‘We’re with You’

first_imgThe President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, has slammed the international community for failing to make [basic healthcare] accessible to low-income economies such as Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone over the years where thousands of people are dying from Ebola because they here were born in the wrong place on earth ‘in the lottery of birth.’The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed over 4,000 people in the sub-region and infected nearly 10,000, says World Health Organization (WHO). But Dr. Kim has assured the people of the three countries hit hardest by the virus that the world community is united with them (West Africans) particularly Liberia, in a concerted global effort to safeguard lives in the wake of an Ebola outbreak. “We are with you and will stand by you,” Kim said in remarks at a specially  organized meeting with the Liberian delegation on the sidelines of the ongoing World Bank Group and IMF Annual meetings convening in Washington D.C., USA.“We are with you. The international response was slow from the beginning. It took a long time to get to you, but be assured that we are with you,” Dr. Kim said. “If we have the local health people to do the work on the ground, let them to do it. What has happened in the past is that there has been low expectation.”A dispatch from the US says the outspoken World Bank President told the Liberian delegation that more focus would be placed on stopping Ebola. “All of us at global levels failed first, but now, we are with you. What we are trying to do is not to fail you. We cannot allow ourselves to fail you.”He warned that if much is not done and soon, the infection would continue to spread to other countries and even continents. “This virus would spread to other countries if we don’t move faster, as we have seen with the first Ebola case in the United States this past week. This pandemic shows the deadly cost of unequal access to basic services and the consequences of our failure to fix this problem.”As a consequence, the ability to boost shared prosperity in West Africa — and potentially the entire continent — may be quickly disappearing.Dr. Kim emphasized that the world’s response to date has been inadequate, and that it has been painful to see a replay old failures from previous epidemics.He promised the Liberian delegation that the Bank would continue to remain engaged with the affected countries, noting “overall, we have pledged US$400 million to support treatment and containment. And we have devoted our considerable analytical resources to show that acting now will save hundreds of millions, if not tens of billions of dollars.”The meeting comes at a time when Liberia is experiencing the worst ever outbreak of the “Ebola Virus Disease” (EVD) in history, which has claimed over 2,000 lives in the country and posed  further risks of exposure to the larger population and as well, a severe impact on the economy.Earlier, Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara M. Konneh,  highlighted government’s current challenges and the gains that have been recorded so far in the fight against Ebola. But a lot more is needed to be done, he warned. “We need to revamp the entire health sector. Our health system has been affected greatly. The economy which was projected to grow at 5.9 percent in 2014 has now receded to just one percent. Our (economy) is in recession,” Minister Konneh briefed the Bank President. He called on the international community not to forget about the economic consequences. “We want to fight Ebola and at the same time we want this fight to finish quickly so we can start the recovery process, in order that our citizens may  regain their livelihood.”Minister Konneh explained that the service sector is the hardest hit, declining significantly to some 10 percent. “We have to achieve two things: To tell the Liberian people’s story in the context of the Mano River Union (MRU) story, to mobilize resources for an effective response to fight the Ebola virus and at the same time to strengthen the healthcare delivery system.He encouraged the Bank and other partners to increase their support to the affected countries, looking beyond the aftermath of the crisis. “We want quality healthcare for our people, but even after Ebola, communities devastated by this outbreak will need to rebuild, accelerate economic activity and drive back livelihood.”He thanked the Bank and other partners for the level of support so far, which he says is boosting government’s Ebola response activities.Minister Konneh and delegation, including the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia   (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones, Dr. Francis Kateh, of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood, are scheduled to hold a series of multilateral and bilateral discussions aimed at rallying support for the government’s “National Ebola Response Strategy.”With the latest death toll from Ebola now at 4,000 in the three worst-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, a new economic impact assessment from the World Bank Group warns that if the epidemic were not   significantly contained and is allowed to infect people in neighboring countries, some of which have much larger economies, the two-year regional financial impact could reach US$32.6 billion by the end of 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dr. Russell’s Recipe for a More Peaceful, More Prosperous Liberia

first_imgTubman University President Elizabeth Davies Russell, in her enlightening, inspiring, instructive Independence Day Oration last Saturday, exhorted her fellow Liberians to meet all of the nation’s foes “with valor unpretending.”And what are these foes?  Dr. Davies did not forthrightly   enumerate them; she only implied them.  And she closed her stirring Oration by stating emphatically that we as a people must change our ways by practicing personal responsibility, instead of passing the blame for not doing what we were supposed to do.She then gave this parting  warning: “If we do not change, Liberia will become obsolete as the dinosaurs while others speed by.”How many Liberians want to see Liberia become obsolete?  Surely, none of us.  But in order for that NOT to happen, we must combat, “with valor unpretending” all the foes that haunt and threaten our nation.Speaking not as a politician, but as a psychologist which she has been for over 40 years, Dr. Russell declared that Liberia needs, more than anything else, the transformation of our minds, attitudes and behaviors. She listed 10 characteristics by which this may be accomplished.  They are the attributes which a “servant leader” possesses.  A servant leader is one who performs not as a master, but a SERVANT, serving in the highest interest of his/her people.The first of the 10 characteristics is listening: the ability to listen to the views, opinions and cries of the people.  What is the leader that does not listen?The second is empathy, having sympathy, concern, compassion on one’s people, neighbors, citizens.  What is the leader that is not actively, responsively concerned about the people’s plight, suffering, despair, distress?Healing is the third—healing oneself and one’s relationships—in the case of the leader, the people—healing them of their ills, including poverty and deprivation.  What is the leader that does not do that?The fourth characteristic is general and self-awareness, which means taking care of oneself, others and the environment.  What is a leader who fails to do that? Fifth, persuasion, moving the people along in positive directions, not through coercion or dictatorship, but through urging, convincing. What is a leader that acts  dictatorially?Sixth, conceptualization, going beyond the day-to-day engagements, but looking beyond, thinking big, viewing the future.  The Bible says “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”Foresight is the seventh.  This, according to Orator Russell, means “understanding the lessons of the past, the realities of the present and the consequences of a decision for the future.  What is a leader who fails this all important test of foresight?Stewardship is the eighth  characteristic of the servant leader.  This means pursuing the greater good for the greater society.  What is the leader that neglects the people in favor of the already rich and powerful?The ninth characteristic of the servant leader is commitment to the growth and development of the people—deeply committed to their development and advancement.  What is the leader that does not seek this for the people?Finally, building community—giving rise to urbanization, or improving the people’s living conditions—housing, health, sanitation and endowing them with the blessings of modernity and modern technology and all the good that it brings.  What is the leader that denies the people that?To each of these characteristics we have asked what is the leader who denies the people this?  The answer is  obvious.  Remember all the leaders of the world and of our own country who have performed, not as servants, but as masters of the people, neglecting, or failing to adhere to any of these 10 characteristics which Dr. Russell outlined in her Oration?The Orator implicitly (unspokenly) replied that such leaders are, wittingly or unwittingly, foes to their own   peoples and nations.She called on Liberians to transform our minds, attitudes and behaviors if we truly want to see Liberia move forward. We pray that all of us—not just our leaders—will work so conscientiously, so farsightedly and so patriotically that we will meet our country’s every foe “with valor unpretending” and move Liberia forward into a brighter, more peaceful, more prosperous future.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Janssen to be CAO for rest of year

first_img“Shielding bureaucrats from accountability is a disingenuous attempt to replace elected representatives with a puppet who is not held accountable to taxpayers,” Antonovich said. “It’s a power grab, and I would rather have open government and elected officials making decisions in the open than have a puppet behind closed doors calling all the shots.” Knabe said the proposal is not new and would not be an elected county mayor or executive position, which Yaroslavsky had originally proposed. Knabe said most counties in California have strong chief administrators who have the authority to hire and fire department heads. “This proposal represents good public policy for Los Angeles County. In any major business, division heads do not report directly to a corporate board of directors. They report to a CEO who in turn reports to that board. “In the same way, county department heads should be held accountable to a single person, and the Board of Supervisors should hold a single person accountable. This plan provides a clear and efficient chain of command and accountability.” Elected department heads – the sheriff, district attorney and assessor – would be exempt from the plan. Janssen, who retired Jan. 16 from his $242,000-a-year job, was recently re-hired for $20,176 a month under a 120-day contract. He will be re-hired under another 120-day contract in the next fiscal year beginning July 1 if a replacement has not been hired by then, Yaroslavsky said. The county will launch a new national recruitment effort. Yaroslavsky said he believes the new powers the board may grant the CAO will help in recruitment and improve county government services. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dramatically shifting gears in the search for a new chief administrative officer, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to stop looking and instead rehire David Janssen for the rest of the year. The move came as Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe introduced a motion to let voters decide next year whether to change the position’s title to chief executive officer and give the post more power. If supervisors approve the motion next Tuesday, voters would get the chance in June 2008 to approve a formal charter amendment that would give the CEO the power to hire and fire department heads. The amendment would also require department heads to report directly to the CEO and would establish a clause that guarantees the five-member Board of Supervisors to not interfere with the CEO. The county has struggled in recent months to hire a new CAO. Some have said the county’s structure of five supervisors with equal authority may be complicating the process. The board has offered the job to two candidates – one who rejected it outright, and the other who changed his mind after accepting it. “The purpose of this is to set up a process immediately that transfers a considerable amount of authority to the CAO,” Yaroslavsky said. “We want to get the culture of the organization changed as quickly as possible. “This is a two-pronged attack. It’s an immediate ordinance change that empowers the CAO far beyond where he’s empowered now to hire and fire department heads (with board approval.) And in the long term, a charter amendment which transfers authority to hire and fire directly to the CEO without having to submit to the board for approval.” But Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said the proposal is a step backward for responsible government. last_img read more

The Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea transfer targets to watch in the Champions League

first_img21-year-old Ndombele has quickly established himself as one of the finest young midfielders in the game, showcasing his talents while on loan at Lyon last season. He joined Les Gones permanently from Amiens over the summer and has picked up where he left off.Typecast as nothing more than an athletic midfielder, Ndombele’s excellent physical attributes are just one of his strengths. He is a fine ball carrier, particularly excelling in the transition phase; the speed with which he moves the ball forward after winning possession is astounding.His passing is good enough for a player at this level, but it could do with some work, and if Ndombele manages to build influence in the attacking third of the pitch, he will become one of the most dynamic midfielders in the game.Tottenham have been linked with Ndombele as they seek a replacement for the ageing Moussa Dembele.Kostas ManolasDefenderReal Madrid vs ROMAWanted by: Chelsea Porto captain Herrera, 28, is out of contract next summer and he has started to be linked with various new clubs – including Tottenham.A veteran of over 200 club appearances and 70 caps, Herrera is a physically gifted box-to-box player who is best in the transitions. He is great at breaking up play and launching his own team into attack, while his own goal record is not too shabby for a player in his position. He is never going to be a standout performer, but his work rate, commitment and unselfishness make Herrera a valuable component of any team.He has always looked pretty good when turning out on the European stage, but the eyes will be more focused this season as interested parties know Herrera is free to speak to new clubs when January rolls around.Moussa MaregaForwardSchalke vs PORTOWanted by: West Ham 9 This is the competition that displays all the best players in the world game, with every star wanting to have the chance to prove themselves in the Champions League.Champions League commentaries LIVE on talkSPORTTuesday, September 18: Internazionale vs Tottenham, kick-off 17:55 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO INTER VS SPURSWednesday, September 19: Young Boys vs Manchester United, kick-off 20:00 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO YOUNG BOYS VS MAN UNITEDBut who are the ones to watch this year? talkSPORT.com have taken a look at the opening round of fixtures and have pulled out eight players linked with moves to the Premier League that you should keep an eye on.You can see them all below…Tanguy NdombeleMidfielderManchester City vs LYONWanted by: Tottenham A new Champions League season gets under way on Tuesday night as the biggest clubs go head to head to be crowned Europe’s greatest team.There can only be one winner from the 32 teams entered in the group stage, and nearly every match is worth watching from the opening day all the way through to the final. 9 9 9 9 9 9center_img It was clear one of Maurizio Sarri’s priorities over the summer was to bring a new centre-half to Stamford Bridge, but he failed to do so and has been forced to start the season with a defensive pairing of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger.Manolas, the Roma defender, was one player Sarri was known to be keen on and the Chelsea manager is sure to be keeping an eye on the 27-year-old this week.Since moving to Italy in 2014, Manolas has been a consistent performer for a Roma side improving year on year, showcasing his no-nonsense style of defending. Always excellent at winning both tackles and aerial duels, Manolas has started to incorporate a more elegant side to his game, learning to build play from the back as all modern centre-backs should be able to do.He will be put to the toughest test this week as Roma come up against Julen Lopetegui’s Real Madrid, who have scored 11 goals in their four league games this term.Christian PulisicForwardClub Brugge vs BORUSSIA DORTMUNDWanted by: Liverpool Despite being regarded as one of the finest strikers in world football, Icardi has still never appeared in the Champions League. He makes his debut on Europe’s biggest stage on Tuesday night against Spurs, hoping to better England’s goalscoring hero Harry Kane. Both Icardi and Kane are 25, and both have shown loyalty by sticking with their club rather than moving to greener pastures.Unlike Kane, a Spurs academy graduate, Icardi took a while to find his club, leaving Barcelona’s youth system for Sampdoria before joining Inter in 2013. Since moving to the San Siro, Icardi has scored 107 goals in 185 games, become Inter’s captain, and twice been joint-winner of the Capocannoniere – awarded to Serie A’s top scorer.There are no doubts Icardi is a top class centre-forward, and the links to a club the size of Man United make total sense. However, until he proves himself in the Champions League he is unlikely to break the glass ceiling and be judged as an elite striker. In a group with Spurs, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven, Icardi has the kind of opposition where if you score against them, the world starts to take notice. Can Real Madrid make even more history by recording an unprecedented fourth Champions League win in a row? Tottenham are alleged to have bid £45million for De Jong, the Ajax midfielder, over the summer – only to see the offer quickly rejected. The 21-year-old, who recently won his debut cap for the Netherlands, is the shining light of Dutch football who promises a bright future after a couple of years of mediocrity.A stunning midfielder, De Jong has all the talents required to make it at the top of the game. He drifts past players with ease and finds space no one else can, before laying off a pass to a team-mate a millisecond before anyone else has seen that ball was on. He’s been compared to Frank Rijkaard and even Franz Beckenbauer: “De Jong is a better version of Franz Beckenbauer, because he has speed and passes the ball easily,” former Dutch international Arie Haan said. De Jong has even been tried out in defence, with manager Marcel Keizer experimenting last season by fielding the youngster as a marauding centre-half to relative success.Barcelona are also known admirers of De Jong – unsurprisingly given he has also been likened to a hybrid of Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta – but never before has he been tested in the Champions League. This is the highest level of club competition, and will prove whether De Jong has what it takes to represent the biggest clubs in Europe. Starting against AEK Athens is a nice way to bed in, as Ajax definitely have tougher tests to come.Matthijs de LigtDefenderAJAX vs AEK AthensWanted by: Manchester City After making a rapid rise through Borussia Dortmund’s academy, 19-year-old forward Pulisic is entrenched in the Bundesliga side’s first-team. A US international, Pulisic is a known target of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s, and it is not hard to see why.He is already an excellent playmaker who has an eye for a pass, and he is only going to continue improving given his youth. He has enjoyed a couple of breakthrough seasons with BVB, though 2017/18 was a relatively poor one for Pulisic under Peter Stoger, who replaced Peter Bosz as manager in December. Stoger’s conservative game did not allow Pulisic to flourish, but new coach Lucien Favre plays a dynamic game that should be perfect for the teenager.Pulisic has been directly involved in nine league goals in each of the last two seasons, and he has shown to excel in a system built to get the best out of him. He looked bright in Favre’s league debut – playing 77 minutes of a 4-1 defeat of RB Leipzig – though Pulisic was forced to miss the following two matches through injury. However, reports say the youngster will return for Dortmund’s clash against Brugge, and all eyes will be on Pulisic as he looks to make his mark on the European stage.Frenkie de JongMidfielderAJAX vs AEK AthensWanted by: Tottenham De Jong’s Ajax team-mate De Ligt is another of Holland’s great hopes, having made his international debut as a 17-year-old after making just two club appearances. He, like De Jong, is being tracked by Barcelona, while Manchester City have also shown a keen interest in the now 19-year-old.A central defender who is technically able, both tall and strong, and has a fair amount of pace, De Ligt looks to have all he needs to develop into a fine player. His ability to play out of defence does not make him stand out that much in the modern game, but the teenager’s intelligence to keep play simple rather than over complicating things does make him one to keep an eye on.Like De Jong, the big question hanging over De Ligt is whether he can cut it at the highest level. Sure, he has represented his country seven times, but the real test will be this Champions League campaign. He has struggled in the biggest matches of his career to date – his Netherlands debut and the 2017 Europa League final vs Man United – and this is the year De Ligt can prove he belongs in the elite tier.Hector HerreraMidfielderSchalke vs PORTOWanted by: Tottenham West Ham wanted to bring centre-forward Marega to the London Stadium over the summer but were unwilling to pay his £36million release clause. Marega is said to be annoyed the move didn’t go through, as though he penned a new deal with Porto, he refused to increase the clause.The 27-year-old is something of a late bloomer, not earning a move to Porto until January 2016. He then spent the following season away on loan, scoring 13 times for Vitoria Guimaraes, before returning to Porto and establishing himself as one of the most lethal strikers in the Portuguese league in 2017/18. Marega hit the back of the net 22 times last term and he’s started this season win one goal and one assist in two appearances, and he’ll be hoping to continue his fine form when Porto kick-off their Champions League campaign against Schalke.Porto have been drawn in a group they will be confident of getting out of, meaning Marega could get to test himself in the latter stages of the competition against some of Europe’s best teams. West Ham will be keen to see how the forward gets on against such opposition, ahead of a renewed swoop for him either in January or next summer.Mauro IcardiForwardINTERNAZIONALE vs TottenhamWanted by: Manchester United 9 9last_img read more


first_imgMichael Murphy listens to tributes being paid to him at council chambers in Lifford today.Michael Murphy was the toast of his native Donegal today when he received a civic reception in honour of his sporting achievements.The 24 year old Glenswilly man has packed more into his career already than most veterans would hope to achieve in a lifetime.Michael was surrounded by family and friends as he received the honour at council chambers in Lifford. As well as his proud mother and father Mick and Mary, Michael was accompanied by his grandfather, 85 year old Joe Hutchinson from Buncrana.Mayor of Donegal Cllr Ian McGarvey said young people should look to Michael if they wanted to make their families proud.Michael’s father Mick said he was delighted for his son and paid tribute to the GAA star’s mother Mary.“There is no way around it. I am delighted for all the great things that have been said about Michael but I have to reveal that his mother has him spoiled including allowing him to get as much sleep as he can.” Michael himself said he was completely taken by surprise by the honour.“I was shocked, I always thought these events were for people in the later years. But I do appreciate it.“I have been very fortunate as a footballer and a person to have achieved what I have.“I have been fortunate to have such a good family, such a good club and such good friends.“I would like to thank my mother and father. Some people say I am spoiled and maybe I am but I would like to think it has made me what I am today,” he said. Mayor McGarvey said “He was nominated by Cllr Ciaran Brogan and it was backed 100% by all the members who recognised the achievements of this young man.“People ask themselves who they can be. All they have to do is to look at how Michael has conducted himself.“I know the dedication he has had to put in but it shows that the dedication can p[ay off in the end,” he said.Liam Ward, Director of Services at Donegal County Council said he had watched Michael from a very early age – and was not always happy to have done so. “This is very proud moment for Michael and his family an his entire community of Glenswilly for what is a tremendous and proud day.“There can be no more special way than is bestowed on him today.“It was a special time for Donegal when we won the All Ireland final and the council recognizes that and the part sport plays in everyday life.“The council has recognised a lot of other sports including kick-boxing, hurling and soccer.“We are living in challenging times and it is important for our young people to have outlets to express their talents and skills.“It is also important for them to have role models. In Michael we have that.“I have watched Michael playing from Under 12 level right up to senior level.“I have to say I wasn’t always supporting him. I do remember from being involved with Glenfin GAA club coming off the wrong end of a defeat with Michael having scored a personal tally of 1-12,” he said.Cllr Ciaran Brogan said it was his honour to be able to nominate Michael for the civic reception.“I decided because of the huge contribution to football and how he has changed the lives of many that I would nominate him.“I can say today that Michael Murphy has and will changed the lives of many people. Sometimes we leave it too late to recognise people but I think it is important that we embrace it now.“He is an only child but can you imagine what we could have done if Mick and Mary had have had half a dozen children,” he said.Cllr Noel McBride, of Fine Gael, said everyone around Ireland and further afield knew the name Michael Murphy for all the right reasons.“You are probably one of the best-known footballers in the 32 counties. No matter where we go we are asked about you and the name of Michael Murphy comes up.“We can all be so proud of how you have elevated out county.“You always say it is a team effort but you played a very large part of that.“You have done us so proud and we thank you today.“I simply ask you to savour the moment. It is a big day for you and your family,” he said.Cllr Mick Quinn of Sinn Fein said he had known Michael for a long time as a neighbour of his from Glenswilly.He said anytime he sees him on TV or hears him on radio, he is proud to say he is one of ours.“He is the topic of conversation in households all over Donegal and I have that myself in my own house.“As well as having a footballing talent he also has the dedication that is needed to hone that talent.“But it is the respect that he shows for everyone is that people remember him by. He is a hugely decent human being.“There is a summer camp in Glenswilly and the highlight of that is the last day because the kids know that Michael is going to turn up.“The amount of time that he puts aside for his local community is amazing,” he said.Cllr John Campbell spoke on behalf of the Independents.“It used to be when I was going to college that people spoke of Donegal and Daniel O’Donnell but it is now Michael Murphy.“The commitment that you give to young people in your community and across Donegal is immense.“I feel your best years have yet to come and I feel you will be back here again with an even biggest list of honours,” he said.Cllr Martin Farren, on behalf of the Labour Party, said it was no accident that he was such a good footballer as he was a third cousin!“I know your grandfather Joe is very proud and your late grandmother Sheila was so proud of you.“I would just like to wish you all the best for the future,” he said.UNANIMOUS BACKING AS MICHAEL MURPHY RECEIVES CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: December 16th, 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:civic receptionDonegal County CouncilglenswillyMichael Murphylast_img read more

Wednesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgBobby Zamora faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hip condition. Test your knowledge of the QPR striker by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-72]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

University of Michigan launches its own self-driving shuttle service

first_imgDavid Curry Tags:#Autonomous car#bus#Internet of Things#IoT#Mcity#Michigan#Navya Arma#shuttle#University of Michigan The University of Michigan is trialling its own self-driving shuttle service, taking students on a two-mile trip from the North Campus Research Complex to the Lurie Engineering Center.The Navya Arma shuttle will take 15 passengers at a time, and students ride for free. To start, the university is running two shuttles on the route, on regular business hours.See Also: Detroit passes Silicon Valley as center for self-driving researchMichigan has become a hotbed for self-driving development, thanks to the university’s heavy investment and the state’s legalization of self-driving cars without the need for a driver inside.Mcity, the university’s 32-acre simulated city project, will be in charge of the shuttle service.“The Arma at Mcity supports the university’s interrelated missions of research and education,” said S. Jack Hu, U-M vice president for research. “It also underscores the importance of international collaboration as we work with companies from around the world to help society realize the substantial benefits in safety and sustainability promised by automated vehicles.”The team in charge want to see how pedestrians and drivers react to the autonomous shuttle and will have cameras dotted all around the exterior of the vehicle. It will also be monitoring the amount of people that use the shuttle service, to see if it as popular as other transport services for students.The university is not the only actor in the self-driving scene in Michigan, General Motors, Ford, Honda, and Uber have all started tests in the state. A 311-acre test site being built on an old Ford WW2 bomber factory, is set to become the largest private environment for automakers to test self-driving systems. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

‘We were not part of Hashimpura massacre’

first_imgAmong the 16 Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) men recently convicted by the Delhi High Court for the Hashimpura massacre of 1987 were four who claimed that though they boarded the truck carrying 42-45 Muslims, they got down at the Meerut Police Lines, where the PAC was camping, and had no knowledge of what happened afterwards.Constable Samiullah Khan was one of them. Talking to The Hindu from his home town Deoria in east Uttar Pradesh, Samiullah, who has till November 22 to surrender and serve life imprisonment, claims he is innocent and did not participate in the massacre.Recalling May 22, 1987, when the PAC abducted and killed 38 Muslims of Hashimpura, Samiullah, who was a 23-year-old constable then, claims he and three others were instructed to get off midway.He claims this was because Platoon Commander Surendra Pal Singh did not want to carry a Muslim, him being the only one in the platoon, during the operation. When the truck travelling from Hashimpura reached the Meerut Police Lines, Samiulllah claims the platoon commander ordered his Section Commander Niranjan Lal and three others to get down. He says the truck was packed and some of the PAC were forced to stand in the rear.“They provided us no reason and asked us to deposit our rifles and retire to the tents. Though I did not hear it myself, I later came to know that the three others were made to get off because of me… to avoid suspicion,” said Samiullah, who is still serving the police and posted in Gorakhpur.Samiullah says they were told that the truck carrying the Muslims rounded up in Hashimpura would be taken to the district jail. “We did not know where they went and what they did,” he said. “We are innocent and suffering for the past 31 years, without any promotion, and my increment was also stalled.”Samiullah also claims that after the incident his superiors had told him that “nothing will ever come out of the case”.Niranjan Lal, 64, of Etah, also provided a similar sequence of events and claimed innocence. As a consequence of the case, he says he was never promoted and retired as a head constable, the post to which he had been promoted early in his career in 1983. He, however, regrets that the massacre took place and does not deny the role his colleagues allegedly played.“I thank God that I was not a part of it. I would have never allowed it to happen,” said Mr. Lal, adding he had not received any specific orders to shoot.In court, the four accused had relied on the testimony of Gulesh Ali, who was posted as a mess munshi at the Meerut Police Lines on that day. The HC rejected their claims. Wasiq Khan, counsel for the four, said the court did not consider their evidence and said the four men had a case that was separate from the rest of the PAC now convicted.The HC in its judgment on October 31 said, “The portion of his [Gulesh Ali’s] testimony, which talks of four of the accused alighting from the truck, does not appear to have the support of any other witness or corroborating evidence.”The court said that nobody from the Meerut Police Lines had been examined to corroborate the claim made by the four PAC men, now convicts, that they returned to the police camp before 9 p.m. on that night. Referring to the general diary entry of the PAC, which clinched the conviction, the court said the entry at 9 p.m. “makes it appear that all of the accused returned in the truck URU-1493 at that time”.The convicts are planning to appeal against their conviction. The Director-General U.P. PAC was not available for comment.last_img read more

11 days agoArsenal star Lacazette: Guendouzi aims to become the best

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal star Lacazette: Guendouzi aims to become the bestby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexandre Lacazette says Arsenal teammate Matteo Guendouzi wants to become the best. The 20-year-old midfielder was recently named as the Gunners’ Player of the Month for September.”He is like the younger brother [in the friendship group with me and Auba]!” Lacazette told Arsenal.com. “We all really have a good relationship, we like to work and to laugh together so it’s really good.”I’m really happy for Matteo [for being named September Player of the Month], he played really well, he helped the team when we needed him, he is really improving each season so we are all really happy with his performances this month. “We can see that every top midfielder in the world is like this [in terms of demanding the ball and being brave]. They all want to take the ball. “Matteo has a good ambition, he wants to be one of the best players in his position so every day he is trying to be the best and this month he showed that he can be.” last_img read more

This Yellow USC Concept Helmet Is A Pretty Interesting Design

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When USC hits the field for the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin on December 30, we expect the Trojans to wear their classic helmets. Going chrome with the current design is about the extend of what we see with alternate looks from the Trojans, but that doesn’t stop some of the internet’s top graphic designers from playing with some cool ideas for the program. Fresh Football Helmets and Deeyung Entertainment came up with a cool USC concept, that uses a yellow base with red details and logos.What do you think, Trojan fans?last_img read more