MOT, MOCI Mute over Transport Fares

first_imgFor the fifth time in Monrovia and its environs, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians continue to endure hardship under mute attitudes of Ministries of Transport and Commerce & Industry.Transportation fares for all destinations in Monrovia and its environs remain perpetually unregulated despite announcement by Ministry of Transport that fares were being dropped due to reduction in prices of gasoline and fuel.The so-called reduction, as far as the prevailing situation is concerned, has not been enforced by the regulatory agencies of the government.Despite the repeated and persistent outcries of the commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians in the hands of unscrupulous commercial drivers, the Transport, Commerce and Industries Ministries remain resolutely mute over the situation.Sadly, commercial drivers have for the past six weeks deliberately refused to accept the reduced transport fares for Monrovia and its immediate environs announced by the Transport, Commerce and Industry Ministries.Reductions in the pump price of petroleum products, however, was effected by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) owing to sharp declines in the global sale of petroleum products.Interestingly, repeated and consistent stern warnings from the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Transport with regards to hikes in transport fares have fallen on deaf ears and commercial drivers continue to exhibit defiance.In addition, as a result of the defiant attitudes of the commercial drivers and other public service transport providers, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians are seen stranded at several street corners and other bus stations in desperations and anger.Despite the massive waves of public outcries, shock, indignation and unwavering sentiments against the acute shortage of public transport for about 12 years now, the government continues to downplay Liberians’ grievances. “We will continue to defy and ignore all the warnings from the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry, because we were not consulted prior to the transport fare reductions in Monrovia,” Drivers at Bob Taylor’s Junction shouted out loudly.Many of the disenchanted and defiant commercial drivers in their 30s and 40s called on the government to reconsider some of the penalties associated with the transport fares’ violations in Monrovia and its environs.In separate interviews with some affected commuters in the three commercially driven communities, they underscored urgent need for swift intervention of the two ministries.Commuter Harris B. Konuwah, 48, said the ministries concerned should swiftly mustered the courage and fortitude to enforce transport fares’ regulations without fear and favor in Monrovia and its environs.“I mean, the big men business must be stopped and commercial drivers violating the transport fare regulations should be dealt with harshly without favor,” Mr. Konuwah stressed.Madam Elizabeth B. Marshall, 45, said she was really disappointed with those two ministries for lack of commitment to enforce transport fare regulations in Monrovia.“I wish to advise the Ministers of Commerce, Transport and Industry to herewith stop issuing empty regulations that lack the practical instruments to enforce same to all categories of Liberians,” Madam Marshall cautioned.She stressed the need for the two ministries to graduate from sugar-coated utterances that have no iota and element of practical realities considering the defiant attitudes of the commercial drivers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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US firm in $430m SA mobile tower deal

first_img5 November 2010South African mobile operator Cell C is to sell 3 200 of its cellular base stations to US firm American Tower Corporation for around US$430-million (about R2.9-billion).Cell C will be the anchor tenant on each of the telecommunications towers purchased by Boston-based American Tower, including 1 400 existing towers and up to 1 800 additional towers that are either under construction or will be constructed over the next two to three years.“This is an important strategic transaction for Cell C, allowing us to realise the value embedded in our passive infrastructure, which has undergone a significant transformation over the past few years,” Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt said in a statement this week.“We believe our relationship with American Tower will enable us to further enhance the quality and coverage of our network.”Platform for future growthAmerican Tower, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is an independent owner, operator and developer of broadcast and wireless communications sites.It currently owns and operates approximately 33 000 communications sites in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Mexico and Peru.“We are pleased to announce the launch of our operations in South Africa, as well as the opportunity to work with Cell C,” American Tower CEO Jim Taiclet said this week. “We believe South Africa provides a compelling investment opportunity for us, with strong demand for voice and advanced wireless data services.“In addition, our newly established presence in South Africa will provide us with a platform for our future growth in the region.”American Tower and Cell C expect to close the sale of the existing towers by early 2011, subject to customary closing conditions.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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The Secret River — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedWalensee 8° — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2019In “Community”NO LIMIT – Centrale d’Oxygène Liquide — Geocache of the WeekAugust 16, 2017In “Community”Ring of Fire — Geocache of the WeekAugust 30, 2017In “Community” “Close your eyes. You hear nothing but silence and the faint sound of trickling water in the background. Imagine you are 80 feet below ground with your eyes open in the pitch black. You are one with Mother Earth. You are somewhere along an 800 meter stretch of a 14 kilometer underground river that originates in the interior of the peninsula and empties into the sea. The lights come back on. Look up and see thousands of jagged-edged stalactites pointing towards your head like the tips of poison Mayan arrows. It looks like you are either on another planet or on the set of a blockbuster Hollywood movie”.This is a direct quote from the cache page for The Secret River, and they’re not kidding about the cinematic environment. The EarthCache could easily be featured in the next Indiana Jones movie. At 215.2 kilometers, the Secret River or “Sistema Sac Actun” (White Cave System) is the longest running underwater cave in the world. Its unique geological history make it a destination for geocachers and geologists alike. EarthCaches provide an opportunity to learn a geological lesson and visit awe-inspiring geological locations. Visitors can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources and how scientists gather evidence. Typically, to log an EarthCache, you will have to provide answers to questions by observing the geological location. The geocacher who visits The Secret River will leave with a solid understanding of how the cave and river were formed and how to differentiate between Stalactites, Stalagmites, Columns, Helictites. Logs from a few recent geocachers to visit the caves:  “What a hidden gem. If you are anywhere near this area, you should take this tour and log this Earthcache. We happened upon it almost by chance. We were just looking for something local to do for the afternoon. We were in the area for 10 days and it was one of the best things we did. Wondering along with a guide for a couple of hours in an underground system of caves, along a river was simply amazing. This is not my first dave tour, I’ve done several in the US. But this was my first underground river cave tour.So glad we happened upon this earthcache, and this tour.Thanks Dragonfly E&N for creating and maintaining it, favorite point for sure! – JeeperDad“One of my favorite caches on this trip. After spending a few days in warm swimming pools at the resort we were all happy to have this refreshing river to jump into. Our tour guide was really good and I enjoyed the history along with some local stories. Glad to share this experience with Dix1, 800rmk, tumbler77, the wee-ones and some friends. Thanks for sharing this secret river with us. Deserves a favorite.” – del2uThe unique structure and vastness of the cave/river is what draws tourists to this location from around the world. The geological lessons, highly informative cache page, and the required logging tasks are what draw in geocachers from around the world. One might say the bat’s out of the bag for GC2NTRK – The Secret River.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:4Terrain:4 Location:Yucatán, MexicoN 20° 35.259′ W 087° 08.061′ Earth CacheGC2NTRKby Dragonfly E&Nlast_img read more

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Why China’s own ‘Bay Area’ matters now for your company

first_imgTags:#China#featured#Greater Bay Area#Internet of Things#IoT#ReadWrite Labs#startups#top Follow the Puck Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of spending significant time on the ground in China for ReadWrite and ReadWrite Labs. While here in China, I’m continuously discovering new opportunities that exist and even more reasons for foreign startups and corporations to consider getting started in China. However entering a new market can be overwhelming without the right information or guiding trip. So here’s a quick start guide for anyone currently thinking about expanding into China.1. Largest consumer market globallyIt’s no secret that China has the largest consumer market in the world with almost 1.4 billion people and rising. What some may not be aware of is that China will present what will be the greatest middle-class growth bump of any country since the United States beginning in the early 1950s. In fact, by 2022 over 76 percent of China’s urban population will be considered middle class according to a McKinsey & Company study. That’s roughly (in today’s numbers) over 550 million people who are ready to be your customers. As that population continues to grow so will the country’s internet users, specifically mobile. Today China alone has over 700 million (with 30% growth in 2016) active mobile internet users. Which equates to the largest sandbox for applications, gaming, the Internet of Things (IoT) and more.2. The Greater Bay AreaFor those unfamiliar with the term, it is not an extension of the San Francisco Bay Area, in fact, it’s more than three times larger. The Greater Bay Area is part of China’s initiatives to drive innovation throughout the country. To put it in perspective here’s just a few stats about this newly defined region, 11 cities make up the region (Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou (third largest city in China), Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen, and Zhaoqing)67+ million people now within less than a one hour drive16 and growing Fortune 500 companies have a headquarters within the region – more following$1.36 trillion dollars in combined GDP for the area in 2016 (compared to the San Francisco’s Bay Area of $431.7 billion GDP in 2015)Each city will have a dedicated focus on an industry (Manufacturing, Finance, Travel, Artificial Intelligence, etc.) with local benefits provided for those doing business locally3. Innovation at scaleThe days of copycats are fading away throughout China in favor of innovative ideas that push industries forward rather than oversaturate. These changes are gaining momentum at astounding rates thanks to ambitious entrepreneurs and corporations, along with enormous governmental support. All three are hungry to lead with entrepreneurs craving advice and education on Silicon Valley success. Local businesses are opening their doors welcoming global partners and providing support or insights on the local markets. Governments throughout all cities within China are offering to make it easier for foreign companies to soft-land and establish while providing necessary benefits for those that decide to expand to China. Don’t believe that innovation is growing at scale in China? Here are some stats that might help, China is now the No. 1 interactive game market globally beating the USChina accounts for 67% of ALL global on demand transportationBike sharing users now make up more than 20 million people with 100%+ monthly growth rateChina mobile payment volume in 2016 reached over $5 trillion dollars (2x compared to last year)E-commerce in China is now taking place 71% on mobile devicesChina online advertising revenue is now a $40 billion dollar marketTencent, the largest gaming company in the world now has over 1.5 billion active users worldwideHuawei is the No.1 telecommunication equipment company in the worldHuawei is also leading the development of our future 5G wireless infrastructureDJI currently represents almost 90% of global Drone marketThe takeaway for this article is that there’s no better time to get started in China than now. While also understanding that China isn’t shying away from its goal to be the leader in innovation, nor to become the global business hub. In their efforts, they are welcoming all those interested in joining the ride. But if you’re still not convinced why you need to be in China or if it’s right for you, join me on a trip around the country. We’ll spend 5-days in China meeting with the local government and community leaders, as well as corporations that can serve as strategic partners, and to talk with the founders and executives of the largest and most successful companies in China. To learn more and get started, click here. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Kyle Ellicottlast_img read more

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Journaling for Renewal

first_imgReferences:CDC. (2017). Journaling for your health.Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389.Gratitude Journal. (2018). Greater Good in Action. UC. Berkeley.Hiemstra, R. (2001). Uses and benefits of journal writing.Harrist, S., Carlozzi, B.L., McGovern,A.R. &Harrist, A.W. (2007). Journal of Research in Personality, 41 (4), 923-930.L.M. English & M.A. Gillen, (Eds.), (2001). Promoting journal writing in adult education (New Directions for Adult and continuing Education, No. 90, pp. 19-26). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Written by MFLN Military Caregiving concentration team member: Alicia Cassels, MA, Military Families Learning Network Program Development and Evaluation SpecialistAbout eight years ago, I found one of my childhood journals, created when I was about 11 or 12 years old, it had been packed away for decades. Although I had no active memory of writing the words, vivid memories of my childhood self, long lost friends and emotions flooded back as I read. Time melted away. Although I have been teaching and writing about journaling for two decades, I have kept a personal journal nearly twice that long. Over the years, journaling has served as my method for renewal, tool for reflection, vehicle for self-expression, space for goal setting, and canvas for dreaming. Until I began reading my childhood words, I hadn’t realized that journaling would also serve as a valuable keepsake and powerful archive of my life events. Write what must not be forgotten. -Isabel AllendeI am inspired by the words of Isabel Allende, Chilean writer, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recipient of Chile’s National Literature Prize, and the 2014 American Presidential Medal of Freedom. As I reflect on my own experiences with journaling and those that my students and clients have shared in class and clinical settings over the years, I remain amazed that so much can be accomplished through picking up a pen.What Do You Want to Remember?As you think about the potential of journaling to enrich your life, consider three questions.What do you want to remember?What do you want to achieve?What do you want to document?Body, Mind and SpiritJournaling provides an effective method for renewal. According to the CDC, regular journaling may help identify causes of stress and help determine whether a concern is part of a pattern or an isolated issue, while also helping point the way toward a solution. Research shows that journaling may help:Increase feelings of gratitude and well-beingProvide greater understanding of personal challenges and strengthsClarify thoughts and feelingsImprove sleepAchieve weight loss goalsIdentify strengthsManage information overloadAlthough basic journaling allows for reflection on daily thoughts and activities, there are many types of specialized journals. Special-purpose journals can be helpful for those wishing to achieve weight loss and wellness goals. Gratitude journaling has been shown to improve mood, optimism, and sleep.Five Basic Steps to Help You Get Started:Select a place where you will be able to sit comfortably for at least 15 minutes. Most people prefer that this be a quiet, private place with little interruption.Select a pen and paper or use electronic means to record your thoughts.You may want to try to spend at least 10 minutes writing, allowing your mind time to reflect.Remember to keep your journal entries in a private, password-protected location. Entries on paper may be shredded if you have concerns about privacy.Don’t like blank pages? Try these conversations starters.Today I am grateful for…My favorite time of day is…My description of a perfect day would be…A personal or professional goal that I have been thinking about lately is…last_img read more

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The Long-playing singles

first_imgSingle is the new sexy. Gone are the days to flaunt that chunky solitaire announcing you’re hitched, now it’s the free birds attracting envious glances when they walk in with the flavour of the month. However, everything said and done, it’s quite difficult to avoid one question when you sport,Single is the new sexy. Gone are the days to flaunt that chunky solitaire announcing you’re hitched, now it’s the free birds attracting envious glances when they walk in with the flavour of the month. However, everything said and done, it’s quite difficult to avoid one question when you sport the ‘single’ tag after hitting 30. By choice or compulsion, the debate will continue forever. For some it is the wait for the perfect partner that shelved marriage plans and others have taken a deliberate decision. Whatever it is, they seem to be happy and content.Sunder RamuSunder Ramu, 36, Fashion photographerSunder is perhaps the nicest guy you can hope to meet. Of course when you are the city’s foremost fashion photographer (he has shot the gorgeous cover picture so you can judge for yourself!) working with hot models throughout the year you can afford to share some of that cheer. Considering the sexy models, it’s hard to believe he’s single. Does he like playing the field? Sunder says “Chennai is a very small town; you honestly can’t afford to mess around. It’s the same people in the social circles and you do not want to get things that complicated for yourself.” He steers clear of flings for the same reason and to fill the gap he travels with gorgeous women to the most exotic locales. “It’s impulsive I know, but last year barely after a couple of calls and emails I ended up meeting a friend at the Milan station and we toured the whole of Europe together.” A through-and-through romantic who actually likes candlelight dinners he muses “I don’t believe in the whole “You complete me” concept. You need to be complete and at peace with yourself only then can you let someone into your life. I’m waiting for that girl who will bowl me over or quietly sneak into my life”. We sigh along with him.Kaveri LalchandKaveri Lalchand, 37 Director, Blaft publicationsKaveri, director of Blaft publications, is undoubtedly the smartest single woman in the city. Where are all the men who keep insisting they want a beauty with brains we wonder? “I’m single because I am” she shrugs. “It’s not a conscious choice and when I meet a nice guy I am not averse to considering getting into a relationship.” Walking into a party alone, family pressure and lonely nights can be dispelled with the right companion we agree. Kaveri is a bit exasperated that we’re making being single cut out to be a boring affair and goes on to explain, “I have a chocolate ice-cream theory that I follow: Chocolate ice-cream makes me happy. When the chocolate icecream is all gone, I am still happy. All the time! Ice-cream or no ice-cream.” We ask her if settling down in the near future is on the cards. “Settle down”? Nope! Will never settle and never settle down. I want to fly, explore, taste new things, go on wild adventures, and sure, with a partner in crime-would make it twice the fun!” We couldn’t have said it better.Poongkothai ChandrahasanPoongkothai Chandrahasan, 30, Model and documentary filmmakerWith her beatific smile, flawless face and desirable figure it is difficult to imagine men who wouldn’t want to date her. A friend of hers rightly interrupts to say, “There are no lack of suitors; it’s a case of plenty!” Poongkothai explains, “I am just back from travelling all across the world for the NGO (Offer) I work with. Tomorrow if I need to do that again and I’m married I don’t think it would go down too well. I wear too many hats, I am juggling too many balls in the air and I don’t have the time to invest in a relationship.” Even though she’s not a party animal who is out about town every night, men still get insecure and are intimidated by the fact that she’s independent and doesn’t need them.”Once you’re in a relationship questions are bound to creep. Honestly that is not a box I want to enter”, she smiles.Milind RauMilind Rau, 31, Film directorMilind, after assisting Mani Ratnam in films like Guru, has come on his own as a director with Kaadhal to Kalyanam. He refused to believe this was an actual interview and expected someone to jump out from behind him and say it?fs a prank. Warily looking around he says “I’m still in the process of finishing my film and I haven’t found the right person yet. Though if I did find one I’d have no problems committing.” Kaadhal to Kalyanam is one of the most awaited flicks set to release early 2011 and we can see that for now work is his lady love. “See, when you’re single you can work at your priorities. Yes you do feel a bit lonely because you’re 30 plus and see your friends getting married and settling down. You wish you had someone to fill as your ‘plus one’.” Loneliness must be a tough rope to walk we say to which Milind laughs ‘I’m single, not a saint!” Amen. Other singlesTishani Doshi, 34, AuthorReema Sen, 29, ActressShobhana, 40, ActressArya, 31, ActorVishal, 33 Actoradvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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