The Corey Bennett coached Hydel girls team continued to show that they will be a major factor at this year’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships after putting on a show at last Saturday’s Ben Francis Invitational on the grounds of Vere Technical.The team from Ferry dominated the meet, which featured over 30 teams and good all-round performances, with Class One athlete Devia Brown leading the way with a fine triple.Brown, who is expected to do well in the field for her team at Champs, showed fine form, winning the Class One discus with 40.57m, shot put with 13.47m, and the javelin with a 40.57m effort.CLEAN SWEEPTrishauna Hemmings continued from where she left off the previous week at the Western Milo Relays with another fine double. She sped to an impressive 13.86 seconds in winning the Class One 100m hurdles then returned to take the long jump with 5.86m.It was a clean sweep by Hydel in the sprint hurdles, as Najeeka Brown won the Class Four 70m event in 11.61, Gabrielle Matthews won the Class Three 80m hurdles in 11.83, and Donna Ray Lee took the Class Two 100m hurdles in 14.13. They also swept the 400m events with Garriel Whyte setting the stage after winning in Class Three in 58.79. Charoke Young followed in Class Two in 57.09 before IAAF World Under-20 representative Roneisha McGregor closed out in Class One with an easy effort of 56.06 seconds.Home team Vere Technical gave their supporters something to cheer for as they provided two double winners in Britany Anderson and Marie Brown. Anderson, taking a break from hurdles duty, showed her versatility by copping the Class Two 100m and long jump. She clocked 12.17 seconds in winning her 100m heat to be the fastest in the class in the event before returning for a big effort of 5.79m in taking the long jump event.Brown, who is expected to do well in the throws this season did not disappoint after winning the Class Two shot put with a heave of 13.07m before a big throw of 40.38m in the discus.
Pat the Cope Gallagher.MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the publication of a new report by the Irish Farmers Association entitled “Removing Barriers to Irish Aquaculture Development.”The report highlights the severe bureaucracy and red tape affecting the fish farming sector in Ireland.The findings of the report notes that the delays are preventing up to 2,000 new jobs and 60 million euro in lost investment in peripheral and coastal areas throughout Ireland. The Donegal politician insisted: “It is totally unacceptable that up to 600 applications for fish farming licences have been in the system for up to seven years. On several occasions over the past five years in the European Parliament, I have strongly called for the establishment of a one-stop shop in Ireland to deal with the approval of licences, drawing on best practice in other countries such as Scotland.”Mr Gallagher noted that at a European level, “the European Parliament and the European Commission fully supports the development of sustainable aquaculture and the new Common Fisheries Policy includes several supporting measures. However, Irish regulators appear to be incapable of getting past the inertia, which began with their inability to deal with the Habitats Directive and continues still to hamper job and export creation in peripheral and coastal areas.”Mr Gallagher continued “It is quite obvious to everyone that a valuable opportunity is being lost here, particularly for our coastal communities, where often there is no source of alternative employment. I can understand the huge frustration of businessmen and women trying to keep their coastal communities alive by making a living from the sea in an industry recognised for its quality and professionalism. We need to create an atmosphere conducive to job creation, not an atmosphere that prevents employment.“Without these SMEs our villages and towns along the periphery would disappear. It is assistance, not obstacles, we urgently require and the IFA’s report once again highlights that urgent action is needed by the Government to resolve the delays affecting the fish farming sector”. STUPID RED TAPE COSTING DONEGAL FISH FARM JOBS – PAT THE COPE was last modified: March 20th, 2014 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:fish farmsIFAMEPPat The Cope Gallagherred tape
John and his family celebrateTHERE were tears of joy at the Letterkenny count in the past few minutes as independent candidate John O’Donnell was elected to Donegal County Council.John, from Kilmacrennan, ran a good campaign.His father Eddie served as an Independent Fianna Fail councillor on the council his untimely death in a traffic accident in 1993. His mother then held the seat until 1999. “I just want to thank all my supporters, all my family and friends,” said Cllr O’Donnell at the Aura Leisure Centre.John passed the quota by two votes on transfers.Earlier he had said he wanted a new direction for politics at County House in Lifford.“People want change and I am going to work at the grassroots for that change,” he said. It is turning into Independents Day in Donegal.Killybegs mother of three Niamh Kennedy has just been elected.John O’Donnell celebrates after being elected in the Letterkenny electoral area. Pic-Clive WassonEMOTIONAL SCENES AS JOHN O’DONNELL FOLLOWS IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS was last modified: May 25th, 2014 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:CouncillorJohn O’Donnell
Cooperation exists in nature. Does that mean it evolved? Only if evolution is the sole mechanism in your toolkit.According to a Florida State press release, a professor found that couples show more “prosocial” (i.e., constructive) behavior when one commits to pray for the other. Frank D. Fincham, director of the Florida State University Family Institute, had this to say:My previous research had shown that those who prayed for their partner reported more prosocial behavior toward their partner, but self-reports are subject to potential biased reporting,” Fincham said. “This set of studies is the very first to use objective indicators to show that prayer changed actual behavior, and that this behavior was apparent to the other partner, the subject of the prayer.”All kinds of good things turned up for those who prayed: forgiveness, cooperation, and positive feelings. While the benefits appeared substantial, some warning flags should turn up for applying some “scientific method” to a study like this. For one, participants were asked if they were comfortable with praying before the study began. For another, there was no designation of the object of the prayers. And finally, Dr. Fincham only measured the behavior of the praying partner, not whether there was any real answer to the prayer. Can science study such things?Until recently, social scientists have stayed away from studying religion, spirituality and especially prayer, Fincham said, despite the fact that some 5 billion people, or about 75 percent of the world’s population, profess some religious faith.But those faiths include everything from Christianity to Buddhism to Islam, whose objects of prayer and patterns of prayer are very different and often contradictory. While a Jew or Christian might “pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” for instance, some Muslims might pray for its destruction. Some pray earnestly with their minds; others empty their minds and repeat mechanical prayers. Can the scientific method study sincerity?Prisoner’s Dilemma – or Darwin’sSome evolutionists rush in where angels fear to tread. It’s become common these days to study the “evolution of cooperation” in everything from bacteria to humans. The thinking is that humans are mere animals that, like yeast or bacteria, exhibit certain behaviors by natural selection. For example, one team found “survival of the fastest” among microbes. Publishing in Current Biology, they used a favorite situation in evolutionary game theory called “Prisoner’s Dilemma” (see video demonstration on The Conversation) to discern how microbes either cooperate or defect as a population grows. “We conclude that colony growth alone can promote cooperation and prevent defection in microbes,” they said, extrapolating the behavior of microbes without minds to humans with them: “Our results extend to other species with spatially restricted dispersal undergoing range expansion, including pathogens, invasive species, and humans.” It shouldn’t be surprising to find humans in a list with pathogens and invasive species. After all, some advocates of climate control see humans as a kind of pathogen on the planet. But it seems silly to link cooperative, prosocial behavior merely to colony growth. Depending on how it’s defined, cooperation was arguably more common in the frontier than in New York City.The Evolution of Capitalism by Natural SelectionAnother case of applied evolutionary game theory was published in PNAS (open access), “Coevolution of farming and private property during the early Holocene.” Even though the authors, Bowles and Choi, deal with modern humans coming out of the hunting and gathering stage into agriculture, they speak of private property rights as a principle that “emerges” in the population under environmental pressures. They could just as well be speaking of bird nesting sites or bacteria in a Petri dish. Nowhere does their evolutionary model insert rational design into the equation as something human beings employed. The paper is listed in the category of “evolutionary game theory.”To see how seamlessly evolutionists move from bacteria to humans, consider a paper in Nature about bacterial microfilms. In the same issue of Nature, Ute Römling reviewed the paper as a demonstration of “Bacterial communities as capitalist economies.” Did we really need an Adam Smith to define the rational principles of capitalism? It would seem that capitalism or communism are simply emergent properties, given the right environment. If so, what are rational people to think of the talking heads in the news, the historians, the professors, making such a big deal over politics? In Darwin’s world, biological entities simply self-organize according to natural selection.These papers are illustrations of the radical scientism C. S. Lewis warned about, where the rampant application of evolutionary thinking to the human being would undermine all rationality and aesthetics (read The Magician’s Twin for documentation and elaboration). You know the evolutionists are wrong, though, when you watch them exempt themselves from the power of evolution over them. Tell your prof that he’s only teaching what he’s teaching because his evolutionary past makes him do it, and he will quickly get angry. Call his anger an emergent property of selection pressure, and he will get angrier still. No evolutionist can live with the implications of their own assumptions. It is only by promoting themselves into the Yoda plane, where rationality matters, that they can speak their mind. But the moment they do that, the moment they think of their pronouncements as anything beyond glorified monkey screeches or movements of bacteria in a dish, they are committing a technical foul. That’s grounds for ousting them from their own evolutionary game, which vanishes in mist behind them. Have they never considered that apparent cooperation in bacteria, yeast and animals are designed properties instilled into them for a purpose? If not, why don’t they study the cooperation of rocks?Regarding prayer, it goes without saying that God cannot be put in a test tube. Any attempt to “scientifically” test the efficacy of prayer runs afoul of the sovereignty of God, who often delights in confounding the wisdom of the wise (1 Cor 1:18-29), and catching them in their own craftiness (Job 5:12-13, 2 Sam 22:26-27). The God of Scripture, however, does invite testing by man on occasion. In Malachi 3, after admonishing the Israelites for their sin of withholding prescribed Jewish tithes and offerings, the Lord offered them a test of His goodness: “put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Psalm 34:8 says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the soul that takes refuge in Him.” The Lord submitted to a test by fire, proposed by Elijah, against the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel (I Kings 18). And Isaiah pronounced to all the world that one can test the salvation of God: “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7). As for why God is not a proper subject of scientific inquiry, He continues: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). (Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A history sheeter, recently released from prison, was hacked to death, allegedly by members of a rival gang, in broad daylight in Dhule on Tuesday morning. A video of the incident, which was captured on a CCTV cameras nearby, went viral on social media on Thursday.According to the Dhule police, the murder occurred at around 6.30 a.m. on Tuesday when Rafiquddin Sheikh (35) was having tea at Gopal Tea Stall on Parola Road in Dhule. “Sheikh has over 30 cases of extortion and assault against him. The exact reason for his murder is being ascertained,” said Dhule Superintendent of Police M. Ramkumar.The CCTV footage shows the accused, 11 to 12 in number, armed with swords barging into the tea stall and dragging Sheikh out onto the road. They are then seen attacking him with swords over 20 times before fleeing the scene. The entire assault lasted for around a minute.Police officers said the incident was reported and relayed within minutes to the Dhule City police station, under whose jurisdiction the area falls. Sheikh was rushed to a government hospital in Dhule where he was declared dead before admission, and the police, after viewing CCTV footage, and recording statements of eye-witnesses, registered a case of murder. “Based on the CCTV footage, we have identified five of the accused as history sheeters from a local gang and are working on identifying the others. Sheikh led a gang of his own and there was a constant fight for supremacy between the two gangs and the murder,” said Police Inspector Anil Vadnere, Dhule City police station. Mr. Vadnere added that multiple teams had been sent out to various locations to try and apprehend the accused.
Police on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old woman who killed her mother as she objected to her lesbian relationship with her teacher. On March 9, Rashmi Rana’s father Satish Kumar complained to police against his daughter and her teacher Nisha Gautama for battering his wife Pushpa Devi with an iron rod, which caused her death. Rana confessed that her mother had opposed the union.
Russia stunned Spain on Sunday to reach the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.The hosts defeated Spain 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.Russia keeper Igor Akinfeev saved Koke’s and Iago Aspas’ spot kicks in their first ever penalty shootout to send the hosts through following a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.Spain, who have never beaten a host at World Cups or Euros, went ahead after 12 minutes when 38-year-old Sergei Ignashevich bundled into Spain captain Sergio Ramos at the far post, knocking a free kick in with his heel for the 10th own goal of the tournament.The most-loved foot in #RUS!#ESPRUS pic.twitter.com/oFVsYIYFsWFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018The 2010 world champions controlled the game with their slick passing but did little more, failing to create another scoring chance in the first half.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGERussia looked equally toothless up front, with Aleksandr Golovin’s curled effort their only noteworthy opportunity until Gerard Pique’s handball gave them a chance to level with a penalty in the 42nd minute.Forward Artem Dzyuba buried it for his third goal of the tournament, sending Spain keeper David de Gea the wrong way to equalise and awaken the subdued 78,000 crowd in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.The game lacked pace and tempo even after the break with both teams cautious not concede too much space and the Russians playing without an out-and-out striker after the substitution of Dzyuba.Despite 75 percent possession, Spain’s famed tiki-taka passing game rarely carried them into the box and they had to wait until the 85th minute to test Akinfeev with a low drive from substitute Andres Iniesta.advertisementHaving long run out of steam and with several players cramping, Russia were reduced to desperately defending in extra time as Spain, who played more than four times the number of passes their opponents did, still struggled to slice open the Russian defence.Akinfeev came to the rescue again to deny Rodrigo after his fine sprint in the second half of extra time before becoming a national hero by saving the two spot kicks to send the hosts past the former world champions.(With Reuters inputs)