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It is an effort that has been scarred by the original two game suspension, a punishment many women’s organizations deeme

have the length, you have the huge hands, and you flash like he does, you’re going to go in the top 10. In 2013, IHS spent an average of $2,849 on each patient a fraction of the national average of $7,717 per patient. Over the course of your training, try to make industry contacts that you can use as references later in your career.

In past 5 vs. The pipeline is strong with more to head that way.”. Got clobbered by Texas A in last year season opener, getting sacked five times and hurried seven more. Schedule any exams that are necessary for certification. They get the Pats at home this weekend.

If Kaepernick’s protest left the door ajar, Goodell’s response served to blow it from the hinges as a stampede of players decided to use the occasion to demonstrate whatever grievances they have against their own country. Kaepernick hasn’t signed with a team while other less talented quarterbacks have signed contracts.

redskins jersey It still lingers in many. The New York Jets took LSU safety Jamal Adams at No. Go with what looks good for the game and to the people,” Olson said. Some things to watch out for as the Broncos hit the road for the first time since a 33 14 preseason win at San Francisco on Aug. redskins jersey

Why Kizer is No. And nestled in amongst it all are the people who insist on having sex in just the worst places. Although some fans say that they are giving up professional football, there’s no serious prospect that outrage over accusations of violence against women will lead to significant boycotts.

Now we stand with him. But if Smith, Foster and NaVorro Bowman are all healthy next year, they will have a big decision

a beautiful 32 yard run that showed him zig zag across the field, deftly avoiding Tampa tacklers. A big reason for the hazing is that there’s a lot at stake when a player begins to tinker with his diet: his performance, and consequently, his entire team’s season.

Joeckel missed most of his rookie season with an ankle injury and most of last season after knee surgery. RG111 is planning on entering the NFL draft. Thomas, DeForest Buckner, and Erik Armstead could make for a scary defensive line for years to come..

That’s what made it real for me.”. 2. Rushed for 1,475 yards 10 TDs as senior at Toldeo. Analysis: Chargers got a really good wide receiver in Mike Williams in the first round, and now get the best guard in the draft. I think that’s really important and a lot of pressure comes with that, so a guy’s got to be able to handle that.

I felt helpless as I lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real life threat of being killed. Be safe, all.. For all that, TV buyers believe that NFL ratings will once again take a bit of a hit this year, although the troughs aren’t expected to be nearly as deep as those recorded in the first half of last season.

Football, as he played it and the greats before him played it the Lamberts and Nitschkes and, yes, Bednariks has always been a crucible of force on force, big men bleeding for every yard, with the winners being the ones going the extra step: hitting harder, training longer, dying younger.

Several athletes, including a handful of NFL players, have refused to stand during Star Spangled Banner to protest of the treatment of blacks by police. Seattle’s defense was just as frightening as expected. Football and basketball players think the bands make their muscles look bigger.

The parole board scores an inmate on several factors the higher the total score, the greater the risk involved in releasing him or her. Commissioner Roger Goodell came to the decision after speaking to four external advisers: attorney Peter Harvey, Hall of Fame safety Ken Houston, former United States attorney Mary Jo White and Tonya Lovelace Davis, Chief Executive Officer of The Women of Color Network, Inc.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and make the kind of money I do, and I have to help these people,” Kaepernick said after laying out his goal last year. IndustryThe salary for camera operators, television, video and motion pictures varies by industry.

Now you’re captain of the good ship sloppypop and all engines are set to squish.. To finish with negative rushing yards for the season is embarrassing no matter how you look at it (why didn’t interim coach Anthony Lynn give Bush a few more carries in a meaningless, blowout loss to the Jets in the season finale so that Bush didn’t have to deal with this, by the way?).

And no matter how many or how loud his supporters, that’s not going to change.. 30 in opponents’ completion percentage (70.1). “It seems to draw a lot of people in on the weekends and during games.”. President has free speech rights too, Mr. The first team defense needs to have a respectable showing..

Everywhere you look, there are players who’ve been cut by three, four, even five teams. “I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of, not so much what you did last year, but people are wondering: Is this most important to you?” Lynch said.

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Most teams practice on one or both of those days. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. I told you what was coming indirectly!” he wrote to Jenkins Hernandez. 1.

He has kept the pocket clean for the most part during preseason games, using the lateral quickness that made him the top tackle in the draft to handle the onslaught of pass rushers he has faced. With so few slots and so many coveting the positions, your best chance is to put yourself in a position where your particular skills are in demand.


State of Play of E-Government in Africa

Interview with Réseau Télécom on State of Play of E-Government in Africa.


Réseau Télécom: According to the United Nations E -Government Survey 2012, the United Nations ranked the best countries that have adopted e-governance, Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa, coming in first place in Africa. What is your comments on the ranking?

AO: Some General Remarks:

In general, Africa has not been able to keep pace with other regions in the area of E-Government and e-participation. Only 11 out of the 54 countries improved their rankings in 2012. Seychelles stands out among African countries that have significantly improved its global e-governments standing, moving 20 places higher. The country moved from 104 to 84 in 2012, and has consistently made significant progress since 2003. However, it must be noted that the high literacy rate and relatively good infrastructure in Seychelles are major contributing factors to this good standing. The countries could also do better in the areas of online services and particularly e-participation.

Attention should also be paid to countries like Rwanda (8 places), Kenya (5 places) and Morocco (6 places) that are making steady progress.

Coming back to your question:

While South Africa and Mauritius are in the top three countries, these two countries actually dropped 16 and 4 places respectively. A longitudinal perspective on these two countries since 2003 also shows stagnation in relative progress in e-government in these countries since 2005 and 2008 Mauritius and South Africa respectively.

As you know, the EGOV Development Index is a relatively index. This means that even a drop in index from one year to another does not mean that the affected countries have not made progress individually. It only shows that these countries have not made progress when compared with their peers. However, a low relative index still indicates significant gaps that must be addressed by policy makers.

Given the importance of citizen participation and engagement in fostering good governance, I will like to point your attention to arguably equally important aspiration group of countries in Africa in the area of e-participation. Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia could provide good practices in how ICT may be used to better used to connect and engage with citizens in Africa. Egypt stands out in the area of e-participation; ranked in 7th place globally with countries like Canada, Sweden and Norway!


Réseau Télécom:  What are the best experiences of e-governance that African states should emulate?

AO: There are many aspects to e-government development which makes it difficult from one country to simply emulate another. While some general patterns or good practices can be identified or abstracted from cases and reinterpreted in specific contexts,  ultimately, the more similar the socio-political, economic and cultural contexts of the source of the experience and the targeted environment, the more feasible is such learning or knowledge transfer.

Against this background, it is clear that simply looking at the top countries in Africa in terms of the overall EGOV index will not suffice.

For instance, while in general, all countries should be able to learn from Egypt’s e-participation initiatives, cultural and geo-political similarities of other North African countries with Egypt could make these countries learn more easily from Egypt.

Note that even when technology initiatives are easy to replicate, legislative barriers may prevent their implementation in other countries.

Despite my points above, I would risk pointing out Rwanda as a good exemplar for other African countries in terms of having a clear and implementable E-government policy/strategy and being able to successfully address its development and underpinning good governance needs with e-government initiatives. 

Réseau Télécom: What, according to you, is the first benefits of e-governance ?

AO: I strongly feel that e-governance must explicitly address good governance needs of countries or states and at the same time make basic and essential public services more accessible to the people, including vulnerable groups at the bottom of the pyramid.  So no matter the number of online services available, if majority of the citizens are not aware of those services, neither consider them relevant nor think they have made life easier for them, these online services are not really useful!

Réseau Télécom: What are the prerequisites for better implementation of e-governance in Africa?

AO: The Political leadership at the highest level must see the urgency for harnessing current and new technologies for reaching the people not just for getting votes but to: better understand citizen needs; obtain the collective wisdom of the citizenry in government decision making and providing services most needed by all segments of the society.

  1. The Public Administration System of the state should be sufficiently reformed to be able to undertake and implement the desired changes.
  2. Enabling legislative and regulatory infrastructure to remove barriers to innovation and accelerate desired changes.
  3. Vibrant public, private with “non-state actor” partnerships ecosystem to collaboratively develop the necessary infrastructure and services. This is really important in African context, where Governments resources are highly limited.

Réseau Télécom: How do you assess the political will of African leaders regarding e-governance ?

AO: I would say in general poor. The political will in Rwanda and efforts by President Paul Kagame is a good model for other leaders to follow in the African region.

Réseau Télécom: What are the factors that affect e-government ?

AO: I will refer you to perquisite for feasible e-government program in Q4. The absence of any of the four elements would affect the implementation of e-government. In addition, ability to translate the articulated e-government policy and strategy into concrete viable program and initiatives is another major factor that has limited the successful development of e-government in Africa.

Réseau Télécom: Africa currently faces the problems of infrastructure and energy. Is it not an obstacle for the implementation of e-governance?  How to deal with this situation?

AO – Infrastructural and energy issues will definitely affect the availability of e-government services, particularly those that can only be accessed through computers connected to the internet. However, given the mobile penetration rate in the continent, many governments in the region are aware leveraging mobile channels may address the both the reach and availability of government online services. There are also some innovative rural community solutions (e.g. solar powered Internet Café) that have employed solar energy for powering laptop and notebook computers and satellite dishes for internet access.

What are really required are simple innovations to address the negative effects of the major infrastructural challenges that must be confronted, while looking for long term solutions to these major issues.

Réseau Télécom: India and South Korea pledged to assist several African countries to modernize public administration through e-governance. How would you rate their involvement?

AO: I do not have all the data to rigourously evaluate the various initiatives these countries were involved. Usually, the involvement of these countries in ICT-related initiatives (e-governance or ICT4D) in Africa is within the context of some technical cooperation, bilateral agreements or others cooperation frameworks. Some of major challenges that these kinds of cooperation has faced in other regions include difficulty in effectively transferring the innovation or technology involved due to major differences in the originating (e.g. South Korea) and the destination (e.g. in Cameroon) environments. These differences include gaps in the availability of technical know-how and financial resources to operate such initiatives in the countries receiving the assistance. Overall, the success of these cooperation initiatives will be largely measured by its sustainability and how much it has met its original goals.   For example, in the case of South Korea and Cameroon on the PKI initiative, success could be measured by the extent to which Cameroon has the capacity to operate the infrastructure sustainably. It should be noted that there are usually implicit commercial interest in most of the cooperation initiatives from the perspectives of the technical partner. So for the technical partner, the success could be being steps closer to the desired market in the region.

Réseau Télécom:  African countries enter into agreements with foreign partners for the implementation of e-government. This has resulted in the implementation of e-governance infrastructure by these foreign partners. This is for example the case with Cameroon PKI provided by Koreans. Does Africa run the risk of its exchanges between departments re-routed by these partners through their infrastructure they have installed?

AO: Theoretically, these risks always exist. It could be very difficult and expensive to guarantee these kinds of risks do not exist. To minimize them, I would recommend the beneficiary party (e.g. Cameroon in this case) to seek third-party expertise (e.g. from another country with comparable expertise with Korea, if not available in the country) to carry out the necessary checks to minimize the risk. It is also important that equipments developed with major industry (open) standards are acquired to make such checks easier.

Réseau Télécom: Do African countries  have local expertise to assess the reliability of materials and equipment made ​​available to them by foreign partners for e-governance?

AO: Most countries may not have the capability to carry out this. However, as remarked above, this could be carried out with the assistance of third-parties.

Réseau Télécom: How can African countries and even some firms organize themselves avoid unpleasant surprises with espionage equipment and infrastructure at their disposal?

AO: Governments and Firms need to act proactively and collaboratively to develop the necessary capability to minimize these risks. For example, National or Regional Centre of expertise with capabilities to carry out checks may be setup with support from Government. This kind of centre may even offer services to neighbouring to sustain its operations. International organizations may also be able to provide some technical assistance in this regard.

Full article in french can be downloaded here.


E-government in Nigeria – the view from the un e-government survey

E-government in Nigeria: The view from the UN e-government survey is an Economist Intelligence Unit article, sponsored by Oracle.

Kim Andreasson was the primary author, with contributions by Paul Kielstra. Trevor McFarlane and Aviva Freudmann were the editors.
The article draws on wide-ranging desk research and interviews with experts and policymakers concerning e-government development in Nigeria.

Full article can be found here.

Head porters in Ghana

Mobile governance: Head porters in Ghana

A promising strategy to promote good governance is the harnessing of opportunities provided by the use of mobile phones, which are widely accessible to most segments of society. A study recently presented at the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, of which two authors are from the UNU-IIST Centre for Electronic Governance, investigated the strategic use of mobile technologies by governments to achieve the desired development and social inclusion outcomes. The study focused on the case of migrant head porters – local micro-logistics service providers – from Ghana. Its implications include supporting policy efforts for achieving the Millennium Development Goals on poverty alleviation and gender (specifically, women’s empowerment).

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