“We Have to Geographically Balance This Country “

first_imgLofa County Senator Stephen J. H. Zargo: “My role is to provide a leadership that will work selflessly with the new government in answering to the calls of our people.”-Sen Zargo asserts; throws hat into Pro Tempore raceThe chairman of the Senate Statutory Committee on National Security, Defense, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs has announced his candidacy for the position of President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, which vacancy will be declared next Tuesday.“There is no better time to unite ourselves, the Legislature, than now; and more besides, we have to geographically balance this country in this critical period of our country’s history,” Lofa County Senator Stephen J. H. Zargo said at a press conference yesterday in his Capitol Building office in Monrovia.Zargo told Legislative reporters that his decision to vie for the Pro Temp position was communicated to his colleagues in a letter dated December 5, 2017, but with a caveat that he would not do so in the event that Vice President Joseph Boakai were to win the Presidential election, “because both of us are from the same political sub-division of Lofa County.”But with the victory of Senator George Weah as the next President of Liberia, Senator Zargo said there was a need for a geographical balance especially with increasing signs that strong candidates are emerging for the posts of Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Pro Tempore of the Senate, all from Southeastern region.“Despite the Monrovia factor regarding Senator Weah, it is inarguably true that the President-elect hails from Grand Kru County, the same district as one of my opponents in the race,” Zargo disclosed in an apparent reference to Grand Kru County Senator Albert Tugbe Chie.Senate Zargo underscored the need to correct the mistake of the past government when the President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Senate Pro Temp hailed from the same county and sub-region.If elected, Zargo said his immediate priority will be the introduction of basic short, medium and long-term capacity building of the staffers of the Legislature for their effective and efficient services to the Liberian people.“We will have to re-brand the image of the Legislature by the systems and policies we establish in order to reclaim the public trust and the respect that we deserve as individual lawmakers and collectively as an institution,” Senator Zargo affirmed.Zargo, a former security expert and a practicing lawyer, told journalists that he is currently holding discussions with institutions such as Center for Security Development and Rule of Law, the International Security Sector Advisory Team, and the UNDP to “conduct training for staffers who will serve as institutional memory, even while we are no longer serving as legislators.”Strengthening the Senate’s relationship with the other branches of the government, Zargo said, is a demanding obligation if the country must move forward, and that mutual respect for fellow Senators must crown such an effort.“We must provide a leadership that has the commitment to protect our economy and upholds institutional integrity, and my role is to provide a leadership that will work selflessly with the new government in answering to the calls of our people; a change for the good of every Liberian,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blizzard Bike Club’s Baldonnel Time Trial results

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was a gorgeous Thursday evening for the Blizzard Bike CLub’s weekly Baldonnel Time Trial race.The results from the 16 kilometre race, which left from the Baldonnel School, are as follows:Josh Telizyn 25:02Pat Ferris 27:14Heather McCracken 28:48Bryan Grennier 29:09Dave Menzies 29:24Calvin McCracken 29:47 (tie)Sam Keats 29:47 (tie)Davide Loro 31:48Tanner McCracken 33:40Rick Newlove 35:11Dian Loro 42:15In the 8km race, Hannah North finished 1st with a time of 13:54. Madison McCracken was 2nd, crossing the line in 15:45, while Brett McCracken’s time of 16:13 was good enough for 3rd.- Advertisement -The Blizzard Bike Club will be hosting one of their longest races of the year this weekend. The club will be holding a round-trip race of 160 kilometres to Hudson’s Hope and back. The race starts at the Shell gas station at Mile 54 on the Alaska Highway at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

LAPD crackdown targets illegal tow-truck operators

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under state law, operators cannot take a car if the owner is still on the property. “L.A. residents are sick and tired of being victimized by tow-truck predators,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, whose office has also increased its prosecution of bandit operators. “(This) sends a clear message to all the would-be tow-truck predators lurking in this city: We’re standing up against you and putting an end to your illegal activities.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741 Tow-trucks will have to be registered and permits prominently displayed under an LAPD crackdown on bandit drivers who operate illegally in Los Angeles. Under a new state law that gives cities the authority to regulate the tow-truck industry, the LAPD will revoke the licenses of operators who repeatedly tow cars without proper authorization or who force drivers to pay exorbitant fees for the return of their cars. “We are not trying to stop towing in this city,” LAPD Detective Ben Jones said. “What we are trying to provide is legitimate tow companies a set of regulations they can operate in while at the same time protecting the public from some of the confrontations that have occurred when somebody’s car is being towed.” The Los Angeles Police Department gets about 75 complaints a month from motorists complaining that their car was illegally towed or that they were charged outrageous fees for its release. last_img read more

Sweet Science

first_imgNearly 30 years ago, this 65-year-old man with a full beard and a soft voice traded the space-age excitement of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the agrarian life of a beekeeper. Today, in the face of an industry-wide slowdown, it’s his intensely analytical mind that keeps his bee business busy. For that first career, Bennett spent eight years in the lab, eventually becoming a senior engineer. He worked on real-time data processing as part of the Surveyor mission to the moon. His efforts helped launch Voyager into the outer reaches of the solar system. “I really enjoyed the early days in NASA,” he said. “They had a lot of money, and I had a lot of fun…. But it just doesn’t feel the same now. “We were dealing with computers on board that had 100,000 times less computing power than that machine on the desk over there. I think that younger people rely too much on technology, not rolling up your sleeves and doing it.” He liked the sleeve-rolling part, but he got bored with the duties of middle management. So he quit his job in 1977, sold his home in La Ca ada Flintridge and paid $75,000 to lease some land in Piru to make honey. He had a beekeeper uncle and raised the insects as a hobby; he now thought he could make it into a way of life. Thus began Bennett’s Honey Farm. “I knew he was doing it on the side, but that was a radical change to go from a guaranteed income to whatever he could make on the bees,” said Jim Casson, a retired JPL engineer who worked with Bennett. “It surprised us that he did it, but it’s certainly worked out real well over the years.” Difficult times in the bee business Currently, the bee business is lousy for other folks. Ventura County’s commercial keepers have watched the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder kill off thousands of bees. Throw in a dearth of rain that limited bee births and the freeze that killed off many of the crops the insects normally pollinate, and things look even worse. “When you’re losing 50percent of your product, that’s a serious loss,” said Alan Laird, deputy agricultural commissioner for Ventura County. “The bees are leaving in a timely fashion to pollinate, but they’re not coming back. It’s a tough industry.” And yet Bennett, a former Navy man who ended up with a master’s degree in engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, doesn’t seem worried. These days, he keeps only 400 colonies himself and makes his money instead on a highly automated, solar-powered honey factory. Inside its steel walls, he’s got a two-year supply of honey stored in drums to insulate himself from the seasonal fluctuations that used to bedevil his business. Rather than relying merely on his bees, he earns income extracting other keepers’ supplies and bottling it for sale to markets. As Ventura County’s only packer, he churns out 60,000pounds of product each week. In a good year, he makes more than 3million pounds of honey, more than 2percent of the nation’s total output. “Other beekeepers don’t like to extract for other guys, but his whole setup’s designed for this,” said Gavin Sherman, a keeper and bee science instructor at Cal Poly Pomona. “He’s got a reputation around for being extremely trustworthy. “It’s not easy to know how much honey’s in the boxes, but I’ve never heard of any issues with Red. Whatever he tells us he got, that’s what we gave him.” First 15 years were a struggle At one time, Bennett had thousands of bee colonies swarming around the hills off Highway126. He describes his first 15 years in the business as a struggle, with mites, disease and weather taking their toll on his buzzing brood. In those days, not far removed from his time working with IBM 360s, massive machines that took entire days to calculate one program entered on punch cards, he became a rough-handed manual laborer. He hauled 90-pound bee boxes around, stayed up all night transporting colonies, and slaved over his honey extractors. Frustrated with the seasonal flux, he moved more into honey in the late ’80s, steadily building the business into its current state. A fire three years ago in his Piru facility forced him to move to his current 5-acre spread in Fillmore on Telegraph Road and led to the creation of his solar-powered plant. With just 12 employees and a high degree of automation, he has streamlined what used to be a long, tedious process. Even in slow times like the present, the factory cranks along, filling jars that end up on the shelves of Whole Foods, Smart & Final and independent markets. It’s not quite the same as the sterile lab days, when rooms crowded with rocket scientists and number crunchers worked for days on end to push mankind’s grasp on the solar system. No, he says, it’s better. “You trade for a certain quality of life that’s more appealing for that hard work,” said Ann Bennett, his wife and partner in the business. “You can go outside when you want to. You don’t work in a fluorescent world. For some people, that’s worth more than getting a paycheck every other week.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FILLMORE Red Bennett ignored the steadily growing buzz and reached into a box full of seething bees. He had done it thousands of times before, so the threat of their stingers didn’t bother him at all. Smoke wafted from the can at his feet, drifting into the air as the bees swarmed out. “Hmm,” he said with characteristic understatement. “Looks like we’ve got an angry hive here.” last_img read more

Tire at center of crash probe

first_imgPrisca Malagon Camacho and her husband had just moved to Ontario from Madera, according to the coroner. Her brother, who is married to Mercedes Malagon Ortiz, was not in the truck at the time of the crash.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ONTARIO – A shredded tire may have caused a pickup truck to veer off a freeway and into a tree, killing five family members, authorities said Friday. California Highway Patrol officers were examining the pickup’s left rear tire, where tread had sheared off, Officer Sean Cooper said. “Speed was likely a factor, the tire tread was very likely a factor,” but other potential factors also were being examined and it could be 30 to 60 days before a report is complete, he said. Cooper said the truck tire was made by Continental, which in 2002 recalled some sizes of its ContiTrac AW tires installed on Ford vehicles because of tread separations. However, Cooper said he could not confirm whether the truck tire was the same type as those that were recalled. The driver was on her way to work when the 2000 Ford F-150 truck went off the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in Ontario, struck a eucalyptus tree and then ran into a wall Thursday morning. Seven people were in the truck’s crew cab. A 10-year-old boy and a 3-year-old boy who had been in a car seat were taken to a hospital in critical condition but their conditions could not immediately be learned Friday. Both were from Ontario. The crash killed Prisca Malagon Camacho, 40; her husband, Rene Camacho Pena, 42; their 4-year-old son, Jordy Camacho Malagon; Malagon Camacho’s sister-in-law, Mercedes Malagon Ortiz, 31; and Ortiz’s 9-year-old daughter, Raquel Malagon Camacho. last_img read more


first_imgBY CHARLIE COLLINS: Aideen Gillen is the County Secretary for Donegal, the Dungloe woman was a clear winner in a head to head battle with Outgoing County PRO Ed Bryne from Killybegs to replace Aodh Mairtin o Fearraigh who had served the full five year term allowed.Outgoing Assistant Secretary Sean Mc Ginley was beaten in his head to head contest with Naomh Muire’s Declan Martin, the Glenfin native also a clear winner when the votes were taken.Chairman Sean Dunnion was returned for a third term after a big vote in his favour over contender Eddie Gallagher, as were outgoing officers Denis Ellis ( vice-chairman), Ciaran Kelly ( treasurer), Frankie Doherty (assistant-treasurer), and Con O Donnell ( officer na Gaeilge) all unopposed. Outgoing Coaching Officer Anthony Harkin was returned after a close contest with Buncrana’s Gary Duffy 84 votes to 78.Aodh Rua’s Terence O’Shea replaces Michael Mc Menamin as Development Officer as Michael had completed his 5 year term.After losing out on the job of Secretary and having previously stated he would not seek re-election to the post Ed Bryne did in fact allow his name to go forward for the post of PRO and defeated Catriona Harkin in the vote.Niall Erskine was returned unopposed as Central Council delegate for a third year while Aodh Mairtin O Ferraigh and Outgoing delegate Pat Conaghan won a four way race for the two Ulster Council delegates posts.  NEW FACES ON COUNTY BOARD AS GILLEN, MARTIN AND O’SHEA ARE ELECTED was last modified: December 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Charlie CollinsCounty ConventiondonegalGAAlast_img read more

Brick used to smash van outside owner’s home in Letterkenny

first_imgAn investigation is underway after a van was badly damaged while parked outside the owner’s home in Letterkenny.The incident happened during the night of Tuesday the 18th of June at The Glebe, Ramelton Road.A brick was thrown at the van, which resulted in the windscreen being smashed.  Gardaí are appealing for information in relation to the criminal damage incident. If anyone has any information or was in the area between the 18th of June at 11.50 pm and the 19th of June at 00.30 am. then contact Gardaí on 074-9167100 or on 1800 666 111.Brick used to smash van outside owner’s home in Letterkenny was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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)last_img read more

Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Vancouver

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There’s also a healthy network of VC firms, including Ventures West, Banyan Capital Partners, GrowthWorks, Yaletown Venture Partners, and Chrysalis Ventures, as well as a strong angel investment community in the city – all providing the necessary capital and mentorship to startups in their developing stages. The Provincial Government also offers tax credits and cash-back incentives to investors, as well as investment and support from the regional colleges and universities.Greater Vancouver accounts for more than 60% of the province’s 600+ digital media companies, and it’s also one of the leading centers for video game production. As such, the city is a blend of both major media and gaming companies, as well as local, indie businesses – Sierra Wireless, Pixar, THQ, and Vivendi/Activision, to name just a few. The local Internet startup seen is anchored by accelerators like Wavefront and the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society, and companies like Hootsuite, Plenty of Fish, Geotoko, and Compass Engine call Vancouver home.“For tech startups, Vancouver rocks,” says Daryl Hatton, the CEO of ConnectionPoint Systems. “We have a vibrant and creative tech talent pool, tremendous support from the provincial government in helping acquire angel/friends/family financing, and a quality of life that keeps people here. Our proximity and shared time zone with Silicon Valley makes it easier to partner with industry leaders.”On one hand, the proximity to other tech hubs like Seattle and Silicon Valley may make it easy to overlook Vancouver. But with a strong talent pool, a great education infrastructure, and a good economy, Vancouver certainly holds its own.Photo credits: reach the city Related Posts audrey watters When you talk about vibrant West Coast startup scenes, obviously Silicon Valley dominates the conversation. Then there’s Seattle, of course. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Portland too. But just north of the border, the entrepreneurs in Vancouver, British Columbia insist that their city should be viewed alongside these other prominent West Coast hot-spots.Home to the recent Olympic Winter Games, the coastal city is Canada’s eighth largest, often ranking as one of the most livable cities in the world. Known for its proximity to both the mountains and the ocean, it’s a great spot for the outdoorsy, the adventurous, and yes, the entrepreneurial.In fact, the city’s mayor recently touted Vancouver as having the highest number of entrepreneurs per capita in North America. Tags:#Never Mind the Valley#start center_img The Vancouver Startup EcosystemVancouver has a number of local events and programs that connect and support members of the community, including Vancouver GreenTech Exchange, Vancouver Startup Weekend, Mobile Mondays, and BCIC-New Ventures Competition. RWW’s Never Mind the Valley series:AustinBangaloreBeijingBostonBoulderIsraelLondonLos AngelesNew YorkPortland A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

If You Think Learning Is Difficult

first_imgMost salespeople never read a single book on sales. Most business people don’t read books on business either, with the exception of enlightened leaders who are future-oriented and recognize the great power in reading. Over 33 percent of people never read a book again after completing high school.Worse, neither salespeople nor businesspeople take courses that help them to develop personally and professionally. A lot of people attend webinars, but that’s usually a narrowly-focused answer to a question or two, not a real development plan.Information is not power. It’s potential power. As the rate of knowledge increases, we are all being left woefully behind. There may not be a way to keep pace, but you must try not to let the gap grow so big as to make you irrelevant. Then, you must do something with what you learn.Learning is the key to growth. New knowledge can create new opportunities. What could you learn now that would enable you to create a better outcome in some area of your life? What could you learn that would allow you take your career to the next level—or maybe even start a new one?Learning is the key to a greater vision. It’s impossible to understate the value of vision. Until you learn what is possible, your vision will always be too small. New insights and new possibilities translate to new ideas, and even new businesses. Knowledge enables a bigger vision.Learning is the key to strategy. The difficult work in sales or in business is strategy. Strategy requires that you think, that you consider scenarios, that you explore different possibilities. But potential strategies and scenarios will evade you if you aren’t taking in new knowledge and making new connections.The price of not learning is high. Very high. Very, very, very high.The failure to learn will cause you to stagnate, doing what you’ve always done, and getting the same old results you’ve always gotten.Refusing to spend time learning cuts you off from a greater vision. How can you see when you keep your eyes, ears, and mind closed to new ideas, new discoveries, and new knowledge?Effective strategies require context. The strategist has to look outside to discover what is known, what is new, and what is relevant. They need to understand the current environment in which they compete, as well as how their competitors are responding.Learning takes time. It takes effort and energy. Some forms of learning require money, and in some cases, a lot of money. It sounds difficult.If you believe that learning is difficult, contrast that with how difficult is to succeed in a world where changes are faster, more frequently, and more disruptive.last_img read more

NCAA: EAC snaps two-game slide, clips Mapua

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES Jerome Garcia followed it up on the defensive end, securing the steal which led to two freebies from Onwubere to put his side up six, 75-69.Leo Gabo still made a three on the other end with 6.1 ticks left, but time just wasn’t on the Cardinals’ side as they absorbed their third loss in four games.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 starsThe Fil-Nigerian Onwubere fired a season-high 22 points on a 4-of-10 sniping from beyond the arc, on top of eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in the win to even EAC’s slate at 2-2.Jervin Guzman added 13 markers and three boards, while Juju Bautista wound up with a double-double of 12 markers and 11 rebounds as he kept the Generals afloat despite Hamadou Laminou fouling out with six minutes still left to play. 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MAPUA 72 – Gabo 19, Raflores 17, Estrella 12, Bunag 8, Victoria 7, Aguirre 6, Nieles 3, Orquina 0, Jimenez 0.Quarters: 13-17, 36-30, 52-46, 77-72.center_img Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo regained its form late and turned back Mapua, 77-72, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Sidney Onwubere found his shooting stroke in the second half, drilling four triples in the last two quarters including the shot clock-beating trey off the glass with 27.7 seconds left to push the Generals up, 73-69.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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’ LOOK: Conor McGregor, Draymond Green trade barbs on Instagram Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I’m thankful because we did not go 0-3. At least, our losing streak didn’t continue and I’m thankful for that,” said coach Ariel Sison, as EAC halted its two-game losing skid.Gabo topped Mapua with 19 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while JB Raflores got 17 markers and eight boards.Andoy Estrella had 12 points and six rebounds in the loss, as the Cardinals failed to close out the game after battling back from a 56-46 deficit early in the fourth period.The Scores:EAC 77 – Onwubere 22, Guzman 13, Bautista 12, Pascua 11, Garcia 8, Mendoza J 6, Munsayac 3, Laminou 2, Tampoc 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0, Altache 0.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more