1 Sunderland are willing to offer Fabio Borini or Jordi Gomez as a makeweight in a deal for Andre Ayew.The Black Cats are desperate to land the Ghana international, who has scored seven goals for Swansea since joining them in the summer from Marseille.Seven months ago the Welsh club snapped up the 26-year-old on a free, but they have already rejected an offer of £10m from Sunderland.So now, according to Foot Mercato, Sam Allardyce is ready to use striker Borini or midfielder Gomez as part of any deal for Ayew.Sunderland hope the inclusion of a player will persuade Swansea to part with their top scorer.However, after their victory of Watford on Monday, coach Alan Curtis insisted that the club have no plans to sell Ayew. Andre Ayew
THE Moville Music Society is known the world over for its panto (apparently) as local fishermen take tales from years gone by across the high seas.And soon stories of hilarity will go further aboard the magic flying carpets supplied by the subject of this year’s panto…Aladdin himself!Curtain’s up for the first show on Thursday at St Eugene’s Hall with loads of shows until Friday week, February 7. At €6 for adults and €3 for children, you’ll not get a better night out (oh, no you won’t).A star of many a previous show, Liam Skelly, went along to the dress rehearsals for Donegal Daily. Here’s his pictures: PICTURE SPECIAL AS MOVILLE GETS READY FOR ALADDIN! was last modified: January 26th, 2016 by John2Share 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:AladdinmovillePantopicture specialSt Eugene’s Hall
THE day has finally arrived.This afternoon Carl McHugh from Lettermacaward will take to the hallowed surface at Wembley hoping to be part of history and pull off the greatest Cup shock ever.His League 2 side Bradford City take on Premiership star Swansea in the Capital One League Cup Final. And even Carl admits it’s all a bit surreal.“This season has been crazy but great for me,” said the 20-year-old Donegal native.“I am really enjoying it. When I came to Bradford in the summer, I just wanted a chance to play football somewhere. I needed to reignite my career after what happened last year.“Being released by Reading, you do have your doubts and think about what the future will bring. But I wanted to work hard and hope that things went well. “There were times this season when I wasn’t playing, just playing in the reserves, but the gaffer told me to work hard and wait for my chance.“The gaffer gave me that chance and I have taken it. But now I want to kick on.”And with 120 family and friends in the crowd at Wembley today, there’s no better place to kick on!His manager Phil Parkinson said: “It’s going to be a great occasion and we’ve got to make sure we savour every moment.“The fans must remember they could be supporting their club all their lives and never have anything like this. “We should all be privileged to be involved.“Everybody needs to understand the position we are in and soak up the atmosphere.”The match is live on Sky, kick-off 4pm with highlights on BBC at 10.20pm.COMEBACK KID CARL SET FOR WEMBLEY DREAM was last modified: February 24th, 2013 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)
DONEGAL swimmers had great success at the World Championships in Ice Swimming at Burghausen in Germany.Ramelton’s Paddy Bond won a gold medal and Ballyshannon’s Sarah O’Malley-Daly scooped a bronze.Bond was competing in the M35 category and he saw off competition from Ireland team-mate Padraig Mallon to top the podium. Bond won gold in a time of 17 minutes and 49.51 seconds. Mallon came home in 18:18.33.O’Malley-Daly was the bronze medal winner in the W50 section.USA’s Anna De Lozier was the gold medallist and Great Britain’s Wendy Figures collected the silver.In freezing temperatures, Bond and O’Malley-Daly – both members of the Donegal Surf Lifesaving Team – swam superbly to add to the Irish Ice Swimming Association squad’s medal haul. Gold and bronze for Donegal swimmers at World Ice Swimming Championships was last modified: January 7th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
A CANADIAN of Donegal descent has claimed today that Protestants were forced out of the county.Joe Patterson, from British Colombia in Canada, makes the claims today in a letter to the Belfast Telegraph.His full letter is below: I HAVE just read an article in the Belfast Telegraph which appeared under the headline ‘Willie Frazer furious over DUP deputy’s ‘apology’ for unionist failure’ (News, November 22).I am a Protestant and the former owner of a long-established business (mid-1860s) in Letterkenny in Co Donegal until we were forced out of business by a boycott ordered by Martin McGuinness.A Dublin newspaper reported in January 2005 that Father John Carr had addressed a special committee regarding the death of his sister in 1972.She had been caught in crossfire on the border between the IRA and the security forces. Fr Carr stated: “The IRA were in control in north-west Donegal and the prudent course was not to rock the boat.” Fr Carr continued: “It is not what the IRA did, but what the state did to us.”In spite of making numerous complaints to the Garda Siochana no charges were ever laid.In a letter from the Garda’s crime policy administrators, Garda assistant commissioner G Blake wrote: “It is of paramount importance for the effectiveness of An Garda Siochana that information gathered in the course of a criminal, or other, investigation must remain confidential.”Many Irish Protestants sought help from Ulster unionist politicians only to be ignored. By their silence they gave their consent to McGuinness/Adams to continue the ‘Protestants Out’ policy of the government of the Republic.PROTESTANTS WERE ‘FORCED OUT OF DONEGAL’ was last modified: December 13th, 2011 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)
Playing in the backcourt, Walton went to take a return pass from Brian Cook off a backdoor cut when he came up limping and grabbing the back of his leg. Walton said afterward he never has had a hamstring injury before in his career. “Last year didn’t really work out for me very well,” Walton said. “I’m going to take it a day at a time rehabbing it. I’m not going to come back early. I don’t want this thing to linger. Whenever I can get back out there, I guess that’s when I’ll start trying to make up lost time.’ The Lakers looked every bit like a team trying to play together after only 12 practices while Golden State looked like the team that went 18-10 after acquiring guard Baron Davis last season. Both teams finished with identical 34-48 records a year ago. Kobe Bryant forced the issue in the second quarter, scoring 16 of the Lakers’ 32 points, and finished with a game-high 28. Bryant frequently posted up Warriors guard Jason Richardson, once spinning past him on the baseline before a spectacular reverse dunk. Lamar Odom, playing in the backcourt as expected, added 16 points and scored nine in the last 2:10. Odom was stripped once by Davis in the first quarter but excelled in the fourth, driving to the basket one possession and posting up on another. “One thing about the triangle,” Odom said, “you can learn the offense — where you’re supposed to go, where you’re supposed to cut –but learning how to catch the ball in striking position, that’s another thing. You have to learn where to find your aggressive spots. “ – Entering a crucial season, Cook had a good game, proving equally capable of posting up and popping out to hit a jumper. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds and reported afterward that he is both stronger and lighter this year. “I feel a lot quicker,” said Cook, who is down to 245 pounds, 15 pounds fewer than last season. “I think it will help me play D and stay in front of my man a lot better. I think it’s also going to help me pressuring the ball up top, too.” – The news that Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire could miss four months after undergoing knee surgery could prompt some revisiting of the Lakers’ decision to waive forward Brian Grant in a luxury-tax saving move. The Lakers still are searching for a big man and Grant could wind up playing major minutes in place of Stoudemire. Grant averaged only 16.5 minutes last season after arriving from Miami in the Shaquille O’Neal trade. Jackson called the decision “purely financial” and raised doubts about how much Grant could play “unless he’s had remarkable healing.” Grant has battled chronic tendinitis in his knees for several years. “I called up Brian Grant and told him how disappointed I was,” Jackson added, “because he’s one of my favorite guys in the NBA that I’ve known since he’s been a younger player.’ — Ross Siler can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After re-signing with the Lakers this summer, Walton was expected to be a primary player off the bench for coach Phil Jackson. His injury underscores the Lakers’ lack of depth, with a bench that probably currently ranks in the bottom third of the NBA. Walton’s value comes in his ability to play multiple positions, complemented by his passing skills. When he suffered the injury, Walton was directing the triangle offense, much as a guard would, one of the many roles Jackson envisions for him. “I would think I made a lot of progress this whole offseason,” Walton said, “which is kind of why it’s so frustrating to get hurt in the first game. … It’s just going to be a slower start for me.” – The Lakers were left trying to figure out what to make of their 101-93 victory over Golden State, a game in which their starters were steamrolled in the opening eight minutes, falling behind 24-8 and giving up a 14-0 run at one point. The starting five, with Smush Parker in the backcourt, recovered and outscored the Warriors 17-10 to start the second half. Jackson said before the game that he would try different players as starters during the preseason. HONOLULU — For the second consecutive October, Lakers forward Luke Walton is facing an early-season setback he will have to overcome, this time after suffering a severe hamstring strain with three minutes left in Tuesday night’s exhibition opener. Walton, who struggled to find a place in then-coach Rudy Tomjanovich’s rotation last season after spraining his ankle in training camp, is expected to be sidelined two to six weeks. If he is out six weeks, Walton could miss 10 regular season games.
Game 2 ESPN+ Story Links Game 3 ESPN+ Live Stats Game 1 ESPN+ CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University softball team starts its Missouri Valley Conference schedule at SIU Saturday. The three game series features a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by a single game Sunday at 12 p.m. All three games will be streamed on ESPN+. Drake (12-12) finished its challenging tournament schedule with a .500 record. All but two of the Bulldogs losses occurred against ranked teams or teams that received in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll. Drake enters MVC play on a three game losing streak, but lost those games by a combined five runs, including a 5-2 defeat at hands of No. 3 Oklahoma. SIU (13-7, 1-1 MVC) opened conference play at home Tuesday against Missouri State and earned a split with the Bears. In the second game, four different Salukis launched home runs as they beat MSU, 11-2, in five innings for the split. Drake and SIU last met in the 2018 MVC Championship game at Buel Field as the Bulldogs won 4-1 to complete the 2018 MVC regular season and tournament sweep. Following this weekend, Drake continues league play at Bradley, March 23-24. Print Friendly Version Junior Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) is batting a team-leading .355 followed by sophomores Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) and Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) at .323 and .293, respectively.
(Visited 176 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An observant Muslim teacher in a hijab tries to help her biology students become “free thinkers” – how? By teaching them Darwinian evolution.In Nature, Rana Dajani appears in a photo with her head covering on to explain “Why I teach evolution to Muslim students.” For most of her students, this is the first time they have seen an observant Muslim “citing Charles Darwin as a scientist who contributed to our understanding of the emergence and diversification of life on Earth.” Why does she do it? Her motivations are admirable: promoting free thinking.I teach evolution to university students in Jordan. Almost all of them are hostile to the idea at first. Their schoolteachers are likely to have ignored or glossed over it. Still, most students are willing to discuss evolution, and by the end of the course, the majority accept the idea. If Muslim students can challenge ideas on such a controversial academic topic, then they can also approach other aspects of their lives by questioning — and not just blindly accepting — the status quo. These tools and attitudes are crucial to the development of their personalities and to becoming responsible citizens.She lets wary Muslim students know that she is not teaching against Islam. Muslim scholars, she says, agreed with the principle that science and the Prophet were not in conflict. Bad attitudes were brought in by Christian creationists:Muslim scholars such as Hussein al-Jisr and Ahmad Medhat in the 1880s supported evolution. Before Darwin, al-Jahiz and others proposed rudimentary evolutionary theories in the ninth century. I point out that the apparent controversy over evolution and Islam arose only in the twentieth century, when Darwin’s ideas became associated with colonialism, imperialism, the West, atheism, materialism and racism. Muslim religious scholars gradually took a stand against evolution, which the public adopted. The scholars used Christian creationist arguments to support their stance, transferring the Western war between science and religion to Islam.Yet her version of evolution leaves very little active role for any conceivable Creator to play. One might call it “Muslim deism” —Some of my students argue that to accept evolution means denying the existence of God. I say that evolution does not discuss the origins of the Universe. No one yet understands this beginning. To me, the beginning was God. After the beginning, the rules of logic and science led to the development of the Universe and beyond….My take, as a Muslim scientist, is that the Koran asks humans to observe and contemplate the world while celebrating the pursuit of knowledge. It does not validate scientific findings. Science allows us to question and discover how the world works and the Koran provides the moral guidelines for doing so. If an apparent contradiction arises between a scientific finding and an interpretation of the Koran, then we can turn to both science itself (which is evolving) and the interpretation of the Koran (which is not impartial, because it is a human exercise) to account for the discrepancy. This is an ongoing and fluid process, and is part and parcel of the purpose of life for Muslims.Dajani says she does not try to force these teachings on any of the students, even if they deny human evolution. She doesn’t want to be guilty of “doing what the people who decry evolution are doing: forcing an opinion on them.” She just wants them to be able to “develop a rational methodology for assessing the natural world and to come up with their own opinions, hypotheses and theories and not to copy others.”This is actually a good idea. But like a half-truth, it leaves out something important that makes all the difference: giving students both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution. Students need to know about Darwin. You can’t make sense of the Holocaust, the world wars and their genocides, and the devaluation of human life without it. But if Dajani is giving a whitewashed version of the Bearded Buddha as an option to their religion, she is merely replacing one false prophet with another. Switching dogmas is not helping them become free thinkers at all. Dajani’s strategy sounds like a middle eastern version of David Sloan Wilson’s “Evolution for Everyone” propaganda campaign (see 12/21/05). She becomes Teacher as Facilitator, cultivating a new crop of inductees into the Cult of [naked] Emperor Charlie. (Notice also how she perpetuates Islamic stereotypes against the West; that is wildly inappropriate in biology classes.)It’s not creationists who are indoctrinators. From intelligent design advocates to staunch Biblical creationist leaders, not one of the Darwin skeptics I know wants anyone to think uncritically. That’s why they go to great lengths to present both sides, appealing to evidence and logic, to call upon the audience’s reason and thinking powers. That’s why at CEH we give the Darwinists their best shot before commenting on their claims. It’s the Darwin Party that routinely tries to shut out debate. It’s the Darwin Party that routinely engages in propaganda tactics instead of appealing to rational consideration of the evidence. Read Darwin Day in America, where John West exhaustively recounts, with numerous citations and references, the outrageous intolerance of Darwinians in case after case through multiple facets of our culture for over a century. It should make any “free thinker” angry! Dajani deprives her students of critical thinking skills by failing to present the “fair and balanced” approach Darwin himself advocated.Dajani should not bring the Koran or Genesis into her biology classes. There’s no need to, because the identity of the Creator is a downstream question from the initial question, “Is the universe and life designed or not designed?” All she has to say is, “Students, we are going to learn about Darwinian evolution, because it’s an important historical subject and biological theory you need to know about to be an educated person. In this class, I will give you the best evidences and arguments for evolution, and the best evidences and arguments against it. I will not grade you on your conclusions, but only on your ability to think critically about evidence and make sound arguments to reach your conclusions.” That’s it. Leave it at that. If she wants free and independent thinkers, that’s how to do it. Who could be against that approach? I’ll tell you who: the Darwin Party. They will go on jihad against anything that criticizes their Prophet and his holy book, The Origin.
19 May 2006South Africa’s Anti Piracy Foundation has come up with a inventive new weapon in the fight against pirated DVDs – fake pirated DVDs.According to the Financial Mail, the new campaign involves joining pirate vendors at street corners to sell fake discs, but with a twist. Only when the buyers of the fakes play the DVDs will they realise they’ve been fooled.After a few moments of the genuine movie, a message appears on the screen: “Thank you for buying this DVD. Your R40 has been donated to the Anti Piracy Foundation. Piracy is a crime.”Advertising agency TBWA Hunt Lascaris, which developed the campaign, says that while the bold strategy is risky, it’s necessary to combat the problem of copyright theft.“This issue demands some edginess in the advertising to make a strong point,” TBWA group CEO Mike Bosman told the Financial Mail.Across the world, DVD piracy costs the film industry some R50-billion a year. In South Africa, pirated movie sales account for 60% of the country’s DVD market, costing the industry an annual R500-million.To combat the problem, the South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact) – a member of the Anti Piracy Foundation – has been set up to educate consumers about piracy, conduct raids and inspections, and help prosecute offenders. Safact represents film distributors Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro, international film studios and others, including Sony Playstation.Safact’s film and print adverts draw the connection between piracy and theft, with a pay-off line that describes the ordinary citizen who buys pirated goods as a “South African crime supporter”. The new campaign takes the message further, with a real financial consequence people who support piracy.“For the campaign to really drive home, people had to be shocked into changing their behaviour and stop buying fake products,” TBWA creative director Damon Stapleton told the Financial Mail.Another objective is to disrupt the pirate market. “By flooding the market with our copies, we should make people hesitant to buy pirated discs as they might get one of ours.”Already, students dressed as street vendors have taken to the streets of Johannesburg to sell fake pirated copies of South Africa’s Oscar-winning movie Tsotsi. The film’s huge popularity has meant it’s currently the most pirated in the country, selling for as little as R50.But while people who buy the fakes have no legal recourse, they won’t lose out completely. According to the Financial Mail, they can exchange the fake DVD at a Nu Metro or Ster Kinekor cinema for a ticket to see the real thing.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Most African professionals living abroad would love to return home, and almost all retain strong links of family and friendship to their countries. These were some of the insights from a new survey by Homecoming Revolution, presented by CEO Angel Jones at the brain gain company’s Speed Meet Jozi event in Sandton on Friday 14 August. Homecoming Revolution founder and CEO Angel Jones, at left, during the Speed Meet Jozi networking event in Sandton, Johannesburg. Mary AlexanderThe Homecoming Revolution Insights Report 2015 comes out of three surveys, of Africans abroad and returned expatriates, conducted from February to May this year. It examines the key reasons Africans move abroad, what they miss most when they are there, what links them to home and the triggers that encourage them to return.Download the Homecoming Revolution Insights Report 2015Most of those surveyed – 68% – have a degree, and 66% work in a senior or executive position. Their fields are demanding: financial services, information technology, engineering, advisory services, marketing and medicine.“We really are looking at the brain drain in a serious light,” Jones said, “and it’s time that this became a brain gain.”Jones was speaking at the Johannesburg leg of the Homecoming Revolution’s Speed Meet networking sessions, regular gatherings of pan-Africans held in major global cities such as New York, London, Nairobi and Lagos.Since 2003 Homecoming Revolution has worked to bring talented South Africans back home, reversing the brain drain. In the last two years its efforts have expanded to include other sub-Saharan African countries, particularly Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana.Jones said that in the past five years some 359 000 expat South African professionals have returned home. This has a major ripple effect on joblessness and the economy: a study Solidarity suggests that for every one skilled expatriate who returns, nine new jobs are created in the formal and informal sectors.Of the professionals surveyed for the study, 79% were from South Africa and 21% from Nigeria, Kenya and other sub-Saharan African countries. Forty-four percent were living in the United Kingdom, 13% in the US and 12% in Australia and New Zealand.Problems or opportunities?Despite potentially flourishing careers abroad, many of these professionals still saw opportunities back in Africa.“There’s a wonderful quote I heard from a homecomer recently,” Jones said. “He said, ‘I didn’t come back in spite of the problems. I came back because of the problems. Because I saw there was a problem with our electricity, I wanted to come home and create a new solar power enterprise.’“Those are the kinds of engineers we need. We need our doctors. We need our financial services people.”The stories of returning African professionals help spread the message. “What we do as Homecoming Revolution is inspire people to return home by showcasing stories of other people who have come back, and who are making a really significant difference.”Reasons to leaveJones then turned to why Africans go abroad in the first place.“Why do people leave? This is exciting to know, because the emphasis is often only on the bad stuff,” she said. “The number one reason people go away is for career reasons. And I think that’s a good thing. Travel is number two.”The third reason respondents gave for leaving was the political and economic situation in their countries, and the fourth crime and safety concerns – down one place from a previous Homecoming Revolution study.“This was a significant difference,” Jones said. “Crime has gone down, it seems, and political instability more of a hindrance.”Wanting to returnThe study then turned to the all-important question of whether migrants wanted to come back to Africa. A quarter – 26% – said no, 21% said they didn’t know, and a “whopping” 53% said yes, they wished to return home. “This was exciting,” Jones said, to applause.“And what would people say to someone thinking of returning? We’ve grouped the responses together. Things like, ‘Follow your heart. Go for it. Wish I were you.’“Seventy-one percent of Africans living abroad think the idea of returning is a very good thing. And this is something we are encouraging, on a worldwide scale. We started Homecoming Revolution to encourage South Africans to return to South Africa. For the past two-and-a-half years we have been working with Nigerians, Kenyans, Ghanaians and Ugandans abroad, encouraging them to come back.”Following your heartThe Homecoming Revolution research revealed that the strongest pull of home was emotional, “all about following you heart”. Africans mainly want to return to be close again to friends and family, a reason cited by 61% of respondents.“There really is nothing to beat the grass under your toes, having grannies and grandpas close by, having your kids know that these are their roots,” Jones said.“We see trigger points, when people get to their late twenties and early thirties. They want to get married, or just got married, or had their first or second child, and want to be home where they feel their children will understand their roots.”Lifestyle is the second reason to return, at 35%. “Our wonderful weather. The standard of living is really good here.”The third reason, cited by 31% of respondents, is a sense of belonging. “You can’t get that, no matter where you go abroad,” Jones said. “We have lots of stories of people saying, I was living abroad, but in a gilded box. I never really felt like I belonged.”Links to homeThe African diaspora still have strong personal links to home. Ninety-two percent of respondents said family and friends were their strongest link back to Africa. For 70%, visiting home kept them connected.Financial ties were also important, with 25% saying they still had money invested in their home countries, 12% remitting money and property back home, and 11% citing business connections as an important link.The main thing expats want to stay informed on is the employment market back home. “People are very keen to understand what job opportunities there are back home – 79% of them,” Jones said. “A lot of what we do is working with pan-African employers to showcase these job opportunities for people abroad.”Forty-two percent of those still abroad want to know about entrepreneurial opportunities. “We encourage people abroad to find best-practice models that work, particularly for the African story, so they can do something to create jobs back home,” Jones said.“It’s very exciting to see that 42% – this has been a sharp increase – 42% of people want to know how they can make a difference back home. In the survey we conducted a year and a half ago, this figure was sitting at around 20%. So we are seeing a lot of increased active citizenship from Africans around the world.”Jones concluded: “There is the brain drain. It does exist. But we are working hard to reverse it into a brain gain.”