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first_imgThe 11th annual Bluey Day event is {also} being staged tomorrow by the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation at the BC Ambulance Building.At last report, over 40 people had agreed to get their heads shaved in support of cancer research and treatment.Ashley Bentley is the Executive Director of the Hospital Foundation…- Advertisement – [asset|aid=2933|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1638f26dbfe83805fd08a9e91e97eee6-Ashley Bentley_1_Pub.mp3] The head-shaving is expected to run from 10.30am to about 1pm tomorrow, and for those who have not yet sponsored a participant, donations will be accepted on site. It is also possible to donate online at Fort St. Johnhospitalfoundation.ca.Advertisement Since its conception in 1998 the Bluey Day fundraiser has raised over 900 thousand dollars.last_img read more

first_imgAFC Leopards forward Vincent Oburu repaid the faith shown in him by head coach Paul Put handing him his first ever start for the national team as he tapped home a 20th minute goal to hand Stars the win.Put made changes to his forward line for his fourth match in charge of the team, handing Oburu a starting role as the team’s lead strikers supported on either wing by George Odhiambo and Ovella Ochieng.Chris Oduor who started ahead of Whyvonne Isuza was handed the supporting striker’s role, playing behind Oburu. Gor Mahia midfield workhorse Ernest Wendo also started his first match for the national team, coming in the place of Duncan Otieno.Libya’s 1-0 win over Zanzibar in the early kick off handed Kenya a confidence boost of sorts as they knew they only needed a point to get t the last four. However, the pressure was for them to win and top the group.They should have opened the scoring five minutes into the tie when a mistake by Erasto Nyoni in his own box handed Ovellah Ochieng a chance, but the Kariobangi Sharks forward placed the ball over with only the keeper to beat.Chris Oduor wins the ball against Tanzania’s Abdul HassanEarlier on, Odhiambo had come close for Kenya with a  low shot from the edge of the area which went wide.Stars were dominating possession but were guilty of losing it often, the biggest culprits being Ovella on the right and Oduor who had been deployed as the support striker behind Oburu.Ovella however made amends in the 20th minute, this time not taking too many touches. He set himself up with the first touch before crossing low into the box to an awaiting Oburu who had the simplest task of tapping the ball gone with the keeper beaten.It was a pressure relieving goal for Kenya who had only scored one from open play prior.Tanzania though grew in confidence after going down as they sought for an equalizer, but they couldn’t breach a watertight Kenyan backline.In the 32nd minute defender Dennis Sikhayi almost caught Tanzania keeper Peter Manyika offguard with a long range effort which however went wide.In the second half, there wasn’t much of action infront of goal. The best chances of the last 45 fell on Odhiambo whose first shot from the left was saved by the keeper while in his second attempt, his outstretched foot three yards off goal failed to connect to an Ochieng cross.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vincent Oburu celebrates his goal against Tanzania. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec 11- Kenya’s Harambee Stars have qualified for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals as Group A winners after beating Tanzania 1-0 in Machakos on Monday and will pay Group B’s second placed side Burundi in Machakos on Thursday.Kenya finished the group stage matches with eight points, one ahead of Zanzibar who will play defending champions and Group B winners Uganda Cranes in the second semi on Friday.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Jacques Tuyisenge celebrating after scoring the opener against AFC Leopards in Mashemeji Derby. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, July 22 – Giant Gor Mahia continued its superb form as the unbeaten Kenyan Premier League champions extended their dominance over bitter rivals AFC Leopards with a 2-1 victory in the 85th Mashemeji Derby hosted at the Kasarani Stadium’s fine surface on Sunday.A school boy blunder from AFC Leopards defender Salim ‘Shitu’ Abdala gifted Gor Mahia the lead on the 21st minute when his poor back-pass was intercepted by speedy Jacques Tuyisenge who easily slammed the ball past keeper Ezekiel Owade. However, K’Ogalo could not keep a clean sheet heading to the interval as laps of concentration at the back saw Wyvonne Isuza equalize for Ingwe on the stroke of half time with a marvelous scissor kick to bring the Leopards back in the game and arouse their fans who were silenced by the Tuyisenge opener.Gor Mahia’s George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo against Edwin Seda of AFC Leopards. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor returned stronger, taking six minutes into the second half to reclaim the lead through George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo’s volley after connecting a Francis Kahata pin-point cross from the left wing.The win granted unstoppable Gor a 12-point lead at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League table despite having played three matches less compared to second placed Sofapaka.Gor head coach Dylan Kerr was over the moon after the match, describing his players as warriorsGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“It was a great derby game but it’s a shame AFC don’t play like that every week when I watch them, today they had some new players so I couldn’t do my homework on them as I prepared for the match,” a happy Kerr noted.“I just said to my players go out there and if you concede a goal don’t put your heads down because we will get another goal and it was a great strike by George (Blackberry). All credit goes to all these players they are worriers, they were brilliant,” the Briton coach added.His corresponding counterpart Rodolfo Zapata was content with the result even as his fete at the club hangs in the balance.AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“My boys did a great job, like always we fight but unfortunately some details made the difference and that’s the first goal. We created so many opportunities but did not convert but all in all I am proud of my players,” Zapata lamented.AFC Leopards, who are chasing their first KPL title in 20 years, dropped to fifth in the standing with 36 points as the Kenyan Premier League takes a break to pave way for the FKF Shield where Gor face Posta Rangers on Wednesday at the same Kasarani Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgA boxer admitted he had no reason to punch a man who was minding his own business on Lower Main Street, Letterkenny after a booze-fuelled night out.Letterkenny Court.Stephen Doherty, 23, with an address at 50 The Garden, Ballymacool admitted to the unprovoked assault. The court heard how the injured party had enjoyed a night out at Voodoo Venue nightclub.He was outside having a conversation with friends on the steps of the Ulster Bank just a short distance from the popular club when he was viciously assaulted.The victim was talking to friends when suddenly he was punched with force on the side of his face.The victim was shaken by the incident and was confused as to why he had been assaulted and identified Mr Doherty to Gardaí as the person who carried out the assault.Solicitor for the defendant Frank Dorrian told the court that Mr Doherty does not know why he did it and had no reason for doing it.Mr Dorrian said, “Mr Doherty has absolutely no reason to explain why he did what he did, he doesn’t blame anybody else for it, but can’t understand as to why he hit the victim.“He simply has no reason to give as to why he did it, he fully accepts what he did was out of order and deeply regrets his actions but can’t explain why he carried out the assault.“He was hopelessly drunk  that evening and alcohol no doubt played a factor in this random assault.The court heard how Mr Doherty may have a job opportunity in the construction industry, and while it’s not a concrete offer, he’s hoping he can gain employment.Mr Dorrian told the court the defendant offered to pay his victim €500 in compensation as a gesture for his remorse.Judge Paul Kelly said he believed Mr Doherty was genuinely remorseful for his actions and ordered him to pay the injured party €500 in compensation.BOXER ORDERED TO PAY COMPENSATION AFTER UNPROVOKED ASSAULT OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB was last modified: March 3rd, 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:assaultBOXERcourtdonegalGardailetterkennyStephen Dohertylast_img read more

first_imgKilcar GAA NewsDonegal County TeamsBest of luck to Ryan, Paddy and the Donegal senior team in their All Ireland Quarter Final match against Armagh this Saturday in Croke Park and safe journey to all that are traveling. Well done to Stephen, Andrew, Conor and the Donegal Minor team on their All Ireland Quarter Final victory against Roscommon on Saturday they now face Dublin in the semi-finals on the 31st August in Croke Park and finally hard luck to Orla Carr and the Donegal Ladies side which lost out in a tough battle in their Senior Qualifier match against Kerry which went to extra time.SuperValu Kits for ClubsWe have teamed up with Rooneys Super Valu, Killybegs to help our club receive a free O’Neill’s training equipment kit. Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in SuperValu, you will receive 1 voucher. The till-operator will hand you this pre-printed voucher along with your till receipt at time of payment. Drop this voucher in the club entry box located in store. When 1000 vouchers have been collected – SuperValu will send our Club the kit for free. We would like to encourage all our members to help us collect these vouchers.Underage Our Under 10’s have a blitz the Saturday in St. Nauls at 11am our Under 12’s are away to Naomh Brid this Thursday at 7pm.Our Under 16’s had a good win last Wednesday against Naomh Brid while out minors play host to Naomh Columba in the Championship on Wednesday in Towney at 7:30. A family fun day will take place in Towney on Wednesday 6th from 12 – 3pm.Club AppWe have now 99 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system. LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €6,500 this week’s numbers were 21, 22, 23 and 29 winners were: €50 Oran Doogan, Bavin, €30 James Byrne, Muckross and €20 Cialon Gallagher, Roscommon. Lotto Plus numbers 13, 15, 19 and 23 there was no winner.BingoClub Bingo winners €220 Connie McGinley, €100 Ethna Doogan, €80 Ethna Byrne and Mary Tubridy, €70 Michael Doherty, Ann Marie Campbell, Theresa Gallagher, Marie McShane, Fidelma Burke, Anne McGinley and Nancy Dorrian. The Jackpot next week is €2,550 on 45 numbers. For the latest news visit our website www.kilcarcargaa.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: KILCAR MINORS FACE LOCAL RIVALS NAOMH COLUMBA IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH TOMORROW NIGHT was last modified: August 5th, 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:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_imgFianna Fáil has today published 12 actions that Minister Creed and the Government must urgently implement to avert an animal welfare and farmer welfare crisis later this year as a result of the shortage of fodder in the country. Agriculture Spokesperson, Charlie McConalogue TD said the reasons for the fodder crisis are well known – storms before Christmas, excessively wet weather in the spring and, until recently, a prolonged dry and warm spell.He said “It is crucial that Minister Creed now takes immediate action and initiates all appropriate interventions available to help mitigate what is going to be a very serious fodder crisis this winter. The financial implications cannot be overstated – with farmers’ income down due to poor crops and reduced prices while also facing into paying high prices for concentrates and very scarce fodder supplies. “Central to our proposals is the establishment of a nationally financed hardship fund to aid farmers who are under particular financial pressure to cope with the difficult months ahead. This is crucial and can be done if the will is there from the Minister and the Government as a whole.”“Food and Horticulture Spokesperson, Jackie Cahill TD added, “Farmers are at their wits ends. Fodder that was being stored for use later this year and in early 2019 is being used to feed animals right now. They have no idea how they will feed their animals later this year and it is causing many a sleepless night and severe mental health issues.“Our proposals are rooted in common sense, and an understanding of the needs of farmers. Minister Creed must take his head out from the sand and start taking decisions. If a response doesn’t start right now, farmers and rural Ireland will have a very difficult and traumatic year ahead,” concluded Cahill.12 actions urgently needed to avert fodder crisis for farmers 1. Government must immediately bring forward a nationally financed hardship fund to help farmers who have been severely impacted by the unfolding fodder crisis. This would provide funding to aid farmers sourcing feed and fodder.2. Open the €25 million low cost Brexit loan scheme for farmers and fishermen as announced in October 2017. Farmers’ cash flow is already under severe pressure and low-cost credit is critical to helping them survive. Financial institutions need to be fair with farmers and permit loan restructuring without penalty where necessitated.3. Minister Creed must call in processors and retailers and make it clear that the severe weather conditions are not used to drop the price paid to farmers for produce.4. It is paramount that all avenues are used to increase live exports.5. The Minister must seek to open new markets for 18 month plus beef. These animals should be finished off indoors but there is a worry that there won’t be the feed needed.6. Extensions must be permitted to fertiliser and slurry application dates to allow grass to keep growing and for farmers to keep animals out longer.7. Tillage farmers must be incentivised to grow catch crops such as kale and turnips rather than planting more winter cereals. This will deliver more food for animals later in 2018.8. Start importing and storing fodder from overseas to prepare for winter and spring, while the Fodder Import Scheme must be reopened.9. ANC payments should be brought forward to September, while higher rates for advance payments made for 2018 (70% advance for BPS payments must issue in October and 85% advance for GLAS payments in November).10. With feed orders taking over a week to deliver, driver regulations should be modified temporarily to enable feed deliveries to reach farmers on time.11. GLAS rules must be adapted in order to enable farmers conserve fodder from areas under the low input grassland while permitting a second cut to be harvested from traditional hay areas.12. Dedicate a budget to the Department of Agriculture’s Early Warning System, which supports farmers at local level before any welfare problems occur.McConalogue backs 12 point action plan to address fodder crisis was last modified: July 28th, 2018 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguedonegalfarmingfodder crisislast_img read more

first_img(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The assumption was that gene flow homogenized a population, and selection diversified it.  But now, two studies in Nature1,2 of an English songbird called the great tit, Parus major, carried on for decades, has shown that differences between closely-associated populations can persist in spite of homogenizing gene flow.  Garant et al. explain the significance of this to evolutionary theory:Evolutionary theory predicts that local population divergence will depend on the balance between the diversifying effect of selection and the homogenizing effect of gene flow.  However, spatial variation in the expression of genetic variation will also generate differential evolutionary responses.  Furthermore, if dispersal is non-random it may actually reinforce, rather than counteract, evolutionary differentiation.  Here we document the evolution of differences in body mass within a population of great tits, Parus major, inhabiting a single continuous woodland, over a 36-year period.  We show that genetic variance for nestling body mass is spatially variable, that this generates different potential responses to selection, and that this diversifying effect is reinforced by non-random dispersal.  Matching the patterns of variation, selection and evolution with population ecological data, we argue that the small-scale differentiation is driven by density-related differences in habitat quality affecting settlement decisions.  Our data show that when gene flow is not homogeneous, evolutionary differentiation can be rapid and can occur over surprisingly small spatial scales.  Our findings have important implications for questions of the scale of adaptation and speciation, and challenge the usual treatment of dispersal as a force opposing evolutionary differentiation. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)David W. Coltman (U of Alberta),3 commenting on these papers, summarized, “Gene flow between populations – caused by migration, for instance – is most often viewed as a homogenizing force in evolution.  But two studies of wild birds and non-random dispersal find otherwise.”  These long-term studies complicate theories.  He says: “we ought to be paying more attention to how quantitative genetic variation is spatially and temporally structured.”  But even that is not enough: “Indeed, a truly mechanistic understanding of microevolution requires an understanding of genetic architecture (the properties of the individual genes underlying variation).  One way of gaining such an understanding of microevolution in nature will be to apply genomics to ecological and evolutionary studies in non-model species, using comparative approaches.”  The fact that he speaks in future tense indicates this has never been done.1Garant et al., “Evolution driven by differential dispersal within a wild bird population,” Nature 433, 60 – 65 (06 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03051.2Postma and Van Noordwijk, “Gene flow maintains a large genetic difference in clutch size at a small spatial scale,” Nature 433, 60 – 65 (06 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03051.3David W. Coltman, “Evolutionary genetics: Differentiation by dispersal,” Nature 433, 23 – 24 (06 January 2005); doi:10.1038/433023a.On the surface, this looks like it could accelerate evolution by removing the homogenizing effect of gene flow.  But consider what these papers indicate.  First, assumptions can be flat wrong.  Many evolutionists assumed, with armchair modeling, that populations with many opportunities for interbreeding would become more homogeneous.  Both these studies, however, showed that slight differences in clutch size and body mass could be maintained in spite of shared habitat.  Second, they found that differentiation of two populations can be rapid and occur in a small area.    Keep in mind that these studies involve only microevolution.  They are about one species of bird, Parus major, that were still the same species at the beginning and end of the observations.  They have nothing to say, therefore, about the origin of birds, the origin of flight, the origin of feathers, the origin of species or any other major change that would help Charlie feel gratified.  In fact, creationists could use these studies to support the idea that microevolution was rapid after the Flood.  The evolutionists themselves were surprised that their assumptions about population genetics were wrong, and admitted that these studies “challenge the usual treatment” of dispersal, as well as gene flow and selection, as agents of evolution.  If you cannot trust your assumptions, you cannot trust your models; and if you cannot trust your models, you cannot trust your perception of reality.    Incidentally, despite its embarrassing name, the great tit is beautiful bird.  The picture accompanying David Coltman’s commentary shows the bird in flight, wings splayed in geometrical artistry, exquisitely-designed feathers extended, handsome black-capped head, food in its beak, alert eyes, displaying aerodynamic excellence.  Differences in clutch size and egg size say nothing about these examples of functional adaptation par excellence.  The caption reads, “The great tit: challenging assumptions about gene flow and genetic differentiation.”  Darwinists preach macroevolution, but cannot understand microevolution.  They want to explain the whole living world by their theory, and can’t even get the population genetics of one species of bird right.last_img read more

first_img3 March 2004The Chief Electoral Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Pansy Tlakula, has certified the National Common Voters’ Roll to be used in the 2004 national and provincial elections on 14 April.South Africans participated in various door-to-door and other special registration projects, as well as the two voter registration weekends of 8 and 9 November 2003 and 24 and 25 January 2004, in order to register as voters.The Voters’ Roll has 20 674 926 voters who are entitled to participate in the election.More than 4 million voters will be able to participate in their first national and provincial election on 14 April. Since the end of 1998, just over 1.5 million registered voters have died, bringing the net gain compared to the 1999 Voters’ Roll to about 2.5 million voters.The country’s two previous elections have been characterised by a high voter turnout, in contrast to worldwide trends of voter apathy. About 86.6% of the country’s voting population turned out in 1994, while 89.3% voted in 1999.The Electoral Act allows prisoners to vote, provided the courts gave them the option of paying a fine instead of serving a jail sentence. On 2 March, however, the Constitutional Court ruled that all prisoners be allowed to vote. All prisoners can vote, Court rules Profile of South Africa’s votersGender – in all age categories, women outnumber men in the registration figures. 54.8% of the total number of registered voters are women.Age – 17% of eligible voters are between the ages of 18 to 25 years and 44% are younger than 35 years. (Only people who are 18 years or older at the time of the elections are eligible to vote.)Rural-urban – Rural-based voters constitute 7 334 304 (35.5%) of registered voters, as opposed to 13 340 622 (64.5%) who are urban-based.Special votesSection 33 of the Electoral Act provides for special votes for persons who cannot get to the voting stations on voting day as a result of:Physical infirmity, disability and pregnancy;Absence on government service abroad;Being an election official on election day;Being a member of the security services performing election duty;South Africans temporarily aboard.Physically infirm, disabled and pregnant voters may apply for a special vote either with the Municipal Electoral Officer (before 8 April) or at the Office of the Presiding Officer (on 12 April) in the voting district in which they are registered.These people will be visited by IEC officials at the place they indicated on their application form on 12 and 13 April.Election officials and security force members will apply and cast their vote at the Office of the Presiding Officer of their voting district on 12 and 13 April.Persons who are absent on government service abroad, as well as South Africans who are temporarily absent from the country, (and who notified the Chief Electoral Officer by 26 February) will apply and vote at foreign missions on 7 April.By 23 February, 647 eligible voters had notified the Chief Electoral Officer of their intention to cast special votes.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cooper Farms is set to release a video series on hog farming and environmental care on their social media platforms and YouTube.As Cooper Farms continues to grow and builds relationships in new areas, the videos will serve as a way for the company to introduce themselves, explain what they do and the opportunities they offer to be contract growers. “We’re growing. We’re always getting new neighbors and we want to be clear to those people, and with those who already know us, about what it is we do,” said  Terry Wehrkamp, Director of Live Production.Cooper Farms partners with local family farms to raise animals. These videos will show the procedures the company follows to have the least possible impact on the environment, and especially, the neighboring communities.“We have a reputation of being good neighbors,” Wehrkamp said. “It’s not just something we say, it’s something we do. We want to be transparent with our neighbors and show them that we want to do things the right way.”Cooper Farms uses a very intricate process when it comes to choosing not only their sites for new barns, but the type of quality leaders necessary to run them.“When we enter into a partnership with a grower, it’s a decades-long partnership,” Wehrkamp said. “Because of that, we put a lot of effort into getting to know each other up front and getting to know the management style of that farmer.”The first video, “Becoming a Cooper Farms Grower,” is set for release on social media and YouTube on Wednesday, Dec. 5, with an additional installment released per month through April 2019.last_img read more

first_imgThe police have sought from the Aligarh Muslim University details of every student, including those from Kashmir, who left their studies midway. “We wanted to know the possible reasons for their leaving and what they are doing now. The AMU has also been asked about any criminal cases filed against their students,” said Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey.Police handling the local-level probe into the activities of AMU geology research scholar Mannan Wani, from Kashmir, are keeping an eye on almost every Kashmiri student studying in AMU. Mannan was suspended after reports emerged that he had joined a terror group. The police are trying to find out who Mannan’s friends in AMU were. They are also trying to find the dates on which Mannan visited his home town. A four-member team from Tirahgaown police station of Kupwara district, headed by sub-inspector Mohammad Zahoor Wani, is in the city. Meanwhile the university has tightened vigil in and around the campus and has completely barred the unauthorised entry of outsiders. All the guards deputed at the hostel gates have been asked to be prompt in identifying the legal occupants of the hostel and to maintain a register of all the visitors. The wardens have been asked to increase the frequency of checking in the hostelslast_img read more