Cllr. Tubman Resurfaces for 2017

first_imgAfter being inactive in politics for over three years, the Standard Bearer of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Cllr. Winston Tubman, has resurfaced, announcing that he would contest the up-coming 2017 general and presidential elections.Cllr. Tubman, who upon his resignation from politics in 2011, has been absent from the public for what he termed as a deliberate decision to reflect on the governance of the state, said that his decision to come back is precipitated upon the manner in which the state is being governed, and also watch how politics would play out without his active participation. He however made it public that he would be contesting, but was not specific as to the party on whose ticket he would run. He maintains though that he is still a member of the CDC.  The onetime Justice Minister called for mergers among the political parties as to minimize the  proliferation of parties, which he believes, is not good for Liberians because it was more divisive for the approximately 4 million population. Cllr. Tubman made the comment at a press conference he hosted at his law firm in Monrovia yesterday.Cllr. Tubman’s pronouncement brings to the fray how congested and tough the upcoming election would be in 2017. It can be recalled that two other politicians, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, and Dr. Tokpah Nah Tipoteh, who also resigned from active politics, earlier announced their comeback to contest the 2017 as presidential hopefuls for their respective parties. Cllr Tubman, who dispelled rumors that he was never expelled from the CDC, said his decision to come back into politics is in the interest of Liberians for the purpose of development and progress. “Today marks more than three years since I withdrew from politics and the national spotlight, a decision I deliberately took to reflect on governance in the country, and to watch how politics would play without my active participation. Throughout these years of being politically inactive, I learned a lot,” the CDC presidential candidate said.While sitting on the side watching the Liberian politics, Tubman says he learned that when the govt is not ruling in the interest of the vast majority of the people there can be mistrust and distrust, which was clearly evidenced during the Ebola outbreak. He said the situation went out of hand because people did not trust their govt at the initial stages. He said the mistrust led to the unfortunate situation at West points, where people were shot.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City of Fort St John to host public consultation to establish a community foundation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has announced that it is beginning public consultation over the establishment of a community foundation.According to the City, earlier this year, Council directed Staff to investigate how a community foundation could provide long-term support for community challenges.The City is inviting community groups and individuals to come to one of the scheduled events for an opportunity to discuss how a community foundation could best fit into Fort St. John.- Advertisement -The scheduled events include the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce Mega Mixer Tradeshow, taking place on October 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre, and the Public Cafe on October 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe.For more information, you can visit letstalk.fortstjohn.ca.last_img read more

Not another player?! Manchester United fans fume as another key player suffers injury on international duty

first_imgManchester United and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered an injury during the warm up ahead of his country’s Euro 2016 qualifying match against the Republic of Ireland.And Red Devils fans can’t believe their luck.What with captain Wayne Rooney also being forced to sit out England’s two matches, while Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw are too injured, United supporters are irritated that another player could be set for a period on the sidelines.Have a read of the reactions of the most frustrated of the Old Trafford faithful… Bastian Schweinsteiger 1last_img read more

THE DONEGAL HORSE WITH BUCKETS OF HORSE SENSE!

first_imgWhen it comes to having horse sense, Donegal thoroughbred Sunny B has buckets of it.So much so that he had his owners at Glenleary Stables outside Ramelton scratching their heads in disbelief.The 12 year old Irish Hunter was often hungry when its stablemate Daisy went out for gallop. So instead of waiting to be fed, it managed to use the chain on its stable to steal some of Daisy’s food.The owner of Glenleary Satbles, Mary Finnerton, said the horse belongs to 13 year old Rebecca Ryan from Milford.She said she could not believe how Sunny B had managed to learn how to throw the chain onto hay to pull it over to his side of the stable.“He’s a great horse but we have never seen anything like this. “We couldn’t understand how the hay was going missing until someone noticed what he was at,” she said. THE DONEGAL HORSE WITH BUCKETS OF HORSE SENSE! was last modified: May 20th, 2012 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:Glenleary StableshorseRameltonSunny Blast_img read more

DETERMINED DENIS ARRIVES HOME TO A HUGE WELCOME AFTER MARATHON CYCLE

first_imgA Donegal grandfather has successfully completed a marathon cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head and raised €14,000 in the process for Donegal Cancer Support Services.Denis Doherty, 68, from Gleneely, received a huge reception when he arrived at Bamba’s Crown around 5pm last Friday. Needless to say a party then followed in Docs Bar where entertainment was provided by his granchildren all of who sang or played instruments to the delighted grangfather of 20.Denis said he was totally overwelmed by the response he recieved by people all over the country on their venture and on his return home on Friday.They have to-date raised over €14,000 and money is still coming in. Anyone still wishing to donate can do so by contacting him on 9367179 or donations can also be made online through paypal donegalcancerservices@gmail.com.This has been a remarkable achievement and one in which Denis is only delighted to have done in honour of the outstanding services he recieved during his ordeal with cancer a few years back. He also holds in high regard the support given to him throughout the trip by his son Michael and son-in-law Shane who cycled with him and his daughter Breda and Brother Michael who provided their essential supports throughout the journey. Breda was also instrumental in the level of funds raised in this campaign.  DETERMINED DENIS ARRIVES HOME TO A HUGE WELCOME AFTER MARATHON CYCLE was last modified: July 30th, 2012 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:cancerDenis DohertyMizen to Malin cyclelast_img read more

MISS UNIVERSE DONEGAL DELIGHTED AFTER LANDING TV MODEL GIG

first_imgDONEGAL model Charlotte Murphy has landed her first TV gig.The Letterkenny girl didn’t land the title of Miss Universe Ireland this weekend but she did cause heads to turn.“I was so proud to represent Donegal. I met a lot of people from the Irish media and fashion circles,” Charlotte told Donegal Daily. “Though I did not win, last night at the event I was offered my first ever modelling job. It is TV3’s Lorraine Keane’s fashion event, ‘Keane on Style’ which will be held in Harvey’s Point on Thursday night.“I will be modelling clothes from some of Ireland’s leading boutiques. I am thrilled to have been offered this job from one of Ireland’s premium agencies, Lockdown Models.” MISS UNIVERSE DONEGAL DELIGHTED AFTER LANDING TV MODEL GIG was last modified: November 28th, 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)last_img read more

Wilfried Zaha wants to leave Crystal Palace this summer as Everton show interest

first_imgWilfried Zaha wants out of Crystal Palace this summer.The 25-year-old has attracted a wide range of interest, but clubs could be deterred by his £70million price tag. 3 revealed Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? But according to SunSport, he has informed the club’s hierarchy at Palace that he is ready to move on.Speaking recently, Roy Hodgson said: “He is our player for the next four years and the club has no interest or desire to sell him.”It will not be the first time that Zaha has left the Eagles to pursue his dream of playing for a bigger club.In 2013, the striker completed a move to Premier League giants Manchester United for £10m. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED predicted Zaha was offered £120,000-a-week to stick with the Eagles, but he rejected the new deal.It is understood the Ivorian is keen to join a bigger club after a terrific 2017/18 campaign with Roy Hodgson’s side.Everton and Borussia Dortmund have both indicated interest in the striker this summer.He is under contract at Selhurst Park until the end of the 2021/22 season after he renewed his deal in 2017. silverware How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 Wilfried Zaha joined the Crystal Palace academy aged 12 NEW ERA The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Wilfried Zaha was in fine form the Eagles last season Most Read in Football Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Everton chief Marco Silva has been linked to the Ivorian ace BEST OF impact 3 But his career went off the boil at Old Trafford and he was loaned back to Palace and to Cardiff City.He then returned to the Eagles permanently in 2015, and he has since been named the Player of the Year for three continuous seasons.Zaha has returned to training with Hodgson’s men after he briefly left the pre-season tour to visit his dad in hospital. gameday cracker last_img read more

Romanian Neanderthal May Have Interbred With Modern Humans

first_imgA report in National Geographic says that a skull found in a Romanian cave is shaking up ideas about Neanderthal Man and its relationship to modern humans.  The mostly modern skull shows a feature that was characteristic of Neanderthals: “The otherwise human skull has a groove at the base of the back of the skull, just above the neck muscle, that is ubiquitous in Neandertal specimens but has never been seen in the remains of a modern human,” the article states.  Discoverer Erik Trinkaus (Washington U in St. Louis) was surprised: “My first reaction was, that shouldn’t be there,” he said.If they interbred with us, they were us.  Are there any doubters left?  Thus ends a century-and-a-half myth that Neanderthal Man was less than human.  The range of variations in fully human specimens probably encompasses other skeletons that paleoanthropologists mistakenly classify as outgroups.  Look at this picture from the Daily Mail: would you have classified these guys as separate species only from their skeletons?  Works for other species, too (see another Daily Mail picture).(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

You Can Trust a Scientist – Can’t You?

first_imgAfter the flap over the “missing link” Ida last week (05/19/2009), paleontologist Christopher Beard warned about how such stunts damage scientific credibility.  “The only thing we have going for us that Hollywood and politicians don’t is objectivity,” he told Science magazine.1  Can the public trust the objectivity of scientists as a class?  Do they get more credibility points than other groups of professionals?  Do the processes of scientific publication warrant a higher level of trust?    A study reported on Science Daily may shake that trust.  “In the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE,2 Daniele Fanelli of the University of Edinburgh reports the first meta-analysis of surveys questioning scientists about their misbehaviours” (a meta-analysis is a study of the studies).  “The results suggest that altering or making up data is more frequent than previously estimated and might be particularly high in medical research,” the article began.  It says that the well-publicized cases of fraud “could be just the tip of the iceberg, because fraud and other more subtle forms of misconduct might be relatively frequent.”    Fanelli began her report with these unsettling words:This pristine image of science is based on the theory that the scientific community is guided by norms including disinterestedness and organized scepticism, which are incompatible with misconduct.  Increasing evidence, however, suggests that known frauds are just the “tip of the iceberg”, and that many cases are never discovered.She found only 2% who admitted to falsifying research, but many more – 34% – who admitted to other forms of scientific misconduct.  These include distorting data, fabricating data, plagiarism, and “cooking” the data – which Charles Babbage defined in 1830 as: “an art of various forms, the object of which is to give to ordinary observations the appearance and character of those of the highest degree of accuracy.”   Some scientists remove anomalous data points, for instance, based on a gut feeling that they cannot be correct.    Babbage’s remark reveals that scientific misconduct is nothing new.  The percentages of misconduct Fanelli found, however, show it is a bigger problem than often believed.  She explained why her findings are likely underestimates:All the above estimates are calculated on the number of frauds that have been discovered and have reached the public domain.  This significantly underestimates the real frequency of misconduct, because data fabrication and falsification are rarely reported by whistleblowers (see Results), and are very hard to detect in the data.  Even when detected, misconduct is hard to prove, because the accused scientists could claim to have committed an innocent mistake.  Distinguishing intentional bias from error is obviously difficult, particularly when the falsification has been subtle, or the original data destroyed.  In many cases, therefore, only researchers know if they or their colleagues have wilfully distorted their data.Instances of misconduct fall into the categories of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism.  These, in turn, can affect data collection, test results, and interpretation of findings.  Misconduct can be subtle.  A scientist might intentionally omit publication of results, use a biased methodology, or mislead a reporter.  And these are only aspects of scientific misconduct dealing with intent to deceive.  What would the percentages be if unconscious biases, group pressure, and human fallibility (e.g., 05/04/2009) were factored in?1.  Ann Gibbons, “Celebrity Fossil Primate: Missing Link or Weak Link?”, 05/19/2009), Science 29 May 2009: 324:5931, pp. 1124-1125, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1124.2.  Daniele Fanelli, “How Many Scientists Fabricate and Falsify Research?  A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Survey Data,” Public Library of Science One 4(5): e5738; doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005738.Many of us have grown up with an unrealistic image of science.  The scientist is supposed to be the honest, objective, unbiased, sincere seeker of the truth in a white lab coat, using a scientific method (whatever that is) guaranteed to sift the kernel of empirical fact from the chaff of subjectivity.  And even if he or she fails, the scientific community, with its rigorous demands for PhD certification and its peer review process, catches any mistakes before publication.  Don’t be deceived.  Real scientists often wear denim and are as fallible as the rest of us.  The same goals of integrity should apply to any professional endeavor, whether theology, philosophy, political science, economics, art, or car repair.    Real science is often rewarded according to what works.  It’s not an ultimate source of understanding.  If your model or equation gets you to the moon, great.  If your pill cures a disease, terrific.  Repeatability adds credibility.  Science is probably the best method civilization has devised for finding workable answers to physical questions.  When it comes to understanding the world, or ourselves, or our past, scientists (like other humans) often draw inferences that go far beyond the evidence (e.g., attempting to describe the “evolution of altruism,” 05/13/2009).  Scientists are often chained to paradigms.  Peer pressure and ingrained ideologies prevent them from straying outside the paradigm, or from even asking different questions than their peers consider worthwhile (e.g., 05/27/2009 on human evolution).  Add to that the temptations of money and prestige, and the clear liberal bias of the scientific institutions (05/18/2009, 12/02/2004) and it’s a wonder you can trust anything the scientific community says.    But even in the most optimistic view of science (and science admittedly does have many practical successes in its win column), the practice of science is dead in the water without character.  Honesty, integrity, love of the truth: these are fundamental requirements for science.  Do you learn those things in science class?  Do you discover them with the scientific method?  Do you envision them as chance inventions of imaginary ape ancestors?  Obviously not.  Those things must be in place before you even begin following the desire to become a scientist.  You learn those things in church – specifically, in a church that teaches its children, teens and parents about a moral Creator who commanded, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”    True scientists must have the moral courage to stand alone against all their peers when they discover things that contradict the groupthink of their institutions.  Since the money-grubbing, religion-bashing, atheistic, politically liberal, Darwin-worshipping scientific institutions of today are almost uniformly allied against the Source of truth, do your part to help improve the statistics on scientific integrity.  Do your part to help scientists tune in to that inner voice of conscience.  Take a scientist to church.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s culture, heritage and people defined

first_imgSouth Africa needs to use its strengths, tied up in the spirit of ubuntu, to our advantage.(Image: Brand South Africa) 30 August 2016South Africa was still a young, evolving nation, agreed participants in the Culture, Heritage and People plenary session of the Brand South Africa Nation Brand Forum. It was, however, a nation of stories, with a people who were inventive, spellbinding storytellers.The forum is a gathering of the government, business and civil society with the objective of defining an inspiring narrative that can be used by all stakeholders when marketing South Africa internationally. It was launched by Brand South Africa on 24 August 2016.It is a proactive marketing programme that will be a flagship initiative for Brand South Africa and will be used to promote a positive nation brand image and reputation.The plenary participants said that apart from this storytelling talent, South Africans were also passionate, friendly, tolerant and kind. These qualities – summed up in one word, ubuntu – were the strength and advantage that set the country apart from other nations. This was what people experienced when they visited South Africa, and what they remembered when they returned home.The group took the time to define arts, culture and heritage to guide their conversation. For the group, the arts served as a means of individual and collective creativity and expression. It was through art that a nation created identity.This identity, especially as it was expressed through popular art forms, was our culture, the things we held important that formed our collective identity.Heritage, in the opinion of the group, was the shared inheritance that South Africans embraced as a people.Together, they created an identity that referred to as Brand South Africa. If it was true that a brand was more than symbols, as was argued in the group, and was the emotional connection a person formed through experience, then South Africa worked from a position of strength.How best to take advantage of its strengths led to lively debate. Through consensus, participants decided on four points:–   South Africans needed to focus on their shared history and heritage.–   They needed to document their history, keeping in mind the context.–   South Africans needed to avoid selective amnesia.–   The country needed to build up and promote new icons who embodied the South African story.In relooking at who South Africans were, it was important to remember their place in Africa, geographically and historically. South Africa had a unique recent history, one that gave it a louder voice to change the “heart of darkness” narrative people used to tell the story of Africa.For Brand South Africa, it is important to find a way to change the misguided, but popular narrative of the country. The country should remind the world that it is a “nation of achievers in the midst of adversity”. South Africa’s  great richness is its  rich heritage and cultural history. (Image: Brand South Africa)last_img read more