Muslims Urged to Remember Liberia in Prayers

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on all Muslims in Liberia to observe the holy month of Ramadan with a sense of commitment to the faith of Islam, bearing in mind love for country at all times. “Islam, as a religion of peace embodies love for fellow humankind,” she said.According to an Executive Mansion release, in a statement to the Muslim community to mark the start of Ramadan across the nation, she wished Muslims well as they begin the fulfillment of one of the five pillars of Islam, the Holy Ramadan.She urged them to remember Liberia in their prayers. “As you isolate yourself in the next 30 days to fast and pray, we implore you to remember our country, as well as its continued longing for peace and stability,” President Sirleaf admonished, reminding them that all Muslims were fully supportive of the fight against Ebola as was evidenced by their supplications during the country’s most difficult time.Madam Sirleaf appealed to Muslims to let their moment of peaceful sanctity inspire and bring hope to Liberia and its people. “Let the spirit of Ramadan truly manifest itself that indeed Islam begets peace and tranquility for humankind,” she urged, adding, “May the essence of Ramadan purify all our hearts.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fitness 53 supports Malteenoes Cricket Academy

first_imgWhen Fitness 53 contributed funding to the Malteenoes Cricket Academy, it was just a gift of appreciation from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramnaresh “Ronnie” Sarwan, who was among the eager youngsters at their inaugural Academy in 1993.Fitness 53 Supervisor Kavita Goberdhan presents the donation to Malteenoes PRO Sean Devers at the gym at ProvidenceOn Tuesday last, Fitness 53 Supervisor Kavita Goberdhan presented the sponsorship cheque to Malteenoes Sports Club Public Relations Officer (PRO) Sean Devers to demonstrate that Fitness 53, located in Providence, East Bank Demerara, is a good corporate citizen.The two-week Academy starts on July 23 at the Club’s Thomas Lands venue. Each day’s sessions start at 09:00h and end at 15:00h with lunch provided.The registration fee is $3000 and forms can be picked up at Malteenoes. Registration closes on July 20 and more information can be had by calling Malteenoes on 225-6509.The 38-year-old Sarwan has 15 tons and 31 fifties from 87 Tests at an average of 40.1. He has played 181 ODIs, 18 T20 Internationals, and scored 33 tons from 220 First-Class matches.Sarwan said that the Academy taught him not only the skills to kick start his cricket career but also lots of life skills that have made him a well-rounded person which has served him well much later in his life when he captained Guyana and the West Indies in all three formats.Sarwan left his home of village Wakenaam and moved to Campbellville where he attended primary school and the Malteenoes Cricket Academy, and encouraged youngsters to register quickly and make use of an opportunity which he said could be the first preparation for a successful career in cricket.Sarwan’s 291 against England is the highest Test score by a Guyanese; he is youngest Guyanese to play First-Cricket at 15 and he is the youngest West Indian to reach 5000 Test runs.Sarwan is one of two Test players produced by the Academy; the other being Ryan Ramdass.Sarwan said it felt good to contribute to the development of youngsters in the formative years of them learning about cricket.Sarwan is presently in Canada and wished Malteenoes well as the Club provides a nursery for children who could one day be the next Sarwan, Chanderpaul or Hooper, the last three outstanding Guyana’s Test batsmen.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, November 6

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, 27, was left out of the starting line-up for the second successive game amid speculation Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have submitted offers for the Spain international. (Daily Mail) Kevin Strootman, 24, is expected to make his long-awaited return to action for a Roma reserve team this weekend in a move that could boost Manchester United’s prospects of signing the Netherlands midfielder in January. (The Times)Despite being linked with a host of players, United manager Louis van Gaal is not planning to strengthen his squad in January unless a key target becomes available. (The Guardian) Forward Joel Campbell, 22, is ready to leave Arsenal in January after becoming fed-up at a lack of first-team chances. (Daily Mirror) Leicester City assistant manager Craig Shakespeare has denied talks have taken place with midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 34, over extending his contract, which expires at the end of the season. (Leicester Mercury) Damien Comolli says he was sacked as Liverpool’s director of football because the owners did not approve of the £20m signing of midfielder Jordan Henderson, 24. (Setanta) And here are the latest transfer tales…He’s a bit mad! Vickery on the Tottenham transfer target who pulled a gun on his team-mateMan City striker plays down talk of permanent Celtic moveManchester United and Liverpool to lose out on Cruzeiro sensation?Newcastle defender emerges as AC Milan transfer targetAC Milan reignite interest in Liverpool midfielderExclusive – The new Invincibles! Former Chelsea ace backs Blues to blow away rivalsExclusive – Dropping underperforming Liverpool stars could be a Rodgers masterstroke, claims HamannExclusive – Liverpool legend slams Rodgers and claims: ‘He’s alienated a lot of fans’last_img read more

Boy threatened and robbed elderly woman at knifepoint in bedroom

first_imgA boy who crept into a woman’s bedroom before threatening her at knifepoint and stealing her phone and handbag has been ordered to stay away from anybody with a criminal record. The boy, who is 17 years old, broke into the woman’s home in Letterkenny on July 18th last. He was along with another man who both threatened the elderly woman who was alone in her bedroom.The woman tried to call out to her son but the men told her to “shut her f***ing mouth.”They fled with her handbag and phone and she noticed later that a laptop computer and a key was missing.Later that evening Gardai came across three males acting suspiciously and one of them, the accused, handed over a bank card which later turned out to belong to a son of the woman who was robbed.He was interviewed and eventually admitted to breaking into the woman’s home but would not reveal the name of his accomplice.A victim impact statement was read out in court on behalf of the victim who admitted she was still suffering as a result of the break-in.She said she was still nervous, had trouble sleeping, lies awake in bed in fear and is hoping to be rehoused.“I also suffer from panic attacks because I know the two suspects are still out there,” she said.Garda Joe English told the court that he knew the boy and that he was a good boxer who would chat away to him if he was not drinking.Barrister Peter Nolan said his client was still a child who had suffered from alcohol trouble since he was fourteen.The court was told the boy, who is currently being held in Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre in Lusk, Co Dublin, has a ‘moderate risk of reoffending’ in the next 12 months.The break-in occurred when the boy was already on bail for other offenses.“This was a violation of this woman home, privacy and her person. It was appalling,” said Mr. Nolan.But he added that he appears to have done well in Oberstown House and ask the court to look at this as a way of dealing with the case.“If he’s sent away that will be the end of it and he will be dealing with the ‘Real McCoys’ and he will be back in court in a year’s time,” added Mr. Nolan.The boy himself, who turns 18 early next year, said he wanted to apologise in public to his victim.Judge John Aylmer said “This is a very serious offense of burglary while on bail. If I was dealing with an adult I would be considering a jail sentence of three years.“But because he is a juvenile I must approach it differently and ultimately detention must be the sentence of last resort.”He imposed a detention order of six months but backdated it to the day he went into custody on July 18th and also placed him under the supervision of Probation and Welfare Officer upon in his release for a period of another six months.The court was told that the boy’s dad has a criminal record but Judge Aylmer said he would excuse communication with his father.Boy threatened and robbed elderly woman at knifepoint in bedroom was last modified: December 7th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglarycourtdonegalknifeletterkennylast_img read more

Galatasaray plot January loan swoop for Liverpool summer signing

first_img Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri in action against Chelsea. Most Popular Transfer News Gossip It’s unlikely Liverpool would sanction the deal, especially give the form of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who have been less productive in front of goal this term.But the volatile Shaqiri could make life difficult for manager Jurgen Klopp if he isn’t rewarded with regular starts. ‘perfect fit” Liverpool tracking Toulouse youngster ahead of possible January move REVEALED The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino RANKED 1 moving on LATEST blunder targets center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ However, in October his situation has improved considerably, and assists against Huddersfield Town and Red Star Belgrade, as well as a goal against Cardiff City, have increased his stock.But despite his increase in minutes and his productive performances, Galatasaray are getting ready to swoop during the next transfer window.Should Shaqiri be unhappy with his circumstances in just under two months, the Turkish Super Lig side will offer the 27-year-old a loan switch, according to TMW. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Liverpool summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri is just beginning to make an impact at Anfield but already Turkish giants Galatasaray are plotting a loan raid.Shaqiri had a slow start to life on Merseyside, playing just 32 minutes of football until late September, before he started against Southampton, although he was then substituted at half-time. IN DEMAND targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

Rhine Featured in Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Spotlight

first_imgRhine and the Bulldogs play at South Dakota State Saturday at 2 p.m. Rhine is an excellent student-athlete who owns a 4.00 cumulative grade point average in elementary education. Last season, she was the 2018 MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, MVC Elite 17 winner and MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team honoree. This is Rhine’s seventh career MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award. This season, Rhine leads the MVC in scoring at 18.2 points per game and shooting percentage at 57.0 and ranks fourth in rebounding at 8.1. She is the first Bulldog to win MVC Player of the Week three-straight times since former standout Lizzy Wendell accomplished the feat during the 2016-17 season. Rhine and Wendell (2015-16) are also the only players in MVC history to win the award each of the first three weeks of a season. Rhine has won six career player of the week awards, which already ranks tied for ninth all-time in league history. She is a two-time All-MVC selection, two-time MVC Sixth Player of the Year and was the 2016 MVC Freshman of the Year. ST. LOUIS – Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team is one of this week’s featured student-athletes in the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, presented by Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, the MVC announced Wednesday, Dec. 5. Rhine is joined by Marcus Bartley of the Southern Illinois University men’s basketball team in being recognized by The Valley. Rhine is a member of Salt, an on campus Christian ministry, and volunteers with several organizations, including Courage League Sports, Habitat for Humanity and Meals for the Heartland. Rhine and her teammates volunteer 1,000 or more community service hours each academic year.  Print Friendly Version To qualify for the MVC Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes are evaluated on their campus involvement and community service.last_img read more

Locals rally against proposed Oyster Farm on Cruit Island

first_imgThe communities of Cruit, Kincasslagh and Keadue in west-Donegal have been working tirelessly over the weekend to pull together a detailed submission to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine – Mr Michael Creed – in objection to the proposed plans for Oyster Farms in both the Cruit Island and Keadue Bay areas.It emerged during the past week that a decision was pending in the coming weeks regarding the granting of foreshore licences for Oyster Farms in what is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC).In response a local task-force – the Save our Strands (SOS) Group – was established on the back of a hugely successful public meeting on Thursday night to identify how best the community could respond to the applications in question. At a supporter’s rally today, the community were joined at Cruit Island bridge by TD Thomas Pringle and local Councillors Michael Colm MacGiolla Easpaig and Marie Therese Gallagher, all of whom voiced their support to the local community in the efforts to maintain one of County Donegal’s most beautiful stretches of coastline as nature intended.The Save our Strands Group wish to express their gratitude to all who have helped out in the campaign thus far and wish to remind people that there will be a public meeting in St.Mary’s Hall, Kincasslagh on Sunday evening, 2nd October at 6pm to update the broader community on the next steps in the process – including details on how to prepare and submit submissions to the Minister.In addition, the Group have also asked that while they appreciate the good-will that exists from people far and near, that any desire to set-up petitions or gather further support should be channeled through the local committee so that a unified front can be made when making representations to the Minister. Locals rally against proposed Oyster Farm on Cruit Island was last modified: October 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Willie McCovey takes special items to the grave

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–At a public celebration of life for Willie McCovey last week, his closest teammates revealed their admiration not just for the way the Hall of Fame first baseman carried himself on the field, but how he handled himself off of it.“What he did on the field, everybody knows,” fellow Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said. “But as a human being, Willie McCovey was very special. He was very quiet, he didn’t say much, but he had a big heart.”In a ceremony held at AT&T Park, McCovey was …last_img

Neanderthal Mocking Had No Basis

first_img(Visited 536 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 More evidence rises to indicate that Neanderthals—icons of brutishness—were every bit our equals, if not superior.The trend to rehabilitate Neanderthal Man after 150 years of disdain continues apace. Previous articles showed that these fully-human brethren made cave art, buried their dead, migrated long distances, made exceptional tools, cooked with fire, and left their imprint in our own genomes (proving they were members of our own species). They certainly exceeded most of us in hunting prowess. Now, a study of their arm and hand bones shows they had manual dexterity, too. Michael Marshall explains at New Scientist:Neanderthals could hold objects between finger and thumb, just like we would hold a pen, because their hands were more nimble than anyone thought.The finding helps explain the many skilful [sic] tasks Neanderthals have been shown to have performed, like making tools, painting on cave walls, carving patterns into bird bones and threading sea shells onto string to make jewellery. These activities were hard to explain if they were clumsy.Like most Darwinians, Marshall commits the Tontology fallacy here, suggesting that all of us thought like Darwinists. “More nimble than anyone thought”— hey: creationists are part of the class “anyone.” They have always believed Neanderthals were fully human. Marshall should have said, “more nimble than Darwinian racist bigots thought,” because it’s only the Darwinists who used to put down their brethren who are no longer here to defend themselves.The actual scientific work, published in Scientific Advances, was fair overall, except for the Darwinese in the opening:Reconstructing the habitual behaviors of fossil hominins is vital for understanding the biocultural factors driving human evolution. Manual activities specifically hold particular interest, as they provide insights into the evolution of tool making and use, an essential human adaptation. A fundamental objective of human evolutionary research therefore addresses the manipulative capacities and behaviors of fossil hominins compared with modern humans…From there, the authors have little to say about evolution. They effectively dismantle the false belief that modern humans were better at grasping than Neanderthals were. Detailed analyses of bones shows very little if any difference. Nevertheless, the four European authors continue to contrast Neanderthals with “modern” humans, instead of welcoming the long-disparaged tribe into the modern circle where they belong.Put a suit on a Neanderthal and most people wouldn’t notice the difference.At The Conversation, Francis Wenban-Smith joins the rehabilitation party, but only partly. His article, titled “Neanderthals were no brutes – research reveals they may have been precision workers,” is overshadowed with a model of Neanderthal Man barely improved over the old racist artwork: a dirty, hairy, unkempt male. How does he know they were not well-dressed men and women who took care of their looks the best they could? Like Marshall, this Darwinian archaeologist speaks in Tontological terms. Before reading the quote, ask who was guilty of thinking wrongly about these people. Was it Bible-believers or Darwin-believers? We’ll indicate the Tontology terms with [T] symbols.Neanderthals were until quite recently often seen [T] as simple-minded savages – powerful hunters with a short attention span. But in the last few years, scientists [that is, Darwinian ‘scientists’] have realised that they were a lot more refined than previously thought [T] – capable of caring for the vulnerable, burying their dead and even adorning themselves with feathers and beads.Now new evidence, published in Science Advances, reveals that the Neanderthals were also more similar to modern humans in their physical expression than previously thought [T]. The study, which analysed Neanderthal hand and arm bones, reveals that these individuals didn’t actually rely primarily on force in their daily activities – they used precision grips just like we do.Strike three. In this [T]-ball game, Wenban-Smith can’t escape the fact that he thought wrongly about Neanderthals himself. Why, they most likely could been big-league champs at hardball. Where was this upstart before it became cool to praise Neanderthals? [27 June 2018]. Using past-tense, passive-voice verbs doesn’t fool the umpire. Will anybody believe his excuse?The surprise here is not that Neanderthals have been shown to have an adaptation involving manual dexterity and a precision grip, but rather that this should ever have been a matter of doubt….…this is a valuable and robust piece of research that reinforces what should now be the wide acceptance of Neanderthals as complex and sentient beings equivalent to ourselves.He’s saying, I was never a bigoted racist. I always knew Neanderthals were as good as white people.Darwinians had a long history of ‘scientific racism’ and white supremacy.Yeah, right. Preach it, brother. You come from a long line of Darwinian ideologues who looked down on non-Europeans as savages. If you were sincere, you would give your fellow Darwinians a severe tongue-lashing for their century-long bigotry. Maybe you should read Dr Bergman’s book The Darwin Effect to learn just how bad Darwinian racism got. Start with what Charlie himself said in The Descent of Man about white races eventually exterminating the “lower” races. Proceed through the writings of Karl Pearson and others like him, and learn how Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger advocated abortion as a way to get rid of non-white undesirables. Read with horror the genocides committed in Africa and Tasmania by Darwinists.As part of their penance, Darwinist anthropologists should be forced to watch the new documentary Human Zoos from the Discovery Institute, which documents how Darwinian racists actually put black people on display in zoos next to the apes to demonstrate the progress of Darwinian evolution. Maybe that punishment is not strong enough. Maybe Darwinians should enter the zoos themselves to experience what their predecessors did to black people. Now that we all should know that Neanderthals were “complex and sentient beings equivalent to ourselves,” let us recall to mind our favorite Neanderthal Man, Joachim Neander, for whom the tribe is named (he was the Christian landowner on whose land the first Neanderthal bones were dug up). Let’s cleanse our souls of Darwinian racism by singing together the magnificent words Joachim Neander wrote in his well-known hymn, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation. Give your Neanderthal brethren the front row, along with all tribes, nations, tongues, and peoples (Darwinians, step to the rear, please, and hang your heads in shame and reverence as we sing).Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,the King of creation!O my soul, praise Him, for He is thyhealth and salvation!All ye who hear,Now to His temple draw near;Sing now in glad adoration!2Praise to the Lord, who o’er allthings so wondrously reigneth,Who, as on wings of an eagle,uplifteth, sustaineth.Hast thou not seenHow thy desires all have beenGranted in what He ordaineth?3Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully,  wondrously, made thee!Health hath vouchsafed and, whenheedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.What need or griefEver hath failed of relief?Wings of His mercy did shade thee.4Praise to the Lord, who doth prosperthy work and defend thee,Who from the heavens the streams ofHis mercy doth send thee.Ponder anewWhat the Almighty can do,Who with His love doth befriend thee.5Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all thatis in me adore Him!All that hath life and breath, comenow with praises before Him!Let the AmenSound from His people again;Gladly for aye* we adore Him.*Scottish term for “always,” pronounced as long A.last_img read more

Artists to give Madiba a standing ovation

first_img11 December 2013An array of local artists will pay homage to the life and legacy of former president Nelson Mandela at a free concert at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria on Wednesday night.The event, which will celebrate Mandela’s life through song, dance, storytelling and theatrical performances, will start at 7.30 pm and continue well into the night. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, and secure underground parking is available at the theatre.The line-up includes an inter-generational mix of performers including Sipho Mabuse, Gcina Mhlophe, Simphiwe Dana, Dr Sello Galane, the Gauteng Choristers conducted by Sidwell Mhlongo, Jessica Mbangeni in collaboration with a drumming troupe, Vuyani Dance Theatre, Mak Manaka and Ayanda Nhlangothi.Actor Jerry Mofokeng will introduce the story of Mandela and his origins.Excerpts from the play The Rivonia Trial will provide the linking thread through which the reflection will unfold in the voices of Sello Maake ka Ncube, Fezile Mpela, Harriet Manamela, David James, Renos Spaundolos, Xolile Tshabalala, Tshallo Chokow and Max Papo.Soprano and jazz singer Sibongile Khumalo, co-director of the event along with State Theatre artistic director Aubrey Sekhabi, said on Tuesday that it was “an opportunity for South African performers to come together and through cultural expression and reflection, pay tribute to a man who honoured and appreciated South African artists.”Khumalo said the performances would focus on capturing the current mood of the people, which is reflective, celebratory, honouring and humanising.“Madiba was a patriot, who showed us all that it is possible to have a vision for this country and live for it,” she said.The Nelson Mandela Memorial Concert is supported by the national Department of Arts and Culture, its structures and non-governmental organisations in the arts.Source: read more