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Tribute To Sheikh Kafumba Konneh

first_imgSheikh Kafumba Konneh was a patriot whose love of country was undying and unimpeachable. He was a man of God who saw God’s grace in all God’s people, irrespective of creed. He was an erudite religious scholar whose deep knowledge and proper understanding of the tenets of the Religions of Abraham fortified him to be a courageous and tenacious peacemaker when violence and strife captured our country. He was the last of the legendary trio consisting of Archbishop Michael Francis, Bishop Nah Dixon and himself who remained the moral compass of our society when violence, ambition and greed smothered truth, shattered peace and threatened to extinguish our common heritage.I have known Sheikh Kafumba for about 40 years and have watched his evolution from a magistrate devoted to issues of the Rule of Law and justice for the poor, to an early supporter and member of the Unity Party of Dr. Edward Kesselly in the mid-1980s, and his transformation into a distinguished religious scholar, understanding the deeper meaning of religion that binds us in our common humanity. Like Ibn Khalidun, the 14th century Islamic scholar, Sheikh Kafumba explored the intersections of religion, culture, science, and politics to embed tolerance, promote scientific knowledge, and build a peaceful, inclusive and progressive society. We owe Sheikh Kafumba Konneh an enormous debt of gratitude. The fact that our violent conflict did not degenerate into a religious war can be attributed in large measure to his efforts. He was the boldest champion for religious tolerance. I recall our mission to Libya in 1993 in the search of peace. As Colonel Khadafi lectured us about his African revolution, Sheikh Kafumba lectured him back about the detrimental role of the Libyan leader in the Liberian conflict. We sat in wonderment at the courage, eloquence, and profound analysis of Sheikh Kafumba at a time and in a situation where others would have been tempted to be opportunistic and sycophantic.I personally owe a debt of gratitude to Sheikh Kafumba for enhancing my understanding of the meaning of tolerance and for helping me deepen my appreciation of the diversity of our society and my respect for that diversity. Sheikh Kafumba dedicated himself to the struggle to end marginalization, ensure that we respect each other and use our diversity as building blocks for a better society and not as stumbling blocks to progress or walls to separate us from each other.I also owe Sheikh Kafumba further for rescuing me and taking me out of harm’s way when my life was threatened in 2000 when armed security men stormed the offices of the Center for Democratic Empowerment, violently assaulted the staff, plundered and destroyed equipment and almost killed Conmany Wesseh and brutally assaulted me. Sheikh Kafumba appeared out of nowhere, pulled me up from the ground and sped me off to safety.We thank you Sheikh; we honor you!To the family that nourished him, we say thank you; we will remain grateful to you. To the religious community he led, we ask that his virtues and values continue to guide you.To the Liberian society he struggled to preserve and reform, let us continue to deepen our appreciation of the richness of diversity and our respect for one another irrespective of creed, ethnicity, social standing and political persuasion. May God Almighty bestow his grace on us all. Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Justice, protection must be for all – US Ambassador tells LGBT community

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch on Wednesday reminded that persons from the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community are subjected to equal treatment, while mentioning that justice and protection must be for all.She shared these words during the celebration of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) at the Pegasus Hotel, in the company of Government and Opposition members and other officials from the diplomatic corp.IDAHOTB is celebrated on May 17 and is seen as the day to raise awareness on the violation of LGBT rights. As such, the Ambassador shared that there must be inclusivity with individuals from the LGBT society.“Gay rights are human rights. I cannot emphasise this enough. If we as a community are committed to ensuring that all people are respected and treated equally, then it is imperative to remember that this includes the LGBT community as well. Justice and protection must be for all. LGBT individuals, as well as other marginalised people, are entitled to a full measure of dignity and rights,” Lynch expressed.She called out the Caribbean, where persons have been victimised because of their affiliation with the LGBT community. Others, on the other hand, have been faced with other forms of inequalities.It was mentioned that Guyana has developed this atmosphere for persons to be comfortable but some challenges are still observed.“In the Caribbean, many LGBT youths face social, economic, educational and other disparities. Though Guyana has made a measure of progress in this regard, some issues persist,” the US Ambassador stated.She later added, “We know that the human rights obstacles that people in the LGBT community experience sometimes arise from deeply held personal, political, cultural and religious beliefs. While those personally held beliefs must be respected, so must the basic rights of our brothers, sisters, parents and children who are gay.”Lynch asserted that her Government remains committed towards protecting the rights of all LGBT persons. She mentioned organisations which advocate for gay rights and the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) was listed as one of the frontrunners.Founder of SASOD, Joel Simpson, shared that Guyana is making small strides in moving towards a safer place for LGBT individuals. Last year, the first pride parade was held and for this, he explained that small achievements must be celebrated.“This is an occasion to celebrate the small wins and the progress that we have made. We are well aware that there is a far way to go,” he stated.Last November, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled in favour of striking down Guyana’s laws against cross-dressing, saying that the colonial-era law was unconstitutional. After gaining independence from Britain in 1966, Guyana adopted many colonial-era laws, including the 1893 Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act that effectively banned men or women from wearing clothing conventionally worn by the opposite gender for “improper purposes”.This section was never clearly defined leaving the door open for constitutional challenges which appellants Quincy “Gulliver” McEwan, Seon “Angel” Clarke, Joseph “Peaches” Fraser and Seyon “Isabella” Persaud mounted against their February 9, 2009 arrest, detention and conviction in Georgetown. After they appealed the law banning their mode of dress, former acting Chief Justice Ian Chang in September 2013 said that while the act of cross dressing was not a crime in itself, when for an “improper purpose”, it constitutes an offence. That ruling was also appealed at Guyana’s Appeal Court, but their case was similarly dismissed in 2017.This year, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia will be celebrated under the theme “Justice and Protection for All”.US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynchlast_img read more

Killbillies Host Scrimmage For Final Home Appearance

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Arena was abuzz with the sounds of rollerskates and referee whistles on Saturday evening, as the Fort St. John Killbillies took to the track for their final home appearance of the season.The Summer Scrimmage, as the event was called, saw the team split into squads that then battled it out: The Blackhearts vs. The White Walkers. In addition to players from Fort St. John, the two squads for the scrimmage were joined by players from across the Peace Region, including Chetwynd and Dawson Creek.Aided by jammer Boom Boom Bethy and pivot Jennacide, the Blackhearts took the win in the intersquad-plus-guests match by the score of 201-111 over the White Walkers. For more information on the team, including th date and location of their next match, head to the Energetic City Roller Derby Association’s Facebook page.- Advertisement – The Blackhearts vs. the White Walkers at the Fort St. John Killbillies' Summer Scrimmage on Saturday night. Photo credit: Chris Newton The Blackhearts vs. the White Walkers at the Fort St. John Killbillies’ Summer Scrimmage on Saturday night. Photo credit: Chris Newton The Blackhearts vs. the White Walkers at the Fort St. John Killbillies' Summer Scrimmage on Saturday night. Photo credit: Chris Newton The Blackhearts vs. the White Walkers at the Fort St. John Killbillies’ Summer Scrimmage on Saturday night. Photo credit: Chris Newton The Blackhearts vs. the White Walkers at the Fort St. John Killbillies' Summer Scrimmage on Saturday night. Photo credit: Chris Newton The Blackhearts vs. the White Walkers at the Fort St. John Killbillies’ Summer Scrimmage on Saturday night. Photo credit: Chris Newtonlast_img read more

County, city plan moving again

first_imgCounty agencies oversaw all planning in the Santa Clarita Valley before the city was incorporated in 1987. Of the 79,000 single-family homes, condos and rental apartments already built in the valley, 70,000 were authorized under county rule. The project’s prior consultant was cut loose some months ago. Since San Bernardino-based Lilburn Corp. was hired in January, swift progress has been made, said Jason Smisko, a senior planner for the city. “In my experience, I haven’t seen a situation where a city and county are working together, and that’s what makes this effort unique,” said Lilburn’s Molly Bogh. Some new roads could be built while traffic on others could be downsized. The plan would note thresholds for providing new fire stations, sheriff’s stations and other municipal services. Their own specific plans would be required for massive projects already in the development pipeline, as at the contaminated 996-acre Whittaker-Bermite site in the heart of town and the Newhall Pass area where the 5,800-home Las Lomas development is proposed. A new valleywide plan would affect them only if it precedes them. Including Newhall Ranch, about 42,000 new homes have been approved for the valley but not yet built – 36,000 by county agencies and 6,000 by city government. Developers are seeking approval of an additional 15,000 homes. Land-use issues could be discussed at community meetings in the spring or the summer, a draft might be completed by the end of the year, and extensive public comment and review would come in 2008. For information, log on to (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Amid a continuous buzz about potential annexation of the west-side communities, a valleywide city-county general plan has been jump-started after languishing for three years. The city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County governments would share land-use policies, but each would still have its own zoning laws and regulations and operate under them. “One Valley One Vision is an extremely important tool to address the long list of regional needs which must be included in future development,” Mayor Marsha McLean said. “It is mandatory that the need for roads, transportation, schools, open space, water, recreational facilities, libraries, medical facilities and law enforcement are planned for and met.” The plan won’t single out specific developments. Instead, it offers big-picture guidelines for the next 20 years in which the valley’s population is expected to increase past 300,000. last_img read more

Liverpool must wait for Keita, say Leipzig

first_img0Shares0000Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita (L) and Schalke midfielder Max Meyer vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga match in Leipzig, eastern Germany on January 13, 2018 © AFP / Robert MICHAELBERLIN, Germany, Jan 14 – RB Leipzig on Sunday ruled out an early switch to Liverpool for their star midfielder Naby Keita, who is scheduled to join the Merseyside giants next season.The 22-year-old has a contract to join Liverpool in the next transfer window, but Liverpool reportedly wanted the Guinean to join them sooner after selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona last week for 160 million euros.. However, on Sunday Leipzig insisted once and for all that Keita will not leave before the end of the season.“OFFICIAL: Naby #Keita will remain an #RBLeipzig player until 30th June 2018. We wish to put the speculation about a January move to @LFC (Liverpool) to bed,” RB Leipzig wrote on their official Twitter account.Leipzig then tweeted a quote from their director of sport Ralf Rangnick.“We won’t allow Liverpool to sign him early, even though they have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window,” said Rangnick.The midfielder showed his class with a superb deflected goal from the edge of the box in Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Schalke, a victory that moved Leipzig up to second in the league table.Germany’s top-selling daily Bild ran the headline “Bye-bye goal for Keita?” and many other German media outlets speculated earlier on Sunday that this was his final match for Leipzig.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are set to pay around 70 million euros for the midfielder when he joins in July, but reports claim they would have had to pay an extra 15 million for Leipzig to release Keita this January.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Swansea midfielder Matt Grimes ready for first team action

first_imgSwansea midfielder Matt Grimes believes he is now ready for first-team action after his January move from Exeter.The 19-year-old switched clubs in the winter window after being described by Exeter boss Paul Tisdale as the best young player he had seen at the club.The teenager made his debut last weekend as a 90th minute sub in the 3-1 win over Hull and he hopes that will be the start of his exciting Swans career.“I’ve settled into the club and city, so now it’s all about keeping my head down and finishing off this season strongly and starting next season afresh,” Grimes said.“It has been different in terms of training between the club. Exeter are in League Two while here I am up against high quality Premier League players, so it took time to get used to that.“There’s obviously a lot of extra gym work to get my body physically in tune with the rest of the squad but I’ve got used to that.“I couldn’t do all that straight away as it was a big jump, and that meant I couldn’t put myself in contention for team selection.” Matt Grimes in action for Exeter 1last_img read more

Revealed! This is where Leicester City would be without Jamie Vardy… it’s not pretty

first_img Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record to become the first player in Premier League history to score in 11 consecutive games.In true fairytale style, the England international etched his name in the history books at the King Power Stadium, as Leicester City drew 1-1 with Manchester United, leaving supporters applauding his meteoric rise from non-league football.But while reports and headlines have centred upon the goals that he has scored, what may be of more interest – certainly to Claudio Ranieri – is how important his form in the final third has been for his club’s rise to the top of the table.Has he been as key, for example, as Harry Kane was to Tottenham Hotspur last season?talkSPORT has the answer, as we reveal the stats that show how crucial the 28-year-old has been for the Foxes (all stats correct up to 2 December 2015).– Vardy has scored 14 goals and earned the Foxes 14 points– Without him, Leicester City wouldn’t be challenging Manchester City for top spot, rather they would be level with Chelsea on 15 points in 14th place– Vardy, however, isn’t the only player that has been key to their shock rise in the Premier League, as team-mate Riyad Mahrez has earned nine points through his seven goals– Without Vardy and Mahrez’s contributions, Leicester would have just six points this season 1last_img read more


first_imgOtway Golf NewsIn the last cup competition of the summer last Saturday, with the battle for places in the golfer of the year matchplay still up for grabs, the McElhinney cup brought out the competitive side in a number of contestants.The honours on the days were taken by Patsy Gallagher who returned an impressive 43 pts, a couple ahead of second placed Noel Kernan, who is still getting used to his reduced ‘slimmer’ handicap. Well done to both, and good luck to all qualifiers in the matchplay.Members have a break from competitive action this weekend, with Patricia Fahy’s lady Captain’s day providing the action the following week on Saturday the 23rd.The club wish Patricia the best of luck on her big day, and also to club President of neighbouring Portsalon, Kathleen McCormick on her big day this Saturday 16th.GOLF NEWS: PATSY GALLAGHER WINS THE MCELHINNEY CUP AT OTWAY was last modified: August 13th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more


first_imgCONVOY GAA NEWS:Club Lotto 20-1-16 Lotto counties TE LS LM DB. 1 person with 3 counties. M Mc Devittc/o DVO Raphoe. Next week lotto jackpot €3300 St Mary’s Annual Presentation Dinner dance due to be held on 6th of Feb has been postponed till a later date.Underage Registration will take place this Friday from 6-7U6-U12 €5 U13-U18 €10Adults €30 membership is now being taken up on till March .Tickets are on sale for the National GAA draw With top prize an Opel Corsa and numerous other prizesAll monies raised go directly to Your ClubTickets are €10Thanks for your support as alwaysContact any committee member or Oliver on 0879090376ST MARY’S GAA CLUB POSTPONE ANNUAL PRESENTATION DINNER DANCE was last modified: January 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Tick Talk: Mammal Blood Found in Amber

first_imgCan intact blood be preserved for 15 to 45 million years, give or take 50 million?The latest soft tissue discovery gets the Darwin storytellers hopping:Fossilized Tick Reveals Perfectly Preserved Red Blood Cells (Tia Ghose in Live Science): “A blood-engorged tick that was trapped in amber at least 20 million years ago contained perfectly preserved red blood cells, likely from a monkey.”Monkey business produces rare preserved blood in amber fossils (Oregon State press release): “Part of what makes these fossils unique, Poinar said, is the clarity by which the parasites and blood cells are preserved, almost as if they had been stained and otherwise treated in a laboratory for inspection.”The alleged “monkey business” refers to grooming, which the storytellers assume that unidentified primates were engaged in. The unseen primates, “among other hosts,” must have been around during the alleged time frame of 15 or 20 or 30 or 45 million years ago, depending on the storytelling source. These unseen primates must have been engaged in some unobserved grooming, when one of them might have removed the tick and flicked it into sap oozing from an unseen tree. Tia Ghose outlines the reasoning:The red blood cells were too big to have belonged to most mammals; the size ruled out everything but dogs, rabbits and similar creatures or primates. However, rabbits and dogs did not live in the region at that time, while paleontologists have recovered numerous primate fossils dating roughly to the same ages. So a primate is the likeliest host for the tick — and primates are known for grooming each other.The open-access paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology provides the bloody details. What is author George Poinar’s feeling about the amazing preservation?Due to the preservative qualities of the fossilized resin (Poinar and Hess 1985), not only were the fossil erythrocytes preserved intact, but also intra-erythrocytic pathogens resembling extant members of the families Babesiidae and Theileriidae of the Order Piroplasmida.Poinar’s 1985 paper, page one of which has been scanned by Taylor & Francis, says that resin possesses two features that preserve biological material: (1) ‘antibiotic qualities’ able to ‘retard or destroy’ bacteria and fungi; (2) “the ability of resin itself to preserve the tissues of embalmed organisms.” That sounds circular; that is the very ability at issue. Poinar and Hess point to Egyptian mummies as evidence that resins preserve tissue. But Egyptians used myrrh, not resin. Myrrh has other ingredients. Moreover, Egyptian mummies were not completely embedded inside a resin shell.If resin’s antibiotic qualities only retard bacteria and fungi, then a clock starts ticking (pun intended). Tens of millions of years seem ample for retarded fungi and bacteria to do a number on luscious red blood cells. If, on the other hand, resin can destroy bacteria and fungi, it can also degrade red blood cells, it would seem. Even so, the proteins will degrade in tissue over time even without the help of fungi or bacteria. Internal motions within the molecules should burst bonds and render proteins unrecognizable, given enough time. These decay rates should be measurable. A 2011 paper estimates a maximum age of 200,000 to 700,000 Darwin Years for collagen to decay to 1% of its original abundance — and collagen is one of the toughest proteins.If tree resin has such preservation qualities, couldn’t that be tested in the lab? Couldn’t a tick engorged with blood be dropped into liquid tree sap and examined after a year to measure decay rates? Wouldn’t it be better to have some actual measurement data instead of assertions by evolutionists that things can last millions of years?Here’s a five-year science project that a citizen scientist or creation laboratory could undertake. Collect six ticks that have just fed on blood from the same mammal. Embed them in separate droplets of tree sap, and put them in identical vials simulating a plausible environment for ticks. After a week, check the protein condition of the blood in one of the vials. After one year, check the protein condition in another vial. Continue each year thereafter. Graph the results. If the decay rate falls on a line, it should be possible to estimate an upper limit for preservation.If any readers know of similar published measurements, please leave a comment and link. The Darwinians are escaping prosecution by storytelling (see ‘impersonating a scientist’, 9/30/2007 commentary), claiming that soft tissue can last essentially forever. Time for the labs to get busy on the forensic investigation, so that the CEH police can start making arrests. (Visited 126 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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