The Chairman of the House’s Joint Committee on Public Account, Senator Edward Dagoseh, has admitted that members of the legislature have short-comings related to understanding procedures and process in formulating or drafting the national budget. They also have a problem reconciling their oversight responsibility with that of other legislative functions.Senator Dagoseh said understanding budgetary process is very challenging to the lawmakers, given that the public finance documents are often technical and contain much information. He said it is also challenging for most members of the legislature to balance the demands of oversight with other legislative works.The Grand Cape Mount County lawmaker made the comments Thursday, April 17, at the opening of a three-day legislative guide validation workshop at a local resort in Monrovia.The legislative guide is to lead or direct the national legislature in the budgeting process. It is also intended to give the Legislators a concise insight into their responsibilities as related to the process.“We want to begin by saying that the production of this guide is highly commendable, and we must commend the committee that worked on it.Why do we say it is commendable? It is so because it is an important component of the machinery of accountability, and transparency, in a democratic government. It is also a device that drives national development.As we all know, there are four steps in the budgeting process: the budget preparation, appropriation and approval, execution and monitoring and reporting. You will note that the process itself is very huge and complicated; that is why I see the production of this guide as very commendable.That is why we say this guide is very important; it will help us accelerate our oversight responsibility,” Senator Dagoseh concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Second season slump: Mohamed Salah is struggling to match his fantastic form for Liverpool last season © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Mohamed Salah outshone Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on the Champions League stage last season, but as Paris Saint-Germain’s star duo head to Anfield on Tuesday seeking to make amends, the Egyptian is struggling to match the heights of his debut campaign at Liverpool.Salah’s failure to hit top form dates back to his last Champions League appearance four months ago. Back in May, Salah was on the crest of a wave as his 44-goal campaign had carried Liverpool to the Champions League final and ensured qualification for this season’s competition.However, he lasted just 30 minutes in Kiev after injuring his shoulder when wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and the Spanish giants went on to lift the trophy in a 3-1 win.Floored: Mohamed Salah has struggled to recover from a shoulder injury suffered in last season’s Champions League final © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYThat started a difficult few months for Salah as he was also robbed of being 100-percent fit for Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years.Without their talisman, the Pharaohs were beaten by Uruguay in their opening game and his goals against Russia and Saudi Arabia couldn’t prevent Egypt returning home without a single point.Salah has also gone to war with the Egyptian federation over the use of his image and the decision to host their base camp in Chechnya.Egypt’s star player was put in the awkward position of having to pose for photos with Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, who has been accused of human rights abuses.That hangover has been felt on the field with Salah scoring just twice in Liverpool’s opening five games of the campaign and missing chances he ruthlessly put away last season.– No one-man team –So far Salah’s slackness hasn’t cost Jurgen Klopp’s men. A summer of shrewd investment to build on the already substantial progress made under the German is already bearing fruit with five straight wins.“Of course, it’s important that we don’t have only one goalscorer,” Klopp said after an impressive 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday, that should have been a far more comprehensive victory if the visitors had taken their chances.“It’s still early. Five games, fantastic we’ve won all of them, we have improved.”Neymar and Kylian Mbappe cost Paris Saint Germain more than a combined 400 million euros in the quest for Champions League glory © AFP / FRANCK FIFEThe 39 million euros ($45 million) Liverpool paid for Salah from Roma was brilliant business not just based on Salah’s production, but the hyper inflation that took place in the market just weeks later when PSG smashed the world transfer record by splurging 222 million euros on Neymar.A further 180 million was then splashed on beating Europe’s big guns to the signature of Mbappe, who confirmed his status as the rising star of world football in winning the World Cup for France.Both Neymar and Mbappe will see themselves as heirs to the throne of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best player.But it is Salah who is on the shortlist for FIFA’s Best Player award alongside Ronaldo and Croatian midfielder Luka Modric of Real Madrid, after PSG failed to get beyond the last 16 of the Champions League last season.The limited spotlight offered by Ligue 1 means Europe’s premier club competition is where Neymar and Mbappe need to shine to be in the running for individual awards.However, a blockbuster clash on a Champions League night at fortress Anfield is also the perfect stage for Salah to demonstrate to the world he is no one-season wonder.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The Central Hotel team in Donegal Town are delighted to be awarded Best 3 Star Hotel in Co Donegal in the Irish Enterprise Awards 2019, hosted by EU Business Magazine.And that’s not all they’ve been celebrating, as the hotel has also been accredited a Customer Service Excellence Award from Failte Ireland.The Central Hotel has been focusing on customer service excellence, and as part of this all staff completed training with Failte Ireland. Best 3 Star Hotel award for Central Hotel: Elaine McInaw Sales & Marketing Manager, Louise Gallen Duty Manager, Monica Ciupek Housekeeping Manager, Carol Molly Duty Manager, Marie McCaul Duty Manager, Jenna Timoney Front Office Manager & Breda Haden General ManagerWithin the last year the new additions of Suite Pads into Hotel Guestrooms has given great focus to ensuring the management team receives direct feedback from all guests while they are staying in-house. This also gives the guests a wealth of information at their fingertips during their stay at the hotel including the option of Green efficiency, downloading menus and browsing activities to enhance their stay.Breda Haden, General Manager, and her team wish to extend a special thanks to the loyal hotel guests and of course their local customers for their continued loyalty and support through the season.“The hotel is opened through Christmas 2019 and we look forward to celebrating with you over the Festive season and hope that you will make the Central Hotel your home away from home “www.centralhoteldonegal.com The Central Hotel named as Donegal’s best 3* hotel was last modified: October 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Donegal TownEU Business MagazineIrish Enterprise Awards 2019the central hotel
SAN JOSE — IIya Kovalchuk scored his second of the game in overtime to hand the Sharks their second straight loss on home ice.Kovalchuk scored on a breakaway a 2:29 of overtime, clinching a 3-2 win for the Los Angeles Kings, who entered the game with the fewest points in the Western Conference.The Sharks battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half of the third period to earn a point for the eighth time in 10 games.Joe Pavelski tied the game at 2-2 with 30 seconds left in regulation, …
11 December 2007South African construction and engineering company Group Five has won a US$62-million (about R430-million) contract to design, supply and install a 130-megawatt power station in Nigeria’s Abia State, making it the company’s second power project in the African independent power market.Group Five is to build the plant, strategically located in Aba, the commercial capital city of Abia State in southeastern Nigeria, on behalf of Geometric Power Limited, a local private-sector company operating independent power plants for the generation, transmission and distribution of power to industrial clusters, commercial entities and the general public.“This contract further cements our successful entry into the independent African power market and proves the success of our West African business – a region we have successfully worked in since 1995,” Group Five chief executive Mike Upton said in a statement on Monday.“In line with our stated strategy of tapping into the energy sectors in Africa, we have delivered on our strategy of ensuring that our engineering business is ready for the expected large turnkey projects flowing from the power generation and distribution sector on the continent.”The project started in October 2007 and will be completed in December 2008.“With the average annual power supply in Nigeria at approximately 20% of its total demand, Aba has a large cluster of sustainable industries that need reliable electric power,” Group Five says.An existing gas pipeline into the city makes it ideal for the development of the new plant, which comprises three General Electric gas turbines fuelled by natural gas.The Aba power station is Group Five’s second power project in the independent African power market, and follows the company’s successful execution of the first stage of the $90-million (R585-million) contract for a new power station in the Akwa Ibom state of Nigeria in 2005.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
ReadWriteHome is an ongoing series exploring the implications of living in connected homes.Nothing influences people’s comfort or mood like a warm, toasty environment or a cool, invigorating climate. And yet, of all the technologies in the home, the lowly thermostat gets the least respect— even though nobody likes costly energy bills each month.Ex-Apple staffers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers set about changing the perception of the thermostat with Nest. By applying their experiences from having worked on the iconic iPod, Fadell and Rogers elevated the unappealing home electronic to create the Nest “learning thermostat,” a sleek wall-mounted device designed to make home energy control and automation sexy. This is how a product in a decidedly pragmatic (read: unexciting) category attracted a following. Since its 2011 launch, the rather elegant Nest has received loads of interest—and not just from consumers hoping to cut down on their energy bills, boost efficiency or show off a hot new technology. Smart home companies like Revolv and Control4 work with Nest, and tinkerers can’t seem to keep their hands off it. The ideas vary from simple smartwatch apps to imaginative rewirings or software hacks to extend Nest’s control and features. But still, it’s surprising what you can do with the Nest thermostat when you apply a little elbow grease. Nesting TricksRight out of the box, you can manage the connected Nest thermostat via your smartphone or the company’s website, and its automations improve over time as the device learns your habits and preferences. Those smarts allow it to track energy usage, and enable it to work as a standalone product or within a smart home system. Still, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Nest. The device baffled some users with reboot and battery problems last winter, prompting the company to issue a software update. And though Nest Labs celebrated its $3.2 billion Google acquisition earlier this year, the ink was barely dry before the company once again found itself dealing with more problems last month—this time over the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Some users flew the coop, but hardly en masse. The thermostat still boasts a strong showing on Amazon, where it currently reigns as the No. 1 best seller in programmable thermostats. And at press time, its positive user feedback outnumbered the negative by far, with five-star reviews more than tripling the one-star reviews. The product may find more fans still, having launched recently to a new UK market.Nest may not be the only smart thermostat—Ecobee to Honeywell have a few offerings as well—but its $250 device is clearly an object of fascination for consumers and hackers alike. The latter have yielded some interesting results, with creative twists that make usage more convenient, smarter—and even fun. A few things you can do with a Nest: Voice control via Siri: Will Apple debut Siri for the home like it did for the car? We don’t have the answer, but in the meantime, crafty hackers have figured out how to use iOS’s voice feature to control and automate their homes. YouTube user Elvis Impersonator relied on open-source software SiriProxy, courtesy of Chili Technologies, plus a Raspberry Pi, a camera, controllers and a few other hardware products and parts to cobble together his own smart home system—including a nifty tidbit that controls the Nest via speech. Voice control via Android: Now that Nest is owned by Google, Android voice command should be a no-brainer. And until official support comes out, at least there’s this: A hack by Svbtle user Norman A that uses Tasker (an automation tool) with AutoVoice (Tasker plugin) and SL4A- Python (an Android scripting layer). Stir thoroughly and voilà—voice control. The commands go through Google Now to the Nest app, which sets actions based on your spoken words. A Nest-controlled pellet stove: Perhaps it’s a yearning for yesteryear, but heating stoves have been making a comeback recently. A popular type are pellet stoves, which forego kindling and logs for smaller ignitable bits that are fit for a fire. One man, K Lars Lohn, shared his impressive hardware hack: He managed to trick the Nest into thinking his stove was a furnace, thanks to some knowledge of wiring and heating systems. Stay Tuned For MoreHacking won’t be the only creative outlet for the Nest thermostat. Last fall, Nest Labs announceda developer program for the device, which will officially open this year. When that launches, developers will have the tools to work out compatibility and interactions with even more connected appliances. And Nest would be able to do a variety of things, like tell an air conditioner to kick on when it’s hot outside or a clothes dryer to hold off until later, when peak energy pricing comes down. People often think about thermostats only when they’re needed—or when they wish those clunky wall boxes would just disappear into the background entirely. But with such clear and compelling benefits, the Nest thermostat could finally step into the spotlight and emerge as the true power player in the home that it truly is. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#connected home#Google#home#Internet of Things#Nest#Nest thermostat#smart home Control your heating and cooling from your wrist: This is one of my favorites, and it happens to be the easiest because it involves no actual hacking on the user’s part, like the others below. It requires the Pebble smartwatch and a Pebble app called Leaf, which allows users to adjust temperatures with a few button presses on the watch. No phone, or getting up from the couch, is required. Monitor temperatures in another room: Is your thermostat located in a room with wildly fluctuating temperatures, compared to the rest of the house? Well, with a BeagleBone Black compact Linux computer (similar to a Raspberry Pi, but usually about $20 more expensive), a few components and some open-source code, you can set your Nest to track the temperature in another room. Get SMS notifications: Take the hack above and add Twilio’s cloud communication service and your extra-smart thermostat setup can text you with status updates. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App adriana lee Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
You need a rotating shot, but you don’t have a multi-axis rig or a spinning set. No problem. Here’s how you can pull off the look on your own.If you love to follow behind-the-scenes social media pages, then you’ve more than likely come across a video like this clip posted by Aputure.The camera tracks forward or backward, and the camera rotates on a motorized four-axis gimbal. Alternatively, some grips will build rigs that fully rotate, if the multi-axis gimbal isn’t an option. Recently, DP Rachel Morrison and director Ryan Coogler deployed this technique on the big screen in Marvel’s Black Panther, as Killmonger nears his newly acquired throne.The technique offers a literal metaphor. As in the case of the Black Panther scene, everyone in that room has just had their world turned upside down. Of course, whether using a multi-axis rig, or conceiving a rig that can fully rotate, both of these setups would be extremely expensive. However, there is a low budget option that simply requires cheating with 4K footage.Using the basis of my How To Make A Dolly Zoom Effect Without A Zoom Lens tutorial, which explores the benefits of using 4K footage in a 1080p timeline, have a look at how you can achieve 180° or 360° rotation, without rigging.This is the shot I’ll be using as an example:It’s a long tracking shot of a character walking toward the camera. By continually tracking backward at a faster pace, we leave him isolated. He’s injured, alone, and lost. I think that rotating the shot upside down would be a great visual metaphor. However, there’s an obvious problem — this shot has already been recorded, and it wasn’t rotated on location. Practically speaking, we could rotate the composition, but we’re left with the black matte of the background. This is why, as with the dolly zoom tutorial, working in 4K is pivotal, as the effect relies on the extra resolution in a 1080p timeline.As such, there are some constraints to getting the best look, from the following technique.You need to shoot in 4K and frame for a cropped shot.The shot needs to be stable.Your subject needs to be centered.And you need to be moving in zSpace.You could, in theory, execute this method on a static shot, with the subject off-center. But it looks disconnected. Usually, this camera movement conveys a particular message. Executing the technique with a static shot doesn’t have the same payoff. Likewise, since we’re faking the effect, it looks more real with z-movement.So, with those elements covered, let’s get to it. I am working in DaVinci Resolve 15, but you can do this on any platform that accommodtes animated rotation.The HowFirst, we need to change the timeline from 4K to 1080p. If your software automatically scales the image to fit, then deactivate that setting, so you have a cropped image.At this point, you can see why you need to frame for a cropped image, as you lose a bit of compositional space. It’s important to note that, while it appears as if we’ve zoomed in, we’ve only cropped the 4K media without sacrificing image clarity.If your subject isn’t dead center, now would be the time to make it so. If the shot is a little shaky, you need to stabilize it. Smooth footages is essential to sell the effect. In Resolve, I’m going to go to the color page and stabilize the footage. Resolve’s stabilization process is pretty solid — I usually won’t need to adjust the parameters.With our footage cropped, centered, and stabilized, we now need to rotate the clip. How you rotate your clip (i.e. how fast and how many rotations) is entirely up to you. However, for my clip, I want one long rotation, from 0° to 180°. In your software, simply open the rotation panel, set a key frame at the start of your clip, move to the end point, and rotate the clip 180°.In typical, low-budget fashion, we have a slight problem. Although we’re using 4K media, there’s still an area in the clip where that the cropped resolution can’t cover entirely.There are two ways we can fix this. Either apply a letterbox to hide the blanking, or just barely increase the scale. And remember, if you crop the clip, instead of scaling it, zooming in just a touch won’t hurt the quality of your footage. And hey, we’re cheating! There are going to be setbacks!Here is your end result:Also, in order to heighten the rotation, I would add a sound effect.Cover image via RZ Images.Interested in more articles on Resolve? Check these out.DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Basic SettingsUsing the Track Select Forward Tool in DaVinci Resolve 15Quick Tip: How To Create Stills and Pauses In Resolve 15Color Grading: Working with the Hue vs. Curves in DaVinci ResolveHow to Use the Shared Node Feature in DaVinci Resolve
India’s Povamma got the bronze with a timing of 52.36 secs in the women’s 400m eventIndian quartermilers Arokia Rajiv and M Povamma Raju put up a fine show to clinch the bronze medals in the men and women’s 400 metre events, respectively, at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in the 17th Asian Games here Sunday.Rajiv clocked a personal best of 45.92 secs to win the bronze while the gold medal went to Saudi Arabia’s Yousef Ahmed Masrahim, who set a Games Record of 44.46 secs. The silver was clinched by 18-year-old Abbas Abubakar of Bahrain with a timing of 45.62 secs.Masrahim had also set the Asian record of 44.43 secs in the Diamond League in Lausanne in July.In the women’s event, Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Mujidat Adekoya clinched the gold medal with a timing of 51.59 secs. Vietnam’s Thi Lan Quach got the silver with a personal best effort of 52.06 secs and Povamma got the bronze with a timing of 52.36 secs.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday constituted a seven-member committee to see how the Supreme Court appointed-Lodha Panel recommendations are implemented by the board in the best possible and swiftest manner.The committee will be headed by Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla, with BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary as its convener.The other members of the committee are Sourav Ganguly, T.C. Mathew, Naba Bhattacharjee, Jay Shah and Anirudh Chaudhry.”In terms of the decision taken in the Special General Meeting (SGM) held at the Cricket Centre, Mumbai on June 26 with regard to the issues relating to the implementation of the judgment of the Supreme Court dated July 18, 2016, the undersigned is pleased to announce the following seven-member committee to identify the few critical points in respect of the said judgement for the general body of the BCCI to consider before its submission to the Supreme Court,” said BCCI in a release.”In view of the fact that the next date of hearing in the matter is fixed for July 14, 2017, the committee is requested to fix an early date for its meeting in order to ensure that the above task is undertaken with utmost urgency and its written report circulated by July 10, 2017 so that the same may be considered by the general body and finalized prior to the above hearing,” the release added.The release further said that BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna will be apprised on a regular basis on the deliberations of the committee and the report shall finally be submitted to him to present it to the general body.advertisementThe first meeting of the committee will be held on June 30.Earlier in a landmark judgment on July 18, 2016, the Supreme Court accepted major recommendations of Justice R.M. Lodha-led panel on structural reforms in the BCCI and had given six months deadline to the board implement the recommendations.On October 1, the board had accepted many of the “significant recommendations” of the Lodha Committee, but excluded the important ones which have been a bone of contention between the cricket body and the Lodha Panel.The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by the 30-member committee, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the five-selectors and retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State has receiver prospects Dillon Stoner and Tyrell Alexander both committed in the 2016 recruiting class, but they are looking to fill one more spot at the position with just a few weeks left until signing day.The Pokes have several big-time prospects visiting this weekend, and another target, Zach Farrar, is expected to announce his top four schools on Friday at 5:00.https://twitter.com/ZachFarrar3/status/687842322160070658 Farrar is a 6-foot-4, 205 pound receiver who had a monster year for Southlake Carroll. He has 17 offers from the likes of Washington, Mississippi State, BYU, Duke, Nebraska and others. Among the top targets are wide receiver are Audie Omotosho, Quartney Davis, Camron Williams, and Zach Farrar.