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FLCF Hosts Christmas Party for 250 Children

first_imgAt least 250 children in central Monrovia benefitted from a December 26 Christmas Party hosted by the Florence Lardner Children’s Foundation of Monrovia.The program was held at the J. L. Gibson Memorial School on Gurley Street, Monrovia.The children were drawn from the communities around Center, Gurley and Randall Streets, and other areas in central Monrovia.During the celebration, the children danced freely and shared jokes with each other.“The objective of our Foundation is ‘if I can help somebody, my living shall not be in vain’; and therefore during the festive season we brought all these kids to play, eat and get to know each other as a community,” said Mr. Phillip Gibson, Executive Director of the foundation.The foundation also provided gifts, including toys and paper hats to the children.It may be recalled that the foundation started providing free meals to community kids on Saturdays during the 2014 Ebola crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$6 million investment to Highway 77

first_imgSix million dollars is being invested in construction to Highway 77 from Deasum Creek to the Northwest Territory border. The announcement came on Tuesday by Prince George-Peace River M-P Jay Hill and Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Blair Lekstrom.Crews will be carrying out base strengthening and upgrading of the road structure, bringing it to 100 per cent carrying capacity, with a new hard surface over 25 km. – Advertisement -Lekstrom says the project is expected to create 40 jobs and improve travel and safety conditions on the road.The announcement is part of the 290-million dollar infrastructure investment, recently announced by the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C.Construction is expected to begin in June 2009 and finish in September 2009.Advertisementlast_img read more

Last chance to see great shows at Earagail Arts Festival

first_imgAfter a hugely successful two weeks of music, family fun, workshops and spoken word events, the 28th Earagail Arts Festival draws to a close this weekend with an exciting two-day family focused weekend in Malin Town. Wild Atlantic World – The Village Fair, runs from Saturday, 23rd – Sunday 24th July, on the Village Green in Malin and will play host to some of the funniest, gravity-defying and imaginative street and circus performers from across the island of Ireland, chaperoned by the Stormtroopers and Jedi of the 501st Ireland Garrison. There’s still a packed programme of events for all the family across the county this weekend, and this Thursday marks the opening night of the Earagail Arts Festival centre-piece production, Unified.Another highlight of this weekend includes ‘In The Shadows of Steam’, a stunning new collaboration between four acclaimed artists, producers and composers from around the UK and Ireland: Erland Cooper, Hannah Peel, Michael Keeney, and Tommy McLaughlin. This unique show is an astounding project as it effortlessly crosses music genres.Each song has been infused with the musical influences of each performer, ranging from Björk, Bat for Lashes, Divine Comedy, to New Order and more, with an overarching aspect that could be compared to the terrific band, Public Service Broadcasting. The result is an eclectic collection of songs that come together to create one of the most insightful and incisive musical performances you’re ever likely to see.In the Shadows of Steam: In the Shadows of Steam is a stunning new collaboration between four acclaimed artists, producers and composers from around the UK and Ireland and takes place on Saturday, 23rd July in McGrorys, Culdaff. A return bus will leave Letterkenny (outside Mr. Chippie) at 7pm and costs €5 per person.Tracing the lost lines of the railways of Donegal and Northern Ireland, still etched and hidden beneath Irish soil, this specially commissioned work draws on the wonder and memories of a time only now visible by a track through the hills and country. Prior to the rise of the road, the artists explore this unique history and ask who sold the steel that brought many thousands of people to those majestic coastal ways and many more finally to the new world across the ocean? In the Shadows of Steam is commissioned and produced by Paul Brown and Tommy McLaughlin for Earagail Arts Festival Management Company Limited and Attica Audio in partnership with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Celtic Connections and is supported through Beyond Borders and Attica Audio. In the Shadows of Steam takes place in McGrory’s of Culdaff on Saturday, 23rd July at 8pm and tickets cost €15/€12. A return bus will leave Letterkenny (outside Mr. Chippie) at 7pm and costs €5 per person.Volunteers: Every year, the festival relies heavily on the support of volunteers and pictured is this year’s Volunteers Co-ordinator, Donna McDade alongside two festival stalwarts, Kim Holmes and Louise Rosney. Ahead of this weekend’s events, the ladies popped in to refuel at Letterkenny café, Berry Layne, who sponsored the t-shirts for this year’s festival.Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.Last chance to see great shows at Earagail Arts Festival was last modified: July 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Earagail Arts Festivallast_img read more

‘He’s better than Kante’ – Arsenal fans are in love with Lucas Torreira

first_imgArsenal’s splendid form continued as they extended their winning run to nine consecutive wins in all competitions with a win over Fulham and Lucas Torreira has played a huge role in it.Signed from Sampdoria for £26.4million, the diminutive Uruguayan is already a fan favourite thanks to his performances in central midfield, where he dominates most opponents, even though he’s still bedding in at the Emirates. Latest Premier League News Torreira is boss. #COYG— TheRemarkable (@Centhiva) October 7, 2018 Torreira is having a blinder. Hope he can keep it up.— Andrew Allen (@AAllenSport) October 7, 2018 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Lucas Torreira is a pleasure to watch. He keeps everything simple, and is so quick to spot danger, recover possession and give the ball first time. He’s everything we’ve been missing for the last decade. #FULARS #afc— Adam Keys (@_AdamKeys) October 7, 2018 #Torreira has been the difference for me. It’s not just that he is so defensively aware but he is swift of mind and is always looking for that quick forward pass to split open the midfield. He is the buy of the season. #FULARS— Anna Goldberg (@AnnaTheWise1) October 7, 2018 Torreira is not just class, he’s the whole school The boy is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥— Abimbola (@Bimzee_) October 7, 2018 huge blow Lucas Torreira was one of Arsenal’s heroes in the 5-1 win over Fulham. REAL DEAL Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 Lucas Torreira. The Janitor. Mopping everything up. Arsenal been crying out for a player like him for years.— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) October 7, 2018 gameday cracker deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Lucas Torreira the best DM in the league currently.— Hondo (@AFCEddie) October 7, 2018 tense Torreira oh oh oh, Torreira oh oh oh, he comes from Uruguay, he’s only five foot high” 😂😂😂— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) October 7, 2018 We’ve been missing a player like Torreira for years. Tireless runner who’s more than willing to do the dirty work, leaving the creativity to others. Not only that, but he’s improving everyone around him. Xhaka/Holding/Bellerin look like different players with his added insurance.— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) October 7, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 🎶 Torreira, wooooah 🎶8️⃣ recoveries7️⃣ duels won6️⃣ interceptions2️⃣ tackles@LTorreira34: The Transformer 💪 pic.twitter.com/ppmpE9fNR9— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 7, 2018 Torreira is better than Ngolo Kante. We done here.— P.K.O© (@PKOloo) October 7, 2018 silverware Torreira can you stop running please, it’s the 89 min you can have a rest mate lol— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) October 7, 2018 That Torreira & Xhaka partnership is coming on an absolute treat! 👌🏻— Matt Ledger (@Norvan_Gunner) October 7, 2018 shining Against Fulham, as the Gunners romped to a 5-1 win, Torreira won two tackles and made six interceptions thanks to his amazing awareness, which earned him an 8/10 in talkSPORT.com’s player ratings.And his own supporters were even more dazzled than us as they compared him to one of the best players in the world – N’Golo Kante, with some even suggesting he’s already better than the World Cup winner.You can see what Arsenal fans said on social media about their new superstar. no dice Man of the match guys? Torreira?…— Gazwthegooner (@Gazwthegooner) October 7, 2018 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED We hyped Torreira up during the summer & boy has he more than lived up to the expectations. Brilliant.— The Arsenal (@DareToWenger) October 7, 2018 Torreira is unreal, still can’t believe Aubameyang plays for Arsenal Football Club and Lacazette is a superstar. Up the gunners ❤️— Lee. (@SimpLeeArsenal) October 7, 2018 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Torreira is our Kante!— Tiko (@tikotikol) October 7, 2018 Torreira with more blocks than an overly-sensitive celebrity on Twitter— JB™️ (@gunnerpunner) October 7, 2018last_img read more

REVEALED: GLENTIES COMMUNITY SETS UP UNIQUE ‘MAPPING’ TEXT SCHEME TO BEAT CRIMINALS

first_imgTHE people of Glenties have come up with a unique way to beat criminals targeting the town – they’ve mapped out a text alert scheme.Fifteen people in 15 different areas of the town will coordinate the early warning system.It follows a meeting on Wednesday night where 400 local people gathered at the Highland Hotel. Community activist Brian Carr, right, helped set up the meeting following the terrible attack on local pensioner Gerry McDevitt a week ago.“We have to send out a clear message to the criminals that the people of Glenties will not stand for what happened last week,” he said.He said the text messaging service would help the community feel safer again.“We identified 15 people on different roads and different town lands in the parish. They are the links so the Garda send a text to those people and they forward to about 20 in their area so 300 people have the message in a few minutes,” said Brian. “If it’s a strange car or if it’s a robbery or anything out of the ordinary there at 300 people on the lookout straight away. Let’s hope it keeps the thugs out. We have warning signs ordered for this “Glenties Text Alert Area” and they will go up shortly.”Gardai have rejected claims that the downgrading of the town’s Garda station had left the community vulnerable.Justice Minister Alan Shatter has not, as yet, responded to an email from Mr Carr. REVEALED: GLENTIES COMMUNITY SETS UP UNIQUE ‘MAPPING’ TEXT SCHEME TO BEAT CRIMINALS was last modified: February 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fightbackGlentiestext schemelast_img read more

Softball Drops Final Game at Plainsman Invitational

first_imgStory Links Live Stats AUBURN, Ala. – Texas Tech improved to 10-0 on the season with a 4-0 victory over the Drake University softball team Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Plainsman Invitational. vs. IUPUI 2/22/2019 – 10 a.m. Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) and Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) each collected one hit for Drake. Johnson was the Bulldogs last chance at getting on the scoreboard after her one-out single in the bottom of the sixth as then she moved to second on a pass ball. However, two batters later Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) struck out to the end frame. Drake stranded four runners in the loss. Preview Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) dropped to 3-2 on the season after she allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Timmons allowed just one unearned run going into the sixth inning to keep the game close. However, the Red Raiders sealed the win with a three-run home run by Trenity Edwards, her third home run of the season, with two outs in the sixth.center_img The Drake (5-4) offense was held to just two hits by Texas Tech (10-0), which had another outstanding performance in the circle from Erin Edmoundson. Edmoundson (6-0), who no-hit the Bulldogs Friday in the first meeting between the teams, struck out nine and walked just one in the shutout. Next Game: PDF Box Score Following its trip to Auburn, Ala., Drake travels to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Razorback Invitational hosted by Arkansas. The Bulldogs will face IUPUI Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. in the first of five games at the three-day tournament. Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

Football Places Four on 2019 Preseason All-PFL Team

first_imgDinnen was a 2018 All-PFL First Team selection who recorded 3.0 sacks and 38 tackles at defensive tackle for the Bulldogs. Morgan was selected to the 2018 All-PFL Second Team after he tallied 3.5 sacks, 8.0 tackles for loss and 21 tackles at defensive end. Warner, an All-PFL First-Team pick in 2018 at safety, led the PFL and ranked second among FCS defenders with eight interceptions in 2018. The trio of Bulldogs helped lead a defense that was one of the best in the nation as the unit ranked ninth nationally in scoring defense (19.1 ppg), ninth in total defense (296.0 ypg), sixth in rushing defense (96.8 ypg), 10th in interceptions (17 INT), 10th in tackles for loss (8.1 TFL/g) and 15th in defensive touchdowns (3). The PFL will announce its preseason coaches’ poll Tuesday. The upcoming 2019 season marks the 27th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 10 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Championship. For tickets to catch the Bulldogs at Drake Stadium this season, visit www.DrakeTix.com, or call (515) 271-DOGSPrint Friendly Version Drake starts the 2019 season Aug. 31 at North Dakota. The Bulldogs host Truman State Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. in their home opener at Drake Stadium.center_img ST. LOUIS – Drake University’s Gavin Dineen, Steven Doran, Erin Morgan and Will Warner were named to the 2019 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team as selected by the league’s head coaches, the league office announced Monday, July 29. Returning players named to the league’s 2018 All-PFL Teams were placed automatically on the 2019 Preseason All-PFL team in order of voting. Nine First-Team All-PFL honorees return for the 2018 season. Also, 14 Second-Team All-PFL selections and six honorable mention recipients join the 2018 preseason squad. Doran, a repeat All-PFL Preseason selection, nearly hit the 1,000-yard mark at wide receiver last season. An All-PFL Second Team choice in 2018, his 920 yards finished 26th among FCS wideouts and he caught 12 touchdown passes.last_img read more

SETI Signals Could Be Loaded with Information

first_imgUnusual properties of electromagnetic waves allow for a higher carrying capacity of information than thought.  SETI researcher Seth Shostak reported on Space.com that Swedish researchers have found a possible “subspace channel” in the orbital angular momentum of narrowband radio waves that might allow the encoding of information.  This information would be impervious to the jumbling across space that hampers wide-band communications.    SETI has typically considered narrow-band waves incapable of coding more than very simple, short messages.  “While such monotonic messages may seem to be elementary and devoid of much information,” he said, “they could be laden with additional, hidden complexity.”  (For another example of hidden signal in the art world, see this story by Science Daily).  If researchers can decode this kind of steganography (information hidden in plain sight), SETI signals could be loaded with information – a galactic wi-fi, as Shostak dubbed it.  “A simple signal may only be a cipher for a more complex message, and there may be more things in heaven and earth than even Maxwell had dreamt of,” Shostak said, referring to the electromagnetic wave theory proposed by James Clerk Maxwell in 1861.    Speaking of radio waves, Beatle fans got NASA to go along with an anniversary celebration of sorts.  At 4:00 p.m. on February 4, the Deep Space Network beamed the song “Across the Universe” written by John Lennon 40 years ago to the day (also the 50th anniversary of the founding of NASA).  A JPL Press release accompanied the occasion.  One fan even created a special website for it; even Wikipedia was quickly updated.  A proud Paul McCartney said, “Send my love to the aliens” and Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono said, “I see that this is the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe.”Good; beam it into space where no one has to listen to it.  The mishmash of meaning in Lennon’s meandering lyrics is incoherent and anti-rational.  The song has nothing to do with astronomy.  It pushes Transcendental Meditation while repeating, over and over, “Nothing’s gonna change my world.”  Is this the kind of scientific attitude NASA really wants to promulgate?  What does it mean?  We no longer have to worry about global warming?  The Beatles don’t understand the second law of thermodynamics?  Saying something 12 times doesn’t make it so.    NASA should be teaching kids physics and engineering instead of encouraging them to follow the 60’s countercultural slogan, “tune in, turn on, drop out.”  The space program of the future needs sober-minded, bright students who have higher values than sex, drugs and rock-n-roll, and who believe smarter things than to chant meaningless mantras given by a charlatan guru like the Maharishi.  (Sorry, we wrote this before hearing he had just died.  There is no pleasure in the death of the wicked.)    As for SETI in the other direction, it is interesting that Shostak (an ardent evolutionist and critic of intelligent design) acknowledges the information-bearing capacity of electromagnetic signals from unknown minds.  A natural EM wave contains no purposeful communication.  If a carrier signal is present, information can be impressed on it through amplitude modulation (AM) or frequency modulation (FM), or now by orbital angular momentum modulation.  In any case, the information is detectable if one has the key.  Without the key it looks like gibberish.  Shostak’s article exposes the lie of his December 2005 article that claimed all they were looking for is a persistent narrowband whistle.  Despite his objections, his new article has intelligent design written all over it.    Read up on the life of James Clerk Maxwell, a towering giant among scientists, and a fervent Christian.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

ICT helps the blind

first_imgThe notetaker device is the first invention of its kind in South Africa and was developed by Willem van der Walt, a blind researcher at the CSIR. (Image: CSIR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nicki Koorbanally  CSIR Meraka Institute  +27 12 841 4532RELATED ARTICLES • New SA fingerprint tool a world first • SA academic gets top science award • Top award for local invasion biologist • Portable plant makes fuel from waste • SA mine detector gets top recognitionWilma den HartighA portable voice-based computer for the blind, developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has been shortlisted in the South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation inaugural Innovation Awards.The notetaker device is the first invention of its kind in South Africa and was developed by Willem van der Walt, a blind researcher at the CSIR.Fellow researcher Gerhard van den Berg was also involved in the development of the product.Van der Walt is respected in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) for disabilities.Rewarding innovationThe SAB Foundation Innovation Awards recognise individuals who have unique and practical ideas that can improve the lives of people living in low-income areas.The main award is a grant of R1-million (US$128 000) with two runner-up awards of R500 000 ($64 000) each.The notetaker is one of five recipients of a seed grant for further development. The grant includes funding for the commercialisation of the product, which will be supported by the SAB Foundation over a period of two years.The notetaker was shortlisted as one of 18 inventions, selected from more than 100 entries, for improving the lives of blind South Africans.According to 2009 statistics of the World Health Organisation, 314-million people worldwide live with some form of visual impairment. Of these, 45-million are blind, and 90% live in low-income countries. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle- and low-income countries.About 2.6-million South Africans are disabled, of which 24% have visual disabilities.“As a blind programmer, I realised that a much more flexible, localised and cheaper machine could be built than other similar expensive accessibility devices for the blind, available from overseas,” Van der Walt says.Not your ordinary notebook computerThe notetaker is different from a standard notebook computer in that it does not have a screen and only uses speech as feedback to its user.The computer has a keyboard for input and a voice synthesiser for output.All its features are customised so that they can be used with a speech interface.The device provides support for multiple local languages, including English, Sepedi, Afrikaans, Setswana and an experimental isiZulu voice.Van der Walt says that finding a balance between cost and functionality was one of the biggest challenges of developing the notetaker.“Finding the suitable hardware for the software was challenging,” he explains. “For example, finding hardware with which one can make a good audio recording is not easy when cost, battery life and size is crucial.”The notetaker has been tested in the market at disability conferences and workshops, with successful results.It is also supported by the South African National Council for the Blind.The next phase of the project is to develop a production-ready prototype.Commercialising the product“I would like the notetaker to come into production and be available in the market through specialised companies such as those currently supplying accessibility technology to the blind,” he says.The customised computer device is easy to operate and can be used by young school children, university students and older people.There is a gap in the market for an affordable computer for the blind. He believes that the product has the potential to have an immediate impact in the educational and employment sectors.Blind people can use computers that are connected to Braille keyboards and screens, but the skill and technology is not widely available and is usually only imported.However, if the product is manufactured locally and is cost effective, it could change the lives of thousands of blind people.The National Accessibility ProgrammeVan der Walt’s research was part of the National Accessibility Programme.The main focus of the five-year research and innovation initiative is to help people with disabilities become more integrated into mainstream society, through the use of ICT.The project was developed by the CSIR Meraka Institute in partnership with a representative group of Disabled Persons’ Organisations and the former Office on the Status of Disabled Persons in the Presidency.The Meraka Institutes the largest group in South Africa dedicated to ICT research.last_img read more

The Ideal Delicious Alternative? Status.net Launches Freelish.us!

first_imgTags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Status.net, the trailblazing open source, distributed Twitter-alternative for businesses, today announced a new project called Freelish.us – a great looking social bookmarking service designed to pick up where Delicious left off. This is not an April Fools joke – this is awesome news!Freelish.us is built on top of Status.net’s standards-based software for distributed, federated social networking. Anyone can set up their own implementation, design and community version of Freelish.us and all users can follow people on other implementations of the network. In the future, all installations of Status.net will have the option of launching their own interoperable social bookmarking feature, the company says. Freelish.us will never die, either, because it can live on your own servers, under your own control. That’s not something that can be said about Delicious. You don’t have to run it on your own server, you can just use the official installation too. You can import your Delicious bookmarks, grab the bookmarklet and get started. marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “It’s definitely not perfect,” Status.net founder Evan Prodromou says, “But we think it’s a pretty good start.” One thing to note is that you need to click the confirmation link that shows up in your email before your bookmarks will start appearing. The service is rich with potential, built with standards for the future and backed by a company and community focused on the growth of distributed services like this.I think it’s super exciting.Back in December, we learned that Yahoo was considering closing down Delicious – something that would be a super tragic loss given the incredible things that can be done with the service. Yahoo now says it is looking to sell the service. There are other alternatives, including Pinboard and Diigo, but Freelishus’s emphasis on standards and interoperability mean that it could be the type of service that makes the jump from being a service to being a platform.It’s hard to imagine a better solution to the problem than this. I’m @marshallk on Freelishus, feel free to be my buddy and we can share links. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more