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Liberians Urged to Be Selfless

first_imgSelfless service to humanity deserves recognition to encourage many others to give themselves to the service of others, Brigadier General Rudolf F. Kolaco Sr., (rtd) told a large gathering of Liberians at the gowning and certificating ceremony on Saturday of US retired Joseph Jackie Brown in Brewerville, near Monrovia.BG Kolaco, director general of the National Bureau of Veterans Affairs, described Brown (rtd) as a veteran who distinguished himself with his unit with the United States forces in Iraq.“To become a veteran,” Director Kolaco said, “you must be a soldier with five distinguished characteristics which include being a follower, being faithful, familiar, a fighter and being efficient.” He reminded the audience, including a full house of the Governance Council of Liberia, family members and hundreds of residents of Brewerville, that Brown, while serving with his Unit in Iraq at a critical point came under attack, exposing his life and those of his American colleagues to danger.“With zeal and tenacity,” he said Brown used his training and holding on to a 50 Caliber sub-machine gun, was able to overcome the enemy and saved the lives of his colleagues, including his commander.He said a good soldier must be disciplined, and with brief reflection of himself during his service in the Armed Forces of Liberia, noted that a good soldier must grow with time.When Brown retired, he chose to return to his country, Liberia to make his contribution to the cause of justice and fair-play, he told the gathering who cheered him.“On behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and that of Defense Minister Brownie Samukai,” Director Kolaco told him, “we congratulate you and urge you to continue to do your best to help your people.”Earlier, Mrs. Musu K. Thompson, president of the National Governors Council said her members were there in their numbers to demonstrate their appreciation to Brown for his services to humanity, and for not forgetting about the country of his birth.“You can see that all the representatives of the 15 counties are here to honor you as our son,” she said. “For you to return to support your country means you love Liberia.”She said the Council decided to gown him and award a certificate of appreciation because he did not forget his family and country. She reminded the gathering that their presence was simply to honor a dutiful son who had returned to help rebuild their broken country.Responding, Brown in a solemn but confident voice narrated his eight years sojourn in the United States and his experiences in Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom launched by former US President George Bush against the regime of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003.Brown, 31, praised his parents for their support and called on Liberians to honor their parents, with particular emphasis on Liberian mothers. He spoke about the honor done him by President Bush, which resulted to the cancellation of Liberia’s US debts and the US sending American soldiers to Liberia to assist in the Ebola fight, as results of the sacrifices of Liberians who helped the United States in its role as global leader.Brown was the first Cybercrime Director at the Ministry of National Security and had rejected salary for the last five years, he said. He has an associate degree in computer information systems; bachelors in political science and masters in public administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Alan Pardew to sign new Crystal Palace deal before FA Cup final

first_img1 Alan Pardew Alan Pardew is set to commit his future to Crystal Palace by signing a new contract ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final with Manchester United.It is believed the manager will pen an extension on his current deal, which runs to 2018, despite a poor run of league form during the second half of the season, that ended with the Eagles finishing 15th.Details of the new contract remain undisclosed but Pardew said: “We are probably going to [sign] it before the game.”The manager has done much to rebuild his reputation since returning to Palace in January 2015, and victory on Saturday would represent his finest achievement.It would also mark ten years since his West Ham team almost won the 2006 FA Cup against Liverpool, while Palace lost to United in the 1990 final while he was a player.Beyond the personal satisfaction, however, Pardew believes it would also benefit English coaches.Since Joe Royle’s Everton defeated United in the 1995 final, Harry Redknapp – with Portsmouth in 2008 – is the only English manager to win the FA Cup and none have won the Premier League.With English coaches Gary Neville and Paul Clement sacked by Valencia and Derby this season, Pardew is concerned about their collective reputation and said: “It would be good for this club and English coaches to win it.“I’ve come so close, as an English manager probably the closest for a long time, to winning it. Harry won it with Portsmouth. But we get a really bad press as English coaches and managers.“I could name numerous situations where foreign managers get a kinder press than English managers. [But] I want to talk about the final.”last_img read more



first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: The future of Rangers is in serious doubt after the club lodged legal papers signalling its intent to go into administration.If the move goes ahead over €56M of debts, Rangers will be deducted 10 points – giving Celtic a 14 point lead in the title race as today’s table stands.Celtic fans of course will insist that Neil Lennon and his players ignore that and win the title outright – in other words by more than ten points. An SPL statement said if administrators are appointed “a 10-point deduction would apply immediately to its total points in the League Championship”.“The club would also be embargoed from registering any new players,” it adds.“A notice of the intention to appoint administrators alone does not trigger the sporting sanctions – it is the actual appointment of administrators which does.“If administrators are appointed we will seek an early meeting with them to discuss their plans for Rangers FC”. If Rangers do go bust – and they just might – this does not concern Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell.“This would have no material effect on Celtic. We look after ourselves,” Lawwell told BBC Scotland. “We don’t rely on any other club. We are in a decent position, we’re very strong.”Celtic’s financials for the second half of 2011 showed a profit of £180,000 – significantly down from the £7m at the end of the previous year. But it was still a profit.Celtic lead reigning champions Rangers by four points in the Scottish Premier League and, unlike the Ibrox side, are still in both domestic cup competitions.“Our aspirations and horizons are to dominate in Scotland but also beyond that; we want to compete at the highest level again in Europe,” said Lawwell in his BBC interview. “We have a stand-alone strategy, a stand-alone financial plan and a robustness hopefully that will take us through that.“Times are pretty tough. I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to talk about any individual club, these things are hypothetical at the moment.“I think we’ve a view, a very strong view on certain circumstances but we’ll only share that at the right time.“In terms of Scottish football, I’m disappointed to look at the performance of Scottish teams in Europe and the effect that that has on co-efficient. “I’m disappointed to see that financial constraints and problems in other nations as well.”THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC WILL GO 14 POINTS CLEAR AS RANGERS GO INTO ADMINISTRATION was last modified: February 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC WILL GO 14 POINTS CLEAR AS RANGERSlast_img read more



first_imgDonegal GAA star Martin McElhinney has been nominated for the GPA Opel Player of the Month award for May. St Michael’s clubman McElhinney gave a man-of-the-match display for Donegal in their Ulster SFC win over Tyrone last month.McElhinney who played midfield that afternoon against Tyrone scored a superb 1-2 from play. He is a key player for Rory Gallagher and he’s expected to play another pivotal role for Donegal when they face Armagh a week on Sunday in the Ulster SFC quarter-final at the Athletic Grounds.McElhinney appeared in very single championship match during the reign of Jim McGuinness from 2011-2014.McElhinney has been nominated alongside Conor McManus (Monaghan) and Stephen O’Brien (Tipperary).  MCELHINNEY NOMINATED FOR GAA PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR MAY was last modified: June 5th, 2015 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:GAAMartin McElhinneynewsSportlast_img read more



first_imgConnacht FBD LeagueHard luck to Cathal McGettigan and his Sligo IT colleagues that were defeated 1-16 to 0-8 by Mayo on Sunday. Cathal has lined out at centre half forward in both games scoring a point at the weekend and two points in their 1-20 to 0-10 defeat to Roscommon the week before. Next up for Cathal and Sligo IT is NUIG.*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 8-18-23-24. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25 each. Pauric Curley & Claire McGlinchey, Ciaran McHugh, and Brendan McGlynn. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,740. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club. *Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2015 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2015 included– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114 *Contact Us*For all information and queries contact, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on or see our website*CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751GAA NEWS: MILFORD PLAYER STARS FOR SLIGO IT IN FBD LEAGUE was last modified: January 12th, 2016 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:GAAMilfordSportlast_img read more


Tottenham could stun Celtic with shock £10million bid

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Getty Celtic star Kieran Tierney is wanted by Tottenham Hotspur How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion predicted smart causal 1 Tottenham Hotspur are readying a £10million bid for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney in January as they look to capitalise on the club’s Champions League woes, according to the Sunday Express.The Scottish side failed to reach the Champions League group stages, which could severely dent their coffers. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won whoops center_img Most Popular Premier League News The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings And Spurs are ready to test the Glasgow club’s resolve by putting in a bid far lower than the £20million Celtic wanted in the summer.Mauricio Pochettino is looking at potential left-backs with Danny Rose still possibly leaving the Premier League team before the end of the current transfer window in Europe.In this scenario, Tierney would provide excellent competition for Wales international Ben Davies. possible standings revealed changes SORRY Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? silverware latest last_img read more



first_imgPaddy McGrath will be a key man for Ardara tonight as they seek to put local rivals Naomh Conaill to the sword and book their place in the last four of the Donegal SFC.Naomh Conaill face off with bitter rivals Ardara tonight for a coveted spot in the last four of the Donegal SFC.Naomh Conaill and Ardara played out an enthralling quarter-final clash at Tir Chonaill Park on Saturday, but a late, late free from Brendan Nelis secured a relay for Ardara.Ardara had led by five points at one stage in the second-half, but Naomh Conaill inspired by county Anthony Thompson powered back to lead as the clock ticked into injury-time. However, Ardara had the final say, and in doing so forced a replay with their neighbours which takes place tonight at Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey.The prize for the winners is a semi-final showdown with current Donegal SFC holders Glenswilly this weekend.The last time the pair met before this year’s Donegal SFC was in 2009.That game also went to a replay, and in the replay extra-time had to be played to separate the sides. Naomh Conaill eventually edged Ardara out after extra-time, but it was one hell of a battle.You wouldn’t bet against extra-time being required for tonight’s clash between the old rivals.Paddy Campbell’s side will head into tonight’s clash again as slight favourites, Anthony Thompson, Leon Thompson, and Dermot Molloy will all be key players for Naomh Conaill tonight.Kenneth Doherty was the best player on the pitch last Saturday, and Ardara will need him to exert his influence over the game again tonight.While the likes of Paddy McGrath, Gareth Concarr and Martin Shovlin will also be expected to play significant roles. It promises to be another cracking game, and it will be another closely fought affair.Glenties should edge it though, although this game could go to extra-time again.VERDICT – GLENTIES DONEGAL SFC: NAOMH CONAILL AND ARDARA BATTLE IT OUT AGAIN FOR SEMI-FINAL SPOT was last modified: October 22nd, 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:ArdaraDonegal SFCDonegal SFC quarter-finalGAAHome-page SportNaomh ConaillnewsSportlast_img read more


Onyango, Uganda Cranes nominated for 2018 CAF Awards

first_imgOnyango won the 2016 African Player of the year based in Africa (Photos by Agencies)Uganda Cranes Captain, Denis Onyango has been nominated for the 2018 African Player of the Year award.He has been listed on a 34 Man short-list that was released by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) on Friday morning.Onyango who has stood out for his performances for both the Uganda Cranes and his South African based-Club Mamelodi Sundowns will have to tussle it out with several big names in order to win the gong.Some of the big names joining Onyango on the list play their trade in Europe’s major league including the English Premier League.To win it, Onyango will have to beat Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah who finished third in this year’s FIFA World Player of the year Awards.The others who are listed include Arsenal’s duo of Alex Iwobi and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Everton’s Idrissa Gueye, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Juventus’s Medhi Benatia, Liverpool’s duo of Neby Keita and Sadio Mane, and Porto’s Yacine Brahimi.It will be hard for Onyango to win the award but his nomination on the list proves that the custodian’s efforts this year have not gone unnoticed as he has been integral in Uganda’s qualification to the 2019 AFCON in which he is the only goalkeeper yet to concede a goal after five games.Onyango also featured prominently in Mamelodi Sundowns 2017/18 league triumph.If he somehow wins it, it will be his second major continental award after the former SC Villa custodian won the 2016 African Player of the Year – Based in Africa.In a related development, The Uganda Cranes have been nominated in the Men’s National Team of the year category.The Cranes qualified for the 2019 AFCON finals with a game to spareThe Cranes who attained qualification to the 2019 AFCON finals with a game to spare have been listed along with Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania and Zimbabwe in the Category.The Cranes won the award in 2016 following their AFCON qualification for the 2017 edition.Comments Tags: CAF AwardsDenis OnyangotopUganda Craneslast_img read more


Judge warns revellers not to interfere with security staff in bars and clubs

first_imgA Judge has warned nightclub-goers to allow bouncers to do their jobs and not to interfere when trouble starts.Judge Paul Kelly was speaking at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal in the case of a man who had to be pepper-sprayed by Gardai outside a nightclub. Father-of-two Sam McGinley, aged 35, was ejected from Voodoo Nightclub in Letterkenny after a huge row broke out inside the club.Several men including McGinley were put out onto the street by more than a dozen security staff on June 4th, 2016.The trouble continued outside and three security staff tried to control McGinley by pinning him to the ground.Garda Aaron Mulvaney told the court that he was the only Garda available who could respond to the call for help.He said he asked McGinley to stop struggling which he failed to do and he was forced to pepper-spray him.“He told me to f*** off and three security guards couldn’t control him so I was forced to deploy my pepper spray which had an immediate effect,” said Garda Mulvaney.McGinley, of Maghernappin, Convoy, said he was on a stag party and that he was trying to get his uncle out of the nightclub.He claimed a bouncer came behind him and put him unconscious by getting him in a headlock.He said when he came around he felt blood coming down his face but could not get up as he was being retrained but had to later get 17 stitches as a result of an injury.Judge Kelly said CCTV footage had shown McGinley struggling with bouncers but it in no way showed him being taken out of the nightclub “unconscious.”He said he found the accused man’s behaviour was reckless and threatening outside the club.He added that most incidents in bars and nightclubs would never happen if security staff were allowed to do their job without people interfering.He found McGinley guilty and ordered him to keep the peace for 12 months.Judge warns revellers not to interfere with security staff in bars and clubs was last modified: October 27th, 2019 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


Stem Cells Back in the News with New Hopes and Discoveries

first_img(Visited 368 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Stem cells were all the rage ten years ago, but news stories these days are less common. What’s new?How your muscles form (Science Daily). It all begins with stem cells. “”In vertebrates, cells derived from stem cells, called myoblasts, first align with each other and come so close as to eventually touch and compress their cell membranes,” explains a researcher from the University of Montreal. The myoblasts fuse to create one large cell, but the precision work is not done. “To develop and also repair muscle, myoblasts have to perform their movements very carefully, the article goes on to say. “No false move is permissible, otherwise there will be defects.”Scientists use patients’ own cells and materials to engineer fully personalized tissue implants of any kind ( Scientists at Tel Aviv University report the implantation of a tissue derived from the patient’s own cells. This avoids the problem of tissue rejection:The researchers extracted a small biopsy of fatty tissue from patients, then separated its cellular and a-cellular materials. While the cells were reprogrammed to become induced pluripotent stem cells—able to make cells from all three basic body layers, so they can potentially produce any cell or tissue the body needs to repair itself—the extracellular material was processed to become a personalized hydrogel. After combining the resulting stem cells and the hydrogel, the scientists successfully engineered the personalized tissue samples and tested the patients’ immune responses to them.This promising technique may someday be used to repair hearts, spinal cords, eyes, intestines and other organs, using the patient’s own cells, as well as treat degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease. “We believe that the technology of engineering fully personalized tissue implants of any type will allow us to regenerate any organ with a minimal risk of immune response.”Resting zone of the growth plate houses a unique class of skeletal stem cells (Nature). The growing tips of our bones have stem cells. A new class of stem cell was discovered that begins without stemness, but acquires stemness under a tighly controlled program.Our findings unravel a type of somatic stem cell that is initially unipotent and acquires multipotency at the post-mitotic stage, underscoring the malleable nature of the skeletal cell lineage. This system provides a model in which functionally dedicated stem cells and their niches are specified postnatally, and maintained throughout tissue growth by a tight feedback regulation system.A popular-level news item at Medical Xpress explains this, saying, “Unique type of skeletal stem cells found in ‘resting zone’ are actually hard at work.” They found something beautiful and hard-working in what they thought was a lazy hangout for cells:The growth plate is composed of different layers, with the resting zone in the top layer. It’s long been thought that cells in the resting zone don’t divide, but Noriaki’s group discovered that some cells in the resting zone wake up and start to make rapidly dividing chondrocytes—cells that produce “beautiful” columns (that look like a stack of pancakes) and maintain bone growth.Some of the cells in the resting zone go all the way from the top to the bottom layer of the growth plate, and some of them actually go through the growth plate and into the bone marrow cavity, creating osteoblasts (cells that make bone) and bone marrow stromal cells, which support blood cells.Noriaki said he was surprised that the cells in the resting zone “weren’t just lazy and doing nothing, they’re very hardworking cells, they can occasionally wake up and keep making chondrocytes.”Definitions for adult stem cells debated (Nature). The old dogma about stem cells was that they constitute a pool that remains potent through life, and differentiates after cell division. Now, as the previous article indicates, scientists are not so sure. It appears in more cases that non-stem cells can become stem cells. This article examines evidence from both sides of the debate.Can Injecting Millions of Stem Cells into the Brain Treat Parkinson’s Disease? (Live Science). Rachael Rettner describes a clinical trial going on in Japan that hopes to treat Parkinson’s Disease with stem cells. This is the first trial of its kind with donated iPSCs (induced pluripotent stem cells). They injected 2.4 million of the cells into the left side of a man’s brain. If there are no bad consequences, they will try a similar treatment on his right side.Researchers use burn victims’ own cells to regrow skin up to 30 percent quicker (Medical Xpress). The recent deaths from wildfires in California remind us all how quickly burns can maim and kill. In what promises great hope to burn victims, “University of Toronto researchers are planning to give burn victims live stem cells from their own burned skin in an effort to speed up recovery and increase their chances of surviving fires and industrial accidents.” Trials begin early next year. The discovery was serendipitous:Until now, almost nobody thought of looking for viable cells in the burned skin itself, which is normally considered medical waste. When the U of T researchers began looking in the first pieces of discarded skin, they hoped to find even one living cell. They were exhilarated by the discovery of thousands of cells – in some cases up to one million cells.Coming from the same location as the burn, these stem cells offer less chance of rejection and should produce fully functional skin, with sweat glands, flexibility and all.“We also believe this will be better for quality of life: Itching and inability to sweat are big problems for burn patients. We believe if we use the stem cells from the very same organ, we’ll grow better skin.”Using a patient’s own stem cells also won’t raise ethical issues, he says.“Our goal is no death, no scar, and no pain,” adds Jeschke. “With this approach we come closer to no death and no scar.”Better way to transplant human stem cells (Medical Xpress). Scientists seem more wary about discussing embryonic stem cells than they used to be. This article never uses the term. It names them “hES” cells instead (human embryonic stem cells) used to experiment with “organoids” (small organs developed from hES cells), and later discusses the transfer of “pluripotent” stem cells, without saying if they are iPSCs or adult stem cells. You can tell something is up, though, when they admit in the last sentence, “They also warrant consideration of the ethical issues associated with the development of cerebral organoids for therapeutic purposes.” There are no ethical issues with adult stem cells.Update 11/13/2018: Serendipitously, Dr Nathaniel Jeanson wrote on this subject for Answers in Genesis on the same day. He provides a brief history of the stem cell debate and the reasons for ethical concerns. He concludes that the pro-life community is on the verge of a major victory, with adult stem cells proving more suitable for therapy than human embryos, without any of the ethical concerns.The good (adult stem cells and iPSCs), the bad (human embryonic stem cells) and the ugly (prospects for human cloning) require citizens to pay close attention to what is being discussed. These are matters of life, death, and human nature.last_img read more