Hunters step up to meet Mackay Cutters

first_imgThis weekend sees a match between the third placed Hunters and the thirteenth placed Cutters, you would be not risking the house on the home side and yet the same could have been said about the weekend before.However, the Hunters are looking to bounce back as they gear up with a strong side to crunch the Cutters at their home soil.During their last meet in the previous seasons Mackay drew with the Hunters 28-28 and in the other season PNG beat MacKay by 2 points 26-24.For tomorrow, the Cutters are hoping some home crowd assistance will get them home after a slow start to the season as they host the PNG Hunters for the Round 5 game on Saturday 6:05pm at the BB Print Stadium Mackay.The PNG Hunters name their side as; 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Tony (Bland Abavu) 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Adex Wera 5. William Aquila 6. Watson Boas 7. Wartovo Puara 8. Henry Noki 9. Warren Glare 10. Esau Siune 11. Nickson Borana 12. Tuvi Lepan 13. Brandy Peter 14. Ishamel Baikawa 15. Enock Maki 16. Philimon Kimisive 17. Edward Goma 18. Benjamin Hetra and Coach: Michael Marum.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgBat boy, 9, diesafter hit inhead by swingat baseball gameWICHITA, Kansas (AP):A nine-year-old bat boy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a lower-tier National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle says that the general manager of the Liberal Bee Jays team, Mike Carlile, confirmed late on Sunday the death of Kaiser Carlile.The boy was struck by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle on Saturday afternoon. A spokesman for the National Baseball Congress says the child was wearing a helmet, which is mandatory. Home-plate umpire Mark Goldfeder, who is a longtime paramedic, treated the boy until an ambulance arrived. The team played a game on Sunday, winning 8-0. The National Baseball Congress is made up of amateur and semi-professional teams.Husbands dominates Woodbine weekendTORONTO, Canada (CMC):Veteran Barbadian rider, Patrick Husbands, snatched victory with 8-5 favourite Florida One in Sunday’s CAN$162,100 Grade Three Seagram Cup, to win his fourth added-money race of the Woodbine season and complete a hugely successful weekend at the prestigious Toronto oval.In a competitive contest over a mile and sixteenth on polytrack, Husbands managed to stave off the fast-finishing Pender Harbour on the inside, to claim victory by half-length in a time of one minute, 43.33 seconds.The victory was part of a double on the nine-race card for Husbands, who also scored in race four with 4-1 chance Hot Hot Heat, when he made all the running with the four-year-old colt to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half-length over a mile and sixteenth.Husbands also stole the feature race on Saturday’s 10-race card, producing a brilliant ride aboard 9-1 bet Bear’s Pride to get the better of the three-year-olds and upward fillies and mares, in the $126,600 Victoriana Stakes.Etienne returned as DFA presidentROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):Glen Etienne has been given an overwhelming mandate to serve as president of the Dominica Football Association, after convincingly beating out his rivals to gain re-election here Saturday. He secured 36 votes to easily win the election, which took place during a marathon six-hour annualgeneral meeting and against the backdrop of raging controversy over the leadership of the organisation.Challenger Ibrahim Brohim finished with just 12 votes, Ronaldo Isidore got seven, while former president Dexter Francis secured just a single vote.The DFA has been embroiled in controversy in recent time, with Francis challenging Etienne’s initial appointment in court and managing to have a previously scheduled AGM postponed. However, football’s world governing body, FIFA, had warned the DFA to settle the matter internally or face sanctions.FIFA official Howard McIntosh and FIFA legalofficer Marco Leal oversaw the elections.Missing Special Olympics athleteturns upLOS ANGELES (AP):An Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles turned up safe Monday, 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in a San Francisco Bay Area city. Andi Gusmari, 44, came to the Hayward Police Department on his own early Monday and used a lobby phone to contact a dispatcher, said acting lieutenant Guy Jakub.Gusmari, who had his documents with him, was safe and comfortable, but police were not able to communicate very well with him because of his speech disability, Jakub said. Gusmari, a bowling competitor, disappeared from the University of Southern California sometime Saturday night. How he travelled from Los Angeles to Hayward, east of San Francisco, remained a mystery.”We all want to know,” Jakub said. “We’re glad he’s safe.”last_img read more

Heat clamp down on Giannis Antetokounmpo, top Bucks

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Milwaukee got within 82-81 on a 3-pointer by Tony Snell with 2:42 left. Richardson made a pair of free throws, Wade had Miami’s next four points on a pair of midrange jumpers, and the Heat finished on a 12-6 run with Richardson’s dunk the exclamation point“Play of the game,” Wade said.The Bucks missed 12 of their first 14 shots from the field and were 0 for 13 from 3-point range before finally getting one of those to fall.It tied a franchise-best for fewest points allowed in a first quarter by the Heat, and Antetokounmpo was held scoreless in an opening quarter for the second time in his last 129 games.The Bucks scored 30 points in the second quarter and took a 38-37 lead at the half, but Miami opened the third on a 14-2 run and kept the lead the rest of the way. Bledsoe said Wade’s two late jumpers were the difference.“D-Wade being D-Wade,” Bledsoe said.TIP-INSBucks: Even with the loss, the last time Milwaukee (22-10) got off to a better 32-game start to the season was 1990-91 (24-8). … It was a tough turnaround, schedule-wise, for Milwaukee. The Bucks played an 8 p.m. game in Boston on Friday, and their plane didn’t get to the gate in Miami until 3:34 a.m. Saturday. “I guess I’d be lying if I didn’t say this was one of the more unique (back-to-backs) I’ve seen in all my years,” Budenholzer said.Heat: Miami outrebounded Milwaukee 56-48. … The win was Miami’s 500th regular-season victory at AmericanAirlines Arena, their home since Jan. 2, 2000. They’re now 500-274.YEAR OF WAITING MOST READ It was that kind of night for the Heat. With balanced offense, airtight defense and by completely frustrating Giannis Antetokounmpo, Miami extended its season-best winning streak to four games with a 94-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.“We have to be able to commit to this,” Spoelstra said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAntetokounmpo was held to nine points on 3-for-12 shooting, the Bucks shot 37 percent and scored the 87 points — all season-lows. Milwaukee came in leading the NBA at nearly 118 points per game but scored only eight points in the first quarter, tying a franchise low for an opening period and setting a season-low for the entire NBA.Still, the Bucks clawed from 17 down to within one in the final minutes before Miami closed on a 12-6 run — fueled in part by a couple of big mid-range jumpers from Wade.center_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers over short-handed Raptors No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. (5) goes up to shoot over Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) and forward Thon Maker, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — This is what Miami coach Erik Spoelstra means when he says he wants everyone involved.This was one play for the Heat in the final moments Saturday night: James Johnson blocked a 3-point try by Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, the ball ricocheting to Justise Winslow, who knocked it to Josh Richardson, who tipped it to Dwyane Wade, who then tapped it forward to Richardson for a dunk.ADVERTISEMENT “They tried to hit us first, they were physical with us,” said Antetokounmpo, whose previous season-low was 12 points. “We came from a back-to-back, but that’s not an excuse for us. We didn’t make shots, we had a lot of open looks that didn’t go in, but just being able to stick around and be in the game and have a chance to win says a lot about this team.”Richardson scored 16 points and Wade had 13 for Miami. Hassan Whiteside had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Kelly Olynyk and Johnson each scored 11 points for the Heat.Middleton scored 18 points and Eric Bledsoe added 17 for the Bucks, who shot 37 percent from the field — and 9 for 43 from 3-point range. It was the sixth-worst 3-point percentage in NBA history for a team taking at least 40 shots from beyond the arc.Miami shot only 38 percent and improved to 5-4 when shooting under 40 percent this season, by far the best in the league in that department. The rest of the NBA has won about 9 percent of the time when shooting that percentage or worse.“Just couldn’t make a couple plays down the stretch,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of Dion Waiters’ last appearance with the Heat. He hurt his left ankle in the first quarter of Miami’s win over Dallas on Dec. 22, 2017, had surgery a few weeks later and hasn’t played since.UP NEXTBucks: Visit New York on Christmas Day, Milwaukee’s first game on the holiday since 1977.Heat: Visit Orlando on Sunday, the 24th and likely final time Wade plays there.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Friends reunited as Wenger salutes Arsenal new boys

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Aubameyang marked his Arsenal debut with a goal in Saturday’s 5-1 demolition of Everton © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 4 – Arsene Wenger says the instinctive understanding between old friends Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan can transform Arsenal’s turbulent season.Aubameyang marked his Arsenal debut with a goal in Saturday’s 5-1 demolition of Everton, while Mkhitaryan provided three assists in his first start for the Gunners. The swaggering show from the former Borussia Dortmund team-mates was a much-needed boost for Arsenal boss Wenger after a difficult January that saw Alexis Sanchez force through a move to Manchester United, while the north Londoners struggled on the pitch.Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan (R) provided three assists in his first start for the Gunners © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONGabon striker Aubameyang joined from Dortmund on deadline day for a club record £56 million, reuniting with Armenia midfielder Mkhitaryan, who arrived earlier in the window from United in a swap deal for Sanchez.While Aaron Ramsey scored a hat-trick, the first in his career, against Everton, it was the promising partnership between Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan that stole the show.“Overall, the two players integrated well into our game and they looked as if they had played for us forever,” said Wenger.“They have similar qualities to what our game is about. Technically, they are good. They are quick and overall it was a first convincing performance.”Aubameyang was a constant menace with his pace and energy and, while his goal was fortunate given he was offside when he ran onto Mkhitaryan’s pass, there was enough quality on display to suggest he may keep the misfiring Alexandre Lacazette on the bench for the foreseeable future.“The quality of his movement and finishing was excellent. He gives problems to defenders with his movement, he is always looking to go into spaces that are difficult to cover,” Wenger said.“When he gets ahead it is hard to catch him. When we understand him better we can make more of that.“He is not at his best physically and still has some work to do on that, but the price is reasonable I think, overall for that quality of striker in today’s market.”Mkhitaryan struggled to make an impact at United, but he looked revitalised at the Emirates Stadium, linking with Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil to devastating effect as Arsenal tore Everton to pieces with four goals in the first half.“He is a good link player and he works very hard as well,” Wenger said.“Overall, I think he looked well-accepted by the rest of the team and was understanding very well how we want to play. I can say is that it was a convincing debut.”– Ice-cool Ramsey –Aaron Ramsey (C) scored a hat-trick against Everton, with manager Arsene Wenger praising his midfielder’s new found calmness in front of goal © AFP / Adrian DENNISWenger also reserved praise for Ramsey as the Wales midfielder finally took his manager’s advice to stay cool in front of goal.“I felt always — when I watched the games after on the video — you think always that he is there in a good position in the box and I felt always that he had between 10 and 15 goals at least in his locker,” Wenger said.“He didn’t do it until now because I think he rushed, sometimes, with his finishing. He looks much calmer.”Everton boss Sam Allardyce was furious with his side’s display as they tarnished his 500th match as a Premier League manager.“I’m angry because accepting an instruction is the players’ responsibility at this level of football,” he said.“We tried to give those instructions. There was a very good performance by Swansea on Tuesday against Arsenal and we based our plan on that.“We set out to play like that, unfortunately Swansea played at the top of their game and we played at the bottom.“That is why we were tumbling goals left, right and centre with our pathetic performance. None of it was any good. All the team played crap.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tottenham new stadium news: Spurs confirm test event on December 16

first_img Latest Football Stories Tottenham Hotspur have moved a step closer to opening their new stadium as they officially announced a test event on December 16.The occasion will see 6,000 season ticket holders, in two sets of 3,000, given the chance to explore the new podium areas, the single-tier South Stand, which will include The Market Place, the new Spurs Shop, and the new Paxton House Ticket Office. Supporters have been asked to apply for admission, costing £1 to help the club test their ticketing systems, on Monday, December 3.The familiarisation event is set to help the club staff get used to affairs at the 62,062 arena, while also allowing fans to experience it’s splendour en masse for the first time. The new stadium has a real European feel to it Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The club hope it will properly trial their security procedures, and give supporters the chance to work out their own matchday routines with access to The Market Place allowing fans to see some of the food and drink options available.They will also be able to enter the Goal Line Bar which runs the entire length of the goal-line and is Europe’s longest bar. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice @LightySpurs shining 2 REPLY You will also be able to gain access to the Beavertown Tottenham Taproom, the club’s very own Microbrewery – a first for any stadium. ADVICE We are delighted to be able to give 6,000 fans the chance to visit and explore the South Stand and podium areas at #SpursNewStadium during a specially-arranged familiarisation event on Sun Dec 16 (11am – 3pm).— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 30, 2018It’s a huge step forward following several delays, caused by problems with critical safety systems. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow MONEY How Tottenham’s new stadium looked on November 30 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

FRESH SEARCH BEGINS TODAY FOR TRAGIC DAVID

first_imgVolunteers from across Ireland will join a major operation today to find missing Lifford man David Colhoun.They will be joined by Shane Doherty, the brother-in-law of six-year-old Donegal girl Mary Boyle who went missing near Ballyshannon in south Donegal in March 1977.Two sisters of missing Limerick man Shane Moran will also take part in today’s search. The 21-year-old went missing near the River Shannon in January 2009, with searches still ongoing to find his remains. Relatives of other missing persons will also join the co-ordinated push to search stretches of the River Mourne and Lough Foyle for the 22-year-old who has been missing since May.David has not been seen since the early hours of Sunday, May 22.On the night he vanished, he got out of a police car and ran off in the direction of the River Mourne, which straddles the border and separates the two towns.Irish rescue charity Searching For The Missing, which operates through Facebook, is behind the fresh search of the area where David was last seen. Among those taking part will be volunteers from the the Boyne Fishermen, Belfast and Foyle Search and Rescue squads along with groups from Limerick, Waterford, Dublin and Galway.David’s father Joe has now been looking for his son for 16 weeks.“I really, really appreciate all the help we have got over the past weeks and I am delighted we are having this big squad here for this weekend,” he said.“The grieving is passed and we now need closure.“We want to find him so we can bury him with his mother Josephine, who died on January 7 this year.” David Colhoun went missing in May after being arrested by the PSNI in Strabane for what was described as minor offences.He ran off while being transferred between police cars and, according to his father Joe, was last seen on the bridge heading towards Lifford.FRESH SEARCH BEGINS TODAY FOR TRAGIC DAVID was last modified: September 10th, 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:David ColhounLiffordnew searchlast_img read more

SIX BROTHELS BUSTED IN LETTERKENNY DURING CRACKDOWN ON SEX INDUSTRY

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Gardai have raided SIX houses in Letterkenny which they believe were operating as brothels.The swoops took place yesterday afternoon as part of Operation Quest – an investigation aimed at cracking down on the sex industry.More than 20 officers including Gardai and Immigration officials carried out the raids on the houses. The raids were part of an intelligence-led operation.A number of people were interviewed by Gardai but no arrests were made.A senior Garda told Donegaldaily.com that cash, laptop computers and other documentation was seized during the raids.One of the raids took place at a house just yards off the town’s Main Street. The Gardai in Donegal are liaising with their counterparts in the PSNI as part of the investigation.The Garda spokesman confirmed they are examining the possibility that there is an element of ‘human trafficking” involved in the raids in Co Donegal.“This was part of an overall nationwide operation and because of our close proximity to the border, we are liaising with our counterparts in Northern Ireland.“No arrests were made but vital information has been gathered in our investigations into the illegal sex trade in Co Donegal and across the State,” he said.Gardai are particularly concerned about prostitutes being brought into Donegal against their will and kept as ‘slaves’. With 1,655,000 page views last month, get your story seen on Donegal Daily.Send your stories and pictures to info@donegaldaily.comFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySIX BROTHELS BUSTED IN LETTERKENNY DURING CRACKDOWN ON SEX INDUSTRY was last modified: May 30th, 2012 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:brothelsletterkennyOperation Questlast_img read more

Can Nick Mullens snap 49ers seven-game skid in Seattle?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Nick Mullens takes his shot Sunday at doing what no 49ers quarterback has pulled off since Alex Smith in 2011: win at Seattle.Colin Kaepernick went 0-4 with eight turnovers. Blaine Gabbert was a predictable 0-2. And Brian Hoyer passed for only 99 yards in last year’s 12-9 loss.So what gives coach Kyle Shanahan the confidence Mullens, after a poor road debut last Sunday at Tampa, can overcome Seattle and its notorious sound?SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 1: San Francisco 49ers’ …last_img

Materialism Destroys Beauty

first_img(Visited 414 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Materialism brought forth modernism, which glorified bland utility. Some want to bring back the Christian virtue of beauty.Walk through housing tracts and commercial centers built in the first half of the 20th century, and you are likely to get depressed. Plain horizontal lines predominate. Cubical, unimaginative forms with flat roofs and and bare walls devoid of ornamentation draw the eye nowhere. Colorless steel and concrete, far removed from nature, give a feeling of walking in Soviet factory cities. The relationship is as plain as the architecture: materialism brought forth communism as well as modernism. Architects of the period, like German architect Bruno Taut, were on a campaign to destroy beauty:“Oh, our concepts: space, home, style! Ugh, how these concepts stink! Destroy them, put an end to them! Let nothing remain!” (ref: John West, Darwin Day in America, p. 194)John West traces the materialist roots of modernist architecture.What replaced the ornamental beauty of Victorian architecture was The New Architecture, Futurist Architecture, The International Style, or simply, Modern Architecture. The new emphasis was on function, not form; utilitarianism, not ornamentation. And it was ugly. In chapter 9 of Darwin Day in America, John West describes the movement, and quotes its leading lights. They looked on the ornateness of Gothic cathedrals and Baroque interiors as grotesque. From one extreme, they sprang to the other. Arches, columns and decorative facades were out. Banality was in. “In the Futurists’ view,” West says, “a building really was reducible to its construction materials, and therefore the most honest building was one where the materials rather than aesthetic considerations were allowed to determine everything about the building.”West traces the spread of this mode of architecture from Germany after the first world war. The Bauhaus movement, emphasizing radically streamlined forms, spread from there throughout Europe. Despising “romantic gloss” and “wasteful frivolity,” these architects gave rise to cities of ugly monotony, with “cold, utilitarian, and numbingly standardized” building projects. In essence, it was a rejection of individuality. And what was their motivation? Materialism, West argues. Many of the leaders of futurist architecture were avowed materialists, who traced their materialism to Darwinism. Human beings were representatives of a species, with the same needs. They should be happy living in white cardboard boxes, all alike. In a world governed by impersonal natural laws, who should care about individual creativity?The Return to BeautyA backlash against cold utilitarianism began in the late 1950s. Post-modernism began to replace modernism. The inertia gained by the modernists would take a long time to stop, however. One can still see it in the bland furniture sold by Ikea, with its flat-painted tables and chairs with unimaginative square corners deprived of ornamentation, its plain metal picture frames, its monochromatic cushions emphasizing functionality over beauty. Government housing projects often resemble stacked concrete slabs with minimal openings, all the same, extending for many blocks. The banality of these buildings must take its toll on the attitude of their inhabitants. That’s why psychologists are coming to realize the value of parks, open spaces and trees on the well-being of people in cities and apartments (17 July 2018). The beauty of nature, by contrast, often inspires works of great art.We humans seem to have a natural aversion to these fruits of modernism. A backlash is going on right now in the UK. Breitbart News reports that Sir Roger Scruton, a celebrated conservative philosopher who was partly responsible for helping open eastern Europe from communist domination, has been selected to lead a commission on new housing standards that is a “blow to modernism,” according to the article.Communities Minister James Brokenshire announced the Building Better, Building Beautiful commission at the weekend, a body which will “promote better design and style of homes, villages, towns and high streets, to reflect what communities want, building on the knowledge and tradition of what they know works for their area.”This article presents the contrast between traditional values and modernist values in bold colors. Who is opposing Scruton’s appointment?The body, which will be chaired by Scruton — an expert on the philosophy of aesthetics and a rare self-professed conservative in UK academia — is expected to produce a report, which will “advocate for beauty in the built environment” by December 2019. Because Scruton is an unapologetic social conservative the announcement has been pounced upon by the left who have demanded his removal using — as James Delingpole reports — confected outrage and “offence archaeology”.Again,Scruton’s appointment was immediately attacked by the left, and The Guardian newspaper took the opportunity to republish their previous claim that he resembles a narrow-minded racist because of his views on architecture.Charges of racism and Islamophobia, most people know now, are empty reflexes by those lacking facts with which to make a reasoned argument.Where does Scruton’s motivation for beauty come from? He clearly has a disdain for the “cult of ugliness” produced by modernism. Another article cited by Breitbart says he is “instinctively hostile to Modernist… horizontal slabs.” Government housing projects, he argues, need not be eyesores of sameness extending from east to west. Scruton wrote in 2013,“Conservative-minded architects like Leon Krier at Poundbury and John Simpson at Swindon have shown that this need not be so, that we can learn from our traditional architecture how to build in ways that enhance the neighbourhood, and in ways that produce affordable housing too.“People protest at the faceless estates that destroy the view from their window. But no-one protests at Poundbury except the modernist architects who sense the threat that it poses to their monopoly game.”Decor on exterior of Westminster Abbey, London (DFC)The Source of BeautyThe Breitbart article does not mention Darwinism, but it does mention communism, which included Darwinist materialism as one of its core pillars. Marx’s “dialectical materialism” implies evolving materialism, without absolutes.Scruton, who argues for a universal value of objective beauty, was awarded a special medal by the Polish government in honour of “intellectual courage and integrity” in 2016 for his work during the Cold War in building secret underground universities in Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in opposition to the Communist regimes.Speaking at the time, he told Breitbart London of the award: “I helped to plant a few seeds of conservative thinking in those countries, and to emphasize that it is permissible to love your country more than the global forces that wish to suppress it… In 1989 the destructive materialism of the communists was replaced by the soft materialism of the new Europe.A “universal value of objective beauty” is the opposite of evolution. Most ground objective value in religion. An earlier article at Breitbart showed instances of the beautiful houses of Parliament, with soaring architecture adorned with art pieces celebrating individuality and beauty. “Art of Britain’s Parliament Tell Story of Great Christian Nation That Revisionists Would Erase.”Scruton’s campaign against ugly modern architecture, therefore, runs deeper than government planning for homes. “My small influence comes from expressing the belief that materialism, in whatever form, is the problem,” he said.In Darwin Day in America. John West shows in detail how Darwinism corrupts whatever it touches – even architecture. More good books on this subject are by Jerry Bergman: The Darwin Effect and How Darwinism Corrodes Morality.Darwin was like an anti-Midas; everything he touched turned to crud. The hand of God brings grace, mercy and peace. What newborn child of God would not respond with thanksgiving and develop a newfound appreciation of the good, the true, and the beautiful?last_img read more

South African amputee athlete excels in extreme sport

first_imgSouth African athlete Hannes Brits is the first amputee to compete at the highest level of the punishing Warrior Race extreme obstacle course running competition, to be held in Pretoria 19 and 20 November 2016. (Photo: Hannes Brits Facebook page)CD AndersonA South African athlete from Johannesburg is about to make history in the sport of extreme obstacle course racing, a gruelling variation of cross-country running that is inspired by military bootcamp training.Hannes Brits will become the first South African amputee to compete for a second time in the 17km long, 30-obstacle Black Ops Elite race, South Africa’s most gruelling race category of this extreme outdoor sport.The full competition event, gathering participants from all over the country, will be held on 19 and 20 November 2016, at Legends MX sport venue outside Pretoria.What warriors are made of! Highlights from today’s #Warrior7Photo credit: ZC Marketing Consulting (@ZCMCSocial) pic.twitter.com/w4o6MZUf4A— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) October 23, 2016Brits has already completed against able-bodied and other disabled athletes in the Commando and Commando Elite divisions over the past two years. He has been building up to competing in his second Black Ops Elite race, making him the only amputee to compete at this level in South Africa.Obstacle course racingObstacle course racing (OCR) is an extreme sport in which competitors – either as part of a team or individually – attempt to overcome various physical and environmental obstacle challenges over a long-distance, multi-terrain course.Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there. [Bo Jackson]#BeMore with @Jeep_SA Warrior Race powered by @reeboksa pic.twitter.com/alV6EgiSmX— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) November 7, 2016Obstacles include wall-climbing, carrying heavy objects over distance and negotiating water obstacles, all while enduring extreme environmental conditions such as mud, mountains and unpredictable weather.The sport, started in the late 1980s by cross-country runners in the United States, is largely inspired by the methods of military infantry training, used to test endurance, strength, speed and dexterity.A big fist pump to all our Warriors who pushed their limits at this past weekend’s @Jeep_SA #Warrior7 Meerendal @reeboksa #BeMore pic.twitter.com/HGoWWL3Bqs— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) October 25, 2016The sport also involves elements of long-distance running, as well as cross-country and road-running. Notable international OCR events include the Spartan, Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash, held in the United States and Europe. There are over a million competitors, both professional and amateur, around the world.The various race intensities of the sport mean that professionals and amateurs, men and women, young and old alike, can find races that best suit their fitness levels, and that offer opportunities for them to build up towards more challenging races.South Africa’s Warrior Races event includes Rookie, Commando and Black-Ops levels, as well as a special under-12 youth level, Bratz.Obstacle highlights from #BlackOpsElite at #Warrior7#BeMorePhoto credit: ZC Marketing Consulting (@zcmcsocial) pic.twitter.com/u1JsOQnZjA— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) October 23, 2016The Black Ops Elite event, the most advanced level on the local circuit, covers 17 kilometres and features 30 obstacles, six of which are water obstacles. The event is a solo event, testing each competitor’s personal resolve, wits and fitness.World according to BritsBrits competes in races on specially made sport crutches. His left leg was amputated in 2010 following a number of medical challenges that dogged him throughout his life. The loss of a leg, though, seemed to inspire him to challenge his own abilities in the most extreme way.“The world I knew before I had my leg amputated was limited,” Brits said in a statement released by Warrior Race ahead of the Pretoria event. “I could never partake in any sports or outdoor activities in fear of the smallest injury to my leg, could send me to hospital.“(OCR) was a new world that had been opened up to me and today I am able to partake in physical activities. This whole experience has been a big wakeup call for me.”The athlete believes that you can never be too old to pursue dreams and hopes, and by his example he hopes to become a true sporting representative for physically disabled people. He also wants to encourage more amputee athletes to get into OCR so that they can also push their limits and inspire those around them.Brits wants to use his sporting success to motivate others. “I have a real passion for helping people,” he says. “I would love to speak to children in schools and orphanages to inspire them for their future success.”His ultimate message for a world unfamiliar with the sport is that the obstacles in the races are apt metaphors for overcoming any challenges life might throw at you: “No matter what obstacle may be in your way, there is always a will to make a way but one needs to still carve that way. If we look at a situation and think we can’t, then we won’t. But if we look at it as a challenge and we look for a solution, then we will find the solution and we will ultimately achieve success.”For more information about Hannes Brits, the sport and how you can show your support, visit Warrior Race.Source: Warrior Race SAlast_img read more