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Nuquay for Boakai: The VP Names His Future VP

first_imgVP Boakai and his running mate, House Speaker Nuquay-UP’s Boakai Names Speaker Nuquay as Vice Standard BearerIt wasn’t much of a surprise, as the prospect of Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, being named running mate to Unity Party (UP) standard Bearer Joseph N. Boakai, had floated the airwaves among the names of other members of the House of Representatives for nearly a week. And though they tried to keep suspense alive up to the moment of the announcement at the UP headquarters yesterday evening, everyone knew it would have seemed rather off, if Mr. Boakai were to passe over the Speaker of the House of Representatives for an underling representative as running mate.That would have been Boakai’s sole prerogative and no one would change it but him.However, VP Boakai’s introduction of Nuquay as his running mate seemed to be driving home the message, first of all, that the VP knows VP potential when he sees it.  That Nuquay, currently the Speaker, would be the one to succeed Boakai as Vice President and President of the Senate, is a solid endorsement of Nuquay’s ability to navigate the Capitol terrain, where he would sit — if they win the October polls — as president of the Senate.  And by this, in the same stroke VP Boakai also showed that he observed and respected the constitutional line of succession as stated in Article 64 of the Constitution — that the Speaker should be next in succession after the Vice President.If the Boakai-Nuquay ticket wins, the  Speaker will also be first person to have headed both the Lower House and the Upper House — as President of the Liberian Senate.The all-legislative ticket of the UP was once predicted by former Speaker Edwin Snowe that the President and probably — the Vice President — would be “technically” members of the Legislature.Snowe’s prediction was  publicized when he expressed his intend to join the ruling Unity Party – after winning his second term as an independent candidate in the Montserrado County District #6.The UP’s Vice Standard Bearer, Speaker Nuquay, is 48 years of age.  Arguably the little known, J. Emmanuel Nuquay surfaced in Liberian politics when he won Margibi County District # 5 Representative, on the ticket of the UP.From 2006 to 2007, the Speaker served as Co-chairman on the House’s Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning, and from May 2007 up to 2014, he served as Chairman on the House’s Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning.The Speaker lost the Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning position when internal political wrangling engulfed the House of Representatives. A year later, he resigned from the UP and co-founded the People’s Unification Party (PUP). There is no record to suggest that he re-joined the UP to name Vice Standard Bearer of the UP.After about two years of internal wrangling, the then Speaker J. Alex Tyler was dethroned overwhelmingly and Nuquay elected Speaker on white ballot — a first in recent years — on October 5, 2016.According to political pundits, Speaker Nuquay is the first Speaker from Margibi County and would be the first Vice President from Margibi County.Meanwhile, it means the Speaker wouldn’t run as a Representative again, leaving his District to be contested by newcomers after serving 12 years as a Legislator.His tenure as Speaker will end on Janaury 16, 2018.The exclusion of the Speaker from contesting as Representative has summed the number of Representatives who would not be contesting in the October 10 Legislative elections to eight; and means the race of who to replace Speaker Nuquay will be tough and stiff.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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DONEGAL WOMAN WINS DRIVING INSTRUCTOR OF YEAR – AGAIN!

first_imgKillybegs driving instructor, Diane Harvey, who has become the first Approved Driving Instructor in the country to win a Road Safety Authority “Leading Lights” award in two successive years, pictured here with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Ray D’Arcey after receiving the award at a ceremony in Farmleigh.Killybegs driving instructor, Diane Harvey, has been named Approved Driving Instructor of the Year by the Road Safety Authority for the second successive year.This is a unique achievement which no other driving instructor in Ireland has earned.She was presented with her “Leading Lights” award yesterday at a function at Farmleigh House, Dublin, by RSA chairman, Gay Byrne. Said Diane (34): “I am delighted to get this recognition. I was amazed to get the Leading Lights award last year and I never expected to win it two years in a row.”A total of 29 awards were presented under various headings at yesterday’s ceremony, which was attended also by sporting great, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and RTE presenter, Ray D’Arcey.Three years ago, she set up her own business, “D’s School of Motoring & Training” and in 2011 she won the Donegal Enterprise Award sponsored by Donegal Local Development Company Ltd.From the outset, she has focused strongly on road safety and has taken an active part in a number of safety events in conjunction with Donegal County Council and Shell Ireland.  DONEGAL WOMAN WINS DRIVING INSTRUCTOR OF YEAR – AGAIN! was last modified: December 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Diane HarveyDriving InstructorKillybegslast_img read more

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Follow Drake Relays Competitors In Rio

first_imgThursday, August 18Women’s High Jump – 8 a.m.Vashti Cunningham, USA *Inika McPherson, USA *Chaunte Lowe, USA *Maurs Cernjul, SloveniaWomen’s 4×100-Meter Relay – 9:20 a.m.Morolake Akinosun, USA *Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles (finals) – 10 a.m.Kerron Clement, USA – GOLD MEDALJavier Culson, Puerto RicoWomen’s 800 Meters (semifinals) – 7:15 p.m.Kate Grace *Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles (finals) – 8:15 p.m.Dalilah Muhammed, USA – GOLD MEDALRistananna Tracey, JamaicaMen’s 200 Meters (finals) – 8:30 p.m.LaShawn Merritt Friday, August 19Women’s Pole Vault (finals) – 6:30 p.m.Katerina Stefanidi, Greece – GOLD MEDALSandi Morris, USA – SILVER MEDALWomen’s 4×100-Meter Relay (finals)Morolake Akinosun, USA – GOLD MEDALWomen’s 4×400-Meter Relay – 6:40 p.m.Courtney Okolo, USA *Carmiesha Cox, The BahamasChrisann Gordon, Jamaica *Men’s 4×400-Meter Relay – 7:10 p.m.LaShawn Merritt, USA *David Verburg, USA * Sunday, August 14Men’s High Jump – 6:30 p.m.Derek Drouin, Canada *Mike Mason, CanadaTrevor Barry, The Bahamas *Donald Thomas, The Bahamas *Jamal Wilson, The BahamasWomen’s 400 Meters (semifinals) – 6:35 p.m.Margaret Bambose, NigeriaWomen’s 1,500 Meters (semifinals) – 7:30 p.m.Jenny Simpson, USA *Brenda Martinez, USA *Nicole Sifuentes, Canada *Violah Lagat, Kenya *Men’s 400 Meters (finals) – 8 p.m.LaShawn Merritt, USA – BRONZE MEDALKirani James, Grenada – SILVER MEDALBralon Taplin, Grenada *Monday, August 15Men’s Triple Jump – 7:30 a.m.Will Claye, USA *Chris Benard, USATroy Doris, Guyana *Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles – 9:35 a.m.Kerron Clement, USA *Michael Tinsley, USAJavier Culson, Puerto Rico *Jeffery Gibson, The BahamasMen’s Pole Vault (finals) – 6:35 p.m.Sam Kendricks, USA – BRONZE MEDALShawn Barber, Canada Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles – 6:40 p.m.Eddie Lovett, U.S. Virgin IslandsOmar McLeod, Jamaica *Hansle Parchment, JamaicaAndrew Riley, Jamaica *Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles – 7:30 p.m.Dalilah Muhammed, USA *Kaliese Spencer, JamaicaRistananna Tracey, Jamaica *Men’s 800 Meters (final) – 8:25 p.m.Clayton Murphy, USA – BRONZE MEDALBoris Berian, USA   Print Friendly Version Saturday, August 13Women’s Triple Jump – 7:30 a.m.Andrea Geubell, USAWomen’s 400 Meters (prelims) – 9 a.m.Margaret Bambose, Nigeria *Men’s Pole Vault – 6:20 p.m.Sam Kendricks, USA *Shawn Barber, Canada *Men’s 400 Meters (semifinals) – 6:30 p.m.LaShawn Merritt, USA *David Verburg, USA Kirani James, Grenada * Bralon Taplin, Grenada *Men’s 800 Meters (semifinals) – 8:08 p.m.Clayton Murphy, USA *Boris Berian, USA * Tuesday, August 16Women’s Pole Vault – 7:45 a.m.Sandi Morris, USA *Katerina Stefanidi, Greece *Men’s Triple Jump (finals) – 7:50 a.m.Will Claye, USA – SILVER MEDALTroy Doris, Guyana Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – 9:05 a.m.Brianna Rollins, USA *Kristi Castlin, USA *Nia Ali, USA *Cindy Ofili, Great Britain *Pedrya Seymour, The Bahamas *Men’s 200 Meters – 9:50 a.m.LaShawn Merritt, USA *Men’s High Jump (finals) – 6:30 p.m.Derek Drouin, Canada – GOLD MEDALTrevor Barry, The Bahamas Donald Thomas, The Bahamas Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles (semifinals) – 6:40 p.m.Omar McLeod, Jamaica *Andrew Riley, Jamaica Women’s Long Jump – 7:05 p.m.Brittney Reese, USA *Janay DeLoach, USALorraine Ugen, Great Britain *Blessing Okagbare, NigeriaWomen’s 400-Meter Hurdles (semifinals) – 7:10 p.m.Dalilah Muhammed, USA *Ristananna Tracey, Jamaica * Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles (semifinals) – 7:35 p.m.Kerron Clement, USA *Javier Culson, Puerto Rico * Women’s 1,500 Meters (finals) – 8:30 p.m.Jenny Simpson, USA – BRONZE MEDALBrenda Martinez, USA Nicole Sifuentes, Canada Violah Lagat, Kenya Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles (finals) – 8:45 p.m.Omar McLeod, Jamaica – GOLD MEDAL COMPLETEDFriday, August 12Women’s Heptathlon – 7:35 a.m.Heather Miller Koch, USAMen’s 800 Meters (prelims) – 8:10 a.m.Clayton Murphy, USA *Boris Berian, USA *Women’s 1,500 Meters (prelims) – 6:30 p.m.Jenny Simpson, USA *Brenda Martinez, USA *Nicole Sifuentes, Canada *Violah Lagat, Kenya *Men’s 400 Meters (prelims) – 7:05 p.m.LaShawn Merritt, USA  *David Verburg, USA *Kirani James, Grenada *Bralon Taplin, Grenada *Rabah Yousif, Great BritainYousef Al-Masrahi, Saudi ArabiaWomen’s Shot Put – 8 p.m.Michelle Carter, USA – GOLD MEDALFelicia Johnson, USA  Saturday, August 20Women’s High Jump (finals) – 6:30 p.m.Vashti Cunningham, USA Inika McPherson, USA Chaunte Lowe, USAWomen’s 800 Meters (finals) – 7:15 p.m.Kate Grace, USAWomen’s 4×400-Meter Relay (finals) – 8 p.m.Courtney Okolo, USA – GOLD MEDALChrisann Gordon, Jamaica -SILVER MEDALMen’s 4×400-Meter Relay (finals) 8:35 p.m.LaShawn Merritt, USA – GOLD MEDALDavid Verburg, USA – GOLD MEDAL* Advanced to next round Wednesday, August 17Men’s Decathlon – 7:30 a.m.Zach Ziemek, USAWomen’s 800 Meters – 8:55 a.m.Kate Grace, USA *Kenia Sinclair, JamaicaWomen’s 100-Meter Hurdles (semifinals) – 6:45 p.m.Brianna Rollins, USA *Kristi Castlin, USA *Nia Ali, USA *Cindy Ofili, Great Britain * Pedrya Seymour, The Bahamas * Women’s Long Jump (finals) – 7:15 p.m.Brittney Reese, USA – SILVER MEDALLorraine Ugen, Great Britain Men’s 200 Meters (semifinals) – 8 p.m.LaShawn Merritt, USA *Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles (final) – 8:55 p.m.Brianna Rollins, USA – GOLD MEDALNia Ali, USA – SILVER MEDALKristi Castlin, USA – BRONZE MEDALCindy Ofili, Great Britain Pedrya Seymour, The Bahamaslast_img read more

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The future is bright at LYIT Careers & Postgraduate Studies Fair – Picture Special

first_imgThe annual LYIT Careers & Postgraduate Studies Fair was another great success this year, with thousands of people attending to discover the many paths available in jobs and in education.The event, which is the largest careers event in the Northwest, took place on the LYIT Letterkenny campus on Monday 21st October.LYIT students and graduates, career changers, and those returning to the workplace gained a wealth of information by attending the fair.  Over 70 employers, universities and colleges, professional bodies and voluntary organisations took part in this year’s event. Recruiters came from a broad range of sectors including IT, Pharmaceutical, Finance, Social Care services, Design, Hospitality and Telecommunications providers.In addition to graduate employment opportunities, attendees had the opportunity to meet with a broad range of postgraduate course providers from Ireland and the UK. The jobs wall and CV clinic were popular draws once more this year.Clive Wasson was there to capture the event for this picture special: Anne McDevitt, DEASP at the LYIT Graduates at 2019 Careers and Postgrad studies Fair. Photo Clive WassonBig demand for LYIT Graduates at 2019 Careers and Postgrad studies Fair -Photo Clive WassonBusy stands at the LYIT Graduates at 2019 Careers and Postgrad studies Fair. Photo Clive WassonBig demand for LYIT Graduates at 2019 Careers and Postgrad studies Fair – at the fair are from left Catherine Lyster, CAreers Officer Student Services and Paul Hannigan, LYIT, President. Photo Clive WassonBig demand for LYIT Graduates at 2019 Careers and Postgrad studies Fair – at the fair are Orlaith Flood, Balke Burke, Darian Loughlin, Fatimah Qureshi. Photo Clive WassonBig demand for LYIT Graduates at 2019 Careers and Postgrad studies Fair – Crowds pictured at the fair on Monday. Photo Clive WassonBig demand for LYIT Graduates at 2019 Careers and Postgrad studies Fair – at the fair are from left Fiona Doherty, Amy Hegarty, Aisling Howe, Niamh Sweeney, Anne Marie McGrath and Melisa Browne. Photo Clive WassonJobs on display at the jobs wall at the LYIT Graduates at 2019 Careers and Postgraduate studies Fair. Photo Clive WassonThe future is bright at LYIT Careers & Postgraduate Studies Fair – Picture Special was last modified: October 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYITLYIT Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fairlast_img read more

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Voice & Gesture Control: Beyond Touch With Windows 8

first_imgIf Intel has its way, touch will be just one of the ways to control Windows 8 ultrabooks. The chipmaker is looking to add voice commands and Kinect-like gestures for what it calls “perceptual computing.”On Tuesday, Intel announced a partnership with Nuance Communications to put a locally hosted voice recognition app on certain Windows 8 PCs, including devices from Dell. Intel has also partnered with Creative Technology – formerly known as Creative Labs, one of the early designers of PC sound cards – to design a Kinect-like camera that could eventually be integrated into the notebooks just as Webcams are now a standard feature for portable computers.To kick things off, Intel also announced a software development kit to enable software developers to start creating applications that can take advantage of the new interfaces. Features include 2D/3D object tracking to enable augmented reality applications and even a sort of facial recognition to identify and personalize applications to specific users.Perceptual Computing“Your gestures, face, voice – all of those provide a more interactive, immersive experience, said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, speaking at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.(For more on the Intel Developer Forum, see Intel Dabbles In Science Fiction and Is This The World’s Smartest Coke Machine?)Windows 8 PCs will be convertible, detachable and swivel-able. “The industry is going to bring more hardware innovation in the next 12 months than I’ve seen in 20 years at Intel,” Skaugen said.The move beyond touch is a revival of sorts for voice control and dictation on the PC, which sprang into the market years ago with Nuance, Dragon Systems, and even Microsoft’s built-in voice commands. But the technology essentially fizzled, as users chose to use simpler, faster keyboard shortcuts and simply learned to type faster. Although Skaugen didn’t call them out specifically, the resurgence of voice control in Apple’s Siri and Google Android’s voice commands are clearly helping spark interest in voice control. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#marketing#Microsoft#Products#web What’s Behind The New Interfaces?“We’ve had voice and gesture for some time, but it hasn’t really worked,” said Martin Reynolds, a vice president and fellow with Gartner. “Part of the reason is the software and part of the reason is the peripherals, and enough processing power to make it run. What we’re seeing here is Intel attacking on this on all three fronts: developing the software, bumping the performance and working on the peripherals. Now how long that will take to create great results? Not clear. But this is clearly a shift.” “This is a long-term initiative,” added Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights. “It brings in two industry buzzwords: the Internet of things, and also natural user interface. But the essence of it is new ways to interact with your PC. So voice and machine vision. What’s going to happen is that the computer will understand context, it will understand everything that’s going on around you and interact with you and with other devices in new ways. That’s really the big picture.”Perhaps influenced by the consumerization of IT, where iPhones and Gmail are invading the data center, or simply by the realization that you can surf the Web just fine on a three-year-old PC, Intel has ditched the “speeds and feeds” discussions of previous years – a decision that an Intel source said prompted some grumbling among the company’s more traditional, engineering-oriented employees.  Granted, the company did announce its fourth-generation of Core microprocessors, code-named “Haswell.” But Intel completely glossed over mentions of core voltages, cache sizes and even clock speeds. Today’s watchword is “capabilities.”Intel is even working with Sony on the Tap 20 – an all-in-one PC that’s resembles a giant tablet. (Think of it as a desktop PC with batteries.)Overall, though, Intel continues to focus on ultrabooks – MacBook Air-like thin-and-light notebooks that Intel claims could comprise 40% of all consumer PCs sold this holiday season. By the end of the year, more than 70 different ultrabook designs will be on the market, Intel predicts, many of them equipped with touch capability, and priced starting at about $699. Apparently, Intel sees ultrabooks as a perfect delivery platform for perceptual computing.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Other images by Mark Hachman. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting markhachman Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Meanwhile, the Interactive Gesture Camera from Creative, a development platform, will track the user’s eyes, nose, and mouth, and be able to detect smiles and other moods. Skaugen said the 720p camera will cost about $149. Eventually, according to Intel’s PC processor chief Dadi Perlmutter, the technology will be integrated into a standard notebook. The camera, which actually looks a bit ugly squatting on top of a monitor, will track the user’s face, identifying the user and possibly limiting his access. That’s important, Skaugen said, as he described handing over his tablet to his young son. “I hand him the tablet to play Angry Birds to get ten minutes of shuteye, and the next thing I know he’s emailing my CEO.”The camera will also be able to identify a user’s hands and fingers, sensing the presence of the user from 6 inches to a depth of three feet. That’s ideal, Skaugen said, for kitchen applications where a user doesn’t want to get his touchscreen monitor greasy. The camera will be able to detect gestures and hand positions, such as a thumbs-up gesture. Intel also claimed that its software development kit or SDK will be able to superimpose 3D virtual objects onto a person, such as a pair of glasses or a virtual hat.“80% of communication is non-verbal, so smiles, blinks, gestures and all these sort of things make communication more immersive,” Skaugen said.Skaugen showed off two example prototype apps that took advantage of the camera: one, a virtual solar system, “exploded” into view when the user spread his hands. The other, a cute kung fu game, challenged a user to block patty-cake-styled “attacks” from an animated squirrel.last_img read more

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