ANC’s Fate Lies in Recount for Seat in 54th Legislature

first_imgThe hope of Alex Cummings’ ANC for the party’s only elected seat now rests on Bong County District #4 incumbent Rep. Lester Paye (right), pending a recount of votes cast for his seat.71 ANC candidates failed to secure seats in October 10 electionsThe Alternative National Congress (ANC) will not hold a single seat in Liberia’s 54th Legislature if incumbent lawmaker Lester Paye of Bong County District #4 fails again in the recount of votes cast during the recent elections.  The recount is expected to be conducted today.None of the 71 ANC candidates secured a win during the October polls making the party the only one among the seven top parties to tally zero in the 2017 representatives elections despite being the party with the highest contestants. The ANC fielded 56 males and 15 female aspirants.That number placed the party second to the Independent candidates who fielded 96 contestants.Following the ANC, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) had 69 aspirants; while the United People’s Party and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) had 64 apiece, with the Unity Party (UP) carrying 63.According to the NEC results, 21 contestants each from the CDC and UP accrued the highest numbers from 42 to 73 districts across the country, followed by 12 Independent candidates. The People’s United Party (PUP) put forward six candidates while Liberty Party (LP), All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), three each.The remaining parties, United People’s Party (UPP), Liberia National Union (LINU), Liberia People’s Party (LPP), and Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), had one each.UP aspirant Robert P. Womba earned the highest votes of 4,232, equivalent to 19.6% of the votes among the 14 candidates who contested the Bong County District #4 election. He was followed by ANC incumbent lawmaker Lester Paye with 3,471 votes, equivalent to 16.1 percent.According to the NEC, through its local office in upper Bong County, it will conduct a recount in Electoral District #4 later today.Senior Elections Magistrate for Upper Bong County, Daniel G. Newland, said the recount will be conducted in nine of the 84 polling places in the six precincts of the District.Newland named the precincts as: Shankpalai Public School, with code #06102, housing polling places 1, 2 and 3; Nyensue Palava Hut, code #06088, housing polling places 1 and 2; Kollieta Public School, code #06092, polling place 2; Foequelleh Public School, code #06018, polling place 1; Payeta Public School, code #06064, polling place 2; and Bellemu Public School, code #06008, polling place 3.Incumbent representative Lester Paye and three-time defeated candidate Susannah Lorpu Mator filed separate complaints of election irregularities to the NEC.  Hearings were conducted by the NEC hearing officer at the NEC office in Gbarnga resulting in today’s recount.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Vermont Utility to Develop New Grid Technology

first_imgThe details have have yet to be worked outRutland is a city of about 16,500 in the central part of the state and one of two headquarters for Green Mountain Power.There are a number of elements to the utility’s proposal, according to a summary that appeared on The Wall Street Journal‘s business wire:A smart home feature that would allow subscribing customers to remotely manage energy consumption in their homes. Green Mountain said it might offer NRG’s web-based technology that allows customers to monitor energy use. Customers also might be able to participate in “demand response” where they get credits on their bills or payments in return for reducing their use of power for specific periods of time.Distribution of NRG power packs allowing customers to recharge smart phones without grid electricity.A network of charging stations for electric vehicles.Small-scale solar arrays that provide residential and commercial customers with power.Access to a device called the Beacon 10, which uses natural gas to generate as much as 10 kilowatts of electricity and can work in tandem with PV panels.Green Mountain, however, hasn’t provided many details on when and how its proposals would be rolled out.“Our goal here was to establish the partnership with NRG and get that going,” Green Mountain media director Kristin Carlson said by telephone. “We do not have yet any specific hard dates or timelines or costs for what these products will cost for customers. We’ve made the commitment that they must be cost effective and help people reduce their rates.” The largest electric utility in Vermont has announced its intent to offer a variety of new products and services to its customers and develop a network of micro-grids through the state that offer more reliable service than the existing “legacy grid system.”Beginning in the city of Rutland next year, Green Mountain Power said it would partner with NRG Energy to develop an advanced distribution grid that could serve as a model for expansion to other parts of the state later. The utility has some 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont.The plans were rolled out at a press conference earlier this month, where Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell and NRG CEO David Crane said they would establish Rutland as the “energy city of the future” and make Vermont a leader in cost-effective, sustainable energy systems, according to an article in the Burlington Free Press.The aim is to reconfigure the distribution grid so that it includes local sources of power, such as photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage, that can allow it to operate independently during emergencies, the report said.“We’re not building a second grid,” Powell said at the news conference. “We’re taking the existing grid — a good way of thinking of it — and breaking it into smaller pieces that can operate independent of the larger grid.” Rutland solar farm is a sign of what’s to comeAlthough most details still seem murky, Green Mountain already has broken ground on a 2-megawatt solar installation that could become a template for micro-grids of the future. The Stafford Hill Solar Farm will include 7,700 PV panels and 4 megawatts of battery storage that can be used to power an emergency shelter at the city’s high school, according to the utility.The $10 million project is due for completion by the end of the year.“Stafford Hill is the first step that takes us down this path,” Carlson said, “but there will be much more of that in Rutland and across the state.“Our vision is that over time we create a network of micro-grids so the poles and wires that currently exist are more of a backup system to what we’ve now created,” she said. The transition to a distribution system dominated by micro-grids could be 15 or 20 years in the making, she added, but in the end would result in a more reliable system with more power created locally.Lowering costs for consumers is a key part of the utility’s plans, she said. In fact, Carlson added, rates for Green Mountain customers would be going down by nearly 2.5% on Oct. 1.center_img Green Mountain says it’s not locked into a contractNRG Energy, according to a profile published by Reuters, is a wholesale power generation and retail electricity company. It has more than 45,000 megawatts of fossil fuel and nuclear generating capacity, plus two natural gas generating stations.NRG also is pursuing a variety of alternative energy technologies, such as distributed solar, solar thermal and photovoltaic, as well as electric vehicles and smart meter technology.The company has already partnered with Green Mountain in developing a 150 kW solar array in Rutland that serves 50 residents.Carlson, however, was careful to point out the most recent announcement didn’t mean NRG would be Green Mountain’s only possible partner in developing new grid technologies.“This is an agreement with NRG, but it’s not a binding contract,” she said. “So, if someone else were to come into the market in Vermont with better of different products or services that we’d really like to use, then we can. We don’t have any kind of exclusivity with them.”last_img read more


Bonus Room Problems

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members If your house has an attached garage, you may have a bonus room — that is, a bedroom above the garage. For new home builders, bonus rooms make sense: including one is relatively inexpensive for the builder, and it’s seen as a desirable feature by home buyers.From a thermal or comfort perspective, however, most bonus rooms are disasters. They are often cold in winter and hot in summer, even when equipped with a supply register delivering conditioned air from a furnace or air conditioner. There are several reasons why this is so:In a new home, most builders use “room in attic” roof trusses to create a bonus room.While these trusses simplify the framing details for construction workers, they have an Achilles’ heel: They lack a bottom plate under the kneewalls. The lack of a bottom plate complicates air sealing details and greatly increases the chance that the bonus room will have a leaky air barrier.In most cases, the insulation contractors quickly stuff batts in the kneewalls, and then stuff batts in the joists separating the garage from the bonus room.This photo shows the ceiling framing above a garage. The fiberglass batts installed in the bonus room kneewalls are hanging down into the joist bays. Needless to say, neither the framers nor the insulation crew thought to install an air barrier near the batts. In the absence of an air barrier, outdoor air will easily filter through the batts and enter the bonus room at the unsealed crack between the subfloor and the bottom of the drywall on the kneewall. [Photo credit: Matt Bowers]Once the interior side of the kneewall is covered by drywall, it isn’t obvious that there is a large crack under the kneewall that allows outdoor air to entry the bonus room. If… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more


Lee-Yamaguchi rematch, Askren last fight headline ONE card in Singapore

first_imgMOST READ Askren, meanwhile, eyes the perfect end to his career as he battles Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in the co-main event.“This is going to be the biggest event we have ever put together for martial arts fans in Singapore and around the world,” said ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOther fights in the card have not yet been announced. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Castro admits De Ocampo irreplaceable LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Angela Lee celebrates after stopping Jenny Huang in the third round to defend her atomweight title in the main event of ONE Championship: Warrior Kingdom on March 11, 2017 in Thailand. Photo from ONE Championship’s Facebook pageWorld champions Angela Lee and Ben Askren defend their titles in the main offering of the ONE: Immortal Pursuit fight card in Singapore on November 24.Hometown bet Lee stakes her undefeated record and ONE Women’s Atomweight belt in a rematch against Japanese martial arts veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi in the main event of the promotion’s return to Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


‘Unbelievable’ Pascal Siakam steers Raptors past Magic for 2-1 edge

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Thunder get one over Trail Blazers to cut series deficit, 2-1 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “It’s 2-1,” Clifford said. “It’s not like it’s 3-0. It’s 2-1…. Handling disappointment is a huge part of NBA basketball and it’s a bigger part of playoff basketball.”TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto had lost four consecutive Game 3s. … Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) was active, but did not play. … The Raptors are 6-1 in their last seven road games this season. … Siakam has 73 points and 30 rebounds in the series.Magic: Among the former Orlando players in the building were Tracy McGrady, Jameer Nelson and Horace Grant. … Orlando missed three shots at the rim in one third-quarter possession. Vucevic missed at the rim, and Aaron Gordon couldn’t convert on two putback tries. … Attendance was 19,367, the second-most in the Amway Center’s nine-season history.DOUBLING UPFriday was historic for Toronto. It marked only the second time that the NBA’s Raptors and NHL’s Maple Leafs won a playoff game on the same day; the Leafs won in Boston. The only other time that happened was April 26, 2001 — the day when the Raptors got their first postseason victory.GOVERNOR SPEAKSFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s first lady Casey DeSantis were in attendance and received Magic “46” jerseys — a nod to his being the 46th governor of the Sunshine State. The governor and Magic CEO Alex Martins spoke pregame about the hope for Orlando to get another All-Star Game soon, though all through 2022 has already been awarded to other Eastern Conference cities — and Milwaukee, another East city, has expressed interest in 2023.UP NEXTGame 4 is Sunday night in Orlando. LATEST STORIES “It’s just taking what a defense gives us and going with it,” Siakam said.Kawhi Leonard — battling illness this week — had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Danny Green had 13 points and Lowry finished with 12 points and 10 assists, plus ran down a huge offensive rebound with about 15 seconds left to extend a critical possession and spoil Orlando’s first home playoff game since 2012.“It was really what I thought it was going to be tonight,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I really thought this was going to be a tough atmosphere to play in.”Terrence Ross led Orlando with 24 points, and Nikola Vucevic shook off a slow start to finish with 22 points and 14 rebounds.Game 4 is Sunday night in Orlando.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Our turnovers hurt us again,” Vucevic said, lamenting Orlando’s 16 giveaways. “We had too many of those. Empty possessions for us and against a team like that you can’t have that.”The Raptors trailed 61-60 midway through the third after a brief Orlando spurt, then went on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to take the lead for good. Siakam and Green were both 3 for 3 during the run, the Magic missed 10 consecutive shots over a span of 6 1/2 minutes and had to play uphill the rest of the way.That being said, they went down swinging.Lowry’s 3-pointer with 7:48 left gave Toronto its biggest lead at 86-69. The Magic came flying back, and Ross’ 3-pointer with 41 seconds left got Orlando to 96-93.Leonard was short with a jumper on the next possession — but the Magic couldn’t control the rebound, Lowry ran it down and Leonard made a pair of free throws with 12.9 seconds remaining to clinch the win.“Critical,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said.Orlando, which finished the regular season by winning 13 of its final 14 home games, was 13 of 44 from 3-point range.Toronto scored the first 10 points — the last five by Siakam, who was a problem from the outset for the Magic — and led by as many as 11 in the first half. The Magic got within 48-45 at the break after Ross beat the clock from midcourt at the buzzer.The Magic got the lead twice in the second half, once by one point, the other by two points. And both leads lasted exactly 15 seconds, getting taken away on 3-pointers by Siakam and Green.And now it’s up to Orlando to regroup, the same way Toronto did after dropping Game 1. Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam, left, grabs the ball in front of Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida — The Toronto Raptors think Pascal Siakam should be selected the NBA’s Most Improved Player.He was their MVP on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess And the East’s No. 2 seed has the home-court edge back again.Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds, hitting a floater with 1:33 left to help snuff out a big Orlando rally and the Raptors held off the Magic 98-93 to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“He’s unbelievable,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “He’s the most improved basketball player in the NBA this year and he’s only going to get better.”Siakam was 13 for 20 from the floor and the Raptors held Orlando to 36% shooting. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View commentslast_img read more


19 days agoChelsea winger Christian Pulisic eyeing loan move away

first_imgChelsea winger Christian Pulisic eyeing loan move awayby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic is eyeing a loan move away in January.The Daily Mailsays he is said to be considering asking for a loan move away from Chelsea if he is not given more opportunities soon.Pulisic has found himself falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge just three months after completing his £58million move from Borussia Dortmund.The 21-year-old has been an unused sub in the last three Premier League matches – and hasn’t been seen in top flight action since August.Now the American is open to the prospect of moving elsewhere in January if Frank Lampard continues to overlook him in his Chelsea plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Clean energy producers can move NCLT against discoms over dues

first_imgNew Delhi: Flagging non-payment of dues by power discoms to renewable energy producers, Union Power Minister R K Singh has cautioned seven states, including Maharashtra and Karnataka, that the developers could approach NCLT against the distribution companies to recover payments of around Rs 5,355 crore. Singh in a letter has urged the chief ministers of these states to issue directions to their respective power distribution companies (discoms) for clearing the dues of renewable energy firms in the next few days. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe power and new & renewable energy minister pointed out the power producers are likely to default on their payment obligations due to non-clearance of dues by the discoms and there is a “danger” of them approaching the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for recovering the pending amount. “Due to the non-payment of dues, it is likely that many of these RE (renewable energy) power producers would default in making payment to Ireda (Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency) and other financial institutions. Any default would make them NPAs (non-performing assets),” the Union minister said.last_img read more

Scientists create comprehensive new method to predict breast cancer risk

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 14 2019Scientists have created the most comprehensive method yet to predict a woman’s risk of breast cancer, according to a study by Cancer Research UK published in Genetics in Medicine.They have a developed a way of calculating the risk of developing the disease by combining information on family history and genetics with other factors such as weight, age at menopause, alcohol consumption and use of hormone replacement therapy.Although individually some of these things have a small impact on the likelihood of developing the disease, researchers found that by considering all of them at once, plus family history and genetics, they can identify groups of women who have different risks of developing breast cancer.Importantly, for the first time, researchers have taken into account more than 300 genetic indicators for breast cancer. This makes calculating the risk much more precise than ever before.From this, the researchers have created an online calculator for GPs to use in their surgeries. Some GPs, practice nurses and genetic counselors are testing this tool before it is considered for wider use. Doctors are prompted to answer a series of online questions about their patient including their medical and family history, whether they have any known genetic alterations linked to cancer, their weight and whether they drink alcohol.In the future, information like this could help to tailor breast cancer screening depending on an individual’s risk. For example, it could help determine what age they are first invited for breast screening or how regularly they are invited to receive it.The risk calculation could also help people to make decisions about preventative therapy – such as identifying women at high risk who may benefit from taking the drug tamoxifen – as well as encouraging women to think about the ways they could reduce the risk themselves, for example trying to keep a healthy weight.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerProfessor Antonis Antoniou, lead author at the University of Cambridge, said: “This is the first time that anyone has combined so many elements into one breast cancer prediction tool. It could be a game changer for breast cancer because now we can identify large numbers of women with different levels of risk – not just women who are at high risk.”This should help doctors to tailor the care they provide depending on their patients’ level of risk. For example, some women may need additional appointments with their doctor to discuss screening or prevention options and others may just need advice on their lifestyle and diet. “We hope this means more people can be diagnosed early and survive their disease for longer, but more research and trials are needed before we will fully understand how this could be used.”Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Nearly 55,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year. But a large proportion of breast cancer cases occur in people who are at an increased risk. Cancer Research UK has helped to double breast cancer survival over the last 40 years.Dr Richard Roope, Cancer Research UK’s GP expert, said: “Research like this is hugely exciting because in the future it will enable us to offer much more tailored care which will benefit patients and make best use of the services that we have available.”Although having an increased risk of breast cancer means a woman is more likely to develop the disease – it’s by no means a certainty. A woman at high risk may never get breast cancer just as a woman at low risk still could. But any woman with concerns should speak to her GP to discuss the options.”Source: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2019-01-15-researchers-develop-comprehensive-new-way-to-predict-breast-cancer-risklast_img read more

UQ research may explain why vitamin D is essential for brain health

first_img Source:https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2019/02/potential-link-between-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-loss-of-brain-plasticity Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 20 2019University of Queensland research may explain why vitamin D is vital for brain health, and how deficiency leads to disorders including depression and schizophrenia.Associate Professor Thomas Burne at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute led the studies, which provide the groundwork for research into better prevention and treatments.”Over a billion people worldwide are affected by vitamin D deficiency, and there is a well-established link between vitamin D deficiency and impaired cognition,” Dr Burne said.”Unfortunately, exactly how vitamin D influences brain structure and function is not well understood, so it has remained unclear why deficiency causes problems.”Dr Burne’s team found that vitamin D levels affect a type of ‘scaffolding’ in the brain, called perineuronal nets.Related StoriesPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injury”These nets form a strong, supportive mesh around certain neurons, and in doing so they stabilise the contacts these cells make with other neurons,” he said.Researchers removed vitamin D from the diet of a group of healthy adult mice, and after 20 weeks found a significant decline in their ability to remember and learn compared to a control group.Dr Burne said the vitamin D deficient group had a pronounced reduction in perineuronal nets in the hippocampus, the brain region crucial to memory formation.”There was also a stark reduction in both the number and strength of connections between neurons in that region.”Dr Burne’s team propose that vitamin D plays an important role in keeping perineuronal nets stable, and that when vitamin D levels drop, this ‘scaffolding’ is more easily degraded by enzymes.”As neurons in the hippocampus lose their supportive perineuronal nets, they have trouble maintaining connections, and this ultimately leads to a loss of cognitive function.”Associate Professor Burne said the hippocampus may be most strongly affected by vitamin D deficiency because it is much more active than other brain regions.”It’s like the canary in the coalmine–it might fail first because its high energy requirement makes it more sensitive to the depletion of essential nutrients like vitamin D.”Intriguingly, the right side of the hippocampus was more affected by vitamin D deficiency than the left side.”Associate Professor Burne said loss of function in this area could be an important contributor to the hallmarks of schizophrenia, including severe memory deficits and a distorted perception of reality.”The next step is to test this new hypothesis on the link between vitamin D deficiency, perineuronal nets and cognition,” he said.”We are also particularly excited to have discovered these nets can change in adult mice.”I’m hoping that because they’re dynamic there is a chance that we can rebuild them, and that could set the stage for new treatments.”last_img read more