AEL Leadership Pledges Support for Senatorial Elections

first_imgThe leadership of a group of Christians under the banner of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) says the Ebola scourge should not be an excuse to stop proceeding with the mid-term senatorial elections.The Faith-based group says it strongly supports President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, members of the National Legislature, and authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) in holding the Senatorial Elections before January 2015.AEL’s statement of support, presented at a press conference in Monrovia on Monday, comes as Liberians are eagerly awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling on a writ of prohibition filed against holding the senatorial elections.“NEC should do all it can to hold the senatorial election before January 2015 to avoid having Senators at the National Legislature who will have no constitutional grounds for being there,” president of the Board of AEL, Nuwoe-James Kiamu asserted.Kiamu further argued that those who filed the petition before the Supreme Court claiming to be the people’s representatives are not, adding that they are doing so with the intention of undermining the country’s democracy.“While it is the critics’ constitutional right to petition the Supreme Court to halt electoral activities and even suspend the 2014 Senatorial Election, we must make it very clear that these people are not all the people in whom “all power is inherent;” nor are they acting as the people’s legitimate representatives in this matter,” Kiamu emphasized.The power and authority the people have to institute their government for their happiness and safety cannot be done arbitrarily, but procedurally, he said, adding that “the people act through their government – that is those select few they elect or appoint to do their business on their behalf and not through the masses.”According to him, any action by any group of people to stall the pending election will put “the integrity of the Liberian people, their Constitution and government in question.”The AEL  President further stated that the time for the senatorial election was when the Ebola Virus was on the increase, thus creating cause for postponing the election.“Unfortunately, 2014 is the year for Senatorial Election, and the second Tuesday fell right when the Ebola scourge was threatening the country’s healthcare delivery system in which elections would not have made good sense. In this instance, it became necessary for the people’s representatives and executive to act immediately and properly,” Kiamu added.He said, if it turns out that the election does not proceed as planned, the AEL holds that the sitting Senators would have the constitutional basis to retain their seats in the Senate.“The point is this. If the senatorial elections failed to hold before January 2015 then, by that action, we the people of Liberia, would automatically be mandating the sitting Senators to continue to conduct the people’s business until at such time when we cause them to leave their offices by regular elections,” Kiamu continued.He then called on churches and institutions to stand ready to participate in the pending senatorial election, adding that they should not allow anyone to take them on a propaganda ride to thwart their votes.“AEL believes that we should do all we can to nurture Liberia’s democracy and not rupture it. We pray that with God above, we will prevail over this situation, Kiamu added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The College Football Playoff Pits Two Balanced Teams Against Two Great Defenses

The semifinal games of the College Football Playoff are on Dec. 31. In the video above, FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine breaks down the two semifinal matchups. Share on Facebook

Logics One Day With Ryan Tedder Celebrates Tomorrow

first_img Email Logic, Ryan Tedder’s Hope-Filled “One Day” logics-one-day-ryan-tedder-celebrates-tomorrow Logic’s “One Day” With Ryan Tedder Celebrates Tomorrow Facebook Twitter If you need something that’s looking “up” in your day, the artists encourage you to look ahead with fresh determinationPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 27, 2018 – 4:38 pm Rapper Logic received Song Of The Year and Best Music Video nominations for “1-800-273-8255” at the 60th GRAMMY Awards earlier this year, enlisting the help of Alessia Cara and Khalid to deliver the song’s powerful suicide helpline message. On July 26 he released “One Day” featuring Ryan Tedder to fight feeling down from a different point of view.Logic testifies from his hard upbringing: “I made it out and if I can, you can, no doubt.” The song plays with the tension between his pleasure and relief of getting paid millions and the one-to-one connection he tries to establish with the listener, whose struggles he relates to. Skip “the lights and cameras, right now it’s just you and me,” is his posture, insisting on a close-up. Taking the chorus, Ryan Tedder packs Logic’s argument into the song title’s two words, never trivializing how much the trip to tomorrow can take out of us today. News A GRAMMY nominee along with his band, OneRepublic, Tedder’s three GRAMMY wins are from his work as producer/songwriter for other artists — all wins for Album Of The Year, including for his work with Adele on her sophomore album 21 at the 54th GRAMMY Awards and her follow-up 25 at the 59th GRAMMYs. Tedder also earned a win alongside Taylor Swift for 1989 at the 58th GRAMMY Awards. The man has some good luck with numbers!These are trying times, and while catching a musical break doesn’t meet everything needed, Logic and Tedder are ardent and persuasive. They just might convince people to keep on keeping on, not because it’s the only thing they can do but because better days are ahead.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more https://twitter.com/RattPack/status/1022701719489327104last_img read more

Sonys dumb HTS350 sound bar coming soon for 280

first_imgThe HT-S350 comes with a wireless subwoofer. Sony Sony has detailed pricing on one of the sound bars announced at CES 2019 —  the HT-S350 — while the Dolby Atmos X8500 is yet to receive a release date.The $280 HT-S350 sound bar lacks any smart features (such as a voice assistant) but includes a wireless subwoofer and a claimed 320 watts of power. Unlike competitors that now use DTS Virtual:X, the HT-S350 uses Sony’s proprietary S-Force Pro Front Surround technology. The sound bar also uses an HDMI ARC connection and carries Bluetooth.Meanwhile, the X8500 is a 2.1-channel single sound bar with dual built-in “subwoofers” and the ability to simulate Atmos effects with its Vertical Surround Engine. The sound bar also includes other sound options including Cinema Mode, Game Mode and vocal enhancement. Connectivity includes HDMI eARC support for compatible televisions such as the 2019 Sony range in addition to Bluetooth. ht-x8500-main-1-shadow-large Sony Sony didn’t announce any “smart” audio products at the show, unlike LG and Klipsch with their smart sound bars.The HT-S350 will be available at the end of April, but the company hasn’t announced pricing or availability for the X8500. Originally published on Jan 7 2019 8:15 PMUpdated, April 18: Added pricing and availability for the HT-S350 2:04 Post a comment 85 Photos Now playing: Watch this: All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019center_img 0 Watch LG’s rollable OLED TV in action at CES 2019 Tags Share your voice Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers CES Productslast_img read more

BNP expels Sylhet rebel mayoral candidate Selim

first_imgBNP Sylhet City unit general secretary Badruzzaman Selim. Photo: UNBBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday expelled its Sylhet City unit general secretary Badruzzaman Selim for contesting the city polls defying the party decision, reports UNB.The party also expelled Mymensingh’s Tarakanda upazila unit BNP member Masud Rana Khan for breaching the party discipline.A party press release, signed by BNP assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu, said the two BNP leaders were expelled from the party for violating party discipline and engaging in the activities that go against party interests.The party also asked its leaders and activists not to maintain any contact with the two expelled leaders. BNP nominated incumbent mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury as its mayoral candidate in Sylhet city polls billed for 30 July.Selim who submitted his nomination paper to contest the polls did not withdraw his nomination on Monday last, the last date for withdrawing the candidature. Besides, Jamaat leader Ehsanul Mahbub Jubayer are also there in the race ignoring the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s decision.last_img read more

Khaleda bail extended until 31 July

first_imgThe High Court on Wednesday extended until 31 July the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.An HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order following a petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyers.Earlier on 18 July, the High Court extended the bail of the BNP chief until 26 July in the case.On 5 July, a petition was filed with the High Court seeking extension of its earlier order granting a four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.On 12 March, the HC granted a four-month bail to her in the case which expired on 12 July.Meanwhile, the hearing in the Niko graft case filed against 11 people, including Khaleda, was deferred to 3 September by Special Judge Court- 9, a makeshift court of Bakshibazar, on Wednesday.Judge Mahmudul Kabir passed the order.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister, and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.last_img read more

Smallmolecule solar cells get 50 increase in efficiency with optical spacer

first_img © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Explore further 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. The fluorescent future of solar cells (Phys.org) —In the world of organic solar cells, polymer-based devices may currently be at the top, but other organic materials such as “small molecules” also prove to be promising. Although small-molecule organic solar cells currently have lower efficiencies than polymer solar cells, they are generally easier to fabricate and their efficiencies are improving. More information: Aung Ko Ko Kyaw, et al. “Improved Light Harvesting and Improved Efficiency by Insertion of an Optical Spacer (ZnO) in Solution-Processed Small-Molecule Solar Cells.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl401758gcenter_img In a new study, researchers have shown that they can increase the efficiency of one type of small-molecule organic solar cell from 6.02% to 8.94% simply by tuning the thickness of the active layer and inserting an optical spacer between the active layer and an electrode. The efficiency improvement demonstrates that small-molecule solar cells have the potential to compete with their polymer counterparts, which have efficiencies approaching 10%.The researchers, led by Alan J. Heeger at the University of California at Santa Barbara, have published their paper on the efficiency improvement in small-molecule solar cells in a recent issue of Nano Letters.As the scientists explain in their paper, small-molecule organic solar cells have several advantages over organic polymer solar cells: relatively simple synthesis, high charge carrier mobility, similarly sized particles (monodispersity), and better reproducibility, among others. However, small-molecule solar cells have so far achieved top efficiencies of about 8%, lagging somewhat behind the best polymer devices.By demonstrating how a few simple changes can increase the efficiency of one type of small-molecule organic solar cell by nearly 50%, the scientists here have shown that these devices still have the potential for vast improvements. Tuning the thickness of the active layer and inserting a zinc oxide optical spacer between the active layer and metal electrode enable the active layer to harvest more light, increasing optical absorption. The insertion of the optical spacer places the active layer in a more favorable position within the optical electric field within the cell. As the scientists explained, the optical spacer contributes to increased light absorption in three ways: increasing the charge collection efficiency, serving as a blocking layer for holes, and reducing the recombination rate. Journal information: Nano Letters Citation: Small-molecule solar cells get 50% increase in efficiency with optical spacer (2013, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-small-molecule-solar-cells-efficiency-optical.html (Left) A ZnO optical spacer viewed under an atomic force microscope. (Center) The device structure of the small-molecule solar cell. (Right) Solar cell performance with and without an optical spacer. Credit: Aung Ko Ko Kyaw, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Societylast_img read more