Nelson fighters shine at Griffins Boxing Card

first_imgNelson Boxing Club fighters took their skills on the road to compete at the Griffins Saturday Night Boxing Card in North Vancouver.Coach Jesse Pineiro said the card was an opportunity for the local boxers to gain some valuable experience. “I’m very proud of how our fighters conduct themselves in and out of the ring,” Pineiro said following the event.“They showed skills, heart and sportsmanship as always and putting our club on the map.”Results had Brayden Hellekson drop a close decision to Robert Machikyan from Nanaimo while Jesse Lyons fought a great exhibition match against National Champion Ali Reza.“Jesse used his reach and movement and looked very sharp against Reza,” Pineiro said.The final Nelson bout had Max Berkeley gains some good experience during an action-packed bout against Aaron Madriaga from North Vancouver. This was a 12-year-old initiation bout for both fighters.last_img read more

Dagg back as Crusaders ring changes

first_imgHe’s been named on the wing for Saturday’s clash with the Rebels in Melbourne.The outside back played a half game of club rugby a fortnight ago and declared himself fit to play for the Crusaders, but he was left out of last weekend’s win over the Chiefs in Suva.Dagg hasn’t played Super Rugby since March after injuring his knee against the Reds and now has two games to prove his match fitness before the All Blacks first test of the year against Samoa.Dagg’s inclusion is one of ten changes the Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has made to the starting fifteen that beat the Chiefs last weekend, using the trip to Melbourne to rest a number of key men, including Matt Todd, Ryan Crotty, Owen Franks and Codie Taylor.The Test quartet have all been left out of the matchday squad.Last week’s bench front row of Wyatt Crockett, Ben Funnell and Mike Alaalatoa becomes the starting front row for Saturday night.Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody and Oli Jager will provide cover.Lock Quinten Strange will make his first start of the season, pairing up with Sam Whitelock, while Luke Romano takes a spot on the bench.The loose forward trio will be Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Pete Samu and Jordan Taufua, with Jed Brown having recovered from injury to take a place in the reserves.Manasa Mataele is on the opposite wing to Dagg with Tim Bateman stepping into the second five spot. Seta Tamanivalu will make his start at centre.Crusaders team to play the Rebels:1. Wyatt Crockett2. Ben Funnell3. Michael Alaalatoa4. Quinten Strange5. Sam Whitelock (C)6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis7. Pete Samu8. Jordan Taufua9. Bryn Hall10. Richie Mo’unga11. Manasa Mataele12. Tim Bateman13. Seta Tamanivalu14. Israel Dagg15. David HaviliRESERVES16. Andrew Makalio17. Joe Moody18. Oli Jager19. Luke Romano20. Jed Brown21. Mitchell Drummond22. Mitchell Hunt23. George Bridgelast_img read more

Sport court rejects appeal by disgraced ex-FIFA official Valcke

first_img0Shares0000Valcke, who served as top deputy to disgraced ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, was initially banned in June 2016 and launched his appeal in February of last year.GENEVA, Switzerland, July 27 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday dismissed an appeal by former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke seeking to overturn his 10 year ban from football over corruption.“The panel concluded that the offences found to have been committed by Jerome Valcke were cumulatively of a serious degree of gravity and that, therefore, the sanctions of a ten-year ban and fine of CHF 100,000 were wholly proportionate,” the court said in a statement. Valcke, who served as top deputy to disgraced ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, was initially banned in June 2016 and launched his appeal in February of last year.Valcke and Blatter were key figures in the massive graft scandal that rocked FIFA in 2015 and forced sweeping changes within world football’s governing body.CAS said there was evidence supporting charges that Valcke breached FIFA’s ethics rules “in the resale of FIFA World Cup tickets, in relation to his travel expenses, his involvement in a transaction between FIFA and a software development company, an offer of an improper benefit to the regional football union and his failure to cooperate with the FIFA investigation.”A French national, Valcke worked at FIFA from 2003 to January 2016, when he was sacked over his involvement in black market ticket sales and misconduct in television deals.Subsequent investigations by FIFA’s new management have also implicated Valcke in millions of dollars worth of unregulated spending, notably on private jets.Separately, he has been implicated in a Swiss criminal investigation involving the possible illegal sale of World Cup media rights to beIN media, whose chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi is also the president of Paris Saint-Germain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Footballing royalty take to Twitter to hail Rooney the record-breaker

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 It’s been quite a night for Wayne Rooney.The England captain became his nation’s all-time leading goalscorer after netting a penalty in the 2-0 win over Switzerland, duly surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s longstanding record.The strike was his 50th for his country – an incredible feat – and the 29-year-old appeared overwhelmed by emotion after dispatching the spotkick.Harry Kane also scored on a memorable night for the Three Lions as they maintained their 100 per cent record in Euro 2016 qualifying.But the night belonged to Rooney, and a host of current and ex-professionals took to Twitter to praise their record breaker.last_img read more


first_imgA number of Donegal people have lost their jobs after leading employer Abbott Ireland announced 180 job losses at its Sligo plant.The jobs are to be lost at the company’s plant at Ballytivnan in Sligo Town over the next 12 months.Abbott is one of the major employers in Sligo Town with 300 employees at the plant which opened in 1974. It is hoped many of the losses will be through voluntary redundancies.Business leaders and locals were shocked by the announcement which came as a complete surprise.Management at the company announced it is to streamline its global nutrition business.Workers leaving the plant this afternoon declined to comment on the news. Abbott management say they have no comment to make, aside from a statement which has been issued to the mediaThe Chairperson of Sligo County Council, Cllr Veronica Cawley said he hoped the remaining 120 jobs at the plant are secure.“I hope there will be no more losses from the remaining positions at the plant.“Abbott has been a model employer in Sligo for many decades and I know decision could not have been taken easily,” he said.The IDA have also declined to comment on the matter. Reacting in the past few minutes, Sligo Fianna Fail Senator, Marc MacSharry, said it was devastating news for the locality, and the Taoiseach and Minister for Jobs need to speak out on the matter.Sinn Fein Deputy for Sligo and North Leitrim Michael Colreavy said he was very disappointed at the news.“It is a major blow not just to those working in Abbott but to the entire community who depend on these jobs.“I just hope that these people will get fair redundancy packages. I am also calling on the Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton to ensure he can do all he can to attract an alternative industry into this area. “These jobs will be missed and need to be replaced as soon as possible,” he saidAbbot says is remains committed to Ireland and currently employs around 4,000 people across 13 different sites across the country.DONEGAL WORKERS AMONG 180 TO LOSE THEIR JOBS AT ABBOTT IRELAND IN SLIGO was last modified: October 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:180ABBOTT IRELANDjob losses?sligolast_img read more

Sirius losses in satellite radio

first_imgNEW YORK – Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. reported a wider loss in the fourth quarter Friday as costs for building its rapidly growing base of subscribers mounted. The company, which added shock jock Howard Stern to its roster last month, lost $311.4 million compared with a loss of $261.9 million in the same period a year ago. The loss per share came in at 23 cents, a penny lower than analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had been expecting and 2 cents greater than the loss of 21 cents a year ago. Revenues more than tripled to $80 million from $25.2 million. Despite the relatively in-line results, the shares of both Sirius and its rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. fell on Friday, a day after XM disclosed the sudden departure of one of its board members, who warned of a looming “crisis” at that company if it didn’t rein in costs. Sirius, which is based in New York, said it added a total of 1.27 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, the leadup period before it added Stern to its lineup in early January. The company also said it expected to be profitable next year, and to generate about $3 billion in revenue and $1 billion in free cash flow, after expenditures, in 2010. Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett called the forward projection “very positive” in a note to investors. Sirius’ five-year contract with Stern was originally worth $500 million, but its value swelled to $600 million due to the appreciation of Sirius’ shares. XM has also signed big-ticket programming deals, including a $650 million pact with Major League Baseball. Sirius also announced Friday it had reached a new agreement to carry the Fox News and Fox News Talk channels beginning March 15. The previous agreement had expired at the end of 2005. For the full year, Sirius lost $863 million, or 65 cents per share, versus a loss of $712.2 million, or 57 cents per share, in 2004. Full-year revenues jumped to $242.2 million from $66.9 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant XM also posted a much wider than expected loss on Thursday as it spent heavily on marketing to counter the threat from Stern’s arrival at Sirius. XM executives said they expected that spending to decline sharply going forward. Sirius’ shares fell 39 cents, or 6.9 percent, to close at $5.26 Friday afternoon after heavy trading, while XM’s shares dropped $2.41, or 10 percent, to close at $21.57, also in heavy trading. Both issues trade on the Nasdaq. Sirius and XM are spending heavily to expand their businesses, which charge about $13 a month for dozens of channels of commercial-free music, as well as talk, news and sports. Sirius reported that its costs for acquiring new subscribers more than doubled to $145.2 million from $64.9 million in the same period a year ago. Its average cost for adding each subscriber, however, fell to $113 from $124 in the same period a year ago. Sirius ended 2005 with 3.3 million subscribers, triple the level from a year ago of 1.1 million. XM has more than 6 million subscribers. last_img read more


first_imgNiall Mór Centre Community News: Slimming World every TuesdayWeight Watchers every Monday Yoga with Eileen every WednesdayYoga with Zia every ThursdayBasic Computers starting April 2015Art Classes starting April 2015 contact above number Safe Pass Course Saturday 30th May 2015 8am – 5pmCookery Classes starting April / May 2015Child Protection Course starting September 20156 week Introduction to Mindfulness Course contact 086 777575012 week Health and Well Being with mindfulness starting April Contact 086 7775750 JC Fitness Monday – Saturday at the centre contact John: 087 9617436Anti Natal and Breast Feeding Classes at centre Thursdays with Aileen Henry contact: 07497 31694 to book your placeGood Friday 3rd April Cake Sale in Centre 2pm-5pmLynda Gregg Saturday 18th April 2015 10.30am – 3.30pm contact 079 38846995 COMMUNITY NEWS: SLIMMING WORLD EVERY TUESDAY AT NIALL MÓR CENTRE was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityFeaturesnewsNiall Mor CentreNoticeslast_img read more

Uganda drawn in Group B of AFCON 2021 qualifiers

first_img Tags: AFCON 2021Burkina FasofootballMALAWItopUganda Cranes The Cranes have been drawn in Group B of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers. (PHOTO/File)The Uganda Men’s football national team, the Cranes have been drawn in group B of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.This was revealed on Thursday evening at the Meriott Hotel Zamalek in Cairo, Egypt where the draws were conducted.In their group, Uganda will tussle it out with Burkina Faso, Malawi and the winner between South Sudan and Seychelles.Uganda was initially placed in pot two of the draws with Burkina Faso in pot A.The group looks easier compared to one the Cranes topped on their way to AFCON 2019 in Egypt.Then, they were drawn alongside East Africa neighbours Tanzania, Cape Varde and Lesotho.It is highly anticipated that Uganda will negotiate their way to the finals tournament that will be played in Cameroon.The top two from each group makes it to the finals.The AFCON 2021 Qualification GroupsGroup A: Mali, Guinea, Namibia, Liberia Or ChadGroup B: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan Or SeychellesGroup C: Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Mauritius Or Sao Tome e PrincipeGroup D: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Angola, Djibouti Or The GambiaGroup E: Morocco, Mauritania, Central African Republic, BurundiGroup F: Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Rwanda, MozambiqueGroup G: Egypt, Kenya, Togo, Comoros IslandsGroup H: Algeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, BotswanaGroup I: Senegal, Congo, Guinea Bissau, EswatiniGroup J: Tunisia, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, TanzaniaGroup K: Cote D’Ivoire, Niger, Madagascar, EthiopiaGroup L: Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, LesothoPreliminary Round-Liberia Vs Chad – Winner qualifies to A-South Sudan Vs Seychelles – Winner qualifies to B-Mauritius Vs Sao Tome e Principe – Winner qualifies to C-Djibouti Vs The Gambia – Winner qualifies to DComments last_img read more

“A magnet for anti-social behaviour”: Unoccupied housing issue highlighted after blaze

first_imgCathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Gerry McMonagle has highlighted Donegal’s unoccupied housing issue following an early morning blaze.Two fire engines and Gardaí attended the scene of a fire at 8:15am at An Lagan, Killylastin, Letterkenny.The semi-detached houses are both unoccupied. One has been destroyed, with the other being severely smoke damaged. Cllr McMonagle tells Donegal Daily that he believes that this fire was sparked deliberately, as Letterkenny’s bank-owned houses have become a “magnet for anti-social behaviour.”“When a fire occurs in a house that has been unoccupied for a while in the early hours of the morning, someone had to have started it.”From speaking to residents in the area Cllr McMonagle says that previous occupants have left the area due to anti-social behaviour, and families in the area have been left shaken after this morning’s incident.“A family have recently left the area because they were afraid something like this would happen. They felt they couldn’t live there any longer, they were fearful for their safety.” “There are dozens of these unoccupied houses across the county owned by banks and lending institutions, and they have become a magnet for anti-social behaviour. People smoke and drink in these houses, and I have complaints from residents in these areas that these houses were used as dens and dives.”Many of these homes have been empty since the Recession when countless families lost their homes.“The banks and lending institutions have a responsibility to ensure that they are at least secure.”This is not the fire time fires have been set in this area of Letterkenny. In July, residents thought a bomb went off in the area after vandals set a large gas cylinder on fire in Killylastin Heights, with debris from the blast landing over 100 yards away and onto nearby roofs.As for anti-social behaviour in the area, Cllr McMonagle says that education is the key to solving the issue. “We’ve been asking for more Garda resources for a number of years, and we believe more community Gardaí may help this. Parents also need to be mindful of where their children are to ensure they are not involved in this behaviour.”Many of these houses have been built within the last 12 to 15 years, and with over 2,000 families on the waiting list in Donegal alone -Cllr McMonagle says it is a shame to see these “perfectly good” houses “wasting away and rotting”.“I would plead with these institutions to speak to the Council about using these houses for social housing, as for now they are attracting anti-social behaviour and are being allowed to dilapidate before our eyes.”“One of these houses had previously been used for social housing through the Rental Accommodation Scheme, and we would welcome the institutions that own these houses to speak to the council about these schemes instead of the houses lying empty, especially with the ongoing Housing Crisis.” “It’s a sin to see good houses going to ruin, and the institutions need to wise up and not allow these viable homes to fall into disrepair.”“A magnet for anti-social behaviour”: Unoccupied housing issue highlighted after blaze was last modified: October 26th, 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:an lagangerry mc monaglekillylastinletterkennylast_img read more

Do Evolutionists Believe in Human Exceptionalism ?

first_img3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,4 What is man that You are mindful of him,And the son of man that You visit him?5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;You have put all things under his feet,7 All sheep and oxen—Even the beasts of the field,8 The birds of the air,And the fish of the seaThat pass through the paths of the seas. 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infantsYou have ordained strength,Because of Your enemies,That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. One evolutionary psychologist demonstrates human exceptionalism while denying it.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Nick Haslam is an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Melbourne who occasionally writes for The Conversation. We know he’s an evolutionist, because in a 2015 article he matter-of-factly states that the human body and brain have evolved. We also sense that his views probably mirror secular academia—which is profoundly Darwinian—because he wrote an anti-Trump article decorated with the iconic image of man evolving from apes. While we don’t want to take one man and make him a spokesman for all evolutionists, we can ponder his words in a new piece on The Conversation and judge whether his opinions are representative of evolutionary philosophy or not.Strikingly, Haslam never mentions evolution in his article, “Why it’s so offensive when we call people animals,” but the subject matter lends itself to a debate about human exceptionalism. Is it real? Is it moral? Is it reasonable? If humans are exceptional, in what ways are they?Although only some animal metaphors are highly offensive, most appear to be somewhat negative in their connotations. One study found a clear majority to be judged uncomplimentary – especially those most often addressed to men – and another showed animal metaphors primarily represent negative attributes.Our research suggests the most common of these negative attributes are depravity, disagreeableness and stupidity. In essence, when we call someone an “animal” in the general sense, we are ascribing these flaws to them. Humans are moral, civil and smart; animals are not.Indeed, it has been argued animal metaphors reveal a deep sense of hierarchy in nature. According to the ancient idea of the scala naturae or “great chain of being”, humans sit one step above animals, who themselves sit above plants and then minerals. Just as we are on the third rock from the sun, we are on the third step from the top of the ladder, with God and angels above us.In this hierarchy humans have supposedly unique powers of reason and self control, whereas animals represent unrestrained instinct. To call someone an animal is therefore to demote them to a lower rung of existence, a more primitive state of being where they lack human virtues.In this excerpt, Haslam gently avoids stating what he believes. He states what other people believe about human exceptionalism, and why most people find comparisons with animals generally offensive. He dodges saying that he himself believes humans are moral, civil and smart. A tipoff that he denies human exceptionalism is in that last paragraph, where he says that humans have “supposedly unique powers of reason and self-control.”In this hierarchy humans have supposedly unique powers of reason and self controlCan an evolutionary psychologist really consistently believe that humans have unique powers of reason and self-control? According to evolution, humans are a species of upright-walking ape. Our use of tools, our behaviors and our apparent moral decisions are historical accidents, mere adaptations of a blind, unguided process that only had survival in mind. They may be particularly successful for human survival, but do not differ in kind from other adaptations in nature.  There cannot be true reason or morality in this view, because it would imply something beyond nature: something eternal, timeless, and certain.And yet Haslam is employing these in his article, as if they are special! He uses advanced tools like computers and keyboards. He behaves in a non-selfish way, wishing that his fellow upright-walking apes would stop the put-downs of comparing people to animals (see his last paragraph). He uses reason to try to explain a proposition. And he exercises self-control in the way he tries to be civil. People should not dehumanize other people, he concludes. But why? We don’t see birds trying to debirdify other birds. We don’t see reptiles trying to dereptilize other reptiles. We don’t see chimps trying to dechimpify other chimps. There is something exceptional about humans: morality, reason, and self-control. Haslam cannot escape it. He proves it by exercising these exceptional traits while denying that they are real, by describing them as mere evolutionary adaptations.But if dehumanizing other humans is merely an evolutionary adaptation, who is Haslam to stand in the way? That degrading behavior must aid human survival somehow. That makes it good. That makes trying to stop it a barrier to higher fitness. Haslam should go back to the jungle and work on his mating calls. That’s all that matters to an evolutionist.Sometimes what an evolutionist doesn’t say is just as revealing as what he does say.Now that we know that evolutionary beliefs about humanity are self-refuting, let’s see what the Bible says. David, the shepherd boy who spent many nights under the stars, wrote in Psalm 8:1 O Lord, our Lord,How excellent is Your name in all the earth,Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 9 O Lord, our Lord,How excellent is Your name in all the earth!The author of Hebrews comments on this Psalm in Hebrews 2:5-9:5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying:“What is man that You are mindful of him,Or the son of man that You take care of him?7 You have made him a little lower than the angels;You have crowned him with glory and honor,And set him over the works of Your hands.8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying:“I will declare Your name to My brethren;In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”13 And again:“I will put My trust in Him.”And again:“Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.Such promises are not given to your dog or cat or parakeet. Much as we may like some animals, we deplore being called animals, because we are exceptional. We are eternal souls made in the image of God. We dwell in mammal bodies, but even our bodies are exceptional in many, many ways – not the least of which is our brains. Our bodies and brains will return to dust in this fallen world, but our souls will live on, until housed in new bodies in the resurrection. We will each live somewhere forever: either in God’s joyful and awesome kingdom, because of what Christ has done, or apart from him in outer darkness and despair. Only a beast would choose the latter. “Come now, and let us reason together,” the Lord said; “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). Christ’s death washes away sin. Receive him today, be cleansed, and start on the path of discovering all that your Maker intended for his image bearers.(Visited 412 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more