AMEU to Expel ‘Criminals’ from Its System

first_imgAMEU President, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac: “Be it the students who bypassed our official registration center or the employees who assisted them in the act, we will deal with them without any pity.”The administration of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) has said it will either suspend or expel individuals found culpable of robbing the institution by tampering with its online students’ registration program.AMEU President, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, told a news conference yesterday that an internal audit team has been mandated to properly investigate reports of alleged fraud committed by suspected students through the assistance of some instructors.Although Dr. Isaac did not name the employees allegedly linked to the fraud, he remains convinced that four of them (employees) have been identified and will be prosecuted. Those the court finds guilty will either be expelled or suspended depending on the gravity of their offense.“Be it the students who bypassed our official registration center or the employees who assisted them in the act, we will deal with them without any pity. We will ensure that they are prosecuted in keeping with the law,” Isaac angrily reacted.Due to the intensity of the scam, Dr. Isaac has with immediate effect invited the internal audit team to conclude its investigation and present findings to the administration in less than a month as of yesterday.“The illegal clients and their so-called benefactors who hacked into our system and transacted thereafter, will regret their action, because they are already confirmed suspects. Thank God that the technological system we are using was able to discover that something went wrong with our students’ registration process in recent semesters,” he said.Dr. Isaac said since his administration believes making the AMEU second to none, it will not tolerate any act that will bring it to public disrepute.In another development, Dr. Isaac said a fund raising program will be held on June 9 to raise US$150,000, while the Episcopal Church’s General Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, USA is expected to also raise US$500,000.“The amounts,” he said “will be used to renovate some of the buildings.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cabinet’s role should end with PPC in place – PAC Chairman

first_imgPublic Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Irfaan Ali said there was absolutely no space for Cabinet to give its “no objections” to contracts once the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) was in place.PAC Chairman Irfaan AliHe said the PPC has complete oversight responsibility of the procurement process, something Cabinet should have relinquished once the Commission was established.“What I know is that once the PPC comes into operation, which is the position right now, there is absolutely no role for the Cabinet. The Cabinet cannot give any “no objection”; it cannot be involved in any aspect of procurement. The Commission has complete oversight responsibility of the procurement process,” Ali told Guyana Times on Sunday.Following an announcement by the recently-established PPC, Government had come in for criticism for “overstepping its grounds”, by being involved in the issuance of public contracts although the Commission was established for this purpose. The Commission, coming out in rebuttal of accusations made against it, laid out on Friday that it did not have within its remit, giving “no objections” to contracts, although Government said that would be one of its major responsibilities.On Friday, the PPC, in response to reports in the media, sought to clear up the “misconceptions” about its real functions as a recently-established procurement body. According to the PPC, recent media reports have contributed to the notion that it had not yet commenced its work, resulting in the continuing role of Cabinet in the national procurement system, whereby it issues its “no objection” to the award of contracts.However, the body said that since its establishment in October last, it has been carrying out some basic preliminary work, required by the Constitution before it could begin carrying out its mandate, which incidentally does not include the granting of “no objections” to contracts.They included the election of a chairperson; followed by discussions with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the benefits and conditions of service for the Commissioners; and the determination of a staff structure for the establishment of a Secretariat, including the preparation of the terms and conditions of the proposed staff, of which the three principal officers require the approval of the National Assembly”.It said in pursuit of this mandate, Commissioners have been meeting almost daily, and in the absence of a fixed office.It continued that following a detailed review of the applicable legislative framework, it engaged several stakeholders within the national procurement system to sensitise them to the role and functions of the PPC. In this regard, members of the Commission said it interfaced and held discussions with more than 100 public officials from several agencies and departments that function in the public procurement system and deal directly with procurement matters.Earlier this month, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said that PPC was still inactive as it still was in the process of recruiting competent employees, and Cabinet would stop granting its no-objection when the PPC was ready to work.“Once they say to us ‘we are ready to function’, then Cabinet will cease doing anything, but since these are public infrastructural projects that need to be executed, we cannot just sit and wait,” the Minister of State posited.“Once the PPC indicates that they are ready, and then Cabinet will pull back,” he emphasised. Harmon also admitted that though the PPC has been inactive, the Commissioners have been receiving their salaries.Reports indicate that PPC Chairperson Carol Corbin is receiving $1.3 million monthly, while the other Commissioners are earning some $900,000 per month.The other Commissioners are Nanda Gopaul, Emily Dodson, Ivor English, and Sukrishnalall Pasha.last_img read more

Turner Says Houston Needs New Transportation Options To Remain Competitive

first_imgHouston Mayor @SylvesterTurner wants rail to Hobby Airport, better transit connections to Bush @iah, in State of Mobility address before @TAGHouston @HPMNews887 @HoustonPubMedia— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) May 24, 2018 Mayor @SylvesterTurner Houston “needs to connect people to economic opportunity” in planning for transportation needs. @TAGHouston @HPMNews887 pic.twitter.com/CXhEcxEgb4— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) May 24, 2018 00:00 /00:37 Houston Mayor @SylvesterTurner calls for “reimagining” of HOV system, says lanes need to operate 24/7 and on weekends @TAGHouston @HPMNews887 @HoustonPubMedia— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) May 24, 2018 “What we have to do is create more of a transit grid so people can get to wherever they need to go as quickly and safely as possible,” explained Turner.“We have a number of business, economic centers all throughout our region. So we have to create a transit system that connects better to these economic centers.”In addition, Turner wants METRO to study whether HOV lanes should be open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, instead of just during the business day.On the issue of cycling and pedestrian safety, Turner said he is asking Bike Houston and cycling advocates to help identify the city’s most dangerous intersections for bikers and walkers.“And I’ve said to Public Works, then let’s quickly go out and assess those areas, those intersections, to see whether or not the design is creating problems, making these areas more hazardous,” the mayor explained.Turner also mentioned efforts to improve I-45 North, a project that calls for part of the freeway to go underground. The mayor said he has put together a task force to look at ways to create new public spaces as part of that project. X Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner delivered his annual State of Mobility speech before the Transportation Advocacy Group.Speaking before the Transportation Advocacy Group (TAG), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner delivered his annual State of Mobility speech on Thursday and noted that, as the roads get more crowded, he thinks Houstonians are now ready to start using transit.“But we have to make it attractive, we have to make it more convenient, and they have to move faster on the public transit system than they would be moving in their car or their trucks,” added Turner.The mayor said the most crucial transit needs include better connections between downtown and The Galleria. He also called on  Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) to come up with new options for getting riders to Bush and Hobby Airports. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: “Transit is the most critical component” in Houston’s future mobility planning, says Houston Mayor @SylvesterTurner, calls for better connections between downtown and Galleria @TAGHouston @HPMNews887 @HoustonPubMedia— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) May 24, 2018 Full house at the @HoustonianHotel for the @TAGHouston State of Mobility address with Mayor @SylvesterTurner @HPMNews887 @HoustonPubMedia #Transportation #traffic #cycling #walking pic.twitter.com/SwLzjMHaGP— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) May 24, 2018 Listen Sharelast_img read more

Berkeley robot uses tiny spiny toes to climb cloth

first_img Citation: Berkeley robot uses tiny, spiny toes to climb cloth (2011, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-berkeley-robot-tiny-spiny-toes.html The lab’s creation, CLASH, is the newest member of its robotic creatures, and this one moves vertically up cloth. Ten centimeters long, the 15-gram CLASH moves up cloth fast in an insect-like scurrying motion. The motor in CLASH powers the legs and drives its swift gait frequency. According to the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab site, the robotic device “is capable of climbing a loose cloth surface at 15 cm per second using a simple passive claw mechanism and a coupled in-plane leg drive system.”Each leg is connected to the single motor through a series of linkages. A point of design interest about CLASH is centered on the gripping and climbing technique the team devised, where tiny spikes on the robit’s feet grip into loose fabric and let the bot climb. The electronics and battery are configured into the tail of the robot, which adds balance. The CLASH newcomer belongs to the lab’s family of “Ambulating Robots.” They make a case for the value of legged systems rather than wheeled systems. Key performance advantages in legged systems is because the feet are not continually in contact with the ground, which makes legged robots better able to cross challenging terrain, they note. Perhaps the most interesting advantage, say the researchers, is in dynamic behavior seen in nature. “Many legged animals exhibit dynamically, self-stabilizing behavior. That is, the passive mechanical properties of the systems are tuned to naturally reject disturbances which might otherwise cause unstable behavior in the system.”Last month the Berkeley team of P. Birkmeyer, A. G. Gillies, and R. S. Fearing presented “CLASH: Climbing Vertical Loose Cloth” at IROS 2011 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) in San Francisco.The lab’s work on CLASH is not done yet. According to a report in IEEE Spectrum, they want to get CLASH to crawl horizontally, and they want CLASH to turn. (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists working in robotics know that nature holds the best ideas for making robots that can perform with speed, agility, and efficiency. At University of California, Berkeley, the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab is at the forefront of mimicking nature. Its lab mission is “to harness features of animal manipulation, locomotion, sensing, actuation, mechanics, dynamics, and control strategies,” in its work with small lightweight millirobots. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Can MRI drive a medical robot? 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.last_img read more