LIMPAC Pledges L$100K towards Hult Prize Youth Entrepreneur, Innovative Initiative

first_imgWinners and participants of the 2019 Hult Prize at the University of LiberiaThe Executive Director of the Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Center (LIMPAC) at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Del-Francis Wreh has pledged L$100,000 toward the traveling cost for the winner of Hult Prize (group) who is expected to compete globally.The Hult prize is a platform that centers on youth empowerment and brings together students to compete globally by showcasing their innovative skills.  The program, held at the University of Liberia (UL) Auditorium, showcased eight competing innovative projects about job creation across different sectors and communities in Liberia.The projects and business proposals were presented by eight groups of young Liberian students of the University of Liberia.Mr. Wreh, served as a keynote speaker and an implementing partner and sponsor to the Hult Prize program held at the auditorium on the campus of the University of Liberia,  lauded the effort of the organizers and the leadership of the University of Liberia for mentoring young students under such an inspiring initiative.He admonished the students for the different ideas and projects on jobs creation at the community levels, which by extension support Pillar Two of the Government of Liberia, Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), objectively poised to take one million Liberia out of poverty over the period of five years.He expressed excitement interacting with groups of young Liberian students sharing enormous ideas on different innovative projects about creating incomes and jobs in Liberia.Their effort he lamented brings joy to him and makes him to believe that they (students) are truly the emerging leaders that can ably move Liberia forward.The LIMPAC boss lamented “I will inform Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., my boss that you have already started the implementation of the PAPD, and thank you once more for your extraordinary effort.”He further expressed LIMPAC willingness to partner with the organizers of the Hult Prize in the area of research, which he believe needs to be strengthened in Liberia to support the formulation of more innovative ideas for successful entrepreneurship and public administration.Wreh said the pledged represented LIMPAC second pledges in the space of month within 2018 towards scholarly initiatives on the campus of the University of Liberia.He recalled that during the end of November 2018 at the induction ceremony of the Lux–In-Tenebris Honors Scholars Program LIMPAC pledged L$500,000 towards the dormitory cost of scholars under the program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cosmology Faces More Chaos

first_imgMost of us have experience with orderly things going to chaos: an unkept room, the garden, our list of things to do.  We all work hard to overcome that universal tendency.  Clara Moskowitz reported on two cosmologists who think the universe went the other way.  She wrote in Space.com, “The universe was in chaos after the Big Bang kick-started the cosmos, a new study suggests.”  That means that all the order we see came out of chaos.    It’s probably not a surprise to think that a colossal explosion like a big bang would be pretty chaotic, but actually, cosmologists have worried about the “entropy problem” for a long time.  Entropy is a measure of the disorder of a system.  For our universe to have the low entropy it has now (organized into stars, galaxies, and planets), it would have had to have incredibly low entropy at the start – where incredibly low means unfathomably low.  Can Adilson Motter (Northwestern U) and Katrin Gelfert (Federal U, Rio de Janeiro) really propose chaos after the big bang?    The article tries to explain that they are defining chaos differently than lay people do in common experience – “small changes can cause large-scale effects.”  Yet in chaos theory, one cannot predict what will happen – and getting a highly ordered system as a result would seem most improbable.  After all, “our universe is no longer chaotic” according to the article.  But then the article speculates that the universe could return to chaos in a big crunch – a big bang in reverse.  Most cosmologists and astronomers think that the acceleration of the universe rules out such a possibility.  It doesn’t help explain the order we see now, anyway.    Suffice it to say, that before one can believe their ideas about the origin and fate of the universe, one should take to heart a disclaimer by Moskowitz, “This period of the early universe is not well understood.”    According to New Scientist in its “Cosmic Accidents” series, the big bang was all a – well, a cosmic accident.  Believe it or not, “most physicists regard the quantum fluctuations that created it as having no cause at all,” Stephen Battersby wrote.  “Of all happy accidents, this one might be the most accidental.”  As to the low-entropy whatever before the bang, he admitted, “What cosmic coincidences preceded our universe’s birth are in the realms of speculation.”Good grief; Moskowitz titled her display of nonsense, “After Big Bang Came Moment of Pure Chaos, Study Finds.”  It found nothing of the sort.  It found nothing, only sordid hubris pretending to be science.  Be sure to read the 10/03/2010 commentary as a preface to this one.  Since Battersby and Moskowitz, Motter and Gelfert have surrendered all credibility and lowered themselves to shaman status, their speculations can be safely disregarded as no better than anyone else’s, and decidedly worse.  For they present themselves as scientists – you know, those who know.    If you’re thinking, “Well, the Bible states that things started without form and void, and that sounds like chaos,” consider that chaos can be molded by intelligent design.  The creation account is top-down, like a potter taking a formless mass of clay and designing art or dishware out of it.  Take the secularist, materialist, evolutionary bottom-up approach on clay without a potter, and try getting the palace of Louis XIV out of it, all orderly and furnished to the hilt.  That would be far more credible than getting our universe out of impersonal chaos.    Not only that, the materialist has to account for the origin of the clay out of hydrogen, and the hydrogen out the chaos, and the chaos out of some undefined, unobservable, fantastically-low entropy nothingness that is “not well understood” and “in the realms of speculation.”  It’s all speculation.  None of it is well understood.  Genesis 1:1 sounds downright scientific by comparison.Suggested Reading:  For a scholarly introduction to some of the problems with modern cosmological speculations, read “Was there a big bang?” by David Berlinski (1998), posted at the Discovery Institute.  Other apropos essays in his book The Deniable Darwin and Other Essays (Discovery Institute, 2009) include “God, Man, and Physics” (2002) and “The State of the Matter” (2009).  These penetrating essays will not convince someone of God, since Berlinski is a non-practicing Jew, but his deftness at exposing the pretensions of the self-acclaimed wise will surely confront the reader with the deep and enduring problems of trying to bring a universe into existence without Him.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fearsquare: If You Knew the Crime Stats, Would You Still Go There?

first_imgWhether it’s PleaseRobMe, the site that aggregated people’s publicly-shared check-ins, or Creepy, the app that aggregates public check-ins and photos, location-based services hit on a nerve. But what if they could be used to show us personalized crime data about the places we already go?The Lincoln Social Computing Research Centre has turned the relationship between LBS apps and safety on its head with a mashup called Fearsquare. Fearsquare uses public data to show Foursquare users in the U.K. how many crimes have been committed in the places they check in and is part of a study looking at how this sort of personalized data could change user behavior.Rather than scaring users about publicly sharing their location, Fearsquare “takes a list of your ten most recent FourSquare check-ins and cross-references these with the UK Police Crime Statistics database” and shows “how many crimes were committed, during a recent one-month period, in the locations where they checked-in.” It is all part of an opt-in study that examines “the interaction of people with crime statistics that are presented in a uniquely personal manner.” After authorizing Foursquare, Fearsquare makes the comparison and shows you how many instances of robbery, violent crime and “antisocial crime” have occurred in the vicinity. They can then see how they rank on a leaderboard of users and “FearPoints.” What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Location#mobile#web “We are interested in how this information affects peoples’ fear of crime and in whether peoples perceptions of how much crime they are exposed to on a daily basis reflects the reality,” the site explains. “We are also interested in whether data represented in this manner is found to be useful by participants.”What do you think – would crime data for all of the locations you visit (and check in to) change where you go? If you found out that the restaurant across town was near several robberies and violent crimes, would you reconsider? Or are numbers not enough? Does what you see around you and your judgement override the data, or vice versa? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts mike melanson Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Mind Zones

first_imgThe idea is interesting: an online talent scout. Mindzones.com are offering a total of Rs 3 crore in prizes and scholarships to nurture talent in sports, art, music and creative writing. You can write poems or limericks, design logos or make paintings, do online tests and get certification for your,The idea is interesting: an online talent scout. Mindzones.com are offering a total of Rs 3 crore in prizes and scholarships to nurture talent in sports, art, music and creative writing. You can write poems or limericks, design logos or make paintings, do online tests and get certification for your intelligence levels.This brainchild of Delhi psychiatrist Dr Sanjay Chugh and investment banker Neeraj Batra will also host the “National Genius Search Contest” twice a year and award scholarships of Rs 2 lakh each to the winners.last_img read more

Hockey India Names 33 Probables for Senior Women’s National Coaching Camp

first_img campcoachhockeyhockey india First Published: November 16, 2019, 2:59 PM IST New Delhi: Hockey India on Saturday named 33 probables for the senior women’s national coaching camp, beginning November 18 at the Sports Authority of India centre in Bengaluru to prepare for the New Zealand tour.After securing a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the Indian team will focus on maintaining its rhythm and consistency under the watchful head coach Sjoerd Marijne. The Rani Rampal-led side qualified for the Olympics by defeating world number 13 USA 6-5 on aggregate across the two matches of FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers earlier this month.The team is scheduled to tour New Zealand in January-February next year.”The National Camp gives us the opportunity to keep working on the fitness as this would be an important period where we will have the time for it. The upcoming year will be a busy one for us, and that’s why this period is important,” said Marijne.”Besides this, we will evaluate our performances at the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha and what can we learn from those two matches,” he added.Player’s list:Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Bichu Devi KharibamDefenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Reena Khokhar, Suman Devi Thoudam, Sunita Lakra, Salima Tete, Manpreet Kaur, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Mahima Choudhary, Nisha.Midfielders: Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Chetna, Reet, Karishma Yadav, Sonika, Namita ToppoForwards: Rani, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Jyoti, Sharmila Devi, Priyanka Wankhede, Udita. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more