Government of Uganda Estonia sign eGovernment Services Cooperation agreement

first_imgFrom left: Jaanus Varu, Head of African table of the Estonian Min of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Kadri Humal-Ayal, Honorary Consul of Estonia in Kenya, Mr. Paul Teesalu, Acting Undersecretary of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service, Hon Akora Maxwell, Vice Chairperson Parliamentary Committee on ICT, Hon. Bernard Atiku, ICT parliamentary committee member, Julius Torach, Commissioner, Information Technology and Peter Kahiigi, Director eGovernment Services, NITA-U Advertisement The Ministry of Ministry of ICT and National Guidance on Friday 10th November 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Estonian Government following a five day benchmarking visit by the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance, Ministry of Public Service, National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) and Members of Parliament from the Committee on ICT and National Guidance.In her remarks during the ceremony, the head of the Ugandan delegation, Ms. Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of ICT and National Guidance of Uganda, acknowledged that the Republic of Estonia has a strong and robust ICT sector that has been responsible for Estonia’s fast development and GDP growth. It is this rich experience that Uganda can learn from in its quest to harness and grow eGovernment services.She added that as Government of Uganda, they are constantly exploring ways of becoming more efficient so as to make it as easy as possible for the citizenry to access eGovernment services, taking services online is one of these innovative ways. – Advertisement – On his part, Acting Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Mr. Paul Teesalu, reaffirmed the Estonian Government’s commitment in helping Uganda realize their digital vision through this cooperation. The MOU is going to provide a platform upon which the Estonian Government can extend meaningful support to enable Ugandan Government to implement what they have learned but also to pursue joint projects, he said.Exchange of complimentary gifts between the Estonian and Ugandan delegation“We are excited about the formalization of this partnership. The expected benefits of this collaboration will include:It will result in faster and timely service delivery and ensure that the benefits of development will reach all citizens of the country in equal measure.It will compel a change in governance processes for delivery of services, ensuring efficiency.Once the digital vision is delivered upon, this realization will open a new world of economic opportunities in rural areas for e-commerce, youth employment, outsourcing and back offices, marketing of agricultural products etc.As NITA-U, we are happy that such deliberate benchmarking with the very best in eGovernment services will allow Uganda to realize its digital vision.” said Peter Kahiigi, Director eGovernment Services, National IT Authority, NITA-U.The Parliamentary Committee ICT, Vice Chairperson, Hon. Maxwell Akora added that “As a committee, whose mandate is to provide oversight on the Ministry of ICT and its affiliate agencies like NITA-U, we applaud this new relationship between Uganda and Estonia and look forward to an accelerated delivery of trusted online services.”The Memorandum of Understanding covered four areas of cooperation which includes: Electronic Government (e-Government), Policy and Regulation, Smart City Technologies and Research and Innovation. This will allow for the promotion of modern and efficient country governance within the Government of the Republic of Uganda for better efficiency, greater revenue gain and management, for improved service and better citizen experience.[related-posts]The cooperation in these areas will enable the two Governments to promote local content, enhance the security of data and information they have online, build capacity in Policy and Regulation, advance in research and innovation and reduce duplication of initiatives.last_img read more

Irish Champion Hurdle – Video Preview

first_img“Another Frankel scenario!” This is how Trevor Harris and Luke Tarr describe the current and impressive race-horse, Hurricane Fly.  As of December 2012 the two-on favourite has contested in eighteen hurdle races, winning fifteen times with one second place and two third places. Binocular could have a chance in terms of recent form but perhaps its best days are behind it. Grandouet, if it runs looks to be the value bet on the day. (Note: Prices are correct at time of publication, but are subject to fluctuation. Many more markets are available.)last_img

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Rice Receives 5 Million Gift from Jamail Family

first_imgAddThis ShareContact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 831-4794 E-Mail: mcinelli@rice.eduRICE RECEIVES $5 MILLION GIFT FROM JAMAIL FAMILYRice University received a $5 million, five-yeargift from Lee and Joseph D. Jamail today, with the first installment of thecontribution helping to fund major initiatives in nanoscale science andcomputational engineering.The Jamails designated $1 million this year for the Center for NanoscaleScience and Technology (CNST) and for computational engineering. Both of theseprograms will receive $500,000 this year.During the next four years, the Jamails will consult with universityofficials to determine where the remaining $4 million should be applied.“Lee and Joe Jamail’s gift to Rice has great meaning to us because of ouradmiration and respect for the donors,” said President Malcolm Gillis. “Theirtruly generous gift will play a material role in positioning Rice to meet thechallenges posed by the next century. Through their generosity, we are able topress forward in the exploration of highly promising new and emergingdisciplines, and to consolidate our strengths in others. We are immenselypleased to be among the select institutions chosen by Lee and Joe Jamail toreceive these gifts.”Lee Jamail serves as a trustee of the Rice Board of Governors. She is along-time supporter of higher education, having served on the Texas HigherEducation Coordinating Board from 1983-89, acting as chair of its Health AffairsCommittee.The Jamail donation to Rice was part of a $17 million philanthropic giftpackage to seven institutions in Houston and Austin, including The University ofTexas at Austin, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TheUniversity of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Museum of Fine Arts inHouston, Baylor Medical School and The Jamail Foundation.### last_img read more

Moving USAfrican Relations Forward Focus of Panel Discussion

first_imgShareCONTACTMichael Cinelli Rice University director, Office of MediaRelations (713) 831-4794 mcinelli@rice.edu Pamella R. Thorne The Thorne Group Inc. (713)334-1109 MOVING U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS FORWARD FOCUS OF PANELDISCUSSION African Nation Leaders, State Department RepresentativeBring Key Topic to Rice Program Heads of state and senior governmentrepresentatives of four African nations will participate in a panel discussion “U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: Which Way Forward” on Tuesday, April 27, at RiceUniversity’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.The program will start at 9:30 a.m. in Baker Hall. Thepanelists will be Botswana President Festus Mogae, Namibia President Sam Nujoma,Gabon President Omar Bongo, Nigeria’s Vice-President-elect Atiku Abubakar andSusan E. Rice, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africanaffairs.The panel discussion will be moderated by Baker InstituteDirector Edward Djerejian. The program is open to the public.“This forum at the Baker Institute featuring the heads ofgovernments and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Susan Rice is a uniqueopportunity to discuss what the strategic goals and long-term vision of therelations between the countries of the Africas and the United States should be,” Djerejian said.“Africa faces major challenges in terms of economic and socialdevelopment, investment and trade, conflict resolution and the prospects forregional integration. We hope this discussion will provide insights on howAfrica and the United States can move forward together in thisframework.”The Baker Institute program is part of the “Attracting Capitalto Africa” Summit scheduled for April 24-28 in Houston. That event is beinghosted by Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Council on Africa.The council selected Houston for its bi-annual summit becauseof the city’s large volume of trade with Africa as well as its majorpetrochemical industries. More than 550 Houston companies currently trade withnations on the African continent.“This summit provides a great opportunity to meet the manydistinguished African officials and to begin positive dialogue that will lead tomore trade with the rich and vast continent,” said Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown.“Houston prospers when business men and women know that their economicopportunities are limitless.”The program will be broadcast live on Rice’s campus cable andon the Internet at: http://riceinfo.rice.edu/rtv/index.html.###Editors: For more information about Rice’s Baker Institute see:http://riceinfo.rice.edu/projects/baker/index.html. AddThislast_img read more

Sound could save circuits

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduSound could save circuitsRice researchers theorize acoustic waves may cool microelectronics“Hot sounds” has one meaning to music fans and another to physicists. Count a team of researchers at Rice University among the latter, as they’ve discovered that acoustic waves traveling along ribbons of graphene might be just the ticket for removing heat from very tiny electronic devices. A theoretical model by Rice physicist Boris Yakobson and his students has determined graphene – a single-layer honeycomb of carbon atoms and the focus of much materials science and electronics research – can transmit thermal energy in waves. Given the elastic properties of graphene, long waves of the acoustic kind seem to work best. Because the scattering properties of graphene are low, such waves can go fast and far, unobstructed by each other or by imperfections in the material.You’d never hear anything, no matter how close you put your ear to the nanoscale ribbon, Yakobson said. But to the researchers, the implications are clear as a bell.“On this scale, graphene has promise for fundamental reasons,” said Yakobson, a Rice professor in mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemistry and part of a program recently named No. 1 in the world for the quality of its materials science research. “The speed of sound is the speed with which energy can be carried away, because heat is transported, essentially, through vibrations.”Yakobson and his co-authors, former postdoctoral associate Enrique Muñoz, now an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Playa Ancha in Chile, and Jianxin Lu, a Rice graduate student, published their results last week in the online edition of the journal Nano Letters.Muñoz, the paper’s primary author, said the “nearly ballistic behavior” of phonons, quantum particles considered sound’s equivalent to light’s photons, makes the graphene material 10 times better than copper or gold at conducting heat. The trick to making such graphene-enabled heat pipes effective will be to figure out where the heat goes when it gets to the end of the ribbon, an issue Lu continues to study for both nanoribbons and nanotubes. Without an effective interface, the propagating waves of phonons would simply bounce back.“You need another medium,” Yakobson said. “That’s why I say this is more of a heat pipe than a heat sink, because at the far end of the graphene, you need contact with fluid, in a gas or liquid phase, so this wave energy can dissipate.”The power density of current microelectronics would, on a macro scale, be enough to heat a teapot to boiling in seconds. So it’s becoming increasingly important to remove heat from sensitive instruments and release it to the air in a hurry.“We’re dealing with a very high heat density – maybe a kilowatt per centimeter square,” Yakobson said. “When you want to barbecue, such heat is very useful. But in this case, you’d basically barbecue your device.”Finding a way to deal with transmitting heat away from ever-smaller devices is critical to sustaining Moore’s Law, which accurately predicted (so far) that the number of transistors that could be placed on an integrated circuit would double about every two years.“Another interesting application of these ribbons is in the construction of phonon waveguides,” Muñoz added. “Graphene ribbons could be pieces in a nanoscale circuit where phonons, instead of electrons, serve as information carriers in a different computer architecture.”The research was carried out on a grant from LANCER, a joint project between the Lockheed Martin Corp. and Rice’s Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. Read the abstract here: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl904206dA graphic is available here: http://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NewsRels/Thermal-graphic.jpg AddThislast_img read more

Barbour Cisneros and Chertoff to speak at Rice Universitys Baker Institute

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduBarbour, Cisneros and Chertoff to speak at Rice University’s Baker InstituteHOUSTON – (June 28, 2013) – A Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) conversation on border security, its role in reform and the implications for border communities will be held at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 11. BPC Immigration Task Force co-chairs Haley Barbour and Henry Cisneros and task force member Michael Chertoff will lead the discussion.As Congress grapples with immigration reform, border security remains a critical component of the debate. Barbour, Cisneros and Chertoff will talk about why many in Congress — and around the country — consider securing the southern border and effectively enforcing the country’s immigration laws essential to reforming the U.S. immigration system.WHO:             Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi and co-chair of BPC Immigration Task Force;Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment and co-chair of BPC Immigration Task Force;Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,chairman and co-founder of the Chertoff Group and member of BPC Immigration Task Force.WHAT:           “The Evolving Immigration Debate: Reform and Our National Security.”WHEN:           2-3 p.m. Thursday, July 11.WHERE:        Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Dore Commons,Baker Hall, 6100 Main St.The event will be webcast at http://www.bakerinstitute.org/webcasts.Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically-balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.The event is part of the BPC Immigration Task Force led by Barbour, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Cisneros.The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required via the BPC website.Media who want to attend the event should RSVP with BPC at press@bipartisanpolicy.org.-30-Additional information:Baker Institute parking and directions are available here.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow Rice University’s Baker Institute on Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Bipartisan Policy Center on Twitter @BPC_Bipartisan.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

Marie Osmond Says She Wont Perform at Trumps Inauguration After Misleading Reports

first_img Longtime singer Marie Osmond says that while she’s not performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, she said it’s “wrong” to not support the U.S. president. Later, she was forced to clarify her statement after reports claimed she would perform on Inauguration Day.“I think when it comes to our country, we need to unite. And to not support our president I think is wrong. I think we should. I think we all should whether we are happy or sad or everything else. This is America,” she told Yahoo.Several media outlets then reported on her comments, mistakenly implying that she would be performing on Inauguration Day.As a result, Osmond was forced to respond on Twitter.“Many of you have seen various stories saying that I volunteered or that I am performing at the inauguration. So let me be clear! I had no intention of performing at this inauguration, no matter who won!” she wrote in a statement.She added: “I try to stay out of politics. I am an entertainer. My interview statement simply tried to be nice and promote a message of love, not hate. I have performed for several Presidents, done USO tours, and my charity, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals takes children to the White House to visit the President every year—regardless of who the sitting President is. I love this great country!” Share US Marie Osmond Says She Won’t Perform at Trump’s Inauguration After Misleading Reports By Epoch Newsroom January 16, 2017 Updated: January 16, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article This June 10, 2013 file photo shows TV host Marie Osmond at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hallmark Channel announced that they are canceling Osmonds’ show “Marie.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Show Discussionlast_img read more

Family Reaches 3 Million Settlement With Minnesota City in Death of Philando

first_img NEW YORK–The family of Philando Castile, a motorist who was shot five times during a traffic stop in Minnesota last year by a police officer, reached a $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, according to media reports.The Minnesota city said in a statement acquired by CNN that “the parties moved expeditiously to resolve potential civil claims resulting from this tragedy in order to allow the process of healing to move forward.”St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez, who testified that he feared for his life when he shot Castile, was acquitted last week in the death of the 32-year-old. Show Discussion Share this article Family Reaches $3 Million Settlement With Minnesota City in Death of Philando Castile By Reuters June 26, 2017 Updated: June 26, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img A still photo taken from a dashcam video shows the July 2016 police shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist, during a traffic stop in Ramsey County, Minnesota, U.S., by officer Jeronimo Yanez released on June 20, 2017. (Courtesy Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS) US Sharelast_img read more