first_imgA CO DONEGAL MAN who took almost €180k off investors was “completely deluded” about his ability to turn small sums of cash into millions, has learned.Thomas Elvin, from Meencargagh outside Ballybofey, convinced a number of people that he could turn their investments into fortunes.But as he was found guilty by a jury of taking money illegally from investors yesterday, a former friend revealed that Elvin was a fantasist – and has been for many years. “It’s very simple. Thomas is simple – not the full shilling as we used to say,” said the source.“I was just shocked and surprised that anyone would give him a penny to invest on their behalf, never mind the sums of money reported in that court case.“The man is completely bonkers. You’d get more sense out of Thomas the Tank Engine.”Elvin, 50, had contested 26 charges. He will be sentenced in March next year.Our source told us: “I don’t know if kids read your website but let’s put it this way. I’d rather invest my money with Santa Claus that Thomas Elvin.“I just cannot understand how anyone could get caught by him. It’s very sad that anyone did.”© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comINVESTMENT MAN IS ‘NOT THE FULL SHILLING’ was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 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:Ballybofeybonkers!thomas elvinlast_img read more

Gardai hunt burglar who took cash and a 49″ television

first_imgGardai a hunting a burglar who stole a substancial sum of money and a 49 inch television in a raid in Letterkenny. The robbery took place in broad daylight at Fortwell Court between 3pm and 6pm on November 5th last.There was another burglary at the same apartment complex when the residents were away between the 2nd and the 6th of November but nothing was taken. Gardai in Letterkenny have appealed for anybody who may have witnessed anybody carrying a 49 inch television in the Fortwell area at this time to contact them.Gardai hunt burglar who took cash and a 49″ television was last modified: November 12th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Ichiro gets rousing sendoff as he retires during A’s Tokyo game

first_imgTOKYO — Ichiro Suzuki received a grand sendoff in his final game Thursday in Japan.ESPN reported during Thursday’s telecast that Ichiro would officially retire after Thursday’s game, which went to extra innings at the Tokyo Dome.The capacity crowd roared as Ichiro was removed from right field in the eighth inning in an extended celebration in front of the Seattle Mariners dugout. Each teammate greeted him individually and Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. awaited for an embrace as Ichiro entered …last_img

Back to School, Front to Darwinism Debate

first_imgThe national debate about how to teach origins in public schools continues to roil.  Here are some recent developments:Poll:  A new Pew Research Poll reported on MSNBC News found that 64% of Americans want creationism taught alongside evolutionism, and 38% favor teaching creation only.  For details see the Pew Research press release which includes results on many other questions about religion, politics and education.California:  An AP story published by ABC News says that Christian schools are suing the University of California system for not accepting their students.  The Association of Christian Schools International says that the UC is discriminating against high school students who used textbooks critical of Darwinism.  Colin Sharkey at Campus Magazine calls this a political, not scientific move by UC.  Meanwhile, UCLA is seeking to hire a professional evolutionist; does such a person publish or perish, or evolve or perish?Pennsylvania:  The battle over evolution is still raging in Dover, according to USA Today.South Carolina:  State senator Mike Fair wants South Carolina students to hear the full range of scientific theories of origins, including intelligent design, according to Insight Magazine and Agape Press.Australia:  LifeSite reports that a federal minister of education down under told reporters that “ID would have a place with Darwinism should parents or schools be interested.”  According to the headline, opponents are furious.  The article refers to the testimony of former evolutionist Dean Kenyon, whose futile search for chemical origins of life was highlighted in the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life.Iowa:  A big ID row has broken out on the Iowa State campus, Iowa State Daily.  120 faculty members have signed a statement rejecting intelligent design as science.  The Des Moines Register explained how Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of The Privileged Planet, became a target of controversy when Hector Avalos, religion professor [an atheist] garnered the signatures because of Gonzalez’ research activities and beliefs about ID.  When columnist Rekha Basu claimed that, “ISU can’t afford to let its curriculum be polluted this way,” Mike Gene, editorializing on Telic Thoughts feared this may lead to a McCarthyesque loyalty oath for faculty members.  Guillermo responded the next day to the Des Moines Register and Reid Forgrave wrote an article about the controversy surrounding him in the same issue.  Agape Press also wrote about it.This set of articles most surely represents the tip of a large iceberg stretching across the United States and the world.If science were really so threatened by a few people using the D word design, the Darwinists wouldn’t have to defend their pet story with loyalty oaths, signed statements, and discrimination.  They could solve their little conflict with a little evidence.  That’s where the wise advise aiming our eyes.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Education in the spotlight

first_imgDr Mamphela Ramphele pointed out defects in the national education system, and said that her new political party Agang has the motivation to address them. Exhibitors at this year’s African Education Week had ample information for prospective tertiary education students. Visitors also had the chance to write a personal message to ailing former president Nelson Mandela, on the 2m x 4m wish wall.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Annemarie Roodbol  Communications manager  Clarion Events  +27 21 700 3558 or +27 82 562 7844 RELATED ARTICLES • Maths, science teaching gets boost • Science school comes to Mvezo • Investing in African youth • The genius from the townships • SA’s youth can beat drugs Janine ErasmusThe annual African Education Week and Career Indaba came to a close on Saturday 23 June, having generated optimism, motivation, opportunity – and controversy, in the form of keynote speaker Dr Mamphela Ramphele, well-known businesswoman, academic and global public servant.The event is one of the continent’s biggest education conferences and exhibitions. It puts the spotlight onto the education system in South Africa, and features workshops for teachers, panel discussions with experts, and an exhibition showing off the latest in teaching and learning technology, all aimed at improving the standard of education in the country.The Career Expo, which runs alongside the event, targets high school students who are trying to decide on the path their lives will take in terms of employment and a career. It has its own exhibition where pupils can find out about the options offered by tertiary institutions, scout around for bursary and finance opportunities, and gather information that will allow them to make informed decisions about their future studies.On the first day there were over 600 visitors and delegates to the event, as well as 2 100 pupils. They thronged the exhibition hall, chatting to exhibitors and putting brochures into their bags by the handful – clearly determined to make the most of the occasion.Exhibitors included the departments of basic education and higher education and training, the National Youth Development Agency, the Adopt-A-School Foundation, BrainBoosters, the Healthy Schools Project, My Maths Buddy, universities, colleges and technikons, and many more.In the conference hall, delegates listened to the likes of education specialist Graeme Bloch, Louise van Rhyn, executive director of non-profit organisation Symphonia, which works to improve South African society, Prof Johannes Cronjé, dean of the faculty of informatics and design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, entrepreneur Kelly Ritchie from Australia, Gavin Keller, the inspirational principal of Sun Valley Primary School in the Western Cape, and Ramphele, who has just entered the political arena with her newly launched political party Agang.There was no representation from the public sector among the main speakers – basic education minister Angie Motshekga delivered a speech at the opening of last year’s event.Urgent action needed“Education is one of Africa’s great missed opportunities,” said Ramphele in her keynote speech.She spared no harsh words for the national education system, saying that it has failed South Africa’s young people on a “massive scale”. The country has not and is not investing enough in quality education, she said, despite the fact that the sector gets the biggest slice of the national budget – R232.5-billion (US$22.9-billion) in 2013.“Business leaders know the value of education in creating capable and productive employees, and they often invest in their people,” said Ramphele, a former vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town.She didn’t waste the chance to give the rapt audience a few hints concerning Agang’s education policies, saying that the party would make education one of its core focus areas and live up to the principles and goals of the freedom struggle – quality education for all.“We will aim to become one of the top 10 education systems globally, and we will immediately raise the bar by insisting that no child will pass with less than 50%. We will also link teachers’ pay increases to their competency, and we will hire 15 000 more teachers, focusing on unemployed graduates.”There is no political will to solve the current problems of the education system, she said, and this is the key issue. Another major challenge is the substandard quality of teacher training and teachers themselves, a problem which has not been addressed in the 20 years since democracy.“True freedom begins with a quality education,” Ramphele said, “and Agang will provide young people with the tools to escape poverty.”The basic education department has since rebutted Ramphele’s remarks, claiming that she does not understand nor appreciate the education sector, which is “complex” and an area unsuited to “grandstanding”.Sharing skills and growing leadersLouise van Rhyn of Symphonia said that one of her organisation’s focus areas was to harness the skills and expertise of business leaders and transfer these to school principals and staff.“We have world-class business practice, so we need to bring that into South African education.”The key success factors for change, she said, would be a confident leader in every school, an aligned team and a shared and co-created vision. But too often the principals are former teachers who have been thrust into the leadership role with no training or preparation.“No one cared enough to teach them, so they are lonely and anxious, but need support.”This is where Symphonia comes in, bringing experienced business leaders – and their connections – and the principals together, where the latter have the chance to absorb business knowledge and leadership skills, and build up a network of contacts to help with every scenario or school emergency.“Education is also a societal responsibility,” Van Rhyn said, “and we can’t keep looking to the government. The business sector wants to be part of the answer – we have 75 organisations already involved around the country.”Don’t neglect technologyThe whole world now has access to information, said Cronjé, and so the role of teachers and lecturers has changed – they are no longer the sole providers of information.“We don’t need to teach them the information, but rather, how to access it. This is where blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms can be of use.”Cronjé mentioned a time when, because of technical failure at the university, he took to teaching via his students’ Facebook group. “And it worked – a student was just then at a conference where one of the speakers was someone whose work we had discussed – he asked if I had any questions for this person. Another was sick at home, but she could still follow the class.”Contrary to popular belief, today’s youngsters don’t know everything about technology, he said. They still need lessons in how to get the most out of it.last_img read more

Meaning… Less: A Glimpse into Moral Injury

first_imgThe above is based on real-life events. However, names and parts of the story have been changed. Although the story has been modified, the trauma of the event has not. A year ago, if I had read this scenario, my first thought would have been that she was suffering from PTSD from the event that changed her life. I would still contend that many of her symptoms fit the diagnosis of PTSD, but there is an added element to her reaction to this event; shame and guilt. Michelle has done something that she may never be able to forgive herself for doing.  It has shaken her entire moral foundation as a human-being, a mother, a wife, and a soldier.Although the concept is still in its infancy, Moral Injury is gaining more momentum through research and discussion amongst mental health professionals and religious leaders. National Center for PTSD states,“Military personnel serving in war are confronted with ethical and moral challenges, most of which are navigated successfully because of effective rules of engagement, training, leadership, and the purposefulness and coherence that arise in cohesive units during and after various challenges. However, even in optimal operational contexts, some combat and operational experiences can inevitably transgress deeply held beliefs that undergird a service member’s humanity. Transgressions can arise from individual acts of commission or omission, the behavior of others, or by bearing witness to intense human suffering or the grotesque aftermath of battle. An act of serious transgression that leads to serious inner conflict because the experience is at odds with core ethical and moral beliefs is called moral injury.”Rev. Rita Brock, PhD, is someone who recognized the need for education on ways professionals can “enable the return to ordinary life of those who experience moral injury.” She states  that “moral injury has a slow burn quality that often takes time to sink in. To be morally injured requires a healthy brain that can experience empathy, create a coherent memory narrative, understand moral reasoning and evaluate behavior. Moral injury is a negative self-judgment based on having transgressed core moral beliefs and values or on feeling betrayed by authorities. It is reflected in the destruction of a moral identity and loss of meaning. Its symptoms include shame, survivor guilt, depression, despair, addiction, distrust, anger, a need to make amends and the loss of a desire to live.”Soul Repair Center was established in 2012. In addition to offering public education, they are also continuously conducting research on the topic. People, like Michelle who was described at the beginning of this blog, are not alone in their experiences and Rev. Brock and many other professionals see that this is a topic that needs our immediate attention.If you would like to learn more about Moral Injury and the ways in which it impacts families, please join us for MFLN Family Development Virtual Learning Event 2016 – Strengthening the Family CORE – Session 4 entitled: Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military Families on Septemer 22nd at 11:00am EST. This webinar will be presented by Rev. Brock. It is our hope that you will join us in learning about this incredibly important topic.ReferencesMaguen, S. & Litz, B. (2012). Moral injury in veterans of war. PTSD Research Quarterly, 23(1), 1050-1835.Brock, R. & Lettini, G. Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and programming specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTFlickr[DN-ST-91-05864 by Expert Infantry, February 21, 2011, CCO]Michelle is a wife and a mother of two boys. She has served two tours in Iraq. On the last week of her last tour in Iraq, Michelle encountered a situation that forever changed her life. She was driving and a young boy was riding his bike next to her vehicle. He cut right in front of her and she was unable to stop. She wanted to turn around so badly but she was instructed to keep going, as it was unclear whether or not this was a set up. Michelle constantly thinks about that child and she finds herself consumed by the shame and guilt. She does not like for her boys to go anywhere without her, for fear that someone will do to her children what she did to another woman’s child. She has flashbacks of that moment and replays the scenario in her head to try to figure out how she could have avoided the situation. She doesn’t sleep well.last_img read more

Govt decides to shift Arunima to AIIMS

first_imgWith growing public outcry over the sub-standard medical treatment given to national volleyball player Arunima Sinha, the government has finally decided to shift her to AIIMS in Delhi. Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken is in Lucknow along with a team of experts, who decided to shift Arunima to ensure she gets proper medical care. The government has decide to bear all expenses of Arunima. Besides Rs 2 lakh given to her by the sports ministry, the state government and railways have offered her jobs. Arunima, 23, lost a leg after she was pushed off a moving train by robbers when she resisted chain-snatching by them. She underwent a second surgery at Lucknow’s Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University on Sunday, due to an infection in the amputated limb. She was shifted from Bareilly District Hospital on Saturday noon after developing multiple complications. Besides swelling and infection, Arunima’s hemoglobin levels plummeted due to excessive bleeding. This necessitated an emergency blood transfusion on Saturday night. She has been given two bottles of blood since she was admitted to the Lucknow hospital.last_img read more


first_imgNovember has been a busy month for affiliates all around the nation with several tournaments and numerous summer competitions cranking into top gear.None of these events or affiliates operate without the industry, commitment, expertise and passion of a dedicated volunteer army.Touch Football Australia have recognised the efforts of some special Volunteers who have been hard at work in their affiliates this month with personal calls from the TFA Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Peter Rooney.Roberta Mc Broom from the Western Australia affiliate of Goldfields has made an outstanding contribution to Junior development in the West, establishing a successful Junior Touch competition off the back of a highly popular AusTouch program that has seen the Kalgoorlie Goldfields affiliate regularly turn out 100 plus AusTouch graduates over the last 3 years.Roberta’s hard work and leadership has led to Goldfields developing a local junior competition that is leading the way in the establishment of junior competitions in Western Australia.TouchWest’s Operation’s Manager, Angela Doyle has assisted Goldfields to develop as a progressive, innovative affiliate and is impressed with Roberta’s efforts to corner the market and put Touch Football on the map in the Country affiliate located 600 kilometres from Perth.“Roberta has done a magnificent job, and has established Western Australia’s first formalised Junior competition off the back of her enthusiasm and passion for the participation of juniors in the AusTouch program. Roberta is an integral part of the development of juniors in the sport and we’re very appreciative of her role in nurturing young talent in the West,” Doyle said.Goldfields will be sending four teams to the Inaugural “Be Active” WA Junior Regional Championships in April 2008 and are hopeful of producing strong performances across the board to ensure the sport has a strong foothold in the State’s isolated areas.Roberta has been extremely keen to improve her technical understanding of the sport and to access opportunities for local participants and was instrumental in a recent Level One Coaching accreditation course being conducted in the Goldfields affiliate.Roberta had been a long running servant of the sport having worked in tandem with husband and Goldfields Touch Association President Neil Mc Broom to develop the Goldfields affiliate for a huge chunk of the affiliate’s history.WA State Manager Mr. Matt Bamford believes the work Roberta does is pivotal in the continued growth of the game in Kalgoorlie.“Roberta has served the affiliate in numerous capacities over the years, and her work with the AusTouch program has led to the development of a fully fledged junior competition, as well as a flow on effect with the AusTouch graduates joining senior affiliated competitions. The work Roberta is doing is vital not just for now, but more importantly for the future membership of the association,” Mr. Bamford said.In Victoria, Peter Cramp, Treasurer of the Geelong Touch Association has been recognized for his tireless efforts in the development of the Geelong affiliate, but particularly his stellar contribution to the business management of the association in the last 12 months.Peter has been extremely diligent in the thankless task of debt collection, enabling the Geelong Touch Association to clear pressing financial debts that had been weighing on the association.Peter has been a long serving member of the Geelong Touch Association, filling roles in the past as president, general member, and treasurer.Peter is well respected as one of the founding father’s of the association and is well regarded for his professional approach to affiliate development.The 22 team Geelong competition is well administered in all aspects of operation from uniform requirements to referee development and Peter has been a driving force in Geelong’s rise and rise as a key venue for the sport in Victoria, establishing great connections with local council and the community along the way.Peter has ensured that Geelong is always represented at the State Affiliates Cup in both Open and Seniors divisions and is a prime reason the affiliate is expanding and growing.Victorian Touch State Operations Manager, Nick Mooney was full of praise for Peter Cramp’s contribution to the Geelong Touch Association.“Peter is an extremely dedicated individual who has been selfless and industrious for Geelong. Geelong is one our oldest affiliates and he has helped framework a great competition that is going from strength to strength. He has worked hard to help the affiliate navigate their way through some financial issues and he is a driving force in the association’s development,” Mr. Mooney said.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate both Roberta and Peter for their selfless, quality contributions to their local affiliates and our sport.If you know of any worthy volunteers who deserve recognition for their contribution to your local association, please contact your State Branch Manager with the details.last_img read more

LeBron James Loses So Much Weight That Hes Now

NBA star LeBron James said he spent 67 consecutive days eating no carbohydrates or sweets and only meat, fish, vegetables and fruits, helping him drop so much weight that he plans to gain pounds prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ training camp.James did not reveal exactly how much weight he lost, but it is more than 10 pounds. He said he began the dietary change to test his “mental fortitude.”James told Sports Illustrated: “I had no sugars, no dairy, I had no carbs. All I ate was meat, fish, veggies and fruit. That’s it. For 67 straight days.”He told the Oregonian newspaper out of Portland that he had “lost a ton of weight” — so much weight that he’s now trying to put back on a few pounds.James posted the photo above on Instagram, causing speculation that he was on a Paleo diet. He also posted photos of salads to show his new eating habits. One image included an arugula salad with chicken, strawberries, mango, cashews and olive oil/lemon vinaigrette dressing.Losing weight could add to James’ quickness and durability as he embarks on his second run with the Cavaliers. read more

Ohio State womens soccer set to open Big Ten play

Then-junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) dribbles the ball during a game against Eastern Michigan on Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won, 2-1, in overtime.Credit: Lantern file photoFresh off a pair of victories, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is preparing for its first conference games of the season.The Buckeyes are 3-3-0 on the year after picking up wins at home against Dayton and George Mason last weekend. Freshman forward Sammy Edwards was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for completing a hat trick in the game against Dayton on Friday.After OSU opened its season by playing against three ranked opponents, coach Lori Walker said the toughness of the Buckeyes’ non-conference schedule will aid them as they look to compete in the Big Ten.“You’re playing at game pace right from the get-go and we had to really focus on our defending and the quality of our defending against some pretty high-level opponents, so we have no delusions of grandeur about how hard the game is supposed to be played,” Walker said. “I think there are other teams in our conference that don’t play as hard a schedule and then they get into Big Ten play and it’s a shock at how hard the game is supposed to be played.”The team is set to begin conference play against Indiana on Friday and Purdue on Sunday. The Hoosiers are 4-2-0 while the Boilermakers are 4-1-1 so far the season. Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said there is more added pressure to playing within the conference.“(The) Big Ten is (where) every, every game matters. Obviously every non-conference game matters too, but in the Big Ten you only get so many and you have to finish in the top eight in order to make the tournament,” Gruber said. “So you know that every game matters and it’s really competitive and every team you play you know is going to be good.”Senior forward Kayla Varner said the young team has become more comfortable playing together than they were at the start of the season.“It’s starting to come together a little bit more,” Varner said. “We have freshmen stepping up, we have sophomores stepping up and that’s helping out the upperclassmen a lot. I think we’ve improved in just kind of stepping into our roles a little bit more and trying to find out what makes everyone more comfortable playing together.”Walker said she wants to see the team maintain its offensive tempo and provide consistent play as it looks toward playing in the conference.“You’re always trying to get your attack running on all cylinders as quick as you can as you hit conference play,” Walker said. “What we want to see is that the speed of our attack doesn’t fall off based on who is on the field, that we have a consistency to that as well.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to start Big Ten play on the road against the Hoosiers on Friday at 7 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind., and against the Boilermakers on Sunday at 3 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind. The game on Sunday is set to be televised live on the Big Ten Network. read more