first_imgPaddy Bond (LS Community), Janet Russell (Cashelshanaghan NS), Cliff Smyth (Woodland NS), Donal Casey (LS Community) and Tracey Downes (LS Community) get ready for tomorrow’s big 5K!The Loughside Community will be out in numbers again tomorrow (Thurs) for their annual 5Km Fun Run/Jog/Walk.The community group is partnering with the parents committees of the Woodland NS and Cashelshanaghan NS, both located in the Loughside Community.This popular event attracted over 750 runners and walkers last year and the committee are expecting a similar numbers this year.Brian Sweeney, chairperson of the Loughside Community said “You don’t have to be a super fit athlete to participate. This is a 5k that the whole family can enjoy”. “The 5k will start and finish at the Woodland NS and the route will be the same route as last year, all on the secondary roads”. We will have marshals at every junction and corner making the route safe for families and children”.Refreshments Tea, Coffee and lots of home baking will be served in the Woodland NS gym afterwards. Brian said “if last year is anything to go by, then we are in for a real treat with the sandwiches and home baking this year again”. “Some of the men living in the Loughside Community are very good bakers”.Registration from 6pm in the gym at Woodland NS and the race will start at 7:30pm sharp. Residents living nearby are asked to walk to the event as parking will be restricted.BIG CROWDS EXPECTED AT LOUGHSIDE COMMUNITY 5K RUN AND WALK was last modified: June 24th, 2015 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:Loughs Community 5Klast_img read more

‘Opry le Daniel’ returns with a legendary dancehall star

first_imgThe long-awaited 2019 series of Opry le Daniel, hosted by Donegal and international singing star Daniel O’Donnell, will begin for a tenth series this week with a very special first-time guest.The popular country music concerts are back on TG4 on Tuesday 5th November at 9:30pm.The show, which is recorded at the Millennium Forum, Derry comprises the best of Irish and American artists. For the opening episode, Daniel will be tuning in with one of the most popular and best-loved entertainer ever to grace the dance halls and cabaret venues of Ireland, the Voice of Romance, the one and only Roly Daniels.Roly Daniels – Opry le DanielMaking his first ever appearance on Opry le Daniel, Roly is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from Irish World newspapers, has recorded such hits as “Hello Darling”, the “Fighting Side Of Me”, “Sunny Tennessee”, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “Mr. Jones”.Having initially performed with the Memphis and Nevada Showbands in Ireland, Daniels remains one of the top international country and western music performers in Nashville, Tennessee and, on returning to Derry, the ‘City of Music’, looked forward to this night of nostalgia and hoped to see all those who followed him during the dancehall days from The Lilac, Carndonagh, The Fiesta, Letterkenny, The Stardust, Derry, The Golden Slipper, Magilligan, Borderland, Muff and many other venues in the North-West and Donegal, and also to welcome his new-found generation of country music followers.Regular followers of Opry le Daniel will have much to look forward to in this series with the appearances of Jimmy & Claudia Buckley, Louise Morrissey, Paddy O Brien, Frank Mc Caffrey, Mary Duff, Cliona Hagan, Patrick Feeney, Michael English and Chloë Agnew. Special edition concerts include Nashville Country with a special guest appearance of Ashley Campbell, daughter of the late, great Glen Campbell accompanied by stars of the Nashville stage and recording studios Max T Barnes, Catherine Mc Grath and ’I Draw Slow’.One of the most popular concerts on ‘Opry’ is the ‘Showband Show’ and this year is no exception with the biggest and best performers of that era including Dickie Rock, Red Hurley, Gina, the irrepressible Paddy Cole and not forgetting this year’s Christmas Eve special with the Queen of Irish Country Music, MARGO, celebrating her 55yrs in entertainment.The programmes are also available to view on the TG4 player worldwide.‘Opry le Daniel’ returns with a legendary dancehall star was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea planning to axe Di Matteo and Drogba – reports

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo expects to be axed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich even if he wins the Champions League, according to The Sun.There have been calls for the interim boss to be installed as manager this summer, but it is claimed that Di Matteo believes Abramovich is determined to appoint a big-name continental coach.A ‘senior Chelsea source’ is quoted as saying: “He’s resigned to leaving regardless of what happens in Munich.“He has tried to talk to the club’s hierarchy about pre-season training for next season and been given very short shrift.“That convinced him he really is just an ‘interim’ manager, filling the post until a full-time appointment can be made.“He’s hugely disappointed after the miracles he has worked here since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in March.“Two Cup finals is an amazing success after inheriting that mess and winning the FA Cup last Saturday was very special.“He won it with Chelsea as a player, scoring that amazing goal against Middlesbrough in 1997, and now he has won it as a manager too.“That guarantees him hero status with the fans but won’t budge the powers-that-be. Di Matteo has the full support of all the players but, fundamentally, nothing has changed.”Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror say Chelsea will ditch Didier Drogba at the end of the season.The Ivorian, whose contract expires this summer, is said to want to sign a two-year deal and then retire in 2014.But it is claimed that the club are planning to ignore the wishes of fans and let him leave Stamford Bridge.The Blues hierarchy are apparently keen to instead build a team around Fernando Torres. Should Di Matteo be given the Chelsea job? Click here to voteClick here for Thursday’s Chelsea quiz Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

East Bay native who played for Jets, 49ers passes away

first_imgHayward native Ed Galigher, who starred in three sports at Chabot College before he went on to play seven seasons in the NFL, including two with the 49ers, died Tuesday after experiencing complications following a double lung transplant procedure. He was 68.Galigher had the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to longtime friend Zack Papachristos, but suffered complications after surgery.Galigher was born in Hayward and graduated in 1968 from Sunset High School, …last_img

Consciousness Is Not Computable

first_imgA key principle of materialism and physicalism is that all processes must be reducible to matter and energy.In the march from molecules to man, materialists must not encounter any insurmountable hurdles: any observable facts that cannot be reduced to processes beyond matter and energy. That’s because matter and energy are all that exist. Materialist reality cannot countenance anything irreducible to those entities. Already they have a candidate for the insurmountable hurdle, because the proposition of materialism itself is immaterial. As Robert Jastrow said,[Film courtesy of Illustra Media, at]Ignoring that show-stopper, the materialist faces several other candidates for insurmountable hurdles: (1) the origin of the universe, (2) the origin of heavy elements, (3) the origin of the Earth, (4) the origin of life, (5) the origin of mulicellular life, (6) the origin of sex, and (7) the origin of consciousness. Consider that last one. If consciousness were reducible to material processes, it should be computable. In other words, a sufficiently programmed computer should be able to re-create consciousness. (Ignore the conundrum for now that programming implies a programmer, which implies intelligent design.)An article by Subhash Kak from Ohio State, published at Live Science, explains flatly “Why Computers Will Never Be Truly Conscious.” One should never say never, but Kak is convinced that artificial consciousness is forever beyond the reach of robots and computers. It’s not a limitation of technology. His conclusion derives from the nature of human consciousness, that inner experience of self that is our closest experience of reality. We humans are aware of our thinking. Computers are not. Kak relates a thought experiment by the late Alan Turing that illustrates the problem: Try to prove that a program will stop on its own. Another computer, monitoring the program, would have to rely on a stop-checking algorithm to decide if it will stop or not. But a deceptive programmer codes the program to do the opposite of what its stop-checking routine says it will do. Kak describes what will happen:Running the stop-checking process on this new program would necessarily make the stop-checker wrong: If it determined that the program would stop, the program’s instructions would tell it not to stop. On the other hand, if the stop-checker determined that the program would not stop, the program’s instructions would halt everything immediately. That makes no sense — and the nonsense gave Turing his conclusion, that there can be no way to analyze a program and be entirely absolutely certain that it can stop. So it’s impossible to be certain that any computer can emulate a system that can definitely stop its train of thought and change to another line of thinking — yet certainty about that capability is an inherent part of being conscious.Human consciousness is also distributed throughout the brain (or at least activates disparate parts of the brain), Kak adds, as he recounts other show-stoppers to the computation of consciousness thought up by scientists and philosophers. So if consciousness is not computable, that makes it a strong candidate for a hurdle too high for reductionist materialism.Not Just One Man’s DifficultyLike Thomas Nagel, author of God and Cosmos, philosopher of mind David Chalmers would prefer to stay satisfied with a material universe. Both of them, however, only have highly speculative and untestable ways to maintain their preference. In a well-stated interview on YouTube reposted by Evolution News, Chalmers delves into the “hard problem of consciousness.” None of us can doubt our own consciousness, he says; it is the most direct experience we have. We can doubt other people’s consciousness, but not our own. He illustrates it with zombies—not the living dead, but theoretical zombies that appear and behave just like us but are not conscious.“When God created the world,” Chambers speculates (ironically for an atheist), He could have created a material world without consciousness. “That would make sense,” he says; it would be logically conceivable. But consciousness is something God would have had to add as a separate thing. Even taking out God, the problem remains that consciousness is separate from materialism, and superfluous to a material reality.Chalmers then dispenses with evolutionary theory as a source of consciousness. Theories about this are generally vague and doubtful, he says. The main problem, though, is that evolution has no need to invent consciousness. The world could work perfectly well without it. An evolutionist’s world would work just fine with complex reflexes and behaviors programmed by genes. Evolution also cannot explain qualia, the direct experiences we have of the world. A color-blind person can know about colors, but cannot have the experience of red unless cured of colorblindness. Chalmers concludes that humans will never be able to solve the hard problem: Why is our behavior and sensation accompanied by conscious experience? Scientists will never find that in neurons, he argues.How many show-stoppers does it take to stop a show? All the other insurmountable hurdles listed above for molecules-to-man evolution in a materialistic universe remain. But here we see three prominent experts in physics and philosophy of mind, who are non-Christians, stating explicitly that materialism is missing something critical. Two of them say that consciousness is permanently beyond the reach of materialism. So readers do not have to take our word for it that the materialist show is stopped. We would just heighten the hurdle infinitely further by saying that the very use of language by these thinkers requires supernaturalism. Every proposition depends on logic (which must refer to timeless, universal and necessary truths), and morality (which assumes that the speaker desires to share his logic honestly). The materialist show, therefore, is stopped; go to another show. There’s a good one across town about a Creator. It’s called the greatest story ever told. (Visited 528 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African health facilities ready for World Cup

first_imgFootball fans have received assurancethat South Africa’s health facilities arecapable of handling any emergencyduring the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: South African Red Cross)South Africa’s health facilities – both hospitals and clinics – are ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the government has assured fans. South Africa is ready to provide health services of an international standard to football fans who travel to the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, boasting facilities that are in line with health infrastructure guarantees made to Fifa on being awarded the tournament.A comprehensive health and medical response service will be available on a 24-hour basis over the duration of the tournament.The country’s state of readiness for health care was tested during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup with great success.Comprehensive medical services are available in different areas during the duration of the tournamentThe National Health Operations Centre will link to all provinces, ensuring real-time monitoring, collating and reporting on the roll-out of the health plan, as well as the occurrence of any incidents.Medical response personnel will be deployed on the most frequently used routes during the event. The 2010 Medical Volunteer Programme was also established to recruit volunteers with specialised skills in the medical fraternity to bolster the number of World Cup deployments. Free primary healthcare will be available to all spectators at official venues, including a script or referral to a health facility if necessary.Dispensing machines will be situated throughout the stadiums for basic drug purchases. Twenty-four-hour pharmacies will be in place for the duration of the event.South Africa has the necessary plans in place to deal with any major disruptions during the tournamentA comprehensive disaster-management plan has been developed to deal with any major disruption during the tournament.All the possible risks that could cause major disruptions have been identified and the necessary risk reduction measures have been developed, tested and implemented.The emergency preparedness of stadiums, fan parks and other public viewing areas are in place.Disaster Management Centres in host cities and provinces will cater for any possible disasters such as floods, fires and/or any major transport or utility services disruption. The country will deal decisively with the outbreak of diseases in line with its comprehensive disease control planSpecial measures have been put in place to ensure that all international ports of entry are properly monitored in terms of health related issues.Public awareness information, outbreak indicators and strengthening existing disease outbreak policies and systems have been undertaken.We have detailed plans for vaccinations against possible disease outbreaks and the National Institute of Communicable Disease issues regular updates on any outbreak.There is no risk of Rift Valley Fever to visitors as the disease typically only affects ruminants such as sheep, cattle and goats.The Department of Health has developed the Notifiable Medical Conditions Early Warning Surveillance System to provide daily epidemiological reports on health events of public importance.Source: South African Government Informationlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast September 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry and warm the rest of this week. Sunshine dominates today through Saturday. Temps will be above normal through the period. Humidity values should be a bit lower today and tomorrow, but will start to climb again later in the week. Clouds increase Saturday afternoon.Our next weather system arrives in Ohio Sunday afternoon and evening, then continues through Monday. This means we can see a couple of damp days back to back. Showers and thunderstorms are likely Sunday afternoon through Monday with rain totals from a few hundredths to .8″ combined over the two day period. Thunderstorms will not be a big part of the precipitation, but those will be what is needed to get any part of Ohio into the upper end of the precipitation range. We expect coverage to be around 50% of the state. The moisture seems to fall apart slightly as it moves east, leaving us with less coverage.Tuesday Ohio sees clouds and limited sun, and we cant rule out scattered showers in NE Ohio, that may bring up to .2″. However, the coverage there will be just 30%. A similar set up comes at us for next Wednesday, with a mix of clouds and sun, but a chance of afternoon and evening.10 day rain potentialWe go fully dry again next Thursday to finish out the 10 day forecast window, and then start the extended 11-16 day period with Mostly sunny skies Friday, and sun followed by increasing clouds Saturday the 28th. Showers return to Ohio in limited form from Saturday overnight through Sunday the 29th, but we only see a few hundredths to a tenth or two, with coverage sitting at 30%. The better chances will be in NW Ohio and the far south central parts of the state. Sunny, colder and drier weather is back to finish the extended period, from Sunday afternoon (29th) through Wednesday October 2nd.last_img read more

Gagan Narang: Man with the golden gun

first_imgThe trouble with shooter Gagan Narang is that he does not know when to stop winning. On Saturday, he bagged his fourth gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, onesixth of all the gold that the 619- strong Indian contingent has won so far.On current form, he is expected to win his fifth in the 50-metre Prone Pairs event on Tuesday. By the end of the Commonwealth Games, he could have six gold medals, one more than fellow shooter Samaresh Jung’s record haul at the 2006 Melbourne edition, where Narang had won four gold.But in the hierarchy of global sport, a single Olympic gold medal counts more than most other achievements. Therefore, it was not surprising when Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra took all the glory in India that the sport of shooting had to offer, while Narang had to be content with a lower profile.Not anymore.In the Delhi edition of the Commonwealth Games, Narang not only teamed up with Bindra to win his first team gold last Monday, he later beat him to win an individual gold, thus earning the epithet ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. On Saturday, Narang was in top form scoring 1262.2 points in the Rifle Three Positions event. For those not accustomed to the vagaries of shooting, the Rifle Three Positions is a quirky event. Marksmen have to shoot 40 times at a target placed 50 m in front of them. They then fire at 40 targets standing and in the last position they kneel and take aim, again 40 targets.advertisementNarang scored 1166 out of 1200, a Commonwealth Games qualification record. In the final, he shot 96.2 to set a new final Games record for a total of 1262.2 points. It’s no secret that Narang has been itching to have a go at Bindra for two years. It was at the Games’ Delhi edition that he finally stepped out of Bindra’s shadow.The shooting fraternity knows Narang as “Mr Cool” for his unflappable temperament but these appellations do not seem to affect him much. In fact, he has been told by his coach Stanislaus Lapidus to remain inside the Games Village on Sunday and Monday to prevent any distractions. He will emerge only on Tuesday.Many say his shyness is often confused with arrogance. By all accounts, he is not arrogant but it is his well-publicised outrage at not being awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna this year that often works against him. “Am I not good enough for the country’s top award? What have I not achieved?” Narang had cried then. The award finally went to Saina Nehwal.But he may well be a top contender for next year’s top national sports award. For that he may have to win his fifth and sixth medals.Two-time silver medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games Ronjan Sodhi said Narang will win his fifth yellow metal medallion on Tuesday. It is the last medal hunt that could prove the toughest; an event where he faces off with Australia’s Warren Potent, a bronze winner at Beijing.But then champions love a scrap, don’t they, and it could well be that Potent’s presence brings out the best in Narang. In fact, Narang’s success story is much like the story of tennis legend Boris Becker who, at the peak of his form, lunged and dived at seemingly impossibleto- retrieve volleys and won points out of nowhere. Becker later spoke how he had a sort of “tunnel vision” during that period when he did nothing but focus on the sport.Narang has a similar attitude. He refuses to let anything apart from his sport distract him. It is only his weight that troubles him often. The 27-yearold has no serious problem other than the battle of the bulge. He says he can put on 10 kg in two months and knock those off with his own set of exercises.There is no serious “mantra for success” he says. When pressed for it he says, “Just a prayer on my lips. I prefer to keep things simple and focus my attention on the task at hand. I guess it’s all about timing too.” In a country beginning to learn to love its noncricketing heroes, Narang is the perfect role model. Soon after the Commonwealth, he heads to Munich for the rifle World Cup Finals, after which he flies to Guangzhou in China to lead India’s challenge at the Asian Games. “The party can wait till after the Asiad,” he says.Worth His Weight In Gold:Gold in Bangkok Asian Championships 2005 (10m air rifle)4 gold in 2006 Melbourne CWG (10m air rifle, 10m air rifle pairs, 50m rifle 3 positions and 50m rifle 3 positions pairs)Gold in Guangzhou World Cup in 2006 (10m air rifle)Gold in 2008 Bangkok World Cup Finals (10m air rifle with final world record of 703.5, also equal qualification world record 600/600)Gold in Changwon World Cup in 2009 (50m rifle 3 positions)Gold in Doha Asian Championships 2009 (10m air rifle)advertisementlast_img read more

Volvo S60 and XC60 R-design new variants for Indian market

first_imgNew Volvo S60Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo has introduced the all-new S60 and XC60 R-Design in India. The company says that both vehicles give a sports-car feel and feature a specially developed chassis to enhance the overall driving experience. The chassis has assisted in sharpening the steering and improved the vehicle’s agility.With the new R-Design, Volvo has decided to target the young audience. The XC60 R-Design gets an front-end, which features a Tech Matte Black grille with an R-Design emblem and high gloss black stripes. DRL lights in the outer corners give a low, road-hugging impression of the vehicle. In addition, the Ixion alloy wheels are available in a redesigned 18-inch version for both S60 and XC60.On the inside, the new sport seat now comes as a standard provision in the R-Design cars. There is also a unique three-spoke, leather-covered R-Design steering wheel that adds to its sporty looks. Adaptive Digital Display allows the driver to switch between three layouts with different configurations and functionalities – Elegance, Eco and Performance.In terms of engines, Volvo XC60 R-Design models are equipped with in-line 4 cylinder, turbo diesel, 2-litre engines that produce 181bhp of power and 400Nm peak torque.The new Volvo S60 and XC60 R-Design are top-of-the-line variants in their respective range. Standard equipment such as the new navigation system, gear-shift paddles, premium sound system, heated front seats, personal car communicator, sunroof, and rear parking camera are available. .Commenting on the new S60 and the XC60 R-Design, Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President Product Development, Volvo Cars said, “The all-new S60 and XC60 are our sportiest models ever. With R-Design they are even sharper. They’re the natural choice for true connoisseurs.”advertisementlast_img read more