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General Election to be held on March 11th

first_img Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson The Taoiseach has announced March 11 as election date – he confirmed the date during an address to the Dail this afternoon.He also assigned Ministries vacated by recent resignations as follows:Tanaiste and Education Minister Mary Coughlan is to take on responsibility for health and children.Mr Cowen also reassigned other ministerial posts, with Pat Carey taking on transport, Brendan Smith taking on Justice, Mary Hanafin taking on Enterprise and Employment and Eamon O’Cuiv taking on defence.The five will also continue in their own ministries.Opposition leaders accused the Taoiseach of attempting a stroke whereby he would appoint a number of new ministers, but it backfired badly. Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterest General Election to be held on March 11th WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Previous articleDerry MLAs unite on cancer care unit issueNext articleIrish Government funding of A5 up for discussion at North/South meeting News Highland Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeycenter_img Facebook Newsx Adverts Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By News Highland – January 20, 2011 Google+last_img read more

Mill Creek Garden Center has a great mixture of fall plants

first_imgDo you have your Mums, Kale, Hanging Baskets, Mixed Fall Plants, etc. for this fall season? Check out the Mill Creek Garden Center this weekend, if you haven’t. After all why not enjoy the last big of good weather before the big bad winter arrives?Âlast_img

If Prediction Is a Hallmark of Science, the Resurrection Was Predicted

first_img(Visited 564 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The resurrection of Jesus Christ was predicted centuries before it occurred. It was also corroborated by eyewitness testimony. Can science do better than this?How does “science” exceed any other form of investigation? It includes logic, but so do other forms of analysis. It includes mathematics, but so do non-scientific activities, like bookkeeping. It requires evidence, but so do other university departments outside the science building, like history. It includes falsification, but so do trials in courtrooms. Prediction is one hallmark of science that ranks it above these other activities. If a scientific hypothesis makes a prediction that comes true, and it is specific enough to weed out confirmation bias, it deserves careful attention. Watch this short video from La Mirada Films about Old Testament predictions of what Christians celebrate during passion week.This is the first of ten video clips on TheJohn1010Project.com about “Prophecies of the Passion” that are free to watch online. The DVD on which these clips are based (or streaming rights) can be purchased at this link.We invite readers to watch all ten video clips and consider the evidence like a good scientific investigator should. This is not an invitation to become religious. It is an invitation to review the accumulated evidence for a key historical event, in the same manner one would evaluate the evidence presented for a proof in a scientific paper. What to do with the evidence is a matter of personal choice, but it would be a shame to assume one knows enough about this event to have made a choice without having taken the effort to take a thorough look at the evidence.last_img read more

Confederations Cup: the contenders

first_imgThe 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup takes place in South Africa from 14 to 28 June 2009.Played in the World Cup host country a year before football’s premier event, Fifa’s “Festival of Champions” has become a serious test of the host country’s World Cup readiness – and a major sporting event in its own right, bringing together regional champions from all corners of the globe.In 2009, the participating teams will African champs Egypt, Asian champs Iraq, European champs Spain, Oceanian champs New Zealand, South American champs Brazil, Concacaf champs USA, 2006 World Cup winners Italy, and 2010 hosts South Africa.The draw for the tournament took place on 22 November 2008, splitting the eight teams into two groups and setting up some classic clashes.Here are snapshot profiles of the contenders for the title of 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup champions, including each team’s recent record and star player/s.GROUP ASouth AfricaSince winning the African Nations Cup in 1996, it seems that Bafana Bafana have been on a slow but steady downward spiral, apart from a few encouraging successes. Four wins in their four most recent outings, however, have fans of the side hoping that South Africa has turned the corner under coach Joel Santana.Earlier this year, the team suffered a big setback when they failed to qualify for the 2010 African Nations Cup. However, Santana had been thrust into the middle of qualifying without an opportunity to learn about the players following the shock resignation of previous coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. Progress, although slow at first, appears to have been made.Santana looks, for the most part, to have identified South Africa’s best players, and the national team is playing a more rounded and effective game, with the long-time problem of lack of goal-scoring no longer dogging the side.Blackburn Rovers’ striker Benni McCarthy has helped, as has the emergence of Thanda Royal Zulu marksman Bernard Parker, who looks a likely candidate for an overseas contract.Bafana Bafana’s emerging star, however, is midfielder Teko Modise. Not only is he capable of pulling the strings in the middle of the park, but he is also a goal scorer; his ability to score from distance, often with blistering shots, make him a man to keep an eye on. He has the talent to make a big mark on the game. What he needs to develop is consistency.IraqIraq’s victory in the 2007 Asian Cup was hailed as a miracle by many, as the splintered country united behind its football team, which wasn’t considered a serious title challenger. That success earned the side a nomination as Laureus World Team of the Year in 2007, a title that was ultimately awarded to South Africa’s Rugby World Cup winners, the Springboks.Since the high of the Asian Cup title, Iraq’s form has been patchy. The team’s record in 2008 stands at three wins, four losses and three draws.Striker Younis Mahmoud is captain of the Iraq national team and was in charge when the side lifted the Asian Cup, making him, to many, the face of Iraqi football. He made his international debut in 2002, and in 2004 became the first Iraqi football player to launch a website.New ZealandAs part of the Oceania Football Confederation, undoubtedly the weakest of Fifa’s regional bodies, New Zealand doesn’t get to consistently play against top-class opposition. It is something that could hamper their efforts in the Confederations Cup.The other teams in the confederation – American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu – fall in the category of minnows on the world stage. With Australia joining the Asian Football Confederation, New Zealand has become the region’s soccer powerhouse.Defender Ryan Nelsen, who has been playing for the All Whites since 1999, is probably their best known player. He plays alongside South Africa’s Aaron Mokoena and Benni McCarthy for Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League.SpainWith a hugely impressive European Championship victory, Spain finally brought together and lived up to the potential of the country’s undoubted football-playing prowess. Time after time the Spaniards had flattered only to deceive, but they got it right in Austria and Switzerland in 2008.Blessed with outstandingly talented players in every position, Spain is on an unbeaten run of 24 matches that covers the last two years. It is an astonishing record.Maybe the most recognisable player among the many talented stars that Spain boasts is striker Fernando Torres, who became a massive star on the world stage after a stunningly effective first season with Liverpool in the English Premier League. Scoring the winning goal in the European Championship final against Germany further enhanced the reputation he had established at Anfield.However, Torres is but one among many stars who have finally meshed their talent into a superb team with a spine that was missing in the past.GROUP BUSAThe USA, the champions of North, Central America and the Caribbean, visited South Africa in 2007, beating Bafana Bafana 1-0 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.The Americans also have experience in the Confederations Cup, having played in the event three times previously, twice placing third.While they’re not a team that immediately springs to mind as a football powerhouse, the Americans have consistently maintained a world ranking between the teens and low-twenties for a long time now.Their record for 2008 reads: played 14, won nine, drawn two, and lost three.The team’s star player is veteran Landon Donovan, who first turned out for the USA in October 2000. The previous year he had been awarded the Golden Ball, given to the best player at the 1999 Fifa U-17 World Championships.Donovan has earned more than 100 internationals caps and is his country’s all-time leading goal scorer with 37 to his name.ItalyItaly, the 2006 Fifa World Cup winners, have produced mixed results in 2008. While the traditional Italian mettle was on show in Euro 2008, where they reached the final before losing 1-0 to Spain, they have been inconsistent, suffering a shock 2-1 defeat to minnows Cyprus.Through the course of 2008, Italy played 13 matches, won five, drew four, and lost four, including two to world number one Spain.Regardless of their results, the Italians always bear watching in big competitions; their record over the years is proof of this. Also, with their traditionally miserly defence, and the goalkeeping of Gianluigi Buffon, arguably the best net-minder in the game, they are always in with a chance of winning.Buffon is the rock at the back for the Azzuri while, in front of him, Fabio Cannavaro, their 2006 World Cup winning captain, is the man who pulls the strings in defence.After the Italians won the World Cup, Cannavoro was named Fifa World Player of the Year. He then transferred from relegated Juventus to Spanish giants Real Madrid so that he could continue playing in the Uefa Champions League. There, Cannavaro took over the jersey of one of the legends of the game, pulling on the number-five shirt previously worn by Zinedine Zidane.BrazilNo nation has won the World Cup more times than the five victories recorded by Brazil. The country is synonymous with outstanding footballers and teams, with skillful, entertaining football and a passion for the game that courses through all Brazilians’ veins.However, Brazil has dropped to fifth in the world rankings, an unusually low position for the South American giants. Ten matches into qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, they lie second in the South American standings, six points behind leaders Paraguay. Their 2008 record is a disappointing – for Brazil – four wins, five draws and one loss.Despite their less than stellar form, the Brazilians will probably, based on past history, go into the Confederations Cup as the favourites; but they have a lot to prove, not least to their fans.They are, as usual, blessed with talented individuals, and midfielder Kaka is one to watch out for. The AC Milan star was named Fifa World Player of the Year in 2007, and has the ability to unlock the best of defences with great passing and finishing.EgyptThe winners of the last two African Nations Cup titles, Egypt are ranked second on the continent, behind only Cameroon. Victory over the Indomitable Lions in the Nations Cup final immediately qualified 2008 as a successful year for the Pharaohs.Their 2008 record of 12 wins, three losses and two draws is a good record, but two of those losses – 4-0 to Sudan and a shock 1-0 defeat to Malawi – indicate that the Egyptians are not always consistent. Their other defeat was by a 2-0 margin against powerful Argentina.Mido, who plays for English Premier League club Middlesbrough, is a talented and strong striker. He has plied his trade for many other clubs in many different countries, representing Zamalek (Egypt), Gent (Belgium), Celta Vigo (Spain), Olympique Marseille (France), AS Roma (Italy) and Tottenham Hotspor (England).Mido has had his issues with the national team’s management in the past, leading to a number of instances of accusations and counter-accusations between the player and management. These problems have led to him playing fewer matches than he might otherwise have played for the Pharaohs.Nonetheless, he has a good striking rate of 19 goals in 48 internationals, and is a big man, capable of making things physically tough for defenders.Article last updated: November 2008Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Widespread snowfall across South Africa

first_img7 August 2012South Africa experienced unusually widespread snowfall as a cold front gripped the country on Tuesday.With temperatures dropping below freezing on Monday night, the South African Weather Service reported heavy snowfall in the Western Cape Mountains, the interior high ground of the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and the Drakensburg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal.On Tuesday, light snowfall was also experienced in parts of the central and Northern Free State as well as in the southern parts of Gauteng province, from Pretoria through to Vereeniging.A number of national roads were closed on Tuesday as a result of the snow, including the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass between Harrismith and the Tugela toll plaza, as well as passes in the Eastern Cape, with the authorities urging motorists to drive with care.In Johannesburg, schoolchildren and office workers took to the playgrounds and the streets to witness the city’s heaviest fall since September 1981.South African Weather Service forecaster Jan Vermeulen told SAnews.gov.za that South Africans, particularly those in the eastern and central interior of the country, could expect the very cold weather to continue on Wednesday.More snowfall was expected overnight over the eastern and southern interior of the country, Vermeulen said.However, the weather is expected to warm up in time for the country’s national Women’s Day public holiday on Thursday.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Aussie siblings look to make MTB history in South Africa

first_img8 April 2014Having previously excelled at Cascades MTB Park, Australian downhill racing siblings, Mick and Tracey Hannah, are hoping to make history by winning the men’s and women’s titles at the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which gets under way in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Friday.South Africa’s Greg Minnaar edged out Mick for the title at the 2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Championships in Pietermaritzburg last year, and Hannah has been hard at work in the off-season in an attempt to get himself back to the summit of his discipline. With Minnaar competing, but working his way back from knee surgery, a golden opportunity awaits the quietly spoken Aussie.‘We’re giving ourselves a good chance’“Going into the season, I have changed my training a little this year,” the Hutchinson UR Team rider said in a statement on Monday. “So far I’m really happy with the results, but I never know until the first race. Also, we have done a lot of work with the bike, so I think we’re giving ourselves a good chance to do well this year.”Hannah has twice placed second in Pietermaritzburg, both times behind Minnaar, in the 2009 World Cup leg and then again at the World Championships seven months ago. With good knowledge of the course and a fondness for the unique layout, his chances of going one better in 2014 seem bright.‘It’s fast and fun’“I really enjoy riding the Cascades course,” he enthused. “It’s fast and fun. It’s definitely physically demanding as well. I think it’s an exciting venue.“I have done well here consistently. I really enjoy the high speed courses and here you need a lot of power, which is a strength of mine,” he added.“Getting a good start to the season is very important for me. As I said before, I would love to win. Firstly, because of my history in Pietermaritzburg, but also because the second round is at home in Cairns, and I would love to start there with the leader’s jersey.”Memorable victoryTracey Hannah rode to a memorable victory in Pietermaritzburg in 2012, but was unable to repeat her feat in 2013, when British rider Rachel Atherton produced a near flawless display to claim the world champion’s rainbow-striped jersey.Hannah has been plagued by injury in recent times, but she heads into the Pietermaritzburg World Cup with a clean bill of health.“I’ve had probably the best off season I’ve ever had,” she said. “In the past I’ve had injuries, but this season has been clean and I’m feeling fit and fast with no injuries.”‘It’s a really great track’She said was looking forward to the unique challenges posed by the Cascades downhill course. “I think it’s a really great track. I love the speed and the jumps and it’s super fun to ride and hard to race. It’s usually slippery and dusty, so the bike gets loose, but I just love the speed of the track and the way it’s built to flow.“The most original thing about Cascades must be the people, the atmosphere. It’s very different to say Europe or anywhere,” she smiled.“I’d love to win it again, but my goal this season is to be consistent without injury.“I’d say getting a good start to the season is very important, but all my eggs aren’t in the Pietermaritzburg basket. I just hope to do my best race and I’ll be happy with that.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A playground providing opportunities for youngsters

first_imgProject Playground strives to foster capable individuals through running life orientation programmes in a safe and nurturing environment.(Image: Project Playground)Brand South Africa attended a fundraising event in October 2017 hosted by the Embassy of Sweden in support of Project Playground.Project Playground is a Swedish-South African non-profit organisation founded in 2010 by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Frida Vesterberg. Their mission was to give youngsters between the ages of four and 18 better opportunities in life through recreational and educational activities.The project currently helps about 750 youngsters in the Western Cape townships of Langa and Gugulethu.Attending the fundraiser, Brand South Africa CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela spoke of the long-standing relations between Sweden and South Africa. “Swedish-South Africa links go as far back as the 1960s when a countrywide Swedish anti-apartheid movement was founded in support of the struggle for liberation.”In true Play Your Part spirit, Sweden contributed a great deal to bringing about positive change in South Africa, and the relations between Sweden and South Africa have continued beyond the struggle for liberation. They now include partnerships that address other socio-economic and political challenges – children’s rights being one of them.Project Playground strives to champion children’s rights through various life orientation programmes. The project provides a safe environment where every child grows up with a belief in the future and the desire to positively improve their own life. It is hoped that by making available good role models for the children, Project Playground can nurture capable and assured individuals.Project Playground is a sanctuary away from the insecurity that characterises many of the children’s lives. Life orientation is achieved by means of team sports, dance, music, art, and drama, among other activities.The 50 staff members are highly dedicated to the project’s vision and mission. Through regular staff development programmes the team is able to gain knowledge in their specific areas of specialisation in the organisation. This means that the children’s interactions with their mentors is effective because they have a comprehensive view of the child’s environment and represent a continuous and secure contact throughout the child’s upbringing.Project Playground is a wonderful demonstration of how individuals and collectives can come together and play their part for the greater good of their society.Visit the Project Playground website to find out more about how this organisation is playing its part and how you can get involved in helping children in South Africa reach their potential.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_imgOn the Final day of last week’s X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, volunteers who had contributed to the tournament were publicly acknowledged by Touch Football Australia centrefield at the BCU Coffs Harbour International Stadium.Touch Football Australia National Media Coordinator Karley Banks provides this special insight into one the vital cogs in our Technical Volunteer army, with an inside look at the work performed by the Director of Elite Programs Cathy Gray, and respected National Selectors Les Wellbourne, and Karen Larose within the High Performance Youth Program.Please click on the below attachment to read the full story.Related Filesselectors_story_-_18s_2007-pdflast_img read more

10 days agoSouthampton want transfer guru to replace Ross Wilson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton want transfer guru to replace Ross Wilsonby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton will seek to replace Ross Wilson after his departure for Rangers.Wilson, who had been director of football operations at St Mary’s, has officially left Saints to head north of the border after four years on the south coast and is expected to take up a similar role at Ibrox. The Daily Echo says Saints are comfortable with the structure they have and the personnel leading the other areas of the club, but feel they need a proven expert in player trading.There is clearly much work to be done to the squad to restore Saints to a team regularly battling for the top ten, starting with shifting on a large amount of deadwood while also trying to bring in enough quality within their budget to improve.Saints remain committed to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and are fully bought into his plans and vision for the squad and are now seeking the right person to deliver for him. last_img read more

Bowl game could grant Pryor chance to follow in footsteps of fellow

Twenty seconds remained in the 2006 Rose Bowl. A fourth-and-5 was all that stood between Texas and a national championship; between Vince Young and college football immortality.A few seconds later, Keith Jackson said, “He’s going for the corner, he’s got it.”Vince Young disappeared into an assembly of media and photographers with the same confidence he possessed when he showed up on the Rose Bowl stage 368 days earlier.  Longhorn fans relished a national title celebration. Young relished the knowledge that he would go down as one of the biggest heroes in Rose Bowl history.Two-time defending national champion USC scrambled to win its third title, but Vince Young’s 9-yard touchdown run and almost unheard-of individual performance had already shattered that dream. On Saturday, when the oldest member of the Buckeyes, Devin Barclay, kicked OSU into the “Granddaddy of Them All,” it was only a matter of time before someone pointed out this fact: Vince Young played in the Rose Bowl his sophomore season, too.Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who has often been compared to Vince Young since the Longhorn’s dominating performances in the Rose Bowl in ‘05 and ‘06, will be a sophomore, as well.The comparisons have come from everywhere, including Pryor’s former high school coach Ray Reitz and Young’s college coach Mack Brown.“Before he leaves Ohio State, he’ll lead them to a national championship,” Brown said earlier this season of Pryor. “He’s that kind of player.”Brown saw Young up close for four seasons at Texas. After redshirting his first year, Young split time as a redshirt freshman before starting as a sophomore and junior.His blend of size, speed and athleticism had never been seen at the quarterback position. And for the most part, it hasn’t been seen since — until Pryor.Although both Young and Pryor managed to lead their teams to a Rose Bowl in their sophomore seasons, struggles didn’t go unnoticed.Against Purdue several weeks ago, Pryor committed a career-high four turnovers in the Buckeyes’ shocking loss. His lackluster effort against USC earlier in the season also gave doubters reason to grumble.Young faced similar hardships in his sophomore season. Against rival Oklahoma, the quarterback was eight of 23 for 86 yards, and his Longhorns were shut out for the first time since 1980.  Young’s critics were in full force after a 12-0 loss.His season stats, like Pryor’s, weren’t gaudy. Young threw one less interception than touchdowns on the season and also did his fair share of scoring with his legs.The shutout loss, however, would be the last of Young’s college career, and he would still manage to get his one-loss Texas team into the Rose Bowl against Big Ten champion Michigan.His first of two Rose Bowl appearances would mark the beginning of the end of one of the most brilliant college football careers in recent history.On the grandest stage of all, Young did not disappoint. The Wolverines had a star-studded defense, but nothing stopped Young when the bright lights of California shined their brightest.Young brought his Longhorns back from a 10-point deficit in the second half. He had touchdown runs of 20, 60, 10 and 23 yards and ran for a total of 192 yards total on the day. Young was equally efficient at passing, throwing a touchdown, and completing 16 of 28 for yards.When the Longhorns won on a last-second field goal, Vince Young had officially broken onto the national scene, making his name known as one of the best quarterbacks in college football.The following season would be even better for the junior quarterback. Leading his team to an undefeated season and a berth in the Rose Bowl for the national championship, Young’s stats sent him to New York, where he finished runner-up to Reggie Bush for the Heisman Trophy.In the national championship game against USC and its two Heisman winners, Bush and Matt Leinart, Young again put on a display of how to will his team to victory.With the world watching, Young ran all over the Rose Bowl, leaving USC defenders with nothing to tackle but air. Running for three touchdowns and 200 yards, Young led Texas back from a 12-point deficit to a 41-38 win.Young’s arm was also on display, going 30 of 40 for 267 yards. His combined 467 yards of offense is a Rose Bowl performance that might never be matched.But Pryor will get his chance to live up to the Rose Bowl legend of Vince Young; at least, his legend as a sophomore, when he led his team to a Rose Bowl victory. As for the legend of Young’s junior season, when he led his team to a national title, Pryor will have to wait to claim it next year. read more