Koreas begin basketball friendlies in latest peace gesture

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Japan captain retiring after World Cup dreams dashed “Once they started playing, the players showed quick chemistry and I was proud of them,” said Lee Moon-kyu, the head coach of South Korea’s women’s team, who will also lead a combined Koreas team at the Asian Games next month in Indonesia. Lee, who plans to bring two or three North Korean players to the Asian Games, said he was impressed with “No. 9 and No. 7 on Team Peace,” referring to North Korea’s Ri Jong Ok and Jang Mi Kyong.North Korea’s sports minister, Kim Il Guk, said in a speech that the games reflect the “revered determination of the leaders of the North and South to bring forward the future of a self-reliant unification.”The South Korean delegation, including 50 players and government officials, arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday on two military aircraft.“It feels like the first time I came here all over again,” said Hur Jae, head coach of South Korea’s men’s national team, who previously visited Pyongyang for a joint game in 2003. Hur, a former guard whose two sons are among the players who traveled to the North, talked about his friendship with retired North Korean player Ri Myong Hun, a 7-foot-9 (2.35-meter) center who anchored the country’s national team during the 1990s and early 2000s.“There was a buzz when I shared a glass of soju and talked with Ri Myong Hun in 2003,” Hur said. Ri did not attend a dinner reception for South Korean players on Tuesday, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he was at the games on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The exchanges are the latest result of a diplomatic outreach to the South that Kim announced during his annual New Year’s speech. That led to the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February and two summits between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Kim has also met with China’s President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump.The inter-Korean summits have facilitated a slew of goodwill gestures between the Koreas, which have also agreed to field combined teams at the Asian Games.Basketball diplomacy has something of a history in North Korea.Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arranged a game in Pyongyang in 2014 for Kim’s birthday.South Korea’s Hyundai business group built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during a previous era of rapprochement between North and South Korea, and a joint game was played there in 2003. Two rounds of inter-Korean basketball games were also played in 1999.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil South Korean basketball players arrive at a hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. South Korean basketball teams and officials arrived on Tuesday to take part in the inter-Korean basketball match in Pyongyang. (Korea Pool via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — The rival Koreas on Wednesday began two days of friendly basketball games in Pyongyang in their latest goodwill gesture amid a diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.Players from North and South Korea were mixed into two teams that competed against each other at the North Korean capital’s Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium.ADVERTISEMENT A capacity crowd of 12,000 at the arena applauded as the two women’s teams — dressed in white jerseys that read “Peace” and green jerseys that read “Prosperity” — marched onto the court holding hands. Team Prosperity defeated Team Peace 103-102, with North Korea’s Ro Suk Yong scoring 18 points, according to pool reports. The game between the men’s mixed teams that followed ended in a 102-102 tie.The South Koreans will play against the North Korean men’s and women’s teams on Thursday before returning home on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe games precede a visit to North Korea by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for meetings over the future of the North’s nuclear program.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a noted basketball fan, didn’t appear at the gymnasium on Wednesday. It wasn’t clear whether he would attend on Thursday. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Jets to give Clemens a chance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I made this decision not based on singling out Chad for where we are, but based on the fact that I think Kellen has earned this opportunity,” Mangini said. “I want to give him this opportunity. It’s in no way an indication that Chad is solely responsible. “We all are.” The 31-year-old Pennington, in his eighth season, has failed to move the offense as the Jets have lost five straight and rank 30th in total offense. Only Buffalo and San Francisco are worse. “When your team is struggling, people look for answers and coaches have to look for answers and sometimes the first position that is looked at is the quarterback position,” Pennington said. “I understand that.” Clemens, in his second season out of Oregon, replaced Pennington late Sunday in the Jets’ 13-3 loss to Buffalo. Clemens was just 5-for-12 for 67 yards and two interceptions, but one of those came as time expired. From news services Eric Mangini summoned Chad Pennington into his office and broke the news that the New York Jets have a new starting quarterback. Now it’s Kellen Clemens’ turn to see if he can turn around the season. “Coach made it clear that I’m not the villain here,” Pennington said Monday. “And I’m not the only one to blame for the lack of our success or our problems, but he did feel like Kellen deserved a chance.” Mangini’s announcement that he’s going with Clemens as his starter for Sunday’s game against Washington wasn’t a huge surprise. It’s a move fans and media have been suggesting for weeks as the Jets struggled to a 1-7 start. J.P. Losman lost his job as the Bills’ starting quarterback due to injury this season. Now, Trent Edwards can wonder if it’s his turn. Coach Dick Jauron gave the quarterback revolving door another spin Monday, a day after Edwards sprained his right wrist and watched from the sideline while Losman stepped in to lead the Bills to a 13-3 win over the New York Jets. Jauron said it’s too early to determine whether Edwards’ throwing hand will recover in time to play Sunday when the Bills (3-4) host Cincinnati (2-5). And yet, the coach declined to say whether Edwards, the rookie third-round pick, would reclaim the job once he’s healthy. Tony Dungy welcomed the three-ring circus back to Indianapolis. With more reporters, more hype and more debate than a regular-season game typically merits, Dungy instructed his Colts to have fun as they prepare for another high-wire act: Playing the dreaded Patriots. “I really think that’s why you’re in the league, for games like this,” the coach said. “So I think you’ve got to enjoy it and focus on the task at hand.” You can bet there will be lots of not-so-subtle reminders about the Colts’ task everywhere they look this week, in meetings, on television and radio, even in the grocery store. Since the Patriots (8-0) have won every game by at least 17 points, most consider the three-time Super Bowl champs the league’s best team. Quarterback Tom Brady is on pace to shatter Peyton Manning’s single-season touchdown record (49), and many outsiders have argued for weeks whether New England could finish the season 16-0. Tony Romo didn’t have to wait until the offseason to get his big payday from the Dallas Cowboys after all. Romo has agreed to a six-year, $67 million deal that will be announced today, according to a person familiar with the deal. The contract, which will become effective this week and provides salary cap relief for Dallas, including $30 million in guaranteed money. Edwards could be next The Big Game is here Romo gets $67 million Around the league Chargers: The NFL and NFL Players Association will contribute $250,000 through a disaster relief fund to the San Diego Chargers’ fire relief fund to assist victims of San Diego County’s wildfires. Titans: Long snapper Ken Amato tore his right anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the season. Rams: Guard Richie Incognito will likely miss the rest of the season with a right kneecap injury sustained in Sunday’s loss to the Browns. Coach Scott Linehan also said running back Steven Jackson, sidelined by back spasms in the first half after a strong start, has a bulging disk. But he said the injury is treatable and was optimistic Jackson would not miss a game after the Rams’ bye this week. Redskins:Cornerback Carlos Rogers is out of the year with torn ligaments in his right knee. Lions: The Lions and Charles Rogers are scheduled for a grievance hearing before an arbitrator in the Detroit area. The team is seeking more than $10 million of its former receiver’s $14-plus million signing bonus because he was suspended for four games in 2005 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Seahawks: A bye week still wasn’t enough for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and some other Seahawks starters. Hasselback rested his strained oblique during practice. Receiver Deion Branch, right tackle Sean Locklear and left guard Rob Sims also sat out as trainers tried to capitalize on another players’ off day Tuesday to get extended rest for some sore starters.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Eagle Scout builds track for school

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – As a student at Dexter Middle School last year, Domenico Rinaldi said running during PE class always felt kind of aimless, given that the school didn’t have a track. So when it came time last year for him to plan a service project to earn his Eagle Scout rank, it didn’t take him long to figure out what it would be – building a new 440-yard track on the school’s large, grassy field. Little did Rinaldi know that the project would take more than 50 hours to complete, from the initial planning to the final paperwork and photos documenting his efforts over several months. It took multiple work sessions and more than 30 volunteers last spring to create the track, which was burned into the grass because the area also is used for other sports like soccer and baseball. In the end, the leadership skills he learned and the reaction of school officials and fellow students made it all worth it, said Rinaldi, 14, now a freshman at Whittier High School. “It looked good, and everybody was using it right away, and the PE coaches could actually count the laps when the students were running,” he said. “But it also helped me with my leadership, because I had to explain to people what we were doing and tell them what to do,” he added. “Then I had to make sure they were doing the right thing.” Originally, the plan was to dig out the grass to create lanes for the track. But school officials were concerned that would ruin the grass for other sports. So Rinaldi ended up chalking out the lanes, then burning the chalk. Even now, says Dexter Middle PE teacher Alex Vogel, the track is being used by students for one- mile runs, though the lanes have worn out a bit with the winter rains. “We were pleased with the project because it is being utilized by the students,” he said. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, Rinaldi had to complete all six ranks within the Boy Scout program and fulfill a series of 21 merit-badge requirements. His work was rewarded last month at a special ceremony at United Methodist Church in Whittier, where he received the Eagle Scout honor. Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, was on hand for the ceremony. Rinaldi’s mother said the project was more overwhelming than anyone had expected, but she added, “I think he matured a lot.” “The whole Scouting experience is about leadership and the skills you gain from that,” Jane Rinaldi said. “He definitely learned a lot from this.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more


first_imgGAA LATEST:RESULTS FROM TODAYS’ GAMES:COUNTY players returned to club football today in the Championship. Paddy McBrearty scored a goal for Kilcar as his side won the first leg encounter by three points over St Eunan’s.Said Mark McHugh afterwards: “It was a great victory with the Club today! This time last week things were a small bit crazy! Best week of my life bar none.”In Gaoth Dobhair, Glenswilly beat the home side by two points in a blistering encounter which saw Donegal captain Michael Murphy put in a fine display – as did former county player Kevin Cassidy for the gaeltacht side.Results, First Leg Four Masters 0-09, Ardara 0-07Kilcar 1-08, St Eunan’s 1-05St Michael’s 3-19, MacCumhaills 1-06Naomh Conaill 1-09, St Naul’s 0-03Glenfin 0-09, Bundoran 2-10 Gaoth Dobhair 0-07, Glenswilly 0-09.RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFC Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment30-Sep-2012 Gaoth Dobhair0 – 70 – 9Gleann SuilliMachaire Gathlan1st. Leg Line: L Mc Conigley/M Dorrian30-Sep-2012 Naomh Conaill1 – 90 – 3Naomh NailleGlenties Davy Brennan Memorial1st Leg Line: A Mullin.R Mc Gonigle30-Sep-2012 Bun Dobhrain2 – 100 – 8Gleann FhinneGaelic Park Bundoran1st. Leg Line: G O Donnell/J McGlanaghey30-Sep-2012 Naomh Adhamhnan1 – 51 – 8Cill CharthaO Donnell Park1st. Leg Line: P. Clifford/P Mc GonilgeThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Championship Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment30-Sep-2012 Naomh Brid0 – 81 – 5Aodh RuadhNaomh Brid1st. Round M McGlinchey/J Mc GlanagheyRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFC Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment30-Sep-2012 Ard a Ratha0 – 70 – 9Na Ceithre MaistiriPairc na Phiarsaigh Ardara1st. Leg Line: P Mc Gowan/J BrennanCentra Supermarkets Division 3 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment30-Sep-2012 Carndonagh2 – 80 – 11Naomh ColumbaCarndonaghRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFC Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment30-Sep-2012 Naomh Micheal3 – 191 – 6Sean MacCumhaillsPairc Naomh Micheal1st. Leg Line: P Mc Keever/J O DonnellCentra Supermarkets Division 3 Reserve Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment30-Sep-2012 Carndonagh0 – 51 – 8Naomh ColumbaCarndonaghRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFC Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment30-Sep-2012 Bun Dobhrain0 – 121 – 5Gleann FhinneGaelic Park Bundoran30-Sep-2012 Ard a Ratha0 – 123 – 5Na Ceithre MaistiriPairc na Phiarsaigh Ardara30-Sep-2012 Naomh Adhamhnan0 – 100 – 5Cill CharthaO Donnell ParkThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve Championship Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment30-Sep-2012 Naomh Brid1 – 51 – 11Aodh RuadhNaomh BridRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFC Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment30-Sep-2012 Naomh Conaill0 – 1141 – 4Naomh NailleGlenties Davy Brennan Memorial30-Sep-2012 Gaoth Dobhair2 – 100 – 4Gleann SuilliMachaire Gathlan30-Sep-2012 Naomh Micheal0 – 180 – 6Sean MacCumhaillsPairc Naomh MichealThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve Championship Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment30-Sep-2012 Urris1 – 40 – 8Naomh MhuireMacCumhaill ParkPlay Off Line: C Foy/E McFeeleyMount Errigal Hotel Junior B Football Championship Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 Naomh Columba1 – 131 – 9Sean MacCumhaillsTir Chonaill Park Donegal TownLine: D Callaghan/E BreslinRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFC Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 An Chlochan Liath0 – 100 – 7Cloch Cheann FhaolaDungloe1st. Leg Line: M Mc Glinchey/A BoydMarley Coach Hire Division 4 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 Naomh Ultan0 – 83 – 9Naomh ColmcilleDunkineelyRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFC Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 Gaeil Fhanada1 – 70 – 10Na Cealla BeagaPairc Ui Shiail Portsalon1st. Leg Line: J Mc Ginley/B TreartyThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Championship Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 Buncrana1 – 111 – 6BurtBuncrana Scarvey1st. Round Line: SP Doherty/J FrielCentra Supermarkets Division 3 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 Red Hughs1 – 161 – 10Naomh Padraig-MuffRed HughsMarley Coach Hire Division 4 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 Milford2 – 91 – 14Robert EmmetsMoyle Park MilfordThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Championship Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 Termon2 – 142 – 6UrrisTermon1st, Round Line: R McGonigle/S CoyleRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFC Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 An Chlochan Liath2 – 100 – 10Cloch Cheann FhaolaDungloeThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve Championship Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 BuncranaBurtBuncrana ScarveyVoidCentra Supermarkets Division 3 Reserve Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 Red Hughs1 – 60 – 3Naomh Padraig-MuffRed HughsRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFC Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment29-Sep-2012 Gaeil Fhanada0 – 61 – 16Na Cealla BeagaPairc Ui Shiail PortsalonGAA: COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS was last modified: October 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTSlast_img read more


first_imgLike most newly-married brides, Carmel Colhoun should today be enjoying all the trappings of a luxurious honeymoon.The Donegal woman should be perhaps relaxing on a sun-lounger beside a pool in the Maldives or dining in a private beach hut in Tahiti.Instead she’ll spend the second day of her newly-married life in the Lower Cusack Stand at Croke Park for today’s All-Ireland football final between her native Donegal and Mayo. That’s because the GAA-mad fan has a canny knack for predicting at least one half of All-Ireland final pairings.So when herself and fiancee David Brindle sat down last year to choose a date for their wedding, Carmel already had her mind made up that a honeymoon was out of the question.“We knew roughly when we wanted to get married but I told David that I sensed Donegal would make it to the final.“I’m a big GAA fan and unless my voice is hoarse or my hands are red from clapping after a game, I feel it has not been worth it. “I told him that we would have to postpone a honeymoon until after late September and he agreed.“I’m just so glad my hunch turned out to be true,” she said.However, up until Thursday last Carmel’s plan was in danger of backfiring spectacularly.It was only then that a friend from Co Kildare came to the couple’s rescue with much-coveted tickets for today’s game.David and Carmel first met in December 2008 and got engaged two years later to the day. They take it in turns every second week driving the 400 mile round trip between Carmel’s home in Castlefinn and David’s home in Tipperary Town.“If I had a penny for the number of times people say to me “it’s a long way to Tipperary”, I’d be a rich woman.“I tell them that if David wasn’t worth it then I wouldn’t be doing it.“All I can say is thank god for free Vodafone to Vodafone calls because we end up chatting for two hours every night,” said Carmel. Being a huge fan and the week that is in it, nothing less than at least a small tip in the direction of the Donegal GAA team would have been expected of Carmel.And she didn’t disappoint.The couple’s colour scheme for their reception at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Letterkenny was green and gold while the guest tables were named after each one of the Donegal team players including Michael Murphy and Karl Lacey.Taking pride of place in the centre of the room was the Anglo Celt Cup which Donegal won for a second year in a row to be crowned Ulster Champions.The couple’s cake also had teddy bears wearing both a Donegal jersey and a Tipperary jersey in honour of David’s homeplace.The couple will settle into married life in the coming weeks but a honeymoon has been arranged.In November they will jet to Australia with the highlight being a trip to see the Melbourne Cup.Coming from Tipperary, David was brought up on a diet of hurling and horses.“We are really looking forward to the honeymoon but there’s the small matter of the All-Ireland final first.“I can’t believe we have the tickets now because I was getting a little bit worried. They are so hard to come by,” said Carmel.All they need now is to see Donegal captain Michael Murphy raise the Sam Maguire cup above his head later this afternoon.Now that would be the perfect start to their married life.BRIDE CANCELLED HONEYMOON BECAUSE SHE KNEW DONEGAL WERE DESTINED FOR FINAL was last modified: September 22nd, 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:cancelledCarmel ColhounDavid Brindleweddinglast_img read more


first_imgSHARE your memories from Donegal’s historic tour of the county by sending your pictures to info@donegaldaily.com.We’ll put them on Ireland’s No1 local news website – so Donegal people at home and abroad can see them!Anyone out of bed in Glenties yet? Get ready for Sam’s World Tour of the east and Inishowen later.Today’s schedule (likely once again to over-run): Glenfin 12.00Killygordan 12.45Castlefin 14.00Lifford 14.30Convoy 15.00Newtowncunningham 15.30Burt 16.00Muff 16.15Moville 16.45Carndonagh 17.15Malin 17.45Urris 18.20Buncrana 19.30   SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – SEND US YOUR PICTURES was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – SEND US YOUR PICTURESlast_img read more

Young star Amy to take to the stage in Junior Eurovision contest

first_imgTalented Donegal teen Amy Meehan makes her bid to represent Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest search on TG4 this weekend.The 14-year-old Manorcunningham native has her sights set on being Ireland’s entrant in this year’s competition in Malta in November, and her next step is to wow the judges in the televised heats of the national search.The competition kicks off this Sunday on TG4 at 8pm. Amy will be competing against other hopefuls aged 9-14, and singing to impress the resident judging panel, Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Pauline Avalon, along with guest judges and former Eurovision duo Jedward. Not only will the judges be looking for the best voice to represent Ireland, but also the best song. Amy is especially proud this year as she wrote her own original Irish song.Amy is no stranger to the spotlight and having success in music She also appeared on last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest on TG4. She has performed at events across the country and has supported The Commitments star Bronagh Gallagher on her new album launches. She was also the winner of the Talent Northwest 2016 competition in the Millennium Forum in Derry. Amy’s talents also include guitar and piano, and she is looking forward to writing more of her own material in the future.  Best of luck to Amy this weekend. Young star Amy to take to the stage in Junior Eurovision contest was last modified: October 5th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Learner drivers told to apply for tests as average wait time is 7 weeks

first_imgThe average waiting time for learner drivers to sit their tests in Co. Donegal is now 7 weeks, according to new figures from the Road Safety Authority.Buncrana Test Centre has the longest waiting time in the county, with applicants waiting an average of 7 and a half weeks for tests.The longest time that learners have has to wait is 9 weeks in both Buncrana and Donegal Town. The times are expected to rise next month. The average waiting time in Letterkenny and Donegal Town is 6.7 weeks.The RSA has forecast that the waiting time in Letterkenny will drop to 5.3 weeks in September.Multiple learner permit holders who are eligible to sit a driving test are being called on to apply for one without delay. There are 41,316 people in Ireland who are on their fourth or subsequent learner permit.Moyagh Murdock RSA CEO said: “While we have seen an 11% decrease in the number of people holding a fourth or more learner permit this year, it’s simply not enough. The practice of people continuing to drive on learner permits without ever taking a test is unacceptable and unnecessary in today’s circumstances, where the national average waiting time to take a test is just over six weeks. “We want to assure learner permit holders that if you’ve been waiting to take your driving test and are eligible to take one, there’s never been a better time than now to book it. Waiting times have been reduced to just over six weeks nationally and the RSA will prioritise any urgent requests for a test. Passing your test could mean lower insurance costs in the order of 20-30%, and, more importantly, make you a better, safer driver, so no more excuses!”The RSA has created an easy-to-use online resource passthetest.ie to support learner drivers with information on how to access the driving test service and prepare for the test.Learner drivers told to apply for tests as average wait time is 7 weeks was last modified: August 27th, 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)last_img read more

Keeper Green ‘could find his place under threat’

first_imgRob Green’s place in the QPR side could already be under threat, according to the Daily Mirror.The goalkeeper, who joined Rangers after deciding to leave West Ham this summer, made a mistake which led to the opening goal in Saturday’s 5-0 defeat against Swansea.Green joined QPR last month.And it is claimed that R’s boss Mark Hughes is now showing an interest in former Celtic keeper Artur Boruc.The Poland international, 32, is a free agent after quitting Fiorentina and would apparently be keen to move to the Premier League.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Fulham look to have pipped Newcastle to the signing of FC Twente’s Brazilian defender Douglas after agreeing a £4.5m deal.The Mail also say Yossi Benayoun fears he is being priced out of a move away from Chelsea, who are said to want £3m for the midfielder.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ruse Gives Dennett Poor Grade on “Evolution of Religion” Book

first_imgDaniel Dennett is one of those Darwinists not shy about getting in the face of religious people, particularly Christians.  Philosopher and pro-Darwinist historian Michael Ruse, on the other hand, has spent enough time around theologically-inclined people to give them a more sympathetic hearing.  Ruse has regularly appeared on panels and in debates with leaders of the intelligent design movement,1 and appears to have softened his stance somewhat against the anti-Darwinists, ID leaders and religious people in general since his staunch anticreationist testimony in the 1981 Arkansas “Balanced Treatment” trial that was a major influence on Judge Overton ruling that creationism was inherently religious.  It was interesting to see what Michael Ruse would say, therefore, in a review of Daniel Dennett’s new book Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (Viking/Allen Lane, 2006), which appeared in Nature this week.2    Dennett’s assumption is that religion has evolved by natural selection just like everything else and therefore has no validity when it talks about God, truth, or the natural world.  Ruse is concerned that a book like this is not particularly helpful in a country so polarized between blue states and red states (which, he alleges, is as much a religious divide as a political one).It is against this background that we should read Breaking the Spell by the US philosopher Daniel Dennett, a notorious non-believer.  You would not expect this book to bring comfort to Christians, and it certainly does not.  So little impressed is Dennett by religion’s claims to truth that he does not even bother to produce new material.  He simply quotes at length from earlier writings.  He is nevertheless trying to move the discussion forward, following in the tradition of the eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher David Hume and providing a natural history of religion.  Dennett aims to give an account of how and why religion appeared, and how and why it has the hold it has today.  As you might expect, given that he is an ardent darwinian, for Dennett religion and its origins are ultimately a matter of biological fitness to survive and conquer.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Though Ruse agrees that religion is a product of evolution, one can sense him distancing himself from Dennett’s brashness and not wishing to be pictured as a “notorious” non-believer.  This perception is reinforced in the rest of the review.    “In the United States today there is a need for a good book on religion,” he says, but later answers, “Dennett’s is not the book for which we search.”  Ruse sympathizes with Dennett’s portrayal of the commercialized mega-church movement as “farcical” except that such churches are filled with people with political clout on moral issues like abortion, homosexual attitudes, capital punishment and the war against terror.  Merely ridiculing these people is not going to help critics.  “If we do not like what the churches are feeding people, we had better come up with an attractive alternative,” he says.  Apparently this means Dennett’s book is not attractive.    Ruse expressed both philosophical and historical problems with the book.  Dennett treats religion as a “delusion” that is all “smoke and mirrors” and therefore “a rationally justified belief system” it is not.  “However,” Ruse continues, “a naturalistic analysis of religion in itself has no direct bearing on the truth of religious claims.”  By that he means they must be dealt with, not merely dismissed, or they can run you over.  “My eyes are the end products of a long process of natural selection,” he illustrates, exhibiting his own darwinian belief for the sake of argument: “Does that make any less real the truck I see bearing down on me as I stand in the middle of the road?”    Ruse also complains about historical flaws in Dennett’s presentation, and inserts a suggestion of an empirical difficulty in the naturalistic story for religion:Most problematic is Dennett’s blind spot regarding history.  There is no real account of the way religion has developed and of how we have ended up where we are today.  Another major weakness is the exclusive focus on the United States, which is a peculiar country where religion plays a huge role, far bigger than in most of Europe.  This difference is reflected in many diverse ways, particularly in the social values mentioned above.  You cannot begin to talk about biological bases for religion – ‘genes for God’ and that sort of thing – without taking account of the fact that peoples of very similar biological background behave in very different ways about religion and its implications.  Only history – the fact that the United States was founded by people with major religious concerns, and that this has persisted for four centuries – can help us to tease apart the cultural and the biological.Though Ruse agrees with Dennett that non-believers can report “properly” on religion, he ends by advocating more empathy than Dennett displayed in the book.  Ruse ends with his own version of “friendship evangelism” –Unless you have some sense of what fires people up, you are never going to reach them or have any hope of shifting their beliefs.  The debate over religion in the United States is intense and profoundly affects the status of science.  I hardly have to remind Nature readers of the battle to introduce ‘intelligent design’ into biology classrooms.  But we need better books than this to address the issues.1Michael Ruse has had friendly sparring matches against Phillip Johnson on TV, for instance, and will be appearing on a panel Feb. 23 against Paul Nelson at Missouri Western.2Michael Ruse, “A natural history of religion,” Nature, 439, 535 (2 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/439535a.Michael Ruse seems to be walking a tightrope between not offending his Darwin Party colleagues too much and yet not inviting valid criticisms from his newfound Christian friends like Paul Nelson and Phillip Johnson.  He knows for one thing that they are not using intelligent design as a religious argument, and he also knows that they are not delusional morons in a hall of mirrors but smart, rational, knowledgeable people.  He has experienced up close the kind of beliefs that fire them up and knows it is more than just crass commercialism or “genes for god” that they have and scientists do not.    As a historian and philosopher, Ruse also knows that the materialistic answer is not so well defined or easily defended.  J. P. Moreland has said that Ruse took a pounding from fellow philosophers of science after testifying at the Arkansas trial that there were clearly-defined demarcation criteria between science and pseudoscience, when he knew better.  Ruse knows of esteemed philosophers who deny that creationism can be so neatly pigeonholed as religion.  He knows that science cannot speak definitively on matters of history.  Though he still accepts materialism, he understands that David Hume was not the last word on the subject.    It’s hard to demonize people you have had lunch with.  We applaud Michael Ruse for spending quality time with ID leaders rather than just regurgitating the epithets of his fellow mad-dog Darwinists.  He probably had to include enough pro-Darwin cheering to get his review past the Nature censors, but appears to genuinely want the Dennettses and Dawkinses of the party to tone down their rhetoric and listen for a change.  We encourage Ruse to promote empathy, and hope he will proceed beyond it to understanding – maybe, after enough pondering of his own brain, even to enlightenment.(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more