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first_imgOf a pacific world besieged by incredulous harmonyOf a non-racist culture that make all skin colors equalOf a universe liberated of baffling indifferenceOf friendships that matters dearly to all our friendsOf lands of profusion thus famine will become historyOf clean waters to quench millions of thirstsOf sound of warfare overwhelm by songs of unisonOf gleeful voices echoing throughout the universeOf times we shrink from and those that make us smirkOf ambitions and progresses beneficial to all nationsOf all thing past and present and that perfect tomorrowI dream of a world God will reign as our divine leaderShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LISCR 1-0 Victory Not Good Enough

first_imgLone goal scorer Sheku Sheriff says he will work harder in Sudan against Al-Hilal.–Places team’s chances at 50-50They came from all over the city. One group had vuvuzelas, another, traditional drums, and as if to climax it, the brass band of the Armed Forces of Liberia was also present.When the Chief Patron of Sports, President George Manneh Weah, entered the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Sunday and ordered the gates free, many fans rushed to take their place around the field. Also at the stadium were GSA Director General Mary Broh and Youth & Sports Minister D. Zoegar Wilson.As the AFL brass band offered a series of renditions, many people danced; a young woman with a vuvuzela could not have enough. It was reminiscent of the days when the Chief Patron himself was still active in the game.This young woman with a vuvuzela in front of the brass band at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium last SundaySo when the home team, LISCR FC, began their exchanges with their Sudanese counterpart Al-Hilal Omdurman at 4 p.m to determine the winner in their first leg 2018 CAF Championship League, the fans roared in anticipation.LISCR FC’s coach Tapha Manneh, took his regular position, likewise his counterpart, the Brazilian coach of the Sudanese team, Sergio Farias, when two-time runners up, Al-Hilal, took the kickoff and launched into a series of well-planned coordination that showed how organized they were from the midfield.The members of LISCR FC that won the narrow victory on SundayThe visitors were at home when the ball was on the air. There were taller and bigger than their Liberian opponents, and as the Liberian side followed their lead and kept the ball in the air, the Sudanese had all the balls to their advantage.By the 10th minute, the Liberians had realized that they were not well-coordinated, but that ball possession, close distribution and making use of individual skills, could make the difference.Hence in a split combination three minutes later, passes from the midfield, engineered by Sheku Sheriff, Bully Drammeh, Amadia Kawah, Mustapha Njie, and Mark Paye, forced Al-Hilal’s defense, pivoting around Atahar al Taher, and supported by Wataar Dibala and Abdullatif Saeed on the retreat, to cause an infringement out the 18 yard box for the home team to earn a free-kick.Sheku Sheriff elected himself to take the kick. Until then the Al-Hilal goalkeeper, Loik Maxim, had proven a remarkable support in the defense, and was seen very often directing his players up front. One of the action scenes during the match on SundayThe Al-Hilal defense built a wall under the instruction of goalkeeper Maxim, and with all set, the referee instructed Sheriff to get the job done.The stadium was tense and many wondered what Sheriff would do with such a set-piece, one of the methods that creative players can use to their advantage. As the stadium waited for Sheriff to executive the set-piece, those who had followed his soccer career consider him as someone who is dependable, as far as executing such a set-piece was concerned.As Sheku Sherriff struck the ball, curling into the roof of the net, Al-Hilal’s goalkeeper, Loik Maxim, flew in the same direction, but was too late to prevent it from entering into the net, which was greeted with roars of appreciation, with the brass band, the vuvuzelas, and drums echoed amid the deafening cheers of ‘goal!’ from the large crowd.Stunned Al-Hilal players could not believe what had happened and were quick to take the ball to the center to resume the game. With such an early goal, many people said the results could be higher for the visitors.However, they resumed the session and took over the midfield but could not translate their midfield superiority into goals because LISCR FC’s defense around captain Tommy Songo, who saved at least three sticky situations, Kemoh Kamara, Emmanuel Tarpeh and Asaimuh Dahn were unyielding.In fact, when the team resumed the second half and the exchanges increased with Al-Hilal still dictating the pace of the game from the midfield, the Liberians would steal the moment and forced the visitors to their defense, but poor finishing robbed them of additional goals.LISCR FC’s Mark Paye almost wept when he shot wide a pass from Sheku Sheriff in the latter part of the second half.Both teams wasted three corner-kicks each in the match. In fact, what was also confusing for most of the players was the identical jerseys worn by both teams. LISCR FC had on white shorts and blue tops and Al-Hilal had on white tops and blue buttoms; and though both teams agreed to proceed with the game, this brought confusion as balls intended for teammates went to the wrong side.With LISCR’s 1-0 victory, the team will return to Omdurman, Sudan for the second leg with both teams at an equal advantage to win or qualify for the next round of the tournament.Playing at home, Al-Hilal, two-time runners up of the same competition, could prove more adventurous than their Liberian counterparts since they proved it in the first leg. Though LISCR players told journalists after the game that they would travel to Sudan to defend their victory, coach Manneh will have to work on the players’ poor finishing and coordination of the team’s defense.Meanwhile, Entente Setif, the other title contenders from Algeria, fared much better as they hammered hapless Olympic Real Bangui of the Central African Republic 6-0 in North Africa.Zakaria Haddouche scored a hat-trick and Akram Djahnit bagged a brace for the club who were crowned African champions in 1988 and 2014.While the Algerian “Black Eagles” are virtually assured of a last-32 place, who they would face next is not obvious.Al Tahaddy of Libya, who cannot host matches in Benghazi because of ongoing post-Qaddafi era violence, built a 1-0 lead over Aduana Stars of Ghana in Cairo.Mahmoud Ali scored the only goal just past the half-hour as Tahaddy seek to make an impact 40 years after last appearing in the premier African club competition.Al Merrikh, the arch domestic rival of Hilal, crashed 3-0 away to modest Township Rollers of Botswana in Gaborone on Saturday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels to open 9-11 park

first_img“The park is done and the memorial is gorgeous,” said Ingels, who’s owned a cabin in Fawnskin for 30 years. Jones said she was considering re-opening the park with a celebration to honor the firefighters who battled the recent Butler II blaze, which charred more than 14,000 acres and threatened Fawnskin. “We have that in mind. We think that would be a wonderful way to open it and to thank the firefighters who saved Fawnskin,” said Jones, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1961 for “Elmer Gantry” but is best known for her role as the mother in TV’s “Partridge Family.” “The fire was a half-mile from my house.” (909) 386-3885 A girder from the World Trade Center will be part of a 9-11 park set to open this month in the San Bernardino Mountains community of Fawnskin. The finishing touches are being put on the one-acre park, which was purchased in 2001 by Oscar-winning actress Shirley Jones and her husband, comedian Marty Ingels, who wanted to protect the lot from commercial development. Visiting the newly completed fountain on Wednesday, the Encino couple discussed their five-year effort to develop what they’ve dubbed Fawn Park and what they hope it will mean to the community. In addition to the fountain, the 9-11 monument will include a piece of a 600-pound iron girder from the Twin Towers donated by New York City. The park will also feature life-size statues Ingels had made of an astronaut, cowboy, Indian, policeman and fireman. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

League Cup round up: Chaplin steals limelight as Portsmouth defeat Championship side Derby

first_img Ben Davies and Andreas Weimann battle for the ball 1 League Two side Portsmouth shocked Championship outfit Derby County in the first round of the League Cup as they ran out 2-1 winners at Fratton Park.The Rams made a raft of changes to their side but were still able to call on the likes of Darren Bent, Andreas Weimann, Jeff Hendrick and Jason Shackell.Pompey claimed a shock lead four minutes into the second half as Adam McGurk nodded in past Lee Grant but Derby found themselves level with 73 minutes gone as Jason Shackell headed home at the back post.Portsmouth, though, are used to providing cup shocks and racked up another as 18-year-old Conor Chaplin, off the bench, to guide an Enda Stevens cross home and steal the show, sending them into the next round.Middlesbrough eased to a 3-1 victory as they avoided an upset at the hands of Oldham Athletic.Uruguayan international Christian Stuani was the star for the Championship side as he hit a brace in his first competitive start for the club, following Yanic Wildschut’s opener.Ex-Chelsea youngster Danny Philliskirk got a consolation goal in added time for the Latics.And in the third and final game of the night, Preston registered a 3-1 triumph over Crewe Alexandra.Early strikes from Jordan Hugill and Will Keane put North End two goals to the good with just 13 minutes on the clock, but Crewe made them sweat when Adam King ten minutes before the break.But Josh Brownhill made sure of the victory late on for Preston as he converted a Chris Humphrey cross.last_img read more

Pudding pulls two faiths together

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “In Turkey, we share the sweet pudding with whom we love. We offer it to our guests and neighbors. It is important to remember the blessings of God and to share with others what you have.” Demirkan met the Rev. Wayne Christiansen from Faith Lutheran Church when they were appointed to the board of the Valley Interfaith Council. They are helping to plan “The Tent of Abraham,” a VIC event that will focus on the elements shared by Judaism, Christianity, Islam and other faiths that are linked by the prophet Abraham. Islam has an estimated 1.2 billion followers worldwide, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, second to Christianity in number of believers. And just as the story of Noah appears in the Bible and Nos is in the Quran, the two holy books also have versions of Adam and Eve/Adam and his wife; Cain and Abel/the two sons of Adam; and Jesus/Isa. “Ensar said to me, ‘We want to do this. It’s a neighborly tradition (to share the pudding).’ The hospitality of the Turkish people, by the way, is out of this world,” said Christiansen, who visited Turkey last year. “With Christians, Muslims and Jews killing each other elsewhere in the world, it’s a powerful message to show that we can, and do, live together in peace here in the Valley.” One of the aims of the special service on Sunday is to take some of the mystery out of Islamic beliefs. The story of Noah and the Ark is found in the Bible and the Quran, and both versions will be presented. “We should concentrate on what we have in common, not the differences. People don’t know much about Islam and they should know,” Demirkan said. “Most of the time in history we are living in peace with each other. We need to do our best to get together. The only way is dialogue.” Noah/Nos “Pudding of Peace” service, 9 a.m. (English) and 11 a.m. (Spanish) Sunday, Faith Lutheran Church, 7500 De Soto Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 348-4266. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANOGA PARK – When strangers break bread together, the adage says, they cannot be enemies. Nos pudding, a Turkish dessert, will be the stand-in for bread Sunday, when two services will be held to cement the friendship between the Christian congregation at Faith Lutheran Church and their Muslim guests. “Nos, or Noah, is a great prophet for us,” said Ensar Demirkan, a Muslim Turk and the executive director of Global Cultural Connections, a Northridge-based nonprofit organization that strives to build understanding among religions and cultures. “On Ashura, the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, we remember the prophet Nos and how the Ark landed on Mount Ararat,” Demirkan said. last_img read more


first_imgGeraldine McLaughlin:Geraldine McLaughlin has won the Ulster Club Ladies Player of The Year.The Termon star who led her club to All Ireland glory last year was given the award tonight.It was a deserved accolade following her incredible scoring record in Donegal, Ulster and All Ireland championships – her three goals in the final crucial to Termon’s victory.  TERMON’S GERALDINE McLAUGHLIN NAMED ULSTER LADIES PLAYER OF THE YEAR was last modified: January 24th, 2015 by John2Share 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:geraldine mclaughlinPLAYER OF THE YEARTermonUlsterlast_img read more


first_imgKilmacrennan native Rory O Gorman in action for BrisbaneBrisbane Shamrocks are on top of the league down under!!A damp day, reminiscent of home, did not deter Mick Breslins squad as they sailed to victory and the top of the league against rivals, Souths GFC.Souths were first on the scoreboard however Tyrone native Ciaran Coey was to lead the lead way with a point in the second minute thus the Shamrocks onslaught began. Mark Larkin, Justin Mosch and Kyle Coady were a dangerous trio from the offset delivering swiftly to the forward line where Belfast man Robert Mc Elhone, Limericks Jason O Connell and Brisbane’s Matt Walsh scored 5-04 between them!Souths second and only point of the first half came from a free in the 20th minute and things were not to improve for the men in Black.The Shamrocks opened the second half with a cracking goal from Mc Elhone and the game became a one sided affair. Letterkenny man Eoghan Gallagher marked his return from injury as he put the ball in the back of the net and sealed the fate of The Souths.The Shamrocks were relentless for the remainder of the second half and the game was over before it ever began for the Southerners. Shamrocks: Robert Mc Elhone (Man of the Match 1-04), Eoghan Gallagher (1-00), Chris Mallon, Rory O Gorman, Richard Knox, Jason O Connell (3-00), Ciaran Coey (1-01), Justin Mosch(0-02), Dominic Keenan (0-01), Sam Lewis Eastwood (0-02), Matt Dark, Laurie Bere, Sean Loughran (0-01), Kyle Coady(0-02), David O Connell, Matt Walsh, Mark Larkin (1-03), Eoin Loughlan, Luke Devitt.  GAA NEWS: BRISBANE SHAMROCKS GO TOP OF THE LEAGUE DOWN UNDER was last modified: July 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: BRISBANE SHAMROCKS GOT TOP OF THE LEAGUE DOWN UNDERlast_img read more

TD: Fishermen ‘guilty until proven innocent’ under penalty point system

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle has raised the issue of the Penalty Points system with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed in the Dáil, questioning the Minister on the matter of the two previous failed attempts to bring in this new system of sanctioning fishermen. “It is essential that the constitutional rights of the citizen are protected and individual’s right of appeal is guaranteed. The Supreme Court has already ruled that the two previous Statutory Instruments (SI) to be unconstitutional and unfair to the rights of the individual to appeal a prosecution,” the Donegal TD says.“Any attempt by the Bureaucrats in Brussels to blackmail the Irish people with the withdrawal of funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) must be resisted and challenged by the Government; furthermore Brussels must respect the rights of the Irish citizen under our constitution.” Pat the Cope added: “The Minister must stand up to the pressures from Europe to introduce a system which is in keeping with the principles of common law and the rights of the Irish citizen under the Irish Constitution, in the two previous judgements by the Irish Courts – the Courts were very critical of the attempts not to afford the right of appeal to the Irish Fishermen.“I impressed on the Minister that any new SI must allow for unrestricted rights of appeal by the fishermen, it must restore the common law principle of each party being innocent until proven guilty and most importantly no one is sanctioned with fixed penalty points on their respective licences, until all appeals open to the individual are exhausted in line with accepted principles of common law.“The system which was attempted to be brought in by the Government placed the burden of proof on the fisherman – in other words they were guilty until they proven themselves innocent – this is totally unacceptable.”Pat the Cope says that he informed the Minister for the Marine that until such “principles of fairness and rights appeal” are guaranteed by the Government and clearly incorporated into the new SI on penalty points – “it is only then the Fianna Fáil party would consider supporting the introduction of any draft Statutory Instrument dealing with penalty points.” “I also called upon the Minister to actively engage with the sector and consult with the fishermen’s organisations in order to chart the best possible route forward.“The two previous draft SIs fell well short of what would be acceptable and after two failed attempts to bring in the new system it is going to be important the Minister consult widely and bring on board the rulings of the Irish Courts.“At the conclusion of the Dáil debate the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine assured the house that the new SI would be fully reflective of the Supreme Court decision,” concluded Pat the Cope.TD: Fishermen ‘guilty until proven innocent’ under penalty point system was last modified: February 14th, 2018 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) Tags:FishingPat the Copepenalty pointslast_img read more

Evolutionary Algorithms Improve on Plants

first_imgA press release from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign talks design, but it’s really about evolution, but then really about design.  Confused?  So is the author of the press release, entitled “Researchers successfully simulate photosynthesis and design a better leaf.”University of Illinois researchers have built a better plant, one that produces more leaves and fruit without needing extra fertilizer.  The researchers accomplished the feat using a computer model that mimics the process of evolution.  Theirs is the first model to simulate every step of the photosynthetic process.The team programmed supercomputers.  Is this how evolution works?  Writer Diana Yates had no problem with this:Using “evolutionary algorithms,” which mimic evolution by selecting for desirable traits, the model hunted for enzymes that – if increased – would enhance plant product.  If higher concentrations of an enzyme relative to others improved photosynthetic efficiency, the model used the results of that experiment as a parent for the next generation of tests.But can humans “use evolution” or is that intelligent design? (see 09/10/2007).  And who decides what is desirable: the researcher, or the plant?An obvious question that stems from the research is why plant productivity can be increased so much, Long said.  Why haven’t plants already evolved to be as efficient as possible?    “The answer may lie in the fact that evolution selects for survival and fecundity, while we were selecting for increased productivity,” he said.  The changes suggested in the model might undermine the survival of a plant living in the wild, he said, “but our analyses suggest they will be viable in the farmer’s field.”So clearly, desirability is in the eye of the beholder.  Since plants don’t have eyes and evolution is blind, the better metaphor might be that fitness is in the survival of the wild type.    For more on the efficiency of photosynthesis, see 07/27/2007 and 05/09/2007.The shameless bravado of evolutionary biologists never ends.  What they did had nothing to do with evolution, and everything to do with intelligent design: goals, choice, procedures, and metrics.  To brag on top of that they outdid photosynthetic design by manipulating concentrations of pre-existing enzymes is too much.  Make like a tree and leaf design to intelligence.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The gift of freedom of expression

first_imgNina Hastie celebrates South Africa’s progressive Constitution and how the right to freedom of expression is a pillar of democracy in South Africa. Nina Hastie is a permanent fixture in the South African comedy industry and hosts the popular talk show, Trending SA. (Image: Nina Hastie , Facebook)Nina HastieI’m a professional comedian. That’s my job. It’s my right to have this job. It would not have been possible before 1994. Gathering in groups of many races, late at night, talking politics and dissecting the government! Our world-class Constitution has paved the way for the youth to be able to work in the fields of their choice.Before democracy we were censored on many levels – the music played on our radios, the shows and movies that were allowed to be played in our cinemas. We are finally making and playing our own films, telling our own stories – we even have our own actors playing our own heroes as with Thabo Rametsi playing freedom fighter, Solomon Mahlangu.The knock on effect of our own stories being taken away left a nation with a low self-esteem… everybody thinking that they didn’t deserve to be heard. What a travesty, as the only democratic country that has had a moderately peaceful transition into democracy in the world!We need to make sure we protect this Constitution and make sure that the guardians of our Constitution maintain our freedom because without being able to express ourselves, we are not free.There is also a fine line between freedom of expression and hate speech, freedom which needs not be abused. Your freedom does not allow you to oppress another person. I read a tweet that Khaya Dlanga posted regarding a Microsoft study about South Africa’s digital behaviour – that South Africans treat each other with the least amount of respect and dignity online.This made me very sad, it made me realise that we confuse our freedom with power. We have a long way to go, and the only way we are going to get there is by honouring our magnificent Constitution, that was written by our struggle forefathers ensuring that we would truly be a free country. Let’s empower ourselves with knowledge, and respect for our Constitution. It was put in place not only to free us, but to protect us, from ourselves.#InspiredByMyConstitutionWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more