PROCMURA Reaches ‘Vulnerable’ Communities in Bomi

first_imgPROCMURA-Liberia Chapter’s Anti-Ebola Taskforce Committee over the weekend reached out to vulnerable and most Ebola affected communities’ in Bomi County, with food and non-food items.The items included household disinfectants, several bags of 25kg rice,  buckets with faucets, powder soaps and vegetable oil, among others.  Beneficiaries included residents of Dorleyla and Dimen towns on the  Bomi/Monrovia highway. Dimen Town is the home of celebrated cultural icon, the late Bai T. Moore.     Though there were no reports of Ebola outbreak in Dimen, nearby Dorleyla Town was affected, killing at least 19 persons during the height of the outbreak last year.Dorleyla’s town chief,  Imam Mohammed Jalieba,  and Pastor David Kollie as well as the head of a women’s organization,  Famatta Dorley, expressed gratitude to PROCMURA-Liberia.“Your gifts have revived our lost hopes.  Therefore, we will distribute them for the benefit of all including those mostly afflicted by the EVD last year,” residents of the two towns assured the PROCMURA leadership.PROCMURA officials informed the beneficiaries that their plights have not been forgotten, and  therefore urged them to make good use of the donations.Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey, who led the distribution committee, said the fight against the EVD in the sub-region would succeed only when those in the fight come together to kick the EVD out.He called on the leaders to take the lead in the fight by spreading the necessary awareness and education to complement the Liberian government’s efforts.“This is not the time to score victory against anyone, but to collaborate by forging together in our fight to score victory against the deadly Ebola by driving it from Liberia and the Mano River Basin,” Dr. Lartey asserted.He also called on the people to take ownership of their communities for the protection of the populace against Ebola.PROCMURA is an acronym for Pan-African Christian Organization and it is dedicated to Christian constructive engagement with Muslims to witness, establish mutual tolerance and collaboration towards peace and peaceful co-existence for the holistic development of the human family. It was founded in 1959.It is established in 20 African countries and is  visible in an additional 10, the officials said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stakeholders in St. James Welcome Extension of SOE

first_imgStory Highlights St. James business and tourism interests say they are in strong support of the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE) in the parish, arguing that “Montego Bay and neighbouring communities have never felt safer”. St. James business and tourism interests say they are in strong support of the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE) in the parish, arguing that “Montego Bay and neighbouring communities have never felt safer”.Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, told JIS News it is clear that the SOE is working, and every effort should be made “to keep a good thing going”.“We have to keep ostracising the criminals… . We can’t give them any breathing space. We have to speak with one voice as a nation and to let them know that there is no place where they will be safe,” he added.On May 1, the House of Representatives unanimously voted to extend the SOE in St. James until August 2, 2018.Mayor Davis said since the SOE, crime has taken a welcomed nosedive and that “the criminals are on the run”.“If they are planning a ‘waiting out’ strategy, we have to show that our resolve is stronger than theirs. We can’t give them any opportunity to regroup… no opportunity to come back and set up shop,” the Mayor said.“We have made some tremendous gains, which in no way we can allow to be reversed. That would be nothing short of a tragedy and something I am sure none of us want,” he emphasised.For his part, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said everything should be done to send the criminals a message that their days of waging terror on the streets are over.“We have to remain committed. We cannot allow the crime situation to get back out of control,” he said.Newly elected President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Winston Lawson, said the Chamber welcomed the extension.“The Chamber lauds the tremendous work of the joint security forces since the advent of the SOE and recognises the significant successes in reducing the crime levels,” he said.“We hope the extension time is used to strategise in transitioning away from the SOE,” Mr. Lawson said. “We have to keep ostracising the criminals… . We can’t give them any breathing space. We have to speak with one voice as a nation and to let them know that there is no place where they will be safe,” he added. Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, told JIS News it is clear that the SOE is working, and every effort should be made “to keep a good thing going”.last_img read more

Live By The Three Die By The Three Is Mostly A Myth

Were the Warriors just unlucky? Their opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers, were not a particularly good defensive team during the regular season, either overall or against perimeter shooters, although they may be better with Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson getting more minutes because of injuries. The Cavs forced the Warriors into some bad possessions, but the Dubs also missed on some good looks, shooting just 2-for-11 on corner threes.But there’s also the old adage: Live by the three, die by the three. If your shooters are going to get crazy hot on some nights, isn’t it inevitable that they’ll shoot a bunch of bricks on another, rendering a team’s offense more inconsistent and making it more upset-prone?Let’s look at some data from the 2014-15 regular season. In the chart below, I’ve sorted teams by the percentage of their field goals that were taken from 3-point range. Then I’ve looked at their game-by-game scoring, calculating their scoring range (as I’ll describe it throughout this article) as the span including the middle 80 percent of their games (that is, throwing out their top 10 percent and bottom 10 percent of performances).The Warriors, for instance, averaged 110 points per game in the regular season, while their scoring range ran from 98 points (at the 10th percentile) to 126 points (at the 90th percentile), a 28-point difference. That seems like a wide range … but it’s perfectly normal. The average NBA team this season had a 27-point scoring range. The average range since 1979-80 (when the 3-point shot was introduced) is 28 points.The Warriors weren’t the league’s most three-happy team, however. They were just seventh — behind the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers. So maybe the Dubs were pretty steady, but were those other teams inconsistent?The Cavaliers were inconsistent: Their scoring range spanned 33 points, tied for the second-highest total in the league after Oklahoma City.2Like the Thunder, who dealt with injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Cavs went through numerous lineup changes and new “looks” over the course of the regular season. So that may reflect personnel changes more than inconsistency per se. But Houston, which took 39 percent of its attempts from long range (easily an NBA record), had a scoring range of just 25 points, below the NBA average. The three-happy Atlanta Hawks had a scoring range of just 24 points.What’s going on here? Are teams that shoot a lot of threes actually more consistent than others? (Maybe they’re more resilient when facing different types of defenses or benefit from having better floor spacing?)Actually, it’s mostly just because this data is pretty noisy. I ran a regression on all NBA teams since 1979-80 to predict their scoring range based on (i) the percentage of their field goal attempts that came from behind the arc and (ii) their per-game scoring average. Both variables have a positive and highly statistically significant relationship with a team’s scoring range. Teams that score more points have a wider scoring range, and, once you control for that, teams that shoot more threes do also.But statistical significance is not the same thing as practical significance. In the context of an actual basketball team, this result will make very little difference.Suppose, for instance, that a team scores 100 points per game and that 40 percent of its field-goal attempts are 3-pointers — higher, even, than this year’s record-setting Rockets. Its scoring range, according to the regression analysis, projects to be 29.7 points.What about a team that scores 100 points but does so with only 10 percent of its shots being threes? No team has shot such a low percentage of 3-pointers since the 1999-2000 Philadelphia 76ers, but we’ll run the numbers just for fun. That team, according to the regression, would have a scoring range of 28.0 points. So it’s more consistent, but only barely so; its scoring range is only 6 percent narrower. This just really doesn’t matter much.What matters a lot more, of course, is how effective a team is at scoring overall. The Oklahoma City Thunder, as I mentioned, had the most inconsistent offense in the regular season. But their 10th percentile score, 88 points, was still better than two-thirds of the league because they had a high per game scoring average.And Golden State’s 10th percentile score, 98 points, was better than what almost a third of NBA teams scored on average per game. The Warriors will have better shooting nights than they did Sunday, but their bad nights aren’t indicative of a fundamental problem — they’re just bad nights.CORRECTION (June 9, 11:45 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that if the Golden State Warriors had made 3-pointers at their regular-season accuracy rate, they would have won Sunday’s NBA Finals game 117-95. They would have won 111-95. “You’ll shoot your eye out,” I kept thinking while watching Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. The Warriors hoisted 35 3-point attempts and made only eight of them en route to scoring just 93 points. It was a maddening, sloppy game full of what-ifs. So … what if the Warriors had sunk threes at their normal accuracy rate?1The Warriors shot .398 on 3-pointers during the regular season, which would equate to making 14 of 35 shots. They would have won 111-95. read more

Goldfein Addresses ADC National Summit Stresses Service and Community Quality of Life

first_img ADC AUTHOR Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein addressed the 2019 Defense Communities National Summit Tuesday in an afternoon question-and-answer session.Below are a few highlights of Gen. Goldfein’s comments:On Quality of Life Issues: Goldfein emphasized that quality schools and military spouse employment are two major issues that drive decision-making by service members and their families. “As I visit installations, the number one quality of life issue of airmen with children is access to good schools,” Goldfein said. “As we make basing decisions and factor in quality of life issues, airmen are not going to stay if it means moving their kids from location to location and put them into schools without quality. First and foremost, communities’ investments for a quality school system are resources well invested.”On Spousal Employment and Retaining Families: Goldfein highlighted that the Air Force is a highly college-educated and family-oriented service which often means including two professionals in the household. “The more states and communities can do to allow spouses to easily re-license in his or her profession, the better for retention,” Goldfein said. “It really comes down to quality of service and quality of life – how to assure the entire service experience is as rich and fulfilling as possible.”On Defense Community Support: “Communities are already embracing and supporting our service members and their families,” Goldfein said. “Everything communities can do to support and embrace airmen and their families and welcome them as part of the community is important and appreciated. Again, if we can make the service experience as rich as possible it helps maintain retention and allows our service members to be a part of something bigger than themselves.”ADC photo by Will Noonanlast_img read more

Missing officer found at fatherinlaws flat

first_imgKolkata: After almost a week, the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has tracked down Arnab Roy, the missing WBCS officer of Nadia, from his in-laws’ residence in Howrah on Thursday.According to sources, CID sleuths were trying to track the tower location of Roy’s mobile phone. But as his mobile phone was switched off, they were in the dark. Later, CID started scrutinising the call records of Roy and his family members. There, sleuths found a specious mobile number. When the number was traced, police found that it was active in Howrah’s Shibpur area. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataImmediately on Thursday morning, CID officials went to the location and found that it is a government housing complex for police personnel. When sleuths went up to the traced flat, they found Roy. He was immediately taken to Shibpur police station. Later, his wife and top government officials were informed about his recovery. Sources informed that CID has taken him to Bhavani Bhawan, to question him about his disappearance. His wife has also come to Kolkata. Though details of the incident are not clear yet, CID may question Roy and his wife. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring preliminary investigation, CID officials came to know that the flat from where Roy was found, belongs to his father-in-law, who is currently posted as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Diamond Harbour Police District. Questions arose on where Roy got the keys to the flat and more importantly, why he left his duty as nodal officer despite being in charge of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT). Roy had gone missing mysteriously on April 18 from Nadia. His wife had lodged a missing complaint at Kotwali police station three days later. On Thursday, District Magistrate (DM) of Nadia Sumit Gupta said: “We are happy to know that he is ok. Further things will be found in due course.”last_img read more