Tony Becca | The Super50 was almost super

first_img IMPRESSIVE TOTALS NOT UP TO STANDARD Other impressive totals which were recorded included the Leeward Islands 336 for six against the Windward Islands, and Barbados’ 314 for seven against the Leeward Islands, and of the 11 centuries scored, three came from Kieron Powell, two from Brathwaite, two from Hope, and one from veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with Jamaica’s Rovman Powell scoring a blistering 95 of 45 deliveries in the semi-final, a performance which he followed up with five for 36 also in the semi-finals. Right behind Kieron Powell’s 513 runs at an average of 87.99 came Kraigg Brathwaite with 484 at 65.40, Hope with 482 at an average of 79.80 and quite a few batsmen who reeled off some glittering and important innings at crucial moments in matches. The bowling suffered this time around, although that was expected, partly because of the nature of most of the pitches and the brilliance of the batsmen. TOP OF THE CLASS The big six, however, were quite good, and especially so, the performance of the Leeward Islands – the home of players like Viv Richards, Richie Richardson, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose, Ridley Jacobs, Winston and Kenny Benjamin. The Leeward Islands not only made it to the semi-finals, but they also had on show opening batsman Kieron Powell, who, with most runs, 513, and three centuries, strolled back into the West Indies team, and promising wicketkeeper in Jahmar Hamilton and Sunil Ambris, one promising wicketkeeper and two equally promising batsmen. Thankfully, the matches between the big six made up for those between involving the four ‘outsiders’, except for one or two matches, or games. The batting, especially, was delightful to see as the batsmen came up trumps this time around, with Jamaica’s semi-final effort being the pick of the lot. Four hundred and thirty-four for four off 50 overs was unbelievable, even though the approach of Jamaica’s batsmen disappointed on a different kind of pitch and against a different kind of bowling two days later in the final. It was something special and something to remember, however, just as good or better than Barbados’ brilliant display in the final when they were down, fought their way back, and then powered their way to 271 for nine with Shai Hope hitting his second century in a row and Jason Holder hammering 69 while blasting 127 runs in 13.3 overs for the sixth-wicket partnership. Although one understands the importance of development and the reason for the inclusion of the Under-19 team and also that of the American and the CCC teams, the tournament is a regional championship, and, as such, it should not be a place for teams which are not up to standard. Weak teams, as their performances, despite the presence of a couple of good ones, devalue the competition and they do not help development. There is a time and a place for the development process. The inclusion of Kent is even more baffling, especially and apparently as it appears that they took the West Indies tournament as a preseason exercise and nothing else. A tournament should be a tournament, a fight for points and for honours, and a testing ground to find out if one is good enough or not. It should not be used to technically prepare young players for a smaller, though globally bigger, tournament, and it should not be used to provide practice for anyone. On top of that, a tournament, especially one in which people are expected to attend and to pay to attend it in order to keep the game going, and will want to attend, must be filled with competition, good competition from start to finish. That is what attracts the fans, and will get them to spend their money. Top of the class, however, were off-spinner Ashley Nurse with a table-topping 26 wickets at an average of 12.50, pacer Ravi Rampaul, 19 at 15.42, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, 18 at 10.22, pacer Holder, 18 at 14.55, and right leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, 17 at 17.88. Coming in with a good all-round performance was Rakheem Cornwall, and it is now left to see if he can get his weight down to make himself a worthy contender for a place going forward. As it is, Cornwall’s size and, therefore, his immobility in the field is against him. The disappointment of the tournament was undoubtedly the failure to assess the pitch in the semi-final match by Dinesh Randin when he won the toss and sent Jamaica to bat first, and although it might not have influenced the final outcome of the match, Nikita Miller’s decision to hold back Rovman Powell and send him to bat when the game was just about over. The tournament was a good one, however, and hats off to president Dave Cameron and the board members for a job well done. BIG SIX GOOD The Super50 cricket season ended in Antigua a few Saturdays ago, and looking at the ESPN coverage, it was a season to cherish and one which seems to augur well for the future of West Indies cricket. It was a season which all West Indians, especially those who love cricket, were sorry to see come to an end and could not wait for the start of the next one. It was also a season in which the West Indies young cricketers, and especially so, their batsmen, demonstrated their pedigree and showed that with a little help, they were ready, or determined, to the make the fight back to the top. And the fans were happy, most of them, because Barbados, who played the best cricket throughout the competition and in the final, were the winners, because the tournament of 43 matches was long, but not too long, up from 15 matches in 2014 and 23 in 2016, and also because the cricket and the players on show were quite good and exciting. For years, we have been talking about the little cricket played, the need for more cricket, and the poor quality of play all round, and although this season was marked by the presence of the West Indies Under-19s, the ICC Americans, Kent, and the continued presence of the Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC), this season saw an improvement in all three areas. The more cricket that is played, the better the cricket will be, and the better it must be.last_img read more

Govt to take new measures to address infant deaths

first_img– new medication & incentives for home care givers among proposalsIn the wake of concerns expressed by the parliamentary Opposition about the rate of neonatal deaths, the Government is adamant that it has been investigating every such death. Moreover, the Georgetown Public Hospital as the premier public health facility has been taking the most high-risk cases.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence informed the National Assembly on Friday that because of this, the Georgetown Public Hospital would have a higher mortality figure than other hospitals. That being said, she stressed that Government has managed to reduce these numbers.The Health Minister further explained that there was no increase during the period June 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, rather, the numbers followed along the same trajectory. Of the 1155 admissions to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), there were 119 deaths of new-born babies, representing 10.3 per cent of the total admissions. In addition, between January and April 2018, there were 32 deaths of new-borns.Indeed, Government is cognisant of the seriousness of the situation. In an interview with this publication, Lawrence was asked what the Ministry was doing about this very situation. She had noted that they would be incentivising home care givers. According to the Minister, they thus hope to get more women into the hospitals where they can get professional care and where their natural births can be supervised.“We take care of them until they deliver,” she had explained. “We find that that is safer than bringing her when she’s ready to deliver or when she’s already in a crisis. We’re also going to work with the attendants. Most times, these women are in the hands of a home attendant or family attendant. Because that’s tradition, it’s been going on for many, many years.”“So what we’re going to do, we’re going to work with the home attendants and give them an incentive for every woman they bring to the centre. We are going to encourage them to do traditional birthing, but under the supervision of a practitioner.”Lawrence noted that most of these deaths seemed to come from the Indigenous demographic. She revealed that last week she, public and private personnel met with specialists brought in by the Pan-American Health Organisation at Aruwai for a period of three days.Besides measures to get caregivers involved, she had said that they would also be purchasing some new drugs and kits that can be used in compressing and reducing haemorrhages. She also reflected on what her Ministry has been doing thus far.“I know that prior to my becoming the Minister of Public Health, that there have been several attempts to ensure they arrest this issue. We thought we had moved forward last year, but we did not. We missed a few things.”“As a result, this year there was a discussion specifically on us putting our resources together, because no woman should be dying in giving life ,irrespective of where she is,” the Minister declared.DeathsIn 2016, it had been announced that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $1.6 billion loan to fund a programme to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in the country.The Bank had said that the programme, which seeks to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities across Guyana, will benefit some 140,000 women and 9000 babies annually.It had pointed out that despite progress achieved during the last decade, Guyana’s maternal and infant mortality rates were among the highest in the Region, with a maternal mortality rate estimated at 121 per 1000 live births and an infant mortality rate of 22 per 1000 live births.The IDB had said that the operation draws from the IDB’s experiences with the Mesoamerican Health Initiative and incorporates lessons learnt from evidence-based biomedical and operational interventions. It will closely monitor results to ensure that those interventions can contribute to the success of the programme.The total cost of the project is $1.6 billion (US$8 million), of which $800 million will come from the IDB’s ordinary capital resources and $800 million from the Fund for Special Operations (FSO) of the Bank.The loan from the Bank’s ordinary capital was said to have a six-year grace period and a 30-year term, while the FSO funding had a term of 40 years with a 40-year grace period and a fixed annual rate of 0.25 per cent.last_img read more

WATCH: Superb bicycle kick goal from Argentina second division

first_imgCheck out this stunning overhead goal from the Argentina second division!Scored from an impossible angle, Deportivo Santamarino star Esteban Miracco probably surprised himself with this instinctive acrobatic strike.Check it out in the video above!last_img

Hamas’ win a bombshell

first_imgRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – Islamic militant Hamas’ landslide victory in Palestinian elections unnerved the world Thursday, darkening prospects for Mideast peace and ending four decades of rule by the corruption-riddled Fatah Party. The parliamentary victory stunned even Hamas leaders, who mounted a well-organized campaign but have no experience in government. They offered to share power with President Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah chief, who said he may go around the new government to talk peace with Israel. Underscoring the tensions between the secular Fatah and fundamentalist Hamas, some 3,000 supporters of the militant group marched through Ramallah and raised their party’s green flag over the Palestinian parliament. Fatah supporters tried to lower the banner. The two sides fought for about 30 minutes, throwing stones and breaking windows in the building. Abbas, who was elected last year to a four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority, has yet to decide how closely to work with a group that built its clout through suicide bombings. But his Fatah Party decided not to join a Hamas government, Fatah legislator Saab Erekat said. “We will be a loyal opposition and rebuild the party,” Erekat said after meeting with Abbas. Hamas won a clear majority in Wednesday’s vote, capturing 76 of the 132 seats in parliament, according to official, near-complete results released Thursday. The results of the popular vote were not announced. Four independent candidates backed by Hamas also won seats. Fatah, which has dominated Palestinian political life since the 1960s but alienated voters because of rampant corruption, got 43 seats. The remaining went to smaller parties. Palestinians across the Gaza Strip and West Bank greeted the election results with joy, setting off fireworks and firing rifles in the air. But leaders across the world demanded that Hamas, which is branded a terror group by the U.S. and European Union, renounce violence and recognize Israel. “If your platform is the destruction of Israel, it means you’re not a partner in peace, and we’re interested in peace,” President Bush said in Washington. Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas members, and senior Cabinet officials held an emergency meeting to discuss the repercussions of the vote. Acting Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni asked the EU not to deal with a “terror government.” Hamas leaders immediately took to the international – and even Israeli – airwaves to send out a moderate message. “Don’t be afraid,” Ismail Haniyeh, a Hamas leader, told the BBC. Mahmoud Zahar, another Hamas leader, said the group would extend its year-old truce if Israel reciprocates. “If not, then I think we will have no option but to protect our people and our land,” he said. At a victory news conference late Thursday, however, Haniyeh said Hamas will “complete the liberation of other parts of Palestine.” He did not say which territories he was referring to or how he would go about it. Hamas has largely adhered to the cease-fire declared last February, while a smaller militant group, Islamic Jihad, carried out six suicide bombings against Israelis during that period. Abbas said he remained committed to peace talks and suggested they be conducted through the Palestine Liberation Organization rather than the Palestinian Authority. That could help him sidestep a Hamas-run government in peace talks. “I am committed to implementing the program on which you elected me a year ago,” he said in a televised speech. “It is a program based on negotiations and peaceful settlement with Israel.” Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and his Cabinet resigned to make room for a Hamas-led government. The Islamic group quickly reached out to Abbas to try to work out a partnership, Haniyeh said, adding that he did not expect the Palestinian leader to resign. Hamas leaders had said before the vote they would be content to be a junior partner in the next government. The group campaigned mainly on cleaning up the Palestinian Authority – downplaying the conflict with Israel – and Zahar said Thursday that Hamas planned to overhaul the government. “We are going to change every aspect, as regards the economy, as regards industry, as regards agriculture, as regards social aid, as regards health, administration, education,” he said. Some experts believed the Hamas victory would force it to moderate. Others feared it would embolden the group to remake Palestinian life in keeping with its strict interpretation of Islam. “We don’t want the Palestinian people and cause to be isolated. We don’t want a theocracy,” said independent lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi. “Hamas promises reform, sure they will do that, I would like to see reform. But what worries me is things like legislation on education, culture, social welfare, the ramifications for peace in the future.” Hamas’ victory was cheered in the Arab world, though many said they feared the group would become even more radical under pressure from its hard-line backers, Syria and Iran. The rise of Hamas was certain to be a key issue in Israel’s March 28 election. “Today, Hamastan was formed, a representative of Iran and in the image of the Taliban,” said Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the opposition Likud Party. Labor Party politician Ami Ayalon, a former head of the Shin Bet security service, said Israel might have to change the route of its West Bank security barrier because of the Hamas victory. Immediately upon taking power, Hamas will be confronted with an avalanche of issues, including what to do about the Palestinian security services, which are comprised of hard-core Fatah members, said Basem Ezbidi, a political science professor at the West Bank’s Bir Zeit University. “It’s not going to be easy for Hamas to govern these bodies,” he said. Others expected Hamas to fold its own fighters into the security forces. Hamas’ victory virtually ruled out a resumption of stalled peace efforts, and could push Israel to take further unilateral moves to set its permanent borders, following last year’s Gaza pullout. It also could jeopardize hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign donations to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority. Speaking at a news conference, Bush did not directly answer a question about the fate of U.S. aid to the Palestinians, though he suggested Hamas’ victory could have an impact. “I made it very clear that the United States does not support political parties that want to destroy our ally Israel, and that people must renounce that part of their platform,” he said. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to meet in London on Monday with U.N., Russian and European leaders as the so-called “Quartet” of would-be international peacemakers evaluates the results and tries to decide how to proceed. “The Quartet reiterates its view that there is a fundamental contradiction between armed group and militia activities and the building of a democratic state,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. “A two-state solution to the conflict requires all participants in the democratic process to renounce violence and terror, accept Israel’s right to exist, and disarm, as outlined in the ‘road map.’” It will be almost impossible for Israel and the Palestinians to sever ties completely. Much of their infrastructure, including water and electricity networks, is intertwined, and the vast majority of Palestinian imports pass through Israeli-controlled borders. Hamas ministers would also need Israeli permission to travel between the West Bank and Gaza. 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first_imgMr Flaherty leaves Donegal Circuit Court. Pic Brian McDaid/CristephBREAKING NEWS: TWO Donegal fisherman have admitted to failing to accurately record their catches.Greencastle men Brendan Gill and Michael Cavanagh had been due to face a three week trial before a jury at Donegal Town Circuit Court. However they pleaded guilty this afternoon to one charge each, Gill’s offence taking place in September 2004 at Killybegs, whilst Cavanagh’s offence took place in October the same year, also in Killybegs.Earlier a jury at the same court found 64-year-old Galway skipper Sean Flaherty guilty of two similar offences in November 2003.The jury found him not guilty of a third alleged offence and failed to reach a verdict on a fourth charge.Mr Flaherty was originally have alleged to have landed an extra 187 tonnes of herring at Killybegs which he failed to record properly. The total money made on the catches he was found guilty of totalled less than €5,000.The two Donegal skippers will be sentenced tomorrow.Mr Flaherty is being sentenced this afternoon.DONEGAL CATCH: GREENCASTLE SKIPPERS ADMIT ILLEGAL CATCHES was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GreencaslteIllegal fishingKilllybegstrawlerslast_img read more

Iceland goalkeeper reveals secrets behind Lionel Messi penalty save

first_img Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson celebrates after their 1-1 draw with Argentina. 3 Considered one of the best players’ in world, Barcelona superstar Messi stepped up from 18-yards but was thwarted by Halldorsson, a part-time film director.And asked how he managed the feat, he told talkSPORT: “It was a best case scenario for me as a goalkeeper going into the first game ever for Iceland at a World Cup and saving a penalty against the best player in the world [Lionel Messi].“It’s just, I really can’t believe it happened.“I looked at a lot of penalties he can go both ways, it’s difficult to read but I had a feeling he would go this way [to the goalkeeper’s right] today.“I looked at how I have been moving and acting in the last couple of penalties, what he’s been doing and I had a feeling he would go that way.” 3 Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson celebrates Alfred Finnbogason’s strike against Argentina. 3center_img A tense first-half saw Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Augsburg forward Alfred Finnbogason trade goals.But the pivotal moment of the match came after 63 minutes when Hordur Magnusson fouled Maximiliano Meza in the penalty area. Iceland’s heroic goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson has told talkSPORT the secrets behind his stunning Lionel Messi penalty save.The European minnows drew 1-1 with Argentina as they proved once again they are tough opponents, despite being a nation of just 348,580 inhabitants. Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson saves Argentina superstar Lionel Messi’s penalty. And a proud Halldorsson was delighted he and his compatriots had shown their ability against top quality opponents.He added: “We are proving it again and again that we are no one-hit wonder. We have a really good team with a strong defence and striker and midfielders who can really hurt when we go for counter attacks. We are a nightmare to play against.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th April 2013Raphoe Family Resource CentreGOOD NEWS! The Family Resource Centre is pleased to announce that it has recently received funding to establish a Cross-border Forum on Disability from the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project, a joint initiative between Donegal Co. Council and Strabane District Council with strong support from the local community through the Riverine Forum.The Reconciliation through the Riverine Project aims “to address the impact of the conflict on the Strabane/Lifford area and it’s hinterlands by regenerating the border riverside area so as to create an iconic shared space as a lasting legacy of the Peace Process and consolidating the work undertaken over the last 15 years in terms of building peace and reconciliation.”The Reconciliation through the Riverine Project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI). For further information on the IFI please visit www.internationalfundforireland.comThe Cross-border Forum on Disability promoted by the Family Resource Centre aims to bring together 20 people with mobility, sensory and intellectual impairments to establish a discussion and consultation forum on the needs of vulnerable disabled people living adjacent to and on either side of the Lifford-Strabane riverside area. The Forum will explore the issues other than impairment and the lack of accessible transport and facilities that prevent people with disabilities from engaging with each other on a cross-border basis, socially or otherwise, and examine ways of addressing those issues.The Forum will also lend support to the proposed public park, to be located at the Lifford-Strabane riverside area, included in the overall Reconciliation through the Riverine Project by way of consultation on the needs of disabled people to promote meaningful social inclusion and equal opportunities.The Cross-border Forum on Disability is supported by the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project managed by Donegal Co. Council and funded by the International Fund for Ireland.INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATIONSOn Friday 8th March the Family Resource Centre marked International Women’s Day with an “Images of Women” art and photographic exhibition. The exhibition was officially opened by local woman and Olympian Chloe Magee who spoke of her personal journey from playing badminton in the local hall to representing Ireland at two successive Olympic Games. The Family Resource Centre would like to sincerely thank Chloe for taking time out from her busy training schedule to join with us in celebrating the event, and we wish her well in all future competitions. Chloe is certainly a positive role model for young women.The art and photographic exhibition hosted the inspirational work of young people from St. Eunan’s and Raphoe Central National Schools, the Royal & Prior Comprehensive School as well as women who attend the Tuesday Art Group in the Family Resource Centre. We would like to acknowledge the thought, time and energy that went into their submissions. Sincere thanks to all for their contribution to making the exhibition such a success.International Women’s Day also provided the opportunity to unveil our ‘Women’s Corner’ in the Centre-a Corner highlighting the activities of the Women’s Group, which meets every second Monday evening, as well as displaying relevant information for women. For more information on the Women’s Group please contact Melanie on 074 914579 or 087 3641503.Well done to Laura Doran, the 4th Year Student from LYIT who as part of her placement with the Family Resource Centre was tasked to organise an event for International Women’s Day, and who did such an excellent job in pulling everything together. We would like to thank all those who helped in any way in making our International Women’s Day celebration a memorable occasion and we look forward to your continued support.AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMEThe Afterschool Programme resumes after the Easter break and we look forward to seeing all the young people back with us again.MONDAY MORNING DROP-INThe Monday morning drop-in continues in the Family Resource Centre from 10.30am-12.30pm each Monday so why not call in when you are passing for a cup of tea and a chat or bring a newspaper or book and relax in a warm friendly environment. The Family Resource Centre has a book library and you can swop a book anytime you are in. We look forward to seeing you.FRIDAY’S NIGHTS AT THE FRC:The next Movie Night will be held on Friday 12th April from 7.00 – 9.00pm. Parents/guardians are very welcome to come along to help supervise.RAPHOE TIDY TOWNSRaphoe Official Bronze Medal Award Winner 2011 & Silver Medal Winner 2012.Raphoe Tidy Towns & Raphoe Senior Cub ScoutsThe Tidy Towns wish to thank the senior cubs of the scout pack that went out litter picking on Wednesday 3rd April in association with the Annual Spring Clean up. The children and their leaders went up the Mongorry Road, and Craig’s road cleaning as they went. The tidy Towns staff collected 20 full bags of litter that the children and their helpers lifted from the roadsides and hedgerows. The children were presented with a certificate and a medal from the Tidy Towns to acknowledge their great work on the day.Well done and thanks to all concerned.Donations of Summer Bedding, Shrubs or PaintWould you like to donate any of the above to the Tidy Towns this year? All materials will be used to help brighten up our town for this year’s Tidy Towns Competition. Donations may be left into the Tidy Towns office in the Volt House. Tel: 074 9145692 Thank You.For further information on our work please contact the Raphoe Tidy Towns Office on 9145692.ST VINCENT DE PAULThe St. Vincent De Paul Shop Meeting House St Raphoe Co. Donegal-Sale now on. Great bargains available.GREASE THE MUSICALDeele College presents Grease the Musical on Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April in Deele College. Doors open 7.30 p.m. Show starts at 8.00 p.m. sharp. Tickets are now on sale- Adults €7.00 Children €5.00, Children under 3 free.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBThe Raphoe Club was strongly represented at a major tournament in Carrigart on Good Friday Night. Danny Duggan and Denis Lafferty had convincing wins over Shay Gallagher and Robert Caldwell while Stephen Stokes lost out on a split point’s decision to Noel Mc Carron. Caroline Connolly had a well deserved win over Maeve Mc Carron and Raphoe’s Eoin Kelly recorded his first win in the Raphoe colours when he outpointed Finian Ferry.The local Raphoe Club will have four boxers on the 16 strong Donegal Team which travels to the Glens Hotel, Cushendall on Friday 12th April to face a highly rated Co. Antrim Selection and this inter-county boxing match has been arranged by former Raphoe man, Mark Mc Carron who owns the Glens Hotel. Anyone wishing to travel to this tournament can contact Gary Mc Cullagh or Peter O’Donnell.Raphoe’s 3 times Ulster Senior Champion, Caroline Connolly is at squad training in the High Performance Gym in Dublin every Saturday with the National Senior’s female team which hopes to have two international tournaments in the coming weeks.ST. MARYS GAELIC 4 MOTHERS & OTHERSTraining every Wednesday Night at 8:15p.m.If you are 18 years and over and would like to get fit, learn a new skill,have fun and meet new friends then this is the team for you!Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to every Thursday to meet the print deadline.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: April 5th, 2013 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:DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

Mercedes-Benz 2020 motor show set to impress in Letterkenny

first_imgCome and experience awesome this weekend at Connolly’s 2020 Mercedes-Benz Motor Show in Letterkenny. The exclusive event gives Mercedes fans a special opportunity to test drive the entire 2020 range along with a selected of Mercedes-Benz Certified Used Cars.The event takes place at Letterkenny Golf Club on Saturday 2nd November and Sunday 3rd November 2019. The Mercedes Benz fully electric EQC will be available for test drive plus the CLS AMG 53 on static display.What’s Happening? Mercedes-Benz Motor ShowWhere? Letterkenny Golf ClubWhen? Saturday & Sunday November 2nd& 3rdTime: 10am-4pm Saturday & 11am-4pm SundayTo prebook a test drive email: or you can call into us any time on Saturday between the opening hours.View all the Connolly’s 2020 Mercedes-Benz stock at *Please note a full driver’s licence is require for test driving and must be presented on the day for insurance.Mercedes-Benz 2020 motor show set to impress in Letterkenny was last modified: October 22nd, 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:Connolly’s SligoLetterkenny Golf clubMercedes-Benz Motor Showlast_img read more

Genetic Tinkering Puts Brave New World at Our Doorstep

first_imgNew tools in the lab put human nature at risk. Can we trust fallible scientists to be ethical?A dystopian future is becoming more plausible, thanks to genomic editing. We don’t mean to scare you. We’ll let the scientists themselves do that.“Scientists from around the world are meeting in Washington this week to debate how best to proceed with research into gene-editing technology,” Julian Saveluscu begins an article on The Conversation. He’s not worried; he likes gene editing. He gives “Five reasons we should embrace gene-editing research on human embryos.” And he’s an ethicist, a distinguished visiting professor at Monash University. He knows about the risks.Many people, including scientists, are worried about creating genetically modified humans. They’re worried about numerous things: genetic mistakes being passed on to the next generation; the creation of designer babies who are more intelligent, more beautiful or more athletic; and the possibility of causing severe growth abnormalities or cancer.While these are valid concerns, they don’t justify a ban on research. Indeed, such research is a moral imperative for five reasons….How’s that for turning a debate? He makes the worriers the immoral guys.The scientists from around the world feel differently. “Embryo editing to make babies would be ‘irresponsible,’ says DNA summit statement,” John Travis reports for Science Magazine. At least, they feel that way for now. Look at the terms under which they would feel it could be allowed:But the group did not rule out such embryo editing later, if safety questions are resolved and society develops a consensus on ethical and legal issues. And the group said basic, preclinical research involving human embryos, sperm, and eggs should continue. It did not endorse any kind of ban or moratorium on such research.The statement—which differs little from similar previous statements from prominent groups—came after 3 days of intense discussion among scientists, government officials, science policy experts, philosophers, and others in Washington, D.C. The unusual gathering, sponsored by U.S., U.K., and Chinese scientific societies, explored the promise and perils of new methods to alter human DNA, focusing considerable debate on the prospect for altering the genomes of eggs, sperm, or embryos. This so-called germline engineering is seen by many as crossing a line, because it bestows permanent genetic changes on a new individual and any offspring they may have. Yet there are circumstances in which such DNA editing could prevent the transmission of genetic diseases, so some advocate it shouldn’t be banned, as it is in many countries.What was that proverb about good intentions?Patrick Western from the Hudson Institute is not as sanguine as Savelescu. “Gene editing in embryos is fraught with scientific and ethical issues,” he titles his piece on The Conversation. He warns of permanent errors and the “epigenetic black box” among other concerns. “Although embryo culture conditions are carefully controlled, we still have no way of properly measuring the potentially complex impacts of the gene-editing process on the embryo,” he warns. The ethical issues are “enormous,” he feels. “If such technology were ever to be applied to the human germline for medical purposes, these issues would need to be addressed with the greatest stringency.”Jennifer Doudna also feels that embryo editing needs scrutiny. Writing for Nature, she explains why the new CRISPR-Cas9 editing too, recently made more efficient and accurate (BBC News), has upsides and downsides. It makes gene editing very convenient, but opens a Pandora’s box of ethical concerns (see 6/05/15).So who is to decide whether to apply germline editing to human gametes and embryos? Doudna ends her article by handing the keys of the kingdom to scientific elites:The December summit is an important opportunity for China, the United Kingdom and the United States to lead the global discussion, and for the genome-editing community to renew its commitment — which began more than 40 years ago — to wholeheartedly engage with the public.Being interpreted, this means letting the scientists convince the public to let them do what they want to do.Nature reports from the gathering that scientists did not support an outright ban on germline editing. Even if they did, they don’t think it’s enforceable.But others saw an embryo research ban as unrealistic: even if some researchers agree to abstain from editing embryos, or if some countries ban it outright, others will continue the work, argued George Church, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. “You create a nexus for your worst nightmares,” he said.It will take another year for the consensus report to come out. What will happen in the meantime? National Geographic posted an alarming headline: “5 Reasons Gene Editing Is Both Terrific and Terrifying: New ways to easily snip and tuck genes have put scientists in the middle of a fast-accelerating ethical debate.” The fate of the world is being placed into the hands of unaccountable elites who have the angel of ethic responsibility talking into one ear, and the devil of personal gain talking into the other. The devil is whispering to them that angels are a myth invented by the religious right.Science, c. 1670: A search for the truth about the natural world for the good of mankind.Science, c. 2015: Membership in an elite oligarchy without a moral compass possessing power to dictate the direction of human civilization.The public can certainly trust China, that lovely communist country with huge images of Chairman Mao in its capital—you remember, the leader who murdered 77 million of his own people? (11/30/05) What could possibly go wrong, now that Charles Darwin has bequeathed to both China and the West its modern ethic of survival of the fittest? The scientific “consensus” has already conceded the tinkering with human embryos is not a big deal. Abortion is legal, right? They get the body parts for research; the public gets over their initial uproar in time. Throw some big bucks into the equation, and there’s no doubt that the elite will find ways to make human germline editing “ethical” somehow. All for progress, of course.We can see what the scientific-government complex feels about their obligation to “the public.” They just met in Paris to set rules for the rest of humanity on climate, despite major disagreement by “the public” about the importance of “climate change” as a concern. The rules that President Obama and the U.N. want would have drastic effects on the poor and the economies of major nations, with zero chance for making any difference whatsoever on the climate for the next century (listen to Lamar Smith on Family Research Council‘s Dec. 1 radio broadcast). To them, the “public” are “deniers” led about by zealots (mainly Republicans and the “religious right”) who don’t understand “settled science” (see article on Science Daily). Do you expect the scientific elitists to listen to the public? Never; the communication is always one-way. The elite see their job as helping the “scientifically illiterate” understand the wisdom of the consensus.These power-mad elitists, many of them Marxist-Darwinists, now want to have their way with altering the most personal treasures you have: your genes and those of your children. Even George Orwell would be surprised. (Visited 68 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Promote South Africa’s sector excellence

first_imgBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola told conference delegates that improved competitiveness would help the country achieve the National Development Plan. (Image: Ben Alexander) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Petrus de Kock Research ManagerBrand South Africa +27 11 712 5000 RELATED ARTICLES • Take action for competitiveness • National Development Plan to grow jobs • SA is ‘Country of the Future’ • African integration on Brics agendaLucille DavieAt a South African Competitiveness Forum discussion this week, delegates agreed that to make the country more competitive, it needs to market its pockets of excellence with more vigour.The forum, organised by Brand South Africa, was held in Midrand, Johannesburg, on Tuesday, 5 November. Some 200 representatives from government, business, labour, civil society and academia came together to discuss the country’s global competitiveness and exchange ideas on how to improve it.Five discussion groups tackled: education; skills and labour; infrastructure; foreign direct investment competitiveness; manufacturing and related services, and governance and leadership.Improved competitivenessKeynote speaker Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said: “If we are to be competitive we must have in place sound economic policies; cultivate a favourable legal and business environment; roll out socio-economic infrastructure; constantly improve our trade and industrial policies and lower the cost of doing business.”While admitting that South Africa had made good strides to position the country as a stable democracy with “the necessary institutions and mechanisms for providing an attractive and friendly investor environment”, he said the country had “fallen short of the development trajectory necessary to place us on par with many of our competitors”.“As such, the sheer amount of work that still needs to be done requires that we – as government, business, labour and other social partners – continue to work together to address the challenges we face.”Some of those challenges are “high rates of inequality, poverty and unemployment, especially amongst young people who constitute the majority of our population”.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said: “Improved competitiveness will go a long way to help us achieve the National Development Plan.”The National Development Plan is government’s 2030 plan to stimulate growth, reduce unemployment and poverty, and narrow the inequality gaps still prevalent in the country.Pockets of excellenceIn the manufacturing and related services discussion, it was agreed that one pocket of excellence is the mining sector, where South Africa has been a leader in innovation and deep level mining. The country’s motor industry is also one of its most successful, bringing skills into the country.Manufacturing and mining’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) is 23%, down from 38% in 1986, according to Colin Coleman, South African head for investment management firm Goldman Sachs. The firm released its Two decades of freedom: A 20-year review of South Africa report this week.South Africa’s GDP almost tripled over the 20-year period, from $136-billion to$385-billion. Inflation fell from a 1994 figure of 14% to 6% in 2012. Around 10 million people joined the middle classes, boosting tax revenues from R114-billion to R814-billion. To ease the burden of the poor, 16 million people receive social grants.On the downside, unemployment sits at 25%, about the same as 1994. Of those, 70% are young people aged between 15 and 34 years. The current account deficit is at 6.5%, higher than other developing countries. The ratio of household debt to disposable income rose from 57% in 1994 to 76% in 2013.Xolani Qubeka, CEO of the Black Business Council, said that those economies with a strong manufacturing sector experienced high growth.ConclusionsIn the manufacturing and related services discussion, several conclusions were reached to help the country achieve greater competitiveness:• South Africans should stop buying foreign products, and instead switch to buying local products.• The country needs to boost exports, and work on import replacement.• Create a culture of beneficiation, particularly in industries such as minerals (gold and diamonds).• South Africa needs more talent-driven innovation.• Shorten the decision-making process within government, to act quickly to secure deals and trade.• Instead of waiting for strikes each year, business and labour should pre-empt them. Furthermore, labour and business should get together and approach government, to work together as partners.• To encourage innovation, South Africans need to become very demanding customers.• South Africans need to put pressure on state-owned enterprises to innovate. For example, to build rail locomotives.• The country needs to consider whether its export culture is buoyant enough, with the correct markets having been identified.• When government signs procurement orders, it should specify more local content.• The rail network should be prioritised and brought up to standard.• South Africa needs to figure out a way to sell itself to Africa.• The country needs to have an integrated approach to manufacturing, for example, have the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research work more closely with industry.• South Africans need to relook the relationship between SMMEs and large corporates and see where there could be more co-operation.• The country should not allow competitors like China to undercut its manufacturing by copying an idea, then selling it in the local market for half the price.• Retired professionals, like engineers, should train and nurture young professionals.• Don’t compete with giants like South Korea; do what the country is good at.• Set up a strategy for trade with Africa, to increase the country’s visibility across Africa. Trade fairs and trade desks should be set up to encourage trade. Africa is a huge market for our products.• Become a niche manufacturer.• Create opportunities to attract and retain talent. Diversification is essential.• Develop a “can do” approach. South Africans must feel this is the land of opportunity.• Execute the ideas South Africans have. The country is not short on them.• Grow a strong domestic market.• Integrate with the rest of Africa to offer strong competition to China and India. And facilitate trade and travel between African countries, with perhaps a single visa.“Our competitiveness ranking on global indices shows that we have become less competitive as a country. Global competition is at an all-time high and we need to up our game and become more competitive if we wish to continue being relevant in this global economy,” said Karthi Pillay, director at Deloitte Risk Advisory, and a leader in the manufacturing industry.“The SA Competitiveness Forum, led by Brand South Africa, is a get-together of key minds in the country focussing on competitiveness issues to improving our global reputation and influx of foreign investment. As a firm that is seriously focused on assisting to improve the competitiveness of our country, Deloitte welcomes the opportunity to contribute and engage in conversation to achieve actionable outcomes.”last_img read more