No real surprise as Jazz can’t keep up with Oklahoma City in big loss Related If you turn it over against a team like this, they’ll convert at the other end and you’re not going to win. – Quin SnyderOKLAHOMA CITY — Once again turnovers were a major problem for the Utah Jazz in a big loss to Oklahoma City Thursday night.After finishing with 22 turnovers a day earlier in a win at Houston, the Jazz made 18 miscues, which gave them little chance of staying with the quicker Thunder team.“We sit here and say it every night — we’ve got to not turn it over,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “I don’t think it is necessarily us being careless. Sometimes it is that and those are situations that absolutely need to be eliminated. Then there’s other situations where they making plays. If you turn it over against a team like this, they’ll convert at the other end and you’re not going to win.”The Jazz, who have averaged 16.3 turnovers over the last 12 games, had 12 in the first half when the game was pretty much decided, including five by point guard Shelvin Mack.“They’re a good team first and foremost and then we turned the ball over too much which is something I’ve talked about before,” said Gordon Hayward. “That’s exactly what we did and they ran away with it.”BACK-TO-BACK: One of the toughest things in the NBA is playing back-to-back games — games on consecutive nights, which doesn’t happen in college games except in preseason and postseason conference tournaments.But the Jazz are one of the NBA’s best when it comes to back-to-back games, Thursday night’s blowout loss notwithstanding.This year the Jazz are an impressive 10-7 on the second night of a back-to-back, a much better percentage than their overall record.“Maybe youth would be the thing I would point to,” said Snyder. “We’re also a resilient group. When we lose the first of a back-to-back, we’re resilient enough to bounce back and focus. Those two things, I guess you’d say both are because of youth.”The NBA tried to cut back on back-to-back games this year. Five teams have 20 back-to-backs this season, and Utah is close to the most with 18. The two teams with the fewest are Phoenix and Minnesota with just 14.HAYWARD PART OF NBA CAMPAIGN: Hayward is among a group of NBA players and coaches involved in the second season of the successful Lean In Together public awareness campaign, which emphasizes how men can support the women in their lives and the benefits to everyone — starting with men themselves — when they do.“It’s a mutual thing with the league and it’s a good message from the league, and being a new father and having a new family it’s something I felt strongly about and wanted to take part,” said Hayward. I think it’s really important. People, whether we like it or not, look up to us and look at the things we do and we have a responsibility to be good role models and it’s part of our jobs.”The campaign is in partnership with the NBA, WNBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). Others besides Hayward involved in the campaign are Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon.JAZZ NOTES: Next up for the Jazz are the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night in Minneapolis. … The Jazz finished the season 0-4 against OKC and lost by a combined 54 points. … Former Jazzman Enes Kanter finished with 16 points after scoring just three points through three quarters. He made all six of his field goals in the fourth quarter. … Another former Jazzman, Randy Foye, who joined the Thunder at the All-Star break after three years in Denver, scored four points in 22 minutes. … Nazr Mohammed, who was drafted by the Jazz back in 1998 but never played for the team, made his fourth appearance for the Thunder since joining the team in February, scoring two points in four minutes.
This undated photo shows a mug from Miya Company. Cats are a popular motif in Asian tableware, symbolizing good luck. This mug comes with its own little kitten spoon. (Miya via AP) This undated photo shows a plate from Miya Company. This plate features a Japanese thatch pattern, melding traditional and contemporary design. (Miya via AP) This undated photo shows a bowl from Miya Company. The surprise of this bowl is that it’s not wood at all, but a realistically-patterned ceramic. (Miya via AP) Japan, China and Korea have a long history of creating beautiful table goods, from rustic stoneware to delicate ceramics, sleek lacquered items to whimsical serveware and utensils. This tableware is appearing more and more in decor stores on this side of the world as part of several trends: minimalism, globalism, eclecticism.Miya Company , based in New York City, imports a wide range of Japanese tableware and gifts. “We’re a third-generation family business that was started in the 1930s by my husband’s great uncle, Chosuke Miyahira,” says spokesperson Heidi Moon. This undated photo shows a bowl from Miya Company. Indigo blue raindrops create a pleasing geometric pattern on this bowl that can be used for rice, cereal or soup. (Miya via AP) Miya was initially a flower shop, and then began offering tableware. Moon says its motto today is “friends don’t let friends use boring dishes,” and that whatever they sell has to be “beautiful, simple, and fun.”In the utensils department, there are fanciful tongs shaped like cat paws, and a man-shaped chopsticks holder with hollow legs so the sticks make him look like a stilt walker. In the ceramics section, there are plates and cups resembling traditional kokeshi dolls. Blue and white ceramic bowls, ideal for cereal, rice or soup, are stamped with a simple raindrop pattern, and come in sets with wooden chopsticks. There are cleverly designed mugs, too. A calico cat-shaped cup has its own little kitten spoon.From Jewel Japan, distributed by Miya, a microwave-safe series of mugs printed with modern graphics of cats, whales, or origami cranes come with handy matching lids to keep beverages warm.Cats are well represented in Asian tableware as symbols of good luck. Along with all the feline mugs, there are playful pussycats gamboling over glass and porcelain plates, and a clever cat-shaped matte black teapot, with the cat’s head becoming a cup.A striking black and white plate collection by Komon draws inspiration from traditional Japanese patterns like hemp leaves, snowflakes, arrow feathers and thatching.Run by the Lin family since 1997, Mrs. Lin’s Kitchen in Pleasanton, California, sells table and kitchen goods as well as home accessories. A collection of serveware is designed in the style of 16th century Japanese Oribe ceramics, known for their bold designs and copper green glaze. A pattern called Sunlit Forest evokes sunlight streaming through a woodland canopy at midday.There are jaunty lidded Chawa Muchi cups, traditionally used for egg custard. Painted with star flowers or clover, they’d make a pretty presentation for a sweet dessert.Children’s chopstick sets include holders shaped like pandas, cats and bunnies.Beautiful Wakasa chopsticks are made of hand-lacquered wood that’s then inlaid with shell or pearl in a design meant to evoke the clear, rippling waters of Japan’s Wakasa Bay.Forget those boring buffet platters; consider a detailed, miniature lacquerware boat or bridge on which to perch the savories or sweets. Red and gold trim accents these glossy black pieces that would bring a touch of drama to the table.CB2 has a matte-black, rustic, clay stoneware dish set comprised of a cup and saucer, bowl and two round plates with raised edges in the traditional Japanese style.And School of the Art Institute of Chicago student Louis Kishfy designed a serene little tea mug that marries a gritty, tactile stoneware base with a silken glazed cloak in white, cobalt or sky blue.
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Hass had a decent debut season in F1, scoring 29 points to finish eighth in the constructors’ standings.Romain Grosjean is back in the driver’s seat for Haas in 2017, while Kevin Magnussen will replace Esteban Gutierrez.Teams will test until Thursday. Another four-day session takes place from March 7-10 in Barcelona.The season-opening Australian Grand Prix is on March 26.ADVERTISEMENT It will take to the track for the first time on Monday in the season’s first test session in Barcelona.The new Haas car has maintained the original colors from last year but dark gray dominates. The new livery still has tones of red, white, black and light gray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnNew aerodynamic and tire regulations were introduced for 2017 to try to bring more excitement to the series, and cars will be wider and significantly faster than last season.“Aesthetically, the car has a more aggressive look. It’s lighter and more aerodynamically efficient,” team principal Guenther Steiner said. “Everything we learned from our first car has been applied to our new car.” Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tough as nails Filipinos wanted China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing MOST READ In this picture, taken on Feb. 25 2017, the new Haas VF-17 is being test driven at the Montmelo racetrack in Barcelona, Spain. American team Haas has introduced its new car for its second season in Formula One. The VF-17 car was unveiled on the team’s website and social media platforms on Sunday Feb 26. 2017 (Photo by ZAK MAUGER/Haas via AP)BARCELONA, Spain — American team Haas has introduced its new car for its second season in Formula One.The VF-17 car was unveiled on the team’s website and social media platforms on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments
…on AmailaEither David Patterson’s suffering from incipient senility or he thinks Guyanese are stupid and don’t remember the facts of the Norconsult Report on Amaila Falls. With the crux of the statement being: “It is the view of the Government that the Norconsult … provides supporting evidence that the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project would not be optimal in its current model and presents an unbalanced risk to the Government and People of Guyana,” even the Govt-friendly Muckraker summarised it thusly: “Norway team shoots down Amaila Falls hydro project”.But as Guyanese could read for themselves – since the report was posted on the Internet by Norconsult – it said noting of the sort, and in fact, asserted the opposite. It succinctly noted: “The only realistic path for Guyana towards an emission-free electricity sector is by developing its hydropower potential. The fastest way forward is to maintain AFHP as the first major step for substituting its current oil fired generation. AFHP … has a higher plant load factor than the alternatives, a smaller reservoir and a levelised unit cost in the same range as the most attractive alternatives.”!!!How would Patterson get his size 12 foot out of his mouth? Well, he just attempted to do so, but only pushed it further in!! Patterson had the temerity to now say, “no one is questioning the viability of the project at Amaila”!!! Can you believe this drivel?? So exactly why reject the Norconsult Report? Here we go again: “The question of Norconsult was a question of what happens to the US$80M which the people of Guyana would’ve earned (from the forest protection deal with Norway) and which is still in an account from the IDB”!!!Doesn’t this fella Patterson realise there’s always a paper trail on these matters? Earlier this year, Raphael Trotman had explicitly given the reason for the Norconsult investigation: “…the Ministry of Finance and Cabinet considered it the best option for an objective re-assessment (of AFHEP). This decision follows up on one taken by the country in Paris, France, in December 2015 to conduct a review of the project’s current financial model, which the Government believes could shackle many generations of Guyanese to debt.”In case, Patterson had forgotten Trotman’s statement, on pg 10 of its Report, Norconsult had reminded him: “With the aim of possibly bringing the situation out of the current deadlock, GoG, represented by the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Natural Resources, and the Government of Norway, represented by the Minister of Climate and Environment, decided at a meeting in Paris in December 2015 to perform “an objective and facts-based” assessment of Amaila Falls Hydropower Project.”What to do with Patterson’s size 12?…on silkOh, what a tangled web we weave…Or if you prefer the local idiom to the Bard’s – all smart flies do end in the bovine’s posterior orifice! (OK that’s NOT exactly the way it’s said…but your Eyewitness was reminded this is a family newspaper!) Claiming he wanted to rectify the long gap since the last appointments into the ranks of Senior Counsels, Prezzie just picked nine. And what a firestorm he’s unleashed!One pointed question was why 92-year-old Llewelyn John ? He was passed over by Forbes Burnham, Desmond Hoyte and Cheddi Jagan. Another even more pointed question was why a sitting Judge Roxane George, when that goes against the tradition of the Bar. Prezzie insisted he wanted to elevate women to Senior Counsel. But wouldn’t the two others – not on the bench – suffice? And was the set procedure that Judges – who should know the rule – send nominations to the Chancellor who collates them and passes them on to Prezzie followed?“And why not Nigel Hughes?” others have asked. Surely goat didn’t bite him?…on Moses and Red HouseSome say the decision to summarily throw Cheddi Jagan’s papers into the street was also approved by Moses Nagamootoo.Say it ain’t so, Moses; you Jaganite, you!
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)
England legend Stuart Pearce hopes ‘common sense prevails’ and FIFA scrap their poppy ban.Football’s governing body has reportedly informed England and Scotland they cannot wear poppies on their shirts in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley, which falls on Armistice Day.The symbol, worn to honour and remember the sacrifices made by those serving in the armed forces, contravenes FIFA rules banning political, religious or commercial messages.But Pearce, who played 78 times for the Three Lions, has urged them to back down and allow the two countries to show their respects.“I find it amazing really,” he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “It is a wonderful high profile game and it would be a wonderful mark of respect to remember those that fought and died in the war.“FIFA should back away from this one. Common sense will hopefully prevail.”
Light, sweet crude fell 45 cents, to $55.81 a barrel, on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has fallen sharply in recent days – it settled at a 17-month low Friday – as traders have grown concerned slumping demand would outweigh proposed production cuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The Dow rose 36.74, or 0.30 percent, to 12,342.56. That was also the Dow’s new trading high. The index, made up of 30 blue chip stocks, has closed at record levels 18 times since the beginning of October. Broader stock indicators were narrowly mixed. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1.44, or 0.10 percent, to 1,401.20, marking the first time the S&P closed above 1,400 in more than six years. The Nasdaq composite index was down 3.20, or 0.13 percent, at 2,445.86. Bonds fell, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note falling to 4.61 percent from 4.67 percent late Thursday. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices rose. For the week, the Dow rose 1.93 percent, while the S&P gained 1.47 percent and the Nasdaq added 2.35 percent, as concerns about inflation eased. NEW YORK – Wall Street ended a robust week on a quieter note Friday after the Commerce Department reported that housing construction fell to its lowest level in more than six years. The Dow Jones industrials rose moderately, managing a fourth straight record-high close. The technology-laden Nasdaq composite index pulled back slightly, following a string of five straight advances for the major indexes. For the week, the major indexes rose, though Friday’s move higher was somewhat tepid as declining issues outnumbered advancers on the New York Stock Exchange by about 6 to 5. Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank, contends that much of the week’s optimism came from lower-than-expected inflation readings. Investors sensed that inflation, the overriding concern of the Federal Reserve, could dissipate and perhaps allow the central bank to eventually lower short-term interest rates. “It gives the Fed a lot more flexibility. And elbow room is good when it comes to trying to navigate the economy,” Ablin said.
Stephen Robinson explained the reason his Motherwell side were unable to name a substitute goalkeeper against Hearts was due to a ‘ridiculous SPFL rule’. Number one keeper Trevor Carson missed out with a shoulder injury meaning Russell Griffiths was named between the sticks at Tynecastle. They had to leave the substitute bench without a stand-in goalie however, after failing to find a last-minute replacement. A SPFL rule prevented under-20 shot stopper Peter Morrison, who is on loan at Clyde until January, from being recalled. “If Malky Mackay has got to develop young players then the SPFL have surely got to support him. In the end we won’t loan players out because we can’t get them back. “We have a 20-man squad yet Peter Morrison can’t come and sit on the bench today and soak up the atmosphere as part of his development. That’s massively needs addressed.”Meanwhile, Chris Cadden who went off injured after 37 minutes will have his hamstring injury assessed ahead of the visit to Firhill on Wednesday. Alex Fisher, who went off at half time with concussion will miss the league clash with Partick Thistle. Robinson urged the league body to address the problem, saying it will stop him loaning players out in the future. “We didn’t have a keeper on the bench because of the ridiculous SPFL rule,” he said after his side’s 1-0 defeat in Edinburgh. “We’ve got a young boy on loan at Clyde who we tried to call back because we have a recall option, but apparently the recall option only works to play in the under-20s. “We’re trying to develop young, Scottish players and put them in to games like Tynecastle – great stand, atmosphere, but we’re not allowed to bring him back.