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‘It’s time we be heard before it’s too late’ – Falcarragh residents to meet tonight

first_imgA public meeting is planned in Falcarragh tonight to discuss the water supply issues in the parish of Cloughaneely.Organisers of the meeting have confirmed that it will proceed as planned, following yesterday’s announcement by Irish Water that they have secured funding to fast-track upgrade works.Meeting chairperson Michael Mc Clafferty says it’s important that local voices are heard: “It’s time we, the community came together and be heard before it’s too late, both for ourselves and the whole area in general, the young the old sick vulnerable and all local employment and businesses.” The meeting will be held at 8pm in Falcarragh Parish Hall this Friday night.Irish Water has confirmed that funding has been allocated to replace a section of pipe in the Falcarragh/Gortahork area that is prone to frequent bursts.The reason for the recent disruption to water supply in the area was put down to the existing pipework, which is asbestos concrete, a common pipe material used in the 1980s which tends to burst quite frequently as the pipes reach the end of their life cycle.In a statement yesterday, Irish Water said they have reprioritised water mains replacement work in Donegal to bring this project to the top of their list. ‘It’s time we be heard before it’s too late’ – Falcarragh residents to meet tonight was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judge Rules ID Unconstitutional

first_imgJudge John E. Jones III gave his ruling on the Dover school board case in favor of the plaintiffs, as expected.  His wording against the board was strident, even accusing them of lying about their religious motives for including intelligent design (ID) as an alternative to evolution.  He spoke of the “breathtaking inanity” of the school board’s policy, and claimed the citizens of the Dover area were “poorly served” by the members of the board who voted for the ID policy that required a statement be read by school administrators in biology classes disclaiming evolution as a fact and mentioning an alternative text that would be available for interested students.  “We conclude that the religious nature of ID would be readily apparent to an objective observer, adult or child,” the judge said.  MSNBC News reported:Jones blasted the disclaimer, saying it “singles out the theory of evolution for special treatment, misrepresents its status in the scientific community, causes students to doubt its validity without scientific justification, presents students with a religious alternative masquerading as a scientific theory, directs them to consult a creationist text as though it were a science resource and instructs students to forgo scientific inquiry in the public school classroom and instead to seek out religious instruction elsewhere.”   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)(See also LiveScience.)  Judge Jones clearly embraced all the arguments of the plaintiffs and their witnesses, lawyers and scientists, and accepted none of those on the other side.  He tried to pre-empt claims that his ruling would be viewed as “the product of an activist judge” by claiming the only activists were the members of the Dover school board.  Bill O’Reilly on Fox News didn’t hesitate to accuse him of being an activist judge, shaking his head in disbelief at the ruling, as did his guest Judge Napolitano: now, just mentioning the idea of a designer in a public school class, without specifying anything about said designer, without requiring any testing or assignments on it, but just informing students that an alternative theory exists, is unconstitutional.  The Fox News segment mentioned that Jones is a Republican appointed by President Bush.  It also noted that Jones added insult to injury by forcing the defendants to pay all the plaintiff’s legal bills, probably astronomical, a move which will likely have a chilling effect on other school boards wanting to test the waters on intelligent design.  It is also unlikely this ruling will be appealed, since the board members who instituted the policy were voted out of office in last month’s election (11/09/2005).  That also means the ruling will remain limited to the central Pennsylvania district where the trial occurred.    The Discovery Institute was quick to respond, calling the ruling a “futile attempt to censor science education.”  Articles by Jonathan Witt and John West soon followed; the very one-sided ruling is bound to generate a great deal of polarized commentary.  Access Research Network found it surprising that the ruling not only prohibited offering ID as an alternative to evolution, but even made it unconstitutional to criticize evolution in any way: “To preserve the separation of church and state mandated by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” the ruling stated, “we will enter an order permanently enjoining Defendants from maintaining the ID Policy in any school within the Dover Area School District, from requiring teachers to denigrate or disparage the scientific theory of evolution, and from requiring teachers to refer to a religious, alternative theory known as ID.”  Leaders in the ID movement see the Dover trial as a poor test case that will probably not be the last.    See also the Fox News report and a commentary on it by Tom Magnuson at Access Research Network.Given the nature of the case, a ruling in favor of the board would have been surprising.  But Jones went overboard; his ruling is so full of bluster and emotion, it sounds like another bluffing shout before the dying gasp of the materialists wanting to maintain their stranglehold on education and to police student brains against entertaining doubts about the authority of Pope Charlie, a shriek by the wicked witch threatening death to her captives before the water of scientific evidence makes her melt away.  Undoubtedly Jones did not want to soil his reputation among the scientific elitists.  Now he can continue to party with his liberal friends without them calling him the judge that destroyed science.  He may have rescued his reputation for the short term, but in the long term of history, his ruling may well be cited as the epitome of activism, of judicial meddling in science and philosophy.    Already, columnists like Dennis Byrne in the Chicago Tribune are wondering, “what is so scary about intelligent design?”  What are the DODOs (Darwin Only! Darwin Only!) so afraid of?  If their theory is rock solid, it should stand any scrutiny and critical analysis.  Anything that has to be so protected that no one can even be allowed to consider that alternatives exist is going to look silly in due time.    Perhaps some onlookers will feel pity for the losers, wondering what all the fuss was about, and why it generated so much rancor.  The fuss will continue, and judges can be overruled.  Why?  Politics?  Religious activism?  No: because evidence cannot be suppressed indefinitely.  Remember, in Georgia already, Judge Clarence Cooper’s similar ruling against the disclaimer stickers is being viewed by the appeals court as gratuitous and contrary to the evidence (12/16/2005).  The NCSE may find Jones’s ruling to be a pyrrhic victory.  The important thing is that design in nature is ignoring the decision.  It is so ubiquitous at all scales (see next two entries for examples), it cannot be hidden forever by mountains of rhetoric.  The glacier grinds on.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lüderitz: desert to deep blue sea

first_imgBetween the desert and the deep blue sea: the Namibian town of Lüderitz, with the Felsenkirche in the foreground. Art nouveau on the edge of the desert: Görke House on Am Diamantberg Street in Lüderitz. The ghost town of Kolmanskop. (Images: Wikimedia Commons) Richard HolmesIn Lüderitz, you’re never far from the desert.Coming in to land at the small international airport the runway is just a thin strip of tarmac, carved out of sand and rock. From the hill near the Felsenkirche, dunes of yellow and orange creep ever closer from the north. And when the south wind blows, which it does most of the time, the dust sweeps in from the Sperrgebiet, whispering of the gems that may still lie hidden.While today Lüderitz relies on the riches from the sea – mainly the “red gold” of prized West Coast rock lobster – it wasn’t so long ago that the desert sands made the Lüderitz buchters, as the townspeople are called, rich beyond their wildest dreams.In 1909, workers laying train tracks to the interior stumbled across diamonds lying loose on the sand, and Namibia’s diamond rush began. In the nearby town of Pomona, the legend goes that under the glow of a full moon the valley floor sparkled with the precious stones.There are still diamonds being sifted from the shifting sands, but today the dunes for kilometres around Lüderitz are out of bounds. This is the Sperrgebiet, the forbidden mining area where you can look forward to a hefty fine and an intimate interrogation if you’re found trespassing.For a taste of the harsh but profitable life that once flourished in the desert, most visitors head for Kolmanskop, the most accessible ghost town in the region. With the rush for diamonds it became one of the wealthiest towns in Africa, boasting opera theatres visited by European stars and hilltop swimming pools for the residents.There was so much money to be spent that drinking water for thirsty miners was shipped all the way from Cape Town. Kolmanskop was even home to the first X-ray machine in Africa, allegedly to keep an eye on any diamonds leaving the Sperregebiet illicitly.There are worthwhile guided tours of Kolmanskop at 9:30 am and 11 am Monday to Saturday (grab a delicious scone at the tea-room beforehand), but it is well worth allowing yourself a few hours to explore on your own.Wandering down rows of abandoned houses it’s easy to imagine the lives once lived here. Vacant doorways and windowless frames provide a glimpse into houses where bedroom doors lie anchored in the sand. The wind whistles through hallways and once-opulent wallpaper peels away in long desiccated strips. There may not be real ghosts in Kolmanskop, but the spirit of the town certainly lives on.Back in Lüderitz, for a taste of the riches the area once enjoyed, it’s worth strolling through the delightful Görke House on Am Diamantberg Street.As the inspector of mines, Hans Görke was a powerful man in Lüderitz. His mansion is a fine example of the elegant art nouveau style that found an unlikely home on the edge of the Namib Desert. The house is open daily for visitors and the stained glass windows on the stairway are alone worth the visit.A few steps from Görke House is perhaps the best place to get a sense of the town.The Felsenkirche has gazed out over Lüderitz since 1912, when it was built by the diamond-flush German aristocracy of the time. Thick walls keep the relentless wind at bay and the bright sunlight streams through the soaring stained glass windows.To the right Martin Luther gazes down at the faithful, while to the east Jesus appears to be saving a wrecked fisherman. A fitting blessing for a town whose fortune now relies on the sea’s bounty.The church is only open for an hour each afternoon (check the church door for times), and the sound of sermons is rarely heard here now. A minister from Swakopmund or Windhoek, some five hours to the north, visits just once a month.Step outside and wander up the hill to your right to enjoy the spectacular views over the town. The rows of brightly coloured houses wander towards the new waterfront development; the harbour bustles with deep-sea fishing boats while the dunes of the distant desert creep ever closer. Across the bay, Agate Beach is a popular spot for weekend barbecues and long lonely walks.If lonely windswept coast is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.Diaz Point is at the end of a wonderful 65-kilometre circular drive that runs close to the Sperrgebiet to the south. Follow the good gravel road past Radford Bay to Second Lagoon – known as one of the country’s best bird-watching spots. You’ll find curly sandpipers, grey lapwings, flamingos and myriad waders here at various times of the year. Further on, Grossebucht (Big Bay) is home to a breeding colony of the endangered Damara tern.The road runs along a crenulated coastline of buchts and fjords until finally delivering you to Diaz Point, where a replica cross marks the spot where Bartolomeu Dias erected a padrão on his homeward voyage to Portugal in 1488 after rounding the Cape of Good Hope. It’s a wild, dramatic corner of this remote Namibian coastline, and one can only wonder what he must have thought of this untamed landscape.As it turned out, Dias hoisted sails and made his way back to Europe. It wasn’t until one Adolf Lüderitz stepped ashore in 1883 that the town’s long history of European influence really began.Lüderitz is certainly no place for softies. It’s seen its fortunes wax and wane, forever battling the desert and the elements, but sandwiched between the desert and the deep blue sea this hardy seaside town is, surely, a diamond in the rough.Travel advisory Where to stay: The upmarket Nest Hotel is the best place to stay in Lüderitz or you can choose from a range of B&Bs. Sightseeing: Lüderitz Safaris and Tours in Bismarck Street is your best bet for airport transfers, tours and information on activities. Call 0264 63 202 719 to find out more. Flights: Air Namibia flies daily from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Windhoek, with connections to Lüderitz. There are also direct flights from Cape Town to Lüderitz six times per week. Call +27 11 978 5055. Web: Go to the Namibia Tourism Board or call them on +27 11 785 4626 or +27 21 422 3298.last_img read more

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Congress sweeps Nanded civic polls

first_imgThe Congress today made a clean sweep in the Nanded-Waghala municipal corporation elections, winning 49 of the 54 seats for which results were declared. Results for 54 seats, out of the total 81, have been declared so far. Nanded is Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan’s home turf and it saw an aggressive campaign, with BJP making all efforts to wrest control of the civic body. The campaign for the polls witnessed a bitter war of words among the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena. Of the results declared so far, BJP has won three, while Shiv Sena is placed a distant third, winning a solitary seat. The results indicate a rout of the AIMIM, which had around a dozen corporators in the outgoing body. The Congress has 41 members in the outgoing civic body, followed by 14 corporators of the Shiv Sena, 11 of the AIMIM and Nationalist Congress Party’s 10. The municipal corporation of Nanded has been ruled by the Congress, since it came into existence two decades ago. The BJP won 12 of the 16 civic bodies, for which polls were held this year, expanding its footprint in Maharashtra’s urban areas.last_img read more

Bengal BJP chief changes residence after new threat

first_imgWest Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh’s residence was changed on Thursday to make room for new security arrangements, following inputs regarding a life-threatening attack on him by some “foreign agents”.The leader, who currently has Y-plus category security, however, said he has not received any formal intimation regarding upgrading it to Z category.“I have changed the residence to a ‘broader’ place. The infrastructure of the previous house was inadequate. There were also issues related to connectivity and car parking. Hence, my residence has been changed to make room for more personnel if the security is enhanced,” Mr. Ghosh told reporters here.“My car has been attacked more than 50 times in the last few years. I have also been assaulted multiple times. Now, there is a new report that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill me using foreign agents. We have informed the authority concerned in the government regarding the same. They are taking necessary actions,” he added.last_img read more

Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in pool

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Biado beat Vietnamese Duong Quoc Hoang, 9-5,in the championship round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Thrilling win for Centeno: ‘I thought I lost the gold’ Carlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLThe Philippines pocketed another gold medal in pool after Carlo Biado ruled the men’s 9-ball event in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.This is the Philippines’ second gold medal in billiards after Chezka Centeno triumphed over Rubilen Amit in women’s 9-ball. ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri slams VAR: Kane was offside

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri slams VAR: Kane was offsideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri slammed VAR after losing the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi to Tottenham.A Harry Kane penalty in the first-half – which was awarded via VAR – earned Spurs the 1-0 win.Sarri snapped, “A few minutes ago I watched the video from our camera. It was offside. Our camera was in line with Harry Kane.”Offside with the head, the knee. Offside. It was really important the linesman carried on running, he had a big impact on our defenders.”I don’t think English referees are able to use the system.”If you are not sure with the system, you have to follow the ball and at the end of the action decide. But he stopped it and didn’t follow the ball – for our defenders it was offside. I don’t know about the goalkeeper but sure the defenders.”I think they have to study the system.”It’s very strange in the Premier League there isn’t VAR and in Carabao Cup there is the system. It’s very strange for us, the players and referees.” last_img read more

Recommendations from Int’l Conference on Trafficking in Persons

first_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and NATFATIP Chair, Carol Palmer, said the recommendations will feed into the review of a plan of action to be presented to Cabinet for approval. The recommendations are the result of breakout sessions on the last day of the conference, hosted at the Meliá Braco Hotel by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), which focused on four areas – victim’s treatment and a gendered approach to human trafficking, child trafficking and how to prevent it, sustaining the fight against human trafficking, and social media and the Internet. Seventy-two recommendations geared at boosting the country’s response to trafficking in persons have come out of a two-day international conference hosted in Trelawny on July 25 and 26.The recommendations are the result of breakout sessions on the last day of the conference, hosted at the Meliá Braco Hotel by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), which focused on four areas – victim’s treatment and a gendered approach to human trafficking, child trafficking and how to prevent it, sustaining the fight against human trafficking, and social media and the Internet.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and NATFATIP Chair, Carol Palmer, said the recommendations will feed into the review of a plan of action to be presented to Cabinet for approval.“Many of the recommendations will require us to build on work that we are doing and in some instances formalise relationships. [We are looking] to strengthen the capacity of the Secretariat to be able to drive the national effort,” she said.Recommendations include the establishment of an effective needs and security assessment mechanism to properly screen clients and guide technical staff; increased research using sex disaggregated data to inform policy and programmes; development of stronger partnerships with the media, academia and Bureau of Gender Affairs; and increased mechanisms for building awareness and sensitisation.Mrs. Palmer said the new action plan will include establishing partnerships with academia to improve the capacity of Jamaica’s key anti-trafficking stakeholders in the area of social media, the Internet and new technologies.“I hope that tertiary-level institutions will be interested in helping NATFATIP to develop appropriate applications to reach more children and young people. We will be seeking to formalise partnerships going forward,” she said.She noted that victim support therapy is also an element for attention. Consideration is also to be given to the training of social workers and the development of standard operating procedures for the sector.“We need help from everyone, all groups and sectors, especially the media, to reach the nooks and crannies all across the island, to reach people and help them to appreciate this grave crime and how they can protect themselves,” Mrs. Palmer said.The NATFATIP International Conference was hosted under the theme ‘From Victim to Survivor: The Hard Road to Recovery’.Its objectives were to increase public awareness on human trafficking; train officials throughout the public and private sectors to identify victims of human trafficking; and explore the provision of appropriate protection and assistance to victims of trafficking, particularly women and children. Seventy-two recommendations geared at boosting the country’s response to trafficking in persons have come out of a two-day international conference hosted in Trelawny on July 25 and 26. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Ohio States DAngelo Russell declares for 2015 NBA Draft

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is heading to the NBA according to ESPN. Russell led the Buckeyes in scoring in 2014-15.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerOhio State’s D’Angelo Russell is off to the NBA after being named a first team All-American in his only collegiate season, according to a report by ESPN.com.Russell declared for the 2015 NBA Draft on Wednesday after he led the Buckeyes with 19.3 points per game as a freshman last season, helping the team to a 24-11 record and an appearance in the round-of-32 in the NCAA Tournament.During an interview with ESPN.com, Russell said declaring for the NBA Draft was a “hard decision,” and added that he would have loved to play for OSU coach Thad Matta for one more year.“But at the same time I wanted to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA,” Russell said during the interview Wednesday. “I know what I am capable of and the sky’s the limit with effort. I know I have a lot to work on.”Russell is projected to be a top-five pick in the draft after becoming the second-highest scoring freshman in program history. On top of leading the team in scoring, Russell also led the Buckeyes with 5.7 rebounds per game and finished second on the team with 175 assists and 55 steals.The Louisville, Ky., native is OSU’s first “one-and-done” player since B.J. Mullens, who declared for the 2009 NBA Draft after just one season in Columbus.Coming out of Montverde Academy, Russell was ESPN’s 13th overall prospect, but the 6-foot, 5-inch guard decided to make the leap to the NBA after starting every OSU game he played.“You never know when this opportunity comes,” Russell told ESPN.com. “I believe I am ready because my approach was to unpack my bags, get committed to winning and listening to the coaches — as opposed to coming in and saying I am a pro and trying to leave. I wasn’t trying to get in and out at Ohio State.”After Russell’s announcement, the Buckeyes are set to lose six players from the 2014-15 roster. In addition to Russell, Matta’s squad will be without senior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, senior guard Shannon Scott, senior forward Sam Thompson and redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee.OSU is also set to bring in five new recruits in guards JaQuan Lyle, Austin Grandstaff and A.J. Harris, forward Mickey Mitchell and center Daniel Giddens. All five players are rated as four-star recruits by ESPN.While the Buckeyes readjust to life without their leading scorer, Russell will have to wait until the draft on June 25 in New York to find out his professional fate. read more