Football Should Return to Days of Glory

first_imgLiberian sports, particularly football, is expected to return to its glory days as soccer legend George Manneh Weah joined former female soccer striker Geraldine Doe-Sheriff and former Mighty Barrolle member, Francis S. Paye at the Liberian Senate.Senator Doe-Sherrif was a skipper for the erstwhile Sinkor Lioness FC one of the first but successful female soccer teams in the country. She was renamed Lady Zico after her brother Ezekiel Doe, then known as Zico. Ezekiel played for St. Joseph’s Warriors and later joined Darling Club, Invincible Eleven, before leaving for the United States. He is presently back in Liberia.Lady Zico was one of the pioneers of the female soccer revolution and aware of the financial challenges that associate with the development of the female game, she is in a better position to help develop the game for Liberia and for the world.It is without question that soccer made the legend George Weah and therefore it goes without saying that he must give back to football. And what better way to do so than to use his influence to provide what has always been the most challenging item in the development of the game insufficient funding for the national team.In the days when local football got impressive audience and Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle, among other local teams, commanded some attention, it was during the administrations of former presidents Alhaji G. V. Kromah and the late Aletha Johnson, that Francis Paye made his mark for Barrolle.Records indicate that Francis Paye (Hon. Paye), and a committee he chaired led to the organization of fan clubs for Mighty Barrolle in the various ministries and agencies of government.Hon. Paye knows what it takes to develop and manage a football team. In fact presently, he is the founder of Paye United FC, a team that is based in his home county Rivercess that he sorely sponsor financially.Which concludes the argument that he is aware of the enormous funds that are needed to run the club and since attention here is on the national team it goes without saying that he is in a better position at the Senate to ensure adequate financial support from the Liberian government to support the development of a better national team.Soccer lovers are on high expectation that Senators Doe-Sherrif, Paye and Weah would play their cards consistently well to encourage mass support of their colleagues so that Liberia national would not be a spectator in the next African Cup of Nations.Soccer legend George Weah knows Lone Star’s business as far back as 2002. He knows how much was involved back then and therefore should know what may be involved now to develop a better national team.It would be an extreme disappointment now that former national team players are handling the various teams and do not to receive the much needed wherewithal from those they are looking up to for the change of fortunes that the various national teams are crying for.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bill for Science & Technology Institute before Senate

first_imgGbarpolu County Senator and Senate President Pro Tempore, Armah Zolu Jallah, has submitted to Senate plenary for passage into law a bill calling for the establishment of a science and technology institute in Liberia.According to Pro Tempore Jallah, the Bill titled Liberia Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) Act, calls for the establishment of the Institute which, when established, will be operated as an autonomous agency.Its purpose is to support human capacity, economic and social development through science and technology. “LIST shall be an independent legal entity and shall engage in activities aimed at improving science and technology in Liberia, in accordance with provisions of the Act,” Senator Jallah said.He is confident that a science and technology education program supported by the Government of Liberia will undertake fundamental research conducted by foreign and private research institutions, universities, and colleges. This will be essential to the country’s national security, health and economic welfare and to the quality of life of citizens.He observed that the country’s lack of public education programs specifically focused on building human capacity in science and technology in Liberia has resulted in the limited supply of trained professionals to contribute to national development.Liberia’s capacity to conduct high research and position itself at the forefront of modern science “is hindered by inadequate research facilities and equipment and by lack of resources to build, renovate or replace laboratories.”Among the objectives of the bill, Pro Tempore Jallah noted, is to put science and technology education at all academic levels, all branches of science, including mathematics, physics, health, engineering, medicine, environment, technology, biology and geosciences.Through this legislation, students will be awarded scholarships and graduate fellowships for study in research in the sciences, engineering and technology. The Gbarpolu Lawmaker further said that when passed into law, LIST will conduct and promote practical and market building scientific and technology-based research in areas that are relevant for industrialization and socioeconomic advancement of Liberia by creating new products and services that improve the quality of life of Liberians.The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Sando Johnson and Geraldine Doe-Sherif, and was voted on to be sent to the appropriate Senate committee for further action.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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I-15 traffic snarled after Cajon Pass plane crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City The plane crashed on the expansive, hilly median between the north and southbound lanes. Televised news cameras showed a broken but intact plane on the brushy, hilly median. There was no fire. One person was found dead in the wreckage, she said. No lanes were closed but traffic was slowed by gawkers and backed up for several miles. The cause of the crash was under investigation but there were reports of fog, heavy winds and rain in the area in the early morning. “With the weather conditions, it’s very possible that was a contributing factor,” county sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Beavers said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – A small plane headed from Long Beach to Henderson, Nev., crashed early today on a freeway at the crest of the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, killing the pilot and slowing the rush-hour commute. The pilot of the single-engine Piper PA-28 was talking to air traffic controllers in San Diego at 12:42 a.m. when they lost communication and the plane vanished from the radar, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The pilot, who was the only person on board, apparently did not issue a mayday, Gregor said. The plane had taken off from Long Beach and was headed to Henderson, he said. Shortly after 6 a.m., a wrecked plane was reported on Interstate 15, county Fire Department Supervisor Karen Humphreys said.last_img read more

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Steph Curry spending quality time with family, surprises Ayesha on cooking show

first_imgIt’s probably no surprise that Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is making the most of his time off recovering from hand surgery to spend time with his family.In the past week alone, Steph has been spotted supporting wife Ayesha at a cooking awards ceremony, taking his daughters to a Warriors home game and surprising Ayesha on her cooking show.On Nov. 14, Ayesha was awarded the Variety Vivant Tastemaker award in Napa. Steph was by her side rooting her on. Together, they have launched …last_img

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Envying the Tooth of the Sea Urchin

first_imgDid you know the lowly sea urchin has a tooth?  It’s not just any tooth: it’s “a remarkable grinding tool,” according to a team of international scientists.  They even used the word “exquisite” in the title of their paper in PNAS.1  Humans might benefit from knowing more about this tool.  “The improved understanding of these structural features,” they said, “could lead to the design of better mechanical grinding and cutting tools.”    The sea urchin “tooth” is not really a tooth, but a hard rod with a serrated edge used for crushing the animal’s food (see description at Univ. of Wisconsin about the work of Pupa Gilbert, one of the co-authors).  The urchin tooth, which grinds down hard limestone, has the hardness of teeth in higher animals.  “Even though the tooth is composed almost entirely of calcite, it is used to grind holes into a rocky substrate itself often composed of calcite,” the abstract from the paper reads.  It continues—Here, we use 3 complementary high-resolution tools to probe aspects of the structure of the grinding tip: X-ray photoelectron emission spectromicroscopy (X-PEEM), X-ray microdiffraction, and NanoSIMS.  We confirm that the needles and plates are aligned and show here that even the high Mg [magnesium] polycrystalline matrix constituents are aligned with the other 2 structural elements when imaged at 20-nm resolution.  Furthermore, we show that the entire tooth is composed of 2 cooriented polycrystalline blocks that differ in their orientations by only a few degrees.  A unique feature of the grinding tip is that the structural elements from each coaligned block interdigitate.  This interdigitation may influence the fracture process by creating a corrugated grinding surface.  We also show that the overall Mg content of the tooth structural elements increases toward the grinding tip.  This probably contributes to the increasing hardness of the tooth from the periphery to the tip.  Clearly the formation of the tooth, and the tooth tip in particular, is amazingly well controlled.The slight misalignment and interdigitation appears to provide a functional advantage, they found.  It provides a corrugated edge that fractures along its cleavage planes so as not to fracture the tooth but actually sharpen it as it cuts.  “We also note that in this model, the edges of the individual plates would remain anatomically sharp due to cleavage along the {104} planes, and the cleavage would probably not propagate through the whole tooth tip because of the small misalignment between neighboring plates.”  In other words, even the apparent misalignment has a function.  They said, in conclusion,The mature sea urchin tooth possesses incredible structural and compositional complexity.  Here, we show the presence of crystalline blocks composed of 3 different coaligned elements: needles, plates, and polycrystalline matrix.  We also show that the tip, and presumably the whole tooth, is composed essentially of 2 such coaligned blocks that differ in their orientations by [less than] 6°.  The blocks are also interdigitated in the tip.  Furthermore, the Mg concentrations increase toward the center of the tooth tip.  We propose that all of these features contribute to the grinding capability of the tooth.  A deep understanding of the structural design features of the tooth tip sheds light on the manner in which one crystalline phase, calcite, can be tailored to fulfill grinding and self-sharpening functions that enable the tooth to be used to grind holes into a substrate that is also composed only of calcite.  Much can be learned from the sea urchin tooth that can be applied to the development of improved grinding and cutting tools.1.  Ma, Aichmeyer, Paris, Fratzl, Meibom, Metzler, Politi, Addadi, Gilbert and Weiner, “The grinding tip of the sea urchin tooth exhibits exquisite control over calcite crystal orientation and Mg distribution,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print March 30, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810300106.All together, everyone: how much was said about evolution in this paper?  ZILCH!  Instead, they used the D word design: they wanted to gain a “deep understanding of the structural design features” of this “exquisite” grinding tool to learn how we might tailor our own bottom-up nanofabrication of crystals to fulfill functions useful to us.  This paper had intelligent design all over it – in the research, in the understanding, and in the application.  Show this to your biology teacher and tell him or her that “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of design.”(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Did fake news spark Tuesday’s market rally?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On the last day in February farmers — and the rest of the world for that matter — were anxiously waiting to hear what President Trump was going to say as he addressed Congress for the first time. But what got the attention of producers earlier in the day was a major price move to the upside for corn and soybean trade in Chicago. The spike was caused by a news story about possible changes in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate. That story, like many have in recent weeks, may not have been that reliable.“At the beginning of the morning on Tuesday, leaked information suggested that there was going to be a significant change to the way the ethanol blender credits are working,” said Jon Scheve, a grain merchandiser with Superior Feed Ingredients. “By midday, the White House would not confirm whether or not that information was real and there might not be a change at all. The market through all of that yesterday was just trying to figure out what would happen if anything actually does change with the RFS.”The news that was leaked early in the day consisted of the White House looking at a proposal to add more ethanol usage during hotter months and would aim to curb imports of biodiesel from Argentina by ensuring domestic producers qualify for a currently-expired tax credit.Call it fake news, call it an information leak gone awry, but in the end it was the catalyst for a record day for corn trade. Over 350,000 May corn contracts were traded Tuesday. Since harvest, corn has only traded more than 100,000 contracts of the front month twice, today and Election Day.“I think this could possibly be the future of trading this year,” Scheve said. “With this new administration, how we are getting our information is also new. The markets and even the news organizations aren’t quite sure how to handle that yet and so I expect we will see many news items like the one we saw on Feb. 28 that will generate some short bursts of excitement.”At the close on Feb. 28 corn was only up 4 after being up 18 and beans were up 13 after being up 35 for the briefest of moments, keeping farmers and traders on their toes.last_img read more

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6 Million People Pay For Spotify – Is That Good Enough?

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Who says freemium doesn’t work? For Spotify, the hybrid free/paid business model has reeled in 6 million paying subscribers out of its 24 million total listeners. Not bad. But as the music streaming space heats up, the company will face some enormous challenges, both in the short term and down the road. Spotify is growing fast. The company added 1 million new subscribers over just the past three months, according a report from CNET. Spotify confirmed those listener and subscriber numbers in an email to ReadWrite, but declined to comment any further on how its total revenue breaks down. Still, for just about any freemium product, a 25% conversion is pretty damn impressive. It would be even more impressive if Spotify can maintain that growth and the paid conversions well into 2013 and beyond. Spotify’s Growing Competition: Google, Deezer and DaisyThe company really needs to keep these numbers up, because its neighborhood is about to get a whole lot more crowded — and complicated — this year. Deezer, another wildly popular European streaming service, is expected to launch in the U.S. this summer. Deezer offers roughly the same amount of music as Spotify, but has a much stronger foothold across the globe. Whereas Spotify is available in 17 countries, Deezer has launched in 182 countries as of last month. That means that connected users in 92% of the world’s nations can access Deezer.  Spotify still has more paying subscribers, but that gap may start narrowing once Deezer secures the licensing deals required to go live in the U.S.Of course, Spotify has the advantage in the U.S. Its launch here was preceded by at least a solid year of anticipation and buzz. Its growth since has been huge, fueled in part by a tight integration with Facebook. For being so young here, Spotify is practically a household name in the U.S., whereas very few people here even know what Deezer is. Meanwhile, the longer Deezer waits to enter the U.S. market, the stronger Spotify’s numbers get. The more daunting threat is going to come from Google. The search giant has confirmed that it’s looking at a subscription model for its digital music products, which include Google Music and YouTube. That makes sense. Google already plays a massive role in online music thanks to YouTube, which is now the most popular source for music among teenagers. Google also has relationships with big content providers, which it has been placating with increasingly aggressive anti-piracy measures over the last several months. Coming at Spotify from yet another angle will be Daisy, the music subscription service being launched this summer by Beats Electronics. The new venture will combine the popular headphone manufacturer’s name recognition with some high-profile music industry personalities and some hefty funding from well-connected investors. Combined with digital album sales, streaming is shaping up to be something of a savior for the music industry, which is finally seeing increases (albeit minor ones) after a decade of decline. Industry-wide, revenue from streaming music was expected to grow 40% last year, according to IFPI’s Digital Music Report (PDF)  Spotify’s success suggests that the optimism wasn’t unwarranted, although we’re still waiting to see the next installment of numbers from IFPI. The pie is growing, as are the number of forks surrounding it. The question for Spotify is how big of a slice it can realistically hang onto. Is Spotify’s Business Model Sustainable?Since its launch, Spotify and services like it have faced fundamental questions about their business model. First, there’s the ongoing debate over artist royalty payments. The financial deals are obviously satisfactory for record labels, but some artists have been frustrated with a trickle of funds that’s decidedly slower than the revenue they see from digital or physical album sales.There are two basic defenses to these complaints:The model is different. Streaming is not the same as purchasing, and therefore it makes sense for each stream to generate a fraction of what a download brings in. Over time, frequently-streamed tracks can earn real money, sometimes even more than sales could generate.Yes, it sucks, but this will get better in time as the listener base – especially the paying subscribers – grows. Hang tight.Then there’s the other side of equation: How much money is Spotify making? It’s hard to tell, because we don’t know how many of these subscribers are paying $5 to silence the service’s ads and how many are shelling out $10 to get mobile access on top of that. (CNET reports that roughly 90% of subscribers are paying the higher fee.) We also don’t know how much money Spotify makes per listener from advertising (they wouldn’t tell us).Inching Toward $1 Billion (Profit Is Another Story)At Evolver.fm, Elliot Van Buskirk did some semi-educated guessing a few months back and predicted that Spotify could reach $1 billion in revenue this year.  The logic is sound, but it relies on too many unknowns for us to tell if it’s realistic or not.  Based on current subscriber rates, Spotify is bringing in somewhere between $360 million and $720 million per year from subscriptions alone. If Buskirk’s theory that most users opt for the pricier premium subscription is true and the company is making a few hundred million from ads, he may well be right: Spotify is inching toward $1 billion. Profit is another story. The company says it pays out about 70% of its revenue to rights holders. So, if it does hit $1 billion this year, it will be paying out $700 million of that to labels, songwriters and other rights holders. That leaves $300 million for compensation, operating costs, marketing and the like. When all is said and done, there’s probably not a ton of cash left over. On the business side, Spotify and companies like it have a dual challenge: Somehow get licensing costs under control without alienating the artists and labels whose content is desperately needed to court the listeners who will pay the bills with subscriptions and ad impressions. Do the best you can with ad sales, but do everything in your power to convert as many listeners as possible to paying subscribers. It’s a tricky balance to strike, but Spotify is pretty well-positioned to pull it off. For their sake, this momentum had better continue for as long as possible, because a year from now, the streaming music business is going to look pretty different.  This game is not going to get any easier. center_img john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#digital music#google music#spotify last_img read more

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PH needs to ‘continue to get better’ as rest of Southeast Asia catches up

first_imgMOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Despite streak, Cone wary of upcoming tough stretch for Kings NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. Photo from Fiba.comOne of the biggest realizations of Gilas Pilipinas from the 2017 Southeast Asian Games is that everyone else in the region has caught up in terms of level of competition.Though the Philippines came away with the gold medal in men’s basketball, it faced a tall challenge from regional rivals like Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Coach Chot Reyes admitted that the Philippines should start developing its ranks from the ground-up, and it starts in the biennial games.“We have to continue getting better, not only for our Southeast Asian opponents, but for Asia as well, and not only for Asia, but also for the world,” Reyes said on Thursday at the homecoming presser hosted by Chooks-to-Go at Marco Polo in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFour-time SEA Games gold medalist Kiefer Ravena echoed those sentiments, noting that unlike before Gilas couldn’t simply just turn it on when it wanted to against quality competition.“Before, we could be lenient in practice and still expect to come out on top. But as they grow and get better, the task of getting a gold medal just gets harder and harder. For us with this type of program, we really have to have the dedication because we already know how tough the opposition will be,” he said. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIEScenter_img But amid all that, the Filipinos vow to work and fight harder to keep the Philippines on top of the cage competitions in the region.“No matter who’s in the lineup, we know that we’ll always give our all,” said Ravena.“Every man in front of me will compete. It doesn’t matter if we have one day or one month to prepare, we’re all going to fight. That’s the message we have for these guys and it’s very consistent,” said Reyes. “We might be outplayed, we might be outmatched, we might be outsized, but we’ll never be outfought.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Younis Khan to donate cash reward to charity

first_imgAfter a lot of mayhem over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cash award declaration to the Pakistani cricket team for being victorious in ICC Champions Trophy 2017, former cricketer Younis Khan has come up with an appreciable decision to donate the award money of Rs 10 million to Edhi Foundation.”I am thankful to the Prime Minister for the cash reward; I will donate it to Edhi Foundation, Indus Hospital and The Citizens Foundation,” the Dawn quoted Younis as saying in a self-recorded video.He though requested tax exemption from the government on the donation to make maximum use of the money for welfare.In a reception held by the Pakistan Prime Minister, after returning of the cricket team with the Champions Trophy, each squad member of the team was awarded Rs 10 million.Apart, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq was also awarded the same cash award while rest of the selectors were given one million each.Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood was given Rs 5 million and team manager Talat Ali was given Rs 2.5 million, while other PCB officials, such as media manager, social media manager, in-charge tour operations and cricket analyst, were given Rs 2.5 million each. Head coach Michael Arthur, fielding coach Grant Trafford Luden and batting coach Grant Flower were also given Rs 5 million each.The ceremony by the Prime Minister however received criticism for misusing the public funds and granting the money already well-off players and staff.last_img read more

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Cadence selected for machine learning contract to accelerate electronic design innovation

first_img Continue Reading Previous ARBOR upgrades LYNC-712 and LYNC-715 IPPCs with Apollo Lake processorNext Express Logic: X-Ware IoT platform provides support for Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs Cadence Design Systems was selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the Intelligent Design of Electronic Assets (IDEA) program, one of six new programs within DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to use advanced machine learning techniques to develop a unified platform for a fully integrated, intelligent design flow for SoCs, systems in package and printed circuit boards. The ERI investments are the next steps in creating a more automated electronics design capability that will benefit the aerospace/defense ecosystem and the electronic industry’s commercial needs.To fulfill the program charter over the four-year term of the contract, Cadence created the Machine learning-driven Automatic Generation of ElectronicSystems Through Intelligent Collaboration (MAGESTIC) research and development program. This program will create a foundation for system design enablement by introducing greater autonomy within the design process and developing truly design-intent-driven products. The Cadence-led team includes Carnegie Mellon University and NVIDIA, two of the most renowned machine learning leaders in the world.The DARPA ERI programs address impending engineering and economics challenges that, if left unanswered, could challenge what has been a relentless half-century run of progress in microelectronics technology. It is now clear that the design work and fabrication required to keep pace in microelectronics is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive. The MAGESTIC program aims to address:Advancing the state of the art in machine learning to develop algorithms that optimize performanceExtending support for advanced CMOS process nodes including 7nm and below, as well as larger process nodesAutomating the routing and tuning of devices to improve reliability, circuit performance, and resilienceDemonstrating improved power, performance and area (PPA) utilizing machine learning, analytics, and optimizationStaging the introductions of the technology, allowing the system to learnfrom the users and allowing users to gain an understanding of how to best leverage the tools to achieve desired results.The program also will extend Cadence’s work in employing cloud-based design systems to handle large-scale distributed processing to speed design efforts.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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