MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgAbraham Ballah is Volunteer Peace Messenger at the Len Miller High School. He is also the youth mobilizer for MOP-Liberia. Last month during the one month Peace Summer Camp organized by MOP-Liberia, Ballah introduced the peace chat of Amanda for an elevator pitch. Accordingly to Ballah, who lives alongside thousands of young people on the Old Road, young people have been sidelined enough and the behaviors of adults put young people at a critical crossroads, either to imbibe corrupt practices, fight or advocate for peace. Ballah vowed, following exposure to peace messages, that he would be a mobilizer for peace and that fighting cannot promote young people, but peace can unite. According to a South African Proverb, if the Lion could tell his own side of the hunting experience the narrative would not always favor the hunter.Last week was a turning point and a watershed for peace initiatives in this country and we’re glad that young people turned out in droves to walk for peace. The peace walk was successful and so was the peace talk. We had over four hundred young people and the messages were clear.No country is saved by the size or strength of its army. Empires, kingdoms and superpowers have crumbled through deceit, anger, conceit, extreme violence, power, corruption and greed. Nations are built by the power of faith, hard work, commitment, love and prayers. Only those with good intentions, commitments to sustainable development would inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. When the Lord gives strength to his people, He blesses them with peace.MOP-Liberia takes this opportunity to thank our interlocutors for their support and encouragements.Cognizance of the fact that we have more work to be done through transparency and accountability, it is time for young Liberians to take the rudder of the peace ship and steer it ashore. We refuse to remain bystanders or perpetual complainers about divisive issues. We are wary of the recent impasse at the House of Legislature and the brewing dissent among the Liberian students. The country needs transformative leaders and all young people, regardless of their faiths, should pray for Liberia and its transformation. Young people should hold firm to core values of honesty, fair play and objectivity, we must not lose our principles and aspirations.We reiterate our call to support and expand peace education program as an important first step in combating incidents of intolerance, discrimination and violence among youth. As second step, we need to raise awareness about different forms of violent extremism.Until next week when we come to you with another dialogue, may the peace bell that rang in Liberia 13 years ago continue to resound in the minds of our youth and may those with resources to provide give peace a chance by walking with youth. Peace first, peace above all else and may peace continue to prevail in our land.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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5, 405 freeway projects boosted

first_imgThe staff proposed just $327 million for the region, far short of the $1.8 billion that MTA officials had sought. Officials also argued that the region, home to nearly 30 percent of the state’s residents, did not receive its fair share of the voter-approved money. John Barna, executive director of the commission, said Monday’s decisions came at the expense of other projects in the region. “If we had some more money in the south, we wouldn’t have had to make a tough call with subtracting it,” Barna said. Last week, Villaraigosa and other city officials urged residents to call the commission and demand their share of money that they voted for with Proposition 1B. That’s all it took for North Hills residents Jan and Bob Renner to pick up the phone. Tired of living with freeway gridlock, the couple told the commission staff that they were counting on the money to free up the jammed up roadways, in particular the 405 Freeway. “We have so much traffic that we need all the lanes we can possibly get in order to relieve us,” said Bob Renner. The clogged-up 405 Freeway weighs heavily on the mind of Woodland Hills’ Marge Sheahan, who also called the commission last week after reading of staff recommendations. She said the additional car-pool lane for the 405 was touted during the bond election, which was why she voted for the measure. “That’s why we vote for these bond issues,” Sheahan said. “We’re always hopeful that we’ll see some results.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818)713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lobbying efforts to use state bond money to widen the 5 Freeway and add a car-pool lane on the 405 Freeway got a boost Monday when the staff for a powerful state panel backed the plans and dropped its support for other Los Angeles County road projects. The California Transportation Commission will vote Wednesday on the staff recommendations. Just last week, the staff had called for diverting most of the bond money coveted for the two highway improvements to other projects, including the 10 Freeway through the San Gabriel Valley. Gloria Molina, a county supervisor and Metropolitan Transportation Authority board chairwoman, called Monday’s recommendations a mixed bag for the region. “Just as commuters on the 405 and 5 freeways endure significant traffic congestion each day, the 10 Freeway creates unbearable traffic congestion and pollution for many of the very voters who voted for Proposition 1B,” said Molina in a written statement. The commission’s staff report on Monday suggested using about $1.1 billion – nearly a quarter of the $4.5 billion in bond money for the entire state – on the two freeway projects. Under Proposition 1B – a $19.9 billion transportation bond that voters approved in 2006 – $4.5 billion was specifically set aside for congestion relief. Under the plans, the 5 Freeway would be widened from six to 10 lanes from the Orange County border to the 605 Freeway, and the car-pool lane would be added to the northbound 405 Freeway for 10 miles between the 10 and 101 freeways. If the latest staff recommendations are approved by the commission Wednesday, plans are in jeopardy for adding car-pool lanes to stretches of the north and south Golden State Freeway, between Route 134 and 170, and to stretches of the 10 east. So are some other county plans. Molina and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were in a delegation of county and city officials that lobbied last week before the commission in Sacramento during a public hearing after the staff’s earlier funding recommendation. last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY PLAYER ROISÍN NÍ CHUIREÁIN STARS FOR DONEGAL LADIES

first_imgCloughaneely GAA News:Monthly Club MeetingBhì an chèad chruinniú club den bhliain úr ann oìche Mhàirt, 10ú Feabhra. Buìochas mòr do gach duine a bhì i lathair. Lìonadh na folúntaisì i measc na n-oifigeach. Ceapadh na daoine seo leanas;Asst Secretary: Ciaran CollinsDevelopment Officer: Paddy McClaffertyCoaching Officer: John Joe McGeever Oifigeach Scòr/na Gaeilge: Denise O’LearyHealth & Wellbeing Officer: Helena McCarryGuìmid gach rath orthu ina gcúraimì i rith na mbliana. We wish the newly appointed officers all the best in their roles for the coming year.We hope to hold our next club meeting on Tuesday, March 2nd!Club Registration Evening/100 club Deadline for 2015 club registration is March 15th.The club will be holding a registration evening on Friday, 20th February from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the club house. The cost of adult club membership for 2015 is €30, underage membership is €10.100 club renewal letters have been posted out. Anyone willing to join the 100 club can also do so on the registration evening. Entry to the 100 club is €240 and can be paid in instalments or direct debit! Club membership is included for 100 club members. Prize money totals €1000 monthly: one €500 winner and 5 €100 winners each month.Please note: In the event of another successful year for our county senior team, only club members who have registered and fully paid membership by our March 15th deadline will be eligible for match ticket allocation. For those who have yet to complete the Garda Vetting form, you can do so on our registration evening also. All managers/helpers are reminded that they MUST be Garda vetted to help out with teams. Contact Laura Gallagher 0861624060 if you require further information, or call down during our registration evening.100 Club Winners- NovemberApologies for delay in printing the names of our November winners! Congratulations to the following:€500 – Gerry Flynn€100 – Danny Rua Ò Gallachòir, Dr McGill, Brian & Cara Nolan, Shaun McGuire, Shaun McGarvey.Well done!Congratulations to Roisìn Nì Chuireàin who was part of the county senior ladies team who defeated Armagh at the weekend Donegal 1-11 Armagh 1-10..Congratulations to Emma McGee who was part of the county u-14 squad who played Sligo last week! Well done girls!!GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY PLAYER ROISÍN NÍ CHUIREÁIN STARS FOR DONEGAL LADIES was last modified: February 17th, 2015 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:CloughaneelyGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

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RONAN HITS THE RIGHT NOTE WITH HIS TY MINI COMPANY!

first_imgNiall Brennan and Ronan Friel performing at the launch of their CD.Ronan Friel has shown that transition year doesn’t have to be a chore.Ronan, a transition year student at Loreto Community School, in Milford is an acclaimed singer and songwriter.And as part of the TY mini company programme in the school he has launched a CD featuring himself and Niall Brennan on vocals. The CD features four original songs written by Ronan and two covers. The mini company made up of Ronan Friel, Cahir O Connor, Deirdre Mc Daid and Elliot Herraghty put together the plans that have led to the launch of this album.The company investigated possibilities to record and publish the CD, finally settling on an online company to provide the service. With considerable investment from the four shareholders, the focus then shifted to marketing the album with the help of social media and the local press.An exciting vibe has been created from the Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter pages which have had a lot of hits. The buzz has also been transferred to the school which hosted a launch day on Tuesday 21st of October, with all classes in the school being treated to a preview of the album in the school canteen.Feedback has been very positive and many pre orders have been placed. The official launch takes place in the Greenroom venue, Letterkenny on Thursday 30th October at 7pm where the album will be available to purchase during and after the gig. The CD is reasonably priced at €7.00 with 50 cent of each sale going to the Donegal Hospice.  RONAN HITS THE RIGHT NOTE WITH HIS TY MINI COMPANY! was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 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:donegalLoreto Community SchoolRonan FrielTY yearlast_img read more

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The Earth Should Have Frozen

first_imgAccording to stellar evolution theory, the earth should have frozen solid four billion years ago, because the young sun could not have put out the heat it does in its middle age.  Called the “faint young sun paradox,” this problem has puzzled scientists for decades.  A new study has failed to solved the puzzle.    Science Now described work by a team at the University of Copenhagen.  They studied minerals in rocks in Greenland thought to be 3.8 billion years old – among the oldest claimed on Earth – for hints of carbon dioxide levels:Too much CO2, and magnetite can’t form, whereas the opposite is true for siderite.  Based on the ratio of the minerals, the team reports in tomorrow’s issue of Nature1 that CO2 levels during the Archean could have been no higher than about 1000 parts per million—about three times the current level of 387 ppm and not high enough to compensate for the weak sun.These “very surprising” results were no comfort to theorists who had hoped that Earth could have avoided a big freeze via greenhouse gases.  Now they are toying with other ideas: less land and bigger oceans, which might have allowed water to absorb more warmth; or early life that reduced the kinds of atmospheric gases that help clouds form, allowing more sunlight to reach the surface.  Their favorite suggestion was that Earth’s albedo (reflectivity) was lower back then, eliminating the need for greenhouse gases to compensate.  Isn’t it amazing, though, how the albedo’s changes were tuned to the sun’s output to keep the temperature stable?The Earth�s surface environment over the approximately 4 billion years (Gyr) recorded in geologic formations appears to have been maintained within a relatively narrow range in which liquid water was stable.  This is surprising because the factors that determine surface temperature have evolved owing to temporal variations of the Sun’s irradiance, the Earth’s albedo and cloud cover, and concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases over geologic time.  It is not readily apparent to what extent this apparent thermostasis can be attributed to physico-chemical feedback mechanisms, metabolic interventions from living organisms, or combinations of unrelated secular changes.The paper by Rosing et al boasted that there is “No climate paradox under the faint early Sun,” but then admitted to quite a few other uncertainties:There is little consensus on when the first continents emerged, or the rate of growth since continental nucleation.There is no simple relationship between the mass of continental material extracted from the mantle and the surface area of exposed land….We have chosen to use the present-day area/volume relationship (Fig. 2a), which probably overestimates the continental area, and in consequence, the albedo for the early Earth.Because the timing and rate of growth of the Earth’s continents is a matter of debate, we have included a scenario in which the surface area occupied by continents is constant over geologic time as one end-member in our model (see Methods).In other words, the temperature compensation works if one makes many ad hoc, arbitrary assumptions about factors or combinations of factors nobody knows anything about.    Others think there is still a need for some greenhouse-induced global warming back then; “Temperatures during the Archean were at least as high as they are today, despite the weaker sun,” claimed James Kasting [Penn State], according to the Science Now article.  Rosing shrugged his shoulders and said, “I think that our paper is just one link in a long chain of further refinements of our understanding of the early Earth and of the dynamics of our planet” – a lot of words meaning clueless. 1.  Rosing, Bird, Sleep, Bjerrum, “No climate paradox under the faint early Sun,” Nature 464, 744-747 (1 April 2010) | doi:10.1038/nature08955.Evolutionary scientists can be such braggarts.  They say they know this, and they know that, but you look at their assumptions and methods, and there is no basis for confidence about any of it.  The only thing that is rock solid in their mushy opinions is unwavering allegiance to Darwin and the billions of years he needed.  Even when it causes insurmountable challenges from other branches of investigation, like stellar evolution, they just chalk it up to future work – a “long chain of further refinements of our understanding.”  Did you see much “understanding” in these articles?  How about letting some others exhibit their understanding without the requirement of allegiance to Darwin.  Look, to have a chain of understanding, you’ve got to have some links – solid links.  A chain of spaghetti-O’s won’t hold much.  This primordial spaghetti-O chain of reasoning needs to be fortified with iron.  It’s so insipid, it’s enough to make a young son faint. (Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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If You Are Going to Lose, Throw the Hail Mary Pass

first_imgYou are down by seven points in the last quarter of the football game. You have the ball on your opponent’s 35 yard line. There are twelve seconds on the clock, and it is fourth down. You can call one of two plays.The first play is a deep ball to the back of the end zone. The odds of pulling it off are very low. Your opponent is well aware of what you are likely to do, and they know this is your last play.The other play is to wait for the clock to run out. If you wait for the clock to run out, you lose the game. Since you expect to lose anyway, you may as well spike the ball, take your loss and move onto the next game, right? There is always next year, right?WrongWhen you are almost certain to lose, there is no reason to not take a shot. The worst thing that can happen is that you lose, but you are already losing. Or maybe you’ve already lost – it’s just that no one has told you yet. There aren’t different levels of losing. A loss is a loss. There isn’t any honor in losing without putting up a fight.If there is still a chance to win, you have to take that shot. Every good coach would call that play, and every team would do their damnedest to execute it.When it’s down to you and your competitor, and you believe they are winning the contest, there is no reason to not do whatever you can to try to win the deal. If you have to ask them to not to make the decision until you meet with them, make the ask. If you need another chance to present something different, ask to show them another choice that’s available to them. If you totally botched the presentation, ask to present again. If you believe they have concerns that you have left unresolved, ask to resolve them.Even if the prospect tells you they have everything they need from you and that they are going to discuss it among themselves and decide, ask to be part of that conversation.Put the ball up in the air, and take a shot. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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BJP, SP spar over vacated bungalow

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party and the BJP on Saturday hurled accusations at each other over the damage seen at the government bungalow vacated by SP president Akhilesh Yadav.Pictures and video clips showed damage to a cycle track, on walls after air-conditioners seemed to have been removed and to the floor of what seemed to be a badminton court at the bungalow here.The Samajwadi Party played down the damage asking why the state of the homes recently vacated by other former Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers in compliance with a Supreme Court order was not being shown.The BJP mocked the SP chief, saying the damage showed “Akhilesh Yadav’s frustration”.Last night, Mr. Yadav handed over the keys of the official bungalow on Vikramaditya Marg to the U.P. Estates Department, an official said. After this, the authorities let photographers enter the premises.Mr. Yadav had moved out a few days earlier, complying with the Supreme Court order on May 7 that former Chief Ministers cannot retain government accommodations in Lucknow.Following the SC order, the U.P. Estates Department had issued notices to six former Chief Ministers – Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Akhilesh Yadav.‘CM worried’The SP said the video clips indicated that the BJP was worried about Mr. Yadav’s popularity. “This is an attempt by the Yogi Adityanath government to misguide the people of the State and tarnish Akhilesh Yadav’s image,” SP spokesperson Sunil Singh Sajan said.last_img read more

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BJP sweeps Assam tribal council elections

first_imgThe BJP on Wednesday swept a tribal council polls in Assam despite Statewide protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, that was perceived to dent its performance.The party won 19 of the 28 seats in the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council where elections were held on January 19. The victory came less than two months after the BJP won 41% of the seats in the panchayat elections that were held after the Asom Gana Parishad announced its decision to quit the alliance over the Bill.“Assam reposes its faith in leadership of Sri @narendramodi and Sri @AmitShah. The results of the North Cachar Autonomous Hills Council amply prove this… Congratulations to all my dear colleagues who won,” Assam Finance and Health Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted.The Congress bagged two seats while the AGP managed a solitary seat. The remaining six seats went to independent candidates.The BJP had drawn a blank in the 2013 NCHAC elections while the Congress and Independent candidates had won 10 seats each. But 17 elected members, including some from the Congress, had defected to the BJP.The Congress received a major setback with district party president Nirmal Langthasa and former chief executive member Depolal Hojai biting the dust.last_img read more

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Ashes 2017: Moeen Ali to lead England XI in warm-up ahead of Perth Test

first_imgAll-rounder Moeen Ali will lead the 12-man England XI squad against Australia XI in a two-day warm-up match starting on December 9.Australia will host England in a warm-up game from December 9 to 10 at the Richardson Park in Perth.”Ali is the only player from the 11 that played against Australia in Adelaide to feature in the match,” the England Cricket Board said in a statement on Thursday.”He is joined in the 12-man squad with the five players that did not play in Adelaide, plus six players from the England Lions (Ben Duckett, Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone and Mark Wood), who are now based in Perth at a training camp.”England XI: Moeen Ali (captain), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (wicket-keeper), Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Mark Wood.last_img read more

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