Donegal-Derry border protests: ‘Let’s unify and send a clear message’ – Cllr

first_imgInishowen Councillor Jack Murray has urged the public to ‘unify’ and join widespread demonstrations along the Donegal-Derry border later tonight (Weds) ahead of a major EU summit tomorrow (Thurs). Border Communities Against Brexit will stage protests across the border on Wednesday night, with action simultaneously taking place in Bridgend, Muff, Killea, Clady, and Lifford.EU and UK officials resumed Brexit talks today in the hope of reaching a deal that can be agreed by leaders at a key summit tomorrow. Speaking to Donegal Daily before the protests, Cllr Jack Murray said it was ‘vitally important’ that people made their concerns heard.He said: “The people of the border community will not tolerate a hard border because of the consequences would be absolutely devastating.“Border Communities Against Brexit will be holding a protest along the 38 crossing points and it could be a very symbolic message that could unify the people of the border communities and one that could send a clear message to Brussels and to the British government.“This has nothing to do with party politics, it is about the free movement of people across the border. “I grew up outside Bridgend, only a couple of miles from the border, and people from the area and around Inishowen would be frequent visitors of Derry City, which would essentially be our local city“A lot of people would socialise there, people work in the area and vice versa. It is just a way of life and people don’t even think about crossing the border in the way that they do.“It has huge economic and social factors and if there was a hard border it would be catastrophic for the people of Inishowen and Derry.“So, I would urge people to come out and support the rallies tomorrow night, which have been successful in the past because it is for the greater good.”Donegal-Derry border protests: ‘Let’s unify and send a clear message’ – Cllr was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Students to be reprimanded after drugs prank at West Donegal school

first_imgA number of students at a West Donegal school are to be reprimanded after a video was posted online allegedly showing them snorting cocaine.A full investigation has been launched at PCC Falcarragh following the incident.The video, which showed a pupil snorting white powder from off a phone in the toilets of the school, has since been removed. However, a number of concerned parents thought the video was real and contacted Donegal Daily with their concerns.One woman claimed that six pupils had been expelled as a result of the incident.She also claimed that the Garda Drugs Squad had attended the school and the pupils had been drug-tested.However, principal of the 450 student school Maeve Sweeney has now come out publicly to dismiss the incident as a ‘prank.’ She stressed that there was “no illegal substance” in the school.However, she said the school was treating the incident as a “serious matter” and one which will be dealt with under the school’s own code of behaviour.She said “Reports regarding videos purportedly involving an illegal substance and a student from our school are false, in that the view is that there was in fact, no illegal substance.“The fact that the video portrays a prank is nonetheless considered to be a serious matter given the nature of what the video appears to depict, and as such, it will be dealt with fully under the school’s Code of Behaviour.“The gardaí have been fully involved in the school’s investigation of these reports. We trust this clarifies the position, and we confirm our school’s position in tackling any such issues.” Gardai have confirmed they attended the school on November 22nd to issue guidance to students.Students to be reprimanded after drugs prank at West Donegal school was last modified: November 30th, 2019 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:donegaldrugsMaeve SweeneyPCC FALCARRAGHlast_img read more

Scientists Shake Their Fists at God

first_imgSome scientists want to dictate commandments back to their Maker.“Thou shalt not tell us how to behave any more” shouts a headline on New Scientist toward God. Of course, to the secular evolutionary atheists at science news sites, all gods are created equal. They are endowed by their human creators with certain unsavory mights, among them strife, arbitrariness and the pursuit of punishment.We already know that humans don’t need religion to be moral. Now it turns out that religious moralising is an evolutionary response to societal upheavals 2500 years ago.Religion won’t disappear. But the research suggests the great moralising religions are doomed to ebb away, as they already are in the more affluent parts of the world. Some people worry that without moral guidance, anarchy will ensue. They need not worry: we will do good without it.The boastful statement begs many questions. What is moral? On what basis do they understand the origin of morality? On what basis can they predict the future behavior of humans? Evolutionists didn’t do too well predicting morality in Darwin’s century, with its two world wars and atheist-inspired democides of 148 million people (11/30/05). According to CMI, Stalin credited Darwin with his hefty share in these crimes against humanity:Reading Darwin had an enormous impact on me. It corroborated my defiance of God and inspired me to systematically break all the Ten Commandments, which I now realized were only chains. Though I had stolen and lied before, I now stole and lied with a higher purpose—freedom of self. And the effects on my political philosophy were equally lasting. Historians of the future may even conclude that Darwinism + Leninism = Stalinism.Before they get too cocky, the editors at New Scientist should consider the influence of religion on their own theory. Dr. Aldemaro Romero questions the reductionism of the “Modern Synthesis” (neo-Darwinism). On PhysOrg, he cautions fellow evolutionists, who follow a limited focus on natural selection, that they echo the predestination of some religions. He warns, “if they do not understand the historical roots and the philosophical framework of their research, they are doomed at presenting only a very partial (and many times biased) view of nature.” The headline is even broader: “Influence of religion and predestination on evolution and scientific thinking.”There’s nothing new under the sun. The New Scientist attitude is the same old grumbling of the mixed multitude described in the Pentateuch. Though they had witnessed all of God’s powerful wonders to rescue them and meet their needs, they refused to obey Him, and would not have his chosen leader Moses to tell them what to do. Don’t you think Korah, Dathan and Abiram promoted themselves as the academic intelligentsia of their day? Don’t you think they fancied themselves as the superior thinkers? Don’t you imagine they presented their offerings as more respectable than those demanded by the revealed Law? The doom of today’s boasters will be no less swift and final.(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa saddened at passing of actor Joe Mafela

first_imgSouth African actor Joe Mafela’s contribution to the arts has effectively improved the country’s image says Brand South Africa. (Youtube: Expresso Show)Johannesburg, Wednesday 22 March 2017 – “Joe Mafela will always be remembered as a legendary actor, songwriter, and producer who made momentous contributions to the nations arts and culture sector, and thereby effectively improving a country’s image,” said Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela on the passing of Mafela.Renowned actor Joe Mafela died in a car accident on Saturday night. The death of the beloved entertainer in a car crash on Saturday night has continued to prompt great reaction from the nation.Born in 1942 in Sibasa, Limpopo Province Mafela made his acting debut in 1964, when he starred in the feature film “Real News” directed by Peter Hunt, but he is well known for playing the role of Sdumo on SABC 1’s Sgudi ‘Snaysi.Popularly known for his acting and comedy – Mafela has been in the South African entertainment industry for over 50 years. In 1974 Mafela co-starred in South Africa’s first black feature film, “Udeliwe”.With the advent of television in South Africa in 1976, Mafela worked almost continuously in that medium, and 1986 he was cast as the unemployed lodger S’dumo in the Zulu language comedy series ‘Sgudi ‘Snaysi. The success of ‘Sgudi ‘Snaysi (“Is Good, Is Nice”) – which ran to 78 episodes on SABC – led to roles in other series, often produced by Mafela’s own production company Penguin Films.Mafela’s career in the entertainment industry included the release of his debut music album Shebeleza Fela in 1996 with the popular hit “Shebeleza (Congo Mama)”, which became the theme song during the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996.Dr Makhubela concluded: “His presence in the entertainment industry will be sorely missed. We express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr Mafela. We share in your mourning.”last_img read more

Is Modeling a Four-Letter Word?

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateWUFI Is Driving Me Crazy A Brief Introduction to WUFI, in 5 Easy PiecesMakin’ WUFIThe Principles, Uses, and Limitations of WUFI Energy modeling has gotten a bad reputation in the home performance world. One conference I’ve attended has gone so far as to say that it’s “outside the sandbox” of topics presenters can cover. They want to see data, not modeled results. And they have good reason for that.The two kinds of physicistsComing from the world of physics, I have a different perspective. (OK, I had a different perspective even before the book Asimov on Physics opened my eyes to the beauty of the universe when I was 17.)In physics, modeling is essential. In fact, if you go to any physics department, you’ll find one of the two kinds of people: those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.But there’s another two kinds as well: the theorists and the experimentalists. They need each other.Without experimentalists, theorists would go completely off the deep end. (Some say they have with string theory.) Think of Aristotle here, with his peripatetic scholars relying only on logic to find explanations for physical phenomena and never bothering to test their ideas. It took nearly 2000 years for Galileo to usher in the era of modern science by rolling balls down inclined planes. The harmony of modeling and dataAlbert Einstein was the consummate theorist. He developed the special theory of relativity by imagining what it would be like to move along with a beam of light at the same speed the light was traveling. That was his idea of doing an experiment, and it even has a name: Gedankenexperiment, which means thought experiment in German.Einstein’s general theory of relativity was his expansion of special relativity. He published it in 1915, and that’s when the idea of the curvature of space-time was born. An important fact about this theoretical paper was that he based it on the available data. For example, it explained an anomaly in the orbit of Mercury.It also was testable. Four years later, Eddington confirmed the curvature predictions when he found a deflection of starlight around the Sun during an eclipse.On the other hand, he considered the “biggest blunder” of his life to be the introduction of an unnecessary “cosmological constant” simply to conform to the prevailing idea of a static universe. Had he believed his equations instead, he could have hypothesized the expanding universe 14 years before Hubble discovered it.That’s how science works. Ideas get thrown out there. They get tested by experiments. One negative result can disprove a hypothesis. No amount of data can ever fully prove it, but the more data you have, the more confident you can be in the validity of the idea.The problem with energy modelingNow, physics is a science. Home energy retrofits rely on science but are not science themselves. The late Phil Jeffers, an occasional commenter here, used to complain about turning home energy audits and retrofits into science projects. He had a good point.It’s easy to go too far with modeling, and Michael Blasnik has exposed the flaws with energy modeling. He’s looked at program results in Minneapolis, Oregon, California, and other places and found that most modeling overpredicts the savings, sometimes unrealistically so. No matter how good a home performance contractor is, for example, they’re never going to cut someone’s energy bills by 125%. (You can download the pdf file of his 2013 Building Science Summer Camp presentation, Lies, Damned Lies, and Modeling.)Likewise, John Proctor recently said, “We don’t need an energy model to tell us that an uninsulated house needs to be insulated and a leaky house needs to be sealed. Just fix it!”Is modeling useful?Joe Lstiburek has also been critical of modeling over the past few years, especially hygrothermal modeling with tools like WUFI. His company, Building Science Corporation, does WUFI analyses, and he’s open about when it should be done and when it shouldn’t. “I’m hoping two-thirds of the modeling that’s being done now won’t need to be done,” said Lstiburek at the 2013 BSC Experts Session, “and the modeling that’s needed is done correctly.”Lstiburek was talking about hygrothermal modeling, mainly for new construction projects with assemblies that don’t have much of a track record. Think R-40 truss walls and R-60 insulated rooflines. Doing some modeling ahead of time can help avoid costly mistakes.Jeffers, Blasnik, and Proctor were talking mainly about existing homes. The problems are usually obvious, as in the photo below, and we’ve got several decades of experience in weatherization and home performance contracting to help guide us in fixing them.The problem comes in with programs that require modeling so the program sponsor can justify the expenditures. We could spend a long time discussing this issue and how to fix it, but this article has already gone on far longer than I had intended and is threatening to suck up the rest of my day the way a black hole sucks up everything, including light, that gets too close. (By the way, black holes are another cool thing that came out of Einstein’s general relativity!)So let me conclude by going back to the title and saying that modeling is not a four-letter word. We need modeling. And we need real data from monitoring projects. We also need to keep it all in perspective and keep the focus on the results.Here’s another perspective: What good would physics be without modeling? Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Outsourcing Symposium Set for April in Mobay

first_img Ms. Henry said the symposium will bring together a diverse group of global experts, including technocrats, local entrepreneurs, Government officials, BPO leaders and buyers, who will bring best practices and ideas to the sector, which is fast gaining on tourism as the largest employer of persons in western Jamaica. President of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), Gloria Henry, has announced that the country’s first ever ‘Outsourcing Symposium’ will be held in April.Speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Advanced Call Centre Technologies’ (ACT) fourth business process outsourcing (BPO) site at the Barnett Tech Park in Montego Bay on January 23, Ms. Henry said the event, to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, will be one of the highlight events during National Outsourcing Week (NOW) 2018.“The week-long combination of events and initiatives will promote and increase awareness of the many entrepreneurship, employment and partnership opportunities available in the BPO industry in Jamaica,” Ms. Henry noted.“The series of initiatives will seek to engage business and political leaders in discussions about the importance of the outsourcing industry for our country; and to illuminate areas of competitiveness and viability of the sector,” she added.Ms. Henry said the symposium will bring together a diverse group of global experts, including technocrats, local entrepreneurs, Government officials, BPO leaders and buyers, who will bring best practices and ideas to the sector, which is fast gaining on tourism as the largest employer of persons in western Jamaica.She noted that Jamaica’s outsourcing industry has seen significant growth over the past decade, currently hosting some 53 entities while employing over 26,000 persons.“Our industry has expanded outside of Montego Bay to other parts of the island, including Ocho Rios, Mandeville, Portmore, and Kingston and St. Andrew,” Ms. Henry pointed out.Ms. Henry said that in 2017, the global outsourcing market amounted to $88.9 billion, which is “set to hold steady in 2018”, particularly for business services, energy and healthcare.“With market dynamics constantly changing and new entrants making inroads daily, the most vigilant and successful outsourcing destinations are continually striving to outdo their competitors by differentiating themselves,” she added.For his part, ACT Site Director, Rhone Charlton, said his organisation is “expanding its footprint in Montego Bay with 1,200 staff members in 12 thriving departments”.“This is indeed an exciting time for our company. Our new building will add more production seats to our ACT footprint in Jamaica, which is more than double our previous capacity,” he noted.Mr. Charlton said his company is projecting to add a further 600 to 800 employees in 2018. “The week-long combination of events and initiatives will promote and increase awareness of the many entrepreneurship, employment and partnership opportunities available in the BPO industry in Jamaica,” Ms. Henry noted. Story Highlights President of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), Gloria Henry, has announced that the country’s first ever ‘Outsourcing Symposium’ will be held in April.last_img read more

Report Oldendorff Returns to Oshima for Two More Bulkers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Tim Mossholder on Unsplash. Japanese shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding has reportedly secured two bulkers from German shipping company Oldendorff Carriers. Earlier this month, Oshima received an order for 100,000 dwt bulker pair from Oldendorff, several brokers have reported.The Post-Panamax ships are slated for delivery in 2020.Although the price details related to the newbuilding contract have not been disclosed, each of the two vessels is estimated to be worth USD 30.7 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The two bulkers will be named Diane Oldendorff and Dietrich Oldendorff and each of them will have a length of 235 meters and a width of 38 meters, VesselsValue’s data further suggests.World Maritime News contacted Oldendorff for more details on the new ships, however, the company is yet to reply.Oldendorff Carriers already has three 62,100 dwt bulkers on order at Oshima yard, with deliveries due in 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Ohio State volleyball sweeps weekend competition

Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) winds up to serve in a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-1 Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For the LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team swept through a trio of matches over the weekendOSU went into Oxford, Ohio, and won the Miami (Ohio) University Invitational. The Buckeyes (9-3) have now won nine of their last 10 games.In four non-conference tournaments this season, the Buckeyes swept competition in two and won three. All three tournament victories came within Ohio.In their third and final match of the tournament against Miami (Ohio) (7-5), the Buckeyes lost their only set of the entire tournament, but still took down the Redhawks with an attack percentage of .234 in four sets (20-25, 28-26, 25-16, 25-17).Junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell led all players in kills with 25, followed by sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall and freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer, who each had 12. Senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner led all players in digs with 25, while Schirmer contributed 10. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 46, while sophomore setter Maggie Heim added 10.In their second match of the tournament, and first on Saturday against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (5-9), the Buckeyes completed a clean sweep against the Jaguars in just under 90 minutes (25-18, 29-27, 25-20).Four Buckeyes had double-digit digs against the Jaguars. Sophomore defensive specialist Valeria León led all players with 17, followed by Schirmer with 14, Sherwin with 12 and senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger with 11. Sekinger also led all players in kills with 22, while Schirmer followed with 12 of her own. Sherwin had double-digit assists with 39.Against the University of Alabama-Birmingham (3-9), the Buckeyes completed a clean sweep in just 77 minutes (25-17, 25-22, 25-16).Two players totaled double-digit points against the Blazers for OSU, as Sekinger led all players with 11 kills, followed by Mitchell with 10. Sherwin had double-digit assists with 31.The team also combined for an attack percentage of .286 against the Blazers.Sherwin was named tournament MVP, while Sekinger and Mitchell were also named to the all-tournament team.Sherwin led all players in assists with 116 over the two-day event.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open Big Ten competition on Wednesday as they’re scheduled to take on Minnesota (10-1) at 8 p.m., followed by a trip to Wisconsin (9-1) on Sunday to take on the Badgers. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. read more

Pogba sends Mourinho a timely reminder

first_imgPaul Pogba played a starring role for France in their 3-1 win over World Cup hosts Russia with the star assisting Kylian Mbappe and grabbing a goal of his ownThe midfielder has found himself on the fringes at Manchester United this season with Pogba having only started four of the club’s last ten matches and found himself benched for both legs of their defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League.However, Pogba produced an outstanding display for France with the 25 year-old assisting teenage sensation Mbappe for the opening goal of the match with a defence-splitting assist.Pogba’s inch perfect pass releases Mbappe for a fine finish #RUSFRA #France ?? #mufc #psg pic.twitter.com/NiMN5LhXba— Grimandi’s Vids (@footbolvids) 27 March 2018Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Pogba then got on the score-sheet himself by curling home a brilliant free-kick for France’s second goal of the match.Pogba’s free-kick goal for France! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/DZcPPr7HvW— RedReveal (@RedReveal) 27 March 2018Pogba will now return to United on the back of a welcome return to form during the international break. Jose Mourinho’s side will next face Swansea City in the Premier League this Saturday.last_img read more

Arsenal players must stand up – Gilberto

first_imgAfter another dismal season for Arsenal, Gilberto Silva has urged the players to “stand up” and fight for the under-pressure Arsene WengerThe club look set to fail to qualify for the Champions League for a second consecutive season with 13 points separating them in sixth place from Tottenham in fourth.Following a turbulent run at the start of 2018, which saw Arsenal succumb to four consecutive defeats, Wenger came under intense scrutiny with both fans and former players calling for the Frenchman’s resignation.Silva, who was part of the famous “invincibles” squad that Wenger led to an entire season unbeaten in 2003/04, has defended the coach and has questioned the players attitude at the Emirates this season.“I worked with Wenger for such a long time. As I know him, he’s a person who loves the game and wants to win things. He sacrifices himself for the players and for the club.” Silva told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“At the moment things are hard but he’s trying the best he can to handle the pressure and get the best out of his players. All the time the pressure is on him but there comes a time when you have to question what the players can bring back to him because he trusts them.”Arsenal have recently had an upturn in form with the Gunners having won their previous three games and having progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.But Silva believes that it is the players’ responsibility to ensure the results come Arsenal’s way and has urged them to fight for the Frenchman.“It’s about somebody standing up and holding the pressure for somebody who believes in them. All the questions in the media talk about whether it’s time for Wenger to go or if he lost his appetite.” said the 2002 World Cup winner.“It’s not about this, it’s about the players at the club supporting him as long as he stays in the club.”last_img read more