first_imgTwo local heroes will have their well-deserved moment in the spotlight this week when the Garda Youth Awards are televised on RTE.Ruby Hurst (20) and Odhrán O’Neill (19) from Ballyshannon were awarded for saving the life of their classmate last year.The former Coláiste Cholmcille students acted quickly to perform CPR on their classmate and, thanks to their immediate efforts on that fateful day, the young person was given a chance to live. Ruby and Odhrán were both honoured with the Community Safety Award from An Garda Siochana and the Des Kenny Award from Irish Water Safety.The inaugural Garda Youth Awards took place on the 27th of April. They will now be televised on a Today Show Special on RTE One, this Tuesday 18th June at 7pm.Chief Collette Quinn with Award Winners Ruby Hurst and Odhran O Neill at the inaugural Garda National Youth AwardsThe awards saw 22 prizes presented to over 100 young people aged 13 – 21 in recognition of their contribution to making their communities better places to live.Odhrán and Ruby were nominated by Principal Jimmy Keogh of Coláiste Cholmcille and highly praised for their decision to sign on for the life-saving CPR course.  Donegal’s Garda Youth Award winners to be featured in TV special was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Garda Youth Awardslast_img read more

first_imgA CROWD of 4,800 turned up to Sean MacCumhaill Park for this afternoon’s Donegal SFC final.Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Conaill drew 0-8 apiece in a drab encounter.Naomh Conaill came from two points down late in the game to force a replay, having led at half-time. Both teams might feel as if it was one that got away but, on reflection, will be content to get another crack.As always, Evan Logan was on hand to capture the faces in the crowd …All set to cheer on Naomh Conaill were Clara, Senan, Brenda and Pauline.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Maria, Megan and Sinead.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Paul and Louise.Dara Gallagher’s parents James and Bridgeen ready to get behind Naomh Conaill.Kilcar supporters Justina, Artur, Damian, Fabian, Kuba and Simon.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Katelyn, Padraig and Robyn.Picture special: Were you at the Donegal SFC final in Ballybofey? was last modified: October 20th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCGaoth DobhairNaomh Conailllast_img read more

first_imgIt all started with a trip to Europe to visit his brother a year and a half ago. From then on, Gus Johnson’s desire to play football overseas after his career at Humboldt State came to an end was something he always thought could be a possibility.It’s now become a reality.Johnson, who was the Jacks’ starting right guard this past season, has signed a contract to play in Spain for Murcia Cobras Club de Football Americano, a team that is located in the southeastern part of the country and a …last_img read more

first_imgSome of the biggest questions in the universe remain completely baffling to astronomers, a leading journal admitted.Science Magazine (1 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6085 p. 1090, DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6085.1090-a) included a special feature this week: “Mysteries of Astronomy.”  Robert Coontz introduced the feature:Endless mysteries lurk in the depths of space. To pare the list down to eight—now, there’s a challenge….  From the outset, the team decided that true mysteries must have staying power (as opposed to mere “questions” that researchers might resolve in the near future). Some of the finalists are obvious shoo-ins; others have received less of the popular limelight. The final selection spans the entire history of the universe on scales ranging from our sun and its planetary system to the entire cosmos. Each mystery is sure to be solved largely through astronomical observations—if it is solved: In at least one case, experts aren’t sure that a seemingly simple question will ever be answered.The top eight mysteries selected by Science are:What is dark energy?  Adrian Cho began, “The nature of the “dark energy” that is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate is now perhaps the most profound mystery in cosmology and astrophysics. And it may remain forever so.”  (This is the “seemingly simple question” Coontz worried would never be answered.)How hot is dark matter?  Adrian Cho described the decades-old controversy about whether dark matter is hot (ordinary matter) or cold (unknown stuff).  They still don’t know what it is, but Cho believes “that could soon change.”Where are the missing baryons?  For laymen, baryons are atoms and ions, or “ordinary matter.”  But where the missing baryons are is no ordinary matter; astronomers can only account for less than half of what they expected to find.How do stars explode?  Supernova explosions have been animated by artists for years.  That doesn’t mean they are understood.  Yudhijit Bhattacharjee lamented, “Many details of what goes on inside a star when its fuel has been spent and it explodes into a giant fireball known as a supernova, as well as how that explosion unfolds, remain a mystery.”What re-ionized the universe?  According to consensus theory, a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, the universe became transparent when matter re-ionized.  TV programs explain this as just a matter of fact, but as for what caused it, Edwin Cartlidge admitted, “No one is sure.”What’s the source of the most energetic cosmic rays?  Daniel Clery wrote, “After a century of cosmic-ray research, the most energetic visitors from space remain stubbornly enigmatic and look set on keeping their secrets for years to come.”Why is the solar system so bizarre?  Richard A. Kerr described how each planet, when visited by spacecraft, turned out to be more puzzling than expected.  “As exoplanet hunters get beyond stamp-collecting planets solely by orbit and mass, they will have a far larger number of planetary outcomes to consider, beyond what our local neighborhood can offer,” he concluded his tour.  “Perhaps patterns will emerge from inchoate diversity.”Why is the sun’s corona so hot?  Every once in awhile, a new theory claims this mystery has been explained.  Apparently not; Richard A. Kerr surveyed leading theories, but it still made Science‘s Top 8 Mystery List.See Space.com article for layman’s summary of these mysteries, and another Space.com entry in countdown format.Entry #7, “Why is the solar system so bizarre?” deserves a closer look.  Kerr said that Pluto has been partially explained as a member of a previously undiscovered population of trans-Neptunian objects.  “The mysteries of the remaining eight planets,” i.e., all of them – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – “are proving more recalcitrant,” he said.  Before space probes, planetary scientists expected to find patterns that would support a general theory of planetary origins.  That hope has evaporated:Looming over all the attempts to explain planetary diversity, however, is the chilling specter of random chance. Computer simulations show that the chaos of caroming planetesimals in our still-forming planetary system could just as easily have led to three or five terrestrial planets instead of four. Mercury may have largely formed with a thick rocky shell only to have it blown away by a chance collision with a still-forming planet nearly its own size. A rare big hit to Uranus might have not only knocked it on its side, where it spins to this day, but also shaken up its rocky core. If so, the more organized churnings of a shallow fluid shell could be generating its magnetic field, producing the observed tilt.Ferreting out rare random events in the early days of the nascent solar system could be problematic, scientists concede. They may have to settle for working out many of the rules of the planet-making game without pinning down exactly how a particular planetary quirk came to be.Thus the “inchoate diversity” of which he spoke (inchoate meaning unorganized, disordered).  Kerr left it to future astronomers to find a way out of that chilling specter of random chance.  “As exoplanet hunters get beyond stamp-collecting planets solely by orbit and mass, they will have a far larger number of planetary outcomes to consider, beyond what our local neighborhood can offer,” Kerr ended as optimistically as possible.  “Perhaps patterns will emerge from inchoate diversity.”What?  Science doesn’t have the answers?  These are BIG mysteries.  Some of them are the very questions for which TV animators for the Science Channel, NOVA and National Geographic offer solutions that are neat, simple, and wrong.  We deceive students by teaching simplistic, wrong answers without revealing that scientists have only partial answers, if any.  What distinguishes science, whose root means “knowledge,” from other methods of human inquiry that also have more questions than answers?Batters get three strikes and are out.  Planetary scientists are zero for 8 as far as observations meeting predictions (even worse when moons like Io, Enceladus and Titan are included).  Astronomers and cosmologists are not batting any better.  In any other human endeavor, a zero score would be called utter incompetence.  Astronomers and planetologists are very good at describing  what is (i.e., stamp collecting), but NOT how it came to be.  Those two skills are completely different.  They can remain on as stamp collectors, but not as prophets.Notice that planetary science is stuck with the Stuff Happens Law (the opposite of scientific explanation).   That’s what Kerr meant by the “chilling specter of random chance.”  If materialists are stuck with throwing up their hands and saying, “stuff happens” when asked why human beings won the cosmic lottery, they need to step off the pedestal of Knowledge and yield the platform to those who can state a positive case for design (reference: The Privileged Planet documentary).   It’s the planetary scientists – not the planets – that are being recalcitrant.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgSome of the possible MH370 debris in French satellite images New satellite images showing 122 objects, some 23m long, will give the international team scouring the southern Indian Ocean for MH370 new intelligence to refine the vast search area 2500km south-west of Perth. The image taken on March 23 by the French was provided to the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency.Some are bright, possibly indicating solid material such as part of a wing. Acting Malaysian Minister of Transportation Hishammuddin Bin Hussein said that “this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation.”The new image is the fourth positive sighting from satellites and shows debris located 2557km southwest of Perth between the original Australian image taken on March 16 and that take by the Chinese on March 18.Shot through broken cloud, the images shows debris spread over a very wide area of 400sq km according to the acting Malaysian Transport Minister.Some of the pieces are very large such as 22.5m by 6m, 11m by 4m and 23m by 10m in size.The large pieces are likely to be wing or tail sections. Smaller item are more likely to be from the cabin of the 777.Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority is expected to send out planes to new coordinates to get verification.HMAS Supply and the Chinese ice breaker Xue Long are in the area searching for debris and are expected to be redirected to the new co-ordinates.The three Chinese warships the Kunlunshan, the Haikou and the Qiandaohu have also arrived in the search area.MH370 Tribute Pagelast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 12-6-17Much colder air has moved into the state and will park here for a while. West winds today will not be as strong as yesterday, but will still bring the potential for some good lake effect snows in far northeast parts of Ohio. Most of the state will be dry today with sunshine, but those west winds will be able to pick up some good moisture along the fetch of Lake Erie. Tomorrow, winds move back more to the NW, and that will increase lake effect snow potential along the southern shore of the Lake. However, this moisture does not look to go very far, so again, most of the state will see little to no precipitation tomorrow and sunshine will be a big player in all areas…even working through in some of these lake effect areas. Friday looks to be back to more of a westerly wind, and so just a mix of clouds and sun expected there.For the weekend, a reinforcing shot of cold air is coming. Saturday looks to have a mix of lake enhanced snow up north and a weak clipper like system moving through as well. This can bring scattered snow showers to a good chunk of the state…perhaps up to 70% coverage. We won’t rule out accumulations at this time, but the best chance of those right now look to be in central and southwestern parts of Ohio, which is not our typical coverage of snow. We see better sun chances on Sunday, and it will not be as cold. However, we think lake effect snow chances hold on in far NE Ohio again.For next week, we start with strong southwest winds, and that will take temps up somewhat. We may end up near normal or even a degree or two above normal on Monday. But, we have scattered snow and flurry action pushing back in for Tuesday and Wednesday. A good part of that action will be lake enhanced with limited geographic scope, especially Wednesday. But, Tuesday we will not rule out hit and miss spats of snow across the state. Still, at this time, we expect little to no accumulation.  We have delayed our midweek system about 36 hours this morning, allowing for a mix of clouds and sun Thursday, before snow develops overnight Thursday night and hangs around through Friday.  This weak clipper event may be able to yield minor accumulations, but it is far out near the end of the 10 day window, so we will reserve judgment on that for a later time.The extended period shows an upper level low sitting over the region and the great lakes Saturday the 16th, that keeps a chance of scattered snow showers and lake effect snow in for the first half of that weekend. Then a strong cold front sweeps in from the west and northwest late on the 18th into the 19th and has nice moisture flow up the front from the south. This can bring liquid equivalent precipitation of up to half an inch to the state with 90% coverage. Temps will be the key…if we stay cold this would be the first good snow system for the state. However, we think a better solution is for the strong southwest flow to warm temps as the moisture arrives, meaning we start as good rains, for the 18th and then action ends as snow on the 19th. But…we will see how the system progresses.Overall this forecast can be summed up as cold, and rather dry – even with snow chances, there is not a lot of moisture to work with here for the next 10 days.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook is currently facing 31 consolidated lawsuits over its bungled $16 billion IPO last May, and the social media giant and dozens of banks have joined hands in asking a federal judge to throw them all out. Facebook’s stance: before going public last May 18, “…it had no obligation to publicly disclose internal projections on how increased mobile usage and product decisions might affect future revenue,” reports Reuters. In other words, Facebook thinks the investors collectively suing it are trying to enforce an SEC rule that has been ignored for decades – just because the stock ended up tanking after the IPO. The lawyer representing the plaintiffs has not responded.  Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit readwritecenter_img Tags:#Facebook#Finance#IPO#lawsuit#now#SEC Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

first_imgRelentless showers continued to pound Pune, Satara and Sangli districts in western Maharashtra, and Nashik in north Maharashtra throughout Sunday. District authorities evacuated more than 2,000 persons from inundated areas. Ten-year-old Kunal Ajay Dodke was killed and his younger sister injured after a wall of their house caved in on Sunday morning in Lonavala, around 70 km from Pune. The police said heavy rain might have triggered the wall collapse.In what is thought to be another rain-related accident, one person drowned while another was feared dead in Satara after their car plunged into a waterfall near Koyna dam late on Saturday. According to the Satara police, the two people were travelling to Kamargaon when the driver lost control of the car. The driver has been identified as Satara resident Nitin Shelar, while rescue teams are searching for the other occupant of the car.Schools closed todayPune city and district were battered by near-continuous rain since Saturday evening through the better part of Sunday.Pune Collector Nawal Kishore Ram declared a holiday for all schools in the district on Monday, taking into account the grim forecast for the next 48 hours, making use of powers recently bestowed by the State Education Department on district collectors to declare school holidays in case of a disaster or emergency.“Going by the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast of heavy rain in the forthcoming days and in wake of the continuous rainfall that commenced since Saturday in the Maval, Mulshi, Bhor, Velha and Junnar talukas of Pune among other areas, we have decided to declare a holiday for school-going students to preclude any untoward incident,” Mr. Ram said. In Pune city, with over 41,000 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water released from the Khadakwasla into Mutha river, the Bhide bridge was submerged and there were traffic snarls at several points in the city. The relentless downpour especially threw the commute awry in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Wakad areas, after over 35,000 cusecs discharged from Mulshi dam flooded Sanghvi and Wakad.Discharge from the Khadakwasla dam inundated low-lying areas in Balewadi, Baner, Aundh, Yerwada, Sinhgad Road and Bopodi.Rescue teams moved more than 300 families dwelling in low-lying of the city to safer zones owing to the discharge of massive quantities of water from the Khadakwasla, Pavana, Mulshi and other dams. Several people were trapped in residential areas in Pimpri and Sanghvi after their homes were flooded. More than 50 residents of old Sanghvi were successfully rescued by the fire department and local police in the morning. Following the discharge of water from Mulshi dam, the district administration issued stern warnings to deter monsoon picnickers. Seven members of a family stranded at a house in the water-logged Kamshet area were also rescued by a team of the NDRF, said authorities. Karad, Sangli on alertThe rain has led to the four major dams in Pune district — Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar — to fill up to more than 90% of their cumulative storage capacity of 29.15 TMC.With the Pavana dam swelling to capacity owing to continuous rain in the past week, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation scrapped the water rationing it had enforced throughout the summer.Pune and Satara are expected to receive heavy showers for the next 48 hours, IMD officials said. With the steep increase in the discharge of water (more than 50,000 cusecs) from the Koyna dam, a high alert has been sounded for Karad (in Satara) and Sangli cities.Discharge of 20,000 cusecs from the Chandoli dam in Sangli led to flooding in nearby villages, while in adjacent Kolhapur district, heavy rains disrupted communications between several villages in the district. Nashik inundated The Nashik District Collector, too, has declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Monday.With the Godavari river in spate and the continuing release of water from the Gangapur dam, parts of the district, including the holy spots of Trimbakeshwar and Panchavati, were completely deluged, making them out of bounds for tourists.River waters reached up to the neck of the Dutondya Maruti, a statue of Hanuman, in Panchavati, and even entered the Trimbakeshwar temple as showers continued to lash Nashik city and the talukas of Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar, Peint, Surgana and Dindori.According to authorities, the Trimbakeshwar tehsil had received more than 300 mm rain till Sunday morning while Nashik city received 84 mm rain. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement center_img Mumbai: August 04, 2019: River Godavari is in full flow and flooded amny areas in Nashik on Sunday. Photo: Special Arrangementlast_img read more

first_imgAs the curtains came down on the 16th edition of the Asian Games, China once again showed what it takes to be a superpower. Surprisingly, despite a combined medals tally of 416 – 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze – the hosts were still unhappy. On Saturday, some of the Indians at the Main Press Centre were shocked to hear some Chinese journalists lamenting that their country failed to notch up a double century of gold medals. At a time when the Indians are making a song and dance about the 14-gold haul, these Chinese journalists showed where we stand. Like the previous Asian Games, this one too has become a contest between China versus the rest, and not surprisingly, a lot had to do with mindset. When Beijing got to know it would be hosting the 2008 Olympics, the whole of China was in a state of euphoria. In every aspect, their preparations began years in advance with no room for excuses. It is this kind of approach which scares the world when people talk of China as an emerging sporting nation which can one day overtake the US in the Olympics medals tally. So what is it about the Chinese system that they produce such strong world beaters?The other day, a top Sports Authority of India official at the Aoti shooting ranges in Guangzhou gave an explanation as to “how the Chinese system is so good”. The official had no hesitation in admitting that we are way behind China in terms of a sporting culture. That’s the secret of China’s prowess. Sample these cold facts. China invests in sport in such a big way that the athletes don’t have to worry about their future even if they fail. Contrast this with India where failure could not only be the end of an athlete’s career but the person may be consigned behind a desk for the rest of his/her life. THE difference lies in how China nurtures talent from a very early age. There are over 3,500 staterun athletics programmes alone where over four lakh athletes strive for excellence. But only a few make the grade.advertisementCompare this with India, where sporting programmes are yet to be broad-based. The nurseries of hockey are on the wane and if you talk in terms of sheer numbers as to how many synthetic tracks or hockey pitches we have, there is just no comparison. At a time when we are debating the corruption in CWG, it is the clean system in China which matters. Official estimates say the Chi-nese government spends between $750 million-$1 billion a year on sports and the result is for everyone to see. In contrast, our sports budget was below `500 crore, which is around $10 million a year. Unless the budget in India is increased manifold, athletes would continue to be produced despite the system.It is well known that China used the Guangzhou Games as a build-up for the 2012 London Olympics. Of the 970 Chinese athletes who took part in Guangzhou, 650 were new and are being groomed for the next Olympics. Talk about planning and surely China knows how to do it well.last_img

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid eased the pressure on Zinedine Zidane and delivered a resounding response to their loss to Paris Saint-Germain by winning 1-0 away at high-flying Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday. Karim Benzema headed in the decisive goal at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to secure an impressive victory against a Sevilla side that were unbeaten and hoping to return to the top of the table. Instead, it is Madrid that go level on points with Athletic Bilbao in first place after a controlled and determined performance that was by some distance their best since Zidane’s return as coach in March. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “We have had a quite difficult time but the players reacted,” Zidane said. His position had come under scrutiny after Madrid’s woeful 3-0 defeat by PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday, a result that continued their bumpy start to the season, following a turbulent summer in the transfer market. But this win should do wonders for belief and leaves Barcelona as Spain’s chief club in crisis, with Ernesto Valverde under pressure after they were beaten 2-0 by Granada on Saturday. Madrid are now four points clear of the Catalans after five games played. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “I am very happy as people have been questioning us a lot,” said Zidane. “But we don’t think much about that. We played 90 minutes at a very high level in a difficult stadium. We must congratulate all the players.” Not for the first time this season, Zidane singled out Gareth Bale for praise. “Today hard work was the key,” he said. “The effort made by James, Gareth, all of them.” Sevilla’s newly-installed coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked by Madrid 11 months ago, 139 days after taking the job that cost him the chance to lead Spain at the World Cup. He insisted on Saturday there was no desire for revenge but it is hard to imagine victory would not have brought a little extra satisfaction. Zidane was asked about his own future as well, several times, and while he maintained he still feels the full backing of the club, there was a warning too. If support dwindles, he said, “then it would probably be best to leave”. – Lopetegui booked – ==================== But for all the problems — a dreadful pre-season, signings and sales missed, poor performances against Real Valladolid, Villarreal, Levante and PSG — Madrid now sit second, buoyed by a display that may yet prove a springboard for games to come. A frantic opening half an hour made for an engrossing contest but there were few chances, as Lopetegui earned himself a booking for beckoning Gareth Bale to be shown a yellow card. Real Madrid probably just shaded the first period and had its two best chances as Eden Hazard was slipped in by Benzema, only to be denied by Tomas Vaclik on the angle, before Dani Carvajal was sent clear by James Rodriguez but this time Vaclik’s right foot blocked the defender’s finish. There was little in it, as Bale’s excellent cross almost found James at the back post shortly after half-time while Luuk de Jong went close with a header, prompting Carvajal to hack the ball clear at the far post. Still, Madrid looked more likely and so it proved as Raphael Varane won back possession high up, allowing Bale to thread Carvajal in behind. He dug out a cross, which Benzema met brilliantly, rising high to head home his fifth goal of the season. Sevilla might have equalised but De Jong headed wide under pressure from Carvajal and then Javier Hernandez did score, in the 87th minute, poking in at the near post, only for the assistant to raise his flag. Bale could have made it two late on but hit the side-netting from an acute angle. One was enough.last_img read more