Valentine: What is the origin of Valentine’s Day?

first_imgImage: iStock Valentine’s Day originated in Ancient RomeThe church changed the festival of Lupercalia for Valentine’s Day Throughout the year there are some specific days to celebrate some aspects of our day to day or to thank our loved ones. Among the most prominent days are Mother’s and Father’s Day, Peace Day and even Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day.center_img Valentine’s day is one of the most popular days of the year. During this day couples from different parts of the world show their love with gifts or details that reflect everything they feel for each other. Whether you have a partner or not, everyone knows the things that are usually given on Valentine’s Day or when this party is celebrated. However, there is a detail that almost everyone does not know and that is most peculiar, as is its origin. The origin of Valentine’s Day As with many other parties, this celebration began in ancient Rome. At that time the festival of Lupercalia was celebrated, a party that honored the shepherds and their flocks. However, the Church changed this day for Valentine’s Day.With this day already established, in the 18th century it became fashionable to send postcards to show affection for the loved one. This trend spread throughout Europe and already in the 19th century the celebration was adapted throughout the world.The reason to call it Valentine Another question that is around the day is the reason why Valentine is linked to Valentine’s Day. This mystery does not have a precise answer, but there are up to three holy martyrs who are the candidates with the best chance of answering this question. The most accepted theory is the story of a priest named Valentin. This man, married couples clandestinely before the prohibition of Emperor Claudius II that did not allow weddings or engagements. After celebrating hundreds of weddings, this priest was discovered and locked in a prison until the day of his death.last_img read more

Only a fraction of Guyanese go into crime (part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Through survival instincts and experience, humans know that it takes good moral values to survive under conditions of poverty and to successfully climb out of it.Also, nature has designed and engineered humans with the most complex and sophisticated intellectual powerhouse, known as the human brain, to intelligibly self-construct mental ladders with good moral values to exert appropriate behaviours necessary to survive in poverty and to climb above it as decent human beings with a conscience.  Good moral values drive adaptive behaviours necessary for survival, but sadly and unfortunately, criminals fail to make the connection.Moreover, criminals are heavily influenced by bad values, which drive them into crime.  Even though our brains are highly capable of instantly generating infinite survival strategies in response to poverty, crime can’t be one of those strategies, because it results in harm, death, and destruction.  Crime is highly abnormal.  For example, we all watched how five criminals were instantly killed in a brazen robbery about a month ago. And just about a week ago, we witnessed how a hard working cheese vendor was senselessly gunned down for his own sweat.  Moreover, we witness daily how criminals brutalise, rape and murder hardworking citizens in the most inhumane ways for their sweat.Humankind is efficiently designed for survival, and this means that criminal behaviours will be forced into extinction by the forces of survival. Of course this will be realised under a Government that respects its people enough to set zero tolerance on such a destructive phenomenon as criminal behaviour. But, for now, the crime rate continues to climb because our Government refuses to understand the crime dynamics.  And also, its silence on this problem is certainly an endorsement.At this juncture, another relevant and important question needs to be addressed: So why do criminals fail to see good values as necessary tools required to handle poverty?  Unfortunately, the reality is that criminals are created by the wrong values they internalize, primarily from caregivers who are most often parent figures and members of our larger society.More often than not, criminals are raised in dysfunctional and broken homes, where bad values are instilled and reinforced. Also, members of society, including politicians and local activists, send the wrong message to criminals by remaining silent when criminals murder hardworking Guyanese, but become activated when criminals are taken down by the Police.  This has got to be hypocrisy to the max. Where is the logic in this?  This is unkind to every Guyanese, including criminals.Society must understand that the Guyanese people do not deserve to be murdered at the brutal hands of criminals.  And society must also stop failing criminals.After all, crime is a dangerous business, and it is the nature of such a business that criminals will likely be killed.  And so, if you want to save the lives of criminals, then teach people good values, instead of misleading them and visiting them in jail and attending their funerals.Sincerely,Annie Baliramlast_img read more

Several Teachers Abandon Classes In Search of Pay

first_imgSeveral of the teachers assigned in northwest Liberia, particularly in Lofa County, have reportedly abandoned classes to follow up their salary account numbers at the Ministry of Finance in Monrovia. The sudden departure of the teachers for Monrovia is seriously interrupting the students’ academic progress, mainly those attending government schools that are now preparing to sit for their second marking period tests. The teachers’ action comes about two months into classes following the reopening of schools across the country after remaining shut for months as a measure to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola outbreak.When contacted, the Human Resource Officer assigned at the Lofa County Education Office, on Wednesday confirmed the teachers’ action. According to him, the teachers were permitted to go to the Ministry of Finance by the county’s education board in order to run after their salary accounts. Mr. Antonio Zayzay said the departure of the teachers was affecting academic activities in the county to the extent that most of the students have turned to farming activities. He, however, clarified that the Ministry of Education has the teachers’ names on payroll, “only that their money was not coming directly into the respective bank accounts. Zayzay noted that if the problems of the teachers are not urgently resolved, academic activities will come to a standstill and could affect the smooth running of schools in that part of the country. As part of reforms to curb fraud in salary payment to government employees, the Ministry of Finance and the Civil Service Agency have employed the use of banks to disburse salaries, compelling workers to open bank accounts In a related development, the Liberia News Agency (LINA) has reported that Teachers assigned at the Daoplay Public School in   Luoguatuo, Gbehlay Geh Statutory District in Nimba County, have rallied to purchase instructional materials to continue academic activities. Over 500 pupils are being enrolled at the junior high school in the district alone, LINA has reported. LINA quoted Principal Behtay Beh as saying last week that since academic activities commenced in February, authorities at the Ministry of Education were yet to supply instructional materials to the school, which she said was a major constraint facing the institution. Mr. Beh noted that to keep the school open and functional, “our instructors have willingly collected about LD10,000 among themselves to purchase basic instructional materials, including chalks, pens, markers and ledgers.” However, the County Education Officer (CEO) of Nimba, Wleh T Sailah, responding to the report on the issue, said his office lacks a vehicle to transport school materials to every school in the district. He said the Ministry of Education’s sub-office has asked principals through the District Education Officers to take possession of school supplies brought into the county capital, Sanniquellie by government and its partners.He then appealed to government and partners to consider the idea of providing vehicles to the EOs throughout the country to make activities of rural education proactive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Harden leads the way

first_imgWHITTIER – Whittier High School survived 19 turnovers and 34 percent shooting from the field with some timely scoring spurts to defeat visiting Westminster High, 45-35, in a CIF Southern Section, Division III-A, first-round playoff game Thursday night. Senior center Nadia Harden turned in her finest game of the season with a team-high 11 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. She also managed to get Westminster star Natalie Hunt in enough foul trouble to keep her out of the game for nearly a half. Hunt scored her team’s first six points, but Whittier’s Luna Amico countered with six of her eight points and the Cardinals led after one quarter, 11-7. Hunt, playing sparingly in the second, third and fourth quarters, finished with 22 points, including 11 in the final period. “This clearly was Nadia’s best game,” coach Willie Pittman said. “When we have her in the game, she gives us that presence we need to compete inside.” With Hunt on the sidelines with two fouls for most of the second quarter, Whittier failed to take advantage of her absence. But the Lions, hampered by 10 turnovers, couldn’t put any offense together, either. Whittier (18-9) managed to increase its lead to 17-11 at halftime, then built a 12-point lead (27-15), thanks in part to Ana Acosta’s 3-point basket midway through the third quarter. Westminster (8-12) finished the quarter with a 6-0 run in the final minutes to trail, 27-21. Keyed by Brittany Cruz’s close-in, back-to-back baskets made possible by some nifty fakes, one of which beat Hunt’s defensive effort, Whittier took some of the luster off the Lions’ surge with a 15-4 run that was capped by Kala Amico’s banked-in 3-pointer from the top of the key to start the fourth quarter and led, 42-23, with 3:10 to play. center_img Hunt went to work with seven points and Raelene Arganda finished with a 3-point basket in a 12-2 surge to close to 44-35 but it was too little, too late. Whittier finished with 19 turnovers to the Lions’ 27, but Westminster held a 38-30 edge on the boards. Neither team shot well. Whittier made 18 of 53 shots (34 percent) to Westminster’s 12 of 46 (26 percent). “We didn’t come ready to play,” Lions coach Christine Ibarra said. “We came out scared and lacked the confidence we needed to win this game.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 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

Five things we learned in the Premier League

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool’s 5-0 win against Watford © AFP / Anthony DEVLINLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 28 – Liverpool roared back to form with a 5-0 demolition of Watford to stay one point clear of defending Premier League champions Manchester City, who squeezed past West Ham thanks to a Sergio Aguero penalty.Behind the front two, the race for the remaining Champions League places is hotting up, with third-placed Tottenham just four points clear of Arsenal and Manchester United and Chelsea close behind. Here are five things we learned in the Premier League from the midweek fixtures:Van Dijk turns scorerVirgil van Dijk has been widely praised for his role in strengthening Liverpool’s once-suspect defence, with the leaders having conceded just 15 goals in the Premier League so far this season.Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk celebrates after scoring against Watford © AFP / Anthony DEVLINBut the Dutch centre-back also proved how useful he can be at the other end of the pitch, with two headed goals inside the closing stages of a thumping 5-0 win over Watford as Jurgen Klopp’s men stayed a point clear of City.Van Dijk, however, made no secret of his priorities after the match by saying: “It was great to score in front of the Kop and to keep a clean sheet was even more important”.City show resolve of championsThe sight of Manchester City taking the ball into the corner to run down the clock in the final stages to hold out for a 1-0 win was not what was expected from West Ham’s visit to the Etihad.Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero scored the only goal of the game against West Ham © AFP / Oli SCARFFHowever, just three days on from a draining 120 minutes to win the League Cup on penalties over Chelsea, Pep Guardiola’s men did at least get the job done to keep the pressure on Liverpool.City had to rely on Sergio Aguero’s penalty and a big save by Ederson from Andy Carroll for the sort of three points that often make the difference in a tight title race.Caballero repays Sarri faith after Kepa axeWilly Caballero was left humiliated on the Wembley touchline when Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to give way to Chelsea’s reserve goalkeeper during the League Cup final.Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero applauds the fans following his side’s 2-0 victory against Tottenham © AFP / Glyn KIRKManager Maurizio Sarri responded to the challenge to his authority by dropping Kepa for Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham, and Caballero repaid his faith by producing a composed display in his first Premier League start this season.It was a sweet moment for the 37-year-old, who said: “The very good news is that he doesn’t care what happened. We are ready and Kepa was fantastic today in supporting me.“He learns, we learn, and I thank him for supporting me.”Lukaku gives Solskjaer timely reminderManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku (centre) celebrates his second goal against Crystal Palace © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODMarcus Rashford has blossomed under interim Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, becoming the first-choice frontman and limiting opportunities for Romelu Lukaku.But with Rashford on the substitutes’ bench on Wednesday after a injury in the weekend draw with Liverpool, Lukaku stepped up to score twice in the 3-1 win at Crystal Palace — his first goals in 10 games.“He’s had to play wide for me and had many defensive duties so I’m happy for him playing as a number nine,” Solskjaer told the BBC.“It’s always good to see players taking their chance. That’s what it’s about at this club, when you get your chance, grab it.”Ozil seizes chanceUnai Emery has not been convinced by Mesut Ozil’s contribution to Arsenal this season, but making just his second league start of 2019 the German showed what he can bring in a 5-1 mauling of Bournemouth.Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil scored the first goal in his side’s 5-1 win against Bournemouth © AFP / Ian KINGTONOzil got Arsenal off to the perfect start with a fourth-minute opener and also played a big role in the Gunners’ second and third goals scored by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Laurent Koscielny.Given Emery’s track record of dropping the club’s highest earner for away games against top-six opposition, there is every chance Ozil will find himself on the bench again when Arsenal visit Spurs on Saturday.However, Ozil has at least given Emery a tough decision to make.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Benteke to Liverpool transfer: Mega deal edging closer

first_img Christian Benteke Aston Villa are continuing to play hardball with Liverpool over the sale of striker Christian Benteke.The Belgian forward has a release clause in place of £32.5m which the Midlands club are refusing to budge from, while the Reds value the 24-year-old at nearer £25m.The £49m sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City has armed Brendan Rodgers with expendable funds, with the deal expecting to provoke a fresh bid for Benteke.LIVERPOOL WILL SIGN CHRISTIAN BENTEKE ‘THE SECOND RAHEEM STERLING LEAVES’, TALKSPORT TOLDBut Villa manager Tim Sherwood remains as adamant as ever that the striker will not be leaving Villa Park.Sherwood insists that Liverpool, who currently boast Danny Ings, Divock Origi, Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and the injured Daniel Sturridge in their attacking ranks, don’t need to sign another striker.He said: “I think Liverpool – I looked the other day – have six or seven strikers at the club. Now I’m not sure how many they actually need. We know Christian is a very good player and we want to keep hold of him.“If someone matches that buyout clause, there is nothing we can do about it. But until that happens, he is an Aston Villa player and we are all very pleased about that.”The futures of three of those strikers; Lambert, Balotelli and Borini, remain firmly in doubt, particularly with the latter two left out of Liverpool’s pre-season tour.Borini is on the verge of ending his bizarre affiliation with the Reds as Lazio are reportedly close to agreeing a fee, while Balotelli has been linked with a loan move to Fiorentina.The former’s departure is expected to act as a catalyst to the Reds’ latest approach for Benteke, but it remains to be seen whether they will submit to the full release clause or reach a compromise with Villa.Benteke, who is one of just six players to score at least ten goals in the last three Premier League seasons, was described as ‘unplayable’ during a purple patch at the back end of the last campaign which saw him strike 12 times in 13 games.But is the fanfare around the Belgian justified?LIVERPOOL WILL HAVE TO CHANGE STYLE TO SUIT CHRISTIAN BENTEKE, CLAIMS JOHN BARNESEXCLUSIVE – CHRISTIAN BENTEKE WILL SCORE 20-PLUS GOALS A SEASON FOR LIVERPOOL, CLAIMS FORMER REDIT IS ‘IMPERATIVE’ CHRISTIAN BENTEKE STAYS AT ASTON VILLA, TALKSPORT TOLD 1last_img read more


first_imgGLENSWILLY GAA NOTESDARKNESS INTO LIGHTWe would like to thank all of our club members who joined us in this year’s Group Entry in supporting Pieta House at the Darkness into light 5k Walk /Run on Saturday morning last in Letterkenny.It was great to see over 45 of our club members /players together as a group participating and raising money for such a worthy cause. In what turned out to be a beautiful morning, your support is very much appreciated by the club ..Thanks to Geraldine for the photo .. FIRST AID CERTIFICATES HANDED OUTThe First Aid certs were given out on Tuesday night at the clubhouse. We would like to thank all 29 of our Team Coaches, committee members , players and members who participated in this course. We appreciate you giving up your free time to train in first Aid , so to provide the best possible care to our young players / members and community. Any team that has not yet received the new First Aid kits , please contact Bryan Faul. A special thanks to the club’s Health and Wellbeing officer Elaine McFadden for organising the course and the presentation of the certs.LADIES NOTESLadies game was called off on Sunday due to a water logged pitch in Dungloe. Congratulations to Laura Gallagher and the Donegal Ladies on their win at the weekend.Well done to Glenswilly Community Games Teams, Under 10 Boys and Under 14 Girls who are Donegal Champions and are through to the Ulster round.Also congratulations to a young Under 12 Girls team who got silver medals on Saturday.SENIORS GET A WINThe senior team managed to get off the mark against Bundoran in a hard-fought encounter on Saturday last. The action turns to championship this weekend with Ardara providing the opposition. The best of luck to the lads. LOTTOThe match 2 in last week’s club lotto was Kevin Cunningham of Bomany. The winning numbers were 13, 14, 17 and 20. The lottos are available in local outlets and through any member of the lotto committee.QUIZThe Club is holding a Table Quiz in Callaghans on Friday 27th May. Teams of 4, entry €20.00. Everyone is encouraged to support. BINGOBingo continues in the clubhouse every Wednesday night at 9pm. Please get there early.NOTESAnybody wishing to have anything put in the club notes should email on Monday evening. Thank you.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY SENIORS GET OFF THE MARK AGAINST BUNDORAN was last modified: May 11th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A full investigation is to be carried out into what caused three accidents on a notorious stretch of road in West Donegal.Four people are still in hospital as a result of the smashes on the N56 at Min a Cuing between Dunlewey and Crolly in the past three weeks alone.Donegal County Council Roads officer Stephen Lambert met with concerned locals and engineers at the scene of the crashes this morning. Mr Lambert has promised a full report on the crashes and also ways of improving safety on the road.However has learned that sanctions to drop the speed limit on the road have been ignored by the NRA for more than SIX months.The speed limit on the mile long stretch of road, which includes three sweeping bends, is 100kph.However it was agreed by Donegal County Council and the NRA to drop the speed limit to 80kph in March last. However no signs have been put in place or other measures taken to introduce the new speed limit into the area.Local county councillor Marie Therese Gallagher said speed is just one factor in road safety in the area.However she said she was bitterly disappointed that the speed limit has not been reduced considering the NRA had agreed to reduce the speed on the road from 100kph to 80kph.“The bottom line is that we put these sanctions in place last March following an initial meeting last October and still nothing has been done to implement them.“It is bad enough that there has been three serious accidents in recent weeks but I do not want to be woken one morning to say there is a fatality on that stretch of road,” she said. One of the three accidents involved a local doctor, who is originally from Tipperary, who is still in a serious condition in hospital.EndsNRA FAIL TO REDUCE SPEED LIMIT AGREED IN MARCH DESPITE THREE SERIOUS CRASHES was last modified: October 12th, 2011 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:DunleweyMarie Therese GallagherNRAStephen Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgA CO DONEGAL man with 465 previous criminal convictions has been remanded in custody – accused of destroying an electronic tag he was supposed to wear while out on bailEamon Edward John Lynch (39) from Glentrain in Letterkenny is charged with stealing and destroying electronic security tags in October 31, 2010.Derry Magistrates Court heard he had been ordered to wear them while on bail for other criminal charges. A police officer told the court a bench warrant for his arrest had also been executed.There was no bail application and Lynch was remanded in custody to appear before the same court again next month.CO DONEGAL MAN HAS 465 CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS, COURT HEARS was last modified: October 23rd, 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:CO DONEGAL MAN HAS 465 CRIMINAL CONVICTIONSCOURT HEARSlast_img read more


first_imgPatricia takes delivery of her free oil from Donegal Oil Company.Lady luck has shone on Patricia McCauley if the weather outside is anything to go by! The Letetrkenny woman has just scooped €500 worth of home-heating oil from Donegal Oil Company.With the launch of their new online FREE Quotation and Order online website Donegal Oil Company ran a competition through Facebook and this lucky lady won! If you like their Facebook Page you will see details of another competition that will give you €10 off your oil order when you order online.Donegal Oil Company is a family business founded in 1954. They are trusted by thousands of customers in Donegal to deliver Topaz quality guaranteed fuel at competitive prices and with excellent service.With strategically located depots at Letterkenny, Killybegs and Falcarragh they deliver almost everywhere in County Donegal.They have an excellent fleet of modern delivery vehicles, including a mini tanker and they all have weights and measures tested and approved delivery metres, ADR Certificates and highly trained and experienced Drivers with ADR certificates and driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence). At Donegal Oil they aim to keep your home and business warm by providing a top of the range oil service. They are dedicated to bringing you the best quality products and services at competitive rates.They accept all major credit card and debit cards and guarantee rapid response to all requests.They deliver Kerosene, DERV, gas oil and petrol to many different sectors including domestic, commercial, marine, agricultural and retail. Their prices remain the best in the market, meaning we continue to be leaders in the field for delivery of top line fuels & lubricants.Call them on Freephone 1800 740740 or order your heating oil online at www.donegaloil.iePATRICIA HAS 500 GOOD REASONS TO STAY WARM THIS WINTER! was last modified: December 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitionDonegal Oil CompanyletterkennyPatricia McCauleylast_img read more