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Scores of children feted at SOL Christmas Village

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgScores of children were on Saturday treated lavishly at SOL’s Christmas Village at the National Cultural Centre’s Tarmac, Home Stretch Avenue, Georgetown.Representatives of SOL taking photos with Mrs Claus and her helperThe event saw a variety of games and entertainment for children including, trampolines, slides, bouncy castles, among others.Children accompanied by their parents were allowed to get a glimpse of Mrs Claus and her helper, whom the company said: “Will deliver the wish list to Santa Claus”.General Manager of SOL Guyana, Liz White explained that even though the event was solely for children, parents were allowed to win spectacular prizes.“We are giving away things from SOL and Shell all for free and a few games for the adults so we keep the parents entertained as well. We have lots of giveaways for people, but this is all about the children”, she said.She further added that the SOL team catered for children in the capital city, Georgetown.A child enjoying a face painting activity at SOL’s Christmas VillageApart from meeting and greeting Mrs Claus, the children were also treated to meals, gifts and goodies.Meanwhile, White related that the remainder of the food and gifts are donated to orphanages in Georgetown.White also encouraged corporate Guyana to get on board next Christmas to make the event bigger and better.“The more the merrier. The more we can give away to kids and help them during this wonderful season, the merrier everybody will be”, she saidThroughout the event, friendly soundtracks were played while children got their faces painted and photos taken with Mrs Claus.last_img read more

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Essequibo man kills male neighbour over alleged sexual assault

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first_imgA 20-year-old man is now in the lockups after he fatally chopped his neighbour, whom he alleges sexually assaulted him at his Farm, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) home.Dead is 43-year-old Andrew Drakes called “Beach Clothes”. He was killed sometime around 17:30h at his lot 7 Pump Station Street, Farm, EBE residence.According to police reports, the 20-year-old claimed that at about 20:30h on Friday, the now dead man had sexually assaulted him at his home. This reportedly led to the suspect attacking the man.Reports are that Drakes was sitting on a bench in front of his yard when the suspect noticed him there and armed himself with a cutlass. The 20-year-old then approached Drakes and inflicted multiple chop wounds onto the man and then fled the scene.However, an off-duty female Police Corporal, who was in the area at that moment, enlisted the assistance of residents to nab the suspect. The young man was pursued, disarmed, and apprehended.In the meantime, an injured Drakes was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, West Coast Demerara (WCD), where he was pronounced dead on arrival.His body is presently at the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination which is expected to be done today.Meanwhile, the suspect also received medical attention after ranks noticed an injury at the back of his head, which he claimed he received while he was being apprehended.The 20-year-old is said to be cooperating with detectives as investigations into his alleged sexual assault and the murder of Drakes continue.last_img read more

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Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society Fundraiser a great success

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society says the fundraiser they held yesterday was a great success.They even had a big cash donation, although the exact amount couldn’t be confirmed, they were still grateful nonetheless.Phallon Stoutenburg with the Resource Society says they received lots of items.“It went very well. We had a cash donation, I can’t remember how much was in there, but we got lots of non-perishable food items, we got diapers, we signed up memberships. It was super successful.”- Advertisement -While the fundraiser went very well, the Society is still in need of donations. Stoutenburg says the need won’t go down or go away, it will always be there.last_img read more

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Clubs relieved as KPL postpones midweek ties

By on January 10, 2020

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC players celebrate at the Thika Stadium after eliminating Gor Mahia from the GOtv Shield on July 9, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14- Kenyan Premier League clubs are relieved after the league management postponed midweek fixtures that had been slated for Wednesday, with most of them ill-prepared owing to last week’s uncertainty over the General Elections.KPL said in a statement on Sunday that after consultation, the games will be shelved and new dates announced, just less than four days after the weekend matches were also shelved. “This discussion has been taken in light of the political situation of the country at the moment which has made it difficult for players and technical staff to report back to their Clubs for the purpose of engaging in meaning training and preparation to honor those matches,” the statement from the league top brass noted.Clubs had quietly hoped the matches would be pushed forward with most failing to raise enough numbers in training. However with normalcy returning to most parts if the country, matches are expected to resume this coming weekend.Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo Sammy watching his team during training. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“It has been tough getting players to training because you can’t really risk with the security situation in the country. We will see how things pan out and hopefully we can get back to training this week,” Posta Rangers head coach Sammy Omollo said.Gor Mahia’s Dylan Kerr who looks to lead K’Ogalo back to the title was also disappointed that his side has missed out on a whole week of training.“It is quite strange because we have been told no training for the whole week. It really kills the momentum of the team that we had picked and we now have to work harder to get where we were. In football one week without training is so much. But I hope the players have been keeping fit on their own,” the Englishman added.The postponement of the two match-days now gives the league managers logistical headache with a whole month having been lost earlier in the season due to court cases while an increase in the number of teams means a lengthened calendar.Clubs will now be forced to fit into a tight schedule with international match weekends and GOtv Shield matches also scrambling for the little space available.“It is a challenge but clubs will have to bear with it. There’s so much time lost and we have to recover,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda said.A few matches have been slotted for this weekend which had been initially preserved for the GOtv Shield quarter finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Michael Murphy presented with Séamus Mac Géidigh Memorial Award

By on December 27, 2019

first_imgMichael Murphy was presented with the inaugural Séamus Mac Géidigh Memorial Award, Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh, for club player of the Championship at the Annual Donegal GAA County Banquet and Award Night on Saturday.The award was presented by Dolores Mhic Géidigh, Séamus’ wife, at the event in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town.The Mac Géidigh family with Michael Murphy – Dolores, Póilín, Éadaoin and DónalThe award was established by RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in memory and honour of their friend and colleague Séamus Mac Géidigh, a multi-talented broadcaster best known as the voice of Donegal GAA commentary for many years, and Regional Manager of the service in the northwest, who passed away suddenly in July. The judges said: “Michael Murphy was chosen for the inaugural Séamus Mac Géidigh award because he showed unfailing leadership from the start of the Championship, and was instrumental in guiding Glen Swilly to the final and ultimately winning the Championship. He returned from a bad injury earlier this year, and we really felt that his presence made the essential difference to Glen Swilly’s performance in 2016.”Members of RTÉ RnaG Doirí Beaga staff with Michael Murphy, Dolores Mhic Géidigh and Edel Ní Chuireáin. In this photo Michael holds a clock by Fergal Megannety, part of the presentation of the award for this inaugural year, which he can keep.The selection committee for the award was made up of 12 Donegal sports journalists, from both print and broadcast media, under the stewardship of Damien Ó Dónaill from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.Edel Ní Chuireáin, Head of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, said: “This event is tinged with sadness for us, because Séamus was such an important and beloved part of the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta team. But tonight, I feel we have honoured his memory, and recognised hispassion for all things Donegal, particularly the GAA, which had such a special place in his heart. Congratulations to Michael Murphy, a very worthy recipient of the inaugural Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh, even more so as himself and Séamus were friends.”Dolores Mhic Géidigh, Ceannaire RTÉ RnaG Edel Ní Chuireáin and Michael MurphySculptor Redmond Herrity from Letterkenny created Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh, inspired by Mount Errigal, a mountain that dominates the landscape of the northwest of the county. Séamus was passionate in his commitment to his homeplace of Donegal, and because of that Redmond chose to make the award from Donegal Granite, and received special permission to take a stone from Errigal for it.It is carved in the shape of the mountain, with toughened glass mounted to the front featuring an engraving of Séamus. A brass plate at the back will carry the name of the winners of the award.Michael Murphy presented with Séamus Mac Géidigh Memorial Award was last modified: December 4th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Edel Ní ChuireáinGAAMichael MurphyRTÉ Raidió na GaeltachtaSéamus Mac Géidigh Memorial Awardlast_img read more

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SURFERS IN ‘PADDLE OUT’ TRIBUTE TO HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM ALAN

By on December 25, 2019

first_imgSurfers gather to say farewell to AlanTHERE were emotional scenes in Bundoran on Wednesday night when more than 50 surfing friends of a man killed in a hit-and-run incident took to the water to pay tribute to him.Alan McSherry died on a narrow road outside the town in the early hours of Sunday.The driver of the car which hit him drove on, leaving Alan to die. He was found by his wife Jo who had gone out to look for him when he hadn’t returned home from an evening out with friends in the Bridge Bar in Bundoran.Last night Jo joined other family members as Alan’s friends in the surfing community in the seaside town organised a ‘Paddle Out’ in his memory.Pictures of the emotional occasion were taken by Bundoran Lifeboat crews who also knew the 48-year-old well.Although he was from Birkenhead near Liverpool, Alan and his wife came to Donegal on a camping holiday 17 years ago and fell in love with the place – and made their home just inside Co Leitrim. He was hugely popular in Bundoran where he worked as a handyman doing odd jobs for many local people and businesses.His funeral will go through Bundoran today to Mass at the Star of the Sea Church.Alan will then be taken home to north west England for cremation.Garda investigations into his death are continuing.Detectives in Ballyshannon still want to hear from anyone who was in or around the Newtown Road area of Bundoran between 4.20am and 5.20am on Sunday to contact them. Large crowds gathered for the tributeSurfers form a circle and leave flowers in the waterSURFERS IN ‘PADDLE OUT’ TRIBUTE TO HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM ALAN was last modified: August 29th, 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:Alan McSherryballyshannon gardaiBirkenheadbundoranEnglandhit and run victimlast_img read more

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SHAMED DOCTOR GOT REFERENCE FROM LETTERKENNY CONSULTANT

By on December 24, 2019

first_imgA doctor who was found guilty of professional misconduct received a reference from a consultant at Letterkenny General Hospital.A three-day inquiry into the doctor revealed he tried to read an X-ray upside down and used a scalpel in an attempt to insert a tube into a patient.Dr Vincent Osunkwo was described as “a threat to patient safety” and “lacking in basic medical knowledge that could be expected of a medical student”. He was found guilty of six allegations of professional misconduct and four of the lesser charge of poor professional performance arising out of his time in Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise between March 9 and April 12, 2009.Dr Osunkwo, who had previously worked in Crumlin Children’s Hospital, had successfully obtained references from this hospital and from a consultant in Letterkenny hospital, the inquiry was told.He was employed as a senior house officer in Portlaoise hospital after emerging as the sole applicant for the job.The inquiry heard from a nurse who worked with Dr Osunkwo of how she had to snatch a scalpel from his hand moments before he was about to cut into an elderly patient’s vein in order to take a blood sample. The nurse told how she cried “Jesus, what are you doing?” to Dr Osunkwo. She said that she honestly did not believe he was a proper doctor.Another nurse said she saw Dr Osunkwo trying to insert a cannula, or tube, into a young man with a total of six puncture wounds in his arms.“I noticed there was blood running down the patient’s arm. I pulled the curtains and asked the doctor what he was doing,” she said. The nurse said the patient was “quite alarmed” and looked relieved when she came.Among the allegations found to have been proven against Dr Osunkwo were that he told members of his medical team that a patient was “fine” when that patient was in fact receiving oxygen in intensive care, and that he asked a nurse if a patient’s pulse rate of 165 beats per minute was high.The fitness-to-practise inquiry’s decision on Dr Osunkwo will now be forwarded to the board of the Medical Council, which will decide what penalty should be imposed upon him. He could face being struck off the register under medical council guidelines.SHAMED DOCTOR GOT REFERENCE FROM LETTERKENNY CONSULTANT was last modified: December 17th, 2013 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:consultantLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

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Watch: Four essential dating tips from ‘fantastic specimen’ Killian

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgLetterkenny woman Michelle Simmons starred on this week’s episode of ‘First Dates Ireland’ after being matched with Cork native Killian.The date between nurse’s aide Michelle and Killian didn’t exactly go as planned, with Killian’s wince-inducing one-liners falling flat.Unfortunately they didn’t hit it off romantically, they left on good terms and agreed that if they ever met again, it would be as friends. Prodding fun at the awkward encounter, COCO Television compiled a list of four dating tips from Killian using toe-curling clips of their date.To learn more about Michelle’s experience on ‘First Dates Ireland’, check out her interview with DonegalWoman.ie here:‘He just wasn’t my happily ever after’ Watch: Four essential dating tips from ‘fantastic specimen’ Killian was last modified: February 14th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:coco televisionfirst dateskillianmichellelast_img read more

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No more Mr. Tough Guy? Raiders’ Derek Carr responds on Twitter

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Derek Carr is under siege, and not just when he drops back to pass.With the Raiders having already traded away former cornerstone players Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, there is speculation that the Raiders’ franchise quarterback could be next.Add to that a column in the subscription site “The Athletic” describing “a fractured relationship with his teammates,” which included a “loss of confidence in their on-field …last_img read more

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New Attempts to Disparage Maleness

By on December 19, 2019

first_img(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Lab mice can produce offspring with just two genes from their Y chromosomes, but what does that mean for men?Every once in awhile, science commentators try to say that males are insignificant, because they don’t bear offspring directly.  A new study fueled those fires of sexual prejudice.  The study, published in Science, showed that just two genes from the Y chromosome of mice were sufficient to fertilize the female’s egg and lead to fertile offspring.  The researchers were attempting to determine which genes on the Y chromosome are essential.  They did not claim that the other genes are unnecessary or unimportant in natural reproduction:Considering that we have obtained live offspring using germ cells from males with only two Y chromosome genes, one could question the importance of the Y chromosome in male reproduction. We believe that the answer lies in defining the need. Human Y chromosome is not on the way to oblivion, as has been implied in the past, and its genetic information is undoubtedly important for many aspects of reproduction involving the development of mature sperm and its function in normal fertilization. Most of the mouse Y chromosome genes are involved in spermatogenesis and sperm function and, as such, are necessary for normal fertilization. However, when it comes to assisted reproduction, our mouse study proves that the Y chromosome contribution can be brought to a bare minimum consisting of Sry and Eif2s3y. Indeed, it may well be possible to eliminate mouse Y chromosome altogether if appropriate replacements are made for those two genes.In other words, the male mice lacking a Y chromosome would never have produced offspring without the assistance of the scientists.  Other genes participate in the creation of mature sperm and their function in fertilization.  Serendipitously, in the latest issue of Science, Jennifer Couzin-Frankel warned of times “When Mice Mislead.”  The subtitle says, “Tackling a long-standing disconnect between animal and human studies, some charge that animal researchers need stricter safeguards and better statistics to ensure their science is solid,” adding in the article, “Many animal studies are poorly done, they say, and if conducted with greater rigor they’d be a much more reliable predictor of human biology.”Nevertheless, some reporters interpreted the report to mean that males are close to irrelevant.  The BBC News, in particular, stated, “Scientists have practically obliterated the ultimate symbol of maleness in DNA, the Y chromosome, and believe they may be able to do away with it completely.”  Accompanying the article by James Gallagher, (who renders himself obsolete in the process), is a gross photo of a fat shirtless oaf with a TV remote in his hand, as if waiting to be put in the museum or slaughtered like a cow for meat.The researchers were actually more interested in helping infertile men whose Y chromosomes have been damaged, or who are unable to produce sperm cells, so that they can become fathers.  The BBC News, to its credit, did quote a scientist from the Wellcome Trust who said, “But it is important to bear in mind that other mouse Y genes are needed for natural reproduction in mice and as the authors carefully emphasise, the conclusions cannot be applied directly to humans because humans don’t have a direct equivalent of one of the key genes.”  That’s way below the headline, though.Live Science quoted lead researcher Monika Ward:We’re not trying to eliminate Y chromosomes with our work — or men, for that matter,” Ward told LiveScience. “We’re just trying to understand how much of the Y chromosome is needed, and for what.”Undoubtedly many of the other genes on the Y chromosome are associated with male traits other than ability to fertilize eggs.  Nevertheless, the story gave birth to the “obsolete male” narrative among low-information reporters, like Maureen Dowd at the New York Times, who asked, “Why the Y?” – why does nature bother with males?  Parthenogenesis (virgin birth) would be just fine, she implied.  The only justification she could find for males is that they provide spare parts.On the cultural front, reactions to a new “jingle balls” K-Mart commercial range from chuckles to outrage, as six men show themselves to be a bunch of ding-a-lings (see Kansas City Star).  For many years, the “male doofus” theme has characterized many TV commercials.  Suffice it to say such depictions would never have survived in the post-WWII age, when men were honored for their intellect, their sacrifice, and their leadership.  Now, they appear to some to be merely jigglers of parts that produce useless Y chromosomes.This is a classic example of reductionism.  See our Baloney Detector for more examples, like “marriage is just sex,” or “the Constitution is just a piece of paper,” or “a bird is just an egg’s way of making another egg.”  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  Who would endure a statement implying a woman is just a baby incubator?  Obviously both men and women, boys and girls, grandfathers and grandmothers have infinite worth in the eyes of their Creator – with or without complete sets of working parts.  A man is a man whether or not he is infertile.  A woman is a woman whether or not she has had a mastectomy or is barren.  Each sex has its strengths and weaknesses, its glories and its needs.  Thankfully, after a long period of wussification of males, many men are once again standing tall, asserting their masculinity in productive ways.  Men have vital, irreplaceable roles in the family, the culture, and the world.  Men are natural leaders.  Some might find in Dowd’s article hints of the longing for myth of the goddess, or a world of Amazons where the males are sex slaves or mere sperm donors.  That would be just as putrid as a male-dominated society that mistreats women.  In Genesis, by contrast, man was created first, then the woman; yet both are equal in God’s sight.  Let the differences and the equalities neither be disparaged nor overemphasized.  Maximize the strengths of your sex while appreciating the infinite value of the other.last_img read more

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