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first_imgBY PATSY McGONAGLE: It sure was a busy weekend and club officials were extended throughout.Highlights included medal success for the younger set in Templemore, schools success for Shaun Woods and John Kellly in Tailteann Games hence international selection (both are students at Royal and Prior), relay gold under 23, silver for Noel Collins in steeple with James Speight bronze junior steeple.Again Dempsey McGuigan had collected bronze AAA champs Bedford Saturday and jumped on a plane to Dublin being involved in a really exciting record breaking competition hammer in Tullamore. It all began Friday evening in Aghyaran with the 5k and despite being seriously rained on close to 200 turned out Teresa McGloin winning the women’s event and David Wilson the men’s race and a great night had by all which is no surprise in this most hospitable of venues.Schools is a vital competition as a gauge and the Raphoe school pair of Shaun Woods 51.00 400m got him up for 2nd spot, a personal best, an Irish spot in the 400m and 4 x 4 and needless to remark coach Bernie Alcorn was delighted.John Kelly chasing 15m his seasonal target with the 5kg ball got out to 46.59m and will hit the mark in due course. It was sufficient now to be included in international team and he medalled in javelin at 46m plus needed 50m to improve the colour of the medal.In recent times Valley athletes that gained schools selection included Pauric McLaughlin, Ian Ward and the late Shane Bonner. Tullamore Sunday continued to be a hive of activity.Noel Collins 9.23 in steeple for silver not able to maintain momentum over last 6oom with Flynn which will dissapoint the dedicated man that he is.In the junior equivalent James Speight Irish senior schools steeple champion finished 3rd 10.09.Later in the day the 4 x 4 lads Collins ,O Connor ,Bonner and Hoye struck gold 4 x 4 great exciting race involving Leevale.Finally from this meet Dempsey in hammer and he led through 3 rounds 65.43 then went over the european q mark once again recording 66.71 close to his Irish record with Barry on 66.43m but a massive 68m plus from Barry ended the story but it has to be underlined that this by any standards is quality throwing from both these lads. An enjoyable day in sunny conditions and Valley team leaders on the day Mark Connolly and Kieran Carlin delighted with the contribution of the lads.Neil Martin now will lead the Irish junior team to Tallinn next month and with Mark English a 800m winner here having completed his Leaving Cert exams he will have a strong Donegal interest and we wish him success.Saturday Templemore ,Co. Tipperary an enthusiastic group of our younger set – 11 in total – travelled with their parents to whom we are most grateful and 9 came back up the road having medalled and when you are 10 years old you can understand exactly how excited they were.Top of the list Aine Kerr, St Bridgets NS and Sinead Gallagher, St Marys Stranorlar NS won the long jump. Lauren Callaghan and Daniella Jansen both Dromore N S silver in the 60m team as is the case at this age level and then later in the evening joined with classmates from the Killygordon school Lauren Lafferty and Aine Wilkinson and Sessiaghoneill NS Caitlin Mc Gonagle to medal in relay.Dromore N S were again in the frame when Zoe Kelly was fastest 600m winning her race and in the team joined by Lauren Mc Daid St Muras to collect medals.Ann Marie Mc Geehin closely involved with this group was walking tall and of course the hard work put in over many months by Christine Feely paid off.A memorable few days for this talented group!Finally a big thank you to all the support people who contributed in every which way to enabling a busy schedule happen.Check out www.kcathletics.com for comprehensive photo coverage of Aghyaran and Tullamore great coverage the best in the land from Kieran.PIX: PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: June 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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:PIX: PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORTlast_img read more

Key debate to take place in Seanad on funding of A5 and Derry Airport

first_imgDonegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has secured an extensive debate in the Seanad on the funding of the A5 dual carriageway and the City of Derry Airport.It follows a request that the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross come into the Seanad to hear statements on the need for Irish Government commitment on vital transport spending for Donegal and the North West.This has now been confirmed for three weeks time on Wednesday November 16th. Senator Mac Lochlainn said “I am pleased to have secured this important focus on the funding of the A5 dual carriageway and the City of Derry Airport. There is a huge deficit in transport infrastructure between Donegal and the North West with the rest of this island. It is long documented that there is no motorway, rail or air link from North Donegal, Derry and Tyrone to our capital city and key economic and transport hub, Dublin.“We need to hear from the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross what he and his Government plan to do to redress this appalling historical neglect. The matching funding committed to the vital A5 project by previous Irish Governments was £400 million sterling. However that commitment has been reduced down to €75 million by this Government. This is no where enough to deliver this project and Minister Ross and the Taoiseach need to understand the serious concerns of the people of Donegal and the North West”.“It is also essential that Minister Ross understand the importance of the City of Derry Airport to the development of tourism and our economy in North Donegal as well as Derry and Tyrone. Up to 150,000 Donegal passengers use the airport every year. 40% of the total passenger numbers there. For the last number of years, the Irish Government have not contributed one cent towards the running of the airport and this needs to be sorted out.“Linking the City of Derry Airport to Dublin airport means linking tourists from North America and Europe directly to our region”. Key debate to take place in Seanad on funding of A5 and Derry Airport was last modified: October 25th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Nature Takes Note of Religious Influence

first_imgThe surprisingly strong show of support for moral issues in the recent U.S. election has been the talk of the news for weeks now, and Big Science can’t ignore it.  “The voices of religion are more prominent and influential than they have been for many decades,” begins a prominent editorial in Nature1 Dec. 9, entitled ”Where theology matters.”  But taking note of it is about all it can recommend: “Researchers, religious and otherwise, need to come to terms with this, while noting that some dogma is not backed by all theologians.”    The “dogma” of mention is primarily doctrine that leads to positions against abortion and stem cell research – namely that of Catholics and evangelical Christians, as portrayed by Tony Reichhardt and two assistants in a news feature exploring varying religious views on embryonic stem-cell research.2  In the section on evangelicals, Reichhardt quotes Bible verses they use to support their view that life begins at conception: in particular, Psalm 139:13 and Jeremiah 1:5.  These are the religions that give scientists the most grief over bioethics.  Presumably the diversity of views listed implies that scientists do not need to take the arguments of evangelicals and Catholics all that seriously, because so many other religious groups disagree.  But in the same issue, Nature3 published a surprisingly friendly news feature about the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhists, admiring their spirituality and support for “science.”    The editors realize this is an old fight, but claim problems arise when religion and science encroach on each other’s turf.  Why not just accept the views of Aquinas or Einstein or the Pope, and let each field live and let live?The reason is that the two traditions regularly stray onto each other’s territories and stir up trouble.  Consider the political battles over the teaching of ‘creationism’ and ‘intelligent design’ in schools – an attempt by some religious people to foist their beliefs, masquerading as science on others.  Science bases its conclusions on empirical data, not on the authority of the Talmud, Bible or Koran.  And even though some may find it distressing that science recognizes no god, forcing it to do so will only produce bad scienceBut lest the reader think all fault is on the religious side, the editorial quickly adds, “Meanwhile science, allied with business, is encroaching on religion’s turf by unleashing technologies that raise profound questions about human nature.”  Nature’s advice?  “Religious thinkers and secular ethicists are right to raise concerns, and scientists shouldn’t just charge ahead without listening to them.”  In testimony on the President’s Council on Bioethics, for instance, the editors were “struck by the high-mindedness and sincerity of the discussion.”  They recommend each side avoid caricaturing the other, like “godless Frankensteins” versus “ignorant Bible-thumpers.”    The last line sounds like advice from one atheist to another: “Secular scientists (probably the majority) should avoid underestimating the influence and rights of those who believe that only a god can give meaning to the world, human suffering and mortality.”1Editorial, “Where theology matters,” Nature 432, 657 (09 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432657a.2Tony Reichhardt, “Religion and science: Studies of faith,” Nature 432, 666 – 669 (09 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432666a.3Jonathan Knight, “Religion and science: Buddhism on the brain,” Nature 432, 670 (09 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432670a.They just don’t get it, do they?  This article gives only faint praise to non-atheists.  It basically says, “instead of charging ahead to redefine humanness and secularize all ethics, stop and listen for five seconds to the concerns of a few numbskulls who need the crutch of a god to give them meaning, then proceed to charge ahead and redefine humanness and secularize all ethics.  Just don’t give a microsecond of ear to those rascally creationists and ID folk who are trying to foist their beliefs on us unenlightened materialists.  Stop a moment to appease the religious folk by dropping a flower at the feet of the Dalai Lama and chanting a mantra, then get on with the business of our godless world view.”    Incredible.  They actually think that scientists base all their conclusions on empirical data.  They actually think intelligent design is religious.  They still believe that science and religion have non-overlapping magisteria, and that science is about fact and religion is about faith.  They actually still think their turf is values-free.  They really think all religions are equally valid and equally stupid in terms of dogma, but some are better when they don’t get in the way of unlimited mad science.  Can you believe it?  Nature, get real; this is 2004, not 1925 – where have you been?  You are like Sennacherib*, still boasting before the news arrived from Jerusalem.  You can intimidate the common folk on the wall, but don’t underestimate the angel of the Lord.  And don’t expect Charlie Nisroch to repay your adoration when you need him the most.*Isaiah 36-37.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more