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‘Clasico of honour’ – Real look to crash unbeaten Barca’s party

first_imgBut there is still much at stake in what Madrid’s daily newspaper Marca has billed “the clasico of honour”. It could even be argued this match will go some way to defining the seasons of these two teams.Barca, in particular, have been careful in celebrating their domestic double, their players aware of the disappointment that lingers from their Champions League crash in the quarter-finals.Even as they ordered pizza and slurped beer from the top of their open-top bus down Las Ramblas this week, it was noticeable how many interviews still referenced the disappointment in Rome.“The elimination in the Champions League, it hurt us because it was unexpected,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. “But it is very difficult to do what we have done and now what are we going to do? We keep trying.”To soften the blow, Barca’s best response was to win the Copa del Rey and La Liga and finish unbeaten in the league for the first time, while hoping Real do not go all the way in the Champions League. The latter two are still to be decided.– Bye-bye Bale? –Real’s march towards a 13th European triumph has certainly weighed heavily on Barcelona, whose sense of absence has been heightened by the progress of their rivals.“It’s amazing to be in a Champions League final for the third time in a row and have the chance to win it for the fourth time in the last five years,” Real midfielder Toni Kroos said on Tuesday.“It’s hard for me to find words to describe that. When it comes to the Champions League, we have extra motivation.”Barca are looking to avoid defeat this weekend, and in their last three league games against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to seal a historic season.But if Real snatch a victory at the Camp Nou and also see off Liverpool, perhaps the balance is tipped in their favour.It will certainly be the last ‘clasico’ for Andres Iniesta as a player while Gareth Bale may also wave goodbye to this fixture, with the Welshman expected to consider his future at Real in the summer.The suggestion is both teams could give the departing Iniesta, Barca’s captain, a guard of honour, even if Real refuse to do so for Barcelona’s La Liga triumph.Bale was again a substitute against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, meaning he has now started only one of Real’s six Champions League knock-out games.Zidane has been playing Bale, and resting key players, in La Liga matches but he is not likely to field a weakened team this weekend.Elsewhere, Sevilla will play their first match under their caretaker coach Joaquin Caparros on Friday against Real Sociedad.Vincenzo Montella was sacked after last weekend’s loss to lowly Levante, which left the team eighth in the table and a point outside the Europa League qualification places.“We have changed some subtle things but there is no time,” Caparros said on Thursday. “Our work with the players so far has been more than anything emotional.”Atletico Madrid, who are five points ahead of Real, host struggling Espanyol on Sunday.Fixtures (all times GMT)FridaySevilla v Real Sociedad (1900)SaturdayGirona v Eibar (1100), Athletic Bilbao v Real Betis (1415), Celta Vigo v Deportivo La Coruna (1630), Villarreal v Valencia (1845)SundayMalaga v Alaves (1000), Atletico Madrid v Espanyol (1415), Las Palmas v Getafe (1630), Barcelona v Real Madrid (1845)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid have a chance to end their season on a high. © AFP / Christof STACHEMADRID, Spain, May 4 – Real Madrid can transform their own season by beating Liverpool in this month’s Champions League final, and on Sunday they can dent Barcelona’s by becoming the first team to defeat the Catalans in La Liga.This ‘clasico’ at Camp Nou will have minimal impact on the league, with Barca already crowned champions and Real’s passing interest in pipping Atletico to second place diminished by their ambitions in Europe.last_img read more

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From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_imgIceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson has issued an urgent plea for his fellow countrymen to turn out for their date with Nigeria in Volgograd on Friday.Icelanders were vastly outnumbered by Argentinians in their famous 1-1 draw with Lionel Messi and company in Moscow’s Spartak Stadium on Saturday.“Strangely we had difficulties in buying tickets. It was sold out for Iceland,” he said at the post-match press conference.“I can’t see where all the Argentinians bought their tickets because we could have sold much more in Iceland. We’ll have to discover (how to get) more for our next games.”Ramos, Vazquez and VARSpain midfielder Lucas Vazquez has a VAR doppelganger according to teammate Sergio Ramos © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUSergio Ramos did a double take when he thought he spotted his Spain and Real Madrid teammate Lucas Vazquez in charge of VAR during Mexico’s win over holders Germany.Ramos published a photo of the Vazquez lookalike on Twitter, to which Vasquez told Ramos: “If they put me in charge of VAR you wouldn’t be on the pitch for more than five minutes!”Thumbs down for museum all-nightersKaliningrad’s culture and tourism chief Andrei Yermak says the World Cup host city has had to shelve its plan to keep museums open at night on game days because almost no one showed up after Saturday’s Croatia-Nigeria match.“Only a handful of people visited our museums after the match. The idea did not prove very popular.”Iceland’s 0.4 percent“The other 0.4 percent was on the pitch!” Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason responds to a tweet pointing out that 99.6 percent of the Nordic nation’s 330,000 population watched them hold football superpower Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup debut on Saturday. Finnbogason scored Iceland’s goal.Brandt’s selfieGermany forward Julian Brandt criticised over a selfie © AFP / Yuri CORTEZGermany winger Julian Brandt found himself in hot water back home after taking a selfie with a fan in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup holders’ shock opening loss to Mexico.The Bayer Leverkusen star explained: “I was heading for the tunnel, and this young boy came up and shouted at me. At the time you don’t think, you just please the kid.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson makes a call for fans to turn up for their next game against Nigeria © AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRANDMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Iceland’s call to fanslast_img read more

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Getting business nailed down

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Velvet Hands Nail Salon and Day Spa BUSINESS ADDRESS: 17143 Ventura Blvd., Encino PHONE: (818) 905-5130 WEB SITE: www.velvethands.com OWNER: Nina Tran ESTABLISHED: 2005 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Seven DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We are the freshest addition to the Encino landscape. We offer the finest and most luxurious experience in nail, skin and body care. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? Because we wanted to stand out from the crowd and provide an exceptional nail and skin facility surpassing all others. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? We’ve been in the industry for almost a decade. After working at other salons, it’s our belief that we can provide better service. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? About a year. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Trained in the most updated nail and skin practices. WHAT WERE YOUR START-UP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? The startup was roughly $250,000, paid by refinancing our home. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Our architect and feng-shui counselor. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING?All methods of marketing. The demographics of the area and the reach of some of the marketing methods we used. We also found out about the unscrupulous nature of some contractors. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? We hope to recoup our initial investment this year and double it next year. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? We would like to grow in our client base and earn their trust and business. To be considered for a small-business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DDTV: SIGN UP NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE AT THE ULTIMATE SURVIVOR MUD RUN NEXT WEEK

first_imgIt’s time for YOU to gather up all your friends and family for a superb day of fun and mud as the hugely popular ULTIMATE SURVIVOR CHALLENGE returns next week. The event was a MASSIVE success last year and hundreds descended on the Old Foundry for a wicked day of fun.It doesn’t matter what level of fitness your at anyone can participate it the ULTIMATE SURVIVOR CHALLENGE and you won’t regret doing it, just ask anyone from last year, although you will get MUDDY!It all kicks-off on Saturday 4th April where an expected 500 enthusiasts will gather for a day not to be missed.Ultimate Survivor WILL test your mental and physical ability no matter what your fitness!! Be prepared for a few hours of fun while running, jumping, climbing, crawling or walking through some of the toughest terrain in the country.Ultimate Survivor will test all abilities.SIGN UP today and get your FREE TOP & SURVIVOR PACK!If that’s not enough ‘The Orchard Bar’ are providing a FREE BBQ FOR ULTIMATE SURVIVORS from 5-7PM and will have a FREE cold bottle of BEER/JUICE for you to celebrate your achievement!This will be followed by a nite not to be missed with your FREE passes into the Pulse Nite Club.It’s time to gather your family, friends & Colleagues for a day of Craic.The Ultimate Survivor can be used as a personal achievement, team building exercise. BOOK NOW to secure your place on http://www.ultimatesurvivorlk.com DDTV: SIGN UP NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE AT THE ULTIMATE SURVIVOR MUD RUN NEXT WEEK was last modified: March 27th, 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:DDTVFeaturesnewsUltimate Survivorlast_img read more

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GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD RESULTS

first_imgResults from tonight’s greyhound racing at Lifford were:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Corner Plane 5/2; Toogoodtoobeat 2/1. Time: 19.64. Distance: half a length.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards0): 1, Macsruso 4/1; 2, Cloneen Dynamo 2/1. Time: 19.68. Distance: half a length. Race 3 Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Blackstone Maxx 5’2; 2, Collins 5’4 fav. Time: 29.15. Distance: 3.5 lengths.Race 4 Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 350 (350 yards): 1, Coldwater Aoife 6/4; 2, Tommys Loch 3/1. Time: 18.96. Distance: 2.25 lengths.Race 5 NWGOBA 525 semi-final (525 yards): 1, Mullrook Dabhoyo 7/2; 2, Hather For Luck 6/1. Time: 28.97. Distance: 3.75 lengths.Race 6 NWGOBA 525 semi-final (525 yards): 1, Smurfing Manx 7/2; 2, Battle Born 5/1. Time 29.17. Distance: 5/1. Race 7 Lifford €15 Special 525 (525 yards): 1, Hather Two Bake 2/1; Fridays Brett 2/1. Time: 28.80. Distance: a short head.Race 8 Ultimate Dining Experience 350 (350 yards): 1, Drumsna Major 1/1 fav; 2, Blackhall Hero 4/1. Time: 18.91. Distance: 0.75 lengths.Race 9 www.liffordgreyhounds.com 525 (525 yards): 1, Hather Bonnie 5/2; 2, Do It Boy 6/1. Time: 28.90. Distance: 4 lengths.Race 10 Knockavoe 575 semi-final (575 yards): 1, He Tells Lies 2/1; Hanoras Dream 4/6 fav. Time: 32.28. Distance: a neck.Race 11 Knockavoe 575 semi-final (575 yards): 1, Drumsna Canyon 6/4; 2, Storm Warrior 4/1. Time: 31.62. Distance: half a length. Race 12 The Getting Out 575 Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Crossleigh Thyme 5/2; 2, Turbine Tulip 7/2. Time: 31.73. Distance: a length.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: August 16th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacingResultslast_img read more

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European football’s top clubs ranked by total trophies won in all competitions

first_img silverware 9. Internazionale have won 39 trophies – The only Italian club to win the treble, Inter won five trophies alone in 2010, including the Champions League, Serie A, Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup and Club World Cup. Overall, they have won three European Cups/Champions League, 18 Serie A titles, seven Italian Cups, five Italian Super Cups, three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. 11 How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? who plays? 11 possible xi 11 11 11 Football news Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 5. Juventus have won 64 trophies – Ahead of both Inter and AC Milan, Juventus are the most successful Italian club in total number of trophies. Juve have won 34 Serie A titles, by far the most in Italy despite being stripped of two championships for match-fixing. They have also claimed 123 Italian Cups and seven Italian Super Cups. In Europe, the Old Lady has the complete set of honours: winning two European Cups, three UEFA Cups, one Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Super Cups. Juve have also been crowned world champions twice, winning the Intercontinental Cup in 1985 and 1996. NEW ERA impact 2. Real Madrid have won 86 trophies – The most successful club in the history of the European Cup/Champions League, Real Madrid have won the tournament on 13 occasions, including the first five editions and seven more in the Champions League era. The Spanish giants won back-to-back UEFA Cups in the 1980s and also boast four UEFA Super Cups on their honours list. Madrid claimed the Intercontinental Cup three times and have won the Club World Cup twice, in 2014 and 2016. In Spain, they have a record 33 titles, plus 19 Spanish Cups, nine Spanish Super Cups and one victory in the defunct Spanish League Cup. 10. Atletico Madrid have won 29 trophies – Atletico have been very successful in recent years, winning seven trophies since 2010. Their 2014 triumph in La Liga took Atleti’s Spanish title count to 10, the same number of times they have won the Spanish Cup, with two Spanish Super Cups for good measure. In 1962 they won their first European honour, the Cup Winners’ Cup, followed by Europa League and UEFA Super Cup doubles in 2010 and 2012 respectively. They won it again in 2018, but the European Cup/Champions League has eluded them, despite being seconds away from winning two finals, as well as contesting a shoot-out in the 2016 final, but they did win the 1974 Intercontinental Cup – the predecessor to FIFA’s Club World Cup – when European Cup holders Bayern Munich declined to take part. Atletico beat South American champions Independiente over two legs to be crowned world champions. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 3. Bayern Munich have won 69 trophies – The kings of German football, Bayern have won the Bundesliga title a record 28 times and the German Cup on a record 18 occasions. They also won the now defunct German League Cup six times and the German Super Cup six times. Outside Germany, Bayern boast five European Cups/Champions Leagues, including three-in-a-row in the mid-1970s. They have won every European trophy, with one Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup triumph to their name. Bayern have also won the Intercontinental Cup twice and one Club World Cup, and are the only German club to complete the treble. 11 7. AC Milan have won 48 trophies – Milan are second only to Real Madrid when it comes to European Cup/Champions League victories, having been crowned champions of Europe on seven occasions. Their first success in the competition came in 1963, while their most recent Champions League final victory was in 2007. Until Real’s success in 2017, Milan had been the last club to successfully defend the European Cup, winning back-to-back trophies in 1989 and 1990. Additionally, they have won two Cup Winners’ Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, three Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. On the domestic front, Milan boast 18 Serie A titles, five Italian Cups and seven Italian Super Cups – with their most recent Supercoppa coming in 2016/17. 11 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 11 highlights Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED 8. Arsenal have won 45 trophies – Arsenal hold the record for the number of FA Cups won, with their success in 2017 taking their tally to 13 in the oldest football competition in the world. They can boast 13 English top flight titles, and share the record for most domestic doubles with Manchester United, having clinched both league and cup success in the same season on three occasions. They have won the League Cup twice, including as part of a double with the FA Cup in 1993, plus 15 Charity/Community Shields. In Europe, Arsenal’s first trophy came with the Fairs Cup (a forerunner of the UEFA Cup/Europa League) in 1970, and they claimed the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. 11 Which club is Europe’s most decorated?For the purposes of simply counting the number of trophies won, talkSPORT.com has included ‘super cup’ competitions, although debate will continue to rage as to their relative merits.Additionally,restrictions have been placed on leagues and the ranking takes clubs from the top four league competitions in Europe: England, Spain, Germany and Italy. These countries are historically the most dominant in European competition and, therefore, we have adjudged their domestic competitions to be the toughest to win.If it was left open to clubs from any European league, the result would see Scotland’s Rangers come out on top, with Northern Ireland’s Linfield in second and Scotland’s Celtic in third. But we are more interested in finding out who’s the best of the best.Competitions included: All UEFA competitions bar the Intertoto Cup (but including the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), the Intercontinental Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, domestic top division titles, main domestic cups and League Cups (now defunct in Germany and Spain and never competed for in Italy, but held since the 1960s in England), and domestic ‘Super Cups’ (known in England as the Community Shield).All statistics correct as of August 9, 2017. smart causal 4. Manchester United have won 66 trophies – Man United looked to be making a resurgence under Mourinho but it hasn’t worked out that way getty 11. Chelsea have won 28 trophies – The Blues have won six top flight English titles, eight FA Cups, five League Cups and they were the first English club to win every UEFA trophy. In 2012 they became the only London club to win the Champions League, adding the Europa League a year later to complete the continental set, along with two victories in the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup and one in the UEFA Super Cup. They have also won four Community Shields. The Blues had racked up 11 trophies prior to Roman Abramovich’s arrival, but have since won 16 in 14 years. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more gameday 6. Liverpool have won 59 trophies – The most successful English club in European football, Liverpool have won five European Cups, putting them level with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the all-time list. The Reds have also claimed three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. On the home front, Liverpool have won 18 top flight English titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and 15 Charity/Community Shields. The only trophies of note to elude them come on a global stage, having lost two Intercontinental Cup finals in the 1980s and the Club World Cup in 2005. They also lost the 1966 Cup Winners’ Cup final to Borussia Dortmund, so cannot complete the full set of UEFA competitions. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 11 possible standings 11 1. Barcelona have won 89 trophies – The most successful club based on number of trophies won, Barcelona are the only club to win the treble twice. They boast five European Cup/Champions League victories, to go alongside four wins in the Cup Winners’ Cup, three in the old Fairs Cup and five UEFA Super Cup triumphs. In Spain, Barca have been crowned champions 25 times, won the Spanish Cup a record 30 times, the Spanish Super Cup on 12 occasions and the Spanish League Cup twice. They have also claimed the Club World Cup three times, and in 2009 became the first club to win six trophies in a calendar year.last_img read more

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Celtic dumped out of the Champions League by AEK Athens

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes NEW ERA ALTERED Within six minutes his side were trailing to a Rodrigo Galo strike and it looked a forlorn task for the visitors when Croatian striker Marko Livaja headed in a second five minutes after the break.Parkhead substitute Scott Sinclair pulled a goal back in the 78th minute but despite a grand finale the Scottish champions could not fashion a second which would have put them through on away goals.Dropping down to the Europa League, where they will play Latvian side Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian side Suduva, is a huge blow for Celtic who will miss out on the prestige – not to mention the vast sums of money – to be earned in the Champions League.Rodgers admitted Champions League football was “a step too far” for his side this season.The Scottish champions drop down to the Europa League play-off, where they will face Latvian side Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian side Suduva, and Rodgers said: “The Europa League is still a prestigious competition.“The two seasons I’ve been here, we’ve qualified for the Champions League but it’s been a step too far this season.“First of all, we have to get through that final play-off game and ensure that we have European football.“At this moment in time we’re disappointed with the result of the game and the way we went out. ”Rodgers bemoaned some slack defending for their Champions League exit.He said: “I think in general, in the game, we played very well but we conceded two soft goals.“When you add that to the goal we conceded in the first leg then we’re really disappointed. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 smart causal Celtic’s Champions League hopes were ended after a 2-1 qualifying defeat by AEK Athens in Greece saw them lose 3-2 on aggregate.Brendan Rodgers, who had taken the Hoops to the group stages of the competition in his first two years in charge, had admitted the third qualifying round tie in the Olympic Stadium was his biggest qualifying challenge to date following the 1-1 draw in the first leg at Parkhead last week. “Lots of our game I thought we played the better football over the course of the two games.“In the main, there weren’t too many opportunities against us but you can’t concede that easily and unfortunately it’s cost us.“I thought we were the better football team over the two legs.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Celtic will play in the Europa League this season 2 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more highlights possible standings silverware gameday Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade impact Rodgers knew it would be tough last_img read more

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COUNCIL LATEST: FIANNA FAIL OPPOSE BUDGET – COUNCIL TO GO

first_imgCllr Ciaran Brogan with Mayor McGarveyMIDNIGHT LATEST: The County Council will collapse shortly.Cllr John Campbell is to vote against the budget – giving those opposed to the 2014 budget a 15-13 victory and including Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail.This is what Cllr Ciaran Brogan has just told the chamber: Having listened to proposals from the FG Party which equates to an amount in the region €487K we are still resolute in the opinion that this deal if passed does not offer a good deal for the People of Donegal. We will not be supporting this proposal for the following reasons ; We feel that the rates reduction of 5% which we proposed to the Management has not been met this is despite that fact that Bussiness’s across our County are struggling to remain open and that the possibility that a higher water rate being struck upon them is a growing concern within the party given the information which has come to light from Council Management.We see a massive under funded Housing Maintenance budget which again this year will not meet the needs of our Tenants within our Housing stock.The lack of investment in our Roads network causes serious concern to us as a group and again we feel this has not been meet either within the Budget Book or within the Proposals put forward by the FG party. County wide the deterioration of our Roads network is visible for all to see and we believe that in Years to come massive funding will be needed to correct this. The lack of information in regards to the take over by Irish Water has not been clarified in any way. We have repeatedly asked that the facts be presented to us by the Minister & County Manager but unfortunately we are no further informed. We are seriously concerned as a group with a decision already been taken to transfer our prime assets worth €355 million to Irish Water. We are concerned that hundreds of small Housing estates and developments with mechanical & Electrical sewerage plants will be left in limbo whereby Irish water will take no responsibility for them even though they will be generating revenue form these estates, yet we as a council with no Water Services will not be in a position to take them over. We believe that those serviced by Group water Schemes will receive harsh treatment at the hands of Irish Water and this we cannot accept.The Fianna Fail group will not support this budget because by doing so we would have turned our backs on the electorate and let the People of Donegal down. The Fine Gael Proposal seeks to get savings by maximising the collection of rates and putting more pressure on Business’s which are struggling and need discretion if they cannot pay all their Rates. This proposal will squeeze as much out of bussiness’s across Donegal as possible which in effect places these businesses at a disadvantage instead of assisting them as Fianna Fail propose. We are calling on all Political Parties and none to stand United and tackle these issues on behalf of their electorate as we are prepared to do. COUNCIL LATEST: FIANNA FAIL OPPOSE BUDGET – COUNCIL TO GO was last modified: January 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:broganMayormcgarveylast_img read more

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Grown men ‘looking for trouble’ kicking footballs into kids’ play area – claim

first_imgIt has been claimed that ‘grown men’ are purposely kicking footballs from the astroturf pitch at the Ballymacool Town Park in Letterkenny into the children’s play area ‘to get a reaction’.Councillor Dessie Shields called on the Letterkenny Municipal District to erect a ball catch or netting system to put an end to what he called ‘a dangerous situation’.Councillor Shields said that heavy footballs were being kicked into the children’s play area. “Grown men are trying to get a reaction from people in the children’s play area,” he said.“I bring this motion with a degree of reluctance because it is trying to stop something that shouldn’t be happening. They are doing it when small toddlers are there and it is hard to believe.“Young children are getting hit. People who were at this were grown, adult men and they seem to be looking for trouble.”Grown men ‘looking for trouble’ kicking footballs into kids’ play area – claim was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Ballymacool Town ParkCouncillor Dessie ShieldsletterkennyLetterkenny Municipal Districtlast_img read more

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Unhappiness with Big Science: It’s Not Just Creationism Anymore

first_imgFeeling marginalized?  Unable to get a hearing?  Shunned by your peers?  Subject to attacks and ridicule?  Rejected by leading publications and the press, while your opponents get free rein for overhyped claims?  You may not be a politician or creationist.  You may be a scientist with views that differ from the consensus of Big Science.  Here are a couple of cases where the complaints of outsiders in other disputes sound very similar to those coming from the defenders of creation or intelligent design.Global Warming:  That the mainstream journals are convinced human-aggravated global warming is a fact no longer in need of proof, and that drastic measures must be taken to avoid catastrophe, needs no documentation.  Try to disagree with this diagnosis, however, and you may feel like Claude Allegre, a member of the French and US Academy of Sciences who jumped ship; see a press release from the U S Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works.  The release contains a list of other scientists who reject the consensus notion.  On Saturday, Mike Hulme, one of Britain’s top climate scientists, wrote for the BBC News how the rhetoric has, nonetheless, been intensifying in the media.  He showed instances of the hysteria being reported about a coming “catastrophe” that is coming due to “chaotic” “irreversible” and “rapid” human-caused changes that are putting the Earth at a “tipping point” or “point of no return.”  Hulme lamented, “I have found myself increasingly chastised by climate change campaigners when my public statements and lectures on climate change have not satisfied their thirst for environmental drama and exaggerated rhetoric.”    In a balancing act on this subject unusual for a newspaper, The Telegraph (UK) is giving prominent press to Christopher Monckton, a global warming critic, in a 2-part series.  Monckton, who once advised Margaret Thatcher on scientific claims and scares, disputes the famous “hockey stick” graph and the climate models that scared the UN and the UK into ominous responses.  The consensus is wrong, he argues, because it is built on bad science.  Monckton gives examples of how data were deliberately fudged or ignored to fit a preconceived result.  A 400-year medieval warming period, he asserts, was 3°C warmer than today’s rise; Vikings farmed areas in Greenland now under permafrost.  This well-documented warm period was deliberately censored, he alleges, to preserve the hocky-stick graph.  In addition, the model used to make the famous graph produces the same uptick at the end regardless of the data, even when random numbers are used.    His bottom line is that “politicians, scientists and bureaucrats contrived a threat of Biblical floods, droughts, plagues, and extinctions worthier of St John the Divine than of science.”  The Telegraph preceded Monckton’s report with a caution that many would find it a “highly controversial polemic.”  But if he and the other climate-scare skeptics are right – or even partly right – it raises serious questions about how the Royal Society and other scientific institutions ostensibly devoted to scientific objectivity could arrive at hard-line, monolithic, politically-charged positions, such that skeptics must find other venues for the debate.  Cf. 12/27/2003 editorial, “Aliens Cause Global Warming.”String Theory:  “Teach the controversy!” shouted the title of a book review in Science (Oct. 27), borrowing a phrase from the intelligent design movement.  It’s not that Aaron Pierce believes string theory is The Truth that he criticized Lee Smolin’s new book The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next; it’s that Smolin was so stern in his criticism of the academy for embracing it.  “Smolin believes this represents an unprecedented breakdown in the marketplace of ideas: string theory is so entrenched in the academy that the result is a de facto conspiracy to suppress dissenting ideas.  To his mind, string theorists have too much at stake to make an unbiased assessment, and so it falls to unbiased outsiders like him to make the judgment for them.”  Pierce feels this is a “bold claim,” but is he, an insider reviewing a book unfavorably in an insider journal, the one to judge?  Smolin was not given space to respond.Are the big scientific institutions in need of reform?  Has scientific “consensus” become an intellectual straitjacket instead of a protection against pseudoscience?  To what extent are funding policies tied to political fads?  How can unpopular views get a fair hearing?  That these questions are being asked in fields far removed from intelligent design or creationism may be symptoms of fundamental flaws in the way controversies are handled in the context of scientific institutions.  CEH takes no position on global warming, since it is off-topic, but mentions the story above to show how others are finding out how closed and incorrigible the institutions of science can be, and how the media can hype a view beyond all reason.  Monckton points to documented instances of deliberate deception that were rationalized or ignored even after they were made public.  Can scientific institutions actually be guilty of such things?  Answer that question with another.  Are they made up of human beings?    As for string theory, Pierce listened briefly to Smolin’s complaint that string theory is unfalsifiable and makes no predictions, but he did what the Darwiniacs do: he appealed to the best-in-field fallacy: string theory is “the most promising tool” physicists have, he claimed, and needs more time than impatient critics want to give it.  Let’s exchange “Darwinism” as the subject of the sentence and ask if 147 years is long enough.  Pierce may have invoked “teach the controversy” as the title of his article, but did not follow through.  He dismissed Smolin’s criticisms and rationalized the consensus staying in power.    Speaking of predictions and falsifiability, did you know these are no guarantees of good science?  There is no agreement among philosophers of science about what constitutes valid science; there is no one “scientific method,” and there are no agreed-on demarcation criteria that can separate science from pseudoscience.  This has been well known for decades despite numerous attempts to solve the problem; no set of criteria are simultaneously necessary and sufficient to distinguish something as scientific.  The problems with empiricism and inductive logic go even further back, to David Hume and even to the ancient Greeks.    For a detailed and mind-opening look at how complex these questions are, and how difficult it is to define “science” in a way that grants it epistemic privilege, get the new set of lectures on Philosophy of Science by Jeffrey L. Kasser (North Carolina State U) available from The Teaching Company.  Kasser will tie your head in knots with his witty and incisive debunking of the validity of some of our most intuitive notions about science, and even about our ability to observe and make sense of the world.    Lest one dismiss these as Kasser’s own teasers, he cites the leading philosophers from Hume to the present.  He demonstrates how even simple problems like confirming the proposition “all copper conducts electricity” or “all ravens are black” continue to challenge the best thinkers of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Verification and validation of scientific claims are much more fraught with logical loopholes and doubts than most people realize.    How, then, can the Darwinists presume to tell us what happened millions and billions of years ago?  Saying “most scientists accept” a notion is not enough.  And on what basis can scientific institutions censor views that are equally logical and empirically supported but go against the consensus?  The common notions about science still assumed to give its knowledge claims superiority, such as logical positivism, are highly suspect, if not defunct, in the view of nearly all philosophers of science.  Yet these are the notions routinely assumed and employed by the Darwin defenders in courtrooms, classrooms and the scientific journals.Big Science (08/19/2003 commentary) has become a twin of Big Labor: a liberal (12/02/2004), money-hungry, monolithic political force with dubious relations to its founding principles and constituency, and even more dubious credibility.  Individual scientists, like individual laborers, often do honest work.  The party bosses, though, do not always represent them or their best interests.  Power breeds conformity.  The rank and file do what they must to stay out of trouble.  Now you have some insight into the ruling Darwin Party’s behavior toward intelligent design (see 10/27, 09/01/2006, 08/21/2006, 06/21/2006, 05/09/2006, 05/19/2005, etc).    If you enjoyed this entry, you might also like to review the entries from 12/11/2005, “Does Big Science Know What Science Is?”, 01/19/2006, “Peer Review: Can You Trust a Scientific Journal Paper?”, and 03/17/2006, “Can Scientific Journals Perpetuate False Ideas?”(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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