DEA Receives US$80K Donations

first_imgUnited Nations Offices on Drugs and Crimes (NODC) yesterday handed over to authorities at the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), two brand new Toyota pickups and other equipment valued at US$80,000.This is one of the UN agencies leading the fight against illicit drugs and international crime, with the mandate to assist member states in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.  NODC is leading the effort jointly with our international partners, notably the United States of America State Department and their Embassy accredited near this capital with significant contribution of funds.The UNODC affirmed its commitment to enhance the law enforcement agencies of Liberia such as DEA and the Trans International Crime Unit (TCU) to be efficient, solid and reliable antinarcotics or organized crime agencies.The donation includes computer lab training equipment as well as uniforms and other crime fighting resources.The UNODC Representative to Liberia, Jesus Agvilar Cereno, in his presentation statement said, the vehicles and other equipment donated to the DEA signify a strong dedication and collective commitment to building a modern, efficient internal security and criminal investigation system.The equipment and the vehicles are to further empower the DEA to cope with challenges of transnational crime, organized crime, drugs trafficking that are taking advantage of the country’s vulnerabilities, which can undermine the country’s stability and development efforts.“With capable human resources and adequate equipment DEA is prepared to address the challenges of organized crime and drug trafficking in the Liberian society, in collaboration with other societies in the region in matters related to transnational crime,” Mr. Cereno stated.According to him, transnational organized crime is a global threat, “since organized crimes take roots to destabilize countries and whole regions.”However, he said, the threat that transnational` organized crime, notable drug trafficking in the country and the region can be mitigate by making additional efforts towards strengthening law enforcement agencies.Meanwhile, UNODC has reiterated its commitment to continue the enhancing and modernization of law enforcement agencies in the country.In his response, DEA Director, Anthony K. Souh, expressed gratitude on behalf of the staff and officers of the agency for the donations.“With open hands and hearts, we are glad to receive these materials because they are coming at a time when we need them the most,” Director Souh declared.Earlier, Mr. Cereno presented keys of the vehicles to the Assistant Justice Minister for Administration, Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, who in turned presented them to the DEA Director. She however warned that the items and vehicles presented should be used for their intended purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

‘Wife killer’ gets 15 years jail

first_imgHigh Court Judge James Bovell-Drakes on Thursday sentenced 40-year-old Melroy Simpson to 15 years’ imprisonment for the unlawful killing of his reputed wife, Carmelita Jones, who he turned into a human torch on September 26, 2012 at B Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown.He was originally indicted with murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser count ofDeceased: Carmelita Jonesmanslaughter.Sentencing had been deferred owing to his lawyer requesting a probation report. According to the facts of the case, the offender set the 25-year-old woman on fire after an argument erupted over a pack of milk he assumed she obtained from another male.Simpson then threw a flammable substance on his reputed wife and set her alight. She sustained burns about the body, including her right foot, back, neck and abdomen. She later succumbed to her injuries while receiving medical attention. She was the mother of four children.last_img read more

Eel River rivalry resumes as Fortuna and Ferndale meet in 51st annual Milk Can Game

first_imgBy Ryan Sparksrsparks@times-standard.com @sparksonsports on TwitterGames this early in the season rarely mean this much.The 51st annual Milk Can Game between the Fortuna Huskies and Ferndale Wildcats at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Ferndale High School is more likely to resemble a late-season playoff game than a contest in the third week of the season. But that’s how much weight this game holds in the Eel River Valley, and you better bet the coaches and players know it. “We can go 1-9 …last_img

Spartans, Bulldogs win on the road

first_imgRedding >> The Red Bluff Lady Spartans volleyball team took a 5-set win on the road over the Enterprise Hornets Thursday evening, 3-2.It was a back and forth night for the Spartans, who jumped out early 25-19 in the first set before dropping the second and third by the same score, 22-25. Something clicked in the fourth set and the Spartans dominated 25-14 before taking the tie-breaking fifth set 17-15 for the win.As of 5 p.m. Friday no individual stats had been posted. The Spartans (13-5 …last_img

Poverty levels in South Africa dropping: 2014 SA Stats report

first_imgPoverty levels dropped in South Africa between 2006 and 2011, reaching a low of 20.2% for extreme poverty and of 45.5% for moderate poverty, according to the Poverty Trends in South Africa report released by Statistics SA on Thursday.(Image: Statistics South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe report applies three measures of poverty, with extreme poverty defined in terms of a “food poverty line” below which people are unable to purchase enough food for an adequate diet.Less extreme poverty is defined in terms of a “lower-bound poverty line”, below which people can afford an adequate diet but would have to sacrifice food to purchase non-food items; and an “upper-bound poverty line” marking the level at which people can purchase both adequate food and non-food items.The drop in poverty in the country, according to the report, translates to roughly 10.2-million South Africans living in extreme poverty (below the food line) in 2011, compared to 12.6-million in 2006; and 23-million living in moderate poverty (below the upper line), compared to 27.1-million in 2006.In terms of the lower poverty line – higher than the food line but lower than the upper line – 32.3% of the population, or roughly 16.3-million people, were living in poverty in 2011, down from 42.2% or 20-million people in 2006. It is this line that the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) uses in setting its ambitious target of eliminating poverty by 2030.The report notes the dramatic impact the global financial crisis of 2008/09 had on the livelihoods of South Africa’s poorest, with the number of people living below the food line jumping to 15.8-million in 2009 before dropping below 2006 levels again by 2011.Impact of social wage ‘critical’The overall decrease in poverty is attributed to the combination of a growing social safety net, income growth, above-inflation wage increases, decelerating inflationary pressure, and an expansion of credit.“[I]t is critical to note the positive impact the provision of a ‘social wage’ package has been in helping reduce poverty in the country,” the report states.The South African government provides a “social wage” in various ways, including free primary health care, no-fee paying schools, social grants (most notably old-age pensions and child support grants), state-subsidised housing, and the provision of basic services (water, electricity and sanitation) to households.According to the UN Development Programme’s 2013 Millennium Development Goals country report for South Africa, close to 60% of government spending is allocated to the social wage, and expenditure on these services has more than doubled in real terms over the past decade.“There has been a doubling in per capita health spending over this period, 1.5-million free homes were constructed, and free basic education was provided to the poorest 60% of learners,” Statistics SA says in its report.“Although initially seen as a short-term measure to address poverty, social grants have increasingly become a source of livelihood in South Africa and have played an instrumental role in reducing poverty levels.”The decline in the number of people living below the food poverty line is corroborated by Stats SA’s latest General Household Survey, which shows that self-reported hunger in South Africa dropped from roughly 30% in 2002 to just 13% in 2011.Inequality still among world’s highestHowever, while the poverty situation is improving, inequality in the country remains a serious problem, according to the Poverty Trends report, which measures inequality in terms of the Gini coefficient – a number between 0 and 1, where 0 indicates total equality and 1 indicates total inequality.South Africa’s Gini figure was approximately 0.65 based on expenditure data (per capita excluding taxes) and 0.69 based on income data (per capita including salaries, wages and social grants) in 2011.“These high levels of inequality, amongst the highest in the world, are only slightly smaller than the Ginis recorded in 2006 [0.67 and 0.72 respectively]”, the report states.“The share of national consumption between the richest and poorest remains stubbornly stagnant. The richest 20% of the population account for over 61% of consumption in 2011 (down from a high of 64% in 2006). Meanwhile, the bottom 20% see their share remaining fairly constant at below 4.5%.”Source: Statistics South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Blower Door Testing

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Air leaks in houses are a big problem. Leaks make homes uncomfortable and expensive to heat and cool. They create condensing cold spots that attract mold and rot. They lead to frozen pipes and make homes less resilient during prolonged power outages.Dealing with air leaks starts with locating them. There are many ways to find air leaks; the easiest and most common is to use a blower door. Blower-door tests used to be the exclusive domain of weatherization workers and building-science geeks, but that’s not the case anymore. Everyone involved in residential building needs to become more familiar with blower-door testing because universal testing for all new homes is coming.Section N1102.4.1 of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) includes a requirement for blower-door testing with airtightness standards spelled out for the country’s various climate zones. New houses will need to meet or exceed these airtightness numbers to meet the current building code (see climate-zone map, below). It’s not clear who will do the testing, however. Some code-enforcement offices let contractors do their own blower-door tests. Others require third-party testing. It seems likely that some will have their inspectors do the testing. How does a blower door work? A blower door has a powerful variable-speed fan and a two-channel digital manometer, or air-pressure gauge. After being temporarily installed in an exterior door opening and turned on, it draws air from the house and blows it outside. The manometer measures both inside and outside air pressure.For most of the tests, the idea is to register a 50-pascal (Pa) difference between the inside and outside air pressure using the blower door’s 3â„4-hp fan. The amount of air and fan power that it takes to register the 50-Pa difference corresponds to how tight or how leaky… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img 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.last_img read more

Filmmaking Tips: David Lowery on Editing and His Daily Routine

first_imgPete’s Dragon and A Ghost Story filmmaker David Lowery shares his daily routine and creative process in this throwback video.To say Lowery is poised for a big year is an understatement. After his recent jump from his indie breakout Ain’t Them Bodies Saints to his first big budget foray with Disney on Pete’s Dragon (which proved to be both critically acclaimed and a box office surprise), Lowery has two highly anticipated films on the slate.His latest indie feature reunites Lowery with stars Rooney Mara and Oscar winner, Casey Affleck. A Ghost Story was an audience favorite at Sundance before being picked up by the Oscar-winning studio A24 (which won for Moonlight).Lowery is also already on set filming his follow up to Pete’s Dragon: the highly anticipated live-action installment of the Peter Pan franchise for Disney. With both projects coming so quickly after each other, one wonders how the writer/director has the time in the day to get so much done.Let’s look at a recently resurfaced video Lowery created for Fortnight Journal back in 2012 to explore the daily routine of a highly productive filmmaker for insight and inspiration.David Lowery’s Daily RoutineLike most filmmakers, even while he was working on his Sundance feature, Lowery had to find ways to balance writing, production meetings, and freelance editing work to make ends meet. You can actually read in-depth about Lowery’s journey from a full-time video editor through his recent tribulations on the set of Pete’s Dragon on his blog, which he has been updating consistently since 2004.An Editor’s Mindset on A Ghost StorySince Lowery was originally an editor by trade, the influences of an editor’s mindset influence how he develops motifs and themes across different scenes. While at Sundance, Lowery chatted about his editing workflow and working on his film in the Adobe Creative Cloud:Having worked as an editor for so many years and on so many independent films, it’s really helped me get a head start on the editorial process when I’m writing the scripts. I think a lot about how I’m going to cut from one scene to the next, what those juxtapositions are going to be. Then when I’m on set it definitely helps you figure out, when you’re in a pitch, what you can jettison, what is not essential.You can catch Lowery’s A Ghost Story when it hits theaters July 7th, or check out his feature Pete’s Dragon, which is currently available on Netflix and DVD.What’s your daily filmmaking routine? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Tensions creeping in at PSG as questions asked of two stars

first_imgPSG’s Kylian Mbappe, right, challenges for the ball with Marseille’s Adil Rami during the League One soccer match between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, at the Velodrome stadium, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)PARIS (AP) — Tensions are creeping in at Paris Saint-Germain with questions raised as to whether Neymar and Kylian Mbappe—the world’s two most expensive players—are so far justifying their price tags.PSG is unbeaten and has scored 43 goals in 13 games overall, yet the mood seems surprisingly quizzical ahead of Friday’s home match against Nice.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Curry, Durant hit key 3s late, Warriors hold off Raptors Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Both players were heavily criticized following in 2-2 draw at Marseille last weekend, which allowed second-place Monaco—the defending champion—to close PSG’s lead to four points after 10 league games.Mbappe didn’t make any impact up front and omitted to track back whenever Marseille broke on the counterattack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNeymar did score his seventh league goal since joining from Barcelona, but his red card gave Marseille the chance to dominate late.It was the Brazil forward’s fifth red card since breaking into the Santos team in 2009 and, not for the first time, resulted from a petulant reaction. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Uruguay striker previously played second fiddle for three years when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was PSG’s star player, and whether he is prepared to do so again could prove crucial to the club’s chances of going far in the Champions League. PSG has failed to get past the quarterfinals despite huge investment since Qatari backers QSI took charge six years ago.But after even bigger spending during the offseason—with Neymar and Mbappe costing a combined 402 million euros ($475 million)—a semifinal is surely the minimum target.The attack of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar is known as the MCN—continuing the theme for abbreviations first launched when Real Madrid’s BBC (Bale-Benzema-Cristiano (Ronaldo) attack was compared with Barcelona’s MSN (Messi-Suarez-Neymar).Although prolific in attacking terms, PSG’s trio causes an imbalance elsewhere on the field simply soaks up so much possession.Patient approach play is negated in favor of quick passes up to the front three. In turn this means that the midfield invariably stays too deep and makes for a large gap between the midfield and attack— which then impacts on the defense.Given that Cavani is the only member of the MCN who does any significant tracking back to defend, PSG’s low midfield block of three finds itself completely stretched and covering too much ground when other teams attack on the break.“I’ve rarely seen PSG get pushed around so much in recent years,” former PSG winger Jerome Rothen said after the Marseille game.If modest Marseille exploited such a weakness, teams with far bigger firepower will surely punish PSG later on in the Champions League.Nice memoriesNice was the last team to beat PSG in the league, winning 3-1 at home on April 30 in a result that swung last season’s title struggle Monaco’s way. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But coach Lucien Favre’s Nice is struggling badly for form this time around.Last weekend’s 2-1 home loss to Strasbourg was Nice’s sixth in the league this season—compared with just four last season—and Nice has lost its past four games in all competitions.Despite this, and the fact that PSG is unbeaten at home in league play since April, 2016, Favre is looking forward to Friday’s trip.“We’re delighted to go and play PSG,” said Favre, who guided the team to a 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes last season. “We’ll have to defend as a team and we’ll need to be more compact.”Nice is expected to welcome back Mario Balotelli, who missed the Strasbourg match with a minor calf injury.Balotelli has made a good start with eight goals in 11 games altogether. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA And it almost proved costly. For the second straight league game, PSG needed an injury-time goal—this time from top scorer Edinson Cavani.Criticism of Neymar this week centered on his lack of composure, his reluctance to track back, and his self-indulgence.Neymar’s tendency to hold possession sees him invariably trying to dribble his way through teams, and often leads him to randomly drop deep into midfield to get on the ball as much as possible.When he does pass, his preference to seek out Mbappe often comes at the expense of Cavani—who scored 49 goals in all competitions last season. Cavani and Neymar disagreed last month over who should take a penalty in a league game, and their relationship does not appear to be a particularly harmonious one.Cavani’s patience could well be tested—yet again.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Taulava makes changes to adapt to NLEX’s style of play

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Being the league’s eldest statesman at 44, the Fil-Tongan admits that playing with a quick pace is his way of adapting to NLEX’s style of play especially with him teaming up with speedy guards Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas, players who are hailed as the Road Warriors’ future.“I got to keep up with Kiefer and Kevin. I can’t let them run me out of the ground. Right now, we’re a much more running team with the young bloods coming in, so I got to be able to run,” he said before heaping much praise to Ravena, who has been nothing but impressive so far. “It’s a new time, a new generation, and you see that Kiefer’s time has landed.”Also a major part of Taulava’s change is his trimmed down physique. He is at his lightest weight in over a decade.But the 2003 PBA Most Valuable Player isn’t paying much attention to his conditioning, but rather, is looking at the bigger picture as he seeks to contribute at the best of his capabilities for the Road Warriors.“I don’t want to talk about my weight or anything. My focus is on my team. Hopefully, these young guys could take us all the way and lead us to the playoffs,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I feel good. I’m glad it finally went in,” Taulava said. “Last game, I missed my lone attempt so I’m happy that this time, it went in.”Taulava hit a long bomb from the top of the arc at the 8:57 mark of the second quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderAlso making the shot feel better for Taulava was the Road Warriors’ pulling off the 115-104 victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier to stay unbeaten in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.But the three-point shot is not the only thing that’s new to Taulava’s game. He is also much more active on the floor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Asi Taulava’s Christmas wish finally came true on Monday.No, it’s not any gaudy gift or pricey present. The 44-year-old was just relieved to have swished his first 3-pointer this season for NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed As for his New Year’s resolution, all Taulava is hoping for is to be able to follow Guiao’s orders and be spared from the vitriol the fiery coach spews when things go awry.“I don’t want to be that guy to make a crazy play and when I get back to the bench, coach Yeng will curse at me,’ he said laughing. Cruz fills in for Devance in Ginebra win over Magnolia Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Citylast_img read more

SMB tests Meralco

first_imgLeo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Eagles abound in pro league MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities While San Miguel has thrived in this tournament, Meralco has gone the exact opposite. The Bolts have won just a combined four games in the last two seasons under Black, who continues to look for a dominant man in the middle.Instead, the Bolts landed KG Canaleta from the free agent market, and the journeyman gunslinger repaid Black’s trust in their debut by shooting 25 points against his former team. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Meanwhile, the Fuel Masters try to rebound from that defeat when they battle Kia Picanto in the 4:15 p.m. game.“The field improved their rosters and their battlecry is to beat San Miguel Beer,” Austria went on. “But every time there’s pressure, my players play with the sense of urgency. They are still hungry [to win] the title.”No team has achieved a four-peat in this conference, and San Miguel has come out on top of practically everyone’s list as the team to beat.And Black’s problem will be Fajardo, with Meralco not having the player that can stop the the 6-foot-10 star one-on-one.“I think we have a better team than the one last season,” Black added.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “They will be a handful,” Meralco coach Norman Black said of the Beermen, after his Bolts also had a shaky debut against the Blackwater Elite a week ago.San Miguel coach Leo Austria didn’t hide his strengths in the win over Phoenix, calling on his starting unit to do practically all of the offensive damage on the Fuel Masters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderAgainst Phoenix, Austria’s first five scored all but nine of the total San Miguel output, with reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo finishing with 23 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.“The first win is really hard [to get], especially because everyone is preparing very hard for us,” Austria said. Read Next Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the entire field wanting to shoot it down, defending champion San Miguel Beer returns to action Wednesday and will put Meralco to the test in the PBA Philippine Cup as they jostle for the early elimination round lead at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Coming off an impressive 104-96 decision of Phoenix Petroleum in the inaugurals, the Beermen will slug it out with the Bolts in the 7 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more