Demerara Mutual Tournament tees off Saturday

first_imgAfter a year’s hiatus, Demerara Mutual’s sponsorship will return to the Lusignan Golf Course this weekend as the insurance company collaborates with the Lusignan Golf Club to host yet another exciting tournament.LGC President Aleem HussainDemerara Mutual, which has been in the business of providing financial security and assurance since 1891, has grown to become a leader in Guyana as more than 100 employees provide services to thousands of clients.Senior Marketing Manager Clarence Perry noted that the company was now focused on giving back to their customers and one avenue through which it hoped to do so was sport.“We do believe that sport in general is a very good thing to support. We believe that it helps to foster good community relations, so we’re happy to be partnering with Lusignan Golf Club to host this tournament this weekend,” Perry said.Zeroing in on the gentleman’s sport, Perry disclosed that it was his hope that golf could continue to gain popularity in Guyana.“We do hope that we can see not only as a result of ourselves, but other corporate groups participating, so golf will grow from strength to strength. You know in Guyana, it’s traditionally cricket and football, but with continued exposure and sponsorship of these events, hopefully, we can have more persons participating in golf in the future.”Turning his focus to this weekend’s open, the Marketing Manager stated that he was looking forward to fierce competition come Saturday. “We do expect it to be a very competitive tournament,” he said.Coming up just three weeks before the annual Guyana Open, the Demerara Mutual tournament is being seen as a ‘warm up’. As such, the competition will see the participation of at least 35 golfers, but Club President Aleem Hussain expects that that number will reach 50. Many of the successful participants from the Suriname Invitational tournament will participate, in addition to veteran golfers Clifford Reis, Maurice Solomon and Robert Hanoman.In an attempt to make the competition more enticing, the arrangement of prizes will differ for this tournament. “The Demerara Mutual Group has asked us to make sure that we have a wide range of winners, so as a result this tournament is going to be run a little different from our traditional tournament where there’s just a winner overall,” the Club President said.As such, there will be categories A, B, and C, where the first and second prizes will be distributed. Additionally, there will be special prizes for the golfers with the best gross, best net, chipping, and putting.Hussain also took the opportunity to thank the sponsors, stating, “On behalf of the Lusignan Golf Club and all its members, I want to say thank you to Mr Perry and, of course, the entire organisation that has stood behind us for so many years.”Tee-off time on Saturday, October 13 will be 12:30h.last_img read more

Stars thrash Chinese Taipei in Heroes Cup

first_imgKenya will now face India in the final on Sunday with the hosts having finished top with six points and a superior goal difference.Stars also edged out New Zealand on goal difference with the Pacific nation having beaten the hosts 2-1 yesterday to mean Kenya had to beat Chinese Taipei by more than three goals to advance.After a lackluster opening half, Migne’s charges upped the tempo in the second half, knowing only too well that an appearance in the final depended on their ability to strike thrice in 45 minutes.Harambee Stars midfielder Duncan Otieno attempts to close down Chinese Taipei’s Ting-Yang Chen during their Heroes Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai, India on June 8, 2018. PHOTO/Indian Football FederationIt was the Chinese Taipei men who started the half more industriously though and in the 52nd minute, Stars keeper Patrick Matasi was forced into a good save to deny Ting-Yang Cheng who had shot at goal from a Cheng-Ming Wang’s cross.On the turn, Kenya opened the scoring. Odhiambo who had been started in midfield alongside Duncan Otieno turned in a corner from Ovella Ochieng after the keeper had turned behind a delicious curling effort from Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma.Just two minutes later, Stars were within kissing distance of the final after Atudo converted from the spot following the keeper’s foul on Piston Mutamba inside the box.Stars piled the pressure winning five consecutive corners but couldn’t make any of them count.Migne made changes bringing on John Mark Makwatta for Mutamba and the Buildcon striker had a shot from his weaker left foot in the 62nd minute deflected for another unfruitful corner.But Stars ensured they sealed a spot in the final in the 70th minute when Otieno capitalized on some school-boy goalkeeping from Chinese Taipei shot stopper Wen-Chen Pan to strike into the net, the keeper having come out and missed a clearance.Atudo sealed the tie in the 89th minute when he pounced on another goalkeeping error to tap home at close range after the custodian spilled Mike Kibwage’s connection from a Makwatta freekick.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate a goal during their first Heroes Intercontinental Cup game against New Zealand on June 3, 2018. PHOTO/Indian Super LeagueNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 8- Defender Jockins Atudo scored twice as Harambee Stars sailed to the final of the Heroes Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai, India after a 4-0 win over Chinese Taipei in their final round robin match on Friday evening.After a goalless first half, Sebastien Migne’s charges turned on the style in the second half with Dennis Odhiambo opening the gates before Atudo stretched the lead from the penalty spot. Timothy Otieno scored in between Atudo’s first and second goals to see Stars finish second in the first round.last_img read more


first_imgWainfest 2015 was last night launched by Laureate na nÓg and children’s author Eoin Colfer following an evening of enthralling story telling in the splendid surroundings of Glenveagh Castle.Wainfest, a book and art festival organised by Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services division will take place between the 10 and 17 of October and promises to deliver the biggest ever line up of quality events and performers. There will be over 100 attractions including 21 authors, storytellers, artists, designers and scientists packed into one week. Wainfest was launched following the Laureate na n-Óg’s Once Upon a Place Donegal Tour where the audience of more than 50 children and adults were treated to tales of fairies and talking frogs as well as stories about growing up the olden times of the 70’s and 80’s by Eoin Colfer and his wonderful team of professional story tellers.The Once Upon a Place tour focuses on fantastic places: extraordinary settings in which to stage very special and memorable storytelling events that spark children’s imaginations and bring the magic of story and of books to young people in an experiential way and where better to do this than at Glenveagh Castle.Speaking following the event Eileen Burgess, Cultural Services Donegal County Council said “launching Wainfest 2015 as part of this tour was an extremely fitting and memorable experience for everyone involved including the many children and young people who participated in the evening”.She added “we are delighted to have the Laureate na n-Óg Eoin Colfer and his team here in Donegal for the Once Upon a Place tour and if this evenings performance is anything to go by the children of Donegal are in for a wonderful treat during this tour”. This is the 19th year of the festival and 2015 brings many changes including the inclusion of a family programme separate to the very successful events schedule for primary schools.Festival highlights in the school programme include:Author visits by Patricia Murphy and Gerard WhelanHistory workshops with Michael MoylanVisits to libraries by Open Farms and small animalsSEAI workshopsSuil na nÓg Junior Cert Art Exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre, LetterkennyThis year’s Wainfest will also be book-ended with family events on both Saturdays.On Saturday October 11, Monster Story Parties will take place in Buncrana, Bundoran, Carndonagh, Central Letterkenny and Milford libraries from 11am. The event will incorporate stories and arts and crafts under the theme of Monsters with the run up to the Halloween break.And on Saturday, October 17, the event will close the festival with the Family Fun Day in Letterkenny which centres around the Wimpy Kid and the Dinosaur that Pooped shows at the Regional Cultural Centre.Competitions While all this is going on there will be two competitions. One gives participants the opportunity to win €200 worth of new books for your school library. Every time a child borrows books from the library in October their names will be entered into a draw for this.The other competition will be based around social media, whereby names will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 40 free (20 for each show) tickets to the Wimpy Kid and Dinosaur that Pooped shows when they ‘like and share’ the family events post.Donegal County Council wish to acknowledge Europe Direct who sponsor a majority of the Schools Programme; Irish Design 2015 who funded a design event; Crafty Kids and Easons who are sponsoring some of the family events and Booknest Library Suppliers who are sponsoring the books for the competition.WAINFEST 2015 LAUNCHED AT GLENVEAGH CASTLE BY LAUREATE NA NÓG was last modified: September 25th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgAnd here she is…. Bernadette Carlin the winner of this fabulous pair of Converse from Greenes Shoes.Bernadette you certainly have great taste…. Greenes Shoes have a huge selection of Converse in all colours so if you are stuck for that perfect Christmas present you know where to go.  AND THE WINNER OF THE GREENES SHOES CONVERSE IS…… was last modified: November 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AND HE WINNER OF THE GREENES SHOES CONVERSE IS……last_img read more

Bulldog Club To Host Annual Tipoff Breakfast Oct. 27

first_img Tipoff Breakfast Registration The Drake University Bulldog Club is set to host its annual Tipoff Breakfast presented by Lincoln Savings Bank on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 a.m. in the downtown Marriott. Join fellow Bulldog fans and members of the Drake men’s and women’s basketball teams as they preview the upcoming 2016-17 season. Hear the latest from head coaches Ray Giacoletti and Jennie Baranczyk as well as Director of Athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb, all while enjoying a breakfast. Cost to attend the Tipoff Breakfast is $15. To RSVP by Oct. 21, CLICK HERE.For more information on the Tipoff Breakfast, contact Bulldog Club Director Austin Strawhacker ( | 515-271-2228)Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed his wife Majella has finished her cancer treatment and they are both looking forward to spending Christmas together.Daniel and MajellaDaniel is currently touring America but he says he cannot wait to get home to Donegal for the festive season.“I am pleased to tell you that Majella has finished her chemotherapy treatment and she is beginning to feel as she says “normal again”. “We will be spending Christmas at home and then we plan to go to Tenerife for a month in the New Year. We are both looking forward to some quiet time,” he said.Daniel will play Dublin’s Convention Centre before Christmas and will also appear on The Late Late Show on December 13th.However despite Majella’s amazing recovery from cancer, Daniel has revealed that the festive season will be tinged with sadness after the passing of Majella’s dad Tom.Tom died in Tenerife when he fell down some stairs in October and suffered a brain bleed. Daniel says Tom was one of his biggest fans and would have been annoyed that Daniel cancelled some of his concerts because of his father-in-law’s death.“It was a great shock for everyone as Tom had been in good health and had planned to spend the 5 weeks in Branson with me while Majella’s mother Marion stayed with Majella while finishing her treatment.“However God’s plan was different to ours and we have to accept what He sends us. Tom was a great character and had a huge interest in everything that I was doing.“Before he passed away he was looking forward to seeing would our album “A picture Of You” make it into the charts in the UK, making it 26 years in a row to have an album in the charts. He would have been very annoyed to think that his passing caused me to cancel all the promotion that was planned for the album as well as the remainder of the shows left on the UK tour.” DANIEL REVEALS MAJELLA’S CANCER TREATMENT IS FINISHED AS THEY PLAN QUIET CHRISTMAS IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 29th, 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:cancerdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnelltreatmentlast_img read more

Thieves target pharmacy in overnight raid

first_imgThieves have stolen two cash registers after breaking into a pharmacy in Newtowncunningham last night.The incident occurred after robbers rammed their jeep into the Healthwise Pharmacy on Main Street at 3.20am on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.Significant damage was caused to the shutter, window and door frame. The ‘smash and grab’ style burglary saw the culprits running into the store, grabbing two tills and driving off. It is believed that they headed across the border. A silver Mercedes jeep has been named as the suspect vehicle.Local Cllr Paul Canning said this attack has devastated the community.“The thieves did more wrecking than stealing. When the damage was done, they were away within minutes and absconded across the border.”“This chemist is a service to our most vulnerable people. The elderly rely on it and people need it for their prescriptions. The locals are devastated,” Cllr Canning said. Gardaí have sealed off the scene as investigations are carried out. The break-in occurred 100m from the local Garda station, which was thought to be unmanned at the time.Gardaí have been on patrol in the area following a series of incidents and alerts over cross-border crime.Suspect vehicles have been noted in residential areas, while a break-in was reported at a yard at Nixon’s Corner last week.Cllr Canning said that more garda resources are required to monitor the local area.He said: “It has been highlighted in this area many times that there are vehicles out scouting. It is the time of year when people have their guard down – people are on holidays, regular staff are off work, and businesses are more vulnerable. “There is a need to be more vigilant and to try and prevent this occurring again.”Anyone with information on this latest break-in is asked to to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540.Thieves target pharmacy in overnight raid was last modified: July 26th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sharks’ Pete DeBoer needs to see improvement from depth defenseman

first_imgBUFFALO — Defensemen Tim Heed will play Tuesday when the Sharks face the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. But his spot in the lineup for the remainder of the Sharks’ five-game road trip and beyond seems anything but guaranteed.Heed will start on the third defense pair with Mario Ferraro, as the Sharks look for just their third-ever regular season win in Buffalo. The Sabres are 18-2-1 all-time at home against San Jose.But with injured defensemen Dalton Prout and Radim Simek both getting …last_img read more

More Surprises for Evolutionists

first_imgNeo-Darwinists would not have predicted the results they got when studying fish, alligators, monkeys and mice.Blind Fish See Adaptive LightIn the article “Blind Cavefish Offer Evidence for Alternative Mechanism of Evolutionary Change,” Science Daily summarizes a paper in Science that runs counter to standard neo-Darwinism:In a blind fish that dwells in deep, dark Mexican caves, scientists have found evidence for a long-debated mechanism of evolutionary change that is distinct from natural selection of spontaneously arising mutations, as reported this week in the journal Science.The “distinct” alternative mechanism is called “cryptic variation.”  It implies that variations (mutations) occur without causing any outward change to the looks or functions of organisms.  These mutations “lie in wait” until the shock of a new environment forces them to the surface.  PhysOrg points out that despite being “elegant” [an adjective often used by Richard Dawkins], Darwin’s “classical view of  evolution” is too slow:It’s an elegant model. It’s also an extremely time-consuming process likely to fail organisms needing to cope with sudden, potentially life-threatening changes in their environments. Surely some other mechanism could enable more rapid adaptive response.In the case of blind cave fish studied in Mexico, New England scientists believe that variations in heat shock protein 90 (HSP90), which masks eye mutations, became adaptive when fish colonized or became trapped in caves.  Since eyes were useless in the new environment, mutations in HSP90 relaxed controls that would have protected the eyes from change.  Elizabeth Pennisi explained in Science that “the stresses of cave life disturbed the function of HSP90 and unmasked the genetic variation, providing a rich template upon which natural selection acted” (in this case, negative selection to remove eyes).  What it could mean – contra Darwin – is that HSP90 acts as an “evolutionary capacitor,” storing up variations for rapid adaptability.The study bolsters those who have long believed HSP90 is an evolutionary force, says Kazuo Takahashi, a quantitative geneticist at Okayama University in Japan. “Its impact is huge.”As a “capacitor” or mutational sponge, HSP90 would store up variations, preventing their expression until a need arises.  This runs counter to neo-Darwinian principles because de novo mutations should provide the major grist for natural selection.  “HSP90 is a so-called molecular chaperone, which ensures proteins take on and maintain their correct shape, even if their amino acid sequence varies slightly because of mutations,” Pennisi explained.  A new environment could relax the control HSP90 would otherwise have over mutation expression.  Thus the phrase “evolutionary force” used above might better be called “adaptive regulation.”The original paper in Science asked what evolution is doing, storing up mutations:Thus, although de novo mutations may exist and contribute to phenotypic evolution, repeated use of standing variation has played an important role in the evolution in these fish. However, these observations also raise a critical question: How is genetic variation maintained in a population if it is not adaptive before new selective conditions?To explain what they were seeing, the authors resurrected a controversial theory by C H. Waddington in 1942 called cryptic variation.  This idea proposes that “developmental processes are quite robust and produce the same phenotype regardless of minor genotypic variation,” the paper says, until the shock of a new environment removes the regulation, allowing selection to act.  This alternative method of adaptation “would have helped potentiate a rapid response to the cave environment” perhaps by reducing the cost of investing energy in useless eyes.  Pennisi suggests that “many evolutionary capacitors may exist” in nature.Although the authors believe both evolutionary mechanisms are in play in the cave fish, their focus was on the non-Darwinian function.  Non-Darwinists might view “cryptic variation” as a design feature, suppressing the harmful effects of mutations, yet storing up variations for rapid response to environmental shocks.  (It should be noted that eye loss is a case of negative selection, far different from the notion of new eyes forming by an unguided sequence of positive selections on random mutations.)  They would also surely point out that the words “capacitor” and “chaperone” connote design.Genes Shake Monkey from TreeScience Daily reported that tooth-combed primates, considered a transitional form by fossil evidence, appeared 15 million years too early to play that role according to genetic “molecular  clock” evidence.  “This is not the first time that genetic data disagrees with paleontological data,” the article states.  “For many groups of mammals, geneticists tend to put forward earlier dates of origin than those provided by direct observation of the fossil record.”  The article tries to make the case that geneticists should calibrate their measurements by the new fossils, not the other way around.  Nevertheless, the headline indicates surprise that “Fossil Primate Shakes Up History of Tooth-Combed Primates.”  The first sentence is usually key to the article.  “Fossils discovered in Tunisia challenge several hypotheses concerning the origin of tooth-combed primates,” it reads.Shark Bites DarwinCould this be possible in Darwin’s world?  Science Daily says that “New genetic research finds shark, human proteins stunningly similar.”  So similar are they, a simple reading of the data would make sharks more closely related to humans than they are to fish!  Key quote from Michael Stanhope of Cornell:“We were very surprised to find, that for many categories of proteins, sharks share more similarities with humans than zebrafish,” Stanhope said. “Although sharks and bony fishes are not closely related, they are nonetheless both fish … while mammals have very different anatomies and physiologies. Nevertheless, our findings open the possibility that some aspects of white shark metabolism, as well as other aspects of its overall biochemistry, might be more similar to that of a mammal than to that of a bony fish.“The article quickly changed the subject, diverting attention to shark features and the need for conservation.Adaptive Radiation Ratted Out“Study of rodent family tree puts brakes on commonly held understanding of evolution,” Science Daily published in another iconoclastic headline.  This time, it’s the widely-held notion of “adaptive radiation.”  According to this notion, organisms are likely to quickly diversify as they spread into a new ecospace.  In the case of rodents, this didn’t always happen.  Florida State evolutionists found one case supporting the theory, but other cases where the early colonizers appeared to suppress the diversity of later species.  In general, “The study of the evolutionary history of rodents calls into doubt a generally held understanding that when a species colonizes a new region, such as a continent, evolution leads to a dramatic increase in the number and variety of species,” the article says.  One researcher highlighted the upset in the data: “Biological diversification, or adaptive radiation, is generally thought to be the major explanation for diversification across all of life,” he said.  It’s apparently not always true for “the tree of the most evolutionally successful group of mammals — the muroid rodents.”Your Reptile RelativeIf tool use were to be consistently applied as the most important measure of human ancestry, evolutionists might have to propose that humans are descended from alligators.  That’s because alligators have been observed using tools to lure prey, according to Live Science – “the first convincing evidence of tool use in any reptile.”  It’s not just an isolated observation:New research shows that alligators and crocodiles can use small sticks to attract birds looking for nesting materials. If the birds get too close, they become a meal. The behavior has so far been observed among American alligators in Louisiana, as well as mugger crocodiles (also known as marsh crocodiles) in India.According to the article, “The finding, along with other recent work, suggests reptiles are much more intelligent than generally acknowledged….”  Since birds can also use tools, this seems to diminish the value of tool use as a measure of evolutionary relatedness.Remember these episodes when Darwin dobermans try to bark that evolution is a FACT that is supported by TONS of evidence.  You can tell them “Sure; it shows that humans are descended from alligators and cousins of sharks (but not fish), gene evolution usually contradicts fossil evidence, and species evolve except when they don’t.  Nice theory.”  You might apply the evidence in these stories to prove that humans descended from sharks, picked up intelligence from alligators along the way, and developed mammalian characteristics independently of monkeys by means of “convergent evolution.”  Humans like to swim like sharks, don’t they?  And sharks still have an appetite for human flesh, don’t they?  Keep it up by applying the same logic Darwinists use.  After all, you are appealing to observational evidence, not to predetermined assumptions of what you “believe” happened “by faith,” right?  Should be fun. 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