Korkoya Grapples with Dual Citizenship Case

first_imgCllr. Korkoya wants MoJ or Ombudsman to handle caseCounselor Jerome George Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), has opted for the suit against him at the Civil Law Court in Monrovia to be heard either by the office of the Ombudsman or the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).Korkoya’s argument came weeks after the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), an opposition political party, and Concerned Citizens to Protect the Constitution led by Miatta Fahnbulleh, sued him at the Civil Law Court to disprove allegations about his alleged Liberian and American passports respectively.The NEC chair’s argument was contained in his reply to the court suggesting that the court desists from handling the matter.Counselors Tiawan Saye Gongloe and Laveli Supuwood filed the lawsuit on behalf of Fahnbulleh and the NDC, against Korkoya.Denouncing the court’s authority over the matter, Korkoya’s lead lawyer Cllr. Cooper Kruah challenged the legality of the court to assume jurisdiction over the case on grounds that the allegations are based on “criminality,” which the court cannot hear.The two entities claimed that Korkoya had violated the Alien and Nationality Law, perjured himself before the Senate, and obtaining a diplomatic passport through fraudulent means.Korkoya argued further that the same are allegations of criminal activities, which the MOJ has the legal standing to handle.His lawyer further alleged that the enforcement of the public laws of Liberia lies solely with the Executive Branch of Government, and that Section 22.2 (b) of the Executive Law specifically empowers the MOJ to institute all legal proceedings necessary for law enforcement.The document also claimed that the office of the Ombudsman has the jurisdiction to hear complaints concerning violation of the national Code of Conduct.“If they believed that Korkoya violated the Code of Conduct, then it is the Ombudsman that is responsible to decide the matter, not the Civil Law Court,” Cllr. Kruah argued.He said if the two groups claimed that Korkoya had violated the country’s Labor Laws, then, the Civil Law Court also lacks jurisdiction to hear that allegation, because cases concerning the violation of the Labor Laws lie with the Ministry of Labor, “and any appeal from there should be addressed by the Labor Court.”Regarding the Fahnbulleh and NDC lawsuit, Korkoya claimed that the two groups also lack the legal strength and moral grounds to prosecute him.“NDC is not a legally and constitutionally registered political party operating under the laws and Constitution of Liberia, because the same Civil Law Court on October 7, 2016, de-certificated the party,” Korkoya‘s reply alleges.The court’s decision, Cllr. Kruah claimed, was due to NEC’s February 10, 2014 request filed to that court for revoking of the registration and accreditation of the party, on which the court had acted.“This means that NDC no longer exist as a legal political party to bring action against the NEC before any court in the country,” the lawyer claims.The lawsuit against Korkoya alleges that he voluntarily and without duress on December 21, 2007, renounced his duty of allegiance to Liberia and assumed citizenship of the United States of America, and “thereby obtained a US Passport number 467078002, dated March 16, 2010, and thereby renounced his Liberian citizenship in keeping with section 22.1 of the Alien and Nationality Law.”“His naturalization certificate number is 30628201 and his voter identification number is 150326754,” the suit alleged.The suit also claimed that Korkoya has grossly violated the tenets of the Code of Conduct in its entirety, particularly, “section 4.3 to exhibit good conduct at all times, both at work and off duty… He or she shall be honest, faithful and just, and shall not act in a manner against the honor or dignity of the public service.”They again alleged that Korkoya’s conduct as outlined, “falls far short of the honor and dignity contemplated by the Code of Conduct when he deceived the Senate to secure confirmation in violation of the oath that he took to say the truth and nothing but the truth,” adding, “A demonstration of such a character is less than what Liberians expect of their public servants.”“That by hiding the truth about himself through tricks and artifice, Korkoya did fraudulently succeed in obtaining a confirmation of the Senate to serve as chairman of the NEC, “the petition further alleged, adding “Consequently, Korkoya knowingly, conscientiously and falsely took the oaths of affirmation pursuant to article 97 schedule 1 and 2 of the Constitution.”The court document claimed that as a foreigner, “Korkoya is not allowed to work in this country without a proper work permit.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ignoring Diabetic Warnings, Teacher Had to Be Amputated Twice on Same Leg

first_imgMr. Momoh at his meeting with Ms. Aletha Blamon at her residence on Duport Road“I was advised whenever I became pregnant, that I developed symptoms of diabetes. For the six times that I had my children, though four of them did not survive, I did not take the warnings seriously,” admitted Ms. Aletha Blamon. “In the end, I ended up being amputated twice on the same leg. I am grateful to God that the Liberia Diabetes Center (LDC) finally came to my rescue and through their support, I am not depressed; I am making use of my life.”The trained teacher who had to stop teaching because of her condition has resumed teaching, and is presently doing so at a community school on Duport Road, Paynesville, outside Monrovia. Ms. Blamon said her battle with the disease started in 2001. “I want my fellow Liberians to at least get tested to know where they stand with their blood sugar,” she advised.Blamon said she is encouraging Liberians to make sure that they understand what diabetes is and its devastating impact, as a way of adding meaning to her life. “I also want the Liberian government and humanitarian groups in the health sector to work along with the LDC to bring hope to many who are already down,” Ms. Blamon said. Until support came from the LDC, “there appeared to be no hope for me. It was difficult but when the LDC came to support me, I realized that all was not lost.”The devastating effect of diabetes, which can result in poor eyesight, kidney problems, nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, impotency, pregnancy complications, and amputation, is incalculable. According to LDC chief executive officer, James Momoh, the good news is that “You can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes that is prevalent in Liberia through a healthy lifestyle.” He said the Liberia Diabetes Center is on a humanitarian mission to make sure that Liberians get to know their blood sugar level, while diabetics are helped to manage the disease. “But that can only happen when people get tested in their determination to fight this dangerous disease that is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Liberians,” he added.He said supporting Ms. Blamon demonstrates the center’s commitment to providing adequate information so Liberians can make informed decisions on their health. Momoh said diabetes is responsible for kidney disease in many Liberians, “and this must stop.” Apart from providing nutritional supplements to build an individual’s immune system against diabetes, Momoh said the center now has a gymnasium to boost their overall physical wellbeing. He called on Liberians not to neglect the most basic exercise of checking their blood sugar level, blood pressure, and oxygen level as well as maintaining healthy lifestyles.The Liberia Diabetes Center is located on Front Street.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prosecutor: Man meant to kill in KFC case

first_imgPolice and Fountain Valley employees said they saw him casing the restaurant late at night. Marshall was arrested and eventually released, but detectives seized the boots he was wearing that later became a key piece of prosecution evidence. Officers also found a duffel bag in the car Marshall was driving. Inside was a boning knife that Lewin said was likely the murder weapon Marshall planned to use again – but didn’t after he discovered more than one employee at the location. “That man, he doesn’t leave witnesses behind,” Lewin said. “He was gonna commit the same crime again.” The boots’ significance came to light nearly 20 years later when Torrance police Detective Jim Wallace connected the shoes to a piece of foam left at the crime scene. Yvonne Williams, Marshall’s former girlfriend, told the jury of seven men and five women that when she told Marshall about a photograph of the foam that detectives showed her, he pulled out a similar piece from his other shoe and threw it out the car window. Williams also knew a lot of other details of the crime, including how Hoynes was killed and that no money was stolen. “How does she know this information?” Lewin asked. “She can only know, ladies and gentleman, from Mr. Marshall. She can only know from the killer.” Lewin said the corroborating evidence against Marshall was “overwhelming” and argued that it can’t be explained by coincidence. The closing arguments are expected to conclude today. As they have throughout the trial, Hoynes’ three sisters, his mother, and friends and family members watched from the courtroom gallery. Marshall, 46, was working as a state Department of Forestry fire captain in Riverside County when he was arrested and charged with murder. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Marshall, whose criminal history includes arrests and a conviction for burglarizing a former place of employment, did not testify in his own defense. He has sat quietly through the trial, taking notes and showing no emotion. For the first time Wednesday, his two young adult children came to watch the trial. “Whatever Mr. Marshall looks like, sitting here today, the man who committed that murder was heartless, and he was cold, and he was calloused,” Lewin said. Defense attorney Simon Aval argued that there were holes in Lewin’s theory of the murder. For instance, a KFC district manager couldn’t recall when or if he confiscated Marshall’s keys to the restaurant after his termination – which Aval said meant his client had no reason to enter the restaurant with employees still inside. In addition, Aval noted that Williams and Marshall independently told detectives that they were home on the night of the killing. Williams admitted that she lied to cover for him, but Aval argued that she never said the two made any efforts to get their story straight. “How would he know she had spaghetti dinner?” Aval asked. “Or was it the truth?” Aval asked jurors to use their common sense. “You have to question if every piece of the puzzle has been proven to your satisfaction,” Aval said. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And William Marshall, who had recently been fired from his assistant manager job at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, knew he would get only about $1,000 when he killed manager Robin Hoynes, Deputy District Attorney John Lewin told the jury. “This is how little he valued her life,” Lewin said, his voice rising. “Robin Hoynes’ life was worth to him $1,000.” Evidence presented during the two-week trial in Torrance Superior Court showed Marshall was let into the store by Hoynes, who was expecting him and had no reason to fear him. But he stabbed her in the back before trying to open the safe, Lewin argued. However, Marshall didn’t know the combination was changed after his termination, and pry marks on the concrete-encased floor safe show he tried to get in but then gave up, Lewin said. Before he left, he slit the 21-year-old Whittier resident’s throat as she lay dead or dying on the kitchen floor, at the store on Palos Verdes Boulevard, near Pacific Coast Highway, on Oct. 30, 1984. What’s worse, Lewin said, was that Marshall planned to commit similar crimes two more times in the next 10 days at a Fountain Valley KFC where he had also worked. COURTS: Attorney argues former employee also knew he could get only $1,000 from Torrance crime. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER A man on trial in the killing of a Torrance fast-food worker 23 years ago knew before he committed the crime that he would kill to get money, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments. last_img read more

How will United cope without Rooney? Predicted XI for West Ham clash

Louis van Gaal will have find a way to cope without captain Wayne Rooney for Manchester United’s clash with West Ham United on Saturday.The striker will miss the game at Old Trafford with an ankle problem, leaving his manager with a selection headache and a growing injury list.Rooney is joined on the sidelines by Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, while Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw remain long-term absentees.Van Gaal has been boosted by the return of Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard, but the Red Devils are stretched to the limit in certain areas of the pitch.Ashley Young may be forced to fill in at left back, while Lingard could go straight back into the team after recovering from a hamstring strain.To see talkSPORT’s predicted XI click the above arrow, right. 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger (centre midfield) 11 11 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 18. Ashley Young (left back) 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 9. Anthony Martial (striker) 11 11 11 11 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) getty 11 7. Memphis Depay (winger) – Depay was a shadow of his current self at Old Trafford 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 11 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 11 35. Jesse Lingard (winger) read more

Liverpool striker to face late fitness test ahead of Merseyside derby

first_imgLiverpool are sweating on the fitness of striker Divock Origi ahead of the Merseyside derby at Anfield.The Belgium striker, who has scored four in as many games for the Reds, reported a back problem after the win at Bournemouth. The 21-year-old missed training on Monday as a precaution and he will have a late assessment ahead of the crunch match with local rivals Everton.Meanwhile, Kolo Toure struggled with cramp in the Cherries win, so he should recover, but fellow centre-back Martin Skrtel has a groin problem which is likely to rule him out as manager Jurgen Klopp plans to bring back most of the players who were rested at the weekend. Divock Origi has scored four in as many games for the Reds 1last_img

Alhambra girls volleyball led by many returning players

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 With so many seniors on this squad, coach Nathan Yu knows this might be the last serious run for a couple of years. San Gabriel The lofty expectations are back, along with a few key seniors . Senior defensive specialists Linda Ly and Melanie Villareal will lead a defense that did not surrender a loss in league. Villareal, also a setter, will assist senior middle blocker Lisa Ly. A run to the quarterfinals is certainly possible, but going any deeper into the playoffs would be surprising. Captains Emily Tramaco (setter), Tiffany Huang (middle blocker) and Lily Tran (outside hitter) are three of several Moors returning this year. While nobody’s ready to challenge San Gabriel in league, Alhambra aims to get past the second round of the playoffs. HORIZON LEAGUE Alverno The league’s best team lost five players and won’t have an easy time repeating. But don’t expect opponents to have an easy time knocking off the Jaguars, who return two stars in outside hitter Celina Flores and senior middle blocker Katherine Rockenbach. The main challenge will be to avenge last season’s disappointing first-round loss to La Salle. San Gabriel Mission After a rocky season, the Pioneers will look to be more competitive in 2005. The varsity roster is mostly made up of seniors, including one the league’s best, Amanda Carlos. This should help the transition to new coach Trimeka Queen. It would be hard to overlook this team of veterans. PREP LEAGUE Flintridge Prep After a surprise run to the third round of the playoffs last year, the Rebels enter as a favorite. Look for big contributions from seniors Whitney Hiel (middle blocker), Lexi Allen (defensive specialist), Melissa Pearson (setter) and Erin Prickett (outside hitter). Rio Hondo Prep Missing the playoffs last season was a complete turnabout for the Kares, who won the CIF Division V-A title in 2003. Back row specialist Michelle Esguerra will be the top senior returning. Juniors Jessica Horton (setter) and Kristian Llamas (outside hitter) are arguably the two best players on the team. Although Rio Hondo has plenty of veterans, the Kares are about a year away from serious contention. Westridge Second-year coach Billy Yu returns a large chunk of last year’s playoff team. Senior Elise Post will captain a team that has aspirations of a Prep League title. “I feel we should be one of the top teams,” Yu said. “(We) will fare much better this year.” Pasadena Poly Having graduated three seniors, Poly could struggle to make the playoffs. This year’s team will be lead by senior co-captains Kara Monroe (outside hitter) and Jessica Damassco. Junior Rene Duncas-Mestel will play a crucial role. In perhaps the most competitive league in Division IV-AA, Poly should finish either third of fourth, which should clinch them another playoff spot. RIO HONDO LEAGUE La Canada The league champs were unmasked in the first round of the CIF Division III-AA playoffs last year, losing to a dominant but lower seeded St. Joseph’s team. While expected to win league again, coach Brock Turner knows he needs to have his girls ready by the playoffs. Top returners are senior outside hitter Alex Carter, senior middle blocker Natalie Burrows and senior setter Malia McPherson. The Spartans were only 3-8 outside of the Pasadena area and had a tough nonleague schedule this season. San Marino Returning senior setters Alex Robertson and Melissa Poth will propel the Titans to another successful season. While San Marino should make it to the playoffs, upending La Canada could be difficult. The senior leadership will be key as the Titans will break in a new coach, Scott Mooney. Temple City Coach Lyle Takeshita is confident in his Rams. Seniors Jennifer Lee (defensive specialist) and Corinne Watkins (middle blocker) and junior Sonia Bao (outside hitter) will be the core of the team. “Last year, we tied for second in league,” Takeshita said. “We’re hoping this year to do at least that well.” OTHERS Flintridge Sacred Heart There is a definite buzz around the gym when new coach Shelli Orlandi and her Tologs practice. The talk this season is not about a Mission League title. The chatter is about winning the team’s first CIF state title. This year’s top starters are sophomore setter Sam Orlandini, junior outside hitter Julie Herrera, senior middle blocker Rebecca Salvo and senior outside hitter Morgan Anderson. Going undefeated this season might be unrealistic. But with so many seniors returning, anything short of at least reaching the state finals will be a disappointment. La Salle Reaching the quarterfinals was a big step in the right direction last year for coach Mark Mina and his Lancers. However, finishing higher than third in the Sunshine League would send a message that La Salle is legitimate. Senior outside hitters Gillian Heydorff and Lauren Harding and setter Colleen Miller will anchor a hard-hitting offense. In the Sunshine League, La Salle would be hard-pressed to beat out Marymount and Notre Dame Academy. Even so, expect the Lancers to make another run deep in the playoffs. Marshall Head coach Mark Minassian is confident his team can rebound from last season’s 8-14 mark. Players to look for are senior middle blocker Yvonne Ramirez and senior setter Maesha Cash. “We had a good summer,” Minassian said. Even so, the prospectus of making a playoff push are dim. In the Delphic Leauge, it’s not likely the Eagles will pass up either Archer, Crossroads or Montclair Prep. Rosemead What’s to be expected from a team that has only won five games over two seasons? “How about a .500 season?” asked coach Linda Saucedo. Rosemead’s new boss is only a few years removed from playing volleyball and is prepared to infuse her winning attitude into a veteran team. Look for big seasons from senior outside hitter Connie Fang and senior middle hitter Jessica Bugarin. Leslie To, the Panthers’ starting setter, will also be coming up with larger contributions. While a Mission Valley League title is not realistic, a .500 record is not impossible. Southwestern Academy Coach Robert Gibbs has several returnees from last year’s team, which tied for the International League title. One of the team’s most exciting stars, junior Alyssia Cole, will play middle blocker this year. Other notable starters are freshman Kayla Law (back row specialist), sophomores Srna Vlaho (outside hitter) and Rhiannon Smith (middle blocker), and seniors Sam Acosta (outside hitter), Alex Nanus (back row specialist) and Sawa Takai (middle blocker). Expect another tight race with Calvary Baptist, but don’t expect the Sun to set this season. Southwestern should take the league title. — Andrew Campa 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img ALMONT LEAGUE Alhambra last_img read more

3 Reasons to Rediscover Your Home Coordinates

first_imgYou might think this is an ordinary pier in Blaine, but GC2VW16 is nearby.You’ve read about geocaching in far off lands, on ships and mountains…even in space. Wild, exotic geocaching stories make the news so often, that sometimes they seem more common than, well, the commonplace. SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 18): Geocaching Map/Search, Adventure Lab app, plus nostalgia!December 20, 2018In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 1): Nate Irish on the Geocaching apps and Geocaching.comMay 10, 2018In “Community”From flying planes to finding caches — Interview with cache owner CliptwingsJuly 12, 2019In “Interview” But for once I’m tired of palaces and underground tunnels! I’m even tired of spaceships! We’re going geocaching in the most exciting place of all—this geocacher’s home coordinates.The small town of Blaine is packed so tightly into the northwestern corner of Washington state that it looks like it’s hiding from the rest of the country. The town itself feels that way too—which is odd, considering a population of around 5,000 and the presence of two international border crossings. It doesn’t seem like the type of town where anything terribly exciting is likely to happen. I grew up in Blaine, so you’d think I would know.Turns out, all it took was a weekend of geocaching in Blaine to completely derail my perspective.Over the course of two days, my mom, dad, sister, and I made 15 finds and 4 DNFs. (For all you hard-core geocachers out there, stop your scoffing! These are impressive numbers. My 16-year-old sister had recently come into possession of her learner’s permit and was driving us for the very first time. For once I was appreciative of my town’s severely conservative speed limits.)Those 15 finds were accompanied by three realizations about why my hometown was the best place I could possibly go geocaching—and why the same is probably true for you.1)  Learning new things about old placesGCD65A, Canada, and the United States of America all share this area of land.The Peace Arch (yes, there’s an actual arch) that stands on the international boundary between Blaine, Washington and Douglas, British Columbia, is supposedly one of the first earthquake-proof structures in North America. Had I not gone geocaching at the Peace Arch, it’s likely I would have continued to lose sleep over the fate of unsuspecting border-crossers in the event of an earthquake.2)  Writing logs with a personal touchIt turns out writing a log for a geocache in a place you know is very different to writing a log for a geocache in a place that’s new to you. When caches take me to new places I find myself writing with much the same sentiment: “Beautiful spot! Never been here before, but now that I know it’s here…” And so on. In Blaine, I found myself adding my own memories of places to my logs. I wanted the CO’s to know that I too really loved this spot, because of that one time we jumped off this pier in the middle of winter…3)  Revisiting old memoriesBlaine is a small town. Spend fifteen years there and you’re bound to have a memory tied to every lamppost, street corner, and homeland security office. One geocache took me to the forest where I first met one of my best friends on a field trip. Another took me to the sewage treatment plant they built to replace the one near my house. Both good memories, happily re-lived in the name of geocaching.So what’s the take-away here?Blaine really is a lovely town, worth more than a drive through on your way to Vancouver or Seattle. Geocaching at home can be as rewarding an experience as something more fanciful and exotic. And, whoever decided that learning to drive at 16 makes sense clearly never met my sister. This is right between a sewage treatment center and GC3A175,Share with your Friends:More What’s your geocaching at home story?last_img read more

Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Vancouver

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Vancouver Startup EcosystemVancouver has a number of local events and programs that connect and support members of the community, including Vancouver GreenTech Exchange, Vancouver Startup Weekend, Mobile Mondays, and BCIC-New Ventures Competition. RWW’s Never Mind the Valley series:AustinBangaloreBeijingBostonBoulderIsraelLondonLos AngelesNew YorkPortland A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When you talk about vibrant West Coast startup scenes, obviously Silicon Valley dominates the conversation. Then there’s Seattle, of course. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Portland too. But just north of the border, the entrepreneurs in Vancouver, British Columbia insist that their city should be viewed alongside these other prominent West Coast hot-spots.Home to the recent Olympic Winter Games, the coastal city is Canada’s eighth largest, often ranking as one of the most livable cities in the world. Known for its proximity to both the mountains and the ocean, it’s a great spot for the outdoorsy, the adventurous, and yes, the entrepreneurial.In fact, the city’s mayor recently touted Vancouver as having the highest number of entrepreneurs per capita in North America.center_img There’s also a healthy network of VC firms, including Ventures West, Banyan Capital Partners, GrowthWorks, Yaletown Venture Partners, and Chrysalis Ventures, as well as a strong angel investment community in the city – all providing the necessary capital and mentorship to startups in their developing stages. The Provincial Government also offers tax credits and cash-back incentives to investors, as well as investment and support from the regional colleges and universities.Greater Vancouver accounts for more than 60% of the province’s 600+ digital media companies, and it’s also one of the leading centers for video game production. As such, the city is a blend of both major media and gaming companies, as well as local, indie businesses – Sierra Wireless, Pixar, THQ, and Vivendi/Activision, to name just a few. The local Internet startup seen is anchored by accelerators like Wavefront and the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society, and companies like Hootsuite, Plenty of Fish, Geotoko, and Compass Engine call Vancouver home.“For tech startups, Vancouver rocks,” says Daryl Hatton, the CEO of ConnectionPoint Systems. “We have a vibrant and creative tech talent pool, tremendous support from the provincial government in helping acquire angel/friends/family financing, and a quality of life that keeps people here. Our proximity and shared time zone with Silicon Valley makes it easier to partner with industry leaders.”On one hand, the proximity to other tech hubs like Seattle and Silicon Valley may make it easy to overlook Vancouver. But with a strong talent pool, a great education infrastructure, and a good economy, Vancouver certainly holds its own.Photo credits: reach the city Tags:#Never Mind the Valley#start audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Facebook Makes It Easier for Mobile Apps to Work Together

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#web Related Posts dave copeland On Wednesday, Facebook announced new developer tools for building the social network’s features directly into third-party apps running on Apple’s mobile operating system. The new release will let apps for iPhone and iPad take advantage of an unprecedented array of Facebook activities. More than that, it could change the way mobile apps are developed and make it easier for the apps on your smartphone to work together.Last month, Facebook leaked plans for a “faster” iPhone app by the end of the summer. But yesterday’s announcement suggests that Facebook is offering more than just speed. A blog post by Facebook engineer Jason Clark announced a new version of the company’s software development kit. The post hinted that third-party firms and startups will be key to helping Facebook boost its mobile offering.In addition to bolstering Facebook’s upcoming integration with iOS, which is now in beta and scheduled for release as part of the next version of iOS, Clark wrote, the social network opened an iOS development center. All of the changes will make it “easier and faster to develop Facebook-integrated iOS apps.”Tom Kuhr, senior vice president of products for video app developer Frequency, said that the changes will let his company’s iPad app find a new and bigger audience. Using the updated software development kit, developers can build apps that let Facebook members use their Facebook account to log into third-party apps on their mobile devices, just as they can currently on many Web-based services. “One of the biggest problems with the [earlier] Facebook SDK is lack of awareness of other apps on the device and vice versa,” Kuhr said. “Our challenges are especially acute because our users are sharing video, which much of the time will only play inside our app, not in the Facebook app or on Safari, due to Flash restrictions on iOS.”The unprecedented level of integration between Facebook and the iPhone and iPad essentially lets apps communicate with one another, instead of having to go through an app-to-browser process, Kuhr said. And it allows developers to dispense with having to build an account and log-in process for each app. Moreover, authentication of Facebook passwords for third-party apps will happen in iOS instead of the app itself, increasing efficiency.“The new SDK will enable us to make this process seamless. A Facebook app user can effortlessly view a video or video channel on the Frequency app after clicking the link in Facebook – and never lose the link or lose context,” Kuhr said.center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

How to use your wearable’s VO2 max feature in your fitness routine

first_imgFDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… Amanda Razani How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts center_img Fitness trackers and wearable fitness technology are a rising trend for both serious athletes and individuals who like to occasionally exercise. Both types are caring more about their health stats these days, and VO2 plays a big role in that department.VO2 Max has been used in high-end watches for a while now, but it has begun to go mainstream, being used on the latest popular fitness devices too.See Also: Check out the latest fitness tracker in a pair of glassesFor example, the Fitbit Charge 2 uses VO2 Max to display its Cardio Fitness score.  The higher end Garmin devices are using it too, such as the Fenix 3 HR.  So, what is VO2 Max, and how does it measure overall fitness?  Can a fitness tracker or smartwatch be trusted to give a correct reading?The maximum volume of O2 (oxygen) which is transferred to the blood, is what VO2 Max represents. When you exercise, this level increases, and VO2 Max is the level at which the amount of oxygen you processes hits its max and levels out. The milliliters of oxygen processed per kilogram of body weight per minute, is how VO2 Max is measured. So, if you are a serious athlete, more oxygen can pass through your body versus a less fit athlete.Why VO2 Max is important in fitnessIf you want to concentrate on improving your physical fitness, looking at your VO2 Max score is one of the best ways to do so.  There are lots of fitness wearables to look at, if your VO2 Max is a big focus.These include the Garmin Forerunner 735XT and the 630, along with the Fitbit Charge 2 and the Fenix 3 HR.  Also in the mix are the Jabra Sport Pulse and the Polar V800.There are several benefits to knowing your VO2 Max.  Garmin’s Fitness and Wellness product manager, Shane Harman gives some insight.“VO2 Max is displayed as a number, anywhere from 40-80 (the total millilitres of oxygen that you can process per minute). You can therefore understand in black and white your current level of fitness.  By implementing training you should hopefully see that number increase. If it is not increasing, your training is not having the desired effect and you can look to make some changes,” Harman explains.It is important to keep in mind that a normal medical VO2 Max test is done in a lab and requires an individual to wear a mask while performing an increasingly difficult treadmill run, and during that time, the volume of oxygen entering and leaving the lungs is measured. This level of accuracy is not within the capability of a wristband or watch.  Therefore, wearable tech measurements are just a good estimate.It is critical to enter your age, sex and weight correctly into your device, because that information determines many of the assumptions your device will make about you. The next important elements are heart rate and speed, which can both be measured accurately with wearable devices.Improving your amount of aerobic exercise is the best way to improve your VO2 Max score, and this should be able to create a change in 4-12 weeks.  Keep in mind, if you don’t train hard enough, your levels might decrease.There are a few issues, however, with VO2 Max.  When running uphill, your heart rate is usually higher, and your speed is slower.  This can be measured as a lower fitness level.  The same thing can happen for downhill runs too.Garmin and Fitbit track your score over time, so if you’re changing your routes, the average should be pretty accurate. Just make sure to get out running several times before you start focusing on your scores. 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Tags:#Fitbit#fitness tracker#Garmin#Internet of Things#IoT#Jabra#VO2 Max#wearable tech#wearables last_img read more