Gardaí have revealed that three youths are the main suspects behind a recent burglary at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.The leisure centre was broken into last Tuesday, 30th April, between 11.20pm and 11.30pm.Nothing was taken in the incident, while it is believed that the suspects were spooked by the alarm and fled shortly after gaining entry. However, significant damage was caused to the pool-side emergency exit door.A Garda spokesperson confirmed: “We believe that the burglary was carried out by three youths wearing dark clothing or hoodies with their hoods up.”An appeal has been launched for witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward and assist with the investigation. Any information to Letterkenny Garda Station would be appreciated in relation to this incident on 074/9167100 or to the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 11. Three youths believed to be behind Aura burglary was last modified: May 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)
(Visited 252 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Gratitude confers many benefits, but only makes sense if there is someone to be thankful to.Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, one of the favorite holidays for many Americans. As preachers and teachers are prone to remind us, it’s not merely a day for feasting and football. What is the meaning and purpose of Thanksgiving? Why is a whole day set aside for it? What good does it do?For the latest video instruction at Prager U, Dennis Prager lays out the case for being thankful. He makes a strong case for gratitude being the best way to make a better world. Gratitude, he explains clearly and simply, makes people kind and happy. Ungratefulness, by contrast, fosters victimhood and anger. Want to be happy? Be grateful, he says.As convincing as his argument is, he leaves out something important— perhaps the most important part of gratitude. To whom will you be thankful? As we have seen repeatedly, gratitude needs an object, otherwise it is selfishness masquerading as gratitude. The mere feeling of well-being is not gratitude. Behaving in a grateful way for personal health or happiness, or even to make a better world, misses the point. We need to face someone when saying, “Thank you.”The object of gratitude might be a parent, teacher or friend, for specific acts of kindness enjoyed. But when feeling grateful for health, or for the beauty of nature, or for the joy of experiencing a multitude of human blessings, there’s only one qualified recipient: our Creator.At Evolution News, David Klinghoffer encourages being thankful for the intelligent design of your eyes. Also on Prager U, Michael Medved clears up some myths about the first Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims and Indians. But actually, the first thanksgiving feasts go back to the Mosaic Law. Peace offerings or freewill offerings were the only optional sacrifices of the five in the Levitical code (Leviticus 7:11-17). They included sharing in the blessings of food by both priest and giver. Thanksgiving is a running theme throughout the Bible, ceremony or not. In fact, one of the primary reasons for judgment on sinners is lack of thankfulness even though the evidence of God’s power is evident in creation. The whole passage of Romans 1:18-22 bears repeating, as it closely parallels our motivations here at Creation-Evolution Headlines.18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.We wish all our readers a happy and sincere Thanksgiving.Need something specific to be thankful for? This is a good time to re-read some of our earlier articles about gratitude at these links:Reasons for thanksgiving in your body cells (11/23/16)More to thank God for in your brain (7/05/15)Let’s get [thankful for the] physical (11/25/14)Thank God for nature (4/12/15)Good gratitude: to science or God? (11/27/14)Gratitude is good for health (11/22/12)Can gratitude be studied scientifically (8/07/12)The science of thanksgiving (11/24/11)You can also search on gratitude and thanksgiving in the Search Bar.Exercise: Find and read all the instances of these words in the Bible: thanksgiving, thankful, thanks, grateful, gratefulness, gratitude. Allow a lot of time!
Johannesburg, Wednesday 31 July 2019 – Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme, in partnership with the Youth Economic Alliance, will host Grade 11 and 12 High School learners, as well as young entrepreneurs in Mpumalanga, to engage in a community outreach activity, themed “turn your ideas into currencies”.The Youth Economic Alliance Non-proﬁt Company (YEA), is an entity established to drive the development and advancement of youth entrepreneurship. It champions youth entrepreneurship through targeted programmes that collectively address the unemployment problem among youth (particularly in previously disadvantaged backgrounds) by providing them with opportunities to develop their businesses, as well as providing access to resources and linkages needed to realize their potential, as young social and economic entrepreneurs.The Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya will give the keynote address. Deputy Minister Siweya is a youth activist and a philanthropist who is very passionate about promoting a culture of reading and writing.The outreach activity will emphasize the importance of active citizenship with a focus on how young people can support their communities.The conversation on Play Your Part will seek to identify innovative solutions and opportunities big or small for the community. This is to encourage and guide them on how to leverage opportunities in entrepreneurship towards a progressive frame of thinking and action.Media is invited to attend. Details are as follows:Date: Saturday, 3rd August 2019Time: 12h00 -15h00Venue: Bongisimbi Comprehensive SchoolThomas Mahlangu4052 Thys Jonker StreetAckervilleeMalahleniFor more information please contact Ms Ntombi Ntanzintombin@brandsouthafrica.com or 064 890 6819Follow the conversation on @PlayYourPartSA #PlayYourPart #GetInvolved.
As I was reading about a bill in the Georgia legislature (unlikely to pass) forcing utilities to stop buying coal from mountaintop removal, it occurred to me that our dependence on fossil fuels and the havoc that they are wreaking on the environment is kind of a cruel joke played on us by the Earth.Free samples mean customers for lifeIt’s like the story of drug dealers passing out free samples to kids. Then, once they are hooked, there is a built in clientele. For the first 100 years or so, coal and oil were cheap and easy; we didn’t see (or we ignored) most of the downside. Now we understand the problems, but we are as addicted as a junkie is to his regular fix. When an addict has a support network they may have an intervention or go to treatment, and many of them succeed in kicking their habit.The system steers us away from smart thinkingThe big question for the planet is this: do we have enough of a support network to kick our habit? Our dealers (coal and oil companies) do not appear to be interested in helping us out. A bad combination of strong profits and regulation in many areas (particularly the Southeast US) that encourages rather than discourages more power generation gives them little incentive to reduce fossil fuel use. In those few areas where regulations encourage energy efficiency by utilities (the Western US comes to mind), per capita energy use has declined while it continues to rise in most other areas. So we have these islands of efficiency, places that have succeeded (at least partially) in “kicking their habit”, surrounded by the rest of us, happily smoking our “crack pipes” (oil and coal) day in and day out. They must be pretty ticked off at the rest of us.Forget about the earth, save yourself!Environmentalists often speak of saving the earth. The real issue, however, is saving humanity. We are the irritating boil on the earth, causing most, if not all, of the problems. Once we are gone, the earth will, over many millennia, very likely heal itself quite well. This century-plus addiction of ours may just be a cruel joke played on us by our planet – it has plenty of time to wait out our demise, after which it can go back to business as usual.
Welcome to day two of the MFLN Virtual Conference! Today’s sessions cover a wide variety of perspectives, from personal change right on through to organizational change.Barbara Thompson and Judi Dekle start our day with discussions about change from a policy standpoint, particularly within the military landscape. They sift through the challenges, opportunities, and benefits related to policy changes supporting military family readiness, and remind us of the value and power of DoD’s Family Readiness System.Christian Waugh then brings the conversation to a personal level as he addresses the connections between positive emotions and resilience, as well as the importance of positive emotions in stress management during times of change.We’re covering lots of ground today! What are you learning? Do you have a “change story” to share, whether from a personal growth experience, from an organization-wide shift, or on any level in between? What are you taking with you from these sessions today?Please share your thoughts below as a comment! We look forward to hearing from you!-Brigitte Scott,Director of Program Development and Evaluation, MFLN
Prices of vegetables soared amid disruptions in supplies while procurement of milk was also hit in parts of Rajasthan as farmers’ agitation entered the fourth day on Monday.“Jaipur Dairy alone has suffered a loss of nearly ₹1 crore as ‘anti-social elements’ spilled nearly 60,000 litres of milk on roads. Twelve tankers were vandalised. Jaipur Dairy has lodged 8-9 FIRs for damaging and manhandling employees,” Jaipur Dairy chairman Om Prakash Punia told PTI. He said that problems are being witnessed in Sikar, Chomu, Kaladera and parts of Jaipur. Vegetable prices have shot up by 25-30% in Jaipur due to ongoing farmers’ agitation. The prices of vegetables have increased by 25-30% in the last three days because of restricted supply due to the farmers’ agitation, a vegetable vendor at Muhana vegetable market said. Vegetables are supplied in Muhana mandi, Lal Kothi mandi and to other retail markets in the city from areas like Sanganer and Chomu (Jaipur) but farmers are not supplying to the mandis (large wholesale markets), he added. Meanwhile, farmers’ body holding agitation in the State has blamed “anti-social elements” for spilling milk on roads and disrupting milk procurement.Protests have been peaceful and successful. Anti-social elements are behind disrupting milk procurement and spilling it on roads. We have set up milk points for consumers outside city limits for urban population, a core committee member of the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh said. The 10-day Gaon Bandh (rural shutdown) farmer protest was called ahead of the first anniversary of the death of several farmers in police firing in Mandsaur of Madhya Pradesh, which sections of farmers supported in Rajasthan as well. The protest started on Friday demanding loan waiver, higher prices for their produce and immediate implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report on farming.
West Ham blow as keeper Fabianski out for EIGHT weeksby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.The 34 year old Polish stopper suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday and was substituted in the 34th minute. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
zoom Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has secured a USD 500 million construction contract for a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility dubbed At-Shore LNG (ASLNG).Under the tentative deal, HHI has been entrusted with the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the hull of the ASLNG and its subsequent construction.The concept, developed by Canadian Steelhead LNG, makes use of floating LNG production and storage units moored to marine jetties.The facility, with a length of 340 meters, a width of 60 meters and a weight of 74,000 tons, can store up to 280,000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas in its hull.Steelhead LNG, a Canadian company based out of Vancouver, plans to use the facility for its Kwispaa LNG project, which is expected to produce 6 million tons of LNG per annum, once it becomes operational in 2024. The produced LNG will then be shipped by gas carriers to buyer countries.Steelhead LNG is expected to launch an international tender for the facility’s topside and on-shore facilities in the second quarter and proceed with their design order in the third quarter of this year, HHI said.The proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility was given the go-ahead after a Huu-ay-aht community referendum resulted in a 70 percent vote in favor in March 2017.The Kwispaa LNG Project would be located on Huu-ay-aht owned land at Sarita Bay, about 70 kilometres southwest of Port Alberni at the southern end of the Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island.The National Energy Board (NEB) granted Steelhead LNG four export licenses (up to 24 million tonnes per annum) to export liquefied natural gas for 25 years.
BOISBRIAND, Que. – About 10 children were slightly injured after their school bus collided with a truck just north of Montreal on Thursday, Quebec provincial police said.The bus ended up in a ditch following the accident in Boisbriand.Police say it was carrying 34 children aged between six and 16.The injured kids were taken to hospital with minor injuries.Ten adults were also on the bus, which was heading to an outing as part of a day camp.
American men’s tennis is at a nadir. No Grand Slam singles champion in 11 years. No Grand Slam singles semifinalist in over five years. The U.S. Open unfolding now in New York is the 12th straight Grand Slam without an American man in the quarterfinals, and the seventh of the last eight with none in the fourth round.1The only active American man to even reach a major semifinal is Robby Ginepri, who is 31 and ranked 204th in the world.American women’s tennis is led by the No. 1 player in the world, Serena Williams, who has won 17 Grand Slam titles and remains the favorite to win the U.S. Open for the third year in a row.I wondered, though: Are the American women a stronger force in world tennis than the American men are? Beyond Serena and Venus Williams — who are 32 and 34 years old, respectively — are the women any deeper and stronger than the men?To check, I downloaded the latest singles rankings from both the men’s ATP World Tour and the women’s WTA tour — every player in the world who has a professional ranking point, even just one.As of Aug. 25, the start of the U.S. Open, there are 2,232 ranked men and 1,323 ranked women. About one in 12 of the ranked women are from the U.S., more than from any other nation (Russia trails narrowly). U.S. men make up one in 16 of all ranked professional players, tied with France for most in the world.Counting ranked players is a pretty rough gauge of national tennis strength. A player outside the Top 500 will appear in few tour events, let alone Grand Slams. Getting a ranking can be a product of opportunity as much as merit. An American player who’s just as good as, say, an Algerian player lives much closer to events where he can earn points, and therefore doesn’t have to spend as much to play.So I went beyond merely counting ranked players and added up the ranking points for each nation. This is a decent proxy for how much money players have earned in the sport, because ranking points generally scale with earnings. The bigger the tournament, the more points and dollars are available; and the further a player advances, the bigger a piece of the pie she earns. By this math, Serena Williams’s 2,000 points for winning the U.S Open last year — which still counts in the latest 52-week ranking — is worth slightly more than No. 24 Sloane Stephens’s cumulative tennis accomplishments in the last year. And Serena’s annual achievements are worth about five Sloanes in national tennis strength.That feels about right. Having lots of Top 100 players is nice in the first couple of days of a Grand Slam tournament. Having one player who can consistently reach the last couple of days of a Grand Slam is much nicer.Here, the U.S. women dominate their peers, and their male counterparts. They hog 12 percent of the world’s female tennis talent — half again as much as runner-up Russia. The U.S. men have just 5 percent of global male talent. The U.S. trails four European nations — Spain, France, Serbia and Switzerland — that combined have less than one-half the population of the U.S.Just five years ago, American men and women were much closer in their global tennis standing. American men held 8 percent of tennis ranking points, compared to 10 percent for women. The women have rebounded slightly while the men have lost ground.American men’s tennis boosters can point to a few reasonable explanations. First, the men’s long-term slump is less precipitous than the women’s. I checked by downloading pre-U.S. Open rankings data from the ATP and WTA websites for prior years, with major help from my colleague, Paul Schreiber. At this stage of the season in 1999 — the first year for which WTA ranking data is available on the WTA website — American women commanded 21 percent of global tennis power. American men held 11 percent. The men have narrowed the gender gap even as they have fallen further behind the rest of the world.2Any comparison can look different depending on which dates we choose to start and end with. The U.S. men’s slow decline over the last 15 years followed a crash, from 26 percent heading into the 1990 U.S. Open and 18 percent in 1994.Globalization also has brought more competition to the men’s game. Over the last few decades, the sport’s footprint has expanded further beyond the traditional bases in the four Grand Slam-hosting nations (the U.S., U.K., France and Australia). This is particularly so in the men’s game. That’s partly because of unequal opportunities; many countries still haven’t given girls the same chance to play sports as boys, or have done so only recently. Economic incentives have also favored the men: The Grand Slams equalized pay only seven years ago, and many other tournaments still pay men more than women. There also are more men’s professional events, which helps explain why there are more ranked male players than female players.The result is that 104 countries have ranked men, compared to just 79 countries with ranked women. That represents an increase of 14 countries from this time in 1999 for the men, but a rise of just four countries for the women.American women also are competing with fewer talent bases around the world. Russia is the only other country with at least 5 percent of the world’s ranked women. Three other countries besides the U.S. have a share that big of all ranked men.Another way to understand the men’s relative struggles is that the Williams sisters might be outliers who skew the whole comparison. Their story often has been described as one of the most remarkable in sports history, and rightly so. Their parents, Richard Williams and Oracene Price, trained them at a very young age with the goal of making each the No. 1 player in the world. Their daughters each achieved that audacious goal, and did so outside the well funded national centers. They have remained so good, past the age that most other women’s greats retired, that they account today for more than one-third of all U.S. women’s ranking points.What if the Williams family had never picked up tennis rackets? Then U.S. women would account for less than 8 percent of global talent today, much closer to their male counterparts.3Comparable earlier figures are 5 percent before the 2009 U.S. Open, 13 percent in 2004 and 17 percent in 1999. American women other than the Williams sisters have rebounded slightly after a steep decline. That group includes a number of young players who could one day enter the Top 10 but so far have performed inconsistently, including Stephens, Christina McHale and Madison Keys. None of them — nor the other three American women who rank behind the two Williams sisters but inside the Top 50 — reached the third round of the U.S. Open.4Remove John Isner and Donald Young, the top two American men, from the sport and the U.S. men’s share of global pro tennis power drops just one percentage point, to 4 percent.Here’s an even more outrageous hypothetical: What if Richard and Oracene had trained two young sons instead of daughters, and Jupiter and Steve had the same success that Venus and Serena have had? American men would hog a greater portion of global tennis talent than American women would today.While that scenario is farfetched, it is rooted in the reality of a sport usually dominated by just a few superstars. Even when American tennis was much deeper than it is today, one or two singular talents carried most of the load for winning big tournaments and contending for No. 1. Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe gave way to Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi. Those men won 41 of American men’s 46 Grand Slams in the last 42 years. Maybe it’s just a fluke that another player with that kind of talent hasn’t come around since Sampras and Agassi retired — or hasn’t played tennis.As it happens, Richard Williams, who is 72, has a two-year-old son. But if Richard has his way, Dylan won’t help pick up the mantle for the American men. “He’ll never be a billionaire in tennis,” Richard Williams said earlier this year. He wants his son to buy a gold mine.