Allen Njie Close to Try-out in Austria, LISCR Confirms

first_imgMidfielder Njie won the MVP Award in the WAFU U20 tournament hosted in Liberia.LISCR FC have confirmed that midfielder Allen Njie has received his Austrian visa to travel to the European country where he will undergo a tryout.Austria, a German-speaking country, is located in central Europe.LISCR on August 14, 2018, announced that the 19-year-old Liberian midfielder was given a green light to undergo try-out with Austrian second division club Floridsdorfer AC. Njie traveled to Ghana earlier this month to obtain his Austrian visa.In a recent post on their official Facebook page, LISCR announced, “we can confirm that Allen Njie has been issued the Austrian Visa in Ghana, and will return home on Friday, August 31.” According to the post, Njie will return to the country and later depart for Austria after Lonestar’s African Cup of Nations 2019 qualifiers match against DR Congo on September 9, 2018.Floridsdorfer AC will cover the flight cost to Austria, accommodation, and provide other necessary cost during his stay there.The Floridsdorfer Athletics Sports Club (previously known as FAC Team für Wien) is a football club from the 21st Viennese district of Floridsdorf, and are currently playing in the Austrian Football Second League.The Austrian Football Second League (German): 2. Liga) is the second highest professional division in Austrian football. It was formerly called the First League (Erste Liga) from 2002–2018.The division currently contains 16 teams, and the champion of the league is promoted to the Austrian Bundesliga. The three last placed teams are directly relegated from the Second League into the regional leagues.Njie was instrumental in LISCR’s double championship triumph in the Liberia Football Association (LFA) first division National League last season and also helped the national U20 team finished as runners-up in the WAFU U20 held in Liberia.He was named Man of the Match against Mali, and eventually won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in the tournament.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandit to serve 15 years for Agricola robbery-murder

first_imgTwo weeks after being found guilty of murdering Melissa Payne during the course of a robbery at the Agricola Public Road on November 5, 2008, Jermain Savory was on Monday morning sentenced to 15 years in prison by High Court Judge James Bovell-Drakes.Despite the accused proclaiming his innocence, the 12-member jury unanimously found the 30-year-old father of one guilty at the end of the weeks-long trial in December.Convicted killer Jermain SavoryThe State’s case was that Savory – in the company of at least one other person –murdered Payne after the woman and her reputed husband, John Fraser, had stopped at Agricola, East Bank Demerara, on their way to Georgetown to correct a mechanical fault in the Canter truck, in which they were travelling.Reports were that while Fraser was attending to the vehicle around 08:30h on the day in question, armed bandits approached them. Fraser managed to escape, but 27-year-old Payne, from Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, was eventually shot and killed after she held on to her bag that reportedly contained cash and valuables.The court was told on Monday that the deceased woman loved gardening and that her relatives were still grieving the loss of their loved one. Meanwhile, in the probation report, the court heard that Savory, an Agricola native, exhibited “strange” behaviour growing up and into his early adulthood. Prison officials also corroborated that the defendant’s behaviour was strange.Dead: Melissa PayneThe probation report further highlighted that Savory came from a home which had both mother and father, but he dropped out of the Sophia Special School as a teenager. He worked in masonry, as a fisheries labourer and as a Route 42 minibus conductor. He also admitted that he was a neighbourhood thief who smoked marijuana, but held out that he was innocent of committing Payne’s murder.The former football player told the probation officer that he wanted to be reunited with his family.However, the Judge noted that Savory’s crime was very serious and a strong signal needed to be sent. He started the sentence at 33 years, but subtracted 10 years for the amount of time that Savory spent awaiting trial. The Judge then subtracted eight years from the sentence, which gave a total of 15 years that the killer will spend behind bars. Savory thanked the Judge as he was led out of court by Police, but his relatives were saddened by the sentence, claiming that their relative was jailed for something he knew nothing about.Savory was represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay, while the Prosecutors for the State were Mandell Moore and Orinthia Schmidt. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Norton tells all!

first_imgDrug bond scandal… chronicled how entire Cabinet was involvedBy Devina SamarooAfter being attacked and humiliated by both the press and his Government over the highly controversial drug bond deal which is believed to reek of corruption, former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton has finally opened up about the entire ordeal and how he is now being reprimanded for a call which was made byThe Sussex Street, Charlestown house bondhigher authorities.Dr Norton was hauled before the parliamentary Privileges Committee (akin to a parliamentary court) and scorched by the media after he misled the National Assembly on the Public Health Ministry’s sudden rental of a basic house on Sussex Street, Charlestown, Georgetown owned by a party affiliate to store the country’s pharmaceuticals at an exorbitant rate at $12.5 million per month. Altogether, this arrangement is billing Government in excess of $14 million per month, as there are other expenses involved in the agreement.As the story gained momentum and the Government began to receive immense public backlash, its members eventually expressed concerns over the matter and forced the then Public Health Minister to apologise to the nation.Dr Norton was subsequently removed from the Public Health Ministry, which has a budget of $23 billion, and placed to head the Social Cohesion Ministry, which has a $90 million budget.The fallDr Norton, in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times last week, admitted that he is taking the fall for a decision made entirely by all Cabinet members, including President David Granger.It all started when he received an invoice on his desk for the rental of a state-of-the-art and internationally certified drug bond. Notably, this bond is 70,000 square feet, while the controversial residential building disguised as a bond is 6000 square feet.“The reality of the situation is you come to work one morning and you see an invoice on your desk saying you need to pay this company so much money,” Dr Norton said, positing also that Government did not need all of the space which the modern facility boasted.He said the search began for alternatives and his staff prepared for a paper to be taken to Cabinet regarding options.“For the Cabinet, every decision that is made there, a paper is taken by the Minister that is responsible, but it is not necessarily that Minister who makes the decision or who decides whether all the conditions are met, or who is the lowest bidder and those sorts of things. Those are decisions made by the technical officers and the Minister is supposed to defend that at Cabinet. We have Cabinet every Tuesday. It is a fact that many times we go to Cabinet with a paper we see for the first time,” the Minister explained, conceding that he did not get to review the paper his staff prepared beforehand.At the Cabinet meeting where the matter was deliberated, Dr Norton said the members agreed that Government cannot continue to pay $19 million per month for the rental of a drug bond and needed an alternative urgently. This later tuned out to be untruthful, as at the time the NEW GPC INC never received any rent from the Government of Guyana for the use of its state-of-the-art storage facility for over a decade, but after the request for rental of the facility was made by the Public Health Ministry and the Georgetown Public Hospital, an invoice was computed at $275 per square foot.According to Dr Norton, the idea was to rent a bond at a lower cost until Government succeeded in rehabilitating its existing drug bond in Kingston.“A decision was made by Cabinet to seek another facility within a certain time. A rough calculation was made that if we should rent this, then we should save so much money over so much period,” the Minister explained.Dr Norton related that Cabinet subsequently unanimously agreed to rent the Sussex Street facility – an arrangement he emphasised was pulled together by technical staff within the Public Health Ministry.During the interview, the Minister made it clear that he was unaware of the arrangement prior to that Cabinet sitting and he asserted also that the decision to rent the drug bond was not his, but one taken by the entire Cabinet.“Signing the contract is not the role of the Minister. So this Minister signed no contract; that is done by another officer who has duties for that. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even sign it as a witness,” he expounded.Dr Norton further explained that the approval of contracts is usually done by the Ministry if the value of the contract falls below a certain amount of dollars.In the case of the drug bond, the value well exceeded the limit and therefore had to be taken to Cabinet.Pull the plugNonetheless, the Minister explained that because he was receiving the negative press about the matter, the President had no choice but to “pull the plug”.“You are in a Government and every five years we have an election in this country, and nobody is going to tell me that a Government in power is not looking to do things to remain in power,” Dr Norton said, noting that the negative publicity was embarrassing the Government.The Minister said he was approached by the President on the matter, and irrespective of his personal desires, he had to do what was in the best interest of his political party.“I was not as Minister of Public Health making the Government look good in the public, what are you going to do? Keep me there?” he said.Despite his initial disappointment, the Minister has come to accept the reality of the situation.“Regardless of what I have said before, I stress the point that it is a collective decision. I am a team player, I have been in the party in a leadership position for years and it’s in the interest in the party that certain decisions are made and I have to accept that,” he explained.Dr Norton said he is optimistic that his life in politics and as a servant to the public, will take a turn for the better.“I have been 28 years in the public health system and if there is anything I know, it is that, but it is a political appointment and that’s the nature of the business. Managerial skills might not be my forte and so I accept my shortcomings, but I still think that while I fell down I am prepared to get up, brush-off and run again,” he expressed hopefully.The truth of the secret bond deal came to the public’s purview after Government opted to pay campaign financier Larry Singh more than three times the amount asked by NEW GPC for use of its 70,000 square foot drug storage bond, to instead rent a facility that is less than 10,000 square feet, which is still to be completed and fails to meet minimum standards for pharmaceutical storage.The Guyana Government in 2015 terminated its prequalification agreement with NEW GPC and forked over a $25 million deposit to Linden Holding Inc. There was no proof that the Sussex Street house bond was compliant to international health and safety requirements and that the landlord would be receiving exceedingly generous benefits.An unsigned contract (Agreement of Tenancy) between the Public Health Ministry and the controversial warehouse owned by Linden Holdings Inc was subsequently circulated to parliamentarians in the National Assembly after much public outcry on the deal.Among the number of red flags contained in the document, the most alarming is that the parties involved agreed that the building would be used for a professional office as opposed to a drugs warehouse.Government was adamant that the building is certified by the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) for the storage of pharmaceutical supplies; however, the contract bears no such stipulation, despite the criticalness of this bit of information.Additionally, the released contract shows that the landlord will be benefiting greatly from this deal, particularly with provisions to hold the property for three years along with a 12-month notice of termination.last_img read more

Opposition Leader to raise concerns with FATF/CFATF

first_imgAML/CFT Bill…says AG should be sent to Privileges Committee for lyingWith the recent passage of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2018, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that his party still has many concerns in relation to that legislation and would seek to raise them with the appropriate bodies.As such, Jagdeo told reporters on Thursday during his weekly press conference that his office would seek to communicate these concerns to the Financial Action Task Force/Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (FATF/CFATF), which have overarching responsibility for this area.“Our big concern here is we do not have an independent entity provided for by thisOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at his weekly press conference on ThursdayAct, to oversee the countering of terrorist financing or the proliferation of arms or weapons of mass destruction…because now you have a politician being conferred with an enormous authority,” the Opposition Leader explained.He was referring to the Anti-Money Laundering Authority now being replaced by the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation Financing (AML/CFT/PF) National Coordination Committee and headed by Attorney General Basil Williams.Jagdeo said this move now undermined the technical authority that was there before, which gave the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) the authority to police the Act. Secondly, he reminded that the amended bill is also catering towards controlling budgets and it undermined the authority of the Court.“Any independent external body examining the amendments that this coalition Government foisted on the nation, they will conclude that no longer is this authority independent. And no longer can you separate in a technical way, the right of money laundering from the political people,” he added.IntrusiveIn further describing the Government’s move as obscene, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary again raised concerns that the administration was seeking tax-free concessions. Moreover, Jagdeo said that having a purely political and partisan person would allow the Government to be intrusive into people’s bank accounts information.He said, “And how he (Williams) he is political, partisan to the core….so now that person will have the records of all the people in Guyana. Their financial, transactional records, everything at his fingertips. This bothers me a lot and it must bother the business community.”The former Head of State said he suspected that if the business community was to read and understand the changes that would come with the amendments to the bill, it could lead to an increase in capital flight or deter investments. He said that his party viewed this as very intrusive in people’s lives.“We see this as a pattern where this Governments gets more and more into people’s lives; we have seen this with the Cyber Crime Bill, which, although there have been some amendments to the terrible provisions of the past, still leaves many questions unanswered,” Jagdeo further stated.Blatant lieIn making to reference to the debate in Parliament before the passage of the amended bill, the Opposition Leader noted that the Government display was an example of duplicity at its worst. He recalled Williams defending the amendments and saying he was unaware of how the authority was included in the bill.But Jagdeo recalled that the first act of the coalition Government in 2015 when the PPP did not attend the sittings, was amend the AML law to insert that same authority. “So, that was a blatant lie. And for someone to come to the National Assembly and say that he did not know this … it is an attempt to mislead the Assembly. And maybe he should be taken to the Committee of Privileges… [for] telling a blatant lie.”The head of the Opposition said that his party would give serious consideration to the matter and once a decision was made, they could move to recommend that such a course of action be taken. Only recently, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Harry Gill was sent to the same committee over open letters he wrote to editors at various media entities, criticising the Speaker’s alleged biased decisions in the House.“They put in place the authority. In fact, prior to that they held up the amendment to the passage of this bill two times, because they argued that this expanded authority must be in place. They put Guyana at risk, they place it in law. Parliament met over a year and selected 10 persons to staff this authority and then Williams came back and said we don’t need this authority anymore,” he recalled.Last week, the amended Bill was passed with Government using its majority, even though several worrying aspects of the Bill were highlighted by the Opposition. A major point of contention was the fact that the Attorney General, who has no expertise in the field of finance, will be heading it. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more


first_imgA stand-off between a truck-owner and customs officials lasted for almost an hour in Letterkenny this afternoon.A black pick up truck with Northern Ireland plates came onto a garage forecourt followed by the customs officers in two unmarked vehicles.The customs blocked the vehicle in and tried to dip it for a fuel test. The incident took place just before 2pm in the vicinity of Kelly’s of Mountain Top.However the incident, which included the dipping of the suspected vehicle, had nothing to do with Kelly’s of Mountain Top.Customs officers then proceeded to sit in the vehicle where the owner locked him in and refused to let him out.After discussions a recovery truck arrived on the scene and removed the pick-up truck.  MAN LOCKS CUSTOMS OFFICER IN TRUCK DURING STAND-OFF was last modified: February 20th, 2013 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:Customs officerKelly’s of Mountain Toplast_img read more


first_imgBernie Molloy from Ardara has won a night B&B stay at the Mount Errigal hotel for two people, as she has the highest points tally over the first match day.Donegal Daily along with Inishowen Motors and Michael Murphy Sports set up a fantasy football league for the Euro ’16 championships. Hundreds have entered but it is Bernie Molloy who has won Match day 1 prize of a night’s B&B in the Mount Errigal hotel for two people, as she registered both with us and joined our league.Congratulations to Bernie who has 65 points and is in with a great chance of winning a new Kia Sportage for a year from Inishowen Motors.You can still enter our fantasy league by simply following the steps below:Fill in your details below to register with Donegal Daily [ninja_forms id=1]Now go onto and follow the instructions to create your team. Once you have created your team please enter the code 03034EBC to join Donegal Daily’s fantasy football league.We wish you the best of luck #COYBIGEURO ’16 FANTASY FOOTBALL MATCH DAY 1 WINNER IS………. was last modified: June 15th, 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)last_img read more

Couple and their three children united in battle against anemia

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Despite the early morning darkness outside, Charlie and Katie Fladhammer were bouncing balls of energy at the supermarket. “Let’s get the one with the butterflies,” Charlie exclaimed, standing on tiptoe to look at a flower display. “One candy, a small one, not a big one,” she admonished, as they ran up an aisle to get their favorite sweet. “And a Red Bull for Mom.” Getting flowers and candy at 6:30 a.m. is routine for the Fladhammers, who drive from Las Vegas to visit Dana’s parents in Saugus every three weeks. After stopping at Starbucks for two apple juices and a venti coffee to go, the trio jump on the freeway for a 90-minute drive to UCLA. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Charlie, 4, Katie, 3, and little brother Tommy, 19 months, have transient hypogammaglobulin anemia, an immunodeficiency disease. The regular visits accommodate their need for life-saving infusions of antibodies. The juice serves the purpose of pumping up their veins, making the infusion easier. The Red Bull and the caffeine keep Dana on her toes as she juggles her way through an eight-hour day of treatment that involves the older children getting morning treatments and baby Tommy being delivered around lunchtime. “I don’t want to go,” Katie said as Dana buckled her into the family minivan and set up “Dora the Explorer” on the DVD screen on the back of the driver seat. “I promise it will make you feel better,” Dana said. “Let Dora take you away.” The trip is something Dana often makes alone, since her husband can’t leave his job as a supervisor with Mercy Air Ambulance. His promotion in April is what took the family from their Saugus home to Las Vegas. Pulling special infusion bags behind them – roller suitcases marked “Doodle Bug” for Charlie and “Lady Bug” for Katie that hold blankets and toys used only during the process – the children carried the bouquets toward nurses Jennifer Richlin and Sid Urbano, who greeted them at the second floor of the medical center. “Oh, they’re beautiful,” Richlin exclaimed as she hugged the children. The Fladhammers have a strong network of support from family, friends and the medical staff at Valencia Pediatrics and UCLA. “The infusion nurse has become part of the family,” Dana said. “How many kids go hug their nurse and bring her flowers? This is the woman who sticks them one, two, three, four times a day. She’s fabulous to them. “I remember when we first started, Jennifer said it would be better after three or four times. I didn’t believe her at first, we were so overwhelmed. She’s helped a tremendous amount.” Charlie carefully selected an action figure DVD from a drawer, then jumped up on the treatment table. “I dranked lots of water,” he proudly told Urbano. As they prepared to insert the infusion needle into the back of Charlie’s left hand, Dana and the nurses became a team, surrounding his table and offering words of encouragement. “I need to hold your hand,” Dana said. “Ouch,” Charlie grimaced, while Katie sat in a nearby chair, her eyes wide as saucers. “You’re going really good,” Dana said, locking his stare with hers as the nurses worked deftly. “Breathe.” A minute later, his hand held an infusion port wrapped in bright red tape. Dana hugged him for encouragement, then asked Katie “Are you going to be brave like Charlie?” “No,” she answered, shaking her head. “I don’t want to be brave today. I want to cry.” When it was Katie’s turn, Richlin worked a hypodermic needle around her back, out of sight of the youngster. “How about if I use a teeny, tiny baby needle,” she asked. As she inserted the needle, Katie’s blue eyes got even wider. “We’re in. Good job, Katie.” Something was wrong Dana knew something was wrong with Charlie when he kept getting sinus infections that wouldn’t go away. Her first pediatrician thought she was reading too much into the boy’s sickness, but a new doctor suspected immunodeficiency disease almost immediately and arranged to have the boy tested. And when Katie spent two weeks in the hospital with persistent diarrhea and a fever that couldn’t be explained, the Fladhammers started to suspect that their children might have some of the same problems. Charlie was diagnosed with primary immune deficiency right about the time Dana found she was pregnant with her third child. He started infusion therapy on Feb. 4, 2004, and Tommy was born a week later. Soon after Tommy was born, Dana suspected an immunodeficiency problem when Tommy started getting random bruising and nonspecific symptoms she’d seen before. When all three diagnoses were confirmed, Katie started infusions at 20 months of age and Tommy started at 11 months. Each of the Fladhammer children has a different manifestation of the disease: Charlie has chronically infected sinuses, Katie has stomach problems and Tommy has ear infections that cannot be cleared. “It’s an odd existence for them – they can’t really live a normal life,” she said. “I’m always wondering if the kid playing next to them has a cold. They’ve missed so many play dates and holidays. People coming over to our house are immediately sent to the sink to watch their hands. We live antibacterial lives. “There are one or two questions we can’t answer. What does the future hold and why did they get it? We always present it to them that this is their life. We don’t know if they’ll outgrow it, but that’s kind of slim that they all will.” Dana said she felt lucky the pediatrician went to UCLA and was exposed to treatment for this rare disease. Along with taking care of her children, she tries to take care of herself. “I don’t live and breathe my children,” she says. “It would be bad for both them and me. My husband and I make it a point to go out once a week. If we keep ourselves and our marriage healthy, that’s the way we keep the kids healthy, both emotionally and physically.” For additional information on immunodeficiency disease, visit the Immune Deficiency Foundation at or e-mail Fladhammer at Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 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

Timmer Scores 20 In An 87-70 Loss At Evansville

first_img Box Score (HTML) Box Score (PDF) However, the Bulldogs rallied to close the half on an 18-8 run and trim the margin to just three points, 40-37, at halftime as Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) collected an offensive rebound in the corner, turned and buried a three-pointer as time expired. Timmer scored eight of his 16 first-half points during that run. Evansville (14-14, 5-10 MVC) was led by 22 points from Ryan Taylor and the Missouri Valley Conference’s leading scorer, Jaylon Brown. Forward David Howard added a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds to help the Aces to a 44-18 advantage in points in the paint and a 15-rebound advantage on the glass to propel the Aces to their fourth-straight win. Next Game: Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines MVC TV Listen Live Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) led Drake (7-20, 5-10 MVC) with 20 points, four rebounds and three assists for his seventh 20-point game of the season. Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) added 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the three-point arc with the Bulldogs connecting on 10-of-22 shots from the arc. The Bulldogs hit the final one-sixth of the MVC season this weekend when they host Missouri State at the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. with the contest broadcast on MVC TV affiliates. EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Three Evansville Purple Aces scored 20 or more points to defeat the Drake University men’s basketball team, 87-70, at the Ford Center Tuesday, Feb. 14. Story Links “You’d almost be hard pressed to find a better two-way player, than Graham Woodward,” Rutter added. “He’s a tough, gritty player and he’s playing the right way, he’s finding his teammates and has given us great minutes.” Missouri State 2/18/2017 – 7 p.m. Evansville scored the first eight points of the game without a miss before a Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) three-pointer got the Bulldogs’ offense in gear three minutes into the game. Wampler finished the game with nine points, all from the arc. Drake pulled within five points in the opening minutes before the Aces stretched the lead out to 13 points, 32-19, with 6:23 left. Much of that lead was built near the basket as the Aces held a 22-6 advance in points in the paint at the point.  Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster However, the Bulldogs were unable to turn the corner in the second half. Seven minutes into the half, Drake trailed by just three, 55-52, after a Woodward three-pointer as the junior had another strong showing on both ends of the court. “This group has a lot to play for and they’re going to have themselves prepared and we’ll be ready for a fight against a really good Missouri State team. This team is going to finish strong and take some momentum into the MVC Tournament.” Evansville answered Woodward three-pointer with a 16-3 run in less than four minutes to take a 71-55 lead. Five minutes later, that lead ballooned to 19 points and Drake would get no close than 16 points the rest of the way as the team was just 2-of-8 from the field in the final seven minutes of the game to dash any comeback hopes. “I’m proud of our effort offensively, they did a great job trusting each other, moving the ball and having an offense that was good enough to win a lot of games,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “Defensively, you give up 57 percent shooting and three guys score 20 on you, we didn’t have an answer for that.”last_img read more

Donegal students first to complete groundbreaking road safety course

first_imgA groundbreaking road safety programme facilitated by Pro-Social Ireland has been recently completed by students from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Mulroy College, Milford and Lifford Youthreach.The programme was delivered to students who attended modules designed to address particular problem areas such as emotional control, social responsibility, driving under the influence and the consequences of anti-social behaviour while driving.The presentation of certificates was held recently in the LYIT where the students who completed the programme were acknowledged for their participation. Pro-Sociallivan, Pro Social Ireland, said “We were delighted to be given the opportunity to deliver the programme and we would like to thank the Donegal Road Safety Working Group for all their assistance to date and we look forward to continuing to deliver the programme to schools in Donegal”.Inspector Michael Harrison said “in my opinion this course will save lives on our roads and I am delighted to see that the programme continues to be delivered to schools in Donegal. Reducing the number of deaths and injuries on Donegal’s roads is a responsibility we all share”.Students from Lifford Youthreach receiving certificates following their participation in the Pro Social Ireland Road Safety Programme which is designed to address areas such as emotional control, social responsibility, driving under the influence and the consequences of anti-social behaviour while driving. Picture also includes Mick Quinlivan, Pro Social Ireland, Paul McCusker, Pro Social Ireland, Inspector Michael Harrison, Ciaran Maguire, Pro Social Ireland, Leslie O’Donnell and Denis Ferry. Photo Clive WassonBrian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer, Donegal County Council stated that “the Donegal Road Safety Working Group are delighted that Pro Social Ireland continues to deliver this unique programme and we hope that the students from Mulroy College, Scoil Mhuire and Lifford Youthreach will benefit from the programme, which has been delivered by a dedicated group of professionals from Donegal who have made road safety a priority.” Students from Mulroy College receiving certificates following their participation in the Pro Social Ireland Road Safety Programme which is designed to address areas such as emotional control, social responsibility, driving under the influence and the consequences of anti-social behaviour while driving. Picture also includes Mick Quinlivan, Pro Social Ireland, Paul McCusker, Pro Social Ireland, Inspector Michael Harrison, Ciaran Maguire, Pro Social Ireland, Leslie O’Donnell and Denis Ferry. Photo Clive WassonHe also thanked Dennis Ferry & Leslie O’Donnell who gave a great presentation on the risks associated with bad driving behaviour and the precautions that needs to be in place for driving safely.Mulroy College, Milford, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Lifford Youthreach were also acknowledged for their assistance as where the students who were thanked for their active involvement in the programme.Jake Doherty from Mulroy College who recently completed the Pro Social Ireland Road Safety Programme which is designed to address areas such as emotional control, social responsibility, driving under the influence and the consequences of anti-social behaviour while driving. Photo Clive WassonStudents from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana receiving certificates following their participation in the Pro Social Ireland Road Safety Programme which is designed to address areas such as emotional control, social responsibility, driving under the influence and the consequences of anti-social behaviour while driving. Picture also includes Mick Quinlivan, Pro Social Ireland, Paul McCusker, Pro Social Ireland, Inspector Michael Harrison, Ciaran Maguire, Pro Social Ireland, Leslie O’Donnell and Denis Ferry. Photo Clive WassonDonegal students first to complete groundbreaking road safety course was last modified: April 1st, 2019 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)last_img read more

Lord Kelvin Extolled as Giant of Science and Creationist

first_img(Visited 131 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 One of the eminent scientists of the 19th century was a Bible-believing creationist, the BBC agrees.Peter Crutchley, writing for the BBC’s Religion and Ethics page, asked “Kelvin’s conundrum: Is it possible to believe in God and science?”  His answer is a resounding yes, because, as Crutchley describes, William Thomson (better known as Lord Kelvin) never wavered as a creationist through his long, productive scientific life.  Furthermore, as Crutchley goes on to say, a number of living scientists maintain that legacy.Lord Kelvin is a giant of 19th Century science. He was also a devout Christian who found a way of reconciling his science and his faith, but not without finding himself in conflict with his contemporaries including Darwin.Kelvin was no slouch: “Kelvin himself became a professor at the University of Glasgow in 1846 and in a 53 year career his scientific achievements were many and diverse.”  Some biographers focus on his mistakes (as if no scientist today is faultless), but Crutchley rightly emphasizes the successes of this highly-respected scientist who was knighted for his contributions.  Kelvin also combated Darwinian thinking by calculating an upper limit on the age of the earth.  Crutchley claims this put him at odds with Biblical creationists who found his calculation too long, but Kelvin intended it as an upper limit, not an actual age – a limit far too young for the time Darwin needed.At the end of the article, Crutchley discusses whether science and religion are in conflict.  He gives first mention to the views of atheists like Dawkins and Hawking, but then gives substantial attention to a Christian and supporter of intelligent design:Professor John Lennox, professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, countered Hawking’s argument in an article published in 2010.“Much of the rationale behind Hawking’s argument lies in the idea that there is a deep-seated conflict between science and religion. But this is not a discord I recognise,” Lennox said.Lennox, who has engaged in a number of debates with Richard Dawkins, believes that far from being at odds with science, the Christian faith actually makes perfect scientific sense.“For me, as a Christian believer, the beauty of the scientific laws only reinforces my faith in an intelligent, divine creative force at work. One of the fundamental themes of Christianity is that the universe was built according to a rational, intelligent design.”Lennox also referred to Joseph Needham, who wondered why China fell so far behind Europe in scientific achievement.  Needham”reluctantly came to the conclusion” that “European science had been spurred on by the widespread belief in a rational creative force, known as God, which made all scientific laws comprehensible.”Crutchley ended by celebrating Kelvin’s secure scientific legacy, mentioning his crypt in the “scientists’ corner” of Westminster Abbey alongside that of Isaac Newton (incidentally, another creationist).It was refreshing to see this article, despite a few disagreements we might have (see our biography of Lord Kelvin on this site).  One is Crutchley’s use of Francis Collins to argue against the old “warfare of science and religion” hypothesis, since Collins is a theistic Darwin-loving evolutionist who opposes supporters of intelligent design.  Another is this statement about Kelvin’s age-of-the-earth calculation, “His estimation for the age of the earth was far too young to satisfy geologists and Darwinists, but too old to satisfy creationists, leaving him caught between religion and science in this instance.”  This suggestion that creationists were not satisfied (where is his evidence?) overlooks the strategic ploy Kelvin was using.  He was not asserting that the earth was tens of millions of years old, but that it could not be older than that.  It was an upper limit.  Kelvin was not “caught between religion and science” at all.  He was a good debater!  Crutchley’s quote from Dr. Andrew Holmes that the calculation “can easily be dismissed” today is a half-truth.  While radioactivity was discovered later, complicating the picture, Kelvin’s reasoning from thermodynamics was sound.  The untruth part of the statement ignores the great deal of evidence accumulated by modern creation scientists (physicists and geologists with doctorates) who support an upper limit of thousands, not millions of years.  Now, 106 years after Kelvin’s death, the evidence for creation is much more substantial.  The Bible-Science Association of southern California, for instance, routinely fills some two dozen tables with books and videos of creation evidences at all levels from children’s books to technical treatises, across all scientific fields.  There are at least four peer-reviewed creation journals, and many organizations answering evolution and showing the evidence for creation from all directions, from physics to human history, from astronomy to genetics, from philosophy to entomology, covering all the bases.Other than that, Crutchley did a fair job.  Now read our more extended biography of Kelvin that tells the story of his battle with Darwin over the age of the earth, and how it  vexed Charlie and his frat boys to the point of desperation.  Evolutionists assume Kelvin’s arguments have been dismissed, but what do they do with the even more powerful evidence creationists offer today?  They ignore it!  They can afford to, because the moyboys now have a century of storytelling, assumption, and momentum, aided by their co-conspirators in the media, to enshrine their old-earth beliefs with the imprimatur of science, leaving the contradictory evidence outside the gate of their walled castle that says “No creationists allowed!”  Inside, they wave “millions of years, billions of years” around like a magic wand that can make all their demons disappear and pull rabbits out of naturalistic hats.  Given enough time, stuff happens.The evidence remains strong not just for some undefined designer, however, but for the God of the Bible who made the Earth and its life in six days.  The Creator revealed Himself to man and walked among us in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, who affirmed the literal Adam and Eve and the Flood of Noah.  He proved His authority by rising from the dead.  This Savior has been trusted personally by Kelvin, Maxwell, Boyle and many other outstanding scientists cataloged in our scientist biography section.  Science and religion are not in conflict.  What’s in conflict is naturalism and the evidence.last_img read more