Gardaí warn parents ahead of popular teenage disco on Friday night

first_imgParents are being asked to play their part this week in ensuring their children celebrate a youth disco later tonight (Friday) responsibly.The appeal comes from An Garda Soíchána in Donegal ahead of a major Mid Summer teenage disco in the area.Several hundred young people from around the Donegal region are expected to attend a teenage disco in Letterkenny on August 2 and Gardaí say they will be in attendance. A Garda statement read: “The Mid Summer teenage disco is on tonight in Letterkenny and it is advertised that there will be four DJ’s under one roof.“We want zero teens under our roof tonight and so we urge all parents to talk to their teens in relation to the dangers of alcohol and drugs.“Make sure they have travel arrangements sorted before they leave home and that you are aware of what their arrangements are.“Know who your teen will be attending the disco with and get a contact number for them if possible also. Please ensure that your teen will only have enough money with them for the purposes of travel, entry to the club and soft drinks! “Unfortunately, the temptation is out there and peer pressure also plays a part.“We can all do our part to ensure that the teens will have a good night and more importantly that they have a safe one!” Gardaí warn parents ahead of popular teenage disco on Friday night was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Creationism as “Contamination”

first_imgSome evolutionists see anything less than 100% pure Darwinism as a kind of contamination, like unpasteurized milk, a threat to public health.Andy Coghlan wrote for New Scientist, “Texas Creationism Showdown May ‘Contaminate’ Textbook.”  It appears that the only changes proposed by the textbook committee are to “cast doubt on the scientific validity of evolution.”  Coghlan is worried, however, that a decision by the 15-member Texas State Board of Education “may contain creationist arguments.”  He did not provide any examples.Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network originated the contamination metaphor: “Texas could contaminate the education products sold in the rest of the country,” he said.  He threw in a wild-west metaphor speaking of the publishers: “Will they stick to their scientific guns or put the junk in, that’s the question.”Coghlan’s only hope is that Texas will adopt the Next Generation Science Standards in time.  As Evolution News & Views reported, the NGSS mandates teaching of evolution dogmatically, free of critical thinking and contrary facts.  John West at Evolution News & Views tried to set the record straight about the Texas Board of Education standards.Don’t fear the DODO‘s guns; the barrels are pointed backwards.  So, what junk would they like to keep in the textbooks?  The junk about Haeckel’s fraudulent embryo drawings?  The junk about the early-man march of progress?  The junk about peppered moths and finch beaks?  The junk about partridge chicks mimicking dinosaurs running up slopes and taking off like birds?  The junk about junk DNA?  The textbooks are already contaminated.  Creationists would like to clean them up.  Isn’t it just like the Saul Alinsky DODO radicals to call the clean-up crew the purveyors of contamination?  Let’s give Darwinism a Dennett-brand acid bath and watch it eat itself. (Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ashe’s Soweto dream revived

first_img5 April 2007The Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto has reopened with a new look and a renewed ambition: to groom the famous township’s first tennis champion.The eight-court mixed-use precinct, originally built with funds donated by Ashe in the 1970s, has been refurbished to the tune of R4.5-million.Speaking at the opening ceremony on Saturday, Ashe’s widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, said it was a special occasion for her and for the legacy of a man who had dedicated a large part of his life to fighting social injustice.“In 1976, Arthur felt compelled to build a tennis court in a township where underprivileged and sidelined people stayed,” she said. “Today a tennis court welcomes people of every race to enjoy tennis.”The revamped centre boasts a new clubhouse with a bar and lounge leading to a terrace overlooking the courts, new ablution facilities and separate restrooms for umpires. The centre complements the library and skills development centre that were built in the wider precinct at a cost of R9-million and R4.2-million respectively.South African Tennis Association chief executive Iain Smith said that national and international coaching clinics would be conducted at the centre, with the ultimate goal of producing Soweto’s own Arthur Ashe.Ashe’s challengeAshe, a former world number one the first black man to win the US Open and Wimbledon, was a spirited anti-apartheid protester.In 1970, when Ashe was the top-ranked American in the game, he applied to play in the South African Open, which was at that time a prestigious event, regarded just below the level of a Grand Slam tournament.Ashe knew his chances of being granted a visa were slim, given South Africa’s apartheid policies at the time, and he was right – his application was turned down.Ashe responded by calling for South Africa’s explusion from the International Lawn Tennis Federation and the Davis Cup. He immediately received plenty of support, successfully drawing the world’s attention to the iniquity of South Africa’s former political system.His actions also lent weight to a number of other sporting codes imposing sanctions against South Africa.Ashe in South AfricaIn 1973, Ashe was finally awarded a visa and made it to South Africa, becoming the first black man to contest the South African Open.His fight against apartheid didn’t end with his admittance to the country, however. In 1985, with his playing career already over, he was arrested while taking part in an anti-apartheid protest outside the South African embassy in Washington.And in 1991 he was part of a 31-member delegation of prominent African-Americans who visited South Africa to observe political changes in the country as it moved inexorably towards becoming a democracy.Sadly, he never saw that day come to pass, as he died from Aids in 1993. He had contracted the disease from a blood transfusion during bypass surgery 10 years earlier.SAinfo reporter and City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Groundbreaking TB drug trial under way

first_imgGrowing pipeline of TB drugs The Department of Health has welcomed the development, noting that it could benefit not only South Africa but the whole world in the fight against TB. “The potential to offer a single regimen to treat both DS and MDR-TB represents a monumental advance in the treatment of patients worldwide and a tremendous step toward simplifying the delivery of TB treatment globally,” Spigelman said. Novel three-drug combination A novel three-drug combination with the potential of simplifying and shortening TB treatment from two years to less than six months is currently been tested on patients in South Africa. “We welcome the fresh development, which will assist in bringing down the period of taking the treatment, which is one of the main reasons for patients defaulting,” said department spokesperson Fidel Hadebe. 9 November 2010 If successful, the experimental regimen will offer a shorter, simpler, safer and more affordable treatment option for MDR-TB, an emerging global health threat. This is particularly significant for MDR-TB patients, who currentlty have to take numerous different drugs, including injections, daily for up to two years. The announcement of the first clinical trial of the TB drug combination was made in Pretoria on Monday by the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, a non-profit organisation dedicated to finding faster-acting and affordable drug regimens to fight tuberculosis. ‘Monumental advance’ in treatmentcenter_img The three-drug combination promises to be capable of treating both drug-sensitive (DS-TB) and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). “It is extremely encouraging to see a growing pipeline of TB drug candidates that may revolutionise TB care, and committed sponsors moving with speed and efficiency towards new regimens,” said Raviglione. The Phase II trial, called NC001 or New Combination 1, tests the new TB drug candidates PA-824 and moxifloxacin in combination with pyrazinamide, an existing antibiotic commonly used in TB treatment today. He said that with increased investments in TB, there were nine promising TB compounds from six antibiotic classes in the pipeline, making combination testing of new TB drugs possible. TB Alliance CEO Mel Spigelman said what was needed was an entirely new regimen of TB drugs rather than one single drug to eradicate the pandemic. The trial, which will take place at the Lung Institute at the University of Cape Town and the TASK Research Centre in Belville, involves 68 participants, each receiving two weeks of treatment and three months of follow-up to evaluate the drugs’ effectiveness, safety and tolerability. World Health Organisation’s Stop TB department MD Mario Raviglione said there was a desperate need for new and better TB treatments to address the pandemic, which kills nearly two million people each year. He noted that treating active TB requires a combination of drugs to prevent the development of drug resistance, adding that researchers traditionally tested one new drug at a time in a series of lengthy and expensive clinical trials, meaning it would take decades to develop a completely novel drug combination. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

You and Your Stupid Politics

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now If you are reading this post, it means my beloved The Sales Blog is back online after being taken down by Anonymous. Apparently, they took down Go Daddy for supporting SOPA and similar anti-freedom legislation.Earlier this year Anonymous hacked Stratfor, a global intelligence company whose services I subscribed to, and stole my credit card. I’ve heard Anonymous uses your credit card to make charitable donations, but that’s not what they did with mine. They see Stratfor as helping serve forces that they oppose.A few weeks ago, Chick-fil-a managed to make it into the news by sharing their opposition to same-sex marriage. They drew a lot of opposition from people that support same-sex marriage and a lot of support for their beliefs from people that share their view. They believe they have a religious duty to oppose same-sex marriage.Because this blog is important to me, I now want to switch hosting providers. Go Daddy’s political decisions are interfering with my business decisions. They made a political decision to support SOPA, they were vocal about their support, and I believe they even threw some money behind that support. They lost a lot of customers for making that decision. Now they have to live with the consequences of that decision as businesses that want their sites to remain up come to understand that Go Daddy is a target.I have written this warning a couple times. But I’ll repeat myself since we are getting close to another Presidential election.You are free to support whatever political party or candidate appeals to you. You are also free to support whatever cause you believe deserves your support. You are even free to share your opinions with the world here on the Internet, on the back of your car, or when you are sitting across from them in meetings.But you are not free from the consequences of your decision to publicly share your politics.Some people will support your opinions. Other people may buy from you in spite of disagreeing with your opinions. But some people won’t do business with you because of your political opinions. The more political you are, the more you will offend people that don’t share your politics.No one will know your political opinions unless and until you share them. If your politics have nothing to do with what you sell, you aren’t obligated to share them. You aren’t changing anyone’s mind about their political beliefs, but you might be changing their mind about buying from you.Be political if you want to, but be thoughtful and be careful. There are people counting on you.QuestionsWhat are the risks of sharing your political opinions?What are the benefits of sharing your politics?How does advertising your politics help you make more sales?After you know your client shares your politics, is it okay to talk politics with them?last_img read more

Donald Trump, Narendra Modi to get rakhis from women of a remote Haryana village

first_imgHe may have not heard of Rakhi, but the women and girls of a remote Muslim-majority village “symbolically” named by an NGO after US President Donald Trump will send him 1001 sacred threads on the Hindu festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond.The gesture by the residents of Marora village in the backward Mewat region represents the “wish of the people that ties are further strengthened between India and the US”, says the NGO which has adopted the village.The village had come into limelight after Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) chief Bindeshwar Pathak had announced that it will be named ‘Trump’s village’The district administration had later said the move to rename the village was “illegal”, forcing the organisation members to remove boards mentioning the new name.They said signage boards and banners carrying the new name of the village and image of Trump had been removed by the organisation.The village, with a population of 1,800 people, lies under Punhana Tehshil, some 60 km from Gurgaon.“The NGO has been conducting many welfare programs for women and girls in the village,” Monica Jain, Vice President of the NGO, said.“These students have made 1001 rakhis with photos of Donald Trump and 501 rakhis for Narendra Modi. Women and girls of the village consider them their elder brothers,” she said.The consignment of rakhis was sent yesterday through cargo so that it reached the US president on Raksha Bandhan on August 7. The villagers are also sending invitations to the two leaders to visit the village.Widows of the village have also expressed a desire to meet Modi on Raksha Bandhan at his residence in the national capital and tie rakhis.“I have made 150 rakhis within three days for Trump bhaiyaa. I also written in a letter to be sent to the White House that the girls of your village want you to visit it with PM Modi,” said 15-year-old Rekha Rani, a resident of the village.Sulabh had recently constructed 95 toilets in Marora to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship program to make every village in the country open defecation free.The village has 140 houses and only 45 of them were equipped with toilet facility. Sulabh constructed the remaining 95 toilets, Jain said.last_img read more

London Olympics: Satisfied with my effort, says Mary Kom

first_imgThe atmosphere at the Excel arena was incredible as Indian icon Mary Kom and local favourite Nicola Adams slugged it out for a berth in the 51kg final in front of an appreciative audience. Match photosAt the end of four rounds, each lasting two minutes, the Briton had sealed her spot in the London Olympics final but Mary Kom walked out smiling having won millions of hearts at home and in the United Kingdom.As Mary Kom wore the bronze medal around her neck and remembered her twin sons, she became emotional. “I am sorry I could not win gold but at least I am taking back a bronze medal home,” said the 29-year-old supermom who has made millions of sacrifices for this day.Having won five world championship titles in the 48kg category and moved to the 51kg category for the Olympics, Mary Kom was at a disadvantage.But the way the diminutive Indian boxer threw in effort, though it did not translate into points on the computers, Mary Kom was superb.The Indian’s 6-11 loss to Nicola may sound bad, but Mary Kom made everyone forget it as she had a medal to show.Nicola did take control of the proceedings from the opening bell. Fast on her feet and landing punches with panache, Nicola was smart.With British prime minister David Cameroon also watching the bout, Nicola got that extra zing into play as she adopted a smart strategy of coming in and scoring points and then moving back. It was a pattern which the Indian had not bargained for.advertisementOnce into the second round, Nicola landed two thudding upper cuts while continuing to punch beautifully off the back foot. At the end of the third round the score was 8-4.Mary Kom knew she had to show aggression in the decider as there was no other go against an opponent whose footwork was slick. The sad part for Mary Kom was despite throwing all the weight she could, the points were not being scored.As the raucous audience lapped up every minute of the action, it was clear when Nicola was declared winner, there was a huge roar.However, Mary However was not disturbed as hundreds of media personnel waited for her to speak in English and then Hindi.”I have been living this Olympic dream for years and I know what it means to me and my country. All the sacrifices I have made in this life have been rewarded through this medal,” said Mary Kom.Asked about the scoring system, Mary Kom shot back: “I am scoring but they are not pressing the button and scoring!”However, Brig Muralidharan Raja, secretary of the Indian boxing federation said there was nothing to complain about. “It was a fair contest and we cannot complain about anything,” said Raja.Mary Kom’s medal means so much for women in Indian sport. It also puts her state Manipur prominently on the India map as they have faced a clutch of problems in day to day life.As the brand ambassador for women’s boxing, Mary Kom has left an indelible mark. This is the first time two Indian women have won medals in one Olympics and Mary Kom deserves all the praise and rewards for her efforts.She has spent invaluable time away from her family. “I cannot explain my feelings and emotions and I know I had millions praying for my medal,” said Mary Kom.To be sure, unlike men’s boxing, women’s boxing is not a glamorous sport at home. The total number of women boxers who compete in India is just in hundreds and not even a thousand.So for Mary Kom to come out tops with women’s boxing making its debut at the Olympics is a big deal.”We do expect that this medal will be an inspiration for women boxers in India,” said Raja.The magnitude of Mary Kom’s achievement will only be underlined when she returns to India. After all, it is her medal which has enhanced India’s medal tally to an all-time high of four in one Olympics.last_img read more

Balearia Taking Over FloridaBahamas Fast Ferry Route

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Balearia Spanish shipping company Baleària will start providing fast ferry service between Port Everglades, Florida, and Bimini, Bahamas, after the previous operator pulled out of the route citing commercial considerations.As of August 7, Baleària Caribbean will be the official Resorts World Bimini shipping company on the route for both passengers and cargo.Although the company did not reveal the name of the vessel it would deploy on the Bimini service, Baleària noted that the unit would have a 650-person capacity and a maximum speed of 38 knots, with the journey on the new service taking just under two hours.With five weekly services programmed to Bimini, the company said the number of connections could increase based on demand.The previous operator, FRS Caribbean, had the 400-passenger fast ferry San Gwann sailing between Miami and Bimini. The company terminated the route as of August 5.The change in operators comes months after the former CEO of Balearia Group, Hernan Calvo, was ordered to pay Balearia USD 2.8 million following his actions in helping competitors land the deal for ferry services to Genting’s Resorts World on Bimini. Calvo was convicted of using trade secrets and internal information to benefit a competitor.The new route to Bimini is the second operated by Baleària Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas. Since 2011, Baleària provides services between this port and Freeport on Grand Bahama.last_img read more