Many local cowboys and cowgirls will be off to Red Deer for the 46th Canadian Finals Rodeo

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Even with the Northern B.C. High School Rodeo Association wrapping up the season until Spring, there is still some rodeo action to be had.A great number of local cowboys and cowgirls will be heading off to Red Deer for the 46th Canadian Finals Rodeo.Cowboys to be competing in the MNP Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo are Jesse Jones and Zane Jones of Dawson Creek and Carson Johnson and Kolton Johnson of North Pine.- Advertisement -Jesse Jones will be competing in Saddle Bronc, while Zane Jones will be taking part in Saddle Bronc and Steer Wrestling. The Johnson’s will be competing in Team Roping.Cowgirls to be competing at this year’s Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo are Aspen Wollen of Baldonnel and Gracie Chapple of Fort St. John.Aspen Wollen will be competing in Ladies Barrel Racing, while Gracie Chapple will be one of the official 2019 Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Competition contestants.Advertisement Outside of the Juniors, Jake Watson of Hudson’s Hope, Stephen Culling of Fort St. John, Clayton Moore of Pouce Coupe, and  Jacob Gardner of Dawson Creek will be representing the Peace Region.The 46th Canadian Finals Rodeo is taking place from October 29 to November 3 at the Westerner Park Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta.For more information, you can visit cfrreddeer.ca.last_img read more

What was the craic in Donegal in 1999?

first_imgThe Donegal Women in Business Network is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year with the theme of #LookingBackMovingForward.The non-profit group is looking back over decades of female entrepreneurship in Donegal while looking ahead to the future of business in the county. They are also launching a celebration ebook about local women in business. For this ebook, they are calling on the Donegal public to help shed a light on events of the year 1999. What stories dominated the news? What was your favourite song in 1999? Were there any big events, special county visits or concerts? What new businesses opened up? What was in style?If you have some memories to share, Evelyn Mc Glynn, PRO of the Donegal Women in Business Network, wants to hear from you. Please email evelynmcmarketing@gmail.com in the next two weeks. Any news, big or small, would be greatly appreciated for possible inclusion in the ebook.The countdown is on to the Donegal Women in Business Conference in Lough Eske Castle on October 1st. The event will celebrate all women in business in Donegal, with speakers sharing key inspiration and advice. A varied mix of businesswomen and representatives from many industries and stages of business will be sharing their stories. The keynote speakers are Rosaleen Hegarty of Crana Knits, Inspirational Speaker Sr Helen Kelly, Laura Bonner of Muff Liquor Co and Rosy Temple of Magee 1866. Tickets are available now at https://bit.ly/2MjteJTTickets include a full-day of speakers and networking with lunch and the “Looking Back Moving Forward” 20th anniversary celebratory book will be gifted to everyone on the day.You do not have to be a member of the network to attend the conference. What was the craic in Donegal in 1999? was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:1999Donegal Women In Business Networkebooklast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueReports SundayBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 7 Gweedore Celtic 0 Rathmullan Celtic made it three wins on the bounce in all competitions with an emphatic seven goal victory over Gweedore Celtic at the Seaside. Dara Patton opened the scoring from the penalty spot after only five minutes. Two minutes later Shea Coyle doubled the lead with a superb volley. Hoops new recruit Shane Barclay put the contest out of the reach of Gweedore after 13 minutes when the young striker took advantage of a long bounce over the Gweedore keeper to calmly finish in the bottom corner. The Hoops rounded off the perfect half with winger Ryan Connolly heading home a Barclay cross from inside the area.The second half saw Patton scored again, this time at the second attempt after his initial strike came back off the crossbar. McFadden rounded off a great personal performance in midfield with a thunderous volley from 25 yards which rattled the back of the net on 68 minutes. Pauric Morrison added a seventh on eighty minutes to complete the scoring. Referee: Martin QuinnLifford Celtic 0 Drumoghill F.C. 8Drumoghill cruised to victory putting eight goals past an understrength Lifford team which was missing no fewer than eight regular first team starters. The first goal arrived on the half hour mark when Richie Moore converted a penalty, Terrence Shields added a second and Moore got Drumoghill’s third on the stroke of half time. The second half had just begun when Moore had the chance to complete his hat-trick but he blazed his spot kick high over the bar. The striker finished the game with four goals as he later registered Drumoghill’s fourth and fifth goals. Shields also went on to complete his hat-trick with two fine goals and player manager Michael Lynch rounded off the scoring close to full time.Milford United 2 Cappry Rovers 2The game ended in a draw following a tough battle at Moyle View Park Milford. Cappry took the lead on ten minutes when Kyle Lafferty tapped home following good work from Benny Bonner on the left wing. Milford equalised on thirty minutes when Brendan Murray drove home after good work by Gary Merritt and Mark Flood. Milford took the lead on the hour mark when Joey Cullen hit the roof of the net from six yards. Cappry had a great chance to level matters when Benny Mc Laughlin was one and one with Enda Mc Hugh in the Milford nets but Mc Hugh made a great save to deny Mc Laughlin. Cappry scored the equaliser when they broke and Aaron Kelly finished past the advancing keeper. Cappry also had a goal disallowed on nine minutes for offside. Good performance by both teamsKildrum Tigers 5 Cranford United 2 Kildrum Tigers strolled to an emphatic victory over Cranford on a fine spring day at Station Road. The Tigers opened the scoring after two minutes when a William Lynch effort, which was well saved, fell to Damian Crossan who made no mistake. Kildrum doubled their lead after eighteen minutes when Reece Laird squared to Declan Curtis who fired home. The tigers went three to the good when another Lynch effort fell to Crossan who exquisitely placed the ball beyond the keeper. Another followed quick after when Lynch made a great run in behind and pulled it back for Laird. Kildrum got their fifth after sixty minutes when Shane Mc Intyre beat two men and set up Laird for an easy finish. Cranford got two consolation goals late on through Doherty and an OG.Donegal Town 0 St. Catherines 2This game featured two teams at opposite ends of the Premier Division. St Catherine’s who currently sit top of the league and haven’t lost a league game all season and Donegal Town who have yet to win their first game this season. St Catherine’s took the lead midway through the first half when a Shane O’Rourke free kick passed through everyone in the box and bounced passed the Donegal goalkeeper. Donegal had some chances to level the game in the first half. A David “Ted” Bustard strike from the edge of the box looked like a certain goal but the Killybegs keeper pulled of a super save. Donegal’s Ciaran O’Reilly’s effort also passed just wide of the post. 1-0 St Catherine’s at the end of the first half. The second half saw a well contested game of football. St Catherine’s doubled their lead when they were awarded a penalty for a hand ball in the Donegal box. Jason Noctor made no mistake from the spot. St Catherine’s saw the rest of the game out comfortably and finished 2-0 winners.Watson Hire Division One Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Keadue Rovers 1Kilmacrennan Celtic went away from Central Park on Sunday with a vital victory in the promotion battle. The home side went one up after thirteen minutes when, after a succession of corners, the Kilmacrennan keeper fumbled a cross and Ryan Greene was on hand to slot home from close range. The visitors though were generally on top in possession and looked the more likely to score. Kilmacrennan had a good effort from a free kick on thirty five minutes when Kevin Mc Menamin’s effort was well saved by Danny Rodgers. Keadue held firm until half time. Kilmacrennan were much quicker on the re-start and were level within four minutes when Eddie Doherty pounced on a defensive mistake and slotted home low to the net. They went ahead eight minutes later when Ryan Shields headed home at the far post from a well worked corner kick. At this stage Kilmacrennan were looking comfortable but to their credit Keadue kept battling but just couldn’t find the equaliser despite some good play.Best for Kilmacrennan were Declan O’Donnell and Christy Conaghan while best for Keadue were Packie Mc Gonagle and Adam Neely. Referee: James Malseed.Lagan Harps 2 Castlefin Celtic 1Lagan kept themselves in the promotion race when they ground out a win over league leaders Castlefin Celtic. Lagan started brightly with Kevin Kelly going close with a free-kick. Castlefin started to take control and Barry Tourish went close on a couple of occasions. They took the lead on twenty five minutes when Ronan Tourish crossed to the back post where Fergal Mc Nulty scrambled home. Lagan had a great chance to equalise late in the half when Chris Toner beat the offside trap however he shot over as Anthony O’Hagan rushed off his line. The second half followed a different pattern with Lagan dominating possession. Kevin Kelly went close with a free and Glen Gallagher fired just wide as the pressure mounted. Castlefin responded with Barry Tourish firing across the face of the goal. Lagan made the breakthrough on sixty three minutes when Chris Toner was fouled in the area and Kevin Kelly dispatched the penalty. Austin Marron had two great chances to increase Lagan’s lead but missed the target on both occasions. Castlefin almost regained the lead when JP Mailey crossed and Fergal Mc Nulty hit the post. Lagan got the winner on seventy eight minutes when Kenny Doran rose to head home a Kevin Kelly free. All in all a tough battle which Lagan just shaded. For Castlefin Barry Tourish and Fergal Mc Nulty were best, while Lagan’s best were Oisin Grant, Kevin Kelly and Conor Mc Gonigle. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.CT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town 1 Deele Harps 2(No Report Submitted)Bonagee United 1 Eany Celtic 1Lee Mc Monagle gave table toppers Bonagee United a first half lead which they held until the interval. Eany, who have found a bit of form of late, got an equaliser when Paul Mc Groarty converted a free-kick. This match ended deadlocked and with Convoy also drawing it is as you were at the summit. Good point for Eany Celtic on the road.Convoy Arsenal 3 Dunlewey Celtic 3Dunlewey took the lead in the first five minutes when a mix up in the convoy defence saw Mc Geady nip in and put them into an early lead. Five minutes later it was all level when Mark Mailey scored a thunderous volley from 20 yards getting on the end of a Jonny Robb cross giving the keeper no chance. Dunlewey regained the lead after 20 minutes when Shane Mc Laughlin, under no pressure, slipped and Mc Geady stole the ball off him to race clear and make it two one. Ten minutes later it was 3-1 when Mc Geady completed his hat-trick from close range when Convoy failed to clear a corner. Dunlewey were deserving leaders at half time. The second half was a different story where the majority of the game was played in the Dunlewey half! Convoy created chance after chance before Darren Harvey converted from close range after getting on the end if a Dan O’ Brien through ball. With minutes remaining Gavin Sweeney was introduced into the game and with his first touch he pulled the tie level with a great finish after being put through from McLaughlin. Deep into added time he nearly broke Dunlewey hearts but the keeper made a great save to prevent the striker a winner.Both team performances. Referee: Michael MulhernGlenree United 3 Letterbarrow Celtic 1It was the home-side who came out victorious in this battle ensuring they kept up their promotion bid. Colin Gallagher struck first on 15 minutes for a well deserved lead. The visitors had a few half chances to pull a goal back but lacked the finishing touch. Glenree were spending a lot of time in the opposition box but at times were wasteful with some fine opportunities being missed. In the second half Letterbarrow tried to up it a gear but were getting no change out of the home defence. Damien Nelis cooly slotted the ball into the net in the 56th minute to make it 2 -0 after fine play from Oisin Langan to set him up. The away side got back into the game on the 78th minute when a free kick was floated in only to be misjudged by the defence and it trickled into the net. But any hopes of a comeback for the away side were dashed four minutes later when Colin Gallagher assisted the returning Marty Mc Laughlin to get on the score sheet. Best on the day for Glenree were : Oisin Langan and Colin Gallagher. Team effort from Letterbarrow Celtic. Referee: Michael Mc FaddenKnockalla CupGlenea United 2 Glengad F.C. 3ReportsSaturdayGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCurragh Athletic Reserves 0 Ramelton Mariners 1Curragh started well in this game and should have taken the lead through Simon Cromie. Mariners scored against the run of play in the 12th minute through Packie Durning. Curragh upped the pace and should have being level at half time but the visiting keeper saved well from Owen Harvey and Simon Cromie. Curragh changed things at half time and were unlucky time after time. Justin Mc Bride had shots brilliantly saved by Kevin Mc Cahill in Mariners’ nets. A brilliant double save in the 85th minute from a Justin Mc Bride shot and a follow up strike from Gary Quinn won this game for mariners .. Team effort from Curragh. Kevin Mc Cahill was best for Mariners.Strand Rovers 1 Mulroy Celtic 2This top of the table clash today in Strand Park, Maghery was a close affair. Mulroy’s best chance in the first half came from a free kick with which Seami Friel clipped the crossbar. Strand went in at half time one up with Brendan Glackin tucking away one of the many chances they had. Strand held onto the lead up until the 75th minute when a free kick from outside the box was tucked away by that man Friel. Strand had a few chances with Darragh Hanlon looking lively up top. The winner came on 89 minutes when Friel nipped in to tuck away another after a mix up at the back.Cranford United Reserves 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 3Cranford took the lead with Chris Molloy finishing well in the opening 20 minutes. The game overall was a very open affair with both teams attacking and creating chances. Keadue went 2-1 up just before half time. Cranford then made it 2-2 in the first ten minutes of the second half. The game was now in the balance with both teams looking dangerous and it was the away side that capitalised with a winner with 10 minutes to go. Good team performances from both sides.Downtown CupGlenea United Reserves 3 Arranmore United 1In fine conditions for football it was the home side that came out on top to qualify for the quarter finals of the Downtown Cup. Glenea started well and took the lead on five minutes when Shane Ferry got free and slotted home past the keeper. Glenea continued to press but were unable to add the lead and the away side came more into the game. Glenea however extended their lead on forty minutes when Eugene Maguire’s pass found Aodhan Ferry and he found the corner of the net. In the 2nd half Arranmore tried hard to get back into game but it was the home side that extended their lead when Neil Mc Geever was on hand to drill the ball home after the away side failed to clear a corner. Arranmore pulled a goal back on ninety minutes when Christy Mc Glanaghey got onto a through ball and fired home. Best for Glenea were Shane Ferry and Martin Maguire, while it was a team effort from Arranmore. Referee: Michael McFadden.Milford United Reserves 3 Glenree United Reserves 1Milford continued their good home form taking all three points in a Cup game with nothing at stake for either team. The first half was a drab enough affair with neither team playing any great football. Milford took the lead on twenty minutes through Lee Burke, finishing off a good move from ten yards. Glenree equalised when Ross Hamlyn latched onto a through ball to slot home. Milford upped the tempo in the second half and Burke got his second after an excellent ball from Johnny Sweeney. Sweeney then rounded off his man of the match performance with a pile driver from twenty five yards to secure the three points.Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2It wasn’t until the 30th minute that this hard fought game saw it’s first goal. Both teams where in fine form and Drumoghill took the lead when Kevin Higgins played an inch perfect pass to Ethan Mc Creedy and the young striker turned the defence and struck a 25 yard screamer into the top corner. The lead was short lived however as Castlefin got back on level term just before half-time when Brian Dooher slotted home from close range . The second half was again a tightly fought with both keepers on top form. In the 85 minute the game was settled as a contest when Matthew O’ Rourke fired home after beating the off-side trap. Referee: Seamus Mc Groary.Tullyvinney Rovers 1 Orchard F.C. 3A severely weakened Tullyvinney team, making a total of 9 changes from their previous encounter to Stand Rovers, battled hard but ultimately succumbed to a 3-1 loss to Division One side Orchard FC in Crossroads Park on Saturday afternoon. The visitors got off to a dream start as after just five minutes John Boyle found himself with just keeper Eamon Connaghan to beat after a bit of hesitation in the backline and he made no mistake from 10 yards. Tullyvinney battled hard for an equaliser. A few chances fell their way, the best of which to Mervyn White on 15 minutes but the midfielder saw his effort go agonisingly over the bar from 12 yards. Ten minutes later though, after a Redmond Doherty long range free kick was spilled by the Orchard keeper, White stepped up and smashed home an equaliser from 10 yards. Rovers could have had a second five minutes later after good work from Paul Carlin down the right hand side saw the winger turn inside his man inside the box but fail to get his shot away. Orchard started the second half as they started the first coming out an attacking the hosts and were rewarded on fifty minutes with their second goal of the game through Chrissy McLaughlin who rose highest at the back post to send his header into the roof of the Tullyvinney net from a Joe Mc Carron free kick wide on the right. Despite the best efforts of a weakened Tullyvinney side they were undone again five minutes from the end of the match when Orchard put the icing on the cake through Barney Mc Menamin. James Sweeney and Gavin Mc Brearty stood out for Tullyvinney while it was a good team performance from Orchard. Referee: Martin Mc Anneny.Drumbar F.C. 1 Donegal Town Reserves 1Great conditions in Drumbar for this local derby match in the Downtown Cup . Donegal Town dominated the first half creating most of the chances. Drumbar found it hard to get going but their defence were holding out well until Adam Enright crossed a great ball into the box for David Ted Bustard to get his head to, looping it over the Drumbar keeper, off the post and in. The second half was a different story with Drumbar coming out with a different attitude and creating many more chances. Ray Balogun got on the end of one of these chances and finished neatly past the Donegal keeper. Soon afterwards Balogun fired a shot just over the crossbar missing the chance to go ahead. Donegal had one great chance to take the lead again only for a top save from Kevin Mc Gurk for the home team. Nearing the end of the match Drumbar had two chances to finish it off but couldn’t capitalise! All round it was a fair result for both teams based on both halves. Best for Donegal Town was Pauric Sweeney.Daniel Bennett and Ray Balogun stood out for the home team with big performances on the day.St. Catherines Reserves 2 Erne Wanderers 6Erne opened the scoring in the second minute, Alan Russell had a spot kick saved by Shane O’Gara but found the net from the rebound. On ten minutes Michael Ward found the net from close range after a defensive mix up. Erne went further in front in the 20 minute when Ward got his second of the game. Erne got their fourth of the game on 47minutes when Barry Mulligan scored from the penalty spot. Gene Lett got St Catherine’s first goal after a goalmouth scramble. Mulligan got his second of the game and Ryan O’Brien added a sixth for Erne. Donal McGuire got a second goal for the Saints on 89minutes after good work down the left by Caolan Beirne. Best for Erne was Michael Ward and Declan Mc Loughlin was best for St Catherine’s.ResultsSaturdayGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCurragh Athletic Reserves 0 v 1 Ramelton MarinersStrand Rovers 1 v 2 Mulroy CelticCranford United Reserves 2 v 3 Keadue Rovers ReservesDowntown CupGlenea United Reserves 3 v 1 Arranmore UnitedMilford United Reserves 3 v 1 Glenree United ReservesDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 v 2 Castlefin Celtic ReservesTullyvinney Rovers 1 v 3 Orchard F.C.Drumbar F.C. 1 v 1 Donegal Town ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves 2 v 4 Erne WanderersSundayBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 7 v 0 Gweedore CelticLifford Celtic 0 v 8 Drumoghill F.C.Milford United 2 v 2 Cappry RoversKildrum Tigers 5 v 2 Cranford UnitedDonegal Town 0 v 2 St. CatherinesWatson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 1 Keadue RoversLagan Harps 2 v 1 Castlefin CelticCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town 1 v 2 Deele HarpsBonagee United 1 v 1 Eany CelticConvoy Arsenal 3 v 3 Dunlewey CelticGlenree United 3 v 1 Letterbarrow CelticKnockalla CupGlenea United 2 v 3 Glengad F.C.FixturesSaturday 14-02-2015 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)Orchard F. C. v Fintown Harps AFCGlenea United Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDrumoghill F.C. Reserves v Cranford United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversStrand Rovers v Drumbar F.C.Mulroy Celtic v Keadue Rovers ReservesDowntown CupDonegal Town Reserves v Erne WanderersGlenree United Reserves v Ramelton MarinersGlencar Celtic v Milford UnitedSunday 15-02-2015 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDrumoghill F.C. v Gweedore CelticSt. Catherines v Rathmullan CelticCappry Rovers v Kildrum TigersCranford United v Glenea UnitedWatson Hire Division OneGweedore United v Kilmacrennan CelticLagan Harps v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Keadue Rovers v Castlefin CelticCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town v Bonagee UnitedConvoy Arsenal v Deele HarpsLetterbarrow Celtic v Eany CelticKnockalla Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m.Milford United v Lifford CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: February 8th, 2015 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

Arsenal target hints at switch, Man United eye Danish star, Zlatan’s next move

first_img moving on targets 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 3 Transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com RANKED The 23-year-old Mexico international, who impressed at the World Cup and against Spurs in the Champions League, has told talkSPORT he ‘likes’ Manchester United ‘a lot’ – FULL STORY Nicolas Anelka – the former Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bolton striker – is in talks over becoming a youth coach at Lille. (L’Equipe) LATEST IN DEMAND 3 Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is refusing to meet with the club and is planning on taking the Blues to court to ensure he is paid the rest of the salary, having been sacked as manager with one year left to run on his contract. (Sky Sports)Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente has told talkSPORT he would ‘love’ to return to Spain having struggled for first-team chances at Spurs – FULL STORYLille winger Nicolas Pepe has welcomed the speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal. (London Evening Standard) REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he will NOT be joining a European club on loan during the MLS off-season. (Daily Mirror)The Red Devils are considering a move for 22-year-old Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen. (La Republica)Southampton are preparing a £15million move for 24-year-old Japan international striker Shoya Nakajima – FULL STORYPSV forward Hirving Lozano says he would ‘love’ to play for ‘one of the Premier League’s big clubs’. (ESPN) Nicolas Pepe is wanted by Arsenal boss Unai Emery Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Here are the biggest transfer rumours and other football stories from Thursday’s newspapers and online… Sampdoria’s young Danish talent Joachim Andersen Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest talkSPORT.com exclusives and football headlines:Tony Cascarino claims Liverpool have no plan B under Jurgen KloppDavid Seaman claims Spurs are ‘not a million miles’ away from winning trophiesThe former goalkeeper believes Wayne Rooney MUST start in England’s friendly game against the USAPhil Thompson blasted the attitude of Liverpool players during their Red Star Belgrade defeatAdrian Durham admits he is struggling to take Tottenham Hotspur seriously as a football club after their win over PSVManchester United and Chelsea are reportedly keeping an eye on Leon BaileySpurs, Real Madrid and Barcelona target Milan Skriniar is worth €100m to Inter MilanEverton will move for ex-Man City forward and allow Tosun to rejoin BesiktasWest Ham are ready to battle it out with Everton for Shinji Kagawalast_img read more

March of the “Selfish Darwinians”?

first_imgPenguins: are they moral models, or evolutionary examples?  Ever since last year’s surprise blockbuster documentary March of the Penguins, the well-dressed seabirds and their harsh lives have provoked empathy and commentary.  Marlene Zuk (UC Riverside) took issue in Nature1 with those who try to moralize about monogamy from taking their cues only from the movie.  She pointed to instances of apparent homosexual behavior and mate-swapping, to say nothing of the variety of sexual antics in the animal kingdom.  Launching into moral lessons of her own, Zuk demonstrated what radically different lessons one can take from observations of nature:Tom Turnipseed, writing for the website Zmag.org, suggested that the real message lies in the penguins’ “cooperating with one another and sacrificing their own lives and individual gain for the common good and survival of their own kind” – behaviour that executives at Enron, the US energy company involved in an infamous corruption scandal, should have emulated.  Other reviews also allude to this supposedly altruistic behaviour and the “inexplicable love” shown.    Were we watching the same film?  In fact, the penguins are perfect little darwinians, selfish as can be.  No one seemed to question why the birds took such pains on their return to the breeding grounds to find their own mate, their own chick, in a crowd of thousands of look-alikes.  It seemed human, after all, like sailors returning from war eagerly seeking their families among the throng on shore.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)So what is the darwinian explanation for this behavior?  Zuk anticipates one objection, then brings evolution to the rescue, ending on a moral lesson of her own:But if the penguins simply needed to save the species, surely any chick would do, and feeding the nearest hungry beak would save all that tramping through the snow searching for one’s special little one.  Why bother?  Evolution supplies the answer: only scrupulous discrimination of your own kin will perpetuate one’s genes.  How the penguins manage such sophisticated feats is a fascinating area of study, one that will yield much more than a consideration of whether they are good role models for monogamy.    If we use animals as poster children for ideology, we not only end up in meaningless arguments over whose examples are more significant (cannibalistic mantids or promiscuous bonobos?), we risk losing sight of what is truly interesting and important about their behaviour.  What the executives at Enron are supposed to learn is another story.1Marlene Zuk, “Family values in black and white,” Nature 439, 917 (23 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/439917a.This article provides a case study on the self-refuting nature of Darwinian explanations.  The commentary that follows is not going to defend anthropomorphism and moralizing from animals – Zuk is right that you could pick and choose between extremes and find any moral lesson you want out there in the wild.  According to the Judeo-Christian tradition, morality requires a rational mind and personhood.  A knowledgeable theologian would not make the mistake of attributing penguin behavior to rational moral choice and forethought.  Object lessons from penguin behavior might prove useful as pedagogical aids, as long as one does not really believe the birds are rationally choosing moral actions.  The intelligent design perspective would be that animals operate according to internal programs designed to preserve the species in a dynamic environment.  But how can Zuk, on the other extreme, claim that the emperor penguins are “perfect little darwinians, selfish as can be?”  Her explanation might sound reasonable to a high-school biology student, but is unworthy of scholarly readers of Nature, because a careful look reveals that it falls into the same anthropomorphic, moralizing trap.  Worse, it overlooks the most important aspects of the march of the penguins that need explaining.    Zuk tried to pre-empt the objection that “any chick would do,” so let’s consider her answer.  Why wouldn’t any chick do?  Within a strictly Darwinian picture of the scene, the objection she sweeps away so dismissively seems valid.  Why would natural selection go to the extra cost of evolving strict pair-bonding?  That would require heritable genetic mutations leading to accurate discrimination of specific calls from one mate out of thousands, and behaviors that defer compensation till the correct mate is found.  Let’s call one pair Homer and Marge, and their little chick Maggie.  Wouldn’t it make much more sense in evolutionary terms for Marge to go direct to the fittest-looking chick in the crowd?  Suppose Marge finds Homer, only to see that little Maggie is a sickly, scrawny youngster not likely to last long in the struggle for life.  If evolutionists talk about “mate choice” and “choosy females” as part of the process of passing on one’s genes, then certainly we can ask about “chick choice.”  It seems that would make even better sense in a Darwinian world, where the individual doesn’t really matter in the long run.  The fittest chick is going to be the one most likely to carry on the genes of the population.  Why wouldn’t penguins evolve toward a behavior where all the chicks go running out to the mothers, and the fastest ones get the food?  By this time Homer’s work is done.  He may not even link up with Marge next season.  If a male is needed for another month of rearing, any of the nearly identical tuxedo-attired dudes could do the job.    The only way Zuk could claim her answer is better is to violate a Darwinian principle and commit a logical fallacy.  She has to admit to a moral standard and commit anthropomorphism, the very errors she set out to debunk.  The moral standard, perverse though it is, is that individual selfishness is good.  Notice her words, “perfect little darwinians, selfish as can be.”  By implication, selfishness is a good thing because it contributes to survival and the passing on of one’s genes.  But that begs the question of why these are good values.  The logical fallacy is to imagine that penguins can be selfish, or exercise enough forethought and self-control against the severe rigors of their harsh environment to decide, in penguin-English, “If I can just manage to hold on against these hardships, I will be rewarded by passing on my genes.”  If penguins cannot care about monogamy, they cannot care about what happens to their genes.  If nobody cares, though, then the cheaper way for evolution to keep the penguin population booming is to reward the top contenders; line up the 90th percentile of fittest chicks with the females that have the most food, and let the rest die off, regardless of who the parents are.    Zuk completely ignored a more serious problem.  She only addressed the individual pair-bonding behavior, not the origin of the penguins themselves (see also 11/10/2005 and 10/27/2005 entries).  How did the bones, wings, scuba gear, ears, eyes, waterproof coat, muscles and tendons, and organ systems evolve?  She assumes that we will accept the Darwinian mechanism for all the wonders of nature just because she can concoct a story about how selfish genes produced individual pair bonding.  This is so typical of evolutionists.  They seize the gnat and claim ownership of the camel.  Finding one customer willing to say he feels better after taking Darwin’s Finest Natural Selection Snake Oil, they advertise it to the world as the panacea for the universe.  Also, she herself points to the fact that sexual behaviors in the animal kingdom are extremely diverse.  If Darwin fulfilled the Newtonian Dream of finding a natural law for biology, how can it explain opposites?  Where are his equations?  Why would not Darwin’s mechanism steer all populations toward uniform behaviors, instead of producing cannibalism among mantids, promiscuity among bonobos, and monogamy among birds?  By explaining everything, it explains nothing.  Evolutionary theory does not predict the behavior observed among emperor penguins, but only tries to attach a story to it after the fact.  The Darwin Party has replaced the science lab with a storytelling pub for lazy scientists (see 12/22/2003 commentary).    A nice film like March of the Penguins may stir our hearts, but whether or not penguins make good role models for humans is completely beside the point.  Darwinism fails to account for the origin of all living things, not just penguins.  Evolutionary explanations are speculative, anthropomorphic, and inadequate.  By moralizing herself in a somewhat haughty tone, Zuk has only reinforced the reality that humans care about right and wrong.    As for the penguins, they are getting pretty tired of all this evolutionary speculating, too.  See Eco Inquirer for the story….(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Woolies boost for organic farming

first_img10 January 2008South African clothing and food retailer Woolworths’ efforts to establish a local source for organic fibre for their clothing has been given a major boost, with the country’s first commercial scale trial crop of organic cotton being planted this summer.Woolworths said in a statement this week that they have, together with the ComMark Trust, Cotton South Africa and the Organic Exchange, set up a pilot programme in which a number of farms in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces are growing organic cotton, under direction of the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Industrial Crops.The ComMark Trust has committed in the region of R1-million to assist farmers with start-up costs, while the Organic Exchange will be providing technical support for farmers.For its part, Woolworths has committed itself to supporting local farmers by buying the 30 tons of organic cotton expected to harvested by May this year.“Woolworths is committed not only to promoting the use of organic cotton, but – and perhaps even more importantly – to fostering the growth of a local organic cotton industry,” said Woolworths group head of design, sourcing and technology Darren Todd.“We firmly believe that South Africa offers tremendous potential for growing organic cotton and have been working very closely with the Organic Exchange and local organisations, including Cotton SA and the Agricultural Research Council, for some time now.”According to the Organic Exchange, an international organisation dedicated to expanding global supplies of organic cotton, conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and over 10% of the pesticides used in the world. Organic cotton, on the other hand, is produced using only natural fertilisers, pesticides and phosphates, making it much healthier for the environment and safer for farm workers.“The growing awareness among consumers of these advantages has sparked a worldwide move towards organic cotton,” Woolworths said.At the annual Organic Exchange Conference in Montrey, California In November, Woolworths announced that they had become the world’s third-largest consumer of organic cotton, since introducing South Africa’s first clothing range made from 100% organic cotton in 2004. They are behind only two giant American corporations, discount department chain Wal-Mart and sportswear manufacturer Nike.“Woolworths used 1.8-million kilograms of organic fibre in 2007 and 2.2-million kilograms is projected to be used in 2008,” Woolworths said.However, all the organic cotton they currently use comes from outside South Africa – mainly from Uganda and India – a situation that the company is aiming to change through such initiatives.Developing a new industryThe initiative is in line with Woolworths’ Good Business Journey strategy, which addresses the issue of sustainable growth within the context of changing social and environmental challenges facing both South Africa and the planet.Included in the plan is the intention to accelerate efforts to reduce the environmental impact of products and processes by introducing more textile items made with sustainable fibres such as organic cotton, organic wool, bamboo, hemp, recycled polyester and soya, with the goal of increasing sales of organic-content clothing to more than R1-billion per year, a target the company is confident it will achieve by 2010.“We are encouraged by the enthusiasm that is being shown by the farmers who are taking part in the trial and look forward to expanding local production in the future,” Todd said.He added that the company was particularly excited by the prospects that organic cotton offers, not only as a rotational crop for Woolworths’ organic produce farmers, but also as a means for empowering South Africa’s previously disadvantaged small-scale farmers.“Globally there is a huge demand for organic cotton,” Woolworths said. “Through this project, Woolworths will aim to facilitate market access so that farmers will, in due course, have access and opportunity to supply organic cotton at a global level.”“As consumers are becoming more ‘green aware’, companies around the world are using organic cotton and other organic fibres to step more lightly on the planet,” said Organic Exchange programme director Rebecca Calahan Klein. “Organic fibre production must continue to increase at a rate of 40% per year to meet projected demand.“We commend Woolworths for taking a leadership role in South Africa, and are pleased to be playing a role in the birth of South Africa’s own organic cotton pipeline.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa to host next Cites conference

first_img24 June 2014Johannesburg, the economic heart of South Africa, has been named as the host of the next wildlife conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or Cites.The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) will take place from 24 September to 5 October 2016.Cites secretary-general John E Scanlon said South Africa was a highly appropriate location for the CoP because of the frontline wildlife challenges the country faced.Inspiration and history“Africa is home to a vast array of Cites-listed species and South Africa is globally recognised for the Big Five,” he explained. “Holding the CoP in such surroundings should inspire all delegates. Cites parties and observers look forward to meeting in South Africa in 2016 for the world wildlife conference.”He also noted that South Africa was one of the first countries to join Cites after it came into effect in 1975 and since then the country had been active in the work needed.Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya have all hosted the conference previously.Cites is a global treaty between 181 member states. Its mandate is to ensure that trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten the species’ survival.Cites regulates international trade in over 35 000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment, according to the organisation. “The Cites permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable,” it says.Poaching on the riseThere has been an increase in elephant and rhino poaching, which are killed or maimed for their tusks and horns in South Africa. According to government figures, 393 rhinos were killed by poachers between January and April this year, an increase of 18% over the same period a year previously.Glad to have youEnvironmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said: “We look forward to welcoming Cites parties and observers to our beautiful country.” She encouraged delegates to experience and embrace the country’s biodiversity, culture, and historic heritage.Molewa also urged delegates to use the opportunity to engage in robust discussions and come up with resolutions that will take forward the work already under way regarding the trade in flora and fauna.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Your Cloud Provider Is Toast. Now What?

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Matt Asay Your cloud provider is great. Your cloud provider is cheap. Your cloud provider is out of business.Now what do you do?If your favorite consumer cloud service goes out of business or simply feels it’s time to end-of-life a particular application, it’s frustrating but life goes on. More often than not, you weren’t paying for the service, anyway. But for an enterprise, losing access to a preferred SaaS application can be devastating.Just ask Xeround’s customers.Learning From Xeround’s FailureRecently the Database-as-a-Service (DaaS) provider terminated its cloud database service, giving free users a week to pack up and move on, and paid customers just two weeks:“Xeround’s leadership forum has recently decided to re-focus the company’s effort. This means we will no longer be able to support our service over public clouds, across all of our currently active data centers… We ask you to please export your database instance and migrate your database to another service of your choosing before the termination date… We regret the inconvenience this causes you.”It’s a nice thought, if not particularly helpful. Moving to an alternative solution is easier said than done. Migration between products, cloud or otherwise, is never particularly easy, often by design.In the case of Xeround, which promises 100% MySQL compatibility, migrating to MySQL might not be difficult. But what if you wanted to move to an alternative database? Or what if instead of a database or other somewhat swappable infrastructure you were hoping to migrate off a SaaS application?Good luck with that.Open Source As A Safety NetCould open source help with this? While not a panacea, giving users both a cloud service and an on-premises deployment, with the latter offered as open source, would ensure a robust back-up plan. It might also give them comfort to use the cloud service in the first place.As Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos argues, infrastructure software is almost entirely open source now as developers “require access to the details [of their cloud infrastructure] — not just to have the ability to do the same, but for the ability to verify the quality and modify to fit their needs.” Businesses are embracing the cloud because it yields cost and convenience benefits, as Forrester’s Ted Schadler posits. Add to this developer peace-of-mind and it’s a near-perfect combination.This isn’t really about source code. While some will want to tinker with code, doing so will generally void your contract with a vendor. Instead it’s about security once the vendor fails or cancels a service: moving a cloud service to your data center, even if only temporarily, buys you time and makes the initiatl investment in the cloud much less precarious.What’s Your Back-Up Plan?As organizations move to the cloud, increasingly with a ‘cloud first’ policy, having a back-up in mind is important. Open source is one option that seems to be working for SugarCRM, Eucalyptus and others. But what’s your cloud back-up plan? Frequent data dumps? If you had the chance to migrate your end-of-life SaaS application to an on-premises, open-source deployment, would you do it?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#back-up#cloud#Disaster Recovery#saas#Xeround last_img read more

Naomi Osaka plays Azaranka in matchup of current and former No. 1s

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Japan’s Naomi Osaka stretches to return a shot against Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )PARIS — Naomi Osaka plays Victoria Azaranka in a matchup of current and former No. 1 players in the second round of the French Open.Also Thursday, Serena Williams is back on Court Philippe Chatrier against Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors’ new NBA Finals road goes to Canada Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess In men’s action, top-ranked Novak Djokovic faces 104th-ranked Henri Laaksonen, a “lucky loser” who only entered the draw when another player pulled out.Osaka is aiming to win her third consecutive Grand Slam tournament, while at No. 43 Azarenka is still working her way back into the upper echelons of the game after a series of injuries, a pregnancy and a custody battle over her child.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA two-time winner of the Australian Open, Azarenka’s best result at Roland Garros was a run to the semifinals in 2013. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Andy Murray climbs to second spot in ATP rankings

first_imgSerbian star Novak Djokovic held on to his place as world No.1 in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles rankings released on Monday, while Scottish Andy Murray advanced to the second spot after winning the Italian Open title in Rome.Murray defeated Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 in the Rome Masters on Sunday. Murray now has 8,435 points, while third-placed Roger Federer got 7,015, reports Efe.The current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 16,150 Points2. Andy Murray (Scotland) 8,4353. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 7,0154. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6,1105. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 5,6756. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 4,4707. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 3,3558. Tomas Berdych (Czech) 2,8509. Milos Raonic (Canada) 2,78510. Richard Gasquet (France) 2,725.last_img