Donegal native elected to Dublin City Council

first_imgBruckless native Danny Byrne has been elected to the Dublin City Council for Ringsend area of Dublin City. The south Donegal man was elected for Fine Gael following the fifth count on Sunday evening.Mr Byrne was previously an estate agent and had been living in the Dublin area since 2005. Part of the Lost at Sea Tragedies Organisation, Byrne lost his father and brother in a tragic accident in 1981 at sea.In 2018, the Byrne family who had secured the Ombudsman’s support for State compensation over exclusion from a Government scheme has finally been sent a cheque for a six-figure sum.The Bruckless residents received an ex-gratia payment from Minister for Marine Michael Creed, after a 14-year battle over her exclusion from the “Lost at Sea scheme” to support families whose vessels had sunk. Francis Byrne and 16-year-old Jimmy Byrne, and three other crew died when their fishing vessel Skifjord sank 38 years ago. Donegal native elected to Dublin City Council was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick, Harry Edwards and why 1968’s protests still matter

first_imgFor sports sociologist Harry Edwards, there is a clear relationship between the uproar over Colin Kaepernick and Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign and the protests of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics.Sports sociologist Harry Edwards describes some of the displayed items — including pages of his FBI file — to a group at the opening reception for “The Power of Protest” at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Main Library. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group)“The police violence that is …last_img

Today’s Science Hates Faith

first_imgThere are individual scientists who believe in God, but their institutions ridicule any and all forms of “faith.”Don’t take our word for it. Here is how leading journals and scientific representatives characterize any view that does not emanate from the halls of Big Science.The reaction was predictable. Nature allowed Kathryn Pritchard, a member of the Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England, to express her view that “Religion and science can have a true dialogue.” It didn’t matter to readers that the dialogue is all one-way, as she describes it (i.e., scientists inform believers how and what to think). When letters to the editor came in, sparks flew. “With the rise of religious fundamentalism worldwide and the expansion of education in ‘faith’ schools, I consider that promoting the idea that religion and science have some kind of equivalence risks making societies more divisive and backward-looking,” one wrote, with other commenters chiming in. “Religion fulfills a basic human need, and so has evolved and survived through the ages despite all the progress science has made in explaining the world.” Too bad believers don’t understand how Charles Darwin rendered their religion an artifact of natural selection.Big Science can appear tolerant in one sense. As long as a formerly religious person shows a bona-fide conversion to Darwinism, then a few lingering feelings of nostalgia can be overlooked. Current Biology interviewed paleo-entomologist Michael Engel, who grew up in a religious home. Asked about his views on the “faith vs science debate” (note the wording), Engel replied,As the son of a minister, I’ve met people on diverse fronts in the discussion of faith and reason. This ‘debate’ has been paramount, and brought Kansas to the national stage, albeit not necessarily for flattering reasons. Politicians and fundamentalists on each extreme stir discord, each with their own ulterior agenda, and from this foment there appears a stark dichotomy and a war for the minds and souls of those residing between the poles. … Faith is not science, and so should not be covered in such curricula, just as the experimental method should not form the basis for theological inquiry. Both should be taught within their own context, and approached openly by those of either persuasion. Science is a communal effort which organizes and grows knowledge through evidentiary observation, testable explanations, and rational predictions. Scientific conclusions should not be rooted in faith. Faith is personal and while precepts may be shared, it remains fiercely individual and need not rely upon an impartial adjudication of evidence….His view is like the NOMA position advocated by the late evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould: each view has its own place. Faith is OK for making you feel good in times of crisis, but don’t pretend it has anything to say about the real world. Materialists can tolerate that. Just admit that faith is a product of evolution.What really makes Big Science erupt with indignation is any request for a seat at the table of knowledge by a “religious” person who doubts Darwin. That is intolerable. And to really fan the flames, let that person suggest that schools should be free to question the adequacy of Darwinian evolution. Evolution News & Views shares one recent reaction when Darwinist Michael Zimmerman suspected (incorrectly) that the Bearded Buddha might be questioned in Texas science standards. “The creationists are back in Texas attacking high quality science education,” he says, and off he goes on his tirade against the bogeymen.A favorite tactic against “religion” is the Yoda complex. The materialist imagines himself on a higher plane of consciousness, looking down on the “people of faith,” using quasi-scientific theories to explain how the peons evolved their backward religious beliefs. In Science, Carter T. Butts portrays “those who reject evolutionary theory” as stuck in some kind of evolutionary backwater, tossed to and fro by conflicting thoughts between the facts they know from science and the faith in their religion. He uses mathematical models to explain their cognitive dissonance. Another, more subtle example was published in PLoS One, titled, “Collective Dynamics of Belief Evolution under Cognitive Coherence and Social Conformity.” The authors portray beliefs as things that evolve like any other natural phenomenon: e.g., “Each individual is endowed with a network of interacting beliefs that evolves through interaction with other individuals in a social network.” One can only wonder if they ever considered their own beliefs in this paper as reducible to such network interactions.In some circles, Big Science is softening its stance on religion. Pritchard’s article in Nature is one example. Materialists don’t want to position themselves as bigots. This is seen in PhysOrg‘s report about a study that found “Most British scientists … feel Richard Dawkins’ work misrepresents science.” It’s not that they feel Dawkins is wrong. They just don’t care for his combative style: insulting and deriding religious people on his crusade to promote atheism. That’s not politically expedient. You can hate religion; just don’t look hateful. “The best science communication does not begin with insults and arrogance,” says David Johnson, co-author of the study. “It encourages curiosity, open-mindedness and appreciation for” –what? religion? faith? philosophy? No; appreciation for “science.”And that’s the point. Science must dominate. Be nice to religious people, but don’t listen to them. Don’t take their views seriously. Communication is good, as along as it is one-way, from scientist to person of “faith.” Encourage religious people to convert to Darwinism. Maybe, with carrots instead of sticks, they will mend their ways.By now, regular readers know how to respond. They know it’s a false dichotomy to characterize individuals as “scientists” vs. “people of faith.” Everyone is a person of faith! Don’t let the atheists define the debate in those terms. Atheists have lots of faith – in fact, much more faith than average churchgoers. Not only do they have faith in their perceptions and powers of reason, they have faith that the universe is comprehensible. They have faith in induction (a questionable premise, philosophically). They have faith that the laws of logic are reliable. They have faith in folk psychology. They have faith that they can communicate with other members of Homo sapiens who will understand them, and whose responses indicate they have minds similar to their own.Atheists have so much faith, in fact, that it is tantamount to belief in magic. They believe that universes and living things can just pop into existence, showing exquisite fine-tuning, without mind or plan. Contrary to all reason and mathematical probability, they believe that atoms organized themselves into proteins, DNA and cells. And talk about cognitive dissonance: they deny anything beyond matter and energy, yet rely on immaterial realities of consciousness, intentionality, and reason. They have no reason to believe in reason if they are materialists. They depend on moral values like honesty that cannot be reduced to atoms and forces. They are supernaturalists in spite of themselves!So please, don’t let atheistic materialists set the table their way. They stole the table and the silverware from creationists. If they had to set their own table, they would be sitting on dirt, or hanging in the air. Everyone belongs to “people of faith,” but some believe in absurd, self-refuting faiths, like materialism. We need to reason with such people. Help lead them from absurd faith to reasonable faith. Like Tim Standish says at the end of Illustra’s new film Origin, “There is nothing magical about living things. I’m a scientist. I don’t really believe in magic. I believe in mechanisms and causes that are sufficient to achieve the phenomena that I observe.  Intelligence is sufficient. Intelligence is necessary. Therefore, intelligence is the conclusion that I come to.”(Visited 81 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 9 Ongoing Dispute Between Neighbors Vandalism At Yentile Farm

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, April 9, 2019:During a check of Yentile Farm, police noted the card swipe unit on the concession room was ripped off the wall. (12:38am)Animal Control Officer located an injured turkey under a porch on Barbara Avenue. Turkey was transported to Tufts Veterinary Hospital. (8:53am)A Pouliot Place caller reported his neighbor posted a sign on her lawn stating that the caller harms dogs. Incident was part of an ongoing neighbor dispute. (3:12pm)Police received report of erratic operator on Route 62 “all over the road,” heading towards Burlington. Police pulled vehicle over. Operator admitted to using phone while driving. (5:41pm)A walk-in party reported extra patrols due to criminal charges against daughter’s boyfriend. (6:27pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 14: Missing Teen Located; Trash Left Behind At Yentile FarmIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

State Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County On May 24

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts State Police will be holding a Sobriety Checkpoint in Middlesex County on Friday, May 24, 2019 into Saturday, May 25, 2019.Wilmington is one of the 54 cities and towns in Middlesex County.The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and remove drivers who are operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from the roads. The Checkpoint also raises the public’s awareness of law enforcement’s efforts to combat this serious issue.“Any inconvenience to motorists will be minimized with advanced notice to reduce fear and anxiety,” said Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, in the announcement. “The selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary. Safety will be assured.”The Sobriety Checkpoint is funded through a grant provided by the Highway Safety Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County This WeekendIn “Police Log”State Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County On April 12 & 13In “Police Log”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, May 25, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

MI vs SRH Dream 11 and MPL Fantasy tips live stream preview

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad, placed 4, will take on Mumbai Indians, placed 3, on the points table. A win for either team could well seal their spot in the playoffs, but both sides will aim for a top two finish which makes the battle an interesting affair. Delhi Capitals lost their game on Wednesday which gives Mumbai Indians a great chance to aim for the number 2 spot, and SRH, minus David Warner, will be a slightly weakened side.Predicted XI of both sides: Rohit SharmaIANSMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Beuran Hendricks, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith MalingaSunrisers Hyderabad: Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep SharmaFantasy tips and suggestions: Kane WilliamsonIANSWicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock has been superb for Mumbai Indians at the top of the order and should once again hold the key in the powerplay overs against the SRH pace bowlers. Kane Williamson could use spinners against him and this could be his biggest threat.Batsmen: Rohit Sharma has found his groove in the last couple of matches and in this crunch match, the skipper has to play a decisive knock for this side. Also, Ishan Kishan, who might play in this match, will hold the key against the SRH spinners.For the Sunrisers, Manish Pandey has to step up and continue with his good form for his side, more so in the absence of David Warner. Also, Martin Guptill, who might replace Warner, can be picked and can be the differentiating factor in the playing XI.All-rounders: Hardik Pandya has been in blistering form for Mumbai and should once again be the key man for the hosts, more so in the death overs. Also, he has to take up more responsibility with the ball.For SRH, Mohammad Nabi can be a good pick, as he more often than not picks up wickets in the powerplay overs. Also, he can be used as a pinch-hitter in the batting order.Spinners: Imran Tahir is a definite yes. Also, young Rahul Chahar has been a revelation for Mumbai this season and should get the nod to feature in the playing XI.Seamers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah – two bowlers who love bowling with each other will have to be the wicket-takers for their respective sides if they have to clinch the match and make it to the playoffs.last_img read more

Trump Asked His White House Staff To Sign Nondisclosure Agreements Heres What

first_img Share Official White House Photo by Shealah CraigheadPresident Donald Trump leads a video teleconference monitoring current tropical storm conditions and damage assessments in southeastern Texas on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from a conference room at Camp David near Thurmont, Maryland.Amid reports that President Donald Trump asked senior White House officials to sign nondisclosure agreements, The Texas Tribune received a copy of an NDA Trump asked a former Texas campaign staffer to sign in 2016. Here’s a look at the nondisclosure agreement:last_img