A Donegal-based bus driver got the chance of a lifetime to spin the wheel on RTE’s Winning Streak on Saturday – to win a whopping €17,000!Mickey McDaid told co-host, Sinead Kennedy, that when it was announced that he was to appear on Winning Streak it led to a lot of confusion as there were three other Mickey McDaid’s in the area.Meanwhile, his phone never stopped ringing with friends and family looking to know was it him who was on a Winning Streak. After a sleepless night of wondering has his luck come in, Mickey celebrated after receiving a phone call from National Lottery officials to confirm he was the Mickey McDaid in question!Mr McDaid is a bus driver, serving the Little Angels, St. Bernadette’s, and Stramore areas.Mickey is the FIFTH Donegal person to appear on Winning Streak in just six weeks.Speaking in the RTE studio in Donnybrook in Dublin, he gave a big hello to all of the school children who had designed the signs that were proudly on display in the audience. Glenswilly man bags €17,000 on Winning Streak was last modified: March 26th, 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) Tags:Winning Streak
A new film about the creation-evolution controversy is coming out, titled Flock of Dodos. Randy Olson, a marine biologist with a PhD in evolutionary ecology and another degree in filmmaking, decided to put this documentary together to help scientists realize that they are behind the curve on marketing their ideas. According to the Kansas paper Lawrence Journal-World, Olson claims his purpose is not to take sides, but to highlight the importance of public relations. The film is “slated for upcoming preview screenings at Harvard University and other prestigious venues.”Flock of dodos. Wonderful. Such a scholarly, uplifting title. With an evolutionary ecologist running the show, any doubt who will be labeled as the real dodos? Do you think the word dodo will stand for “Darwin Only! Darwin Only” to an evolutionary ecologist who will be showing off his work at Harvard? There is a slight chance he will warn his fellow Darwinists they might go extinct without better marketing, but more likely, the blurb sets the odds: “Filmmaker and evolutionary ecologist Dr. Randy Olson tries to figure out who exactly is the flock of dodos.” Compare this attitude with the respectful, evidence-focused comportment of films like Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet. The Darwinist strategy is, when you can’t block, mock.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Revisionist 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0
Mandy Ramdsen at the top of the world. At 07h45 on 22 May 2010, Mandy Ramsden was on top of the world. Literally. The South African mountaineer had just reached the 8 848-metre summit of Mount Everest. And she had plenty to be excited about. Not only is she now the second South African woman to climb Everest, she is also the first South African – indeed, African – woman to have climbed the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the world’s seven continents.The first South African woman to climb Everest was Cathy O’Dowd, who reached the top on Ian Woodall’s controversial first South African Everest expedition in 1996, during which cameraman Bruce Herrod died. O’Dowd went on to climb Everest from the north side in 1999, becoming the first woman in the world to summit from both sides.Ramsden, a Zimbabwe-born single mother of four, has been working to claim the Seven Summits for five years. Since conquering Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro in 2006, she has ticked off Mount Elbrus in Europe (2006), Aconcagua in South America (2006), Carstenz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Australasia/Oceania 2007, Denali (Mount McKinley) in North America (2008), Vinson Massif in Antarctica (2009) and now the Big E.A perfect summitEverything went perfectly for the Adventure Consultants team, led by veteran New Zealand guide Mike Roberts and made up of Ramsden, fellow South African Tony Hampson-Tindale and Irishman James Haydock. After a stay down the valley in the village of Periche, enjoying the oxygen-rich air of the lower altitude and recovering from their acclimatisation programme, the team moved back to base camp on 11 May.Waiting for the weather window that would allow them to start the climb, the team focused on their preparation, visualising the climb ahead, fitting and testing their oxygen masks and regulators, familiarising themselves with the process of changing oxygen bottles, and experimenting with various combinations of headgear and warm clothing. Finally, on 19 May, they got the green light and made their way up through the Khumbu Icefall for the last time.On 21 May the team arrived at their final camp on the South Col, at 7 935 metres less than a thousand metres short of the summit. After a few hours rest and rehydration Ramsden and team leader Roberts left the South Col at 22h00. Although it was snowing lightly they could see the stars above – conditions looked good.They radioed in at the Balcony, roughly the half-way point in terms of height gain, and then made their way along the snowy southeast ridge to the South Summit Rocks, reaching the South Summit as dawn was breaking. After changing their oxygen bottles they were ready for the final push. At 06h00 the first team member, James Haydock, stood on the summit. Roberts and Ramsden, accompanied by Pemba Choti, on his sixth summit and Passang Bhote, on his third, topped out just under two hours later.Record-breakersOn the summit with them was another new record holder: Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old American from Big Bear, California, and the youngest to ever climb Everest. Romera, climbing with his father and three sherpa guides, climbed the mountain’s northeast ridge from Tibet because China has no age restrictions for Everest climbers. Those attempting to climb the south side from Nepal must be a minimum of 16 years old. The previous record for the youngest summiteer was held by Temba Tshering of Nepal, who summited at the age of 16 in 2001.After the obligatory photo shots in her South African-made Cape Storm ASR high altitude down suit, Ramsden and the rest of the Adventure Consultants team returned to the South Col for the night, before descending to Camp 2 the next day. They awoke to falling snow the next morning but, undeterred, were the first team to leave camp and begin the strenuous task of trail-breaking down to base camp. They are all now safely back at the camp, refreshed, clean, well fed – and celebrating.South Africans on the mountainIt was a good climbing season for South African mountaineers on Everest. A day after Ramsden stood on the world’s highest peak, five members of the South African Adventure Dynamics team, and team leader Sean Disney, summited from Everest’s north side. It was a particularly poignant occasion for Disney and team member Vaughan de la Harpe, both also Seven Summiteers – exactly four years ago they summited Everest from the south side.Three climbers from the Adventures Global team, led by South African Ronnie Muhl and comprising both South Africans and Australians, summited on 23 May with two more reaching the top on the 24th. Muhl himself, who had climbed Everest from the north side in 2007, decided to turn back before the summit.To date 424 climbers have summited Everest in 2010, with two fatalities. A new record for the number of ascents was set by the 50-year-old Apa Sherpa, leader of Eco Everest Expedition 2010, who now has 20 summits under his belt.How high is Mount Everest?China and Nepal have finally agreed that the height of world’s highest mountain is 8 848 metres – the height of its summit snows. The Chinese previously argued that it should be measured by its rock height, 8 844 metres.That said, the mountain is growing taller all the time, thanks to the collision of tectonic plates, so they might both be wrong. In May 1999 an American team used GPS technology to record a height of 8 850 metres. This figure is now used by the US National Geographic Society, although it has not been officially accepted by Nepal.
18 August 2016Trapped. A strong woman’s triumph over abuse is Capetonian Sam Scarborough’s diary, now published as a book. Her story – a confident and financially secure woman stuck is an emotionally abusive relationship – is meant to give hope to other women trapped in the same situation.Her diary, a despairing attempt to remain sane, tells the story of her moving toLondon with her daughter to be with her new partner. It chronicles how her lovestory, “suddenly changed and how she started to doubt herself, because accordingto him, everything was her fault”.Harrowing as her journey is, the book ends on a high note: “The good news isthat she got out of the toxic relationship – and so can you.”The abuseEmotional abuse is difficult to define, Scarborough says. Now, given herexperience, she understands what verbal abuse is. “There were words said to me,even if they were later denied. It was something concrete to hang on to, especiallybecause I wrote those words down in my diary.”Despite a mountain of research, it remains a difficult form of manipulation topinpoint. Unlike physical abuse, which leaves bruises and scars, the damage ispsychological. The pain more difficult for others to understand. “I certainly knowwhat it felt like for me, which is detailed in the diary I wrote, which became thebook.”Her writing processWriting a book about her personal experience was not easy. “It was frustrating,painful and hard to relive what I had gone through,” says Scarborough.The difficulty for Scarborough was to remain true and not glamourise theabuse. Exposing the worst of her life experience was also extraordinarily painful. “Ittook me a few months to write the actual book in the end. I wrote most nights afterwork, late into the night, transcribing all my notes and entries.“It was like reliving a nightmare. The patterns and cycles became boring, evento me. I was so frustrated with my own diary entries that I almost gave up onfinishing the book. I didn’t like the way I sounded, the way I acted, or the things Iwas saying – some parts actually made me cringe.“But, I decided to leave it all in, as that was my truth of what I went through,and there didn’t seem much point in glamourising it, or taking out the harduncomfortable parts.” Writing about her personal experience was difficult, says SamScarborough. (Image: NB Publishers)Being in a bad relationshipHer relationship, and her writing journey gave her a new perspective on thechoices people make in their relationships. “In the past I used to be extremelyfrustrated with friends who were in bad relationships, either of abuse, orrelationships that brought out the worst in them.“I just could not understand why my friends would not leave or could not leave.I had no idea what it was like to be in a bad relationship.”She says she had very little empathy for these friends of hers. “I eventuallyjust gave up on them.“I would like to think I will be a better friend now with a lot more understanding.I told my story to help others, not because I wanted to tell the story. And if this book can help just one person to free themselves, then I am glad it was published.”Returning to Cape TownScarborough says she would have loved to stay in London. “I have lived therebefore and still have loads of friends there.“But it wasn’t possible at the time. Coming back to South Africa was hard. Itfelt like a failure,” she confesses. “My apartment was rented out and we [she andher daughter] had nowhere to live. It was however the best decision I made, to putdistance between me and the situation I had got myselfinto.“It was a good break, something final. The decision to get on that plane andleave was not easy, as I was being promised the world, but it definitely got me outof the downward spiral I was in.”Scarborough, a graphic designer, art- and creative director, is also the author ofseveral children’s décor books like Children’s Rooms, CoolSpaces for Kids and Creative Rooms for Your Kids.Her book Trapped was recently published by NB Publishers.Simbongile MenteSimbongile Mente started writing Africa’s Daughters late in 2012.Three years later her book documenting the stories of women she mentored wascomplete. The women Mente wrote about are from the township Kayamandi in theStellenbosch area. Student pastor Mente launched her book last September at herchurch, the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa.The book explores the lives of 12 women, including herself. “I address issues like modern day slavery, molestation, low self-esteem, and your identity as a woman.”There are women like Thembi, the oldest of four sisters, who lost her motherwhile she was in high school.“Thembi’s father couldn’t afford to pay for all of their fees. She ended updropping out of school in grade 10. She took on two jobs to help her dad butthrough all of that she was disciplined. Thembi didn’t give up on her dreams andwent back to school. She is now studying nursing, just as her mother did,” explainsMente. Simbongile Mente documents the lives of 11 women and how theyovercame their challenging situations. (Image: Trudy van Rooy)The book’s titleMente says she wrote Africa’s Daughters to bring hope and encouragement to women in Africa and all over the world. “I decided on the title Africa’s Daughters because I was working with African women – engaging, empowering and mentoring African women. I was getting a personal look on their everyday lives.”She says publishing these kinds of stories raises awareness of the struggles ofwomen and, she hopes, to give the next generation a roadmap to avoid the samehazards. “It is important to inform our people so that they can be better equipped incommunicating these issues to their families. Families make up communities.“Africa’s Daughters’ message is one of hope where tragic situations can be turned into a message of light and transformation to this nation and Africa,” she advocates.More about MenteMente has a B. Tech degree in Public Relations and a BA degree in Theology.She started to write in high school to deal with her own low self-esteem anddepression. She started writing a journal filled with thoughts and emotions whichlater developed into poetry.Her friend Trudy van Rooy submitted one of her poems, All hope is gonefrom her, to a writing competition initiated by Africa’s Institute. “I was oneof the semi-finalists and my poem was featured in their book VenturingVistas,” says Mente. “I never stopped writing. I wrote poems and letters toGod, and still do during my meditation time.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info material
(John Edwards speaks to a supporter at Attawapiskat blockade of ice road leading to De Beers diamond mine. APTN/Photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ATTAWAPISKAT-About a dozen Attawapiskat residents launched a second blockade on an ice road leading to a De Beers diamond mine Sunday.The blockade, which began Sunday evening, forced a convoy of several empty fuel trucks back to the De Beers Victor diamond mine which sits about 90 kilometres west of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario.A separate blockade ended Thursday.A cube truck, several pick-up trucks and wooden pallets blocked the branch of the ice road leading to the De Beers mine. The diamond mining giant depends on the ice road to haul things like fuel and equipment too heavy for easy air delivery.“We just want to be heard,” said John Edwards, one of about a dozen people at the blockade late Sunday evening. “Attawapiskat is idle no more.”Edwards said part of the blockade was motivated by De Beers’ failure to compensate his family for the impact the mine has had on their traplines. The mine is also next to where his grandmother is buried.“They never gave…anything to date for trespassing on the trapline,” said Edwards.He said it was time for De Beers to compensate Attawapiskat residents for the wealth the mine generates.“This is traditional territory for us. We use the rivers as highways, we travel on them to hunt, to get access to other rivers,” said Edwards. “It comes down to money. It is a money system that was introduced ever since the foreign immigrants came here. The immigrants came here, the king and queen system didn’t work for them, the peasants came over, and they got rich on these lands.”This blockade comes three days after another blockade on the same ice road ended peacefully after De Beers, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence came to an agreement with another group of residents who demanded that the community’s impact benefit agreement with mining giant be reopened.Bruce Shisheesh, the spokesman for the first group, said it was his understanding the agreement has now been reopened. In a statement issued by De Beers following the end of last week’s blockade, the mining company made no mention of reopening the agreement.Spence was not in the community at the time the blockade was launched. The Attawapiskat chief is in Moose Factory for meetings.De Beers could not be reached for [email protected]@JorgeBarrera
Kolkata: Bidhannagar North police station has recovered a decomposed body of an old lady from inside a house in Salt Lake late on Sunday night. Police detained the deceased’s son for interrogation.According to the sources, one Krishna Bhattacharya (77) used to live at BE 220 with her son Maitro Bhattacharya. Her husband Dr Gorachand Bhattacharya had died a few years ago. Since then Maitro and Krishna had been living an isolated life. Locals informed that Maitro, a few years ago, had pasted his and his mother’s voter card, ration card and other documents on the boundary wall of the house. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Sunday night, Maitro went to one Tarun Kumar Porel’s house and informed that his mother died a few days ago and needs help to bury the body. Porel, known to Gorachand, was stunned to hear the near. He asked Maitro to wait. Sources informed that Porel called up the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Bhavani Bhavan and reported the matter. Later, Bidhannagar North police station was informed. Upon receiving the information, police went to Beadon Street and detained Maitro. He was immediately brought to Salt Lake. As soon as Maitro opened the door of his house foul smell spread all over the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe sleuths entered the house and saw a decomposed body lying on the back of a wooden almirah placed on the floor. Police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. Later, Maitro was questioned. During the interrogation, he claimed his mother had died approximately 18 days ago but police suspect Krishna might have died 10 days ago. The sleuths suspect Maitro is not mentally sound as he said he was not having any problem with his mother’s decomposed body. On Monday, Maitro claimed his mother instructed him to bury her body after her death as they are Christian. “I was planning to bury her body inside the house. Later, I changed my mind and planned to bury it in the garden. But nothing has happened till now,” he said. The incident, coupled with Maitro’s statements, have made the sleuths recall the infamous Robinson Street case of 2015. Police started an Unnatural Death (UD) case. If any foul play found in the autopsy report, a fresh case may be initiated according to the provisions of law.