Arteta dig at Spurs as he claims trophyless Kane proves Aubameyang is world class

first_imgMIKEL ARTETA took a completely unprovoked swipe at Tottenham as he attempted to prove Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is world class.Gary Neville recently revealed the Arsenal star isn’t considered a Premier League great due to his lack of silverware.2 Arteta has taken a swipe at Spurs to prove Aubameyang is world-classBut Arteta roared back, claiming if Harry Kane is considered to be a Premier League great despite playing for trophy-shy Spurs, the Aubameyang should be thought of similarly.In reference to his lack of trophies at Arsenal, Neville had claimed: “[Aubameyang is] not mentioned as world class.”We don’t mention him as a Premier League great, but I think we have to.”When told of this, Arteta hit back – using trophy-shy arch-rivals Tottenham as the perfect example to prove why his own star is a true great.After hearing of Neville’s comments, the Gunners boss said: “Yeah, but Harry Kane has scored 30 goals and never won the Premier League, you know?“There are a lot of good examples of players that do phenomenally, but unfortunately there are a lot of top teams in this country and only one wins the league.”So you can’t have everything in life.“I think they do talk but obviously with top players who are playing at clubs that are winning constantly, there is more impact on that.“But we all know how good Auba is. It is remarkable what he is doing and how consistent he has been over the years to do it.”That is very, very difficult to do. I think we all appreciate, at least at the club, his value and what he brings to us.”MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesAubameyang is currently the league’s joint-top-scorer, along with Jamie Vardy, having netted 17 times this season – one ahead of Sergio Aguero.Having worked closely with Aguero during his time as Pep Guardiola’s No2 at Manchester City, Arteta revealed he believes Aubameyang to be right up there with the Argentine legend.The Spaniard continued: “I wouldn’t like to compare but what I can say with Auba is that he’s right there with the best of the scorers in this league.“In the last ten years if you look at his record and what he’s done in the game it’s phenomenal. In my opinion he’s up there with the best.2MORE ARSENAL STORIESLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful trial“I think if he had been top scorer in the league, and won the league, then he would have been voted the best player in the league for sure.“You need both. You need individual performance and you need the collective side of your team as well to support that.“That is where we have to make a step forward to try to convince these top players to want to stay at our club and be successful and be happy.”Mikel Arteta says Arsenal must prove to Aubameyang he should staylast_img read more

Gilas enters killer stretch

first_imgView comments Bobby Ray Parks will be out for the third straight game for Gilas with a swollen left foot, giving Reyes one less reliable wingman on the floor.The Filipinos were tipped as the heavy favorites against Japan’s Under-24 squad but trailed for most of the game, needing that one telling burst late in the final frame to snuff the fight out of the Japanese and win for the third straight day.“We needed a lot of focus and we weren’t able to execute that in the first half,” said Christian Standhardinger, who is pondering on starting a PBA career when the team planes back home.“We had the urgency in the fourth period and got going on defense,” he added after finishing with 22 points and 15 rebounds which he highlighted by finishing a fastbreak play with a two-handed dunk in that 12-0 run.“In an elite tournament like this, there’s no such thing as an easy game,” Reyes said. “They (Japanese) gave us everything we could handle. In the end, we were fortunate to pull it off.”ADVERTISEMENT “My concern is (South) Korea,” Reyes said after a 100-85 decision of Japan, which the Filipinos were only able to fend off after a 12-0 run late in the fourth period as Gilas again labored under a bum start at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.The Filipinos, after rising to 3-1, battle the Koreans at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and Reyes would have wanted his men fresher because from there, Gilas takes on Iraq and then Atletas All Stars Lithuania in the next two days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We needed to rest more guys today and rest them for Korea,” Reyes said. “But we needed to play people extensive minutes (with the game being close). We don’t know how we will compete against Korea. But we will try our best.”The Koreans, who have dealt the Filipinos numerous heartaches in the past, were set to battle the Lithuanians later on Tuesday. After victories over Chinese Taipei B, India and Iran, Korea went into that game still undefeated. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Creamline targets 5th straight LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Reyes pointed out that he used Kiefer Ravena, Matthew Wright and import Mike Myers longer than he had planned.All three finished in twin digits, with Myers completing a double-double with 17 and 17 rebounds and Wright chipping in 15 and Ravena 11. Jio Jalalon also had 11 points and two steals in his finest game yet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI—Chot Reyes played some of his aces more than he thought he should have on Tuesday afternoon against an enemy Gilas Pilipinas could have conquered rather easily.And this is a concern as the Filipinos head into what the firebrand coach said is “the belly of our schedule” in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Moose riding suspects make first court appearance

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The two Fort St. John men that were seen in a viral video from last year appearing to be riding a moose, made their first court appearance on Monday afternoon in a Fort Nelson courtroom.Jayson Pinkerton and Bradley Crook have both been charged with 3 charges under the wildlife act.Those charges are: Harass wildlife with a motor vehicle, Attempt to capture wildlife, and hunt/take/would/kill big game while it is swimming.- Advertisement -If convicted, the pair could face maximum fines of $100,000, six months in jail, or a combination of both.The next court appearance for the two is September 12 at 2:00 pm.last_img read more


first_imgIT’S a picture followers of social media thought they’d never see….Ulster rugby stars in County Donegal.Not that they are averse to coming here.It’s just that Twitter has been lit up today with questions over whether any of the squad would make it to Bundoran for a team trip. Stuart Olding, Neil McComb and Tom Court paid a visit to Bundoran Lifeboat Station earlier and are pictured with helm Kealan Mc Nulty.Their boss Mark Anscombe had told the players in Belfast this morning that they had to make their own way to Donegal.So squad members took to Twitter to ask for lifts….although some of the players got into all sorts of antics on the way.It started with this: Then quickly moved to Lavery’s Bar in Belfast.At some stage some of them ended up OUTSIDE Lavery’s here:And some decided to dress like this:Apparently most of them made it to Bundoran in time for dinner at 8pm.Would hate to see what shape they’re in now…….. ULSTER RUGBY STARS MAKE IT TO BUNDORAN (SOME OF THEM ANYWAY) was last modified: July 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ULSTER RUGBY STARS MAKE IT TO BUNDORAN (SOME OF THEM ANYWAY)last_img read more

Donegal’s Mompreneurs are just the business!

first_imgThe term ‘working mother’ has taken on a whole new lease of life with the phenomenal rise in ‘Mompreneurs’ starting businesses from their kitchen tables and Donegal mammies have been leading the way with some fantastic enterprises springing up in recent times.Twin sisters Charlene McCarron and her sister Ciara Mhic Cathmhaoil decided upon Bibby Love, their Buncrana-based bib-making business when they couldn’t find a bib that suited the needs of their babies, but the primary school teachers admitted they really just started out with a dream and a sewing machine.Interestingly, in a county once famous for its textiles industry, clothing cottage-industries are proving to be very popular with working mums. Bibby Love owners Charlene McCarron and Ciara Mhic Cathmhaoil.Chiq Maternity (St. Johnston) and Pretty Baby Hair Accessories (Manorcunningham) are just two of many others now in the county and all three mompreneurs, along with many others, will attend this Sunday’s Bump and Beyond baby event in Letterkenny’s Mount Errigal Hotel.Maria Rushe, from Newtowncunningham, a teacher and mother of two – who organised that event when she discovered that mothers were struggling to find information on a whole range of parenting topics – said there really is a growing trend of mothers taking action when they spot a gap in the market.Amanda McClintock and Gillian Hamilton – Chiq Maternity.Two of those mothers are Amanda McClintock and Gillian Hamilton who started Chiq Maternity earlier this year after doing a Start Your Own Business Course with Donegal Local Enterprise Office.“Our children are all of the same ages and our youngest both started school together and we found we had some spare time and thought we could put it to good use. We decided to open an online shop for maternity wear as we had huge problems ourselves sourcing special occasion wear when we where both pregnant. We talked to a lot of other mothers who said exactly the same thing.” For now Amanda and Gillian are sourcing labels from Paris that are unique to Ireland for their online business, but the plans are to get some of their own designs and products on sale further down the line.That’s something that both Bibby Love and Pretty Baby Hair Accessories are already doing with Pretty Baby Hair Accessories now selling to over 50 countries.Leona Barron with her son Michael and her daughter Grace.Former economics and business studies teacher Leona Barron who started Pretty Baby Hair Accessories, explained that she had also created something to fill a need before realising it had business potential.“When Grace (who is now aged 6) was born, she had a beautiful full head of black hair and I was looking for clips to keep the hair from her eyes. The only ones I could find in stores were metal ones that were too harsh to put on a newborn’s head, so initially all I did was wrap the clips in some pretty ribbon to soften them against her head.People started asking me then where I got them. I started making some for friends and family members.” At that point it was very much a hobby, but it grew quickly and Leona left her full-time job to concentrate on her own business.Since October 2013 Leona has watched the orders increase hugely on her website To date the business has shipped thousands of orders to customers in over 50 countries around the world. And with this extraordinary growth of Pretty Baby Hair Accessories, new plans are already in place for the business.Bibby Love operate from Derry as well as Buncrana, and while the business is only eight months old, their tale bears striking similarities to Leona’s.“The inspiration really came from our children and not being able to find products on the market to suit our needs. Charlene had begun taking a sewing class as a hobby to be able to make decorative things for around the house and to make pretty things for the girls. Ciara had just had her second baby and suggested that they look into making bibs that were more absorbent than any we had as she was struggling to keep the baby dry during feeding. It was then that we discovered the wonder fabric that is bamboo cotton and all the amazing properties it has for babies and mammies, both practical and beneficial. We began with the intention of making them only for ourselves and as gifts for friends, but after using them we decided that other mammies could benefit from our products too.”Having watched her business bloom, successful Mompreneur Leona says that she would encourage other mothers to seize the day and go for it.“I knew nothing about any of this, but I saw a niche in the market and after doing some research I went for it. I didn’t have a huge outlay but I did work hard and was determined to make it succeed if I could. There are thousands of women around the world who are at home developing their own business ideas in between changing nappies and doing the school run. I would encourage anyone with a good idea and something to sell, to seize the opportunity. Who knows where it might lead them!”Donegal’s Mompreneurs are just the business! was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bibby loveBump and BeyondBusinesschiqdonegal womenEnterprisepretty babylast_img read more


first_imgA young Donegal man is keeping a stiff upper lip in his attempt to raise a small fortune for cancer sufferers.Stephen McConnell from Letterkenny decided he would take part in Movember – a unique idea to grow a mustache in November and raise cash for charity.But Stephen, who works at Donegal Airsoft in Newtowncunningam, threw himself into the task. So much so that he is the top fundraisers out of 20,000 people taking part.Stephen has so far raised a whopping €3,000 in just 21 dats of fundraising.His manager Drew Houston said all staff were very proud of Stephen selfless attempts to raise cash for people less well off than himself.“It’ great to see a young person going out of their way to do something for other people. “And he’s getting a lot of admiring views from a lot of young ladies with his new look as well,” joked Drew. HAIR – STEPHEN HAS PLENTY OF LIP FOR MOVEMBER! was last modified: November 22nd, 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:Donegal AirsoftMovemberStephen McConnelllast_img read more

Man sent forward for trial for alleged murder of Donegal woman

first_imgA man charged with the murder of a young Donegal woman has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.Richard Burke appeared at Letterkenny District Court today where he was served with a book of evidence. Burke, from Forest Park in Killygordon, is charged in connection with the murder of his partner Jasmine McMonagle in Killygordon in January.Detective Sgt Michael Galvin told the court that he served a book of evidence on the 27 year old accused earlier today.Garda Sgt Gerard Dalton said the Director of Public Prosecutions has consented to send the accused forward for trial at the Central Criminal Court on April 29th next.Barrister Gareth McGrory asked for a second counsel to be appointed and also to allow for a psychiatric report to be carried out on the accused.Burke, dressed in blue jeans and a wine-coloured shirt, nodded during the brief court appearance but did not speak.The case was adjourned until April 29th to the Central Criminal Court.The late Jasmine McMonagle.Man sent forward for trial for alleged murder of Donegal woman was last modified: April 16th, 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) Tags:donegalKillygordonmurderRichard Burkelast_img read more

Can Natural Processes Create a Mind?

first_imgNo problemo, says H. Clark Barrett (UCLA), getting a mind from mindless matter.  In a review of a book by developmental psychologist Gary Marcus published in Science June 11,1 Barrett was reassured by Marcus’ book that evolutionary theory working within natural law is up to the task: “The strengths of The Birth of the Mind lie in its sophisticated exposition of how genes guide development and its convincing argument that we need not hold out hope for some magical, as yet undiscovered, process to account for the brain’s complexity.  Plain old natural processes, about which we know much already, will do.”    But how can a brain, composed of billions of neurons and quadrillions of connections, arise from a genome with only tens of thousands of genes?  “Experts have made much of the claim that 30,000 genes aren’t nearly enough to specify the vast number of connections in the brain (the ‘gene shortage’),” he notes.  The answer is in the book:With clarity and precision, Marcus, a developmental psychologist at New York University, lays to rest the rumors of a gene shortage and also rebuts the argument that minds are too complex to have been designed over evolutionary time by the process of natural selection.  He shows instead that minds are built over the course of individual development by genetically regulated processes that have been molded by natural selection to build brains that are functionally organized in ways that promoted human survival and reproduction in the evolutionary past.We need to rise above the simplistic view of genes as static libraries of blueprints, he urges.  Instead, we should view genes as “active ‘agents’ that interact in precisely orchestrated ways to build organisms” —The author shows us how this view allows us to understand the fantastically complex, yet fantastically well-coordinated, generation of the mind.  In cognitive science, it has long been customary to think of the brain as a computer.  Marcus shows that the developmental system that builds the brain can also be thought of as an algorithmic system, one that operates through frequent interactions with its internal and external environments.  He likens the genome to a compressed file, and the cellular machinery with which it interacts to a decompressor.  However, this developmental system is full of ingenious devices not typically found in silicon-based computers, including gradients and switches that allow its operations to be context-sensitive, feedback loops, and self-generated “test patterns” that allow the system to tune itself.  … As Marcus makes clear, although we are vastly more complex than desktop computers and therefore have potentially many more ways of breaking, the fact that our developmental process is relatively far less prone to crashing while booting up from the zygote has everything to do with natural selection for specific developmental outcomes.In addition, the modularity of the brain’s functions helps address the puzzle of the gene deficit.  “For example, an animal with 60 legs would not necessarily need 10 times as many genes as a six-legged animal, and although human arms and legs differ considerably, we do not require an entirely distinct set of genes for each type of limb,” he explains.  Further, gene duplication can provide novelty on which natural selection can act.    Barrett praises Marcus for overcoming “simple-minded debates about the role of genes and evolution in shaping the human mind,” but he does find one weakness in The Birth of the Mind: “If there is a drawback to the book, it is that the author doesn’t show us exactly how a tiny number of genes builds such a complex brain, only that they can.  But he is hardly to blame for this, given that we have a long way to go before we have a complete understanding of brain development.”  That last sentiment is reinforced in a press release from USC that says, “It’s amazing that after a hundred years of modern neuroscience research, we still don’t know the basic information processing functions of a neuron.”1H. Clark Barrett, “Human Cognition: Dispelling Rumors of a Gene Shortage,” Science Vol 304, Issue 5677, 1601-1602, 11 June 2004 [DOI: 10.1126/science.1098610].Let’s get this straight.  Barrett just admitted that Marcus “doesn’t show us exactly how a tiny number of genes builds such a complex brain, only that they can” – i.e., Marcus bluffed his way around a problem by making a bald, unsupported claim.  Barrett lets him off the hook for this by saying we have a long way to go before anyone understands brain development.  But in the very next sentence, he praises Marcus for making a “sophisticated exposition” of the case that “plain old natural processes” are sufficient to “account for the brain’s complexity.”  I.e., nature built a brain, how we don’t know, but my friend Marcus said so.    Can evolutionists solve their problems by appealing to “compressed files” and modular genetic algorithms?  No; they make them worse.  In the history of computers, modular programming was a quantum leap in intelligent design over the older “spaghetti code.”  File compression was a quantum leap in intelligent design over uncompressed code.  Any junior high kid can write a text file on a computer, but if she can write software that can compress or decompress it, she’s a prodigy.    One module may suffice to build 60 legs on a centipede, but more is going on, because those legs don’t all grow at the same spot.  Something tells these legs where to form, and coordinates their movements.  The point is, it displays even more intelligent design to use modular programming and compression, to say nothing of “ingenious devices” like “gradients and switches that allow its operations to be context-sensitive, feedback loops, and self-generated ‘test patterns’ that allow the system to tune itself.”  The layers of complexity in the brain have only increased with ongoing discoveries.  These complexities cannot be dismissed by hand-waving appeals to natural selection.  Why Science would print a simplistic explanation from an anthropologist who accuses others of engaging in simple-minded debates is another issue.    The analogies to computers are irrelevant to evolution.  Computers were built by intelligent design, and the intelligence came from minds that beg the question of their origin.  Barrett and Marcus cannot appeal to intelligent design in computers to establish a naturalistic origin of a much more “fantastically complex, yet fantastically well-coordinated” mind.  They leave us only with a glittering generality, a just-so story, in essence claiming that natural selection acting on developmental processes solely directed at evolving survivable reproducing organisms just happened to produce, serendipitously, entities able to create and execute Rachmaninoff piano concertos and build spacecraft and navigate them to Saturn.  For us to believe that, they are going to have to provide better reasons than mere bluffing.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Telling the other side of Africa’s story

first_img25 November 2008Unlike the countless publications that try to explain what went wrong in Africa, the latest book on the continent to hit the shelves, Africa – The Good News, looks at what is going right.Published last week by South Africa: The Good News, the book gives voice to Africans – and non-Africans – who have a different story of Africa to tell.“It explains why a growing number of journalists, investors and academics are starting to look at Africa differently and describe the continent as one of growth and not just of despair,” says Steuart Pennington, CEO of South Africa: The Good News.David Fick, author of Africa – Continent of Economic Opportunity, cites the lack of quality information about the continent as the biggest challenge to doing business in Africa.Africa, Pennington notes, comprises 53 independent countries, five major languages groupings – English, French, Arabic, Portuguese, and thousands of African dialects – and a diverse population of 900-million. In other words: Africa is complex.“With a geographical size that could house China, the US, India, Argentina, Western Europe, the UK and Scandinavia, Africa is a continent of endemic conflict and growing democracy; of death, disease, despair but also of considerable hope and untapped potential; of desperate corruption and tremendous business opportunity,” says Pennington.“Importantly, it is not one country, and for every failed state that grabs the news headlines, there are countless success stories waiting to be told.”Africa – The Good News looks at where Africa is today, where it is planning to go, and its economic, social and political position in a global world. It looks not only at opportunities and success stories, but also investigates what is being done to address the continent’s many problems, from leadership to poverty “and almost everything in between”.When South Africa hosts the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the world’s focus – that of 208 soccer-playing nations and an estimated 26-billion cumulative television viewers – will be on South Africa and Africa.And South Africa’s stated aim, from the outset, was to host an African World Cup. “Ke Nako. Celebrate Africa’s Humanity” is the official slogan for an event that offers Africa a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show the world what it is really about.Africa – The Good News is fundamentally about hope, says Pennington.“In that context we have attempted to make this book readable to anyone who is interested in Africa’s perception of itself, the new winds of change that are gusting over her nations, and the growing opportunity in arguably the most ethnically diverse, biologically rich, scenically beautiful continent in the world.”The book was sponsored by the International Marketing Council of South Africa (the lead sponsor), Dimension Data, Edcon, First National Bank, Microsoft and MTN.MTN will also be sponsoring the Africa – The Good News website, which will go live in early 2009.To buy Africa – The Good News, contact Leanne Nimmo.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more