The Business Desk of the Daily Observer has credibly learned that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will veto the National Budget Law for fiscal year 2014/15 approved last week by the National Legislature. According to Executive Mansion sources, President Sirleaf will do a line veto of the budget which many economists consider a huge departure from the actual reality of the economy. The lawmakers passed the budget increasing their salaries and benefits amidst the economic challenges in the face of the Ebola crisis.“The segment of the fiscal budget passed by the legislature is not realizable,” said a Liberian public budget analyst, who feels that the lawmakers’ decision to increase the budget above US$500 million is unthinkable at this time.The National Legislature passed the budget last week increasing its re-adjusted revenue envelop from over US$473 million to US$660 million contradicting the actual numbers highlighting declining revenue and huge government deficit.The economy has receded by over 6 percent projected with real gross domestic product (GDP) growth dipping further downward to 0.4 percent due to the ongoing Ebola crisis.Investment and export as well as government spending as functions of the economy have all been hit due to the crisis.Investments have dwindled as contractors and companies declared force majeure and left the country, but this does not stop the government from paying workers and ensuring that public institutions function—-which ultimately creates extra spending pressure on the government as the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak rages.A revenue expert explained how the government would have collapsed had the World Bank and other multilateral institutions and bilateral governments not given direct budgetary support to pay health workers’ salaries and settle other costs.“The best we can do is to operate on core revenue only,” said this expert who preferred anonymity.Tax revenue is the government’s single largest resilience for funding, but with most of the businesses hit hardest by the EVD, revenue projections from them could be contingent upon how fast they recover from the impact of the virus, analysts have said.Apart from the initial draft budget envelop of US$473.2 million, members of the legislature included US$7.047 million as additional revenue from the budget hearing.In addition to this amount, they also made the following adjustments US$24 million core grant, US$50.3 million contingent (grant) revenue and US$70.6 million (core) borrowing as well as US$10 million borrowing (contingent) and US$25 million signature bonuses for oil blocks 6, 7, 16 and 17, respectively. By increasing the revenue envelop of the budget by US$186.9 million and increasing their own allowances and other benefits, many economists are wondering where the government will raise additional revenue from to complete the financing of the budget when deficit is already above US$305 million.Responding to our reporter’s inquest at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) press briefing on Thursday, Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh announced that the economy is in trouble. “The economy is undergoing serious stress as a result of the Ebola crisis and the need to intervene in further stabilizing the country’s already fragile economy cannot be overemphasized. The government is challenged in dealing with deficit financing. We have a very huge task in dealing with deficit financing because we [government] don’t want to sink our country into another huge debt,” said Minister Konneh. He called for strong fiscal discipline in government as the economy struggles to recover.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
His report finds false alarms and criminal record checks take up a majority of the RCMP’s time. He says out of 300 criminal record checks, almost 100 are not picked up. [asset|aid=912|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=af1de898ba503cba007d6a12979a84e9-Council Ward Johnston 2_1_Pub.mp3] Johnston also says the detachment has 11 vacant positions. Three are maternity, four are due to injuries and four are being transferred or are waiting to be filled. Photo: Acting Inspector Ward Johnston delivers a detailed Mayors Report on Monday night – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caRCMP Acting Inspector Ward Johnston says the level of criminal activity has decreased over the past year.- Advertisement – However, the Fort St. John RCMP has recently switched their traditional paper-based data management to electronic based, and the results may not be accurate. [asset|aid=911|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=af1de898ba503cba007d6a12979a84e9-Council Ward Johnston 1_1_Pub.mp3] Over 1500 files from 2008 are still open investigations, and have not been updated into the new database. So, Johnston says he doesn’t want to draw conclusions from the 2007 and 2008 comparison numbers. The numbers he can deliver on, he says, is the total calls for service and detachment prisoner count. In 2007 the RCMP received 15,684 calls for service, while the numbers decreased in ’08 by 6 percent to 14,749. The detachment held 1,939 prisoners in 2007 and 49 less prisoners in 2008.Advertisement read more
No one has been injured after a collision at Mile 115 of the Alaska Highway.Fort St. John RCMP say the collision happened Tuesday night, north of Wonowon.- Advertisement -The crash occurred between a tanker truck and a pickup.Police also say there was only minor damage to the pickup truck.
Manchester United management duo Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs lack ‘chemistry’, according to Ian Holloway. The Dutchman appointed Red Devils legend Giggs as his assistant in 2014 and they are coming to the end of their second season working together. In their first campaign, United secured a fourth-place finish in the Premier League to qualify for the Champions League, but in 2015/16 they have not progressed further up the table – finishing fifth. “I don’t actually know what he [Giggs] has got – I feel for him,” Holloway, who joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast as co-host on Friday, said. “[Giggs] has had a taste of it, with Fergie – he would have been the natural successor to it all.“They don’t look like they get on, let’s be honest. There’s no chemistry between the two of them is there? We don’t know that but I’m saying it.“Let’s look at the way he played – you won’t get a better winger than him will you? It’s not going to be floating his boat.”Reports on Friday suggest Manchester United’s Ed Woodward accepts the need for change in the summer. The executive vice-chairman is apparently set to ask Van Gaal to move upstairs into a director of football role, with Jose Mourinho coming in as manager.Holloway added: “Neither can I [believe it].“Is this just something to put extra pressure on Van Gaal? It is unfair because he doesn’t seem that popular with the press does he.“I can’t see Van Gaal and Mourinho – yeah they might have worked together before but I can’t see any one of them putting up with that.” read more
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(Visited 99 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Climate change (what used to be called Global Warming) provides a test case on whether a scientific consensus is reliable or authoritative.A minority of scientists, most being strict Darwinians, rule a majority of their fellow human beings who believe in creation. A similar situation exists in “climate change” theory, where the scientific elite are frustrated that ordinary citizens and governments balk at accepting their opinions. Though off topic for Creation-Evolution Headlines, some comparisons may be instructive on how to evaluate the consensus about Darwinism.The more inclusive “climate change” term evolved by punctuated equilibrium (or, as some might have it, by intelligent design) after years of warnings by scientists about “global warming.” But global warming carries no political baggage unless it is human caused – the source of most of the conflict about “anthropogenic global warming” and what should be done about it.The scientific consensus is still adamant that humans are guilty of setting our planet on a dangerous course via industrial emissions of greenhouse gases. In recent years, their force of presumptive authority led to global summits and promises by governments to take draconian measures as penance. Some still do. The wind seems to have gone out of the scientific sails recently, though. Reasons include lingering damage from embarrassing exposures of fraud and flawed statistics, inconsistent claims, growing doubt about the validity of the data, governments that are figuring that cutting their own emissions puts them at an economic disadvantage, and a public reluctant to accept the “sky is falling” message.“Climate change” has become something of a catch-phrase that stands for too much and thereby means too little. For instance, just when the layman has learned to watch his carbon footprint, New Scientist tells him to watch out for his nitrogen footprint, water footprint and phosphorus footprint. How can John Q. Public avoid stepping all over himself?In addition, some of the warnings and advice appear downright nutty. National Geographic, for instance, seriously reported a proposal to put sunscreen in the sky. The environmental impact of pumping many tons of titanium oxide into the atmosphere has not been evaluated, for sure. What will happen to the coral and endangered species, including humans? Even if deemed safe, application could be decades away (too little too late), whether or not the EPA decides what SPF factor Mother Earth needs to put on.A number of reports about past climate change undermines today’s doomsday prophets. “Climate change led to collapse of ancient Indus civilization” reported Science Daily this week. Clearly, whatever climate catastrophe might be correlated with their demise was not anthropogenic so long before the Industrial Revolution. Sometimes the response of scientists is to warn that today’s threat is greater than any historical climate change. Many onlookers find that unconvincing. If ice ages and warming periods happened before, don’t blame us, they think.Another sign of the changing political climate appeared on Science Daily this week: “Public Apathy Over Climate Change Unrelated to Science Literacy.” This implies that skeptics of anthropogenic warming are not stupider than climate scientists who promote the consensus view. The skeptics may have different cultural values, but are just as able to comprehend the science, according to a study just published in Nature Climate Change. The article tried to divert attention to matters of public bias or the persuasive abilities of scientists, but the results must have been discomfiting to the journal editors and to the National Science Foundation that funded the survey.Whether the consensus is correct regarding global warming or not, it’s an issue with parallels to the evolution controversy: a scientific consensus bucking heads with a recalcitrant public. It shows that science is not “out there” as some ideal entity, but is necessarily a human enterprise. Elitists or not, scientists have to get down and dirty in rhetoric, politics, and reputation in messy relationships with their fellow human beings who don’t always buy into their right to tell them what to do.It doesn’t help science’s reputation when commentators like Daniel Sarewitz write in prestigious journals like Nature on May 9, “Beware the creeping cracks of bias: Evidence is mounting that research is riddled with systematic errors. Left unchecked, this could erode public trust,” the article began. Though the context was different (medical research), the principle is the same. Arguably, a problem of bias in medical research, something more accessible and short-term than climate change, could erode public trust even more with talking about longer-term theories like global warming or evolution.Like the Darwinians, the climate-change people own the media, the schools and the U.N. The Darwinians had better be shaking in their boots about the possible collapse of global warming theory. Even though a collapse by itself would not justify the climate skeptics – it could be discounted as a rhetorical loss by the “right” side – it would demonstrate that scientists cannot pretend to be a global oligarchy.The real issue relates to philosophy of science: how do scientists know what they know? If the consensus collapses from within, if a new consensus emerges that discards the old one, say, and warns that humans are causing a new ice age or whatever, it will demonstrate Kuhn was right. By parallel evolution, Darwinism will be relegated to a currently powerful paradigm that may some day give way to a new paradigm based on intelligent design.Darwinians are in a Catch-22 situation. They cannot simultaneously preach scientism (“science is the path to Truth”) and argue that evolution produced the human mind. If it’s Truth they want – a Truth that can allow a minority to persuade and direct a majority – they can’t posture themselves as argumentative apes (see previous entry). An embarrassment about climate change will only illustrate their fallibility. What are the Darwinians going to say if their critics mock them, saying, according to their own assumptions, evolution caused their demise? It’s just survival of the fittest. Q.E.D. Stuff happens. The climates, they are a-changing. That’s what you get for founding a belief system on chance and contingency. read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At a recent Grow More Experience Field Day just outside of Marysville, Syngenta hosted growers and retailers to take a look at some test plots that focus on weed pressures, insect infestations and disease issues. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Syngenta’s Retail Sales Representative for Southern Ohio, Jeff Heimerl, about how important fungicides will be after a rainy and humid start to summer.
IT project failure expert Michael Krigsman shared some thoughts on social CRM adoption at Dreamforce last December. Krigsman has posted a video from Dreamforce and added some thoughts.Frankly, I’m surprised there are enough companies that have tried and failed to adopt social CRM that anyone can deduce any trends yet. It’s still such a new technology/strategy. But Krigsman’s advice is good. It may seem obvious, but the problems he mentions are exactly the ones that trip projects up. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Krigsman cites three reasons that social CRM projects typically fail:Poor strategyOver-focus on technologyMinimizing cultureKrigsman concludes with some common sense advice:WIFM – “what’s in it for me” — is key to encouraging user adoption of any social business software. Help users engage quickly and often, by finding ways for them to gain tangible value fast. Users adopt new software when they experience delight and benefit, which is an incredibly powerful combination.It’s probably worth mentioning Ray Wang’s tips for avoiding social CRM failure as well.Photo by kioan klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products read more
Mom:Thank you for raising me and my brothers and sisters. I have no idea how you raised us so well alone. And now that I have three children of my own, I don’t know how you weren’t frightened by having to do so. You are the bravest person I have ever known.Thank you for being stubborn and determined enough over a long enough time that your values (finally) became my values. Your integrity and character are a bar that is still too high for me to reach, but I am still a work in progress. You were right about making me finish high school when I wanted to drop out. I am certain my pigheadedness around things that are important is the result of your example.Thank you for believing in me and causing me to believe that I am capable of doing whatever I want, that I could be whatever I want, even when that was fronting a rock band at 17. I still remember how you sent me motivational quotes that were cut out of Reader’s Digest when I was in Los Angeles alone. You may not know this, but I used to tape them to the inside of my planner.Thank you for the example of charity. When we had too little, you somehow found a way to take care of people around us who had even less. When other people would have recognized scarcity, somehow you saw abundance.Thank you for never letting my harbor hatred in my heart. I am not sure how you knew to teach me forgiveness or how you convinced me to set down anger and hurt, but I recognize the difference it has made in my life. Thanks more for forgiving me the countless times I needed forgiving.Thank you for seeing things in me that I couldn’t see myself. Thanks for still seeing things in me that I can’t yet see. You’ve always had the ability to see things that take me much longer to see.Thank you for always being there for me, no matter what. You’ve always given me the best counsel, even when I ignored it and learned the hard way that you were right (It seems you got a lot smarter the older I have gotten).There is this thing about Moms that makes them so special. That thing is unconditional love. Yours is the greatest example of unconditional love that I have ever witnessed, and I hope that I can live up to the example you set for me.Happy Mother’s Day! I love you, Mom.AnthonyP.S. Happy Mother’s Day to my wife, Cher. Thank you for raising three wonderful babies. They don’t yet know you are their best friend, but they will!P.P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to you Moms who read this! Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now read more
Members of the Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), a Dalit group and working-class cultural troupe, said on Wednesday they were being made “scapegoats” for the January 1 clashes at Bhima-Koregaon, which led to the death of one person.Earlier this week, Vishrambaug Wada police booked six KKM members for allegedly making provocative speeches and presentations that promoted enmity between two groups at Elgaar Parishad held at Shaniwarwada Fort on December 31 as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle.KKM members said they were being made scapegoats to divert attention from the real perpetrators of the clashes. Jyoti Jagtap, who has been named in the FIR, said, “This is a clear conspiracy against us as we are soft targets for the government and the police machinery. “ In the past, we were accused of promoting Maoist-Naxalite ideology and were hounded by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad. In such an explosive scenario [Bhima-Koregaon violence], the KKM becomes a natural target for those looking to divert attention from the real instigators.” Ms. Jagtap said Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote had protested against the permission granted to the KKM to perform at Elgaar Parishad. She said, “Ekbote’s efforts to prevent the parishad were futile. His ploy to stoke tensions between Dalits and Marathas on January 1 backfired. The Maharashtra bandh on January 3 proved people were against him. In retaliation, we are being targeted by Hindutva forces.” Sudhir Dhavale, Deepak Dhengle, Sagar Gorkhe, Harshali Potdar and Ramesh Gaychor are the other KKM members named in the FIR filed on January 8.Meanwhile, the Pune Rural Police arrested eight more persons in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence on Wednesday, taking the number of those arrested to 51. read more