Party paramountcy is being revived

first_imgDear Editor,I am reminded of an article titled, ‘Party Paramountcy’ which was published in Caribbean Life in August 2016 which aptly summarises the PNC’s ideology during the Burnham dark era. It stated that, ‘Burnham ruled Guyana using his publicly proclaimed euphemism: “party paramountcy.” The party, not the state, controlled the arms of the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Police, departments of government and, in critical matters, parts of the judiciary, the electoral machinery, the media, the trade unions.’It went further to state that, ‘Burnham possessed two additional arms: the “Death Squad,” that is police in plain clothes and Rabbi Washington’s House of Israel. These conducted surveillance, and viciously smashed opposition elements, using hockey sticks and batons. The second were enforcers, bullies, extortionists, hit squads, strike-breakers, anti-union operators, deacons, black Jews and nuts and plantain-chip vendors in one.’I can vividly recall during the early ‘70s poverty and hunger were everywhere and jobs were few and only those with PNC membership cards gained access to scarce food items and employment. It was during this time that the Burnham dictatorship promised to ‘Feed Clothe and House’ the Nation by 1976. Many persons were forced to join PNC groups and youths joined the Young Socialist Movement, the youth arm of the PNC. Many of my friends joined and yet could not secure jobs because of their race. They had to go through a more stringent test. They were forced to join the Guyana national Service and some who went to Kimbia came back disillusioned!Moreover, I can also clearly recall the ‘co-op shops’ run by the PNC, again PNC membership cards were needed to access food items. ‘The state-run External Trade Bureau, handled all imports which it then redistributed to PNC-organised “cooperatives” known as Knowledge Sharing Institutes strategically located in predominantly Afro-Guyanese areas. These retail outlets sold preferentially to persons who produced PNC membership cards and they acted to squeeze the small rural mainly Indian-owned groceries out of business.I can recall persons from my village going to the neighboring Fyrish Village in the hope of getting some cooking oil and butter only to be disappointed when they reached the end of the ‘Guyline’! The PNC members lived happily in those days because they could enjoy the ‘scarce’ goods.Party paramountcy invaded every aspect of Guyanese lives, be it food; be it jobs; be it contracts; be it any form of Government services and I have seen that PNC ideology slowly surfacing since this Government took Office. Recently, a young woman was promised a job if she contested the Local Government Election (LGE) as an APNU candidate in a PPP stronghold. She managed only 13 votes but I do hope she gets the job since she fulfilled her side of the bargain!Therefore, what Volda Lawrence said was an echo of the truth and no amount of apology and whitewashing will remove the fact that party paramountcy is being revived by the PNC like many other traits inherent in the old PNC Order. Her message is clearly received that if anyone wants a job or contract then a PNC membership card is a vital qualification requirement.What is shameful though, is that the AFC and its Leader have become eunuchs – just agreeing and disagreeing as the situation demands. Moreover, Trotman’s attempt at damage control by labeling the statement as an ‘unnecessary distraction’ simply accentuates the AFC’s inability to be factual, decisive and independent of the influence of the PNC’s faction of the coalition.This Government is once again crossing its limits and must be reminded that the root of all evil is the abuse of power and the masses are cognisant of this abuse and will speak decisively come 2020!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Police hand out $3.5M in bursary awards

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Thursday handed out $3.5 million in bursary awards to 114 children who performed exceptionally well in the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) that was written in March of this year.The awards were handed out at the Officers’ Mess Office in Eve Leary, Georgetown.Overall, 127 students received financial grants. Among those who met the qualifications were 114 students who received $25,000 each along with a $2000 voucher.Six students also received awards from the Police Association of $20,000 each. Special awards were handed to seven outstanding pupils who received bursaries of $100,000 to $200,000. Shabanna Bacchus was granted the highest award of $200,000 from the Force.In attendance at the award ceremony were Assistant Chief Education Officer, Samatha Williams and several senior Police officials.Williams, who delivered the feature address on behalf of Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson, said the Ministry is appreciative of the GPF’s effort and lauded them for same. She added that she hopes other entities can host such events inShabanna Bacchus receiving a special award of $200,000 from Assistant Police Commissioner-Administration, Maxine Grahamthe future.“It is occasions like this that help to strengthen the stakeholder collaboration that is needed in order for the Ministry of Education to achieve its mandate,” the ACEO said.She further lauded the children for their hard work and encouraged them to be the best they can in their respective secondary schools.“Dream big! Dream of becoming someone who will work on our oil rig, dream of becoming a nurse, a doctor, an author or even the President of Guyana,” Williams encouraged.Assistant Police Commissioner Maxine Graham related that the GPF’s bursary programme was initiated in 1994.In 2015, 170 persons applied for bursary awards and 141 qualified while in 2016, 212 applications were received and 83 persons qualified.Last year, 127 persons applied and 98 persons were able to benefit. Meanwhile this year, 160 applications were received.Most students who received bursaries on Thursday would have obtained 400 marks and above at the NGSA examination. On March 28 and March 29, some 14,551 pupils wrote the examinations to complete their primary education and gain entrance into the secondary education system.Each candidate’s NGSA score is calculated by adding five per cent of each candidate’s Grade Two scores in Mathematics and English, and 10 per cent of the Grade Four score in the same subjects to 85 per cent of each candidate’s score in those subjects at the Grade Six Assessment. The combined scores in Mathematics and English are then added to the scores gained in Science and Social Studies.The NGSA replaced the longstanding Common Entrance Examination, which was a one-off assessment at the Grade Six level.This year, Nalia Rahaman of Westfield Preparatory School in Kingston, Georgetown was the nation’s highest performer. She secured a perfect score of 529 and has been awarded a place at Queen’s College.The event hosted on Thursday was one of several being organised by the GPF’s Military Band in observance of its 160th anniversary.last_img read more

Lowell goes from throw-in to World Series MVP

first_imgCOMMENTARY: Red Sox play like the Yanks, and pay like them, too. By Tim Dahlberg THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER – There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about utter dominance, nothing heartwarming about a juggernaut. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Put pinstripes on these Boston Red Sox, move them to the Bronx, and America would have the same love/hate relationship with them as they do with George Steinbrenner’s multimillionaire minions. Three years have passed since the nation shed a collective tear for the uplifting story about a team that battled back against all odds, wiped out a curse, and rewarded the suffering of generations. Only the most hardened heart couldn’t find something special in the lovable lugs who brought a World Series title back to their equally lovable ballpark. The ballpark is still terminally cute. Always will be as long as the Green Monster remains standing and people offer up their first born for tickets. But these aren’t your grandfather’s Red Sox. Meet the new Yankees, same as the old Yankees. They once sold Babe Ruth to pay expenses. Now they hire gunslingers from far away countries to mow down the guys in the hated pinstripes. On Sunday night in this mile-high city, they did something only the Yankees thought they had the birthright to do. And, after not only winning but sweeping their second World Series title in four years, they seem perched on the verge of a dynasty. No wonder even the Yankees might be feeling a tad jealous. “They talk about Red Sox Nation. We talk about Yankee universe,” George Steinbrenner’s son, Hank, told the New York Times the other day. “As bad as they want it, they’ll never be the Yankees with their brand.” Maybe not, but being the Red Sox isn’t such a bad thing these days. It wasn’t that long ago that their loyal fans were begging, pleading, for the team to win before their beloved (fill in the blank) grandfather, uncle, father, or grandmother died without seeing them win a championship. Now they march with the swagger of card-carrying members of the Red Sox Nation, a fan base so die-hard thousands think nothing of traveling the country to make themselves a very vocal presence in opponents’ stadiums. Some 5,000 or so stood in the stands behind the visitor’s dugout after the game, not just satisfied that their team had won its eighth straight World Series game over three years. No, they had to use the occasion to rub it into the Yankees, who were having a bad enough day after Alex Rodriguez bid them adieu. They mocked the Yankees for a good minute just to make sure New Yorkers understood there was a new sheriff in town. Can the inevitable backlash be far behind? No doubt, because there’s nothing we hate more than arrogant winners who think they can buy their way to success much the way Steinbrenner’s millions helped the Yankees win like no other team except the Yankees who came before them. An AP-AOL Sports poll last year confirmed the Yankees were the team America both loves to love and loves to hate. The Yankees had the highest following of any team at 14 percent of baseball fans, but 40 percent said New York was also the team they rooted most against. The Red Sox had the support of 9 percent of fans, but their negatives were only 7 percent. That figures to change after a second World Series win because this is a team that not only plays like the Yankees of their prime, but spends like them. Their payroll is second only to the Yankees. The Red Sox have shown no hesitancy since new ownership took over in 2002 to spend what they think it will take to win. Some of the moves, like signing J.D. Drew at $14 million a year, and spending millions in midseason on Eric Gagne to pitch middle relief, even look Yankees-esque in their questionable return on investment. But now A-Rod beckons, and the Red Sox have a chance to land the biggest Yankee catch of them all. They’re not warm and fuzzy anymore, and no longer seem all that lovable. Red Sox fans will take that, though, because the most important thing is the Yankees are now chasing them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

KEEP ‘ER LIT JIMMY! ONE DONEGAL FAN’S DEFIANCE AFTER THAT FINAL

first_imgDONEGAL fan Elaine Amoroso kept on smiling after our county’s loss to Kerry on Sunday.And she thought she’d cheer us all up….insisting we’ll be back.So here’s her snaps. We hope it cheers your day! KEEP ‘ER LIT JIMMY! ONE DONEGAL FAN’S DEFIANCE AFTER THAT FINAL was last modified: September 25th, 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)last_img

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgTODAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5, students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call (661) 718-8997. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5, students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Snyders Dance Groove will give ballroom, Latin, country and swing dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. For ages 40 and up. Cost: $3 per person. Call (661) 609-6510. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12 Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with panic attacks, anxiety or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster, third floor. Call (661) 943-3956. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo at 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will meet for its weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Concept! will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. WEDNESDAY Sweet Talkers Toastmasters meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Wilsona School District board room, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 will serve specialty meals, or hamburger baskets, 5:30-8 p.m. at the post, 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Proceeds will benefit community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Kids Managing Anger Together for ages 13-17 will meet, 4:30-6 p.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite. B-1, Palmdale. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Women’s Group will deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of relationship, infertility and other issues, noon-1:30 p.m. Call (661) 266-8700. Fobi-Lyte Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to address the medical, nutritional and social ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Conference Room 16 at Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center, 44105 15th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 723-5123. Caregivers Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, 44421 10th St. W., Suite I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-4852. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Eye Opener Toastmasters Club will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call Al Moore at (661) 726-3627. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente. Call Alan Strech at (661) 940-4640. Scrapbookers Club will meet, 5-7 p.m. at Peldyns, 27021 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. Free tools for use. Bring book and photos. Call (760) 608-1422. Antelope Valley Intertribal Council meeting, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 435-0423. AIDS-related death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Sudden-death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Dual Recovery Anonymous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consumers with a history of substance abuse, will meet, 3 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595. Antelope Valley Interfaith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and mature teenagers. Call Kathe Walters at (661) 285-8306. Hi-Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Don’s Restaurant, Victorville. Call (760) 240-4705. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 2 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Belly dancing classes, 7-9 p.m. at the Alpine Grange, 8650 E. Ave. T-8, Littlerock. Lessons: $2. Call (661) 944-1747. Desert Noon Lions Club meets, noon-1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the California Pantry, 120 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call Barbara at (661) 947-4079. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Free. For information and location, call (661) 538-1846. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose meeting room on the second floor at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. The organization is a 12-step, self-help group. Call (661) 943-5466. Little Angels, a support group for families with young children with Down syndrome, meets, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, 43210 Gingham Ave., Lancaster. Call Cyndee Moore at (661) 945-6761 or e-mail cyndeem@nlacrc.com, or visit the Web site at www.geocities.com/littleangels_angelitos. Al-Anon discussion group will meet, 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale; Alateen at 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale, and a women’s discussion group at 7:30 p.m. at 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. A Course in Miracles discussion, 7-9 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 10 a.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Bridge Club for seniors will meet, noon-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Beginner and intermediate players welcome. Call (661) 267-5551. Blood pressure testing for seniors, 10-11:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Knitting and crocheting for seniors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 704 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Bring your own supplies. Call (661) 267-5551. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale Children’s Youth Library, 38510 Sierra Highway. Call Kathy at (661) 265-1839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room 2 at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 256-7064. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Women’s Eating Disorder Group will meet, 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. Bingo for seniors, 12:15-2:15 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Cost: 25 cents per card. Call (661) 267-5551. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Center, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 949-7423. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org THURSDAY High Desert Toastmasters meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. FRIDAY Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at the Harvest Office and Ministry Center, 43209 10th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-2803. Emotional Freedom Technique Group offers demonstrations and practices, 6:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends). Self-help tapping technique used to reduce or eliminate stress, cravings, pains, fears, phobias. Call (661) 945-4045. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting Course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.com or www.sava-na.org. last_img read more

Express FC names new Board Members

first_img Tags: Express FCKiryowa Kiwanukatop Kiryowa Kiwanuka was named Chairperson of Express FC last week (file photo)KAMPALA – Just over 24 hours after signing its first major partnership this season,  Express FC has named a new Board of Directors and related new structures for its top Advisory Council.The Board Members who will serve under new Chairmanship of Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka at the Red Eagles include: Dr. Samuel Sejjaaka, Mr. Francis Buwule, Mr. Alex  Munobe, Mr. Moses Banturaki, Mr. Robert Aloro, Mr. Aidan Kateregga and Mr. Ssubi Kiwanuka (the Board Secretary).The announcement which was made on Thursday morning is aimed at re-positioning the country’s oldest football club for even greater heights; modernizing its administrative and support structures and offering a competitive business and value added preposition to fans, stakeholders and partners.Announcing the Board Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka said he was confident the new board will help restore the club’s footballing pedigree.“The Directors bring to the Board of Express FC various aspects of expertise; professionalism, representation and values.“I have confidence that this talent mix with the support of our gallant fans will help restore the club’s footballing pedigree and enable the club to raise its competitive level of strategic planning that is desired in modern day to advance club interests and those of the game of football in the country.The Chairman further stated that the club’s leadership will operate its mandate through structures and an Advisory Council whose membership will be announced in due course.The Advisory Council will initially be composed of five Committees” namely;1. Technical;2. Marketing and Communications;3. Finance;4. Human Resource and Administration;5. Strategy and Risk.Kiwanuka also called upon Express FC fans and other football loving Ugandans to rally behind reforms that are taking place in the club and offer maximum support.“It is our game, our club and country. Together we are able to make this happen.Who are the new board members?Dr. Samuel Sejjaaka:Sejjaaka is a Certified Public Accountant and Professor of Accounting and Finance at Abacus Business School. He is the Chairman of UAP, Old Mutual Financial Services and African Queen No. 1 Distributor Limited. He has been an Express FC fan since the 1970’s and brings to the board a wealth of experience in strategy and governance.Mr. Francis Buwule Kabonge:Kabonge is a lawyer in private practice, a Senior Partner with Buwule & MayigaAdvocates. He joined Express in 1979 from Mulago branch and has served as Club Secretary and briefly as Chairman. He is an experienced administrator with years of legal expertise.Mr. Alex Munobe:Munobe is a St Mary’s College Kisubi alumni and holds a Bsc Economics degree from Makerere University. He is the Chairman of Real Friends Care Sacco and a member of SMACKOBA Executive. He is self-employed, engaged in trade, real estate and coffee farming. He is a director Mega Networks. He was introduced to Express FC by his late father in the early 1980s. He has a wealth of experience and strength in interpersonal relations.Mr. Aidan Kateregga Wassajja:Adrian has over 10 years’ experienced as a seasoned banker. He has worked with Centenary Bank, Finance Trust Bank and he is now Electronic Channels Manager at FINCA Uganda. An ardent fan of Express for over 30 years he brings on board a wealth of corporate management and boardroom experience.Mr. Robert Aloro:Aloro works with Uganda Revenue Authority. He had an illustrious football carrier from his early days at school through club football at Nsambya, Express FC and national teams such as U18, U20 and the Uganda Cranes. Robert holds a Higher Diploma in Marketing–, Bachelor’s, Degree in Social Sciences (Social Administration & Economics), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Tax Administration.Mr. Moses Banturaki:Moses has 25-year business development experience. He is Managing Director of Danish Cleantech Group, a renewable energy firm based in Kenya. He is the representative of the Danish Business Network of Kenya to the European Business Council. He has supported Express FC since 1983.Mr. Ssubi M. Kiwanuka:Ssubi is a Communications Professional currently heading the Uganda Media Centre International Relations Department. He has served as Inaugural Chairman of 86BR Ltd, is a Director 3D Services Ltd and also served as Membership Secretary Entebbe Club. Being an avid golfer, he comes to the Board with a passion for Sports and an understanding of club management. He is born and bred Express FC.Comments last_img read more

DD Motoring: .9 is the new ‘perfect 10’ for the Nissan Micra

first_img“Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two,But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do,‘Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase,All the right junk in all the right places.”I just love this cover by Kate Davis of the hit song “All About the Bass” which I was listening to this week on the radio in one of the top of the range models of The New Nissan Micra at the showrooms at Inishowen Motors. It had a fantastic Bose speaker built into the driver’s seat headrest which just vibrated down my back when I turned it up full.As I kept in beat with the sound of the beautiful bass in this song I was thinking more about the base model of the new Micra which I was really here to drive which is one of the new age cars which will be one of the trend setters of Irish motoring. Advertisement A view of the the all new Nissan Micra which we drove this week courtesy of Inishowen Motors. Photo Brian McDaidNissan Micra’s account hacked!If the new Nissan Micra logged on to its Facebook account, those invisible boys up in the clouds of big data would be convinced that the Micra’s account was hacked. A wee selfie of the new Micra would look nothing like the Micra that we are used looking at for years.The Micra that started life as a replacement to the Nissan Cherry as the smallest Nissan in the range all those years ago has evolved through the generations of Micras and rounded its shape over the car’s history. This was the shape and image which built the profile of what we always associate the Nissan Mica to be and over the years the Micra became more rounder and bigger – like us all.This new Nissan has completely changed its image just when the Leaf and Juke all have followed suit in their round design. The New Nissan Micra has gone trend setting again with a car that might look a little smaller than its predecessor because of its lower stance but the car is in fact bigger than the car it replaces.Sitting inside the New Micra I couldn’t get over how much room that was in it for the driver, more than a VW Golf in my opinion! The Nissan has a very fuss free interior with loads of coffee cup holders that actually fit coffee cups for a change! I was in the base model which had air con, cruise control and bluetooth which all give a driver a very warm welcome, which is also cool in these summer days. Advertisement .9 is the new perfect 10! On the road I was looking forward to seeing what these new .9 engines were really like. And I have to say I was impressed considering it’s under 1,000 cc and in the base model that I drove this petrol engine had 75 BHP (with the Turbo Petrol version having an extra 15 BHP on tap.) On the hills you will have to use this cars gearbox a lot more to get the best out of the engine.Looking under the bonnet of the Micra this three cylinder engine looks small but works well and sounds lovely with that off beat sound of the three cylinder petrol engine.A view of the new .9 petrol engine in the New Nissan Micra which we drove this weekend. Photo Brian McDaidWhat this small engine lacks in power makes up for in euros when you go to the pump to fill it up with petrol. It’s very easy to get over 50 miles to the gallon with a bit of care, that’s roughly the same return you will get in fuel economy with a diesel version which will cost an extra €3,000! And the savings don’t stop there!The sweetest note that I heard from this Micra was the price I got back for a quote for insurance for myself which weighed in at €383, that’s €200 less than what I am paying at the minute for a 1300 diesel vehicle.If you were to avail of the payment plan for the insurance of €32 per month plus €149 deposit and Nissan’s finance from €156 per month with a deposit of €4,995 on the car or trade in you could be on the the road and insured in a new car for as little as €188 per month! Nissan also have an offer with any Micras bought before the end of July 2017 of free car insurance (which is subject to conditions). Writing this report this week I couldn’t help but notice how many 10 to 15 year old Nissan Micras are still doing the daily commute around Donegal which is as good a testimony as you need of the reliability of these cars. This new Nissan ticks a lot of boxes as a good-looking easy to run, easy to insure brand new model. Prices start a €18,250 for petrol XE, similar to what we drove with the diesel 1.5 starting at €21.250 and the Turbo petrol starting at €19,250.A total professionalI was saddened to hear the news on Monday this week of the departure of Highland’s anchor presenter Shaun Doherty. I have to say the airwaves will be a different place not hearing his voice in the background of our day to day life in Donegal.It’s over 10 years ago in 2006 that I had the mad dream of a fundraising drive from Letterkenny to Monte Carlo to raise money for the Donegal Hospice. On the run up to announcing this fundraiser things were not going to plan as well as I had hoped they would and as the press releases were going out to all local papers that helped get the news out which I couldn’t thank enough, I was invited on to the Shaun Doherty Show to chat about my fundraiser which in my heart I was privately thinking was going to fail.Waiting to go on air I was like a bag of nerves as the interview started, thinking back I am sure Shaun seen what I was going through but never let on. After a shakey start Shaun had me calmed down and had me chatting about something that, before that moment was only a pipped dream. Back in 2006 at the start of the Mini To Monte Carlo run for the Donegal Hospice, Thank you Shaun Doherty for all your help.Loads of people have dreams like this but unfortunately tell the wrong people about them who think it might be safer to tell you about all the pitfalls so in “their view” you won’t end up making an idiot of yourself!Shaun Doherty had my dream up and running in style before we came off air. A listener rang Tony Kelly who was sponsoring our car for the trip and traded in her Red and White Mini Cooper which fitted perfectly with our request on the radio.Without Shaun Doherty and his production team that work round him on his show, my trip might have made it over the line but never would have raised the awareness for the Donegal Hospice that it did without the professional approach that Shaun Doherty does day in and day out on his show.I never will get a better chance to thank everyone that helped in anyway on that fundraiser nearly a decade ago but especially Shaun Doherty who made it possible for us to end up presenting €46,000 to Carrie Harvey who received it on behalf of the Donegal Hospice in memory of her late husband Eamon Harvey.Thank you Shaun for believing in this venture.DD Motoring: .9 is the new ‘perfect 10’ for the Nissan Micra was last modified: June 28th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daiddd motoringShaun Dohertylast_img read more

Creation vs Evolution: The Bombardier Beetle Challenge

first_imgBombardier beetles made the news again this week. Creation scientists have long used them to challenge evolutionary theory. Can the Darwinians fight back?Credit: Shinji SugiuraWatch a funny video on National Geographic of a barfing toad. The toad made the mistake of sneaking up on a bombardier beetle and snatching it with its tongue before the beetle could fire its weapons. It’s not hard to imagine what happened inside the toad’s stomach, because a few minutes later, the toad gags and vomits out the beetle, practically turning its stomach inside out to get rid of the pest which, though sticky with gastric juices, is none the worse for wear and crawls away.The amazing bombardier beetle is the “dinner date from hell,” the article quips. New Scientist says these beetles can survive for almost two hours before being spit out by any predator unlucky enough to gulp them down. Japanese scientists proved it was the bug’s cannons that forced the vomit response, because beetles that had already fired their weapons were not regurgitated.Creationists have long used the bombardier beetle as a challenge to evolution since the days of Duane Gish and Robert Kofahl in the 1960s and 1970s. Jobe Martin talked about them in his films, Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution. How could such a system evolve by a Darwinian process? Unless the entire mechanism were in place, the bug would blow itself to bits. The secular articles admit that it’s a remarkable “shock and awe” defense mechanism. National Geographic explains,Bombardier beetles aren’t especially rare; more than 500 species live on every continent except Antarctica, and all of them create a toxic brew of chemicals in a special chamber at the bottom of their abdomen.The molecules are mixed together at the last minute and react to form hydrogen peroxide and another class of compounds called benzoquinones, along with huge amounts of heat and pressure. Both chemicals are irritants and can damage skin and lungs.Thanks to the shape of the chamber, this boiling foul mixture is ejected with a huge force.Luc Bussiere at The Conversation is similarly intrigued by these bugs. He includes slow-motion video of the beetle firing its weapons. You can see that the eruption comes out well-aimed and in spurts. The explosion actually creates smoke. Could this evolve?In Spacecraft Earth, Dr Henry Richter describes the creation challenge presented by the bombardier beetle, which he calls one of his favorite examples of creatures that defy evolution.This amazing insect uses two separate chambers in its abdomen, one for the explosive (hydrogen peroxide) and one for the detonator (hydroquinone). These chemicals must be kept separate and in a deactivated state. When they are mixed in the combustion chamber, they must be activated at just the right time, in the right amounts, and in the right way, or else the bug will be a victim of its own weapon, unable to reproduce. How could such a system evolve? Everything had to work right from the beginning, or no offspring would see the light of day to pass along the lucky discovery.He quotes Lyell Rader’s 1998 book for additional details:Bombardier beetle (Wikimedia Commons)All of these systems have to be in flawless working conditions for the beetle to survive. The cannons without the explosives would be meaningless. One chemical without the other would not explode. Both chemicals, without the inhibitor, would blow the beetle to bits. Without the anti-inhibitor, the beetle would be unable to trigger the explosion at all. Without the storage chambers, it wouldn’t have the chemicals on hand when needed. Without strongly reinforced, heat-proof combustion  tubes and cannons, the heat generated by the explosion would cook the beetle.But most amazing of all is the hair trigger communications system. The beetle identifies a potential enemy; waits until the enemy gets its mouth open; pulls the anti-inhibitor like a firing pin on a rifle; aims its cannons; and sends a scalding blast of noxious gas from its tail into the mouth of the aggressor, curbing its appetite for any more beetles. These five functions must be perfectly timed to a fraction of a second.Richter adds more detail illustrating the irreducible complexity of this creature:There’s more to this story. High speed cameras have shown that the beetle fires a rapid series of shots rather than one explosive burst. This gives the bug finer control over the explosion, preventing the recoil that would send it flying. The beetle can also aim its heat weapon precisely over a wide range of angles. All these controls require additional ‘brain software’ for their use.It’s no wonder, Richter says (pp 79-80), that creationists have enjoyed pointing to the bombardier beetle as a challenge to evolution. (As for the evolutionist quibble that the chemicals are not explosive, see Gish’s response quoted here.)The Darwinian ResponseEvolutionists must certainly be aware that creationists have long used the bombardier beetle as evidence against evolution. 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