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Poetry May 28, 2015

first_imgMy DaughterBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarMy Beautiful ChildAt birth you glitteredAs passerby hastenedAt the sound of creationFor a gem so lustrousSeeing you grow upWoos every imageryThe calmness about youFriendly swag definedEyes of a white doveImmaculate iris beyondThis twisted cacophonyTwigs of gold rainbowCurves warmly to youBlossom as the cheerySnow filled luster puffLike a palm by streamsRich green fine womanCreamy like the moonYour rarity enchantsEmerald and grandioseFanning for mostly joyThirty years a delightMy Beautiful Child I Am That Man!By Varney L.S. GeanI am that brown-eyed gentlemanEarly bird on the sprint to workBe it the hospital or that tall edificeThe plumbing shop or some factoryThe pint-sized market stall or the bankGovernment building or on the farmI am that somebodyI am that fatherI am that husbandThat uncle that brotherWho throughout the day I must acutely toilEndeavoring for the finest to make happyIn the blazing sun or horrendous floodUnflinching as one aim bears to mindI am that fellow that will never pauseStrong in my deeds my concepts my wordsTruthful and tender to all who meander my pathEbola! Where did you come from?By Varney L.S. GeanOn a surprising dawn you sprang forth upon usOn the daily news your strange name rang forthOur hearts bleed since your unforeseen arrivalOur time spent just to bid you a swift bon voyageOnly the wittiest of us perceived you beforehandEbola! Where did you come from?Our lives no longer those pleasant stories nowadaysOur happiness sink as sorrow dwells around us dailyOur state no longer gain once great friends we hadOur moments lost in utter frustration and suspenseOnly the smartest of us knew everything beforehandEbola! Where did you come from?Ode to my jailerBy Lekpele M. NyamalonCheer up! Son of a monsterI love you though-Your specialty is tortureSchooled to beat and bruiseYou made me a gladiatorI feel the pains curving on my backFrom the whips of your cartridgeYou made me a warriorI hear the barking of your voiceRoaring like a strangled lionHungry for my bloodYou jeered at my tearsThey made me a soldierYou tried to dump my soulBut, you shot my ego in the skyI can walk on broken glassCuz my heart is stiff like the back of steelI’m no more a crying prisonerMocked by his captorDriven to deathI’m now a storytellerMolded by youJust call me SackieBy Lekpele M. NyamalonWhen I say my nameDon’t ask me where I come fromTake it and goIt’s my nameMy grandmother said soShe raised me in the airOn the day of the ceremonyAnd whispered it-smilingI’m not from spaceOr mars, or the ArcticI’m a warm blooded mammalMy name is my tagCall it or move onI’m SackieToo hard for you?Get an ice and chillCuz, I’m SackieJust call me thatNeed a shorter form?Just call me SackieShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FREE EYE TEST WITH REAL EYE EXPERTS FOR EVERY DONEGALDAILY.COM READER

first_imgYOU wouldn’t go to just anyone to get your eyes tested, would you?You want someone you can trust; to meet the experts who will help you find freedom from glasses.That’s what they do at the Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast – and today we have teamed up with experts who have helped so many people from Co Donegal to offer every single one of you, our readers, a free eye suitability test. Professor Jonathon Moore and his team have the world’s most advance Swiss-made laser for those of you who wish to ditch your glasses.And for those for whom laser treatment isn’t suitable – usually people aged over 40 – there is the incredible MPlus lens, a revolutionary breakthrough.You can read previous articles on the MPlus below. So call the Cathedral Eye Clinic today and avail of this incredible FREE offer. Quote donegaldaily.com offer when you call.The number is 04890 32 20 20. PREVIOUS ARTICLES ON PEOPLE FROM DONEGAL WHO HAVE HAD THE MPLUS LENS FITTED TO GIVE THEM LIFE WITHOUT GLASSES:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/01/12/donegal-man-says-he-feels-like-he-has-his-legs-back-after-sight-is-restored/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/03/09/revealed-donegal-rally-driver-ditches-glasses-after-revolutionary-new-eye-operation/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/01/08/hundreds-inspired-by-donegal-couple-who-had-miracle-eye-op/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2010/11/30/eyecare-artists-success-leads-donegal-people-to-choose-private-clinic/ FREE EYE TEST WITH REAL EYE EXPERTS FOR EVERY DONEGALDAILY.COM READER was last modified: May 14th, 2012 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:FREE EYE TEST WITH REAL EYE EXPERTS FOR EVERY DONEGALDAILY.COM READERlast_img read more

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Jail adds beds after complaint

first_img Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – With the addition of 420 beds at the Pitchess Detention Center, every inmate in the county jail system now has a bunk and a mattress. Settling a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened barracks at the Castaic jail complex that were shuttered because of budget cuts. But overcrowding problems persist, said sheriff’s Cmdr. Don Rodriguez, Pitchess supervisor. Some 70 percent of the county jail population is composed of men and women awaiting trials, sentencing or other hearings before heading to state prison. “Court cases can take a long time,” Rodriguez said. “Once they are adjudicated and sentenced to state prison, we do our best to see they are processed as quickly as possible and sent to the state prisons. But some of the problem is getting the state to take their prisoners when they are facing the same issues of overcrowding.” Three jails make up the Castaic complex, two are maximum-security and one houses minimum- and medium-security inmates. Pitchess is home to about 8,200 inmates; there are nearly 20,000 inmates in the county system. To further relieve overcrowding, the county is working to also reopen the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, closed when Sheriff Lee Baca responded to 2003 budget cuts and released 2,600 low-risk inmates who had served portions of their sentences. After county supervisors approved $78 million in the 2005 budget for the Sheriff’s Department, portions of the East Facility at Pitchess were opened in March. A dormitory in the South Facility, closed in 2001 to cut overtime costs, remains closed. “Another issue is that we have several hundred deputy and correctional vacancies,” he said. “We’ve been able to get recruitment kick-started; we’ve opened the training facility at College of the Canyons and we’re hoping to fill those positions. “There’s only so much we can do with a limited number of beds, considering the population growth and budget issues.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Three jails make up the Castaic complex, two are maximum-security and one houses minimum- and medium-security inmates. Pitchess is home to about 8,200 inmates; there are nearly 20,000 inmates in the county system. To further relieve overcrowding, the county is working to also reopen the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, closed when Sheriff Lee Baca responded to 2003 budget cuts and released 2,600 low-risk inmates who had served portions of their sentences. After county supervisors approved $78 million in the 2005 budget for the Sheriff’s Department, portions of the East Facility at Pitchess were opened in March. A dormitory in the South Facility, closed in 2001 to cut overtime costs, remains closed. “Another issue is that we have several hundred deputy and correctional vacancies,” he said. “We’ve been able to get recruitment kick-started; we’ve opened the training facility at College of the Canyons and we’re hoping to fill those positions. “There’s only so much we can do with a limited number of beds, considering the population growth and budget issues.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,CASTAIC – With the addition of 420 beds at the Pitchess Detention Center, every inmate in the county jail system now has a bunk and a mattress. Settling a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened barracks at the Castaic jail complex that were shuttered because of budget cuts. But overcrowding problems persist, said sheriff’s Cmdr. Don Rodriguez, Pitchess supervisor. Some 70 percent of the county jail population is composed of men and women awaiting trials, sentencing or other hearings before heading to state prison. “Court cases can take a long time,” Rodriguez said. “Once they are adjudicated and sentenced to state prison, we do our best to see they are processed as quickly as possible and sent to the state prisons. But some of the problem is getting the state to take their prisoners when they are facing the same issues of overcrowding.” last_img read more

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Iraq soldier comes home for Christmas

first_imgWHITTIER – Last Christmas, Army Sgt. Dominique Hernandez waited in her barracks in Fort Polk, La., to ship out for her second tour of duty in Iraq. This week, the Army gunner came home to a street strung with yellow ribbons and banners, gifts under a Christmas tree and the welcoming arms of her Whittier family. “My family was on my mind every time I left my base, not knowing if I was going to come back,” said a jet-lagged Hernandez, who on Friday was still on Iraq time. “It’s good to be with them – sleeping in my bed, smelling a cake baking and eating real food.” On her first tour in Iraq, from 2003 to 2004, Hernandez fired an M249 machine gun and was assigned to an Army tank unit. Her second tour was as a 50-caliber gunner with the 603rd Transportation Unit. Her job was to ride atop a Humvee, using the massive weapon to protect convoys driving some of Iraq’s most dangerous roads. “There were bombings all the time, and the insurgents didn’t care who they harmed – from us to Iraqi civilians,” Hernandez said. “I’d hype myself up to do what I had to do by listening to Metallica and looking at a picture of my family.” She lost two of her friends on this last tour. “I was the protector and they were my friends, so it’s hard to talk about it,” she said. Hernandez joined the Army when she was 19, after earning a reputation as a standout basketball player at St. Paul High School and a brief stint at Cerritos College. She joined mostly because she wanted to follow the footsteps of her older brother, a Marine who fought in the first Gulf War. But she also joined out of love of country, she said. “I feel like I’m doing something useful when I’m working for freedom, for Uncle Sam,” she said. During her first tour in Iraq, Hernandez re-enlisted, extending her contract through 2008. When she returns to Fort Polk in January, she may again be deployed to Iraq. She would welcome it, Hernandez said. “I hope to go again, because I am a combat soldier, not a garrison soldier,” she said. Her mother, Sylvia Castillo, is already preparing herself for another long separation. “It hurts, because I know she had a lot of fears the last time she was there. She would write and tell me terrible things,” said Castillo. “But I’m also proud that she is fighting for the freedom of a country that is so oppressed.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

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Daniel breaks chart records with new album

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has broken a major UK chart record with his latest album ‘Gold’.The Donegal singer’s newest record reached number nine on the album charts this week, cementing the star’s unbroken record of being the only artist to have had an album in the UK Top 30 for 32 consecutive years.The new album is a 60 track compilation across 3CDs featuring recordings from across Daniel’s entire recording career. It features duets with his long-term singing partner Mary Duff, along with special duets recorded with Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride. It includes Daniel’s first chart single ‘I Just Want to Dance with You’ and other well-known classics such as ‘Stand Beside Me’,  ‘My Lovely Donegal’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’.Closer to home, fans of Daniel will be delighted to hear that he returns to TV screens this Sunday evening on RTÉ One for his USA Roadtrip, when himself and wife Majella embark on a 1,000 mile road trip from Chicago to Minot in North Dakota.Daniel reveals how he overcame near-death experience on US Road TripDaniel breaks chart records with new album was last modified: March 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:daniel o donnellGoldMUSIClast_img read more

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Photos | Golden State Warriors agony of defeat as Toronto Raptors win NBA Championship

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.The Warriors fell agonizingly short in their 114-110 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Thursday.After winning three NBA championships in the previous four years, they were denied their fourth on their home court. Fans roared at Roaracle, but it wasn’t enough to make up for an injured Kevin Durant and the loss of Klay Thompson to a torn ACL in the third quarter after he scored 30 …last_img read more

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Dog Breeding: Exploring the Limits of Change

first_imgby David F. CoppedgeAudio Playerhttps://crev.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Coppedge-DogBreeding-with-intro-tail.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.People have loved (or hated) dogs for thousands of years. Dogs were frowned upon as dirty scavengers in Biblical times, but for many centuries more recently, they have been man’s best friend. Because of their usefulness for hunting and herding, people groups around the world have bred individuals to accentuate traits they desired. A new survey of 160 dog breeds, described in Nature, shows that genetics is now allowing scientists to untangle the complicated lineages of different types.In a study published on 25 April in Cell Reports, scientists examined the genomes of 1,346 dogs to create one of the most diverse maps produced so far tracing the relationship between breeds. The map shows the types of dog that people crossed to create modern breeds and reveals that canines bred to perform similar functions, such as working and herding dogs, don’t necessarily share the same origins. The analysis even hints at an ancient type of dog that could have come over to the Americas with people thousands of years before Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World.The results were surprising to those who expected breeds with similar traits to be related. That wasn’t necessarily the case. If different tribes on different continents bred their dogs for similar functions, the genetic lineages would differ, even if the resulting dogs had similar abilities.“You would never be able to find something like this with cows or cats,” says Wayne, “We haven’t done this kind of intense deliberate breeding with anything but dogs.”“I think our view of the formation of modern dog breeds has historically been one-dimensional,” says Bob Wayne, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We didn’t consider that the process has a deep historical legacy.”That extends to what was probably the first period of domestication for canines in hunter-gatherer times. Ostrander and Parker think that dog breeds underwent two major periods of diversification. Thousands of years ago, dogs were selected for their skills, whereas a few hundred years ago, the animals were bred for physical traits.“You would never be able to find something like this with cows or cats,” says Wayne, “We haven’t done this kind of intense deliberate breeding with anything but dogs.”Only in recent centuries have people bred dogs for their looks instead of their abilities (think highly-groomed pink poodles at dog shows). The BBC News adds more details about the study:They identified 23 clusters (clades) of dog breeds that are all similar to each other.You can now tell where different dog breeds came from – and the diseases they are prone to, they say.For example, gun dogs all seem to have developed in one place and time – Victorian England.“All of the spaniels, the pointers, the setters and the retrievers are actually pretty closely-related and they group into one over-arching clade [cluster] of sporting breeds,” said Dr Parker.However, other dogs that appear to be similar – such as herding dogs – are actually quite diverse, suggesting they were bred to fill certain roles many times in history in different places over the course of thousands of years.The diversity between today’s dog breeds surely must strike one as remarkable: the St. Bernard vs the chihuahua, the dachschund vs the greyhound. Yet all of them share many traits of dogness in common: turning around before lying down, panting, barking. Although it might be difficult to demonstrate, they are all interfertile, too, indicating they are one species. Enough cross-breeding would probably make them revert to wild type, like the wolf from which all are thought to be descended. The mark of artificial selection – a form of intelligent design – is found throughout all dog breeds.Humans Smell Good, Tooour sense of smell is similar to that of other mammalsWe often think of dogs as experts in olfaction (sense of smell). That’s demonstrably true; it’s why police use bloodhounds to find their man. But the notion that human olfaction is inferior to that of dogs and other mammals is a myth, reports John P. McGann in Science Magazine. The introduction explains:In comparison to that of other animals, the human sense of smell is widely considered to be weak and underdeveloped. This is, however, an unproven hypothesis. In a Review, McGann traces the origins of this false belief back to comparative 19th-century neuroanatomical studies by Broca. A modern look at the human olfactory bulb shows that it is rather large compared with those of rats and mice, which are presumed to possess a superior sense of smell. In fact, the number of olfactory bulb neurons across 24 mammalian species is comparatively similar, with humans in the middle of the pack, and our sense of smell is similar to that of other mammals.S. Craig Roberts shares the same story in The Conversation: “It’s a myth that humans’ sense of smell is inferior to that of other animals – here’s why.” Then Live Science uses pun fun for its headline: “People Smell Great! Human Sniffers Sensitive as Dogs’.” There’s a topic for water-cooler conversation, and perhaps a fun science project for Junior to undertake with the family dog.Charles Darwin made a big deal out of artificial selection as an analogue to natural selection, but that’s a false comparison. The former is intelligent design, for one thing; it’s like comparing a sand castle to ripples on a beach. Both are made of sand, but you will never get a sand castle by unguided natural processes. A second problem is that the breeds are still the same animal. Pigeons are pigeons. Dogs are dogs. Cattle are cattle. As we saw, all bears are probably genetically related (4/24/17). These cases of ‘micro-evolution’ have never been demonstrated to cross the genetic barriers into a new higher-level taxon, like an order or family, let alone a new genus or species. Creationists often use dog breeds as an example of variation within a created kind. Nothing in these news articles changes their assertion that God put a lot of inherent variability into the groupings that reproduce ‘after their kind’, as Genesis repeats ten times for emphasis. Environments (such as temperature or elevation) will accentuate certain traits at the expense of others. Human breeders can accentuate them to extremes. But a dog will never become a cat, and a wolf will never become a whale, because those kinds of animals have different genomes. Nevertheless, a significant amount of variation within created kinds undoubtedly occurred between creation and the Flood, and after the genetic bottleneck of the Flood. We might barely recognize the animals that came off the ark. That’s not evolution as Darwin envisaged it; it’s the sorting out of genetic information within groups that reproduce ‘after their kind.’For more on creation answers to variability, search for articles on baraminology, the creation science of genetic processes and taxonomical principles that affect created kinds. Baramin is taken from the Genesis word for ‘kind.’ That’s not any more contrived than ‘species’, a word that also originally reflected the word kind. So be kind with humankind. Don’t make an issue of the terminology when there is none.Audio Playerhttps://crev.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Coppedge-DogBreeding-with-intro-tail.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.(Visited 711 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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A win for Team South Africa in The Hague

first_img29 January 2016Team South Africa has won the 2016 International Schools Moot Court competition, held in The Hague in Holland. The city is home to the United Nation’s International Court of Justice, headquartered in the Peace Palace, and the International Criminal Court.Team South Africa winner of Internaional Moot Court competition in #TheHague #pleaforpeace https://t.co/BMuCaVGHAK pic.twitter.com/rhlcxz8qMy— City of The Hague (@CityOfTheHague) January 22, 2016This year, the competition, held from 18 to 22 January, focused on the issue of crimes against humanity during a time of war.Out of the 11 other countries that participated in the competition – namely, Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, St Martens, USA, and Venezuela – South Africa triumphed over Team USA in the final.The South African team comprised pupils from various schools ranging from rural to former model C schools. The successful team members were: Nthabiseng Mbatha, Simon Motsheweni, Paseka Selinyane, Claire Rankin, Clara-Marie Macheke, Katelyn Chettle and Shandre Smith.We are still celebrating the achievement of TeamSA for winning the 2016 International Schools Moot Court competition pic.twitter.com/srlxKijXKV— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) January 27, 2016“Contestants were given an opportunity to argue both as defender and complainant using international criminal law and treaties that are relevant to the International Criminal Court,” said the Department of Basic Education.“We take the opportunity to congratulate Claire Rankin and Clara-Marie Macheke from Springfield Convent in the Western Cape for taking the top spot at the International Schools Moot Court Competition at The Hague, after toppling Team USA.”The competition is usually presided over by the judges from the International Criminal Court. This year Judge Howard Morrison and Judge Raul Pangalangan chaired the debate.We also need to send a shout out to their mentors, law students for the University of Pretoria! pic.twitter.com/qo4QCJTPCs— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) January 27, 2016Source: Department of Basic Educationlast_img read more

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South Africa exceeds foreign investment target by R20-billion

first_img4 March 2016South Africa attracted R64.3-billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) between 1 April and 31 December 2015, the first three quarters of the financial year – surpassing its target of R45-billion by almost R20-billion.This was announced by Minister Siyabonga Cwele, chair of the International Cooperation, Trade and Security cluster, during a media briefing in Cape Town last week. South Africa, he said, remains a competitive investment destination, despite a troubled global economy.“For citizens, the investment means an opportunity to work, to develop their skills, earn a sustainable income and feed a family,” Cwele said.He said South Africa continues its engagements with the European Union (EU), its largest trading partner and foreign investor.“Over 2 000 EU companies are operating within South Africa and have created over 350 000 jobs. The EU also contributes about R1.5-billion to infrastructure development for domestic and regional programmes through the Infrastructure Investment Programme.”In 2015, South Africa exported goods worth more than R216-billion to the EU. Half of the exports were manufactured products.Tourism essential to growthCwele said tourism was a vital sector of the economy, contributing about 9% to South Africa’s gross domestic product.“The country received 8 903 773 foreign tourist arrivals during 2015, generating a significant revenue contribution to the economy,” he said. He added that more than 1.6-million local and international tourists visited Kruger National Park last year.A range of skills development programmes have been launched to unlock the full economic potential of tourism, Cwele said. “These include training 577 young people as chefs this year, instructing 300 youths in the art of serving wine expertly as professional sommeliers and teaching unemployed graduates to become food safety assurers, who ensure that the food served at our establishments is stored, prepared and served safely.”He said the Department of Tourism was implementing revised Tourism Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice.“The black ownership target has been set at 30%, which is higher than the target in the generic codes of good practice to assist in our efforts to drive transformation in the sector. To address women empowerment, this 30% must consist of 50% women.”South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more