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_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Former Giants first round draft pick Kyle Crick will miss the remainder of the season due to an injury sustained during a pregame altercation in the visiting clubhouse at Oracle Park on Monday.A Pittsburgh Pirates team release announced that Crick underwent extensor tendon repair surgery on his right index finger in San Francisco Tuesday after fighting with teammate and Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez on Monday.Crick, a 2011 first round draft choice of the Giants, was traded to …last_img read more

first_imgBecause of the high-profile Intelligent Design trial in Dover, Pennsylvania, the news media and scientific societies are all discussing Darwin vs Design with fervor.Surprise, Surprise:  AP reports that the Dover school board did not expect the uproar when it drafted its policy allowing alternatives to Darwinism to be heard; see  MSNBC News also carried the story.Alas, Poor York:  the York Dispatch printed another article about Michael Behe’s testimony at the trial, and the debate that ensued.  It followed with another story Oct 21 about the defense witness lineup.Czech Cache:  The first European Intelligent Design Conference was announced by PR Newswire, based on information from the Discovery Institute.  It began Oct. 21 in Prague and is called Darwin and Design; the Discovery Institute wrote about it, and the Prague Post interviewed one of the speakers, Dr. Charles Thaxton.Official Condemnation:  The American Association for the Advancement of Science printed remarks by fellow John Staver denouncing ID with “strong concern” about the Kansas school board decision to allow criticisms of Darwinism.Battle of the Books:  Alan Boyle on MSNBC News talked about the book wars for and against evolution, and suggested that Michael Behe has probably made a million in royalties for his popular book, Darwin’s Black Box.  He thought that lay books that fit public opposition to evolutionism are likely to sell better than serious works on science, and quoted an author who tells science writers to emphasize the scientific process and the practical applications of evolutionary theory.His Two Pence:  Current Biology 10/25/2005 interviewed Russell Foster (Imperial College, UK) who said, “I think the science community should be very proactive over this issue and take every opportunity to explain why Intelligent Design is not a scientific theory and that it has no place in the teaching of biology.”His Two Pounds:  Nigel Williams, also writing in the 10/25 Current Biology, weighed in hard against I.D. in the lead editorial.  He thought it odd that so many creationists and political conservatives are using the movie March of the Penguins as evidence of design, but ended with a reference to the “major new exhibition on Charles Darwin at the American Museum of Natural History in New York next month are expecting controversy and tackle the issue of intelligent design head-on.”  The museum directors are baffled by ID’s prominence, but don’t see any debate worth their time, because, to them, “Darwin is so fundamental to modern science.”Outmatched Armies?  Over 7000 scientists signed an online petition stating intelligent design is not science, reported PRNewsWire.  Organizer R. Joe Brandon, an archaeologist, wanted to show up the Discovery Institute’s list of 400 scientists who question evolution and support intelligent design.  (Don’t make any inferences from Brandon’s website name,  Casey Luskin of EvolutionNews was not particularly impressed by the appeal to authority, arguing they were attacking a straw man version of ID.Doctors’ Orders:  The 17,000-member Christian Medical Association issued a statement decrying the “scientific inquisition” against intelligent design, according to Christian Communication Network.  CMA Director Dr. Gene Rudd pointed to a survey of over a thousand doctors that found 76% believe in God, 59% believe in some kind of afterlife, and 55% said their faith influences how they practice medicine.  The statement also referred to historical scientists whose breakthroughs were “consistent with their religious faith and belief in the God who ordered the universe.”Scare Tactics:  Brad Harrub of Apologetics Press wrote an editorial criticizing how the Darwinists are trying to “plot, dictate, threaten and scare” to keep their control over science education.Down Under and Below the Belt:  Aussie blogger Stephen Jones discussed the underhanded tactics of the anti-ID crowd in his country.Hypocrites:  George Neumayr on American Spectator called the ACLU lawsuit a Kangaroo Court, writing, “No sooner had the Darwinists ended their 80th anniversary celebrations of the Scopes trial than they turned their attention to conducting censorship trials of their own.”Morning Gory:  Donald Hoffman on Morning Call Online defended ID and claimed the plaintiffs in the Dover trial are over-reacting and making much ado about nothing.Big Target:  Patriot News reporter Bill Sulon wrote about how the Dover policy would be difficult to defend, according to district solicitor Stephen Russell, because it would be perceived as initiated for religious reasons.Tech Stress:  TopTechNews said “Tension mounts on intelligent design.”Students Demand Free Speech:  the Berkeley of the 21st century?  The Cornell IDEA Club responded to university president Hunter Rawlings’ tirade against ID Oct. 21.  He spent two thirds of his State of the University Address attacking intelligent design, with what they felt was a “blatant disregard for the facts” and speaking in an “unscrupulous, unknowledgeable manner.”  They called for free and open exchange of ideas.And more…  Access Research Network writer Denyse O’Leary keeps abreast of additional columns and articles of note about the ID controversy.This sampling can be considered representative of rhetoric that surely is making small-town newspapers all over the country.Something is strangely missing in all these reports.  No Darwinists seem to be defending any evidence that humans have bacteria ancestors.  It seems to be all about power.  (Social Constructivists, don’t get any ideas.)  The ACLU may silence a Behe, but if intelligent design is built into the fabric of the universe, 7,000 Darwinists cannot fight it any more than they can stop a glacier.  Same advice still applies: watch for flying baloney, keep away from the heat, know history, re-read If by Kipling, have a deep and abiding respect for brute facts, and fear not the wroth of the people of froth.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgSAPS officers will be on alert during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Pruis and Interpol’s Ronald Noble speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg. Noble believes South Africa will stage a great World Cup. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Senior Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo South African Police Services Spokesperson +27 82 567 4153 RELATED ARTICLES • Police hard at work for a safer SA • Cracking down on 2010 crime • New unit to crack down on crime • 5 000 new police for South Africa • Choppers to curb 2010 crimeBongani NkosiInterpol, the global police organisation, has given its assurance that the strictest security measures are in place for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.Ronald Noble, Interpol secretary-general, announced a massive collaboration plan with the South African Police Services (SAPS) at a recent media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.While not revealing the total number of police officers Interpol will use during the event, Noble said about 25 member countries will provide South Africa with additional security personnel. Each of the 32 participating countries will also send in their own security officers.Government will spend R640-million (US$88-million) on deploying 41 000 SAPS officers across the country during the tournament, including 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 police reservists. As a further measure, special courts will be set up to deal with cases involving foreign visitors – and these will be open 24 hours a days.“Our security plan is very thorough [and] very comprehensive,” said Noble. “Interpol members will be integrated with the SAPS.”This will be Interpol’s biggest operation in the history of international events, Noble added.SAPS and Interpol officers will head joint operations at venues such as stadiums, hotels, public viewing areas and others related to the World Cup. “We will jointly plan specific operations,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Pruis.High-tech general packet radio service (GPRS) will be used to make communication more efficient during the operations.The location of Interpol’s security command control centre is still under discussion, but the structure will be the nerve centre of operations and the SAPS will have direct access to it, Pruis said.“[Interpol] members should be at the heart of operations. They should be part and parcel of [intelligence] decisions made.”Interpol’s involvement will come in handy to boost intelligence during the spectacular. “…With Interpol’s involvement in the World Cup we have an international information- and intelligence-driven operation,” Pruis added.Entry points first call of defencePorts of entry to South Africa will be the “focal points” of police efforts, said Noble. Police presence and intelligence operations will be beefed up along border posts, coastline ports and airports.The main focus will be exposing people entering the country with stolen passports. Visitors will also be screened to detect potential threats of terrorism and hooliganism. Interpol has a list of names of problematic individuals in a database, and South African police will have access to it during the tournament.“We [Interpol] know individuals whose criminal activity is linked to major world events,” Noble said.Identity documents, funded by Interpol, will be issued to each visitor after he or she is screened.“Our database has not identified any [terrorist] threat linked to the World Cup,” said Noble.Interpol’s cooperation in providing South African police with exclusive information about dangerous individuals was commended by Pruis. “We’re very happy that Interpol will play this major role in giving us access to the rest of the world,” he said.“The risk assessment is based on intelligence from all over the world.”SAPS and Interpol are currently finalising the process of profiling participating countries and the nationalities of each match ticket applicant. The country profiles will uncover threats that players and their entourage might be exposed to, among other things.Intelligence from South Africa’s neighbouring countries and states within the Southern African Development Community will also be critical to operations. “We will cooperate very closely …” Pruis said.“It’s not just a South African event. If you look at security, it’s a regional event, it’s an African but also an international event,” he added.Projects on organised crimeThe SAPS will set up special projects to deal with organised crime in the run-up to and during the World Cup. The focus of these will be on human and drug trafficking, which are both predicted to escalate.There’s currently serious concern about children and women being brought into South Africa for illegal work. “Human trafficking will receive attention,” said Pruis.‘Best World Cup ever’Noble is convinced that South Africa will stage the best World Cup with minor security incidents. “It’s my belief … that this will be the best World Cup we’ll ever have.”Pruis is also confident that hooliganism in stadiums and other viewing areas will be combated with ease. “I’ve been in Germany and I’ve seen hooliganism during the World Cup. I think we can deal with it,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgIndian boxer Sumit Sangwan knocked out of the London Olympics after he narrowly lost his 81 kg bout to Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino by 15-14 in Men’s Light Heavy category.The 19-year-old lost the opening two rounds 4-5 but came back strongly to win the final round 6-5. He, however, finished 1 less than his rival.Sangwan’s loss, however, upset the Indian fans as well as Sports Minister Ajay Maken, who were appalled by the fact that he was declared the loser despite playing better and landing more punches on his opponent.Maken and several boxing experts challenged the referee’s decision. In fact, the minister confirmed that India has lodged a protest to the match result.”Sumit Sangwan Bout; Officially the protest is lodged. Let us hope for justice,” Maken posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.”Asking COM Brig Raja to lodge official protest against Sangwan decision. Sent an official with requisite $500 to formally lodge it,” he had posted earlier.The Indian chef-de-mission lodged an official protest, which as per rule, could be done within 30 minutes of the fight result. According to the minister, India was initially not protesting because the boxer did not have the requisite money, which was later provided by Maken.Sources said that in all likelihood the bout would be played again. Even the commentators were surprised at the result as they openly criticised the judgement.Earlier, Sangwan’s loss came as a disappointment after the highs of Vijender Singh and Jai Bhagwan.Reacting to Sangwan’s loss,  Maken had initially tweeted: “Young SUMIT fought well. Looses by a whisker to seeded Brazilian in 81kg Boxing!”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBhopal: Congress MLA Lakshman Singh, younger brother of senior party leader Digvijaya Singh, on Thursday demanded apology from Rahul Gandhi for `not fulfilling’ the promise of farm loan waiver in Madhya Pradesh. Gandhi, speaking at a farmers’ rally at Mandsaur in June 2018, had promised loan waiver within ten days of the Congress coming to power in the then BJP-ruled state. “Farm loans were not waived even after eight months, let alone ten days,” Lakshman Singh told PTI here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Farmers are going to banks with waiver certificates issued by the state government. But the banks are refusing to waive the loans, saying they haven’t received money from the government,” the Congress MLA said. “Rahul Gandhi should return to the same platform where he had promised to implement loan waiver within ten days if elected to power, and apologise to the people,” he said. Singh, a five-time MP and currently MLA from Chanchoda, further said, “This (apology) would make his (Gandhi’s) stature taller. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”He should also clarify how long it will take to waive all farm loans, as promised,” Singh added. The Kamal Nath government in the state needs to arrange Rs 45,000 crore to fulfill the promise of loan waiver and it may take up to two years, he claimed. “It was not possible to implement the scheme within such a short period (ten days),” he added. Rahul Gandhi, then Congress chief, had promised loan waiver at a rally at Mandsaur on the first anniversary of death of six persons in police firing during a farmers’ agitation on June 6, 2017. In November 2018 assembly elections, the Congress ousted the BJP from power and formed government after 15 years.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: One of the investigators probing the corruption allegations against former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana has sent in papers asking for voluntary retirement from service.An SP-level officer in the Central Bureau of Investigation, Satish Dagar has applied for retirement under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS), with the agency saying that he cited personal reasons for doing so. Sources here said that Dagar had sent in his papers sometime in the last week of August. Dagar was put on the team to probe the allegations against Asthana, that were levelled when the CBI vs CBI battle had reached its peak in October last year. With then CBI Director Alok Verma opening an enquiry into these allegations, Asthana had then filed a complaint against Verma with the Central Vigilance Commission that had resulted in both top officials of the agency being moved out of their position.last_img read more