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Lutherans to Build US$50K Multi Complex in Vahun

first_imgThe Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL) broke ground over the weekend for the construction of a multi-purpose complex valued at over US$50,000 in Vahun, Lofa County. Rev. Bishop Amos Bolay, speaking at the ceremony, said the complex will comprise a guest house, mini college, a clinic and other essential components that will meet the needs of Liberians as well as Sierra Leoneans in the region.“Many pastors continue to receive training in the United States, South Africa and other parts of the world that will return and offer their services at the complex,” Rev. Bolay said He further indicated that the Wayormi District Pastoral Training is expected to resume in September this year.Early next year, Rev. Bolay said, there will also be an exclusive training for fifty pastors and their wives that will help them understand the significance of being a fruitful steward.He explained that a group of individuals who broke away from the church cannot be described as a congregation, as speculated.The church cannot allow a 12-man political group to hold the church of Jesus Christ hostage, he contended.Rev. Bolay pointed out that there was no single document which recognized a congregation’s name, and if it were so, the Evangelical Lutheran Church would have submitted to it.“The Evangelical Lutheran Church remains open to all, because it is purely a Bible believing faith of which everyone is welcome to worship,’’ he stressed.Rev. Bolay appealed to the church to work together with a single focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.Meanwhile, Rev. Bolay urged those who broke away to return. The church remains open to work with everyone to promote God’s Kingdom, he emphasized. “Let us ever live in the spirit of repentance and forgiveness as we await his gracious return,” Rev. Bolay added.During his recent visit to Germany, Rev. Bolay said the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia was accredited as a full member of the Internal Confessional Lutherans and a representative from Liberia will be traveling to join other Lutherans from around the world in Italy next year. A process has begun for church members to benefit from higher educational opportunities at LCMS Universities in the United States.At the end of the conference Rev. Bolay and the clergy were praised for selecting Lofa County as the venue of the conference.Rev. Arthur Zokar expressed delight over the manner in which the conference was conducted. Over 1000 Evangelicals and others attended the five-day conference.Share 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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Sylvester Cox of Crozierville Is Dead

first_imgThe death is announced of lifelong farmer, Mr. Sylvester S. Cox of Crozierville, Montserrado County, Liberia.This sad event occurred in Crozierville on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, following a brief illness.He was in his 68th year.Mr. Cox was born in the Township of Crozierville on March 15, 1948 to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Sackie Naford Cox of Crozierville.A product of the family of the late Liberian Ambassador John Cox, Sylvester was baptized and confirmed in Christ Episcopal Church of Crozierville and attended the church’s Parish Day School. One of his foster brothers was Mr. Thomas Cox, the late husband of dentist Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox of Monrovia.A lifelong farmer, Mr. Cox grew cassava, fruits, vegetables and sugar cane, from which he produced rum.Mr. Cox faithfully served Christ Church for many years as a lay reader. He was in service performing that duty the Sunday before he died.He leaves to mourn is loss his wife, Mrs. Mabel T. S. Cox; four children: Ealine, J. Sylvester Jr., Comfort and Eva Leemu Cox; four grandchildren; a sister, Muria Cox; a brother, Winston Cox; and many other relatives.Funeral arrangements will be announced later.Share 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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A SPECIAL TREAT FOR PARENTS ACROSS DONEGAL NEXT WEEK

first_imgNational Parent’s Week takes place from October 22nd to 28th and celebrates the time, love and commitment given by parents everywhere.Parentstop – Donegal’s free and confidential parent support service, is celebrating Parent’s Week by offering ‘Minding Me’ time to parents across the county.Drop into any of Parentstop’s services for a free head massage, a treat for your feet, some time out, a chat and a chance to talk about any supports you may need as a parent in 2012. Minding Me takes place in:-Moville Family Resource Centre on Tuesday October 23rd between 10.30am and 1pm-Parentstop Letterkenny, Castle Street, Off Market Square, Letterkenny on Wednesday October 24th between 10am and 2pm-Donegal Family Resource Centre, Donegal Town on Wednesday October 24th between 10am and 12pm -Parentstop Inishowen, 5 Miller’s Way, Carndonagh on Wednesday October 24th between 10:30am and 1pm-Lifestart Newtowncunningham on Thursday October 25th between 10:30am and 1pm-And especially for dads: come along to Parentstop Inishowen, 5 Miller’s Way, Carndonagh on Thursday October 25th between 7:30pm and 9:30pmNational Parents Week is celebrated in association with the National Parents’ Helpline – ParentLine (1890 927 277 / www.parentline.ieParentstop is a free and confidential parent support service in Co. Donegal. Parentstop is here to help with any parenting challenges you are facing. If you want to ask a question, talk to someone in confidence, or see if you’re on the right track, then Parentstop is here to support you.There are no long waiting lists and the Parentstop team is available to talk to you once you make an appointment. With services in Donegal Town, Letterkenny and around Inishowen, one of our Parents Support officers will meet you, listen to you and give you support and advice. Whatever your concern – let’s get it sorted together.If you have family concerns and would like to speak to someone from Parentstop please phone:074-9177249 for Letterkenny and surrounds 074 9373493 for Inishowen areas086-8494038 for Donegal Town and surroundsYou can also email helenkelly@parentstop.ie for more information.A SPECIAL TREAT FOR PARENTS ACROSS DONEGAL NEXT WEEK was last modified: October 17th, 2012 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:donegalParentstoplast_img read more

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Coach says APU must be physical

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I think the word is going around that, if you are physical with us, we don’t play as well,” longtime APU coach Bill Odell said Wednesday. “We are definitely a finesse team. “The word is, `Rough them up and see how they respond,’ and we did not respond well.” That is understandable. What is curious is how APU went from being ranked No. 3 to No. 2 after losing. APU (16-2, 7-1) and San Diego Christian (13-3, 7-1) are now tied for first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference. It was the first loss by APU to San Diego Christian in 16 years. The Cougars had defeated the Hawks 26 consecutive games. Odell said it was too early to say when Zea and Myers would return to action. Zea stretched ligaments in his left ankle, an injury sustained Jan. 7 at Concordia. Zea played the rest of that game, but has not played since. Myers suffered tendon damage to his left hand in a game last Saturday at Point Loma. Odell said the swelling has gone down but that Myers’ hand was twice its normal size a couple of days ago. The Cougars continue conference play tonight with a game at Fresno Pacific University (10-5, 3-4). Tip off is 7:30. The APU women, ranked No. 9 in the country, play at 5:30. The Cougars are 14-4 and 6-2. Fresno Pacific is 4-12 and 0-7. robert.morales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The word is out: Get tough with the Azusa Pacific University men’s basketball team and the Cougars can be had. San Diego Christian did just that Tuesday, and it came away with a 62-59 upset of the Cougars, the No. 3-ranked NAIA team in the country. APU on Tuesday was missing starting forward Scott Zea and backup point guard Kasey Myers because of injuries. That did not help the Cougars in the shooting department, as they shot just 39 percent. But San Diego Christian shot only 38.1 percent. So having Zea and Myers would have been nice, but it would not have helped the Cougars become more physical. “I think it is a mental toughness as much as anything,” Odell said. “They need to understand that some games they (the officials) are going to let it go a little bit and they need to respond in a positive way, work through it and not get their heads down and not shy away from it. “In the last couple of games, we stopped doing things because we were afraid of being hit almost. We got soft instead of responding in our own tough manner.” San Diego Christian was no slouch. Although the Hawks were unranked Tuesday, they were ranked No. 15 when Wednesday’s newest poll was released. last_img
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Golf News: Gearoid Doherty in sensational form at Ballyliffin

first_imgGlashedy Winter League Sunday 30th October 2016Glashedy Links0-15 1st Gearoid Doherty C (7) 38pts2nd Patsy Doherty (10) 38pts16-281st Colm Fitzpatrick (17) 38pts 2nd James Carr (16) 37ptsBack 9: Ciaran McLaughlin (HB) 21ptsCSS 72The Old Links0-15 1st Paul Grant (13) 39pts2nd Hugh McEleney (14) 38pts16-281st Adrian Eastwood (21) 37pts 2nd Bernard McClure (19) 36ptsBack 9: William Joyce 21ptsCSS 70Saturday Open 29th October 20161st Gary McGeoghan (4) 41pts2nd Ryan Doherty (5) 39pts3rd Brian Breslin (20) 38pts4th John Mullan (15) 37ptsGross: Brendan Devlin (0) 33ptsCSS 73Friday 28th October 2016 Open Competition1st JJ Lafferty (19) 37pts2nd Oscar Mailey (6) 37pts3rd Eugene Brophy (12) 36ptsCSS 72Wednesday 26th October 20161st Don McGonigle 40pts2nd Patsy Toland 34pts3rd Martin Boyle 34ptsLadies:Sunday 30th October 20160-181st Ann Friel 22pts2nd Ann McLaughlin 20pts19-281st Gertie Monagle 19pts2nd Sadie Grant (PN) 17pts29-361st Anita McCarron 24pts2nd Maire Mathews 21ptsTwo’s Ann FrielBallyliffin Golf Club Results by Phelim DavenportIt was another full weekend of golf in Ballyliffin played in Spring like conditions.The Friday Open was won by J J Lafferty[19] with 37pts on the break of a tie from Oscar Mailey[6] also with 37pts. In 3rd place was Eugene Brophy[12] with 36pts.The Saturday Open on Glashedy turned out to be just another page again in the Gary Mc Geoghegan honeymoon diaries, he shot a 1 under gross round to give him 41 stableford pts to take 1st place. Covering the front 9 in 3 under he was still 3 under standing on the 14th tee but Catriona didn’t pack enough sandwiches for him so he dropped 3 shots in the next 3 holes but recovered to finish birdie par. In  2nd place was another low man Ryan Doherty[5] with 39pts. In 3rd place was naturalised Carn man Brian Breslin[20] with 38pts. In 4th place was long distance man John Mullan[15] with 37pts. The Gross went to Brendan Devlin[0] with 33 gross pts.Sunday was the 2nd outing of the Glashedy Winter Classic on both courses.On Glashedy the winner of the low section was Gearoid Doherty[7] with 38pts on the break of a tie from Patsy Doherty[10] in 2nd place. The high section went to a new name in the winners circle Colm Fitzpatrick[17] with 38pts. In 2nd place was James Carr[16] with 37pts. The Back Nine went to Ciaran Mc Laughlin[hb] with 21pts.On the Old Course the Low Section was won by Paul Grant[13] with 39pts followed home by Tesco man Hugh Mc Eleney[14] with 38pts. Not a handicap reduction in sight, how do they do it???. In the High Section Adrian Eastwood[21] took top spot with 37pts.2nd place went to Bernard Mc Clure[19] with 36pts. The Back Nine went to William Joyce with 21pts.The Wed.Soc. was a runaway victory for Mr Ballyliffin Don Mc Gonagle with 40pts. 2nd place was taken by Mr Duracell Patsy Toland with 34pts. 3rd place went to the Bossman Martin Boyle with 34pts.Just like to congratulate Patsy and Joan Doherty on winning the Club Mixed Foursomes title. They overcame their wee son Ryan who knew which side his bread  was buttered on  and Sadie Grant[n] in the final.Forthcoming Events & FixturesFriday 4th November 2016 Open Competition on The Old  LinksSaturday 5th November 2016 GUI Open Competition on Glashedy LinksSunday 6th November 2016 Confined on The Old LinksFriday 11th November Christmas Craft Fayre in the golf club at 7.30pm. Tickets €5Saturday 12th November Ladies V’s Gents on The Old LinksGolf News: Gearoid Doherty in sensational form at Ballyliffin was last modified: November 1st, 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:BallyliffingolfSportlast_img read more

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SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST DONEGAL BOY IN ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’ CASE

first_imgThe Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge against the law under which a 15-year-old Donegal boy was charged with having sex with a 14-year-old girl.His lawyers had argued that the law should be overturned because it allowed for the prosecution of teenage boys for having sex with teenage girls but prevented prosecution of the girls.The High Court ruled against him and this morning, the Supreme Court upheld the High Court decision. The case was described as a challenge to the so-called “Romeo and Juliet” legislation.The boy is charged under the 2006 Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act, with having sex with a 14-year-old girl in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 2006. He is also charged with buggery.His trial has been on hold pending the outcome of this appeal.Section 3 of the Act created an offence of defilement of a child under 17 and provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison.Section 5 of the Act states a girl under 17 cannot be guilty of such an offence.RTE reports that while the law did amount to gender discrimination, that discrimination was not disproportionate because the risk of pregnancy is born by girls only.Chief Justice Ms Justice Susan Denham said section 5 of the act excluded the girl from criminal liability when the offence was sexual intercourse.She said the Oireachtas made a choice and such a legislative decision reflected social policy on the issue.She said it was an approach the legislature was entitled to take. The danger of pregnancy for the teenage girl was an objective which the Oireachtas was entitled to take account of.SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST DONEGAL BOY IN ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’ CASE was last modified: February 23rd, 2012 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

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Maths initiative at LYIT and ETB gives Leaving Cert students a second chance

first_imgStudents who did not secure a pass in Leaving Cert ordinary level maths today are being assured not to panic as local options are available.Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Donegal Education and Training Board launched the innovative “Enabling Maths” course in 2016 for students who lack a pass in ordinary level Maths.This year more than 3,700 students have failed their Leaving Certificate maths exams, effectively locking them out of many third-level courses which require a pass as a basic entry requirement. The “Enabling Maths” initiative is designed to give young people a second chance to succeed in Mathematics and thus, overcome the entry requirements to enter a wide range of courses at LYIT, for the coming academic year 2018/2019.The course will run for two weeks in early September (commencing Thursday 23rd August – Wednesday 5th September 2018). Visit lyit.ie for more details.A hotline has been opened at LYIT today to offer support to students who need any advice or support about what the next stages are in the CAO process.A spokesperson for the LYIT said no question is too small: “In addition, if you have failed Ordinary Level Maths, do not panic, we also can discuss the Enabling Maths Initiative which is available at LYIT. “Please don’t hesitate to contact our Schools Engagement Officer, Fiona Kelly or Tracey Sheridan, LYIT Admissions Office on (074) 9186105 or (074) 9186126. Tracey and Fiona will be available from 9am to 5pm today (15th August) to answer your queries and calls.”Maths initiative at LYIT and ETB gives Leaving Cert students a second chance was last modified: August 15th, 2018 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:educationLeaving certmathslast_img read more

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Something from Nothing Dept.

first_imgHow do you get optimization by chance?  In a Concepts piece in Nature this week,1 William J. Sutherland (U. of East Anglia, UK) suggested that the constraints of the environment will drive living systems toward optimal solutions.  He thinks that’s how “selective forces” shaped your teeth and jaw, for instance.  Economists and engineers use optimization theory, he reasons, so why not biologists? The use of optimization has allowed biologists to move from merely describing patterns or mechanisms to being able to predict, from first principles, how organisms should be designed.  Optimality models are based on three elements: the choices available; what is being optimized; and the constraints.    Physiologists have used optimization to answer a wide range of questions about animal morphology.  For example, optimization has been invoked to predict the design of a bone of given weight that minimizes the risk of breaking or buckling; the speed at which it is most efficient to switch from running to walking; and the gut design that provides the highest energy gain from a given diet.  The prediction of the triplet code as the most parsimonious means of coding 20 amino acids using the four bases of DNA is another successful example of this methodology.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Though the concept has its critics, Sutherland gives a few more examples of how the optimization approach might have shaped biological systems by natural selection.  But intelligent design (ID) is clearly not what he has in mind; he gives Darwin the credit: “Darwin’s theory of natural selection provided an obvious mechanism for explaining optimization in biology: more efficiently designed individuals will leave more offspring.”2  The optimization approach will be fruitful, he concludes:A considerable strength of using optimization is that once we understand why organisms are as they are, then it should be possible to understand how they will respond to new conditions.  Optimization can therefore be used to understand behaviour, and to predict population dynamics, in new environments, such as those resulting from habitat loss or a rise in sea level.    There are increasing calls for biology to be predictive.  Optimization is the only approach biology has for making predictions from first principles.  The wider adoption of these ideas right across biology should reap ample rewards.1William J. Sutherland, “The Best Solution,” Nature 435, 569 (2 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435569a.2Of course this is obvious.  How do you know the individual is efficiently designed?  Because it left more offspring.  Why did it leave more offspring?  Well, obviously, it must have been more efficiently designed.  This circular argument, is an example of a tautology, or a statement of the obvious, like “deaf people can’t hear, because they are deaf.”  Natural selection falls into this tautology trap any time fitness is defined in terms of fecundity (see 10/29/2002 entry).Sorry, Bill.  You can’t get the blood of design from a turn-up of natural selection.  Necessity is the mother of invention only when intelligence guides the process.  The only thing nature is good at optimizing is entropy.  The optimization approach will only make sense when design scientists oust the naturalistic usurpers from biology.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Six SA hotels on ‘world’s best’ list

first_img30 July 2013 Six South African hotels feature in the 50 “world’s best hotels 2013” list of US magazine Travel + Leisure, with three of them ranking in the top 10 – all three located within the world-famous Kruger National Park, and two belonging to South African hospitality group Singita. “A commitment to providing access to some of Africa’s best game-viewing, while minimizing environmental impact and maximizing comfort, has earned Singita’s properties repeat appearances in the World’s Best Awards,” Travel + Leisure says in its July 2013 issue. The Singita Kruger National Park, comprising two lodges with treetop suites and riverside rooms in the southeastern reaches of the Kruger National Park, on South Africa’s border with Mozambique, was voted third best in the hotels category of the magazine’s annual “world’s best” readers’ survey. Singita’s flagship Sabi Sand, also located within the greater boundaries of the Kruger National Park, came in at number 10. “Private outdoor showers and well-stocked wine cellars come standard,” Travel + Leisure says of Sabi Sand, “while photography-focused safaris and cultural outings to a nearby village let you appreciate Kruger’s landscape and the local community”. At ninth on the list is the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, at whose flagship Bush Lodge “twice-daily game drives, firelight boma dinners, and spa treatments using marula tree, African potato, and aloe vera extracts keep parents occupied, while kids can enroll in the EleFun Centre, offering conservation activities and outdoor fun”. The Cape Grace in Cape Town was ranked 26th. “A movable pedestrian bascule bridge provides access from Cape Town’s bustling waterfront to this quiet, mansard-roofed hotel on its own private quay,” notes Travel + Leisure, while “fourth-floor rooftop terrace rooms and penthouse suites come with views of Table Mountain”. At 39th place, and returning to the Kruger National Park and its surrounds, is the Londolozi Game Reserve, a Kruger camp comprising five family-run lodges on 42 000 acres of South African wilderness that is renowned for its frequent sightings of the elusive leopard. And at 50 on the list is the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, a 200-year-old manse in the posh Sandhurst suburbs of Johannesburg that has been converted into a “fashionable 53-room boutique hideaway” where “the expansive pool, 10-acre gardens and koi pond make the Saxon feel like a resort, with private plunge pools in many rooms and latticed shutters opening to garden views”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more