Tetra Tech Donates Motorcycles to Nimba County

first_imgAs part of efforts to bringing lasting peace to Liberia, the United States’ States Department-funded Tetra Tech DPK Mitigating Land Dispute Program, has donated over 40 motorbikes and some assorted officers materials as logistical support to the Government of Liberia. The items are valued at over half a million United States dollars.According to the Chief of Team of Tetra Tech DPK, Dr. Alfred Fofie, the donated items will enable law enforcement officers working in Nimba to effectively do their jobs.Dr. Fofie added that for law enforcement officers to effectively do their works they needed to be empowered so as to respond to security threat quickly, that was the reason they provided  the items mainly to law enforcement officers of Liberian National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), National Security Agency (NSA) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).The items donated on 19th May 2014 included, motorbikes, computers, printers, photocopiers, solar panels, investigative kits ( for forensic investigation), plastic chairs, typewriters and among others.The total of 10 crime scene investigative kits (for forensic investigation) were donated; two to the LNP Central Office in Monrovia, two to the Police Academy, two to the Regional Hub in Gbarnga and balance four will be divided among the two parlor counties, Lofa and Nimba.Since 2012, the Tetra Tech DPK has been implementing a program called Mitigating Land Dispute in Liberia/MLDL with its parlor phases presently focusing on Nimba and Lofa Counties.In the MLDL program, Tetra Tech organized the county Security Council, the district security council and the community forum in both Nimba and Lofa counties.The county security council, which is the highest body in the county, is headed by the superintendent and co-chair by the LNP county commander, the district security council is also headed by a district commissioner, which the community forum is headed by the a civilian and comprises of members of the community.The community forum, which is the civilian body upon hearing any threat or dispute, will intervene and discuss it among themselves. If it cannot be settled, it will pass it over to the district security council most of its members are security and if it cannot still be settled at that level, it is then reported to the county security council. If this level can’t resolve the matter, it is passed over to the national thereby making at a national crises, needling a national response.Using the concept of community –oriented policing, MLDL continued to work to improve the relationship between police institution and the local population, and to steadily build security forces’ confidence in these counties.“MLDL supported local police efforts by strengthening investigative capacities and helping officers integrate into the local environment through community policing,” said Thomas Suah, Components 1&2 leader.Since the establishment of these bodies, many conflicts/disputes have been settled in Nimba County, including the long-standing land dispute between the Yeaten and the Nutuah families of Mahnplay, the historic land between the citizens of Yehbo and Mongbien.The easing of the crisis between citizens of Teahplay and two communities in Nimkwea over the killing of their son by a citizen from Teahplay in November last year as well as the UNICEF student crisis in Ganta in September 2012 were among some of the conflicts settled.Some of the distributed items including the solar panels, computer, other office materials, and also motorbikes will also be given to the community forums as part of the support to strengthen their activities.Nimba Supt. Fong Zuagele praised Tetra Tech DPK MLDL program and the US Department of States for their supports.“We are also grateful to the implementing partners of the US State Department the Tetra Tech DPK for the job well done,” he said.“You have facilitated the meetings of the Security Council that I chair, the District Security Council and the list go on and on,” he added.Meanwhile, 25 motorcycles would be left in Nimba while 15 will be delivered to Lofa along with other items.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Klay Thompson leaves Game 6 with left knee injury before making two free throws

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors lost another All-Star because of an injury. Before Klay Thompson left Game 6 of the NBA Finals against Toronto because of a left leg injury, he returned to the court to make a pair of potentially critical free throws.Thompson’s injury stemmed from landing awkwardly after drawing a foul on a dunk attempt with 2:22 left in the third quarter. Thompson clutched his left leg immediately and needed help getting up. Moments after Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko helped Thompson to …last_img

In London, voting for identity

first_img16 April 2009 At 4am, London is dark and raining. While my taxi snakes me through the deserted streets, a trainee Jesuit priest is camped outside South Africa House. In the radio studio the BBC journalist asks why we vote, why it’s important, and that hackneyed scribbler question: how does it make you feel? Why did Matthew Charlesworth, our priest in the darkness and first London voter, queue in that deserted square? Obligation, duty, a desire to count and be counted as a South African. All the reasons that emerge from everyone I speak to, and my motivation too. Eventually every South African overseas is treated like a traitor. Someone who cut and ran and now talks the country down from the discomfort of a damp and foreign shore. Yet here we are in our thousands filling in forms, fishing out unused ID documents and lining up around the block to contribute our one, small, indelible cross. At the back of the queue is Heinrich Volmink, who travelled down from Glasgow in Scotland because it is a great honour and a patriotic duty to be here. So much passion and purpose swirls through this five-deep line. We stand only 25 metres from where Mandela gave his last speech to London – perhaps ever. He spent nine hours on the “freedom bus”, continues Heinrich, because my ancestors could not vote. Not everyone is as happy. Like a creature of caricature, a man stands with an old South Africa flag shirt. I suppose he too exercises a choice. We watch him like we would an exhibit. One foot in the old world and a vote in the new, I think. I doubt he will find peace, anywhere. Shame. After three radio interviews and breakfast, it’s time to vote. The early morning bankers, accountants and the priest have retreated to their terminals. Now the backpackers, students and out-of-work consultants shuffle forward in unison. You mustn’t lower your standard, says one man to a girl 20 years his junior as he inquires about her job. He doesn’t have one: tough times. London is South Africa’s largest polling station. Over seven and a half thousand citizens – almost twice as large as the next biggest venue. But our queue is orderly. The mood is good-natured, but also reflective. Examining my compatriots, it’s clear that for most of us, democratic elections are all we have ever known. As you would expect, it’s a mostly white queue with the occasional darker face. Around them cluster journalists: the British ones asking who they are voting for. My vote is my secret, we all say. Throughout, I “tweet” from my phone. These micro-blogging sms’s capture the moment when a man claiming to be a Freedom Front Plus candidate marches up to the door demanding to see the electoral officer. I leave them in a huddle and fill in my forms. First an envelope with your name and voter district number. Then downstairs to check documents, receive a ballot and cast my vote. I get three calls in the voting booth. Your smile has stamina, I say to the official, and we all chuckle. It will be a long day, but so far it is going smoothly: if all your documents are in order. So why did I vote? To reaffirm my citizenship; to exercise my rights; to respect my heroes and dignify their sacrifices and yes, to make a difference. Though Rudi Talmakkies from Saldanha said it best: Obama gave people a totally new view. The youth realise they are part of the solution. For me, that works. Timothy Schultz is deputy head of communications and marketing at The Learning Trust, a not-for-profit company that runs all the education services for the London borough of Hackney. A South African who has lived in London for about eight years, Schultz is an active member of the Global South Africans network.last_img read more

Speed in the Feed: Google Reader and PubSubHubbub

first_imgdana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market For more information on PubSubHubbub check out a great post by Dave Winer, the father of RSS. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Reader is about to get much faster for developers. You’ll be pleased to note that Reader has just adopted the PubSubHubbub protocol for shared items. This means that instead of repeatedly requesting that Reader’s shared items reload from the server, the feed automatically updates via a distributed hub model. Rather than waiting on the back and forth pings of update notifications and polled Atom URLs, feed subscribers can receive both the notification and the message from a hub. Subscribers get the latest content on their favorite feeds in near real time (sans repeated links), while publishers let the hub handle the subscription load. This distributed model allows publishers and subscribers to reduce the number of actions required to serve up feeds and is what Anil Dash eloquently describes as the Pushbutton Web. This latest Reader effort is a 20% Google project of Mihai Parparita, Brett Slatkin and Brad Fitzpatrick. Slatkin and Fitzpatrick co-created PubSubHubbub to increase efficiency across the cloud and decentralize services. Fitzpatrick is best known as the founder of LiveJournal and co-creator of Memcached and OpenID. Given that Memcached speeds database-driven websites and OpenID decentralizes the social graph, PubSubHubbub fits nicely into the group’s accomplishments. Friendfeed is already benefiting from the PubSubHubbub experience. If you’re currently sharing Reader items in your Friendfeed account, your Friendfeed subscribers can already see your updates in real time. last_img read more

What’s Going On With Home Performance?

first_imgI’ve been involved, if somewhat peripherally, with the Home Performance industry for quite a while. I was one of the original group working on Home Performance with Energy Star in Atlanta quite a few years ago. As I learned more about this evolving field, I felt that it was both important and necessary, and thought that it had potential to be a profitable business model.I had concerns that the program was being managed by building science types (read: geeks) who were focused on collecting reams of data from performance testing and using this to sell improvements to homeowners. Fairly quickly, I determined that unless it moved from a technical to a sales focus, it wasn’t going to go anywhere.While there are a few companies who have managed to balance the technical aspects with the necessary sales skills, most auditors and contractors have struggled to create profitable, sustainable business models. Early on, there was a focus on keeping the auditors independent in order to provide an unbiased report that a homeowner could use to compare proposals from contractors for the work. I saw this as a cumbersome model that increased costs, complicated the sales process, and might not help advance the program in any meaningful way. Will it survive into adulthood?The big question is, what will happen to the home performance industy as incentives go away? It will probably fare better in regions with high energy costs, where paybacks are faster. Where energy audits or HERS ratings are required at the time of sale, there may be some more demand.My fear, however, is that in many markets, demand will start to wither, homes will go unimproved, and many of the thousands of trained professionals, many of whom entered the industry after their old careers dried up, will, once again, be looking for new lines of work. Performance enters pubertyFast forward about eight years, and home performance is beginning to mature, benefiting from government and utility incentives designed to stimulate an industry that would sustain itself when those incentives were gone.On the positive side, many local programs have moved to the combined auditor/contractor model, which, despite its drawbacks, does lead to more completed projects. I am concerned that where the auditors are employees of specialized improvement contractors that they may suggest solutions through the lens of their business operations. HVAC contractors may focus on HVAC solutions to the detriment of envelope improvements. Insulation contractors will likely find insulation is the answer to problems they uncover.If all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. I still believe that the combined auditor/contractor model can work, but maybe I am just being naïve.last_img read more