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UNDP, Others Augment Liberian Cohort at TEF 2019

first_imgFlashback: Liberian Entrepreneurs at the 2018 TEF Forum with UBA Liberia managing director, Olalekan BalogunAt least 32 young Liberian entrepreneurs have been selected for the fifth edition of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Programme.This is the largest number of Liberian beneficiaries since the inception of the programme in 2015. The number of beneficiaries from Liberia each year was 2, 2, 4, 8 from 2015 thru 2018 respectively.Out of the 32 Liberian beneficiaries for this year (2019), 17 entrepreneurs were sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), while the TEF sponsored the rest.Those selected were, Mark Allen Gbalazeh, ICT; Evon K. Jackson, Commercial and Retailer; Aaron Decontee Johnson, ICT; Albert Hassan Kemokai, Commercial and Retailer; Stephen Kerkula, Waste Management; Jeff King, Transporter; Charles G. Garmodeh Kpan, Jr., ICT; Loila Alison Pewu, Commercial and Retailer; Jallah Deconktee Musulyn Striker, Consulting; Roland Seh Washington, ICT; Joseph Charles White, Transportation; and Armstrong Zourpeawon, Education and Training.The rest include, Samuel A. Brown, Waste Management; Jeremiah Lloyd Cooper, ICT; Levi W. Cooper,  Agri-Business Farming; Carol None-Doe, Media and Entertainment; Swaliho M. Fofana, Transportation; Jeremiah Jay Johnson, ICT; Ansu A. Kamara, Financial Services; David N.Nyeneh Katiah, Professional Services; Mohammed Odu Massalee, Waste Management; Lionel S. Moses, Financial Services; Theophilus Julukon Julukon Nelson, II., Consulting; Elton Barzee Reeves, Agri-business farming; Bemon N. Ruth, Commercial and Retail; Isaac Epowede Sart, Commercial and Retail; Misheal B. Sorie, Consulting; Christopher Conte Swen, ICT; Jeremiah Gbelu Totoe, Agri-business farming; Kangoma M. Turay, Agric-business farming; Bill Emmanuel Walker, Commercial and retail and Victor V.S. Willie, Waste management.They are among 3,050 beneficiaries of the leading African philanthropy committed to empowering young African entrepreneurs, drawn from all 54 African countries, selected to join the fifth cycle of the US$100 million TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.The announcement was made recently at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja in Nigeria, following a presentation of the selection process by Accenture Development Partners. This year, over 216,000 applications were received, an increase from last year’s 151,000.Nearly 90,000 were submitted by female entrepreneurs, an increase of 45%, illustrating the Foundation’s strategy to achieve greater gender balance, according to a press release issued by the Foundation.The selected Entrepreneurs will each receive nonrefundable $5,000 of seed capital, access to mentors, and a 12-week business training programme, directly focused on the needs of African entrepreneurs.On July 26 – 27 2019, they will gather at the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum, the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurship ecosystem on the continent.TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu, CON, who celebrated his birthday on 22nd March 2019, said: “Every year, we face an almost impossible task – to select 1,000 entrepreneurs, from the hundreds of thousands that apply. Our entrepreneurs are hungry to effect change.We know we are only scratching the surface, we see the depth of entrepreneurial talent, that all of us – government, business indeed African society, must harness to transform our economies and livelihoods. We must rally together to empower them and accelerate the change we want on the continent”.The incoming CEO of TEF, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, said, “The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme has successfully empowered 7,520 entrepreneurs in its first five years of the 10- year programme.Marking the fifth anniversary of the 10-year programme, this year’s selection includes 2,050 entrepreneurs, supported by the Foundation’s partners in addition to the Foundation’s annual commitment of 1,000, bringing the total number of entrepreneurs empowered by the Foundation to date to 7,520.The Foundation’s growing list of partners includes the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Federal Republic of Benin (Seme City), the Anambra State Government, Indorama, the Government of Botswana and the African Development Bank (AfDB), according to a release.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Evolution Out of Sync

first_imgEvolutionary theory explains everything but the kitchen sink, but what if things get out of sync?  According to Darwin’s tree of life, things happen in a particular order.  The same complex trait should not emerge on separate branches independently.  Findings contrary to the tree pattern could sink the theory – or at least give some Darwinists a sinking feeling.A placoderm is born:  Imagine finding a fossil of a primitive fish giving live birth.  That’s what was reported in Nature this week.1  The scientists were not only surprised to find an animal fossilized in that maternal instant.  Another surprise was that this kind of animal was supposed to lay eggs, not give birth to live young.  Carina Dennis, commenting on the paper in the same issue of Nature,2 said, “The discovery of embryos in fossils of placoderms (ancient, armoured, jawed fish) indicates that vertebrates have been copulating and giving birth to live young for at least 380 million years.”  That is over double the previous date for viviparity detected in fossil marine reptiles in the Jurassic.    The fossil from the Gogo Formation in Australia was also remarkably well preserved.  One of the researchers said, “Gogo fish are three-dimensional, uncrushed, perfect specimens – as if they died yesterday.”  Muscle tissues, nerve fibers and a yolk sac were all detectable.  The discoverers said that it “shows additional soft-tissue preservation never before recorded in any fossil.”  They could even tell that the young inside the womb was the same species, and that it showed no sign of etching from stomach acids.  For these and other reasons they were convinced this was a young fish about to be born, not the adult’s lunch.    Placoderms were thought to be dull, slow, primitive fish, paddling about in their armor.  This fossil implies implacably that placoderms were anything but primitive.  They had an elaborate courtship ritual, along with all the internal biology necessary for giving birth to live young.  The paper ended by saying “Further discussion of the significance of viviparity and evolution can be found in the Supplementary Information.”3  Thus teased, we went there and looked.  The first paragraph of the Supplemental Information revealed a multi-faceted conundrum about evolution:Live bearing evolved independently in all classes of vertebrates except birds, and also in many invertebrate clades.  Phylogenetic analysis of viviparity in living fishes indicates a non-reversible transition from egg-laying to live bearing in teleosts [bony fish, like tunas], with two possible reversals in chondrichthyans [cartilaginous fish, like sharks]…. Similarly, lack of parental care has been assumed the ancestral state in fishes…. Such analyses assume oviparity [egg-laying] as a primitive and comparable condition in teleosts and chondrichthyans, and that viviparity in the latter can be interpreted as a form of parental care.  However, the complex behavioral, morphological and physiological mechanisms required for successful copulation and internal fertilisation in chondrichthyans must have evolved independently and non-reversibly 12 times in teleosts, whereas they are part of an ancient evolutionary heritage in all living chondrichthyans.  This fundamental difference has been overlooked in some recent analyses….So here they admitted that a transition from egg-laying to live birth involves multiple overhauls of body shape, organ function and behavior, yet claim that evolution figured out how to do this a dozen times independently in teleost fish, to say nothing of all the other classes of vertebrates where it also emerged independently.  At the end of the Supplemental Information they said, “whether internal fertilisation was ancestral for, or evolved within placoderms, it can be assumed now to have been acquired independently of internal fertilisation in chondrichthyans.”    What this means is that a highly improbable event on one branch of Darwin’s tree must have occurred multiple times on other branches.  The complex morphological-physiological-behavioral package for giving live birth was not bequeathed by a common ancestor to all the upper branches, as Darwin supposed, but was invented independently and irreversibly – and that multiple times.  National Geographic News repeated the evolutionary interpretation and provided a video of the fossil and its soft parts, along with an artist’s rendering of the fish giving live birth, umbilical cord and all.  The article did quote Long remarking, “Having such advanced reproduction for a fish that primitive is amazing.”  David Catchpoole and Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries International analyzed the plausibility of this evolutionary story.Wood this happen twice?  Lignin, the molecule responsible for the toughness of wood, is a complex molecule manufactured by complex enzymes in plants.  Wikipedia4 states that the complexity of lignin biosynthesis is still challenging biochemists after a century of study:Lignin biosynthesis (Figure 4) begins in the cytosol with the synthesis of glycosylated monolignols from the amino acid phenylalanine.  These first reactions are shared with the phenylpropanoid pathway.  The attached glucose renders them water soluble and less toxic.  Once transported through the cell membrane to the apoplast, the glucose is removed and the polymerisation commences.[citation needed] Much about its anabolism is not understood even after more than a century of study.[3]    The polymerisation step, that is a radical-radical coupling, is catalysed by oxidative enzymes.  Both peroxidase and laccase enzymes are present in the plant cell walls, and it is not known whether one or both of these groups participates in the polymerisation.  Low molecular weight oxidants might also be involved.  The oxidative enzyme catalyses the formation of monolignol radicals.  These radicals are often said to undergo uncatalyzed coupling to form the lignin polymer, but this hypothesis has been recently challenged.[12]  The alternative theory that involves an unspecified biological control is however not accepted by most scientist [sic] in the field.Given the complexity of lignin synthesis, it challenges credibility that a random process like evolution would achieve this feat even once.  Yet now, according to Science Daily, evolutionists are saying it happened twice – once in gymnosperms and again in lycophytes.  The title carries the theme: “Fundamental Building Block In Flowering Plants Evolved Independently, Yet Almost Identically In Ancient Plants.”In both these examples, the evolutionists have not considered Darwin’s tree of life to be falsified by the evidence.  They have, instead, expressed amazement that evolution produced these complex structures over and over again.  And they have promised that this new information will shed more light on the process Charles Darwin proposed would explain all the complexity and diversity of life on earth.1.  Long, Trinajstic, Young and Senden, “Live birth in the Devonian period,” Nature 453, 650-652 (29 May 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06966.2.  Carina Dennis, “The oldest pregnant mum,” Nature 453, 575 (2008) | doi:10.1038/453575a, May 28, 2008.3.  Supplemental information for Long et al (PDF photocopy) from Nature.4.  We are not using Wikipedia as an authoritative source, but only for its recognition of the complexity of lignin.  The article includes links to scientific publications.Evolutionists believe in miracles.  You have just seen it right here.  Let’s get them to stop this psychological game they play against creationism, wherein they claim that believers in God as an intelligent Designer of these complex structures resort to “faith” in the “supernatural” and “miracles” of creation.  What, pray tell, is the difference?  They have an endless stream of miracles themselves.  And they have much more faith in the miracle-working power of their naturalistic deity, natural selection, than any closed-minded, irrational religious nutcase you want to exhibit.    You would think that contrary evidence this strong would be devastating to any scientific theory.  Look at them; no amount of falsification overcomes their faith.  These two cases alone, beside the dozens of others we have reported for years, should have tossed Darwinism overboard, but the evolution-talk, like the Titanic theme song, goes on and on and on, as their ship of evidence sinks into the night.  What does that take?  Belief.  Undying devotion to Charlie can produce miracles in the imagination, no matter what happens in reality.Near, far, where bad data areI believe that the theory goes on;Once more no watertight doorBut he’s here in my heartAnd my faith will go on and on and on and on and on and on and on…..Evolution is out of sync.  The H.M.S. Darwin is not only sinking.  It sank, and it is sunk.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pelicans’ Cousins ejected for swinging elbow at Westbrook

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ It wasn’t clear from replays whether Cousins caught Westbrook in the head or shoulder, or if the contact was significant.Officials did not eject Cousins from the game until after viewing replays on a TV at the scorers’ table, after which they called a flagrant two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHard contact is not required for such a foul. Only contact deemed “unnecessary and excessive,” according to the NBA rule book. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins (0) elbows Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in the head, drawing an ejection from the game, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans center Demarcus Cousins has been ejected from a game against Oklahoma City after swinging his elbow near the head of Thunder star Russell Westbrook.The play occurred Monday night under the Pelicans’ basket in the third quarter after Cousins had secured a rebound. When Cousins raised his elbows near Westbrook’s face, the Thunder guard dropped to the floor holding his head.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP suspends referees in La Salle-Adamson Final Four clash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Brownlee waxes hot, pulls Ginebra to semis

first_imgLATEST STORIES The 6-foot-5 reinforcement went bonkers from beyond the arc, going 7-of-11, three of which coming in the third quarter breakaway to finish with 39 points, nine rebounds, and four assists and seal the Gin Kings’ fate in the next level.With GlobalPort threatening to close in, 56-50, with 6:18 to play in the third period, Brownlee ignited Ginebra’s three-point barrage as they went on a 20-1 tear to bring the lead back up to 25, 76-51, with 1:19 remaining in the quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite his import’s huge scoring outburst, coach Tim Cone felt that it was Japeth Aguilar’s defense which made the biggest difference in Ginebra’s quarterfinal victory.“I think the game turned when Japeth began dominating the paint in the third quarter. He blocked shots, he changed shots, and I thought that really made the difference for the game. And when Justin is knocking down his shots, that helps a lot. But I thought the defense of Japeth was the key on what we needed in this game,” he said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Justin Brownlee scorched from rainbow country to lift Ginebra to a 96-85 victory over GlobalPort and secure a semifinal seat in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Aguilar added 21 markers, eight boards, three assists, and two blocks in the win, as the Gin Kings frustrated GlobalPort to shoot on a paltry 35-percent clip from the field.“I thought we defended really well tonight, especially with Stanley (Pringle). He’s an explosive player and he looked a little worn out tonight,” said Cone. “We challenged (Terrence) Romeo to beat our bigs and for moments, he certainly did make big shots and tough shots, but we just kept the defense on him and didn’t let him use his ball screens.”LA Tenorio also got 12 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, and Scottie Thompson had 11 markers, 12 boards, and three assists for the Gin Kings.Things got heated with 3:28 left in the game as Terrence Romeo whipped his right arm to Tenorio’s waist, leading to an ejection for the Batang Pier super scorer.Justin Harper got 29 points but needed 32 shots to reach the mark, while also grabbing 15 rebounds for GlobalPort.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Romeo wound up with 22 markers on a 7-of-21 shooting, while Pringle was held to just 16 points, five rebounds, and three assists.Ginebra now await for the victor of the TNT-Meralco series for its date in the best-of-five semifinals series. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next D-League: Ragasa cleared of any serious injuries after bad falllast_img read more

Pujara hundreds, Pant banter and Dhoni 2.0: Recapping India’s historic Australia tour

first_imgAfter lost chances in South Africa and England, India, the top-ranked Test side, were under a bit of pressure to shed their tag of poor travellers. Questions were being asked of Virat Kohli’s captaincy and the support staff’s contribution as the Asian giants were led by tactical blunders in the two previous overseas tours of 2018.However, Team India, as conceded by several members of the unit, learned from the mistakes made in South Africa and England and used the learnings to create history in Australia. The focus, as expected, was around Virat Kohli in the lead up to the two-month-long tour. Columns were written about the India captain, he was the central figure in the host broadcaster’s promotional videos ahead of the Test series.When Cheteshwar Pujara showed us traditional Test match batting still works However, Cheteshwar Pujara undoubtedly emerged as the star for the visitors in the much-talked-about Test series. He scored 521 runs from four matches to lead India to their first-ever Test series win on Australian soil. More than the number of runs he had scored, the amount of time he spent at the middle ground down a top-class Australian attack.In a span of 1258 deliveries and close to 30 hours, the man from Rajkot told the world that there is still place for traditional Test batting in the era of franchise-based T20 leagues.Former Australia captain Ian Chappell perfectly summed up the impact Pujara had created in the Test series in Australia.”While the Australian cricket team was keeping a wary eye on Virat Kohli, Pujara snuck up from behind and executed the perfect mugging. In addition to helping India win a series for the first time in Australia, he frustrated a top-class opposition attack to the point of submission,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.advertisementBumrah breathes fire! It was refreshing to see the Indian batting unit put behind the memories of failures in South Africa and England and compliment the fine work from the ever-consistent Indian bowling attack.The Indian pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma made life difficult for the Aussie batsmen and clearly outclassed their counterparts.Bumrah was breathing fire when he had the new ball in his hands. With the old ball as well, his pace and intensity seldom dipped as he cracked open a few helmets during his fiery spells.Pant wins banter battle on Australia tour Not just the battle with the bat and ball, India were also unbeatable when it came to playing mind games. Rishabh Pant was constantly chirping from behind the wickets and won a lot of hearts when he babysat for Australia captain Tim Paine. The photograph of the India wicketkeeper with Paine’s kids shared by the latter’s wife went viral on social media. Unlike the tours in the past, never did any member from the two teams cross the line.Coach Ravi Shastri took pride in the team’s efforts. Apart from heaping praise on his captain, Shastri acknowledged the contributions of Pujara and the bowling attack during his exclusive chat with India Today. The former India captain didn’t think twice about admitting that they had made mistakes on their tours of South Africa and England.MS Dhoni 2.0While the Test series ended with party scenes in the Indian camp, Australia began the ODI series on a high. For Virat Kohli’s men, the 34-run defeat in Sydney meant a rocky start to the World Cup year. MS Dhoni’s 96-ball 51 in the first ODI on Saturday seemingly compounded India’s woes. Cut to January 18, Dhoni was the toast of the nation. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, whose mind is heavily insulated against outside noise, proved he still has the goods in him by smashing back-to-back match-winning half-centuries.With three half-centuries in as many matches, Dhoni helped India clinch their first-ever bilateral ODI series in Australia. More importantly, he helped himself by silencing his critics in the lead up to the all-important Cricket World Cup.Virat Kohli was seen unwinding at the Melbourne Park after the ODI series. He was in Melbourne, with his wife Anushka Sharma, enjoying some Australian Open tennis action and posing for photographs with all-time great, Roger Federer.”An amazing way to finish the Australian summer,” he wrote on social media. And that summed it up all!Also See:last_img read more

21 days agoChelsea midfielder Mount delighted for ‘on-fire’ Abraham

first_imgChelsea midfielder Mount delighted for ‘on-fire’ Abrahamby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Mason Mount is delighted to see Tammy Abraham scoring goal after goal.The 22-year-old’s first Champions League against Lille on Wednesday brought his tally to 8 from 10 games.”He’s [Abraham] on fire and when you have a player like that, any time the ball goes into the box you’re expecting him to get on the end of it or create a chance or get a goal,” Mount told reporters. “It’s brilliant to have him scoring as many as he can.”The thing for him is to focus on continuing these performances and trying to get goals and goals. That’s the main thing for him. He’s a striker, so as many goals as he can score, that’s the best thing for him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more