Rep. Abu Kamara Takes Office

first_imgHouse Speaker Chambers administers the Oath of office to Rep. Kamara.The newly elected Montserrado County District #15 Representative was on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, sworn into office at the Legislature.“This shall, therefore, constitute your sufficient authority,” the communication said. The ceremony was performed in the James M. Fromayan Conference Hall at the headquarters of the National Elections Commission (NEC).“I, Abu Bana Kamara, do solemnly swear that I will support, uphold, protect and defend the Constitution and Laws of Liberia, and bear true faith and allegiance to the Republic and will faithfully, conscientiously and impartially discharge the duties and functions of the office of Representative of District #15, Montserrado County, to the best of my ability, so help me God,” Kamara said, reciting this after House Speaker Bhofal Chambers.Rep. Kamara’s induction as a member of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature marked the 57th day, Sitting of the 2nd Session of that august body, thus completing their number to 73.The taking of Oath was in consonance with Rule 11.1 of the Rules and Procedures of the House of Representatives.Rule 11.1 says: “Each member of the House of Representatives before taking his/her seat, shall take an oath or affirmation to uphold and defend the Constitution and the Laws of Liberia, as well as faithfully discharge the duties and functions of the office as a member of the House of Representatives.”Rep. Kamara replaced Representative Adolph Lawrence, who died in a tragic motor accident early Monday on March 25, 2019, near the Tower Hill Community on the Robertsfield/Monrovia Highway.Lawrence was a member of the House of Representatives of both the 53rd and 54th Legislatures from January 2012 until his death on March 25, 2019.Kamara’s induction as a new lawmaker on the ticket of the ruling Coalition for Democrat Change (CDC), followed the reading of a communication from authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC), under the signature of Acting Chairman Jonathan K. Weedor informing the House that the Commission has successfully completed the conduct of the by-election as enshrined in Article 37 of the 1986 Constitution.Article 37 states: “If a vacancy in the Legislature caused either by death, resignation, expulsion or otherwise, the presiding officer shall within 30 days notify the NEC thereof. The NEC shall not later than 90 days thereafter cause a by-election to be held provided that where such vacancy occurs within 90 days prior to the holding of general elections, the filling of the vacancy shall await the holding of such general elections”.The NEC’s communication says: “I am pleased to advise that after the successful conduct of the By-election and a subsequent rerun of 20 polling places held on August 28, 2019, due to a complaint filed and adjudicated by the Commission. The NEC declared Kamara a winner and has accordingly been certificated by the Commission.”Speaker Bhofal Chambers, in a brief remark, warmly welcomed Rep. Kamara, to the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature.The chairman of the Montserrado County Legislative Caucus, Rep. Thomas Fallah also added his voice to welcome his colleague.Rep. Kamara expressed thanks and appreciation to the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives for the welcoming ceremony and further thanked the people of Montserrado County District #15 for the confidence they reposed in him.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa condemns Garissa massacre

first_img7 April 2015The South African government has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the “barbaric and cowardly” terrorist attack at Garissa University College in Kenya last week, in which 148 people were killed.Somali militant group Al Shabab, a multi-ethnic group based in Somalia with links to Al- Qaeda, claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack. The gunmen took more than 700 people hostage, before killing 148 people and injuring 79 or more.It is Kenya’s deadliest attack since the 1998 US embassy bombings in Nairobi, where more than 200 people died. Garissa is in the north-east of the country.President Jacob Zuma expressed his shock and dismay at the attack. He extended condolences to the families of the victims.“Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned. South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism and stands in solidarity with Kenya,” he said.Zuma reiterated South Africa’s support for Kenya and the international community’s efforts aimed at peacekeeping, stability, democracy and nation-building in Somalia.Source: The Presidencylast_img read more

Heat wave on the way

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAAfter a really wet period last week and even some flooding in northwest Ohio, we will be seeing a switch toward hotter weather and a drier window from Thursday into the weekend.We have had a few hot bursts this summer but nothing like the stretch ahead. So far May and June have been warmer and wetter than normal in most places. It looks like after one more round of showers and a few storms the middle of this week it will turn hot for the end of June. This heat will last into the first half of July before relaxing some for the second half of July. There may a a day or two break from time to time during the warm weather the next few weeks but above normal temperatures will rule into July.Rainfall also looks to relax more toward the normal range but with longer stretches of dryness mixed in with the wetness.The outlook for the remainder of June calls for temperatures to average 3-5 degrees above normal. Rainfall will average 0.50-1.0 inches for the last week of June which is close to normal or slightly below normal. The outlook for the first week of July calls for temperatures to average 6-8 degrees above normal with highs mostly 85-95. Lows will be 65-75. Rainfall will average 0.25 to 1.00 inches which again is normal to below normal for most of Ohio. The outlook for the rest of July (weeks 2-4) calls for temperatures 1-3 degrees above normal and rainfall of 1-4 inches. Normal highs in Ohio are 80-85 and normal lows are 60-65. Rainfall normally average near 1 inch per week.Looking further ahead in the growing season and harvest season, it appears August will still see slightly above normal temperatures and slightly below normal rainfall. September looks near normal temperatures and normal or slightly wetter than normal. Finally, October appears to be about normal temperatures and slightly drier than normal. For the latest 2 weeks rainfall predictions, see the graphic from the NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center using the North American Ensemble Forecasting System average rainfall.last_img read more

Kate Middleton has best celebrity hair

first_imgDuchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, known for her sense of style, has been voted for sporting the best celebrity hair in a new poll.Middleton topped a survey, conducted by salon products retailer Fabriah.com, which polled 500 women on who they thought had the best celebrity hair, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Experts at Fabriah.com compiled the shortlist of the top ten celebrities, before opening it up to the public’s vote. The Duchess, famed for luscious locks, polled over a quarter of the vote.”Kate Duchess of Cambridge has become somewhat of a fashion goddess. Anything she wears seems to fly immediately off the shelves, likewise hairdressers across the country are seeing an increasing demand for the Middleton-style locks,” said a spokesperson of Fabriah.com.Holly Willoughby came second in the poll scoring just 19 percent of the votes. The third place was bagged by singing sensation Lana Del Rey.Once idolised for having the best hair of the decade, Jennifer Anniston slipped into fourth place only managing to achieve nine percent of the vote. Only one per cent behind, in fifth place was Kelly Brook.Sixth and seventh place were reserved for newlywed Rochelle Hume, while Victoria Beckham, respectively.The bottom three places were reserved for Kim Kardashian and Nicky Minaj, who both polled four percent, and the “X Factor” judge Tulisa, who scored three.last_img read more

Bill Russells Celtics Were Great Tim Duncans Spurs Have Been Better

The 1980s Lakers win eight championships in a row and 10 championships in 12 years, pretty much matching the 1960s Celtics.Tim Duncan’s Spurs win 10 titles (and counting), instead of five.Larry Bird wins eight rings — including five in a row — instead of three.LeBron James wins six consecutive championships — two with the Cavaliers of the Central League and four with the Heat of the Eastern League — and is in contention for a seventh this year.The New York Knicks have a mini-dynasty, winning the Eastern League five times in eight seasons from 1993 to 2000.The Oklahoma City Thunder, rather than missing their window, win four straight Western League championships from 2011 to 2014.Karl Malone and John Stockton are three-time champions instead of perennial bridesmaids.The New Jersey Nets three-peat in the Eastern League from 2002 to 2004.Russell’s 11 rings are still impressive, but they’re no longer such an outlier when looked at in this way. Or here’s another method: Instead of assigning hypothetical championships, take away some credit for championships that were won in a smaller league. For instance, if a team won a championship in a 10-team NBA, it would get credit for one-third of a championship in a 30-team league.By that calculation, the Celtics’ 11 championships are equivalent to three or four championships in a 30-team league.3Specifically, they’re worth 3.4 championships. The other dynasties aren’t affected as much. Duncan’s Spurs still pretty much get full credit for all five championships. Jordan’s Bulls get credit for five or six, and the 1980s Lakers about four.You can argue, of course, that the Celtics were so far ahead of the pack that they’d have held on to most of their championships even in a 30-team league. But they weren’t that dominant in the regular season. In Russell’s tenure with the team, they averaged the equivalent of a 58-24 regular-season record. That’s very good — but not much better than, say, Dirk Nowitzki’s Mavericks over the past 15 seasons. They weren’t even especially dominant in the playoffs! In their 11 championship seasons, Russell’s Celtics won 67 percent of their playoff games. Other NBA champions throughout history have won 73 percent of theirs.The Celtics came through in the clutch, obviously, just about every time it mattered — Russell was 10-0 for his career in Game 7s! But if you’re accused of benefiting from playing middling competition,4The Celtics’ average playoff opponent during Russell’s tenure had an Elo rating of 1570 entering the game. The Duncan-era Spurs have faced playoff opponents with an average Elo of 1639, by contrast. the more persuasive rebuttal comes from blowing your opponents out.One final objection we anticipate hearing from Celtics fans: Isn’t it harder, in some sense, to win a championship in a 10-team league since the player talent pool is more concentrated? In a literal sense, the answer is “no”; it’s easier to win a championship when there are more championships to go around per team.5Consider that if you reduced the entire NBA to just two All-Star teams, East and West, each of them would win the championship about half the time.But it could be argued that the average quality of competition was higher during the 1960s, with just 10 teams or so, instead of 30. Elo doesn’t make too many assumptions about this.6Elo’s implicit assumption is that the quality of NBA competition is fairly constant over the long run but that it can be disturbed in the short run by rapid expansion. I’m not sure it’s a winning argument, however. Consider:In the 1960s NBA, there were still remnants of a racist quota system that limited teams to three or four African-Americans.There were almost no international players in the 1960s, whereas now they make up about a quarter of league rosters.The U.S. population has increased by about 75 percent since 1960.Basketball has become a far more prominent and lucrative sport; in the mid-1960s, the NBA averaged only about 5,000 fans per game. A talented amateur athlete might have opted for another sport before basketball, and it was not uncommon for high NBA draft picks to bypass the league for another option.In other words, it seems likely that the NBA talent pool has grown at least as fast as the number of franchises since the 1960s. The 1960s didn’t even feature particularly great “fundamental” basketball. League-wide free-throw percentages were typically about 72 percent or 73 percent, compared with more like 75 percent or 76 percent now. The Celtics were the best team of their era, but also a product of it, and that era isn’t as rich for NBA competition as the one we have now. WTF, nerds? You’re telling us that this season’s Golden State Warriors, who haven’t won anything yet, are better than Bill Russell’s Celtics, who won eight titles in a row and 11 in 13 seasons?Actually, no. It would be ridiculous to say that. Last week, we released an interactive graphic, “The Complete History of the NBA,” which uses a relatively simple formula called Elo to rate NBA teams. Indeed, it currently ranks this year’s Warriors as the fourth-best team in NBA history, although they may rise or fall depending on how the rest of their playoff run goes. Meanwhile, no single season from the 1960s Celtics dynasty ranks higher than 47th on the all-time list.But Elo’s claim is that the 2014-15 Warriors season has been better than any single season in the Celtics’ run. In terms of long-term accomplishments, of course, it’s not even close. The 1960s Celtics’ competition comes, instead, from about who you’d expect: the 1990s Bulls, the current Spurs dynasty and the 1980s Lakers and Celtics.I’ve thought a lot about how to use Elo to rate sports dynasties. It’s a tricky problem, in part because you have to define when a dynasty begins and ends. Almost all of us would agree, I assume, that Michael Jordan’s Bulls were one continuous dynasty even though Jordan temporarily retired in the middle of it. But what about Kobe Bryant’s Lakers? Should the three titles they won from 2000 to 2002 be considered part of the same dynasty as the two they won in 2009 and 2010?Here’s one fairly simple approach (let us know down in the comments if you have a better method): We’ll define a dynasty as ending when a team’s Elo rating falls below 1500, which is the long-term league average. This is a reasonably forgiving standard, since teams carry over part of their rating from one season to the next. For instance, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Elo rating never fell below 1500 this season even though they started out 3-12.By this definition, Jordan’s six titles do get grouped together. The Bulls’ rating never fell below 1527 even when Jordan was playing outfield for the Birmingham Barons. But Kobe’s five titles are not considered part of the same dynasty since the Lakers’ Elo rating was below 1500 for part of the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.The longest streak of above-average play belongs to the San Antonio Spurs. Their Elo rating rose above 1500 on Jan. 3, 1998, and hasn’t fallen below it since, a period that covers more than 17 years, or 1,644 games1Regular-season and playoff. and counting. That’s impressive even compared to the Celtics, who had an above-average Elo rating from March 14, 1956 to Nov. 12, 1969. Insanely great — 13.5 years and 1,198 games — but not as great as the Spurs.The 1980s Lakers also had a longer streak (1,363 games) than the Celtics. But maybe, even if the Celtics’ streak was slightly shorter, they were playing at a slightly higher level than those other teams?Not according to Elo. The Spurs had an average Elo rating of 1664 during their streak, as compared with 1634 for the 1960s Celtics. The Lakers’ Elo rating, 1641, was also slightly higher than the Celtics’.We can also assign an overall score to each dynasty by taking a team’s average Elo rating during the streak, subtracting the league-average rating of 1500, and multiplying it by the number of games the streak lasted.2For math geeks: This is equivalent to calculating the area under the curve between a team’s Elo rating and the league-average rating. Overall, this method has the Spurs way out in front — 40 percent better than any other dynasty. The 1980s Lakers are in second, while the 1990s Bulls jump ahead of the 1960s Celtics to place third. (What about the the Warriors? Their current “dynasty” ranks as only the 47th-best all-time. Check back in 2023.)But: the rings! How can you ignore 11 championships?You could certainly develop a dynasty-rating method that puts more emphasis on winning titles. The simple method we’re using in this article gives no special credit for them, which is why — once you get past the canonical dynasties in the top five — it likes teams like the Dallas Mavericks from 2000 to 2012, who won just one title, and the 1990s Utah Jazz, who won none.But there’s something to keep in mind when you consider the 1960s Celtics and their rings. It’s much easier to win a championship in a 10-team league, like the NBA was, on average, when they were playing, than in the 30-team league we have now.Here’s an illustration of that. I divided the 30 current NBA franchises into three “leagues” of 10 teams each:The Eastern League consists of franchises currently in the NBA’s Atlantic and Southeast divisions.The Central League consists of franchises currently in the Central and Southwest divisions.The Western League includes franchises from the Pacific and Northwest divisions.Then, for each season since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77, I assigned a champion to each “league” based on which of its 10 teams advanced furthest in the actual NBA playoffs. When there were ties — for instance, if the last two teams from a “league” were both eliminated in the NBA conference finals — I broke them based on which team had the higher year-end Elo rating. Check out what happens: read more

10 Months After Baby Serena In Wimbledon Final vs

Serena Williams of the US serves to Julia Goerges of Germany during their women’s semifinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP)LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has been saying it over and over and over: Wimbledon is only her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby.“Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward,” she said. “Keep taking giant steps, but keep improving.”Williams played a total of seven matches in 2018 before arriving at the All England Club, and she’ll be playing her seventh match in the last two weeks when she meets 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.Certainly didn’t take long for the 36-year-old American to get her game in gear and close in on what would be an eighth Wimbledon title, one short of Martina Navratilova’s record, and 24th Grand Slam trophy in all, equaling Margaret Court’s all-time mark.It was only 10 1/2 months ago that Williams had far more serious concerns.After giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, on Sept. 1, Williams dealt with health complications that included blood clots and led to what she said were multiple operations.“Almost didn’t make it, to be honest,” Williams said shortly after completing her 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges on Thursday.Serena Williams of the US lifts her leg during their women’s semifinal match against Julia Goerges of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)She’s been wearing compression leggings during her matches as a precaution and says she remains nervous.“I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: ‘Oh, my God, I have a (pulmonary embolism) in my leg,’” Williams said. “I didn’t know I would have such, kind of, traumatic thoughts. Especially now that I have a daughter, I want to be around as long as I can to support her. It’s interesting how that mental recovery is actually taking much longer than I ever expected.”The tennis? That’s come quite naturally, not surprisingly.She was off the tour for more than a year after her Australian Open title in January 2017 — won while she was pregnant, she later revealed. Williams first came back by playing doubles with her older sister, Venus, for the U.S. Fed Cup team in February. Then came her singles return, at Indiana Wells in March, when she won her first two matches before losing to her sibling.Next was a first-round loss at Miami.“I honestly felt I would have done better in some of the earlier tournaments. That was the hardest part — accepting that I didn’t,” Williams said. “I know that sounds weird, but I worked out a lot and I worked hard.”Following another two months away from competition, she entered the French Open in late May, and won three matches before pulling out before the fourth round because of an injured pectoral muscle.Williams rested some after that, not practicing serving at all for a couple of weeks, and was able to ease into things once Wimbledon began because of a draw that allowed her to avoid playing any seeded opponents — or anyone ranked inside the top 50, for that matter — until Goerges, who was making her Grand Slam semifinal debut.Now will come the sternest on-court test Williams has faced: Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion with a lefty stroke and never-give-up-on-a-ball defense.Williams is 23-6 in Grand Slam finals, and Kerber is responsible for handing her one of those rare defeats, at the 2016 Australian Open. Kerber also won that year’s U.S. Open, replacing Williams atop the WTA rankings right afterward. That was also the year that Kerber reached the Wimbledon final, losing to Williams in straight sets.They’ve played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2.After winning her semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, Kerber was asked what she sees across the net when she goes up against Williams.“I see a champion,” Kerber said, “that’s for sure.” read more

Woman Suffering Postpartum Depression Commits Suicide

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Nov 2014 – One day before her arraignment in the case of the near drowning death of her son, Cayden; Inakesha Brooks-Amour, a woman believed to be suffering postpartum depression has reportedly committed suicide. Police say she was yesterday found overdosed on meds on a bathroom floor. Inakesha had since August been released on $50,000 bail; so she may not have been in custody where she had once been on suicide watch. The 33 year old who hails from Grand Turk has been under enormous pressure ever since her 3-month old son Cayden was given life-saving CPR after she reportedly tried to drown him in a Riviera Isles canal on July 1st. Brooks Armour, her husband Conlan and mother Grace Ann all told police it was not the first time Inakesha had tried to hurt her son; before it had been feeding him cough syrup. Today, Inakesha was due to face charges formally in court… her husband had been given custody of the baby boy, who at last report remained unconscious at Joe DiMaggio hospital in South Florida. Grace Ann Brooks, Inakesha’s mother was charged with neglect, and like her daughter faced as much as 20 years in jail for the tragic incident. Family in the TCI, after getting wind of the case established a fund to raise money and awareness for healthcare bills and legal fees. Family had offered that Inakesha Brooks-Armour was thrilled to be a mother and that she loved her son… again, it is believed she suffered PPD. South Florida records first cases of Zika virus Related Items:cayden armour, drowning death, Inakesha Brooks-Amour, Joe DiMaggio hospital, south florida Haitians gearing up for May Celebration in South Florida Four killed in plane en route to Provo; not nativeslast_img read more