Bayern stretch Bundesliga lead

first_imgBERLIN (AP):Bayern Munich ground out a 3-1 win at Stuttgart and provisionally opened an eight-point lead to move closer to an unprecedented fourth straight Bundesliga title yesterday.”We need another three wins and a draw to achieve something very special, something no team in Germany ever achieved,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.An own goal from Georg Niedermeier got the defending champions under way in the 31st minute and David Alaba made it 2-0 in the 52nd.Daniel Didavi pulled one back in unorthodox fashion in the 63rd, scooping the ball while on the ground over the helpless Manuel Neuer. Didavi did not have time to get up from his previous attempt.Bayern substitute Douglas Costa sealed it in the 89th with a shot inside the left post.Borussia Dortmund can restore the five-point gap today with a win at Schalke in the Ruhr derby. Five rounds remain after the weekend’s games.”I always watch Bundesliga on Sundays,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “But I rely on Bayern Munich and not Borussia Dortmund.”last_img read more

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Lebanese Sues GOL for US$10.7m Debt for Vehicles

first_imgLawyers representing Lebanese businessman, George E. Haddad, seeking US$10.7M debt lawsuit against the Liberian Government, yesterday left the Commercial Court disappointed, after state lawyers argued that the court lacks jurisdiction to handle the matter.The Sherman & Sherman law firm representing the legal interest of Haddad, in 2012 filed a lawsuit against the Liberian Government. The lawsuit contends that from the year 2000 to 2008, Mr. Haddad sold and repaired vehicles and also supplied spare parts amounting to U$10.7M to several government institutions. Unfortunately, government is yet to pay the debt, despite Mr. Haddad’s persistent negotiation.They named some of the vehicles for which GOL owes Haddad as Cherokee, Land Rover Leon, among others.Haddad is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prestige Motor Corporation and Alliance Motor Corporation.During yesterday’s hearing, government lawyer Cllr. Augustine Fayia asked the plaintiff to drop the case, claiming lack of jurisdiction.  He did not deny that government owes Haddad.Before Cllr. Fayia’s contention, the parties presented all their legal documentations and the court’s scheduled appointment of Monday, February 16, as the date to start the case.Interestingly, while the court was in session, Cllr. Fayia asked for the dismissal of the entire matter on grounds of jurisdiction.Justifying their argument, Cllr. Fayia said, “The Commercial Court was established in 2010, which means the law that created it prevents the court from hearing cases prior to its establishment.”He further argued that, if the court continues with the matter, it would be a complete violation of the Constitution and the Act that created it.He pleaded that the court should advise Haddad’s lawyers to file their complaint to the appropriate court, but he did not mention the name of the court. In a counter argument, the Sherman and Sherman law firm maintained that the court has jurisdiction over the matter.They argued that the Act that created the court gives it progressive authority, meaning it can hear cases that even existed before its establishment.Haddad’s lawyers further argued that the government’s request was “unreasonable” because the court is a specialized court established with the intent to fast track matters relating to commercial transactions.They also contended that the government lawyer’s argument was contrary to the Act that established the Commercial Court.Immediately after the argument, the Resident Chief Judge, Eva Mappy Morgan declared that “Matter is suspended and it will resume following an issuance of a notice of assignment to the lawyers.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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HPV campaign recommences at schools, health centres

first_img…as vaccine now available for boysProvision has now been made for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination to be given to boys in the school population as part of efforts to end the scourge of the disease and prevent its spread.The Public Health Ministry has informed the public that the vaccination is now extended to both males and females who are 16 years of age.The Education Ministry has collaborated on this project to make the vaccine accessible at schools from a health-care worker. Other places providing the vaccine include the health centres, private medical facilities, and the Ministry’s Vaccination Centre.The campaign, which commenced on February 11, will come to an end on March 13. As such, children within the stipulated age group are encouraged to get vaccinated early and protect themselves.The decision to include boys in the programme was long in the making. During an interview with Maternal and Child Health Officer, Dr Oneka Scott back in September, she noted that the decision was taken after health-care assistants and other stakeholders observed the immense necessity of the vaccination programme.She emphasised on the demands that were placed by parents to have boys included in the action plan, since many schools abroad were currently on board with this initiative. This will ensure that both genders are protected at an early juncture.“There is a great demand. There are a lot of people writing the Ministry and asking to give it to their boys because more and more parents are travelling [and] they are sensitised to the way the vaccine is being given in foreign territories, so we have a great demand for two things. One is to extend the age group of the girls and the second demand is to give it to boys,” she explained.It was noted that boys are transmitting the virus too which can lead to various forms of cancer.“It could be a sign for us, but surely, there are great benefits for us in protecting and vaccinating boys, ‘cause boys can get genital cancer too from HPV. They can get penile cancer, anal cancer, and throat cancer,” she said.The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently claimed that there were increased cases of throat cancer in the United States of America in the height of increased HPV incidence.Throughout last year, an HPV campaign was rolled out in schools but was limited to girls of a lower age range.last_img read more

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State superintendent: Another 4,500 students pass

first_img Some districts are opting to allow students who have met all other graduation requirements to walk across the stage with their peers anyway, although they will not receive a diploma.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO Another 4,500 high school seniors passed the controversial exit exam and will be able to graduate with their class in the coming weeks, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said Thursday. That means 41,758 seniors still nearly one in 10 have yet to pass the two-part test of basic reading and math, which is required for the first time this year to receive a California diploma, according to the state Department of Education. Nearly two-thirds of those who still failed are Hispanic. Blacks, students from poor families and English-learners still lag their white counterparts on the test, the superintendent acknowledged at a news conference at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. “There is an achievement gap in California. We know that, we admit that,” O’Connell said. “I welcome the focus, the sunshine and the dialogue that we need to have on the achievement gap.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 The updated figures include results from March. More students took the exit exam again in May, but those results won’t be available until July, the CDE said. In recent weeks, a court battle over the exam has created confusion for thousands of students, parents and schools making final graduation plans. A group of students still learning to speak English who failed the test sued to block the results so they could graduate, arguing it was discriminatory because all California students do not have equal preparation or instruction. An Alameda County Superior Court judge issued an injunction against the exit exam requirement May 12, but the state Supreme Court stayed that ruling last week and sent the case to an appeals court. That court won’t hear arguments on the case until July long after graduation ceremonies. The Supreme Court on Wednesday sent a second lawsuit over the exam to the appeals court. It did not rule on another request to immediately halt the test again as a graduation requirement.last_img read more

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NEWS IN BRIEF…NEWS IN BRIEF…NEWS IN BRIEF

first_imgNEWS IN BRIEFSharp rise in populationFigures released by the Central Statistics Office shows a major increase in the population of Letterkenny. There are now 29,156 people living in the town and its adjoining areas – an increase of 30% since 2006. Pulling the woolSheep farmers in Donegal are reporting a significant rise in the price of wool for the first time in a number of years.Our favourite RoseA Gartan woman has been installed as the favourite to win this year’s Rose of Tralee by bookmaker Paddy Power. Grainne Boyle, 24, the daughter James and Grace Boyle, is 6/1 early favourite to lift this year’s crown. Operating a shebeenA Letterkenny man has ben found guilty of operating a ‘shebeen’ from his house at 7 Errigal Road. Sean Barclay, 39, was charged with operating a bar without a license. The case has been adjourned until October to monitor Barclay’s home.House for just €25,000A house in Milford has been put on the market with a reserve price of just €25,000. The house at 135 Mount Marian is in need of some repair.What a mouthful! A Ballybofey man is feeling down in the mouth after being told it wil take two years before he can have a painful tooth taken out at Letterkenny general Hospital. Ronald Wilson says he is in excruciating pain.Nursing an ambition to write a novelA former nurse and chiropodist is about to release her first novel. Jeanette Gallen, nee Harkin, has written ‘Life Be Golden’ – a romantic novel based on a medical student. The book will be launched at Universal Books in Letterkenny on August 8th at 11am.Ends NEWS IN BRIEF…NEWS IN BRIEF…NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: July 8th, 2011 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:NEWS BRIEFSlast_img read more

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€100,000 DONEGAL AMBULANCE CARS LYING IDLE, CLAIMS RTE REPORT

first_imgMANAGERS in the ambulance service in Donegal are provided with €100,000 response vehicles which are rarely used, a shocking TV documentary has revealed.The Prime Time investigation team – led by reporter Oonagh Smyth – also shone the national spotlight on the dreadful final hours of Carndonagh pensioner Maura Porter, who died after waiting more than 50 minutes for an ambulance.That was a story first highlighted here on Donegal Daily. But set against managers effectively using fully-equipped vehicles as company cars, it made last night’s revelations even more shocking.Costing around €100,000 each, 60 of the kitted-out cars are designated to officers as ‘Officer Responder Vehicles’. They’re allocated to senior managers who have paramedic training.Though officially they’re ‘on call’, the programme revealed that “they can be parked up for an entire day while managers attend meetings.”The investigation team tracked use of the cars over several months. There were some eye-opening revelations: A senior officer, based in Phoenix Park took his emergency vehicle home four nights a week to Donegal.A Donegal officer took his car home every night to his home in Derry.Statistics showed these 60 vehicles across the country were used ONCE every THREE WEEKS for responses to emergencies.Maura Porter’s son Brendan also spoke to Prime Time saying he thought the ambulance service was just broken in Inishowen and Donegal before realising it was broken throughout the State.Sinn Fein’s Martin Ferris was furious last night “I didn’t need a Prime Time programme to tell me that the ambulance service is understaffed, under pressure and unable to provide adequate services, however I congratulate the programme-makers for highlighting this crisis,” he said.“Some of my own constituents have suffered as a consequence of this situation. I am not surprised that Prime Time Investigates has found that only one in every three people with life-threatening conditions were responded to by an ambulance service within the target time last year.“The plain truth of it is: we don’t have enough vehicles or enough trained staff to provide a proper emergency service. A glance at the figures, compared, for example with the North, shows this.“In the North there are 57 ambulances for six counties, in the South there are only 87 ambulances for the entire 26 counties. “The centralisation of the call-out services has proven a disaster. Many people’s lives have been placed in danger by sending ambulances not alone to the wrong area but to the wrong county.“I have nothing but admiration for the people who are trying with dedication and diligence to work within this under-resourced service.“The response time targets are not being met because of a lack of staff, inadequate infrastructure and insufficient funding. The Minister for Health must act to ensure that proper resources are dedicated to providing a safe service all over the state. This is, in reality, a matter of life and death.”€100,000 DONEGAL AMBULANCE CARS LYING IDLE, CLAIMS RTE REPORT was last modified: March 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ambulance servicecutbacksDEATHSresponse timeslast_img read more

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Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Wednesday, January 3. Brighid WHYTE (née Mc Loone)The death has occurred of Brighid WHYTE (née Mc Loone), Whitemill, Faughart, Dundalk, Louth, formerly of Cleengort, Glenties, Co. Donegal, peacefully in the love and tender care of the nurses and staff of Mater Hospital, Dublin. Beloved wife of Paddy and cherished mother of John, Dara, Eunan, Enda and Pádraic. Predeceased by her parents Johnny and Annie, brothers Peter and John, sisters Bella and Mary, grandson Rowan. Brighid will be sadly missed by her loving husband, sons, daughter, brothers Leo and Padraig, son-in-law Austin, daughters-in-law, Cathy, Caroline and Sarah, Pádraic’s fiancé Ciaran, brother-in-law George, sisters-in-law Maeve, Briege, Isobel and Annette, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family, relatives, wonderful neighbours and friends.Reposing at her residence Whitemill Faughart from 12 noon today, Wednesday, with recitation of the Rosary at 9pm. Removal on Thursday morning driving to Saint Brigid’s Church Kilcurry, arriving for Funeral Mass at 11 o’clock, followed by burial in adjoining cemetery. House private on Thursday morning please. No flowers by family request, donations if desired to Cancer Research. Ita MCELHINNEY (née Kyle)The death has occurred at Letterkenny University Hospital of Ita McElhinney, Fairhill, Dungloe, nee Kyle, formerly of Mountcharles. Reposing in McGlynn’s Funeral Home with funeral open from 5pm on Tuesday evening. Removal on Wednesday 3rd January at 6.30pm to St Crona’s Church, Dungloe. Funeral on Thursday 4th January after 11am Mass & burial in Lettermacaward New Cemetery. William Frank MC ELHINNEYThe death has taken place at University Hosp., Letterkenny of William Frank McElhinney, Manorcunningham.Reposing at the residence of his nephew Trevor McElhinney, Ray, Manorcunningham from 2.00pm on Wednesday. Funeral from there at 1.20pm on Thursday for 2.00pm Service in Ray Presbyterian Church followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.Deeply regretted by his sorrowing son, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Billy DOHERTYThe death has taken place peacefully at The Donegal Hospice of Billy Doherty, Brook Cottage, Drennan, Ballybofey. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Helen son Karl daughter-in-law Fiona and grandchildren Maeve and Ronan. Sadly missed by his brothers Joseph and Harry, sisters Bernadette and Kathleen, relatives, neighbours and friends.His remains will repose at his residence today, Wednesday 3rd January from 10am to 11pm. Funeral from there on Thursday morning 4th January at 10.30am to St. Mary’s, Sessiaghoneill for 11am Requiem Mass followed by cremation at Lakeland Crematorium, Cavan. Family time before the funeral on Thursday morning. Family flowers only please.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: January 3rd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more

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Sterling assured over Liverpool role

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Raheem Sterling is very much part of his first-team plans for the rest of the season.The 19-year-old from Harlesden struggled to hold down a place in the Reds side before being handed a starting spot by Rodgers for the last three matches.Sterling missed good chances to score during Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield.But Rodgers told Liverpool’s website: “He’s a terrific young player to have. He will always be important for us this season.“He didn’t play so much in the opening months, but you can see that he’s a real threat when he’s at the top of his game.“He’ll be disappointed, he should have scored – he had a couple of very good chances. But confidence is returning for him.“He’s making some great runs beyond, it’s just if he can get that bit of composure. He slipped a couple of times when he was in good positions.”See also:Sterling should commit his future to Liverpool, says mentorLiverpool star ‘can beat any player in this league’ says defender 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Upsets in Space

first_imgThree different astronomy teams have announced findings that upset long-held beliefs.  What does this portend about the confidence we can have in other theories?Galaxy growth: direct challenge:  “Galaxies are thought to develop by the gravitational attraction between and merger of smaller ‘sub-galaxies’, a process that standard cosmological ideas suggest should be ongoing,” announced the Royal Astronomical Society.  “But new data from a team of scientists from Liverpool John Moores University directly challenges this idea, suggesting that the growth of some of the most massive objects stopped 7 billion years ago when the Universe was half its present age.”    How serious is this claim?  “The lack of growth of the most massive galaxies is a major challenge to current models of the formation and evolution of large scale structure in the Universe,” commented Claire Burke, team member.  “Our work suggests that cosmologists appear to lack some of the crucial ingredients they need to understand how galaxies evolved from the distant past to the present day.”Star spin: poking holes:  Researchers at the University of Michigan have poked holes in a “century-old astronomical theory.”  The theory, called the von Zeipel law, “has been used for the better part of a century to predict the difference in surface gravity, brightness and temperature between a rapidly rotating star’s poles and its equator.”    Doctoral student Xiao Che and other astronomers on the team found that the data from Regulus don’t fit the theory.  “It is surprising to me that von Zeipel’s law has been adopted in astronomy for such a long time with so little solid observational evidence.”Impossible wet comet: shattering paradigms:  “Current thinking suggests that it is impossible to form liquid water inside of a comet,” states a press release from University of Arizona.  But lo and behold, Comet Wild-2 explored by the Stardust spacecraft found minerals that could only have formed in the presence of water.    This is a shattering find: “For the first time, scientists have found convincing evidence for the presence of liquid water in a comet, shattering the current paradigm that comets never get warm enough to melt the ice that makes up the bulk of their material.”  The press release was echoed on PhysOrg.When a paradigm gets shattered in one area of science, there can be ramifications for others, depending on how foundational it was.  The American philosopher Willard Quine noticed that when faced with potentially falsifying data, scientists often absorb the shocks into their “web of belief” without changing the web.There are several dynamics at work here.  One is that scientists enjoy finding flaws in earlier beliefs because it makes their research seem important.  They usually limit their hole-poking to small claims that can be absorbed by the web of belief without tearing it.  Another dynamic is that beliefs and “laws” like the von Zeipel law are often taken on faith – yes, even scientists have faith.  Nobody has the time to check out the validity of every claimed law, so they are assumed to be laws of “nature” rather than the sausage-type laws of legislature.    We see often that long-held beliefs in science are vulnerable to new evidence.  What’s next to go?  Darwinism?  Unlikely.  Darwinism’s web of belief is so paramount to the cultural world view, its supporters are ready with reinforcements any time falsifying evidence comes along.  All the original web is long gone.  It is now a steel framework of belief, protected behind a Berlin Wall with machine-gunners ready to mow down any creationists trying to cross the line.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Mandela exhibition gives goosebumps

first_img22 December 2008 The exhibition not only looks at Madiba’s strengths and unifying greatness, but also contemplates his weaknesses, acknowledged by him. Historians question his reluctance to deal with Aids while President, the switch from the Reconstruction and Development Programme to the Growth, Employment and Redistribution programme, and the arms deal. At the opening, the director of the museum, Christopher Till, said: “The exhibition attempts to breathe fresh life into a story that has been well told in countless books, documentaries and other exhibitions around the world.” The exhibition, called “Mandela – Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman” was opened in November and will run until next November, says marketing manager of the museum, Noelene Bhyat. Historians Phil Bonner and Luli Callinicos were brought in as well. The Apartheid Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 5pm. Entrance is R60 for adults, R30 for seniors and students. The exhibition runs until November 2009. He truly is the world’s hero, and although very frail now, at 90, he still engenders powerful feelings of affection and patriotism. The exhibition uses classic interview footage, like the one recorded in the 1960s by the BBC, or the one of Mandela meeting with then president PW Botha in the mid-1980s, or the 1989 video showing president FW de Klerk announcing the unbanning of the ANC and other organisations. The researchers took almost two years to research and collect the hundreds of photographs and displays of original artefacts that make up the exhibition, says researcher Jacqui Masiza. The team consisted of scriptwriters, editors, picture researchers, and a curator. Pictures were sourced from the ANC journal, Mayibuye, Bailey’s Archives, Robben Island, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Museum Africa, the SABC and the BBC. But the one I found most moving was the huge screen replaying images of him: giving his first speech after walking out of prison in 1990; hugging actress Charlise Theron and other celebrities; riding in a carriage with the Queen of England through the streets of London; greeting the late Princess of Wales, Diana; and countless images of people raising a fist or singing in celebration of him.center_img “The strength of the exhibition is the way it attempts to provide a layered glimpse of Mandela in all his various guises and reincarnations,” explained Till. It was a hot summer day outside, but I felt goosebumps all over. I’d walked into the exhibition of Nelson Mandela at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and stood mesmerised by images of him from the moment he left prison. Source: City of Johannesburg The overriding characteristic of all the images is his inimitable smile. Perhaps the most surprising footage is of him shaving and making his bed, serving to emphasise the ordinary man behind the public image. When asked by the BBC interviewer what the black man wanted, Mandela said simply but assuredly: “We want one man, one vote.” In answer to a question whether this would mean driving out whites, he answered: “South Africa is a country of many races, there is room for everyone.” The largest artefact is a rich red Mercedes Benz presented to Madiba when he left prison, made by the workers in the assembly plant in East London. The exhibition will be travelling after its stay at the museum – its first stop is Spain.last_img read more

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