Gritters out across Donegal tomorrow as temperatures dip

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced that its gritters are to be out in force tomorrow morning ahead of a busy day of festivities.Met Eireann is forecasting a cold and dry night with lowest temperatures of 1C.St. Patrick’s Day will be a rather cold day with bright or sunny spells and scattered showers. Gritters will be on selected main roads from 6am tomorrow morning (Sunday):The following routes will be gritted:01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central04: Inishowen South05: Inishowen East06: Inishowen West07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West17: Donegal North18: Donegal SouthLT: Letterkenny Town Priority 1BT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1Gritters out across Donegal tomorrow as temperatures dip was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Buck Up; We’re Stuck on Earth

first_img(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Star Trek is out, scientists have found.  Our bodies can’t take extended space travel.Science Daily reported, “Houston: we have a problem.”  Italian scientists studied epithelial cells growing in the International Space Station and found them aging much more rapidly than on earth.  “Space-flown cells differentially expressed more than 1,000 genes and secreted high amounts of pro-inflammatory cytokines,” they discovered.  “Ultimately, this induced significant oxidative stress, causing inflammation among endothelial cells, which in turn, led to atherosclerosis and cell senescence (biological aging).”So unless future space travelers have kids quick and train them well, long trips seem unlikely.  And who knows what other deleterious effects will be found on the body during exposure to microgravity and cosmic rays?  “We’ve evolved to rely on gravity to regulate our biology, and without it, our tissues become confused,” the journal editor remarked.  “Worst of all: they age faster!”Good grief; we didn’t “evolve to” rely on gravity.  We were created to thrive on the environment we were given.  “The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man” (Psalm 116:15).   But even with our feet on terra firma, we grow old, groaning under the curse (Romans 8).The only way to achieve star travel will be to get a new body in heaven that is not subject to aging and decay.  The only way to qualify is to repent and believe the gospel (John 3,).  For those of us who have accepted Christ’s free gift of salvation (see map), part of our inheritance will be a new, glorified body ( I Corinthians 15).  What will it be like?  We don’t know, except that Paul compares the old to a buried seed and the new to a sprouted plant.  We will be like Christ, John said, because we will see Him as He is (I John 3:2).  After His resurrection, Jesus was not limited by space and time; locked doors could not keep Him out, and He could appear and vanish at will.  Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith speculated that these appearances sound like the resurrected Christ was walking in a higher dimension.  Just as the inhabitants of Flatland would be baffled by footprints in their world, we would be flabbergasted by someone appearing out of nowhere and vanishing.In the new heavens and earth, there will be no more tears, sickness, or death, because we will be raised incorruptible (1 Peter 1:3-8).  Although there will be a new earth, the saints may not be limited to it.  Since we will be like the angels in heaven, as Jesus said (Matthew 22:30), we may have the universe open to us for exploration.  Paul said that eye has not seen, nor ear heard, the things God has prepared for those who love Him (I Corinthians 2:9).  Whatever we find, we know it will be fantastic beyond all imagination, most of all because we will see our Redeemer face to face and be overwhelmed with the glory of God, the Creator of all things.  Will you be there?  Don’t trust in mythical Star Trek hopes.  You won’t live long enough to see a starship, even if one is ever deemed theoretically possible.  If you rode on it, your body would age to death long before reaching the nearest star, even if you didn’t become demented (1/06/13).  No one has observed physical beings traveling across the galaxy, but there are many eyewitnesses of the risen Christ (more than 500 at one time, I Cor. 15:6, many who were still living when Paul wrote about it).  New Testament authors Peter, John, Matthew, James, Jude, and Paul were all eyewitnesses, not wavering in their testimony all the way to martyrdom, along with all the other apostles.In these pages we have repeatedly shown that true science falsifies Darwinian evolution and other secular origin myths.  We have also demonstrated that true science is consistent with the Bible (e.g., 10/27/13).  If you respect observation and evidence, it’s time to go where the evidence leads, like the skeptical atheist Lee Strobel did.  When he examined the evidence, he found it so strong, he decided it took more faith to maintain his atheism than to become a Christian.  See his story in The Case for a Creator (watch on YouTube) and The Case for Christ.  We hope you enjoy our science reporting here, but don’t stop with mere knowledge.  It’s time to grow out of Trekkie adolescence and embrace mature responsible choices between fact and fiction, between myth and reality, between life and death.  Billy Graham, in his 95th birthday special airing this weekend, shares the message he has faithfully preached to millions of people for decades, a legacy that his son, daughter and grandson are continuing.  His aging body is going the way of all the earth, but his soul is filled with living hope and confidence.  The message is simple.  It’s for everyone.  It’s the answer.  Come to the cross.last_img read more

Bassie is a beauty with heart

first_imgBasetsana Kumalo is one of remarkably few successful women in business – making her a strong role model for young girls.. (Image: Basetsana Kumalo)Top Billing+27 11 [email protected] NaidooBassie, as she is affectionately called by her friends and legions of fans, is a vivacious beauty queen who exudes more than just good looks; she is also a savvy businesswoman.“Being a Miss South Africa had pros and cons and one of the challenges was overcoming people’s perceptions that I was nothing more than a beauty queen and had nothing to offer,” she said. “I realised that I could either allow people’s perceptions about what a Miss South Africa can and cannot do to determine my destiny, or I could use the opportunity to show that I had something real to offer.“I worked really hard to prove myself and made sure that everything I did was done to the highest standard of excellence. My attitude was that, although I knew that I didn’t know much, I was willing to learn, so over time I did business courses and learned from others in business,” she said.Being a responsible individual was a lesson Kumalo learned from her parents. They did a lot of smaller scale things to make extra money, such as making and selling curtains at the end of each month, as well as selling sandwiches and ice cream, among others.Born Basetsana Julia Makgalemele on 29 March 1974 in Soweto, she has two sisters and a brother. Her bus driver father, Philip Makgalemele, died in 2003 and her school teacher mother, Beatrice Makgalemele, died in 2006. Though she started school at Thabisang Primary School, she was later transferred to a school in Lenasia when schooling became untenable in 1986.She describes herself as being an introvert at school, but soon blossomed into a confident young woman. And at the age of 16, she was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa in 1990. Just four years later, she was crowned Miss South Africa. That led to the Miss World pageant, in which she was named First Princess.During her reign, Kumalo was the beauty editor of Drum magazine and she began her career as a television presenter on Top Billing, the popular lifestyle show. Her career catapulted and she was soon a household name and the face of Revlon’s Realistic Hair Care range internationally. Since then, Kumalo has racked up an impressive list of achievements, including an honorary scholarship for overseas study in 1994 from then-president Nelson Mandela.By 1995, she became a 50% partner in the company that produces Top Billing, Tswelopele Productions. Four years later, Tswelopele merged with Union Alliance Media and was listed on the JSE. This merger made Kumalo one of the youngest black women directors in South Africa.Television careerThe production company then branched off into other television shows, such as the Afrikaans magazine programme Pasella, and a youth TV show in SiSwati called Ses’kona. In 2000, Kumalo branched out, launching her own clothing range. This led to other ventures, including her eyewear range and her brand of cosmetics.In 2001, Kumalo joined Travel with Flair as a director. The company was named the top travel agency in 2007, and at the World Travel Awards in 2009, it won Africa’s Leading Business Travel Agency, Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company and South Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company.In 2004, Kumalo contributed to the book Inspirational Women at Work, which focuses on the new face of leadership in South Africa. She also features in Recipes from the Heart, with 36 of South Africa’s most-loved celebrities. She is also the editor-at-large of Top Billing magazine, the print edition of the television show.Kumalo is the president of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa. In 2008, she became a new Tawana shareholder through a transaction with her investment company Pro Direct 189. She also sits on the boards of Unipalm Investment Holdings, Vhangana Energy Resources, Tactic Group Limited, SME Financial Holdings Limited, Morongwa Investment Holdings, Seven Falls, Q2 Petroleum and PHAB Holdings.When asked how she manages so many projects, she says: “My biggest gripe is that there are not enough hours in the day. I prioritise things according to their level of urgency and plan at the beginning of the year, so I have diarised all the important meetings and events well in advance. I have cut down on the international travel as well and I lean on people to help me.”Playing her partAlong with her husband, the actor Romeo Kumalo, she has established the Romeo & Basetsana Kumalo Family Foundation, which supports children’s development, especially those who have been orphaned by Aids or related diseases. She also joined Unicef in its attempts to eradicate neonatal and maternal tetanus. She was nominated by former first lady Graça Machel in 2007 to be one of five celebrities to take a public HIV test, and she helped to raise money for the Chris Hani Baragwanath Children’s Hospital.As part of her philanthropic work, Kumalo is a volunteer for Agang Sechaba, a project started in 2007 that helps female professionals to give back to the communities into which they were born. She has received several awards, including from Operation Hunger, the Cancer Association of South Africa and the RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme), in which she played a key role. Childline, Take a Girl Child to Work, and Reach for a Dream are some of the charities in which she is involved.Kumalo holds a diploma in marketing from Damelin College and is currently studying towards a degree in international relations and political science.She is one of remarkably few successful women in business – making her a strong role model for young girls. In the 2013 World Economic Forum’s Gender Equity report, women earned up to 33% less than their male peers. The current international pay gap average is 13%.And while more than half of university graduates are women, only 44% are employed in corporate South Africa. When it comes to top management, just 19% of the country’s top managers are women and just 17.1% of board seats are held by women; in the United Kingdom this is at 17.3%, in the United States it is 16.6%.However, women make up 5.5% of board chair roles in South Africa – double the 2% in Europe.last_img read more

Beaming with pride, Harmanpreet Kaur’s mother urges nation to empower daughters

first_imgAs India is celebrating the entry of the national women’s cricket team into the ICC Women’s World Cup final, courtesy Harmanpreet Kaur’s brilliant knock 171 not out off 115 balls, the cricketer’s mother has urged the nation to empower their daughters.CLICK TO WATCH FULL INTERVIEWExpressing happiness over her daughter’s achievement, Kaur’s mother said the entire family used to enjoy her game and would just stick to the television set to watch her game.”I just want to say that the way my daughter has made us proud, others should also give their daughter a chance to live their dream and shouldn’t kill them in the womb,” Kaur’s mother told ANI.She gave the credit of Kaur’s achievement to her father, saying that he supported her the most and was the one to take her to grounds for practice when she was a kid.Meanwhile, Kaur’s father wished the Indian team luck to bring the World Cup trophy home and to make the nation proud.”I just wish the Indian women team all the luck. I hope Harmanpreet keeps playing the way she has been and bring the World Cup to India and make the nation proud,” he said.A magnificent unbeaten century from star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur yesterday helped India beat Australia by 36 runs in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup at the county ground.Chasing a daunting total of 282 in a match that was reduced to 42 overs because of rain, the defending champions were bowled out for 245 in the 40th over.advertisementWinning the toss and electing to bat in derby, which was virtually India’s home ground, Harmanpreet played gem of an innings, scoring 171* to propel India to 281.She smashed the Australian bowlers to all parts of the ground and was absolutely brutal with her power hitting. Her 115-ball knock was studded with 20 fours and seven sixes and was rightly adjudged the player of the match award.Now, India will face host England in what could be expected as a cracker of a final on Sunday at the iconic Lord’s.last_img read more

Video: Tom Izzo Pulled Away From Yelling At Referee While Michigan State Struggles With Oakland

first_imgA closeup of Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo.ST LOUIS, MO – MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Michigan State is playing its first game without player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine, and things could be going better. The Spartans lead Oakland 80-78, but the game has been a struggle. Tom Izzo has had an interesting night as well. He has loudly disagreed with a few calls, and at one point, actually had to be pulled away from one referee.Tom Izzo is about to loose his mind after Bryn Forbes got fouled then called for a technical. What did he do? Fist pump?— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) December 23, 2015Tom Izzo restrained from the official. Oakland tech shots to tie here…— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 23, 2015Izzo for President! #POTUS #SpartanNation pic.twitter.com/RICr6tAax5— Dana (@DanaMonstah) December 23, 2015IZZO MAD pic.twitter.com/lxvJ5vDfNA— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) December 23, 2015There is less than a minute left in the game, which is live on ESPNU. We may have a great finish on our hands, involving the nation’s No. 1 team.last_img read more

Alabama Football Released This Hype Video

first_imgNick Saban speaking to Alabama players.Alabama Football/InstagramAlabama is ready for football.Are you?You will be after watching the following hype video.The Crimson Tide released this, “Who is ready for some Alabama football?” hype video on Instagram.Check it out:Alabama, No. 1 in both the preseason polls, opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 3 against USC at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.last_img

Morally despicable Judge sentences former Young Canadians worker to 10 years

first_imgCALGARY – An Alberta judge has sentenced a man who worked for decades with a young people’s performance group to 10 years in prison for “morally despicable” sex offences against some performers.Justice Larry Ackerl accepted a joint sentencing recommendation Wednesday after Philip Heerema, 55, pleaded guilty midway through his trial in January.Heerema resigned in 2014 from The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts in Calgary when police began investigating several complaints. The six victims were male students between the ages of 15 and 17 who were at the school between 1992 and 2013.Heerema pleaded guilty to charges that included sexual assault, sexual exploitation, luring and making child pornography.“In that formal position of trust and authority, Heerema ingratiated himself into the personal lives of these young men. He became a mentor, a father figure and a perceived friend,” Ackerl said.“His persistent, sophisticated ingratiation moved deliberately to unsettling sexual innuendo and ultimately degenerated into sexual abuse.”The school works with students between the ages of 11 and 18. Their training in dance, voice and performance culminates with grandstand shows during the Calgary Stampede every July.Ackerl said Heerema “identified, targeted, relentlessly pursued and groomed” the young men who the judge said were both especially talented and vulnerable.“Mr. Heerema recognized, manipulated and preyed on their vulnerability in abusing his position of trust,” said Ackerl.“He resoundingly betrayed the trust that these boys had reposed in him. His calculated conduct was morally despicable and ultimately criminal.”Ackerl said Heerema’s remorse for his actions was limited and not considered a mitigating factor in sentencing.“His abuse was serious, tactical and calculated. It arose not from spontaneous, isolated miscalculations. Rather, it revealed a pattern of deliberate and escalated conduct.”Ackerl suggested that Heerema follow the treatment plan laid out by the court psychologist.“I understand through your counsel that you have an interest in exploring access to that treatment. I hope your interest is legitimate and I hope that it is pursued.”The mother of the first victim to come forward with allegations said 10 years isn’t long enough.“I appreciate the judge’s comments. They were very thoughtful, but I wish he had actually done more to admonish Phil. He had an opportunity to say in words that he was a monster and that he still did not accept responsibility,” the woman, who cannot be identified, said outside court.“His apology was not genuine. He never said once he was sorry to the children. He never said I am sorry for what I’ve done,” she said.“What he said was, ‘I’m sorry for the choices I’ve made’ and he made it sound like he was taken down a path by the children and that he went willingly with them.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Drake and LeBron James Share Barber Chairs and Retirement Advice on HBOs

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Toronto’s very own Drake is set to make an appearance on the second episode of LeBron James’ HBO series THE SHOP, this Friday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 p.m. ET on HBO Canada. In the new episode – which also features professional basketball players Ben Simmons, Mo Bamba, Victor Oladipo, and Elana Delle Donne – Drake and James dive into a variety of topics, from retirement and rap rules, to haircuts and fame.Here’s a snapshot of what viewers can expect to hear from Drake:“I think maybe one of my biggest concerns in my career is just to figure out how to exit gracefully. I’ve watched people overstay their welcome, and I just don’t ever want to be that guy that’s addicted to the feeling of victory, addicted to the emotion…” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook “Rap purists, and people who just love confrontation, they say, ‘eh man, there’s no rules’, but there are rules.”“I’ve had terrible haircuts for a huge portion of my life.”From executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter, HBO Sports’ THE SHOP gives viewers a one-of-a-kind barbershop experience, a place that for many, provides a sanctuary for free-flowing and spirited discussions. In the series, James visits barbershops around the U.S., having unfiltered and honest conversations with entertainment and sports figures about a variety of culturally relevant topics.last_img read more

Brazil call up Uniteds Pereira

first_imgManchester United’s Andreas Pereira has received a call-up to the Brazil squad for the first time.Manchester United’s academy star Pereira started the first game of the season against Leicester in last week’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City.Sky Sports now reports that he and new signing Fred have been called up to the Brazil national team.For the upcoming friendlies against the United States and El Salvador in the US next month, Brazil head coach Tite has named a 24-man squad.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.The 57-year-old omitted players like Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Danilo, Ederson, Marcelo, Miranda, Paulinho, Cassio, Geromel and Taison.Tite stated wants to give new young players opportunities to impress ahead of next year’s Copa America in Brazil.Squad: Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Neto (Valencia), Hugo (Flamengo) Defenders: Alex Sandro (Juventus), Dede (Cruzeiro), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fagner (Corinthians), Felipe (Porto), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) Midfielders: Andreas Pereira (Manchester United), Fred (Manchester United), Arthur (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Lucas Paqueta (Flamengo), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) Forwards: Douglas Costa (Juventus), Everton (Gremio), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedro (Fluminense), Willian (Chelsea)last_img read more

Brightons Chris Hughton commends Rafael Benitez

first_imgBrighton boss Chris Hughton commends Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez for doing a “wonderful job” with the resources at his disposal.Benitez’s Magpies after bagging just two points from their opening eight fixtures are helping to prop up the Premier League table.The club received limited financial backing in the summer after acquiring a 10th-place finish last season.Hughton who worked under Ashley at Newcastle between 2008 and 2010 is full totally appreciates Benitez’s work.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“With regards to what they’ve spent in the summer, the reason why they haven’t spent perhaps what the other clubs have done, the only ones who are privy to that are the CEO, the chairman and of course Rafa,” Hughton said via Skysports.“What I do know is that with the squad that he’s got, what they’ve recruited and what they’ve spent – which is less than most clubs and far less than a lot of clubs – then I think Rafa has done a wonderful job with the players that he has.“What you always have to do as a manager is work within the boundaries of what you have, and if that means being allowed to go out and spend big, big money on players then that’s what it is and that’s what you’ll be judged on.“If it’s working with a group of players and spending less, then it’s exactly the same, it’s what you’ll be judged on.”last_img read more