Commissioner Sam Karnue Takes Office

first_imgMr. Karnue accompanied by a crowd of well-wishers. First Liberian Baha’i promises to serve with humilityFor the first time in Liberia Sam Karnue, a Baha’i, has been inducted into office as Commissioner of Yarpea Mah Administrative District in Nimba County.Members of the Baha’i faith do not campaign for any position neither do they lobby or impress an appointment power, to allow them serve in government, but accept appointments void of political influence and class system.Commissioner Karnue receives the gable of authority from Inspector Reginald MehnMr. Karnue, whose appointment came as a surprise to many of his acquaintances, accepted President George Weah’s call to serve his people, who have longed over the years for a leadership that will unite them.In his acceptance remark on Saturday, June 9, in Duo Tiayee, where he was inducted, Karnue promised to serve his people with humility, passion, love and work, to unite not only the people of Yarpea Mah, but the entire county.“It is my prayer that unity abides with us as a people while we work together in the best interest of our district Nimba, which is a political subdivision of our country Liberia. It is even my best wish that what we do here to live in perfect peace and harmony impacts the lives of others in counties near and far,” he said, assuring the residents that his leadership will be a sound and harmonious one free from prejudice of all forms and sectionalism.“As I consider this a call for service, it is also of my numerous expectations that we consider respecting each other, regardless of origin or position, as a means of collectively achieving our developmental goals,” Karnue told the locals.He outlined truthfulness, humility, trustworthiness, patience and punctuality as pathways to success and improvement in one’s life.Quoting from the Baha’i text which says “the well-being of humanity, its peace and security are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established,” Karnue, a Baha’i by faith, called on his predecessor Fred N. Gaye to offer his expertise in helping the new leadership succeed.He said his appointment came not by means of lobby, neither any political engagement, “because I did not wish neither pray for this. I did not rob anybody of anything to get this appointment. In fact, I was in Sierra Leone on Baha’i duty when I received a call that I had been preferred to serve as district commissioner for Yarpea Mah,” Karnue said.Nimba County Inspector Reginald Mehn advised Mr. Karnue to be a leader with new eyes, ears and nose and whose job will always be above sentiments and personal feelings.Mehn, who performed the task on behalf of the county’s superintendent David Dorr Cooper, called on Mr. Karnue not to give credence to gossips, because doing so destroys any leadership.“You have come to serve people of diverse backgrounds. There are people here who still practice the Poro and the Sande societies, while others do not. Please respect the cultural practices of your people and be a leader for all, regardless of place of origin and class system,” Mehn said.Former Commissioner Fred N. Gaye considers Karnue as his friend and brother, whose developmental agenda he is set to assist in order for it to succeed. He referred to Yarpea Mah District as the only common denominator they all have to protect from acts of division.He expressed his gratitude to former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for allowing him to serve his people over the years.The induction ceremony was characterized by presentation of gifts giving and traditional dances.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mechanic’s vehicle broken into, $800,000 in valuables missing

first_imgThe owner of Khan’s Auto Service and Repair Centre is now counting his losses after suspected bandits broke into his vehicle in the wee hours of Sunday morning at Foulis, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD).The car with the shattered pieces of glassBased on reports received, the incident occurred between 01:45h and 02:30h. The motorcar was reportedly parked in front of the owner’s property.It is believed that bandits gained entry by smashing one of the windows and carting off with items which were in the vehicle at that time.This publication understands that over $800,000 in valuables were stolen. Some of the items include a laptop bag containing stamps, billing books, receipts and business documents.A haversack containing jumpsuits, the company’s shirts and a number of tools were also taken.The owners are pleading with persons to report any suspicious activities whereby persons might be selling the stolen items. They can use contact numbers 612-7444 or 658-4756.last_img read more

Huskies dominate in Beaverlodge

first_imgBEAVERLODGE, A.B. – The Fort St. John Huskies are now 8-1 on the season after another win in Beaverlodge.The pups travelled to Beaverlodge Saturday night and ended up winning 7-0 over the Blades.  The Huskies scored four times in the first period with goals from Sebastian Powsey, Joshua Robinson, Geoff Dick and Gary Loewen.In the second Geoff Dick added another goal for the Huskies to make it 5-0.  In the third period, Alex Hartman scored twice to give the game a final score of 7-0.- Advertisement -The Huskies will head back to Beaverlodge on Wednesday for another game.  The next home game for the pups is on November 17 following the Santa Claus Parade.last_img read more

Moscow students make rare protest against World Cup

first_img0Shares0000The fan zone is being built in the park below the main building of Moscow State University — one of the city’s seven Stalinist skyscrapers — which overlooks the Luzhniki stadium where the opening match will be played on June 14 © AFP / Andrei BORODULINMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 8 – Construction of the World Cup fan zone outside Moscow’s top university is fuelling a rare protest in Russia as students worry thousands of partying football fans will destroy one of the capital’s few green spaces.The row pits students at Moscow State University against a recently re-elected President Vladimir Putin whose administration does not easily brook dissent and has gone all out to ensure the month-long football extravaganza goes off without a hitch. The area will have concerts and entertainment for up to 25,000 fans as well a giant interactive screen for those without tickets to watch matches.It is being built in the park below the main building of Moscow State University — one of the city’s seven Stalinist skyscrapers — which overlooks the Luzhniki stadium where the opening match will be played on June 14 as well as the final on July 15.Many of the university’s over 6,000 students and employees are not thrilled about their campus hosting the fan zone because of the disruption and damage it will cause.“We started the protest when they told us last year our semester would be cut short because of the fan zone,” said Maria Shekoshkhina, a 26 year-old PhD student.Security services, she said, maintain that the university labs have to close for the World Cup period because of their work with radioactive materials.“There was also a risk that students will be moved out of their dorms to make way for the National Guard, like in other World Cup cities,” she added.– Cleaning up dissent –The protesting students won what appeared to be a partial victory earlier this year when Moscow authorities assured them this will not happen and moved the fan zone 300 metres (1,000 feet) further from the university.But Shekoshkhina said the university and city authorities have not fulfilled their promises and gone to “absurd” lengths to stop the student protests.When over 200 students protested on May 22, the university “spontaneously deployed” dozens of cleaners to disrupt the event.“There were also lots of FSB (the successor agency of the KGB) there,” Shekoshkhina added. “We’ve started to recognise them,” she laughed.Two students were arrested that day, though they were released shortly afterwards.When a sign directing visitors was recently defaced with a graffiti tag reading “No Fan Zone”, the police opened a criminal investigation instead of a usual administrative case.They said the damage came to over 65,000 rubles ($1,050, 900 euros).Three students were arrested, with social media saying one was taken by officers during an exam, but they were subsequently released.The university has taken to social media urging students not to take part in protests.– A protected area –Students are also worried that the fan zone will damage the university’s protected historic park in an area known as Vorobyovy Gory, or Sparrow Hills.“We’re not saying all football fans are wild animals, we just think putting 25,000 people in an area with protected nature is not a good idea,” said Ekaterina Palmina, a 19 year-old student wearing a “Stop the Fan Zone” badge.She pointed to areas where trees have been cut down and historic granite-lined walkways destroyed.Local green activists and ordinary Muscovites have supported the protest, with a petition addressed to Putin requesting the fan zone be moved reaching 14,000 signatures.The university’s biology department has been organising walks for Muscovites to see the damage already inflicted on the park.“Vorobyovy Gory to Muscovites is like the Bois de Boulogne for Parisians,” said Moscow urban activist Pavel Gnilorybov.“The work on the fan zone was rushed, even though Moscow has several other places that are better suited for this,” he added.– ‘Illegal’ construction –A month ahead of the opening of the games, two of Moscow’s local municipal councils called for the urgent relocation of the fan zone.Yelena Rusakova, an opposition deputy, said the fan zone is “completely illegal” as it lies within two protected areas: the university park and a city forest.“Authorities are ignoring its protected status,” Rusakova said.“FIFA says the World Cup should not damage the nature of the country that is hosting it,” she said.“That is exactly what is happening here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgMark McHugh could be about to hand Donegal boss Jim McGuinness a huge boost in his bid for an All-Ireland double.Mark McHugh is on the mend but will it be soon enough?The All-Star footballer has been cleared of concussion and could return for the All-Ireland quarter-final against Mayo in Croke Park this Sunday.The Kilcar player suffered serious injuries in what doctors described as akin to being in a car crash in the Ulster Final with Monaghan. A burst ear drum, sustained in the collision with Monaghan’s Stephen Gollogly, is not believed to be holding him back.However the player suffered a five centimetre tear of his quad muscle which remains a concern and he is still walking with a limp.Donegal’s starting 15 will be confirmed this morning with footballer of the year Karl Lacey also expected to start.“Mark’s definitely got a chance,” said Donegal selector Rory Gallagher. “The dead leg is the most concerning thing at the minute but he passed the seven to 10 days.” McHUGH’S FITNESS COULD SUPPLY DONEGAL WITH A HUGE BOOST was last modified: July 31st, 2013 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:fitnesskilcarMark McHughlast_img read more

Shuttle workers may have damaged fuel tank foam

first_img A spokesman for Lockheed Martin Corp., which builds the tanks at Michoud, said inadvertent worker damage is one of the potential causes being investigated. “We’re committed to supporting NASA and the space shuttle program,” spokesman Harry Wadsworth said. Engineers have more work to do before confirming any of this, the shuttle manager said. A fuel tank that finally arrived at Michoud this week from Cape Canaveral – a trip delayed by the hurricanes – will be dissected for evidence of damage. The earliest that a modified tank could be returned to Cape Canaveral is February, making a spring launch a possibility, Hale said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In a memo soon after Katrina slammed two shuttle facilities on the Gulf Coast, Hale speculated that the space shuttles might be grounded until fall 2006. He has since backed off that pessimistic view and noted that progress has been made in understanding the foam problem and getting the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans – which manufactures the tanks – back into limited operation. “We’re working a spring kind of launch date, but we haven’t established one,” he said. May is the earliest, most likely target. To NASA’s horror, a 1-pound, 3-foot chunk of insulating foam peeled away from Discovery’s external fuel tank during liftoff in late July. It was the same kind of problem that doomed Columbia in 2003, and occurred despite 2 years of improvements and assurances that this was the safest tank ever built. What probably happened is that during modifications to the tank at Michoud, technicians inadvertently damaged the section that ended up coming off, while working on nearby areas, Hale said. “This foam, which normally is not touched after it’s applied, clearly was touched,” he said. Workers using plastic knives to remove nearby foam may have made small cuts in the section that tore away, allowing air to condense in the crevices against the tank, full of super-cold fuel, Hale said. Another possibility, he said, is that workers leaned against the piece of foam that broke off, and fractured it. Yet another theory is that the foam cracked because of normal thermal stresses. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Workers may have accidentally cut or crushed the section of foam that broke off Discovery’s fuel tank during its launch two months ago – a mishap that threatened the safety of the astronauts and grounded the shuttle fleet. That is the leading theory for the cause behind the disturbing loss of foam insulation that cast a cloud over NASA’s return to space, said Wayne Hale, the newly appointed manager of the space shuttle program. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Hale said the shuttle will not fly again until the foam insulation problem is resolved – no sooner than spring. He also said repair work has been set back because of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The storms dealt “a severe blow” to resuming shuttle flights and caused NASA to lose three months of work, he said. last_img read more

Late rally helps Humboldt State softball salvage game against Cal State San Bernardino

first_imgTo avoid getting swept in Southern California, the No. 1-ranked team in the nation had to put together yet another late-game comeback.Whether they’ll still be ranked No. 1 next week still remains to be seen.The Humboldt State softball team used a four-run seventh inning to break a 2-all tie to claim a 6-3 win over Cal State San Bernardino in the second game of Saturday afternoon’s California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader and avoid getting swept during its trip to the Inland …last_img read more

“Social Brain Hypothesis” Discredited

first_imgAccording to evolutionary theory, the extra processing required for living in social groups should make brains bigger.  Not so, found a couple of scientists who looked into the question.  There’s no general correlation.    According to Live Science, John Finarelli (University of Michigan) and John Flynn (American Museum of Natural History in New York) examined the largest number of species ever – 289 terrestrial carnivores, half of which were fossil species.  The “social brain hypothesis” (i.e., that brains of social animals tend to be bigger) may hold up for the dog family, but that’s about it.  It’s not true for weasels, bears and many other groups.  Some with large brains are non-social, and some social animals do not have proportionally larger brains.  Nature commented briefly on this find in today’s (June 4) issue, calling the old idea a “plausible hypothesis” that has now been “quashed.”  It continued, “The authors suggest that the ‘social brain hypothesis’ falls apart when looking at carnivore groups, extinct and otherwise, beyond modern canids (wolves, jackals, foxes and the like).”    This undercuts what evolutionists thought they understood about brain size, or encephalization.  Flynn said, “Evolutionary change in encephalization is a widely observed phenomenon, but has been very hard to explain.”  Testing is good, he said, but this idea failed:“Increased brain size may mean different things to different groups, depending on unique evolutionary histories, ecologies, life history attributes etc.,” he said.  “That is to say, it might be that seeking simple, one-size-fits-all explanations across all mammals (or all amniotes [animals such as birds, mammals and reptiles that give birth to young inside eggs]) has been the problem all along.  Nevertheless, seeking general explanations (and then testing them with all available data), within clades or across groups, is a valuable goal of evolutionary studies.”So explanation is a goal, not an accomplishment here.  Discounting a rule in this case, like saying brain size means different things to different groups, reduces the evolutionary explanation to the “Stuff Happens Law” – no explanation at all (09/15/2008).    The falsification of the “social brain hypothesis” also undercuts the idea that intelligence is necessarily correlated with brain size increases.  Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute had just relied on brain size increase as a function of intelligence in an article about SETI for Caltech’s Engineering and Science magazine.1  In his always humorous way, Shostak employed encephalization as a principle that evolution tends to produce bigger brains, and thus increased intelligence, over time – because there’s a market for it:Intelligence does appear to increase with time in some cases.  Above right is a plot by neuroscientist Lori Marino at Emory University that shows an index computed from the ratio of brain size to body size, the so-called encephalization quotient (EQ), for a bunch of species of dolphins and toothed whales over the last 50,000,000 years.  They were all pretty stupid 50,000,000 years ago, but 48,000,000 years later, white-flanked dolphins were the smartest things on the planet.  If you go to the local library and look up “Dolphin Literary Criticism,” it’s all from two million years ago.  Once you get to a certain level of complexity, there’s a niche market for intelligence, and it may get filled.Flynn and Finarelli would argue that if Shostak had used more groups than just marine mammals, the correlation would have fallen apart.  Shostak’s article was accompanied by a picture of a dude with a photoshop-enlarged head being admired by a woman.  “This guy’s encephalization quotient is off the charts,” the caption reads.  “He’s going to be very popular as a potential mate.”  Maybe that works in captions, but not in the real world.  Real women would probably be grossed out, and his friends would call him a fat-head.  Besides, isn’t the trend in computers to put more processing power in less space?    Speaking of mate choice, another evolutionary explanation has been discredited on that subject.  Science Daily said that “women may not be so picky after all about choosing a mate.”  A statement in the article makes it sound like evolution debunking has become commonplace: “That finding, of course, is contrary to well established evolutionary explanations about mate selection.”1.  Seth Shostak, “When Will We Find the Extraterrestrials?”, Engineering and Science (PDF), Volume LXXII, Number 1, June 2009.Another evolutionary myth has been falsified, and Seth Shostak has been embarrassed again.  Keep up the good work.(Visited 282 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Parkin rewrites the record books

first_img17 January 2005Terence Parkin set a new standard at the Melbourne 2005 Deaflympics, becoming the most successful competitor in the history of the Games by winning an astonishing 12 gold medals and one silver.Thanks mostly to Parkin, South Africa finished third on the overall table with 19 medals, including 13 gold, four silver and two bronze – an improvement of six over the 13 medals SA won at the previous Deaflympics in Rome.Isaac Mahlake won the country’s only non-swimming medal when he picked up bronze in the men’s marathon as the 20th edition of the Games wrapped up on Sunday.Six world recordsParkin smashed five world records en route to his record haul and equaled another when he won the 1 500 metres freestyle in 16:20.60. Given Parkin’s heavy schedule, one wonders how many other records he could have broken had it been lighter.The Durban-based star won five gold medals at the previous Deaflympics, four of them in world record time. That was an amazing achievement. His performances in Melbourne were unheard of.To capture 12 gold medals meant he had to excel in a number of different strokes, not just concentrate on his speciality, the breaststroke. He also had to win over distances ranging from 50 to 1 500 metres.Different forms of fitness are required for sprint and endurance events, and Parkin was able to adjust his approach, a very difficult feat to achieve.Fantastic freestyleHis 1 500 metres win shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise to those that know him. Parkin has twice won the world’s largest open water swimming event, the Midmar Mile.Parkin started his record haul with a victory in the 400 metres freestyle. He also captured freestyle victories in the 100 metres freestyle, 200m freestyle, and the aforementioned 1 500 metres freestyle. Teaming up with brothers Greg and Nick Lessing and Marko Jansen, Parkin added a further freestyle gold in the 4x200m freestyle.His versatility was to the fore in the medley events. He was part of the gold medal winning 4x100m relay line-up, while tasting success again in the 200 metres and 400 metres individual medley.Predictably, Parkin swept the breaststroke races, taking victory in the 50 metres in a world record time, the 100 metres, and the 200 metres. Ironically, he swam, by his standards, a slow time in the 200 metres event, at which he won Olympic silver in 2000. It turned out to be one of his tighter victories.Parkin further showed his versatility in the butterfly, winning gold in the 200 metres. His time of 2:05.23 was a world record.Lessing shinesGreg Lessing also shone in the pool. He won the 200 metres backstroke, with his brother, Nick, in second place. In addition, he claimed silver medals in the 50 metres and 100 metres backstroke.He was awarded bronze in the 50 metres freestyle, despite being timed in 25.03, the exact same time as John Kealy, who was given the silver.Along with Parkin, Lessing was also a member of the 4x200m freestyle relay team and the 4x100m medley relay team.South Africa settled for silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay, losing out to Ireland by just 0.35 seconds, in a time of 3:40.95.On that occasion, South Africa claimed eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa is still open for investment, says Cwele

first_img16 February 2015South Africa remained a sound business and investment destination for foreign investors, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele said at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Sunday.South Africa had anchored its foreign policies to benefit the country’s economic growth, Cwele said at a cluster briefing on International Co-operation, Trade and Security (ICTS).The briefing was part of a series of briefings planned by the government to support the messages delivered by President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation address (Sona) in Cape Town on Thursday night.Cwele said while South Africa had played a crucial role towards the building of Africa through various political and economic initiatives, on a world scale, it was forging partnerships that would enhance trade and investment.South Africa remains a competitive business and investment destination despite challenges in the global economy, Cwele said. “Our message was well received by investors” at the World Economic Forum held recently in Davos, he said.In building the country’s image, Cwele said 52 economic diplomacy-building activities that would promote national priorities had been undertaken.“As an example, a memorandum of understanding on economic and industrial co-operation was signed with Botswana, which will provide a basis for advancing mutually beneficial economic co-operation and industrial development between the two countries,” he said.He said South Africa and Botswana would identify projects that would encourage the development of cross-border value chains in key sectors including transport, mining, agro-business, tourism, agriculture, leather and the processing of natural resources, among others.African securityCwele said South Africa remained committed to contributing towards building a better Africa and supported regional integration as well as peace and security on the continent.The African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC), of which South Africa is a contributing and founding member, was now operational, the minister said. South Africa’s National Defence Force and Police Service continued to participate diligently in conflict prevention and peacekeeping in the continent, he said.South Africa also continued to support conflict resolution initiatives in Lesotho, Sri Lanka and South Sudan, led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.Economic co-operation with South Africa’s Brics partners was strengthened when the first of two intergovernmental agreements were concluded at the sixth Brics summit.European partnershipOther global regions such as Europe remained important strategic partners for South Africa through which the country was able to advance its national and foreign policies, Cwele said.“We have a valuable partnership with the European Union in, among others, the Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa valued at approximately R1.5- billion,” he said.The minister said the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) beyond September 2015 and a pledge to support African-led peace initiatives in the continent were among the significant outcomes of the US-Africa Leadership Summit held in America last year.South Africa was committed towards “playing its part in creating a better South Africa by contributing to a better and safer Africa in a better world”, Cwele said.Communication costsOther issues discussed by Cwele at the briefing included:Communication costs: Reducing the cost to communicate remained central to the country’s broadband policy. There are also new proposals in place to lower the cost to communicate in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.Market integration: South Africa continued to broaden market integration through the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) negotiations with 26 countries of East and Southern Africa. The TFTA is expected to create a market of 625-million people and a GDP of $1.2-trillion. Tourism: South Africa has received more than 3.8-million foreign visitors, generating a R20.3-billion contribution to the economy. Tourism represents 3% of South Africa’s GDP and supports more than 617 000 jobs. “Including indirect impacts, tourism generated 9.7% of the GDP and supported over 1.4- million jobs last year,” the minister said. Source: read more