In fulfillment of a promise made to government and in furtherance of its corporate social responsibility to the country, the United Bank of Africa (UBA) Liberia has donated an additional US$300,000.00 to the national Ebola Task Force headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The bank, through its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Madam Chioma Mang, said that the fund was intended to help eradicate the Ebola virus from the country.CEO Mang made the presentation to President Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia yesterday. Also in attendance were Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie and scores of UBA officials.The CEO reassured President Sirleaf and Liberians that UBA is here to stay, no matter what the country is going through. “We will support the well-meaning efforts of your administration in rebuilding and repositioning Liberia. We will stand with you.”As an indigenous Pan African Bank, UBA has shown strong commitment to the countries of the Ebola “hot spots” where they do business. The bank has also remained open for business in the respective countries including Liberia, even at the peak of the crisis.UBA made an initial donation of a brand new truck to support the logistics of the Ebola Response Team. The Chairman of UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, through his foundation, in August also made a donation of US$600,000.00 to affected countries. This came as one of the earliest responses from any private sector organization or individual to the crisis.“It is our belief in UBA, driven by the strong passion of the Chairman of the UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, that Africans should lead the way for solution to Africa’s problems.“Commitment to Africa’s long-term progress is engraved in the UBA’s DNA and is irrevocable,” Madam Mang said during the presentation ceremony.“While we commend all previous donors, both local and international, we call strongly on corporate Africa not to relent, but continue their donations in the fight against the ‘unwanted visitor to West Africa’,” said Madam Mang.President Sirleaf commended the Bank and said that Liberia could not have achieved the level of progress now without support and partnership, “especially from our African brothers and sisters like UBA.”She said the bank’s chairman, Tony Elumelu, has been of great help to Liberia through his partnership and has for a long time expressed interest in Liberia’s growth and potentials.She used the opportunity to remind the UBA’s top management of the post-Ebola reconstruction era as financial institutions partnering with Liberia will be greatly needed in this direction.President Sirleaf encouraged the bank and other financial institutions to begin planning for the post-Ebola economic revitalization which she said will focus on agriculture and macro-finance.The Liberian leader acknowledged President Good-Luck Jonathan of Nigeria, who she said was the first to commit support to affected countries, an initiative she said corporate Nigeria began to emulate.Ambassador Chigozie Obi-Nnagozie commended the Liberian government for being committed to the process of saving lives. She said, “I’m pleased to see what has happened here, which is in support of your tenacious leadership, Madam President. Nigeria is with Liberia.”Ambassador Nnagozie indicated that whatever affects Liberia also affects Nigeria, and as such the latter will also be in the position to help the former.Meanwhile, UBA has offered its Unique Payment Solution (UPS), the UBA Africard Powered by VISA Prepaid Card to the government of Liberia. This, the bank said, would help to alleviate the problems encountered in making payments of salaries and allowances to the numerous healthcare workers in the country.The new UPS allows the salaries and allowances to be uploaded to the Prepaid Salary Card which the beneficiaries can use to access cash from the bank’s Automatic Transfer Machines (ATMs) and Point of Sale (POS) machines deployed strategically in Monrovia and around the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
They may not be saying much to us, but we can think about what to say to them – aliens, that is. Space.com reported on the latest project from the SETI Institute: invite people all over the world to ponder, “What would you say to an extraterrestrial civilization?” The SETI Institute is launching a new website, Earth Speaks, to gather people’s ideas about what we should say to an alien civilization should contact be made. “By submitting text messages, pictures, and sounds from across the globe,” CEO Thomas Pierson explained, “people from all walks of life will contribute to a dialogue about what humanity might say to intelligent beings on other worlds.” So far it’s a monologue, but people have been recording all kinds of trivial things that might be included in our first care package – sounds of walking on stairs, rattling of bracelets, the sizzle of grilled chicken. The website opens with internet tags on a “web cloud” that will grow in size as items become popular. A debate rages on how to respond to aliens. What if they are hostile? Should we reveal too much about ourselves? The SETI Institute is not planning to send a message – just get people talking about what they would say. Perhaps the Institute takes a default position similar to that expressed by SETI father Frank Drake, who once said we might as well try to be friendly. Indeed, friendship and hope are some of the popular themes on Earth Speaks. Pierson said, “Through Earth Speaks, the SETI Institute also hopes to foster an open and thoughtful debate about the pros and cons of sending messages to other worlds.” The report ended:Earth Speaks is founded on the belief that first impressions matter, especially when there is no quick way to correct them – which could well be the case when your partner in conversation lives trillions of miles away. Indeed, the initial messages we send to an extraterrestrial civilization could set the tone for a conversation lasting hundreds or thousands of years. It is only fitting, then, that as we ponder how we would represent humankind to another civilization, the decision should be made by people around the world.It’s too late to control our first impressions, though. Episodes of I Love Lucy have probably been leaking out at the speed of light for decades. Broadcast TV, the Arecibo Message, and the Voyager Records are already out there. Former president Jimmy Carter wrote to the space inhabitants on the Voyager record that “We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations.” The aliens, our friends, could be on the way in their flying saucers any time now, carrying a book, How to Serve Man.Exercise: compare and contrast this program with pagan religion. There are powerful, unseen cosmic entities all around us. We don’t know who they are, or how powerful they are, or what they are thinking, but we must offer supplications to them to appease them. We need to let them know we wish to stay on their good side, lest they destroy us. Our shamans at the SETI Institute, who consult and peep and mutter, decide what offerings are needed. The offerings go nowhere but at least make us feel good. These are the same people, you recall, who ridicule Christians for communicating with Someone who has communicated – and even visited, bringing a message of love, grace, and salvation. But this is different. This is Science. Now stop complaining. Go to the website and make your offering.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new conservation effort to help agricultural producers provide food and habitat for monarch butterflies.The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Ohio has $100,000 to help producers and conservation partners purchase nectar-rich plants like milkweed for creating monarch-friendly habitat along field borders, waterways and wetlands, and in pastures. The funding and technical assistance to create the best habitat on a farm is part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).Monarch populations have decreased significantly over the past two decades, in part because of the decrease in native plants like milkweed – the sole source of food for monarch caterpillars. These once-common butterflies are growing less familiar, and we know private lands will continue to play a crucial role in aiding the recovery of this species.These conservation improvements not only benefit butterflies, they also strengthen agricultural operations, support other beneficial insects and wildlife, and improve other natural resources. Appropriate buffer habitats and better pasture management practices reduce erosion, increase soil health, inhibit the expansion of invasive species, and provide food and habitat for insects and wildlife.Applications for EQIP submitted by entities, such as farmers applying as a corporation, must register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), a process that can take up to 3 weeks. Information about CCR requirements, including obtaining a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number, is posted on the NRCS website at www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/farmbill.w.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.Individuals interested in applying for the Monarch Butterfly EQIP project should make an appointment with the local NRCS conservationist to start the application and conservation planning process. A list of county office telephone numbers is available on-line athttp://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/oh/contact/local/. Additional information is available on the Ohio NRCS website at www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After pushing Ohio’s corn and soybean fields along at an abrupt pace early on, Mother Nature has been a no show for moisture for some parts of the state. As Field Agronomist Troy Putnam tells Ty Higgins, this round of rain will do wonders for the mid-season.