Research Associate for Applied Social Sciences

first_imgThe Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and AgriscienceEducation at North Carolina A&T State University is seekingcandidates for a 12-month, position of Research Associate with atrack record of work on social science issues relating toagriculture (in general), food, and rural/urban communities.Prospective candidates are also expected to provide operationalleadership within the Department’s Analytical Survey Laboratory, toprovide knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods withapplications of big data analytics, and to provide analyticexpertise to expand the Department’s research portfolio.last_img read more

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AL-SMITH: Dear John Mahama, how big is your conscience on Dzamefe?

first_imgDear President Mahama,In the end, it will be a matter of conscience.You are a politician by training – and circumstance – but you are Ghanaian by birth and nature.You must prove to this country, to your people, that you actually care. Through a lot of previous committees set up since you became President, most of us think you don’t care.Show us that beyond the politics crippling your government, you have the will to do this the right way. I speak, if you don’t get what I’m on about, about the 2014 World Cup Commission report.A penny for Dzamefe’s thoughts Mr President, did you watch Joy News at 8 on Monday night? Their report from the Flagstaff House briefly captured Justice Senyo Dzamefe smiling wryly when his boss – yep, that’s you, John – promised that the findings of the Commission would be worked on.It was a smile – a wan smile, but a smile nonetheless. Brief and quick, but it was there. Having followed the chairman’s work closely for three months between August and November 2014, I could almost decode what his facial expression hid behind his skull.Perhaps, something like this?  “I have heard you, Mr. President. But we have our own way of making sure you don’t just talk, but you actually work.”As you know, Mr President, that’s not what Dzamefe actually said when he mounted the podium.Coded language”One unique feature of the [Constititional Instrument] establishing the Commission is for us to make sure that our recommendations are implemented,” Dzamefe started, giving a clue as to how his crew plan to get your government to work.Mr President, in case you don’t get what this really means, here is the translation: “We don’t really trust you, so we have a few plans to force your hand to do what you say you will do.”  Dzamefe went on: “We have thus set up a Report Implementation Strategy Committee to see to this.”A move like this is novel in the history of this country, where previous commissions have relied on the goodwill of sitting presidents to do the right thing – and have been disappointed.Dzamefe, as ever, was not afraid to punch: “We do not want ours to gather dust like what happened to the Gbadegbe Commission’s Report. We want ours to be implemented.”The Gbadegbe Commission completed its findings in 1999 after probing questionable activities by sports officials in the administration of football in Ghana.Mr President, the officials implicated played footsie with the system and, eventually, were forgotten. It looks like this High Court judge (Dzamefe) is unwilling to make any attempt to be negligent too easy. “We have recommended a quarterly commission review colloquium so that after every three months, we ask if our recommendations are being implemented,” he said.Show some balls, Mr PresidentYou see, Mr President, nobody likes their hard work to go waste. Three months of sittings and 87 witnesses later, the Dzamefe Commission ended sittings in November 2014 and they found some really explosive stuff. John, this is where you need to show some balls because, to be honest with you, most of us don’t see that you have big ones.With the 400-page report forwarded to the Attorney General for study and advice, a white paper will be issued. But when it will be done, and how it will be done is the crucial bit.On that matter, as much as Justice Dzamefe can push with his aforementioned plans, he will be at the mercy of the your people, Mr President. If you, President Mahama, take the report seriously, we can see real progress inside three months. Don’t get me wrong: we are not naive enough to think you will jail or punish those who the report recommends you punish, no.But we want to see more than your famous rhetoric.  We know your English can be impeccable. But this time, don’t just talk. Just do it.Otherwise, the Dzamefe Commission will join the notable list of voluminous reports that turn out to be a lot of hot air.In the end, it will be a matter of conscience.PS: Sorry if I didn’t start by asking how you are doing and all that, Mr President. Dead goats typically don’t mind such stuff, do they?–Gary Al-Smith is assisting editor of Joy Sports. Follow on Twitter @garyalsmithlast_img read more

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Queen Approves Bo-Jo’s Request to Suspend Parliament Ahead of Brexit

first_imgQueen Elizabeth is approving Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request to suspend the United Kingdom’s parliament for five weeks. In a letter to the Queen, the Prime Minister wrote that the current legislative session is too long and proroguing the parliament would help him pursue his “bold and ambitious domestic legislative agenda…” namely the “no-deal” Brexit.Opponents see the move as an attempt to make it harder for lawmakers to counter Johnson’s plans to exit to European Union before October 31st deadline.A man in a giant Boris Johnson ‘head’ digs a grave at the foot of a pretend tombstone outside Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has approved the U.K. government’s request to suspend Parliament amid a growing crisis over Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to the queen on Wednesday to request an end to the current Parliament session in September.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)The Queen’s approval was confirmed in a statement to the Privy Council, a group of royal advisers that includes government ministers.last_img read more

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RFH Looks Into Replacing Wooden Grandstand

first_imgBy Christina JohnsonRUMSON – Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School officials say it’s time to say goodbye to the home team’s aging wooden grandstand, and replace it with a new aluminum one.The district is seeking bids to build a new stadium seating system and press box at Two River Times Field behind the high school at 74 Ridge Road.“It’s not an issue of safety; it’s not going anywhere,” said Superintendent Pete Righi. Instead, he said it’s more about solving the cyclical problem of replacing the weatherboards about every 10 to 15 years. It’s time again.“All you need to do is sit on them – they are splintering. The wood is cracking, the wood is getting beat up. It probably is a safety issue as far as splinters go,” he said, with a worried laugh.Business administrator Frank Gripp said the grandstand replacement is part of the district’s long-range plan for improvements but not necessarily “a must-do” item this year. The exterior brick-and-block exterior encasing the seating system, probably installed in the 1940s, will also be replaced with a similar style that can be utilized for storage.Looking through the side window of the Press Box, which will also be part of the upgrade plan.The new press box will have sections for the coaching staffs of the home and visiting team, separated by an announcer’s booth. There will also be a coaches’ platform on the roof so the team leaders can have a bird’s eye view of the turf field. The sound system will not be replaced.At this time, the district is not looking to replace the visitor’s wooden grandstand across the turf field. The seating was replaced in 2008 and is not in need of repair, said officials.Outside of athletic events, the school has also held graduations and occasional community fairs at the venue.Gripp acknowledged that soft wooden floor, steps and purple benches have been a distinctive tradition at RFH’s Borden Stadium for many years. “But we’re at the point now where nostalgia is getting very expensive,” he said.last_img read more

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Wig Warriors Comes to Red Bank

first_imgLawson doesn’t just address the obvious hair loss fromthe head. She can also help with remedies for thinning andloss of eyebrows and eyelashes, including eyeliners, browliners, powders and stencils, among other options. “It’s a tough road navigating through the side effects of chemotherapy,” she said, “but in the end the hair does grows back.” RED BANK – When Michele Lawson’s stepmother battled cancer she remembers the anxiety over the unknown effects her treatment would have on her body, both inside and out, including the potential loss of her hair. Wig Warriors was founded to help patients deal with the often traumatic, but sometimes overlooked side effects of cancer treatments. Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells and unfortunately also attack other rapidly growing cells in the body, including those in the hair roots. Physicians deal with the nausea and potential for infections arising from the treatment, but don’t offer much support for hair loss, a non life-threatening side effect. “We help women navigate through the cosmetic side effects they will endure while going through treatment,” Lawson said. Wig Warriors offers each patient a free wig plus free wig services during treatment, along with a consultation to set up a plan of action to help deal with the difficulties clients may face during their treatment. Wig Warriors, housed at Hair & Co. salon in Red Bank, provides wigs, hair coverings and beauty tips at no cost to women undergoing cancer treatment. Photo courtesy Wig Warriors In a private room in Lawson’s salon, stocked with donated wigs, scarfs, head wraps and head coverings, Lawson meets with women undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. In this safe haven she discusses what they may experience, guides them through the stages of hair loss, and explains the options available to them, including pre-emptive hair cutting and shaving, as well as fitting, styling and caring for wigs. “When you look your best, you feel better,” says Lawson, who has volunteered with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer. “I started volunteering when our stepmom was suffering through her diagnosis in 2001 and I needed to help in some way and I started fitting and styling wigs for cancer patients.” By Judy O’Gorman Alvarez Now much of Lawson’s family is involved, includingher sons Luke, Kyle and Peter who sit on the foundation’sboard of directors. Now Lawson, a hair stylist and salon owner, has launched Wig Warriors: The Maureen S. Konopko Foundation in honor of her stepmother who sadly passed away from the disease. On Nov. 18 friends, supporters and the Red Bank community kicked off the nonprofit at her salon Hair & Co. on White Street. On any given day Lawson could be shaving a client’s head, discussing the best wig or head scarf options for another woman or coloring another client’s hair that hasstarted to grow back. “I helped one client transition into awig and start her hair loss journey from the difficult taskof shaving her head to discussing wig care and head wrapsand coverings,” Lawson said.last_img read more

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Will Offshore Wind Farms Come Near Bayshore Region?

first_img“Today we have taken another important step forward into our 100 percent clean energy future,” said Joseph L. Fiordaliso, NJBPU president. “With today’s award of 1,100 MW of offshore wind, a safer, healthier future for New Jersey is looking brighter and closer than ever.” The lease on a Raritan Bay site was signed in March 2017 by the Norwegian organization Equinor, which proposes a pizza-slice-shaped wind farm on 80,000 acres of federal waters. The tip of the slice is located 19.5 miles off the coast of Sandy Hook and 14 miles away from Jones Inlet on Long Island. Clean Ocean Action executive director Cindy Zipf said Murphy’s goal is one worth pursuing, but only if projects in coastal waters are done responsibly. Ørsted anticipates construction will begin in 2022 or 2023. The first power would be produced and circulated in 2024 in cooperation with PSEG Power. In a media release, the Murphy administration said the Ørsted project, titled Ocean Wind, is expected to power an estimated 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits, in addition to creating an estimated 15,000 jobs over the life of the project. Through a recent announcement, Atlantic Highlands environmental commission chair Jim Krauss said he believes it was six years in the making. “We spent a day at Monmouth University explaining to these federal officials where people were fishing, sailing, surfing, etc.,” Krauss said. “They were trying to determine where they could put this wind farm so it wouldn’t conflict with any of the ocean users.” In June the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy made a splash at the shore when the state board of public utilities approved a $1.6 billion wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. Krauss said the officialshe spoke to were veryconcerned about projectsnegatively impacting thestate’s multibillion dollartourism and commercialfishing industries. Krauss said six years ago he and other environmental stewards, maritime professionals and recreational fishing leaders participated in a study led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. center_img Preceding this announcement was the May launch of the New Jersey Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry, which allows companies, technical professionals and contractors to indicate their interest and offer their abilities to supply components and services for the offshore wind projects in New Jersey’s coastal waters and along the entire Eastern Seaboard. Murphy called the board of public utilities announcement “historic” and said it will “revolutionize the offshore wind industry in New Jersey and along the entire East Coast.” Local environmental officials say the rippling waves of that announcement could soon be felt in the Bayshore region, with two additional rounds of wind farm application approvals to come in the next three years and a site situated near Sandy Hook and New York already eyed for development. New Jersey Economic Development Agency CEO Tim Sullivan said the Ørsted project and the creation of the registry “represent a major milestone toward our goal of becoming the capital of the American wind industry.” If the proposal is adopted Equinor estimates construction will begin at some point between 2022 and 2023, with the first power available in 2024 or 2025. Estimates have the project powering 1 million New Jersey homes. “They basically told us, ‘we’re not here to tell you where we think they could be placed, we’re here to find out from you where they shouldn’t be.’ It was encouraging to hear because we’ve seen wind farms placed along fishing channels in Copenhagen and they can be a big annoyance,” Krauss added. The first project in Murphy’s three-part plan to generate 3.5 gigawatts of wind energy by 2030 was awarded to the United States branch of Ørsted, a Danish power company that proposed a 1.1 gigawatt project in Atlantic City waters. It is the largest offshore wind project ever awarded in the country. The next two projects call for even larger developments, soliciting 1.2 gigawatt constructions. “We want to work toward ensuring while we move ahead with this industrial but green energy use, that it’s done with respect and protection to our ocean. We need to make sure that during the process that marine life is not compromised and the implementation is as green as possible. Where exactly will they be built? How will they be moved? What exactly will the impact be? These are things we need to know,” Zipf said. last_img read more

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FIANNA FAIL PROPOSAL TO SCRAP SEPTIC TANK CHARGE

first_imgFianna Fáil will propose major changes to the Government’s Septic Tank Bill when the proposed legislation reaches committee stage in the Seanad tomorrow, Wednesday.The amendments include scrapping the septic tank registration fee and appeals fees, offering homeowners an 85% retrofit grant scheme for any upgrade works required and providing septic tank owners with one free de-sludging per year before the Bill comes into effect.Fianna Fáil today met with Jim Connolly, founder of the Irish Rural Dwellers Association, at Leinster House to discuss his opposition to Minister Hogan’s Septic Tank Bill. Mr Connolly raised particular concerns about Article 70G of the legislation, which gives inspectors powers to “make excavations” of private land. Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill will introduce the 75 amendments proposed by Fianna Fáil in the Seanad tomorrow.“Phil Hogan’s Septic Tank Bill is a disgraceful attack on rural communities,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“While we recognise the need to ensure the European Commission’s rules are adhered to, Fianna Fáil firmly believes that the entire cost of this process cannot be pushed directly onto homeowners, simply because they do not have access to heavily subsidised sewerage schemes.“There are 470,000 septic tank owners across the country who are facing potentially enormous bills under Minister Hogan’s legislation. “Many of them could end up forking out up to €17,000 for upgrade works, on top of registration fees and the cost of any appeals they wish to lodge. For example, a new septic tank and percolation area could cost up to €4,000, while technically advanced packaged treatments can cost up to €12,000 with additional installation costs of €5,000.“Fianna Fáil will put forward a number of proposals to introduce a much fairer system of registering and upgrading septic tanks in this country, without hitting householders with huge bills.  I am urging the Fine Gael and Labour Senators to facilitate a democratic debate on these proposals in the Seanad tomorrow and to consider the constructive proposals we are putting forward.”FIANNA FAIL PROPOSAL TO SCRAP SEPTIC TANK CHARGE was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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New thrill ride to speed, swoop in sky

first_img For coaster fans, the coming ride has generated some subdued online buzz – perhaps optimism – about the direction of a beloved theme park they believe is hampered by weak management, with corporate ownership in flux, Niles said. Oklahoma City-based Six Flags Inc. is up for sale, with Dan Snyder, owner of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, angling to take over. “Fans are willing to forgive and forget if you deliver a really great ride,” Niles said. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’ll be going around the mountain terrain of Six Flags,” Carpenter said. “It just adds a new dimension to it,” she said – unlike a new ride built on an isolated site. Robert Niles, editor of Theme Park Insider, an online guide to amusement parks around the world, said a common criticism is “they just slap roller coasters on top of parking lots and (have) not tried to theme them and work with the surroundings.” So the new approach in Valencia is keeping roller coaster fanatics interested and guessing, he said. “Now they’re taking advantage of that hill, so a lot of fans are curious how they utilize that.” The park’s last new roller coaster, Scream, opened in April 2003. So it’s time for a new one, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. “About every two years, if you’re a theme park, you have to have a major new attraction,” he said. “Disneyland reopened Space Mountain this year. Magic Mountain is doing another next year. … Things like this are a draw; you can only do so much Hollywood and beaches.” VALENCIA – A red-and-yellow steel dragon intended to break the roller-coaster mold at Magic Mountain will open in time to celebrate the park’s 35th anniversary, officials said Wednesday. Dubbed Tatsu, a Japanese word for “dragon,” the park’s 17th coaster is expected to open in the spring. When completed, it will launch thrill-seekers on a 3-minute ride that reaches speeds of 62 mph and boasts a 111-foot drop. Riders will be strapped in horizontally on their stomachs to simulate flying under the dragon. “We are the thrill park, and we are known for coasters,” said Sue Carpenter, spokeswoman for Magic Mountain at Six Flags California, Valencia. The new one, designed by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, is among the “largest capital investments in recent years” at the park, she said. Tatsu’s 3,602 feet of track winds around the area’s hilly terrain, even dodging nearby attractions such as the Revolution roller coaster and the landmark Sky Tower along the way. last_img read more

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Source: Antonio Brown will be an Oakland Raider

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Antonio Brown will be an Oakland Raider.Brown posted two pictures on his Instagram account late Saturday night, one of him in a Raiders jersey and one of him with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr at the Pro Bowl with the caption, “Love at first Sight.”A source confirmed the Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers in a blockbuster trade that gives quarterback Derek Carr a No. 1 target he badly needed.last_img

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Pin Up Full Head 100ml : Would recommend this product, easy to apply

first_imgI have used this brand before and it worked really well, this time it hardly took at all 🙁 but the item came on time and undamaged hence the three stars. Somewhat a disappointment though. Cant get this on the high street now so great to be able to get on line. I perm my mums hair at home and as you cant always find this on the high street its convenient to purchase it online and even better free delivery. Would recommend this product, easy to apply. Never fails me, always turns out curly. Pin up home perm does not disappoint. This was bought for someone else who could no longer buy the item in the shops in her area. She was extremely pleased with the results and thought the perm was even better than she had previously been able to obtain. Her one worry now is that it is being withdrawn, since it is no longer available in the shops. Pin Up Home PermPin up home perm does not disappointSeems a bit weakcant get this on the high street now so great to be able to get on lineBought this for my mum who seems to have trouble very easy instructionPin Up Full Head 100mlCreates permanent curls and textureDesigneed for Full head permingGives flexible option in creating curl and hair textureWith build in conditioners to protect during the perming processHome Kit Not used yet but recieved in good time and looks easy to use pleased with this. Brilliant and quick service arrived sooner than i expected less expensive than my local chemist and would certainly purchase again using this company. Thank you for such a brilliant service. Cannot buy in new zealand anymore. Will have to purchase other items before buying more. I give this product 5 stars because i use it as a reverse perm straightener and it works a treat; to take the frizz out of your curly hair. Not what it’s meant for i know, but it works well for me for that purpose. I would recommend this product. Good for fine hair in need of body – preferable to gels, etc. Hard to come by in shops in my area. Bought this for my mum who seems to have trouble. Bought this for my mum who seems to have trouble getting it anywhere else. She swears by it and wont use any other brand. Very pleased with how quickly my orders arrived. My hairdresser was really surprised i managed to perm my hair myself. Did leave the ends very very dry and had to get them chopped off but my hair needed a trim anyway. Not as good as some other perms i have used. I used it on my sister-in-law but seemed a bit weak. Very nice and very well presented thank you very much. Excellent service and it enabled me to buy a product not available in my local shops. Very pleased with result of the perm. A1 service would buy again many thanks ?. Brilliant perm, i surely be employing it again.Pin up has been around for a very long time which tells us it need to be great to have lasted so very long. Truly delighted with the results,delicate waves and a great deal much less expensive than heading to the salon. Would advocate this perm to all home permers.Often a great purchase, i have applied this just one for many years. Normally a excellent invest in,i have employed this a single for many years now.Extremely uncomplicated to use as long as you have observe the instruction. The curls has turns out pretty pleasant.As i day about the close per does what it states on the box.Been applying this perm for additional decades than i care to say. However as excellent as it normally was.last_img read more

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