The Supreme Court yesterday ordered a halt with immediate effect to the ongoing demolition exercise led by the Special Presidential Taskforce. The Taskforce was set up with a mandate to beautify the City of Monrovia, but the court ordered that it must stop until a judicial review of its scope of operation can be decided by the court.Yesterday’s decision was taken by Justice Presiding in Chambers, Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh, following a petition for a Writ of Prohibition filed to the High Court by a group under the banner, “Aggrieved Destroyed Properties Owners of Central Monrovia, Bushrod Island, Sinkor, Gardnersville and the New Georgia Community.” Cllr. Dempster Brown of the Center for the Promotion of Human Rights filed the complaint on behalf of the aggrieved residents.The people are celebrating yesterday’s decision by Justice Ja’neh, who in a communication to Taskforce leader Madam Mary Broh, instructed her to stop further demolitions pending the outcome of a conference scheduled for December 7.The Broh committee was in October, constituted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with a clear mandate to clean up the City of Monrovia from November 15 to December 15, which operation has met legal and other challenges.Further in their complaint, Cllr. Dempster Brown argued that the Presidential Committee does not have judicial power to close down businesses, institutions and demolish private homes because of any violation, ignoring city ordinances and zoning laws.“If they have violated zoning laws and city ordinances, the Presidential Taskforce should have instituted legal proceedings against them, and or any citizen in Monrovia, who violated such law to the Monrovia City Court, “Cllr. Brown’s complaint to Justice Ja’neh stated.Instead, he alleged, “the committee is using police power by brutalizing, intimidating and harassing peaceful citizens under the guise of carrying out their presidential mandate to clean Monrovia.”Cllr. Brown begged the court to issue the writ of prohibition against the Presidential Task Force in order to restrain and prohibit what they consider to be the unlawful acts of destroying the private properties of peaceful citizens , police brutality, harassment and intimidation pending the outcome of the hearing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Houses are changing. Anyone buying a new home in 2018 expects the home to be quite different from one built in 1918, of course.What “new features” is the typical buyer of a new home seeking out? It depends. Some buyers are looking for a foyer with a 20-foot ceiling and a master bathroom with a big Jacuzzi. Others, including the typical GBA reader, are looking for low energy bills and superior indoor air quality.A beautiful house from 1918 probably included a large coal bin in the cellar. These days, coal bins are obsolete. If you want your new home to be green, then you probably realize that many of the must-have features of decades past are as obsolete as a coal bin. Features you do not need Some of the features listed below were normal (or even desirable) in a house built a few decades ago. In a green home? Not so much.A vented crawl space. Unless you live in an unusually dry climate, a vented crawl space is usually damp and nasty, especially during the summer. There is no longer any justification for building this type of foundation. Instead, build on a slab foundation or a basement foundation. If you insist on a having a crawl space — and I’m not sure why you would — make sure that it is an unvented conditioned crawl space.For more information, see Building an Unvented Crawl Space.Bay windows. Most bay windows leak a lot of air. Moreover, the unglazed portions of a typical bay window often have very little insulation. (If you look at the horizontal ledge that a typical bay window sits on, you’ll realize that this cantilevered platform is too thin to contain much insulation.)A well-insulated house has as few bump-outs… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The idea behind Curiosity is simple: one giant cube, with a secret prize at its center, was handed over to millions of players who all collaboratively chip away at its many layers by tapping one piece (or cubelet) at a time, of which there were 68 billion spread out over hundreds of layers. Only the lucky person to tap the last cubelet gets to see what’s inside, and Molyneux has often described that mystery in grandiose fashion, referring to it as “life changing.”(See also: Gaming Legend Peter Molyneux: What Makes A Great Game?)Curiousity was meant to be both a social experiment in massively multiplayer smartphones games as well as a learning experience for 22Cans, which announced its first multiplatform title Godus on Kickstarter shortly after launching Curiosity.Curiosity Now About Learning Different Things“Part of our motivation in doing Curiosity was to learn how to do these things for Godus, like learning how to connect people, how to scale up our servers,” Molyneux said. Despite massive server issues hampering Curiosity’s launch, the game picked up steam and garnered more than 3 million downloads within one month. Godus also surpassed its Kickstarter goal of £450,000 on the final day, securing 22Cans’ future in cross-platform game development. With only 50 layers to go, the race to the finish will tight, raising valid concerns that the final tap that wins it all might not be recorded accurately. “When we get to the final five layers, we’ll have something called Cube Watch,” Molyneux explained. “We’ll be watching it 24 hours a day and we’ll be sitting in the office waiting for that end to come.”He stressed that the studio has taken substantial measures to protect against cheating and will be able to validate the tapper of the final cubelet as soon as it happens. Players will also get a real-time reminder in the white space around the cube of how many layers are left and what the estimated lifespan of the experiment is. “In our hyper-connected world, what happens when we put an objective that is so insanely far off that it becomes almost meaningless?” Now that the objective is almost within grasp, Curiosity is raising new questions about the player motivation and connectedness players await their chance to finally see what’s inside the cube. Tags:#Android#iOS#Mobile Games#smartphone Related Posts Curiosity: What’s Inside The Cube, the one-part-smartphone-game, one-part-social-experiment that launched last November, is getting its most substantial update yet. In a move aimed at bringing the contest to a faster close, UK studio 22Cans has accelerated the game to its last 50 layers, in effect erasing the months and months of players tapping away on the giant cube it would have taken to get to the center.This World Is Predicted To End On May 21The studio’s current estimated end date – unless player participation unexpectedly spikes – is May 21, which coincidentally happens to be the same day Microsoft will announce its next-generation Xbox console. “It has been an elongated, protracted experiment in curiosity, but if I’m someone whose fingers are bleeding now, enough is enough,” said 22Cans founder Peter Molyneux, known primarily for creating the Fable game series before leaving Microsoft last year to found the independent studio. “We decided that we could have just left it going and probably less and less people would be fascinated… or we could set a layer and it would be a race to the center,” he added. The new update comes on the heels of last week’s quiet addition to the game that let players pay to both remove and add cubelets to the current layer. This feature will remain for some, but not all, of the final 50 layers. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… nick statt
A life-size stainless steel sculpture of a Bhadel has been installed in Margao as a reminder of the town’s traditional women coolies who were the epitome of sincerity, honesty and hard work. Sculptor Subodh Kerkar has used 50,000 stainless nuts to fashion the sculpture, which was installed on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi last weekend at the traffic circle opposite Gomant Vidya Niketan.Mr. Kerkar said, “Bhadels are believed to be country’s only women coolies. To earn a living they walked long distances carrying heavy loads on their heads. Their origin dates back to mid-18th century Portuguese era and they are well known for their reliability. Shopkeepers in Margao vested them with the responsibility of watching over their shops when they took an afternoon nap. There were 100-odd Bhadels till a few decades ago, but the next generation doesn’t want to take up the profession.”Datta Naik, a Sahitya Akademi Award-winning writer, is the man behind the installation. He is the managing director of Commonwealth Developers Pvt. Ltd., which funded the sculpture as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Mr. Kerkar said Mr. Naik had requested him to make a sculpture to pay tribute to the Bhadels six months ago. He then researched on the profession for a month and found that only around seven Bhadels still existed in Margao. Mr. Naik said, “The sculpture has been installed so that the next generation remembers that Bhadels existed in Margao and served the social needs of the community. In European countries, sculptures of common people instead of national and historical icons have become a part of street furniture and attract tourists.” The Bhadel was identified as a fast disappearing traditional Goan occupation in a report submitted by the Task Force Committee on November 30, 2010. The panel was formed to frame a scheme to protect and support traditional occupations in the State. The panel chaired by Dr. Nandkumar M. Kamat, Assistant Professor of Goa University and former member of the Goa State Planning Board, recommended that financial assistance be provided to the last practitioners of such dying trades.Dr. Kamat said, “How can Hamali [coolie work] be glorified? The installation may be artistic but it shows class inequality and injustice to the Christian kunbi tribals who earn less than what an average Margaokar spends on a quarter [of liquor]. The TFC was formed by the then Goa government as a response to the transformation of global and national economies and the challenges faced by workers in the informal sector and micro entrepreneurs who operate on small scales of production and economy.” The then Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, accepted the report and asked the State Directorate of Art and Culture to invite applicants to avail of a one-time financial assistance of ₹25,000 under the Goan Bhadels Financial Assistance Scheme-2011. The scheme was announced as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of Goa’s liberation. Mr. Kamat in his budget speech unveiled the one-time financial assistance in the form of an honorarium to Bhadels with 25 years of service. Social workers in Margao say that a movement to rehabilitate Bhadels began a decade ago when women activists began documenting their life. They made repeated representations to the State governments seeking recognition for the women, considering their service and old age.
Categories: Victory News Local commissioner and Michigan drain attorney speak in support of legislationState Rep. Roger Victory, center, is joined today by Ottawa County Drain Commissioner Joe Bush, right, and Stacy Hissong, legal Counsel for Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners, to speak in support of legislation before the House of Local Government Committee 23Mar Rep. Victory bill supported by Ottawa County officials State Rep. Roger Victory of Hudsonville today was joined by Ottawa County Drain Commissioner Joe Bush and Stacy Hissong, legal Counsel for Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners. Both testified in support of Victory’s bill to allow a municipality to petition to add or remove land from an original drainage district that results in boundary line changes.“This bill is a simple solution that allows for fair and accurate drain fees,” Victory said. “The drain commissioners will hold a public hearing through the community and will vote.”Current law allows one municipality to request the creation of an intercountry district. This bill adds another avenue for adding or removing land that results in an intercountry drainage district or the removal of a county without requiring an onerous process to determine the correct number of property owner signatures.House Bill 4286 remains under consideration by the House Local Government Committee.###
Cable operator UPC Poland has today added Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD to its line-up.Both channels have been added to the Super HD package, which now includes 15 HD channels.Eurosport 2 HD will also be available on the network of Aster, now owned by UPC.
Vestel has announced that it will showcase the first version of its Android integrated display with Beesmart middleware at IBC.The new display is based on the Android platform and therefore offers an environment for many popular Android applications. Vestel said the solution allows modifications and adaptations of the graphical user interface according to the customers’ requirements.Beenius’s Beesmart SDK enables operators to create their own applications according to their needs, while Beesmart’s Open API gives access to various levels of middleware and enables the development of applications on top of operator’s existing platform.Hakan Kutlu, deputy general manager at Vestel Foreign Trade, said “Beesmart middleware integration with Vestel Android integrated display brings us a big advantage in meeting operator’s demands. This product can provide operator-based solution and as well as Android-based applications for end-users. This unique solution can be customised for operators and include several technologies based on Android 4.0 software.”Beenius CEO Matjaž Bevk said, “Vestel’s new Android integrated Display joined with the Beesmart TV service platform is definitely on the way to success as one of the first generation Android TVs on the market. Once again we have proved that partnership between Vestel and Beenius can produce an amazing product in a record time.”Vestel and Beenius will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 14.A20.
Entone CEO, Steve McKaySet top box maker and internet TV technology provider, Amino, has agreed to buy cloud TV firm Entone for a total price of US$73 million (€67 million).UK-based Amino said the deal marked the consolidation of a direct competitor and that the agreement will increase its global footprint and scale, with US-based Entone claiming 150-plus global customers.Amino is a provider of digital entertainment solutions for IPTV, OTT and in-home multimedia distribution, while Entone is a provider of broadcast hybrid TV and connected home solutions.The takeover will see Amino buy the entire issued share capital of Entone for an initial cash consideration of $65.0 million, and a deferred consideration of US$8 million – to be paid in two instalments a year and two years after the deal closes.“The proposed acquisition of Entone has the potential to transform our business and broaden our capabilities and market reach globally across IPTV, hybrid broadcast and a range of connected home solutions,” said Amino CEO Donald McGarva.He claimed that the deal also aligns closely with Amino’s recent acquisition of Finland-based cloud TV platform provider, Booxmedia, which was agreed for €7.9 million in May.“We anticipate a number of synergies between the two companies and expect the proposed acquisition to be earnings enhancing in the first full year of combined operations,” said McGarva.Entone CEO Steve McKay added that Amino and Entone’s solutions are “highly complementary” and that together the firms will create a “significant new presence in the pay TV market.”“We share a very similar vision as to how our industry is changing and the kinds of solutions that are required to address both existing and new customers,” said McKay.The news came as Amino reported first half revenue, for the six months ended May 31, of £17.9 million – up 9% year-on-year. Gross profit was up 23% over the same period to £9.1 million.The Entone deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and approvals.