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Panthers seek NFL play-off revenge

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first_imgNEW YORK (AP):The Carolina Panthers no longer appear apprehensive about playing the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.In fact, they’re pretty confident.”We are the better team,” Panthers safety Roman Harper says matter-of-factly.Harper and his teammates want to prove it again tomorrow when the teams meet in Charlotte in the NFL divisional play-offs. The winner advances to play the Arizona-Green Bay winner for the NFC Championship.The Panthers took a big step forward when they went to Seattle and defeated the Seahawks 27-23 in Week 6, a victory that served as a springboard to their 14-0 start.But it was more than just that.That victory was about clearing a major obstacle for the Panthers. Before that, they had lost four times in three seasons to the Seahawks, including 31-17 in the divisional play-offs last January in Seattle.Harper says the Panthers are better prepared for the Seahawks in these play-offs than they were last January, when they reached the postseason with a 7-1-8 record. That team was just happy to make the playoffs. This one wants to win it all.Their defense forced an NFL-leading 39 turnovers and placed sixth overall in both yards and points allowed. They strutted to a 15-1 record, ruffling some feelings by their opponents along the way while scoring a league-most 500 points. Cam Newton made a strong case for the league MVP award, totalling 45 touchdowns and adding some flamboyant end zone dances.The Panthers have not lost at home since November 2014, a string of 11 straight games, but the Seahawks are the least likely team to be intimidated on the road, with the swagger built by consecutive Super Bowl appearances, a wealth of Pro Bowl players discovered later in the draft, and the momentum this season they rode to an 8-2 finish.Then there’s that last-minute loss to New England in the Super Bowl last season they’ve been determined to move past.The last divisional play-off of the weekend, the Denver Broncos hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers, would be a lot more intriguing if all their stars were fit.The Steelers’ injury report was getting way too crowded. Wide receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot) were ruled out yesterday, while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, dealing with a sprain to his right throwing shoulder, practised. Whether he plays will have a major impact on their chances.The Broncos, however, know passer Peyton Manning isn’t at 100 percent efficiency either. Manning has endured various injuries in the worst regular season of his 18-year career to make his first start in two months.Still, the Broncos are counting on his experience and the balanced attack they displayed when he returned to action in a victorious relief appearance of Brock Osweiler in Week 17. But if the Broncos are to advance, they may need to rely more on a defense that allowed the fewest yards in the league and had the most sacks (52).The winner advances to the AFC Championship game against either New England or Kansas City.last_img read more

Senate Debates 15% National Budget Bill Soon

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first_imgAccording to an impeachable source, an intense debate looms in the Senate Chamber when a Bill proposed during the 2nd Session of the 53rd Senate calling for the allotment of 15% of the National Budget as County Development Fund (CDF) re-appears this week.The Bill was sponsored by River Cess Senator Jay Jonathan Banney, and signed by 15 Senators of the joint committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget in a prepared report.The report recommended that 15% of the fiscal national budget be appropriated annually for the development of the 15 political subdivisions of the country, and that such be passed into law.Counties are currently receiving an amount of US$200,000 annually as CDF, which all the Senators agreed was inadequate to address their  (the counties’) many development needs.Although every Senator present at last year’s debate agreed to the need for an increment in the CDF, some argued the recommendation for a 15% allotment was too much.Senators Frederick Cherue and Abel Massalley welcomed the recommended increment, but suggested an annual allocation of US$1 million and US$2 million rather than 15 percent; which they argued was too much and called for an amendment. Senator Dallas Gueh contested that anything below 15% of the national budget would be far too small.The return of the 15% National Budget Bill comes in the wake of recent proposal by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler and subsequent approval by the House of Representatives that an amount of 73 million United States Dollars be placed in the 2014/2015 National budget for direct district impact projects.Speaker Tyler, who was making remarks at the joint program held in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building during a joint session for the opening of the 3rd Session of the Legislature on January 13, 2014, did not say who would manage the funds (Legislature or Executive). However, some lawmakers have been saying that the money is going to be managed by district residents by expended by the Executive. He explained that the appropriation for infrastructural development should be in what he referred to as a “ballpark figure” and that implementation of each project identified would be clearly and specifically vetted on a project-by-project basis and approved by the Legislature before final appropriation and implementation is made.Speaker Tyler said the allotment would be distinct from the County Development Fund, saying; “this is one of the ways we believe that much needed development can reach and impact our people in rural Liberia.”Speaking on a radio talk show Monday, January 20, Senator Dallas Gueh said he would rather discuss the 15% Bill proposed in the Senate because according to him, it is more feasible.Meanwhile, there are indications that that first piece of legislation passed by the Lower House will soon be transmitted to the Senate for concurrence.However, with a more controversial Bill before that august body for action, many legislative commentators foresee the constitution of a conference committee to help reconcile the two Bills drafted “in the best interest of our citizens.”In  related development, the  Senate committee authorized to handle financial and currency matters is expected to make a written report to the Senate plenary on its findings responsible for the continuous rise in the exchange rate between the Liberian Dollar and the United States Dollar, when that body convenes in Chamber for its third day sitting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arrest Warrant Issued in Case of Murdered Belgian

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first_imgFailure of four of the 17 accused of murdering, Michel Bruno, a citizen of Belgium, to appear before Criminal Court ‘A,’ on Monday, March 31, prompted Judge Yussif D. Kaba to issue an arrest warrant against them.Judge Kaba also ordered a prominent citizen of Grand Bassa County, Rev. Dr. Aba Karngar to appear before it on Monday, April 7, while another defendant, Luther Glader, was absent during the hearing. Rev. Karngar filed a US$489,000 property bond that released 12 of the 17 accused, including Glader, from prison to await trial.When the defendants appeared at the Court on Monday, defendant Glader was not anywhere to be found in the dock. Judge Kaba’s action followed immediately after prosecution prayed the court to suspend further hearing into the matter and ordered the arrest of Musa Dubai, Stephen Badaygar, Prince Tarwo and Alex Peterson, who were also not in court on Monday. However, the defense team argued that the four men were not included in the indictment that brought the defendants under the jurisdiction of the court.They further argued that the action of prosecution was merely intended to delay the trial, praying the court to deny said request.In the court ruling Judge Kaba declared that “even though the four accused names were not mentioned on the indictment, it does not mean that they were not among the other defendants.They were also served a writ of arrest which brought them under the jurisdiction of the court. The writ is clear evidence that they were part of those indicted by prosecution,” he explained.“Besides,” Judge Kaba continued, “they were not covered by the US$489,000 property bond filed on their behalf by a prominent citizen of Grand Bassa County, Rev. Dr. Aba Karngar, for their day to day appearance pending the completion of the trial.Since they were not part of the other defendants covered by the bail bond,” he instructed, “the court clerk is hereby ordered to issue a writ to have them arrested and brought before court to show cause, if any, why they should not be held in contempt pending final determination of murder charges levied against them.”He continued, “the clerk of court is ordered to issue a citation address to the surety (a promise by one party to assume responsibility for the debt obligation of a borrower if that borrower defaults) of Abba Karngar on the bond filed for the matter to appear before the court next Monday, April 7, to show while another defendant is covered under his bail for failure to appear at the court in respect of the nature of the matter.”At Monday’s hearing the prosecution and defense teams concluded the examination and selection of the six member jury that would assist Judge Kaba to determine the matter.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICES: SOUTHWEST PARTNERSHIP LTD LAUNCH EIGHT-WEEK SPANISH CLASS

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first_imgCommunity News: Southwest Partnership Limited:Monday evening Weight Watchers.Tuesday evening Slimming World 1 Day Safe Pass Wednesday 15th April 2015 contact 07497 41863Breast Feeding Group Thursdays contact Aileen Henry: 07497 31694Lynda Gregg Yoga Group Saturday 18th April 10.30-3.30pm contact 079 38846995Yoga with Eileen every Wednesday morning Yoga with Zia every Thursday evening contact: 087 6463956Courses starting in May 2015:Basic Computers8 week Spanish Class6 week Art Class 6 week Digital PhotographyCookery Classes1 Day Biology Revision Class May 2015 contact 07497 41863COMMUNITY NOTICES: SOUTHWEST PARTNERSHIP LTD LAUNCH EIGHT-WEEK SPANISH CLASS was last modified: April 9th, 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:Community NoticesFeaturesNoticesSouthwest Partnershiplast_img read more

Leeds strike late to salvage point against Brentford in fiery encounter

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first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Pontus Jansson headed in an 88th-minute equaliser to earn Championship leaders Leeds a 1-1 draw with Brentford at Elland Road.The Bees were on course for three points in West Yorkshire when Neal Maupay struck his 10th goal of the season from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell controversially brought down Ollie Watkins. Jansson struck late for Leeds 2 But Swedish centre-back Jansson rose highest in a crowded penalty area to divert Gjanni Aloski’s free-kick into the net to earn a point for Leeds.Luke Ayling was sent off for the hosts in injury time for a second booking. silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Maupay netted his tenth goal of the season REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED Brentford led in the 62nd minute when Watkins went down theatrically under a challenge from Peacock-Farrell in the penalty area, with referee Jeremy Simpson pointing to the spot before booking the Northern Ireland international. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img BEST OF REVEALED ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 getty huge blow LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Up stepped Maupay, who rolled his right-footed penalty into the bottom-left corner, sending Peacock-Farrell the wrong way.Leeds secured a point in dramatic circumstances when Alioski’s free-kick from the right was headed in by Jansson before Ayling was sent off four minutes into added time for a foul. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY last_img read more

‘I’M LOOKING FOR MY DONEGAL GRANDAD – AND HE DOESN’T KNOW I EXIST’

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first_imgTina: Looking for her grandadA SCOTTISH girl has made an impassioned plea to find her Donegal granda, admitting: “He doesn’t even know me and my mum exist.”Tanya Burnett contacted Donegal Daily hoping that she will be able to finally find family members here – and specifically in Killybegs, after 47 years of no contact.Said Tina: My grandad was Eoghan Skeffington and from Killybegs. “He moved over to Aberdeen when he was in his early 30s where he met my grandma, Patricia Fetch.“They seperated when my grandad moved back to Killybegs and my grandma found out she was pregnant soon after.“She attempted to contact him numerous times but never heard anything from him after he moved home.“My grandma was 22 when she gave birth to mum and is now 69. I don’t know too much about him, other than that he had respiratory problems and was a member of the British Legion.” Said Tina: “He would be around 80 years old now (maybe just short of it) and still has no idea he has a daughter and 5 grandchildren.“I would desperately love to find him.”Anyone who can help should email us here at info@donegaldaily.com and we’ll put you in touch with Tina. ‘I’M LOOKING FOR MY DONEGAL GRANDAD – AND HE DOESN’T KNOW I EXIST’ was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AberdeendonegalEoghan Skeffingtonfamily searchKillybegsTina Burnettlast_img read more

Sharks vs. Golden Knights: “There’s always a little bit of extra juice”

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first_imgSAN JOSE — Forwards Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson and goalie Martin Jones will all play their first game of the preseason Saturday when the Sharks host the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center at 5 p.m.The Sharks players who are dressing against the Golden Knights did not skate Saturday morning, so there was no indication of what the forward lines or defense pairs will look like at the start of the game. But Jones is expected to play all 60 minutes and Aaron Dell is the backup goalie.This …last_img read more

Evolutionists Turn Misses into Wins

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first_imgEvolutionists have evolved a skill by design – the ability to turn falsification into confirmation.  It’s a kind of philosophical judo, or parry, that can turn the energy of a criticism into a win for Darwin. Convergent turnarounds:  A good example of an evolutionary parry can be seen in a post on Science Daily entitled, “Homoplasy: A Good Thread to Pull to Understand the Evolutionary Ball of Yarn.”  Homoplasy is a jargon term for convergent evolution – the idea that unrelated organisms can converge on the same solution to a problem via evolution.  Three evolutionists funded by the National Science Foundation came up with these whoppers:The authors provide many fascinating examples of homoplasy, including different species of salamanders that independently, through evolution, increased their body-length by increasing the lengths of individual vertebrae.  By contrast, most species grow longer by adding vertebrae through evolution.    The authors also explain how petals in flowers have evolved on six separate occasions in different plants.  A particularly striking example of homoplasy cited by the authors is the evolution of eyes, which evolved many times in different groups of organisms—from invertebrates to mammals—all of which share an identical genetic code for their eyes.If evolving eyes one time is spectacularly hard for a random process, it would seem that multiple independent cases would falsify evolution big time.  Instead, these authors, with taxpayer funding, decided that the damaging evidence was really a triumph for Darwin: “These kinds of examples of genetic and developmental biology help scientists elucidate relationships between organisms, as well as develop a fuller picture of their evolutionary history.”Victory in defeat:  Even when admitting mistakes, evolutionists are never ready to give up on their theory.  An example of unfeigned faith is seen in Live Science, where reporter Natalie Wolchover told how two headline-making fossils touted by their discoverers as human ancestors have turned out to have nothing to do with humans: “they’re probably just non-hominin ape bones.”  Readers might recall how headlines blared in recent years that Orrorin tugenensis,Sahelanthropus tchadensis and Ardipithecus ramidus were shedding light on human evolution (03/05/2004, 10/02/2009, 11/25/2009)  Now that Bernard Wood and Terry Harrison have debunked these claims (02/16/2011), is evolution in trouble?  Not according to them:Skepticism regarding these famous primate fossil finds seems to call into question the rigor of the scientific process within the field of paleoanthropology.  Wood’s and Harrison’s paper certainly makes one wonder: Are these isolated incidents of misinterpretation followed by media hype, or does the problem pervade the whole branch of science?  Is the human evolutionary fossil record a crapshoot?    “No,” said Harrison.  There are reasons why this branch of science may seem messier than most, he said, but all things considered, it is doing extremely well.Harrison’s firm response to Wolchover’s worries recalls the cover story of National Geographic in Nov 2004, “Was Darwin Wrong?” with its confident NO inside (see 10/24/2004 and the resulting letters to the editor, 02/15/2005).Polygamy games:  A particularly bizarre twist on evolutionary parrying was reported in PhysOrg about Mormon history: “Polygamy hurt 19th century Mormon wives’ evolutionary fitness.”  After stating that fitness of “sister wives” decreased in polygamous households (measured by number of children produced), the researchers at Indiana University were left with the conundrum of why evolution would produce polygamy in the first place, whether among human beings or bacteria.  Michael Wade was ready with a ring buoy for Darwin:So if polygamy (or the female equivalent, polyandry) is disadvantageous to most of the sequestered sex and most of the mate-sequestering sex, why should such systems survive?    “The complete answer is still forthcoming,” Wade said.  “One thing we know now, based on rigorous studies in many species, particularly the fruit fly, is that selection can be so strong on males that it can drag the entire species off of a naturally selected viability optimum.”Aside from equating Mormons to fruit flies, Wade seems to have just said that natural selection can drag a species away from increased fitness.  WWDD?  What would Darwin do about that idea?Darwinians appear very adept at turning criticism into praise.  Whether this neat trick justifies evolution as a scientific theory is a different question.  Does it really lead to deeper understanding of evolution, or is it sophistry?It’s sophistry.  See?  Our commentaries are not always verbose.Aside:  Apparently the irony of #1’s headline was lost on the reporters: “…the Evolutionary Ball of Yarn.”  Apt description.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

It’s ‘superstar’ vs ‘supercop’ in Bengal’s Ghatal

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first_imgDespite drawing large crowds all through his campaign, one of the questions that Bengali cinema’s superstar and Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Dipak Adhikari alias Dev has found difficult to grapple with was on his low attendance in Parliament. The actor-turned-politician’s attendance in the Lok Sabha was only 11%, one of the lowest in the country. “I was very new; it took two years to realise what was going around,” Mr. Adhikari, one of the most popular actors in the Bengali film industry, has repeated often during his election campaign. As the campaign reached its peak, he has turned attention to the MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds spent by him on the constituency, and began referring to his Bengali speech in Parliament on the ‘Ghatal masterplan’, a plan for constructing a dam on the Shilabati river, which floods large areas of the constituency every year. By high marginIn the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mr. Adhikari won the seat defeating the Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Santosh Rana with a margin of 2.6 lakh votes. This was one of the highest margins for any TMC candidate. Five years later, as Ghatal in Purba Medinipur goes to polls on May 12, he clearly remained the best bet for the ruling TMC. However, like the efforts of the 36-year-old actor to change the discourse of the campaign from his low attendance in Parliament to the high disbursal of his MPLADS funds, the electoral contest for the seat has turned interesting. The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded former IPS (Indian Police Service) officer Bharati Ghosh, who is alleged to have favoured the TMC during her five-year stint as the Superintendent of Police (SP), Paschim Medinipur. The BJP’s candidature of Ms. Ghosh, who was considered very close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, from the seat, has turned the winning of Ghatal into a personal battle for Ms. Banerjee. Threats, allegationsAfter a roadshow organised in support of Mr. Adhikari in Ghatal, the CM launched a direct attack on Ms. Ghosh, saying that the State government could have arrested her for her involvement in so many cases, but that they “were allowing her to contest.” “Don’t force me to open my mouth. If I were to make some of the text messages she sent as a police officer public, then there would have been no need for the campaign,” Ms. Banerjee claimed. It is not only the TMC that is raising the political temperature for the contest at Ghatal, but also the BJP candidate, who is living up to her alleged reputation, and is seen losing her temper frequently during the campaign. An FIR has already been registered against her comment “Thrash them like dogs”, directed at the TMC’s supporters on May 4. On May 9, only a day before campaigning for the seat was about to end, ₹1.13 lakh was seized from Ms. Ghosh’s vehicle. While campaigning at the Keshpur Assembly segment under the Lok Sabha constituency on May 7, she lost her temper several times, often accusing the police of being hand in glove with the TMC leadership.Ghatal comprises of seven Assembly segments, six of which (Panskura Paschim, Pingla, Debra, Daspur, Ghatal and Keshpur) fall under the Purba Medinipur district, and one (Sabang) in the Paschim Medinipur district. It is primarily a rural constituency, with 90% voters residing in rural areas, and a high concentration of Scheduled Tribes and minorities. The CPI has fielded Tapan Ganguly as its candidate, while the Congress candidate from the seat is Khandakar Mohammad Saifullah. During her public rallies at Ghatal, Ms. Banerjee has urged people to ensure that Mr. Dev wins with highest margin in the State for the second time, a claim that the Opposition, particularly the BJP, refutes, saying that much has changed in the politics of the State between 2014 and 2019.last_img read more

U.P. official marries woman who accused him of sexual exploitation

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first_imgA senior official in the Uttar Pradesh government married a woman, who had accused him of sexual exploitation, at a temple, Kushinagar ADM Bindhvasini Rai said.On Friday, the woman had filed a complaint against Hapur Sub Divisional Magistrate Dinesh Kumar, accusing him of sexually abusing her for the last four years on the pretext of marriage, he said.In her complaint, the woman alleged that she underwent abortion twice, Mr. Rai said.Kumar, who was recently transferred to Hapur from Khadda, had come to Kushinagar on Friday to collect a few things from his house.Based on the complaint, District Magistrate Anil Kumar Singh immediately ordered a probe into the matter, Mr. Rai said.But around midnight, the two got married in the presence of Sadar SDM Ramkesh Yadav and Hata SDM Pramod Tiwari, Mr. Rai said.Kumar and the woman are natives of same district, he added.last_img read more