Eighteen-year-old Noah Vonleh’s dream of playing in the NBA will be under scrutiny when the 2014 Draft Combine opens on Thursday in Chicago.American-born Vonleh is the son of Ms. Rennel Vonleh who moved to Massachusetts from Liberia in 1994 after spending some time in the neighbouring Ivory Coast.He is one of the candidates willing to showcase their athletic abilities to executives, scouts, coaches and doctors.Top NBA prospect, Vonleh joins the event with the Big-Ten Conference Freshman of the Year award under his belt, after averaging 11.3 points and 9 rebounds per game at the Indiana University (IU).The 2.08m forward is a very athletic player who still needs to improve some skills including his footwork and ball handling, but this did not prevent him from declaring available for the 2014 NBA Draft.During his press conference – held last month – alongside Indiana University head coach Tom Crean, Vonleh said it was a difficult decision to make, but encouraging messages from friends, former coaches, NBA scouts, critics, media and more importantly, the encouragement from his single mother, made him believe he can succeed in the Draft next month.Vonleh spent only one season under coach Crean, but his numbers and performances kept growing, and he thought it was time to follow the steps of former IU Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller who were selected 1st and 4th in the 2013 NBA Draft.Coach Crean supported Vonleh’s decision, and highlighted his work ethic. “We’re proud of him. He’s got an unlimited future because of his potential, because of his character, because of his work ethic, the talent is there, the weight and the strength that he’s put on in a short period of time,” Crean said of Vonleh.When asked to talk about his game, Vonleh said: “I think I proved that I’ve got a pretty good skill set. I can step out, shoot threes. My post game has gotten a lot better, still a work in progress. I can still improve on it. I can still improve on a lot of things in my shot, getting my release quicker, being able to push the dribble out and do different things like that; just to make myself an overall better player.”Usually the NBA Draft Combine determines whether participants have realistic chances of embracing the NBA world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Prime Minister Stephan Harper announced funding for the construction of the Northwest Transmission Line in northern British Columbia. This project is a key step in a potential interconnection between southeast Alaska and the North American transmission grid via British Columbia. The Northwest Transmission Line will extend British Columbia’s high voltage transmission grid into the Northwest portion of the province. – Advertisement -Harper says the Federal Government will fund roughly a third of the estimated $404 million infrastructure project, which is expected to be ready for construction in the spring of 2010. The 335-kilometre transmission line will contribute to the development and use of green energy in the area.
A man who had more than €176,000 in his bank account following compensation claims from road traffic accidents illegally obtained more than €32,000 in social welfare payments.Mark Glenn appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with the illegal claims fro 210 through to 2016. Inspector at the Department of Social Protection, Mr Morgan Mooney, said the matter came to light following data matches between the Revenue Commissioners office and the Department of Social Protection.He said electrician Glenn had stated in various claim forms that he had no capital in any bank accounts.However, when investigated further it was found that Mr Glenn had €176,357 in his bank account.Mr Mooney said he had built up the money as a result of two compensation pay-outs as a result of road traffic accidents and was also given a sum of money by his mother.The 43-year-old father of three from Castledoohey, St Johnston did not think the money he had saved had anything to do with his social welfare claims, said his solicitor Gordon Curley.Mr Curley said his client had already come to a substantial settlement with the Revenue Commissioners in relation to DIRT tax.He also stated that all of the €32,471 claimed had been paid back in full to the Department.Mr Curley added that his client is a part-time carer for his elderly father“He saves every penny and is a rather frugal person and that is why he had this money,” added Mr Curley.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Mr Glenn to pay a donation of €1,000 to St Vincent de Paul saying it was they who had to “take up the slack” to pay money to people who deserve it.Man with €176,000 from compo claims obtained more than €30,000 in illegal welfare payments was last modified: October 4th, 2017 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:ClaimcourtDatadonegalMark GlennSt Johnstonwelfare
Emmanuel Eboue arrived in Uganda on TuesdyFormer Arsenal right back Emmanuel Eboue touched down on Ugandan soil yesterday ahead of his charity work among other things.The former right back joins former Senegalese, Reading and Portsmouth defender Ibrahima Sonko who arrived in the country earlier, courtesy of a partnership between Bunga Bet and URA FC.Mr. Prosper Tuhaise the Bunga Bet CEO, received Eboue alongside URA FC communication officer Bridget Nakayenga and staff from the two institutions.The two are on a charity mission which will see them donate items to three hospitals and schools on top of conducting soccer academies training camps.They will also analyse the on going World Cup games on national television.Eboue is here for charity and football rated issuesSpeaking to the media, Eboue empasized that all your aspiring to become football stars should have a great deal of discipline.”Everyone has got a talent but what makes difference is the self discipline of an individual, said Eboue.“Hard work and self esteem is key in anyone’s career.“Every great footballer would like to see his dream coming true playing at the World Cup and I encourage all young players in Africa and the world at large to develop self discipline for success.Emmanuel Eboue is a football Star who was born on the 4th of June 1983, in Abidjan City of Ivory Coast which sums up to a total of 35 years of age.In January, the 34-year-old was confirmed unable to play anymore due to ill-health.He was given a one-year ban from football for failing to pay a former agent, but even though that ban expired, he was unable to resume his career.He struggled to cope with the death of his grandfather, Amadou Bertin, who raised him before being diagnosed with cancer, and his brother N’Dri Serge, who was killed in a motorbike accident.He was also about to lose his home. A messy divorce has seen his ex-wife awarded all of their assets, and he was ordered to transfer their Enfield home to her by a judge.Eboue want through a messy divorce with his wife a few years agoBrief history about his career:Eboue started his youth career with ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast in 2000-2001. He later in 2001 graduated to ASEC Mimosas senior side up to 2002.The Ivorian looked for greener pastures at Beveren of Belgium where he played 77 games in total and scored four goals between 2002-2005.His best move and club career came in 2005 when he joined the famous English Premier League giants Arsenal.He played a total of 214 games and 10 goals between 2005-2006. After his six years spell at the gunners, Emmanuel Eboue joined Galatasaray of Turkey in 2011-2015 where he played 102 games and scored 5 goals before he joined Sunderland of England in 2016 and played no game.With the National team, Emmanuel Eboue played 79 games in the Ivory Coast colours and scored 3 goals from 2004-2013.Eboue scored his first National team goal against Germany on the 18th November 2009 in a friendly which ended in a 2-2 draw in Germany.His second goal came on the 4th September 2010 in a 3-0 victory against Rwanda in the 2012 AFCON qualifier played in Abidjan. His last National team goal was on the 30th January 2012 AFCON group stage game against Angola in Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.The Ivorian played a total of 490 career games and managed 25 career goals.Comments Tags: Emmanuel Eboue
A young Buncrana man has been charged with dangerous driving, causing the death of a 19-year-old two years ago.Evan Quinn, 21, of Meenagorey, was charged with causing thedeath of Martin Strain at Tooban, Burnfoot, on August 23, 2015. Quinn was also charged with assault causing harm to Quentin Doherty atPark Lane, Buncrana on December 27, 2015.Gardaí served two books of evidence on Quinn during last Thursday’ssitting of the District Court in Buncrana for the offences.Garda Inspector David Murphy said the Director of Public Prosecutionshad consented that the accused, Evan Quinn, be sent forward to thenext criminal sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.Insp. Murphy said the next sitting of the Circuit Court commences onDecember 5, this year.He said there were a number of other [district court] charges, arisingout of both Books of Evidence, which needed to be added to theindictment. He asked that these be adjourned until the outcome of theCircuit Court matters.Quinn is also accused of having a bald left rear tyre, a bald rightrear tyre, not displaying ‘N’ plates, general obligation regardingspeed and having no rear left lamp on his vehicle at Tooban, Burnfooton the day of the fatal crash, August 23, 2015.He was also charged with being threatening, abusive and or insultingat Park Lane, Buncrana, on December 27, 2015.Quinn, who was dressed in jeans and a navy hooded jumper andaccompanied by his father Patrick in court, did not speak during thebrief hearing.Judge Paul Kelly warned the 21-year-old if he wished to rely on analibi as part of his defence he should inform the gardaí within 14days.Insp. Murphy said he had no objection to Quinn being granted bail onthe same terms as had previously been set by the District Court.Judge Kelly reminded Quinn that he must continue to be of goodbehaviour, sign on every Saturday at Buncrana Garda Station andsurrender his passport as part of his bail conditions.The District Court Judge granted legal aid to his solicitor, KevinMcElhinney, which would include the cost of one senior and juniorcounsel for the dangerous driving case.Inishowen man charged with dangerous driving causing death was last modified: September 20th, 2017 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:buncranacourtdangerous drivingdeathEvan Quinn
Lucinda Boyce and Gary Mulhern had a very special fleet of vehicles at hand on their wedding day!Lucinda walked up the aisle of St. Mary’s in Ramelton on the 19th of August, after driving herself to the ceremony – in her dad’s tractor!“I grew up on daddy’s farm, and then with Gary being a farmer himself I would still help out a lot on the farm, we wanted to bring the farming into our wedding so we thought we’d do it with the wedding transport! “I left my own house and drove myself and daddy in his tractor, and when the ceremony was over we left in Gary’s tractor – well, it’s now our tractor!”The happy couple met at a Nathan Carter concert through mutual friends in the Allingham Arms Hotel in Bundoran. Lucinda’s story of how Gary popped the question also has a farming theme, making the tractors even more special to the happy couple.“Gary asked me one day to come out and help him feed the sheep. I thought nothing of it, I drove to the middle of the field and got out of the jeep by the sheep feeder. Next thing when I turned around he was down on one knee! It was something different, a lot of my friends get taken away but I just get taken out to a field in Donegal Town,” she laughed.“It was very different, it was something that was very unique to us, it’s something that suited us and it really fit in with our everyday lives. There are loads of vintage cars we could have chose from but they wouldn’t have suited it – it was the tractors that made it for us on the day.“People that would have driven past the chapel and saw the tractors wouldn’t believe me when I said it was for my wedding! It was just so different, it really worked for us.“Driving around the town that day we were getting so much support from people – especially when I was driving in my wedding dress, it’s something that doesn’t happen every day!”Before the big day, Lucinda says both tractors were preened and polished for 5 to 6 hours each to get them nice and shiny to prepare for their special reappointment as wedding vehicles.“Soon after the wedding, everything was back to normal, one of them was out bringing home peat and the other was spreading fertiliser on the farm,” she said. After the magical ceremony, they took their wedding photos at Lucinda’s father’s farm.“Our photo location was daddy’s farmyard in Ramelton, we drove there in the tractor and then took it to the reception in the Silver Tassie. We tried to incorporate as much of the farm as we could.“I’d love to do it all over again, the buzz of driving the tractor to the ceremony, there were even people waiting outside to get a glimpse of me taking it to the chapel!“A family friend of ours couldn’t make it to our wedding, she waited for myself and Daddy to come in the road on the tractor. She couldn’t believe I was driving, I think she was expecting Daddy, she was laughing away, nothing would do her until she would have us stopped along the road for a photograph and had us arriving late for the ceremony!” “The farming has been brought into everything,” she smiled.Lucinda and Gary are hoping to have a dream honeymoon in New York after Christmas, but nothing is set in stone just yet – we’re not sure how many farms there are in the Big Apple!“Our families and friends have been amazing and have done a lot for us for the day and helping us get there.”Pictures by Martin Fleming Photography.Lucinda and Gary turn heads with unique wedding transport! was last modified: October 10th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalRameltontractorUniquewedding
Join us for live news and analysis Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors’ 11-game winning streak gets tested against the Philadelphia 76ers at Oracle.The Warriors (36-14) are certainly rolling, having swept their recent five-game road trip, but face a big challenge as Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler and the 76ers (33-18) are looking to break Philadelphia’s 10-game losing streak to Golden State.Fans at Oracle will get their first look at DeMarcus Cousins in a Warriors uniform, but if he …
How do Darwinists react when their 100% authority in the schools and the scientific institutions slips a little? Some recent stories provide glimpses into what the public can expect to see.Turkish outrage: It was as if a Watergate scandal were uncovered. “The main Turkish government agency responsible for funding science has provoked outrage by apparently censoring a magazine article on the life and work of Charles Darwin,” Nature reported last week.1 (see also NatureNews). Anti-evolution sentiment is strong in Turkey. It was unclear from reports why Omer Cebeci, vice-president of Turkey’s funding and research agency, decided to switch from a cover story honoring Darwin to one on global warming in the country’s widely-read popular science magazine published by the government agency, but Nature said some professors were calling for his ouster. The article quoted scientists calling the action “outrageous” and “a very bad thing.” Another calling for Cebeci’s resignation over the “affair” said, “The issue is not only about evolution but also about the proficiency of Turkey’s most important science organization.” Nature’s editorial last week announced “Turkey censors evolution.”2 It has been the biggest crisis in Turkish academia since last year’s lifting of the headscarf ban in universities. Last week a portrait of Charles Darwin was taken off the cover of the March issue of the government-backed science magazine Bilim ve Teknik (Science and Technology) just before it went to press. T?BITAK, Turkey’s national science funding agency, which publishes the magazine, then sacked its editor, ?ig brevedem Atakuman. Scientists, assuming censorship, are justifiably outraged and protests are ongoing.Suspicions were aired that the publishers were trying to avoid provoking the voters on a sensitive issue before local elections, but Cebeci denied it was censorship. “This row has brought into focus two issues that plague Turkish science,” the Editorial said. “One is political interference in the scientific civil service; the other is high levels of public support for creationism.” The editors called for a transparent investigation of the incident, and a statement denouncing creationism:The organization should also consider making an unambiguous statement of its position on evolution, intelligent design and creationism to reconfirm its credentials as a serious scientific body. In the past, T?BITAK has provided reliable information on Darwin’s theory in a country where creation is offered as an alternative to evolution in high-school biology teaching. The agency could do that again. After all, none of the world’s religions commands its believers to be creationists. Many Islamic scholars and thinkers have speculated on the origins of life. Turkey’s ruling party must learn from this latest affair. It must keep religion out of science policy, and be seen to be doing so.Later, on March 25, Nature News indicated that Cebeci was backpedaling on the affair, blaming the cover change on a subordinate who has been transferred. “T?BITAK has now issued a statement confirming its commitment to science and scientific literacy in the country, where many people do not believe in evolution.” Canadian outrage: In the same issue of Nature last week,3 Hannah Hoag reported that Canada’s minister of science and technology is “under fire” for making comments that provoked “fierce criticism.” What on earth did he say, to get a reaction described as fierce? It’s more what he did not say. He was asked whether he “believed in evolution,” and he took the 5th, so to speak: “I’m not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate”. A caption by his picture stated, “Gary Goodyear had a surprising take on evolution.” His later admission that he does accept evolution was too little, too late. He tried to cover the embarrassment by saying he thought the question was a distraction when he should be focused on the economy and creating jobs, but now a cloud of doubt about his qualifications has Nature worried. The worry was couched in circumlocution: “At this point no one seems interested in calling for Goodyear’s resignation,” suggesting it might be a good idea if someone did.Texas outrage: Pugnacious verbiage (fighting words, that is) characterized a press release from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) published by PhysOrg about the Texas Board of Education vote to authorize critiques of evolution in its science standards (see 03/27/2009). The title set the spin: “Science setback for Texas schools.” The mood of the Darwin army was glum in the opening lines: describing the vote, it said, “The results weren’t pretty.” Arousing defenders of evolution, the article said that the new standards open “loopholes and language that make it even easier for creationists to attack science textbooks.” Eugenie Scott and others at the NCSE got quotes – defenders of the Texas vote did not. “The final vote was a triumph of ideology and politics over science,” Ms Scott said. “The board majority chose to satisfy creationist constituents and ignore the expertise of highly qualified Texas scientists and scientists across the country.” Here’s how the AIP viewed the changes:For example, the revised biology standard (7B) reflects two discredited creationist ideas–that “sudden appearance” and “stasis” in the fossil record somehow disprove evolution. The new standard directs students to “analyze and evaluate the sufficiency of scientific explanations concerning any data of sudden appearance, stasis and the sequential nature of groups in the fossil records.” Other new standards include language such as “is thought to”, or “proposed transitional fossils” to make evolutionary concepts seem tentative when, in fact, such concepts are well-documented and accepted by the scientific community.Eugenie Scott and Josh Rosenau of the NCSE made their frustration clear. “There’s a reason creationists are claiming victory,” Scott said. The vote threatens to produce “watered-down science textbooks across the U.S.” because of Texas’s clout in the textbook market. The ending line accentuated the frustration: “NCSE’s Josh Rosenau summed up the frustration of scientists and educators alike: ‘This is a hell of a way to make education policy,’” even though the State Board of Education held numerous public hearings with ample input by experts on all sides. 1. Alison Abbott, “Turkish scientists claim Darwin censorship,” Nature Published online 10 March 2009, updated 18 March, doi:10.1038/news.2009.150.2. Editorial, “Turkey censors evolution,” Nature 458, 259 (19 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/458259a.3. Hannah Hoag, “Canadian science minister under fire,” NatureNews, Published online 25 March 2009, Nature 458, 393 (2009),doi:10.1038/458393a.This is not an April Fool entry. Maybe it should be. It’s hard to believe the Darwiniacs can be such spoiled brats, but they are, and they have clout. If democracy, public hearings and testimony by experts on both sides is a “hell of a way to make education policy,” what would heaven be for them? Dictatorship. The Science Mandarins would be able to tell everybody what to believe, and punish anyone who dares question their authority. Almost sounds like the world of 2009. The defenders of Darwin’s Sacred Image cannot endure one speck of tarnish on their idol. They become unglued at any hint of blasphemy. It doesn’t matter to them whether there might have been some legitimate reason for denying Charlie the cover of a Turkish science magazine: failing to give him center stage, for any reason, is tantamount to “censorship” – so heads must roll. Darwin’s visage must be shoved in the face of a country where a lot of people doubt his omnipotence. Failing to shout “Darwin is lord” with the right amount of enthusiasm is enough to call for the ouster of a science minister. And when a state finally allows its high school students to think critically and analyze evidence, the Darwiniacs are beside themselves with frustration and rage, flinging out loaded words and ridicule and assorted other propaganda tricks. They characterize the Texas vote as the death of science and the onset of the Dark Ages. The outrage of these people is no more plausible than the denunciations of a hypothetical totalitarian dictator screaming about the end of democracy when one member of the opposition party makes it to Parliament.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Source: BuaNews “At PetroSA, we understand that to meet our mandate we need to establish partnerships with credible and well-established firms,” PetroSA acting CEO Nkosemntu Nika said in a statement this week. “These, we are convinced, will benefit PetroSA and the country in the long term.” South African state oil company PetroSA and the Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the exchange of commercial and technical information on hydrocarbon exploration and production in Africa. In June, PetroSA signed a memorandum with Italian energy firm Eni. This memorandum ensures that the two companies will evaluate the eventual acquisition by either party of participating interests in upstream projects for the development of both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons. 7 July 2011 Additional to the exchange of information, the two national oil companies will also explore investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector on the continent and in South Africa. KNOC, a state-run South Korean oil company established in 1979, has to date carried out 210 projects in 25 countries. “[The memorandum] with PetroSA will give KNOC a golden opportunity to advance into African regions,” said KNOC chief executive Kang Young-Won. Exploring investment opportunities The deal forms part of plans by PetroSA to create international partnerships that advance the objective of securing fuel supplies for South Africa. The two companies will also establish a working group to evaluate opportunities that may arise. “I sincerely hope the cooperation between PetroSA and KNOC will bring about substantial business performance in the near future and also contribute to economic development of both countries.”
The runners are back in Meghalaya in strength after more than a century — not to deliver letters like their predecessors, but to relay messages to and from polling booths.Ranikor, in South West Khasi Hills district, is one of two Assembly constituencies where by-elections are scheduled for August 23. The other is South Tura in West Garo Hills district. Ranikor has hilly pockets that have no road or mobile phone connectivity. This prompted the Election Commission to go back to the era when the postal department employed runners to deliver mails. Mail runners became redundant after the advent of the railways in the 19th century, but continued to work in far-flung areas. They were immortalised by Bengali poet Sukanta Bhattacharya in the early 20th century, while Tamil actor-producer Ram Arun Castro played a mail runner in Oattathoodhuvan-1854 (The Mail Runner) in 2015.“The district authorities identified 15 strong young people to transmit the messages, which in turn would be communicated to the returning officer and election officials,” Frederick Roy Kharkongor, Chief Electoral Officer, said.Mr. Kharkongor said there are five polling stations in Ranikor perched on remote hills. One has to walk over 45 km to reach the farthest stations. The poll messengers must walk briskly or run several times in a day. The runners have thus been chosen from among youth who take part in local fitness contests.“Each runner will be paid an honorarium on a par with polling officials. The decision to employ them was taken when ideas were discussed on how best to cover remote centres,” Mr. Kharkongor said.The by-election to Ranikor, with 26,880 voters, was necessitated after Congress’Martin M. Danggo resigned in June.