Georgia Mayor visits New Amsterdam

first_imgThe New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council on Monday last hosted a welcoming party in honour of the serving Mayor of Stone Crest, Georgia, USA, Jason Lary Snr. The aim of the visit was to have discussions to twin the two towns.Only recently, Georgia’s Mayor Lary had visited the Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green, where similar sentiments were shared.Mayor of Stone Crest, Georgia Jason Lary Snr handing over a key to New Amsterdam Mayor Winifred HeywoodIn New Amsterdam, the Mayor of Georgia told the Town Council there are three keys that can be shared across the nation, which signify political, economic and cultural relationships.He stressed that if those three keys are truly considered, then “it will change your future forever.”At a simple ceremony, he advised those in attendances to focus and concentrate on those areas. The visiting Mayor also handed over a key to his City to New Amsterdam Mayor, Winifred Heywood, along with a city pin.Mayor Heywood expressed her gratitude to Mayor Lary and his team for such a timely visit, while noting that she will continue to work toward upholding their twining status.Heywood is the 66th Mayor of New Amsterdam which is the oldest town in the country. She is also the second female to hold the post.New Amsterdam will be celebrating its 127th anniversary in September.last_img read more

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5 Policemen slapped with robbery charges

first_imgFive Policemen slapped with robbery charges on Tuesday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Judy Latchman.The five accused PolicemenThe Policemen: Constable Kofi Arthur, 25; Constable Raphael Lowenfield, 25; Constable Akeem Thompson, 21; Lance Corporal Mark Fernandez, 34 and Constable Delroy Duncan, 23, all pleaded not guilty to the charges which stated that on July 25 at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, they robbed Urie Samuels of six pennyweight raw gold valued $66,000 and Sherman Nowel of five pennyweight raw gold valued $55,000 and four pennyweight of raw gold valued $44,000, belonging to Harillal Gildarie.Defence Attorney Patrice Henry, in a bail application, told the Court that the Policemen were on patrol on the day in question when they carried out a search with instructions at the military base camp on the Virtual Complainants, but did not discover anything illegal on them. It was then the Policemen decided to set them free. It was not until three days later, allegations of robbery were laid against the Policemen.The Policemen were released on $600,000 bail each. However, after the Magistrate indicated the bail amount, Attorney Henry made several applications for a reduction in bail, but those submissions were overruled.The prosecution did not object to bail, but requested that the defendants lodge their passports. The case will continue on August 15.last_img read more

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Fort St. John Big Brothers to expand

first_imgBig Brothers and Sisters of Fort St. John is set to expand its family. After 25 years in this community, the organization is expanding its service area to include the communities of Dawson Creek, Rolla, Pouce Coupe, and Arras.The expanded services will help cover some of the gaps left when the Dawson Creek Big Brothers and Sisters Agency was forced to close.- Advertisement -The local agency stresses the expansion, effective immediately, will not affect services in Fort St. John, and also notes money raised in any individual community will remain in that community.Executive Director Danielle Armstrong says the organization has received several requests for assistance in these areas, Big Brothers and Sisters felt the expansion would be a positive and necessary step “to ensure that all children in our area have the opportunity to have a mentor in their lives.”For more information, you can call Danielle Armstrong, at (250) 787-9674 or e-mail fsjbbbs@telus.net.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Woes behind, Gor aim to finish season strong

first_img“The spirit yesterday and today has been great. The players look happy, they are competitive in training and the atmosphere is brilliant. The players have a smile back on their faces and it is great,” Kerr told Capital Sport.He added; “The two defeats we have had could have been avoided were we not in this position. This was something terrible and should never happen again.”With the training boycott, Gor went on to lose 1-0 to bottom side Thika United and 2-0 to Ulinzi Stars, bringing their total defeats this season to three, something that has not gone down well with the tactician.“We had ambitions this season and the two defeats definitely were not what we wanted. As a coach I take responsibility but this was beyond me. We lost not because we were poor but because we were not ready,” the tactician lamented.Gor Mahia players on the pitch during their Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield Quarter Finals defeat to Kariobangi Sharks. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBut the team is now ready to put all that behind their backs and focus on finishing the season strongly, with the title already long under wraps. The two losses saw their lead at the apex cut to 13 points.“The focus now is to win all the remaining four games of the season and finish as strongly as possible. We have a very short post-season turnaround and we need to ensure we have a high spirit when this current season ends,” Kerr noted.The same sentiments are shared by skipper Harun Shakava who has called on his teammates to put behind the disappointments of the past few weeks and finish the season on a high.“Everyone is happy because the chairman assured us that everything will be sorted out. It was an unfortunate turn of events but all that is behind our backs. We want to focus on the remaining four games of the season as well as the game against Everton in November and ensure we win,” the skipper noted.K’Ogalo come up against Vihiga United on Wednesday evening at the Mumias Complex, a task that is not going to be an easy one as Vihiga are fighting for points to remain in the league.Vihiga are placed 15th in he standings with 34 points, just two shy of the play-off slot occupied by Chemelil Sugar and will be keen to pick maximum points to enhance their chances of remaining in the top tier.Vihiga United head coach Mike Mururi gives instructions during a past kenyan premier League match. Photo/COURTESY“It will be a tough match because Vihiga want to remain in the league; they will come to win and anyone who always comes up against us wants to prove a point. I don’t expect it to be an easy tie, but we have to bounce back from the two defeats,” Kerr further added.The tactician will have a full-strength squad at his disposal on Wednesday with only three absentees. Philemon Otieno who picked up an ankle injury in the Harambee Stars match against Ghana remains sidelined and so does keeper Boniface Oluoch who is yet to recover from a shoulder injury.Midfielder Lawrence Juma has also joined the treatment table after picking a hamstring strain in training.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge in training at teh Parklands Sports Club on September 24, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has described the atmosphere in his team’s training for the past two days as warm and positive, saying they are ready to put behind the woes of a two-week boycott that saw them lose two SportPesa Premier League matches.Gor players returned to training Monday afternoon after club chairman Ambrose Rachier promised that their outstanding August salaries and allowances will be cleared by close of business Monday and Kerr says the team’s spirit is back and ready to re-focus on their last four games of the season.last_img read more

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Do talking on the field, Giants boss tells Beckham

first_imgOn Thursday, Beckham was seen heading for the locker room while the Giants offense were still on the field shortly before half-time during their defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles.Earlier this month Beckham also voiced a thinly veiled critique of quarterback Eli Manning during an interview with ESPN.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the NFL’s owners meetings in New York on Tuesday, Mara made it clear he was unimpressed by Beckham’s antics.“I wish he would create the headlines by his play on the field as opposed to what he says and what he does off the field,” Mara said. “I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking.”When asked about Manning’s form, Mara meanwhile said the Giants bore a shared responsibility for their dismal start to the season.“I think when you’re 1-5, it generally means that everybody needs to play better, so he’s not alone,” Mara said. “I still … we still believe in him, but everybody needs to do their jobs in order for us to be successful, and right now that’s not happening. I know he’s the punching bag right now, but a lot of guys need to play better when you’re 1-5.”Mara meanwhile said he was “embarrassed” by the team’s second consecutive 1-5 start to the season. Last year the team finished 3-13.“I’m still embarrassed being 1-5,” Mara said. “I can’t stand up here and make any excuses about that.“You are what your record says you are, as a wise man once said, and there’s nothing I can say to make people feel better about that. I’m suffering just as much as our fans are, probably more.”However he backed head coach Pat Shurmur and new general manager Dave Gettleman to arrest the slide.“I have confidence that we have the right guys in the building to get it to work,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David BeckhamNEW YORK, United States, Oct 16 – New York Giants owner John Mara hit out at star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Tuesday as he reflected on his team’s “embarrassing” start to the NFL season.Beckham, who signed a record five-year $95 million contract extension with the Giants in August, has cut a frustrated figure this season as the NFC East outfit has won just one out of six games.last_img read more

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Hull charged with ‘failing to control players’ in Leicester clash

first_img Hull defender Alex Bruce handed harsh booking for an innocuous tackle Hull have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players in Saturday’s goalless Premier League clash against Leicester.The charge appears to relate to an incident where a number of Tigers players reacted furiously to Alex Bruce being booked by referee Jon Ross for a robust but ultimately fair challenge on Riyad Mahrez.An FA statement read: “Hull City have been charged by The FA for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.“The allegation relates to an incident which occurred in or around the 68th minute of their fixture against Leicester City on 14 March 2015.“The club has until 6pm on 23 March 2015 to respond to the charge.”The incident came in the middle of a highly-charged period as Michael Dawson had been booked two minutes earlier for a challenge on Jamie Vardy, and Tom Huddlestone was dismissed for the visitors just four minutes after, earning his second booking for a foul on Vardy.The issue of players applying pressure to referees came to the fore last week with Chelsea being accused of being over-zealous during their Champions League clash again Paris St Germain.And following the match at the King Power Stadium, Tigers boss Steve Bruce launched a thinly-veiled attack on the Leicester players for their behaviour towards the officials.“I’ve got no problem with Huddlestone’s two yellow cards, but is every challenge now a yellow if you mis-time it?” he said.“It got a bit angry towards the end, but for me the referee booked my two centre-backs for (fair) challenges.“There’s a raging debate about Chelsea in midweek and if we’re not careful…I saw everyone surround Alex for a red card for his challenge.“There wasn’t a nasty challenge in the game yet we’ve had five yellow cards and a sending off. I never saw that coming.“The reason we enjoy the Premier League is its honesty and integrity and if we’re going to go down the route of every other league – jumping around and whinging and trying to get people yellow and red cards – for me that’s not right.”Foxes manager Nigel Pearson strongly disagreed, and when asked for a response to Bruce’s statement said: “How many times have you seen us play this year?“You’re not in a position to judge my players on that. You’re asking me and I’ve told you, ‘No, I don’t think it’s a fair assessment’. Full stop.” 1last_img read more

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‘Lionel Messi is the best player in history’ – talkSPORT hosts reopen GOAT debate

first_img 1 Lionel Messi thrilled Wembley with a stunning individual display Lionel Messi’s stunning performance against Tottenham in the Champions League has reopened the ‘greatest of all time’ debate.And, after the Argentine maestro pulled all the strings and scored two goals as Barcelona put Spurs to the sword in 4-2 victory, talkSPORT hosts Alan Brazil and Dean Saunders have no doubts over the winner… “We’ve had Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, George Best… but I think Messi is the best footballer in history,” said former Wales striker Saunders on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast.“He’s No.1.“Messi is a freak. He’s not like other normal footballers.“People say the game is quicker and that the game has moved on, and Messi is doing it right now, against bigger and stronger athletes.“I just think he’s miles ahead of everybody.”Do you agree? Or are you firmly rooted in the Cristiano Ronaldo camp?Listen to Dean Saunders and Alan Brazil’s discussion IN FULL below! Is Lionel Messi the greatest footballer to have ever played the beautiful game? 🤔Alan and Dean Saunders think so! 👊📺 Watch as they tell @MarkSmithComedy why they believe Messi is the best ever ↓ pic.twitter.com/j5gHtQGdse— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 4, 2018last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: STRICTLY COME DANCING EVENT PROMISES TO BE THE REAL ‘DEELE’

first_imgJason Cole and Tara Friel looking forward to the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Evin Devenney and Sonia Toland are all set to give a real night of entertainment at the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th.Liam Porter and Sabrina Barnett who are taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing.Deele College caretaker Gerry Crawford and art teacher Patrice Gallagher who are taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th.Dianne Gallagher and Michael Gallagher, two of the teachers taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Two of the students who will be dancing on the night of the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th are Shea McDaid and Victoria Kelly.Paddy Flood and Anouska Mulrine two of the dancers taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing in the Mount Errigal on December 6th.Students Keely Higgins and Oliver Quinn among the fantastic dancers lined up to take part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th.Stephen Gibson and Grainne O’Donnell just two of the grat line up of dancers who will be taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Even though the event itself won’t take place until December 6th there’s already been a huge demand for tickets for the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing contest which will be held in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.Tickets for the show will go on sale at a launch night in the school on Monday November 17th and according to Caitriona Bonner one of the teachers organising the event, they are likely to be snapped up very quickly indeed.Catriona told Donegal Daily, “We have a terrific team of dancers who have been rehearsing for a number of weeks now and our Transition Year classes will also be dancing on the night. “There is great excitement building about the Strictly now and early indications are that it will be a guaranteed sell-out.“Aside from the Transition Year classes, eleven couples will take to floor on the night representing teachers, staff, students, past pupils and parents all keen to help the school with this worthy fund raising venture.“The Strictly is part of the ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations at the school and proceeds are going towards the development of a canteen in the school.“We are delighted that there has been such a terrific response. She added that the full line up of dancers will be officially unveiled on the launch night with tickets then available from the dancers or through the school.“We have a Facebook Page set up where people can keep up to date with all the news relating to the Strictly.However, I would urge anyone thinking of going on the night to make sure they get their tickets before they are sold out, she concluded. PICTURE SPECIAL: STRICTLY COME DANCING EVENT PROMISES TO BE THE REAL ‘DEELE’ was last modified: November 13th, 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:deele collegeEnterainmentFeaturesnewsStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

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Draymond Green: ‘People in the States are rooting against us because we beat all their teams’

first_imgTORONTO — By now the Warriors are accustomed to playing the role of villain, despised by every fanbase except their own because of how good they are.Normally this time of year, the Warriors are playing the Cavaliers and the entirety of Canada doesn’t care much for the NBA Finals, especially with the Stanley Cup Finals occurring simultaneously. With the Raptors in their first Finals in franchise history, though, the Warriors draw the ire of two countries instead of one.To no surprise, that’s …last_img

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Do Honeycombs Just Happen, or Do Bees Design Them?

first_imgThe idea that honeycombs in beehives self-assemble is as old as Darwin.  A new study claims to reinforce the idea, yet honeybees are not just bystanders in the process.Honeycombs have long been admired as examples of functional design in nature.  The hexagonal packing is the most efficient method of maximizing storage area while minimizing building materials.  Is this an example of design in nature, or natural laws at work?  Maybe that’s a false dichotomy.Nature News announced the self-assembly theme in an article entitled, “How honeycombs can build themselves.”  Writer Philip Ball recounts how Darwin thought of self-assembly: “The idea that the bees might first make circular cells, which become hexagonal subsequently, was proposed by Charles Darwin,” he writes, “But he was unable to find convincing evidence of it.”  That evidence has supposedly been forthcoming in a new study by an engineer in the UK:Engineer Bhushan Karihaloo at the University of Cardiff, UK, and his co-workers say that bees simply make cells that are circular in cross section and are packed together like a layer of bubbles. According to their research, which appears in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the wax, softened by the heat of the bees’ bodies, then gets pulled into hexagonal cells by surface tension at the junctions where three walls meet.This finding feeds into a long-standing debate about whether the honeycomb is an example of exquisite biological engineering or blind physics.Further reading, however, shows that the bees are not mere bystanders, even if they employ the natural laws of “blind physics” —It might seem like there is not much left for the bees to do once they’ve made the circular cells. But they do seem to be expert builders. They can, for example, use their head as a plumb-line to measure the vertical, tilt the axis of the cells very slightly up from the horizontal to prevent the honey from flowing out, and measure cell wall thicknesses with extreme precision. Might they not, then, continue to play an active part in shaping the circular cells into hexagons, rather than letting surface tension do the job?Good question.  Another physicist noted that if bees’ body heat were so important to the process, the whole hive would melt down.Live Science stated that the honeycomb, “once thought to be an incredible feat of math-savvy insects” has been “explained by simple mechanics.”  Later in that article, though, is the suggestion that bees focus their body heat to shape the hexagonal cells after first carving them out as cylinders.  Another biologist spoke of the “the mechanisms that honeybees manage to build very precise cells,” suggesting there is more going on than “simple mechanics.”  That biologist also hinted that humans could learn something from the bees’ techniques.If honeycombs were the product of blind physics alone, why are they so precise in beehives?  Columnar basalt is an example of natural law at work without design.  When some lava flows cool, they crack into polygonal shapes, usually hexagons—but not always.  Displays like Devil’s Postpile in California, spectacular as they are, show the limits of natural law; irregular polygons, falling into piles at the base.  Nothing forces them to assemble at precise angles or thicknesses for any conceivable function.  Similarly, bubbles on the surface of water can sometimes assume hexagonal borders due to surface tension, but are rarely free of defects.  Honeycomb hexagons, by contrast, are very orderly and regular, maximizing space and minimizing wax, for a specified purpose: creating space for honey storage and the raising of young.Another example can be found with arches.  Natural arches can be very large and spectacular, but we can tell intuitively whether an arch is natural or designed.  The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the arches in a basement supporting a building, or the arches in a Roman aqueduct spanning a canyon for miles, would never result from natural law.  Why do they differ from Delicate Arch in Utah?  Delicate Arch doesn’t do anything.  It has no specification, no purpose.  There, a sandstone fin eroded, weakest part first, till the most stable structure – an arch – formed and enlarged till it stands near to collapse, joining other arches in the park where gravity took over.  No mind was involved.  The man-made arches, though, required a mind. They function for artistry (commemorating a military victory), for architecture, or for carrying water.  Because they function, the design specs for them are more critical and precise.  Some Roman aqueducts, still standing today, maintained a very, very slight declination to keep the water flowing for over 30 miles, despite hills and canyons along the route.Just because bees know how to use surface tension does not mean they are bystanders in a blind process of physics.  On the contrary, knowing how to use natural law efficiently is evidence of intelligent design.  If a bee can start with a round hole and use surface tension to help mold it into a hexagon, the bee is working smart, just as much as an engineer using gravity to advantage.  The bee doesn’t just let nature do it.  The bee supervises the result, ensuring that the resulting honeycomb meets the requirements for precise wall thicknesses and inclinations of the cells.The intelligent design in the case of honeycomb construction resides not in the brains of the bees themselves, but in the instinctive abilities programmed into them.  They carry out the programmed instincts like miniature robots.  That presupposes a robot-maker.  Who was it?  That’s an interesting question, but it’s beyond the scope of intelligent design theory.  Just as one can tell an aqueduct was designed without knowing the designer, one can infer intelligent design in honeycombs from the specified complexity observed, whether or not certain natural laws come into play during its construction.  The observation of design does not require knowing the identify of the designer, but makes belief in a personal, purposeful God, such as the God of the Bible, the most reasonable step of faith in the direction the evidence points. 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