Breaking News: Government reshuffles hit National Sport Authority

first_imgInformation reaching Asempa Sports has revealed that the Government of Ghana have made some major  changes as far as the National Sports Authority (NSA) is concern. Mr. Joe Kpenge, the director general of the National Sports College in Winneba is now the new director general of the NSA whiles Madam Alice Atippoe, the acting director general of NSA has been moved to Civil Service Commission as an administrator. Mr. Erasmus Adokor, the Chief Sports Development officer of the National Sports Authority(NSA) has been appointed as the new director general of the National Sports College. Mr. Eric Banoeyele, Chief Accountant at NSA has been move to Account General Department. In a telephone conversation with Mr. Kpenge, he confirms his new appointment to Asempa Sports.“Yes I can confirm to you that I’ve been appointed as the Director General of NSA but please I will talk about my appointment next week”. He said exclusively.last_img read more

Heisler: More than half a century later, Lakers legend Elgin Baylor will get his statue

first_imgRelated Articles At long last, Elgin in bronze.That’s Elgin Baylor, of course. If being known by one name is a measure of superstardom – Ali, Babe, Wilt – then Elgin hasn’t needed a statue to certify his greatness from the day he arrived in 1958.Nevertheless, it’s overdue with the unveiling set for April … 60 years later … finally correcting the tilt that saw four Lakers, two Kings, Oscar De La Hoya and Chick Hearn honored before him.With Staples Center and the Kings owners, not the Lakers, in charge of statuary, the iconic Jerry West was fifth in line after Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, De La Hoya and Hearn, to be followed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Luc Robitaille and Shaquille O’Neal. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Being Jerry West, and having looked up to Baylor all his life, West made no secret of his discomfort at being singled out for the honor.“It was extremely awkward for me and even more so when Elgin was gracious enough to come and sit next to me on the dais and deliver his own touching remarks,” West wrote in his autobiography, “West by West.”“From the time I first got to Los Angeles, he got right on me, razzing me about everything imaginable, especially the part of the world I came from. It took me a little while but once I understood, for Elgin, teasing was the ultimate form of affection, I knew we would be friends for life, the bond between us unbreakable, and we have been.”Only a player as brilliant as Baylor could have a chronicler as great as West, a terrific athlete in his own right but one who had been taught the game, like everyone of that era, on the floor.Baylor, notes West, was the first to play in the air, often taking off without knowing what he would do, adjusting when he saw what the defender did – his specialty was challenging Celtics great Bill Russell – taking so long he was said to “hang in the air.”center_img If no one could really hang in the air, Elgin seemed to challenge the known universe as the first in a line of NBA showmen that led to Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.Before his second NBA season, Elgin, who was in the Army reserve, was sent to Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. The Lakers moved training camp there so he could join them after completing the day’s duties on the base.It was a tender time for race relations. The NBA was integrated but only to a point, summed up in a wry joke about playing one African-American at home, two on the road and three if you were losing.The Lakers had only two other African-Americans, reserves Boo Ellis and Ed Flaming, when Baylor arrived at age 24 and quickly became the team’s unquestioned leader.“It became clear right away,” said his late teammate Rudy LaRusso, who arrived in Baylor’s second season. “Elgin Baylor wasn’t black. He was Elgin Baylor. He had the respect and admiration of the veteran players who were on the team at the time. It was clear to me he was the guy.”Before the 1964 All-Star Game in Boston, the players refused to take the floor until the owners gave them a pension plan. Lakers owner Bob Short pounded angrily on the dressing room door, demanding that Baylor and West take no part.Baylor went to the door and explained what he and West would do. Short went back the way he had come.“Being naive the way I grew up in West Virginia, the owner coming in … I’m thinking I will never play again,” West told Sam Smith for his book, “Hard Labor.”“For Elgin, in particular the black athletes, they had to be crusaders in this league and in many cases were vilified for it. … I wish I did have the courage then to be more forceful but I may not have been the one to do it. …“That day has always resonated with me as one of the seminal points of this league. Like Elgin said, ‘We’re not playing.’ I remember him telling me, I think in Charleston, W. Va., and they wouldn’t let him in the restaurant or hotel and he wouldn’t play. … Here’s this dignified man but he stood up for what he believed forcefully no matter the consequences. I’ll admit I probably had greater respect for my black teammates than my white teammates.”‘From the time I first got to Los Angeles, he got right on me, razzing me about everything imaginable, especially the part of the world I came from,’ Lakers legend Jerry West wrote about Elgin Baylor in his autobiography. ‘It took me a little while but once I understood, for Elgin, teasing was the ultimate form of affection, I knew we would be friends for life, the bond between us unbreakable, and we have been.’ (Photo by Reed Saxon, The Associated Press)The Charleston incident came before an exhibition game the season before West arrived. Following Baylor’s lead, the Lakers refused to play until they found accommodations for all of them at another hotel.Baylor then got a call from the mayor of Charleston – demanding an apology for embarrassing the townspeople.With his habit of carrying his head erect, Baylor looked every inch like royalty, making it all the more ironic that so many things conspired to minimize the impact of his career.His best days came in the 1960s with West Coast starting times before there was much TV exposure.After averaging 25, 28, 30, 38 and 34 points during his first five seasons, he blew out a knee and, before the days of arthroscopy, underwent major surgery. He was never the same, but he still averaged 24 points – and 40 minutes – at 37.He retired two years later, nine games into the 1971-72 season – at which point the Lakers won their next 33 games en route to their first title in Los Angeles with young Jim McMillian in Elgin’s place.Baylor spent 22 years as Clippers general manager in a futile partnership with owner Donald Sterling who often opted to do nothing rather than follow his advice, obliging Elgin to call other teams to rescind trade offers.When Sterling made Coach Mike Dunleavy the GM in 2008, the team didn’t even announce Baylor’s departure. One day Elgin was there; the next he wasn’t.Not that Elgin’s greatness was ever in doubt. Now, finally, there will be a statue where his legend has been all along. Lakers legend Elgin Baylor to receive statue outside Staples Center in April last_img read more

Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits for 2014

first_imgThe U.S. Congress has voted to extend a variety of tax credits for energy upgrades, giving homeowners a bit of good news as tax time approaches.Credits apply to improvements such as new windows and insulation, water heaters, heat pumps, furnaces, and air-sealing materials, according to The Tax Incentives Assistance Project, or TIAP.The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy reported that the incentives actually expired at the end of 2013. The last-minute move in Congress keeps them on the books until the end of this year, but it will be up to the next Congress to decide whether they will be extended to cover improvements made in 2015.Each product category or type of improvement has its own rules and credit caps. For example, furnaces and boilers with an Annual Fuel Use Efficiency of 95 or more are eligible for credits of up to $150, while air conditioners, wood stoves, and water heaters top out at $300. Credits on certain fans are capped at $50. (Use the link to the TIAP website for a complete rundown on what’s eligible.)Other energy improvements, such as ground-source heat pumps and renewable energy systems, are covered separately under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 and qualify for a credit equal to 30% of the installed cost. There is no cap. Those incentives are scheduled to end in 2016.Builders who produce energy-efficient homes also quality for credits of up to $2,000.last_img read more

Animating Text on a Path in After Effects

first_imgFollow this informative video tutorial to create more engaging text in After Effects.  Animating text on a path in AE is easier than you may think!When you want to create animated text in AE, with swirling lines and organic looking motion, there’s no need to bring in text elements from outside applications like Illustrator. Instead, you can animate the text on a path directly from within After Effects. In this video tutorial, post production pro Evan Abrams shows you how.Using Path Options in After Effects you can attach a word (or set of words) onto a mask path. This gives the impression that the text is following an invisible track, as it enters the frame, swirls around and then disappears. Evan digs into the advanced options of the After Effects animation tool to give the text on a path a more organic quality (expanding and disappearing as it moves along the motion path).Although this isn’t super complicated, there’s quite a few steps involved in pulling off a natural looking text path animation in AE. So, a high level of patience or After Effects skills is strongly recommended.Thanks for sharing, Evan!last_img read more

“Freedom from Cancer” project helps 154 patients

first_imgA “Freedom from Cancer” project, launched by a cancer speciality hospital here, has helped out adults suffering from blood cancer, enabling them to lead a normal life, with the treatment facilitated by philanthropists, charitable trusts and individual donors. As many as 154 cancer patients have benefited from free chemotherapy and investigation and nursing facilities.Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital took up the project in August 2015 for making an effective intervention in the treatment of cancer patients who were unable to bear the expenses. Patients suffering from Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) blood cancer, which affects bone marrow and blood as a result of chromosomal mutation and abnormality, were selected as the beneficiaries.Hospital’s Director (Clinical Services) S.G. Kabra told The Hindu here on Friday that a total of 212 CML patients were registered for treatment till June 30, and 154 of them, including 82 males and 72 females, were receiving free medicines and being monitored regularly. Fifty-eight of the registered patients were disconnected from the socially supported project for default and other reasons.Dr. Kabra said all the beneficiaries were cancer-free and were leading a normal productive life. The emphasis was on “target therapy” through Imatinib drug, which had turned out to be a very effective medicine internationally, he said and added that the drug had led to complete and long-lasting remission of CML in over 85% of the patients.CML was the first cancer that was linked to chromosomal mutation, described in the medical circles as the Philadelphia chromosome. “If the cancer promoting enzyme could be inhibited, the cancer growth stops. The research led to development of Imatinib in 1990 and its human trial was conducted in 1998, after which the FDA approved it in 2001,” said Dr. Kabra.The medicine acts only on cancer cells, keeping other dividing cells of the body unaffected and leaving virtually no side effects. Taming of one’s deadly CML blood cancer illustrated the struggle and sustained fight against cancer, affirmed Dr. Kabra, who is also a medical science researcher and activist.The project has helped people like Parmeshwari Devi, 50, for whom the costly treatment was unaffordable, and Meera Devi, 48, wife of a vegetable vendor, who has been getting free Imatinib medication. Similarly, Kapil Kumar Vyas, 45, working at a marble shop in Makrana, is free of cancer as a result of the project’s intervention.The “Donate a Life” fund being operated by the hospital for children as a parallel measure has helped treat 85 kids. The fund’s beneficiaries are children below 14 years of age suffering from any of the three types of curable blood cancers – acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, acute promylocytic leukaemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.last_img read more

Panasonic Eluga U review: Glitzy design but it fails to dazzle

first_imgPanasonic has been selling smartphones in India for little over a year, but now it is upping the ante. It has brought the Eluga line of smartphones to the country. The Eluga U marks Panasonic’s first effort to marry premium design and great performance in an affordable package. At the same time, it faces many tough competition from local upstarts like Micromax, Karbonn and Chinese companies like Xiaomi. Can it take on the challenge? We find out.Look and FeelThe Eluga U looks like the Nexus 4. Yes, we are talking about the two-year-old Google phone. The only difference in design is that the Eluga U has a slightly larger 5-inch screen and has capacitive buttons. The Nexus 4 had on-screen virtual buttons. Eluga U has a layer of glass on both the front and back. On the front, there is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of the screen panel, and on the back it has “shatterproof” glass.The Elugal U looks attractive and its build quality seems good. But the finishing is somewhat cheap. Despite all the glass, it doesn’t look as premium as the Nexus 4. After using the device for a few days we noticed that the paint started to wear-off from the side seams and the rear glass — supposed to be shatterproof — cracked despite the fact that we never dropped the phone. Phones that use glass on the back cover are fragile. It was true for the iPhone 4 and the Nexus 4. And it is true for the Eluga U. But at the same time, we can’t help feel that Panasonic could have opted for tougher glass compared to what it put on the back of the Eluga U.advertisementThe phone is rather sleek. It is 8mm and weighs 141 grams.Another miss for Eluga U as far as the design is concerned is the lack of haptic feedback in capacitive buttons. Tapping on the button and not getting a feedback feels little odd. The Eluga U has microSD card slot and dual-SIM tray hidden behind a singular flap. Basically, both are in the same place. The microSD card slot is on the top and dual-SIM tray below it. The tray needs to be pulled out using  a pin. This is a bit cumbersome. We would have preferred two separate slots, the way most of the other phones have.Screen QualityThe Eluga U has a 5-inch 720P IPS display. The quality of this screen is very good. It has great viewing angles, shows natural colours with appropriate level of saturation, has good brightness levels and displays deep blacks. Apart the Moto G and the Xiaomi Mi 3, Eluga U sports the best screen on a phone that costs less than Rs 20,000.Even under direct sunlight, text is legible and videos can be watched.Camera The Eluga U has a 13-megapixel rear camera, accompanied by a LED flash. For a phone of its class, we found the camera to be disappointing. It is slow to lock focus and its performance in low light is shabby. In day light, it can click decent pictures but only when it can focus quickly, which does not happen very often. Due to focus issues, the phone also struggles while clicking macro images.The images that we shot with Eluga U in low-light had excessive grain and were mostly useless.The camera app allows for a certain amount of manual control with settings for ISO and exposure baked in.On the front, Eluga U has a 2-megapixel camera, which takes usable selfies.When it comes to shooting videos, the Eluga U is strictly average. It can shoot videos in 1080P resolution with 30 frames per second, but the quality of footage it captures is not too good. On a small screen you may not find videos shot with this phone too bad but don’t play them on HDTV. In low light, it is nearly impossible to shoot usable video clips with Eluga U.Software The Eluga U runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Unlike other manufacturers, Panasonic uses the stock KitKat launcher, which performs brilliantly. Though, if you are a fan of custom user interface, you can switch to Panasonic’s FitHome launcher. The FitHome launcher shows a list of apps in the bottom half of the screen, making single-handed use easier. Panasonic believes this will be more popular with users as it is simple to use. We agree with them on the simplicity part but believe that the stock Android launcher is little bit more elegant.Panasonic has also preloaded a few of its own apps on the phone. For instance, there is the TV Remote 2 app, which allows the user to connect Eluga U to a Panasonic Viera TV. A user can control the TV using the app. However, it is not a universal remote app and does not work through an IR blaster, but requires the TV and the smartphone on the same Wi-Fi network.advertisementThe Pop-In video app adds a eye tracking feature to the Eluga U. This feature is similar to the Smart Stay found in Samsung Galaxy phones. Using the front camera, the phone can track whether the user is watching the video or not and accordingly plays or pauses the video. However, these sort of features are often unreliable even on high-end phones. In Eluga U too, we found the feature to be unreliable.Overall, we like the software in the Elugu U. But it does have some minor quirks. For instance, the home button doubles as the multitasking key. Unlike most phone where the user has to either press and hold a key for the app switcher or use a single tap, on the Eluga U one has to double tap the home button. This works fine on an iPhone, which has one hardware button. But on the Eluga U this is unreliable because it is a touch-sensitive button without haptic feedback.Hardware and performancePowered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.2GHz, 16GB of internal memory and 2GB of RAM, the Eluga U is not the fastest phone in the market. Even for its price. But probably due to Panasonic’s choice of default launcher, which is the stock Android launcher, the phone delivers snappy performance. Apps are quick to load and mostly the phone handles several open apps at once without any lags.  Internal storage can be expanded using the microSD card slot.It must be noted that phones like the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Asus ZenFone 5 outclass the Eluga U purely on the basis of superior internal hardware.Gaming performance is fine for casual games like Angry Birds and Temple Run, but more demanding games like Dead Trigger 2 don’t run too well at their highest graphics settings.The battery life of the Eluga U is impressive. It lasts a regular day of usage with ease. Our usage included around 2 hours of calls, a Gmail account with push mail enabled, two social network accounts, lots of photography, streaming of music and some use of the web browser. On a single charge, we clocked around 16-17 hours of usage. This is particularly impressive for a phone with a 2,500mAh battery.The device is a dual-SIM product. While reviewing, we found its call quality was decent. We never saw stellar signal quality, but we rarely faced dropped calls.Should you buy it?Given the market realities, the Panasonic Eluga U is a tough sale. While it has an elegant design, the finishing and build quality of the product doesn’t inspire much confidence. Additionally, at Rs 18,990 it does not even have the hardware to compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Mi 3 and the Asus ZenFone 5.advertisementWe can only recommend the Eluga U for its attractive design and clean software, but if these two things don’t matter much to you, then buying the Eluga U does not make any sense. You can easily have a comparable user experience with the Moto G and a vastly superior one with the Asus ZenFone 5 and the Xiaomi Mi 3 for less money.Look and Feel – 6/10Screen – 8/10Camera – 6/10Software 8/10Hardware – 7/10Battery – 8/10Call Quality – 7/10Value – 5/ rating – 6.9/10Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBoneslast_img read more

a month agoSouthampton loanee Elyounoussi enjoys Celtic debut

first_imgSouthampton loanee Elyounoussi enjoys Celtic debutby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMo Elyounoussi was delighted after making his debut for Celtic. The winger, on loan from Southampton, set up the winner in his first start for the Scottish giants.He said: “It was good to get the chance to play. I am proud of getting the win.”It was a good first five minutes and I almost scored but in the end I was happy to assist James in front of the goal and win the game.”It was a tough game and the pitch wasn’t the best and a bit dry but we came here for three points and that’s what we got.”He added: “They have been taking care of me since day one.”In time I will get more time to know them and on the pitch know each other and how they want to play and I want to play and hopefully that will get better in the future.”I am proud to get the debut and the three points is nice and now it’s Rennes on Thursday and we go again.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Remembering lost children

first_imgAPTN National NewsRepresentatives from Aboriginal communities in central Alberta gathered together to honour the dead children from a residential school that closed its doors over 60 years ago.All that is left of those children are four wooden plaques, preserved by a local farmer.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has that story.last_img

Air Canada risks a boycott after it refers to Taiwan as being

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Canada could face a boycott from Taiwanese travellers after the airline joined a growing list of air carriers that have reportedly bowed to Chinese pressure by listing the capital of Taiwan as a part of China on its booking website.The Montreal-based airline started a route between Vancouver and Taipei last June. On Tuesday, its customer site listed flights to Taipei, CN, rather than to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as Chinese territory.In addition to referring to Taipei as part of China during the booking process, a page on Air Canada’s website trumpeting new international destinations refers to Taipei, China.However, Taiwan is still called a country in results from a web search of the route from Vancouver and on its flight timetable effective May 24 to Aug. 26.China’s Civil Aviation Administration has demanded the change from 36 foreign airlines, including some American carriers, according to the White House.Malaysia Airlines and British Airways are among the carriers that have added CN to Taipei on its websites.The government of Chinese President Xi Jinping has been increasingly assertive about its claims to Taiwan, which it regards as a renegade province and has threatened use military force to bring under its control.Air Canada declined to respond to questions about the company’s decision or whether the country affiliation had been recently changed, but published reports say the Chinese government wrote letters to several airlines requesting the change.“Air Canada’s policy is to comply with all requirements in all worldwide jurisdictions to which we fly,” spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said in a statement.Canada’s other major air carrier, WestJet Airlines, doesn’t fly to Taiwan or mainland China and the destinations are not searchable on its website.The president of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in B.C. said Tuesday he believes Air Canada agreed to make the change because the airline is eager to have new routes to China. Air Canada is in the process of negotiating a joint venture with Air China, which the Canadian airline said was expected to be completed in the spring.“If they treat the Taiwan people so unfriendly I think most of the people from Taiwan will choose other carriers instead of Air Canada,” said Charles Chang.Chang, who is also general manager of Formosa Travel, said he believes Air Canada made the change one or two days ago. It is ridiculous that Air Canada refers to Taiwan in this way, he said, adding that he plans to send a letter of protest to the airline.A spokesman for Global Affairs Canada said by email that it was up to the company to determine its policy.“Air Canada is a private company and responsible for the contents of its website. Canada’s long-standing position on this issue has not changed.”Delta Air Lines, hotel operator Marriott, fashion brand Zara and other companies have apologized to China for referring to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet as countries on websites or promotional material.The U.S. clothing retailer Gap apologized Tuesday for selling T-shirts with a map of China that didn’t include self-ruled Taiwan, the latest example of corporate kowtowing to Beijing.The company took action after photos began circulating on Chinese social media of a T-shirt showing a map of China which appeared to omit Taiwan, southern Tibet and the disputed South China Sea, the state-owned Global Times said, adding that it drew hundreds of complaints on China’s Weibo microblogging platform.The White House has condemned China’s efforts to control how U.S. airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, saying the push to make them comply with Chinese standards is “Orwellian nonsense.”China dismissed that criticism, saying companies operating in the country must respect its sovereignty.Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters that China pressuring companies like Gap to change how they refer to Taiwan was “rather unfortunate in terms of cross-strait relations” and would push its residents “further and further away” rather than winning their “hearts and minds.”— With files from The Associated PressFollow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)last_img read more