Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has today announced an improved grant of more than €77,500 for a top-class clubhouse at CLG Na Dúnaibh.The cash boost is €7,500 more than what was sanctioned for the club in April of this year.€70,992 of the grant will now be put towards works to the clubhouse works and an additional sum of €6,599 was granted for fire safety measures and specialist fire retardant paint finish. The additional support for CLG Na Dúnaibh welcomed by Minister Joe McHugh, who said it is important to make sure the works to the clubhouse are of a high standard.“A total grant of €77,591 will go a long way to turning CLG Na Dúnaibh into an even better facility for Gaelic games and promote our language. It will build on the huge success of summer 2018 when the club was the proud host of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta with clubs from all over the country bringing players, their families and supporters into north Donegal. Support like this builds on that, cements its place in the local community and everything it does to promote the language,” Minister McHugh said.Minister Joe McHugh at Na Dúnaibh for Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta in 2018.“Beidh an maoiniú breise seo inniu ina cuidiú mór do CLG na nDúnaibh agus iad ag déanamh iarracht mhór na Gaeilge a chur chun cinn sa cheantar.“Beidh áiseanna ar dóigh forbartha ag an club in aice le cladaigh thuaisceart Dhún na nGall le tacaíocht ó dheontas de os cionn €70,000 ó Roinn na Gaeltachta. “The cash boost for Na Dúnaibh will go a long way to promoting the Irish language, encourage youngsters in sport and make sure the best facilities are available for members of all ages.”A total grant has been approved by Aire Stait don Ghaeilge, Gaeltacht & na hOileáin Sean KyneMinister McHugh said: “I’d also like to see the club work with the local language planning team and Ceim Aniar to ensure language is at the core of the club’s events and activities. “I look forward to seeing the top class facilities that this money helps to build.” Improved grant announced for CLG na nDúnaibh clubhouse was last modified: August 7th, 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)
Scientists could do themselves a favor by getting off the materialist merry-go-round and contemplating their Creator’s purpose for their lives.Numerous articles in the past decade have bemoaned the worrisome increases in scientific fraud, malpractice, and sloppiness (e.g., 23 Sept 2017). Is there a fountainhead of integrity that can help? Can secular scientists get it from Darwinian theory? (12 March 2009).Religiously engaged adolescents demonstrate habits that help them get better grades, Stanford scholar finds (Stanford News). Stanford University researchers, not particularly friendly to “religious” outlooks, found some desirable traits in “religiously engaged adolescents.” These are students that not only believe in God, but consider their faith a key factor in their lives. Carrie Spector writes,The findings indicate that religious communities socialize adolescents to cultivate two habits highly valued in public schools: conscientiousness and cooperation. Religious engagement may influence grades more than researchers realize.“The United States is a highly religious country, and religion is a powerful social force,” said the study’s author, Ilana Horwitz, a doctoral candidate at the GSE. “If we, as education scholars, are trying to understand adolescents in America, we should pay attention to this very important part of their life.”One must realize that secular researchers often lump many disparate groups into the word “religious” even though the differences may be far more profound than the similarities. Students being trained to hate Jews and become soldiers in violent jihad at a madrassah may have vastly different values than Christians. “Religiosity” becomes a vacuous designation when the content of belief is ignored. Indeed, it could be argued that secularists are ‘religious’ in terms of having reliance on a worldview that determines their reason for being and attitudes about life. In fact, everyone exercises faith (search on “people of faith” in the Darwin Dictionary).With the researchers’ nondescript word “religious” in mind, it’s instructive that they used a term Jesus Christ used for those who are ‘religiously engaged’ — abiders. Jesus instructed his disciples to “abide” in him like a branch connects to a vine (John 15): drawing its nutrition and life from the source. Only in this way can a branch fulfill its purpose to bear much fruit. Can we read between the lines of the report to see that the researchers are primarily considering abiders in the Judeo-Christian forms of faith – i.e., those who get their values from the Bible?Horwitz assigned each respondent to one of five common “types” of religiosity using a classification system developed by sociologists Melinda Lundquist Denton and Lisa Pearce. At one end of the spectrum were abiders— those who attend religious services, pray on a regular basis, feel close to God, and emphasize the role of faith in their daily lives. On the other end of the spectrum were avoiders— those believe that a God exists but avoid religious involvement and broader issues of the relevance of religion for their life.Abiders, Horwitz found, earned significantly better grades on average than the avoiders. Abiders had an average GPA of 3.22, compared with 2.93 among avoiders.“Being religious helps adolescents in middle and high school because they are rewarded for being obedient and respectful and for having self-control,” Horwitz said.If these positive behaviors carry on to other spheres of life, it’s clear that scientific institutions would benefit from members who show respect, self-control, diligent study, cooperation, and conscientiousness. Are scientists not students themselves, needing to call on these values to understand nature and get better grades on the test of reproducibility?Promiscuous America—smart, secular and somewhat less happy (Medical Xpress). For contrast, let’s examine the kind of people lacking those qualities. It takes no self-control to be promiscuous, and little respect, although non-violent “cooperation” might be a requirement. But even criminals know how to cooperate, as the phrase “partners in crime” indicates. This article says that young men are currently engaging in less sex outside marriage than before (the old word was “fornication”), while women are becoming more “adventurous.” But adventurism outside the purpose of sex in family life is not making them happy. Results from a survey of 30,000 respondents indicated that “younger Americans are having sex with fewer people than their boomer or gen X elders.”Promiscuous America is urban, adulterous, secular, politically progressive and more educated, Wolfinger found. Indeed, Americans with postgraduate degrees are the most likely to be promiscuous.He also found that the most promiscuous people report being less happy, which he attributes to marital status. Promiscuous survey respondents are less likely to be married and more likely to be divorced.…“The happiness story changes when promiscuous Americans get married,” Wolfinger said.Are evolutionary scientists among the unhappy fornicators? There are no statistics about that in the article. However, it seems likely, given liberal attitudes about family values (e.g., 24 March 2018), that those who embrace Darwinian evolution would also tend to be “urban, adulterous, secular, politically progressive and more educated.” Being more educated is not necessarily virtuous. It depends on the content of the education. “Mere education is not enough,” old preacher and college president Bob Jones (1883-1968) used to say. “You cannot put a man in the penitentiary for forgery until you first teach him to write.” The film A Beautiful Mind showed John Forbes Nash as a grad student treating sex with a cheapness that bordered on contempt. He dispensed with any attempt to woo a woman on campus, telling her outright he wanted to have sex with her. Why was she shocked? Would that attitude not be a logical outcome of an evolutionary worldview that views humans as evolved primates with no obligation to a Creator, out to fulfill their urges? His only happiness, as portrayed in the film, came when he conjured up as much self-control as he could. That seems a very anti-Darwinian strategy.The Source of VirtueSix-year-olds can cooperate to protect common assets (Nature). Evolutionists have to believe that all the virtues listed above among the “abiders” have their roots in natural selection. They certainly ascribe “cooperation” in animals as small as bacteria to unguided Darwinian processes. Christians and Jews, by contrast, believe all humans have a conscience and are created in the image of God, even if that image was corrupted by sin. This article shows that primary children are observed to solve the puzzle of the “tragedy of the commons” by learning to work together. Which view of human nature explains this? Why would the material “selfish genes” of Darwinist Richard Dawkins make children cooperate? Evolutionists can explain such behaviors after the fact, but not from their foundational belief that selfishness is the highest good.Secular scientists can’t cook up their own self-control, diligence, cooperation, conscientiousness or integrity. They have to borrow those goods from the Christian smorgasbord. Tell them they can’t get away with that any longer without paying the price. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many,” Jesus warned. “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).(Visited 268 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The heart of the SKA, consisting of a phased array which will be able to observe the whole sky, surrounded by a compact arrangement of small dishes. (Image: Jodrell Bank Astrophysics Centre) Small receiving dishes with solid surfaces. (Image: SKA website) The SKA will unlock some of the long-held secrets of the origin of the universe. (Image: NASA archives)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa and Australia are the only two countries left on the shortlist to develop the most sensitive and advanced telescope in the world – the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA. Further studies of the two contending sites are currently underway and a decision on the project, which will cost about R20-billion, is likely to come in 2008.Once the host country has been named, it is expected that construction on the first stage of the telescope will take place between 2011 and 2014. The SKA will be ready for full operation by 2022.South Africa’s preparations are gathering pace. In March 2008 the team took possession of 14 000 ha of land in the Karoo, Northern Cape, for the proposed location of the core of the array. Further developments include the imminent signing into law of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Bill, which has received final approval from the National Assembly in Parliament. Once passed the bill allows the minister of science and technology to declare a 12.5-million ha portion of the Northern Cape province as a reserve that is radio frequency-free across all wavelengths.By January 2009 it is anticipated that an on-site facility here will be up and running, followed shortly by the installation of power and fibre optic networks. The main control centre, located in Cape Town, will go live in December 2009.Bringing African partners togetherA conference held in Johannesburg in April 2008 saw engineers and scientists from all over Africa coming together to give further impetus to the bid, which will be a scientific boost not only for South Africa but for the entire continent. This follows a conference in Australia earlier in the month, where the preparatory stage of the SKA project, known as PrepSKA, was launched. South Africa presented a report on its bid progress, which was reportedly well received by delegates, among them representatives from international funding agencies as well as government officials, industrialists and scientific professionals.South Africa has also conducted talks with neighbouring countries to bring them in as hosting partners on the SKA project, at the same time giving them the opportunity to initiate relevant science programmes at home. At the recent Johannesburg conference the countries agreed in principle to enter into bilateral programmes relating to SKA with South Africa, including the mutual development of skills and technology.Meanwhile the international scientific community is gearing up to collaborate in the development of the mega-scope, which will consist of more than 3 000 individual dishes with a total receiving area of approximately one million square metres, or one square kilometre. Analysis of all the data pouring in will require powerful computing and super-fast data networks.SKA is expected to help astronomers understand the Dark Ages, the period during the universe’s formation when only gaseous forms existed, before stars and galaxies took shape. The Dark Ages existed from about 300 000 to one billion years after the so-called Big Bang, and it was only towards the end of this period that young galaxies began to form. What happened in between remains a scientific mystery.Current technology struggles to pick up the radio signals emitted during this time because they are so faint. The SKA, with its highly sensitive antennae and receiving area that is one hundred times more extensive than the largest receiving surface in existence at the moment, is designed to answer these scientific questions. By studying the properties of the first luminous objects in the universe SKA will be able to provide hitherto unknown details about them.Project leader Dr Bernie Fanaroff described the SKA as having the capability to provide an image of the universe as it was 14 billion years ago. “SKA is the world’s biggest ICT project,” he said.A southern hemisphere location for SKASouth Africa’s bid is one of four submitted in December 2005. The other three came from Australia, China, and Argentina/Brazil, and were evaluated by the International SKA Steering Committee (ISSC). Physics professor Justin Jonas of Rhodes University is South Africa’s representative on the panel.South Africa came in as a late bidder but, says Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena, the country has excelled itself in becoming one of the two shortlisted candidates. The location for the central core of the array will be in the Northern Cape province, with outer stations extending away from it in a spiral pattern. “If the SKA is built in South Africa, the face of the Northern Cape will be transformed, and the province will have the opportunity to become a centre of high-tech expertise,” says Mangena.According to SKA South Africa, the country is in a strong position to secure the bid for a number of reasons. It is still cost-effective for overseas companies to invest in South Africa, with its comparatively cheap electricity and affordable labour. There is a strong network of infrastructure such as roads and communication, much of which is already in place.The geographical location is ideal, with a dry climate, ample coverage of the sky and minimal interference from sources such as mobile phones and air traffic.South Africa’s academic resources to support the SKA are excellent, and with other important related sites such as the Southern African Large Telescope at Sutherland in the Karoo, and the HESS gamma ray telescope in Namibia, the region is making a name for itself as a player in the field of astronomy.With the SKA located in South Africa, high-level skills in this field will be needed. The Department of Science and Technology, from as far back as 2006, has made funding available for graduate study specifically centred on the SKA and its component, the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT), affectionately known as MeerKAT. A meerkat is a type of mongoose that belongs to the species Suricata suricatta. The name is Afrikaans and means marsh cat, although they are neither cats nor marsh-dwellers but rather live in dry regions of Southern Africa.South Africa will become a major centre for fundamental physics, astronomy and engineering, says Mangena, attracting the best scientists and engineers in the world. This will contribute more momentum to the development of skills and expertise in the field, giving South Africa the ability to contribute to the global knowledge market.Finding the best locationNot many countries are suited to host the SKA because the core of the array must be located in a suitably remote area so that transmissions from televisions and mobile phones, which fall into the same frequency band, won’t interfere with the reception – 100 km of radio signal-free space all around is the minimum requirement.In addition, the array cannot be situated between 25o N and 25o S. This excludes almost the entire area of the earth between the Tropic of Cancer, which lies at 23° 26′ 21″ N, and the Tropic of Capricorn which lies at 23° 26′ 21″ S. In this region, known as the tropics, the ionosphere – the uppermost part of the atmosphere – is particularly sensitive to variations in the sun’s light and electromagnetic radiation passing through it is more likely to be disrupted. This phenomenon is caused by the equatorial electrojet, a moving band of electric current that flows in an easterly direction around the equatorial region of the ionosphere during the day.The core also needs to be conveniently close to major centres. Finally, the array must be positioned away from the earth’s poles so that it can cover a large enough portion of the sky.The SKA South Africa array will cover most of Southern Africa. The core and its surrounding central sites will extend in a radius of 150 km around it, with remote sites situated further than 150 km. Some of these are as far afield as Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, with one each in Kenya and Ghana.SKA is underwaySouth Africa has already embarked on the road to SKA with the construction of MeerKAT near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape. MeerKAT is a SKA prototype which cost almost R900-million to develop. Consisting initially of a single dish built at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory in Gauteng, the second stage is now in development. This is the KAT-7 with seven 12 m dishes, and the final stage, likely to be commissioned in 2009, will consist of 80 such dishes when completed in 2012.MeerKAT will be developed into the SKA, should South Africa receive the green light for the project. The facility will boast cutting-edge technology which will enable it to explore such unknown factors as dark matter, and the evolution of galaxies.Related storiesAfrican eyes on the universeUseful linksSKA South AfricaSKA telescopeMeerKATHartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy ObservatoryDepartment of Science and TechnologySouth African space portalNational Research Foundation
The South African Government has taken note of media reports alleging that South African female prisoners in Mozambique are subjected to sexual abuse and related conditions of hardship.The South African government views these allegations in a serious light. The matter will be brought to the attention of the Mozambican authorities for further investigations.Officials from the South African High Commission in Maputo make regular visits to prisons in Mozambique to monitor the conditions of South African inmates. During the last visit, the prisoners complained about general prison conditions such as poor medical treatment and food. Our information is that these conditions apply to all prisoners and are not exclusive to South African prisoners.The South African Government will continue to render regular Consular Services to the prisoners and their families, part of which is to ensure that their basic human rights are respected. The South African High Commission in Maputo will monitor the progress of the envisaged investigation until the matter is brought to its logical conclusion.For more information: Nelson Kgwete at 076 431 3078Issued by Government Communications (GCIS) on behalf of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).