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US$256.7M Grant Passed Through Capitol Hill

first_imgThe House of Representatives has concurred with the Senate to ratify the agreement on the US$256.7 million grant agreement, which aimed to provide more reliable and affordable electricity and improve routine and periodic road maintenance.Members of the House of Representatives unanimously made the crucial decision yesterday to mark the ‘successful’ passing of the US$256.7 million Grant, which now awaits the approval of President Ellen Johnson to be printed into handball as a law.The House’s action was prompted by a communication from the Senate – forwarding for concurrence Senate’s engrossed Bills No: 9, 10 and 11.The bills included an “Act to ratify the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) between the Republic of Liberia acting through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, and the United States of America acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation;”“Act to ratify the Program Implementation Agreement between Liberia acting through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the United States of America acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation;” and “An Act to establish the Millennium Challenge Account Liberia.”Grand Kru County Representative Numennie Bartekwai, who made the motion, said the grant agreement and the bills needed passage by the Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning have had a thorough public hearing.The hearing brought to the fore Samuel D. Tweah, Senior Economist – MCC Compact team; Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo; Public Works Minister Gyude Moore, and the Acting Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Dr. James Kollie, amongst others.All of the panelists recommended that the bill, if passed, would be an advantage to Liberians and the country.They also said MCC Account will manage the administrative, technical and financial operations of the agreement between the two countries.The concurrence of the “acts” is in line with Article 29 of the Constitution, which states: “The legislative power of the Republic shall be vested in the Legislature of Liberia which shall consist of two separate houses: A Senate and a House of Representatives, both of which must pass on all legislation. The enacting style shall be: “It is enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Liberia in Legislature assembled.”Liberia qualified for the Compact after it improved performance on its score card in 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Biomimetics Stories

first_imgHere are some new ways scientists are imitating plants and animals to understand their designs and make new products.Polymer Breakthrough Inspired by Trees and Ancient Celtic Knots (Science Daily).  “A new slow-motion method of controlling the synthesis of polymers, which takes inspiration from both trees and Celtic Knots, opens up new possibilities in areas including medical devices, drug delivery, elastics and adhesives.”Ant studies to aid design of search and rescue robots (BBC News).  Stick your finger in sand and the hole fills back in.  Somehow, fire ants can make narrow tunnels in sand—any kind of sand or soil, even sand composed of artificial glass beads.  A video clip in the article shows fire ants constructing narrow tunnels not much wider than their own bodies, allowing them to catch themselves to prevent falling in vertical orientations.  Nick Gavish at Georgia Tech wants to learn how they do it.  He envisions search-and-rescue operations taking advantage of loose rubble to build passageways for victims.  So he is going to the ant to distil “the principles by which ants and other animals manipulate complex environments.”Moth-Inspired Nanostructures Take the Color out of Thin Films (Science Daily).  We’ve learned in previous biomimetics entries about enhancing colors with “photonic crystals,” structural designs found on butterfly wings.  The reverse effect—diminishing reflections—can also be achieved structurally, by cancelling out wavelengths through destructive interference.  That’s how a moth’s eye works – and scientists at North Carolina State are “mimicking that concept” to improve the performance of solar cells.Snake’s ultra-black spots may aid high-tech quest (PhysOrg) – and that quest is “to create the ultimate light-absorbing material.”  How does the snake illustrate the ultimate?  “The West African Gaboon viper, one of the largest in Africa and a master of camouflage, has dark spots in the geometrical pattern of its skin that are deep, velvety black and reflect very little light.” the article says. That’s because “Interwoven with white- and brown-coloured scales that are very reflective, this creates a high contrast that renders the snake difficult to spot on the richly-patterned rainforest floor.”  Following the “snake’s nanotechnology” could prove beneficial to man: “The micro-ornamentation on the snake’s velvet black scales is a further example that the same physical law applies to both nature and technology and leads consequently to similar constructions.”DNA-Guided Assembly Yields Novel Ribbon-Like Nanostructures (Science Daily).  DNA continues to be an ideal molecule to work with.  It acts in unique ways due to its small size.  “Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered that DNA ‘linker’ strands coax nano-sized rods to line up in way [sic] unlike any other spontaneous arrangement of rod-shaped objects.”  What cannot be done at the macro scale can work for nano-fabrication.Advanced Biological Computer Developed (Science Daily).  We’ve reported on DNA computing before, but now, “Using only biomolecules (such as DNA and enzymes), scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed and constructed an advanced biological transducer, a computing machine capable of manipulating genetic codes, and using the output as new input for subsequent computations.”  Biological computing is attractive because it can interact directly with living things.  Maybe that will someday be a cause for alarm, but for now, they have benefits to human health in mind.  One statement in the article that emphasizes the close ties between natural and artificial computing could have been written by an advocate of intelligent design:“All biological systems, and even entire living organisms, are natural molecular computers. Every one of us is a biomolecular computer, that is, a machine in which all components are molecules “talking” to one another in a logical manner. The hardware and software are complex biological molecules that activate one another to carry out some predetermined chemical tasks. The input is a molecule that undergoes specific, programmed changes, following a specific set of rules (software) and the output of this chemical computation process is another well defined molecule.”A look back at the first biomimetics:  Velcro is one of the classic cases of the imitation of nature.  At Live Science, Ryan Goodrich told the story of Swiss engineer and amateur mountaineer George de Mestral, who conceived the natural “zipperless zipper” by observing cockleburs on a hike in 1948.  The article reveals where the name came from, and brings the story up to the present by mentioning a few of the many applications of this highly useful product that was “Inspired by Nature.”Most of these instances of biomimetic technology have not been mentioned in previous entries.  That suggests that much, much more awaits to be discovered.  Why not join the fun, and look around your yard for ideas?  What solutions to real-life problems have been solved by plants or animals around you?  Maybe you could become the next millionnaire, plagiarizing what the Creator already invented.  Give Him the glory and He will not mind the imitation.The quote above is a keeper.  Show that to someone who thinks intelligent design is a science stopper or a religious concept.  On the contrary, I.D. is the only way to understand biology in the 21st century.  ID ID -> IDEA (meaning, IDentify Intelligent Design as a forward-looking idea). 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Caution: Geocacher in training

first_imgWhile “the largest outdoor treasure hunt” sounds simple enough, we can admit there is quite a learning curve to mastering the art of geocaching. That’s why we’re improving the onboarding experience for new geocachers with our latest Geocaching® app update. These changes will not affect geocachers who have previously found and logged a cache, but will provide training to get new users up to speed with the game of geocaching, the app, and best practices while out in the field.  What this will look like:For players have never logged a geocache, a new overview of caches in their area will be displayed along with a recommended first cache to find. The cache details page will expand so that the player can learn more about the hide. Players can choose to disregard the cache and choose another, or proceed to navigating to the recommended geocache. After the first find (smiley), the geocacher will have the opportunity to receive up to two more geocache suggestions.How it works:Although the criteria for the recommended cache can change and improve over time, the idea is to offer a great introduction to geocaching. In addition to other criteria, we’ll be making sure the most recent log is not a Did Not Find (DNF), Needs Maintenance (NM), or Needs Archived (NA), that there is no NM attribute, that the cache is not locked, disabled, or archived, and that the user has not already found the cache (when on the second and third suggestions).Anything else?If you’re just starting out with geocaching, be sure to check out our ten tips for newbies looking for their first geocache and 10 tips for new and seasoned geocachers. Feeling a bit more advanced? Take a look at Project-GC to help up-level your geocaching game!If you’re a more seasoned geocacher, try introducing someone new to geocaching and share your favorite piece of advice for geocachers just starting out! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHow Teens Discover GeocachingJuly 8, 2011In “Community”Connecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Turn Your Windows 7 Computer Into a WiFi Router In 5 Minutes, Free & No Hardware

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This is almost as much fun as that MiFi we played with a while ago. The main difference is that the MiFi creates an Internet connection for 3-5 users using cellular networks, and Connectify allows multiple users to piggyback off a single connection. Oh, and the MiFi and similar devices cost a bit – or a lot – to buy and maintain, but Connectify is free to install and run.Connectify runs on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 r2. Why no other Windows OSes, you ask? “Connectify depends on improvements made in Windows 7 to operate,” reads the site’s FAQ. “Frankly, Windows 7 is such a big improvement that we suggest you’re better off upgrading than waiting for us to get all this working on an older version of Windows.”Three cheers for Windows for getting their act together on the OS front, and many thanks to Connectify for bringing us all n-for-the-price-of-1 WiFi! Connectify.me is a new service we just found out about. They’ve sussed out how to make any Windows 7 computer into a WiFi hotspot. Since we just installed Windows 7 on a spare laptop, we figured it was about time to make Windows do something cool, so we installed the app.We were quite literally up and running with other devices connected in five minutes. In fact, this post is being published right now on a Connectify.me-powered connection. Windows 7 users have got to try this app. You never know when you’ll get to save the day by letting other users share your Internet connection.Speaking of which, use cases we can think of right now run the gamut between Sticking It To The Man and Violating My ISP’s TOS; nevertheless, it’s an interesting, fun little hack that should’ve been done long ago.Installation is simple. Go to the website, click the big, shiny button, run the .exe file, follow the prompt. You’ll then see a Connectify logo in the notification tray. It’s party time! Choose a name, set up a password, and click the big, shiny button. Congratulations. You’re now a software-based wireless router. It took about five very obvious clicks and was truly so easy a caveman could do it. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

A ‘Magic Box’ For Your Passivhaus

first_imgUPDATED on March 13, 2015By designing a tight envelope with thick insulation, Passivhaus designers work hard to whittle a home’s space heating load to a bare minimum. Many European designers strive to get the heating load so low that all space heat can be provided by raising the temperature of the ventilation air.In a home with an area of 1,600 square feet and a ventilation rate of 0.3 ac/h, ventilation air flow is only 64 cfm. Since Passivhaus designers try to keep the temperature of the ventilation air below 122°F (or, according to some sources, 131°F), it’s hard to pack much heat into the small volume of air that flows through typical ventilation ducts. That’s why it’s such a challenge to insulate a building’s shell well enough to deliver all of a home’s heat through its ventilation system.In central Europe, where winter temperatures are much milder than they are in Minnesota or Maine, some designers have succeeded in supplying all of the space heat needed for a Passivhaus through ventilation ducts. In most cases, these homes are equipped with a “magic box” — the nickname for a combination appliance that includes a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) and an air-source heat pump. Typically, the heat pump’s evaporator coil is located in the ventilation exhaust duct, downstream from the HRV, where the coil can scavenge heat from the exhaust air before it leaves the building.Many (but not all) of these magic-box appliances also include a hot water tank. Such appliances use the air-source heat pump to heat domestic hot water; in most cases, the tank includes electric-resistance backup. Some manufacturers (including Zehnder) design their magic-box appliance around a ground-source heat pump instead of an air-source heat pump.I’ve heard rumors that magic-box appliances are beginning to become… 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 incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Samsung challenges Google with Connect Home Wi-Fi mesh

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry Related Posts Samsung announced on Thursday a competitor to Google Wi-Fi, which is able to cover up to 7,500 square feet and also act as a SmartThings hub.Much like the lauded Google Wi-Fi, the Samsung Connect Home creates a mesh WiFi network that extends the network’s coverage area, similar to a wireless booster.See Also: Samsung receives approval to test self-driving cars in South KoreaUp to five Connect Home units can be connected to a router, enough for most large homes. Samsung is also launching the Connect Home Pro, which has more processing power and supports 4×4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, while the normal unit only supports 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac.The Connect Home is available for pre-order starting at $170 for a single unit or $380 for a pack of three. The Connect Home Pro is available for $250 per unit, Samsung has not announced any bundle plans for the higher-end model.Samsung is making Connect Home a central part of its smart home appliances. It can act as a hub for all compatible Internet of Things (IoT) devices, meaning customers will not have to buy a separate SmartThings hub anymore.Dialing in with the Connect appUsers will be able to control smart home devices through the Connect app. Samsung is planning to add support for their personal assistant, Bixby, so users will be able to tell their phone to change device settings.The Connect Home has built-in support for Zigbee and Z-Wave standards. That makes it compatible with most smart home devices, including Philips Hue LED lights, Nest smoke detector, and Ring video doorbell.As we start to add more connected devices to our homes, mesh Wi-Fi networks will become all the more necessary to avoid connectivity issues. This is already a problem in homes that have more than four people online at once, with video calls, video streaming, and downloading all hogging the network bandwidth.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#Connect Home#Internet of Things#IoT#networking#Samsung#smart home#SmartThings#wifi last_img read more

London Olympics: Boxer Manoj Kumar cries foul after exit

first_imgThe Indian boxers seem to be at the receiving end in the ring – from both the opponents and the officials. A day after Vikas Krishan Yadavs controversial loss, it was the turn of Manoj Kumar, the 64kg boxer, to cry foul as he lost an exciting pre-quarter final match to Britain’s Thomas Stalker.After walking out of the ring, Manoj was furious and said this was “cheating”.The point system being awarded by the computers has come in for a lot of criticism and Manoj was declared a 16-20 loser. However from the Indian boxer to the entire support staff, they cried foul on Saturday night.”This is a district tournament it’s not an Olympic tournament. Cheating, cheating, cheating,” shouted Manoj in sheer agony later.Foreign coach BI Fernandez, who has been handling the Indian boxing team for so many years, was also vocal in his criticism.”The last round was 7-4 to Kumar, why no other rounds? All rounds were the same, it was very poor judging,” said an upset Fernandez.Coach GS Sandhu, who never minces words, was crestfallen. “My athlete did extraordinary and you saw for yourself what happened,” he thundered.Local hero Stalker won the first round 7-4 and maintained the lead by winning the second round 9-5.It was then the turn of Manoj, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist to go flat out in the last round.The Indians feel this is not an isolated incident and they are being victimised by the scoring and judges.advertisementBritain’s Stalker also said later, “I don’t deal with the scoring,  I just go and fight. In amateur boxing it happens all the time where you think you have won more points the judges differ.””I felt sluggish after the first round and being in my hotel for the last week hasn’t done me any good. All I wanted to do was fight. In my next bout I know I will do better. I didn’t box too well but a win is a win,” said the Briton.The controversy over boxing with a local pugilist also being involved has made small headlines in British papers as well.And with the Indians being at the receiving end again, the contingent has lost faith in the scoring system in a high profile sport like boxing.last_img read more

9 months agoINSIDER: Arteta in Isco contact about Man City move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Arteta in Isco contact about Man City moveby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is in contact with Real Madrid midfielder Isco, it has been revealed.Isco has found himself frozen out at Real by coach Santiago Solari and could be on the move this month.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, has revealed Guardiola in now in talks with the midfielder – via a very close third party.He said, “Everyone knows that Guardiola loves Isco and 10 days ago, maybe less, a person of absolute confidence of the coach called Isco and asked if at this time he would be willing to take the step to go to the City. “The person who called him was Mikel Arteta.”However, despite his problems with Solari, Real are reluctant to sacrifice Isco midseason. last_img read more

23 days agoTottenham hero Waddle fumes: Clean them out; get them out!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham hero Waddle fumes: Clean them out; get them out!by Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham hero Chris Waddle has blasted the players following their humiliating defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by the German giants, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. He told BBC Five Live: “Clean them out, if they don’t want to play for Tottenham get them out and get some people in who want to wear that white shirt.”I don’t think (Serge) Aurier wants to be here. He tried to get away in the summer, they wouldn’t sell him, got rid of (KIeran) Trippier instead.”They should’ve bought a right back and said ‘yeah, you want to leave, then you want to leave’.”At Spurs at the minute there’s too much going on, whether it’s (Christian) Eriksen or (Toby) Alderweireld out of contract. So and so wants a new deal, (Jan) Vertonghen wants a new deal – is he signing? Is he not? “You’ve got to say that it’s a shambles at the minute and they’ve got to sort it out quickly because that squad, even though I’m saying the defence is not good enough, it’s still good enough for the Premier League to finish in the to four.”So they’ve still got a lot to play for, it’s early doors. But they’ve got to do it now.”If they wait and say in January this is going to happen and he’s going to leave and he might not leave, the changing room becomes unsettled.” last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Ohio State’s Cardale Jones Mocks Women Sports Fans On Twitter, Claims He Was Hacked

first_imgCardale Jones posts seeral tweets about women and sports.Cardale Jones Women Sports Fans 4Twitter hasn’t been the best place for Cardale Jones. There was, of course, the “I didn’t come here to play school” incident a couple years ago. There has also been the trolling of Joakim Noah and the transferring to Akron prank that upset some of his fans. Then, last night, the Ohio State national champion-winning quarterback appeared to mock women sports fans during the NBA Finals. Jones’ account tweeted the following last night: Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.21.11 AM@CJ12_ Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.21.31 AM@CJ12_ Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.21.45 AM@CJ12_ Jones, though, claims he was hacked.I need to change my Twitter password— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015BTW, those wasn’t my tweets about females and sports, I don’t comment on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, politics or gender, goodnight— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015people wait patiently just to see when you screw up, go stalk someone else’s social media— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015The “I was hacked” defense when some poor-tasting tweets are sent out is an unbelievable one in most cases, but maybe Jones is telling the truth.last_img read more