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New Kru Town Social Groups Encourage Members to Register to Vote

first_imgThe importance of eligible Liberian voters registering to vote to ensure the success of the forthcoming Presidential and Legislative elections has taken center-stage in social organizations in the borough of New Kru Town.The all female United Neighbors-Hat Trick and mixed members of Graceland Organization last Friday and Saturday held programs that encouraged their members and local residents to join the voter registration process in the various communities.Last Friday, United Neighbors-Hat Trick’s Chairperson, Ms. Patience Nimely, told members at the gathering in New Kru Town about the importance of the ongoing registration exercise and why it is important that they encourage the community to register.Representative Edward Forh (Monts. Dist. # 16) told the gathering that they can participate in the decision making on who becomes President of the country as well as who becomes a representative in their district only if they register.“Make sure that you register and don’t worry about whether you will vote in October’s elections,” Rep. Forh told them.He said as citizens of Liberia it is their right and responsibility to register.Meanwhile, last Saturday, Graceland Organization’s Chairman Isaac Wreh, celebrating their one-year anniversary, reminded members to register at the nearest Voter Registration Center in the neighborhood.“As a Liberian you must get involved in the process and get yourself registered, which is the only way that you can influence and be part of the decisions we have to make as citizens in the forward march of our country,” he said.Wreh said the best any Liberian citizen can boast of is the ability to get their registration card and cast their vote when the time comes.“You cannot change anything if you are not involved; and it means to be able to remove a lawmaker or even the President of Liberia you must register as the National Elections Commission has said,” Wreh noted.He said it is the duty of members of the organization to ensure that the residents are encouraged to register at the nearby voter registration center in the community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

V.E. Brandl Flyers to take part in weekend tournament at Pomeroy Sport Centre

first_imgThe V.E. Brandl Flyers open the tournament tomorrow at 5 p.m. against Spirit River. After that tilt they have two games on Saturday. the first goes at 7 a.m. against the Grande Prairie A squad, and the second game goes at 1:45 p.m. against the Grande Prairie B team. Their game times on Sunday will be dependant on their results from the pre championship games.The V.E. Brandl Flyers currently sit in fourth place in the Rural Black North division with a record of 7-6.- Advertisement –last_img

Trackers fall to Kelowna in provincials opener

first_imgThe N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers didn’t get the start they were hoping for as they played the Kelowna Rockets yesterday afternoon. The team fell 6-2 in their first game of provincials and will now turn their attention to a game with Prince George this afternoon.That game will begin at 2 p.m. and is expected to be streamed online at the link provided.After today the Trackers will take on Seafair and Nanaimo on Tuesday, North Vancouver on Wednesday, and Comox Valley on Thursday.- Advertisement –last_img

Kobe-less Lakers can’t stop the Bucks

first_imgMILWAUKEE – As soon as he saw Kobe Bryant’s arm meet Marko Jaric’s head late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s loss to Minnesota, Lakers coach Phil Jackson had a feeling Bryant would be getting another call from the league office. “In this league, everybody’s got a pretty face,” Jackson said, “and they’re trying to keep it that way.” Jackson said Bryant was trying to draw a foul on the play by flailing his arm. Bryant, who was not available for comment, lost more than $161,000 in pay from the suspension. For the second time this season, Stu Jackson, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, had to explain the decision to suspend Bryant. Jackson was specifically asked about the perception that the league was singling out Bryant. “My response to that,” Jackson said in a teleconference, “would be that I’ve not seen this type of contact exhibited by a player whereby the player takes a shot, follows through and then drives an arm backward into a defender’s body making contact above the shoulders. I have not.” Stu Jackson said he was “very surprised” to see a second, nearly identical, incident involving Bryant. He added that he considered suspending Bryant for multiple games and put Bryant on notice that a third offense would be dealt with more harshly. “In cases where we’ve had multiple offenses, at some point the player becomes a recidivist,” Jackson said, “and certainly, if this occurs again, most likely there would be multiple games.” The play in question happened with 58.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of a double-overtime loss to Minnesota. Bryant pulled up for a jumper and Jaric got a hand on the ball to block the shot. Bryant then swung his right arm and connected with Jaric in the face. He was called for a loose ball foul on the play; Jaric stayed in the game and went on to make a key block of Kwame Brown with 8.4 seconds left in regulation. “I think I’m going to have to put about 50 clips (together) of Kobe shooting his shot with his arms going out like that,” Phil Jackson said. “It’s not an unnatural basketball motion for him.” Although Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak issued a statement saying in part, “We disagree with and are disappointed in the league’s decision,” Phil Jackson’s pregame comments were tinged with resignation instead of outrage. “We saw it happen and said, `That’s awful similar to what happened in L.A. versus San Antonio’ right off the bat,” Jackson said. He later credited the league for one thing, “If they’re going to make a call, even if they’re wrong, they’ll still be consistent.” Stu Jackson admitted that he didn’t talk to Bryant about the incident, leaving that task for an NBA security official. Asked if he had a problem with that, Phil Jackson said: “They never talk individually to people. They send their henchmen out to do their dirty work.” The coach said he tried to find the positive in the suspension for Bryant, who played 53 minutes in the double-overtime game. With a night of rest, Bryant might be better served for upcoming games against Philadelphia and Dallas. “It’ll come out at the other end somewhere, and that’s what he has to look at,” Jackson said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What followed was a punchless 110-90 loss at Bradley Center in which the Lakers trailed from start to finish. The Bucks shot 59.5 percent as a team with Charlie Villanueva (26 points) and Andrew Bogut (22 points) each making 10 of 12 shots. The Lakers lost their fourth consecutive game, dropping to 0-3 on this road trip, and must win Friday at Philadelphia to avoid becoming the first Jackson-coached team ever to suffer two five-game losing streaks in the same season. Only 2 1/2 weeks ago, Bryant’s personal comeback was the story of the NBA’s all-star weekend. He was selected as the game’s MVP and judged the dunk contest alongside Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Julius Erving. Now Bryant is viewed as a repeat offender in the eyes of the league office. He was suspended from the Lakers’ Jan. 30 loss to NewYork for the play involving Ginobili and watched Wednesday’s game from the team hotel. center_img Those fears were confirmed Wednesday when the NBA followed the precedent it set in suspending Bryant for one game at the end of January after he struck San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili in the head on a nearly identical play. The league suspended Bryant for Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, leaving the Lakers with only nine available players – six of them guards – after forward Ronny Turiaf was unable to play due to back spasms. last_img

Ground Force

first_imgFOOTBALL: Two shifty backs and one huge lineman key Redondo’s running game. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER Imagine going up against Redondo offensive lineman Kyle McManus, a member of Redondo’s 1,000-pound weight club who has as much savvy as he does strength. McManus is a three-year starter who is beginning to draw recruiting interest from Utah, Boise State, Nebraska, Oregon State and Arizona. The 300-pound giant has tremendous strength with a 475-pound squat, a 320-pound bench-press and a 265-pound power-clean. “I like being a lineman. Though you don’t get the praise that the running backs do, it’s nice to know that the team is counting on you and that you have to step up,” McManus said. “Any big hit fires me up, and it’s easy to get excited to block too when you have such an explosive backfield. Watching Hayward or Joe chuck stick defenders or spin off them and break a big run, that’s a great feeling.” Gray and Rubio are both seniors who were All-Bay League as linebackers last season, but they were playing behind running back Nathan Areyan last season and did not get many reps in the backfield. “We’ve had other seniors ahead of us in the backfield, but now it’s our time,” Gray said. “We’ve got to show everyone what we can do.” Though they are both 5-7 and 155 pounds, Gray and Rubio are both quick and have excellent cutback moves. Gray has a 4.6-second time in the 40-yard dash and Rubio is at 4.7. Gray and Rubio credit their chemistry together for their success. In fact, Simon uses a backfield with Gray at running back and Rubio at fullback for an effective one-two punch, and they have no problem blocking for each other. “We have played together for six years. We played Pop Warner together,” Rubio said. “We want the other to shine, and we push each other. When he makes a big play, I want to match it and build momentum. If he gets a big hit, I want to get the next big hit.” Gray and Rubio almost simultaneously said the same thing when asked what goes through their heads when they get the ball on a run: “score.” “Every time we get the ball, we have to think like that, even if it’s a short-yardage situation.” Gray said. “It might not happen, but you have to have that mentality. That mentality will take you to the next level. That way you don’t stop once you get the first down.” Rubio said both he and Gray appreciate their linemen, especially McManus. “It’s an advantage for us to run behind him and our other linemen,” Rubio said. “We sometimes bring them food during game films, and we hang out a lot.” Despite taking on perennial power Mission Viejo in the opening game, Redondo was able to move the ball with 217 total yards, paced by Gray and Rubio and a hard-working McManus. Now that the schedule returns to a bit of normalcy, Simon expects his ground force to be even more effective. “Those guys are definitely a major part of the loaf. Though it’s not all the bread we have, we’d be at a loss without them,” Simon said. “They’re good role models, and we’re fortunate to have them in our program.” tony.ciniglio@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As McManus pushes opposing linemen back on their heels, running back Hayward Gray, or maybe running back Joe Rubio, bursts through the hole McManus just created en route to another big play. This 6-foot-1 lineman and these two shifty 5-7 running backs form Redondo’s ground force, and the Sea Hawks are going to need a big game from their rushing attack if they are going to stop a four-game losing streak to visiting St. Paul tonight at 7. “It’s two little backs and a great big lineman – McManus can almost hold each one in the palm of his hand,” Redondo coach Gene Simon quipped. “McManus is definitely our rock. Everyone kind of leans on him for experience and someone they can look up to. He’s a pretty good run-blocker straight ahead and a good pass blocker, and he’s kind of the quarterback of the line. “I wouldn’t say that we’ve been spoiled with our running backs, but we’ve had our share of various sizes in the backfield. Our two best guys this year just happen to be pint-sized, but they play big. They’re strong, elusive, quick and they’re pretty powerful.” last_img read more

Former Iraq official takes the stand to defend boss

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It was an assassination attempt against the president, and this party also tried to assassinate me in 1980,” Aziz said. “If the head of state comes under attack, the state is required by law to take action. If the suspects are caught with weapons, it’s only natural they should be arrested and put on trial.” Hundreds of men, women and children were arrested by security forces after the assassination attempt. Some prisoners allegedly were tortured to death and 148 Shiites were ordered sent to the gallows by Saddam’s Revolutionary Court for alleged roles in the attempt. Saddam and his seven co-defendants could be hanged if convicted of crimes against humanity for their involvement in the crackdown. The defense has been making its case for the past two weeks. BAGHDAD, Iraq – A pajama-clad Tariq Aziz, once the most prominent public face of Saddam Hussein’s regime, defended his former boss in court Wednesday and said Iraq’s current Shiite leaders should be on trial for attempts to kill him and Saddam in the 1980s. The 70-year-old Aziz, a former foreign minister and deputy prime minister, appeared thin and pale in his checkered pajamas and wore what looked like a hospital bracelet on his right wrist. His family has said he suffers from heart trouble. Aziz, appearing in public for the first time since turning himself in to the Americans during the 2003 U.S. led-invasion, is the best-known Saddam-era figure to take the stand in the seven-month-old trial. Aziz insisted Saddam had no choice but to crack down in the Shiite town of Dujail after a July 8, 1982, shooting attack on his motorcade there, blamed on the Shiite Dawa Party backed by Iran. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

RFID Helps Indian Company Trap Ghost Workers

first_imgAn Indian company, Unity Infraprojects, is using RFID tags from Mumbai-based Essen to keep track of so-called “ghost workers.” UI is working to replace two pipelines leading from Lake Tansa to Mumbai. This is an important water source for this immense city. In order to make the project happen, Unity must employ a very large number of contract employees. If any significant number of these employees fail to show, it could effect the timeline and that could result in steep fines for the company; not to mention Unity will have to pay the employment companies providing the workers unless they can prove they were absent. So, they provide each employee an RFID tag containing worker-specific details, including the identity of the labor agency. According to India’s Business Standard newspaper, each worker’s image will then captured by an Ethernet camera and stored in a database.Since most of the workers employed on the project are day-laborers, the information on each worker’s tag will be matched to the information in the database each evening as they line up to be paid. Only a combination of RFID evidence and physical presence can elicit an employee’s daily payment. Mumbai skyline photo by Bluesmoon Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img curt hopkins Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hotmail Users, It’s Time To Move To Outlook.com, Like It Or Not

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#email#Hotmail#Microsoft#Outlook Last July, Microsoft reworked its email system and unveiled Outlook.com, a beta of a dramatically improved email client that it said at the time would eventually replace Hotmail. The Windows 8 style “Metro makeovers” eventually reached SkyDrive, the new Office Web Apps, and a revamped MSN, among other Microsoft propertiess. Although Hotmail and Outlook.com share several elements – social connections to Twitter and Facebook, for example, and the ability to put rich media – including videos – within the client itself, Outlook.com is a bold reimagining of the Web email client in the Windows 8 vein.The Dad ProblemThe problem, unfortunately, is Dad.My father, like many fathers, is a wonderful man. But even though he’s an engineer, he despises technology. He hated beepers. Cell phones. ATM cards. Computers. Since I convinced my mother that a DVR could record Oakland A’s games or St. Mary’s basketball games, they’ve added a (standard-definition) video recoreder, which collects dust under their 27-inch Sony Trinitron CRT television. To their credit, we were one of the early families to adopt the microwave, which still resides in our kitchen, waiting for me to reset the clock in the event of a power failure.My father has an AOL account.My father quite logically points out that he has no need for an additional email address, since that AOL account is now embedded deep in the list of contact of their friends. And, cheapskate that he is (a compliment, in our family) he quickly bailed out of AOL’s dialup service when a better ISP deal came along.But there is no way on God’s green earth that my father wants Windows 8. He’s quite happy with Windows XP, thank you, which chugs along on his old Dell PC. I’m pretty sure he would still be on an ancient version of Internet Explorer had I not upgraded him for fear of him getting hacked.No, my father does not have a Hotmail account, but I suspect that there are plenty of people just like him who do. Shifting from Hotmail to the Outlook.com environment is definitely going to blow some minds. I suspect that after glimpsing the Windows 8 style interface, some people may never venture upon the Internet again.Easing The Transition?I kid, of course.Honestly, I’m sure some users will be blown away by the look and feel of Outlook.com, and the wealth of new features it offers. Some may even feel comfortable enough to upgrade their PCs to finally enter the 21st Century. And give credit where credit is due: Law and Microsoft are definitely trying to make the transition as easy as possible:“Everything from their @hotmail.com email address, password, messages, folders, contacts, rules, vacation replies, etc. will stay the same, with no disruption in service,” Law wrote. “When upgraded, they’ll also get all the benefits from the redesigned Outlook.com experience – a fresh and intuitive user interface, lots of new features and better performance. And we won’t ever make you switch your email address to an @outlook.com address if you don’t want to.”But when I read all that, I still can’t help but think of this quote:“I used to be with it, but then they changed what *it* was. Now what I’m with isn’t *it,* and what’s *it* seems weird and scary to me. It’ll happen to you…” Abe Simpson, The Simpsons: “Homerpalooza”Image source: Flickr/pauldwaite. “OK, people, listen up. Seymour, pay attention. Elsie, turn on your hearing aid. It’s time to move your Hotmail accounts to Outlook.com. Hey! No, stop complaining. Don’t use that language, Ethel, it’s un-ladylike.”Yes, the the time has come – the hundreds of millions of email users who are currently using Hotmail will be migrated over to Outlook.com by this summer, Microsoft said Tuesday. For many of Microsoft’s long-time customers, this will be their first experience with the Windows 8-styled “Metro” user interface that Microsoft is propagating around its properties.(See also Outlook.com: Take A Tour Of Microsoft’s Hotmail Replacement.)“We’ve been very excited by the adoption of the preview and how it’s delivering on our promise of a new, reimagined email service,” David Law, director of product management for Outlook.com, said in a blog post on Tuesday. “Throughout the preview, we learned a tremendous amount from seeing how people used the service.  Early adopters have told us what they liked, what they’d like to see next, and what we needed to do to make more people switch. And we’ve used that to add new features and fine-tune the services to scale.  Now that Outlook.com is coming out of preview, we’ll be kicking off a huge push across a number of countries around the world to drive even greater awareness and adoption of Outlook.com.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… markhachmanlast_img read more

Algal virus found in humans, slows brain activity

first_imgIt’s not such a stretch to think that humans can catch the Ebola virus from monkeys and the flu virus from pigs. After all, they are all mammals with fundamentally similar physiologies. But now researchers have discovered that even a virus found in the lowly algae can make mammals its home. The invader doesn’t make people or mice sick, but it does seem to slow specific brain activities.The virus, called ATCV-1, showed up in human brain tissue several years ago, but at the time researchers could not be sure whether it had entered the tissue before or after the people died. Then, it showed up again in a survey of microbes and viruses in the throats of people with psychiatric disease. Pediatric infectious disease expert Robert Yolken from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and his colleagues were trying to see if pathogens play a role in these conditions. At first, they didn’t know what ATCV-1 was, but a database search revealed its identity as a virus that typically infects a species of green algae found in lakes and rivers.The researchers wanted to find out if the virus was in healthy people as well as sick people. They checked for it in 92 healthy people participating in a study of cognitive function and found it in 43% of them. What’s more, those infected with the virus performed 10% worse than uninfected people on tests requiring visual processing. They were slower in drawing a line connecting a sequence of numbers randomly placed on a page, for example. And they seemed to have shorter attention spans, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 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But that doesn’t necessarily mean the virus causes cognitive decline; it might just benefit from some other factor that impairs the brain in some people, such as other infectious agents, heavy metals, or pollutants, the researchers say.To test for causality, the team injected uninfected and infected green algae into the mouths of mice. (They could tell that the mice became infected with the virus because they developed antibodies to it.) Infected and uninfected mice underwent a battery of tests. The two groups were about on par with how well they moved, but infected animals took 10% longer to find their way out of mazes and spent 20% less time exploring new objects—indications that they had poorer attention spans and were not as good at remembering their surroundings.The researchers also studied gene activity in the animals’ hippocampus, a part of the brain important for memory and understanding one’s whereabouts. They found changes in the activity of almost 1300 genes in the infected animals. Some of those genes affect how the brain reacts to a key chemical messenger called dopamine, and others are important in immune function. Yolken has not yet found the virus in the brain but suspects it may affect the brain through its influence on the immune system, stimulating certain immune responses that might in turn affect gene expression in the brain.The researchers and others have found this virus in samples around the world but have yet to test whether it’s present in people outside of Baltimore, where the study was done. And a few people carry antibodies to the virus, Yolken says. But he says they are still not 100% certain if and how the virus infects people.The cognitive effects were small, notes Joram Feldon, a neuroscientist emeritus at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich who was not involved with the work. He praises the finding for being innovative, but says “if you ask me if I am worried about the existence of this virus, I am not.”Allan Kalueff, the director of the ZENEREI Institute in Slidell, Louisiana, who was not involved with the work, suspects that other viruses may affect human sensory processing and behavior. He says he wonders whether these results indicate that there may be health risks to workers in the seafood industry or who work around water where they may be exposed to this algal virus. “But we clearly need more studies, including both animal and plant/algal studies.”last_img read more

Couple Caught with 100 kg Cocaine at U.S.-Canada Border

first_imgAn Indian American couple was apprehended with 100 kg cocaine in their semi-truck and trailer at the Canada-U.S. border. The arrest led to the haul of one of the biggest cocaine seizures in Alberta, authorities announced on Dec. 8.The couple, Gurminder Singh Toor, 31, and Kirandeep Kaur Toor, 26, both from California, were charged with importing a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking. In total, they were charged on four counts each under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. They crossed from the Coutts-Sweet Grass border. They made their first court appearance on Dec. 5.The truck was stopped by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Dec. 2 for checking at the border. A total of 84 bricks of cocaine were found in the vehicle.“There were two people in the truck, which was hauling a load of produce from California to a business here in Alberta,” spokesperson Guy Rook said. “While searching the cab of the vehicle, officers opened a microwave and found eight bricks of a suspected narcotic.“A drawer beneath the microwave and an area behind the microwave revealed another 14 bricks of suspected narcotics. Continuing their examination, officers uncovered 18 bricks wedged between the end of the bed and the wall of the truck. When they lifted the top bunk mattress, they found another 44 bricks.Kim R. Scoville, Regional Director General, Prairie Region, CBSA, said in a statement: “Had this quantity of illicit narcotics made its way into our communities undetected, the impact could have been devastating. The CBSA is truly Canada’s first line of defense, and this record seizure is a prime example of how frontline officers are actively protecting Canadians every day.”The cocaine would have been enough for more than 100,000 hits and could be worth anywhere between $6.7 and $8.4 million or more, depending on how it’s mixed, cut and sold, according to RCMP officials. Related ItemsCanadaSmugglingUnited Stateslast_img read more