21 Radio Stations to Go Off Air

first_imgIf warnings issued by Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) are not adhered to in the coming days, the frequencies of 21 radio stations operating in the country will be revoked, thereby putting them off the air, LTA Acting Commissioner has threatened.According to LTA Acting Commissioner, B. Anthony McCritty, the LTA will with immediate effect begin revoking the licenses of the listed 21 radio stations for what he termed, “illegally operating in the country.”Mr. McCritty said the 21 radio stations will face closure for failing to clear their arrears and reactivating their licenses in keeping with the LTA’s regulations.The LTA acting boss made issued the threat last Thursday when he appeared at the Ministry of Information’s  regular weekly press briefing held on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.Should the pending actions take place, the affected radio stations will be shut down.  The include Kings FM 88.5, Destiny Radio 89.7, City FM 90.2, Radio Monrovia 92.1, Power FM 93.3, Radio Advent 93.7, Super FM 95.5, Teach FM 92.7, Radio VERITAS 97.8, United Methodist Radio 98.7 and Voice of Hope 100.7 FM.Other stations are: Love FM 105.1, SKY 107, Destiny FM 101.9, Radio T-Five 107.7, HOT FM 107.9, Miracle FM 107.3, L-Net Radio 98.3, Radio Bethel 103.5 FM, FCA Radio and Nubian FM 96.7.Reacting to this threat of closure, the management of the Roman Catholic-run Radio Veritas told the Daily Oberver that its management has met all financial obligations.But the LTA Acting Commissioner observed that the frequencies of those listed radio stations are “jamming, because they are using those frequencies without the consent of the LTA.” He pointed out that the situation was “very troublesome because it makes it difficult for the LTA to provide quality broadcast for the people.” Mr. McCritty disclosed that some of the radio stations involved in this “unwholesome act” had authorizations that have expired, and have “deliberately decided to default in renewing their licenses for years.”He pointed out that obtaining a frequency is a privilege and not a right and as such, it is within the mandate of the LTA to revoke the license of any radio station that refuses to renew its license or that will act outside of the code of ethics governing it.According to Commissioner McCritty, the action to revoke the licenses of radio stations by LTA is not to create problems or target any radio station, but to build a vibrant communication sector. He has named Liberty Radio FM 88.1, Liberia Women Democracy Radio FM 91.1, Buffalo FM 94.1, Radio Al-Falah 95.1, Magic FM 99.2, and TRUTH FM 96.1 as radio stations that have complied and cooperated with LTA by clearing their arrears and rectifying theirlicenses.Radio Veritas FM 97.8  Management described as “misleading, the blanket categorization of the station by the Ministry of Information, and the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) allegation that it (Radio Veritas), is operating illegally.”MICAT and the LTA told the Liberian public at a press conference in Monrovia on Thursday that Radio Veritas is among several other radio stations operating illegally, with their radio FM license and permit having expired. This, Radio Veritas management believes, is a misrepresentation of the facts, something that it said tends to smear its good name. According to the station manager, Frank Sainworla, Jr., The Information Ministry officials have got it very wrong by listing Radio Veritas among the 21, “because documents are there to prove that the station has paid its annual MICAT registration for 2014,  with official flag receipt dating back to January.“As regards LTA, the Veritas management said the charge that station’s FM radio license had expired, contradicts the fact that back it April, 2014, Radio Veritas paid the amount of US$1,600, for annual spectrum/regulatory fee,” Mr. Sainworla noted.According to him, LTA is fully aware of the station’s challenge to its insistence that Radio Veritas paid the license fee for shortwave (SW) frequency, which was decommissioned many years ago.For years now, the Radio Veritas has neither mounted any antenna/transmitter nor operated any SW frequency.Therefore, it is puzzling that the LTA would insist that license fee be paid for SW.Radio Veritas, Mr. Sainworla said, takes serious exception to the joint MICAT/LTA statement portraying the station as being a ‘deviant’ in meeting its registration and radio spectrum/regulatory licensing obligation. Therefore, the station assures its many “dedicated FM 97.8 listeners” that it will continue to remain law abiding and meet up with its legitimate tax obligations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grassroots Democracy Highlights Media Role in Open Budget Initiative

first_imgIn order to bring transparency to the national budget, the civil society organization known as Grassroots Democracy on 4 April launched the media section of the Integrated Public Finance Management Reform Project (IPFMRP) of the Open Budget Initiative designed by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).The media awareness element targets citizens of Nimba County and uses local radio stations with 30 hours of airtime.It intends to provide answers to frequently asked questions or what the citizens ought to know in order to enhance their understanding on matters relating to the national budget of Liberia.The Open Budget Initiative is a policy of the Government of Liberia on what the government wants citizens to know about the national budget and to promote greater participation and engagement of citizens in the country’s wealth.Many people do not have any knowledge of the budget which makes it difficult for citizens to give their input on the national budget.In the civil society (Grassroots Democracy) point of view, citizens cannot give any feedback on the budget owing to its complexity.The Executive Director of Grassroots Democracy, Mr. Martin Sopp, said “For a very long time, the citizens only hear about the budget, but are completely ignorant of what the national budget is.“This is one reason for which this document must be reduced to a citizen friendly paper affordable by all and easily understood as compared to its majestic nature over the years.”According a survey conducted by his organization, he said in over 200 communities in Nimba, “many citizens do not know whether there is an allotment out of the county development funds in the national budget for administrative costs in every county.”He said, “In order not to hold our leaders as being corrupt, the government has decided to bring the management of the nation closer to the citizens so that they can take responsibility of their own wealth and stop ignorantly accusing the planners of the money in Monrovia of corruption through the process called Integrated Public Finance Management Reform Project/ IPFRMP.“The IPFRMP is an initiative of the government of Liberia implemented by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning with support from the World Bank which focuses on the national budget.”He added that IPFRMP aims to help the Government of Liberia achieve its expenditure goals through an efficient management of public funds and the delivery of services to Liberian citizens. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blow for Watford as transfer target states desire to stay at Inter Milan

first_img Former Newcastle defender Davide Santon 1 Watford target Davide Santon has revealed he wants to stay at Inter Milan.The Premier League new boys have been chasing the former Newcastle full-back since securing promotion to the top flight but the 24-year-old is reluctant to return to England.Santon, who has been capped eight times at senior level for Italy, returned to Serie A in January – ending his four-year stay at Newcastle in which he made 94 appearances in all competitions.New Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores had been keen to bolster his defence with Santon’s experience but the left-back has poured cold water on any potential move.“I want to stay at Inter,” the defender wrote on his official Facebook page.“I read all your comments and want to say I know nothing about all this.“Your comments were really very pleasing and I embrace you all with affection. Forza Inter!”last_img read more

HISTORIC RATHMULLAN COUNTRY HOUSE GOES ON MARKET FOR €1.2 MILLION

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most famous hotels has been put on the market for €1.2million.The Fort Royal Country House Hotel in Rathmullan overlooks Lough Swilly and boasts beach front and also self-catering apartments.Standing on 6.24 acres of mature grounds with a sweeping avenue from the county road, the superb setting includes beautifully maintained gardens and lawns, magnificent mature trees and hard surface tennis court. The House was built in 1805 by Charles Rae. He retired here after being wounded while serving in the British Navy with Admiral Lord Duncan. It was during his time in the Navy that he visited the Caribbean Island of Martinique, and he named the house after the capital as it was then known, Fort Royal. He lived at Fort Royal until he died in 1847, when his wife decided to move back to England.Fort Royal was leased out over the next 31 years.The house was then purchased in 1878 by General George Montgomery of the Indian Army. Different generations of the Montgomery Family (relations of the Field Marshall) owned Fort Royal up to 1940, when due to the second world war amongst other reasons, the house was left empty for seven years.It was in 1947 that Dr Bill Johnstone, a G.P from County Derry and his wife Connie saw Fort Royal and decided to to buy it as a holiday home. The building was in a poor state then and after one summer in the house, he decided to turn it into a hotel. Fort Royal began trading as a hotel in 1948, with various managers in charge. In 1966, his daughter Ann and son-in-law Robin came over from England where they had been managing hotels and took over Fort Royal.Their son Tim came back to work in the hotel with them in 1994 and after several years together, Robin and Ann retired in 2000.Tim and his wife Tina now manage Fort Royal Country House.HISTORIC RATHMULLAN COUNTRY HOUSE GOES ON MARKET FOR €1.2 MILLION was last modified: August 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fort Royal HotelRathmullanlast_img read more

ALL YOUR WEEKLY GAA RESULTS

first_imgDONEGAL SOUTHUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 14-Jun-2014 Naomh Muire 0 – 4 1 – 7 Naomh Naille Naomh MuireUnder 14 Championship Division 1 Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 13-Jun-2014 Naomh Columba 10 – 12 4 – 4 Four Masters Naomh ColumbaUnder 14 Championship Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jun-2014 Naomh Ultan 3 – 2 8 – 11 Kilcar Naomh UltanUnder 14 Championship Division 1 Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 11-Jun-2014 Ardara 5 – 11 10 – 12 Naomh Columba ArdaraUnder 14 Championship Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jun-2014 Bundoran 3 – 10 5 – 13 Naomh Brid Bundoran Under 14 Championship Division 1 Group 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jun-2014 Naomh Conaill 2 – 12 2 – 10 Dungloe Naomh Connaill11-Jun-2014 Naomh Naille 0 – 12 6 – 13 Killybegs Naomh NailleUnder 14 Championship Division 1 Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jun-2014 Four Masters 4 – 10 5 – 7 Aodh Ruadh Four MastersUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jun-2014 Dungloe 3 – 3 1 – 9 Aodh Ruadh DungloeUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jun-2014 Kilcar 4 – 4 4 – 2 Killybegs Kilcar09-Jun-2014 Na Rossa 3 – 2 3 – 7 Naomh Ultan Na RossaUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jun-2014 Ardara 2 – 8 1 – 8 Naomh Muire ArdaraUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jun-2014 Naomh Columba 7 – 11 1 – 4 Bundoran Naomh ColumbaDONEGAL NORTHU14 Division 3 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Glenswilly 1 – 5 0 Moville Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba Championship semi finalU14 Division 1 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Naomh Padraig Muff 6 – 4 9 – 8 Buncrana Muff Championship semi final12-Jun-2014 Fanad Gaels 5 – 10 3 – 6 Termon Fanad Gaels Portsalon Shield semi final11-Jun-2014 St Eunans 3 – 9 7 – 8 Sean MacCumhaills O Donnell Park-Letterkenny Championship semi finalU14 Division 3 Championship Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jun-2014 Naomh Padraig Lifford 0 – 3 5 – 13 Burt Lifford-Pairc Mac DiarmadaU14 Division 2 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jun-2014 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 5 – 16 5 – 10 Convoy Pairc Colmcille Newton Shield Final. Extra time if necessaryU14 Division 3 Championship Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jun-2014 Glenfin 2 – 1 6 – 7 Glenswilly Pairce TaobhoigeU14 Division 2 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jun-2014 Convoy 7 – 10 2 – 3 Malin Convoy Shield semi finalU14 Division 3 Championship Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jun-2014 Glenswilly 1 – 9 3 – 2 Cloughaneely Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh ColumbaCOUNTY DONEGALSenior League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Realt na Mara G.F.C 0 – 13 0 – 10 Naomh Mhuire BundoranSenior League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Glenswilly 0 – 5 1 – 13 Ardara Glenswilly15-Jun-2014 St Michaels 0 – 7 0 – 8 Kilcar St Michael’sSenior League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Sean MacCumhaills 0 – 13 0 – 12 Gleann Fhinne Sean Mac Cumhaill15-Jun-2014 Fanad Gaels 4 – 15 1 – 9 St Nauls Pairc Uí ShiailSenior League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Malin 2 – 9 0 – 17 Naomh Conaill Connolly ParkSenior League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Urris 3 – 8 3 – 16 Milford Crampsey ParkSenior League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Downings 1 – 10 1 – 16 Cloughaneely Pairc Na nDunaibhSenior League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Termon 1 – 9 0 – 13 Four Masters TermonSenior Res League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 St Michaels 1 – 6 2 – 6 Kilcar St Michael’sSenior Res League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Fanad Gaels 2 – 18 1 – 9 St Nauls Pairc Uí ShiailSenior Res League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Glenswilly 2 – 13 0 – 7 Ardara GlenswillySenior Res League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Realt na Mara G.F.C 2 – 11 2 – 9 Naomh Mhuire BundoranSenior Res League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Malin 1 – 9 1 – 15 Naomh Conaill Connolly ParkSenior Res League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jun-2014 Urris 3 – 8 3 – 16 Milford Crampsey ParkSenior League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Burt 4 – 14 0 – 2 Carndonagh Hibernian ParkSenior League Div 5Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 St Eunans 5 – 13 3 – 12 Gleann Fhinne St Eunan’sSenior League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Aodh Ruadh 5 – 8 0 – 12 Naomh Columba Father Tierney ParkSenior League Div 5Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Naomh Conaill 2 – 14 2 – 10 Ardara GlentiesDivision 4 ResDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin 0 – 3 2 – 17 Convoy Naomh Padraig Uisce ChaoinSenior League Div 5Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Glenswilly 2 – 9 0 – 6 Sean MacCumhaills GlenswillySenior League Div 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Naomh Ultan 2 – 6 2 – 7 Moville Naomh Ultan14-Jun-2014 Robert Emmets 2 – 8 2 – 11 Na Rossa Robert EmmetsSenior Res League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Aodh Ruadh 0 – 14 1 – 14 Naomh Columba Father Tierney ParkSenior League Div 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Naomh Padraig Leifear 0 – 5 3 – 5 Letterkenny Gaels Naomh Padraig LeifearSenior Res League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Red Hughs 0 – 8 2 – 7 Naomh Colmcille Pairc Aodh RuaSenior League Div 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jun-2014 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin 2 – 7 1 – 12 Convoy Naomh Padraig Uisce ChaoinALL YOUR WEEKLY GAA RESULTS was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAResultslast_img read more

Red Hughs U13 girls bow out of Division B Championship

first_imgRed Hughs Club notes 1/11/2016Lotto & 100+ Club Results 27/10/2016Numbers Drawn 4,5,1,7,6,3,8There was no winning sequence, Lucky Dip winner Betty Gallagher Monellan €30Next week’s jackpot is €2050This week’s winner of the 100+ Club was number 90 Quinn Fuels Ballybofey €100Thanks to everyone for your continued support. U13 GirlsOur u13 girls bowed out of the divB championship in a defeat to st nauls in mouncharles on Monday morning, having reached the semi final is an achievement in its self bearing in mind this u13 team consists of girls born in 2003,2004 , and even 2005 . The girls gave 210% today and we couldn’t ask for more from them and hopefully each and everyone of them will be back next year to play for the club in their respective age groups . We would like to thank the parents, friends and club members who travelled to support us today and to st nauls for the great game and lovely tea afterwards and good luck to them in the final . Team line up was Helen Bradley , Aoife Bradley, Orla Mcelchar ,Ciara Gallagher, Emma Neeson, Elin Gallen -O Dwyer ,Aine Irwin,Caitlin Geary, Chloe Coyle, Serena Meritt, Aimee Lafferty, Niamh Browne, Jessica Mc Bride , Lucy Catterson , Ella McConnell, Aoibheann McMenamin ,Alissah Cullen and Ellen O Brien . The future for these girls looks bright .Junior Strictly Come DancingThe Junior Strictly that took place on Friday turned out to be a great success with thirteen couples taking part and a massive crowd attending. Congratulations to winning couple Cathair and Caitlin. We would like to thank everyone for there support and of  course anyone who helped out in any way. Underage MeetingUnderage club meeting will take place on Sunday, November 6th at 7pm. All current club underage coaches are asked to attend. Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching are also welcome.Online ShopRed Hugh’s online shop is now available to all in time for the Christmas shopping. More styles will be added as O’Neills update their range for the coming year. https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-te…/…/ireland/red-hughs.html  Red Hughs U13 girls bow out of Division B Championship was last modified: November 1st, 2016 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:GAARED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

La Liga boring and uncompetitive? Barca and Real in crisis as underdogs excel

first_img Gareth Bale has failed to find the back for Real Madrid in more than a month BEST OF 3 That fragility at the back should be and is real cause for concern. Even in the 4-2 win against Tottenham last week the warning signs were there, the visitors almost allowing Spurs to steal a draw with the clock running down. It is easy to score against Barcelona at the moment and oppositions know it. The fear of attacking them that once dominated their encounters is now gone.Coach Valverde is also starting to face questions about his calls. Ousmane Dembele – who had scored five goals in six games by September 18th – has had his momentum disrupted, and was only given six minutes from the bench with Barça chasing a win against Valencia. It was the first change Barcelona’s coach made in the game, full stop, begging the question of why it took so long. The only consolation for Valverde is that there is a general consensus that the Champions League is the most important honour for Barcelona this season, but take into account the fact that the Catalans have only ever won that trophy in seasons where they also won La Liga, and things don’t bode well.The timing of the dip is also particularly ominous for Madrid and Barcelona. At the same moment as they have slumped, others have hit form. Pablo Machin’s unapologetically attacking Sevilla have been sensational, picking up four wins in a row now and going top of the table. They don’t have the squad to balance European football with a genuine run at the domestic title, but they do have more than enough quality to chip away at the big two and open up a gap for the most realistic rival for Spanish football’s top prize – as Real Madrid found out when Sevilla smashed them 3-0 a couple of weeks ago. 3 Not what the doctor ordered. Or rather, the exact opposite of what Florentino Perez ordered. For all that Real Madrid have enjoyed the glory of four Champions League wins since 2014, they are equally aware of the counter-statistic that they have only won La Liga once since 2013 (as many times as city rivals Atlético in that period). Lopetegui was supposed to be the one to change that. Yet now, depending on who you ask, his job could be in danger, with rumours of players questioning his decision-making and the suits upstairs concerned.Things aren’t any better for Barcelona. It only took a couple of minutes for the Catalans to concede against Valencia at the Mestalla on Sunday, another set-piece defended alarmingly badly and fired home this time by Ezequiel Garay. Lionel Messi levelled the score with more of his continued brilliance, but a draw was the final outcome, and the Blaugrana are now without a win in their last four league games – three draws and one defeat.At the back they have been particularly ropey. Barça haven’t kept a clean sheet in La Liga since August, and with nine goals conceded have the worst defensive record in the top five. Worse than not only Sevilla, Atleti and Real Madrid, but even Espanyol, to rub salt in the wounds. RANKED Lionel Messi’s frustration is on show as Barcelona fail to beat Valencia Ernesto Valverde and Julen Lopetegui are both under pressure 3 Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Los Blancos were the first of the duo to go to the sword. Deep into added time at the Mendizorroza on Saturday night, Lopetegui must have been worrying about how he could possibly explain a 0-0 draw against Alavés at a ground where Real Madrid have won in the league in every visit since 2005. Then, with seconds left to play on the clock, confusion in the Madrid defence saw Manu García head home, and the away coach was instead tasked with explaining how he had overseen the club’s first league loss at the Basque ground since 1931.For the third game in a row, Madrid dropped points. Their form in the last five league games reads two defeats, two draws, one win. A stark contrast from the three wins in three with which they had started the La Liga season, when they had looked the sharpest of the big three off the starting blocks.More worrying still are the details. Karim Benzema is without a league goal since September 1st, as is Gareth Bale. The duo who were supposed to excel in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and prove that they too are “killers” in the box, as the Spanish call it. To make matters worse, both are struggling with fitness problems, and Madrid haven’t scored a league goal in their last four games. Should that continue against Levante in the next matchday, they will match the club record for their worst domestic goalscoring run of give games in a row from the 1984-85 campaign. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img The criticism some level at Spanish football is that La Liga “isn’t competitive enough”. Ernesto Valverde and Julen Lopetegui must wish that were true right about now.At the weekend, the bosses of Spain’s two biggest clubs saw an extended period of dropping points in the league drag on even further, and now find themselves on the brink of crisis just as others start to find their best form. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ADVICE huge blow REVEALED REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware As for the team that could most feasibly take advantage of the mess among the two top dogs, a 1-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday allowed Atlético to pass their city rivals at the second time of asking and go third, level with second-placed Barcelona on points. Should the latter side continue their current run, they will surely be the next team to be overtaken by the Colchoneros.To top it off, the international break means Barça and Madrid now have to stew in their misery for a fortnight while others enjoy the good momentum. There may never be a better opportunity for Diego Simeone to seal another La Liga trophy.last_img read more

DONEGAL RURAL AREAS TO FINALLY GET FAST BROADBAND, SAYS MINISTER McGINLEY

first_imgMinister of State for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D. has today  welcomed the launch by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, of ‘Delivering a Connected Society – A National Broadband Plan for Ireland’, which will see every home and business in the State have access to high speed broadband at speeds much faster than what are generally available today.“I am delighted with today’s announcement as Donegal will finally have access to high speed broadband, particularly in rural areas. Today’s announcement means that individuals and businesses will have access to a minimum 30 megabytes per second (Mbps), with more than half the population receiving 70Mpbs – 100Mpbs by 2015.“In this day and age, having access to high speed internet is a basic requirement for people in all walks of life, be they school children, college students, professionals and small and big businesses. It will enable the people of Donegal to compete on a much wider scale, and give them access to information, products and services right across the world, bringing economic and social benefits across Donegal. “Public funds will be invested in the Plan to ensure that sparsely populated areas are included and Minister Rabbitte has committed to engaging with commercial investors for financial support so that speeds of up to 100Mbps are made available to as many households as possible in Donegal. The Minister has also committed to providing the correct regulatory environment so as to remove any obstacles to private sector investment.“Ireland’s population is more broadly dispersed than that of many other countries so reaching the target will require State investment to encourage the private sector to offer services which would not otherwise make commercial sense.“I would like to thank the Minister for his hard work and dedication into bringing this plan to fruition.” DONEGAL RURAL AREAS TO FINALLY GET FAST BROADBAND, SAYS MINISTER McGINLEY was last modified: August 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

Leyton Orient v Fulham line-ups: Debuts for four Fulham teenagers, Orient make five changes

first_imgFulham have named an entirely different eleven from the side that beat Newcastle for their EFL Cup first round clash at Leyton Orient.Slavisa Jokanovic has given first-team debuts to 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon, 17-year-old Dennis Adeniran and 18-year-olds Luca De La Torre and Tayo Edun.Richard Stearman, Tim Ream, Scott Parker and Lasse Vigen Christensen add the experience, while Jesse Joronen plays in goal and Cauley Woodrow starts on his own up front.Leyton Orient make five changes from the side that drew 1-1 at Cheltenham on Saturday, including bringing in 18-year-old goalkeeper Sam Sargeant.Leyton Orient: Sargeant; Hunt, Erichot, Pollock, Kennedy; Massey, Kelly, Weir, Semedo, Cornick; Palmer. Subs: Cisak, Clohessy, Atangana, Moore, Cox, McCallum, Gnanduillet.Fulham: Joronen; Sessegnon, Stearman, Ream, Kavanagh; Parker, Adeniran; Christensen, De La Torre, Edun; Woodrow. Subs: Button, Malone, Kalas, Cairney, Tunnicliffe, Ayite, Smith.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Science Cannot Validate Itself

first_imgScience is an unbiased, objective, disciplined, cooperative method for progressively uncovering truth about the natural world.  That’s the way most of us were taught to think about it in school.  Further reflection, however, produces a host of questions rarely discussed in science class.  How does science differ from other unbiased, objective, disciplined, cooperative methods of inquiry?  What is special about scientific logic?  To what does science refer?  How much impact does our humanness and our relationships have on scientific theories?  What is the scientific method?  How is science to be distinguished from pseudoscience? Are all branches of science worthy of the same respect?  What constitutes a scientific explanation?  If our best theories are only tentative, how can we ever know when we have a grasp on reality that is unlikely to be overturned or subsumed under a greater theory?  These and many other questions can keep philosophers of science in the Humanities departments busy for years (but with less grant money).  Working scientists don’t often pay them much attention.  Maybe they should.    Nature1 printed a rare excursion into philosophy of science2 that cast severe doubt on the ability of science to ever grasp reality with sufficient confidence to say we have “arrived” at understanding of the cosmos.  P.-M Binder, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, explored the reasonings of David Wolpert, known for his work on the “No Free Lunch” theorems.3   He sought to explore the nature and limits of scientific reasoning.  Wolpert demonstrated in a recent paper4 that “the entire physical Universe cannot be fully understood by any single inference system that exists within it” (Binder’s words).  If that sounds like something Turing or Gödel would say, it is.    Wolpert is not the first to demonstrate fundamental limits on human knowledge.  Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle is a famous example.  Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem is another: it placed fundamental limits on the ability of mathematical theories to validate themselves.  Wolpert follows in this tradition with “impossibility results.”  He proved with mathematics and logic that in the Universe of sequences of events that follow natural laws, no two strong inference machines can be strongly inferred from each other.  His conclusions are independent of any particular natural laws employed in the inference.    This means that science can never know everything: just almost everything in the best case.  When you “know” one inference well, there will always be at least one other category of inference that will be unclear or ambiguous.  Example: the equations of chaos theory can perform pretty well in predicting outcomes of seemingly disorganized systems that have a “strong attractor,” at least up to an acceptable level of accuracy.  The catch is: the method cannot validate the equations themselves.  What Wolpert has done, in his own words, is demonstrate “impossibility results” in scientific logic that “can be viewed as a non-quantum-mechanical ‘uncertainty principle.’”    In short, science cannot validate itself.  Science will never produce a theory of everything.  Gone are the optimistic 18th-century traditions of Laplace that, given knowledge of each particle’s position and momentum, future outcomes could be predicted with any desired degree of certainty.  The Uncertainty Principle, generalized into scientific logic by Wolpert, has shown that the more precise an observer measures one quantity (or inference), the more uncertain becomes the other.  Gone also are claims that given a long enough lever and a place to stand, one could move the world.  That standing place will always be wobbly.1.  P.-M Binder, “Philosophy of science: Theories of almost everything,” Nature 455, 884-885 (16 October 2008) | doi:10.1038/455884a.2.  Two articles in The Scientist this month affirm that philosophy of science is neglected in science education these days: one by James Williams on “What Makes Science ‘Science’?” and a follow-up by Richard Gallagher on “Why the Philosophy of Science Matters.”  Both articles, unfortunately, appear to espouse a narrow view that resembles logical positivism.  This view would be considered indefensible by many philosophers today after the Kuhnian Revolution of the 1960s and the Science Wars of the 1990s.  Both also arrogated objectivity to establishment scientists while denigrating creationists and others as ideologues.  One respondent caught Summers in name calling.  Summers backpedaled somewhat, acknowledging his own dogmatism and the fallibility of science.3.  For background on the No Free Lunch theorems, see William Dembski’s book No Free Lunch, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002, esp. section 4.6.4.  David H. Wolpert, “Physical limits of inference,” Physica D 237, 1257�1281 (2008), doi:10.1016/j.physd.2008.03.040.“Science is truth,” chants Finagle’s Creed; “Do not be misled by facts!”  The limitations of scientific inference explored by Wolpert must hit thinking scientists like a rude awakening.  It’s like dreaming of climbing a mountain only to find oneself going up a down escalator.  The Truth about the Universe will forever remain beyond the reach of science.    Binder ended on a confident note that science might still be converging on a close approximation of reality.  Oddly, he ended by showing that two subjects in fundamental physics are beset with shortcomings: the standard model of particle physics, and the so-far intractable problem of uniting quantum mechanics with gravity.  But then he said optimistically, in conclusion, “It is possible, though, that these various theories, along with all that we have learned in physics and other scientific disciplines, will yet merge into the best science can do: a theory of almost everything.”    Almost is not good enough.  There will always be something else you cannot know.  Like Ken Ham quips: if you can’t know what you don’t know, you can’t know what you do know; and if you can’t know what you do know, you might know very little.  To which we add: how could you ever know whether the most important puzzle piece lies outside your world view, in the inference machine that cannot be inferred from within your system?  Maybe, for instance, the most important piece lies in theology.(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more