‘Avoid Voting Deceptive Campaigners’

first_imgChristopher Neyor, a senatorial candidate for Montserrado County, opened what promises to be an intense and expensive mid-term election last Thursday, with a statement that tries to define his opponents as “deceptive campaigners.”Neyor, an electrical engineer-turned-politician said, he was describing his opponents’ campaigns as “deceptive” because, according to him, they are telling “too many lies to be trusted in the National Legislature.”Montserrado County is already one of the nation’s prime battlefields in the Special Senatorial Election, and is also home to one of the most competitive campaigns for the National Legislature. “Should we allow them to bring their deceptive campaign that they are the best candidates for this county?” Neyor asked.  “I think that’s a ‘no’. We must defeat them.”He made the assertion when he kicked-off his campaign on Thursday, November 20, in his birth place, in Mount Barclay outside of Monrovia.Neyor stated that his opponents were engaging in “deceptive politic”, just to favor their way into winning the senatorial seat in the county.However, he went on to say that his campaign, which he described as a “Crusader for Change”, would seek to end the reign of deceptive politicians who are misleading ordinary people to vote for them.“As our crusade flourishes, we will be able to strengthen the belief that ordinary people can do what our lawmakers cannot do,” he noted.“Let us not be party to a mechanism to provide legitimacy to a select few, who create false impressions of change.  If we allow them to prosper again, expect the present and future lawmakers to be mere rubber stamps to favor their own agenda and interest,” he emphasized.Neyor, who has previously served as CEO of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and as managing director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) told his constituency that he is the best candidate that would ensure the protection of the oil and its revenue are evenly distributed. “Oil is the only God-given natural resource that we have to improve our lives and to develop Liberia, because our past blessings, like iron ore, rubber, have been mismanaged by deceptive campaigners, who have been profiting at our  expense,” Neyor maintained.Montserrado County has been represented by the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) incumbent, Senator Joyce Freeman Sumo, who is contesting the seat to challenge her political leader, Ambassador George M. Weah, as well as Liberty Party candidate Ben Snavee, Ms. Miatta Fahnbulleh and independent candidate Robert A. Sirleaf, who also happens to be one of the sons of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Because the county is evenly split and because the President’s son is running, the race has drawn support and interest from outside the county.CDC smells a chance to widen its lead to win the senatorial slot because most of the heavyweights in the House of Representatives have pledged support to Ambassador Weah, especially in fund raising.Christopher Z. Neyor is the founder, president and CEO of the Morweh Energy Group, an energy consulting and Investment Company based in Monrovia. He has done advisory work as an energy expert and consultant in several countries and was co-author of a recent book on environmental cost-benefit analysis published in 2013 by the New York University.Neyor was up to February 2012, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).He served as senior advisor on Energy, Environment and Climate to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and spearheaded development of Liberia National Energy Policy which outlined strategy for power sector development and review of Liberia’s petroleum laws including the act creating NOCAL and development of human capacity across the energy sector.He has led Liberia climate change negotiation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Neyor was managing director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) before the start of Liberia civil war in 1990, shortly after which he became a visiting scholar at the Center for Energy and the Environment at the University of Pennsylvania teaching in the early 90s.He graduated from the Monrovia College as class valedictorian and did undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, obtaining a Bachelor of Science (BSC).He did his graduate studies in energy economics, at the University of Denver and management with a Master’s  and at Stanford University‘Graduate School of Business, from where he was awarded an MBA.On the sports side, he was appointed as interim leader of the Mighty Barrolle Sport Association in 1987, where his leadership led the football club winning the Liberia Football Association Championship.He was later elected president of the Association in 1997, but had to leave the country for political reasons, following the 1997 presidential elections.Neyor has a track record of caring and giving back to the community, especially the empowerment of young people. He expanded the scholarship program at the LEC and other parts of the World.At NOCAL he launched a scholarship program that recruited 12 students from each of 15 counties of Liberia for the future management of the country’s oil industry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Help Choc help the children

first_imgThe CHOC Foundation’s holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)What began as a number of regional support groups established in 1979 by parents who were caring for children with cancer, took on a new form at the beginning of the new millennium when they merged to make as big an impact as they could.The Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation became a national organisation in 2000 and is today one of the country’s most established NGOs. In 2010, it was named the seventh most trusted and admired NGO in the Ask Afrika Trust Barometer Awards.CIRCLE OF CAREIts holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country.Choc’s Circle of Care is a six-step approach to achieving its objective of supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. It maintains the foundation’s involvement throughout the process of the disease, from detection to recovery and transition to normal life.The first step in the Circle of Care is the detection phase, during which Choc trains members of the public in how to detect the early signs of cancer. This helps to improve response times, and so helps to catch the diseases early.By the end of 2014, the organisation had facilitated the training of nearly 5 000 healthcare workers, traditional healers and community members in how to detect the early warning signs of cancer, allowing for early intervention.Following detection, the organisation then focuses on diagnosis before the patient is hospitalised. During children’s hospitalisation, Choc provides practical and psychological support, which includes care bags and ward comforts as well as transportation, accommodation and access to its parents’ support groups.During the fifth stage of the Circle of Care, the out-patient phase, Choc offers accommodation at one of 13 Choc houses for parents wanting to stay near their children and for children still in the out-patient stage of their recovery.The final stage of the process involves helping children through the latter stages of their recovery and providing counselling to them and their parents regarding their reintegration into society after often lengthy hospital stays and bed rest.Survivors are also able to become a part of the Survivors of Life-threatening Diseases (Solid) network.The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Have a heart for children with cancer” car. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)GET INVOLVEDThe number of families relying on Choc for help in caring for their children has grown at a staggering rate, increasing the strain on the organisation’s resources.It gets no subsidies from the government and relies heavily on the generosity of corporates and members of the public to meet its financial demands to support to such a large number of children.If you would like to get involved and help Choc continue doing what it does, visit the foundation’s website and view its support page for details on how you can get involved, be it through volunteering or donating money to help it meet its expenses.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Obama Administration Trying To Resurrect SOPA’s Streaming-Is-Felony Policies

first_imgreadwrite 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Streamers of illegal content on the Internet, be aware: the government really wants to punish you for your malfeasance.2012 was all about the common people of the Internet banding together to protest the possible enactment of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA). Faced with mounting opposition from voters and—more importantly—big business donors like Google, Congress back-pedaled the legislation.But a new report from the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force wants to revive one key element of the former SOPA bill that’s sure to raise eyebrows among copyright watchers: streaming copyrighted works on the Internet would be considered a felony.Copying and distributing copyrighted material (i.e., bootlegging or ripping) is already considered a felony. and streaming copyrighted material is punishable just as a misdemeanor, since it’s seen a violation of public performance rights.This was a provision in the original SOPA bill, and now the Department of Commerce is exhuming it again, demonstrating for the umpteenth time the influence of Hollywood in the halls of Washington.No legislation has been proposed from this report yet, but it will be something for which to keep an eye out in upcoming months.Image courtesy Dusit/Shutterstock. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#now#online piracy#SOPA#Streaming video 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts last_img read more

How to Green Screen (Before Digital Compositing!)

first_imgDiscover how pre-computer chroma keying worked in this informative video.If you do a lot of chroma key work than you are probably very familiar with how difficult the entire process can be. From lighting the background to minimizing spill, there are a million different things to think about (and mess up) along the way.However, the difficulties associated with modern chroma keying fail to compare to that of keying in the pre-computer world. Using techniques like contrast mattes and sodium vapor lights, filmmakers of years past had even more difficulties pulling good chroma keys.In the following video Tom Scott explains how filmmakers and TV professionals achieved chroma keys in the pre-computer age:This video was first shared on Tom Scott’s YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing Tom!Want to learn more about the pre-computer chroma keying process? Check out a few of the following resources:No CGI Please: Special Effects before Computers – Mental FlossChroma Key – Wikipedialast_img read more

Modi’s Independence Day style statement: Colour me green and saffron

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 68th Independence Day in Delhi on August 15.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, already seen as one of India’s most well-dressed leaders, went a step ahead on the Independence Day on Friday, sporting a blazing saffron and green headgear and his trademark cream-coloured short-sleeved khadi kurta and white pajamas as he addressed the nation for the first time from the windy ramparts of the Red Fort, like all his predecessors since 1947.The saffron pagdi with white dots, sitting snugly on Modi’s head, stood out on TV screens that telecast his animated hour-long speech he delivered without any bulletproof glass cover from the 16th century fort, unlike his recent predecessors.The light and summer-friendly khadi kurta added a soothing contrast to the headgear, all three colours reflecting the Tricolour he had just unfurled to mark Indias 68th Independence Day.The pagdi was red last yearFile photo of Narendra Modi, then the Gujarat chief minister, giving his Independence Day speech in Bhuj in Gujarat on August 15, 2013.Modi’s dress code on Friday was, however, not much different from what he wore in his Independence Day speech as Gujarat Chief Minister in Bhuj on August 15, 2013. Only the colours had changed.Last year, it was a red headgear with white dots, a full-sleeved kurta and an embroidered scarf.last_img read more

Rangers Take Off Blue Jackets, 2-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares COLUMBUS, Ohio — After consecutive shutout losses, the New York Rangers needed a lift.They got it from their sterling goaltender — and with the return of an injured teammate.Marc Staal and Chris Kreider scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 16.Lundqvist dueled with Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky most of the night, trading great saves.Despite getting only two shots on goal in the third period, the Rangers hung on.“We did what we had to do,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “When we weren’t where we were supposed to be, our goaltender was.”Lundqvist was pleased that his team pulled out of its offensive funk.“When you get used to winning, losing is terrible,” he said. “You could see when we scored that first goal we relaxed a little bit, we started playing better, we had more speed.”Derek Stepan, who was a game-time decision to play due to an upper-body injury, assisted on both second-period goals after missing the Rangers’ last game.“We came out in the second period and did a lot of good things — things we had been doing earlier in the season,” he said. “When we execute the way we did in the second, we’re really a tough team to play.The Rangers finally found some offense after a scoreless drought of 146:59.Staal converted on a rebound off a shot from the left circle by Stepan at 5:59 of the period. They had not scored since Nash tallied on an empty-netter with 1 minute left in a 3-1 win at San Jose on Jan. 10.Just 4:11 later, they scored again.Stepan triggered the goal with a nifty stretch pass to Kreider, all alone behind the defense, who faked to his forehand before slipping a backhand just past Bobrovsky’s outstretched left toe at the post.The Blue Jackets got on the board at 3:16 of the third. Bobrovsky, who made 24 stops, made a spectacular save on a redirect, with Ryan Johansen then connecting with Hartnell on a long pass. Hartnell beat Lundqvist high on the glove side, with the goalie picking up the second assist.The Rangers, thanks to some quality saves by Lundqvist, hung on.“I wouldn’t say we necessarily shut them down,” Vigneault said. “They had a couple of good looks. I liked the way we battled tonight. We weren’t crisp the whole night, but we found a way.”Scott Hartnell had the goal for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped four in a row while being outscored 15-7 after collecting points in 13 of 15 games.“It’s just frustrating we’re on a little bit of a skid right now,” Hartnell said.Ryan Johansen extended his personal- and franchise-record points streak to 12 games with an assist (7-7-14). It’s the longest such streak in the NHL this season.“We did some good things,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said.Lundqvist was solid all night. He stymied Johansen on repeated whacks at a loose puck in the crease with just under 6 minutes left.It appeared the Rangers got a big goal late. Bobrovsky deflected a high pass by Mats Zuccarello for Kevin Klein with 1:26 left in regulation.The puck glanced off the right leg of Hartnell and bounced into the net. It was ruled a no-goal on the ice and a video review was inconclusive whether Klein had contacted the puck with a high stick.Bobrovsky stood tall as the Rangers swarmed with seven shots on their first power play, and also gloved Dominic Moore’s shot after Tanner Glass’ steal in the opening period.Lundqvist, playing can-you-top-this, stopped Cam Atkinson in close after a New York giveaway early in the game, then twice turned away Johansen, first on a wrister and then point-blank off a loose puck, in a span of a few seconds.(RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more