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Letran, Arellano stay in F4 hunt

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny But a loss by the Stags will make the showdown between Arellano and Letran on Friday the decider for the last Final Four spot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere was no way Rey Nambatac was leaving Letran with a stunning defeat.Nambatac, who is set to turn pro late this month, bailed the Knights out with crucial baskets down the stretch for a thrilling 66-60 victory over the St. Benilde Blazers that forged a playoff for a Final Four berth in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Surging Ateneo eyes repeat vs NU The lefty guard finished with 18 points, including a three-point play with 20 seconds remaining that helped the Knights finish with a 9-9 record at the end of the elimination round.“I have some unfinished business with Letran,” said Nambatac.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I want to make the Final Four then the finals and hopefully get a championship again. I’m not thinking that this was my last game. I just went all out as soon as I entered the court.”With Arellano beating Mapua, 81-64, earlier to also finish with a 9-9 record, the Chiefs and Knights will face off in a stepladder playoff for the last Final Four spot in the event that San Sebastian prevails over Perpetual Help this Thursday. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

$150M cemetery restoration project ongoing

first_imgIn what could be called an ongoing project, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown has commenced a $150 million restoration exercise in the Le Repentir Cemetery.The project, which commenced late last year, is part of a wider strategy to sustainably restore the city of Georgetown, according to Town Clerk Royston King.An overhead view of ongoing works at the Le Repentir Cemetery by the M&CCHe explained that the Council was taking an aggressive approach to ensure the thorough restoration of the area.“We have hired under the emergency clause of the Act, a contractor with the human competencies and technological capability to clear the cemetery and help us restore it,” he was quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information (DPI).The restoration work includes the removal of overgrown bushes and using an “environmentally-friendly chemical” to help with the overgrowth and hanging trees. The contractor is also clearing and weeding all canals and waterways in the cemetery.It is the first time that the Council has hired a contractor to assist with the upkeepOngoing works at the Le Repentir Cemeteryof the cemetery. King said previously persons hired by the Council would simply weed, leaving the Council with the added responsibility of finding more money to have the cemetery cleaned again.According to King, the new arrangement with the contractor will not only help to secure the integrity of the cemetery, but will also help the Council to save money. The contractor will work along with the Council’s technical team to ensure a robust maintenance programme, which will be ongoing over a three-month period.“We started late last year, and these works will continue until maybe two or three months, because there are a number of things we have to do within the cemetery and we are very happy about the support from citizens and stakeholders,” he told DPI.Support has been flowing in from especially religious groups, including Catholics and Muslims that have burial spaces in the cemetery.The Town Clerk disclosed that the Council last year spent in excess of $80 million, while $60 million was expended the previous year on the cemetery.The Council is also hoping that later this year it could galvanise the support of family members of persons buried in the cemetery, to have them be part of a massive clean-up campaign.“We are asking that when it is announced, that those who are concerned that they will cooperate, because we need to paint the tombs, we need to have the cemetery looking like a real cemetery… it is really important that we take some time and remember our loved ones and take some time to make this area one that we can be proud of.”According to the Town Clerk, much more still needs to be done beyond the project. In fact, King said the Council planned to restore the gates and fences of the cemetery and plans were also in the pipeline to construct another crematorium. The development of roads in the cemetery is part of the current work package.The DPI said King also used the opportunity to call on citizens to pay up their rates to assist in the restoration process.last_img read more


first_imgÚdarás na GaeltachtaA total of 208 new jobs were created by Udaras Na Gaeltacht in Co Donegal 2015, according to the body’s latest report.Anna Ní Ghallachair, Chairperson and Steve Ó Cúláin, Chief Executive, Údarás na Gaeltachta released the details today.It showed that a total of 533 jobs were created by the authority in the gaeltacht regions last year.The following the authority’s review of the year as well as its plans for 2016 and moving forward. The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D. welcomed the report.He said “These results published by an tÚdarás today are very positive news. The figures show that an additional 215 people were employed in Gaeltacht companies at the end of 2015 in comparison with the previous year. This growth in employment is seen mostly in companies engaged in exporting, an indication that that Údarás’ strategy of encouraging Gaeltacht companies to focus on exports is succeeding.”2015 Review Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies created 533 full-time equivalent jobs in 2015. There was a net gain of 215 jobs, the highest net increase since 2005. At year end, total employment in Údarás client companies stood at 7,869, comprising 7,268 full-time and 601 part-time jobs. This strong net job creation performance was achieved as a result of client companies expanding and increasing their employment levels, an increase in the number of start-ups, and fewer job losses throughout the year. There was a significant drop in the number of jobs lost, a decrease of 50% on the numbers lost in 2014 – resulting in the lowest job attrition rate on record.Employment in the GaeltachtThe largest increase in employment took place in companies in the Donegal and Galway Gaeltacht areas in 2015. The employment base is now at a stable level, client companies are more competitive and a higher number are exporting. There was an increase in employment in companies operating in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, food and niche manufacturing sectors throughout the year. Job losses occurred mostly in enterprises operating in the services and traditional manufacturing sectors.Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Chief Executive, Steve Ó Cúláin, commented that more than half of the net job increases occurred in companies located in the Donegal Gaeltacht, a total of 116 jobs. “An tÚdarás has focussed a lot of its resources on the Donegal Gaeltacht due to the high number of jobs lost in the region in 2014. I am satisfied to see our efforts coming to fruition with the growth experienced in the area. These companies now have a stronger foundation and many are undertaking new expansion plans. The investment we have made in our business infrastructure locally is helping to attract new projects, and we have seen an increase in the number of business enquiries. We are also delighted to be in a position to support Randox Teo in undertaking significant development over the next 5 years.”In line with the Government’s increased efforts to stimulate job growth in the regions, as outlined in its Action Plans for Jobs, Mr Ó Cúláin added that the number of new start-ups established in 2015 throughout the Gaeltacht constituted grounds for optimism. “30 new businesses were established in the Gaeltacht last year, and at year end more than 60 people were employed in these enterprises. It is clear to Údarás that there are opportunities to attract new projects and it is important that efforts are continued to attract external and domestic investment to create employment. Further development of local and business infrastructure and the provision of competitive broadband is central to achieving these objectives.”He also commented on the development programme that has taken place in the aquaculture sector in South Connemara over the past two years, “It is clear that a single bay management plan is the most effective method of developing this sector for the benefit of small coastal Gaeltacht communities,” he said. Over 580 new jobs approved for the Gaeltacht in 2015Last year, Údarás na Gaeltachta approved a number of new projects which will see the creation of 586 additional jobs and involve a projected investment of €57 million as the projects are developed over the next few years. Taking into account Údarás’ targeted focus on the Donegal Gaeltacht last year, jobs were approved primarily in this area. Companies operating mainly in the medical devices, niche manufacturing, food and services sectors have plans to expand.Further growth in the economic impact of Údarás-supported companiesABSEI research[1] conducted in 2015 indicates that Údarás client companies achieved sales to the value of €843 million. Exports increased by 12%, to €525 million. The ratio of exports to total sales stood at 62%. Gaeltacht companies have a significant economic impact on both the Gaeltacht economy and the national economy. 73% of expenditure was in the Irish services sector, equivalent to €388 million of direct expenditure in the local economy. Client companies spent €192 million on payroll annually, with an average salary of €41,000 per employee in companies with 10 or more employees, an increase of 5% on the previous year.Social Employment Schemes Social employment schemes managed by An tÚdarás have an important role in providing work experience and training in the Gaeltacht community. Last year, more than 1,000 participants and 50 supervisors were involved in 47 schemes throughout the Gaeltacht. In 2015, a total of 387 new participants were placed on these schemes and 397 participants completed their scheme.[2]Irish Language Planning ActivitiesFurther progress was made in relation to the language planning process, with nine new Language Planning Areas (LPAs) announced during the year. Four LPAs were announced in February and four lead organisations were selected to undertake work in those areas. A further five LPAs were announced at the end of September. The applications received are currently being assessed and it is expected that a further five lead organisations will be announced soon. Consequently, a total of 18 lead organisations will be working to prepare language plans in 2016 and it is expected that completed language plans will be submitted to the Minister for approval in the case of nine LPAs during 2016.During the year, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge established a process for the implementation of the language planning process in Gaeltacht Service Towns in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and information meetings will be held in three chosen towns to begin the next phase. An tÚdarás has developed resources to raise awareness amongst the Gaeltacht community in relation to the language planning process and to provide support for parents raising their families with Irish.The Department of Education and Skills undertook a review of the provision of education in Gaeltacht schools during the year. In addition, The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht organised a public consultation process to review the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010–2030 and its implementation over the next five years.Commenting on these review processes, the Chairperson of Údarás, Anna Ní Ghallachair said, “An tÚdarás has played a central role in this work. In addition to meetings with relevant government departments, we organised three information meetings in the Gaeltacht, in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills, to afford the community an opportunity to give their views on the policy recommendations in relation to the provision of education in Gaeltacht schools. We also welcome the decision by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to undertake a consultation process with regard to the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language. An tÚdarás expects that practical, realistic and measurable priorities for the next 5-year period will emerge from the consultation process.”Mrs Ní Ghallachair said, “Since the implementation of the language planning process began in the Gaeltacht, it is clear that communities have embraced the exercise with enthusiasm and worked diligently in partnership with the State in an effort to address the challenges of maintaining, and increasing use of, the Irish language. An important foundation has been laid down, but the next five-year period is critical if work carried out thus far is to bear fruit. A clear, coordinated strategy, in addition to the provision of adequate resources, is required to build upon this foundation and to ensure success. An integrated approach should be adopted in the language plans, where the Irish language pervades all aspects of life in the community: social, economic and educational. A strong, sustainable community is necessary if the Gaeltacht is to survive as a distinct language community in the future.”Outlook for 2016Thanks to the hard work and resilience of our client companies we are now seeing a significant recovery. Gaeltacht areas by virtue of their location, have suffered more than others during the economic crisis. This underpins Údarás’ strong conviction that Gaeltacht enterprises, although predominantly located in rural areas, can and will grow more jobs with the right support. By continuing our collaborative approach to fostering enterprise across the regions, we can deliver additional jobs over the coming years.The challenge for An tÚdarás is to build on our clients’ success and target growth in key sectors with potential such as natural resources, life sciences, engineering, internationally traded services and tourism. If the potential of these sectors is harnessed properly and supported, significant growth in jobs can be achieved on the ground by 2020.An tÚdarás will continue its focus next year on developing the Gaeltacht’s strengths in the key sectors mentioned. A particular emphasis will be placed on developing value-added food enterprises. It will carry on its work in supporting companies operating in sectors associated with new technologies, both information technology and biotechnology. The organisation plans to intensify its engagement with the Gaeltacht diaspora worldwide in an effort to attract outside investment and returning immigrants.It is expected that the first set of language plans will be submitted to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for approval during 2016 and an tÚdarás welcomes the challenge of working with the lead organisation to implement these plans over the period of the next seven years. An tÚdarás will continue its work in supporting the Language Planning Areas which have begun the formal language planning process, along with the Gaeltacht Service Towns.2015 End of year review for Donegal GaeltachtA total of 208 new jobs were created in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 2015. When job losses are taken into consideration, there was a significant net increase of 116 jobs overall. There were 2,058 full-time equivalent jobs in Údarás client companies at the end of the year, the highest number of jobs since 2009. Employment was created in companies throughout the Donegal Gaeltacht, such as Arán Ard Teo in Ard an Rátha; Randox Teo and Feamainn Thír Chonaill Teo in An Clochán Liath; R.A. Pacáistí Teo, Fáisc Miotail Teo and Meastóirí Domhanda in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park; and Cora Tine Teo in An Fál Carrach.New ProjectsFurthermore, an tÚdarás last year approved a number of new projects for the Donegal Gaeltacht in which 449 new jobs will be created with an expected investment of over €37 million when fully operational. Support for Randox Teo was approved to assist the company in undertaking the major expansion planned for An Clochán Liath. Support was also approved for other projects; these include Plaisteach Bhaile na Finne Teo and Bia Beo Natasha Teo which will begin trading early in 2016 in Baile na Finne and in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park respectively.Seven new businesses in total were established last year and there were close to 20 people already employed in those enterprise by the end of the year, including for example Meastóirí Domhanda Teo in Gaoth Dobhair Business Park and Feamainn Thír Chonaill Teo in An Clochán Liath.Enterprise Development Plan for the Gaoth Dobhair Business ParkIn March an tÚdarás published its development plan, Enterprise Development on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, which focused on increasing employment and fostering enterprise development in north-west Donegal, with the stated objective of supporting the creation of 300 new jobs and investing €4.7 million in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park over a three-year period (2015–2017).For the past year and a half, an tÚdarás has placed specific emphasis on this area and as a result:449 new jobs have been approved in new projects coming on steam over the next few years;three new start-ups have been established in the Áislann on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park;there are new investments planned or currently being undertaken by companies such as Arán Ard Teo in Ard an Rátha; Euroflex Teo and Bia Beo Natasha Teo in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park; and Cora Tine Teo in An Fál Carrach;a further €440,000 is being invested by an tÚdarás in Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair, resulting in the provision of 10 new enterprise units for new projects and the completion of works on the adjacent car park;Údarás facilitated 10 site visits to the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park by entrepreneurs seeking to establish new businesses. Negotiations are ongoing in relation to some of these business enquiries;promotional and marketing material have been developed and a PR campaign is being initiated to raise the profile of the Donegal area as a suitable location for business;manufacturing space in the former Largo Foods premises is being modified to provide further production capacity for companies Cóin agus Abhlanna Teo, Kombucha Éireann Teo and Bia Beo Natasha Teo;an tÚdarás is working with the local chamber of commerce, Cumann Tráchtála agus Tionscal Ghaoth Dobhair, on a number of projects that aim to promote the local economy, including the preparation of a tourism development plan for the area.Other DevelopmentsCompanies in other parts of the Donegal Gaeltacht continued to develop throughout the year and increased their production capability, these include Snáth Dhún na nGall and Cuan Tamhnaigh Teo. An tÚdarás constructed a new waste water treatment system in Eastát Bhaile Mún, and undertook works on the infrastructure in the vicinity of Eastát Tionsclaíochta Chill Charthaigh. A premises on the Údarás Industrial Estate in Na Dúnaibh was redeveloped and is now home to Uppiddee Teo, a technology-based enterprise which employed seven people at year end.LEADER ProgrammeThe LEADER Programme for Donegal was announced and it is expected that €3 million will be allocated under this programme for the Donegal Gaeltacht and its islands. Údarás na Gaeltachta and Comhar na nOileán Teo (on the islands) will be administering the LEADER Programme in the Gaeltacht for the next 5-year period.Social Employment SchemesA total of 314 people were employed on social employment schemes in the Donegal Gaeltacht at the end of the year. These schemes are managed and administered by an tÚdarás and funded by the Department of Social Protection.Language PlanningThroughout the year, three Language Planning Areas (LPAs) were announced for the Donegal Gaeltacht. Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhór Teo was selected as the lead organisation for the Árainn Mhór LPA. Toraigh LPA and Tuaisceart Dhún na nGall LPA were announced at the end of September last year, applications were sought from organisations/community groups interested in preparing language plans in those LPAs and the two lead organisations will be announced in due course. Hence, 6 lead organisations will be preparing language plans for their respective LPA’s in 2016. It is expected that Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair will submit a language plan for the LPA of Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire agus Loch an Iúir to the Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for approval in the middle of 2016.UDARAS EXPECT FURTHER GROWTH AS 208 JOBS CREATED IN DONEGAL IN 2015 was last modified: January 18th, 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)Tags:2015Minister Joe McHughreportÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

Competition: Like & share to win a wetsuit at Borderland, Muff

first_imgWith summer just around the corner, thoughts of fun-filled days along Donegal’s coastline aren’t far away.But while we have some of the best beaches in the world, it’s always that little bit chilly in the sea.Wetsuits are the perfect answer and Borderland Stores in Muff have the best selection of wetsuits – at the right price! And if you simply like and share his post then you will be in with a chance to win a 3mm summer wetsuit worth €50 from Borderland, Muff.To find out more see Like & share to win a wetsuit at Borderland, Muff was last modified: April 10th, 2017 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:Borderlandcompetitiondonegalfreemuffwetsuitlast_img read more


first_imgLotto winning numbers for the 05/04/16 are 8-4-5-1-2-6-7-3. No winners. Jackpot for 12/04/16 is €3100Tickets are now available for the Junior Strictly Dancing competition on Saturday the 23rd of April in Jacksons Hotel. Tickets are in high demand so don’t be disappointed. Get you tickets now from Paul McGlynn 0868719166, Jackie O’Meara 0871222112, Patricia O’Connor 0866069481 or Frank Ward 0862098102. Tickets are €15.00 for adults and €10.00 for Under 16. Minor Board: Under age training: Wednesdays U8 6.00pm- 7.00pm and U10 7.00pm – 8.00pm.                           Thursdays, under 12, under 13 & under 14 Boys 6.15pm to 7.15pm.                                                                  Our U14 Boys lost out to McCools on Monday the 4th of April. This is a very young side and they all battled very hard but a stronger McCools side win out in the end. They are away to Convoy on Monday the 11th of April. Hard luck to the minor boys who lost to St Eunans B on Wednesday the 6th of April. Next fixture TBCLadies: Training: Wednesday, U14 Girls at 7pm to 8pm. Minor Training 8pm to 9pm.                                     Our senior ladies got their shield started with a great victory over Buncrana at home. Buncrana started very well and were 1.02 to 01 up after 13 minutes, but 3 points in the last 10 minutes of the first half left Glenfin just 1 point down at half time. Glenfin were the stronger of the two teams in the second half and scored 7 points without them conceding a score left the full time score Glenfin 0.11- Buncrana 1.02. Glenfin scores were Colene McGrath 03, Kathy Ward 03, Laura McKenna 03, Kathleen McGinty and Mary Ward 01 each.Our 3rd team are starting their league campaign against St Eunans at home on the 16th of April. Time TBC. Seniors and Reserves were away to Milford on Saturday evening and unfortunately both teams came out on the wrong side on the result. The reserves took a long time to settle and found themselves 1.07 to 0.04 down at half time. In the second half they battled very hard and goals from Ross McDermott and Dylan McGlynn left just one point between the sides with 10 minutes left. Glenfin pushed hard for the equaliser but Milford hung on for the victory. Final score Milford 1.12 Glenfin 2.08.                                                                                                               In the senior game Milford were a 04 to 01up after 13 minutes but points from Paddy O Connor and Jason Morrow left it 04 to 03. Milford then scored 4 point in the last 10 minutes of the first half to leave it 08 to 03 at half time. A Milford goal in the second half put 8 points between the sides but Glenfin never gave up and a late goal coming from David Carr just wasn’t enough leaving Milford with the points. Final score Milford 1.12 Glenfin 1.08. Both teams are home to Cloughaneely next weekend.                                                                 Hard to Frank McGlynn and the Donegal Senior team who lost out to Dublin in the National Football league semi-final.                                                                                                                                                                       Well done to Donegal ladies who beat Cavan in the league on a score line of 2.07 to 1.02. Well done to all the Glenfin ladies involved.Handball: Handball training for all National schools on Monday evenings at 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Any club member or manager wanting to put information into the Club notes can do so by sending it to or texting 0872052481.GAA NEWS: GLENFIN SENIOR LADIES EARN GREAT WIN OVER BUNCRANA was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAglenfinSportlast_img read more


first_imgStorm on the way to South Boston – Donegal DailyFOR MANY ex-pat Donegal folk, this is a critical night on the north eastern seaboard of the United States.Majella McFadden from the Donegal Boston Gaelic Football Club sent Donegal Daily this picture a short time ago.“This is us bracing for Hurricane Sandy on Carson Beach, South Boston,” said Majella. “And Sandy is still a few hundred miles off shore!!!”The storm hit southern New Jersey at 10pm Irish Time, and New York has lost power to 50,000 homes, with 100,000 more in darkness in New Jersey.But it’s just going to get worse with the worst storm to hit the US in 30 years.The Irish Embassy is tweeting updates to followers on Twitter, for readers there. “This is going to be a big storm. It’s going to be a difficult storm,” said US President Barack Obama.“I think the public needs to prepare for the fact that this is going to take a long time for us to clean up. The good news is we will clean up and we will get through this.”PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL BOSTON EX-PATS GET READY FOR HURRICANE SANDY was last modified: October 29th, 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:PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL BOSTON EX-PATS GET READY FOR HURRICANE SANDYlast_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE LOCAL NOTES RaphoeRaphoe Family Resource Centre:New! Boys Club for 5th & 6th Classes will start on Tuesday 14th April from 5.15-6.15pm with a 8-week personal and social development programme. Experience and enjoy new things; develop interests; build confidence; develop relationships; develop social skills; explore values and beliefs; tackle bullying; team building. Activities will include-team games, alternative games (uni-hoc, dodge-ball, table-tennis and pool), cooking and baking, computers and arts & crafts. On completion of the 8-week programme there will be an outing decided by the group. There will be a €5 registration fee. Registration Days 7th & 8th April.New! Girls Club for 5th & 6th Classes will start on Wednesday 15th April from 5.15-6.15pm with an 8-week personal and social development programme. Experience and enjoy new things; develop interests; build confidence; develop relationships; develop social skills; explore values and beliefs; tackle bullying; team building. Activities will include-team games, alternative games (uni-hoc, dodge-ball, table-tennis and pool), cooking and baking, computers and arts & crafts. On completion of the 8-week programme there will be an outing decided by the group. Volunteers neededMany of you will remember the days when Raphoe Family Resource Centre or more correctly Raphoe Youth & Community Project ran a 5-day youth programme from Monday to Friday including some evenings. We are striving to return to those days again and are now appealing for volunteers. If you have an hour or two to spare each week please contact Shane on 074-9145796 or 087-3641503. Volunteers will be required to undertake Garda Vetting.“100 Club” Weekly Private Members DrawCongratulations to Week 1 Winners:1st Prize €50-Ciara Grant2nd Prize €30-Frances Brennan3rd Prize €20-Ann O’Donnell Congratulations to Week 2 Winners:1st Prize €50-Angeline Brennan2nd Prize €30-Dorothy Jones3rd Prize €20-Anthony Mc Daid The Family Resource Centre would like to thank all those who have subscribed to the draw; your support is greatly appreciated. You could be one of the lucky winners next week!Easter Hamper DrawCongratulations to John Gibson, the winner of our Easter Hamper! John is a member of our Afterschool Programme. Happy Easter John! Sincere thanks to all who purchased lines for the draw; sorry you were unlucky this time around!Little Smiles with big DreamsLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.Raphoe Walking GroupThe Walking group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am. All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa.Women’s GroupThe next meeting of the Family Resource Centre’s Women’s Group will take place at 8pm on Monday 13th April.Date for your diary:The Family Resource will be hosting a one-day workshop on Thursday 7th May on recognising and understanding self-harming. The workshop will run from 9.30am-4.30pm. To book a place please contact Laura on 074 9145796/087 3641503.Young Carers GroupAre you a young carer? Do you help to take care for someone at home who has an illness, disability, substance misuse, mental health difficulty or bereavement? The Loft Youth Project hosts a Young Carers Group for 12-18 year olds on Saturday mornings at 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. For further information please contact 074 9129630 or 087 1255246.Springboard Family Support ProjectEaster DrawWinnersSpringboard Family Support Project
Easter Draw Winners
1st Prize – Easter Hamper
Donated by Coyles of ,Raphoe
Nicola Mc Glinchey, Raphoe
2nd Prize – Small Chocolate Easter Basket
Carmel Hamilton, Raphoe
3rd Prize – Box of Chocolates
Rhys O Loughlin, Raphoe 
A huge thanks to Coyles of Raphoe for donating the huge hamper for the Easter DrawTo all those people who either bought or sold tickets for us, particularly all the Afterschool Club children & Parent & Toddler group.Thank you all so much. Your support is very much appreciated.Raphoe Friday Seniors Club:The Club Meet every Friday in the Volt Hall from 10:30am until 1pm. For further information please contact the Secretary on 074-9145462 or the Tidy Town Office on 074-9145692.Lifford YouthreachLifford Youthreach is an education and training centre for young people who have left school, without Junior or Leaving Certificate.We cater for young people between the ages of 16-20 years. We provide a range of subjects and qualifications for learners to ensure they leave the programme with the skills and abilities necessary to enter the world of work, or go on to further education. Young people who attend the programme receive a weekly allowance, which is dependent on their attendance. Young people are given the opportunity to try out new skills and subjects which will help them develop a sense of what it is they want to achieve in life, in relation to their career and education choices. If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining the programme please contact the centre on 0749142114 or email liffordyouthreach@donegaletb.iePlease note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, William Street. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.DD LOCAL: NEW BOYS CLUB TO START IN RAPHOE was last modified: April 2nd, 2015 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:Raphoe noteslast_img read more

Tottenham v Apoel: Spurs duo get chance to impress, youngsters on bench

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesGeorges-Kévin N’Koudou and Juan Foyth both get chances to impress for Tottenham in tonight’s Champions League game at Wembley.Spurs, already through to the knockout phase, make a number of changes, resting the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier and keeper Hugo Lloris.Dele Alli does play, as does Danny Rose, while youngsters Luke Amos and Kaziah Sterling are among the substitutes.Tottenham: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Foyth, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Nkoudou, Son, Llorente.Subs: Gazzaniga, Davies, Vertonghen, Amos, Dembele, Sterling, Walker-Peters. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

The Art of Translating Darwinese

first_img(Visited 303 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Translating Darwinese primarily involves taking out the assumptions and assertions and seeing if anything is left.If, like the late Phillip Johnson argued, Darwinian evolution is naturalistic philosophy masquerading as science, then it follows that Darwinian ‘science’ is fake science. It may include some tangible objects, like fossils or genes, but it will be wrapped in rhetoric intended to promote naturalism. Consequently, a perceptive reader needs to learn how to translate Darwinese. The mystical language of Darwinese makes it seem as if observational data supports evolution, when it’s really the other way around; naturalism colors the data. A successful Darwinese translator is always focusing on the actual evidence. One must filter out the assumptions and assertions to see what the data are actually indicating. Here we teach by example.Before starting, one must vaccinate oneself against bluffing, intimidation and irrelevant details. A Darwinese article, for instance, is often dressed up with attractive photos, clean website designs, pictures of smiling Darwinists, and artwork supporting the evolutionary narrative. All of that must be ignored. It has nothing to do with the science. It is irrelevant. The Darwinese translator must keep a laser-sharp focus on the evidence.Stick to the EvidenceWas early stick insect evolution triggered by birds and mammals? (University of Göttingen). Most of the first paragraph of this press release simply states observable evidence. Then the writer inserts the word “phylogeny” — an evolutionary word to watch out for.Stick and leaf insects are a diverse and strikingly bizarre group of insects with a world-wide distribution, which are more common in tropical and subtropical areas. They are famous for their impressively large body size, compared to other insects, and their remarkable ability to camouflage themselves as twigs, leaves or bark in order to hide from potential predators. A team of international researchers led by the University of Göttingen has now generated the first phylogenomic tree of these insects.For animals below the rank of family, Michael Behe shows in his book Darwin Devolves, one can expect variability in genera and species. Many creationists accept this view as well. The stick insects belong to Phasmatodea, an order, the taxon above the level of family. So if the writer is trying to link all the families within Phasmatodea into a tree of common descent, the translator needs to be on guard. Does the evidence support it? The research team at University of Gottingen examined 2,000 genes for 38 species of globally-distributed stick insects. Watch what happened:The most surprising finding is that the relationships between the early emerging groups of stick and leaf insects largely disprove the earlier assumptions. In fact, the genealogy reflects more the geographic distribution than the anatomical similarity of the animals. The authors revealed a New World lineage of purely North and South American species and a group of Old World origin that comprises species from Africa to New Zealand.In short, there was no clear phylogenetic picture. The genes looked similar, but the animals did not. When new evolutionary stories disprove old evolutionary stories, probably both stories are wrong. Next, the team ramps up the perhapsimaybecouldness index to visualize moyboy ages:The age estimation of the phylogenetic tree suggests that most of the old lineages emerged after the dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago. Thus, the remarkable camouflage of stick and leaf insects most probably evolved afterwards as adaptation against predatory mammals and birds.We have an emergence-y. The team just leaped into fantasyland, saying these remarkable animals “emerged” somehow long, long ago. Do they have fossil evidence for this? No; stick insect fossils are rare. This is pure Darwinian speculation.To translate the article into science, the translator must filter out the Darwinese. The result should include the first paragraph up to the sentence about predators, and stop. It might mention the 2,000 genes of 38 species examined, and tabulate the similarities and differences, but leave it there. Science has no tolerance for “emergence” and speculations about what “might” have happened over millions of Darwin Years.Spitting for DarwinA secret in saliva: Food and germs helped humans evolve into unique member of great apes (University of Buffalo). The proposition needing translation from Darwinese goes like this:Two million years of eating meat and cooked food may have helped humans shift further from other great apes on the evolutionary tree. The evidence is in our saliva, according to new research from the University at Buffalo.After putting this press release through the Darwinese translator, there won’t be much left but a bucket of warm spit. These Darwinians are trying to buffalo readers into thinking you can use divination on saliva from apes and humans and perceive a story of evolution, visualizing humans losing their hair and learning to cook.Human saliva is unique in that it is waterier and contains a different mix of proteins. The findings came as a big surprise to the researchers, since humans are known to be genetically close relatives of the great apes, chimpanzees and gorillas.The evolutionary story is lubricated with perhapses and maybes, ending with futureware: “The study’s findings provide a necessary basis for future studies to assess whether the differences in human salivary proteins were caused by natural selection.” In other words, they don’t even know that natural selection had anything to do with spit. It’s illogical to think it might have anyway; the Stuff Happens Law doesn’t ’cause’ anything.The only evidence that can be salvaged from this article involves design in our salivary glands and the complex proteins that help us digest our food. After translation from Darwinese into science, therefore, the article will be very short.Darwinizing DarwinismAn evolution in the understanding of evolution (University of Virginia Engineering). The heroine of this article thinks that evolution needs evolution itself, in order to be understood. Kristen Naegle spent a lot of time running divination studies on proteins to praise Darwin, but all for naught. After running her work through the Darwinese translator, there would be precious little left. She and her student Roman Sloutsky try to impress readers with their wizardry. Such divination is not for laymen, she says. In order to justify the exercise, she tries to convince the peasants that it could cure cancer.Reconstructing evolutionary branches is tricky, especially when many species share a similar type of protein that might have evolved to perform somewhat different functions. Mathematically, the problem quickly becomes very big, but discovering the implications of this protein evolution could lead to a better understanding of how our bodies deal with cancer and other diseases.First of all, she incorrectly thinks that proteins, those amazingly sophisticated and sequence-specific molecular machines, are products of evolution. That’s a show stopper right there. Second, it’s a pipe dream to think that Darwinism is going to help understand or cure cancer. A Darwinist believes that cancer is one of those things that just happens. Third, the work leaves nothing accomplished for Darwin worship. It’s all futureware.Naegle made one statement that could be a redeeming feature, and worth saving in the translated article. “Most models of protein evolution in use today are probably wrong,” she said.Including hers.With a little practice, you, too, could become a skilled Darwinese translator.last_img read more

SA police in partnership to fight crime

first_img8 August 2013 Leaders from South Africa’s Institute for Security Studies, Business against Crime South Africa, AgriSA and the South African Banking Risk Information Centre have pledged their support to the country’s police service in the fight against crime. “We needed to interact with these important partners who have helped us in our crime reduction programmes,” Mthethwa said in Pretoria on Tuesday. “As the ministry, we move from a premise that it is only through strong partnerships that we can create safer environments, which enable economic development, growth and attract investments.” The ministry maintains ongoing partnerships with different stakeholders – from business, researchers, academics, community policing forums and labour unions to NGOs who give insights which have assisted in policy formulations and practical programmes. “In fact, our approach as government is not premised along an impression that we are experts who know better; rather, we see them as equal partners in helping us address the challenge confronting us, which is to ensure that South Africans are and feel safe,” he said. “In our efforts of creating a police service that is professional, accountable, transparent and responsive, we also shared and discussed the Green Paper on Policing.” The meeting also covered the challenges that the South African Police Service is currently grappling with, including corruption and poor conduct of police officers. Mthethwa said it should not be a government-only responsibility to tackle crime – and such partnerships have enabled police management to better grasp and understand some of the key issues faced by police. “We are under no illusion that there are quick fix solutions to policing challenges in South Africa,” he said. “We do believe that over the last year, we have begun to put in place processes that are not only yielding some successes, but will also become the building blocks for the police service we envisage.” The minister and the partners agreed to cement these engagements through ongoing interactions, which will include a development of a practical programme with clear time frames, sharing of information and best practices. Source: read more