ATLANTA (AP):Atlanta and San Antonio took imposing 2-0 leads in their opening-round playoff series with emphatic victories over Boston and Memphis on Tuesday night.The Hawks held the Celtics to the lowest-scoring first quarter in the playoffs since the NBA went to the shot clock, building a 21-point lead and holding on despite an ugly shooting performance of their own for an 89-72 victory and a strong hold on their Eastern Conference series.Al Horford and Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 17 points apiece, but this game was essentially decided in the first 12 minutes.The Hawks started nine of 13 from the field, knocking down six from beyond the three-point arc. Korver made four from long range, a big turnaround from a one-of-10 performance in Game One that didn’t include any threes. Atlanta led 24-3 just 6 1/2 minutes into the game.Even after failing to score the rest of the period, the Hawks still led 24-7 heading to the second.Shaking off a dismal performance in the playoff opener, Korver swished four three-pointers in the opening minutes to propel Atlanta to a stunning 21-point lead before many fans had settled into their seats. There wasn’t much doubt after that.MISSED SHOTS”We all have pride, right?” said Korver, who went one of 10 on Saturday and missed all seven of his three-point attempts. “I wanted to come out and play better the second game.”As good as Korver and the Hawks were in the early going, this one will be remembered more for the Celtics’ grisly start.”I don’t know what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder, looking a bit shell-shocked after scoring just two points on one-of-nine shooting. “But we’ve got to change something.”Crowder had plenty of company in his shooting misery.Boston star Isaiah Thomas was held to 16 points on four-of-15 shooting, going one of six beyond the arc. Marcus Smart stepped in for the injured Avery Bradley and went one of 11, also making just one of six from three-point range. The Celtics finished at 32 per cent overall (28 of 88), five of 28 from long range.Game Three is tomorrow night in Boston.San Antonio were even more impressive than the Hawks in beating the Grizzlies 94-68. Patty Mills had 16 points, Kawhi Leonard added 13 and San Antonio never trailed in sweeping the first two games.
ver the years, Liberia has made strides in every sector especially in ICT sector. As a result these strides, we have adopted comprehensive e-government and open government programs that involve the use of the internet and its technologies to enable traditional government processes and practices for enhancement of democracy. Many people argue that both e-government and open government are the same. But this is not entirely so. There is a fundamental difference between both of them: e-government gravitates toward service delivery while open government gravitates toward information sharing in a more participative and collaborative way. In this article I discuss e-government and open government. I provide some insight on their origin in the USA and then on move on to discuss Liberia’s involvement with both initiatives. First, let’s provide a definition of both e-government and open government. Electronic Government or E-Government is defined by the World Bank as “the use by government agencies of information technologies that have the ability to transform relations with citizens, businesses, and other arms of government. These technologies can serve a variety of different ends: better delivery of government services to citizens, improved interactions with business and industry, citizen empowerment through access to information, or more efficient government management. The resulting benefits can be less corruption, increased transparency, greater convenience, revenue growth, and/or cost reductions.E-Government offers the potential of increased convenience to the public by making such services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, coupled with the advantages of improved accuracy and also reduced cost to the government, deriving from its requiring little or no direct interaction with a government employee.Open Government is defined by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) as “the transparency of government actions, the accessibility of government services and information, and the responsiveness of government to new ideas, demands and needs.” Open Government is a result of President Barack Obama’s use of the Internet and Social Media technologies during his 2008 Presidential bid. Referred to as the first Internet Presidency, Obama and his transition team immediately sought to translate the features of the “Internet Campaign” to the day-to-day administration of the executive branch. Thus on January 21, 2009 President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government giving directive to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to promulgate an Open Government Directive within 120 days. The Open Government Initiative strives to create an unprecedented level of openness in U.S. Government. The Open Government memorandum, released in 2009, mandated that Federal Agencies will “be transparent in their work, will be participatory in seeking the ideas and expertise of citizens, and will be collaborative in how they use new technology and processes for developing Government policies. The Open Government Initiatives required Agencies to change the processes, mechanisms, and the underlying technology that were used to communicate with the public, and opened up decision-making processes that had previously been internal to public participation and collaboration.Open Government can be seen as an evolution of E-government because it (open government) would not be possible without the outcomes created by E-government and the advances made in technology, policies and cultures over the last decade.The idea of e-government began years ago. In the United States, it began with Senator Joseph Lieberman and then ended up with the e-Government Act of 2002. E-government initiatives began over a decade ago while the new Open Government began after the Obama elections. Both initiatives share many similar goals and characteristics, the largest being that they both strive to make the government more transparent. Yet, they are not synonymous. They are different efforts that are overlapping phases in an incremental growth towards E-democracy. A significant difference between the United States e-Government and Open Government initiatives are the “tools” that strengthen them. E-government efforts in the United States and many other countries are directly enabled by law (United States E-Government Act of 2002). The United States Open Government initiative is not enabled by law although supported by the Freedom of Information Act. Another difference between e-Government and Open Government is that e-Government places focus mostly on the use of technology within the routine activities undertaken by public organizations. This includes the provision of public services, the quality and cost-effectiveness of basic government operations, citizens’ engagement and consultation, the statutes and legislative mandates required to effect these processes, and the administrative and institutional reforms undertaken in pursuit of innovation. Open Government has a goal of making information and decision making processes in government accessible to citizen examination and input, and in so doing, create democratic structures that facilitate citizens’ social and political judgement about the outcomes of government work.Prior to E-Government and Open Government in the United States, other programs were instituted by President Bill Clinton. The National Performance Review and The Partnership for Re-inventing Government existed before e-Government and Open Government Programs. Figure 1Liberia’s e-Government initiative is being championed by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications through the Chief Information Office and Project Management Office, while its Open Government initiative (Open Government Partnership) is being championed by the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Both initiatives have achieved a lot since their conception although there are several other aspects as far as maturity levels are concerned that remain to be completed. Unlike the United States and other countries e-government programs, Liberia’s e-government program is not supported by any law even though it is enshrined in the National ICT and Telecommunications Policy 2010-2015. In addition, the e-government initiative has been facing several challenges in achieving a “Whole of Government” approach to using ICT for the delivery of services to the public. As a result, each Ministry, Agency, and Commission (MAC) operate “siloed” ICT platforms that is very costly for the Liberian Government. As far as where Liberia is in terms of e-Government implementation, using the E-Government Maturity Model from the Gartner Group 2002 research, it is safe to say that Liberia is between stages 1 and 2. Figure 2 illustrates Liberia’s current position in e-Government.Figure 2The Open Government Partnership on the other hand, has made substantial progress in a very short time, through the leadership of Hon. Andrew Temeh, Deputy Minister of Information for Administration. Hon. Temeh’s good leadership and organizational skills have gotten the Open Government Partnership endorsed by the Liberian Government. What is lacking in the Open Government Partnership initiative is a national portal that allows citizens to play a more participate, collaborative role. In every democratic nation, engaged citizens often seek clear and credible information from the government about how it carries on its business. They want government information, services, and communication to be forthcoming and swift. The E-Government and Open Government initiatives fill the need of connecting citizens with their governments and each other to foster a more open, collaborative, and efficient public sector through the use of new technology and public data.The idea of using new technologies to support and enhance, expand or re-invigorate democratic practices is not novel. What new technologies have done in this regard is to amplify the political voice of the ordinary citizen. E-government was a first and crucial step towards E-democracy. However, the Open Government initiative is not the end-state solution. It is the most recent maturation of the governments’ growth towards E-democracy. There will likely be an initiative that follows Open Government as a new future administrations enter the political spectrum. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One day after an engineer attached to the JSB Investment Stone Yard and Wharf at Block R Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was reported missing, his body was retrieved from the Demerara River.Dead: Neil SookramDead is 34-year-old Neil Sookram, also called “Doujohn”, of Lot 18 Caines Street, Meadow Bank, Greater Georgetown. He was last seen at the work site about 00:30h on Monday last.Guyana Times understands that he was last seen entering the boat, “Christopher B”, reportedly under the influence of alcohol. At the time, the boat was docked at the said location.Preliminary investigations revealed that a colleague, Marcini Grosvenor of New Amsterdam, told investigators that the victim went onto the boat and requested that they go and have two more bottles of beer, but he refused.As such, Sookram reportedly left the cabin and was not seen until his body was discovered on Tuesday morning at Land of Canaan, EBD. The body was examined by detectives, but there were no visible marks of violence seen on the body. Attempts to contact his aunt, Annette Sookram, proved futile.His body was taken to the Lyken Funeral Home to await a post-mortem examination. The Police are conducting their investigations.
The twice-shelved Site C project received federal and provincial environmental approval in October, but last week, the association launched a judicial review of the Provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate granted to B.C. Hydro.In this new application it again contends that despite federal environmental approval the dam is not yet justified, and, “Landowners in the Peace Valley, B.C. ratepayers, and B.C. taxpayers cannot be expected to bear the substantial cost and adverse environmental impacts of the project.”The association argues justification must rest on an unambiguous need for the power, but that need has not been established.- Advertisement -It also believes justification must rest on analysis showing the financial costs being sufficiently attractive to make tolerable the bearing of substantial environmental, social and other costs, and that has not been sufficiently established.Among other things, it also notes the federal/provincial Joint Review Panel found that when additional power is eventually needed in B.C., alternative power sources may be available, which are less environmentally damaging, and/or economically costly than the Site C Dam.The B.C. Cabinet is currently meeting in camera to decide whether to give the Site C dam project its final approval but that decision is now not expected until sometime next month.Advertisement
SANTA FE SPRINGS Judging by the and aahsfrom Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School students, one might have thought they were being showered with candy or toys.The students instead were reveling in thousands of books that were donated to the school by BookEnds, a nonprofit Los Angeles group that recycles children’s books.From Curious Georgeto Miss Nelson Is Missingto The Little Engine That Could,it was like Christmas this past Wednesday morning as students dived into a pile of dozens of books laid out on a table by Principal Jonathan Vasquez.Look at that huge pile of books,first-grade teacher Claudia Gonzalez said as the students claimed their favorite titles. And look at how excited you guys are! It was the second donation to the school by BookEnds. It was coordinated with help from Santa Fe Springs Library literacy specialist Jerry Edwards, a BookEnds board member.BookEnds matches up schools willing to hold book drives with organizations and schools that need extra books, Edwards said.In many of the recipient schools, the ratio of books to students is 3 to 1, officials said. Nationally, the average is 22 to 1.In Rancho Santa Gertrudes’ case, its donor school was a Pacific Palisades campus that only has about 100 students but managed to collect more than 2,000 books.The donated books will go toward building up Rancho’s classroom libraries.We’re very fortunate that our partnership with Santa Fe Springs is very strong,Vasquez said. Jerry has his tutors working here, and we’re fortunate to have somone like him to help us and keep Rancho in mind for these kinds of programs. Edwards said BookEnds is looking for more donor schools to hold book drives.When the kids get the books, it’s like candy,Edwards said. Many people think they won’t be excited about the books, but they love it. They really do. For more information on BookEnds, call (562) firstname.lastname@example.org(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SAN JOSE — Kevin Labanc scored on his shootout attempt and Martin Jones didn’t allow a goal on three tries by the Detroit Red Wings, as the Sharks earned a 4-3 victory on Saturday night at SAP Center to extend their win streak to six games.Labanc beat Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard with a wrist shot upstairs, and Jones didn’t allow a goal on tries by Frans Nielsen, Andreas Athanasiou and Dylan Larkin as they improved their record to 10-10-1.It was a fitting ending for Labanc, who had a goal …
You have rocks in your head, and it’s a good thing, or you would die of starvation and imbalance. Living things have need of inorganic structures for various functions. Can you name the mineral structures in your body? The answer is: bone, dentin, enamel and otoliths. The last three are specific to your head. Dentin and enamel help us chew our food, and otoliths help us know which way is up (see 10/10/2003 headline). Vertebrates have bones and teeth, birds lay eggshells of calcium carbonate, and many marine and terrestrial animals build mineral shells. Scientists and engineers are drawn to the skill organisms exhibit in the construction of hard parts (called biomineralization), and they want to imitate it. We’ve drawn attention to the amazing capabilities of the conch shell (see 06/26/2003 headline) and diatoms (see 07/21/2004 headline). Two recent articles in science journals discuss the human fascination with biomineralization. A book review in Science last week1 opens with praise for the lowly diatom:The abilities to design and construct inorganic materials with specified atomic structure, size, shape, orientation, and number of defects and to integrate these architectures into functioning devices form the foundation for advances in technologies that rely on the devices’ electrical, optical, magnetic, and chemical outputs. However, assembly methods that allow simultaneous control of these features at lengths from the nanometer scale to the macroscale continue to elude scientists and engineers…. What if there were constructors that could sequester inorganic ions from water, accumulate and concentrate them to produce architectures controlled over length scales from nanometers to tens of centimeters, and do all of this in a matter of hours at ambient temperatures? Such constructors are not inventions of science fiction novels but rather single-cell plants called diatoms…. Biomineralization processes can form structures that are the envy of all of us who strive to understand molecular mechanisms of the assembly of inorganic materials.The book Mark E. Davis is reviewing is Biomineralization by the Mineralogical Society of America and Geochemical Society, 2003. He was especially impressed by the complexity of the molecular mechanisms organisms use to build their hard parts, mechanisms that show mastery of molecular biology, protein chemistry, nucleation thermodynamics, and crystal growth. Some organisms build minerals inside cells, outside cells, or between cells. Davis found one example particularly attractive to the materials scientist:Nacre, the mother-of-pearl layer found on the inner surface of shells, has a fracture toughness approximately 3000 times that of the synthetic analogue aragonite (calcium carbonate). Nacre is composed of thin (circa 30 nm) layers of a protein-polysaccharide intercalated between 0.5 micrometer-thick layers of aragonite tablets. The weak interface between the organic and inorganic layers is thought to dissipate the energy of crack propagation and thus strengthen the composite structure. This sophisticated architecture provides clues as to how man-made structures could be improved.How could such capabilities evolve? “The evolution of mineralized tissues has been enigmatic for more than a century,” says a team of three Penn State scientists writing in PNAS2 on the subject. Feeling that comparative genetics could help solve the enigma, they undertook a search for homologous genes and proteins between disparate groups. “Mineralized tissue is a critical innovation in vertebrate evolution,” they begin, “offering the basis for various adaptive phenotypes: body armor for protection, teeth for predation, and endoskeleton for locomotion.” Certain “primitive” fish have dentin-like body armor covered with an enameloid substance that the team believes evolved into fish scales. Their previous work suggested that mammalian teeth and agnathan body armor are homologous. This time, they examined the genome of a teleost fish and failed to find any homologous proteins for mammalian tooth enamel. Though dentin in teeth seems homologous with body armor that formed on skin collagen of fish, their analyses “suggest that mammalian enamel is distinct from fish enameloid.” Instead, they believe “Their similar nature as a hard structural overlay on exoskeleton and teeth is because of convergent evolution.”1Mark E. Davis, “How Life Makes Hard Stuff,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5683, 480, 23 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1099773].2Kawasaki, Suzuki and Weiss, “Genetic basis for the evolution of vertebrate mineralized tissue,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0404279101, published online July 22, 2004.These two articles illustrate the disparity between hard science and soft, mushy, slippery Darwinian scientism. It goes like this: (1) The organism excels at an engineering feat. (2) It must have evolved, but we don’t know how. To the extent the organism elicits admiration, the Darwinian explanation elicits disgust. The PNAS article is a useless hodgepodge of storytelling, attempting to force uncooperative facts into a predetermined plot. In one place, they “calibrate” their Darwinian tree based on Darwinian assumptions. When that produces anomalous results in another part of the tree, they simply adjust the rate of evolution on that branch. When another branch has trouble, they rearrange the branches and invoke the magic trick of “convergent evolution” to explain similarities that did not appear to have a common ancestor. All through, there are wiggle words like must have, might have, quite possible, suggests, possible, co-opted, although there is no direct fossil evidence to date… may not have, probably, assumed to etc. The data are only secondary props in this tweakfest to keep Charlie as the national idol. Do they ever explain how multiple genes produced multiple proteins by accident that work biomineralization wonders? No; it is all an exercise in reassuring the reader that the Darwin Party is not really lost. For baloney detectors who are not intimidated by the bluffing of technical jargon or prestigious journals, it makes no sense. Try this howler for fun:Together these facts make it likely that the developmental mechanism of mammalian tissue mineralization was elaborated during bony fish evolution in actinopterygians or sarcopterygians. Although the genetic tools of tissue mineralization are totally unknown for chondrichthyans, it is quite possible that they have developed their own tools through independent gene duplications and functional selection histories.What a total whitewash; do you see what they did? They just swept a huge problem under the rug. When the data were missing or contrary, they ascribed it to evolution anyway. They personified fish, turning them into materials engineers and tool inventors. And that ending phrase, “independent … functional selection histories,” should be framed as a classic euphemism for Darwinian dogma. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
3 January 2007Since 16 October, all local and national calls from land-lines in South Africa have been using 10-digit numbers (seven-digit numbers preceded by area codes), while the dialling prefix for international calls made from South Africa has changed from 09 to 00.To help customers familiarise themselves with these changes, state telecoms operator Telkom is running the old dialling systems parallel to the new dialling systems up to 16 January, when 10-digit dialling and the international prefix 00 become mandatory.The change to the international dialling prefix means, for example, that a call from South Africa to the United Kingdom should be prefixed by 00 44 instead of the old 09 44.However, there is no change to the dialling procedures for calls to South Africa from overseas.The change from seven to 10-digit dialling means that when land-line to land-line calls are made within the same area (for example, Pretoria), callers should begin by dialling the area code (012, in the case of Pretoria) even though they are calling a number in the same area.“It is identical to a fixed-line call being made from a cellular phone,” explained Lulu Letlape, spokesperson for state telecommunications company Telkom. Since cellular numbers already comprise 10 digits, calls from fixed lines to cellular phones do not require any dialling changes.After 16 January, mis-dialled calls will be routed to announcements requesting that callers dial 10 digits when making local and national calls. This will continue until 16 March, after which mis-dialled calls will be routed to a “number unavailable” tone.Letlape emphasised that no extra costs would be levied for using the 10-digit dialling system or in switching to 00 as the international dialling prefix.“This national 10-digit dialling system is part of Icasa’s [the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa’s] numbering plan that, once implemented, will increase number capacity, especially in the metropolitan areas, and bring fixed-line dialling in line with the 10-digit standard used by mobile operators.”Telkom says PAXB customers who have programmed their PAXB systems for international call barring will need to re-programme their systems to avoid users being able to make unauthorised international outgoing calls.Customers should also check that any pre-programmed diallable local numbers, for example speed dial numbers, are stored in the full 10-digit format.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Earl John Gerdeman, 85, of Delphos, died at 3:55 pm on July 17, 2015, at St. Rita’s Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 3, 1930, on a farm near Middle Point, Oh to Edward and Helen (Renner) Gerdeman. He married Doris Meyer on June 23, 1956; she survives in Delphos at the Sarah Jane Living Center. Other survivors include a sister, Janice Kaskocsak, of Dayton; a brother, Bill (Mary) Gerdeman, of Delphos; a brother in-law, Carl (Ida) Meyer, of Columbus; a sister-in-law, Lorene (Louis) Jettinghoff, of Delphos; and sister-in-law, Marilyn (Gary) Elsass, of Sidney, Oh. Additionally, he was loved and will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ella Mae Gogel; infant brother, Robert Cletus; and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Gogel, and Valentine Kaskocsak. Earl graduated as valedictorian of the Middle Point High School class of 1948. He attended The Ohio State University and received both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Vocational Agriculture. He taught Vocational Agriculture at the former Payne High School until being drafted to the United States Army in 1952. He then taught Vocational Agriculture for 35 years at Lincolnview High School until his retirement in 1989. During his time in the United States Army, he went to Blacksmith School and taught blacksmithing to soldiers being sent to Korea. He continued this job until his discharge in 1954. He used these skills to teach blacksmithing to other agriculture teachers around Ohio for the State Board of Education. Earl was a lifelong farmer who loved to share his passion for agriculture. He was also an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing his produce with neighbors and friends. He was a loyal fan of the Lincolnview Lancers and Cincinnati Reds. He also enjoyed attending ballgames of his many great-nieces and nephews, and rarely missed a game. In 2013, he received the Ohio Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award. In addition, he received the American FFA Degree, was named Outstanding Agriculture Teacher for the state of Ohio and was a past Ambassador Club member for the Ohio Farm Bureau. He also served on the governing boards of the Van Wert County Hospital, Midwest Electric Cooperative and Van Wert County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Delphos St. John’s Knights of Columbus. He volunteered yearly for Van Wert County’s Cows and Plows event, teaching young students about farm history and old fashioned agriculture. Additionally, he mentored young farmer and adult farmer organizations. He was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 21, at 1:30 pm. Fr. Charles Obinwa will be officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery following the Mass. Full Military Grave Rites will be performed by the Delphos Veterans’ Council. Family and friends may call from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Monday, July 20, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home where a Parish Wake will be held at 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Earl J. Gerdeman Scholarship Fund at Linconlview High School or the Alzheimer’s Association. To leave condolences, visit harterandschier.com.