Donegal passengers get a new route to Germany with Ireland West Airport

first_imgIreland West Airport in Knock has welcomed the first scheduled service from Cologne with Ryanair to the West of Ireland.Between June and September Ryanair will operate direct flights to and from Cologne every Tuesday and Saturday to Ireland West which is becoming more and more popular with Donegal people.Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city and the largest city of the State of North Rhine–Westphalia. Centred on the left bank of the Rhine, Cologne is regarded as Germany’s capital of carnivals reflecting the lifestyle of its inhabitants, who make Cologne the incredibly energetic spot that it is. Cologne is ideally located just an hours train journey from Frankfurt and only 90 minutes from Brussels providing easy onwards travel options for visitors.This new service is a major boost for tourism in the West and North West regions of Ireland as it provides the only direct access to the West Coast from the North Rhine-Westphalia region.Germany is the third-largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland with a record year forecasted in 2018 of over 650,000 German visitors with 50% of German holidaymakers visiting the West and North West of Ireland during their stay.On hand to greet arriving passengers were representatives from the Gourmet Greenway Food Trail who provided samples of delicious locally produced cuisines. The food trail has been devised by the Mulranny Park Hotel, in association with Mayo food producers, to showcase the wonderful artisan food in the vicinities of Mulranny, Newport, Westport and Achill.Accompanying passengers on the first flight from Cologne were a selection of media representatives from some of Germanys biggest media organisations who will be taking part in a 3 day familiarisation trip around the West and North West of Ireland during their stay.Speaking at the launch, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said “We are delighted to welcome the first service from Cologne with Ryanair today. German holidaymakers are Ireland’s most active visitors, exploring our historical sites and engaging in multiple events/activities such as hill walking and hiking while on the island, which ties in perfectly with the airports location as the Western gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.“We thank Ryanair for their continued support and their vote of confidence in the airport and we hope the service will attract the full support of all in the region as it will require even greater effort on all our behalf’s to ensure the route is a success and is maintained for the longer term and can lead to further expansion into Germany and beyond in the coming years’.Eimear Ryan, Sales and Marketing Executive, Ryanair, added they pleased to officially launch our new twice weekly service from Ireland West Airport Knock to Cologne. She said “To celebrate the start of this new route, we are releasing seats on sale from just €19.99 for travel in June and July, which are only available for booking on the website until midnight Thursday (6 June). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto now and avoid missing out.”Welcoming the first German visitors to touch down off the flight today, Michael Ring, Minister for Rural & Community Development said this brings more good news for Irish tourism as we welcome German visitors to the West of Ireland with Ryanair on their first flight from Cologne.He said “Germany is the third-largest market for tourism to Ireland with over 300,000 Germans visiting the West and North West of the country annually. This new direct service will provide a major tourism boost for the region as it brings visitors to the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. For regional Ireland, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism for rural Ireland’.Donegal passengers get a new route to Germany with Ireland West Airport was last modified: June 2nd, 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:CologneIreland West AirportKnockryanairlast_img read more

Latest: Man Utd 4 QPR 0

first_imgQPR are being demolished at Old Trafford, where goals from Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata have put Manchester United in total control.Rangers threw in the towel after Di Maria’s 24th-minute free-kick – his first goal for United.Following a needless foul by Clint Hill, the Argentine whipped a great delivery in from the right flank that flashed past everyone, including Rob Green, and into the far corner of the net.Di Maria was also involved in United’s second, carrying the ball 50 yards before finding Rooney.The England captain’s shot was blocked but Herrera pounced on the loose ball and belted home from near the edge of the penalty area.Rooney fired past Green at his near post a minute before the break, taking full advantage after Steven Caulker was far too slow to challenge him.And more diabolical defending led to Mata making it four on 58 minutes, the former Chelsea man finishing easily after being left totally unmarked to collect Di Maria’s scuffed shot.QPR, thrashed 4-0 at Tottenham in their last away league match, had got men behind the ball and managed to keep United at bay in the opening 20 minutes.Rio Ferdinand, playing against the club he spent 12 years with, was given a rousing reception by the home fans and was presented with a special trinket by United legend Sir Bobby Charlton just before kick-off.But Ferdinand and the rest of the visiting defence were soon under pressure as United, full of optimism after a number of eye-catching signings, made a predictably high-tempo start to the game.Rangers, without injured midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch, and with Sandro making his debut, have barely threatened.However, after going behind they were gifted a chance to equalise out of nothing.David de Gea’s misjudgement left the United keeper in no man’s land, but Matt Phillips’ tame effort was easily cleared by Jonny Evans.Armand Traore, on as a half-time substitute, burst forward from left-back early in the second half and set up Niko Kranjcar.The Croatian, making his first appearance since returning to Rangers on loan, saw his effort saved by the legs of De Gea – a rare opening for Harry Redknapp’s side before United scored again. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill (Traore 45); Sandro, Kranjcar, Fer; Phillips, Hoilett; Austin (Vargas 59).Subs: McCarthy, Zamora, Onuoha, Taarabt, Henry.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Some Raiders ticket prices are slashed in half — for Winnipeg game

first_imgAfter shockingly few people had purchased tickets to next week’s Raiders “home game” in Winnipeg next week, there’s finally been a rash of sales for the preseason game against the Packers.And we sense it had nothing to do with both the Raiders and Green Bay notching impressive victories in their openers last week. More likely it’s because the promoter slashed prices in half for many seats for the game at IG Field, according to exorbitant prices — some prime seats cost nearly $450 …last_img

The Extrapolation Fallacy in Evolutionary Storytelling

first_imgThe assumption of universal common ancestry can lead to absurd scientific reasoning.Humans have culture. Insects show cooperative behavior. Therefore, human culture evolved from insect behavior. Does that make sense? Can any scientist really compare those two things, and derive one from the other? They do it, but that doesn’t make it rational. Extrapolation is a logical fallacy, and so is the non-sequitur.Animal Behaviour: Conformity and the Beginnings of Culture in an Insect (Current Biology). After making excuses for studying the “evolution of culture” in fruit flies, (e.g., “it might be misguided to suspect that the learning mechanisms that support culture are inherently complex or difficult to evolve, or that these might exist only in our closest relatives“), these authors make some absurd statements that could never be proved. Here’s an example:Female flies, like many adolescent humans, seem to acquire their partner preferences from the majority choices that can be observed around them.Well, then, the writing of scientific papers was a behavior derived from fruit flies. The authors have to work themselves out of a trap, though. There’s no basis in animal evolution for things we do that should have been easy for natural selection to invent. Here comes a whopper of a just-so story:Why, then, are animal cultures not more common in the wild, especially the cumulative variety seen in humans, where new innovations build on previous ones? Why don’t flies build vehicles to travel over land, why do bees not construct walls around their territory to keep competitors away from their flower patches? The conventional way of answering such questions is that they do not have the required brain power. Behavioural experimental studies on multiple invertebrates, however, indicate that the basic problem-solving skills required, and the capacity to learn from observation, are present in a number of invertebrates. Many seemingly advanced cognitive capacities have recently been shown to be computationally trivial, and the required neural circuits could certainly be implemented in some of the smallest brains. So, the reason why culture, or cumulative culture, is so rarely seen in nature, might simply be that the conditions that favour its emergence are quite rare. It is easy to see how an animal might benefit, for example to cope with rapid man-made global change, if it were given the benefit of a fully-fledged cumulative culture tomorrow. But one would have to develop a scenario by which the first tiny steps in the direction of such a culture would already be beneficial and maintained in a population — and in such a manner that such variation could not be more beneficially just cemented into genes. A laboratory setting under which culture emerges in a free-flowing experiment (i.e. without significant experimenter intervention) is actually quite hard to conceive for any animal. Even if you gave insects all the tools and parts to build a bicycle, there would be little incentive for them to begin building anything in the right direction. Another potential answer to this question may lie with conformity itself. Conformist biases are a useful way to maintain traditions. However, if these biases are so strong that they result in discrimination against new phenotypes, whether brought about by mutation or individual innovation, such novelty may be discriminated against even if it could be of adaptive benefit. This would prevent the accumulation of improvements characteristic of cumulative culture.Nonetheless, fruit flies are an interesting choice of model for cultural processes due to the feasibility of selection experiments in relatively short time spans, and thus the potential of exploring interactions between cultural and genetic evolution. In addition, the expansive molecular-genetic toolkit that is available in Drosophila should make it possible to explore the neural mechanisms underpinning social learning, as well as the processes mediating evolutionary change under conditions in which certain forms of social learning and culture are selectively advantageous.If you endured that long quote without falling asleep, you saw nothing but extrapolation, assumption, waffling, rationalization, and storytelling (“develop a scenario” they call it). Nothing natural selection cannot handle!Human roars communicate upper-body strength more effectively than do screams or aggressive and distressed speech (PLoS One). Evolutionists were not sufficiently embarrassed last time they told a story about the evolution of screaming (2 July 2018). They did it again. While a scientist might be able to gather data on whether a man with a good roar has good upper-body strength, what does that have to do with the price of natural selection in China?In competitive contests, evolutionary selection processes favour vocal communication of resource holding potential to settle disputes without engaging in potentially costly combat. For example, many terrestrial mammalian species, including giant pandas, sea lions, fallow and red deer, and domestic dogs use acoustic cues to body size or dominance rank in aggressive vocalizations to mediate agonistic interactions, particularly during male-male competition.Among humans, the nonverbal components of speech also allow listeners to assess body size from the voice, including height and weight…How stupid can Darwine-drunk scientists get? Ask Cyrano de Bergerac if he had better success winning his love by roaring or by serenading. To evolutionists, they justify such absurdity because of their belief that humans are mere animals. If dogs howl and sea lions say “Ork! ork!” to each other, then humans must have gained this ability because of the Stuff Happens Law, too. This is the fallacy of extrapolation: thinking that humans are nothing but evolved pandas, and so animal behavior can be extrapolated into human behavior. The illustration above says it all. Roar at a woman, and you are not likely to gain love, regardless of your upper-body strength. You are likely to get charged for harassment.You may now LOL.Evolutionists continue to carry out their silly game of applying natural selection to everything, including human behavior, because nobody feels safe to laugh. That must change. Go ahead: roar at an evolutionist, and explain you are just trying to win their love. Then laugh hilariously. If they get huffy about it, then engage them in a little logic. Tell them, “If human culture is nothing but evolved fruit-fly behavior, then so is the behavior of writing scientific papers. Therefore, everything you say was predetermined in your genes, and signifies nothing.” (Visited 462 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Team SA profile: Khotso Mokoena

first_img4 July 2012Only one South African athlete will travel to the London Olympic Games as a medal winner from four years ago in Beijing. That man is long jumper Khotso Mokoena.He booked his spot at the London Olympics by meeting the stringent South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee standard set for qualification of 8.20 metres, a distance that Mokoena had to leap at home and in international competition.He made a jump of 8.29 metres in April in Pretoria, but it was only on 31 May that he managed a distance of 8.20 metres in Rome to secure his place in the South African Olympic team.Nonetheless, Mokoena’s 8.29m in Pretoria is the sixth best distance in the world this year and, again, only six athletes have managed a distance of 8.20m at least twice.A similar sort of distance could well put the South African star in a medal winning position in London. In Beijing, he won silver with a leap of 8.24m, while Irving Saladino claimed gold with a best of 8.34m.A high jumperThe strange thing, considering that Mokoena is in the running to add another Olympic medal to his silver medal of four years ago, is that he began his international career not as a long jumper, but as a high jumper!In fact, in 2001, at the World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, he finished fifth in the high jump with a height of 2.10 metres.While at Nigel High School, a teacher, Elna de Beer, discovered Mokoena’s talent for long jump and the following year he began his long international career in the event.In 2002, at the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, he finished twelfth with a best of 7.08m in the final after leaping 7.47m in qualifying.Later that year, he took up the triple jump and after only five days of training recorded a national youth and junior record of 16.03 metres.His achievements in 2003 included bronze medals in the long jump at the Afro-Asian and All Africa Games, as well as a second in the triple jump at the All Africa Games and third in the same event at the Afro-Asian Games.World junior championThe following year, at Grosseto in Italy, he won the triple jump at the World Junior Championships and placed second in the long jump. His winning triple jump was 16.77m, while his long jump measured 8.09 metres, good for a national junior record, and only two centimetres behind the winning distance.He contested the triple jump at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but, not yet an adult, he failed to make it to the final.In April of 2005, he set a national record in the triple jump in Durban that still stands to this day of 17.25 metres. In August, he topped the qualifying distances in the long jump at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, but failed to win a medal in the finals.It was a good year, however, with Mokoena bettering the eight-metre mark nine times, including a leap of 8.37 metres at the national university championships.2006 proved to be a successful year for Mokoena. He placed fifth in the long jump at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow. In Manchester, at the Commonwealth Games, he ended fourth in the long jump and won a silver medal in the triple jump with a distance of 16.95.Two silver medalsAt the African Championships in Mauritius, Mokoena picked up two silver medals after leaping 8.45m in the long jump and 16.67 in the triple jump.He also set a South African record of 8.39 metres in the long jump while competing in Finland.In 2007, after changing his technique, Mokoena decided to focus on the long jump and proved to be a consistent performer on the world stage in the biggest of competitions.His results included a third place at the All Africa Games in Algiers, fifth place in the World Championships in Osaka, where he had topped his group in qualifying, and third in the World Athletics Finals in Stuttgart.World indoor championIn March 2008, he captured gold at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain. After topping qualifying, Mokoena recorded a best distance of 8.08m, and nothing less than 8.01m, to claim the title.In August, he finished second at the Olympic Games.In July 2009, Mokoena set an African record with a career best leap of 8.50 metres in Madrid. In Berlin, in August, he picked up silver at the World Athletics Championships with a leap of 8.47 metres. Then, in September, he finished third in the World Athletics Finals in Thessaloniki, Greece.He enjoyed another good result at the World Indoor Championships in 2010, when he won silver with another leap of 8.08m. He was crowned African champion in Nairobi, with a best jump of 8.23 metres.He surprisingly missed out on qualifying for the final of the 2011 World Athletics Championships, although he would have done so with just two centimetres added to his distance.At 28 years of age, Mokoena is, however, a proven medal challenger on the athletics world’s biggest stages, and it would not be surprising to see him in the running for another Olympic medal in London.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

FIFA World Cup: Russia, South Korea play 1-1 draw

first_imgBlundering Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was bailed out by teammate Alexander Kerzhakov in a 1-1 draw with South Korea in the World Cup on Tuesday that exposed both teams’ deficiencies. Akinfeev had already looked suspect in dealing with long-range shots before spilling Lee Keun-ho’s speculative effort into his own net in the 68th minute, gifting South Korea the lead at the Arena Pantanal. Kerzhakov, though, came to Akinfeev’s rescue by turning in a shot from close range six minutes later – just three minutes after coming on as a substitute – to earn Russia a point from a poor-quality Group H match. Akinfeev stayed on the ground inside his own net, head in his hands, after making his error, clearly embarrassed after dropping what was a routine save from a shot from about 30 yards. He was consoled by a couple of teammates, who patted him on the back. “He is a great goalkeeper,” Russia coach Fabio Capello said of Akinfeev. “There can be mistakes, of course – some can get a penalty wrong … and it’s logical for a goalkeeper to make a mistake as well. “We were able to make up for that and we can accept a mistake by a great keeper like Akinfeev.” The explosive six-minute spell that featured both goals was not in keeping with the rest of a fairly mundane game characterized by slow build-up play, poor passing and wayward finishing. A point leaves both teams behind Belgium, which beat Algeria 2-1 earlier Tuesday, but the group appears wide open based on the opening two fixtures.advertisement Having lost four of its last five games heading to Brazil, the South Koreans came into their eighth straight World Cup with concerns over their flimsy defense and a lack of goal threat. A 4-0 thrashing by Ghana in a warm-up in Miami last week highlighted those worrying deficiencies perfectly. There was no hiding their toothless attack here, either, with the experienced Park Chu-young starting as the lone striker but justifying fears that he has lost his way after three ineffective years with Arsenal in the English Premier League. He was substituted in the 56th and his replacement, Lee, scored South Korea’s goal. Russia, led by former England coach Fabio Capello, was just as lifeless in attack – at least until Kerzhakov and Alan Dzagoev came off the bench – and too functional in midfield. A dire first half was marked by the large contingent of Brazilian fans in the crowd doing slow hand clapping but South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo was satisfied by what he saw. “In such a tournament, the first match is the most difficult,” Hong, who captained the nation to the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup, said through a translator. “There is a lot of pressure on it so I thought the players played very well.” Save for a shot by Son Heung-min that flew over the bar in the 39th when the forward was free at the edge of the area, there was barely a chance created in the first half. Capello stood with his hands on his hips in the technical area throughout the first 45 minutes, looking distinctly unimpressed. There was a major improvement after the break, although it required the mistake by Akinfeev to really get the game going. However, South Korea couldn’t hold on and when Dzagoev’s cross-shot was spilled out by goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong and defender Hwang Seok-ho’s clearance went straight at Andrei Yeshchenko, Kerzhakov was on hand to bundle home from inside the six-yard box. “I thanked them for their reaction,” said Capello, who turns 68 on Wednesday. “It was the greatest birthday present I could receive.”last_img read more