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Masonic Craft “Must” Lead Liberia? It Is They Who First Must Answer,…

first_imgThe distinguished Liberian entrepreneur and politician, Benoni Urey, Chairman of the Lonestar Communications Corporation, made a pretty important speech on Masonry, unquestionably Liberia’s most powerful secret society.Addressing the St. John the Baptist Feast Day ceremony held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church last Thursday, he said the next President of Liberia “must” be a Mason. That remark sparked many critical comments not only in the Daily Observer’s online edition, but also on the talk shows on several Monrovia radio and TV stations. The comments were overwhelmingly negative. But on hearing these reactions to his address, Mr. Urey called the Daily Observer to deny that he had ever said such a thing. He said he had never called for Liberia to be led by a Mason come 2017.Many people, however, said they saw him utter those very words on television. Mr. Urey was kind enough to send us last Friday a copy of his 11-page address. Here is what he said beginning on page 10: “The New Liberia we envisage will and must be one with a Masonic Head.” He went on to outline the qualities of such a leader, qualities which, he insisted, “[meet] the Tenet of Free Masonry.” In closing, Urey said he looked forward to another “festive day of Craft Masonry when Monrovia will “see the President of Liberia perambulating (traveling on foot, walking-marching) with us on the streets of Monrovia. “Our dreams must come true, our goal we must achieve… The choice is ours.”Who, then, can deny that Benoni Urey wants the next President of Liberia to be a Free Mason? And having himself declared his candidacy for the presidency in 2017, which Mason would better suit that bill than the ambitious, influential and wealthy Benoni Urey who, within a few years hence, will most likely himself be elected Grand Master? We have often wondered what has Masonry done for Liberia? The most that people who have noticed know about them is what they did last Thursday: dressed up in expensive clothes, marched behind brass bands, assembled in the Temple to wine and dine and, because they are the elite of the elite, the cream of power in the society—the top lawyers, judges, politicians, business and professional people—they can easily influence a lot that is happening in Liberia. Benoni Urey said it: “The Masonic Craft over the years has played a significant role in the building and governance ofLiberia. Five of the nation’s Presidents have been grand masters of Masons.” Urey further recalled: “Many problems in government were settled at the Masonic Temple. Good governance decisions were made there. Bad decisions were challenged at the Temple.”There is, then, no question that the Masonic Craft has had an overweening influence on Liberian statecraft. Now come some critical questions:• What have the Masons ever done for the poor, weak, deprived and destitute in our society?• How come this first independent African Republic is, at 168, still at the bottom of the world’s economic development ladder?• How come the Judiciary, as it is even today, has been accused of corruption? This, more than anything else, frightened Albert Porte, the legendary constitutional analyst and pamphleteer who over the years warned that the judiciary is “the cement that holds together the national fabric. Weaken that cement and you weaken the national fabric”—and that and more was happening, leading to the 1980 coup and to the civil war. Have the Masons ever asked themselves what part they played—have they ever accepted any responsibility for what happened to Liberia? After all, they were in the lead. They came second after the True Whig Party; the church came third. That was the triumvirate that ruled Liberian for over a century—the TWP, the Masonic Craft, the church.• So how did Liberia, under their leadership, become a failed state? How did we, having been on the same economic level with Singapore and South Korea in 1960, remain consistently the odd man out in economic and political development? We submit that because the Masons admit that they were in Liberian society the Primus inter pares (first among equals), they should be the first to answer the question, what happened to Liberia?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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WEEKEND ROUNDUP – APRIL 21 22 AND 23 2017

first_imgFAT 2017 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook It was a busy weekend in Toronto.  In addition to cinema and theatrical shows, the weekend events consisted of the FAT Show (Fashion Art Toronto), The Toronto Screenwriting Conference, The Harry Jerome Awards, TIFF Kids Festival, The Toronto Monologue Slam and the 1-year anniversary of the Women In The Film Industry Network Meetup.Here are some pics from the weekend. TIFF KIDS 2017 TIFF KIDS 2017 TIFF KIDS 2017 TIFF KIDS 2017 TIFF KIDS 2017 TIFF KIDS 2017 TIFF KIDS 2017 TIFF KIDS 2017 TSC 2017 TSC 2017 (Photo by Carolyn Kennedy) TSC 2017 – Paul Haggis TSC 2017 TSC 2017 (Photo by Carolyn Kennedy) TSC 2017 – Paul Haggis FAT 2017 FAT 2017 FAT 2017 FAT 2017 FAT 2017 FAT 2017 HARRY JEROME AWARDS HARRY JEROME AWARDS Prime Minister Trudeau and wife Sophie arrive at the HARRY JEROME AWARDS Fabi Toronto Mayor John Tory at the HARRY JEROME AWARDS Toronto Monologue Slam Women in the Film Industry Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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BC film production to top 26B in 2017 setting new record

first_imgIf you’ve spotted one of the many crews set up around Metro Vancouver recently, it’s likely no surprise to you that B.C.’s film industry is booming.According to Creative BC, the independent agency charged with promoting creative industries in the province, that’s not just movie magic: the latest numbers show motion picture productions are set to spend a record amount in the province this year.Boosted by a low Canadian dollar, motion picture expenditures in B.C. are estimated to top $2.6 billion this fiscal year – the highest ever – up 35 per cent from 2015-2016. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The agency says 338 productions qualified for tax credits this year, up from 297 last year.According to B.C.’s 2017 budget, those credits will cost taxpayers $391 million.READ MORE Twitterlast_img read more

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Condoleezza Rice Joins College Football Playoff Committee

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is one of nine people expected to be part of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff that begins in 2014.George Schreeder of USA Today Sports wrote: “A person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the committee has not been announced, also confirmed the following members: Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez, USC athletics director Pat Haden, Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long, West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck and Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich, in addition to Rice, former Ole Miss and NFL quarterback Archie Manning, former NCAA Executive Vice President Tom Jernstedt and former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese all to be selections.”Apparently Rice’s appeal came from her diverse background, she holds degrees from the University of Denver and Notre Dame, and is currently a professor of political science at Stanford. She served as national security advisor from 2001-05 and secretary of state from 2005-09.Rice and the others are expected to be charged with weighing in on head-to-head competitions, comparable opponents, conference championships and how key injuries might influence a team’s performance.“It’s an all-star cast,” the source boasted.This information was supposed to be kept confidential until an official announcement was made, but obviously that didn’t happen. read more

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Toyota will put Tundra Tacoma trucks on a single platform report says

first_img Share your voice 2020 Toyota Tacoma takes a bow at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show More about 2019 Toyota Tacoma Trucks Future Cars Comment More From Roadshow Tags Review • 2019 Toyota Tacoma: Not an ideal daily driver Toyotacenter_img Enlarge ImageDespite recently refreshing the Tacoma, Toyota’s got the future on its mind. Toyota The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) has given even the stodgiest Toyota vehicles a fresh breath of life, and we’ve been impressed with what the automaker’s put on that platform thus far. Now, it appears the automaker hopes to strike gold by applying this method to trucks, as well.Toyota intends to move the next-generation Tundra and Tacoma onto a single platform, followed by all of Toyota’s global pickups, Automotive News reported today, citing sources within the company. Toyota declined to comment to both AN and Roadshow.Efficiency is a big reason for this decision, if the report turns out to be true. As AN’s report notes, some Tacoma and Tundra models are built at the same plant in Texas, but there are 37 cab and powertrain variants between the two trucks. Moving both onto a single platform could boost efficiency by allowing more parts sharing, which can keep costs and complications lower.In addition to potentially sharing a platform, AN says that the next-gen versions of Tacoma and Tundra will also carry “some form of electrification.” Pairing the efficiency gains of a new platform with the latest materials-science tech of electrification could make for some very efficient vehicles, whether it’s something simple like a 48-volt mild hybrid system or something more complex like a plug-in hybrid powertrain. If there’s one arena where Toyota is no stranger, it’s hybridization.We might not have to wait long to see the fruits of this endeavor, either. AN’s report states that the shared platform’s development is “near completion,” and it could arrive as early as the 2021 model year, which means debuts could come as early as next year. Toyota recently refreshed the 2020 Tacoma, though, and it’s unclear how much mileage Toyota thinks it can get out of the current generation. 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive: Small tweaks make this midsize truck even better 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: The most extreme midsize off-roader you can buy 39 Photos 1 Toyotalast_img read more

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The Great Khali confident of Indore wrestler Sagar Nama success in WWE

first_imgSagar Nama receiving honours from former MP CM Shivraj Singh ChauhanPR HandoutIndore wrestler Sagar Nama aka Ben Jacks has been selected for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the US. He is all set to become the next India wrestler to enter the WWE ring after The Great Khali.Sagar Nama has been training professional wrestling for two years in Continental Wrestling Entertainment in Jalandhar. He is ready to fight with foreign wrestlers. He has learned the nuances of professional wrestling from The Great Khali. He has also been trained by various coaches from USA and Canada including Matt Xstatic, Ethan HD, Neon Ninja Facad, Xavier Justice.Sagar Naama, 21, has started his training in the USA since September 2018. The Great Khali taught him the nuances of professional wrestling. He has played more than 60 matches in one year and won more than 40 matches. He does hours of workouts in the gym and wrestling ring so that the titles also come in his lap.The Great Khali is very impressed with the performance of Sagar Nama and he is confident that Sagar will be successful in WWE and he will take Professional Wrestling to the next level. After the selection in WWE, Sagar Nama and The Great Khali have also met former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan. Former CM congratulated him on behalf of the whole state to win in WWE.While studying in Central India Academy, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, Sagar Naama was determined in becoming a sports player and played a number of sports, but he had a fondness for handball that he practiced with his team every day. He played in several different competitions. His team also went for a national level competitions and won a silver medal at state level.last_img read more

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Malaysias Najib wife banned from leaving the country

first_imgMalaysia’s then-prime minister Najib Razak (L) and his wife Rosmah Mansor wave as they arrive at the nomination centre to hand over election documents in Pekan on April 28. Photo: AFPMalaysia’s scandal-hit former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were Saturday banned from leaving the country, the immigration chief said, after the shock election loss of Najib’s coalition.“The immigration department has just now blacklisted Najib and Rosmah from leaving the country,” Mustafar Ali, director-general of the immigration department, told AFP.Najib said in a tweet: “I have just been informed by the immigration department of Malaysia that my family and I are not allowed to go abroad. I respect the decision and I will remain in the country with my family.”The travel ban came as speculation mounted that Najib and Rosmah, a hugely unpopular figure due to her reported love of luxury shopping trips, were about to board a flight to fly to Indonesia.Najib had earlier tweeted he was going to take a “short break”. An angry crowd had descended on an airport near Kuala Lumpur where the couple had been expected to leave from, in a bid to stop them from departing.After his defeat, speculation mounted the pair might flee the country as former strongman premier Mahathir Mohamad, who beat him in the elections, has pledged to probe a massive scandal in which Najib is implicated concerning the theft of billions of dollars of state funds.last_img read more

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Black Women Have a Hard Time in Every Arena

first_imgStephanie Poplar launched her nonprofit formation and public relations business four years ago, seeking the autonomy entrepreneurship offers.“I knew I wanted to go into business for myself because I wanted the freedom and flexibility,” she said.Like other Black female business owners, however, she faced a multitude of challenges—navigating the natural learning curve, having to prove her credibility and capabilities to skeptical clients and the perennial obstacle, lack of capital.“There were times when I was a business owner but had to take a temporary or full-time position” to defray costs, the 40-year-old Baltimore and Prince George’s County resident said.Poplar’s experience mirrors that of findings in {Black Women in the United States, 2014}, a report produced and recently released by the Black Women’s Roundtable.The multi-faceted assessment of the overall conditions of African-American women shows that while significant progress has been made over the past half-century, there are still areas of dire concern.”We look at the tragedies and the triumphs surrounding Black Women’s lives across a variety of different indicators and areas of inquiry,” said Avis Jones-DeWeever, founding president and CEO of Incite Unlimited and editor of the report, in a statement. “Black women have made progress since key historical markers such as the {1964 Civil Rights Act, Brown v. Board of Education,} and the onset of the War on Poverty, but many areas remain that need urgent action.”In business, Black women like Poplar comprise the fastest growing segment of the women-owned business market. Black female business owners trail all other women when it comes to revenue generation, the report showed. Black women receive only 6 percent of the revenue generated by all women-owned businesses, compared to 29 percent received by White women.In education, too, Black women continue to excel despite disadvantages such as disproportionate out-of school suspension rates and schools that are ill-equipped with the courses or trained personnel necessary to prepare them for college.Over the past five decades, the high school graduation rates of Black women have jumped 63 percent, significantly narrowing the gap with White women (7 percent) and virtually eliminating the gap with Asian women (down to 2 percent). And Black women attain college degrees at significantly higher rates than their male counterparts.Poplar, who obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Baltimore, said she pursued her education because she believes learning is “priceless.”“Education is a lifelong process so you should always be a student, looking to learn,” she said. “Education for me has been a key to opportunities.”Politics, too, presented a positive and negative picture. Black women turned out en masse and played key roles in the 2008 and 2012 presidential election. And even in the recent pivotal Virginia gubernatorial election, exceeded all other groups in turning out on Election Day.“We are a strong force when it comes to politics, but we’re not getting the full benefits of our voting,” either in policy or in political representation, said Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network.Black women hold only 3 percent of state legislative seats, and less than 3 percent of seats in Congress, the report showed.In other areas the findings were grimmer.-Economically, Black women are at a significant disadvantage. Black women lead all women in labor force participation rates, yet they experience a large wage gap and are overrepresented in low-wage fields. Because of years of poverty-level wages, decreased access to employer-sponsored pension plans and a general lack of wealth accumulation, Black female retirees have the lowest household income of any other group and experience a poverty rate fully five times that of White men (16 percent vs. 3 percent). -In the technology race, Black women lag behind, comprising a mere 2 percent of practicing scientists and engineers in the workforce. Many Black women in college studying STEM disciplines report feelings of isolation and experience toxic environments.-Health presents a particular dark picture as Black women experience particularly poor health outcomes: Black women are three times more likely than women to die in childbirth; they have the highest rates of high blood pressure than any other demographic group in the nation and cancer continues to be a death knell for Black women—five Black women die daily specifically due to disparities in access to treatment for breast cancer, the report showed. Campbell said the report is meant to serve as a road map for the group’s advocacy on behalf of Black women throughout the U.S.“This report is not about crying ‘Woe is me’ it is saying ‘Here’s where we are and what are we going to do about it,’” she told the AFRO. “We wanted to have something factual we could use as a benchmark for our organizing as we decide how to go about advocating for issues that are important to us.”last_img read more

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Researchers suggest reforestation around urban areas to reduce ozone levels

first_img More information: Reforestation as a novel abatement and compliance measure for ground-level ozone, Timm Kroeger, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1409785111 AbstractHigh ambient ozone (O3) concentrations are a widespread and persistent problem globally. Although studies have documented the role of forests in removing O3 and one of its precursors, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), the cost effectiveness of using peri-urban reforestation for O3 abatement purposes has not been examined. We develop a methodology that uses available air quality and meteorological data and simplified forest structure growth-mortality and dry deposition models to assess the performance of reforestation for O3 precursor abatement. We apply this methodology to identify the cost-effective design for a hypothetical 405-ha, peri-urban reforestation project in the Houston–Galveston–Brazoria O3 nonattainment area in Texas. The project would remove an estimated 310 tons of (t) O3 and 58 t NO2 total over 30 y. Given its location in a nitrogen oxide (NOx)-limited area, and using the range of Houston area O3 production efficiencies to convert forest O3 removal to its NOx equivalent, this is equivalent to 127–209 t of the regulated NOx. The cost of reforestation per ton of NOx abated compares favorably to that of additional conventional controls if no land costs are incurred, especially if carbon offsets are generated. Purchasing agricultural lands for reforestation removes this cost advantage, but this problem could be overcome through cost-share opportunities that exist due to the public and conservation benefits of reforestation. Our findings suggest that peri-urban reforestation should be considered in O3 control efforts in Houston, other US nonattainment areas, and areas with O3 pollution problems in other countries, wherever O3 formation is predominantly NOx limited. (Phys.org) —A team of research conservationists with members from several universities in the U.S. is suggesting in a paper they’ve had published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that urban areas could benefit by investing in cost effective reforestation efforts around urban areas that currently suffer from high ozone levels. Planting trees, they suggest could help cities bring those levels down. The researchers note that despite aggressive efforts by many metropolitan areas to lower ozone levels in ground level air, levels remain high, causing the populations that live in them to live with an increased risk of health problems—prior research has indicated that as many as 152,000 premature deaths each year can be attributed to the damage ozone inflicts on lungs. Current efforts to combat ozone levels are aimed at the source, factory emissions, etc. Laws limiting emissions have not kept up with growth however, leading to increases in ozone levels. The researchers suggest a different approach—remove the ozone by planting trees. They suggest that land be purchased on the outskirts of cities with high ozone levels to be converted to forest—trees they note, remove both ozone, and one of its precursors.To bolster their point, the researchers looked at the Houston metro area in Texas, a part of the country with consistently high ozone levels. Land that is currently used for agriculture on the outskirts, they claim, could be purchased and replanted with trees, creating a 1.5-square-mile forest. They estimate that over a 30 year period, the reforested area could reduce ozone and precursors in ground-level air by 310 tons. They also note that if fast growing trees were planted, timber harvests could help make up initial outlays and loss of local revenue from agricultural products.The researchers also plotted potential targets on a map of the U.S., highlighting areas where reforestation would likely do the most good—along the I-95 corridor in the northeast, for example, and around Chicago, Detroit and many parts of California. The team concludes by noting that if something isn’t done, the problem of ozone pollution is only likely to get worse in the face of both continued growth and as global warming exacerbates the problem. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img Citation: Researchers suggest reforestation around urban areas to reduce ozone levels (2014, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-reforestation-urban-areas-ozone.html © 2014 Phys.org Credit: Yinan Chen/public domain Ozone in Colorado mountains surprises researcherslast_img read more

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Tips to get luxury loft look for your home

first_imgA lofted design is a great way to use all the unoccupied spaces in our home. Lofts are not only modern but interesting and leave many options open for a creativity and make exciting and useful areas in your home.Experts share some most exciting and useful tips for the same.Walls play an important role when it comes to designing the perfect luxury loft. And playing around with texture or something with intricate workmanship could easily give it a feeling of luxury. Some examples could be, upholstered walls, 3D boards, etc. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo save space in your converted loft is to make use of any unusual shapes or features of your loft. Shelving is one of the easiest and effective ways to do this and will add an extra layer of style to the room while keeping it neat and tidy at the same time. Lights are predominantly used for functional purposes. But using lights to set the mood could be classified as luxury. Different lighting ideas could be used in different variations to create multiple moods in a luxury loft design. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHaving mirrors around the loft helps to make space look larger. For example, you could decorate the loft into a changing room with a few stylish and simple shaped mirrors such as hearts, circle, and stars. It will also add a taste of glamour to the area.Whether you paper a small panel or a full room, use the pattern to create a unique look. Wallpaper is great for adding instant personality to space, so choose a design that you really love. Background color has a big impact on the overall feel of a room – choose more muted colors in the bedroom for a restful feel. Furniture could be another element that could be used to make a pep up a luxury loft. Accent furniture could be used to add a touch of color to space. As well as layering a bed or a diwan with quilts and cushions could bring in a sense of luxury if done right.One advantage of a loft is the fact that it has the roof of the structure right above it, which gives it a lot of scopes to do something crazy. One such idea would be to give it an LCD glass panel for a portion of the roof and have some cool features to it. It could be made a clear sunroof, it could be made a blackout panel, it could have a starry night display on it, etc.Having an extra space is a great way to arrange your belongings. It could also be used as a spare room, especially as a small sanctuary for reading or working. An additional space benefits those who work from home as it allows them to feel comfortable.last_img read more

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