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first_imgON THIS WEEKENDSPORTSMAX2Saturday9 a.m: Southampton vs Newcastle11:30 a.m: Man City vs West Brom6 p.m: Swansea vs ChelseaSunday12 a.m: Watford vs Everton2:30 a.m: Aston Villa vs Bournemouth4:30 a.m: Crystal Palace vs Norwich7:30 a.m: Sunderland vs Leicester10 a.m: Tottenham vs Man United6 p.m: Liverpool vs Stokelast_img

NBA has most-watched Christmas slate of games since 2011

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Kansas once more favored to win 15th straight Big 12 title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:43Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up to shoot and get fouled by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA had its most-watched Christmas schedule since 2011, with 10.2 million viewers tuning in for the Lakers’ victory over Golden State.ESPN says Wednesday that the audience for that game, the first matching the defending champion Warriors and LeBron James since he moved to Los Angeles, was its fifth-largest for one on Christmas.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 2011-12 season began on Christmas after the lockout.The five games Tuesday averaged 5.8 million viewers, an increase of 14 percent from last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the head of a high level Liberian delegation, participated in the Forum for China – Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on December 4-5 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Government of the Peoples Republic of China and African partners established FOCAC in October 2000 as an official forum to strengthen China-Africa development relations.This was a logical outing of the Liberian leader’s earlier trip to China, where she renewed Liberia’s bilateral cooperation with President Xi Jinping and discussed the modalities for ongoing and potential projects, including procedures for accessing China’s Lines of Credit to finance roads and power. It was the second time since FOCAC’s founding in 2000 that China and Africa was coming together to discuss a win-win development agenda. Leaders and representatives from China and 50 African countries and the Commission of the African Union attended the Summit.The Chinese President pledged $60 billion in credit line to African countries for development projects. And the innovative thing about this new funding is that it would not interfere with the Brenton Woods procedures of development assistance to African countries.This year’s FOCAC theme was “Africa-China Progressing Together; Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development.” The Forum devised new measures to promote China’s comprehensive cooperation with Africa were announced by the Chinese leader. In announcing the $60 billion soft loan, the Chinese President provided assurance of China’s firm support to Africa’s pursuit of independent sustainable development. He said China would support African countries to address their regional affairs in an independent way. President Xi Jinping said the package would also include zero-interest loans as well as scholarships and training for thousands of Africans. China is also keen to continue its long-term investment in building factories and roads. The Chinese President also promised to provide assistance to help upgrade African health care facilities, which would be very important to Liberia and its neighbors who have been hard hit by Ebola Virus Disease. The training of hundreds of journalists and provision of satellite reception in 10,000 African villages is also part of this novel package.The main focus of the $60 billion aid fund is infrastructure construction, investment and trade facilitation as well as agriculture, green development, poverty reduction and people’s welfare to help independent development capacity, improve public governance and raise the quality of life of the African people. This is welcome news for African development. Earlier and the current generations of African leaders have for long visualized the interconnectivity of the Continent to provide access to the comparative advantages of individual states in commodities and trade. That the current FOCAC plans are aimed at addressing inadequate infrastructure and the lack of professional and skilled human resources are indeed a welcome development, indeed.In an upbeat mood, President Xi told the African Heads of State and representatives that the 2nd FOCAC was his seventh visit to Africa, and his second as Chinese President. He said on each trip he saw progress and change. “The late Nelson Mandela of South Africa once said: ‘We stand at the dawn of an African century, a century where Africa will take its rightful place among the nations of the world. I couldn’t agree more with this statement and I am convinced that African countries and people are embracing a new era that is truly theirs,” the Chinese leader said to the Summit.South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, who served as co-host of the Summit thanked President Xi. He said there was concrete evidence that Africa-China relationship was different from others in that it was stronger than ever before in their deepening partnership. On behalf of other African leaders, President Zuma recalled that China has been investing its finance and personnel in Africa for more than a decade. In 2009, China became Africa’s largest trading partner. The strengthened ties have led to approximately $220 billion in Chinese investment in Africa up to 2015.South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Madam Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said of the Summit: “This Summit has exceeded our expectations. We have upgraded our partnership to a higher level. “ She further elaborated how the ten major China-Africa cooperation plans announced by President Xi Jinping will enable Africa to address the needs of its people and accelerate its development, adding that African leaders subscribed to the ten-point plan. “In the past, the assistance we have been getting had some conditions attached to them. We welcome our partners like China who promised to respect our sovereignty and the sovereignty of the individual states they will be dealing with,” she emphasized.African Union Commission’s Chairperson, Madam Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma praised President Xi Jinping for identifying urgent development sectors of Africa in meeting the Continent’s development Agenda 2063. “Those are areas we are going to cooperate on and take this relationship to new heights,” she said. She also intimated that African states were ready to cooperate with China in order to promote economic growth and social transformation. “We are going to cooperate with China in modernizing agriculture, Infrastructure, energy, training of the young people and culture,” Zuma said. She added that the partnership with China was critical in helping African countries implement infrastructure projects. “The cooperation with China will enable us to implement the three network projects which include highways, railways and aviation,” she said.For her part, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Liberia would benefit from increased support from China under FOCAC. She disclosed that there would be accelerated development programs in road construction, rehabilitation of airports and other key infrastructures.Job creation has also been identified for the unemployed youth, as a result of Chinese assistance. This will help accelerate national development and economic development. The Liberian leader said the amount allotted to Africa from China has doubled from 30 million USD to USD 60 million.Africa needs investment and trade from China. China has become Africa’s largest trade partner, and Africa is now one of China’s major import sources and fourth largest investment destination. FOCAC has devised a policy of economic and trade cooperation with Africa that serves the latter’s needs. It not only serves as a Forum to give loans and assistance, it will help prepare skilled workers to be well trained and diligent with no conditions attached to capacity development. The partnership between Africa and China, therefore, will only yield further positive results for African development.Long Live China-Africa relations!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI in talks with Finance Ministry to establish mini labs

first_img…as major lab receives certificationThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is currently in talks with the Finance Ministry to discuss the possibilities of more laboratories being established across the country, as the 2019 budgetary plans are being finalised.GWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles receives the certificate from head of the Conformity Assessment Department at the GNBS, Rodlyn SempleThis was announced on Monday by Managing Director of GWI, Richard Van West-Charles at the company’s head office on Vlissengen Road, Georgetown as the laboratory received certification from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) after one year.Due to the certification received, Van West-Charles said, “We have started to create a set of mini laboratories, placing kits in different parts… so we have a few already, mini laboratories. As I said earlier, I just came from the Ministry of Finance. We are discussing the budget for 2019. In that budget is a proposal for some more mini laboratories”.According to Dr West-Charles, the establishing of the mini laboratories is a critical issue. The Managing Director explained that it is a complete waste of resources for water samples to be taken from outlying areas and results take months to return.Meanwhile, head of water quality at GWI, Deon Anderson, explained that over the one-year period, the company was required to meet basic requirements of the World Health Organisation (WHO), before achieving the necessary certification. A few of those requirements ensuring the test methods were well-developed and implemented along with consistent accuracy testing of the equipment used to ensure proper water quality.Anderson added that the certification is a validation of the laboratory’s ability to deliver reliable, accurate and precise information to its customers.“The certification validates the competence of our staff in the water quality department, it validates also the appropriateness of our test methods and protocols that are used to test the different water quality parameters. It ensures traceability of our measurements that are done in terms of our standard operational procedures,” the water quality expert pointed out.Laboratory Consultant, Karamchand Ramoutar, said he expects to continue working with the company, even as it seeks international certification.Head of the Conformity Assessment Department at GNBS, Rodlyn Semple lauded the water company for being the 14th laboratory to achieve GYS-170 standard.The GYS-170 standard is the national standard which specifies the operation of a laboratory, she said, which also assures that reliable testing meets the needs of consumers.She noted, “Indeed today (Monday) is not only a momentous occasion but it signifies that laboratories in Guyana recognise the need to implement standards for overall improvement.”For GWI to maintain its certification, it will be reevaluated over a two-year period by trained assessors.last_img read more

Nobel Prize winner to visit Errigal College

first_imgNobel Prize winner Professor William Campbell will perform the official opening of the newly-refurbished science facilities at Errigal College, Letterkenny, next Tuesday 27th September 2016 at 2.30pm.Professor Campbell and the chief executive of Donegal ETB Anne McHugh will plant a tree outside the school to mark the occasion.Professor Campbell, a Ramelton native, won the Nobel Prize in 2015 in the Physiology and Medicine category after discovering a therapy against infections caused by roundworms. He has also helped to discover a class of drugs which can kill parasites which cause river blindness and Lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).He has also discovered a fungicide which destroys potato blight.Professor Campbell is now a research fellow emeritus at Drew University in Massachusetts in the USA.Nobel Prize winner to visit Errigal College was last modified: September 22nd, 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) Tags:errigal collegeletterkennyNobel PrizeRameltonscientistWilliam C Campbelllast_img read more

England name unchanged team for World Cup semi-final

first_img predicted How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? There had been some concerns over Jordan Henderson and Jamie Vardy.Henderson had picked up a hamstring niggle in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden but returned to training on Tuesday and is fit enough to start.Vardy, who has been battling a groin injury, is deemed fit enough for a spot on the bench. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? highlights Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes NEW ERA smart causal possible xi 1 gameday Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Speaking to talkSPORT on the eve of the clash, England boss Southgate spoke of his pride at leading the Three Lions into a first World Cup semi-final since 1990.“It’s a privilege really to be here,” he said,“I’m managing and leading my country in a World Cup, only four people have been able to play for their country in a World Cup and manage them so that’s an honour in itself.“Then to lead them to a semi-final as well is a hugely proud moment.” Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Latest World Cup News who plays? England have named an unchanged team for their World Cup 2018 semi-final clash with Croatia, live on talkSPORT.Gareth Southgate has kept faith with the XI who started the last 16 and quarter-final wins against Colombia and Sweden. Team news! 🚨 #ENG are unchanged again for the World Cup semi-final with #CRO📻 | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 11, 2018Injury concerns over Croatia full-back Sime Vrsaljko came to nothing as the Atletico Madrid defender was named in the starting XI.Former Leicester forward Andrej Kramaric did not make the cut, though, dropped to the bench in favour of holding midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.Confirmed Croatia team: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Strinic, Lovren, Vida, Rakitic, Modric, Brozovic, Perisic, Mandzukic, Rebic.Confirmed England team:  Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Young, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Sterling, Kane. Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Kieran Trippier started England’s win over Sweden last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Sinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray reacted angrily to Donegal Daily’s revelations that 30,000 people are to be given warning letters for not paying the Household tax.Cllr Murray has said that the government should admit defeat in its pursuit of the Household Charge.“The pursuit of the household charge has now become desperate. The government must admit defeat and implement an equitable revenue raising system; a system in which the wealthy would pay their fair share,” he said. “Donegal County Council has just issued another 30,000 letters to homes in Donegal. Given the fact that some 50% of homeowners in the county have not paid the charge in the face of all types of government threats, I feel confident to predict that the amount of money these letters will bring in will not cover the cost of issuing them.“The household charge is being collected to try and fill the gap in public finances created by pouring money into zombie banks. It is being implemented to protect bondholders, not finance local authorities. That is the reality.“The people of Donegal who have not paid the charge have done so for one of two reasons; either they cannot afford to pay it or they are making a principled stand. These letters will have little impact in changing either of those reasons.”30,000 HOUSEHOLD TAX WARNINGS: SINN FEIN REACT WITH ANGER was last modified: October 11th, 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:000 HOUSEHOLD TAX WARNINGS: SINN FEIN REACT WITH ANGER30last_img read more


first_imgThe Relay for Life Donegal 2014 committee will host a “PEOPLE UNDER THE HAMMER AUCTION” at Arena 7, Letterkenny at 8:30 pm on Friday the 9th May 2014.Lots up for auction include wedding services, entertainment services, bouncy castle services, horse riding lessons and dance tutoring to name a few. Admission is free of charge however donations can be made if wished. Entertainment will be provided.According to Una Black, Head of Corporate Relationships, “the committee are in a position to host this auction as a result of the tremendous generosity shown by Enda Nicholls, who has made the venue available to the Relay for Life Donegal committee and because of the great kindness conveyed by all the businesses and individuals who have offered items and services to be auctioned. “On behalf of the committee, I also wish to take this opportunity to thank Boyd Robinson, who will facilitate the auction and The Duke’s who will provide the entertainment.”Siobhan Diver, Marketing Manager of Relay for Life Donegal 2014 says it promises to be a great night.“It promises to be an entertaining and eventful evening. All proceeds raised from the fundraiser will help the Irish Cancer Society fund vital cancer services in Donegal, as will the proceeds from the Relay for Life Donegal 2014 event being held on the 31/5/14 – 1/6/14 at LYIT.”Siobhan also highlights that “to reiterate what Shay Given, former Irish goalkeeping legend has said, if you feel you have at least one reason to Relay, make the commitment today and contact Nicola Mc Bride or any committee member in order to get registered. With so many people being diagnosed with cancer in Donegal, it is essential to have funding in place that will ensure delivery of key services when required.” Last year Relay for Life Donegal raised a staggering €320,728 for research. In addition, €328,225 was spent by The Irish Cancer Society on cancer services in Donegal. Without assistance The Irish Cancer Society would find it impossible to provide vital services; such as care to drive, nursing services, financial aid, helpline calls, counselling, survivors supporting survivors, youth programmes, cancer support centres, booklets and leaflets, etc.To register a team “please call Nicola on 086 8880399 or email, email, or contact any committee member”.   RELAY FOR LIFE TO HOST UNIQUE AUCTION was last modified: May 8th, 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:auctionRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Mysterious 300-year-old cross from Donegal featured on Antique Roadshow

first_imgA Donegal cross made in 1704 has been featured on BBC’s recent episode of Antique Roadshow after it was found in the UK. The episode, which aired on Sunday last in Lytham Hall, Lancashire, revealed how the ‘dark and mysterious cross’ was found during a clear-out at a local church.Details of the items journey from Donegal to Lancashire remain a mystery, but antique expert Adam Schoon, who was valuing the item, explained how the cross was carved in County Donegal 315 years ago. “I think this is made of yew wood,” Schoon explained. “It comes from County Donegal in Ireland, probably carved from an unknown craftsman.“These were carved by pilgrims and they made the predominately in the 18th and 19th century.”Found inscribed on the cross was the year was 1704, a period Schoon said carried importance to the crosses history.He continued: “That year is also quite important because it was the start of the penal laws against the catholic faith which forbade them from all sort of things including going on pilgrimages.” By the end of the show, the guest was left speechless when it was valued between £500 – £800.The owner said: “Good grief, I thought somebody would pass me £20 for it.”Mysterious 300-year-old cross from Donegal featured on Antique Roadshow was last modified: October 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

New Website Aids Slow Process of Dethroning Darwin

first_imgA new website, Darwin and, based on the book co-authored by Stephen Meyer and John Angus Campbell, has been announced by Discovery Institute.  Meanwhile, Ohio anticreationists are trying to caricature a proposed lesson plan on critical analysis of evolution by identifying it with intelligent design theory.  �Intelligent design isn�t even covered in this lesson,� said Bruce Chapman, President of Discovery Institute, according to the press release on Discovery Institute News Feb. 11.  �The curriculum only examines the evidence for evolution and the scientific challenges to Darwin�s theory that are under debate by scientists around the world.�The Darwin Party totalitarians are so protective of Charlie, their bearded buddha,* that they do not want anyone asking questions about his deity while they worship, let alone handing out tracts for another faith.  Perhaps the only way to get open debate back into science will be to get the government to stop funding the state religion.*Janet Browne, in Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (Princeton, 2002, ch. 10), describes the veneration of Darwin going on in 1871 British media with example after example of illustrators portraying him as a little god.  For instance, “Linley Sambourne … portrayed a great spiral from ‘Chaos’ to God’s throne in heaven, on which Darwin casually sprawled” (p. 378).  The caricatures and cartoons of Darwin, ubiquitous in the media, had far more impact on the popularity of his theories than any claimed scientific evidence.  Browne writes (p. 381):Such powerful visual statements propelled the idea of evolution out of the arcane realms of learned societies and literary magazines into the ordinary world of humour, newspapers, and demotic literature.  Without Mr. Punch’s monkeys and gorillas, Figaro’s mirror of nature, and Holyoake’s cloud of protoplasm, the transformation in nineteenth-century thought would probably have remained predominantly an elite phenomenon.  The full implications of human descent would have taken much longer to sink in.  These caricatures were not just a transparent medium of illustration but an actual shaper of contemporary thought, as representative in their own way as any of the fine arts or literary texts of the period.  The themes of Darwin’s Descent of Man were graphically repackaged in a versatile cultural form enjoying wide distribution and popular appeal.  The cartoons might appear on the tables of any middle-class home in the country.(See Baloney Detector entry on visualization as a propaganda tactic and smokescreen.)No wonder Charlie retains such a devoted group of hardline loyalists.  He was not a mere founder of a scientific idea; he is the Holy Father of the materialists.  Visitors to his house acted as if they were making a religious pilgrimage.  “Mischievously, Huxley sent a sketch of someone paying his devotions at the shrine of ‘Pope Darwin’” (p. 384).  Some worshippers during their pilgrimages to Down House became breathless, so overcome with awe they could hardly speak in the exalted master’s presence.  “Grown men could crumble in the presence of the god,” Brown writes (p. 383).  Even his appearance was part of the act.  The long unkempt beard made him look like an Old Testament prophet or patriarch.    Charlie shamelessly played along with this celebrity worship, and with the aid of family members and friends like Huxley and Hooker, used it to his advantage.  He developed “a shrewd management of personal publicity”; for example, he “unashamedly manipulated his reputation for poor health” to control the timing and length of visits (p. 383).  She describes how “Darwin’s entourage worked as if they were a family firm, protecting and supporting their figurehead…. Darwin’s household was an integrated corporate enterprise” (p. 384).  They played along with Charlie’s “selfish” escape mechanisms, like cutting visits short due to alleged illness, the need for a nap, or the need to get back to his pretended scientific work in the lab.    All this manipulation just added to the mystique, and made visitors even more grateful for having had even a brief opportunity to kiss the feet of their pope.  Some of these young pilgrims, filled with the spirit, returning to their homes, labs, and schools with a “cherished memory” of “the great man” and their “near-religious experience” having had a moment to “sit at Darwin’s feet and venerate him,” understandably treated his books of just-so stories like inspired scriptures.  They “turned Darwin into a secular saint and Darwinism into a religion” (p. 383).  You may now throw up.    Think times have changed?  The editor of Current Biology, Geoffrey North, lets us know where his adoration lies: “Charles Darwin is – quite rightly – a hero for many in biology.  He is undoubtedly the greatest biologist of all time; I think many may also envy the way he was able to work at home, with a lifestyle rather similar to that of a country parson, surrounded by his family.  What continues to astonish is the way that he has turned out to be right on so many fundamental issues” (Feb. 17 issue).  Follow the Chain Links on “Darwin” for some data points you need to make an informed vote.  Greatest biologist of all time?  Right on so many fundamental issues?  We vote for Louis Pasteur.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more