YES Ends Peace Summit in Lofa

first_imgCross section of Participants posed shortly after the programThe Youth Exploring Solutions (YES) on Friday, September 21, concluded its inaugural Young Leaders Peace Summit in Zorzor District, Lofa County.The two-day event, held under the theme, “Peace Matters to All,” was geared towards providing capacity building for youth leaders across the district in conflict management and peace-building relating to trust-building and communication, team-building and leadership, social cohesion, social awareness, and social identity. The event was also held in commemoration of the International Day of Peace.As an accredited not-for-profit and volunteer grassroots organization, the summit also highlighted the rule of law and responsibilities, conflict resolution and management, active nonviolent action, and vision for Liberia and Guinea to foster sustainable peace.The event took place at the campus of the Zorzor Rural Teachers Training Institute (ZRTTI) from 20th to 21st of September. The initiative stemmed from Youth Exploring Solutions’ participation in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs-funded 2018 Solutions Summit administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) and the Embassy of Sweden funded by the Liberian National Youth Peace-building Conference led by Accountability Lab-Liberia.This inaugural Young Leaders Peace Summit brought together 150 young leaders of diverse backgrounds, whose work focuses on peace-building, violence prevention, and social cohesion. The young peace leaders had the opportunity to share, learn, and connect with other experts and practitioners drawn from Liberia and Guinea.Adolphus Wade, Commissioner of the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), urged the participants to exercise religious tolerance, mutual respect as well as respecting the rights and dignity of every human being.He admonished the participants to live in harmony and adhere to the rule of law and respect for constituted authority. According to him, youth participation in peacebuilding is paramount to maintaining the peace everyone has enjoyed for nearly a decade.Commissioner Wade cautioned the young people to become peace ambassadors and spread the message of peace to every household, quarter, town, clan, district, and county as well as across the border to neighboring countries.He underscored the need for young people to utilize social media platforms wisely, to promote sustainable peace, lasting social cohesion, and violence prevention.“Everyone has a responsibility to maintain peace for the benefit of all and we should muster the courage to keep the peace and never revert to our bitter and barbaric past; we ought to respect the rule of law,” he noted.Wade also urged young people to respect constituted authority as well as make it their binding duty to engage, educate and empower people of all gender and ages to nurture peace as a way of life.In remarks, Zorzor District Commissioner, Joseph Bedell, called on men and boys to end gender-based violence and other forms of abuses against women and girls. The Zorzor commissioner recounted the pivotal roles women and girls have played over the years in fostering peace, bolstering reconciliation and strengthening justice in the country.According to him, women and girls are sharing, loving and caring which enable them to contribute to peacebuilding work at all levels in the society. Bedell said the misconception of cultural, traditional and religious barriers has too often affected women and girls from achieving their full potential and he encouraged them to respect the rights of women and girls.Furthermore Bernice Taylor, a facilitator speaking on “Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Exclusivity,”  said every so often women and girls suffer from physical and psychological effects of gender-based violence, saying that peace begins in the home before it reaches the community.“We  have come a long way in transitioning our country from a state of fragility to a more consolidated nation, based on the rule of law and respect for human dignity. Therefore, we cannot continue to treat women and girls as properties and not as partners in progress for the forward match of our country.”Madam Taylor noted that no more should women and girls be denied the fundamental rights to education, decent life, and their ability to make  informed decision over their bodies.Mr. Sekou Conde, Commandant of Koyamah District Commissioner of the Republic of Guinea, reaffirmed Guineans’ support to promote peaceful neighborliness among citizens of both countries and explained that promoting peace is paramount to the survivability of Liberia and Guinea. He spoke on the topic: “The Guinean Experience in Grassroots Peace-building Initiative.”Commissioner Koyamah further disclosed that cross-border peace will booster the free movement of people, foster free trade, improve living standards as well as bolster cross-border security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mechanic arraigned with robbery under arms

first_imgShane Morgan, 32, of Lot 43 East La Penitence, Georgetown, was on Friday granted bail in the sum of $200,000 by Magistrate Sunil Scarce on a robbery under arms charge when he appeared at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.The accused denied the charge which stated that on April, 26, 2018 while being armed with a gun, he robbed Nazeema Chand of Lot 255 BB Eccles, East Bank Demerara. In addition, he also used personal violence while committing the act.The mechanic denied the allegations that were made out against him.The matter was adjourned for May 28 for statements. The matter was transferred to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he is likely to answer several other charges of similar nature.last_img read more

Rose Hall sugar workers protest for severance pay

first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelIrate workers attached to the former Rose Hall Sugar Estate on Tuesday morning braved the inclement weather to protest for their severance payment as they demanded that the Government get its act together.Eight hundred and fifty workers whose last day of employment was December 29, on Tuesday protested the non-payment of millions of dollars which are collectively owed to them by the David Granger Administration and the Guyana Sugar Corporation.The workers protest action was endorsed by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the Opposition People’s Progressive Party and several non-governmental organisations.A one-minute of silence was held in honour of the two former workers who took their lives after being sent home. The workers claim that the Government has not treated them as it had treated Cabinet members who were given a 50 per cent salary increase while they (sugar workers) received no increases for two and a half years.Region Six Chairman David Armogan, while addressing the rally, said it is time for all the people of East Canje and its environs to unite, claiming that the decision to send home close to 1000 workers was a political one.He said if the Government is of the belief that the sugar estate needs to be closed in order to make the industry viable, then the welfare of the children of the affected community should be considered.The Chairman noted that President Granger is expected to commission another school bus which will be used to take children to and from school in the Fyrish area which is considered A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) stronghold.“Do something to help the children; do something to help the people, instead what they have to give they are giving to some of the people who are close to them; no consideration for the economic hardship that you will be facing,” Armogan told the gathering.The Chairman noted that in communities with high levels of unemployment as is the case of East Canje now, is that you will have more crime and illiteracy. “Because children cannot go to school, you will have more prostitution, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and all sorts of problems in the home.”Armogan is advocating that Government provide some form of social assistance so that the affected families could receive needed help.He called on the community to support each other in these trying times. “We have to brace each other and support each other and we have to remain strong because in two years’ time (2020 elections) most of you will still be alive. Therefore you have to continue to go on with your lives. This period is going to pass.”According to the Regional Chairman, GuySuCo has the capacity to turn around, adding that the problem with the sugar company is not an economic one but rather it was a political decision to send the workers home. The aim, he believes, was to destroy one of the PPP’s strongholds.He pointed out that 5700 workers could have remained in their jobs if Government had put some of the money it spends on national holidays like Mashramani, into the sugar industry.Meanwhile, GAWU’s General Secretary Seepaul Narine called on Government to make public its plans to get money to pay the workers their severance packages.Narine said it is not too late for Government to withdraw the letters given to the workers.Executive member of the PPP Juan Edghill who also marched with the workers and their families’ noted that many have been contemplating suicide. “I want to call upon all the religious leaders in this community, to give support; spiritual support as well as humanitarian support to the people of this community in this very difficult moment. The reason why I am appealing to our religious leaders is because yesterday afternoon, I saw with my own eyes and experienced for myself grown men telling me it makes no sense continuing to live.”He urged them to keep the faith because better times lie ahead. Edghill said the community can assist the current situation as many are now unemployed. The PPP official encouraged those who have the ability to can take at least one child to school daily. He urged the women to continue to be vigilant.Noting that there is a glut on the labour market and persons are now accepting low wages, Edghill called on contractors and other business persons to show compassion and not to exploit the situation.Another party executive, Gail Teixeira lashed out at the current Administration saying that it did not keep its promise to workers. She said it promised a change while campaigning for the 2015 General and Regional Elections. The change we have seen, she said, is not the one that was promised.GAWU’s President Komal Chan, in a very energetic presentation, also lashed out at the Government, starting with the Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan whom he accused of being behind the order not to allow the protesters to have music as they walked peacefully along the road. He said many others are being given permission to use loud music to advertise what they are doing.“We have friends in the People’s Progressive Party; we have support from the business community; we have support from many journalists who saw things from the workers point of view, that today this issue is not only about sugar workers, and GAWU and GuySuCo but it has become a national issue. This, comrades, is a big development. Today it is being debated. All of the Government Ministers at the last budget (presentations) were forced to talk sugar.”The GAWU President noted that another protest will be held on Thursday at Skeldon. While calling for support, he signalled to the Police that they should not prevent them from having musical complement.The very Government which they are protesting against has withheld the annual one-month salary which the members of the Disciplined Forces had grown accustomed to at year end, but since the Government came into power it has been cut.last_img read more

Mourinho infuriated as Chelsea salvage unbeaten record

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was angered by Chelsea’s celebrations of a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 20 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had to be restrained by stewards in the aftermath of Ross Barkley’s 96th minute equaliser to salvage Chelsea’s unbeaten record under Maurizio Sarri in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho took exception to the celebrations of one of Sarri’s backroom staff, Marco Ianni, who ran in front of the Portuguese on the touchline, as he seemed set for a sweet victory over his old club after Anthony Martial scored twice to cancel out Antonio Rudiger’s opener. Players and coaches from both benches had to separated in a melee after Barkley’s late strike.Mourinho also then gestured with three fingers towards the Chelsea fans in reference to the three Premier League titles he won for the club in two spells in charge.A draw is more than Mourinho got on his three previous returns to Stamford Bridge as United boss. But his frustration at blowing what could have been a huge win was obvious as the visitors remain seven points adrift of Chelsea, and could fall nine points behind Manchester City and Liverpool should they win their respective fixtures later Saturday.Amid reports he was set to face the axe, Mourinho had been handed a lifeline by a stirring fightback from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle 3-2 before the international break a fortnight ago.Martial was rewarded for coming off the bench to score in that game as rather than opt for his cautious nature, Mourinho named an adventurous line-up also featuring Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.And his gamble looked set to pay off despite falling behind to a Chelsea side now unbeaten in their first 12 games under Sarri.Lukaku had the first significant chance of the game when he headed Luke Shaw’s fine cross high and wide.At the other end, United attempted to stop the outstanding player of the Premier League season so far with some rough treatment as Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young were shown early yellow cards for chopping down Eden Hazard.However, when Shaw cut out a dangerous low cross from the Belgian on 21 minutes, the visitors were undone by a lack of concentration from Paul Pogba.Rudiger easily peeled away from the Frenchman to plant a powerful header past the helpless David de Gea.That was the fourth time United have conceded from a corner in the league this season, having also done so in defeats to Brighton, Tottenham and West Ham.It wasn’t so costly this time as Chelsea paid for a lack of killer instinct despite dominating possession for the rest of the first-half.Marcos Alonso miscontrolled when Rudiger’s through ball put him clean through on De Gea before Alvaro Morata wasted his only big chance of another disappointing afternoon when his shot on the turn was too weak to beat his Spanish international team-mate in the United goal.Martial had been largely anonymous before the break, but, in contrast to Morata, took his chances when they came in the second period.Kepa Arrizabalaga parried Mata’s initial effort, but with Alonso down injured in the Chelsea box, Martial had time to control Ashley Young’s driven cross back into the area before firing home to equalise.Martial again provided the final flourish with a brilliant curled effort into the far corner 17 minutes from time after fine work in the build-up by Mata and Rashford.The Frenchman was greeted with a bear hug from Mourinho when he was replaced six minutes from time.But United couldn’t hold out for an extra six minutes stoppage time as Barkley pounced after De Gea had produced another miraculous save from Rudiger before carnage broke loose on the touchline.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgCongratulationsCongratulations and best wishes for the future to Gary Duffy and his new bride Caroline Greenan on their wedding last Saturday. Congratulations also to Michael Harkin and wife Orlaith on the recent birth of their daughter Eibhlin. Also best wishes and speedy recoveries for injured players Brendan McGee, Andrew McLaughlin and Dorothy Doherty who injured her knee scoring on Saturday night.Cardiac Screening The screening date for the Healthy Hearts Healthy Lives company coming to Buncrana has changed to Saturday 5th November, starting at 11am. Please contact Brendan Ryan for further details on 086 240 7349 or brendanryan23@hotmail.comMeetingThere will be a club and executive board meeting on Monday next (26th September) at 8.15pm. This is an important meeting and all officers and underage management are asked to attend.Inishowen Development Partnership Inishowen Development Partnership has been shortlisted in the Coca Cola 125 Years Thank You Fund – and they need your vote ! the 600 applications received, a shortlist of 45 projects has been selected. Voting is open to the public until September 30th, 2011. The 15 winners will be announced in October 2011, when ten organisations will receive €10,000 each and five will receive €5,000 each. In order to vote, you will need to be logged into Facebook – you can only vote once!Inishowen Development Partnership – Theme… Healthy and Active Lifestyles. Description of how funding will be used: We would develop and deliver a practical health & well-being programme targeting children ages 4yrs – 17yrs and their families called KITE (Kids Interactive Training and Eating Programme) where children play outdoor/indoor activity games, encouraging them to watch less TV and become more physically active, and help them identify good food choices, and to promote healthy eating options and to work with parents in changing menus to healthy eating options and encouraging parents/guardians to be good motivators and good examples for their children.BORD na nÓGColaiste Inis EoghainFirst big game of the season for the Inishowen lads, Rannafast Cup 2011 Section A, Friday 23rd September, at Naomh Padraig Magh. Colaisti Inis Eoghain v St. Macartan’s MonaghanThrow in Time: 4.00 pmAll support welcome!Under 12 Hurling – County Final Winners! Our u12 hurlers completed a great season in fine style with a convincing win over St Eunans in the u12 county final. The game was played in ideal conditions, which suited the skillful Scarvey boys. From the throw in they were on top and gave an exhibition of hurling.Both teams gave their all, early first half goals from Oisin Grant, added to by points, from the influential Dylan Duffy, Paul Tourish and Niall Doherty also added to the tally. The dead ball accuracy of PJ McCarron was also impressive but it was the introduction of Ben Doherty (roe) into the back line that tightened the boys grip on the trophy. The halftime score was 3:4 to 0:2. A burst of early impressive second half points from Dylan Duffy and Matthew Wilson insured the title was being retained by the Buncrana club, the final score was6.10 to 0:3. The accurate puck out’s from Jason Campbell were the launch pad for many scores, in defence Oisin Hegarty, Fiachra MacLochlainn, PJ McCarron, John Vaughan and Ben Doherty stamped out anyLetterkenny attacks. In midfield Oisin Grant and Paul Tourish along with the youthful hardworking Niall Doherty impressed. Upfront Dylan Duffy was on fire and well supported by Matthew Wilson and Arran Craig. All the subs Mark Craig, Ryan Hegarty, Gavin Kelly, Darren Connolly, Oisin Mc Daid, Cathal Óg Wilson, and Liam Doherty added to what was an impressive win and performance with Gavin Kellys goal being the pickof second half scores. The cup was presented by Clubman and County hurling Chairman Donal MacLochlainn to captain Dylan Duffy. Thanks to the St Eunans club for a hard sporting game and to all the supporterswho came down and roared both sides on, and to all the hard working mothers who provided much needed refreshments for all.Congratulation’s to club stalwart Gary Duffy who wed long time sweetheart Caroline Greenan in Monaghan at the weekend, the only sour note from the wedding was the ill timed injury to budding ladies senior footballer Dorothy Stoke’s, who sustained a freak Achilles injury during her performance of the Cha, Cha Cha, apparently in a vein last ditch attempt to make the “Strictly Come Dancing “line up.RecyclingCLOTHES RECYCLING FACILITIES NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SCARVEY!Club NotesAnyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email, stating so.LottoThe winning numbers in the €2,025 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 13th September in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 04-14-23-24.There were no winners. There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants:Eili Ni Dhomhnaill, Lough View;Kieran Friel, Dunaff, Urris;John Martin, Keelogs;Ann McGinnis, Greysteel;Anne Diver, Cloncool Park.Use of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108). Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767).If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration.To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on or NOTES: BUNCRANA was last modified: September 19th, 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:Buncrana GAA noteslast_img read more


first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA NewsFootballThe minors lost to Naomh Conaill 0-8 to 1-6 in their championship play-off game last Wednesday in Convoy. It was a very evenly contested match, but Glenties just about got over the line in the end. Aodh Ruadh were down Colm Kelly, Oisín Rooney and Matthew Maguire, but gave a good account of themselves.Calum O’Halloran got the Ernesiders off the mark after nine minutes, before Nathan Boyle sent over a 45 off the deck.Philip Patton added two further points in a first half where Kevin Warnock also pulled off a penalty save to make the half-time score 1-2 to 0-4 in favour of Naomh Conaill. There were further scores from Shane McGrath and Philip Patton in the second half, but Aodh Ruadh just couldn’t reel their opponents in. They were also unlucky in the end to see an number of goal chances coming back off the framework. Some of Aodh Ruadh’s best performances came in defence with Colm Doyle going well at corner back and Eddie Lynch doing an excellent job on Naomh Conaill danger man Ethan O’Donnell.Also doing well for Ballyshannon were the four substitutes introduced over the course of the game, Jason Granaghan, Conal and Dónal Sweeny and Sean Taylor. HurlingThe senior hurlers have their table quiz in Owen Roe’s this Thursday, 13th November. Come on out and bring a team with you! The action throws-in at 9.30pm.Park/Development CommitteeThe 2013/2014 Community Employment Scheme was completed recently and a new scheme has just commenced.This will provide resources to Aodh Ruadh for the Schools Coaching Initiative, completing the development works at Pairc Aoidh Ruaidh which commenced in 2007, and continuing with the upgrading of Father Tierney Park to meet modern player and spectator requirements. Schools Coaching InitiativeAnyone in the locality interested in participating in the Aodh Ruadh Schools Coaching Initiative as either a football or hurling coach should contact Tom Daly immediately.Department of Social Protection criteria for community employment schemes must be complied with, including a minimum age of 25 years and at least 12 months on unemployment allowances.Garda Vetting applies and appropriate child protection and coaching training will be provided. Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets now available in kids’ sizes.With Christmas coming up we have the perfect stocking filler for your football or hurling mad youngsters.We now have three youth sizes of our navy blue soft shell jacket available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45.All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child’s initials on the sleeve. We are still selling adult jackets.These would make an ideal present for club members returning for foreign lands for the festive period.Orders for all jackets will need to be in by the second week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery.Keep an eye on notes and Aodh Ruadh text for details of fitting sessions. You can check out samples of the jacket on Centre BingoThe €800 bingo jackpot was won by Anne Granaghan of Bundoran.Bingo this Friday will be held at Coláiste Cholmcille as the Allingham Arts Festival are holding events at the Abbey Centre.This Friday sees the return of the snowball, starting at €200 on game six. Books priced at €10 for full book, €5 for a half.Allingham FestivalThis week the Allingham Festival will be in full swing Take a look at to check out the schedule of events and reserve your seats and join in the feast of fun and entertainment.Questions? Ring 0876044099, e-mail, or stop by the Abbey Centre box office from 1-3pm this week for tickets or the latest updates on the 2014 Allingham Festival.LottoThere was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto Jackpot of €3,000. The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 8, 9, 12 and 14.In the lucky dip €20 went to Margaret Gahan, Tir Chonaill Street; Mary Morrow; Kane Family, Cluain Barron; Linda Gillespie, Kildoney; and Malachi Daly, Kildoney.Next week’s draw for a jackpot of €3,100 takes place at 8.30pm in Dicey’s on Sunday.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: LADIES.The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website,, or e-mail your request to info@aodhruadhGAA NEWS: AODH RUADH MINORS NARROWLY LOSE OUT TO NAOMH CONAILL IN PLAY-OFF was last modified: November 4th, 2014 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgThe heartbroken father of a missing Lifford man says he is hopeful of finding his missing son after a specialist recovery group volunteered their services.Joseph Colhoun has been going through a living hell since his son David disappeared on May 22nd last.David, 21, was last seen more than three months ago when he escaped police custody in Strabane after he was arrested for being drunk. His family suspect he tried to swim across the River Foyle to his home in Lifford but drowned.An extensive search of the river and its banks has taken place since then but there has been no sign of tragic David.Now the well-known ‘Searching for the Missing’ group will travel to Donegal to lead the search for David.The group of more than 30 people is made up of volunteers and is affiliated with Abberyfeale Search and Recovery in Limerick and the Boyne Search and Rescue Service. Spokesman Tosh Lavery said his team will use all their experience to put an end to the Colhoun family’s heartache.“There has been a major search carried out. He hasn’t been found and the family are going through hell.“He hasn’t been found and we feel he should be found. We are going to bring in all our services and we are going to carry out another thorough search,” he said.Dad Joseph said he was hopeful the searches will eventually uncover his son’s body and allow him to bury his son beside his wife Josephine who died in January.“This is a very experienced team and I am thankful to them for trying to help myself and my family. “Everyone has been so good to me and all I want is to give David a proper wake and funeral and put him to rest beside his mother,” he said.Joseph is also due to meet with the PSNI in Strabane later today (MON) to discuss the ongoing search.EndsNEW HOPE IN SEARCH FOR MISSING LIFFORD MAN was last modified: September 4th, 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:David ColhounJoseph ColhounPSNIlast_img read more


first_imgThis video above captures the distressful final moments of a group of tragic Pilot Whales that became beached on Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh earlier this morning.So far five whales have sadly perished on the beach at Ballyness Bay while eight others battle for life. The other whales have been re-floated thanks to a mammoth rescue effort by locals.However it appears that the whales are disorientated and seem intent on returning to land, which means they’ll almost certainly get beached again.Rescuers described the sense of hopelessness felt earlier this morning when attempts to save five of the whales failed.As seen in the video above, rescuers are helpless as the whales lie on the strand slowly dying gasping for a return to sea. One rescuer said, It’s just heart breaking to be honest, it was hard to watch.“We all felt hopeless as there was nothing we could do for some of them as they were close to death when they were found, but it was agonising watching them struggle.“Thankfully we managed to re-float the majority of the whales, but it seems that there hesitant about going back out to sea, and seem to want to return to the land.“They’re disorientated and some of them seem to be ill, if they do get beached again, I don’t think they will survive, but we’re just hoping they return to sea.   DDTV: TRAGIC FINAL MOMENTS OF PILOT WHALES CAPTURED ON VIDEO was last modified: July 7th, 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:DDTVDIEDFalcarraghFeaturesHopelessnessnewsSadnessStrandedwhaleslast_img read more

Barnyard dream

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Walking through a breezeway populated by dozens of chickens, some designated as egg layers and others by their assumed fate, broilers, that had been rescued from the floods of Hurricane Katrina, Bauston called each bird by name, clucking at them as they followed her. A flock of curious young turkeys poked their necks through slats in the fence to watch the parade. “Society has stereotyped animals that some are just food,” she said. “We call them farmed animals to set them apart. There are people who keep chickens or cows as pets, and you would never do to a pet what people do to these animals every day.” The sanctuary has a capacity for up to 250 animals and the event is the beginning of a capital campaign to put the property into the nonprofit group’s name. “We want this to be owned by the animals,” she said. As she led visitors on a tour of the grounds, two 4-month old Jersey bulls mooed from a distant field. As she got closer, accompanied by her sidekick and farm dog Duke, one bull she called “Baby” pushed past the dog to give Bauston a sloppy, wet kiss. ACTON – When Lorri Bauston was 16, she announced to her family that she would no longer eat meat – the first step to a lifelong passion of protecting “food with a face” from the slaughterhouse. On Oct. 22, her dream of a local paradise for farmed animals will be realized when Animal Acres, a 26-acre sanctuary, celebrates its grand opening with a free open house featuring barn tours, vegan food booths and music. Later that evening, a vegan banquet gala fundraiser featuring the music of Celtic band Silent Planet will be hosted by actor James Cromwell, famous for befriending a pig in the “Babe” movies. Bauston, 47, the founder and executive director of the sanctuary, sees the facility as a means to an end – of people’s carnivorous habits. “Eating animals is a personal choice,” she said. “But we want to make sure it’s an educated choice.” “We rescued them from a stockyard,” she said as she stroked his amber fur. “They obviously hadn’t had good experiences with people, so we’re trying to change that.” The second baby bull tried to hide, keeping her distance as Baby stood in the spotlight. “Our goal in having this sanctuary is to lead by example. People aren’t cruel by nature and I actually believe we can change minds by educating them.” Bauston said she woke up one morning when she was 16 and announced to her parents that she wasn’t going to eat meat anymore. She went on to dedicate her life to helping expose animal cruelty and advocate on the part of animals. “You’d be surprised, once someone comes here and has an experience with a cow or a pig, they might change their mind about a vegan lifestyle,” she said. “At times the issue can be overwhelming. There are so many things we can’t do anything about, but we can all make a personal choice in what we eat.” She said that both food stores and restaurants are reporting increased sales in vegetarian fare, a trend she hopes to see continue. “Once people start eating healthier, the industry will see and maybe some of the cruelty these animals go through will stop,” she said, noting the compact cages used for sows or genetic manipulation of chickens. Bauston said she knows their battle is uphill, especially because she is going against industries with billion-dollar budgets not only to advertise, but to influence legislation. “We win when we get our message out to the public,” she said. In the future, depending on available funds, Bauston hopes to build a hospital treatment room, increase pasture fencing and obtain an animal transport truck and trailer as well as a tractor and manure wagon to clean barns. On Nov. 19, the group will host a Save the Turkeys Celebration where its flock of turkeys will be guests of honor and the public will feast on a vegan dinner catered by Native Food and Tofurkey. Volunteers are needed to care for animals, conduct tours and assist with outreach events that Bauston hopes to conduct for schoolchildren and visitors to the ranch. Farm chore days are every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and people can work on grounds maintenance, painting and building repairs. Carpenters, plumbers and electricians to complete building projects also are needed. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 IF YOU GO Animal Acres, 5200 Escondido Canyon Road, Acton, will host a free grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, with a fundraiser gala in the evening. Information: (661) 269-0986 or 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Why Just Five Digits on Tetrapod Limbs?

first_imgTwo family members each possessing an extra digit on each limb find that having a sixth finger is beneficial and useful.A condition called polydactyly has been known ever since the Bible mentioned a case: “And there was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number, and he also was descended from the giants” (II Samuel 21:20). The authors of a study in Nature Communications comment,Although polydactyly is not rare, and can be traced back at least 1000 years, only its genetics has, until now, been studied. This may in part be due to the belief that supernumerary fingers represent a malformation and are not useful, thus are generally removed at a young age.Because intact cases are hard to find, few researchers have had a chance to answer questions about extra fingers. Are they functional? Do they have their own muscles and nerves? Are they useful? Are polydactyl people aware of the extra fingers individually? For the first time, a team of 11 researchers evaluated a a 17-year-old polydactyl subject and his 52-year-old mother.Here, we analyzed the neuromechanics and manipulation abilities of two polydactyly subjects who each possess six fingers on their hands. Anatomical MRI of the supernumerary finger (SF) revealed that it is actuated by extra muscles and nerves, and fMRI identified a distinct cortical representation of the SF. In both subjects, the SF was able to move independently from the other fingers. Polydactyly subjects were able to coordinate the SF with their other fingers for more complex movements than five fingered subjects, and so carry out with only one hand tasks normally requiring two hands. These results demonstrate that a body with significantly more degrees-of-freedom can be controlled by the human nervous system without causing motor deficits or impairments and can instead provide superior manipulation abilities.In short, an extra finger can be very useful! Think of how many extra tasks you could perform with an extra finger. You could do more tasks with one hand than it usually takes for two. Imagine the faster typing or calculating that could be done! What could a piano player achieve with two extra fingers?Fig 1 from the paper shows subject P1’s right hand.The supernumerary finger in the subjects looks just like the other fingers, with knuckles, fingernails and all. It was located between the thumb and index finger, and had a spherical range of motion like the thumb. Its internal anatomy was halfway between a thumb and finger, with the advantages of both:The extra or supernumerary finger (SF) with three phalanges has a saddle joint similar to that of a normal thumb (Fig. 1e). It has two extrinsic flexor tendons as well as a normal extensor apparatus (Fig. 1c), in addition to dedicated digital nerves. Hence, this polydactyly hand is controlled by more muscles and nerves than normal five-fingered hands. Critically there are intrinsic muscles whose origin is the second metacarpal and whose insertion is to the proximal phalanx of the finger, similar to the muscles of a normal thumb and yielding a spherical range of motion (Fig. 1b, c).For some reason, the authors didn’t mention toes. Did they fail to look and see if the subjects’ feet had extra digits? That would be odd. Whatever, “The experiments demonstrated that they have no difficulty in controlling the SF in coordination with and independently from the other fingers while no movement deficits of the hand or other limbs were observed.” The subjects were apparently happy to have the extra digits and there was no downside. Who wouldn’t want them? The authors were so surprised and pleased by the results, they feel that robot makers should design robots with six fingers!Where Has Evolution Been?Here is a clear case of a beneficial mutation. And yet since the first tetrapod crawled out of the water 400 million Darwin Years ago, evolution seems to have been stuck in a rut: five digits per limb max is all a creature gets. Some animals, like horses and birds, get fewer, but why isn’t polydactyly more common? Why don’t we see evolution producing 7-fingered animals, or 8 or more? Why is polydactyly still considered a genetic “defect” instead of a beneficial trait? (Note: as can be seen in images of polydactyl subjects, not all SF’s are beneficial; some are clearly deformed.)Evolutionists will invent storytelling words like “canalization” to explain evolutionary conundrums like this. Basically, canalization means that natural selection gets organisms stuck in a rut sometimes, and it’s hard to get out. But then, the opposite is also true! Variation is limitless, such that animals can invent flight, swimming, leaping, crawling and anything else. Evolution can invent wings, tails, eggs, the lack of eggs, pouches, beaks, teeth, gears, meat-eating plants, and eyes (multiple times independently). Any complex organ an animal would find useful can be made special order from Darwin’s Tinkering Shop. So what is the message of evolution— canalization, or innovation?Notably, the paper does not discuss evolution. This particular mutation for six fingers is not the type of random mutation that evolutionists would need to claim macroevolution, because the genes for fingers, with all their bones, muscles, tendons and parts, are already there. It’s instructive that all four limbs of the Gath Giant had six digits, not just one, two or three. Most likely a regulatory gene or “master switch” failed at some point in development. A switch for digit number failed to turn off before six digits began to develop in the embryo. That would explain why each digit contained the full suite of muscles and bones needed, which would have developed later after the initial digit number was established. Since many mutations are pleiotropic (i.e., affect other genes), the Gath Giant’s mutation may have also altered genetic controls for body size, leading to gigantism. Once again, though, if these mutations had been so beneficial in Darwinian thinking, they should have been selected, and spread throughout the entire human population. Since they did not, Darwinists cannot claim this as evidence for beneficial mutations supporting macroevolution.What About Creation?The same question must be asked of creationists. If six fingers are beneficial, why would an intelligent Designer restrict digits to five? The awesome variety in nature shows how easy it would be for the Maker to add or subtract digits. In fact, a Designer could have given each creature any number of fingers and toes suitable for its individual needs. Even whales and dolphins have five digits hidden within their flippers. What is it about five? We switch to Commentary mode for possible answers.For one thing, no animal is complaining. We humans do marvelously well with our endowments. One cannot say, “If a little is good, more is better” in all cases. Six may work, but seven? Eight? Certainly there will be a point of diminishing returns. Five is a great number that seems to be optimum for most people and animals.Another answer was suggested by Walter ReMine in his book The Biotic Message (1993). The living world is so designed, he argues, as to send a message: life did not evolve, and there is One Creator. Both creationists and evolutionists agree that organisms are arranged in nested hierarchies: groups with common traits, and groups within groups. The question is whether that arrangement indicates common ancestry or common design. ReMine states the central claim of his argument, which he defends for the next 500 pages:Life was reasonably designed for survival and for communicating a message that tells where life came from. The biotic message says, “Life is the product of a single designer – life was intentionally designed to resist all other interpretations of origin.” (p. 2o)Without the complexity, evolutionists might think life just pops into existence easily. Without the unity, theists might tend toward polytheism (i.e., different gods created different types of beings). When we see unity, such as in pentadactyly (5 digits) in the hierarchical group known as tetrapods, it supports the honest seeker with the message that the same Creator made them all.ReMine appeals to no religious arguments in his book. Message Theory, he argues, is a testable proposition for science, all the more powerful for the many questions it answers that evolutionists fail to answer (as he documents profusely in their own words). The bottom line of “Message Theory” is that creation sends an unambiguous signal of a single Designer.(Visited 484 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more