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Jan
14

Pres. Weah Commissions Associate Justice Nagbe

first_imgFlashback: In August 2018, President George M. Weah (right) commissioned Cllr. Joseph Nagbe as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of LiberiaPresident George Weah on Monday, August 27, commissioned the newly appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Cllr. Joseph N. Nagbe. The ceremony, which was held in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the President’s Foreign Affairs office, finally qualifies Cllr. Nagbe to now replace Cllr. Philip A.Z. Banks, who retired recently after reaching the constitutional age limit of 70.In a statement, the President said he believes in the ability of choice, who is his kinsman from the Kru ethnic group, “but it was challenging to live up the confidence repose in him.”Prior to his nomination at the Supreme Court, Cllr. Nagbe served as Senator for Sinoe County in the 54th Legislature. By his nomination, President Weah also expressed hope in his ability to justify the confidence reposed in him, describing the President as a great man.“I have the privilege and honor to be here for this program in honor of a father, and brother, who has been given the opportunity to serve our country,” Pres. Weah said.“I want to thank Chief Justice, Francis Korkpor for accepting our son to join the Supreme Court Bench. Honorable Nagbe, I know you can do the job,” the President said.President Weah then prayed that Nagbe performs to interpret the country’s laws in the best interests of the people.He explained how Justice Nagbe has always been a serious minded legal person, and a lawmaker, who was then in the vanguard of upholding rule of law.“I hope this will continue while at the Supreme Court,” the President said.President Weah denied Cllr. Nagbe’s appointment being on the basis of friendship, but in keeping with Nagbe’s hard work, and understanding of the law.Nagbe’s appointment came in less than 24-hour when the then Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks retired. Nagbe is believed to be not just a partisan of the Congress for Democratic Change, but a loyalist to fill the vacancy at the bench.Banks retired on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, after reaching the constitutional retirement age of 70.In 2005, Nagbe was first elected as a senator on the Alliance for Peace and Democracy ticket. He was reelected in 2011 on the same ticket. The Alliance for Peace and Democracy was a coalition of two Liberian political parties that included the Liberian People’s Party, and the United People’s Party.In response, Cllr. Nagbe lauded the President for preferring him to serve his people at another level of government.“With God’s help, I will not fail you,” he said.Magbe pledged to do his best to interpret the laws into context, but promised to join his colleagues to work in the supreme interest of the state and its people.“I will be bold, loud indeed to interpret the laws within its legal context to ensure that Liberians live in peace,” Cllr, Nagbe said.He used the occasion to call on the leadership of the three branches of government to work together as far as the mandate of the constitution is concerned to coordinate the country’s devekopment’s interest.“It is an appropriate time for me to serve my people at the Supreme Court, and I therefore promised to do my best, Cllr. Nagbe assured President Weah.He said working together with other branches of government, especially the legislature is very key.“We will call on you to seek your counsel on critical national issues, because we are on one boat sailing together in the interest of the country, he said.Nagbe was later confirmed by his former colleagues at the Senate, and commended them for trusting in his ability to work for his mother’s land.In July 2018, Nagbe, a trained lawyer, was expelled from the Sinoe County Legislative Caucus for breaking a “peace accord” signed in Bamako, Mali in June this year. All five members of the caucus had met in Bamako and signed an agreement obligating them to work for peace and tranquility, and by extension, among the people of the county.His exit from the senate has created a second by-elections in two counties following the victory of Representative Saah Joseph of Montserrado’s District 13.Nagbe’s exit from the legislative branch now creates two slots for by-elections.He replaces President Weah, who vacated the seat after winning the presidential polls in January this year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jan
12

NAPS launches “Know Your Status” campaign

first_imgThe “Know Your Status” Guyana campaign, which aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, was launched by the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS). The concept serves as part of promoting the World AIDS Day theme ‘Know Your Status’ which is to be observed on December 1.The campaign is set towards reaching the UNAIDS 90/90/90 target, which is to diagnose 90 per cent of all HIV-positive persons, provide antiretroviral therapy for 90 per cent of those diagnosed, and achieve viral suppression for 90 per cent of those treated by 2020.Programme Manager at NAPS, Dr Rhonda Moore, said Guyana is on the move towards attaining such an achievement.“At the end of 2017, Guyana was recorded as having an estimated 8215 persons living with HIV that equated to a prevalence of 1.6 per cent of the population. Of that amount, 7100 were aware that they were HIV positive, 5237 were receiving sustained treatment and 3414 were found to be virally suppressed. This, in essence, left us at 86 per cent for the first 90, 74 per cent for the second 90 and 65 per cent as it relates to the third 90,” Dr Moore is quoted by the Department of Public information (DPI) as saying.As NAPS puts preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS infection on top of the agenda, it is appealing to key groups to be tested, especially men since in most cases, they test positive. Moore also called for certain barriers such as discrimination, marginalisation, and violence to be removed so as to allow greater access to treatment for HIV.NAPS is seeking to take on a more community-based approach in rolling out this campaign, even as the campaign will run for a three-month period and will take on the form of a number of public sensitisation engagements, where persons will be provided with the opportunity to be tested for HIV/AIDS. Some of these activities would include school essay competitions, an awareness walk, school sensitisation, temporary testing sites and mobile testing being done in Georgetown. Additionally, health facilities have been earmarked to initiate counselling and testing and can be accessed in Kitty, Campbellville, Beterverwagting and Dorothy Bailey Health Centre’s, the Enmore Polyclinic, the Cheddi Jagan Dental School and the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.UNAIDS Country Director to Guyana and Suriname, Dr Martin Odiit, explained that too many people still die from HIV-related illnesses in spite of treatment made available. On this note, he encouraged couples to get tested by indicating that it is in the best interest of both partners.“Globally new infections are not declining fast enough and too many people still dieing from AIDS-related illnesses despite the availability of high quality and effective treatment, so I am saying we know what to do when somebody is HIV positive and alas some people are still not getting the treatment because of societal pressures.”last_img read more

Dec
28

CELEBRATING 50 WONDERFUL YEARS FOR JOHN AND BETTY – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgJohn and Betty Harkin cutting the cake, 50 years later, on their Golden Wedding Anniversary at their celebration recently in Termon.A very special couple celebrated a very special occasion recently.After 50 years of wedded bliss, John and Betty Harkin from Termon celebrated their milestone occasion with a party in the Lagoon, with family, neighbours and friends last week.On a cool, spring day, Monday 18th April 1966, the Happy Couple were married in Termon chapel by Fr. Patrick McCafferty with Seamus Harkin, best man and Sally Helferty as bridesmaid. John and Betty Harkin with their family on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary in the Lagoon, Termon.Back L- R James, Annette, Sara, Eddie, Eilish, Helen, John. Front Marian and Hugh.Afterwards, they held a reception in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey.Living in Kilmacrennan first, then moving up the road to Clonkillymore in Termon, John and Betty had a family of 9 and are now blessed with 22 grandchildren, the latest, John Joseph arriving on their actual wedding anniversary.And their 50th wedding anniversary celebrations was the perfect way of reliving all those happy memories which only families can bring.John and Betty Harkin with their 21 grandchildren on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.  CELEBRATING 50 WONDERFUL YEARS FOR JOHN AND BETTY – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: April 20th, 2016 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:donegalJohn and Betty HarkinTermonlast_img read more

Dec
25

HUNDREDS EXPECTED FOR FINN VALLEY AC FESTIVE 5K TODAY

first_imgHUNDREDS  of runners and walkers are expected for the St Stephen’s Day 5k at the Finn Valley Centre later today.There’s still time to pre enter by emailing finnvalley1@gmail.com to avoid the queue.Or you can register on the day – with the race starting at 2pm. The race always attracts a large crowd, and it always good craic.It attracts everyone from top athletes like Mo Farrah (pictured) who ran the race in 2009 to people fancying a post-turkey jog. HUNDREDS EXPECTED FOR FINN VALLEY AC FESTIVE 5K TODAY was last modified: December 26th, 2013 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:Finn Valley ACraceSt Stephen’s Day 5klast_img read more

Dec
24

Enna Of Men’s Soccer Named MVC Offensive Player of the Week

first_imgEnna is tied for the team lead in goals scored with two this season. Green Bay Live Stats Loyola Live Stats Loyola (5-0) is off to its best start in program history after sweeping a pair of games at the NIU Adidas Invitational over the weekend. The first of those victories was a 2-0 triumph over No. 12 Utah Valley on Sept. 9. Print Friendly Version Story Links Green Bay (1-4) won its first game of the season on Sept. 10 when the Phoenix defeated Wright State, 1-0. Green Bay edged Drake, 1-0, last season in Green Bay, Wis. Enna scored a pair of goals to help Drake (3-2) rally past Milwaukee, 3-2, on Sept. 6. Enna scored the game’s first goal in the 14th minute and the game-winner in the 84th minute to break a 2-2 tie with the Panthers. Enna and his teammates have their first regular season home game Tuesday when Green Bay visits the Cownie Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. Following Tuesday’s match with the Phoenix, the Bulldogs open MVC play Saturday night at Cownie against Loyola at 7 p.m. ST. LOUIS – Junior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) of the Drake University men’s soccer team was named Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday, Sept. 12.last_img read more

Dec
21

Half-time: Derby 0 QPR 0 – Rangers defending well so far

first_imgQPR defended well as both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances during the first half at the iPro Stadium.The fit-again Charlie Austin, back in the Rangers starting line-up, sent an effort over the bar, as did Daniel Tozser and Yun Suk-Young.At the other end, James Perch produced a last-ditch challenge to deny Johnny Russell, and Jacob Butterfield fired over before keeper Rob Green was able to comfortably gather mis-hit shot from Andreas Weimann.Chris Martin had a decent opportunity for the Rams shortly before half-time but his glancing header from Russell’s cross drifted wide.Rangers boss Chris Ramsey opted to pack the midfield, restoring lone striker Austin, Perch and Alejandro Faurlin to his starting line-up and bringing in Yun in a wide-left role – the South Korean’s first appearance of the season.Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Tjaronn Chery and Massimo Luongo are absent for Rangers, who are without the injured Clint Hill.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Henry, Faurlin, Tozser, Yun, Phillips, Austin.Subs: Smithies, Angella, Fer, Hoilett, Doughty, Polter, Blackwood.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Dec
20

Shanahan showed us why he’s the top offensive coordinator in the NFL

first_imgIt had been seven years and three coaching regimes since we’ve seen the 49ers offense play like it did in Sunday’s 41-17 beatdown of the Cincinnati Bengals.The numbers were jaw-dropping: 572 total yards, an immense 8.4 yards per play, and five touchdowns. The Niners showed the NFL just how good their offense can be this season — and it’s certainly playoff-worthy.And while the players deserve a ton of credit, the game-ball for that revelatory performance needs to go to Niners’ head coach and …last_img read more

Dec
19

Evolution Against Intuition

first_imgAs a general theory of life, evolution promises to explain everything.  Not all observations fit neatly into that assumption.  How do evolutionists respond when surprising or counter-intuitive observations require integration into the theory?  Sometimes the only answer is that they evolved because they evolved.  These examples can provide case studies for the discerning. Sometimes evolutionists take credit for findings that their opponents used as evidence against evolution.  Jonathan Wells argued in Icons of Evolution that Haeckel’s faked embryo drawings ignored the fact that embryonic development follows an hourglass-shaped timeline: animal embryos begin very different, then converge toward a similar appearance, then diverge again.  PhysOrg has now acknowledged this fact, but still championed evolution in spite of what appears to be a falsification: how could evolution explain such a pattern?  Darwin himself had considered embryonic recapitulation the best example of his theory, the idea that embryos seem to retrace their evolutionary ancestry. The article even admitted that Haeckel’s theory has “long since been debunked,” and further admitted that the evolution of developmental patterns remains unsolved.  But evolution triumphed over the observations again, even though a study at the RIKEN Center in Kobe found “striking support for the hourglass model” – opposite the predictions of Darwin and Haeckel that embryos should begin similar and then diverge, producing a cone-shaped timeline.  One of the researchers was baffled.  “It is puzzling for me how vertebrate embryos established differences in early developmental stages while conserving the mid-embryonic stages,” said Naoko Irie. “It’s obvious that later developmental stages will not exist if earlier stages fail to develop successfully.”  What to do?  An appeal to futureware rescued Darwinism from the jaws of defeat.  Irie ended optimistically, “We would like to go down to the level of tissues and primordial organs to find which structures have been conserved during evolution.” One encouraging sign is that more readers seem to be mocking the evolutionary just-so stories in the comments.  They usually get shouted down by Darwin bigots (some with terrible spelling and no sense of history or philosophy) with appeals to the science/faith dichotomy, as in “Keep faith in the church, and leave science to the scientists.”  Learn how to answer that package of false dichotomy, glittering generalities and loaded words and you can send the bigots packing.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0center_img Keep your tonsils:  It wasn’t that long ago when tonsils were routinely removed in children, partly from the belief they were useless vestiges of an evolutionary past.  Now, an article on Medical Xpress claims that removal of tonsils and the appendix, or both, is linked to heart disease.  The article did not mention the old vestigial organs argument, but a reader brought it up in the comments. Touch your ear: Observations at Johns Hopkins showed overlap between the sense of touch and the sense of hearing.  This might be intuitively obvious, since these highly complex senses are contained within the same body and sensed by the same brain.  According to a posting on Medical Xpress, however, it means the two senses evolved together. The human animal:  Humans care for animals, therefore they evolved language.  Is that the counter-intuitive explanation by MacGregor Campbell on New Scientist?  Readers can decide what he meant when he said, “Our connection to animals may have been so transformative that it led us to develop skills like language and domestication that ultimately enabled our planet-wide success.” Wander woman:  Observation: some fossil human teeth of males have more metal than those of females.  Conclusion: “Early hominin women had wanderlust.”  Read the dramatic deduction at New Scientist, where reporter Ferris Jabr swallowed whole the opinions of Sandi Copeland of the Max Planck Institute, including this gem: “contemporary chimpanzee societies could offer a possible explanation for the wanderlust of early hominin women.”’ Blessed autism:  The condition of autism is usually considered a serious problem for those afflicted and their families, but believe it or not, some evolutionary psychologists find blessings in the condition.  Science Daily wrote this headline without choking: “Autism May Have Had Advantages in Humans’ Hunter-Gatherer Past, Researcher Believes.” A psychologist at USC thinks individuals with autism were better hunter-gatherers.  It was not stated whether Jared Reser surveyed modern hunters for their opinions, or even if so, whether a deduction would be possible about unobservable ancestors. Skunk stunk:  Just-so story alert: “How the skunk got its stripes” is the subject of an article on Science Daily.  Ted Stankowich at U Massachusetts Amherst believes the white stripes offer a warning to predators.  Of course, any explanation is going to be plagued by counter-examples such as porcupines.  The USC team offered a composite explanation: “They found that the evolution of boldly colored body patterns was best explained by body length, habitat openness, anal spray ability and burrowing behavior,” but did not offer which factors, or in what proportions, provide necessary or sufficient conditions to explain the patterns. Creepy crawly:  Why do spiders have eight legs?  Just-so story alert #2: National Geographic tells us that “spiders evolved spare legs” so that they could get by with six if predators chewed them out. Kids may wonder whey they didn’t evolve spare arms to be able to continue playing baseball if a bear bites off one arm.  Insects have six legs; can they get by with four? Researchers in France made their deduction based on experiments with spiders missing legs in the lab, but it’s not clear they discovered a law of nature that is free of numerous exceptions in the animal world. Thank me lucky charms: Keep your rabbit’s foot.  Evolutionists are telling us that superstitions actually make evolutionary sense.  PhysOrg described “Evolutionary reasons for believing in luck” by first admitting that the superstition at first glance would appear maladaptive, but then cited a Canadian pair who found something good in believing things that are false.  Another scientist had a few qualms over their model, “elegant as he thinks it is.” Mammoth problem:  Evolutionists are having a “mammoth problem – sorting out mammoth evolution” now that woolly mammoths and Columbia mammoths are thought to have been interfertile.  That’s especially surprising since “differences between the species have long been considered as unique adaptations to the environments where they evolved.”  The mitochondrial DNA between the two is indistinguishable, researchers at McMaster University found.  Interfertility cannot help evolution explain the origin of these species, but evolution was given explanatory priority throughout the article on PhysOrg. Ancient armor:  Live Science calls this observation a “mystery” that “puzzles scientists,” yet evolutionary explanation won out anyway.  Some unknown kind of spiny covering was detected on an unknown organism said to be 700 million years old found in Alaska.  One suggestion was that it was an early form of armor to protect from predators, but predators are not known from that period in the evolutionary timeline.last_img read more

Dec
18

Kenyan gogo teaches her grandchildren a thing or two

first_imgA 90-year-old Kenyan midwife may be the oldest person in primary school. Priscilla Sitienei took up classes at a village school – where she is a boarder – for two reasons: to motivate her grandchildren to stay in school and to learn to read her Bible. Priscilla Sitienei (90) is determined to learn to read and write to inspire her grand- and great-grandchildren, and to read her Bible for herself (Image: BBC,via The Telegraph.) • Makoko Floating School: a model of Nigerian cutting edge design • Breakthrough technology makes Soweto school among world’s greenest • Remembering Nelson Mandela – a visual quiz • Technology helps to motivate pupils, say top teachers • Meet Heshan de Silva, Kenya’s 25-year-old dollar multimillionaire Compiled by Melissa JavanIt made her angry when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren started dropping out of school, said Priscilla Sitienei, so five years ago she decided to show everyone that you were never too old to learn and to make a success of your life.The 90-year-old Kenyan great-grandmother is known as Gogo to her teachers and classmates in class four at Leaders Vision Preparatory School. In an insert on BBC News, Sitienei said she saw children living hopelessly. “They seem lost. I want to them to see me in school. I want to inspire them,” she explained. “Too many older children are not in school. They even have children themselves.”When she confronted them about dropping out of school, they would reply that they were too old to return to classes. Now she told them: “Well, I am at school and so should you [be].”“Gogo” means grandmother in the local Kalenjin language, as well as in other African languages. Sitienei said that at 90 years old she was finally learning to read and write – an opportunity she never had as a child.Like the other pupils, Sitienei takes part in singing and dancing. She also plays outside with her classmates, who are between 10 and 14 years old – six of them are her grandchildren. “We love Gogo. When we make a noise, she tells us to keep quiet,” said one.Another said Gogo told them stories at school. Sitienei is often asked by a teacher to share her tribal and traditional knowledge with the class. This helps to pass down information to younger generations.Priscilla Sitienei in her classroom:Sitienei is the best in her class in mathematics, a fellow pupil told Kenya Citizen TV. “Sometimes she helps us when we fail.” But Sitienei is not the only learner passing down knowledge: a fellow learner in a higher grade teaches the older woman the alphabet in her spare time.Headmaster David Kinyanjui said Sitienei, who boards at the village school, was an example to the rest of her class. “I’m very proud of her. Gogo has been a blessing to this school; she has been a motivator to all the pupils… She is loved by every pupil, they all want to learn and play with her.”Sitienei, who has been a midwife for over 60 years, said she was also inspired to further her education because she wanted to read her Bible on her own. “My pastor has read the scriptures for us for the past few years,” she explained.Education is your wealth, she believes: “Don’t look back. It’s never too late to learn.”Though she does not have a birth certificate, Sitienei said she was born around 1923. If confirmed by the Guinness World Records, she will be the oldest pupil in a primary school. The last such honour by the Guinness World Records went to another Kenyan, Kimani Maruge, who was named the oldest person to begin primary school, in 2004. Five years later, he died at the age of 90.Watch Gogo playing outside just like her fellow classmates:last_img read more

Dec
17

Immigration and farm bill votes expected in the House

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S House of Representatives is expected to reconsider the “Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018” (H.R. 2), better known as the Farm Bill, on June 22 after a vote on an immigration bill proposed by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, earlier that week.That measure includes the “Agricultural Guestworker Act” (AG Act), which would create a new visa program — H-2C — that allows non-seasonal agricultural workers to remain in the United States for up to three years.Many agricultural groups, including the National Pork Producers Council, support the legislation, which would help address an agricultural labor shortage.last_img read more