NEC Receives Over 96K Ballots for Grand Cape Mount County Senatorial By-election

first_imgNEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya The National Elections Commission (NEC) on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 received the ballot papers for the conduct of the Grand Cape Mount County By-election, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2019, a release from the Commission has said.According to the release, the 96,250) ballots which, arrived from the Republic of Ghana, contains tactile ballots for the visually impaired registered voters.The consignment also includes training ballots, folders, and record of the counts.The ballots were received and taken to a “secured” location under the guidance of officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).The Grand Cape Mount Senatorial By-election became necessary as a result of the death of Senator Edward Dagoseh for which, NEC recently qualified seven candidates for the race to replace the fallen senator.In a related development, on Saturday, September 14, 2019, the Commission launched a “vigorous” civic and voter’s education (CVE) in the county ahead of the election on October 5.The CVE launched simultaneously took place around the Lofa Bridge community, Sinje, and the county’s capital Robertsport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JPL shows off robots, rovers in the works

first_imgLA CA?ADA FLINT- RIDGE – Scientists and engineers offered a near-future glimpse of space exploration by rolling out their coolest toys Saturday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s annual open house. Spidery robot climbers, all-terrain rovers and choreographed, floating robots captivated the attention of thousands of visitors at the lab and represented the next wave of robotic probes, landers and instruments bound from Pasadena to points throughout the solar system. Ongoing efforts for closer encounters with Mars were highlighted through interactive exhibits, high-resolution images and functioning models of rovers and robots. Robert Lock, who had worked on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, currently making tight loops over the Red Planet, said nearly one-third of the work at JPL is Mars related. Forty years after NASA’s budget peaked during the race to the moon, charting space today is less about smiling men strapped into rockets and more about mounting a less-expensive, mechanized assault on our extraterrestrial ignorance. Putting machines behind the wheel of exploration may not carry the political capital of launching humans into orbit, but JPL’s missions are designed to accomplish more with less risk and expense. Among the instruments bristling from the orbiter are powerful cameras recording every ridge, crevice and valley. And a more intimate understanding of martian topography – such as good places for landing – will inform future visits by lander, rover or astronaut. “If people get to Mars, they’re going to want to know where the water is,” Lock said. Nearby, a eight-wheeled prototype rover about the size of an ice cooler drove over a dozen children lying prone, standing in for “martian rocks.” Dwarfing its diminutive predecessors, a mobile science lab mounted atop a six-wheeled all terrain vehicle lurched over half-meter-high boulders. The vehicle is a prototype in development for an anticipated launch in 2009. About 15,000 people visited JPL on Saturday, with long lines for exhibits and two theater presentations, including one in 3-D. The open house continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444160Want 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

NewLeaf to allow passengers to bid on unsold seats

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – NewLeaf will be allowing passengers to fill empty seats on flights by bidding.NewLeaf will be partnering with Calgary-based Jump On Flyaways to collect the bids on those empty seats.Roger Jewitt, CEO of Jump On Flyaways, says that it is possible a person could bid on the empty seat for only $1 and get the flight. However, he also noted that the company’s website says that air travelpartners will consider “reasonable” bids and can decline them.- Advertisement -NewLeaf does fly to many destinations, including: Abbotsford, Kamloops, Kelowna and Victoria in British Columbia.last_img

Vikings dominate at net

first_img Coach of the Year: Annie Kellogg, Valencia Valencia’s combination of top-flight talent and depth made them the league’s team to beat. But the Vikings wouldn’t have accomplished their stated goal of reaching the finals if players hadn’t bought into the team concept Kellogg has stressed since taking over the program. Biggest surprise: Thalia Wilczynksi, Saugus. In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, Wilczynksi’s emergence as the league’s top freshman helped lead the Centurions to a third-place tie with Burroughs of Burbank and an at-large playoff berth. The hard-hitting Wilczynksi was the only non-Valencia player to advance to the semifinals in the league’s individual championships in singles or doubles. Biggest disappointment: Hart not making the playoffs. Hart failed to make the playoffs as a result of a late-season upset loss to Burroughs. Hart showed promise during a midseason four-match winning streak in league play and appeared to be on track to make the playoffs for a third consecutive season despite fielding one of its youngest teams in recent years. A look ahead: Valencia looks to be favored to continue its league dominance despite graduating several key players including Cassie and Alexa Strange. Returning starters Monique Palmera, Michelle Stock, Isabella Fraczek and Lehren MacKay and top up-and-comers Chloe Kwok and Courtney Kaska give the Vikings an impressive combination of talent and depth. Hart’s twin sisters Isabella and Elizabeth Tang figure to be among the league’s most formidable doubles teams, and Saugus returns top singles standouts Wilczynksi and Holly Beaman. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The kids were talking about getting to the (Southern Section) finals before they even played their first match and they fulfilled that dream despite all the injuries, flus and colds that are part of life,” Valencia coach Annie Kellogg said. “They set the bar really high, and they achieved it.” Player of the Year: Cassie Strange, Valencia. Strange dominated league play and won two of three sets to lead the Vikings to their semifinal victory over Campbell Hall. Although she had no true peers in league, Strange remained focused, and her commitment to improving her game rubbed off on teammates. “She stepped up her game when we needed her,” Kellogg said. VALENCIA – A look at the Foothill League girls’ tennis season: Team of the Year: Valencia. Valencia became the first Santa Clarita Valley team to play in a Southern Section championship match. The Vikings, who were near the top of the Div. III rankings all season, defeated defending section champion Campbell Hall of North Hollywood 11-7 in the semifinals, and just barely lost to Brentwood in the championship match 10-8. Valencia’s magical season wasn’t without obstacles. Singles standout Alexa Strange missed most of the year with an ankle injury. Her twin sister Cassie, Valencia’s only player ranked in the USTA Southern California region’s 18-and-under top 100, picked up the slack, and its three doubles teams were a combined 89-1 in the league. Valencia finished league play unbeaten for a second consecutive year as it won its fourth straight league title. last_img read more

Seabass and Shane: Best friends, popular ex-Raiders go out together

first_imgJanikowski, as well as a handful … How close are Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler?Janikowski knew his best friend was announcing his retirement even before Lechler did.Lechler didn’t play in 2018 after rejecting overtures from three teams. He knew he was retiring but hadn’t figured out a way to make it public. Enter Erin Lechler, Shane’s wife, who quietly organized a retirement party in Houston for approximately 180 guests.Her husband reacted as if he’d shanked a 20-yard punt.last_img

WEF raises South Africa’s global competitiveness ranking

first_imgSouth Africa has risen two places, to 47th, in the 2016 World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index, improving its ranking in 10 of the 12 pillars measured. The country has the most competitive economy on the African continent.The newly released World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index ranks South Africa as the 47th most completive economy of the 138 studied. The improvement in the rankings, the best in five years, comes as the country has improved both the competitiveness of our markets and relationships between labour and business, made modest, but important, progress in the quality of education, which is up five places from 2015.One reason for South Africa’s rise in the annual appraisal of prosperity and productivity is, according to the report, our ability to withstand the fall in price of commodities. Unlike African neighbours and other developing economies, South Africa has also built on the strength of its financial sector, which shielded the country from the worst effects of the global economic crisis.South Africa is ranked first out of 138 countries for auditing standards, the protection of minority investors and ability to finance through equity markets. The country is second or third for soundness of banks and financial services, efficacy of boards and regulation of the stock exchange.Robert Crotti, a WEF economist, explained to the Biznews website: “What we noticed is that to make a country really competitive, you need to have all the pieces in place. To rank number one in one specific dimension without having the other factors also well-placed, doesn’t really bring the country to grow and reach the prosperity where we see. In fact, when we look at the top countries in ranking, they tend to rank quite high on all the dimensions.”The report highlighted the biggest future challenges for our economy. “Infrastructure development has stalled, both in transport and electricity, with power shortages experienced this year. Institutional quality has diminished, with increased political uncertainty, less transparency, some security concerns, and business leaders having less trust in politicians (down 11 places since last year).”Crotti said the GCI is not meant as a criticism of each economy studied. For WEF it is a way to benchmark progress. “Therefore, we hope that it can be used as a platform for all the actors in the economy in looking at how and what worked, to then take the next steps to improve their economy.”South Africa’s growth forecast for 2016 is now set at 0.1%. Outside factors, slowdown of the Chinese economy and the volatility of the rand have dampened the potential for stronger growth. Where developed economies are accepting a “new normal” of lower economic growth, lower productivity growth, and high unemployment, South Africa and other developing economies have an opportunity to grow by improving productivity.Despite China’s slowdown it is the best-placed Brics nation, at 28, followed by India, Russia and South Africa. Brazil lags behind its Brics peers at 81. As Crotti explained, “India is really the bright spark in the area of competitiveness improvements and this is done mainly on the back of reforms, especially in terms of investment and market efficiency.”Crotti said India, more than any other country, should be the example South Africa follows to move further up the rankings. The Indian government has improved market and labour efficiencies, and stabilised government policy and the macroeconomic sector. As important, its government has improved the country’s technological readiness.”That’s really important to be able to jump-start the economy and as we’ve seen, also be able to gain innovation,” Crotti said. “To learn much more about technology and innovation. At the dawn of this Fourth Industrial Revolution it is really going to be key going forward.”South reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using materiallast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sale starts at 12pm today via Flipkart and

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi’s January-launched smartphone is up for buying, today at 12pm via Flipkart and company’s own website The company will make all the three variants of the smartphone available for buying today. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was launched in January this year and has three storage variants- 2GB RAM/32GB, 3GB RAM/32G and 4GB RAM/64GB storage.Xiaomi recently announced that it sold 5 million units of Redmi Note 4 within 6 months of its launch in India. The phone will go on sale at 12pm on both Flipkart and is giving a 5 per cent discount to those purchasing the phone via Axis Bank credit card. The company website is giving a 12-month’s free subscription to Hungama Music, Rs 500 off for Citi Bank credit card users and 10 per cent SuperCash on MobiKwik.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review: Raising the barThe Redmi Note 4 comes in three storage variants- the 2GB RAM model costs Rs 9,999, 3GB RAM costs Rs 10,999 and lastly the 4GB RAM which is priced at Rs 12,999.  Flipkart recently had launched an offer where the Redmi Note 4 was available at just Rs 1099, but in exchange of phones like iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S.As for phone’s specifications, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display and  is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 clubbed with Adreno 506GPU. The phone, just like its elder brethren-Redmi Note 3,  sports a metal unibody design. The internal storage is expandable up to 128GB using a hybrid microSD card.  The smartphone is fuelled by 4,100 mAh battery and supports 4G VoLTE . The Redmi Note 4 runs on Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8.advertisementFurther, the phone comes with a 13MP rear camera and dual-tone flash, f2.0 aperture and Phase Detection Autofocus. There’s a 5MP front camera and also fingerprint sensor at the back.last_img read more

Klinsmann Right: US Wasn’t Ready

first_imgSAO PAULO — Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn’t ready to win the World Cup.The Americans were eliminated in the round of 16 for the second straight tournament. They’ve been ranked 13th or 14th every month since September, which means their exit was pretty much at the stage it’s expected to be.“Clearly it gives you the message you have a lot of work still ahead of you,” the U.S. coach said after the 2-1 loss to Belgium in extra time.From Wall Street to the White House to the West Coast, Americans watched their national team on television in record numbers. While buoyed by the increase in attention, players are desperate to join the world’s elite and far from attaining that level.Klinsmann was a World Cup champion as a player with West Germany in 1990 and coach of the German team that reached the 2006 semifinals. Having moved to California in 1998 with his American wife, he is seen as bringing the perspective of soccer’s elite to a nation that remains a new world in the sport.His message to players is they don’t do enough. They don’t play twice a week, like Champions League stars. They don’t face condemnation from their community after losses and poor performances.“It makes them feel accountable, not just walk away with a bad performance and nothing happens,” he said. “If you have a bad performance, then people should approach you and tell you that, so make sure that next game is not bad anymore and that you step it up.”President Barack Obama spoke to captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to congratulate the team on its performance. Obama “commended them not only for their work on the field, but for carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud,” the White House said in a statement.At the airport, Dempsey, forward Jozy Altidore and defender DaMarcus Beasley were cheered and stopped for autographs and photos before they boarded an American Airlines flight to Miami.The Americans’ final match, which kicked off at 4 p.m. EDT on a weekday, was seen by 21.6 million on ESPN and Univision, impressively close to the record 24.7 million set for a Sunday evening game against Portugal earlier in the tournament. An average of 1.6 million watched the loss to Belgium on digital streams.“People now start to care about it. Fans care about it. They comment on social media. They comment everywhere about it, and that’s good,” Klinsmann said.His most controversial moves coming into the tournament were cutting Landon Donovan, the biggest star in U.S. soccer history, and taking along 18-year-old Julian Green, 20-year-old DeAndre Yedlin and 21-year-old John Brooks.Brooks and Green, who turned 19 on June 6, responded with late-game goals when they came in as substitutes, and Yedlin was stellar against Belgium when he replaced injured right back Fabian Johnson.But Klinsmann’s proclamation that the U.S. would play an attacking game didn’t pan out. The Americans were outshot by a combined 92-41.“The interesting part is every time we would go down a goal, we’ll shift it up,” he said. “I believe it’s more a mental topic that we have to work on than it is a talent topic.”Klinsmann took over from Bob Bradley in July 2011. Last December, he was given a contract through the 2018 tournament that added the title of U.S. Soccer Federation technical director.In the next four-year cycle, he has numerous chances to integrate youth: the CONCACAF Gold Cups in 2015 and 2017, the centennial Copa America in 2016 and a possible trip to the Confederations Cup in 2017.There also is the under-23 team that will try to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics — the 2012 team stumbled and didn’t reach the London Games, slowing the careers of more than a dozen players. “We’ve got to do much better than the last cycle,” he said.He defended his pre-tournament comment that the U.S. was not ready to win the World Cup, saying he didn’t want to raise “expectations to kind of a level that is over the moon.”After he arrived in Brazil, he mentioned he was prepared to stay for the entire tournament, that he had booked a plane ticket for the day after the final just in case.But as U.S. players prepared to scatter to clubs and family vacations, Klinsmann conceded he also was leaving early. “I changed the ticket last night,” he said.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Les employeurs et les élèves retournent à lécole

first_imgLes employeurs vont se joindre aux élèves cet automne pour la rentrée des classes, dans le cadre d’un nouveau programme appelé « Options et opportunités ». Ce programme a été officiellement inauguré lors d’une conférence de presse aujourd’hui 14 septembre. Norm Kemp, employeur du ministère de la Défense nationale, et Amy McKay, élève de l’école Auburn Drive High School, étaient présents pour parler de leur expérience lors de la mise à l’essai du programme l’an dernier. « Ce programme offre des possibilités aux élèves qui ne réalisent pas nécessairement tout leur potentiel sur le plan scolaire, parce qu’ils ne se sentent pas concernés par le programme d’études à l’école », déclare Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation. « Il faut que nous nous assurions que ces élèves sont prêts à profiter des possibilités que la Nouvelle-Écosse a à leur offrir. En s’inscrivant à ce programme, les élèves parviendront non seulement à obtenir leur diplôme de fin d’études secondaires, mais également à finir leurs études secondaires avec des compétences qu’ils pourront immédiatement utiliser dans un emploi et avec un projet d’avenir. » La province investit plus de 2 millions de dollars dans ce nouveau programme, qui est conçu en vue de mieux préparer les élèves au marché du travail et de les aider à prendre des décisions plus réfléchies en ce qui a trait à leur orientation professionnelle. Le programme conduit les élèves à travailler sur leur orientation et leur trouve des employeurs qualifiés qui pourront leur donner l’occasion d’acquérir une véritable expérience professionnelle dans un milieu de travail authentique. Les écoles peuvent ainsi offrir aux élèves l’occasion d’acquérir une expérience dans les secteurs suivants : arts, culture et loisirs; affaires; santé et services à la personne; hôtellerie et tourisme; technologies de l’information; et métiers manuels et technologies. Mlle McKay indique que le programme lui a permis de se débarrasser de ses frustrations vis-à-vis des études et de devenir une très bonne élève, qui adore maintenant l’école et ne manque plus jamais aucun cours. « L’an dernier, tout s’est amélioré. L’école était beaucoup moins stressante pour moi », déclare Mlle McKay, qui entame désormais sa deuxième année dans le programme « Options et opportunités ». Elle dit aussi que le programme l’a aidée à rester motivée vis-à-vis du travail scolaire et que ses notes ont augmenté de 20 pour cent. Le programme a été mis à l’essai à l’école Auburn Drive High School pendant l’année scolaire 2005–2006. Cette année, il sera élargi à 26 écoles supplémentaires dans différentes régions de la province. M. Kemp indique que ce type de programme est très utile et que tous les employeurs devraient songer à y participer. « Plus de la moitié de notre personnel civil va prendra sa retraite d’ici à 2014 et il faut que nous préservions la base de compétences et de connaissances que ce personnel représente », déclare M. Kemp, analyste du renouvellement du personnel civil pour les Forces maritimes de l’Atlantique (FMAR[A]). « Les jeunes sont notre avenir et nous avons pour responsabilité, en tant qu’employeur, de soutenir les élèves en leur faisant découvrir les diverses carrières possibles au sein des FMAR(A), ainsi que les études et la formation dont ils auront besoin pour pouvoir profiter de ces possibilités. Nous pensons qu’il est crucial de participer à des programmes comme le programme Options et opportunités. Cela fait partie de notre planification de la succession et c’est la bonne chose à faire. » Le ministère de l’Éducation travaille également, en collaboration avec le Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), sur une structure permettant aux diplômés du programme « Options et opportunités » d’avoir accès aux programmes du NSCC. Les enseignants participant au programme « Options et opportunités » s’efforceront, en collaboration avec le NSCC, de faire découvrir à leurs élèves les programmes du NSCC. Pour la présente année scolaire, neuf diplômés du programme « Options et opportunités » mis à l’essai à Auburn Drive High School l’an dernier se sont inscrits au collège communautaire. Le ministère de l’Éducation est conscient du fait qu’il est important de collaborer avec tous les partenaires du système éducatif pour mieux préparer les élèves. Il s’efforce donc en ce moment d’encourager les employeurs partout dans la province à collaborer avec les écoles pour aider les jeunes à établir des liens entre leurs études et le monde du travail. L’initiative « Investissons dans la jeunesse » permettra de sensibiliser les employeurs aux nombreuses possibilités qu’ils ont de participer aux études des jeunes, qu’il s’agisse de prendre en charge un élève dans le cadre d’un stage du programme « Options et opportunités » ou simplement d’organiser une tournée dans l’entreprise. Cette initiative comprendra également la création d’une base de données sécurisée des profils des employeurs, à laquelle auront accès des membres choisis du personnel des écoles, des conseils scolaires et du ministère de l’Éducation. Le programme « Options et opportunités » a été annoncé pour la première fois en juin 2005 dans le cadre du plan Vie et apprentissage II : Bâtir des avenirs meilleurs ensemble.last_img read more