UPFI to Promote Healthcare, Education, Others

first_imgAmid a bad economy, vices and critical political challenges in Liberia, the Universal Peace Federation International (UPFI) has announced plans to help promote development in the country.The UPFI has an NGO (Non-governmental Organization) consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN).Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, the chairman of UPFI, disclosed that after the launch of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace in Liberia (IAPP-Liberia) in July, the country stands to benefit from programs, including the construction of a Peace Road, to promote an international highway and railway.Dr. Walsh said the UPF will support healthcare, through a negotiation with the Government of Japan, help develop a curriculum for tertiary education, and promote entrepreneurship and coffee production.He made the disclosure to journalists yesterday in the conference room of House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, following a close-door meeting with him.The UPFI Chairman further said the UPFI in collaboration with IAPP-Liberia will establish the Inter-Religion Association, promote peace and development, mutual respect and cooperation.He further said the presence of the IAPP would promote marriage and family values as well as the physical and spiritual beings of Liberians.Dr. Walsh is the Secretary-General of the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation, and also serves on the International Council of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations and on the board of directors of the International Coalition for Religious Freedom.Others who were part of Dr. Walsh’s delegation included Rev. Adama Doumbia, Secretary General of UPF-Africa, and Rev. Pamela S.M. Mwanga, the President (Chairman) of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU)-Liberia.After its establishment, the IAPP-Liberia will provide a forum for 73 members of the House of Representatives and 30 members of the Liberian Senate, to form part of the parliamentarians from all nations and political parties, allowing them to come together to dialogue and cooperate with each other, to search for solutions to local, national, regional and global problems.IAPP will work with many organizations and associations of parliamentarians around the world, some formally organized as intergovernmental bodies and others informally associated.The primary objectives of IAPP include the following: to promote good governance in all sectors of society; to develop high-quality educational programs for parliamentarians, and to promote and encourage dialogue and cooperation among parliamentarians from nations around the world, with the aim of promoting peace and human development.Other objectives of the IAPP include upholding core and universal principles, recognizing that all human beings are members of one global family; to protect, preserve and uphold the dignity and value of each human being; to strengthen the family as the central and most fundamental institution of human society; to work to build trust, mutual respect, and cooperation among the world’s peoples; and to encourage respect, inter-religious dialogue as essential to building a peaceful world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hunter’s long hair will cover another head

first_imgCASTAIC – Some of the kids at school teased him and called him names, and a teacher told him he needed to cut his hair. But 13-year-old Hunter Young didn’t care what anyone thought because he was on a mission in his brother’s name: to grow his blond hair long enough to donate it to Locks of Love, a charity that makes hairpieces for patients who have lost their own tresses. “I once saw this kid at school who was bald,” Hunter said. “I asked him why he didn’t have any hair and he said he had cancer and had to have chemo and lost his hair. Then I heard about Locks of Love on TV and I thought maybe I could grow mine and give it to the kid.” It took two years, but on Wednesday, Hunter’s mission was accomplished when his mom took shears and cut 13 inches of hair from her son’s head – 3 inches more than Locks of Love requires. “He has the most beautiful blond hair. It looks like silk,” Hunter’s mom, Penny Young, said Friday. Locks of Love is a a nonprofit organization that uses donations of real hair to create hair prosthetics for children who have lost their hair due to illness, often from chemotherapy. Hunter asked his mom if boys ever donated. “I told him they did, and he immediately said he wanted to grow his hair out and do that,” Young said. Hunter was motivated by the experience of his older brother, Michael, 23, who suffers from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lost his hair a few years ago while undergoing treatment. Michael has been in and out of remission since he was 16, and while at one point he wasn’t expected to live, he’s now doing well. “Hunter saw Michael lose all his hair. Hunter has seen quite a few challenges that affect our family, which makes him a little different from other kids,” Young said. Hunter’s two sisters, Rachelle, 25, and Kayla, 18, both have heart problems and Rachelle underwent open-heart surgery when she was 16. Older brother Travis, 16, was born with cystic fibrosis and is a quadriplegic. Hunter and 22-year-old Sean are both healthy. “Hunter, being the youngest and seeing all this has made him who he is,” Young said. “He’s got a very tender heart. I think he notices things like handicaps more because of what he’s been through. He just has a sweet, big heart.” When Hunter walked into class at Thursday morning, one of his teachers – all were supportive after learning his story – told him he was in the wrong class. She didn’t recognize him. “Yes, he’s very bald now,” Young said. “When I looked in the mirror, I was so surprised,” Hunter said. He found long hair a hassle, blowing in his face when he rode his scooter. But Hunter said he would do it again. And his classmate? “Before I could donate it, he got a new wig. But I thought, `Hey, I can do it for someone else. I’m glad it will go to someone.” Those interested in donating hair to Locks of Love can visit www.locksoflove.org for information. It is estimated that 80 percent of donations come from children who want to help other children. sharon.cotal@dailynews.com (661) 257-5256 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Coral Daily Download – Old Trafford classic on the cards when Man United meet Liverpool?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Looking ahead to the weekend’s Premier League action, the Coral spokesman says he expects a tight encounter between Arsenal and Newcastle at the Emirates on Saturday and claims Manchester United’s meeting with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday is too close to call.He also discusses Nigel Pearson’s future ahead of bottom club Leicester’s game against Manchester City, looks at the Champions League and Europa League winners markets, and casts his eye over the contenders to be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

DONEGAL CRAFT AND FOOD PRODUCERS AT FEILE NA TUAITHE

first_imgFourteen craft and food producers from across Donegal will travel to the annual Féile na Tuaithe festival with Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office this weekend. Taking place in Turlough Park, Castlebar this two-day family festival celebrates all that’s good about country life and the traditions of bygone days.Fourteen craft and food producers from across Donegal will showcase their crafts and products at the annual Féile na Tuaithe festival this weekend.Taking place in Turlough Park, Castlebar this two-day family festival celebrates all that’s good about country life and the traditions of bygone days.The participating craft and food producers have been working very closely with Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office to perfect their product display ahead of this weekend’s event. In total, seven creative craft businesses and seven food businesses will represent Donegal at the festival, setting up their stalls in the Food and Craft Retail Marquees located on the front lawn of Turlough Park.The local artists, craftspeople, designers and food producers travelling to Castlebar include Barry Sweeny, Teresa McHugh, Jim McIntyre and Jone Cari, who are members of Local Hands, a group of local artists and crafts persons based in Ballyshannon.Other creatives representing Donegal include Batik artist Fiona Higgins, Karen O’Kane of Koko Designs, and Lorraine O’Carroll of Pennisula Pottery.The food businesses heading to Féile na Tuaithe are Linda McClean of Mallow Mia, Claire Duffy of The Legumerie, Carol Banahan of Carol’s Stock Market, John Shine of Shine’s Seafood, Charlene Curran of Simply Yum, Maire Bonnar, producer of hand-made artisan chocolates and Andrew McElhinney of O’Donnell’s Bakery. Ursula Donnelly, Deputy Head of Enterprise at Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office said: “The Féile na Tuaithe festival is another exciting opportunity for food and craft businesses in Donegal to showcase their work to a wider audience. There are fourteen craft and food producers travelling to Castlebar this weekend with the Local Enterprise Office. These businesses are great ambassadors for Donegal and we wish them the very best of luck at Féile na Tuaithe this weekend.”Visitors to Féile na Tuaithe can watch and participate in craft and traditional skills demonstrations, enjoy family games and puppet shows, relax with music and dance, and do a bit of browsing or shopping from a variety of food and craft retailers. The Museum galleries and the Folklife collection provide inspiration for two days of living traditions.For more information on Féile na Tuaithe festival visit www.museum.ie or email feile@museum.ie. For more information on the Donegal food business contact Eve – Anne McCarron and craft producers contact Grace Korbel, Local Enterprise Office on 074-9160735 or visit www.localenterprise.ie/donegal.DONEGAL CRAFT AND FOOD PRODUCERS AT FEILE NA TUAITHE was last modified: May 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Southampton call for investigation into Liverpool’s ‘illegal’ Van Dijk approach

first_img1 Southampton have asked the Premier League to investigate an alleged illegal approach from Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk.It is understood Southampton are yet to receive any contact from Liverpool regarding Van Dijk, despite the defender apparently indicating he is eager to move to Anfield.Jurgen Klopp has made Van Dijk his top target this summer but Saints have been irritated by what they see as an attempt to unsettle their player and are ready to reject an official offer.Klopp is thought to have been key in persuading Van Dijk to favour Liverpool over the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, and Southampton believe that amounts to an illegal approach.Liverpool may now face an ever-tougher battle to secure the 25-year-old, who has become one of the most sought-after defenders in the league since moving to the south coast from Celtic less than two years ago.Last month, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger said the club could turn down even a £60million bid for Van Dijk.“Can we? Yes,” Krueger said. “We do not need to sell any player for the first time since I’ve been here.” Virgil van Dijk last_img read more

ELECTED (DONEGAL EA) TOM CONAGHAN (IND)

first_imgIndependent candidate Tom Conaghan (Ind) has been elected in the Donegal EA, following the tenth count. He joins fellow Independent candidate Niamh Kennedy upon being elected.Kennedy, Niamh Non-P. 0 1,984 Elected 0 0 0Conaghan, Tom Non-P. 169 2,117 Elected 133 0 0McEniff, Sean F.F. 9 1,906 0 78 0Campbell, John Non-P. 196 1,671 0 313 0Byrne, Brendan F.F. 143 1,584 0 400 0O’Neill, Barry F.G. 307 1,542 0 442 0Jordan, Noel Andrew S.F. 113 1,355 0 629 0McMahon, Michael S.F. 5 1,211 0 773 0Boyle, John F.G. -1178 0 Excluded 0 0 0McNulty, John F.G. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 0Naughton, Michéal F.F. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 0Kennedy, Jonathan Non-P. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 85McNulty, Joseph Non-P. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 118Mulhern, Bernie Non-P. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 262McManus, Lawrence Non-P. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 286McCafferty, Patricia Non-P. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 470 ELECTED (DONEGAL EA) TOM CONAGHAN (IND) was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Bush praises Mongolians

first_imgULAN BATOR, Mongolia – In the wake of congressional unrest over his war policies, President George W. Bush thanked Mongolia today for standing with him in Iraq and compared the struggle against Islamic radicalism to this country’s battle against communism. “Free people did not falter in the Cold War, and free people will not falter in the war on terror,” the president said in an applause-filled speech to members of Parliament and others at the Government House. Thick smog and fog hung over this frigid capital during Bush’s four-hour visit, the first of any U.S. president. He was greeted at the Government House by flower-toting children dressed in traditional Mongolian robes and soldiers wearing bright red, blue and yellow overcoats. Bush said Mongolia has stood with the United States as “brothers in the cause of freedom.” He called Mongolians’ success in driving communist leaders from power 15 years ago an example for the world. Bush has been fiercely defending his Iraq policy across Asia as war critics in Washington found a new voice in hawkish Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania. The White House initially attacked Murtha, but Bush on Sunday toned down his backlash by saying there was nothing unpatriotic about opposing the war. He told reporters that Murtha is “a fine man” and a strong supporter of the military despite the congressman’s call for troop withdrawal as soon as possible. “People should feel comfortable about expressing their opinions about Iraq,” Bush said, three days after agreeing with Vice President Dick Cheney that the critics were “reprehensible.” Bush raised the growing Iraq debate when he met reporters after inconclusive talks with President Hu Jintao about friction in U.S.-China relations. He received a warmer welcome from Enkhbayar, who has been eager for closer military relations with the United States and has sent 120 Mongolian soldiers to Iraq. The number is small, but White House officials are quick to point out that, per capita, only two other countries – the United Kingdom and Denmark – have sent more of their soldiers to Iraq. The Mongolians have been rewarded with $11 million in U.S. aid to improve military forces. Bush also noted that the country was one of 16 chosen to share in $1 billion in U.S. aid as part of his Millennium Challenge Account that rewards poor countries that show a commitment to economic and government reform. Bush urged the parliament to pass anti-corruption legislation as part of the transition to a successful democracy. Mongolia’s share of the $1 billion is subject to approval after the country submits a spending proposal to Washington. The millions of dollars expected from the program could make a big difference for a country with a total gross domestic product of only $1.1 billion. Bush said U.S. forces are proud to serve with the “fearless warriors” of Mongolia, home of legendary, ferocious horseman-warrior Khan. Bush specifically thanked two Mongolian soldiers attending his speech who gunned down a suicide bomber who tried to drive a truck full of explosives into a coalition mess tent in southern Iraq. With eight more U.S. military deaths over the weekend, Bush reminded Mongolians that their transition to liberty was not always easy. But he said Mongolians have built a better life with their struggle against communism. “Like the ideology of communism, Islamic radicalism teaches the innocent can be murdered to serve their brutal aims,” Bush said. “Like the ideology of communism, Islamic radicalism is dismissive of free peoples, claiming that men and women who live in liberty are weak and decadent.” Mongolia was the last scheduled stop during Bush’s weeklong visit to Asia, which included visits to Japan, South Korea and China. He returns to Washington tonight. Bush ran into stiff resistance from the Chinese to his call for expanding religious freedom and human rights. He also reported no breakthroughs toward reducing China’s massive trade surplus, overhauling its currency system or protecting intellectual property rights. The president took satisfaction simply in the fact that Hu mentioned human rights when the two leaders made joint statements to the press. “Those who watch China closely would say that maybe a decade ago, a leader wouldn’t have uttered those comments,” Bush said. “He talked about democracy.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice complained that “we’ve certainly not seen the progress that we would expect” on a months-old U.S. request for action by China on specific human rights cases. Bush said the United States had presented a list of “dissidents that we believe are unfairly imprisoned.” When a reporter suggested Bush had seemed unenthusiastic in the joint appearance with Hu, the president responded, “Have you ever heard of jet lag?” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Like the ideology of communism, the ideology of Islamic radicalism is destined to fall…,” Bush said. Bush’s stop in this poor and sparsely populated nation came at the end of a weeklong Asian tour. The visit was a reward for Mongolia’s pursuit of democracy and support for the U.S. fight against terrorism. After participating in the welcome ceremony outside the Government House, Bush and Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar headed to the building’s courtyard and entered a white tent known as a ger where the two presidents met privately. Gers are round, easily packable felt tents that are well-suited to life in Mongolia’s harsh climate and nomadic culture. The one the presidents used was ornate with a red and yellow design on the roof and red wood doors. Inside were red brocade chairs, tapestries, Oriental carpets and a large, white statue of Genghis Khan. “Thank you for your hospitality,” Bush told Enkhbayar, shaking his hand. “Such an honor to be here.” last_img read more

Meteorite Impacts Solar System Theories

first_imgA study partly funded by NASA and published in Nature1 has thrown a “monkey wrench” into theories of the origin of the solar system, according to a press release from the University of Toronto.  Small grains of minerals called chondrules in two meteorites are “young” – too young to have been formed in the assumed primordial solar nebula.  When Alexander Krot and Yuri Amelin dated these chondrules, they found them too young to have formed at the beginning of the solar system.  They postulate that heat from a collision much later might have formed them.  “It soon became clear that these particular chondrules were not of a nebular origin,” Amelin said.  “And the ages were quite different from what was expected.  It was exciting.”1Krot et al., “Young chondrules in CB chondrites from a giant impact in the early Solar System,” Nature 436, 989-992 (18 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature03830.By “young,” Amelin and Krot are not claiming really young, but only a few millions less than billions: some 5 million years after the assumed birthday of the solar system, when meteorites were supposed to have formed.  They exaggerate this birthdate to five significant figures: 4.5672 plus or minus 0.0007 billion years ago.  With such contrived precision (see 06/05/2003 entry), Amelin and crew feed the Age of the Solar System (q.v. acronym) Myth.  The rest of the scientific community falls in line, never questioning these ages.  Here, we see that Dr. Moyboy himself (“millions of years, billions of years”) has found an anomaly that allows him to throw in a thickening to the plot and get more fame in Nature.  If this helps solar system theorists question their assumptions a little, that’s a modicum of progress.  Does it demonstrate that these two chondrules really are 4.5627 +- .0005 and 4.5628 +- 0.9 billion years old?  Better read the caveats at the end of their paper:This formation event [the hypothetical impact that formed the chondrules] has probably homogenized radionuclides in chondrules and metal of the CB chondrites, and reset short-lived radiogenic isotope systems…. For establishing consistent Solar System chronology, these chronometers have to be linked together and tied to an absolute timescale.  Most meteorites are made of components formed at different time, and/or experienced complex and prolonged post-formation metamorphic history, and are not suitable for linking short-lived chronometers.  In contrast, the correlated studies of multiple short-lived isotope systems in CB chondrites can potentially test the consistency among them and provide a tie to an absolute timescale, which will be an important step towards the unified timescale of the earliest Solar System.  (Emphasis added.)With such wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes, would you trust a resultant date to five significant figures?  If so, try Madame Bluffy’s panacea potion.  She mixed a pinch of bat wing, a smidgeon of spider eye and a handful of shredded Amanita mushroom gill in a solution of approximately half goat milk and half vodka.  She guarantees it 99.263 +- .004% effective in the treatment of warts, goiter, acid reflux and toenail fungus.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Can We Not Perform Similar Functions?

first_imgResearchers from King’s College London claim their data evidences the “Human [thyroid] gland probably evolved from gills.”1  According to speculation, gills were internalized as the thyroid gland when marine life evolved into land animals.  The possibility for this comes from the similar functions of gills and of the gland: both act as calcium level controls.  The gills act to pump calcium into the body.  The thyroid gland secretes parathyroid hormone when calcium levels drop, causing bone stores to release calcium.  Therefore, researchers had a basis for their work, a “reasonable” pursuit in their evolutionary mindset, according to Professor Graham.  Further support included positioning of the gills vs. the thyroid gland: in the human neck, and near the head of the fish.    The researchers compared the gills of zebra fish with those found in various mammals.  They found the tissues development from pharyngeal pouch endoderm, an early embryonic tissue.  The tissues also express two similar genes related to development, Gcm-2, and to functioning as a gland, expressing a gene for parathyroid hormone.  This evidence suggests, the article ends, humans do have a sort of gill after all.  “[It’s] still sitting in our throats,” finished Dr. Graham.1“Human Thyroid Gland Probably Evolved From Gills,” Science Daily. Science Daily, posted: December 7, 2004.The information in this article is presented with an evolutionary mindset.  All creatures come from common ancestors; therefore similarities seem to indicate homology.  The thyroid gland evolved from a marine organism’s gills, as fish came first, then mammals.  Functions of the “higher organisms” somehow relate to those of “lower organisms”.  Creationists assume that organisms have similar genes due to performing certain similar functions.  Evolutionary explanations employ circular reasoning: “These animals came from common ancestry.  Why?  Because they have similar functions.”  Why do they have similar functions?  “Because they share common ancestry.”  The creationist is compelled to ask, “Should God make his creation obscure, unrelated, and unconnected, so as to be incomprehensible to the observer?”  So as to disprove evolution, should God have made every single creature with its very own oxidative pathways, tissues, and building blocks of life (i.e. nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids)?    In I Corinthians 14, Paul reprimanded the Corinthians for their disorderly worship services, stating, “God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”  What implications does this have upon his beloved creation?  How then should we interpret what is seen?—Rebekah E.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more