Christian State ‘a Threat to Muslim Existence’

first_imgLiberian Muslims are convinced that ‘Christianizing Liberia’ as expressed in the hotly debated Proposition 24, one of the certified proposed amendments to the Liberian constitution, signals an “imminent threat to (their) existence.”Proposition 24 or declaring Liberia a Christian nation is among several amendments to the Constitution proposed by Liberians and voted on at the national conference in Gbarnga, Bong County last month.The Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) says it is now ready to present the proposed amendments to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who will forward them to the Legislature.   Those amendments, after being considered by the Legislature, will be put to a national referendum.Yesterday, several hundred Muslims assembled at the Capitol Building, the seat of the legislature, to express their apprehension about proposition 24. Dressed in their various Muslim attires, the petitioners noted that the validated Proposition 24 does not only pose a threat to them, but denies their rights as citizens.The Muslims described the assertion by many Christians that “Liberia was founded on Christian principles” as a “myth.”In their petition, read by William Knowles, the Muslims called on the Legislature to consider proposition 24 as  “trash” and that government should at all times protect Muslims’ rights in the country.They described the entire validation process in Gbarnga as “conspicuously submerged in a pool of inherent illegality”, calling it “an attempt to constitutionalize the marginalization of Muslims”.First appearing as worshippers, the Muslims later changed their demeanor to angry and forceful protestors.   They declared that the perception about Liberia being a Christian state “only exposes the ill intent of a very few purporting in the ambiance of Christianity to introduce extremism purposed at alienating and excluding Liberian Muslims from the body politics of Liberia and curbing their competitive edge in the Liberian economy by legalizing the illegal and constitutionalizing the prolonged marginalization of Muslims in Liberia.”They argued that the foundation of Liberia cannot speak to the assertion of Liberia as a Christian nation “even by written or oral history.”They maintained that any attempt to pursue the path of conducting a referendum on such purpose will “seriously threaten the gains made in sustaining the fragile peace we currently enjoy.”The Muslims demanded more budgetary support from government to Islamic schools. Receiving their statement, President Pro-Tempore Armah Jallah thanked the petitioners for the approach and assured them of his chamber’s appropriate action.Flanked by Grand Cape Mount County Senator and a strong opposition to the Proposition 24, Cllr. Varney Sherman, the Pro-Temp welcomed the democratic process and encouraged a “more tolerant and peaceful” approach to the national debate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden man who threatened to “cut” baby out of wife jailed

first_imgA Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) man, who threatened to “cut” the unborn baby out of his wife’s body, was on Tuesday jailed.Julian Persaud of Lot 22 Lower Kara Kara, Mackenzie, Linden, was jailed for three months by Magistrate Wanda Fortune. The 38-year-old man was found guilty of the offences of assault and threatening behaviour when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court. In handing down the sentence, the presiding Magistrate said it was established beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecution that Persaud committed the offences.The court heard that on February 3, 2019, at Lower Kara Kara, Mackenzie, he made use of threatening behaviour towards his wife, Malini Persaud. The court also heard that on the day in question, he unlawfully assaulted the woman. The defendant was represented by Attorney Rene McDonald. In plea of mitigation, McDonald noted that the defendant, who is the sole breadwinner of the home, was remorseful, willing to seek counselling and is a first-time offender. Persaud apologised to the court, adding that such an incident will not happen again.Police Prosecutor Venetta Pindar urged the court to take into consideration the prevalence of domestic violence and the need for a strong message to be sent to offenders.However, the Magistrate noted that she took into consideration the grievous and serious nature of the threat, which involved a knife and the threat of cutting an unborn child out of its mother’s womb.last_img read more

Salah sold on cheap before ‘Neymar effect’ – Roma chief

first_img0Shares0000‘On the cheap’: Egypt’s Mohamed Salah © AFP/File / Michele LIMINAROME, Italy, Mar 28 – As Roma sporting director Monchi conceded that Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah had been sold on the cheap to Liverpool for 40 million euros before “the Neymar effect” transformed the market.“To understand this sale you have to understand two things. Firstly, it was made before the Neymar effect which revolutionised the transfer market,” Monchi said during a meeting with the foreign press in Rome on Wednesday. Brazilian striker Neymar’s world record 222 million euro move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last August started a chain reaction.French forward Ousmane Dembele subsequently moved from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona in a deal worth 145 million euros, with Brazilian Philippe Coutinho moving to Barcelona from Liverpool for 160 million euros in January.“We also had to sell him (Salah) before June 30 (because of Financial Fair Play constraints),” Monchi continued. “Those who know a little about business know that it’s like having the Sword of Damocles over your head.”“So if we take these two elements into account I think that we made a correct sale.“Now he’s had a incredible season and with the effect of Neymar, Coutinho, Dembele, his value is without a doubt much more,” added the former Sevilla sporting director.Salah, 25, is the top scorer in the English Premier League with 28 goals in 30 matches. In total he has scored 36 in all competitions during his first season at Liverpool.“He’s very strong,” continued Monchi. “But it’s amazing because he’s returned to a league where he wasn’t successful when he was at Chelsea.“He found a coach, teammates who trust him, a team that suits him well, which corresponds to his style of play.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jack Wilshere to make decision on post-Arsenal future while on holiday

first_img 2 Wilshere’s Instagram story posts He has already attracted interest from a number of clubs, including West Ham, Everton and Wolves.Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is also said to be interested in the 26-year-old midfielder.Using his Instagram story to promote the message, Wilshere said: “A big few weeks in my life coming up.“But with good people around me, family and friends, we will make the right decision.“For me and football.” Jack Wilshere waves goodbye to Arsenal Jack Wilshere has jetted off on holiday to help him make the “right decision” about his future.The long-serving Arsenal star announced that he will not be signing a new deal at the Emirates after talks with Unai Emery. 2 Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is certain that his close pal will reach the “next level” in his career.He said: “Jack’s contract was coming to an end, the contract was there for him to sign but he’s decided it’s best for him to leave.“He feels like it’s come to a time where he’s made that decision and has to move on.“He’s got to be positive with it, grasp the opportunity with two hands and keep improving and take himself to the next level.”Wilshere has also been linked to clubs outside of England, with AC Milan and Juventus set to join the race.last_img read more


first_imgPowercuts have spread across Donegal this evening with hundreds of more homes without electricity.Homes in Ramelton and Milford had been without power.It followed an Orange Warning from Met Eireann where forecasters warned of wind gusts of up to 130km/hr. But now power outages have occurred in many other places including Glenswilly, Letterkenny, Keadue, Burtonport, Arranmore Island and Fanad.The ESB emergency telephone line has crashed because of the volume of calls.The ESB said more than 2,500 homes are without power – and they had hoped to restore most services by 9pm.However it now looks increasingly unlikely that power will be restored to many of the areas affected until after midnight. Met Eireann have said the North West of the country will be the worst hit with major gusts of wind overnight.People are being warned to take care if out and about this evening.There are no reports yet of any injuries although there are some trees down on the outskirts of Letterkenny.There are also some reports of flooding.AA Roadwatch is warning motorists to be careful of flooding on the N56 at Creeslough. MORE HOMES PLUNGED INTO DARKNESS AS STORM TAKES GRIP was last modified: November 3rd, 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:donegalESB power outagesstormlast_img read more


first_imgMichael Murphy meets members of the Donegal GAA Health & Wellness Committee. L to R: Marian McNulty, Dolores McWeeney, and Oisin CannonDonegal GAA captain Michael Murphy has encouraged people to take a “leap of faith” and to talk to their family and friends about their mental well-being. The Glenswilly man was guest of honour as the HSE Donegal Mental Health Services (DMHS) held a free Health and Mental Well Being Awareness Fair for the public.The event took place in the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town, and attracted more than 200 people. Michael impressed upon those present how important it was to talk out their problems and stated how it was essential to exercise in order to look after your physical and mental health.He said he enjoyed the simple things like going for a walk with his friends on the beach and he felt that this was a good way to clear his head, especially after a difficult day on the playing field.‘Sometimes we have to take that leap of faith and trust our family and friends to talk to about our problems and I know this is what people can find most difficult,” he said.He talked about the benefits of getting involved in a group activity and that there were loads of different types group activities that people can get involved in. He stressed that ‘it was important to get out there with family and friends and enjoy exercise and have the camaraderie and the craic’.There were 30 support information stands on display on the night from a range of organisations included the Bill W Club, Carers Support, Addiction Services, Family Resource Centres, Donegal Women’s Network, AWARE, STEER, CONSOLE, GROW, ASIST, S.T.O.P Suicide, Jigsaw Donegal, GAA Health & Well Being, Blissberry Social Farm, Alzheimer’s Society, PIETA Donegal, Macra Na Feirme Mental Health Ireland plus many more.MC for the event was John G Kelly, Assistant Director of Nursing with the DMHS.The welcome address was given by Dr Clifford Haley, Clinical Director & Consultant Psychiatrist, DMHS who proceeded to discuss stigma and how to overcome stigmas that have in the past been associated with mental health illness.Marian McNulty, Student Counsellor at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and, Chairperson of the Donegal GAA Health & Wellness Committee, gave a comprehensive talk on stress and how to manage it. She discussed the various ways in which stress can manifest itself and how to tackle stress in the workplace. Kevin Mills, Area Director of Nursing, DMHS discussed the importance of collaborative working with different organisations and agencies to tackle mental health difficulties and on how no one organisation has a monopoly on dealing with these issues.He stressed the importance of strengthening these links in to the future and how events such as this have a pivotal role to play in demonstrating to the public the vast array of supports out there that people can avail of in order to ensure that they look after their mental health and well being.There was also a series of workshops held on Dementia, Schizophrenia and Youth Mental Health.The workshop on Dementia was facilitated by Dr Tom McBride, Consultant in Psychiatry of Old Age with DMHS. He stated ‘this event is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the public and to discuss issues such as Dementia in order to increase people awareness of the condition’. Trevor McBrearty, Nurse Manager with DMHS and one of the event organisers, facilitated a workshop on Schizophrenia.He stated ‘It really was an engaging evening. As well as the interesting workshops which people participated in, the evening created an awareness of the many excellent voluntary and statutory support services that are available to people in their own area. There was an energetic atmosphere in the main hall and there were a lot of positive conversations around our mental health and well- being. I hope that those present enjoyed the event and that it has assisted in educating the public around the very many mental health difficulties that we all can face in our lives.’During the event free Health Screening was provided by the Donegal Town HSE Primary Care Team where attendees availed of the opportunity to get their Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose checked for free!A constant theme running throughout the evening was that physical and mental health are intrinsically linked.At the end of the evening a draw was held and one lucky attendee left with a smile on his face after receiving a signed jersey from special guest Michael Murphy.GAA STAR MURPHY ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO “TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH” AND DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMS was last modified: December 13th, 2014 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:donegalHSEmental healthMichael Murphylast_img read more

Wrap up as temperatures to plunge to -4C tonight

first_imgThrow on an extra blanket on the bed tonight as temperatures are set to plunge to -4C with ice and frost also forecast.Many of us woke up to wet and wintry conditions this morning and Met Eireann has advised that there is a risk of spot flooding.The national forecaster says that wintery conditions will return overnight as the mercury drops once more. The website: “Locally heavy and persistent rain across the east at first today with spot flooding. Drier and brighter elsewhere with just well-scattered showers – mainly across the northwest.“Good sunshine will gradually extend to most parts from the west – though possibly staying dull along the very east of Leinster.“A blustery day, in fresh to strong and gusty northerly winds.“Very cold tonight with calm and clear conditions. Frosty with the risk of ice patches.” It added that we can expect the mercury to reach up to 9C today but tonight it will drop as low as -4C.Wrap up as temperatures to plunge to -4C tonight was last modified: April 4th, 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:donegalfrostplungetemperaturelast_img read more

Arsenal v QPR: Rio recalled

first_imgRio Ferdinand is recalled to the QPR starting line-up for the game at Arsenal, with boss Harry Redknapp opting for his preferred 3-5-2 formation. Armand Traore plays against his former club after being a chance at left wing-back in the absence of the injured Yun Suk-Young.For Arsenal, Tomas Rosicky returns to the team after a thigh injury. Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Rosicky, Alexis, Giroud, Welbeck.Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Bellerin, Coquelin, Walcott, Podolski, Campbell . QPR: Green; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Isla, Henry, Mutch, Kranjcar, Traore, Vargas, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Phillips, Fer, Wright-Phillips, Hoilett, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Day 4 of Raiders training camp: A small dose of Antonio Brown

first_imgNAPA — The Raiders got a glimpse of life with Antonio Brown Tuesday, and the perennial Pro Bowl receiver left coaches and teammates wanting more.That’s just a little preview, a little taste, so imagine him being in on every play with (Derek Carr) back there,” wide receiver J.J. Nelson said. “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be exciting. I’m looking forward to lighting up the scoreboard.”Brown went through warmups and drills in full pads, and then through one session with receivers …last_img

Big Science in Big Trouble

first_imgThe default religion of secularism has fallen from grace.America is quickly following Europe’s descent from Christian roots to secularism. A National Geographic feature calls the newest religion to be “no religion.” A quarter of the population are religiously unaffiliated, the article reports, answering “none” when asked what religion they espouse. And why? What is the one of the largest reasons for the shift?If the world is at a religious precipice, then we’ve been moving slowly toward it for decades. Fifty years ago, Time asked in a famous headline, “Is God Dead?” The magazine wondered whether religion was relevant to modern life in the post-atomic age when communism was spreading and science was explaining more about our natural world than ever before….Scientific advancement isn’t just making people question God, it’s also connecting those who question. It’s easy to find atheist and agnostic discussion groups online, even if you come from a religious family or community. And anyone who wants the companionship that might otherwise come from church can attend a secular Sunday Assembly or one of a plethora of Meetups for humanists, atheists, agnostics, or skeptics.The presumptive authority of science, and its appearance of being able to explain reality, drives much of the trend toward secularism. But is science a false god?“Big Science is broken” shouts a headline on April 18 by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry in The Week. “That’s the thesis of a must-read article in First Things magazine, in which William A. Wilson accumulates evidence that a lot of published research is false. But that’s not even the worst part.” Both articles present devastating critiques of science that should be required reading before continuing here. Science is not only failing to live up to its ideals; it’s incapable of doing so. It is not self-correcting. It does not have a superior methodology. It’s not reliable, and many of its claims are downright false. In theory and in practice, Gobry and Wilson show, science is a broken reed to lean on.Even Nature joined in singing the dirge of science, undermining one of its greatest claims to reliability. “Peer review is broken from the start,” the headline reads in a piece recounting the history of peer review starting with William Whewell. Did you know that peer review was never a rock-solid practice, and is of rather recent invention?‘Peer review’ was a term borrowed from the procedures that government agencies used to decide who would receive financial support for scientific and medical research. When ‘referee systems’ turned into ‘peer review’, the process became a mighty public symbol of the claim that these powerful and expensive investigators of the natural world had procedures for regulating themselves and for producing consensus, even though some observers quietly wondered whether scientific referees were up to this grand calling.Current attempts to reimagine peer review rightly debate the psychology of bias, the problem of objectivity, and the ability to gauge reliability and importance, but they rarely consider the multilayered history of this institution. Peer review did not develop simply out of scientists’ need to trust one another’s research. It was also a response to political demands for public accountability. To understand that other practices of scientific judgement were once in place ought to be a part of any responsible attempt to chart a future path. The imagined functions of this institution are in flux, but they were never as fixed as many believe.And that’s one of the milder critiques of peer review that have been written in recent years. Some scientists view it as a kind of good-old-boy’s club that keeps young mavericks out of getting published. Others claim that the only reviewers in some narrow fields are an author’s rivals, who have a vested interest in either stealing ideas or preventing them from getting exposure. And peer review often fails to catch even simple errors.New Scientist to the rescue! “Science isn’t as solid as it should be – but science can fix it” reads their headline. Is this the fox guarding the henhouse, or the pigs vowing to reform Animal Farm? Visualize the pigs reporting to a worried press:If there is a sub-prime problem in science, then scientists are doing their best to fix it before it brings the whole edifice down. Unlike those politicians or bankers, they are not turning a blind eye, covering their own backsides or simply hoping to get away with it.I.e., we promise to do better. This is not comforting, coming from the very people who created the crisis in the first place.Are scientists different from other people? New Scientist just said that science is like any other walk of life, with its share of bad apples. But another myth is that scientists are qualitatively different from other people, like artists. David Pearson on The Conversation explodes that myth. How long has that false dichotomy led to misconceptions about the scientific mind?Teaching falsehoods: Indications are growing that neo-Darwinism is on the way out. In “The evolution of teaching evolution,” Melissa McCartney in Science Magazine warns that science education based on natural selection alone is not with the times; “other evolutionary processes” need to be added, but students are not getting those in the curriculum. More importantly, Science Magazine reports that a big new grant from the Templeton Foundation has been awarded for an “evolution rethink,” implying that neo-Darwinism has its own missing links. If so, what has been taught dogmatically since the Scopes Trial 90 years ago is flawed. Elizabeth Pennisi reports on the emotional reaction of Darwinians to threats their pet theory is not the whole shebang. How rational is this response?For many evolutionary biologists, nothing gets their dander up faster than proposing that evolution is anything other than the process of natural selection, acting on random mutations. Suggestions that something is missing from that picture—for example, that evolution is somehow directed or that genetic changes can’t fully explain it—play into the hands of creationists, who leap on them as evidence against evolution itself.No wonder some evolutionary biologists are uneasy with an $8.7 million grant to U.K., Swedish, and U.S. researchers for experimental and theoretical work intended to put a revisionist view of evolution, the so-called extended evolutionary synthesis, on a sounder footing. Using a variety of plants, animals, and microbes, the researchers will study the possibility that organisms can influence their own evolution and that inheritance can take place through routes other than the genetic material.Are scientists closer in touch with reality? Are they more logical than other people? Read about the views of cognitive scientist David Hoffman on Quanta Magazine. In “The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality” Amanda Gefter treats his self-refuting view with soft gloves. The guy “uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.” If we are all evolved, we have no way to connect with reality, he argues. We live in a world of illusion, and “we have evolution itself to thank for this magnificent illusion, as it maximizes evolutionary fitness by driving truth to extinction.” Did he think that through? How did he escape his own illusion to tell us about ours?He refutes his own thesis in another way. Here is his magnificent rebuttal of so-called “evolutionary epistemology,” the notion that natural selection drove us to connect with reality for our own survival fitness.The classic argument is that those of our ancestors who saw more accurately had a competitive advantage over those who saw less accurately and thus were more likely to pass on their genes that coded for those more accurate perceptions, so after thousands of generations we can be quite confident that we’re the offspring of those who saw accurately, and so we see accurately. That sounds very plausible. But I think it is utterly false. It misunderstands the fundamental fact about evolution, which is that it’s about fitness functions — mathematical functions that describe how well a given strategy achieves the goals of survival and reproduction. The mathematical physicist Chetan Prakash proved a theorem that I devised that says: According to evolution by natural selection, an organism that sees reality as it is will never be more fit than an organism of equal complexity that sees none of reality but is just tuned to fitness. Never.Did he think that one through? This means that he has no way of justifying what he just said about what evolution did. According to his own words, there cannot be any “fundamental fact about evolution” whatsoever. It’s all illusion. To pretend he can step outside of his own illusion and speak any fact at all about science, evolution or his own consciousness, he would have to be diagnosed with a severe case of the Yoda complex delusion.This is the logic of someone who celebrates science. Hoffman, a self-professed son of a minister, left theism for this: nothing is real, except for his own experience. For all he knows, aliens could be operating his brain in a vat. Asked what this means for science, he answers:The idea that what we’re doing is measuring publicly accessible objects, the idea that objectivity results from the fact that you and I can measure the same object in the exact same situation and get the same results — it’s very clear from quantum mechanics that that idea has to go. Physics tells us that there are no public physical objects. So what’s going on? Here’s how I think about it. I can talk to you about my headache and believe that I am communicating effectively with you, because you’ve had your own headaches. The same thing is true as apples and the moon and the sun and the universe. Just like you have your own headache, you have your own moon. But I assume it’s relevantly similar to mine. That’s an assumption that could be false, but that’s the source of my communication, and that’s the best we can do in terms of public physical objects and objective science.He blames science itself for this conclusion. But if it is so, how can Hoffman even know that quantum mechanics dictates that there are no publicly accessible objects? Worse, how can he claim that science is “the best we can do”? None of these words have any meaning if his view is taken seriously. Everything is nonsense disconnected from reality, a meaningless chain of personal experiences. It reduces to solipsism, the bitter end of secular science.For you “nones” out there, you atheists and agnostics who have been worshiping Darwin at the altar of science, you need some serious, serious deprogramming. The only thing that makes science possible is realism that can be defended ontologically as the reliable perception of a mind. Mind cannot emerge from particles. It requires a prior cause similar to, but greater than, the human mind, that is reliable and truthful. Theism is, therefore, the necessary foundation for science, as so many great scientists believed. And not just any theism will do: the Creator must be truthful, moral, and unchanging. That leaves you few options. Science without the God who is Real, who created us and our world, who endowed us with rational thought, implodes on itself. Only Bible believers can justify science. Everyone else is in dreamland. Follow the map back to the real world.(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more