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AFL Probing Wainsue Town Assault

first_imgFormer Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr. The Ministry of Defense has begun investigations into the reported assault on the people of Wainsue Town by personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), as it was reported by the media on May 19 & 20.A statement issued by the MOD quoted Deputy Minister for Operations, Saint Jerome Larbelee, as saying that preliminary investigations have already begun in a meeting with citizens of Wainsue Town.Mr. Larbelee promised both local government officials and those alleging that they were beaten, that the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr. has instructed the High Command of the AFL to probe the incident, and those found guilty will be dealt with expeditiously according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).He described the incident as a “troubling saga” since much has been done to ensure that the Armed Forces of Liberia is a “force for good” striving to safeguard Liberia’s peace; and as such, will support no acts “absolutely whatsoever” that seek to disturb the peace that Liberians now enjoy.Larbelee admitted that what happened in Wainsue Town was an isolated incident that involved some personnel of the AFL, and can in no way denigrate (tarnish) the good image that the AFL has built over the years.He explained that AFL personnel have received countless trainings that have enabled them to foster the protection of human rights and esteem the essence of human existence over the years; thus, contributing to Liberia being where it is now.“As an institution, the High Command of the AFL will not accept or allow any of its personnel to perpetrate brutality against any peaceful Liberian in this age and dispensation,” Mr. Larbelee said.The AFL statement said the Ministry of National Defense has instructed the AFL to conduct a full-fledged independent investigation into “this troubling saga” that will actually reveal what happened at Wainsue between the citizens and the AFL personnel. It may be recalled that on May 19 and 20 AFL personnel were reported to have gone on a rampage, assaulting some citizens of Wainsue after one of their members had an altercation with a motorbike rider in the township.Following the incident, the Ministry of Defense was officially informed by the Superintendent of Bong County, Selena Polson Mappy, and the Representative of District #3, Bong County, Rep. George S. Mulbah Sr.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Power outage in Fort St. John

first_imgThe areas out-of-service include north of Bank Road, west of 79 Street, south of 246 Road, and east of 275 Road.The outage occurred at 4:52 p.m. and B.C. Hydro expects power to be resorted by 7:30 p.m.The cause of the outage is currently under investigation.- Advertisement –last_img

Olunga to captain Kenya against Uganda

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga during a training session at the Kasarani Stadium on September 5, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – In the absence of Victor Wanyama, striker Michael Olunga has been handed the armband to lead Kenya out for Sunday’s international friendly match against the Uganda Cranes at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.Olunga is one of the most experienced players in coach Francis Kimanzi’s young squad and he will be entrusted in leading the squad in the tactician’s first game in charge. Wanyama will miss the tie after he stayed behind in London to try and finalize on a move out of Tottenham Hotspur but with that failing, Kimanzi decided to give him a rest while he looks at other options he has at his disposal.“It is my responsibility as a player. I have played for the national team since 2015 and with several players not being able to come in, it is just for us who are there to step up and fill the void. I will be coming in to fill the void left by Victor and that’s an honor for me. I will try to lead by example and score as many goals as possible,” Olunga said.Wanyama will be one of the many senior players who will not be available for the tie.Joseph Okumu has been given time to settle at his new club in Sweden, Johannah Omollo is out injured, Ismail Gonzalez is missing after a luggage mix up in Madrid while Aboud Omar has not travelled.Despite the major absentees, head coach Kimanzi says this will be an opportunity for the other players to step in.Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi issues instructions during a training session at the Kasarani Stadium on September 5, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“You cannot replace individuals, but you have to work with what you have. You have to give the other players an opportunity. There is no need to panic when you miss some key players because of legitimate reasons, but you have to take the chance and look at the depth you have. We need to give others a chance to surprise us. Maybe we can have a new discovery,” the tactician stated.Olunga will be looking to translate the form he has picked up back in Japan playing in the Japanese J2 League with Kashiwa Reysol where he has been banging in goals left right and centre.“I believe it s a matter of hard work. This time I started out with the team during pre-season and I have tried to adapt to the conditions quickly. I have also worked on my weaknesses and this is what has propelled me to the form I am now,” Olunga told Capital Sport.Looking on to the game against Uganda, Olunga expects a tough game.“Uganda are an experienced team. They played in last 16 at the Cup of Nations. It is a friendly but an East African derby as well. We want to grab the bragging rights. We are playing at home; we want to play a good game and all of us are ready to do our level best in this game,” the forward noted.0Shares0000(Visited 70 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kings’ Luc inches toward milestone

first_img In other games: Devils 5, Canadiens 4: Patrik Elias had two goals and two assists in his second game back since recovering from hepatitis to pace host New Jersey. Flyers 4, Rangers 3, OT : Simon Gagne scored 7 seconds into overtime after Peter Forsberg won the faceoff, and Philadelphia beat host New York. Bruins 4, Senators 2 : Brad Boyes scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to lift host Boston over Ottawa. Sabres 3, Lightning 1 : Jochen Hecht had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Miller made 21 saves to lead Buffalo past visiting Tampa Bay. Red Wings 3, Blues 0 : Playing for the first time in more than a month, Manny Legace made 15 saves for his third shutout of the season to lead Detroit over visiting St. Louis. Avalanche 4, Wild 2 : Alex Tanguay scored twice and David Aebischer made 33 saves in Colorado’s victory over host Minnesota. Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2 : Nolan Baumgartner and Markus Naslund scored in the second period as Vancouver handed Chicago its ninth straight loss. Sharks 6, Blue Jackets 3: Jonathan Cheechoo scored three goals for the second time in three weeks in host San Joes’s victory. :AP contributed capsules. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Luc Robitaille has just about faced it all this season. The disappointment and frustration of missing nine games with a leg injury and four others because coach Andy Murray made him a healthy scratch. This should have been Robitaille’s glorious last go-around, a celebratory season in which he easily became the leading goal scorer in Kings history, but things haven’t quite followed that script. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “He was shooting the puck well and he had a few chances,” Murray said of Robitaille. “I thought he was skating real well and was on top of the puck.” The goals moved Robitaille to within one of tying Marcel Dionne’s franchise record of 550 career goals and sparked hope that perhaps it’s not too late for Robitaille to turn things around this season. “It’s not about being patient,” Robitaille said. “When you’re struggling and things are out of sync, you just have to keep it simple. … I feel our line has been clicking real well.” Garon, who was named NHL defensive player of the month for December, stopped 29 shots for his fifth career shutout and his first since March 31, 2003, when he was a backup in Montreal. “We played great defense,” Garon said. “It’s always easier when you score. We scored early and then we could just focus on defense and we did a good job.” center_img Some have questioned how much Robitaille, who turns 40 next month, has left, but on Thursday night Robitaille showed that he’s still very much a threat when the puck is on his stick. Robitaille scored his first goal since Nov. 26, and then a third-period empty netter gave Robitaille his first multi-goal game since Oct. 2003. Goaltender Mathieu Garon turned in the Kings’ first shutout of the season as they beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 before 18,118 at Staples Center. last_img read more


first_imgThe Co Donegal Historical Society is encouraging primary and secondary school students in County Donegal to submit applications to its annual schools’ competition.This year’s theme is ‘Virtually 1916’ and asks students to put themselves in the place of a reporter in 1916 reporting on events of that year.The closing date for the receipt of entries is Sunday, April 24. Full details of this year’s competition has been circulated to all schools by the Donegal Education Centre and are available on the County Donegal Historical Society website at“We’re encouraging students to explore part of our history as we commemorate the centenary of 1916” explained Dr. Lochlann McGill, President of the County Donegal Historical Society. “This year’s schools’ competition will address life and events in 1916 at local, national and/or international level. Events such as the Easter Rising and the on-going First World War influenced life and society in County Donegal and produced historical accounts that are studied by historians, teachers and students to the present day. As well as these signature events, it should not be forgotten that life went on in 1916 so local events, family histories and folk life are also of interest to historians and scholars.”The format for the submission of entries is an eight-page A4-size news sheet for class submissions and a four-page A4-size news sheet for individual student submissions. Each news sheet should include articles that demonstrate historical research supported by evidence including examples, photographs and illustrations.The news sheet does not need to be produced in electronic format but news sheets produced by hand will also need to be scanned and submitted by e-mail. Entries can be in Irish or English.The County Donegal Historical Society is pleased to offer the following prizes in four categories: Harley – McDonagh Trophy & €300: Best Primary School Class EntryThis award is named in honour of Hugh Harley, one of the original benefactors of the County Donegal Historical Society’s schools’ competition and former Wall Street financier, and J.C.T. McDonagh who served as President of the County Donegal Historical Society from 1958-1959.Fr. Jackie Fitzgerald Memorial Trophy & €300: Best Secondary School Class EntryThis award is named in honour of Fr. Jackie Fitzgerald who was a historian, author and County Donegal Historical Society member from Inishowen.Emerson Award & €100: Best Individual Primary Student EntryThis award is named in honour of Lucius & Kathleen Emerson. Lucius Emerson was a founder member of the County Donegal Historical Society in 1946 and served as curator of the County Donegal Historical Society museum from 1946 until 2005. Kathleen Emersen served as Honorary Secretary of the County Donegal Historical Society from 1960 to 2004.Donald Mac Lochlainn Trophy & €300: Best Individual Secondary Student EntryThis award is named in honour of Donald Mac Lochlainn who was a life-long friend of the County Donegal Historical Society and whose father served as President of the County Donegal Historical Society in 1950.All entries will be assessed by a panel of judges selected by the Executive Committee of the County Donegal Historical Society. The County Donegal Historical Society’s Schools’ Competition awards ceremony will take place in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7 p.m.DONEGAL SCHOOLS ENCOURAGED TO BECOME ‘VIRTUAL 1916’ REPORTERS! was last modified: April 5th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:1916donegalDonegal Historic Societylast_img read more

Lotto fever hits Donegal as Carrigart shop sells €2.25M ticket!

first_imgThey’re popping the champagne corks in Carrigart tonight after a local shop sold the joint winning lotto ticket worth more than €2M.Boyce’s Centra has confirmed they sold the ticket.The store confirmed “We are happy to inform you that the winning tickets for the Irish Lotto tonight have been sold in our store! The prize of €5million has been won by two people both receiving €2.5million! We would like to congratulate both winners and hope to see you in store tomorrow:)” A delighted Shaun Boyce, the owner of Boyce’s Centra confirmed to Donegal Daily that he has been contacted by a Lotto representative and said “it’s a cert.”The identity of the winner has not yet been made public but rumours are rife as to who the new millionaire in the village is.The jackpot was worth €4,532,646 and the other ticket was sold in the south.The winning numbers were 2,5,8,14,40,42 and the bonus was 7. And those doing the Lotto Plus 2 which was worth €250,000 should also check their numbers as it was also won in the North West.The winning numbers were 9,15,23,35,39,47 and the bonus was 31.Lotto fever hits Donegal as Carrigart shop sells €2.25M ticket! was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rheumatology service returns to Letterkenny University Hospital

first_imgRheumatology clinics are to be reinstated at Letterkenny University Hospital. The HSE has confirmed that following the removal of services from the hospital in 2011, the clinic will return at the end of the month.Deputy Charlie McConalogue said he has been raising this issue with the various Ministers for Health and the HSE since he was first elected to the Dáil. “In this time, up to 300 Donegal patients have had to travel to Manorhamilton for rheumatology services.“After years of discussions, the HSE has now finally given a firm commitment on the reinstatement of the clinic, which follows on from the appointment of a third rheumatologist for the North West region a few weeks ago.“The restoration of the clinic is fantastic news for all of the patients who have been forced to travel from Donegal to Manorhamilton for vital treatment. These are people with very painful conditions, who found this long journey exceptionally difficult. It is unacceptable that they have had to travel this distance for so long.“The improvement of local health services is one of my priorities as a TD for the county – and I am very glad to see this vital service return to Letterkenny University Hospital”. Rheumatology service returns to Letterkenny University Hospital was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Carroll, Dolcini lead Huskies to 1st Big 5 win

first_imgThe Fortuna Huskies girl’s basketball team secured its first Big 5 Conference win of the season as it took down the Arcata Tigers 53-48, Friday night at Arcata High.“This was a huge win for us, we needed this,” Fortuna Head Coach Jesse Genaro said.The Huskies (1-2, 11-8) came out the more aggressive team Friday night, opening up an 8-0 lead before the first Tigers’ bucket.Junior forward Charlotte Carroll was a force on the block for the Tigers all night as she scored 10 of her team-high 16 …last_img read more

Turkeys Aren’t Stupid

first_imgTurkeys that are inspiring homeland security technology are just one example of hot designs engineers are finding in the biosphere’s treasure chest.Turkey tech:  How would you like a smartphone app that provide early warning for toxic chemicals or pathogens?  Science Daily tells how “turkey-inspired biosensors” are the secret for cheap, easy-to-make detectors.  “Turkey skin, it turns out, can shift from red to blue to white, thanks to bundles of collagen that are interspersed with a dense array of blood vessels,” the article says. “… The amount of swelling changes the way light waves are scattered and, in turn, alters the colors we see on the bird’s head.”  Live Science includes a diagram of how the technology works, from turkey head to smartphone.Fur coats:  How do fur and feathers do such a good job insulating mammals and birds?  Priscilla Simonis at the U of Belgium is looking into it, Science Daily reports.  “The insulating power of the animals’ coats made Simonis wonder why thermal insulation in buildings doesn’t work as well.”  She found it’s more than insulation; the radiative properties contribute to heat conservation, too: “repeated backscattering of infrared light between radiative shields, like individual hairs and barbed feathers, could be the primary mechanism for the thermal insulation properties of fur and feathers.”  Application: “focusing on ways to minimize radiative heat loss could lead to the development of new types of ultrathin insulation.”Flexible flyers:  Bendable wings; what a novel idea.  For planes, that is; birds and other flying animals flex their wings all the time.  PhysOrg has the scoop on FlexFoil, an entrepreneurial effort by FlexSys to improve efficiency of wing flaps on airplanes.  “Conventionally engineered mechanisms connected by various joints are designed to be strong and stiff,” the designers note. “Nature prefers strength combined with compliance.”  The FlexFoil wings are seamless, bendable with actuators, that can perform like traditional wing flaps but also twist, improving aerodynamic efficiency and reducing noise without compromising structural integrity.  Existing craft can be retrofitted with this technology for immediate fuel savings.  An embedded video clip shows how it works.  This could improve not only aircraft, but “helicopter rotor blades, wind turbine blades, and boat rudders” – any craft moving through fluid.  The Air Force is backing the work.Shrimp plastic:  “The master designer, nature herself” has given us a new plastic that “flew in the door” – Shrilk, a product inspired by insects and shrimp, but combined with the properties of silk.  So says a video clip on Live Science.  Like insect exoskeletons made of chitin, Shrilk is light, thin and tough.  It can be rigid or flexible.  It came from Harvard’s Wyss Center for Biologically Inspired Engineering.  The short video describes how Shrilk, cheaply made from discarded shrimp shells, is biodegradable and useful for lots of things, from garbage bags to surgical sutures.Wood solar cells:  “A new kind of paper that is made of wood fibers yet is 96% transparent could be a revolutionary material for next-generation solar cells,” PhysOrg reports. “Coming from plants, the paper is inexpensive and more environmentally friendly than the plastic substrates often used in solar cells. However, its most important advantage is that it overcomes the tradeoff between optical transparency and optical haze that burdens most materials.”  The article gives the physics on how it does it.Algae jet fuel in the desert:  Another PhysOrg article tells about “Biofuel from desert plants grown with seawater.”  Using existing salt-tolerant desert plants and waste water from a fish and shrimp farm, Boeing and its Middle East partners envision less polluting and cheaper jet fuel made right at home, sweet desert.  Sometimes biomimetics doesn’t have to re-invent things from scratch, but just take them and combine them in new ways.Seashell preservatives:  Archaeologists would love to find a better way to preserve delicate artifacts and bones.  Now, PhysOrg says, seashells have provided the inspiration.  “Recreating the story of humanity’s past by studying ancient bones can hit a snag when they deteriorate, but scientists are now reporting an advance inspired by seashells that can better preserve valuable remains.”  Aragonite glue inspired by seashells makes the artifacts 50 to 70 percent more durable.Sugar battery:  Virginia Tech has a sweet but powerful idea: “‘Sugar is a perfect energy storage compound in nature,’ Y.H. Percival Zhang said. ‘So it’s only logical that we try to harness this natural power in an environmentally friendly way to produce a battery.’”  Science Daily reports that they’ve improved their sugar battery by an order of magnitude over earlier attempts.  “In as soon as three years, Zhang’s new battery could be running some of the cell phones, tablets, video games, and the myriad other electronic gadgets that require power in our energy-hungry world, Zhang said.”Robo-ankle:  Humans inspire engineers, too.  Watch Robo-Ankle at work in a video clip on New Scientist.  More soft with “artificial muscle” actuators that allow twist and flexing, this new technology could help patients with cerebral palsy, ALS and stroke improve their walking.  Science Daily‘s title calls it a “bio-inspired robotic device.”  It’s another product of Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.  Note: if you have working ankles, you don’t need the engineering version.  It’s bulkier, noisier, and doesn’t work as well.Whisker tech:  Whether on a cat or rat, whiskers help many animals sense their surroundings.  Several science news sites – Science Magazine and Science Daily included – are talking about the “Highly sensitive electronic whiskers” announced on PNAS.  Made with carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticle composite films, these “e-whiskers” mimic the sensitivity of real whiskers, measuring gas flow with high accuracy.  “This work may enable a wide range of applications in advanced robotics and human–machine interfacing,” the paper says.  Will future robots sport beards, too?Swimming bio-bots: “Tiny Swimming Bio-bots Boldly Go Where No Bot Has Swum Before,” Science Daily announced. “The bio-bots are modeled after single-celled creatures with long tails called flagella — for example, sperm.”  These devices being created at the University of Illinois are so tiny, some day they may navigate to tumors with a payload of stem cells.  “Could we make elementary structures and seed them with stem cells that would differentiate into smart structures to deliver drugs, perform minimally invasive surgery or target cancer?”  Why not, if we can follow the lead of remote sensing, motorized cells?Spider-Man is coming:  A Spider-Man robot is undergoing tests at the Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab at ETH Zürich in Switzerland, New Scientist reports.  Like Spider-Man, it “does whatever a spider can – almost.”  Its tricks include shooting out a dragline and abseiling down a cliff, using thermoplastic adhesive for silk.  “A stick of the material is fed into a small chamber and heated, before being fired out of a nozzle into the open air, where it begins to harden into a line,” the article explains.  “As it is pushed out of the nozzle, the line passes between two motor-controlled wheels, which grab it and help to pull the cable out of the device.”  It travels down its dragline at 12 cm per minute – a far cry from the movies, but then again, spiders aren’t that fast, either.  It’s a start for their “spider-inspired robot.”The scientific world is abuzz with DESIGN.  Stories like this are coming fast into the newswires.  Whole institutes are set up to study biological design.  If these scientists needed evolution, they would say so, but they don’t.  Darwinism, that quaint Victorian myth as Ann Coulter dubs it, will fall off like autumn leaves and freeze in its polar vortex, as a new springtime of science blossoms with biomimetics. 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2016 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Grand Champion Market Lamb: Kylee Johnson, Wayne Co. (Champ. Grade)Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb: Paige Pence, Clark Co. (Res. Champ. Grade)Third overall: Lauren Ott, Erie Co. (Champ. Natural Colored)Fourth overall: Clay Johnson, Wayne Co. (Champ. Hampshire)Fifth overall: Paige Pence, Clark Co. (Res. Hampshire)Youth exhibitors led 670 lambs through the show ring at the 2016 Junior Market Lamb Show that proved to be a long, hot day for animals and exhibitors alike. Here are the results from the 2016 show:Judge Todd Wise, ColoradoPhotos by Meghan Bruns. HampshireChampion: Clay Johnson, Dalton, Wayne Co.Reserve Champion: Paige Pence, Clark Co. ShropshireChampion: Olivia Seaburn, Clark Co.Res. Champion: Kendall Sattler, Defiance Co. SouthdownsChampion: Matthew Wallen, Champaign Co.Res. Champion: Ava Shroyer, Logan Co. SuffolkChampion: Hannah DeLong, Champaign, Co.Res. Champion: Matthew Wallen, Champaign Co. DorsetChampion: Ava Shroyer, Logan Co.Res. Champion: Matthew Wallen, Champaign Co. MontadaleChampion: Jackson Grimes, Logan Co.Res. Champion: Jackson Grimes, Logan Co. OxfordChampion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.Res. Champion: Lauren Ott, Erie Co. AOBChampion: Jacob Roeth, Miami Co.Res. Champion: Isaac Beal, Miami Co. Brockle-faceChampion: Kendall Sattler, Defiance Co.Res. Champion: Justin Parke, Miami Co. Natural ColoredChampion: Lauren Ott, Erie Co.Res. Champion: Addie DeLong, Champaign Co. GradeChampion: Kylee Johnson, Wayne Co.Res. Champion: Paige Pence, Clark Co.last_img read more