Athletics Concludes 58th Congress

first_imgThe Liberia Athletic Federation (LAF) has concluded its 2014 Special Assembly on Saturday, 21 February 2015.The congress marked the 58th General Congress of the LAF.The congress was held at the headquarters of the Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC) where the federation has its offices, on Randall Street, in Central Monrovia.Acting President Ms. Gbour Wilson, served as presiding officer, and was aided by Frederick B. Krah, vice president for technical affairs and/ acting secretary general.The congress, which was to be held in November-2014, was postponed owing to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).During the congress, 11 out of 16 stakeholders attended — which constituted a quorum for deliberations.During deliberations, stakeholders were informed about 11 major activities in 2014, some of which included Liberia’s representatives in the African Junior Championship that was held in Burkina Faso where Kadimel Enders won silver in the high jump event.Liberia was also represented at the World Junior Championship in the USA, and Wellington Zaza ran in the final and finished third, and is currently the record holder for Africa in the 110m in the male division.Tracy Cheyee and Nula Enders represented Liberia at the African Youth Games, held in Gaborone, Botswana. Nula didn’t participate because of age, but Tracy ran and made the qualifying standard for the World Youth Olympic.The Liberian delegation didn’t participate in the World Youth Olympic in Beijing, China due to the Ebola outbreak.According to annual financial report, balance brought forward on the 28th of October 2013, was US$1,168 and income generation in 2014 amounted to US$22,417.Revenue collection included annual grant from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in the amount of US$14,387; GOL grant US$1,000, amongst others.The total budgeted expenditure was US$20,970 and cash on hand and /or carried forward for 2015 is US$1,447.18.The LAF laid out ambitious goals for the next year, which is expected to start February 27-28 – a National Clubs/Open Championships, in the Senior, Junior and You Categories.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cape Mount Ex-Lawmaker Enters Senatorial Race

first_imgFor the second time in his political career, the former Grand Cape Mount County District #2 Representative has once again, officially declared his intention to contest the ensuing 2014 Mid-Term Senatorial Election.During a meeting with a cross session of citizens in M’baloma Town, Gola Konneh District, over the weekend, former representative, Matthew V.Z. Darblo, cautioned Cape Mountainians to give him a second chance, as he makes a bid to represent them in the Liberian Senate.Mr. Darblo told the gathering that he can better represent the county in the Senate than any other of the 12 candidates vying for lone senatorial seat.“I have decided to contest the county’s lone senatorial seat to promote development by increasing access to several of the pending projects,” Mr. Darblo assured the citizens. He believes that the county needs leaders who are developmental-oriented that will foster unity amongst its citizens.Mr. Darblo further urged residents of the county, especially the youths, to be wise, and give their support to politicians who have their interest at heart and will care for them at the national level. While representing the county Electoral District #2 in the 52nd National Legislature, Mr. Dablo, served as chairman of the Committee on Land, Natural Resources and Environment. He was a member on the  Public Accounts Committee and Expenditure as well as Education, and Public Administration. Prior to becoming a lawmaker in 2005, Mr. Darblo had served within the education circle and has  vast experience in Information Technology (IT). As an educator, he  served as Teaching Assistant (TA) in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Liberia; Computer Science instructor at Computer Services Incorporated; principal/administrator and instructor of Mathematics at the C. H. Dewey Central High School. He previously served as data analyst and computer operator at the National Commission on Disarmament, Demobilization, Resettlement, and Reintegration (NCDDRR).Meanwhile, those vying for the senatorial seat in Cape Mount are the incumbent,  Senator Abel Massaley, Simeon Taylor, James Momoh, Matthew Darblo,  Dr. Fodee Kromah and the ruling Unity Party chairman, Cllr. Varney Sherman. Others include, Henrietta Kandakai, Jesse Segbo, Mohammed Ware, Siafa James, Mohammed Dao GoGo Fahnbulleh, and Roland Perry, former reporter of the Informer Newspaper.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BYC Signs Kelvin Potis; Kemoh Kamara Joins LISCR

first_imgBarrack Young Controller continues to build their squad ahead of the new season with the additional signing on of former Watanga forward Kelvin Potis.BYC over the weekend disclosed that the former Watanga forward signed a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee with the option of further extending his contract based on performance.Potis now makes it 13 new players that have joined BYC. Recently prior to the climax of last league season, the 19-year-old put up a splendid performance for the World Wide Mission School after his institution was crowned champion of the National High School Championship.Potis won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and highest goal scorer awards in the tournament.Though his former club Watanga struggled in the 2016/2017 league season, Potis performed well from the flanks, threatening opponents including BYC at the Blue field.Potis was last season called by national team head coach James Debbah for the African Nations Championship and made his debut against Mauritania. The 19-year-old started the match and made several attempts to register his first goal for the national team, but was later substituted. Lone Star lost 2-0.Following the signing of his two-year contract, Potis, according to BYC official page said, “This was not an easy decision for me, but I am happily joining the best club in Liberia. It is a dream come true for me, I want to win games, trophies, and develop as a footballer.”Flashback: Defender Kemoh Kamara (L) alongside 2016 MVP and top goal scorer Mark Paye at the Blue Field after the presentation of their individual awards in 2016. (Photo Credit: BYC)In another transfer development, double champions LISCR FC completed the signing of central defender Terry Kamara from BYC on a three-year deal.The ‘Shipping Boys’ completed the deal on Friday after meeting the LD $ 225,000 buy-out clause.Defender Kamara, who spent two years at the Blue Field, won the best defender and Co-rookie of the year awards in 2016 after the ‘Go Blue Boys’ won the first division championship. Kamara has reunited with his former teammate Mark Paye who also joined the double champions earlier during the transfer window.The defender’s former club, BYC have however lauded him for his time at the club. “We want to extend our appreciation to Kemoh Kamara for his invaluable services rendered our club during his 2 years of service,” BYC said via their official facebook page.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) (L-R) Newly signed BYC forward Kelvin Potis and BYC Vice President and former Lone Star goalkeeper Nathaniel Sherman (Photo Credit: BYC)last_img read more

Tomkins agrees new long-term West Ham contract

first_img West Ham star James Tomkins 1 West Ham defender James Tomkins has signed a new long-term deal with the club that will keep him with the Hammers until 2020.The 25-year-old, who suffered a broken nose in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, is a graduate of the fabled West Ham academy and has already made more than 150 appearances for the club.“I think it’s brilliant that West Ham have shown faith in me and offered me this deal and I’m delighted to sign it,” said the 25-year-old, who made his first-team debut at 18 in March 2008. “I’ve been here since I was seven and this is a long-term deal which is going to take me up until I’m in my thirties, so it’s nice to commit my future here.“It’s been a good season, but it’s still got a little way to go yet and the job is not done. We’ve had a good year so far and we want to continue it. I feel like my performances have come along a lot this year and I am just enjoying playing really.”“Being a West Ham fan, I want to spend my future here as it is exciting times with the Olympic Stadium move coming up in 2016,” continued Tomkins, who has played 205 times in claret and blue. “The club is going in the direction I wanted it to go and I want to be involved in. It’s exciting all-round, for the club and for me.“It’s a good time and this year has been a great step forward. Now we just need to see it out. I look back at all the times I’ve been in the team, from when I made my debut at 18-years-old, and this is as well as we’ve done. Now we need to keep it going until the end of the season, because we have a lot of hard games coming up.“What the Board and everyone at the club has done to get the new Stadium shows the direction we want to be taking – we want to be going forwards and not backwards and that’s certainly where we’re heading. It’s a great time for us. We want to leave Upton Park on a high, so it’s important we do the very best we can over the next 18 months leading up to the move.”last_img read more

Is your child’s name in the top 5 most popular names?

first_imgThe most common names of babies for 2015 were released, is your child’s’ name in the top 5?The central statistics office (CSO) has released these statistics on the most common boy & girl names for 2015.Alongside the 2015 figures we have gone back 50 years to show you how much change in the names have occurred in that time. Five most popular babies’ names in 2015  Five most popular babies’ names in 1965Boys Girls  Boys GirlsNameCount NameCount  NameCount NameCountJack752Emily626John3,360Mary3,229James697Emma449Patrick2,281Margaret1,395Daniel617Ava421Michael2,057Catherine1,351Conor558Sophie407James1,464Anne840Sean530Amelia400Thomas1,367Ann807Jack & Emily were the most common names used when naming a new born. Jack and Emily remain the most popular babies’ names registered in 2015.  Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007 and Emily has retained the number one spot that it first claimed in 2011. Is your child’s name in the top 5 most popular names? was last modified: August 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:2015baby namesCSOpopular nameslast_img read more

Woman who cheated €14,000 from dole is fined

first_imgA woman, who illegally claimed almost €14,000 in social welfare payments, has been fined €500 in court.Maighread McCaul, 46, from Ballyduff, Isle of Doagh, Clonmany, was before Carn Court where she admitted several charges relating to an overpayment of social welfare payments over a number of years. The court heard that Ms. McCaul had received over payments to the amount of €13,774.67.Prosecuting solicitor for the Department of Social Welfare, Ciaran Liddy, said Ms. McCaul applied for jobseekers allowance in February 2009. However, he said she commenced employment at the end of October 2013 and failed to make a declaration to the Department.Mr. Liddy said social welfare payments continued until it was detected in April 2016 that Ms. McCaul was in employment.He said social welfare inspector Morgan Mooney invited Ms. McCaul to attend for interview but the option was not taken up.Mr. Liddy said no repayments have been made to date but a payment plan had been put in place.The prosecuting solicitor said the payment arrangement that is in place remains outstanding.Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn told the court the Department had arranged to deduct €15 a week from her social welfare payments but she had since started another job so when she notified the Department this arrangement changed.Mr. MacLochlainn said Ms. McCaul had been working in various restaurants and hotels as a chef throughout this time. However he said the work was only available intermittingly and could range from two weeks up to a number of months.“Unfortunately she didn’t declare the work,” said Mr. MacLochlainn.“She had been gaining the work through a recruitment agency in Derry, who had been paying her one fee and charging the company another,” he added.Mr. MacLochlainn said Ms. McCaul was single and lived alone in the Isle of Doagh.He said her house was suffering from MICA and she had secured a loan of €8,000 from Buncrana Credit Union to carry out works in her home.“She’s now paying the credit union back €50 per week and there is a motion before the County Registrar to have the home repossessed. Her house is a negative equity and this is all of huge concern to her.“She’s at a cliff edge and I fear this may push her over the edge. Her finances are disastrous and I’d ask the court to take all this into account when sentencing. It’s not good to be in this situation at her stage in life,” Mr. MacLochlainn added.The Buncrana solicitor said Ms. McCaul’s mother had been in court with her and she had been a great support to her, adding that her father died last year.Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr. Liddy how the Department of Social Welfare recover their losses in cases such as these.The State solicitor said the Department take their own steps to recover the money through deduction to social welfare payments or through civil action if that was needed.Judge Kelly fined Ms. McCaul €500 and informed her that fine can be paid by instalments.Woman who cheated €14,000 from dole is fined was last modified: May 25th, 2018 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:Carndonaghcheatcourtdolepaymentslast_img read more

Chinese Puzzle: New Primate Fossil Raises Eyebrows

first_imgA new fossil primate skull from China, alleged to be 55 million years old, provides “much-needed substantial evidence of early primates in Asia,” says Robert Martin (Field Museum, Chicago), reporting in the Jan. 1 issue of Nature.1  But “interpretation of the creature’s eye size and activity pattern,” he says, “will spark debate.”  (This is code for, “This find throws a monkey wrench into previous theories.”)    Martin admits immediately that “The first fossil evidence for ‘primates of modern aspect’ – the euprimates – appears abruptly in the northern continents at the beginning of the Eocene, about 55 million years ago.”  He also points to a chart that depicts “the widely accepted view that there is a basic dichotomy in the primate evolutionary tree – one lineage leading to modern lemurs and lorises (strepsirrhines), the other to tarsiers, monkeys, apes and humans (haplorhines).”    This new fossil, named Teilhardina asiatica, a kind of tarsier on the haplorhine side of the tree, casts into doubt the classification of the American genera with the Belgian and Chinese individuals.  It also creates a biogeography puzzle.  It was formerly assumed that European primates could have only reached Asia by crossing North America and then the Bering Strait, because a transcontinental marine barrier assumed to exist 55 million years ago would have prevented them migrating in the Eastern direction.  But if the American primates are not related, was there a way around the barrier after all?    Martin takes issue with the discoverers’ interpretation that eye socket size relative to skull size indicates the animals were nocturnal.  “Biologically, one cannot assume that early primates (particularly if unusually small in size) showed the same functional patterns as modern primates – which themselves are very variable,” he states.  He gives some examples of features in modern animals that show skull size and eye socket size do not necessarily correlate to behavior habits.  His remarks are summarized on the publicly-available AAAS website EurekAlert.    The primate evolution chart in Martin’s article is striking in its lack of connections.  Six lineages are shown without any obvious family relationships: lemurs and lorises (the strepsirrhines), lemuroids and tarsioids farther back in time, and then tarsiers and higher primates (the haplorhines).  The bottoms of these separate lineages are all dashed lines leading to inferred relationships unsupported by fossil evidence, with question marks at the bottom.1Robert D. Martin, “Palaeontology: Chinese lantern for early primates,” Nature 427, 22 – 23 (01 January 2004); doi:10.1038/427022a.This sounds strikingly similar to the tale about mammal evolution in Africa (12/03/2003).  The criticisms there similarly apply here.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Machinery Behind the Senses

first_imgThere’s a lot of physical work our eyes, ears, and brain cells perform to support our perceptions of the world.Blind man’s bluff:  There’s only a small area of sharp vision, about the size of a fingernail at arm’s length, Science Daily says.  That’s the area the fovea (densest region of receptors in the retina) can image at a time.  Why, then, do we “think” we have sharp vision in the whole field of view?  “The brain leads us to believe we have sharp vision,” researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany found; our brain essentially “fools” us into that belief.  What does their paper announce? “Its central finding is that our nervous system uses past visual experiences to predict how blurred objects would look in sharp detail.”  The lead researcher concluded, “We do not see the actual world, but our predictions.”Cookie cutter cochlea:  The tiny hair cells in the cochlea (inner ear) must be laid out in the right pattern during development, or else deafness can result.  Researchers from Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Rockefeller University, publishing in PNAS, devised a model based on what is known about the molecular mechanisms involved in hair cell morphogenesis.  The model recreates the “hexagonal Turing pattern” that is established during development.  A short video clip on the front page shows the the hair cells coming out like cookies on an assembly line, forming hexagonal arrays. Here’s the significance of their research:Our senses of hearing and balance rest upon the activity of hair cells, the ear’s sensory receptors. Each hair cell detects mechanical stimuli with its hair bundle, an organelle comprising 10–300 cylindrical, actin-filled stereocilia. A bundle’s structure is highly stereotyped: the stereocilia stand erect in a regular, hexagonal array and display a monotonic gradient in length along one axis. This precise organization is key to the operation of the hair bundle: mutations that disturb the morphology of the bundle generally result in deafness. Here we provide a detailed mathematical model of hair-bundle morphogenesis that reproduces the essential features of bundles. The model also permits prediction of the effects of mutations, some of which have already been observed.Insulated wiring:  What happens in the brain when you learn a new motor skill?  “To learn is to myelinate,” Science Magazine says.  Learning a new skill switches on the production of oligodendrocytes, specialized brain cells that create myelin that sheaths certain neurons.  “The finding advances our understanding of brain plasticity and points to roles for glia and myelin in cognitive function,” Long and Corfas say about the research paper in the same issue, “Motor skill learning requires active central myelination.”  A summary on Medical Xpress shows an image of oligodendrocytes.  It says that we need this constituent of white matter in addition to the more well-known gray matter:New evidence of myelin’s essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument, has been uncovered by UCL research. Myelin is a fatty substance that insulates the brain’s wiring and is a major constituent of ‘white matter’. It is produced by the brain and spinal cord into early adulthood as it is needed for many developmental processes, and although earlier studies of human white matter hinted at its involvement in skill learning, this is the first time it has been confirmed experimentally.Default business:  The brain never takes a complete break.  What’s going on in your brain when your mind is at rest?  A picture of the “default mode network” is shown in an article on Medical Xpress that tries to answer that question.  Like the basal metabolic rate, the default mode network is taking care of business when there’s no concentrated effort.  While most neuroscientists examine what happens when subjects think, Marcus Raichle (Washington University in St. Louis) has been a pioneer at looking at the quiet brain:“A great deal of meaningful activity is occurring in the brain when a person is sitting back and doing nothing at all,” says Raichle, who has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. “It turns out that when your mind is at rest, dispersed brain areas are chattering away to one another.”Readers can learn about Raichle’s experiments to listen in on the chatter, such as “memory of personal events, evaluation of sensory information from the environment and body critical for decision making.”  This is all being processed by your subconscious mind without your control.  “The brain is capable of so many things, even when you are not conscious,” he says.Yesterday’s post discussed near-death experiences.  We saw that some patients in a vegetative state are still capable of willing their brains to imagine activities.  We see today that the brain is in a constant state of default activity, even when the mind is “blank.”  We know that, in sleep, we can experience dreams so vivid, we would swear our eyes and ears are perceiving realities that, on waking, we find to evaporate into fantasylands of our own imagination.There is so much cellular activity, tissue activity and organ activity going on in between the “real world” and the mind, it’s bound to keep philosophers busy with the “mind-body problem” for many years, trying to reason how reliable our sensations might be.  We just learned that our eyes “fool us” into thinking we see the world sharper than our retinas can bear.  In a real sense, therefore, we’re not seeing reality; we’re seeing what our brain predicts it should look like!  Tell that to the skeptic who only believes what he can see.One thing we cannot exclude from experience, though, is our own consciousness.  If you haven’t seen the video clip by David Chalmers on the “hard problem of consciousness” that we’ve recommended, this is a good time to watch it (about 9 minutes).  To hope for understanding the world, we must have necessary and sufficient causes to explain the world.  This must come from an intelligent, truthful, personal source able to communicate it to us on our level.  You can’t get that from the bottom up (see article on Evolution News & Views).  The only world view that can satisfy those prerequisites for reliable perception and reasoning is the world view that was communicated to us by the Creator, His word.  “In the beginning was the Word… that lights every man that comes into the world” (John 1:1-18). 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[Poll] Is The iPhone 5 A Home Run For Apple?

first_imgThe day the new iPhone is announced is like Gadget Christmas. Everybody waits all year to see what it is going to look like, what new features are packed inside, when it will hit the market. Now that the iPhone 5 is here, does it live up to your expectations? Let us know in the poll below.This year, the rumor cycle, normally wildly inconsistent, was pretty accurate about the iPhone 5. The screen is bigger (4-inches against 3.5-inches), it has improved Retina display (1136×640 pixels) and is thinner and lighter. As expected, the iPhone 5 will be released with 4G LTE compatibility in almost every part of the world where LTE is available. So, the iPhone 5 data connection will be fast. Apple also claims that the A6 processor doubles the performance of the iPhone 5 over the A5 processor found in the iPhone 4S. The battery is improved to handle the bigger screen and processor.The camera has new optics (a sapphire lens) and software to manage it. Siri is more robust and iOS 6 adds new features like Facebook integration. There is really no question about it: the iPhone 5 is the best iPhone that Apple has produced. But nobody thought that the iPhone 5 would be a complete dud. Most people wondered how good Apple could make it.And that is the most pertinent question now that we know what the iPhone 5 is: Is this a home run for Apple?As Dan Frommer pointed out this morning, the iPhone is Apple’s most important product, making up between 50% and 60% of its revenue. There is no doubt that the iPhone 5 will sell extremely well and already people are drooling over their wallets, waiting to order one when pre-orders start on Friday. The future of the Apple is safe with the iPhone 5. People are bound to be disappointed by the new “Lightning” connector, especially the $30 for an adaptor. Overall, that is not a huge argument against Apple though. The 30-point connector on the previous phones has been around since 2003; it was due for an upgrade. Will people be disappointed that there is no Near Field Communications (NFC) in the iPhone 5? Almost every iPhone competitor has integrated NFC at this point, with Apple holding out year after year. Let’s put this in baseball terms.Is the iPhone 5 a home run for Apple? Does it beat expectations every which way?Or, maybe it is a triple. Great advance for Apple but it did not quite get it out of the park.A double? Good, but hoping for more.Single: Just an iterative update, Apple could have done so much better.Take the poll below and let us know in the comments how you think Apple did with its latest iPhone. Does it rock your world or are you left wanting more? The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img dan rowinski Tags:#Apple#iPhone#mobile Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Nominations for Bengal polls today

first_imgThe West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) late on Saturday announced that the fresh date for filing nominations for the panchayat elections will be Monday, April 23. The late night development followed daylong meetings with political parties. However, the SEC is yet to discuss the dates of polling with the State government. The elections were earlier scheduled to be held on May 1, 3 and 5. On Friday, the Calcutta High Court directed the SEC to “issue a fresh notification extending the day/date for filing nominations.”Saturday’s notification states that nominations will be filed on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the scrutiny of nominations will take place on April 25. The withdrawal of candidature will be done from April 26 to April 28. “In pursuance of the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Calcutta…and upon consultation with the State and the major collective stake holders on 21.04.2018, the West Bengal State Election Commission, hereby appoints the extended day/date of making nominations, the date for scrutiny of nominations received on the said extended day/date and the last date of withdrawal of candidature in the connection with the Panchyat General Elections…,” the notification states.Speaking to The Hindu, a senior WBSEC official said, “It is very likely that the Commission will hold a meeting with the State government on Monday to decide on fresh dates for the Panchyat polls.” He also said the Commissioner has “asked police to make strong security arrangements for filing nominations and ensure that there is no obstruction in the process.” Meanwhile a BJP delegation met the WBSEC officials during the day and urged them to issue further clarifications regarding filing of nominations at the offices of the Block Development Officer (BDO) and the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO).Representatives of Left parties and the Congress demanded that Central forces be deployed during nomination filing and elections.last_img read more