first_imgOn Saturday, November 8, at the St. David’s Episcopal Church, 43600 Russell Branch Parkway, Ashburn, Virginia, a truck will be loaded with medical supplies, including disposable gowns, gloves, face masks, goggles, etc., various pain killers, Clorox/sanitation products, high energy drinks, boxes of 25lbs parboiled rice, 100 large cans kidney beans, luncheon meat/corned beef/spam, etc. The items will be packed in a 20-ft freight container and shipped to the Episcopal Church of Liberia. Prior to this, a truck from the shippers will pick up donated medical supplies and materials from the Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Road, NW, Washington DC 20012. The contents in the container are estimated at US$60,000 and are designated for those affected by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, living in the rural areas of Liberia. Ebola Care Centers are set to benefit from many of the medical and relief supplies. The cost for trucking and shipment is approximately US$4,800. An additional amount is being earmarked to assist the Episcopal Church of Liberia with logistics/transportation to distribute donated materials in rural Liberia. The container is expected to arrive at the Freeport of Monrovia within 30-35 days after it departs the Port of Baltimore, Maryland. The Rt. Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, Bishop of Liberia and Archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa (IPWA) is Church’s direct contact person in Liberia. The Episcopal Relief and Development – ERD will assist with the distribution in Liberia.The Liberian Episcopal Community USA (LECUSA) in collaboration with the clergy and parishioners of St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston, both in the Diocese of Virginia; and Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington D.C. are spare heading this Ebola Relief Assistance project to Liberia. LECUSA and partners have received moral support from The Episcopal Church (TEC), Episcopal Relief and Development – ERD, Global Relations and Partnership Office, Bishop Mark Beckwith – the Covenant Committee TEC/ECL, etc. Financial and material donations have come from LECUSA members, parishioners of St. David’s and St. Anne’s, the Union of Black Episcopalians – UBE, Church Pension Group – CPG, local Episcopal parishes and Missions, non-Episcopal churches, organizations and individuals throughout the USA. The LECUSA website: www.lecusa.net provides updated information/materials on the Ebola crisis with a secured area for an on line donation. On September 27, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn, LECUSA and partners conducted an Ecumenical Worship Service of Love and Care for Liberia, and the Rev. Dr. James T. Yarsiah, LECUSA Chairman served as preacher. Yarsiah shared excerpts from a letter he received by email from Bishop Hart, written on August 2, 2014 by Dr. Benjamin Dorme Lartey, Immediate Past General Secretary. “Ecumenical Greetings, We wish to appeal for your prayers for LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE and GUINEA. The EBOLA situation is alarming and killing us!!!!!! No one know who is next only GOD!!!!” In response to the health crisis in West Africa, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston along with other faith communities hosted a Candlelight Vigil for West Africa on Sunday, November 2nd at 6 p.m. on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, Virginia.Nearly 4,900 deaths from Ebola have been recorded across West Africa since the virus was first detected in Guinea. Liberia has been the hardest hit of the countries most affected by the virus, with 2,705 deaths and 4,665 recorded cases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAn incident involving a mobile home provided the local fire department with a busy morning.On Tuesday morning, the Fort St. John Fire Department responded with two trucks to a fire in an older mobile home on 77 St.- Advertisement -Upon arriving at the scene, authorities determined they were dealing with a small electrical fire, which originated from an electrical outlet inside the mobile home.The home contained a single female occupant, who reduced the extent of the fire by shutting off the power inside the home. After the flames were extinguished by local authorities, minor damage was revealed inside the home.The elderly resident was treated for minor injuries on site and was later released at the scene.The fire department’s investigation is currently ongoing.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDonegal News League Cup Group B RESULT:Swilly Rovers 3 (Ryan McDaid, Ronan Curtis, Terence Shiels)Letterkenny Rovers 2 (John Doherty 2) Victory for the Ramelton Rovers in an absorbing five goal thriller at Swilly Park. The home side started the brighter and went close through efforts from Kyle Black and Laurence Toland. They were too get they’re reward for early dominance on twenty minutes after a precise cross from Darren Dunworth was met on the volley by former Letterkenny man Terence Shiels and left Shane O’Gara in the Letterkenny nets with no chance. But just a minute later Letterkenny drew level after a long range free kick from Dale Gorman was deflected into John Doherty’s path and he made no mistake from five yards out. Both teams exchanged half chances for the duration of the first half with Jonathan Minnock going close with a free kick and Keith Hegarty’s looping header ending up on top of the net.Swilly again started the half on the front foot and looked the more likely team to go in front, Kyle Black went close on a couple of occasions with O’Gara pulling off an excellent stop and Minnock denying him on the goal line on another occasion. Keith Hegarty also came to Swilly’s rescue on two occasions with goal line clearences. The game was to have a frenetic last fifteen minutes with Swilly going ahead after good work in the left channel from Michael Mc Hugh and his cross found Ryan Mc Daid unmarked at the back post to tap home from five yards. Letterkenny to their credit responded well and were rewarded on eighty minutes after corner which was cleared initially was returned by Minnock and John Doherty powered a header past the helpless Wade. This was a setback for the home team who would have felt they’d done enough to claim all three points and so piled the pressure on the Letterkenny goal, and on eighty five minutes the referee pointed to the spot after Kieran Gorman was adjudged to have fouled Michael Mc Hugh in the box and up stepped young starlet Ronan Curtis who after having his initial effort well saved dispatched the rebound to net to the delight of the large home following. The drama wasn’t quite over yet after Wade received his marching orders for two yellow cards, the first of which for time wasting and the latter for apparent dissent much to his dismay and that of home crowd who felt it quite harsh. Four minutes of injury time were added and the Swilly rearguard had too with stand a barrage of long balls into box as Letterkenny searched for an equaliser but they did so and held out for a victory which keeps this league cup group very much alive and down for decision on the third round of games. John Doherty’s brace and all round performance gets him the nod for Letterkenny’s best and his opposite in the Swilly midfield Keith Hegarty had and outstanding game although not too much fault could be found with any of the men in red. Encouraging result for the home team and news just filtering through of a Van Persie hat-trick meant this PRO had a Monday night only Carlsberg could make. Paul McGovern   LEAGUE CUP MATCH REPORT: SWILLY WIN THE BATTLE OF THE ROVERS was last modified: April 23rd, 2013 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:LEAGUE CUP MATCH REPORT: SWILLY WIN THE BATTLE OF THE ROVERSLEAGUE CUP: SWILLY WIN THE BATTLE OF THE ROVERSlast_img read more

first_imgThe Tír na nÓg Community Centre in Gortahork has launched a series of four Road Race Events which will be held through April and May with the first taking place this evening, Friday.The series includes two 5km Races and two  5 mile races on road.  The races will take place over three different courses, which brings these events to the heart of the local community and also gives participants unique challenges across different courses.The Falcarragh to Gortahork  Race will be the first event which takes place at 7p.m. this evening.  The 5 mile Railway Run course takes place along a course with picturesque scenery of Muckish, Errigal and  the sea along the old Cashelnagore Railway Station. This will be a great opportunity for athletes, fun joggers and walkers to take part in a competitive and recreational event and to monitor their fitness through the various races. Please encourage a few of your friends to take the challenge.  All are welcome to participate in these Runs/Walks. The events are not just for the serious athletes but for anyone whether you wish to run, jog or walk.These events are ideal for anyone wishing to improve their fitness or get in shape for Summer or for a forthcoming event over the Summer.For individuals running/walking all four events, points will be awarded across a range of Junior, Senior and Masters categories with prizes presented at the end of the four race series in the Tír na nÓg Centre on May 18th.So take on a new challenge.  All you need is a pair of trainers and away you go. Registration at the Tír na nÓg Centre prior to each race. Pictured at the launch of the Tír na nÓg Road Race Series in Gortahork  are Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, Manus Kelly – Falcarragh Tourist and Traders, Paul Kernan – Pobal Le Chéile, Michael Naughton – Clanree Hotel (Sponsor) and Donegal Ladies Team Manager, Aoife Mc Donnell- Centre Co-ordinator and Captain of Donegal Ladies Team, Eddie Mc Fadden – Tír na nÓg Running Club together with the Ladies from the Chain for Life Committee.GORTAHORK RACE SERIES STARTS TONIGHT was last modified: April 13th, 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:GORTAHORK RACE SERIES STARTS TONIGHTlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Holcomb, who had started 13 games over 10 NFL seasons with Indianapolis and Cleveland, replaced second-year-man J . Losman as Buffalo’s starter. He was 20-of-26 for 169 yards and a touchdown as the Bills beat Miami 20-14 Trent Dilfer, the perfect interim QB, threw two late touchdown passes as Cleveland beat Chicago 20-10. Kyle Orton, the rookie forced into duty with the Bears by injury, passed for just 117 yards, allowing the Browns to stack their defense against the run Smith and the 49ers were totally overmatched by the Colts, who cruised 28-3 even though Manning and the offense had another so-so game. Smith was 9-of-23 for 74 yards, was sacked five times and threw four interceptions. There also is 33-year-old Drew Bledsoe, cast off by Buffalo when it decided to go with Losman and signed by the Cowboys when they decided to let Testaverde walk. He threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns in Dallas’ 33-10 upset of Philadelphia and now ranks third in the NFL in passing. Call it the answer to the old-young quarterback riddle To win, go with experience, even if the player’s record is spotty (Kelly Holcomb) or he seems way over the hill (Vinny Testaverde). If you have no shot at the playoffs, do what Mike Nolan is doing in San Francisco, throwing in Alex Smith even though the No. 1 pick in last April’s draft is still far over his head and has little help “Everyone wants to win their first game, and everyone wants it to be just like college, but it’s not,” Peyton Manning, 3-13 as a rookie starter in 1998, said after the Colts gave Smith fits in his first NFL start. “It is the NFL for a reason. It’s a big adjustment. Six games or a year from now, you look back on these games and you say, `I hated to go through it, but it helped me become a better player.’ “p Sunday’s games brought several perfect examples The 41-year-old Testaverde, out of football after being released by Dallas after last season, started for the Jets two weeks after his old team (1998-2003) lost Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler within seven. They beat Tampa Bay, 14-12, and Vinny was almost flawless, completing a key third-down pass late in the game that helped clinch the win center_img The circumstances surrounding all these QBs are different. Buffalo, which entered the season with playoff aspirations, let Bledsoe go and made Losman the starter. A first-round draft choice, he made token appearances in four games as a rookie, throwing just five passes, but was deemed sufficient to start because the Bills figured their defense and running game could carry them. But they started 1-3 and lost linebacker Takeo Spikes, one of their most important defenders, with a torn Achilles’ tendon. Holcomb, 32, came on in relief in a loss to New Orleans, and with Losman completing less than 50 percent of his passes and clearly struggling, was made the starter Sunday. Sidelight: With typical NFL coaching paranoia, Mike Mularkey wouldn’t announce his QB last week even though wide receivers Eric Moulds and Lee Evans, who apparently lobbied for the change, said at midweek that Holcomb would start. “It’s just something you have to grow from and get over,” said Losman, clearly upset. Cleveland, however, knew what it was doing from the start. In the offseason, it traded with Seattle for the 33-year-old Dilfer, who quarterbacked Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory after the 2000 season. The Browns like rookie Charlie Frye, a third-round pick this year, but are letting him develop behind Dilfer while they satisfy their fans with a few victories. On Sunday, he made his 100th career start and threw TDs No. 100 and No. 101 Testaverde, on the other hand, was a desperation starter for a team that harbored Super Bowl aspirations, then fell to 1-3 and was without any experience at quarterback at all Third-stringer Brooks Bollinger started against Baltimore last week in place of Pennington (and Fiedler), while Testaverde and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger worked on a “Vinny offense” of around 50 plays replacing the entirely new system Heimerdinger had taken eight months to install for Pennington (and Fiedler) This week, Testaverde started and the “Vinny offense” worked when it had to “Does this ever get old?” Testaverde was asked after the game “No, only I do,” he replied Dave Goldberg is a columnist for The Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgQPR have won three league matches in a row but Fulham, averaging just shy of three goals a game at the moment, are fancied by the punters and are our 11/10 favourites for Saturday’s west London derby at Loftus Road.We have Rangers as 13/5 underdogs on home soil and the draw is 5/2 with BetVictor.Fulham are eighth in the Championship table, having moved to within six points of the play-off places, and we now have them odds-ons at 10/11 to achieve a top-six finish this season.Rangers have been much improved and are arguably good enough to earn a point at the very least.So for optimistic R’s fans, BetVictor make the hosts a 5/1 chance to win with both teams scoring.However, I reckon it’ll be a draw and like the look of the 1-1 and 2-2 correct-score odds at 13/2 and 14/1 respectively.Brentford, meanwhile, are 9/5 to win at Wigan, with the Latics 6/4 and the draw 12/5.A Bees win with both teams to score is 9/2.For all the latest odds, check out www.betvictor.comHave a good weekend everyone.Charlie Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img| THE KD FREE AGENCY TRACKER: Go here for one-stop, Durant-rumor-mill shopping |Click here if you’re viewing this video on a mobile device.Golden State Warriors officials introduced Alen Smailagic, Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall, the team’s 2019 draft picks, during a news conference Monday at Rakuten Performance Center in Oakland. Bob Myers, the Warriors president of basketball operations and the team’s general manager, offered words of encouragement for the NBA rookies.“We’ll …last_img read more

first_imgA BBC News story is claiming that butterflies split into competing teams when differences in their wing patterns emerge.  Based on a paper in Nature,1 this is supposed to be an example of a rarely-observed mechanism for speciation, called reinforcement: in this case, “These wing colours apparently evolved as a sort of ‘team strip’, allowing butterflies to easily identify the species of a potential mate.”  Why is this newsworthy?  Julianna Kettlewell explains, “Given our planet’s rich biodiversity, ‘speciation’ clearly happens regularly, but scientists cannot quite pinpoint the driving forces behind it” (emphasis added in all quotes).    The authors of the paper are careful to describe their hypothesis of reinforcement as merely a suggestion: “Therefore, although we cannot distinguish at what level (intraspecific or interspecific) reinforcement has operated, our comparative study demonstrates that natural selection against maladaptive matings is likely to have caused widespread divergence in pre-zygotic isolating characters between sympatric species of Agrodiaetus, and could have led to speciation.”1Lukhtanov et al., “Reinforcement of pre-zygotic isolation and karyotype evolution in Agrodiaetus butterflies,” Nature 436, 385-389 (21 July 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature03704.Ironic that Julianna Kettlewell has the same surname as the infamous researcher of peppered moths (see 06/25/2004 entry).  This article doesn’t improve much on evolutionary storytelling.  Who is asking how or why the little flying bugs developed team spirit?  Can they even see their own wing patterns, let alone care whether that attractive, sweet-smelling female over there has identical strips?  Seems to be another case of imputing human aesthetic values on bugs.  As long as we’re speculating about butterfly fashion fads, why wouldn’t they just as easily be saying, vive la difference?    The authors of the paper note that “empirical evidence has been sufficiently scarce to raise doubts about the importance of reinforcement in nature.”  Their own case is full of speculation and doubt.  So is this the best that evolutionists can do, 146 years after The Origin of Species supposedly settled the issue?  Look how excited they all get over a few wing styles, and how eagerly they want to invoke the magic phrase natural selection to help Charlie get a little credit.  They should be worried (see next entry).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img25 February 2010 Source: BuaNews Added to this, the National Rental Housing Strategy, which was approved in 2008, aimed to deliver 100 000 rental housing units by 2012. The department will also be accrediting most of the country’s metro municipalities to allow them to develop housing with any spare capacity they have. Upgrading informal settlements There are currently about 2 700 informal settlements with 1.2-million households across the country, Molewa said, adding that people moved to informal settlements for a number of reasons, including to take advantage of job opportunities or after being evicted from farms. The fund, which President Jacob Zuma revealed in his State of the Nation address earlier this month, will be launched by the Department of Human Settlements, together with the National Treasury. Housing finance, rentals At the same time, the government aims to boost the number of rental housing units, by offering more housing finance and by setting aside 6 000 hectares of land situated near city centres for affordable housing.center_img The new plan – to upgrade 125 000 informal settlement units annually over the next four years through the National Upgrading Support Programme – was an attempt to step up the delivery of affordable housing for all, she said. Added to this, the financing for housing and the planning system will be beefed up. To incentivise the private sector to supply housing units at lower prices and encourage low-income earners to build their own homes, the R1-billion Housing Guarantee Fund will be set up by November. The South African government plans to upgrade 500 000 shacks in informal settlements by 2014, through the provision of basic services and land tenure rights. “The reality is that many of those communities in informal settlements have been there for longer than the period that is stipulated in the laws. There’s also the requirement that we need to integrate our people as much as we can into cities,” she said. Molewa said the Affordable Rental Housing Programme also aimed to increase the rate of affordable rental housing delivery to 300 000 units per year by 2014. Speaking at a briefing in Cape Town this week, Social Development Minister Edna Molewa said the government still wanted to work towards a country where there was no need for informal settlements, but pointed out that the demand for housing had outstripped supply.last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court ordered the Bihar government to collect a fine of ₹20,000 from the pockets of its officers whose “lethargy” led to a 728-day delay in the filing of an appeal in the apex court.A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indira Banerjee said State governments should not feel that they can approach courts at will and the judiciary is obliged to take up the case of the State.“We are of the view that a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please, on account of gross incompetence of their officers and that too without taking any action against the officers concerned… No detail of the delay of 728 days have been given as if there is an inherent right to seek condonation of delay by State government,” the Supreme Court observed in its order. The Bihar government said it had taken time to get the sanctions from various departments, receive the affidavit and vakalatnama from the department concerned, and hence the delay in approaching the apex court.But the court said “condonation of delay is no more admissible on the pretext of government working lethargy”.“We strongly deprecate the casual manner,” the apex court said.Noting that the Bihar government should collect the fine from the officers responsible and deposit the amount with the Supreme Court Mediation Centre, the court said it was punishment for “wastage of judicial time”.“The petitioners must pay,” the court ordered.last_img read more