Asian Games: Saso, PH women’s golf team deliver 2 golds, 1 bronze

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The gold medal-winning eagle putt of Yuka Saso from the fringe, sealing a historic sweep in women’s golf for the Philippines.— Musong R. Castillo (@musongINQ) August 26, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ MOST READ READ: Saso puts herself, team in contention for medalThe 17-year-old Saso bounced back from her double bogey in the 17th hole. China’s Liu Wenbo was the frontrunner going into the 18th hole with a 13 under mark but wavered in the final with a quadruple bogey and finished with 11 under after 72 holes.Saso’s triumph also lifted the Philippines women’s team to the gold medal spot, pushing the country’s gold total to three.Bianca Pagdanganan was also secured a podium finish as she bagged the bronze in the women’s individual.The Philippine team secured the gold medal with a 22 under mark after Saso’s performance.Weigtlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines first gold medal. The Filipinos now have 12 medals overall, 10 of which are bronzes.ADVERTISEMENT Federer, del Potro, pleased to see Djokovic on the rise Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img GOLDEN GIRLS. Bianca Pagdanganan, Yuka Saso and Kaye Lois Go won the gold in women’s golf in the 2018 Asian Games in Pondok Indah Golf Course. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPhilippine bet Yuka Saso delivered the country’s second and third gold after conquering the women’s individual golf competition in the 2018 Asian Games Sunday at Pondok Indah Golf and Country Club in Jakarta.Saso flourished in the crucial stages, delivering on an eagle in the 18th hole to finish with a 13 under after 72 holesADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee PLAY LIST 01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:25SEA Games: PH dancesport plucks 5 gold medals in standard events02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Sharks bite off Bandari to move sixth

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC’s Iddi Hassan puts pressure on Kariobangi Sharks forward Eric Kapaito during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo ground on May 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 27- Sven Yidah gave the ball the slightest of touches in the 55th minute to hand Kariobangi Sharks a 1-0 win over Bandari FC at the Camp Toyoyo ground in Jericho on Sunday and move sixth in the Kenyan Premier League standings.It was a similar result between the two sides from last season when Sharks won both home and away legs by a similar 1-0 score-line. But despite the overall win, Sharks head coach William Muluya would feel aggrieved for his side’s first half performance.His charges spurned chance after chance and to add insult to injury lost many balls to their opponents when they would have killed them off early enough.Harrison Mwenda had the first chance of the mid-morning kick off, the former Mathare United man drifting from the left to a shooting position from the edge of the area but his effort went wide.Two minutes later, Eric Kapaito had a golden chance after being put through on the right by Duka Abuya but his shot with a clear view of goal hit the side netting.Sharks continued their dominance and Abuya this time had an opportunity when he broke through into the box one on one with keeper Farouk Shikhalo, but he was denied by the shot stopper who rushed off his line to narrow the angle.The home side thought they had broken the deadlock in the 20th minute when Francis Manoah had the ball inside the box off a Michael Bodo cross, but the assistant referee’s flag was up as Abuya who had raced into the ball first did so from an offside position.Bandari FC’s Fred Nkata controls the ball under pressure from Kariobangi Sharks defender Michael Bodo during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo ground on May 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMuluya’s men continued to pound and on the half hour mark, Kapaito missed a golden chance when he brushed a header wide unmarked at the edge of the six yard box off a Mwenda cross from the left.Bandari’s chances weren’t as clinical, the closest they had come being with a Collins Agade long range shot which flew straight to John Oyemba’s arms. Defender Iddi Hassan had two chances off freekicks, one which was punched away by Oyemba for a corner while the second flew over the bar.In the second half, Sharks sought to bury their chances early and they did so 10 minutes after the restart when Yidah gave the ball a slight touch enough to take it off Shikhalo off an Abuya freekick from the left.It was just the goal that Sharks needed especially on a day that their usual free-flowing kind of football was not clicking.The visitors turned the pile of pressure on their hosts, planting balls on either win in an attempt to use their pace on the flanks and Wycliffe Ochomo’s physical presence inside the box in the event of cross balls.However, Sharks defended resolutely and the only other occasion Bandari came close was with a Hassan freekick that went inches over the bar from the right flank.The dockers had a late chance with a freekick from a good goal scoring range, but substitute David King’atua sent it straight to the wall.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

WATCH: Jamie Vardy actually HAS a party as Leicester are crowned champions

first_img‘Jamie Vardy’s having a party’ has been one of the most-sung crowd chants of the season.But on Monday night the England striker actually DID, as Leicester celebrated their remarkable Premier League title win.The Foxes star, who has spearheaded the club’s unreal rise from great escape artists to unthinkable champions this season, invited team-mate to his house to watch Chelsea v Tottenham on Monday night.Having needed only three points from their last three games to claim the crown, the Leicester stars knew that anything other than a Spurs win at Stamford Bridge – something Tottenham have never done in the Premier League era – would see the title go back to the King Power Stadium.Spurs started brightly and looked to take the title race right to the wire with two goals in the first half from Harry Kane and fellow forward Son.But a stunning second-half comeback from Chelsea, courtesy of goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard, sealed a 2-2 draw and handed the title to Leicester with two games still the play.Cue absolute scenes at casa de Vardy! – Check it out in the video below! READ MORE: ‘Saturday can’t come quickly enough!’ – Wes Morgan on Leicester’s Premier League win‘Chelsea did it for Claudio, Hazard did it for Leicester’ – Foxes and Blues fans combine to taunt Tottenham Leicester stars celebrate their remarkable Premier League title win at Jamie Vardy’s gaff center_img 1last_img read more

Activity in home loans flat in March

first_imgHome loan activity continued flatlining in late March, a trade association said Wednesday. For the week ending March 24, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, edged up 1 percent from the prior week. But it was down 15 percent from the comparable period a year earlier, the Washington, D.C.-based association said. Neither number is adjusted for seasonal factors. The seasonally adjusted purchase index increased by 2.7 percent, the association said, while refinance activity slipped 1 percent weekly. Doug Duncan, the association’s chief economist, said that March was a choppy month with interest rates bumping up and down. He attributed this week’s uptick in purchase activity to buyers jumping into the market in advance of the Federal Reserve Board increasing short-term rates once again. “It’s still continuing to trend down,” Duncan said of the home outlook. That’s been expected. Prices will eventually react to slowing sales, too. Duncan notes that in the past five years there were almost no markets in the nation that saw home prices decline. “We’re now returning to a normal market where you will see some markets where prices decline,” he said. But it’s too soon yet to say where that will happen. Market fundamentals, like foreclosure rates, remain sound. For example, an MBA analysis of foreclosure activity found that in the 2005 fourth quarter, just 0.2 percent of home loans in California were in foreclosure, unchanged from the start of that year and up slightly from the second and third quarters. “It’s ridiculously low. California can’t go anywhere but up,” Duncan said. By comparison nationally about 1 percent of loans were in foreclosure. Last month La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems said that foreclosure activity in the state as measured by lender-issued default notices increased an annual 15.6 percent. In Los Angeles County they were up 10.7 percent. Neither number is alarming because activity bottomed out in the third quarter of 2004. And the vast majority of homeowners catch up on their payments, said DataQuick analyst John Karevoll. “It’s trending up but it’s still real low. Before you can call foreclosures part of the market we’d have to have twice the level we have today,” he said. But buyers are adjusting to what’s becoming a new reality of higher interest rates that are still low by historical standards. In the latest MBA survey the refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 37.3 percent of total applications from 38.1 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 28.7 percent of total applications from 28.3 percent the previous week. And in the latest survey the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 6.36 percent from 6.31 percent a week earlier, with points decreasing to 1.02 from 1.13 (including the origination fee) for loans with a 20 percent down payment. The average rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 6 percent from 5.99 percent, with points increasing to 1.12 from 1.09 (including the origination fee). The rate for one-year ARMs increased to 5.83 percent from 5.68 percent, with points increasing to 0.88 from 0.86 (including the origination fee). (818) 713-3743 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


first_imgBREAKING NEWS FROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: Rangers have been banned from buying any new players for 12 months by the Scottish Football Association tonight.The club has also been fined £160,000.And former owner Craig Whyte has been given a lifetime ban from participation in Scottish football and was also fined £200,000. Full reasons for the fines and punishments are expected to emerge later and follows scandals surrounding the club’s dodgy finances.There is no word yet on Rangers being stripped of titles they won while making secret payments to top players.A statement from Rangers joint administrator Paul Clark, of Duff & Phelps, read: “All of us working on behalf of the club are utterly shocked and dismayed by the draconian sanctions imposed on Rangers in respect of these charges.“It appears that on one hand the disciplinary panel accepted our central argument that responsibility for bringing the club into disrepute lay with the actions of one individual – Craig Whyte – as is evident from the unprecedented punishment meted out to him. “During this hearing the club produced compelling evidence from a number of sources that following his takeover, Craig Whyte ran the club in a thoroughly unaccountable manner, rather than adhering to a long-established and proper form of corporate governance.“The thrust of the charges against the club focused on non-payment of payroll taxes and evidence was produced that all such decisions in this area were taken by Craig Whyte during his tenure.“Given this evidence, it is difficult to comprehend that the disciplinary panel has seen fit to effectively punish the club even more heavily than Mr Whyte. As everyone knows, it has already been decided he is not a fit and proper person to run a football club and any further punishment on him will have little or no impact.“However, for Rangers, a ban on signing players will seriously undermine the club’s efforts to rebuild after being rendered insolvent.“Furthermore, we do not know how bidders for the club will react to these sanctions and what affect they will have on their proposals. “The club has asked for full written reasons for these decisions and intend to appeal against the findings.”Three different bidders are interested in saving RangersTHE HOOPS REPORT: SFA CRACKS DOWN ON RANGERS was last modified: April 23rd, 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)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: SFA CRACKS DOWN ON RANGERSlast_img read more


first_imgMARK ENGLISH is the Donegal Sports Star 2015 after a superb ceremony at the Mt Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny last night.The runner was unable to be at the glamorous occasion as he continues to prepare for the Rio Olympics.But his father Joe thanked the committee of the annual event and urged young people to follow in Mark’s footsteps on what was an inspiring evening for all concerned. The event marked its 40 years with a superb function, run in conjunction with Donegal County Council.Triple Irish Olympian Meave Kyle gave an inspiring speech to the near 650 guests.Here’s the full list of winners:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS 2015 WINNERS ATHLETICSMark English, UCD A.C.BADMINTONRachael Darragh, RaphoeBASKETBALLAndrew McGeever, Letterkenny Blaze / Ravens & St. Vincent’s / DCUBOXINGMaeve McCarron, Carrigart A.B.C.CLAY PIGEON SHOOTINGGareth Warren, Carrigans & St. Johnston Gun Club DARTSJordan Boyce, NewtowncunninghamSPECIAL ATHLETEOliver Doherty, BuncranaCYCLINGCiara Doogan, Errigal Cycling ClubEQUESTRIANMary Devine, Letterkenny GAAFrank McGlynn, GlenfinnGOLFJack Duffy, Buncrana Golf ClubGYMNASTICSPatrick Quinlivan, LetterkennyHOCKEYBen Wallace, Raphoe Hockey ClubHURLINGJamsie Donnelly, Seán MacCumhaill’s & Ronan McDermott, BurtMARTIAL ARTSElaine Dullaghan North West Shotokan Karate ClubMIND SPORTSBilly Kelly, Illies, BuncranaMOTOR CYCLINGCaolán Irwin, KilmacrennanMOTOR SPORTDonagh Kelly, Frosses & Kevin Flanaghan, NewtowncunninghamPOOL/SNOOKERShaun Sharkey, DungloePOWER LIFTINGMaria McShane, RaphoePROFESSIONAL SPORT ACHIEVEMENTJason Quigley, Golden Boy PromotionsROWINGSinead Jennings, LetterkennyRUGBYNora Stapleton, FahanSOCCERZoe Green, Lagan HarpsSURF LIFESAVINGTriona McMenamin LetterkennySWIMMINGEadaoin O’Raw, City of Derry Swimming ClubTRANSPLANT ATHLETEKieran Murray, Milford A.C.TRIATHLONAidan Callaghan, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS BOYOisin Kelly, Kilmacrennan N.S.PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS GIRLKeeva Thompson, Dooish N.S., BallybofeySECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS BOYFergus Cox, Scoil Mhuire, BuncranaSECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS GIRLJanine Boyle, St. Columba’s College, StranorlarTEAM MANAGER/COACHPeter O’Donnell, Raphoe A.B.C.APPRECIATIONJohn Wilkie, Dromore, LetterkennyTEAMInishowen Football League Oscar Traynor TeamPRIMARY SCHOOLScoil Mhuire gan Smál, Leitir CeanainnPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS TEACHERIrene Mc Fadden, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Leitir CeanainnSECONDARY SCHOOLLoreto Secondary School, LetterkennySECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS TEACHERKeith Ó Comhain, Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir CeanainnINTERNATIONAL RECOGNITIONBrett McGinty, Oakleaf A.B.C.BRENDAN MCDAID MEMORIAL SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTSean McFadden, Letterkenny A.C. Endurance AthleteSPECIAL RECOGNITIONOllie Horgan, Finn HarpsHALL OF FAMEJim Sheridan, Rathmullan Celtic & Finn HarpsOVERALL DONEGAL SPORTS STAR 2015Mark English, UCD A.C.FULL LIST OF WINNERS AS MARK ENGLISH NAMED 2015 DONEGAL SPORTS STAR was last modified: January 30th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgVIEWPOINT: Readers can submit articles for publication by emailing, or submit comments below.Dear Donegal Daily,I’ve thought long and hard about sending this in, but I feel I must speak out on behalf of workers in this county and across this country who are being fleeced simply because Fine Gael has failed to stand up to the Labour Party in government. I laughed at last month’s budget and how the newspapers reported how Fine Gael had apparently got what they wanted out of it.If they did, then they have let down people like me who voted for change and voted for the first time for Fine Gael.I work full-time. My wife works part-time. We know we are lucky to have work when so many do not.However despite this, we appear – on the face of it at least – to be much worse off than some families I know. I go out one night per week. I have just a couple of pints. But in my local bar I see neighbours on the dole who I know are out three or four nights every week, drinking my taxes. And they have a lot more than two pints each time.At Christmas, we struggled to get gifts for our children. We just couldn’t buy many of things they put on their list for Santa.Yet the children of some of my neighbours were running around with all the latest gadgets and toys. Paid for by my taxes.Apparently I am one of those in the squeezed middle, struggling to pay every bill and keep a roof over our heads.We did manage just before Christmas to get a Saorview box for the television. My on-the-dole neighbours have a full Sky package. They were able to watch the football over Christmas, paid for with my taxes. Something is just not right. Something is not adding up.We will have more taxes to pay in 2013. The property tax, water charges probably and septic tank fees.There is no end to the squeeze. We are, in fact, being slowly squashed.I know I cannot blame those who benefit from our generous benefits system. It’s not their fault – in most cases at least – that they are on the dole. If I was getting that sort of money every week, I’d have Sky TV too – and video games for the kids.It seems to me – and I’m open to other opinions – that if you try to work in this country, you get punished over and over again with new taxes.But if you do not work, and I know most people can’t work, you can do a great deal better.Hard-working families cannot take anymore.RegardsSeanDad of threeCounty DonegalVIEWPOINT: WITH THIS GOVERNMENT, I’D BE BETTER OFF ON THE DOLE was last modified: January 1st, 2013 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)Tags:I’D BE BETTER OFF ON THE DOLEVIEWPOINT: WITH THIS GOVERNMENTlast_img read more

Why Raiders rookie left tackle Kolton Miller struggled so much in loss to Chargers

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.Carson, Calif. — Amid the Raiders’ mostly treacherous first four games, rookie left tackle Kolton Miller drew more praise from Jon Gruden than anyone else.The Raiders picked Miller 15th overall in April out of UCLA with sights on the mammoth youngster becoming a franchise left tackle. He impressed enough during offseason workouts and training camp that veteran left tackle Donald Penn, who made three Pro Bowls at the …last_img read more

How Much Can the Origin of Life Be Simplified?

first_img“No problem,” a report from Spain’s Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona seems to say: “Life’s origins were easier than was thought.”  (See also EurekAlert.)  The problem they claim to have solved is described in their press release:In the primordial soup that produced life on earth, there were organic molecules that combined to produce the first nucleic acid chains, which were the first elements able to self-replicate.  According to one of the more accepted theories, these molecules were ribonucleic acid (RNA) chains, a molecule that is practically identical to DNA and that today has the secondary role in cells of copying information stored in DNA and translating it into proteins.  These proteins have a direct active role in the chemical reactions of the cell.  In the early stages of life, it seems that the first RNA chains would have had the dual role of self-replicating (as is today the case with DNA) and participating actively in the chemical reactions of the cell activity.  Because of their dual role, these cells are called ribozymes (a contraction of the words ribosome and enzyme).  But there is an important obstacle to the theory of ribozymes as the origin of life: they could not be very large in length as they would not be able to correct the replication errors (mutations).  Therefore they were unable to contain enough genes even to develop the most simple organisms.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)What they refer to is the phenomenon of “error catastrophe.”  If the error rate in replication is too high, any gains in complexity or function are quickly lost in just a few generations.  This brings natural selection, which depends on future generations carrying any beneficial variations, to a halt.  How did the UAB researchers get around this obstacle?An investigation led by Mauro Santos, from the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, alongside two Hungarian scientists, has shown that the error threshold, that is, the maximum number of errors that may occur during the replication process of ribozymes without this affecting its functioning, is higher than was previously calculated.  In practice, this means that the first riboorganisms (protocells in which RNA is responsible for genetic information and metabolic reactions) could have a much bigger genome than was previously thought: they could contain more than 100 different genes, each measuring 70 bases in length (bases are the units that constitute the genes and codify the information), or more than 70 genes, each measuring 100 bases.  It is worth remembering that tRNAs (essential molecules for the synthesis of proteins) are approximately 70 bases long.    The discovery, published in Nature Genetics, has greatly relaxed the conditions necessary for the first living organisms to develop.  “This quantity of genes would be enough for a simple organism to have enough functional activity”, according to the researchers.The press release puts 200 genes as the minimum for a bacterium, but claims that a prebiotic RNA replicating organism could have gotten by with “much fewer genes” because it would not have needed the current DNA-to-RNA translation machinery.In recent origin-of-life literature, three hopeful-sounding claims have been made.  First, atmospheric scientists revised upward the amount of reducing hydrogen and methane – gases essential for natural formation of amino acids – that could have existed on the early earth (06/16/2005).  Second, a natural mechanism for producing a slight excess of same-handed chiral molecules – about 2.5% – was described.  Third, this announcement has relaxed the threshold for error, long thought to be too stringent to expect a minimal genome to survive the error catastrophe.  Taken together, just how positive are these developments for encouraging belief that life could have arisen by chance in a primordial soup?    It’s time to review the helicopter-in-the-canyon analogy from our 05/22/2002 commentary.  Evolutionists think they are making progress if they can add little bits and pieces to their tall tale that make it sound more plausible.  But the outcome of the story has already been determined in their minds: life did evolve by chance, somehow, somewhere.  Since they will not even entertain any other possibility (i.e., that life was designed by a Creator), then some kind of scenario like this RNA World ribozyme story must have taken place – no matter how many the problems, no matter how wide the canyon between non-life and life (02/06/2005).  Since Pope Charlie ruled the plausibility criterion legal in science (12/22/2003 commentary), no more rigorous proofs were required to consider a claim scientific.  The legalization of storytelling opened up the current welfare state for storytellers.    Each of these three hopeful suggestions has monstrous problems:A reducing atmosphere would have been necessary but not sufficient to produce some – but not all – of the so-called “building blocks of life.”  RNA itself, you recall from 08/23/2005, is horrendously difficult to produce, especially in a watery primordial soup.  Beyond that, the concentrations of the ingredients would have been negligibly dilute, and even if that obstacle were overcome, toxins and competing chemicals would quickly overpower the desirable ones.  Furthermore, the lack of an ozone shield would subject the ingredients to destructive radiation that would quickly annihilate them (amino acids, you recall, have a half-life of 8 hours on the Martian surface with even less radiation dosage—see 05/18/2005 and 01/28/2005). Chiral molecules must be 100% one-handed to produce useful biomolecules.  Close enough is not good enough, and a 2.5% excess is not even close.The amount of genetic information necessary to produce a self-replicating entity that could (theoretically) evolve by natural selection is still a sky-high hurdle.  These Spaniards agree that 200 genes was too high, but presume that 70 of length 100 is approachable.  When even one is astronomically improbable – so much so that a success could never be expected in this or multiple universes (see online book), that’s like hoping that we can leap over Alpha Centauri with a pogo stick (but no map) just because we no longer have to leap over Sirius.These are just three of many problems.  Taken together, they amplify each other’s implausibility to the extent that continuing the discussion is futile.  That’s being gracious about it.    In totalitarian regimes like those of Hitler and Stalin, it was a standard propaganda technique for the newspapers to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.  Since the state controlled the media, no dissent was ever heard.  The citizens might be starving, cold, poor, miserable and destitute, but their ignorance was the media’s bliss.  Day after day, the people would hear messages of progress, hope, joy, and success on the radio and in the papers.  Photographs of smiling faces and public works assured the populace that the latest 5-Year Plan was on schedule, and things were looking up.  Atrocities committed by the regime, of course, were shielded from view.  In addition, the propaganda machine had free reign to tell big lies about the opposition.  Party leaders painted the enemy as evil monsters, and described awful conditions in enemy lands, giving the impression that, however bad things appeared, the citizens were living in utopia compared to the rest of the world.*  Since no one could ever get a dissenting letter to the editor printed (and if they tried, they were usually never heard from again), the peasants often just accepted what was told them – unless they had a radio that could hear unjammed broadcasts from free lands, or happened upon an air-drop package from the outside world.  Do you see some parallels with the Darwin Party elitist establishment?  Thank God for the World Wide Web.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits 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South Africa’s tourist info hotline

first_imgThinking of visiting South Africa? Want information on how to get here, what to bring, where to stay, what to see …? A one-stop call centre is here to assist you in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Portuguese.South African Tourism runs a state-of-the-art global call centre, based in Johannesburg and connected to local lines in a number of countries, that offers information across the spectrum on travelling to South Africa.Manned by professional operators, the centre handles in the region of 5 000 telephonic inquiries a month, as well as responding to e-mail inquiries.The line is linked to SA Tourism’s national database, which has up-to-date information on all services and products – accommodation, transport, activities, events and contacts.Tourists can phone the number for a range of queries, including advice on what to do in an emergency or bureaucratic pickle.For English, the centre operates around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year. For European languages, the centre operates from 09:00 to 19:00 local time, and for Mandarin from 13:00 to 21:00 China time.Calling from within South Africa South Africans, or international visitors already in South Africa, should call083 123 6789or e-mailinfo@southafrica.netInternational callersInternational callers can also use the above number (+27 83 123 6789) and e-mail address (, callers from the countries listed below will find it cheaper and quicker to use the following local numbers and language-specific e-mail 10 65 810 203 Kingdom0870 1550 States of reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more