data manipulation can and will be done in an appreciable way that could benefit a candidate who integrates it as part of his/her campaign strategy. Before going further, let me first expound on the four technologies mentioned above. Big Data is an evolving term that focuses on voluminous amounts of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data that are analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions. Data can be collected from various sources including social media. Cloud Computing is primarily computing on the Internet where a variety of services are delivered. These services include storage, data management, data processing, etc. The Social Media are merely websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. These websites and applications allow forums, microblogging, social networking, social bookmarking, social curation, wikis, etc. In the case of Mobile (mobile technologies), we refer to the use of cellphones and other mobile devices for communications. Now, if you have been monitoring the 2016 presidential elections in the United States, you probably know that technology is playing a major role in every presidential candidate’s campaign. The use of Big Data to refine on-the-ground, get-out-the-vote (GOTV) marketing efforts has become the “avant garde” approach to modern electioneering/campaigning. Some candidates use Twitter to energize their base, some use Facebook to galvanize their supporters and garner new supporters, others use web-based crowd funding to kick start their campaign and engage their supporters. Every presidential campaign uses technology. The most sophisticated and tech-savvy presidential campaign often tends to fare well at the polls. The use of the Internet and its technologies for campaigning became popular when President Barack Obama ran his campaign in 2008. It was that novel campaigning paradigm that played a significant role in winning his ticket to the Whitehouse and subsequently earned his presidency the title: “The first Internet Presidency.” Upon entering the Whitehouse, Obama did not neglect the use of technology as many other candidates do. In fact, he initiated what is today referred to as Open Government, which is the use of the Internet and its accompanying technologies to provide information and services to the public to allow transparency, accountability, and citizen participation. This approach also allowed for citizens to collaborate in the provision of information and data provided by government. In Liberia, with the exception of Big Data, all of the technologies (Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Media, and Mobile Technologies), mentioned above are used. They use radio broadcast, mobile technologies, the Internet (Informational Websites and Social Media) have been effective in enabling candidates reach potential voters. But as we approach 2017, a few of the avant garde campaigners will eschew campaign conventional wisdom for more novel and innovative strategies driven by modern technologies. We will see the emergence of a lot of Social Media evangelists and digital strategists. We will see the use of technology occur more vehemently in 2017 than in the past. Robust digital operations, in which candidates’ messages are informed by data and analytics, will be the new order of the day. The campaign that masters digital strategy is going to gain an important edge in the 2017 presidential and general elections. Data science is not commonplace in Liberia, but we will see campaign teams include data strategists in the 2017 elections who will exploit data at unprecedented scale. And, data garnered by these strategists will provide all sorts of information that will enable campaigners/candidates make decisions. The data garnered will inform candidates about those things that voters care about the most. Candidates will then be able to optimize their “messages” and tailor their platforms to suit the needs of the voters. The same data will provide information that will enhance their “Get Out To Vote” (GOTV) initiatives.Mobile devices, especially mobile phones, have been very effective in Liberia’s electoral process. They can also be used to target and communicate with voters directly. And they are very effective when it comes to using voice meeting services like Tele-Town Hall. Tele-Town Hall allows a candidate to hold large town hall-style meetings with constituents. It has the ability to hold a 500-constituent Town Hall meeting, and could be of use in 2017.Technology can also be used to raise funds for campaigns. But, unlike the United States and other western countries, campaigns in Liberia are often funded by the candidates themselves instead of supporters. Considering the poverty level and the mentality many Liberians carry about campaigning, it will be unprecedented if not impossible, to see a candidate attempt to raise funds from grassroots supporters, and to help organize volunteers and staffers using the Internet.Finally, the use of technology in modern elections is inevitable. Hence, the campaign that emerges as a digital “guru” with the ability to proffer and communicate its policy and strategy directly with millennial voters using a suite of social applications, including Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and Spotify, will likely succeed in changing people’s minds. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sewage workers employed by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) will now have a few implemented mechanisms at their disposal to protect them from hazardous gases and other materials that can affect their health.GWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-CharlesThis is according to Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, who told media operatives that monitors have being installed to detect gases that are present in these sewers, indicating if it’s safe or not to operate.“We introduced new monitors for the workers going into the sewers, so as to be able to detect the type and concentration of gases that are present before workers are being sent into the sewers. This is a significant advance, but it’s important in terms of where we place workers’ health in the scheme of things within the company,” he said.Van West-Charles indicated that the workers were engaged, and the decision was finalised after discussions were conducted to address a number of pertinent issues. Now they are able to monitor all combustive gases which may pose a threat.“It’s (from) the dialogue that we have with the workers who have got to go into the sewers that we’re able to raise these issues; and resulting from meeting with the workers, we’re able to work very quickly to put in place the monitors,” Dr Van West Charles indicated.Additionally, facilities will soon be constructed which would allow for them to take a shower and wash their clothes after finishing the job.“I’m a bit disappointed that we haven’t been able to complete the baths as yet for the sewage workers. We’re hoping to complete it within the next quarter. It’s very critical for their own health, the health of the public, and the health of the families,” he said.As it relates to the pump stations, a few departments of the utility company will be collaborating to create new equipment which can trap materials which obstruct the impellers.“The Sanitation Department, they have been doing a lot of work in the systems as a whole at pump stations to ensure that the challenges which we have with respect to meeting all types of material are now ongoing with the Design Infrastructural Department, a new design to be able to trap all of the pieces of cloth and fibres and so forth, which tie up the impellers of the pumps,” GWI’s Managing Director said.It was related that attention is also being placed on the treatment of sewage water. The replacement of the sewer network along the trench crossing at Lamaha is also on the company’s agenda.
0M cocaine bustAce biker Stephen Vieira and race car driver Nazim Gafoor were on Friday last granted bail by acting Chief Justice Roxane George when their lawyers made the petition before her in the High Court.The men were granted $5 million bail each and were released from the Georgetown Prison on Monday.Vieira and Gafoor were granted bail owing to special reasons presented to the acting Chief Justice by their Attorneys-at-Law, Latchmie Rahamat and Stanley Moore.Stephen VieiraNazim GafoorThose special reasons posited that no evidence was ever presented to the Court which proves that the defendants were in possession of any drugs.Documents previously presented to the Court also indicate that Gafoor suffers from epilepsy.It was also put forward to the acting Chief Justice that the trial would take a long time, since the prosecution has secured 31 statements and the two men are not flight risks.However, Nazim Gafoor’s father, Tazim Gafoor, remains in the Georgetown Prison along with Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) agent Sherwayne DeAbreu.The $550 million drug discovery was made when Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks swooped down on a Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo house belonging to wanted man Naraine Lall and unearthed the substance stashed in a shipment of lumber.The four men were all charged at the Leonora Magistrate’s Courts last month when they appeared before Magistrate Roshelle Liverpool.The men pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that between March 1, 2017 and May 12, 2017, they aided Hakeem Mohamed in trafficking 84.9 kilograms of cocaine at Narine Lall’s Sawmill at Lookout, Parika.
0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri coached Roma from 2009-11 and has been linked with a return to the club © AFP/File / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEMILAN, Italy, Sep 24 – Former Roma coach Claudio Ranieri remained tight-lipped on Monday amid talk that he could be in line to replace under-fire Eusebio Di Francesco in the Stadio Olimpico hotseat.The club’s billionaire American owner James Pallotta said he was “disgusted” after the Serie A giants plunged to 14th with a 2-0 loss at Bologna. The 66-year-old Ranieri led Leicester City to the English Premier League title in 2016, but has been without a club since leaving French Ligue 1 club Nantes last May.“I am a fan, Roma is in my heart, but I hope that Di Francesco can move forward,” Ranieri told Radio Anch’Io Sport when asked if he would be interested in a move back to his hometown club.Former defender Ranieri started his senior football career in Rome in 1973 and later coached the club for two years from 2009, just missing out on the Serie A title in 2010.“That Scudetto we lost in the last half-hour of the final day still burns. I think about it often, although I partly redeemed myself at Leicester,” recalled the former Chelsea, Napoli and Inter Milan boss who has said he is keen to continue in management.Meanwhile, Ranieri believes Roma are paying the price for selling key players, rather than blaming Di Francesco, 49, who took over in 2017 and led the team to third last season.Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson moved to Liverpool during the summer with Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan going to Inter and Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman to Marseille.“Di Francesco is one of the best young coaches we have in Italy, for reasons of financial fair play the team has been changed, three players who were the backbone of Rome have been sold,” he said.“When a coach signs a contract, he’ll know his team’s philosophy.“Di Francesco knew what he was signing up for.“Roma have been selling their best players for years, although it’s clear no-one expected the team to perform like they have.“The players seem afraid of touching the ball, as if it’s hot.“The potential is there,” added Ranieri, “but we must find the spark.”According to press reports, Di Francesco has been given two games to save his job, starting against promoted Frosinone midweek, before the city derby agnst Lazio at the weekend.Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has also been touted as a possible replacement, along with Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa, who is currently in charge of Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian.Sousa coached Serie A side Fiorentina from 2015 to 2017.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Live Video Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – NCAA All-American, four-time Missouri Valley Conference champion and recent Drake University graduate Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) has qualified for this week’s USA Track & Field Championships in the 10,000 meters. Fischer will race against the nation’s best in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, June 23, at 12:09 a.m. CDT.Fischer is one of four collegians selected for the USATF Championship field in the 10,000 meters with professionals such as three-time Olympian Galen Rupp.Qualifying for the USATF Championship is another honor in what has been a tremendous season for Fischer. Earlier this month, he earned NCAA All-America honors in the 10,000 meters with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. That performance came just weeks after winning the event at the MVC Championship to claim his fourth MVC title of the season. During the indoor season, he swept the 3,000 and 5,000 titles at the MVC Championship and was the MVC Cross Country Champion in the fall.Fischer has set school records this season in the indoor 3,000 and 5,000 meters as well as the outdoor 5,000 meters. His record setting performance in setting the outdoor 5,000 meters came at the Drake Relays to shatter the 39-year-old record and run the fastest 5,000 meters the Relays since 1988. He also owns the second fastest 10,000-meter time in program history at 28:47.86 set earlier this season at the Stanford Invitational.In addition to this latest honor, he is a three-time NCAA qualifier, a three-time all-region selection and a seven-time All-MVC selection. Academically, Fischer was the MVC Cross Country Elite 18 Award winner and a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree while garnering multiple USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades. An English/public relations major with a 3.81 grade point average, Fischer has been nominated for the Oreon E. Scott Award, given to the top senior at Drake University. He has collected a total of six MVC Scholar-Athlete Team selections and been named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week 10 times in his career and was recently named the MVC Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award Winner.Print Friendly Version Live Results
Tags: Express FCkefa kisalapolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop Express lost 1-0 in their second round opener last week (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Express FC vs Police FCBetway Mutessa II Stadium, WankulukukuMonday, 04-02-2019 @4pmWANKULUKUKU – Express and Police FC will both be hoping they can bounce back from defeats when they square off at Wankulukuku on Monday evening.The two sides that have blown hot and vold this season, started the second round on a losing note with Express going down 1-0 away to Tooro United while Police were humiliated 4-0 at home to Nyamityobora.Kefa Kisala who is under pressure, will hope his side can pick maximum points for the first time since last month.The Red Eagles have been strughling since defeating Nyamityobora 2-1 on 28-12-2018, losing one and drawn two of the three fixtures inbetween.After making five signing in the January transfer window, including Brian Umony, Kisala knows that nothing but positive results is what’s required of the team.“We know it is not going to be an easy game and the pressure keeps on mounting on us to pick up positive results, said Kefa ahead of the game.“We have done all the possible preparatipns ahead of the game and we will be gunning for our first three points of the second round. WarriorsExpress will be without striker Eric Kambale who will be out of action for close to month due to a muscle problem. Defender Hamis Batega is also out of the Police game due to fitness issues. New signing Goffin Oyiworth is a doubt with Malaria and so is Tony Odur who has not been undergoing proper training in the last few days.Coming up against Police, they face one of the best ball playing sides in the division and one that has already won a game at Wankulukuku this season.Abdallah Mubiru’s side have always been the nuetrals’ pick for their expansive style of play and on a givan day, can rip u apart.The Cops were 2-1 victors away to Nyamityobora at Monday’s venue and will be confident they can repeat the same magic against Express FC.However, Police conceded goals for fan in the first round and that issue looks like it still set to continue after they were whalloped 4-0 at home to Nyamityobora in the first game of the second round. However, with Yasin Mugabi expect to come in on loan from Wakiso giants, Mubiru thinks the issue may be sorted as soon as possible.Match Stats:This will be the 18th meeting between the two sides since May 2011.In the previous 17, Express have won 7 games, Police 4 and also seen 6 stalemates.The first meeting between the two sides ended 3-1 in favour of the Red Eagles.Last season, Police defeated Express home and away including a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture.Express head into the game winless in any of their last three UPL games (D2 L1). Their last victory came in a 2-1 win over Nyamityobora in December 2018.However, at home, the Red Eagles have not lost in any of their last three games (W2 D1). The last team to defeat them in Wankulukuku was Onduparaka (2-0) on December, 01-2018.For Police, they have won only one of their last 5 League games (D2 L2).Away from home, Abdallah Mubiru’s charges have not won in their last four, drawing one and lost three.Comments
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty is demanding an urgent explanation from the Minister for the Marine over the decision by authorities to close the strategic Porcupine Bank fishing zone located off Ireland’s west coast to Prawn fishermen.It’s understood that the decision to pre-maturely close the section of the Atlantic ocean shelf, which is amongst the richest prawn fishing grounds in the world, was taken last July with fishermen now claiming that the move has resulted in the loss of some six hundred tonnes of catch to Irish fishing vessels, estimated to be worth some €6M.Deputy Doherty said: “Over the last number of days, I have been contacted by fishermen and boat crews here in Donegal all expressing alarm and anger at what they claim was the sudden and yet unexplained decision taken by fishery authorities to close the Porcupine Bank to Irish vessels.“Crews and boat owners are claiming that the closure of the zone, which was reportedly taken during high fishing season last July, has prevented Irish vessels from entering the region to fish for prawn thus resulting in potentially up to six hundred tonnes of lost catch in fishing quota.“It’s being claimed that up to forty boasts have been affected by this decision, and fishermen have stated that this loss of catch will have huge implications for them financially in lost revenues, with the catch valued at an estimated €6M.“I understand that this controversial decision is currently the subject of legal proceedings with crews arguing that, even if this action is reversed and the zone is reopened, it is now much too late in the season to pursue the remaining catch as weather conditions are not now favourable. “Understandably, the frustration and concern of our fishermen is completely justified should this be the case and I have already made a request to the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority for a copy of all files and documents held by the body which may shed some light on the rationale behind this move.“I will also be raising this matter with the Minister in the Dáil this week where I will be seeking urgent answers as to why this decision was taken and who was responsible for closing this strategically important fishing zone to Irish boats and fishing crews.“The rights and livelihoods of our fishermen cannot be put into jeopardy like this, and I have given them a commitment to pursue this matter and provide them with the answers which they are seeking over this yet to be an explained decision.”Fishermen lose out on €6m due to closure of popular prawn fishing zone was last modified: October 18th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fishermenFishingIrelandprawn
How would you like this job: your assignment is to be the speechwriter for planet earth. You are to figure out what our first message is to the aliens – to give them a good first impression as we introduce the human species to the galactic community. “No kidding? What does it pay?” Believe it or not, there is someone who has the title of “Director of Interstellar Message Composition.” His name is Douglas Vakoch, and he is with the SETI Institute (his day job is Chair of the Faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies). You can read what he thinks about making a good first impression in his article at Space.com, “How we present ourselves to aliens.” Vakoch seems convinced that if contact is ever made, we will find the aliens to be much more intelligent than ourselves. That’s because they would have sent their signal long ago, and would have had time to evolve far beyond us. That being the case, we would have to approach them with humility instead of hubris. But even sharing tidbits of what little we know might be a good approach. To support this, he used an analogy from the Bible:What might surprise ET is how well humans get by, even when we are a bit inaccurate. Though we now know that the value of p[i] is 3.14159 … (and on it goes into infinity), earlier mathematicians used much cruder estimates of p [sic, pi]. For example, when wise King Solomon was planning a bathing area in the great temple he was constructing, its specifications indicated that the pool would have a radius of 5 units and a circumference of 30 units. If you plug these numbers into the equation for calculating the circumference of a circle, you’ll see that the value of p[i] was estimated to be 3. While this number underestimates p[i] by about 5%, by all accounts, the temple turned out to be quite spectacular. Perhaps the most important message that ET could gain from this example is that in spite of our imperfections and miscalculations, we humans are capable of moving forward, sometimes with a fair amount of style.It was not a bathing area, like a swimming pool, as Vakoch intimated. It was the bronze laver for the priests to use when offering sacrifices. Bible scholars have answered this apparent inaccuracy of pi in several ways (see Creation on the Web and article by Russell Grigg). Incidentally, speaking of the period of Solomon’s Temple, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced discovery of seals and pottery from the First Temple Period in digs nearby the Temple Mount. At least there is some hard evidence for it, unlike for SETI. Regardless of the mathematical acumen of Solomon’s engineers, the point Vakoch is making is that humans need to embrace their imperfections and not let our galactic adolescence deter us from trying to make a good impression. “Who knows? They might be surprised, perhaps even pleasantly so, to discover a young civilization that would initiate a conversation in which each exchange could take hundreds or thousands of years,” he ended. “Wise old extraterrestrials might even admire our audacity for believing that, in spite of our shortcomings, humans may continue to exist in the coming centuries – perhaps even long enough to receive a reply from ET.”If anyone needs proof that SETI believers are just as nutty as any cultist, look no further. We haven’t seen a blip on our antennas for 40 years, and this guy is already wanting to grovel in front of the feet of the Wise Old Extraterrestrials. W.O.E. Look; all you have to tell them is, “Kiss me; I’m Irish.” That’s no blarney. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
South Africans Misty and Dylan Weyer received a warm welcome at Cape Point on 1 November after completing a gruelling two-month mountain biking trip along the Dragon’s Spine – from Beitbridge, southern Zimbabwe, to Cape Town’s Cape Point, via neighbouring Lesotho – to raise funds for children with cerebral palsy.The couple, who hails from East London, set off from Beitbridge on Sunday 1 September, riding eight to 12 hours a day without a support crew to complete the 4 000 km mountain bike route, which runs mainly on district roads and jeep and animal tracks, with a few tar exceptions.Dylan and Misty Weyer getting into the funicular at Cape Point Nature Reserve to celebrate the end of their epic 4 000km journey from Beit Bridge border post to Cape Point to raise funds for children with cerebral palsyCape Point funicular staff, lead by general manager, Celeste Bell, welcomed the couple and treated them to a trip up the funicular to experience the unbeatable view from the topmost lighthouse.Bell says: “Upon hearing about Misty and Dylan’s epic journey we decided these inspiring people deserved a special welcome. A warm meal at the Two Oceans restaurant and a funicular ride to the top of the cliffs overlooking the Point with views of the colliding currents is a wonderful way to celebrate their achievement of raising awareness of cerebral palsy – we commend them.”Occupational therapist, Misty, and environmental scientist, Dylan, are extreme adventure seekers who put their minds, bodies and four-year marriage to the test in tackling the Dragon’s Spine.The couple wanted to raise funds for non-profit organisation (NPO) Malamulele Onward, where Misty works as a field therapist. She treats children with cerebral palsy in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape and is a project manager for the Carer-2-Carer training programme, where she trains parents of children with cerebral palsy to run workshops for other parents in 10 rural areas.“We had a strong conviction that our two-month adventure could not simply be for our own enjoyment, so we decided to do it for a cause,” said Misty.“We are blessed to have seen such a beautiful part of our country, while doing what we love and raising money for charity. Cerebral palsy is a complex disability and without access to specialised treatment and a good understanding of the condition, both parents and their children are victims of a very difficult journey.”Johannesburg-based Malamulele Onward provides specialised therapy services, equipment and caregiver training to 11 poorly resourced rural areas in South Africa and Lesotho, where children severely disabled by cerebral palsy have little or no access to rehabilitation therapy and equipment.The Weyers will also give 10% of funds raised to Greensleeves Place of Safety, an East London NPO providing residential care for abandoned and abused children.“Although we have not reached our goal of R200 000 yet, the funds are slowly coming in and are testament to the physical, mental and spiritual challenges we have experienced on this journey,” said Misty.“We will continue to use this event to raise funds and awareness for another three months and hopefully reach our goal by the end of January 2014.We are extremely grateful to each and every person who showed their support and opened their hearts, minds, pockets, and homes for our cause.”For more information visit www.groupspaces.com/DragonsSpine4CP or follow the Weyers on Twitter @wildweyers.MALAMULELE ONWARDEvery child matters regardless of their having disabilities or not and every child has the potential to change the world (Images: Malamulele Onwards)Malamulele Onward provides specialised treatment like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to poorly-resourced rural areas of South Africa and other African countries like Lesotho where children severely disabled by cerebral palsy have little or no hope of receiving treatment.At the heart of the organisation is a group of volunteer healthcare professionals who have been using their expertise to help ease the strain on families who cannot afford their children the care necessary for them to lead healthier and less strenuous lives.The organisation also offers caregiver training to parents and others who have children suffering from cerebral palsy in their care.The Malamulele staff believe that every child matters regardless of their having disabilities or not and that every child has the potential to change the world much like you readers at home have the potential to change theirs.Anybody who wants to make a difference in the lives of the children receiving care from the Malamulele Onwards organisation can visit their website to attain details on how to volunteer or donate to their cause.Alternatively you can contact the organisation via email or telephonically on 011 484-9456.Don’t hesitate, do best and play your part in bettering the lives of those in need.For more information visit www.capepoint.co.za or call the Information Centre on (021) 780 9010/11.
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