first_imgHAPPY: NEIL LENNONFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN HELSINKI: Neil Lennon’s smile said it all – but he was beaming from ear to ear here tonight after his Celtic side saw off HJK Helsinki by 2-0, only the Hoops second away win in 34 attempts.Second-half goals from Joe Ledley and Giorgos Samaras secured a ten-man Celtic FC victory, booking them a place in the UEFA Champions League play-offs via a 4-1 aggregate win.“I have been agonising over this tie for a long, long time, probably since we picked up the (league) trophy in May. I have been in a wee bubble for the last six or seven weeks so it s big relief for myself and a big release of pressure,” said Lennon. “It was a really tough tie. The first goal was huge, if it had gone to HJK Helsinki it would have given them a massive lift but overall, on the balance of the game, we were the far superior team.“It was a really tough tie. Psychologically for me, it is big because I haven’t got through the last couple of years but we have built a good team here and they delivered tonight and answered a lot of questions.”Neil Lennon’s side were defending a slender advantage after last week’s 2-1 win at Celtic Park, with HJK’s away goal meaning the Scottish champions could not rest on their laurels. As the match wore on goalless, the visitors’ nerves were tested, but eventually Ledley found the breakthrough and although Victor Wanyama was sent off soon after, Samaras completed the scoring four minutes from time.Trying to kill off the tie early, Celtic had the best of a tight first half with Gary Hooper in particular proving a real handful for the HJK defense. The Bhoys could have taken the lead after 13 minutes as Scott Brown latched onto Charlie Mulgrew’s clipped pass, but the Celtic captain steered his effort past the post when one-on-one with goalkeeper Ville Wallén. HJK ended the half brightly, as Mika Väyrynen tested Celtic keeper Fraser Forster and Demba Savage went close, before Hooper was denied by Wallén at a tight angle. HJK spurned a couple of good opportunities after the restart, as Forster first deflected Sebastian Sorsa’s shot narrowly past the post, before blocking Mathias Lindström’s header. On the 67th minute, however, Celtic took the lead, when Mulgrew’s cross picked out Ledley for a simple finish at the far post.Home hopes were rekindled four minutes later as Wanyama was sent off after picking up a second yellow card. The hosts pressed forward but were unable to find a way through, and on 86 minutes Samaras ended any doubt, finding the corner of the net from Ledley’s assist to seal a play-off place for Lennon’s men. The UEFA Europa League play-offs now await HJK. THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON A HOOPY MAN AFTER MASSIVE AWAY WIN IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE was last modified: August 8th, 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON A HOOPY MAN AFTER MASSIVE AWAY WIN IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUElast_img read more


first_imgThe return of one of the UK’s top entrepreneurs, Michelle Mone, is just one of the many highlights of the 10th Enterprising Donegal Business Week set to get under way across the county from March 3rd-March 7th.Michelle Mone“As it is our 10th annual Business Week we have invited back some speakers who were very well received by Donegal businesses on their previous visit to Donegal and we are confident that people will find them and indeed – all of the events and speakers we have lined up for 2014 – to be challenging, informative and inspirational,” CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Michael Tunney said this week. Ms Mone, co-owner of Lingerie Company Ultimo Brands International, has spoken at Enterprise Week in the past outlining how she has built a hugely successful career by helping women look and feel their best.Listed as one of the top three female entrepreneurs in the UK, she can boast ‘World’s Young Business Achiever’ and ‘Business Woman of the Year’ among a glittering array of awards. “Michelle Mone is an example of true entrepreneurial spirit having left school at 15 with no qualifications she was running a national Sales and Marketing team in Scotland by the time she was just 22. She not only started Ultimo, but has grown it into one of the UK’s leading designer lingerie brands and I have no doubt that her story and insights into business will be hugely well received once again in Donegal,” Mr. Tunney added.He stressed however that her talk was just one of many highlights of a packed Enterprise Week and he urged people to make sure they take a look at the full line-up and book early.“This year’s week-long programme once again has a terrific range of speakers, workshops and seminars all aimed at providing opportunities for learning and networking. The ultimate objective is to help established businesses and indeed new start-ups to grow and develop.”With that in mind DCEB and its partners have put together a fantastic line-up of events across the county and following last week’s official launch many of the places are already booking up very quickly.One event already attracting significant attention is the presentation from The Futures Company in An Grianan Hotel, Burt that aims to help local businesses identify new innovation and growth opportunities.“The Futures Company has glowing testimonials from companies like Coca-Cola, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft foods and Diageo, to name but a few and to have them in Donegal to speak really is a fantastic opportunity that local businesses definitely don’t want to miss out on.”The week’s events kick off with a marketing workshop in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday March 3rd. Other highlights of a packed week include international speaker Kevin Kelly on the pursuit of exceptional execution in business, Claire Burge’s workshop on getting organised and a great line-up of speakers including Boxing’s Billy Walsh for the motivating your business team final event of the week on Friday 7th March.“The full line-up of events is available online and while all of the events are free, it is necessary to register and we’d urge people to visit to have a look at the week’s programme and to register as soon as possible,” Mr. Tunney said. He concluded: “Having teamed up with Sendmode as a partner this year, people can also receive text information and reminders about Donegal Enterprise Week if they free text DEW to 50015.”County & City Enterprise Boards are funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the European Union under the National Development Plan 2007-2013.GLOBAL LINGERIE ENTREPRENEUR TO SPEAK AT DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK was last modified: February 19th, 2014 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:Donegal Busniness WeekMichelle Monelast_img read more

Angels to face tough Yankee crowd

first_img Steve Finley sacrificed pinch-runner Jeff DaVanon to second, and when pitcher Chien-Ming Wang’s throw to first was wide, Finley was safe as well. Adam Kennedy moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, but Wang got Chone Figgins on a pop to shallow center. Up stepped Cabrera, who lined Wang’s first pitch, a 95-mph fastball up in the strike zone, to center field to score the go-ahead runs. The Angels trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth when Yankees starter Wang got yet another ground ball. Of the 15 outs through five innings, 11 came on groundballs. But Cabrera’s chopper to third leading off the sixth was different. The ball tipped off the end of third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s glove for an error, and the Angels cashed in on it when Molina singled to center with two outs, driving in Cabrera from second and tying the game at 2. The Yankees held a 1-0 lead going into the fifth inning and got a rally started with Rodriguez’s one-out walk. Lackey got ahead in the count to Jason Giambi, 0-2, before Giambi ripped a line drive to right-center. Center fielder Finley was able to cut off the ball before it got to the wall and quickly fired it to the cutoff man Cabrera, holding Rodriguez at third. But second baseman Kennedy was backing up Cabrera on the play instead of covering second base, and a lumbering Giambi reached second without a play. Gary Sheffield followed with a chopper to third baseman Figgins, who got the out at first as Rodriguez scored to make it 2-0. Figgins saved a run when he dived and snared Hideki Matsui’s sharp grounder that appeared headed down the left-field line. Figgins’ throw to first was in the dirt, but first baseman Darin Erstad dug it out to end the inning. The Angels cut their deficit in half at 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth on Rivera’s leadoff homer, the Angels’ second of the post-season. In the sixth, Bernie Williams doubled with one out off Lackey and went to third when Jorge Posada grounded out to first on a nice play by Erstad. Lackey thought he was out of the inning when on 0-2 fastball appeared to clip the inside corner with Tino Martinez at the plate, but it was called ball-one. Martinez eventually walked and Lackey was given the hook in favor of Shields. “If Wang is on his game, he’s going to get some groundballs,” Torre said before the game. “We figured if that’s going to be the case, we wanted to try to tighten up as best we can.” The Yankees also have done a good job against the Angels’ running game. The Angels, who led the American League with 161 stolen bases during the regular season, were 21 for 27 in stolen-base attempts during the regular season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery Angels vs Yankees Game 2 Angels starter John Lackey gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings and got the usual boost from the bullpen. Scot Shields got a big out to end the sixth, and Kelvim Escobar threw two scoreless innings to get the victory and set up the ninth for Rodriguez, who earned his first post-season save. Photo gallery: Angels vs Yankees The Angels made the most of their seven hits, including a solo homer by Juan Rivera that got the Angels on the scoreboard in the fifth inning. Cabrera hit .379 for the Red Sox in last season’s American League Championship Series, a big part of Boston’s comeback from an 0-3 deficit on their way to the World Series title. Cabrera, a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop who owns his own clothing line and is part-owner of a professional team in his native Columbia, had been quiet in this series, going 1 for 7 before his critical at-bat in the seventh inning Wednesday. The inning began when Rivera hit a high bouncer to shortstop Derek Jeter. Rivera stumbled coming out of the batter’s box, then dived head-first into the first-base bag to beat the throw for an infield single. center_img Orlando Cabrera is both substance and style, is as quick with his wit as he is with his bat, and Wednesday night in a game the Angels had to have, gave the New York Yankees a little reminder of their biggest playoff collapse ever. Cabrera’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh snapped a tie and gave the Angels a 4-2 lead in Game 2 of the American League Division Series before 45,150 at Angel Stadium. Bengie Molina’s solo homer in the eighth upped the Angels’ lead to 5-2, giving Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez some breathing room in the ninth. Rodriguez gave up a towering home run to Jorge Posada but got the final three outs to save the Angels’ 5-3 victory, tying the best-of-5 series at one game apiece. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday at Yankee Stadium. last_img read more

Alito offers pro-state resume

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week His extensive government experience has shaped his opinions since President George H.W. Bush appointed him to the Philadelphia-based 3rd Circuit in 1990. It also has invited comparisons to another Supreme Court justice – the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist. “Across the board, he has a pro-government inclination,” said Craig Green, a professor at Temple Law School. “It’s not quite uncommon for people who made their careers in government to be more favorable.” “No way am I saying he’s a government hack,” Green, who also worked in the Justice Department and with the Solicitor General’s Office, was quick to add, “but it’s the strongest theme of his work.” Consider some of Alito’s dissents on cases were workers or inmates have turned to the courts: In Sheridan v. DuPont, Alito was the lone vote in a 12-1 decision on a case of sex discrimination. The plaintiff in the 1996 case had claimed discrimination after a demotion and sexual harassment. Alito wrote that a plaintiff in such a case should not be able to avoid having a judge summarily dismiss the case just by casting doubt on an employer’s version of the story. The full 3rd Circuit ruled that the case should be reconsidered for a new trial. WASHINGTON – Don’t look for a bumper sticker saying “Question Authority” on Samuel Alito’s car. President George W. Bush’s choice for the Supreme Court typically sided with the government during his 15 years as an appellate judge, whether the issue was civil rights or workers’ rights, according to legal academics and lawyers who watch the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Alito has received a government paycheck for most of his professional career, as a judge, a lawyer in the solicitor general’s and then the attorney general’s offices in the Reagan administration, chief federal prosecutor in New Jersey and a law clerk. If he faced a defendant, it was either from the bench or the prosecution table. He spent one summer working for the New Jersey public defender during law school, and his time in private practice was limited to six months with a Trenton, N.J., firm shortly after he graduated from Yale Law School in 1975. In Bray v. Marriott Hotels, Alito sought to throw out the hiring-discrimination case of a black hotel housekeeper who was denied a promotion and saw the job go to a white woman. A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit ruled in 1997 that she could take her case before a jury, overturning a lower court decision that she had not made a strong enough case for that. In Rompilla v. Horn, Alito upheld a 17-year-old death penalty of Ronald Rompilla, who alleged that his public defenders failed to review records showing mitigating evidence of mental retardation and traumatic upbringing, even after prosecutors gave warning they planned to use the documents against him. The Supreme Court decided 5-4 to order a new penalty trial, warning state courts that shoddy defense work won’t be tolerated. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor cast the deciding vote. The 3rd Circuit, which encompasses Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Virgin Islands, hasn’t handled as many death penalty cases as some of the other appellate courts such as the Richmond-based 4th Circuit or the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit. But on several cases of habeas corpus – constitutional challenges brought by inmates who argue that their convictions or sentences violated their basic rights – Alito tended to side with either the federal or state government. In the 2001 case of Riley v. Taylor, Alito dissented in the case of a black death row inmate who argued that the prosecution improperly challenged black jurors. The defendant had used statistical evidence, and Alito wrote, “suppose we ask our ‘amateur with a pocket calculator’ whether the American people take right- or left-handedness into account in choosing their presidents.” The opinion drew the wrath of his colleagues. The racial composition of juries has been major issue for the 3rd Circuit amid questions about whether prosecutors in Philadelphia in the 1980s were encouraged to exclude blacks from juries on the theory that they were more likely to acquit. Since then, the 3rd Circuit tossed out a number of convictions from that period and ordered new trials. Alito, in the case of Brinson v. Vaughn in February, ordered a new trial for a man imprisoned for murder since 1986. Steven Chanenson, a professor at Villanova Law School and a former Supreme Court clerk, said, “The 3rd Circuit on criminal issues is not as defendant friendly as the 9th Circuit and not as defendant unfriendly as the 5th and the 4th.” Larry Lustberg, a Newark, N.J., attorney who has argued several cases before the 3rd Circuit, including two prisoner rights cases and a number of criminal appeals, described Alito as “remarkably brilliant, very nice and undoubtedly conservative.” Lustberg noted that Alito has interpreted the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, which, among other things, limited appeals in capital cases, to ensure that a state’s authority withstands even federal intervention. Alito has worked on a court with some well-known names – Judge Marjorie Rendell is the wife of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; Judge Maryanne Trump Barry is the older sister of developer-television personality Donald Trump. The court’s docket is varied – including commercial litigation, immigration and criminal cases among other issues – and Alito has developed a reputation as a “tough guy to litigate in front of,” according to Temple’s Green. Associated Press Writer David Caruso in New York contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

House winebar and taproom to launch delicious new menu

first_imgHouse winebar and taproom have launched an mouth-watering new menu, including a diverse range of food, delicious cocktails, and a new-look wine menu!People are invited to pop down to House for the launch of their exciting new menu on Friday the 25th at 9pm.House on Lower Main Street is Letterkenny’s only dedicated Wine & Cocktail Bar, serving stoned baked pizzas and a selection of cheese and charcuterie boards. Their events team cater for birthdays, stag and hen parties, engagements, and much more! To get in touch simply drop them a line at housewinebarandtaproom@gmail.comHouse winebar and taproom to launch delicious new menu was last modified: November 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

Watch: Shocking footage shows extent of torrential flooding in Fintown and Stranorlar

first_imgFlash floods struck Donegal yesterday evening, mainly affecting Fintown, Ballybofey and Stranorlar.In Fintown, around half a dozen homes and Norton’s pub were damaged by the flood, with the R252 connecting Glenties and Letterkenny being impassible for some time before Glenties Fire Service attended the scene and pumped the water away.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Fintown resident Una Mc Keown described how the flash flood tore past her house. “It came on so fast, after about 20 or 30 minutes I looked outside and saw the water coming down the street. It was flowing so fast, I was worried that it would rise to the level of the door.”Thankfully the water did not enter the house, but if it had been an inch higher it would have reached the door.*Language warning for the following video:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Although the water has now been cleared, the fast flowing water came through her garden and ripped up dirt and carried it, leaving her street covered in soil and gravel. The water rushed past her home to the forest and lake that lie at a lower level to her house.Her sister-in-law who lives on the Glenties side of Fintown had been visiting at the time, but could not go home until the roads were reopened after several hours.Seemingly as quick as it had started, Una said that the rain stopped and filtered away.Stranorlar resident Ewa Szwichtenberg was also affected by the floods.She shot the following footage which shows her waterlogged drains, with a manhole bursting in her back garden. Although it has now subsided, Ewa has spent the morning clearing the garden.Watch: Shocking footage shows extent of torrential flooding in Fintown and Stranorlar was last modified: June 29th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:FintownFLOODINGStranorlarwatchlast_img read more

Harry: QPR may struggle to compete with clubs like Leeds United, Forest and Derby

first_imgHarry Redknapp has warned that QPR may struggle to compete with the likes of Leeds United, Derby County and Nottingham Forest next season.The Rangers boss believes his relegated team could find the going tough in the Championship and has been quick to play down the possibility of a quick return to the top flight.He said: “Here everyone seems to think ‘Oh they’ll will get back up next year’ but then so do Derby County, so do Nottingham Forest – so do all these great clubs.“Leeds United – one of the great football clubs in history in my opinion. They had one of the finest teams I’ve seen in my life.“If you look at the Championship you will see 14, 15, 16 clubs – big clubs with great traditions who have won things over the years.“We’re not suddenly going into a league where QPR are the big power coming in. That’s not the case.“You’ve got Forest, Leicester, Derby, Blackburn – Burnley was a great club in the 60s – it’s full of quality teams, all big clubs.“We’re going into that Championship next year and it’s going to be very, very hard to get out of it.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Does Science Need Diversity Training?

first_imgOne would think science would be concerned with facts, not with what special interest group searches for them.Like every other institution, Big Science is catching the D&I bug (“diversity and inclusion”), worrying about whether special interest groups are getting their fair share.  The special interests are not just racial minorities and women, but lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity groups.  Surprisingly, religious toleration is not mentioned in the rainbow menu.“There is growing evidence that embracing diversity — in all its senses — is key to doing good science,” a Nature editorial on Sept. 16 begins. “But there is still work to be done to ensure that inclusivity is the default, not the exception.” It begins with a sad story of how a “gay scientist” perceived intolerance from his peers.  Then, though, the Editors ask if it matters:Scientists, of course, should not be judged by their sexuality. The principles of research — reliance on data, rigorous experimentation and respect for evidence — do not cluster by any of the ways that humans choose to define themselves and each other. Gender, race, ethnic background, social status, wealth, nationality, age, skin colour and sexuality are as irrelevant to doing science as a person’s musical taste or dietary preference. Or are they?There is no place in science (or outside it) for prejudice. But there must be a place for diversity, and there is growing evidence that such variety is a key ingredient for doing good science. Much of that evidence is discussed this week in a joint special issue of Nature and our sister publication Scientific American.“Religion” as a category is noticeably absent from their long list of identity factors.  It is nowhere mentioned in the article, though often included in other lists of anti-discrimination factors.  That’s a striking omission, considering the editors are “embracing diversity – in all its senses.”  Apparently, diversity of theistic worldviews is not valued by Nature’s editors.  Does this imply that they might find intolerance against theists to be acceptable in the scientific community?In the feature article about diversity in the same issue of Nature, M. Mitchell Waldrop has a lot to say about appreciation for homosexuals, but his only mention of “religious” people is negative: those are the ones who discriminate, in his portrayal.  One out-of-the-closet gay scientist notes, “some of the more religious, socially conservative students in his research group became noticeably reticent around him.”  So while Nature indicates no obligation to respect the theistic or philosophical views of scientists, it has no compunctions about casting the “religious, socially conservative” identity groups in a bad light.  World progress, according to Waldrop, is measured by how rapidly nations embrace homosexuals.LGBT Science:  That view of progress is even more vocal in an article on Medical Xpress headlined with common D&I buzzwords: “LGBT bioethics: Visibility, disparities, and dialogue,” meaning, give homosexuals more visibility, address any real or perceived disparities, and talk about it.  Anyone opposed to the redefinition of marriage had better get out of the way of this opening salvo in the name of science:Despite the legalization of same-sex marriage in 19 states and the District of Columbia and an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees, LGBT individuals face tremendous hurdles in access to health care and basic human rights. A special report published by The Hastings Center, LGBT Bioethics: Visibility, Disparities, and Dialogue, is a call to action for the bioethics field to help right the wrongs in the ways that law, medicine, and society have treated LGBT people.Does “society” include the scientific community?  Clearly so; one of the contributors to the special report is  “a transgender bioethicist who explores the role of science in the search for identity by transgender people.”  No exemptions; scientists had better feel guilty about how they might have treated LGBT people, too (this article, it should be noted, is posted on a science website).  The Hastings Center president is not just releasing a scientific study.  She’s on a mission.  She “calls on the scholarly bioethics community to do much more to rally health care leaders and policy makers to ensure the human rights of LGBT persons.”  What those rights entail is not clarified in this article, but is equivalent to “civil rights” in some sense.Evolutionary racism:  A hand-wringing book review in Nature struggles with “genetics under the skin.”  Nathaniel Comfort reviews three books, the controversial one by Nicholas Wade, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (see 8/10/14), another by Michael Yudell, Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the 20th Century, and the third by Robert Wald Sussman, The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea.  “Is race biologically real?” Comfort asks.  “A clutch of books published this year argue the question. All miss the point.”  And what is the point?  Not genetic arguments about whether race is real, but “human social equality.”  Surprisingly, Comfort thinks race is obviously real.  How, then, can he get science to ignore it?A full-throated, intellectually rigorous anti-racism must critically assess both biological and cultural evidence about race. It must acknowledge that no work on race science can be free of ideology — and, precisely for that reason, it must not place historical actors before a moral green screen showing an image of contemporary values. Rather, it must set the stage for each scene with meticulous, empathetic historical detail. Such work would allow the scientific study of ‘racial superiority‘ — inherently grounded in subjectivity and bias — to fall on its own sword.This seems a strange way to get racism to commit suicide.  How can it help to recount racist history with meticulous detail?  How can that “allow a scientific study” of racial superiority?  How can it free his own approach from ideology, if no work on race science can be free of ideology?  It would seem hopeless to remove the green screen.  Comfort is amazingly insistent about what science “should” do or “must” do.  Where he gets his moral foundation on which to preach is not obvious.Alien rights:  Talk about diversity. In his new book The Meaning of Human Existence (reviewed by Tim Lenton in Nature), Edward O. Wilson asks his readers to imagine aliens.  The boy-Christian-turned-atheist father of sociobiology, E. O. Wilson now preaches meaning devoid of human free will.  Lenton summarizes the sermon:Surprisingly optimistic that brain-activity mapping is going to solve the riddle of human consciousness sooner rather than later, Wilson feels that we will be left clutching the sensation of free will, which he thinks is just an adaptation necessary for our sanity. If the resulting nihilism does not lead us to despair, the way forward will be to unify the sciences and humanities to reach a higher state of human “meaning”.If Wilson’s message is believed by Nature’s editors, it would appear hopeless to worry about diversity and inclusion.  Nobody has the free will to make such choices.  Why is it surprising for E. O. Wilson to be optimistic?  He, too, would have no choice in the matter.  If free will is an illusion, why try to unify the sciences and humanities?  Did Wilson choose to write a book saying free will is a mere sensation, not a fact?  How could he know it is an adaptation necessary for our sanity?  How could he define sanity?David Tyler, a professor at Liberty University, attempted to insert a little sanity in a Comment to the article:Tim Lenton is right to use the word “nihilism” to describe Wilson’s agenda. He is also right to question the title of the book, saying “What Wilson is after is really a deeper understanding of human existence.” It seems to me that what we have here is a repackaged scientism, that claims to explain “meaning” but ends up emptying it of content. Human consciousness is supposed to result from neural firings; free agency is an adaptation to keep us from going mad; salvation is achieved by emulating imaginary aliens. Sociobiologists start with the presupposition that ants and other social animals are “model systems” to understand human existence, but that starting point is never justified – only asserted.Maybe Nature can score some D&I points for reproducing Dr. Tyler’s comment, even if they never allow those in his identity group (conservatives & theists) to write for the magazine.Theists elsewhere are still a persecuted group.  Evolution News & Views thinks the University of Washington could use a little sensitivity training, seeing that their biology professor David Barash openly attacks the religious views of students each semester when he gives “The Talk” about how the theory of evolution destroys their beliefs.  In another article for Evolution News & Views, Paul Nelson gives some tips for students facing discrimination by hard-core biology professors.No human being should be disrespected or discriminated against, but western society has become obsessed with identifying certain “identity groups” as needing special protection, while ignoring others.  This is very unscientific.  The fallacy of this exaltation of “tolerance” can be seen in the following logical analysis:The Impossibility of Tolerance, by David CoppedgeIt is impossible to be tolerant of everything, else one would be tolerant of opposites (love and hate, truth and lies, war and peace, good and evil). Those appreciating your tolerance for their sexual orientation, for instance, would be offended at your tolerance of those who are intolerant of it. Tolerance, therefore, necessarily implies intolerance (e.g., intolerance of the intolerant). Yet if one is intolerant of intolerance, then one is by definition intolerant. (Note that love and righteousness are different, because they imply the existence of evil; it is intuitive one cannot love hate or call evil righteous. Tolerance has no such distinctions.)To respond that certain groups cannot be tolerated (whether racists, homophobes, creationists, or people who believe Jesus is the only way to God) is not only to be inconsistent, but to make an arbitrary distinction within a universal virtue (tolerance). In logic, if you are inconsistent or arbitrary, you can prove anything, thus undermining your appeal to logic. Tolerance is thus a self-refuting value system if defended rationally. It can only be defended as an arbitrary, emotionally-laden preference.In practice, it usually results in tolerance of certain groups (e.g., moral relativists) and intolerance toward other groups (e.g., those who believe in truth or absolutes).  Example: Students at some universities have violently protested against military recruiters on campus, screaming the most vile things at them through bullhorns and vandalizing their exhibits, because in their view the military is “intolerant” of gays. In 2008, a protestor in an angry crowd of homosexuals grabbed a cross out of the hands of a gentle, elderly woman, threw it on the ground and stomped on it, presumably because he considered all Christians intolerant. The intolerant behavior was rationalized on the basis of tolerance, thereby refuting the very meaning of tolerance, which is to have a fair, objective and permissive attitude toward those with differing opinions.Tolerance is thus impossible, despite its intuitive appeal and the warm feelings some people have toward the word.The Editors of Nature have fallen for a very unscientific premise by getting hung up on “Diversity and Inclusion.”  Why are they not pushing back against this blatant political correctness?  Science should be intolerant of “political correctness.”  Its principal value is the generation of reliable knowledge of nature.  They should say, “Look, we don’t care who you are, what your genitals look like, or what you do with them; just do good science, OK?  We have no obligation to treat you special because of some perceived identity crisis.  Just do good work and you’ll earn respect as a scientist.”  Scientists should value honesty, wisdom, and the facts.  If every scientist did that, there wouldn’t be any problem.  Instead, they, too, are falling prey to cultural trends, powerless to say, “Science has nothing to do with gay marriage; got it?  Get outta here and go back to work!”Your editor saw this happening at JPL in 2007-2008, when a new “Diversity & Inclusion” department was set up on lab.  Everybody had to take a silly quiz, with 20 prefabricated cartoon-rendered scenarios about how to show respect for diversity, such as not calling a Christmas Party a Christmas Party but a Holiday Party.  Most of the scientists and regular folk saw this as kind of dumb, but few had the guts to call out the D&I department for its selective moralizing except for a few choice comments on the internal forum.  This is how the D&I advocates get their way, running roughshod on conservatives and theists by borrowing theistic values of love and respect to beat them over the heads with it.Let the D&I advocates get their values from E. O. Wilson.  At least they would be logically consistent for a few seconds as their logic sinks like quicksand under their feet.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Paragliding in South Africa

first_imgIf you’re planning to do paragliding in South Africa, there’s a variety of options available. Here’s more on paragliding in the country.The Cape Town Tandem Paragliding is one of the companies that operates in the South African tourism industry. (Image: Cape Town Tandem Paragliding)Brand South African reporterIf you’re into paragliding or hang gliding, South Africa has a real treat in store for you. The sky is the limit!In the country’s hot interior, amazing thermals have helped many paraglider and hang glider pilots to record-breaking distance flights, particularly in the Northern Cape province.But this flat, hot area doesn’t have much in the way of relief – for that, you can to head to the coastal Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal or Western Cape, or inland to Mpumalanga province.SkydivingIf you’re a skydiver, you know all about the pull of gravity – so don’t miss out on a quick jump while you’re on holiday in SA. There are loads of excellent ridge soar and some fantastic scenic flying near the coast. In Cape Town, you can launch off Lion’s Head in the evening, fly into the sunset, and land at one of the popular beachfront pubs.Further up South Africa’s coast, near the town of Wilderness on the Western Cape Garden Route, you can fly over the sea, often seeing dolphins and whales. And the high-lying areas of the Western and Eastern Cape, and the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, offer spectacular scenery.There is even reasonable flying about 80 kilometres from Johannesburg, near Hartbeespoort Dam, where you can fly under the controlled airspace of a number of medium-sized airfields and OR Tambo International Airport.Paragliding linksBirdmen Paragliding is located in Table View, Cape Town. They teach paragliding in Cape Town and the surrounding areas, and provide tandem flights, if required. For those wish to travel further afield, anything from one-day trips up to guided tours lasting as long as three weeks are available.Cape Town Tandem Paragliding offers flights in and around Cape Town with pilots carrying South African Hang gliding and Paragliding Assocation certification. Flights further afield, to Hermanus and Sir Lowry’s Pass are also available. In addition, in-flight photography is offered.Cloudbase Paragliding School is based in the Eastern Cape town of Wilderness. There are 24 flying sites within an hour’s drive. They range from easy coastal soaring to cross country thermals. Cloudbase offers a number of different tours, including the Smile while you Scream Tour that visits the Alps in Europe. There is also the 14-day Ski/Fly Alpine Tour that includes skiing, snowboarding, and flying. Other destination include the Garden Route and Hermanus. Downhill Adventures offer paragliding tours around the Cape Peninsula with internationally qualified guides. The sites they frequent are Lions Head, Signal Hill, Sir Lowries Pass, Hermanus, Franschhoek Pass, Dassklip Pass (Porterville), Noordhoek and the Garden Route from Wilderness to Port Elizabeth. Tandem paragliding is available for those who have no previous experience of paragliding.Eagle Encounters offers hang gliding training in Wilderness on the Western Cape coast. It has been training hand gliding pilots since 1986 and offers a number of different courses. Eagle Encounters fly each and every day, depending on the weather. Their website includes a useful question and answer section to help you understand what hang gliding is all about.Eternity Press Paragliding in South Africa is a flying site for pilots who paraglide or hang glide, or for anyone who wants to. It offers useful reviews of paragliders, a list of South African free-flying sites, a complete introduction to flying in South Africa, books, and DVDs among other things. Extreme Scene are adventure tour specialists. They offer tandem paragliding in Cape Town, during which you can take in Table Mountain, Table Bay, and the Atlantic Seaboard. Tandem paragliding is also offered at Hermanus and Franschoek, while videos of the trip may be made as an optional extra.Fly Cape Town Paragliding offers tandem paragliding flights, departing from either lions Head of Signal Hill, depending on the weather conditions on the day. Flights range from 10 to 30 minutes in duration, but extended flights can also be arranged. Flights can be arranged from other sights too on request.Flying Unlimited has been training students in powered paragliding since 1995. It also supplies equipment and the website features extensive information on all aspects of the sport. Flying Unlimited is based in Pretoria and flying is done from the Groen Goud farm.Fly Time Paragliding is based in Sedgefield on the Garden Route, an area blessed with fantastic natural beauty. Courses are offered in English and German. If it’s a thrill you’re after, no experience or training is needed for a tandem is available in English and German and presents a useful overview of paragliding in South Africa and Namibia. Information on safety, the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, competitions, DIY and guiding, hanggliding and powered paragliding is provided. Fun Ventures Paragliding School is located in Edenglen in Johannesburg. They offer paragliding training and courses, with the traditional mountain training method and with winching from the ground, with winching the preferred method because of the relative flatness of Gauteng. They also offer tandem flights which, like the courses, can be booked through the website. In addition there is a useful collection of links, to be found under “selection list” at the bottom of the webpage.The Parachute Association of South Africa oversees skydiving in South Africa. On the website, you can find out how to get started and what’s on offer. It lists drop zones, and show jumping operations, and provides contacts for the people in charge of the many disciplines that make up the Sports Skydivers’ Association. Events’ listing is also provided.Paragliding Adventures , initially known as SA Paragliding Tours, was founded in 1998. They operate out of the Dunnotar Winch Park at the now disused Dunnotar Military Base on the East Rand. They also use Vaalkop in Mpumalanga and Bilene in Mozambique. New and second-hand equipment is available. Team Building is also available and is aimed at groups of five to 10 people.Paragliding Afrika conducts paragliding and paramotoring courses and tours for beginners up to intermediate level pilots. They operate out of beautiful Wakkerstroom on the Mpumalanga/KwaZulu-Natal border. Winch flying and conversion courses at Dunnottar, just outside Johannesburg are also offered.Paraglide- is a website that provides local and international pilots with information on paragliding, resources, and places to stay when flying in South Africa. The website specializes in tours, trips, vacations and accommodation in South Africa. You can find out information on paragliding schools, flying sites, and tandem flights.Para-Pax offers tandem paragliding flights around Cape Town. They have experienced internationally qualified and guides, who are able to take passengers without any previous experience up into the skies. In-flight photography and videography is also on offer. Flights are not restricted to around Cape Town only, with Hermanus, Sir Lowries Pass, Franschhoek, Koringberg, Porterville, Macassar Beach, and Picketberg among the venues available.Para-Taxi Tandem Paragliding offers tandem flights with South African Hang and Paragliding Association-approved tandem instructor pilot. Typical flights last from 10 to 25 minutes, take in the stunning Cape Peninsula, and take place from many different sites around Cape Town. Flights may also be undertaken in the winelands, around Franschhoek and Paarl.The Skywalk School of Paragliding is in Pretoria, Gauteng. They present introductory and basic courses with their own equipment, and an advanced course for those with their own equipment. They also have a fly-away on the first weekend of every month. Skywalk also sells a wide range of paragliding equipment, ranging from gliders, helmets, harnesses, accessories likes caps, bags and clothing. They ship to anywhere in the world.The Soaring Society of South Africa is the national body for soaring/gliding in South Africa, and affiliated to the Aero Club of South Africa. It has, among other things, a list of gliding clubs in South Africa, and the SA Soaring Magazine. It also features a calendar of upcoming competitions and a forum.The South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association is the governing body for legally flying paragliders, hang gliders, powered paragliders, powered hang gliders and para-trikes in South Africa. All pilots that part take in these sports must be licensed by SAHPA, as required by the Civil Aviation Act. The website offers useful information on paragliding, hang gliding, powered paragliding, competitions, schools, and clubs. Viedo clips and galleries are also featured, as well as links.The Wallend-Air School of Paragliding is located in Cape Town. They offer plenty of courses, as well as tandem flights and powered paragliding. Equipment is also available, and there is an events calendar on the website and a gallery to show you what it’s all about.Wild Sky Paragliding School, which has been running since 1993, is headed up by Hans Fokkens, who has his national colours in the sport. The school offers flying in and around Bulwer Mountain, on the edge of the southern Drakensberg. Tandem flights are available and lodging is also offered. Various other activities around Bulwer make for a good getaway experience.Xplorer Paramotors provide a backpack-style aircraft engine, designed to convert paraglider wings to powered paragliding (PPG). They offer PPG training at the training field at Dolphin Beach in Cape Town. New and used gear is available, including accessories. Professional aerial photography is also on offer.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

2010 Was the Year of Integration for Zoho

first_imgZoho‘s Raju Vegesna wrote a post looking back at Zoho CRM in 2010, emphasizing all the new integrations Zoho has rolled out this year. According to a post on Twitter, Zoho released a new CRM integration every six weeks. Meanwhile, the company released several integrations between its own products, such as Zoho Wiki and Zoho Projects. This was clearly the year of integrations for Zoho. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Here are the Zoho CRM integrations released this year:Integration with Google Apps and is part of Google Apps MarketplaceIntegration with Google Docs Integration with Gmail through Gmail Contextual GadgetsIntegration with QuickBooksIntegration with Telephone SystemsIntegration with Google SitesIntegration with CreatorIntegration with Zoho ChatAnd here’s a list of this year’s integrations between Zoho apps:Zoho Wiki Integration with Zoho ProjectsZoho Chat integration with Zoho Projects & CRMZoho Creator integration with Zoho CRM & Invoice?????????????????????????????????????Zoho Reports integration with Zoho CreatorTasks Integration with Projects & CRMZoho SearchZoho Mail & Zoho CRMThere’s a tension in enterprise software between the suite/Swiss Army knife approach and the best-of-breed approach. Zoho seems to be trying to have it both ways. It offers both a mammoth suite of business applications to customers such as GE. But it also offers its applications ala cart through channels such as Google Apps Marketplace, where ZohoCRM is the third most popular application. These integrations may attract customers that use one of Zoho’s best-of-breed solutions for other platforms to its larger suite of integrated offerings.Some vendors, such as Jive and are making a transition into becoming platform companies. Zoho has had an app store since 2008, selling apps built with its Zoho Creator tool. It also has an API. So to some extent, it’s in the platform business too.It will be interesting to see where Zoho goes in 2011. Will it focus on improving a few strong apps, keep expanding its suite or focus on its platform? Or will it keep juggling all three activities? Related Posts Tags:#cloud#saas A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more