Public Procurement CommissionPresident David Granger is awaiting the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to finalise the remuneration packages, Terms of Reference and other administrative arrangements before swearing in the members of the much-anticipated Public Procurement Commission (PPC).This is according to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who explained during the post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday that the work of the PAC was preliminary to the appointment of the members. He noted that before the members of the PPC are sworn in, the PAC needed to finalise certain terms and conditions.“As soon as the Public Accounts Committee sits, there are some proposals which will go before it in so far as salaries and things like that. The law requires the Chairman of the (Public Procurement) Commission is a full-time employee of that commission, which means that those persons who are named – one of them will be a chairman and another will be a vice chairman, and if they are working somewhere else, one of those persons will have to leave their job,” the Minister of State outlined.Harmon continued, “So, if you are working somewhere and going for another job, at least you must know what the salary you will be getting before you leave your job, and so it is some of these terms and conditions that have to be settled by the Public Accounts Committee.”At the end of July 2016, the PAC agreed on the nominees for the PPC, and that list was subsequently approved by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly on August 8.The approved members include Attorney Emily Dodson, Carol Corbin, University of Guyana lecturer Sukrishnalall Pasha, educator Ivor English and former Labour Minister Nanda Gopaul.This list was subsequently sent to the Head of State for the members to be sworn in, but this is yet to be done, as Government is awaiting the finalisation of the terms and conditions for the Commission.However, PAC Chairman, Opposition parliamentarian Irfaan Ali recently pointed out that the President could go ahead with swearing in the members of the Procurement Commission, as he did not have to necessarily wait for the Committee to finish its work on the PPC.Nevertheless, Ali assured that the PAC, “after the Parliament comes out of recess, would be moving to have this issue as a priority on its agenda in setting out the administrative mechanism to support the work of the Public Procurement Commission, so there is nothing that is stopping the President from swearing in the members of the Public Procurement Commission”.Meanwhile, Harmon said on Thursday that Government was also supportive of fast-tracking the process at the level of the Parliamentary Committee.“We will like that to be a top priority as well, and we will give that our full support to ensure that it is fast tracked,” he stated.On the other hand, the Minister of State outlined that once the PPC was set up, it would pave the way for the establishment of the Public Procurement Tribunal – a process which the Commission would need to have a say in. “The Public Procurement Commission has a role in the selecting of that tribunal – one has to be set up before the other so that the one that is set up before can have a say in the setting up of the other. So, we got to get the Public Procurement Commission up and running and then the Tribunal will be set up,” he explained. The issue of establishing the PPC predated the holding of the General and Regional Elections in May 2015, as the then Opposition had insisted that Cabinet should cease the practice of giving its ‘no objection’ to contracts for State projects and services, in favour of the PPC.
A Liberian entrepreneur in Tappita, Lower Nimba County, has said he has adequately prepared himself to contest the 2017 representative seat for the County Electoral District #9 currently being occupied by Rep. Ricks Toweh. Rep. Toweh was elected to the post during the general and presidential elections in 2011 on the ticket of the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP).In an interview with this newspaper yesterday when Mr. Josephus Menwoe Paye, Sr., walked into our McDonald Street office in Monrovia, he has said he had gained the support of the business community as well as the youth population of the district and many other organizations including the ones headed by elders and women.“I am being motivated to contest the seat come 2017 because I have the political will to deliver the people of Tappita, who over the years have been denied their rightful place with respect to achieving the needed development,” Mr. Paye stated. He said he will not only contest for the seat, but will win and lead the people by introducing important bills in the National Legislature for the benefit of the people.Mr. Paye, now in his 40s, graduated from the St. Martin’s High School in Gbarnga, Bong County, in 1992. He subsequently returned to Nimba where he says he has been contributing meaningfully to the development of Lower Nimba County, particularly in Tappita City. He has worked with various organizations including serving as district field officer for Nimba Women’s Development Association (NIWODA), a local NGO, which implemented a micro-finance project for the American Refugee Committee (ARC). He has worked as a social advocate, a volunteer community worker, and a business-minded person since 1993, says Paye. He is the proprietor and chief executive officer of the Yeawoe Trading Center, an entity that operates a 13-bedroom City View Motel and the TapAqua Mineral Water, two of the leading businesses in the district.Mr. Paye said his decision to run stems from his desire to see Tappita District transformed through politics, which will require the bottom to the top approach in decision-making that affects the lives of the people positively.Transformation, he believes, has to do with changing social habits that negatively affect the residents, providing opportunities for pursuing and achieving academic excellence, vocational and professional training that will give the residents access to employment opportunities and upholding values that promote unity in diversity.Mr. Paye also promises economic transformation by which he would explore the private and public sectors to encourage involvement in agro-industries because of the vast forest land with which the district is endowed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The investigation continues into the women’s pyramid sceme operating in Fort St. John. Constable Greg Nardi says the RCMP hasn’t made any arrests yet, but has received numerous tips after the original news release was issued. [asset|aid=1009|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=77210b7f5678e67aa7f091b0cc7cb731-Greg Nardi 1_1_Pub.mp3] The scam, Women Empowering Women, was first brought to light earlier this month. The group asks potential victims to join for a fee of five thousand dollars. The participants are encouraged to recruit their friends and family members and, are told members receive 40 thousand dollars, when they reach the top of the pyramid. – Advertisement -Constable Nardi says he has heard some of the group’s meetings have been canceled since the public was notified the group is illegal. He also says the group may have changed their name. [asset|aid=1010|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=df45ce332dd694ef8a0d4cae9afd7b20-Greg Nardi 2_1_Pub.mp3] Nardi says the RCMP will soon be organizing information sessions regarding pyramid schemes. He says they are for information purposes only and no one will be arrested or charged at that point. Anyone with any information on the scam is encouraged to call the RCMP at 250.787.8100.Advertisement
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Minister Rob Davies to business mogul Richard Maponya, who is known for building a business empire despite the restrictions of apartheid. Africa Umoja, SA’s longest theatrical musical, executed a magnificent performance at the awards.(Images: Proudly South African) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gillian de Gouveia Proudly South African +27 11 327 7778 RELATED ARTICLES • Gordhan: Make SA work smarter • Team SA to call for investment • SA’s budget most transparent in world • Budget big on education, jobs • SA business gives budget a thumbs-upMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe best South African businesses in various sectors of the economy were showcased at the inaugural SA Premier Business Awards hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) on Wednesday night, 20 March 2013.The awards were held in Sandton, Johannesburg in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa, with the aim of recognising South African companies that invest in human and technical resources in various projects and stimulate job creation.“These awards are of value in particular because they give companies recognition and that recognition, we hope, passes on in some kind of tangible commercial reputational benefit can be significant for companies in enhancing their position in the market,” said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in his opening address at the awards.The top award for the evening was the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by the minister. The award went to business mogul Richard Maponya who is known for building a business empire despite the restrictions of apartheid.“This is a great honour,” Maponya said, also congratulating all the young people who received awards. “South Africa is making history.”The winners, per category, were announced as follows:1. Rural Development Award: Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT)2. SMME Award: Malcom – Ezindaleni Hydraulics & Engineering3. Young Entrepreneur Award: Miss Earth South Africa4. Women-Owned Enterprise Award: Segakweng Enterprise And Strategy Consulting5. Quality Award: Coega Dairy6. Technology Award: Tshwane University of Technology7. Green Award: MTN SA8. Media Award: Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talk9. Proudly South African Enterprise Award: G.U.D Holdings10. Most Empowered Enterprise Award: MTN SA11. Investor Award: Nestle (South Africa)12. Manufacturer Award: Powertech and Bell Equipment Company SA13. Exporter Award: Abagold and Saab Grintek Defence14. Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr Richard Maponya“We are elated to receive this acknowledgement of nearly 30 years of contributing to rural development,” said Anthea Davids-Thames, executive director of Social Change Assistance Trust (Scat), which took home the Rural Development Award.“We are proud as an organisation in terms of our contribution to our beloved country but more so proud of the communities we support,” she said. Scat is a veteran independent fund-raising and grant-making development agency based in Cape TownThe partners also thanked the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and ABSA for their contribution to the awards.More entrepreneurship encouragementDavies said the awards were an amalgamation of previous award ceremonies, and with such an award ceremony, South Africa can serve to encourage much more entrepreneurial efforts in the society as a whole.Entry form submissions for the awards closed in mid-February. A total 159 entries were received while a 12 member judging panel comprising of various role players from business and labour as well as the department among others, were responsible for selecting the winners. The adjudication process concluded in March.On 4 April dti will launch the fifth iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) which will outline government’s plans to industrialise the South African economy.IPAP now falls under the New Growth Path which is an economic framework for 2010-2020, with the overriding objective of creating employment.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The registration deadline for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Roundup planned for Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27 is quickly approaching and those interested in attending are encouraged to make plans to attend. The 2016 Roundup will be held at theOARDC Jackson Agricultural Research Station located at 019 Standpipe Road, Jackson, OH 45640.OCA is pleased to announce an addition to the Roundup’s Saturday, August 27 morning program. Speaking on behalf of the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign will be Charles W. Herbster, the national chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee for the campaign. Herbster, a noted Angus breeder and businessman from Nebraska, will be joined by Sam Clovis, national Chief Policy Advisor to the Trump campaign and Governor David Heineman, the longest serving governor of the state of Nebraska. They will present information on Donald Trump’s agricultural platform and answer questions.Friday, August 26 will feature the annual OARDC Jackson Agricultural Research Station’s Beef and Forage Field Night. Managing the young cow for profitability will be the primary focus of the program. Friday evening registration will occur from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and OCA Allied Industry Council (AIC) representatives will be present to talk with cattlemen. Dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m. Following dinner at 6 p.m., the program will feature speakers from The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences and the OSU Extension Beef Team.At the conclusion of the program Friday, all attendees are invited to attend the Roundup Social at Rowdy’s Smokehouse in Jackson, Ohio. The social will include music, food, drinks, and a shuttle service. The Friday evening social is sponsored by: United Producers, Inc., Boehringer-Ingelheim and Frazier Farms.Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the nearby Jackson South View Elementary. Purina Animal Nutrition will sponsor breakfast for Roundup attendees and Saturday’s program is sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America.Representatives from The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences will start things off with a department update and introduce new faculty that are focusing on beef cattle research and outreach programs for cattlemen. Attendees will also hear an update on plans for the new OSU beef facilities.A Washington, D.C. policy update will be provided by Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). He will provide an election update and discuss the importance of trade and the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the beef industry and other issues important to cattle producers.An auction to benefit the NCBA and OCA Political Action Committees will take place on Saturday morning and will feature Ohio State football tickets and Coach Urban Meyer signed items.A ribeye steak sandwich lunch will be served by the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association and is sponsored by Union Stock Yards. Following lunch, attendees will load the buses for the farm tours. The first tour stop will be the Spurlock farm, located near Oak Hill, and operated by father and son, Bob and Tyson Spurlock and their families. The second and final tour stop will be the Sonny Russ Farm, a family cattle backgrounding operation started in 1970. At approximately 4:30 p.m., attendees will return to OARDC and depart for home. August 15 is the registration deadline for the Roundup. Friday night is $10 per person for OCA members and non-members. The cost on Saturday is $25 for OCA members and $35 for non-members. All registrations at the door will be $35. For more information about the Roundup or to register call the OCA office at (614) 873-6736 or email email@example.com. A full description of the schedule of events, online registration and a downloadable registration form can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org/Events-and-Programs/roundup. OCA appreciates the support from sponsors: Armstrong Ag & Supply, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Farm Credit Mid-America, Frazier Farms, Purina Animal Nutrition, Union Stock Yards and United Producers, Inc.
Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification “Welcome back to the Gap! How did those assorted tank tops work out for you?”A scene from the movie Minority Report with Tom Cruise, shows a future where holographic images pitch you personalized deals as you enter a store; one, coincidentally, from The Gap. It’s eerily foretelling. The only difference is that in the near future, you’ll be pitched via your mobile phone instead. And the offers will come by way of demographics you’ve willingly shared for free in exchange for online photo-hosting services and status-update-filled News Feeds.Everyone Wants DealsFacebook isn’t the only major company wanting in on this local mobile action, either.Groupon, which shrugged off a $6 billion Google acquisition attempt is reportedly planning an IPO at a $15 billion value, according to Bloomberg. The company also recently raised, as its kitschy press release says, “like, a billion dollars.” (Well actually, it raised $377 million in new equity; $573 million was used in stock buy-backs.)Groupon’s spurred suitor Google quickly began work on Google Offers, a similar local deals type service. Although still unofficial, sample offers began showing up in Google’s search results yesterday. (“Groupon? We can do that,” says Google.)Amazon, too, is chasing the local deals market with LivingSocial, a daily deals service of its own. Amazon actually invested $175 million into the site, but did not acquire it outright. A recent promotion where Amazon offered $20 gift cards for $10 showed that the power of the local platform can even be used to sell non-local goods and services.Even online auctioneer eBay is going local, with its acquisition of Milo.com, whose local deal-finding service is now incorporated into eBay’s mobile app and other online properties.Who Has the Winning Formula?Will any one company come out on top? For Facebook, going local isn’t enough – it wants local plus social plus targeted. Facebook already uses your demographic info to customize websites through Instant Personalization, it’s now using your Facebook activity to show ads to your friends, so is it any wonder that it would want to use your profile data to pitch you local deals via your mobile phone? Not at all. If anything, it’s surprisingly late to an already heated game. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… sarah perez Tags:#advertising#Analysis#Facebook#NYT#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook’s acquisition of Rel8tion, a stealth-mode startup out of Seattle, may hint towards the social network’s growing interest in the local advertising space. Rel8tion was developing a system for matching up a person’s location and their demographic profile with relevant ad inventory, according to AllThingsD, which was able to pull a bit of information off the startup’s website before it turned into the mysterious black page that it is today.While Facebook won’t officially confirm what its plans are for Rel8tion’s technology, it’s pretty easy to decipher: location-based advertising. On mobile. Using your Facebook profile info.In fact, speaking at the Inside SocialApps conference yesterday, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor confirmed the company’s primary focus in 2011 is mobile.Granted, Taylor wasn’t talking about local mobile deals, specifically, of course – he was talking about Facebook’s challenges and success on the mobile platform in general. But these phones, explained Taylor, are inherently social. They’re filled with your friends and contacts. And they have access to location.Sounds like the winning formula for a local mobile deals platform, doesn’t it?Facebook Places As It Is NowFacebook actually already has a location-based mobile platform in place called Facebook Places, which, like similar mobile services provided by the likes of Foursquare and Gowalla, allows you to check-in to a location and share that activity with your friends. On Facebook, there’s even a viral element to the service that others don’t have – it incorporates the concept of tagging, made popular by a Facebook photo-sharing feature – into the check-in process. You can now check in your friends on Facebook along with you, even if they don’t do it themselves.More importantly, though, are the deals offered by Places. Thanks to Facebook’s reach – over 500 million active users, and 200 million mobile users – Facebook can easily grab the attention of brands and their customers.When Places launched last fall, for example, one of Facebook’s partners in the launch was Gap. The clothing retailer dipped their toe into Facebook’s new local deals market by offering its customers free jeans, 10,000 pairs. But the promotion caught fire on Facebook – Free jeans! Tell your friends! – and quickly turned explosive. Lines formed around the block in the early morning outside Gap stores, and all the free jeans were given away within minutes after opening the doors.Facebook Deals: Mobile, Local, Social, TargetedNow imagine that same kind of viral, socially-infused power, combined with a “daily deals” model, the likes of which many major tech companies have been pursuing as of late. Then imagine Facebook Places deals that were designed to match up not only your physical location, but also your demographic info, made available thanks to your Facebook profile.< Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Tags:#security#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It’s the eye in the sky, patiently watching, tracking your every move. Look up and say “hi,” because with an influx of cash and a voyeuristic agenda, the FBI is more than ever the model for Big Brother. In February, the FBI began a $1 billion pilot program using facial-recognition and other information technologies to track people. Details of the project are enough to raise most people’s eyebrows despite the FBI’s claims that the mission’s goals are to “reduce terrorist and criminal activities.” The Next Generation Identification Program (a multi-year project underway that’s intended to be fully operational by 2014) combines facial recognition with biometric data including iris scans and search capability, a 10-point fingerprint analysis that the FBI claims is 99% accurate, and voice identification intended to spot everything from sex offenders to known terrorists. Using criminal-history databases, they can even track and identify you via your tattoo, palm print or your DNA. The trick, as Mark Zuckerberg continues to learn, is, how do you collect and use the maximum amount of information on everyone you behold without attracting too many angry people with torches and pitchforks?The justification for the federal government’s program is to keep people safer by putting cameras in public places to spot criminals. In other words, we watch to protect. Specifically, it claims the changes will speed apprehension of suspects and streamline paperwork.Here’s how the facial recognition is designed to work: If you walk in front of a lens, your face will be checked against the federal government’s national repository of images. That means you, me or your grandma would be in the same lineup as that felon across the street.This new facial recognition project isn’t the only eavesdropping program we can thank the feds for, but it is the newest (expensive) evolution in the fight between safety and privacy.Tracking YouThe government already trolls the Internet, monitoring millions of IP addresses a day, tracking specific keywords on social networks and sites (like Al Qaeda, Mexico, etc.), all in the name of public safety. In the name of national security, like everything else legally or morally questionable (ahem, drone strikes), the U.S. government tracks people’s data via Internet cookies. One way to see who’s monitoring you is through sites like PeerBlock. Check out the White House’s Internet policies to learn more about the doublespeak going on and the reasoning behind the upskirting that people get online from Washington. And it’s not just the United States.The U.K. made it legal for the government’s the GCHQ, the Government Communications Headquarters, to listen to every phone and read email conversation that it can capture.Photo by Exfordy Related Posts adam popescu A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Scramble for Olympic tickets in Japan; rest of world waits Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After a close opening set, Creamline stepped on it in the second frame, outgunning the Lady Troopers, 15-9, to win the set with seeming ease.The Lady Troopers dropped to 1-1 after winning their first game over the BaliPure Water Defenders (25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 25-23).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MANILA, Philippines–Creamline bounced back from its opening-day defeat by crushing PacificTown-Army, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.The Cool Smashers, who opened their campaign with a straight sets defeat at the hands of the PetroGazz Angels (25-22, 26-24, 25-22) last Sunday, scored their first win in the tournament they have won last year.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments
The location of knee pain can help identify the problem. Pain on the front of the knee can be due to bursitis, arthritis, or softening of the patella cartilage as in chondromalacia patella. Pain on the sides of the knee is commonly related to injuries to the collateral ligaments, arthritis, or tears to the meniscuses. Pain in the back of the knee can be caused by arthritis or cysts, known as Baker?s cysts. Baker?s cysts are an accumulation of joint fluid (synovial fluid) that forms behind the knee. Overall knee pain can be due to bursitis, arthritis, tears in the ligaments, osteoarthritis of the joint, or infection.Instability, or giving way, is also another common knee problem. Instability is usually associated with damage or problems with the meniscuses, collateral ligaments, or patella tracking.Review Date:11/9/2012Reviewed By:A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang. Previouly reviewed by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery (6/4/2011).
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)If you’re a college football fan or a fan of college sports, in general, it’s safe to say that you’ve probably heard someone refer to Ohio State as “THE Ohio State University”. Why is this? It’s not like we say “THE Florida State University” or “THE University Of North Carolina” or “THE” anything else for that matter. Some think that it’s just Buckeye fans being obnoxious, but there are actual reasons as to why fans of the scarlet and gray refer to the school in full fashion as “The Ohio State University”.The Ohio State University was initially known as Ohio Agricultural And Mechanical College.The University was renamed in 1878 because the board of trustees thought Ohio Agricultural And Mechanical College didn’t live up to the school’s prestige. The president of the university thought that the new name would further separate the institution from other schools in Ohio. Some also believe that the “THE” was added on to show other colleges in the state who the top dog was.While the school was renamed to The Ohio State University in 1878 it wasn’t until 1986 that the nickname became known by the masses.In 1986 the school rebranded itself by making a change to its logo.The motivation behind the new logo was for the school to shed the nickname of OSU. Obviously, there are other OSUs out there (Oklahoma State and Oregon State) and university officials wanted to avoid confusion. The “THE” (which was already in the official name of the school) was added to the logo to “reflect the national stature of the institution.”Amazing day at THE Ohio State University!Thank you @OSUCoachMeyer @OhioStateFB @CoachStudOL @markpantoni @WestonZernechel @ParisJohnsonJr #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/UO9By1VpjG— Geirean (@GeireanHatchett) July 26, 2018So to answer your question, no, Buckeye fans are not just being obnoxious. The Ohio State University is the correct and official name of the school. For those of you who think the name is a little pretentious, you’re not exactly wrong, but Buckeye fans and officials think that the university is prominent enough to carry such a name.