Thousands to attend National Hunger Strike Commemoration Parade in Lifford and Strabane

first_imgA large crowd is expected to attend the National Hunger Strike Commemoration Parade taking place in Lifford/Strabane this coming Sunday.The event will be one of largest public events the area has ever witnessed with thousands of people from every corner of Ireland and further afield, along with many visiting bands, attending.Speaking to the media beforehand the local MLA Maolíosa McHugh the event is set to be one of the biggest the area has seen. He said “The Hunger Strike period of 1980/81 was a defining watershed in our history and had a particularly profound effect on areas like Strabane where pride in the Hunger Strikers –their courage and their sacrifice remains undiminished and on Sunday the local community will turn out in strength to remember them.“A massive amount of work has went in to organising this parade and wider programme of commemorative events to ensure a fitting tribute to their memory.“With thousands of people from every corner of Ireland and further afield also in attendance, along with many visiting bands, it will be one the largest public events the area has ever witnessed.“The parade will be forming up in the Diamond in Lifford at 2:30pm and will make its way, along the Lifford Road, around the ASDA roundabout and onto Bradley Way, onto Bridge Street, over the Bridge, down Market Street and finishing at Abercorn Square. “The organisers have liaised with the authorities on both sides of the border and will deploy large numbers of stewards on the day in an effort to keep traffic disruption to an absolute minimum.“We look forward to welcoming and hosting families of the Hunger Strikers to the area and in making it a memorable occasion for them and for all attending. Given the massive influx of people, local businesses and particularly local hotels/B&Bs, shops, food outlets and pubs are also set to receive a welcome boost in trade.”Thousands to attend National Hunger Strike Commemoration Parade in Lifford and Strabane was last modified: July 30th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Andrew Bogut expects to have clarity on work visa by Monday

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!Andrew Bogut expects to have clarity on when and where he will receive his work visa on Monday so he can begin playing with the Warriors, a league source told Bay Area News Group.Before the Warriors’ 122-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday at Oracle Arena, Warriors coach Steve Kerr referred to Bogut’s itinerary as a “little bit tricky” and mentioned that …last_img

Defending America’s Apollo Rocket Scientist

first_imgRevisionist historians who weren’t with this man keep trying to disparage his past. We set the record straight.The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing takes place this month, and numerous celebrations are taking place around the country. The mission control center at Johnson Space Center in Houston has been refurbished like new, space museums are hosting week-long special events, and a new CNN documentary features long-lost Apollo memorabilia. Unfortunately, in spite of the spirit of happiness for one of the country’s finest moments, certain journalists who feel obsessed to cast America in a bad light are digging for dirt. A particularly heinous rumor has arisen again.PBS is issuing a new documentary called Chasing the Moon. In the series, space historian John Logsdon resurrects the myth that Wernher von Braun was a nasty, hard-to-work with individual, and worse, was a Nazi, or at least was complicit with Hitler’s Nazi war machine. Elizabeth Howell was quick to leap onto that narrative and perpetuate it in a whole article for Space.com, headlining her article, “‘Chasing the Moon’ Shows Nazi Past of Engineer Wernher Von Braun in Early Space Program (Video).” The video clip in the article shows various silent historical clips of von Braun, but the voice-over narration by Logsdon trashes von Braun’s reputation with name-calling, saying von Braun was “first of all, a pain in the ass” and was “difficult to deal with, a prima donna.” Worse, he alleges that “the government was well aware of his background under [Nazi leader Adolf] Hitler and his possible engagement with the S.S. [Nazi police] and being a registered Nazi.” Possible? Apparently even Logsdon is unsure about his facts. Then, the video clip seamlessly cuts to a fictional movie made in 1960 that shows an actor pretending to be von Braun cooperating with a Nazi official on the development of rockets to be used as weapons. But is this true?The video clip and Howell’s text balances the negative picture a tiny bit by quoting Freeman Dyson, who ameliorates the innuendos somewhat by pointing to von Braun’s peaceful motivations for his rocket program. “‘He advanced the whole field,’ Dyson said, adding that he shared von Braun’s belief that humanity wouldn’t be confined to Earth.” But then she links to a fictional 2018 play that makes up a fictional von Braun as (1) a man complicit with Nazi goals, and (2) a morally-careless individual, unconcerned with the damage his rockets caused during the war. As an added insult to America, the promoters of this narrative often disparage the whole United States government and its armed forces as secretly hiring a bunch of “German Nazis” in order to beat the Russians to the moon, as if the end justified the means.The disgraced president Richard Nixon is sometimes dragged into the picture by the naysayers, committing the association fallacy. Actually, it was Democrat president John F. Kennedy who launched the moon race and hired von Braun to lead the rocket development. Historical photos show von Braun giving Kennedy tours of the space facilities and sharing the progress of Kennedy’s charge to “land a man on the moon, and return him safely to earth” by the end of the decade of the 1960s. Von Braun is largely responsible for the success of that daring charge, commemorated even today by the phrase “moon shot” as an expensive, all-out commitment to a hard task. Unfortunately, Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 during the Mercury program, well before the Gemini and Apollo missions. He was followed by one-term Democrat president Lyndon Johnson (who named the Johnson Space Center in Houston after himself). As fate would have it, on the Apollo 11 landing date (July 20, 1969), newly-elected Richard Nixon got the photo ops for the first telephone call to the moon, basking in the limelight of a program he had little to do with. The Watergate scandal came years later.Such characterizations of von Braun are not only misleading, but contrary to the facts. Just being in Nazi Germany, and having his rockets conscripted by evil men, does not make von Braun himself an accomplice with them. John Logsdon, who perpetuates the negative stereotype of von Braun, appears to have done most of his research and writing after the Apollo missions, much of it after von Braun’s passing. Logsdon was later president of the Planetary Society, a special interest group saturated with Carl Sagan’s atheistic, evolutionary philosophy. Even so, Elizabeth Howell and Space.com committed egregious lapses of journalistic ethics by not giving alternative points of view to Logsdon’s. She could have consulted the writings of Ordway, Stuhlinger and others who had worked directly with von Braun during the entire manned space program. Sadly, because of decades of elapsed time after von Braun’s untimely death from cancer in 1977, he cannot speak in his own defense, and few of his co-workers remain alive to speak up for him.Artwork by J. Beverly Greene commissioned for this biography. All rights reserved.Our biography of von Braun (our Creation Scientist of the Month) is worth reading as a defense against the misleading narrative. Here, let us repeat one section that defends him against the allegations he was a heartless Nazi collaborator:Von Braun was arrested and jailed by the Gestapo.He was charged with resisting the military use of his rockets, and trying to escape.Himmler’s awarding von Braun an honorary rank in the SS no more made him a Nazi than awarding Martin Luther King an honorary membership in the KKK would make him a white supremacist.The evil uses of his rockets occupied only a few months at the end of the war.During his release from jail, when the military used von Braun for his advice, he was escorted under military guard at all times and under strict orders what he could say or do.He used his influence to argue for more time (delaying tactics) and better conditions for the prisoners.When he tried to argue for better treatment of the prisoners, he was threatened that it was none of his business, and that he had better shut up or he would be wearing the same prison stripes.His lifelong dream was the peaceful exploration of space. He was devastated when he heard the news that his rockets had been used against Allied cities.After the war, he sought out the Americans, and willingly surrendered not only himself but his whole team. He knew this meant abandoning his fatherland (and who, in spite of evil leaders, does not have some heart for his own country?). He became a patriotic, energetic American citizen.As soon as he reached America, he was eager to help the American space program.He repeatedly gave a full accounting of all his activities during the war, when interrogated by the government and by suspicious critics.His record since the war speaks for itself. A leopard does not change its spots. If von Braun were anything less than a man of integrity, bad signs would have surfaced in the subsequent 32 years in America.The British Interplanetary Society awarded him an honorary membership right after the war. Surely if anyone had doubts about his motives and allegiances, it would be those who were victimized by V-2 rockets raining down on their city.Von Braun standing by the rocket engines that boosted Apollo astronauts to the moon.As far as von Braun being a “prima donna” who was hard to get along with, the testimony of many who worked with him flatly contradicts that picture. In fact, he was a model of leadership, teamwork, and motivation. His engaging and winsome manner attracted Walt Disney who used him for TV specials to explain space science to a generation of young people. It was clear throughout his life in America that his primary interest was in the peaceful exploration of space, as it had been in Germany. Von Braun should be remembered not just for Apollo, but for the historic Apollo-Soyuz docking with Russian cosmonauts, Skylab, the development of the Space Shuttle, and the entire rocketry program that culminated in the exploration of all the planets in our solar system. America’s first satellite had been launched aboard one of von Braun’s rockets on January 31, 1958.Our biography also quotes sources showing that von Braun became a born-again Christian during the Apollo program, when an engineer gave him a Gideon Bible and led him in the sinner’s prayer. After that, von Braun wrote passionately about the evidence for a Creator, and defended the right of school children to hear evidence that opposes evolution. The biography ends with quotes from his own writings that reveal the heart of this great rocket scientist. See also Bill Federer’s favorable biography of von Braun on WND that includes many of von Braun’s writings and expressions of his Christian faith.(Is it possible Federer used our biography as one of his sources?)A tree is known by its fruits, Jesus said. All of von Braun’s personal efforts (not actions taken by Nazis who conscripted his knowledge for their evil purposes) show good fruit. He ought to be highly esteemed this month as the Apollo program—his crowning achievement—is commemorated. Watch out for the naysayers. Read our biography of Wernher von Braun (1912-1977) and be prepared with the facts in advance to defend him.Read Henry Richter’s biography here (click image).Another biography worth reading this month is the story of Henry Richter, last surviving manager of Explorer 1, America’s first satellite. Explorer 1 was launched aboard one of von Braun’s Jupiter-C rockets, as shown in the Space.com video clip. Dr Richter, manager of the instruments aboard the rocket and developer of its space-to-ground communication system that led to the Deep Space Network (which he planned), turned 92 on June 14.Bonus: Listen to a new musical composition, the “Apollo March,” written by CEH editor David Coppedge to commemorate the moon landings. The 3-minute work, written to recapture the spirit of American awe at the crowning moments of the Apollo program, was premiered June 13-15 by the US Air Force Band of the Golden West. Hear it on Vimeo here or click the photo. (Visited 548 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NBA: Chauncey Billups was aware of Irving’s trade request while in interview with Cavs

first_imgFormer NBA player Chauncey Billups  DONALD MIRALLE/Getty Images/AFPMost NBA fans were completely blindsided by news of Kyrie Irving’s displeasure with the Cleveland Cavaliers and his demand to be traded elsewhere.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Although he anticipated it to happen sooner than later, the 40-year-old player-turned-analyst admitted he remained baffled by Irving’s decision.“That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him because if it’s all about winning—I mean, man, you got a chance to win every single year,” he said.“And not only that, you’re getting everything you want. You’re getting the shots you want. You’re playing for a great coach who’s letting you go to work,” he said.“The game’s on the line, they coming to you. You playing on (national) TV every week. To me, I don’t get it,” he added.Billups, on the hand, turned down the Cavs’ GM position, which was recently awarded to Koby Altman.  Khristian Ibarrola. /raADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ RELATED STORIES:NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—reportIrving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate DellavedovaLeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, retired NBA player Chauncey Billups said he knew it was coming.The former NBA Finals MVP, who was interviewed for the then vacant Cavaliers General Manager position last month, said he was aware of the brewing “trouble in paradise” in the Ohio-based franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It didn’t really surprise me,” Billups said of Irving’s wish to play for a different team.“Obviously I knew. As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know,” he said during a recent appearance on the Vince Lombardi Show. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT MOST READlast_img read more