‘Islam Is Under Siege’

first_imgThe Muslim community in Liberia has finally broken its silence, openly venting its anger at Muslim terrorists who it says continue to hold the world hostage for their selfish interests.According to the Acting Chief Imam of Liberia, Ali Krayee, some unscrupulous individuals are deliberately smearing the image of Islam. He claimed that these groups of individuals are doing far more harm to the world than good.“There are attempts by some individuals to deliberately smear the image of Islam. We are also not ignorant of some defiant elements that claim to be Muslims but are doing far more harm than anyone else, in the name of the religion.”Imam Krayee indicated that these terrorist-oriented Muslims are doing so much harm that it has become difficult to distinguish the authentic Islam and the Islam of the media. “Islam is a religion under siege and we have to ask ourselves again and again what is happening?”Imam Krayee made these assertions when he officially launched the first ever National Imam Council of Liberia (NICOL) nationwide Dawah (Evangelism) and training program. The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Marvii Sonii School campus in Clara Town.Let us not forget as we watch on our television screens and monitor the radio and read the newspapers, how on a daily basis we come across violence perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Islam, said the Imam.This is not Islam“Oh Yes! We condemn terrorism and we say, in a louder tone, that this is not Islam. The Quran says he who makes one person to live as though he is saving the entire mankind and at the same time kills one innocent person is like he has killed the entire human race.“So we strongly condemn all acts of terrorism in the world because such acts do not preach peace as the Quran does,” the Muslim clergyman declared.“Islam is indeed under siege. It is under the siege of people who claim to belong to it, but are doing great disservice to the religion. Islam is under siege by those who believe that the future of the world belongs to a place where God should be absent.“So the challenge we have today is enormous,” Imam Krayee continued, telling his fellow Imams gathered in their numbers, “We have to work hand in hand to correct the moral decay that our society is currently experiencing. We are to ensure that Islam obtains its rightful place in the society.”This is the first time in recent memory that an Islamic leader has spoken out against the terrorist activities of Islamic groups around the world, notably the Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, the murder of over a hundred children in Pakistan and the recent attack on the French satirical magazine in Paris, killing 12 persons in the magazine’s office.The Daily Observer has frequently called on Liberian Muslims to speak out one way or the other on these atrocities inflicted by innocent people in the name of Islam.  At last, Imam Krayee, Liberia’s acting chief imam, has spoken.  Peaceful Co-existenceAccording to Imam Krayee,  “Liberia bears witness to the truest Islam—a religion that preaches peace and peaceful co-existence.  It is our responsibility to work hard and make sure that the people of the country learn to know and respect Islam,” he said.Imam Krayee, who is of the Krahn tribe, reminded his audience that violence in the name of religion did not start with Islam.Christianity’s own history of violence“As we bear witness to these facts, terrorism perpetrated by “so-called Muslims”, let us not also forget that violence in the name of religion did not begin with Islam and it has not become the preoccupation of those who call themselves Muslims.”He cited the Jerusalem massacre of 1089, carried out by the Crusaders from Europe to redeem the City from Muslems.  In this, millions of Muslims perished, perpetrated by people who belonged to the Christian faith, conducting a war under the banner of the cross.He also spoke of the First and Second World Wars in which over sixty million perished. These wars, he noted, were waged by people who called themselves Christians and believed in Jesus Chris as their Lord and Savior.He spoke of the Rwandan genocide in which thousands of people were killed in a predominantly Catholic country.  TheLord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda are raping and killing countless numbers of women and children.He finally named what he considered the greatest crime in human history, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, when millions of black people were forcibly taken from their homeland and de-humanized in difficult circumstances. This, Imam Krayee noted, was carried out by people who believed in the Bible.Imam Krayee brilliantly outlined these condemnable actions in history by people notably of the Christian religion. But he did not say that these actions carried out by Christians were done in the name of their religion, as it is being done in the name of Islam today.  This is the question on which he did not enlighten his audience.The National Imam Council of Liberia was established in 1995 and is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary early next month, February.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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How can delayed weaning benefit your operation?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At what age do you wean your lambs? This is a question that I have asked producers many times. I have heard ages ranging from 35 to 130 days of age with the most common answer being 60 days of age. This is the most common weaning age for producers in the eastern United States. When I ask producers why they wean their lambs at 60 days of age or younger, most respond with “that’s the way we have always done it here on the farm, so why change now?”From a researcher’s perspective, this is not a valid answer. Weaning before the natural weaning age (between 100 to180 days of age depending upon sheep breed) is stressful. Weaning stress can lead to decreases in animal performance as demonstrated by decreased weight gain. Weaning stress can also result in decreased animal health as shown by decreases in immune system function that can lead to an increased susceptibility to disease and infection. However, if we were to let nature run its course and allow for animals to wean naturally, could we increase animal health and performance?Considering the nutritional components of milk (fat and protein) as well as the stress associated with weaning, if producers increased the weaning age of lambs, would this allow operations to capitalize on lamb growth and health? In order to determine if delayed weaning benefits lamb health and performance, the authors below conducted two experiments.Data measurements collected in both experiments included body weight (BW), average daily gain (ADG) to monitor lamb performance. Packed cell volume (PCV), Fecal Egg Counts (FEC), and FAMACHA eye scores were collected to monitor lamb health. Packed cell volume is a measurement that determines the amount of circulating red blood cells in the body, which can be used to assess the level of anemia (blood loss). Fecal egg counts were used to quantify the number of parasite eggs being shed per gram of feces. FAMACHA eye scores were also used to assess circulating blood levels by viewing the mucosal membrane of the inner eyelid, a quick and easy way for producers to monitor their flock on-farm for Haemonchus contortus.In experiment 1, lambs were placed into one of two weaning treatments; Pasture Control (PC): lambs weaned at 60 days of age and placed on pasture and Ewe (E): lambs placed on pasture with ewe and weaned at approximately 123 days of age. Grazing paddocks were primarily composed of tall fescue and known to be infected with parasites (Haemonchus contortus – parasite of interest). In addition, lambs in experiment 1 were provided one of two mineral sources, loose mineral verses block mineral supplementation. At the end of the grazing phase, all lambs remained in their treatment groups and were fed to a targeted finishing weight (~120 lbs.) during the feedlot phase.For lamb performance, lambs that were weaned at 123 days of age (E) had a greater final BW and greater total ADG. From a health standpoint, E lambs had a higher PCV value at the end of the grazing portion of the trial when compared to PC lambs. Farm records also indicated that 41.7% of PC lambs required anthelmintic treatment as a result of parasitic infection whereas 0% of E lambs required anthelmintic treatment. In addition, when looking at the effects of mineral type, lambs consuming loose mineral had a greater overall ADG while on pasture when compared to those lambs consuming block mineral.During the finishing phase, E lambs had a greater average BW entering the feedlot, spent fewer days in the feedlot, and had a greater overall ADG when compared to PC lambs. However, PC lambs had a greater gain:feed ratio and greater total dry matter intake (DMI) while in the feedlot when compared to E lambs.In experiment 2, lambs were placed into one of four weaning treatments; Pasture Control (PC): lambs weaned at 60 days of age. Ewe (E): lambs weaned at approximately 116 days of age. Social Facilitator (SF): lambs weaned at 60 days of age and placed on pasture with non-lactating, non-related ewes. Feedlot Control (FC): lambs weaned at 60 days of age and placed in a research feedlot facility. Lambs in the pasture treatment groups (E, SF, and PC) were housed on the same pastures as described in experiment 1. All lambs in experiment 2 were provided with the same loose mineral due to the results found in experiment 1. At the end of the grazing phase, all lambs remained in their treatment groups and were fed to a targeted finishing weight (~117 lbs.) during the feedlot phase.From a performance standpoint, E lambs had the greatest final body weight while FC lambs had a greater final BW when compared to PC lambs at the end of the grazing phase. FC lambs also had the greatest final ADG at the end of the grazing phase. Due to the change in diet, FC lambs had the lowest BW for the first 28 days of the grazing phase. As for lamb health, E and FC lambs had a smaller change in PCV values from day 28 to the end of the grazing phase. As calculated in experiment 1, farm records showed that a total of 5, 50, and 55% of FC, PC, and SF lambs received anthelmintic treatment during the grazing phase whereas 0% of E lambs received anthelmintic treatment.During the finishing phase, FC lambs spent the greatest number of days in the feedlot, had the greatest total weight gain, and lowest DMI per day when compared to all other treatment groups. Additionally, E lambs spent the fewest number of days in the feedlot, had the lowest total weight gain, and had a the highest DMI day when compared to all other treatment groups during the finishing phase.Delayed weaning in both experiments proved to be beneficial. For those producers that face challenges with parasitic infection and are interested in raising grass-fed lamb, delayed weaning may be a cost effective alternative as delayed weaned lambs had greater gains and did not require any treatment for internal parasites. In addition, while mineral supplementation is important for basic biological functions, experiment 1 showed that lambs that were offered a loose mineral had a greater overall ADG when compared to those lambs that were consuming block mineral. Upon entering the feedlot, delayed weaned lambs spent fewer days on feed and were marketed at the same age as those lambs that entered the feedlot at 60 days of age. Therefore, for those producers that are interested in utilizing more pasture, decreasing the use of anthelmintics, and decreasing the amount of grain require to finish lambs, delayed weaning may be a viable option.last_img read more

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Travel Bug Rescue – Learn from a Pro

first_imgScott Stracener, Me2Ugly, rescuing a Travel Bug. Scott Stracener is geocacher Me2Ugly.  You may recognize his name if you’ve ever had a Travel Bug in need of rescue.  He’s currently ranked among the best of the best in Travel Bug rescue. Scott talked to us about how you can request assistance in rescuing your wayward Travel Bug or become a rescuer yourself.Latitude 47: How did you hear about Travel Bug rescue?Scott: I found out about TB Rescue through Geocaching.com.  I was just clicking around the site and saw a banner ad.  I clicked on the banner to get more information.  I thought that it was a great idea and a great way to get more involved with geocaching.  I know I would like someone to grab my Travel Bug or coin and move it along.  This gives us a way to help fellow cachers and to connect with others on a more personal note.The long road to rescue. Me2Ugly treks up a California road to rescue a Travel Bug. Latitude 47: What is your most gratifying recovery?Scott: Most gratifying rescue, there are two.  Obviously, my first successful rescue.  TB2ECQA ‘Geocoin Club June 2008’.  The coin was dropped on 11/4/2009. The owner requested a rescue on 3/12/2010, 128 days after the drop.  I saw the request on 3/15 and went out the next morning, hiked up Sugarloaf Mountain to retrieve the coin.  I then took it to the ‘Un-Original Stash’ in Oregon, which is where my most memorable TB Rescue took place.TB346VW ‘KC The Traveling Gorilla’, created by a mother for her son to watch the Travel Bug move from cache to cache.  KC was dropped on 1/31/10 and the mother requested a rescue on 4/21/10.  My investigation of the TB showed that it had only been active for two months and was already stuck.  I was going to be in the neighborhood (Un-Original Stash) so I [thought, “I] will stop by the last known cache for the Travel Bug.”  On 4/25/10, I found the cache and rescued the Travel Bug.  I had already decided that if I found the Travel Bug I would take it to the Project A.P.E. cache Mission 9: Tunnel of Light.  For the next month I kept KC The Traveling Gorilla and took him on a number of cache hunts, a Cache Rescue (which I do when requested through WSGA) and even a TB-Rescue on the Olympic Peninsula that was unsuccessful.  On 5/24/10, I dropped KC The Traveling Gorilla at Mission 9.  Then, when finishing the Geo TRIAD at HQ, I spotted KC there.  That was cool.Latitude 47: What advice do you have if someone is interested in Travel Bug rescue?Scott: Know the area where the rescue will take place.  No Travel Bug Rescue is worth risking yourself or property.  Have fun and remember that not all rescues can be successful.  However, when they are, it really feels great.Latitude 47: Have you ever lost a Travel Bug?Scott: I have not lost a Travel Bug.  I do not have that many out there.  I do know I will launch one on July 17th near Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, WA.  It will be my grandson’s second birthday.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTrackable Stories of the WeekSeptember 16, 2011In “Community”Become Trackable on Geocaching.com – Tattoos to Travel BugsSeptember 13, 2011In “Community”Nottingham to Nottingham Travel Bug RaceSeptember 12, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

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Unbeaten Meralco tackles Ceres

first_imgMeralco prevailed over JPV Marikina, 2-1, last week on the strength of James Younghusband’s second half header. But the Sparks expect a tougher test this time against a Ceres side boasting of quality players.“They have players with good reputations and deservedly so,” said Sparks striker Phil Younghusband. “Any one of their players can produce a moment of magic.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Busmen are teeming with attacking talent in Manny Ott, Stephan Schrock, Iain Ramsay and Bienve Marañon.Patrick Reichelt also returned from a 10-month injury layoff last week and scored twice against Ilocos.“The players know they can play with Ceres but it will all boil down to hard work, concentration, and working together,” said Sparks coach Aris Caslib. Over at Cebu City Sports Center, Global Cebu tries to sustain its scintillating form at home when it hosts winless Davao Aguilas in the late kickoff at 7 p.m.The Cebuanos are unbeaten at CCSC, bringing down Ceres, 1-0, last July 5, before subduing Stallion Laguna, 3-0, on Sunday.With 20 points from nine matches, Global could find itself level on points with Meralco with a victory and a loss by the Sparks to Ceres.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Macau tourney for victorious Petron FC Meralco Manila puts its clean record on the line against a formidable Ceres Negros side on Saturday in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The Sparks hope to go six points clear at the top with a victory in the 4 p.m. duel with the Busmen, who are coming off their most lopsided win of the season, after beating Ilocos United, 7-0, last Saturday in Bacolod.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Mohali Test: Zaheer, Ponting have a spat

first_imgIndian pacer Zaheer Khan and Australian skipper Ricky Ponting were locked in spat on the opening day of the first Test between the two countries in Mohali on Friday.Soon after Ponting was run out at 72 runs, he and Zaheer had an ugly exchange of words. It’s not clear who started it all, but Ponting seemed so upset with the words thrown at him by Zaheer that he went on to confront him.Ponting was also seen pointing his bat towards Zaheer. It took umpire Billy Bowden’s intervention to cool things down. Indian and Australian cricketers have a history of spats, including the infamous episode in which Harbhajan Singh allegedly called Andrew Symonds a “monkey”.last_img

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