Training used to tighten control of China’s media

first_img Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News RSF_en December 18, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Training used to tighten control of China’s media The government has announced measures designed to tighten its grip on the national media, including a national exam for journalism students that could entail more intensive study of Marxism at university. The authorities have cited the need to combat media corruption.Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the measures, regarding them as an attempt to control news coverage “at the source” and even to “indoctrinate” journalists.“The authorities regard freedom of information and opinion as the Communist Party’s enemies,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By citing corruption cases, some of which are not proven, the government claims to be trying to put the media back on the right path and remind them of their role as the engine of ‘social progress.’“The Party would be better off concentrating on its own internal corruption problems. The existence of corruption at all levels of the administration is one of the main causes of its spread to the news media.“The arbitrary control methods used by the government not only infringe on freedoms; they are also counterproductive. Imposing the teaching of Marxism or ‘ideological standards’ in journalism will not help to reestablish ethical behaviour or improve social discipline or the party’s image.”This “national examination” for journalists, to be used to determine their suitability to cover the news, has existed since 2003 but it seems that the new version will be stricter. In September, the General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television asked all the media to organize classes to prepare their employees for the exam.The next exam, on which the renewal of 250,000 press cards will depend, will be held in January and February and will consist of six subjects: Chinese socialism, the Marxist vision of journalism, journalistic ethics, regulation of journalism, the rule of news reporting, and combatting rumours.The declared goal of this initiative is ending the corruption that is endemic in the media. This was also the grounds on which Xiong Xiong, the editor of the Beijing Youth Daily supplement Digital Age, and Yang Kairan, the editor of the Jinghua Times’ automobile section, were arrested on 12 December.Xiong and Jang are accused of taking bribes of up to 10,000 yuan from private-sector companies. A few weeks ago Zhen Yongzhou, a journalist with Xin Kuai Bao, confessed on television to taking bribes in order to report allegedly fraudulent accounting in the semi-state-owned company Zoomlion.China is ranked 173rd out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.” ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison to go further Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more News News March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Women’s Test cricket| Aussies in control as Perry eyes a century

first_imgTHE first day of women’s Test cricket in two years concluded with the series pendulum still firmly in favour of Australia, who clocked up 265 runs for the loss of only three wickets.England have to win this Test if they are to stand any chance of regaining the Ashes but already, after 100 overs of attritional cricket and with rain likely to interrupt play across the second and third days, a draw looks the most likely result.England were yet again undone by a patient effort from Ellyse Perry, who finished unbeaten on 84 after a century-partnership with Rachael Haynes for the fourth wicket, in an innings that has already sparked comparisons to her 213 not out on the last occasion of this kind, at North Sydney in 2017.Earlier in the day, Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning had both hit maiden Test half-centuries.It would be hard to argue that England’s bowlers did not throw everything bar the kitchen sink at their opponents, in pursuit of the early match advantage.Katherine Brunt, returning to international duty having missed the third ODI with a swollen ankle, reached 75mph in an opening spell reminiscent of her golden years; Sophie Ecclestone bravely bowled on through considerable pain after bruising her shoulder early in the morning session while diving for a catch. Test debutant 21-year-old Kirstie Gordon, playing in her first competitive multi-day match, shouldered a load of 20 overs.In fact, all made breakthroughs but none of the three could quite make the decisive impact which the series situation demanded.“One hundred overs in the field is something we’re not used to, and we’ve stuck at it really well,” the England vice-captain, Anya Shrubsole, said. “It was attritional Test cricket, that’s for sure. We hung in there really well, and never let the run rate get away from us, but they batted with a lot of discipline and made it hard.”Australia – whose captain Lanning had insisted on the eve of the Test we’re on the hunt for a win but for whom a draw will suffice to retain the Ashes trophy – were clearly in no hurry.An aggressive declaration late in the evening session might have been on the cards had Perry and Haynes forced the pace. Instead, resuming after tea on 203 for three, they plodded along merrily, content to add only 62 runs across the evening session.Indeed Haynes, who brought up a 145-ball half-century just before stumps, had earlier remained with her tally on 41 so long that the 2,000-strong Taunton crowd might well have suspected the electronic scoreboard had malfunctioned. (Yahoo Sport)last_img read more

Roger Mukasa’s 97 puts Uganda back on track at ICC cricket qualifier

first_imgDenmark22040.709 Upcoming matches:1 May: Rest day2 May: Bermuda v Jersey (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Uganda v Vanuatu (Royal Selangor Club); Malaysia v Denmark (UKM Cricket Oval)3 May: Uganda v Denmark (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Jersey (Royal Selangor Club); Bermuda v Vanuatu (UKM Cricket Oval)4 May: Rest/Reserve5 May: Denmark v Vanuatu (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Bermuda (Royal Selangor Club); Uganda v Jersey (UKM Cricket Oval)6 May: Final (Kinrara Cricket Oval); 3rd v 4th Playoff (Royal Selangor Club); 5th v 6th Playoff (UKM Cricket Oval)Share on: WhatsApp Jersey21120.990 Malaysia beat Vanuatu by 23 runs at Kinrara OvalMalaysia 196 all out, 43.5 overs (Ahmed Faiz 86, Shafiq Sharif 27; Apollinaire Stephen 2/31)Vanuatu 173 all out, 49.3 overs (Shane Deitz 46, Andrew Mansale 26; Muhamad Syahadat 2/28)Denmark beat Jersey by seven wickets (DLS Method) at Royal Selangor ClubJersey 238/6, 50 overs (Nathaniel Watkins 86, Ben Stevens 69; Saif Al Ahmad 2/36)Denmark 114/3, 21.5 overs (Freddie Klokker 39, Zameer Khan 38; Ben Stevens 1/28)Uganda beat Bermuda by 189 runs at UKM Cricket OvalUganda 249/5, 50 overs (Roger Mukasa 97, Hamu Kayondo 55; )Jersey 105/3, 31.1 overs (Nathaniel Watkins 36, Nicholas Ferraby 28 not out; Jelany Chilia 3/30)ICC World Cricket League Division 4 standing: Right hand batsman Mukasa hit 97Uganda ??  249/5 Bermuda ?? 60 all out (Uganda wins by 189 runs)Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia | THE INDEPENDENT | Captain Roger Mukasa scored an impressive 97 runs from 135 balls including six fours  as Uganda put her ICC World Cricket League Division 4 hopes back on track on Monday.The captain was ably supported by Hamu Bagenda who scored 55 runs from 95 balls as Uganda notched their first win of the tournament after emphatically beating Bermuda by 189 runs. He hit two fours, whilst helping Uganda post a total of 249 runs for five wickets in 50 overs.The chase for Bermuda never really got started as a flurry of wickets fell, leaving Bermuda on 21 runs for six wickets after 10.1 overs. Charles Trott top-scored for Bermuda with 17 runs and Dion Stovell (10) was the only other batsman to reach double figures. The outstanding bowling performance was from Mohammed Irfan, who took six wickets from 23 runs to lead Uganda to a 189-run victory.In other games, Malaysia and Denmark got second wins on day two of the tournament where the top two advance to ICC World Cricket League Division 3.The hosts Malaysia made it two from two after they beat Vanuatu by 23 runs at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpar on day two of the ICC World Cricket League Division 4.In the day’s other match Denmark beat Jersey in a rain affected game by seven wickets (DLS method) at the Royal Selangor Club.Scores in brief Uganda21121.800center_img Vanuatu2020-0.938 Malaysia22040.320 Bermuda2020-2.330 TeamPlayedWonLost PointsNRRlast_img read more

Premier League sharpshooters in Africa as 2021 Cup of Nations qualifying begins

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp They could not win any of three 2017 group matches despite being hosts and made a humiliating first round exit before faring even worse in the following edition by failing to qualify.Aubameyang struggled for form in Africa and refused to travel from Gabon to South Sudan for a 2019 qualifier because he believed the chartered aircraft was unsafe.Only a handful of countries leave DR Congo capital Kinshasa with maximum points and a realistic target for new Gabon coach Patrick Neveu would be a draw.Algeria star Riyad Mahrez has managed only two Premier League goals for Manchester City this season and was an unused substitute at Liverpool.The ‘Desert Foxes’ hope this will not affect his performance when the trophy-holders host shock 2012 African champions Zambia, who failed to qualify for the last two Cup of Nations, in Group H.Nigeria, third at the 2019 Cup of Nations, have called up Premier League midfielders Alex Iwobi of Everton and Wilfred Ndidi from second-place Leicester City to face Benin in Uyo.Saudi Arabia-based captain Ahmed Musa returns for the Group L match after missing a friendly draw with Brazil in Singapore due to injury.Although Ghana are the third most successful country in the Cup of Nations with four titles, the last came 37 years ago when Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew was a teenager.Now retired after an illustrious career, he will watch England-based sons Andre and Jordan tackle unpredictable South Africa in Group C in Cape Coast. FILE PHOTO: Sadio ManeAfrica Cup of Nations matchday 1 fixtures Matchday 1Wednesday, Nov 13Malawi v South Sudan, Central African Republic v Burundi (both 1300), Namibia v Chad, Cameroon v Cape Verde, Nigeria v Benin, Guinea-Bissau v eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Sierra Leone v Lesotho (all 1600), Sudan v Sao Tome e Principe, Angola v Gambia, Burkina Faso v Uganda, Senegal v Congo Brazzaville (all 1900)Thursday, Nov 14Egypt v Kenya, Mozambique v Rwanda, Togo v Comoros (all 1600), Democratic Republic of Congo v Gabon Algeria (holders) v Zambia, Ghana v South Africa, Mali v Guinea (all 1900)Friday, Nov 15Tanzania v Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe v Botswana (both 1600), Morocco v Mauritania, Tunisia v Libya (both 1900)Saturday, Nov 16Madagascar v Ethiopia (1300), Ivory Coast v Niger (1900)Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | English Premier League sharpshooters Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah flew to Africa this week, seeking goals as 2021 Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifying kicks off.New Arsenal captain Aubameyang has claimed eight league goals this season and Liverpool duo Mane and Salah seven and six respectively, putting the trio among the top 10 scorers.The form of Gabonese Aubameyang, Senegalese Mane and Egyptian Salah will encourage their nations as they face two matches each between this Wednesday and next Tuesday.Mane, who is looking good to succeed two-time winner Salah as African Footballer of the Year, will be first into action with Senegal hosting Congo Brazzaville in this Wednesday.Having scored for Liverpool in a 3-1 triumph over reigning champions Manchester City Sunday and travelled to Dakar Monday, Mane will have little time to prepare for the Group I clash.Fortunately for 2019 Cup of Nations silver medalists Senegal, whose defence is marshaled by Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, Congo have not impressed recently.Any outcome other than a comfortable win for Senegal would be surprising as the nation currently ranked first in Africa launch another attempt to win a maiden Cup of Nations title.Aubameyang and Salah play Thursday with Gabon away to central African neighbours the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group D and Egypt at home to Kenya in Group G.Salah will work with recently appointed Egypt coach Hossam el Badry for the first time, having missed a warm-up win over Botswana last month because of an injury.El Badry succeeded Mexican Javier Aguirre, who was sacked after the Pharaohs flopped as 2019 Cup of Nations hosts, losing to South Africa at the last-16 stage.center_img Another Premier League star available to the new coach is Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, who scored for Aston Villa in a weekend defeat at Wolves.– Unhappy memories –Kenya appeared at a Cup of Nations this year for the first time since 2004 and edged Tanzania between group losses to eventual champions Algeria and runners-up Senegal.Aubameyang, the son of a former international, and Gabon have unhappy memories of recent Cup of Nations.last_img read more

Legendary magician Roy Horn dies from coronavirus at 75

first_imgRoy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, has passed away due to COVID-19 at the age of 75.The duo, Siegfried & Roy, are known as legendary magicians who performed at a number of venues for millions of people. Horn died of complications from the coronavirus on Friday in a Las Vegas hospital, according to a statement released by publicist Dave Kirvin.“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Siegfried Fischbacher said in the statement. “From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried.”Roy was injured in October 2003 when a tiger named Montecore attacked him on stage at the Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas. He had severe neck injuries, lost a lot of blood and later suffered a stroke. He underwent lengthy rehabilitation, but the attack ended his career.“Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days,” Fischbacher said. “I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy’s life.”In February of 2009 the duo made a comeback for their only and final performance to raise money for the new Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. The brief performance, which included Montecore, became the basis of an episode of the ABC television show “20/20.”The duo managed a successful life since they first teamed up back in 1957. They even signed a lifetime contract with the Mirage in 2001, it was estimated they had performed 5,000 shows at the casino for 10 million fans since 1990 and had grossed more than $1 billion. That came on top of thousands of shows at other venues in earlier years.Funeral services will be private, with an expected public memorial.last_img read more

Canadian Men fail in bid to qualify for 2018 World Cup

first_imgDespite scoring a 3-1 victory over El Salvador Tuesday night in Vancouver, Canada finished third in its semifinal qualifying group for the CONCACAF region, behind Mexico and Honduras, and ahead of El Salvador.The top two teams in the group advance to the final round of the qualifiers in CONCACAF.Cyle Larin gave Canada a 1-0 lead, scoring in the 11th minute. Nik Ledgerwood made it 2-0 at the 54th minute before El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla scored in the 78th minute. David Edgar added a goal for Canada in injury time.Canada, which in its only World Cup — 1986 in Mexico — now looks in from the sidelines as the rest of the world attempts to qualify for Russia.Next up is qualifying for 2022. There’s no joy in Canadaville as the Men’s National Team struck out in their bid to reach the next stage of qualifying for 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more


first_imgGETTING IN THROUGH THE FRONT DOORShowdown Sunday is almost upon us and the bad news is that the bookies have installed Donegal as favourites to advance at the expense of Armagh. And, worse, Kieran McGeeney, has also been suggesting this week that Rory Gallagher’s squad is well ahead of his own young starlets.Rory GallagherAlways with the mind games these managers – talk up the opposition and make it seem that they only have to show up on the day and the prize is half way to being secured. Neat one, Kieran, but the Donegal squad know too well you’re playing the game even before the game has started. There’ll be a big visiting contingent at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday and they’ll travel with some confidence despite the bookies tempting fate.For those of us watching on in television land, it may not be a pretty spectacle but nobody in the Donegal camp will care if they can take a step nearer another Ulster Championship title.Nerves there will undoubtedly be and it’s fair to say that the tension will spill over into some meaty challenges and the possibility of a card or three of whatever colour. Hey, it’s Ulster football and only what we have come to expect.But I’m firmly of the belief that a lot was lost when the G.A.A. introduced the back door system. For should Donegal troop off the pitch in Armagh at the wrong end of the scoreline and a dumping from the Ulster Championship, they’ll know there’s an escape route open to them when they have the opportunity – courtesy of this week’s draw – to face the losers of the Meath/Wicklow game for a crack at a bigger prize than even Ulster can provide.That surely takes the sharp edge of any Championship encounter and eradicates the win or bust scenario that once was the lot of all such matches and gave them the added needle that is sorely missing with the current system.And, yes, I know squads put a lot of time and effort into their Championship preparations and for it to be put to bed for another season after just one defeat may mean a long – though hardly hot – summer for the counties concerned.But sometimes the old ways are the best and surely if you can power your way to All-Ireland glory without the blemish of a defeat in your Championship portfolio you have earned the right to be hailed true Champions and not a team who found the back door opened and stole in to land the silver.As for Sunday’s game, I’d be somewhat fearful of this energetic Armagh side but still believe Rory’s Raiders will manage to avoid a tilt at either Wicklow or Meath in the qualifiers. Meanwhile the Armagh County Agriculture Show is scheduled for Saturday next. Some might not be able to tell the difference when Sunday comes along…ALL-IRELAND HOPEFULSBut, listen, there’s another big Donegal game this weekend that you may – or may not – have heard of –  and an All-Ireland semi-final to boot. The under-14 girls squad travel to Cavan on Saturday for a crack at Roscommon with an All-Ireland Final waiting for the winners. Greg Harkin and fellow coaches have the squad well prepared and recent training sessions have brought them to the grounds of Lissadell House in Sligo and to sunny Gweedore. And today, Wednesday, they were continuing those preparations in Glenties. The semi-final takes place on Saturday at St. Aidan’s G.A.A. ground at Templeport with a 2.p.m. throw-in.We know that parents and families will be there in numbers but any support is welcome if you fancy getting along and cheering the girls to an All-Ireland Final.THE COLLINS LEGACYIt was one of the great sporting occasions in Donegal. The day the All Blacks came to town – two towns, in fact, and showed that being the best doesn’t necessarily equate with being the worst as a human being. So many memories of that pivotal day on a November afternoon back in 2005 but the one that stands out for this particular observer was the sight of those New Zealand rugby heroes bowing down (in more ways than one) to enter the house on Ramelton’s Market Square where one of the most distinguished All Blacks of all time, Dave Gallaher, was born.And here, Tana Umaga, Conrad Smith, Joe Rokocoko, Neemia Tialata, Angus McDonald, and Jerry Collins, sipped tea and chatted with all and saundry, mingling  freely and not a hint of ‘look at us, we’re in the superstar bracket’ attitude about any one of them.They were truly humbled by the experience – a visit to the birthplace of a man their own rugby loving nation long hailed as one of the greats of the game, a hero who ultimately was to lose his life on the battlefields of the First World War.And as they walked the streets of Ramelton that day – and squeezed their way into the Town Hall (and that was a squeeze)  –  engaging with genuine good humour with the locals who had gathered in their hundreds to welcome them, I wondered how – if the boot had been on the other foot – a selection of top Premiership footballers would have applied themselves in similar circumstances.More than likely surrounded themselves by agents and bodyguards – as cut off from real life, and real people, as you can imagine.It was a similar story in Letterkenny both at Dave Gallaher Park where Jerry Collins smashed a bottle of champagne against the specially crafted memorial stone to officially open the ground and later at the LYIT where, again, the crowds had gathered.And no more imposing a character than Collins, the former flanker and number eight, who, along with his team-mates, stole the hearts and minds of all of us present that day.Difficult to believe it’s ten years since that visit – even more so that one of the kingpins is now gone from us, a road traffic accident in France at the weekend claiming the all too short live of the big New Zealander and his partner, Alana Madill.The photographs of that well documented visit in 2005 have been circulating freely on social media outlets in the past few days – a selection of them depicting the All Blacks journey to Dave Gallaher’s roots and old homestead.Time spans and the First World War meant that Jerry Collins never got the chance to meet the Donegal born star of the Originals – I’d like to believe, do believe, that he finally got the chance at the weekend to rub shoulders with his fellow rugby hero on the great playing fields of the afterlife. But still too young to go this early.FAREWELL UNBEATEN RUN – NOW TO START ANOTHER ONEWell, that’s that out of the way for another season. Not that there have been too many seasons when Finn Harps – none at the last count actually – have gone into their 13th league game still unbeaten. But like the fate that befell part of my vinyl collection all records are there to be broken and the loss column finally shows a tick against the Harps name, that defeat in Athlone ending the impressive sequence.As a result, the 14th game of the season now becomes all-important as Oliver’s Army attempt to return to winning ways against the Youths of Wexford.Another loss and the early season confidence might just take up its suitcase and head off just when you need it most.Credit to manager Horgan for not blaming that marathon Cup tie against Longford Town for his side’s first league upset – indeed the Midlanders themselves overcame that 120 minute slog and penalty shoot-out to record a win at improving Bray Wanderers at the weekend – but he’ll have to talk the team into believing that this was only a speed bump on the road to promotion.Promotion? Will it still be an option within the next couple of years or will the League of Ireland authorities finally decide that the two tier system isn’t working and opt to revert to the one division format from pre-1985?Not that I believe anyone in the upper structures truly gives a toss about ever falling gates and dwindling support in both the Premier and First Division.They’ll be there in their free seats at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday willing the Boys in Green to victory but won’t be rushing into emergency session to debate the black hole of domestic football.Former Shelbourne player and current R.T.E. pundit, Alan Cawley, wrote this week about the “slow death” of the First Division.He is, of course, spot on but he’s a regular panellist on ‘Soccer Republic’ on Monday nights whose producers – and those of its predecessor, M.N.S. – long ago decided that the lower league didn’t merit so much as a passing  mention.And as for the print media – with the exception of a few of the red tops – they’ve afforded much more coverage to the English Championship over the past few seasons than they ever give to the L.O.I. basement tier.Interesting reaction on the R.T.E. website to Cawley’s comments none less so than from Harps supporter Nigel Hegarty who spoke of his desperation to see the club climb out of the First Division.“Going well and playing some fabulous football but outside of the people watching the game, nobody has a clue. People ten minutes down the road from Finn Park have to ask a few days after a match ‘how did Harps get on the other night?.”True for you, Nigel, I’ve had those same people asking me those same questions and all the time I’m wondering if you were really interested you’d have checked the result on the evening of the game.Or – and this might sound crazy – actually gone along to the match and given your backing to the county’s only senior club.Still, not too late, and this Friday night in Ballybofey, as Harps bid to keep automatic promotion within their sights, would be as good a place as anywhere to start.THISTLE LOOKING TO PUNCTURE A HOLE IN QUALIFYING HOPESGood win against the ‘auld enemy’ at the Aviva on Sunday. And, yes, I know the media have been at great pains to remind us that it ended in the drabbest of goal-less draws but they were forgetting one significant factor –  David Kelly’s goal in the 26th minute which separated the sides at the finish. True, it took some twenty years to finish it but, hey, it wasn’t our fault that the English fans went on a rampage at the old Lansdowne Road – well, okay let’s give the F.A.I. some credit for deciding to place the visiting supporters on the Upper West Stand where everyone on the Lower West Stand was the easiest of targets for flying seats and whatever and credit, too, to the Gardai for failing to act on advice from the National Criminal Intelligence Service in England.Me? I was on the Upper East Stand still celebrating Kelly’s goal when the riot caught fire and hell arrived in the form of a group of tattooed thugs otherwise known as Combat 18.In an act of extreme cowardice, of which I am still proud to this day, I hid my scarf as I crept away from the ground that was crumbling even before the English fans arrived.No such problems last Sunday with both visiting and home supporters behaving themselves or as far as you can behave yourself when there’s an Ireland/England match in town.And, yes, it was a drab game but what else could we have expected when there are much more challenging confrontations ahead?We’ve bigger haggis to fry this weekend when Gordon Strachan arrives with his team still, no doubt, revelling in that 1-0 victory in Glasgow all those months ago.Defeat will surely end any hopes of an appearance at the European Finals but the other side of that coin is that victory will bring us right back into the mix again.Our own Seamus Coleman believes Ireland can do it and insists the draw against the English was solid preparation.Coleman will be a certain starter and could be sharing defensive duties with fellow county man, Shay Given, who looks likely to get the nod.Scotland will bring noisy support but the Irish fans can play a significant part by out singing them.For the men on the pitch, a vast improvement on that performance in Glasgow will be required if they are to send the Scots home without a point.Anything less than a win and Martin O’Neill can immediately start preparing for the World Cup qualifiers.SATURDAY SCHEDULESToughest Saturday I’ve put in for some time that last one. Exhausting, it was. First, I had to force myself out of the old leaba, then prepare the breakfast (or brunch as they call it when it’s much closer to the lunch hour as it was) and then – I’m tired just thinking of it – plant myself in front of the television.Too late, as it turned out, for the closing sets of the Djokovic/Murray semi-final in the French Open but plenty of time for the Women’s Final (I.T.V.); and the Ireland/Scotland clash in the Under-20 World Cup (TG4); and the Kerry/Derry clash of the ash (also TG4); and the Galway/Dublin hurling replay (R.T.E.); and the Champions League Final (R.T.E. and I.T.V.); and the opening game in the Women’s World Cup between Canada and China (B.B.C.) which brought us well beyond the midnight hour.What does it all mean? This determination to sit through every sporting event on the television schedules?This twelve hour marathon (without the marathon) of wall to ball sport and not a break in between (apart from a handful of set changers in the tennis)?This willingness to remove yourself from the outside world while still travelling around it via Paris, Italy, Dublin, Tullamore, Berlin and Canada? This crazy notion that every single competitive event must be watched and watched thoroughly from beginning to end?What can it all mean?Double the housework next Saturday, that’s what it means…ULSTERS SAY YESA beautiful day at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast for the under-age Ulster Athletics Championships on Sunday. And a few bright performances from some of Donegal’s up and coming athletes to add to the sunshine with a number of impressive double medal displays.It’s not exactly the best signposted venue in the city but it’s certainly one of the best appointed. Top facilities in a hard to beat setting.Though I did wonder why one particular spectator was walking around carrying a tourist brochure for Iceland.FLY BOYIn the week that a humble bumble bee managed to force a Dublin bound flight from England to turn back, we had a fly invading the ‘Sunday Game’ studio for the evening highlights programme.The said insect landed on Anthony Daly’s polished head much to the amusement of his co-analyst, Donal Og Cusack and presenter, Des Cahill. It even managed to get in amongst the footballing pundits, Eamon O’Hara and Tomas O Se, across the studio.But it hardly seemed to trouble Mr. Cahill. No flies on our Des as we’ve always known.WHO’S THAT WITH ERIC?He was a member of the great Leeds United team of the seventies when the Whites were at their pinnacle. So no surprise to see that picture of former Republic of Ireland boss, Big Jack, smiling in the presence of another White – Letterkenny Rovers stalwart and Radio Foyle presenter, Eric.The most successful manager in Irish soccer history was given an understandable roof raising reception at the Aviva on Sunday where he was guest of honour.But did Eric manager to persuade him to set aside a date for the Rovers presentation night?HAND CALLWell known Letterkenny  letter writer, Kevin O’Sullivan, put pen to paper to come up with the following in light of THAT back-hander payment by FI.F.A. which our own Football Association somehow neglected to tell us about at that or any other time since (I know, just a genuine oversight on their part).“Presumably the money was passed by hand,” he wrote in one of the morning dailies.Passed by hand, indeed, but where exactly did it end up because you can be certain that grassroots football here didn’t receive a brass cent of it?SHOWDOWN SUNDAY IN ARMAGH, REMEMBERING A HERO – AND HARPS STILL TOP, IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:columnHome-page SportnewsPaddy Walshlast_img read more

Klay Thompson’s best moment as a Warrior? It will surprise you

first_imgIn his upcoming book, Andre Iguodala shared a priceless story about teammate Klay Thompson, the Warriors’ unassuming and eminently likeable star who often times confounds us.As relayed in a Time Magazine story, in his memoir “The Sixth Man,” Iguodala, described a Warriors team-building exercise in which he and his teammates were asked to identify the moment they felt the most joy during a game.“When Klay’s turn came, we all assumed he was going to say that his highest moment was the day he …last_img read more

Controversy is the Fuel of Science, So Teach the Controversy, Educator Says

first_imgThe Albuquerque Journal published a response from Rebecca Keller after admitting misrepresenting her position.  She did not claim that intelligent design science is looking toward transcendent beings, but rather is asking scientists to become willing to consider design inferences when the data point in that direction.  She clarified the intent of the new science standards that include “teach the controversy” provisions, and explained why evolution is controversial.It is understandable that people are concerned about the metaphysical implications; if there is design then there must be a designer.    But the basic trouble, and the underlying reason this controversy never ends, is that evolution is a creation story; it has huge metaphysical implications no matter how it is taught.  How is it less religious or less controversial to teach evolution as it is now, pretending that we somehow know that there is no design? (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The only way to deal with a controversial subject such as evolution is to encourage discussion about the issues.  She formulates some sample questions:If we are going to teach students about biological origins we need to help them understand all the issues behind origins science, including evolution.  Why is it controversial?  What worldview assumptions are behind it?  Do we really know that life was generated only by random processes of mutation and natural selection?  What evidence supports it, what evidence is against it?    Keller, a science textbook writer for Gravitas Publications of Albuquerque, has a PhD in chemistry of U of New Mexico.  She defended intelligent design as a scientific approach to judging evidence, but explained that both evolution and ID have philosophical or religious implications.  Since Darwinian evolution today is often presented without the possibility of criticism or dialog, she argues, it amounts to a secular religion, and the public recognizes it.  Science should welcome controversy:Not only should students learn that reasonable people disagree about the meaning and interpretation of data, they should learn that scientists disagree, too.  In fact, disagreeing about how data should be interpreted is what scientists do.  That is science.  The history of science illustrates that disagreements in science are the very thing that fuels scientific discovery.    Evolution as a secular creation story is already being preached from the classroom pulpit.  Teaching the controversy helps keep religion, of any flavor, out of the classroom.On that basis, Keller defends the Rio Rancho school district science policy.  She portrays the New Mexico case as representative of what is being proposed around the country.This is another example of a cogent, well-written letter.  Maybe people who agree with her should ask the ACLU to prohibit the Darwin-only dogma on the grounds of separation of church and state.    Keller makes a good case for the religious equivalence of the opposing views, but a subtext evident in the argument “religion, of any flavor” must be kept “out of the classroom” is that religion is inferior to science and incapable of contributing to debates about the merits of scientific claims.  Perhaps some good follow-up questions would explore the ability of evolutionary theory to make scientific truth claims about ultimate origins, and the ability of theology to prescribe the limits of science – or whether it is even possible for an investigator to be unbiased in such matters.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more