Dismissed FDA Managers’ US$6M PUP Case Ruling on Ice

first_imgThe Judge of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia Peter Gbeneweleh is yet to announce the new date for his ruling in the US$6 million Private Use Permits (PUPs) brought against dismissed Forestry Development Authority (FDA) managing director, Moses Diakpo Wogbeh, and several other persons, including a surveyor at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy.The Judge was reportedly forced to postpone the ruling immediately after the lawyers on July 22, rested their final argument. They cited the July 26 Independence Day celebration held in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties as reason for the postponement.Ever since the July 26 Independence Day celebration, Judge Gbeneweleh has remained reluctant to announce the new date for his ruling.The defendants were being tried for their alleged individual roles in the illegal issuing of up to 61 Private Use Permits (PUPs) that authorized commercial logging operations on nearly 2.5 million hectares of forest land in the country when they were serving in their respective positions.They were charged based on the report of a Special Independent Investigative Body (SIIB) setup by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to inquire about the issuance of the 61 PUPs by the defendants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea target offered new contract, will decide future after World Cup

first_img Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly REAL DEAL 1 GOSSIP LIVING THE DREAM Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback Chelsea are now fighting hard to sign the Belgium international, particularly as the current favourite to take charge at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri, wants to work with him again.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Mertens will not decide his future until after the World Cup.The 31-year-old is currently out in Russia with Belgium and he has no desire to begin talks about his club situation.Napoli, however, have been in touch with Mertens to let him know that a new contract is waiting for him upon his return.The club’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, wants to keep the forward and has offered him improved terms until June 2022.Crucially, the new contract would also remove Mertens’ current release clause of around £25m. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED Transfer News Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star take zlat Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Dries Mertens will decide after the World Cup whether he wants to leave Napoli for Chelsea.The forward is on the Blues’ radar after another fine season in Italy, which he finished with 18 Serie A goals and six assists. three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder heading off Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino Mertens celebrates after netting Belgium’s opener against Panama WHITE KNIGHT ‘perfect fit” IN DEMAND last_img read more

Formtek: Orion Access 5.1 Available

first_imgVersion 5.1 of Formtek | Orion 5 Access is available and now shipping.Formtek | Orion 5 Access, Version 5.1 provides:• Integration with the Java API that eliminates the use of CORBA• Improved Access server startup and Windows service capability• Support for hybrid document representation types at check-in• Support for remote Formtek | Orion Event Triggers• Support for Additional Database Connection Pooling (DBCP) Parameters• Support for Solaris 10• Support for Windows Internet Explorer 7.0Access 5.1 supports the following server platforms:• Windows Server 2003 SP1 (32-bit)• Windows 2000 Server SP4• Solaris 9, 10 (SPARC)Access 5.1 supports the following client platforms:• Windows XP Professional SP2• Windows 2000 Professional SP 4last_img

2011 Predictions: Mike Melanson

first_img3: Mobile payment systems will continue to make in-roads in the US, especially as online payment systems become more widely accepted. They won’t, however, have the same traction as these same systems in countries where the realities of everyday life necessitate them. (IE mobile payment systems in parts of Africa help workers protect themselves from getting mugged on their monthly pay day, according to one story I remember hearing on NPR.)4: Speaking of money, we’re going to see Facebook really do something with its virtual currency, Facebook Credits, over the next year. So far, the company got rid of its virtual gift store and made credits available for purchase using PayPal. They’re now usable for in-game purchases, but we have yet to see the cross-over to the real world. We might see Facebook Credits become a real live currency in 2011, with users having the ability to buy tickets to events (remember that Eventbrite partnership stuff we saw earlier this year?) and maybe even make phone calls over Skype (there has to be more to that Skype/Facebook partnership, right?).5: Over the last several months, we’ve heard more and more that Twitter is not just a place to go and tell us what you did for lunch – it’s a place to go read about what other people ate for lunch. Okay, I jest. But really, Twitter is working on transitioning to a more consumer friendly, consumption-based tool and that’s what we’re going to see in 2011. The website redesign was just the beginning. Now, the company is going to figure out (beyond a list of 10 trending topics) how to filter and aggregate all that content and make it useful to the average Web user. And then stick some more advertising in there, likely of the local variety. Tags:#predictions#web Editor’s note: Every December the ReadWriteWeb team looks into the murky depths of the coming year and tries to predict the future. How did we do last year? Well, Facebook didn’t go public, Google Wave didn’t make a comeback, and Spotify didn’t make it to the U.S. But our forecasts for Google Chrome, cloud computing, Facebook and something we called the “iTablet” were spot on. What’s in store for 2011? All this week we’ll be posting our predictions. Let us know your prognostications in the comments.1: The idea of the “real-time Web” will become the standard as dynamic, real-time content permeates every corner of the Web. Beyond updates, commenting, and news, the movement toward real-time will finally begin to fully realize the connection between the Web and the Internet of Things. Instead of hacks and mashups telling us when the next bus is coming or what point in the journey our package is in, we’ll have real-time tracking via RFID or other IOT technologies.2: Complex Internet TV systems like Google TV will find a way to become screen-agnostic or simpler, cheaper systems like Roku Box will win out with consumers. For these more complex integrations to work, they’ll also need to refine their operating systems and offer integration with a wider variety of cable TV content. We have plenty of access to our email already. We don’t want to pay $300 to see it on our TV screen too.ReadWriteWeb’s 2011 Predictions:2011 Staff Predictions2011 Predictions: Klint Finley2011 Predictions: Curt Hopkins2011 Predictions: Sarah Perez2011 Predictions: Mike Melanson mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Google Announces “Big Algorithmic Improvement” to Search

first_imgRelated Posts Google has been under increasing pressure in recent months to improve its search results. From accusations of SEO gaming by big sites to a search results page dominated by the likes of Demand Media and other content farms, the search engine has repeatedly heard the cry that it was becoming less and less relevant. Most recently, the company launched an extension to allow users to block results from certain domains.Today, Google announced that it had made a “big algorithmic improvement” that, unlike other changes, could be noticeable to its users.Google Fellow Amit Singhal and Principal Engineer Matt Cutts announced the changes this evening, noting that the improvement happened without the help of last week’s toolbar release:Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them. But in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking–a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries–and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites–sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites–sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.We can’t make a major improvement without affecting rankings for many sites. It has to be that some sites will go up and some will go down. Google depends on the high-quality content created by wonderful websites around the world, and we do have a responsibility to encourage a healthy web ecosystem. Therefore, it is important for high-quality sites to be rewarded, and that’s exactly what this change does.While the changes may have been made without input from the extension, Google notes that “this algorithmic change addresses 84% of them, which is strong independent confirmation of the user benefits.”The changes will take place initially in the U.S. and roll out in other locations over time. Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Heat-Pump Clothes Dryers

first_imgHow heat-pump clothes dryers workA traditional dryer works by heating air, blowing it into the drum chamber (where it absorbs moisture from the clothes), and then exhausting the now moisture-laden hot air out of the dryer and out of the house.A condensing dryer, on the other hand, works by heating air, blowing it into the drum chamber and then pulling that warm moist air from the drum and cooling it to the point that the moisture condenses and drips into a collection tray. The cool dry air is then heated and recirculated back into the drum where it again picks up moisture and the cycle continues.The tricky thing with a condensing dryer is how to cool the air being pulled from the drum. Some condensing dryers use a metal plate that is air-cooled and some use a scheme that requires a steady supply of cold water. Neither of these systems results in a dryer that is any more energy-efficient than a traditional dryer, and the appliances are much slower. The market for condensing dryers has typically been for apartment buildings where running an exhaust vent isn’t feasible.A heat-pump dryer is a kind of condensing dryer. Like pretty much every heat pump device, the heat pump in a heat pump clothes dryer has a cold coil and a hot coil. This works out perfectly for a condensing dryer as the cold coil can be used to cool the warm moist air coming from the drum (and to provide a condensing surface for the moisture in the air) and the hot coil can be used to heat the air before sending it back.Heat pump clothes dryers use 40% to 50% as much electricity as a traditional electric dryer and dry clothes much faster than condensing dryers that don’t use heat pumps, while still being slower than a conventional gas or electric dryer. For a family that does five five loads of drying a week, that’s a savings of $1.90 per week during the winter and $1.00 per week during the summer for a heat-pump dryer vs. a traditional electric. Averaged out that comes to a savings of about $75 per year, which would bring the total lifetime cost of a heat pump dryer much closer to the cost of a traditional dryer. But unless you live in a very cold climate or dry an excessive amount of laundry, a heat-pump dryer, at today’s prices, is unlikely to save you a lot of money. If prices come down, or if the price of energy goes up, that could change.While the cost may or may not be an issue, one great feature of this dryer that could turn it into a mainstream product is how much gentler it is on your clothes. Because it’s not using heat alone to dry the clothes, it doesn’t heat the air as much as a traditional dryer. Not only will clothes last longer but it might make it possible to dry clothes that you would otherwise need to hang dry. RELATED ARTICLES Alternatives to Clothes DryersEnergy-Saving Clothes Dryers Hit U.S. MarketsDrying Clothes With Less EnergyEnergy Star Program to Include Clothes DryersAll About Washing Machines Joe Rice is a retired software engineer who recently moved into his energy-efficient house in eastern Massachusetts. His blog about the construction and performance of the house is called Pretty Good Lake House. Heat pump electric dryer17¢33¢ The real downside to the dryer is the cost. I got it from A. J. Madison for $1,399 with free shipping. That’s a lot for a dryer. Of course, I’ll save money every time I run a load, at least, compared to a traditional dryer, right? To figure out how much I created a spreadsheet. It takes into account the amount of energy each dryer requires to run, the amount of energy a minisplit heating system would use to heat/cool the makeup air (for a venting dryer) and the fact that all of the energy used to run a heat-pump dryer stays in the house. This latter effect is a significant savings in the heating season and a significant cost in the cooling season.According to these calculations, and based on prices for electricity and gas in Massachusetts, the costs per load are: Whirlpool announced it back in July; I was able to order it in October; and it wasn’t delivered until January 21st — but I now own a real live, made for the U.S. market, heat-pump clothes dryer. It’s officially the Whirlpool HybridCare Duet Dryer with Heat Pump Technology.Heat-pump clothes dryers have been available for many years in Europe, but this dryer and another recently announced model from LG are the first to hit the U.S. market. I chose the Whirlpool over the LG primarily because the LG, for some reason, still has a vent to the outdoors. One of the major advantages of incorporating a heat pump into a clothes dryer is that the dryer can be ventless. For a tight building enclosure that means one fewer penetration to be sealed. It also means that the dryer isn’t taking conditioned air from the living space and venting it to the outdoors.The dryer (see Image #1, above) looks pretty much like every other clothes dryer, doesn’t it? From this angle, the only difference you can really see between a standard dryer and this dryer is the panel at the bottom right which open to allow access to the secondary lint filter. Traditional gas dryer39¢38¢ But look at the washing machine outlet box at left. The two steel-braided hoses and the large black drain hose come from the washing machine. But that small copper tube attached to the small black hose is the drain from the dryer.I ran a medium-large load using the most efficient cycle and, well, it worked. It didn’t seem to take terribly long (although I didn’t time it) and the clothes came out not just dry but quite soft and with fewer wrinkles than the laundry from the last dryer I owned. In fact, the towels came out positively luxuriously soft. It is a bit louder than your typical dryer, though — something to keep in mind if your dryer isn’t located in an acoustically isolated area of your house. Winter Summer Traditional electric dryer55¢53¢last_img read more

WWE Superstar Fundraiser For Boys And Girls Clubs Of America

first_imgWWE today announced the launch of this year’s Superstars for Hope, a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com, featuring unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.Fans can now visit www.charitybuzz.com/wwe through Tuesday, April 10 to bid on exclusive WWE experiences with Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Ric and Charlotte Flair, backstage opportunities at SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 35, and more. Additional packages have been donated by Mark Cuban, Celine Dion, New York Giants, Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco 49ers and more as part of the campaign.“WWE is dedicated to using the power of our brand and platforms to leave a lasting, positive impression on our youth,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “We are proud to once again partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the Superstars for Hope campaign to continue their efforts to help put young people on the path to great futures.”“We are so grateful to WWE and all those who have provided these exclusive experiences for the Superstars for Hope Fundraiser that benefits our Clubs,” says Jim Clark, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Club of America. “The strong partnership between WWE and Boys & Girls Clubs is helping every day to eradicate youth bullying in America.”WWE and Charitybuzz have worked together for more than six years to raise nearly 2 million dollars for various nonprofits.“WWE is not only a major name in entertainment, but they’re a genuinely philanthropic organization, mobilizing all of their channels to make a meaningful impact. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” said Ben Erwin, General Manager of Charitybuzz. “Charitybuzz is proud to provide the platform and support needed to complement WWE’s efforts and raise significant funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.”The online auction highlights include:• Ultimate WrestleMania 35 Experience ◦ 1 Suite for 10 People at WrestleMania 35 ◦ 10 Tickets to WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony ◦ 10 Tickets to WrestleMania Axxess ◦ Sneak Peek of WrestleMania set before gates open ◦ Picture on ramp before WrestleMania • WWE Big 4 VIP Package ◦ 2 Tickets to SummerSlam 2018, Survivor Series 2018, Royal Rumble 2019 and WrestleMania 35 ◦ Lunch with a WWE Superstar before Royal Rumble • Meet Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, a backstage tour at SummerSlam, and 2 tickets to the show • A photo shoot with a WWE Superstar; available experiences include ◦ Nia Jax ◦ Asuka ◦ Carmella ◦ Riott Squad ◦ Absolution • An opportunity to escort a WWE Superstar to the ring; available experiences include: ◦ Bobby Roode ◦ The New Day ◦ Bayley • One-hour pitch meeting with Mark Cuban • Four tickets to Live with Kelly and Ryan • Miami Dolphins VIP Gameday Experience (4 tickets, field passes and parking) • St. Louis Cardinals VIP Gameday Experience (4 tickets, battling practice and entrance into the museum)Fans can click here now through Tuesday, April 10, to see the full list of experiences and donate for their chance to win.last_img read more