King and queen of the sprinting world and now, yet again, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have claimed the RJR Sports Foundation 2015 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year crowns after last night’s coronation as Jamaican sporting royalty. Like he was last year, shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year award. Sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams capped a terrific year with the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year trophy, after her personal best 12.57 brought her the gold in Beijing last summer. Exceptional seasons The lack of surprise around what was Bolt’s sixth and Fraser-Pryce’s third Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year titles speaks volumes to the exceptional seasons that both sprinters enjoyed, considering the highly successful year that their peers also registered. They are used to topping medal podiums, and the pair again shared the spotlight at the glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus – as they did in 2012 and 2013. Bolt helped himself to gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m in Beijing, while Fraser-Pryce followed up her World Championships gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m with the Diamond League 100m title. This win by Bolt means that a track and field athlete has won the National Sportsman of the Year title for 13 of the last 15 years, with cricketer Chris Gayle in 2010 and last year’s winner Nicholas Walters (boxer), being the exceptions. His other wins came in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The athletics dominance is even more pronounced on the female side, with only three non-track and field athletes winning the National Sportswoman of the Year award in its 54-year history. Fraser-Pryce also won this award in 2012 and 2013. The MVP Track Club star, who has won two Olympic and seven World Championships gold medals over a decorated career, was also presented with the Sagicor Icon Award. Novlene Williams-Mills, whose determined anchor leg lifted Jamaica to a gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m relay and who also successfully fought breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The women, elders, paramount and clan chiefs of Grand Bassa County have distanced themselves from the recent petition of the Aggrieved Bassa Citizens (ABC), calling for the immediate resignation of Superintendent Etweda A. Cooper and Assistant Superintendent for Development, Adonie Z. Greaves. The Aggrieved Citizens want the Superintendent and her Assistant to resign for their alleged misappropriation of the County Ebola Fund (CEF).But the Governors of the county’s five districts, the Traditional Council Chairman and the County Supreme Grand Zoe have distanced themselves from the position of the Aggrieved Citizens. In a petition to the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus dated Monday, October 13, 2014, the Traditional Council Chairman and the County Supreme Grand Zoe argued that there is no substantial proof to the alleged mismanagement of the CEF.The Bassonians, under the name “Traditional Council of Grand Bassa,” also condemned the recent demonstration in Buchanan orchestrated by ABC.The ABC had staged several street protests in the county petitioning the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus to ensure the resignation for the Resignation of the two top officials, the Superintendent and her Assistant for Development on charges of embezzling over L$100,000, intended to be used to buy personal protective equipment (PPE), medicines, thermometers, chloride, buckets and other items for the fight against the deadly Ebola disease.However, the Bassa’s women, elders, paramount and clan chiefs as well as Governors and the Traditional Council Chairman said they are not a part of such plan. They argued that the anti-Ebola fight should supersede all personal or unsubstantiated claims.The Traditional Council of Grand Bassa, represented by Elder Isaac Toe, stated that the ABC’s petition, which called for the resignation of the county’s two top officials, on charges of alleged mismanagement of the County Ebola funds, has no foundation because these officials have not been investigated. The charges against them is, therefore, an unlawful attempt to undermine productivity, Elder Toe asserted.He and the Traditional Council maintained that any act of unlawfulness in the management of County Ebola Fund must be investigated by the General Auditing Commission to prove the alleged offense for appropriate action under the Law. Another county youth group, the Concerned Youth of Grand Bassa, also call on the county’s Legislators to join forces with the county government in the fight against Ebola “Our position is clear. In this Ebola crisis, we do not need any confusion and should be directing our full attention combating this deadly pestilence.Elder Toe further stated, “If there were anyone who has unlawfully mismanaged our County Ebola Funds, we think it is prudent to carry out investigations to ascertain the facts before taking an action against our leaders.”“In this regard, therefore,” he stated, “we do not support the argument of the ‘ABC’ who went against the organic laws and traditions of our county by organizing unauthorized demonstrations and street protests calling for immediate resignation of our County Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Development in the absence of substantial proof which in this case could best provided through an audit report.“We remain steadfast in our fight against Ebola and will never allow anything to divert our course.”House Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, receiving the Traditional Council’s petition on behalf of the Legislative Caucus, cautioned Bassa citizens to be civil and respectful in their dealings with officials of government.The Grand Bassa District # 1 Representative disclosed that people may disagree on issues of interest but does not in any way warrant gross disrespect to national leaders.District # 4 Representative Byron Brown challenge the Traditional Council to join forces with the Caucus in finding what he considers as common ground for peace and unity among the Bassa People.Representative Brown argued that one of the cardinal responsibilities of the Traditional Council is to initiate programs that will promote peaceful coexistence among the various groups in the county. For his part, Senate President Pro Tempore Gbehzonhgar Findley told the groups that their interventions were timely and lawmakers had no option but to work together for the common good of the citizens.The Grand Bassa Lawmaker said politics should take the back stage for now, while they confront the common enemy, Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Adil Rami in action for AC Milan Adil Rami snubbed interest from Manchester City and Arsenal as he wanted to repay AC Milan’s faith in him.The defender spent the second-half of last season on loan at the Serie A side after he had fallen out of favour at Valencia.He has been up for sale since the season ended and there was interest from England but the 28-year-old Frenchman has decided to pledge his long-term future to the Italian giants.“I am very happy to be at a great club like Milan,” he said.“I wanted to prove how much I wanted to stay here, I saw the fans supported me and that gave me the strength to do everything possible.“I loved talking to the fans and showing them I too am a Rossonero supporter. I felt like Gladiator! Like Maximus, I went through a difficult moment and at the end I won.“I’m happy to be here. I want to show my great desire, the bosses here have given me confidence and I have done everything possible to come back.” 1
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled out a January departure for Mario Balotelli, insisting the Reds are determined to find the Italian’s goalscoring “solution”.Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claimed the Anfield chief should be paid double for managing the 24-year-old, admitting he is unsure if the striker will ever play to his potential.The former AC Milan star has scored only two goals for the Merseysiders – none in the Premier League – since his £16 million summer move from the San Siro.But Rodgers revealed the club is determined to help Balotelli rediscover his goalscoring touch, adding he will not be selling the striker during the transfer window.“Roberto knows him very well,” said Rodgers. “I think he said if you work with Mario you should be paid double – I saw that so I will take that on board and speak to the owners on that.“All joking aside he [Mancini] has obviously worked with him and he knows him.“Mario is a good guy and he’s come in here and not scored the goals he or we would have wanted, but we are determined to help him find the solution here so he certainly won’t be going anywhere in January.” 1 Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli
A €7 million initiative part-funded by U2 to promote musical education in Donegal has attracted a “phenomenal” response in the rest of the country!Music Generation, the national music education programme for young people, received expressions of interest from all 34 local authorities following its success here.Music Generation director Rosaleen Molloy said the national response had surpassed all expectations and U2, who have put €5 million into the project, with the rest coming from the Ireland Fund, were “overwhelmed” by the response. “They just see the value of their investment paying dividend. They are thrilled with it,” she said.Ms Molloy did not rule out approaching U2 or the Ireland Fund for more money given the level of interest involved.U2 became involved when they realised only 1 per cent of Irish secondary school students had access to the type of music education they had when they attended Mount Temple comprehensive school.Ms Molloy said it was not only the interest that was extraordinary but the fact that so many local partnerships were prepared to put €200,000 in cash or in kind to match the Music Generation offer. “The majority have had to come up with hard cash, which is fascinating in the difficult times that we are in,” she said. “Somehow these music education partnerships, because of the will at local level and the interest, have found the means to come up with the matched income.”The scheme was set up when a successful Music Network pilot, which funded an expanded musical education programme in Donegal and Dublin, could not be rolled out nationally because of a lack of funding.Under the scheme, it is hoped 10,000 children will get musical tuition up to 2015.Ms Molloy said the €7 million amounted to “seed money” for music education in Ireland. “The country is talking about music education at the moment. You can’t put a monetary value on it.”Sligo County Council is now following the Donegal example. MASSIVE RESPONSE TO BONO’S DONEGAL MUSIC EXPERIMENT! was last modified: April 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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:bonoMusic Generation DonegalU2
Donegal fans are being asked to put their shirts on their team.Each card comes with two jerseys – but only when full!Sponsorship cards are being drafted out across the county in a bid to raise funds for the senior team.The lines are just €3 each and there are 50 lines on each card. And the good news is that for just €3 you have a chance of winning a Donegal jersey.Needless to say we all hope that we’re still wearing them as we travel in numbers to Croke Park in September.Businesses and clubs are asked to put a card at their place of work and to nominate someone to look after it.And the good news is that whoever looks after the card and returns the sponsorship money will also get a FREE Donegal jersey for their trouble. It’s a win win situation all around – hopefully both like Donegal’s quarter and semi-final appearances at Croker. WHY DONEGAL FANS NEED TO PUT THEIR SHIRT ON TEAM was last modified: July 31st, 2013 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:Donegal County Training FundDonegal GAAjerseys
A DONEGAL student is hoping to get from Dublin all the way to Berlin – without spending a cent…..and raising as much money as possible to help battle cancer!Shannon Welby is a 19 year old student from the Old Golf Course Road in Donegal Town. Up until 2014 she was a student in the Abbey Vocational School and now studies in DCU.Explained Shannon: “I have been selected to take part in ‘Beg Borrow Steal’. This involves racing other teams to Berlin within about 48 hours with no money or items of monetary value in hand. “We will be given riddles to solve to get to certain checkpoints, meaning you cannot pre-organize.“This takes place on November 18th and is in aid of The Irish Cancer Society and Movember Ireland. The event last year trended on Twitter, not just in Ireland but in the UK and further afield. It is sponsored this year by companies such as Jameson & Deloitte.“This challenge will without a doubt have myself and my team mate sleep deprived in the middle of Europe, depending on the kindness of others. But it’s all worth it because of the fantastic contribution to charity. It will be tough, but in the hardest moments we will know that this little challenge is so worth it to make even just a tiny difference for those fighting one of the biggest battles of all.”Shannon is looking for donations as fundraising in advance for the Irish Cancer Society is a huge part of this. So come on Donegal – get behind Shannon – if you can donate anything email her on email@example.comShannon Welby – needs your help!DONEGAL TEEN BEGGING, BORROWING AND STEALING – FOR CANCER CHARITY! was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by John2Share 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:Berlin BreakoutDonegal TownfundraiserShannon Welby
(Visited 408 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享14 Somebody, somewhere, has to care about truth and be willing to follow evidence. A little introspection and humility is required.Mainstream media are understandably concerned about the rise of fake news. Disinformation campaigns have been proven in some notable cases: for instance, countries setting up fake accounts and bots to influence people’s emotions with pure lies, in order to influence elections. Though clearing President Trump of wrongdoing in the Russia collusion investigation, investigator Robert Mueller was adamant that Russia had taken deliberate steps to sow lies in American media before the last presidential election. So when it comes to science news, how can ‘real’ news prove it is not fake?‘Fake news,’ diminishing media trust and the role of social media (Phys.org). Scientists at the University of Houston conducted polls to determine what people think they are hearing.As many as 90% of Kenyans, 93% of Nigerians and 76% of South Africans believe they are exposed to false news about politics on a fairly regular basis. In a 2016 Pew Research Center study which sampled just over 1,000 Americans, 71% of respondents say they often or sometimes see fake political news.Question: are the scientists lying to us about the results of their polls? How would anyone know?Pseudoscience is taking over social media – and putting us all at risk (The Conversation). Writer Santosh Vijaykumar of Northumbria University uses conspiracy theories about climate change and health risks as examples of fake news he worries about. He believes that more government funding should flow to scientists to combat misinformation, such as employing more fact checkers. But he has a conundrum; he doesn’t want to acknowledge the existence of climate skepticism by mentioning it.So how do we tackle this problem? The challenge is made greater by the fact that simply providing corrective scientific information can reinforce people’s awareness of the falsehoods. We also have to overcome resistance from people’s ideological beliefs and biases.Referring to the previous article, Vijaykumar worries, “The study concluded that the more people feel they are exposed to fake news regularly, the more they are likely to say they do not trust the media in general.” But we can ask the same question of him: is Vijaykumar lying to his readers in the article? How would anyone know?Those in the mainstream media typically expect science to provide expertise on this problem. They worry that people are losing trust in scientific authority. Their readers, however, are not without reason to doubt the integrity of experts. Some recent examples:All the mainstream media (with the exception of Fox News) promised Trump’s impending downfall in the Russia collusion story, and said so with confidence for two years, claiming the evidence was irrefutable. They were wrong.Google just hosted a conference in Italy about climate change. Politicians, scientists and celebrities who attended flew over 100 private jets to get there, dumping carbon recklessly through the atmosphere, when a simple online meeting could have been a more “green” way to do it. Observers see the hypocrisy of such actions.Astronomers have been telling the public for decades that everything they see represents only 5% or less of what exists, but they have no idea what the other 95% is, despite millions of dollars searching for dark matter and dark energy.Nutrition news changes constantly. Eggs are bad; eggs are good. Fats are bad; fats are good. Now scientists are even having second thoughts about saturated fat. The “Food Pyramid” taught in schools for years was based on flawed research.Science journals acknowledge a huge integrity problem in their own ranks, with scandals and misconduct, often not caught. At the same time, most published papers are irreproducible (the “replication crisis”).Cosmologists claim that nothing banged and became everything. Folks understandably think that makes no sense. Other cosmologists escape into a mythical multiverse that could never be observed or proven, even in theory.Evolutionists claim that every life form just happened by chance, according to a “law” of natural selection that is no law at all (equivalent to “Stuff Happens“). After 160 years of indoctrination that this is the only “scientific” view, a significant number of people still doubt the tale, and trust the Biblical account of creation instead.The experts, in addition, often act with arrogant elitism. This rubs many people the wrong way. Scientists need to communicate that they are people, too, just as prone to error and bias as everyone else. They need to be up front about their biases and admit when they are wrong.There have to be people in the media who care about the truth. That requires honesty, integrity and humility: humility, because nobody gets the truth right all the time, and a everyone must be willing to admit it when wrong. These are moral qualities. How did morality “evolve”?It also requires belief that truth exists. And yet in the scientific community, the vast majority of academics subscribe to a worldview that is amoral, meaningless, and selfish – Darwinism. How and why would any Darwinian care about integrity? If their readers knew what they believed, they would have every right to suspect their motives as selfish!For any secular reporters reading this, I have some suggestions for improving your credibility and solving the fake news problem. Get off your pedestal.Cure your Yoda complex.Admit your worldview assumptions.Be transparent about your funding sources.Stop the indoctrination (one-sided presentations).Don’t assume what needs to be proved.Stop assuming everybody else has an ideology but you.Debunk conspiracy theories, but don’t become a conspirator.Stop ignoring and censoring opposing views.Quit the logical fallacies, including card-stacking, ridicule and straw-man tactics (see our Baloney Detector). Take on the opposition’s Goliath, not their scarecrow.Become educated about the philosophy, history and sociology of science. The consensus has often been wrong.Become aware of scientists’ motivations for what they believe. They are not always pure motives.Encourage open debate – not just with others who share the same evolutionary worldview, but with knowledgeable and well-spoken representatives of non-materialist worldviews and non-consensus views; after all, sometimes the maverick is right. It’s OK to support your bias with facts and evidence, but let your readers know you have done your homework. This is especially important in the topics of climate change and evolution.Explain the origin of integrity, and why it is important. Without the ability to justify integrity, wave good-bye to all credibility!How’s that for starters? At CEH, we always show both sides. We link to the Goliaths of the opposition, and quote them, so that you can see for yourself what they are saying, and compare it with our views. You can comment on our articles and respond to our Tweets.You will almost NEVER hear from a science news reporter that creation or intelligent design has any credibility, or even exists as a scientific viewpoint. If it is mentioned, it is often pictured as a straw man or as “pseudoscience.” The beatings will continue until attitude improves.
4 December 2012South African bank Absa and payment innovations company Thumbzup have signed an agreement to launch a mobile payment device, Payment Pebble, which will enable small businesses and entrepreneurs to accept debit or credit card payments through smartphones or tablets.Payments will be made through a world first, plug-in device called “The Absa Payment Pebble”, the bank said in a statement last week.“The Absa Payment Pebble” is a small card-reader device that can be plugged into the audio input on any mobile smartphone or tablet and used along with a mobile application.The Absa Payment Pebble is scheduled to be available as a value-added service from Absa from early 2013.Once the mobile app has been downloaded and the entrepreneur or business has registered for the service and received a pre-configured device, payments can be made via debit or credit card.“One of the key differentiating features of the technology is its ability to enable safe and secure payment acceptance as a pin entry device, for both chip and magnetic swipe strip cards,” Absa said.“The Absa Payment Pebble is also extremely simple to use because it seamlessly interacts with any smartphone without the hassle of complex synchronisation or power supply concerns.”No other mobile acceptance device allows merchants to process payments remotely with a plug-in device, said Absa head of retail markets, Arrie Rautenbach.“It is a game-changing innovation with the potential to transform the way in which entrepreneurs can safely accept offsite payments.”He also said the deal with Thumbzup offered the potential of expanding into other African countries through Absa’s parent company, Barclays.“We have a strong global commitment to innovation,” he said.“As the Absa payment technology landscape changes, Absa is focused on delivering pioneering solutions to fundamentally transform the customer experience and build strong foundations for growth.”SAinfo reporter
Fresh violence broke out in Mirik area of Darjeeling hills with Gorkhaland supporters clashing with police and setting on fire two security vehicles and an outpost, police said on July 18, 2017.The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha alleged that its supporter Ashok Tamang was killed and another person injured in the incident on the night of July 17, 2017.The GJM alleged that the police opened fire at pro-Gorkhaland activists in Mirik area. However, the police denied doing so.Trouble erupted in Mirik sub-division when pro-Gorkhaland activists pelted stones and hurled petrol bombs and glass bottles at the police, an official said. Police sources said the protesters were baton-charged and tear gas shells were lobbed at them.The GJM plans to take out a rally with Tamang’s body in Mirik on July 18, 2017, the 34th day of the indefinite shutdown. A sit-in outside the district magistrate’s office in Darjeeling has also been planned to press for the demand for a separate State .An all-party meeting is scheduled to be held in Kalimpong on July 18, 2017 to decide on the next course of action. The meeting will be attended by all the parties of the hills.Army troops continued to maintain a vigil in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada. Paramilitary and police personnel also patrolled the streets in the hills. Charred books at a Grahmin Library that was torched by the miscreants in Mirik, West Bengal on July 14, 2017. | Photo Credit: PTI Except pharmacies, all the other shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges were closed while Internet services remain suspended for the last 31 days in the hills.With food supply severely hit due to the ongoing shutdown, GJM activists and NGOs of the hills were seen distributing food items among the people.