Subscribers Appeal to Cellcom

first_imgOver 12,000 subscribers of Cellcom MTN in Kporgbahn Statutory District #4, in Grand Bassa County are appealing to the management of the company to install a tower, mainly in the Zondo Mission vicinity to enable them make maximum use of their Cellcom mobile phones.The president of the Gianda Youth Development Association, Mr. William Diggs, told the Daily Observer last week that they had already written to the management appealing for a tower to be installed in their area in order to ease the network problems they are facing in communicating with other people in the district and elsewhere.He disclosed that sometimes they have to climb up some of the high hills to make calls but they do not receive calls from anyone because of the lack of network after they climb down the hill.He pointed out that the tower is expedient and will make the company more popular in the district and the county in general as communication will be very easy, especially in time of emergency or urgency.He mentioned that even for them to charge their phones is another difficult task, as they have to travel miles away to District #3 Compound or District #4 Compound to charge their phones or make calls.‘’We would highly appreciate were the Cellcom GMT management to consider our appeal for the betterment of communication,” the president of the Gianda Youth Development Association pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Efficient Logistics Services Clarifies Contract with NEC

first_imgA Liberian-owned logistics firm, Efficient Logistics Services (ELS), has clarified recent attacks in the media about its contract with the National Elections Commission, (NEC) that was awarded on January 16 of this year.ELS management said the reports have suggested that the procurement processes used by NEC were fraudulent.“In so doing, these reports have attempted to tarnish the impeccable reputation of Efficient Logistics Services, by implying a form of conspiracy,” it stated in a statement.The company has vehemently denied these allegations.They stated that the logistics contract for the transportation of the voter’s registration update materials was obtained through a transparent procurement process that adhered to the PPCC regulations in the country.According to them NEC placed the bid in the newspaper as required by law for six weeks.“The bidding processes were openly evaluated and the selection of the vendor was carried out by NEC, also in accordance with PPCC guidelines,” they furthered.They said they have a record and that it was them who performed a similar service under UNDP contract arrangement and supervision, for the 2011 general elections.They explained that while Liberian-owned companies are not known to be competitive with their foreign counterparts in the logistics sector, Efficient Logistics has had a distinguished record in it operations around Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Richardson lags, but has key support

first_imgSandwiched between portraits of Ronald Reagan and The Eagles on one of Hollywood’s most fabled walls, a photo of presidential hopeful Bill Richardson is strategically placed for all to see. “He needs all the karma we can give him,” says Lucy Casado, the owner of Lucy’s El Adobe Caf across from Paramount Studios, where the photo of the New Mexico governor joins many of the entertainment industry’s greats, as well as her political favorites dating back to Bobby Kennedy. “It’s time,” she says, “America had a Latino president.” But Richardson, the son of an American father and a Mexican mother, may be proof that it may be the era of the Latino everywhere today – except in national politics. Richardson is among the second tier of Democratic hopefuls, lagging behind Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the polls, in momentum and, most importantly, in fundraising. He reported last week that he’d raised $6.3 million, compared with the $50 million raised by Clinton and Obama together. So Richardson is heading to Hollywood. Here Casado and Lew Werner, businessman and Democratic activist, will be hosting an April 23 fundraiser at her restaurant, which may be one of the few hotbeds of Richardson presidential optimism in Southern California. “Bill Richardson,” insists Casado, who is known in California Democratic Party circles as Attorney General Jerry Brown’s adopted mother, “is going to surprise everyone and make history.” He will have to. Back of the pack With all the moved-up primaries that have made Feb. 5 effectively a national primary, money and fundraising have become all the more important – making things even more difficult for back-of-the-pack candidates like Richardson. But why is it that Richardson – a former Clinton administration Cabinet member, United Nations ambassador and congressman – has failed to generate much excitement, especially among the growing Latino constituencies energized by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s historic election in 2005? “For starters, he’s not a rock star,” says Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State Los Angeles. “He comes from a little-known state, and it’s been the rock stars \ who have been getting all the endorsements, all the headlines and, most importantly, most of the money. “He’s also not well-known even among the nation’s Latinos. Some who recognize the name don’t know if he’s Latino or not. Some don’t think he is. Some are simply confused about it.” Plus, Regalado and other political observers agree, Richardson has to tread carefully with the Latino issue in a political landscape in which immigration has become a polarizing issue. Richardson, currently in North Korea on a fact-finding mission designed to bolster his campaign, understands. “I won’t be running as a Hispanic candidate,” he said in an interview in Los Angeles leading up to his entry into the presidential race. Running as a American “I am running as an American – proud to be Hispanic, proud of my heritage. Ours is a growing, dynamic community in America. But I won’t just be focusing on Hispanic issues or trying to get the Hispanic vote.” It has been an awkward tightrope act. On one side, for political reasons, the Latino aspect is something that Pasadena-born Richardson is consciously downplaying, just as Villaraigosa did in his 2005 mayoral campaign. On the other hand, it has been largely Latinos who have kept the Richardson campaign viable and made him look competitive through the early fundraising frenzy. If he were to be nominated, he would become the first Latino to win a major presidential bid, just as Obama would be the first African American and Clinton the first woman. The April 23 event will be the second fundraiser Casado has hosted for Richardson, who spent much of his childhood in Mexico City. In February, former Clinton-official-turned-lobbyist Mickey Ibarra threw a “Latino Leader” fundraising breakfast for Richardson in Washington, D.C. In Atlanta, a former Latino state senator hosted a fundraiser for him. Ed Romero, a former ambassador to Spain, organized an event that raised $2 million, while Dallas Latino leaders gathered up $50,000 more in that city. But it’s been in Los Angeles that Latino leaders – Villaraigosa and State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez among them – have kept their distance while being noticeably more receptive to the overtures of Clinton and Obama. Avoiding question Villaraigosa so far has sidestepped the question of a presidential endorsement. “We’re very fortunate in this country to have such a deep and talented field for the Democratic nomination for president,” he told reporters last month. “Everything has its time and its place.” Political consultant Bill Orozco believes the Villaraigosa-Richardson connection may be among the more interesting to watch over the coming months. “Richardson sent a handful of staffers from the New Mexico Democratic Party to help Antonio in the 2005 campaign,” says Orozco. “But now both men have chips on the table as to who will remain the rising Hispanic star of the Democratic Party.” Regalado even wonders if Richardson isn’t positioning himself for the vice presidential spot on the Democratic ticket. “He’d be a great No. 2 person,” Regalado said. “Don’t bet the farm against it based on what they’ll say – that’s not what he’s shooting for or would even consider. “He would be a tremendously strong \ for whoever tops the ticket, especially with that natural constituency behind him.” Growing numbers The Latinos – their growing numbers make them potential swing votes in Texas, Illinois and Michigan, states with high numbers of Electoral College votes, as well as in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Latinos in Florida are primarily Cuban Americans who are conservative and usually vote Republican. In California, which has 55 Electoral College votes, about one in every three residents is Latino – a total of 14 million people, according to the Public Policy Institute. And that number is expected to increase. Experts also estimate that 14 percent of the state’s 16 million registered voters – or about 2.2 million people – are Latino, with nearly 60 percent of them registered as Democrats. In California, the increasing Latino political presence only reinforces the state’s decidedly Democratic voting history in recent national elections. Meanwhile, Casado has been busy trying to staple together the network of old and present Jerry Brown supporters – the musicians and entertainment people who are regulars at her restaurant and whom she often tapped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for Brown’s gubernatorial and presidential campaigns of the past, as well as for his political re-emergence in recent years. “I just got Lyle Lovett on board,” she said after meeting with the singer last week. “He likes Richardson. He didn’t know he was Latino. “He said the same thing I said: `It’s time we elected a Latino president.”‘ [email protected] (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Orchard Dale kids get a taste of rural life

first_img“This is so much better than going to the zoo,” said parent Antonia Jauregui, 43, watching her son Julian at the square dance station. “At the zoo, the kids have to walk for a long time and it’s hard to keep track of all of them. “But this gives us an opportunity to come to the school and share this with our children,” she added. “And it gives them a little bit of a farm experience, better than what they would just see in a book.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The event was organized by special education instructional aide Cathy McIntosh and the school’s five kindergarten teachers – Sheila Maldonado, Michelle Barber, Andrea Carlson, Jennifer Ogden and Jamila Williams. “Normally, we would take the kids to the zoo. But the trip was always hectic, and the kids didn’t enjoy it as much,” Williams said. “But Scott Avenue \ does this every year and we were able to see it there. We thought it would fit well here.” The teachers created several stations to rotate the children through, including a supermarket game with fresh vegetables, a faux cow-milking stand, ring toss, petting zoo and bubble-blowing area. “Look,” said Williams, pointing to a giant poster atop a chain-link fence where students were free to paint farm animals and scenes. “See, they painted the fish in the pond – they’re not out floating in some other space. That means they were paying attention.” Students were also treated to a few quick square dance lessons by Melissa Gummick, a school district employee who also talked to them about the early morning duties of a farmer. • Photo Gallery: Farm Day at Orchard Dale Elementary EAST WHITTIER – Square-dancing, hay rides, ponies – the farming life doesn’t get any better than this. Just ask kindergartners who participated in Orchard Dale Elementary School’s first-ever Farm Day on Wednesday, which wrapped up a classroom course on farms and gave the city-slicker kids a feel for rural life. “I didn’t know anything about farms before this,” kindergartner Jordan Barber, 6, said after enjoying a solo hay ride – in a teal Fisher-Price plastic wagon – around the school’s blacktop. last_img read more

Google claims Otto founder and Uber colluded far before acquisition

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… David Curry Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Alphabet#Anthony Levandowski#autonomous cars#California#driverless#Google#Otto#Self-Driving#Travis Kalanick#Uber#Waymo Google is hoping to strengthen its lawsuit against Uber with a detailed timeline of the friendship between Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick and ex-Googler, now head of Uber’s self-driving division, Anthony Levandowski.Levandowski is at the center of the lawsuit, as Google alleges he stole trade secrets from the company and sold them to Uber, through the sale of Otto for $680 million.See Also: Google paces pack in autonomous car race, says California regulatorThe timeline shows Levandowski forming Otto in February 2016 and at the same time becoming an advisor at Uber’s self-driving division, on the face of it a contradictory move for both parties. Before that, Google says that Levandowski had met with key players at Uber, including vice president of maps, Brian McClendon and Kalanick.Google then says Kalanick offered to purchase Otto in the spring of 2016, four months before the eventual sale and only a few weeks after the startup came out of stealth.What was the timeframe?In Google’s eyes, Levandowski had been colluding with Uber far before the acquisition, and may have started before he left Mountain View. It would explain the alleged theft of proprietary data by Levandowski, which supposedly happened on December 2016.Both Uber and Levandowski have declined to comment.The accusations from Google could have huge effects on Uber’s self-driving program, if the judge rules in the search giant’s favor. Even with California’s rather lax trade secrets law, it would still be able to seek an injunction, damages, and lawyer’s fees. From there, as Daniel Compton points out, Google could call on the SEC to look into the case.The lawsuit adds to the rather dismal past few weeks for Uber, which has been hit hard by the press again and again for a multitude of failings.last_img read more

PBA: Meralco routs Blackwater

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Standhardinger says relationship with Chot now at a higher level National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESMeralco got it going early on both ends en route to a 107-78 whipping of Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Baser Amer scored a team-high 20 points on top of eight assists while Allen Durham had 18 points and 21 rebounds for the Bolts, who zoomed to a 32-15 lead after the first 12 minutes and never relented.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READcenter_img Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “It was exactly the kind of start we’re hoping for. We came out pretty strong defensively,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black. “We were able to pick up some stops in the first quarter and our offense started to click.”Minus the injured Art dela Cruz and Mac Belo, who is with Gilas Pilipinas for the Jones Cup in Taipei, the Elite couldn’t draw enough offensive support from their locals to back up their import Trevis Simpson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSimpson had game-high 25 points on 9-of-21 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds. Bam Gamalinda was Blackwater’s next best scorer with 10 points.The Elite fired blanks from downtown, missing all of their 13 attempts. They shot just 35% from the field and were out-rebounded, 64-46. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The Bolts shot 48% thanks to their good ball movement that led to 27 assists.Garvo Lanete added 15 points, all of which came from long range for Meralco, which nailed 11 3-pointers.The Bolts stretched their lead to as high as 39, 93-54, early in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Doping: Banned drugs easily available near NIS in Patiala

first_imgCan the government simply wash its hands off by sacking a coach and ordering a probe into the dope scandal that has taken the country by storm? No, the government has to come up with solutions.  Headlines Today has exposed how Indian players can freely get access to banned drugs – that too outside the prestigious National Institute for Sports in Patiala. Performance enhancing drugs are openly sold over the counter at chemist shops just a few hundred metres from the NIS in Patiala. Headlines Today special investigation team went shopping and found no checks in place here to control the sale of banned drugs. Here syringes and steroid strips can be bought cheap and easy, fuelling the drugged dreams of players. NIS executive director L.S. Ranawat says, “I have no information about banned drugs being available in market.” “It is easy to get it in Patiala,” says a local youth, face masked. NIS Patiala has a tarnished history dating back to 2001, when syringes and steroid strips were found in its hostels. An inquiry was ordered into the functioning of NIS by the Sports Authority of India in 2003.  Though no action has yet been taken, the report is believed to contain proof of sustained irregularities in anti-doping procedures and a nexus between NIS authorities, federation coaches and SAI officers. An NIS trainee says, “Not all coaches do it. Players take it themselves.”  Says Ranawat, “Each athlete is aware of banned drugs. It is very unfortunate that some top athletes have been found taking drugs. No athlete will do this knowingly. Coaches have responsibility to see this does not happen.” The Patiala chapter of the Indian dope story shows that it is a serious problem. It’s a malice no one seems to accept. The dope stink Eight athletes in five days – that is the doping stink that has caught the country unawares and the last straw was the golden girl of CWG 2010 testing positive. Whose fault is it? The system, the foreign coaches or is it all to do with unabashed opportunism? Are players taking the short cut to success? Ashwini Akkunji, along with 400m runner Priyanka Panwar, has tested positive for banned steroids in a dope test conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency or NADA. Other members of the team, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, are already under the scanner. This has taken the count of athletes who tested positive for dope to eight in just five days. The shocking revelations have thrown the Sports Ministry into a quick-action mode. Cracking the whip, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday suspended the Ukranian coach Yuri Ogrodnic holding him responsible. Blaming the fiasco on Sports Authority of India, the minister has sought a report. Maken said, “It is seen the officials and coaches are left scot-free, so the ministry has decided that the action should be taken against officials and coaches alongside the athletes so that such things do not occur in future. I have sought a report from the SAI within three days.”  But has the action come a little too late? Could the embarrassment have been saved if the Sports Ministry acted on time? “I have only got to know about it now. So we have taken action,” said Maken. But NADA claims that the Sports Ministry was aware of this for a long time, but did nothing. Rahul Bhatnagar of NADA said, “For the last two years, Sports Ministry was in the know. They knew of all the tests that we conducted, but they did nothing.” The dope-taint on Indian athletics has angered the athletic legends in the country. They are demanding strict action against the athletes and a probe into the role of coaches, especially those from former Soviet Block countries. “I expected such a thing. There have been talks,” says former athlete Ashwini Nachappa. Milkha Singh seeks “harsh punishment”. “Probe coaches,” adds the legendary athlete. The hall of shame Ashwini Akkunji, the symbol of India’s rising might in track and field, has fallen from grace and what’s baffling is the time scale – Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and gold medal at the Asian Games. Ashwini Akkunji failed a drugs test on July 4, less than a year after becoming a national star. The Indian quarter mile specialist has tested positive for the banned drugs stanozolol and methandienone. But even as Ashwini rose the ladder of stardom over the last one year, the signs of extraordinary improvements in her performance began to raise eyebrows and now those concerns have been justified.  As it turns out, her remarkable timing improvement of four seconds in just four months from August last year to November 2010, were fuelled by performance enhancing drugs.  But Director of the Indian Athletics Federation M.L. Dogra still believes that there is hope. For a sport that takes decades to see a four-second improvement, India has once again been sold to just another excuse.  –  With Suman Ray and Abhishek Issar in Delhi advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Modi can’t be gagged on corruption’: A look at war of words in Parliament

first_imgThe government today hit back at the Congress saying the Prime Minister cannot be gagged against speaking on corruption. The Congress today moved aprivilege motion against Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over PM’s remarks at an election rally on the AgustaWestland issue.A look at the war of words”Prime Minister is entitled to speak on corruption” both inside and outside the House and he cannot be “gagged”, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha.Congress’s Shantaram Naik said he has moved a breach of privilege notice against the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister because of “lies” told outside the House about UPA leaders taking money in the chopper deal.Jaitley said, “Since when has an election speech by one politician against another outside the House started to be construed as breach of privilege”.Congress leader Anand Sharma said the statements made by the Prime Minister in the House or outside are as Prime Minister of the country and there cannot be any distinction between them. “The Prime Minister has contradicted his Defence Minister,” he contended.         The opposition party had staged protest in the Upper House over the issue yesterday, claiming that the PM had “contradicted” Parrikar by stating during an election rally that Italian court has indicted Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the chopper deal, leading to washout of proceedings.last_img read more