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first_imgIt was a proud moment for Gartan National School today as they raised their fifth green flag in conjunction with an active flag. Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher hoisted the two flags at the school on Friday morning.The Donegal TD said both initiatives play an essential part in creating awareness about protecting the environment and the importance of physical education and fitness towards our overall wellbeing.Pat the Cope said: “The green flag schools initiative creates awareness in our primary and secondary schools about the single biggest challenge facing each and every one of us; is how we manage the environment, how we deal with waste and plastics that we create and how we minimalize damage we do to our shared environment with that waste. “Unlike in the past, we now have record population levels on our planet, record levels of waste and no effective ways of dealing with the ever-growing mountains of waste.“We see this daily with the amounts of waste and plastics in our seas, oceans, countryside, it is alarming,” stated Pat the Cope.“Unfortunately, it is all due to human recklessness and poor understanding of how to manage our countryside and environment.“The green flag initiative is an important first step in instilling how to manage waste and to better care for our environment. Speaking after launching Gartan NS their active flag award, Pat the Cope said: “For the overall wellbeing of the student and for the physical and mental health of the individual, it is essential that we have the correct amount of physical education and exercise.“That is the reason why initiatives such as the active school flag are critical programmes nowadays to have incorporated in our schools.“I wish to commend and congratulate Gartan National School for undertaking both initiatives and for promoting these programmes within their school.“I fully appreciate that these measures take quite an amount of time, both school staff and management have been great advocates for these two initiatives,” concluded Pat the Cope.Gartan National School receives fifth green flag was last modified: June 7th, 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

first_imgThe Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) may seem a different subject than origin of life (OOL), but researchers in both depend on each other’s assumptions.  The common bond is illustrated in a SETI article on Space.com today.  Devon Burr of the SETI institute wrote an article not about intelligent aliens trying to broadcast signals to us, but about Saturn’s moon Titan, where no aliens are known to exist.  Let Burr explain the connection himself:As we search for extraterrestrial life, Earth in some sense always provides our framework.  The data indicate that life does in fact exist on this planet, and it existed here sometime before about 3.5 billion years ago (give or take a couple hundred million years).  However, thanks to plate tectonics and other pesky processes, we’re missing some critical information about this early time.  This includes information about how life got started on Earth.    Titan may come to our rescue….As many astrobiologists have asserted, Titan is supposed to resemble the early Earth in deep freeze.  The “chemical evolution” taking place there may provide clues to how life supposedly arose here out of a primitive soup.  Probably, it never got very far because of the cold on Titan, where water cannot exist as a liquid.  He mentions that a few astrobiologists still hold out hope that some kind of exotic life based on methane or ethane chemistry may have evolved there.  Still, it’s a long way to amphioxus as well as from it (02/23/2006), but that should not be a problem for natural selection, given enough time.    At the end of the article, Burr states, “continued spacecraft investigation of Titan may tell use about life on Earth in the ancient past.  In the exploration for life, Titan and Earth symbolize spatial and temporal symbiosis.”    The January 2007 issue of Sky and Telescope arrived on newsstands and contains a story that could be called the flip side of Burr’s interplanetary symbiosis.  Its provocative cover story is, “Is the Earth contagious?”  Selby Cull speculates about “reverse panspermia,” the idea that microbial life on Earth could have migrated to the other planets of our solar system – including Titan.  Large meteor impacts could have lofted material into orbit that eventually found its way to Mars, Europa or other planets or moons, complete with bacterial hitchhikers.  So even if future astronauts detect life on Titan, it might have a familiar genetic signature.    Selby Cull assumes that such a meteor impact wiped out the dinosaurs, clearing ecological niches for mammals – a claim that is highly controversial (10/24/2006).  So, for presenting that as fact, among other flights of fancy, he wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week for his ending lines: “If one day we find fossil bacteria on another world, will genetic testing be able to distinguish a citizen of Titan from an expatriate from Earth?  Depending on what we find, we may never be able to tell whether they are truly aliens or just exiled earthlings – displaced by the very catastrophe that made human life possible.”There is a continuum of belief from big bangers to astrobiologists to chemical evolutionists to Darwinian biologists to SETI researchers.  They are all blood brothers sharing a common mythology.  A phylogenetic search of the evolution memes show that astrobiologists and SETI enthusiasts and complete wackos spring from a common ancestor.  They will believe anything, make the wildest unsupported statements, and uniformly ignore evidence for design that stares them in the face.  Their eyes and ears appear to be tuned to mystical fantasies incomprehensible to reasonable humans.  Maybe they are from another planet.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img24 August 2016Today we welcome home Team RSA . They showed what it means to #teamSArise @MorningLiveSABC @SPORTATSABC pic.twitter.com/rAXS5FLzC5—Vaylen Kirtley (@VaylenKirtley) August 23,2016Hundreds of South Africans from all walks of life, complete with flags andvuvuzelas, greeted the South African Olympians returning home. Team South Africalanded at OR Tambo Airport early on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 from their successfulRio Games campaign where they won 10 medals, including two golds.Despite a delay of the team’s flight from Sao Paulo, the patient crowd, deckedout in South African flags and even in traditional dress, kept the celebratory moodgoing, with quintessential South African singing and dancing.#teamSArise Morefans have piled into the arrivals hall. Flags, banners, whistles and vuvuzelas in fullforce. ML pic.twitter.com/GbOMmThsjs— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 23,2016Introduced by Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, the South African team receivedan ecstatic welcome from fans as they walked into the arrivals hall. The loudestcheers were for gold medal athlete Caster Semenya.#teamSArise CasterSemenya fans in full voice! ML pic.twitter.com/q5kWQ5b6k8—EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 23,2016Fellow gold medal winner Wayde van Niekerk and silver medallist SunetteViljoen were unable join the rest of the team on their return. The other medalwinners, including rowers Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling, the rugby sevensteam, swimmers Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, triathlete HenriSchoeman and long jumper Luvo Manyonga came out to greet the crowds, signingautographs and taking selfies with local fans.Crazy atmosphere at the welcoming in JHB right now !! #teamSArise @teamsouthafrica pic.twitter.com/u6KokYF8Br—Henri Schoeman (@H_Schoeman) August 23,2016Minister MbalulaIncase you missed out on this mornings greatness from South Africans welcomingtheir stars @MbalulaFikile. pic.twitter.com/jclOwhHxep—Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) August 23, 2016Mbalula thanked the entire team on behalf of the country, saying that everyoneshould be proud of “this bunch of winners… even those who didn’t win medals, wesaw them fighting for our country and (they) will become heroes next time”.@teamsa16 gets rewarded for theirhardwork by @sascoc & @MbalulaFikile during the mediapress briefing. #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/B0ZwWVnkaJ—Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) August 23,2016The minister presented the medal winners with incentive rewards promised bythe sport ministry before the games began. Gold medal winners would receive R500000, silver winners R250 000 and bronze winners R100 000.Gold medallists Van Niekerk and Semenya, Mbalula said, would also receiveR100 000 bonus for their wins, Van Niekerk would get an additional R50 000 for hisworld record. Silver medallists would get an extra R70 000 and bronze-winners R50000.Mbalula also reiterated that while the rewards may not be much compared towhat international stars receive, he vowed to do all he could to ensure that allSouth African athletes from all sporting disciplines are compensated better in thefuture and are able to focus on becoming world class athletes.Mbalula also awarded medals of excellence to the athletes for building SouthAfrica’s sporting reputation on an international level.@MbalulaFikile handing over medalsof excellence to @teamsa16 for theirhardwork at #Rio2016 . #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/QGCWEXiIui—Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) August 23,2016Fans’ reactionsIncredible Support for South African Olympians arriving at ORTIA thismorning. #Rio2016#teamSArise pic.twitter.com/i6jPCtI5mD—gsport4girls (@gsport4girls) August 23,2016Xolani took an early Gautrain from Tshwane to get a front row view of thesporting heroes. “Ten medals is such a huge victory for the team and South Africa,”he said. “The two gold medals for running were especially cool, because it meansour athletes are now getting the international respect they deserve.”Madri from the East Rand, proudly waving a South African flag, said she owedit to the team to come out and welcome them back as thanks for all their hardwork, “especially Caster, she has been through so much to get where she is today,finally winning the gold”.Peter Davis from Johannesburg is also proud of the gold medal wins, butpointed out that both the swimming team and athletes in some of the lesser knownsports deserved to get as much appreciation for their accolades. “Also the rugby(sevens) team (who won the bronze medal), they fought hard for that medal. Iwatched all their games, and it was a tough fight… they really earned it.”On behalf of the team, Semenya thanked South Africans for their supportduring the Games, adding that her win in particular was dedicated to her family fortheir support in helping her achieve the ultimate prize of Olympic glory.Caster Semenya thanks the world for supporting #TeamSARise pic.twitter.com/s2X6Q91Bq9—Bafana Nzimande (@nzimandebafana) August23, 2016SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

first_imgThe magisterial probe into the Amritsar train mishap, which claimed 61 lives, has found the organisers of the Dussehra event and the gateman of the railway crossing at Jaura Phatak accountable for acts leading to the tragedy.The inquiry also gave a clean chit to Navjot Kaur Sidhu, the wife of the Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had attended the function as chief guest, saying “she had no role in organising the event”.The magisterial inquiry into the incident was conducted by the Divisional Commissioner (Jalandhar) B. Purushartha on the orders of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who has now sought strict action against those held responsible.“Everyone concerned with organization, regulation and supervision of the event under inquiry committed omissions and commissions including dereliction of statutory duties,” observed the inquiry report, adding, “it is true that such omissions, commissions, dereliction of duties have not been done for the first time (but) in this event it combined with the blunders committed on the part of key rail employees and a ripe situation for occurrence of this accident was created.”The report, recently submitted to the State government, examined all aspects related to the tragedy. It was based on interviews with all the people affected and various officials concerned, from the district administration and the Railways.The inquiry report observed that while the spectators “committed the mistake” of watching the Dussehra event from rail tracks, the organisers held the event without permission and without undertaking the necessary safety and security measures.The organisers of the event include municipal corporation councillor Vijay Madan and her son Saurabh Madan Mithu, both associated with the ruling Congress party.The report blamed the police and the municipal corporation functionaries for their failure to enforce the law and showing unwanted generosity, while the key rail employees failed to take safety and security measures even after having full knowledge of the presence of a large number of people on and around the rail tracks.The inquiry concluded, “Gateman of Jaura Phatak, Gate No. 27 Mr. Amit Singh has not only failed in discharging his statutory duties but also committed a blunder in not taking appropriate safety and security measures which could have easily prevented this accident. He is one of those key railway employees whose blunder has resulted in this accident.”The inquiry report also blamed the gateman of another gate (No. 26) for his failure. It said, “It is also evident that Gateman of railway level crossing Gate No. 26 Mr. Nirmal Singh also failed in discharging his statutory duties by his late reaction in informing Gateman of Jaura Phatak, Gate No. 27. He came to know about this gathering on rail tracks around 5.30 p.m., but informed Gateman of Gate No. 27, Mr. Amit Singh around 6.40-6.45 p.m. He did not inform the concerned station master and keep giving all right signals to approaching trains. Therefore, he is also responsible for committing this blunder.”Organisers pulled up The inquiry report said the organisers did not having permission required for holding this event.“It is also evident that the organisers conducted this event without taking adequate precautions, measures to ensure safety and security of the people gathered to watch Dussehra celebration,” it added.Blaming the organisers for failure to inform the Railways, the report said, “The organisers neither informed the Railways nor took any precautions and safety measures to stop people from watching the celebrations from rail tracks.”last_img read more

first_imgPalace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Oping Sumalinog. PBA IMAGESLearning from the likes of Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo, Oping Sumalinog wants to impart the knowledge he gained in the two years he spent with TNT KaTropa in his stint with Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“It was a huge learning experience for me even though I was just a practice player there for two years,” he said in Filipino. “Not many people see me work every day, but I take my job personally and I really love basketball. Day-in and day-out, that’s what I do, so as much as possible, I really wanted to learn from veterans like Jayson.”ADVERTISEMENT That’s why Sumalinog didn’t hesitate to take responsibility for the Hawkeyes’ 86-84 loss to Flying V last Thursday, where the squad lost hold of an eight-point lead in the last four minutes.“I own what happened to us against Flying V. I felt I didn’t contribute as much which is why we lost. I look at it as a wake-up call because this is a D-League and there’s a lot of good players and teams here. We can’t take anyone for granted,” he said.With Cignal back on the winning track, Sumalinog is optimistic that this good run will continue in the games to come, which in turn, could help the younger players boost their draft stocks while also pushing the veterans to get closer to another crack in the PBA.“I’m grabbing every opportunity that I get. I know different players have different stories. There are players who go to the path that I took, who became practice players to PBA teams. I know it’s an unconventional path, but I learned there that you really have to work hard for everything. You need to have the patience. I know my time will come, so hopefully, we’ll be able to sustain the way we play,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img On Thursday, Sumalinog showed that he’s more than just a defensive stopper, going 3-of-3 from beyond the arc to lead the Hawkeyes with 15 points in their 89-63 win over Tanduay.“He’s been practicing his three-point shots,” said coach Boyet Fernandez of the former Ateneo Blue Eagle. “Oping always comes in early to take some extra shots. I’m happy that he made his shots today. Oping is one of my stoppers so if gets those points, it’s just a plus for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAs an ex-pro, all the 6-foot-2 Sumalinog wants is to display his veteran know-hows with Cignal, noting that his leadership is one of the reasons why Fernandez signed him up for the conference.“I want to contribute, especially I’m one of the veterans here. I also want to show leadership to the younger teammates I have who are eyeing to be drafted. I want to share to them what I learned in the PBA,” he said. MOST READ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Roach doesn’t mind who Pacquiao faces nextlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: I know Beckham’s a fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed David Beckham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino he wished he was playing for Spurs after watching them demolish Crystal Palace 4-0. “I was talking with Beckham after the game and he said he wished he still played and that he played for Tottenham because this stadium is amazing,” said Pochettino in quotes reported by The Sun.”We haven’t played many games here and it’s important to make this our house.“With time we will be at home here and then it will become very difficult for opponents to win here.” last_img read more

first_imgMinister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says the Government is committed to the training and development of the nation’s teachers.“We are committed to your development, we are committed to working with you. I must underscore that the Ministry continues to provide quality training programmes for teachers and principals, through the National College of Educational Leadership (NCEL),” he stated.He was addressing teachers at the Helen Stills Professional Development Day ceremony, held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St. James recently.The event was held under the theme ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating, Networking for Sustainable Development’.The State Minister noted that the Government through the NCEL, does not focus solely on the professional advancement of educators, but seeks to ensure that the training given, plays a part in building a sustainable future for the nation.“The concept for educational stability highlights the importance of developing and implementing strategies for reorienting education in schools, as part of the broader process of building a sustainable future for the entire society,” Mr. Terrelonge underscored.“Education for sustainable development therefore empowers people to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future. There is no sustainable future without the teachers of Jamaica,” he added.The event, which was hosted by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, is named in recognition of former Knox College Principal, Helen Stills.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES — “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” worked its magic at the weekend box office and opened as the top film.The latest offering from the Harry Potter universe earned $62.2 million for Warner Bros. in the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday.That fell short of the opening of the first film in the series, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which debuted with $74 million in a similar November release and went on to earn $234 million in the U.S. and Canada.Last week’s top film, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” was second with $38.1 million, bringing its domestic tally to $126 million for Universal after two weekends.“Bohemian Rhapsody” is still rocking, taking third place with $15.7 million for a total of $127 million.Andrew Dalton, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday constituted a one-man panel of former apex court judge Justice A K Patnaik to hold inquiry into the allegations of larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogi and fixing of benches in the top court. The apex court asked the Directors of CBI and IB as also the Delhi Police Commissioner to cooperate with Justice (Retd) Patnaik as and when sought by him during the inquiry. It said however that the inquiry by will not deal with the allegations of sexual harassment against the CJI, levelled by an ex-employee of the top court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details It said the outcome of the inquiry will not affect the in-house committee which is dealing with the complaint against the CJI. The apex court said that on the completion of inquiry, Justice (Retd) Patnaik will file a report in a sealed cover before the court after which the matter will be heard again. It left it to the panel to take assistance of the people required for the inquiry. In the order, a special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said: “Considering the factual gamut and the affidavits filed by advocate Utsav Singh Bains, we are appointing Justice A K Patnaik, retired judge of this court, to hold inquiry into the allegations levelled in the affidavit filed by Bains.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The bench, also comprising Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, clarified that he “would not deal with the allegations of mis-behaviour by the CJI”. It also said that the “outcome of the inquiry and its findings” would not affect the in-house inquiry which has been ordered. The bench further said: “Directors of CBI and IB and Delhi Police Commissioner would render cooperation to Justice (Retd) Patnaik as and when required during his inquiry.” The bench ordered that the affidavit filed by Bains be transferred to Justice (Retd) Patnaik in a sealed cover. While dictating the order, the bench at the outset said, “We have decided that no privilege can be claimed on certain communications the advocate is claiming and he has to disclose the information as and when required.” The Supreme Court earlier on Thursday expressed anguish over the “systematic attack” on the judiciary and said time has come to tell the rich and powerful of this country that they are “playing with fire”. The apex court made this observation while hearing claims made by Bains that there was a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI on allegations of sexual harassment. The bench said, “The way this institution is treated in last few years we must say that we will not survive if this will happen. “There is a systematic attack, systematic game to malign this institution.” In an apparent reference to controversies that plagued the top judiciary last year, Justice Mishra also observed that truth has not come out yet. “People should know the truth. This is going on and this has to stop,” the bench said. “Do the rich and powerful of this country think that they can remote control the Supreme Court,” it said. In an unprecedented presser on January 12 last year, four senior judges of the apex court — CJI Gogoi, the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had raised a litany of problems, including assigning of cases in the top court, and said there were certain issues afflicting the country’s highest court The apex court also said Thursday that so many things are going around in the judiciary and when somebody tries to fix it, the person is maligned. “We have come to this extent of blackmailing. You don’t know what is going on,” the bench said without elaborating. The bench said that 4-5 percent are bringing bad name to this institution and “we are worried as judges why we have come to this? We are very concerned.” “The day has come that we rise and tell rich and powerful persons of this country that they can’t do it. You are playing with fire,” the bench said, adding, “every day, everybody is trying to influence us.” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that instead of an inquiry, an SIT probe should be ordered into allegations levelled by Bains. At the outset, Bains filed an additional affidavit in a sealed cover in the court in support of his claims. The bench then asked Attorney General K K Venugopal about the issue of privilege claimed by Bains over certain communications being protected under provisions of the advocate’s act. Venugopal, while referring to provisions of law, said there was no lawyer-client relationship in this case as Bains has filed affidavit in his personal capacity and thus he cannot claim privilege over certain communications. Senior advocate and President of Supreme Court Bar Association Rakesh Khanna also told the bench that the court has the power to summon any document related to the case and Bains cannot claim privilege over certain communications. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who is appearing in person in the matter, told the bench that they should clarify there is no connection between the hearing of affidavit of Bains and the separate inquiry committee proceedings on allegations of sexual harassment against the CJI. Bains had filed an affidavit following the unprecedented hearing on Saturday during which Justice Gogoi had said some “bigger force” was behind the sexual harassment allegations as they wanted to “deactivate” the CJI’s office.last_img read more