Army Chief Denies Claims against AFL

first_imgThe Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Brigadier/General Daniel Ziankahn, has denied rumors that officers of the AFL are engaged in rape, harassment and armed robbery activities in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Since the imposition of the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew (now 11 p.m. to 6a.m.) by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, rumors emanating from Buchanan have alleged that uniformed, armed AFL soldiers were engaging in rape, harassment and armed robbery during curfew hours.A similar situation is also being reported in Monrovia, where the issue of armed robbery is on the increase. In Monrovia, it is being reported that the robbers are dressed in Army and Police uniforms and usually carry arms.But speaking on a local radio station, Magic FM, in Buchanan last week, when he was asked about the alleged situation in that county, General Ziankahn, refuted such claims. He said officers of the AFL would not be engaged in such acts. They are also stationed too far from Buchanan to surface at night to engage in such activities.The AFL Chief was speaking upon his return from the Timbo River Bridge between Grand Bassa and Rivercess counties, where AFL soldiers are deployed to protect that border after it was ordered closed by the government few months ago.He said the soldiers are operating with only one vehicle and that the distance from Timbo River Bridge is far from Buchanan for such acts. He further indicated that all of the officers assigned at the bridge are on duty together.  “So it is hard to believe that the soldiers could be in that city at night raping and robbing people,” he said.General Ziankahn suggested that people who might have been involved in such acts are those that have access to camouflage and other security uniforms and not necessary the soldiers.“What the public should know is that people are masquerading wearing camouflage and other security uniforms on our streets, and there is no law against this in our country,” he said.Gen. Ziankahn then reminded citizens of Buchanan that every soldier of the AFL is identifiable by the rank insignias worn on their uniforms.  He called on the citizens not to be afraid of the AFL.The purpose of his visit was to inspect the operations of the Joint Security Task Force at the Timbo River Bridge, which includes the AFL, Police, Immigration and the Drug Enforcement Agency.  He warned citizens to respect the curfew imposed by government to contain the Ebola virus.According to the Liberia News Agency (LiNA), in the past weeks, four houses in central Buchanan and Biafra communities have been reportedly terrorized by armed men during curfew, leading to a 27-year-old woman being raped.The most recent report came from Biafra community, accusing men dressed in military uniform of flogging residents during curfew, all of which Gen. Ziankahn said are untrue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Real Madrid set for shock Manchester City striker swoop

first_imgReal Madrid are looking for a new star striker this summer and are ready to make Sergio Aguero their big signing.The Argentine ace almost crossed Madrid from Atletico to Real in 2011 before securing his £35million switch to Manchester City.But the 26-year-old has remained a firm favourite of Real president Florentino Perez and he is ready to sanction a £70million post-season bid and finally land one of his favourite players.City do not need the money, of course, but Madrid hope they can persuade Aguero he has more chance of winning major silverware with them than the Premier League side. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero 1last_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny school has ‘spelt’ out its success after winning a national spelling competition and claiming €15,000 worth of books in the process.Illistrin National School was one of just 12 schools to be shortlisted form more than 500 around the country to take part in the Eason Spelling Bee competition with Ryan Tubridy.Primary schools from all over the country took part with all schools hopeful of winning the terrific prize. Illistrin NS took part in the provincial heat hosted on Monday last on 2FM and then went on to compete against Rockcorry Church of Ireland NS in Monaghan and Brownlee Primary School, Lisburn in the final.The pressure of answering the questions was put on sixth class pupil Patrick Dorrian who came through the challenge with flying colours.Patrick, a sixth class pupil at Scoil Naomh Fiachre, was supported by his proud parents Frank and Collette Dorrian, his sister Niamh and a busload of supporters.Also there was proud Principal of Illistrin NS, Tom Feeney and class teacher Kieran Gallagher. The original entry to the competition was made by teachers Ms Clarke and Ms O’Hanlon.A fifth class pupil, Liam Orr, won this section of the competition and allowed the school to qualify for the competition.A spokesperson at the school told Donegaldaily “It has been a wonderful experience for all of us. Not alone have we now got €15,000 worth of new books, but the pupils are also much better at spelling.“We’re all so proud of everyone that was involved in any way and it has been a great morale booster for the school,” he said.Ends DONEGAL SCHOOL SPELLS OUT ITS SECRET TO SUCCESS WITH €15,000 LIBRARY WIN was last modified: June 18th, 2011 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:EasonsEasons Spelling BeeIllistrin NSRyan Tubridylast_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Garda Division is to get a toot of 15 new patrol cars through 2015, it has been revealed.15 new Garda cars will arrive in Donegal this year.A total of 11 of these vehicles have already been delivered.Dinny McGinley TD has welcomed the news saying it will really help in the fight against crime in our communities.“11 cars have been issued to Donegal so far this year with 4 due to be issued in the coming weeks. “In addition to this 2015 allocation, €27.5 million was invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014, which was an increase on the €4.8 million allocated by the previous Government in Budgets 2009-2011. In fact, Fine Gael has provided An Garda Síochána with at least €414 million more investment than Fianna Fáil had proposed for the same period. By contrast, Fine Gael in Government is determined to combat crime in local communities.”He addd that local Gardaí will be really bolstered by this influx of new vehicles, which is part of the Government’s comprehensive plan to fight crime.“As well as increasing the number of Garda vehicles, we are bringing more Gardaí out from behind the desks and out onto our streets.“We are also strengthening An Garda Síochána for the future by reopening the Garda training college in Templemore. When Fianna Fáil closed Templemore during their disastrous last term in Government it seemed to sound the death knell for Garda training. It is great to see Templemore rejuvenated again with 300 new students entering the college last September and another 250 recruits starting their training this year, bringing the total to 550. “As well as strengthening our Garda force and increasing the numbers of vehicles, the Minister for Justice, France Fitzgerald, is bringing in legislation to strengthen our response to burglaries. Too many people have had their homes violated and the proposed measures include longer sentences for repeat offenders.“In a move to support the victims of crime the Minister is also planning to bring in legislation to allow for implementation of the EU Victims Directive, and new Garda Victim Support Offices will be established in every Garda division.“With these practical measures and far reaching reforms we are going to show criminals how seriously we are taking the fight against crime.”DONEGAL DIVISION TO GET 15 NEW GARDA CARS THROUGHOUT 2015 was last modified: June 24th, 2015 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:donegalGarda carsNewlast_img read more

More Valley Honors Roll In For Drake Men’s Basketball

first_imgPrint Friendly Version A busy week of awards following a historic regular season continued Wednesday for the Drake University men’s basketball team with two more postseason honors from the Missouri Valley Conference.Junior Anthony Murphy was named to the All-Bench team while Nick McGlynn was voted on to the Most-Improved team, the league announced Wednesday, March 6.The honor was the second Most-Improved selection for McGlynn and comes a day after he was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-MVC and a member of the All-Defensive team.The Most-Improved honor comes on the heels of a season in which McGlynn launched himself into the upper echelon of top players in the Valley by averaging 15.6 points and leading the league in rebounding with 8.5 rebounds per game. Last season, as a junior, he averaged 11.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.Murphy earned a spot on the All-Bench team in his first season in the Valley in helping lead the Bulldogs to a share of the Valley title in his role. The junior came off the bench to average 6.2 points and 4.0 points per game. He closed out the season strong, averaging 8.5 points in the last four games with a pair of double-figure games.The pair and their teammates return to action Friday, March 8, in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament at St. Louis’ Enterprise Center.last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: DIFFERENT callers to the BBC CrimeWatch programme have given the same name of the suspect in the Madeleine McCann abduction case, with one saying he believed the suspect was in Portugal at the time.The development comes less than an hour after the BBC1 reconstruction was broadcast.Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, the senior Metropolitan Police investigating officer, was responding to calls made to the BBC studio and the incident room in London after the programme was broadcast. He said the response had been excellent to the part of the reconstruction relating to a 10pm sighting in Praia da Luz by an Irish couple of a man – in the e-fits above – carrying a child in her pyjamas.Police also say one reading of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in Portugal in 2007 is that it has “all the hallmarks of a pre-planned abduction”.Scotland Yard detectives have also said they are looking at burglaries and charity collectors in the area.Earlier, detectives released two e-fits of a man seen carrying a child towards the beach on 3 May 2007. But they have ruled out a previous sighting of another man by a friend.Madeleine was three when she disappeared from her parents’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal on 3 May 2007.Det Ch Insp Redwood also said a number of men had been seen by witnesses in the area on the day Madeleine vanished and one theory was they could have been carrying out reconnaissance.He said they wanted to track down men seen “lurking suspiciously” near the McCanns’ apartment block.Officers said a man seen carrying a child by the McCanns’ friend Jane Tanner at 9.15pm was now believed to be an innocent British holiday maker collecting his two-year-old daughter from a nearby creche. Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood said: “Our focus in terms of understanding what happened on the night of 3 May has now given us a shift of emphasis. We are almost certain that the man seen by Jane Tanner is not Madeleine’s abductor.“It takes us through to a position at 10pm when we see another man who is walking towards the ocean, close by to the apartment, with a young child in his arms.”The officer also said there had been a four-fold increase in the number of burglaries in the area between January and May 2007 and one possible scenario was that Madeleine had disturbed a burglar.“Windows were a feature, as well as burglaries taking place in the evening,” he said. Two incidents had occurred in the McCanns’ block – one attempted burglary and one actual burglary – in the 17 days before Madeleine went missing, he said.There had also been an intruder in a property within the holiday complex where a British family with two children were staying the year before, he added.Police are also looking at possibly bogus charity collectors operating in the area at the time and have released two e-fit images of Portuguese men they would like to identify.One is of a man aged 40 to 45, who knocked on the door of the apartment where the McCanns were due to stay on 25 April or 26 April between 2.30pm and 3pm, saying that he was a charity collector.The other, aged 25 to 30, approached a property on the Rua do Ramalhete, near the Ocean Club, at around 4pm on 3 May.Speaking on during a new appeal aired on BBC Crimewatch, Madeleine’s mother Kate McCann described the moment “panic kicked in” when she saw her daughter was missing.The Portuguese police who were originally investigating Madeleine’s disappearance shelved the investigation in 2008.As a result, according to the police, the timeline and “accepted version of events” surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance have significantly changed.MADELEINE: DIFFERENT CALLERS TO CRIMEWATCH NAME E-FIT SUSPECT was last modified: October 14th, 2013 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:appealBBC Crimewatchcallersmadeleine mccannlast_img read more


first_imgThe ‘Club Fat Chef Slim’ team of Liam Ferry, Regina Bonner, Rebecca Lee, Alasdair McCready, Edel McBrearty and Martin Anderson all set to take in tomorrow’s big North West 10k in LetterkennyWell known chef Martin Anderson and his training group are set to run their first competitive 10k in Letterkenny tomorrow when they take part in the charity North West event which starts from the Community Centre at 2 p.m. sharp.The ‘Club Fat Chef Slim’ team have been training since January doing a Lifestyle Challenge with the ultimate goal of running the North West 10k. Martin says the preparations have been going well.It all started sensibly with a walking programme and slowly graduated to jogging. The tempo was upped again and in recent weeks the group has been doing 5ks in the buildup to the North West 10k. None of the group has run the charity event before so fingers crossed now that all of Martin’s team can complete the challenge With the biggest charity race and walk taking place in Letterkenny tomorrow the North West 10k committee is making a final call for as many runners and walkers as possible to pre-enter this afternoon at the Letterkenny Community Centre between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. By registering this afternoon entrants pick up their t-shirts, numbers and chips if they are running the 10k and avoid a lot of hassle tomorrow.Conjetta Bianconi and Niamh Jordan who registered for the North West 10k yesterday evening (Friday) at the Letterkenny Community CentreIt also means that all those who have pre-entered during the week can just focus on preparing for the race and walk tomorrow. Everyone taking part is reminded to be at Letterkenny Community Centre by 1 p.m. at the latest as traffic restrictions will be in place from that time on Sunday.Donegal ‘Person of the Year’ Liam O Ó Cuinneagáin who will get the runners underway from the start line at the Pearse Road beside the Community Centre. The Mayor of Donegal Cllr Ian McGarvey has accepted the invitation to start the walkers who will leave from the Community Centre car park just after the runners have departed.The North West 10k event is being sponsored again this year by and Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure. The two main charities who will benefit from Sunday’s event are the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund. A number of other associated charities will also benefit by their involvement with the 10k.Final entries will be taken at the Community Centre from 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. No registrations will be accepted after 1 p.m.Traffic Restrictions in LetterkennyWith the North West 10k taking place on next Sunday May 4th in Letterkenny there will be a traffic management plan in place. The 10k committee wishes to inform motorists and the general public of the following restrictions in Letterkenny.1:00pm until 4:00pm Pearse Road will be closed from Station Roundabout to Reid’s Garage corner. Access to McGinley car-park from Reid’s Garage corner will be left open for race participants only until 1:30. After this time no traffic will be allowed onto this section of the Pearse Road 1:20pm until 2:20pm Paddy Harte Road will be down to 1 lane only. There will be no right turn permitted from Paddy Harte Road onto Pearse Road.1:30pm until 2:30pm Port Road will be one way only from Station Roundabout outbound to Port Bridge Roundabout1:45pm until 3:00pm Pearse Road from McDonalds to Reid’s Garage corner will be down to 1 lane only.2:00pm until 2:40pm DeVelera Road – traffic will not be permitted down DeVelera Road Ramelton Road will be one way only from Oatfield Roundabout to Station RoundaboutOther measures will also be in place to ensure the safety of participants and to keep traffic moving as freely as possible. Temporary stoppages might be experienced from 2:00pm until 3:00pm where a bulk of participants may be crossing a junction. Motorists are advised to follow alternate route signage if possible. The North West 10k committee apologises for any inconvenience caused and appreciate the patience shown by motorists. If in doubt follow the instructions of the Gardaí or stewards who are on hand to be of assistance. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.‘FAT CHEF SLIM’ MARTIN GETS UNDER STARTER’S ORDER FOR NORTH-WEST 10K! was last modified: May 3rd, 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:Fat Chef SlimletterkennyNorth West 10kSundaylast_img read more

Matia Lule names 18 man squad for Cameroon second leg

first_imgRobert Kitabalwa (right) is part of the team that will travel to Cameroon (Photos by FUFA Media)AFCON U-20 Qualifiers 2019Cameroon vs UgandaYaoundé, CameroonFriday, 18-05-2018The Uganda U-20 national team coach Matia Lule has on Wednesday afternoon announced a squad of 18 players that will represent the Nation in Cameroon on Friday.The Hippos will take on the home side in the second leg after defeating them (Cameroon) 1-0 at Lugogo last Saturday.The players undertook training on Wednesday in the morning and will resume later in the day before departing.The Hippos training on Wednesday MorningThe contingent including players and officials will depart on Thursday morning at 02.45 am aboard Ethiopian Airlines.The Cranes defeated South Sudan 8-1 on aggregate in the first phase of qualification to get here.For Cameroon, it received a ‘By’ to get to the second round of qualification.Steven Mukwala tops the scoring chats with four goals in three matches and will be looked upon, to take the Hippos to the next stage.The Squad:Goalkeeper:Said Keni, Denis Otim.Outfield Players:Paul Willa, Geoffrey Wassaw, Mustafa Mujuzi, Abubukar Kasule, Julius Poloto, Frank Tumwesigye, Steven Mukwala, Mustapha Kiiza, Allan Okello, Faisal Sekyanzi, Basir Asiku, Robert Kitabalwa, Ivan Eyam, Hamis Tibita and Herbert Achai.Officials:Richard Ochom – Leader of DeligationSebastian Desabre – Uganda Cranes CoachMatia Lule – Team Head CoachJames Odoch – Assistant Team CoachSam Kawalya – Goalkeeping CoachEmmanuel Nakabago – Team DoctorSulait Makumbi – Team CoordinatorSwitzen Niwagaba – FUFA Delegate for Western RegionComments Tags: Hipposmatia lulelast_img read more

Takeaways: Oakland A’s pitchers, sluggers hit slump at same time in loss to Texas Rangers

first_imgOAKLAND — For A’s manager Bob Melvin, the game had an unpleasant but familiar taste.After squandering an early 3-0 lead on Thursday, the A’s led 2-0 after three innings on Friday before falling 5-2 to the Texas Rangers.Oakland had chances early, loading the bases with no outs in the first against starter Lance Lynn, but squeezed out just a single run.“The game was similar to yesterday where we scored three runs,” Melvin said. “We had some guys on base and had a really good pitcher on the …last_img read more

Evolutionists Consider Non-Darwinian Mechanisms

first_imgAccording to classical Darwinian evolutionary theory, variations in the germ lines produce phenotypic changes that, on rare occasions, prove beneficial to an individual, and cause an organism to outcompete its peers in the struggle for existence.  The hypothesis of Natural selection claims that the individual with a slightly beneficial variation, being more “fit,” leaves more offspring.  Darwinian changes are gradual, random and independent.  No sudden leaps (saltations) are allowed, and changes do not “conspire” toward a goal (i.e., no “orthogenesis” or straight-line evolution).  Natural selection acts on genes in the individual (individual selection).  Speciation occurs when a population becomes geographically isolated from another population (allopatric speciation) and the accumulated changes no longer permit interbreeding.  Darwinians believe this gradualistic process is sufficient to account for all the innovations in all living things since the first cell emerged on Earth: all the organs, functions and behaviors of birds, insects, fish, plants and man.  Darwin did propose an additional mechanism, sexual selection, in The Descent of Man.  Ever since On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection was printed, however, competitors have proposed other mechanisms for evolution: group selection, kin selection, sympatric speciation, various Lamarckian mechanisms (inheritance of acquired characteristics), niche construction, Gaia, and more.  The debates still go on today.  Two recent papers offer “new” non-Darwinian mechanisms that might supplement the process of natural selection.    According to EurekAlert, scientists at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have discovered a “New genetic mechanism for evolution.”  In their view, transposable elements (transposons) in the genes can generate antisense messenger RNA (mRNA) in neighboring genes that can silence or otherwise alter the expression of the genes.  “For a long time they [i.e., transposons] have been considered as a useless part of genetic material, DNA left overs,” the press release states.  “However, it is more and more clear that transposons can cause favourable changes for the adaptation and survival of the organism.”  The press release does not provide any evidence of an innovative change due to this mechanism, but they point to an observation in fruit flies that some with an antisense mRNA caused by a transposon grew larger and lived longer, presumably due to the switching off of a gene.    The way it’s taught in school, Darwin rendered Lamarckism obsolete (even though Darwin himself shifted toward a more Lamarckian view later in life.)  But surprisingly, in Science this week,1 four biologists make the case for a Lamarckian mechanism of evolution.  Although physically acquired characteristics may not be heritable, culturally acquired characteristics can be.  You may not inherit your grandfather’s wooden leg, for instance, but you might pass on his stories to your children.  The authors claim that many animals can learn by watching, and pass on what they learn: a bird might learn a new mate attraction technique by watching another bird, or a mouse might learn that crossing the road is dangerous by watching a friend get run over.  Such cultural lessons are “public information” (PI) that is heritable, they claim, and so cultural evolution (that acts on memes; i.e., ideas, behaviors or styles that spread socially) might influence biological evolution (that acts on genes).  At least, they think, the suggestion deserves more thought:PI is a widespread phenomenon that is emerging as a potential unifying concept in fields that involve decision-making processes in which individuals can extract information from others to assess resource quality.  The use of PI can enrich evolutionary models and can have marked effects on evolutionary predictions.  Future research should explore the extent to which evolutionary scenarios are affected by the use of PI.They continue, “the ability of individuals to use PI unites a range of topics as diverse as foraging, predation, mate choice, habitat selection, and colony formation.”  PI may be, in fact, the major driving force in social evolution, and may imply that cultural evolution is more widespread than previously thought.  “Moreover,” they propose in conclusion, “although much work has been devoted to exploring how biological evolution affects culture, we suggest that evolutionary biologists should also consider how cultural evolution influences biological evolution.”1Étienne Danchin, Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Thomas J. Valone, and Richard H. Wagner, “Public Information: From Nosy Neighbors to Cultural Evolution,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5683, 487-491, 23 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1098254].Even though it is amusing to watch the Darwin Party argue over which mechanism they like best, it is all beside the point.  As Phillip Johnson pointed out over a decade ago in Darwin on Trial, none of these mechanisms establish the very thing that Darwin set out to explain in the first place: that unguided natural processes unaided by any intelligent design had creative power to generate eyes, ears, wings, intelligence or any other complex feature; nor did Darwin or his followers find any historical evidence that a long chain of intermediates actually ever existed.    Physical similarity is not enough as evidence for evolution.  Even creationists like Linnaeus were intimately acquainted with similarities between organisms.  The ability to classify organisms according to similarities is insufficient to establish the claim that humans had bacteria ancestors; it might establish just as well that all organisms had a common Designer.  The two proposals above fail again on both counts.  Neither demonstrates any creative power, and neither points to any plausible chain of intermediates.  To expect transposons are somehow creative and can generate complexity is to endow them with angelic powers.  To expect that public information in a herd of theropods could help them sprout wings seems ridiculous.  Where is the evidence any creative innovation was produced by these or any other proposed mechanisms?  It is not only missing; the evidence we do have points in the opposite direction: (1) the Cambrian explosion shows a sudden appearance of complexity without precursors, and (2) the law of entropy demands that information (public or not) degenerates through transmission rather than improves.    Evolutionary theory is like a smorgasbord of rotten food.  The cooks keep thinking if they add one more dish, customers will find something they like.  Instead, it has turned into a food fight.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more