‘Crazy journey’: From double shark attack to Paralympic snowboarder

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Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img “It’s been a fairly tough kind of ride the last few years,” he said.“It took me six months before I could put socks on again.”Sean Pollard of Australia rests after his men’s snowboard Cross SB-UL qualification run at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Pyeongchang on March 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONESBut he picked himself up and got his first taste of para-snowboarding during a visit to a ski resort town in the Australian state of Victoria.During a subsequent trip to Canada, he happened to meet the country’s Paralympic coach, which further fired his interest in the sport. On his return home he contacted the Australian Paralympic Committee — and began in earnest the journey that would eventually bring him to Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He says he feels grateful to them as the attack gave him the chance to travel the world taking part in sports events — and he ended up becoming a marine conservationist focused on shark protection.Another Paralympian to have lost a limb in an animal attack is Ukraine’s Vasyl Kovalchuk, whose right arm was torn off by a bear during a visit to a zoo when he was 11.He won gold medals in air rifle shooting at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Paralympics.Pollard has a message for anyone who finds themselves struggling to overcome such a trauma: just keep trying.“I think the biggest thing for me was I was not afraid to fail,” he said. “You’ve got to keep trying.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Sean Pollard of Australia rests after his men’s snowboard Cross SB-UL qualification run at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Pyeongchang on March 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONESSean Pollard was surfing in Australia in 2014 when he was attacked by two great white sharks, losing his left arm and right hand and only just escaping alive.But far from wallowing in his misfortune, he threw himself into snowboarding — and just three years after taking up the sport, he made his Paralympic debut in Pyeongchang this week.ADVERTISEMENT Since November he has been travelling widely on the para-snowboarding circuit in preparation for the Games, competing in the Netherlands, Finland, Canada and the United States.As well as snowboard cross — which pits competitors in a series of heats and head-to-head races — Pollard is also competing in slalom. ‘You’ve got to keep trying’There are numerous different categories in para-sports depending on athletes’ disability, and Pollard competes in the category for people with upper limb impairments.With both hands missing, he is at a disadvantage even to other para-snowboarders. Snowboarders typically begin their runs by pushing off the top with a hand — but Pollard has to place his board sideways and jump out, giving him a slower start than his rivals.“It puts me to the back of the pack straight away, but that is the sport and I would not whinge about it at all,” he said.He is not the first Paralympian to have suffered a shark attack. South African swimmer Achmat Hassiem lost part of his right leg when he was mauled by one of the creatures in 2006.He earned the nickname “Shark Boy”, and competed in three Summer Paralympics, winning a bronze medal in London 2012.But Hassiem does not hold a grudge against sharks. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismlast_img read more

Local businessman threatens to sue Food and Drug Dept

first_img– says container detained for six monthsA local businessman is threatening legal action against the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department, as he is yet to clear his container almost six months after it arrived in Guyana.Wholesale food and beverage distributor Rafik Ahmad, of Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, has retained Attorney Anil Nandlall to serve a writ in the High Court against the Department.The court document seen by Guyana Times is seeking to compel the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department to quash its decision made on May 23, 2016,  to “refuse entry” to the applicant’s ‘1 x 20’ container PONU0397470, currently detained by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) at Muneshwers Limited, Water Street, on the grounds that the said decision is unreasonable, influenced by irrelevant considerations, in breach of the applicant’s legitimate expectation, capricious, arbitrary, ultra vires the Food and Drugs Act, Cap 34:03, and the regulations made there under, is unlawful, null, void and of no effect.According to Ahmad, over the past five years he has been importing from several countries, including Malaysia, Canada and Indonesia a wide variety of products, such as canned foodstuffs, soap powder, food boxes, and seasonings and selling them on the local market.He said he has been importing different types of milk over the past five years from Malaysia and Singapore without any problems at the point of entry into Guyana, that is, from the GRA or the Government Analyst- Food and Drug Department or any other agency. “One of the products which I import consistently over the years is milk in various forms, including powdered milk and sweetened condensed milk of various descriptions and types.”According to the businessman on October 26 last year, he ordered from one of his regular suppliers Mewah Dairies, a 20-foot container of sweetened condensed milk containing 1325 cartons.“The container arrived at Port Georgetown on the 30th day of December, 2015.As is the norm, the shipment was accompanied by a Certificate of Analysis, a Free-Sale Certificate from the Ministry of Health of Malaysia, a Certificate of Freedom of State from Disease and a Veterinary Health Certificate, Department of Veterinary Services, Malaysia.”He said normally, when the products arrive in Guyana and before they are cleared by Custom Officers of the GRA, these documents are produced and copies are retained by the Custom Officers and the goods are permitted entry into Guyana after the payment of the assessed Customs duties and taxes.He said, however, that on this occasion, the procedure was followed except that no duties and taxes were paid and a sample of the milk from the container was provided to the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department upon arrival in the jurisdiction.“Upon its arrival, my servants and/or agents were informed by the acting Director of the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department, that the labels on the milk appeared to her to be fake; she failed to specify the basis for this conclusion upon further queries. On another occasion, my servants and/or agents were further informed that the milk constituents fell short of that which is required by the Food and Drug Regulations for evaporated milk.”He said his agents attempted to explain the difference between sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk; however, the Director of the Government-Analyst Food and Drug Department appeared to be “incapable of understanding the difference”.According to the businessman, he took the Tax Assessment Notice to the office of the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department, Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) Building, University of Guyana, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, and was informed that the constituents of the milk are not in keeping with the Food and Drug Regulations for the fat content and milk content required of sweetened condensed milk.“This is the third occasion on which a different reason for the refusal has been supplied to me. As a result, the Director of Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department, Marlon Cole, stamped “Entry Refused” on my Customs Declaration Form and, to date, I am unable to clear or obtain delivery of the said container.”According to the businessman, he informed his Attorney and does not believe that Section 13 of the Regulations apply to the milk which he imported, that is, sweetened condensed milk.last_img read more

Cal State jobs a tough sell, but raise offers hope

first_imgWhile retirements created some of the vacancies, the Cal State system also is a frequent target of “poaching,” with faculty being lured to other colleges that promise more pay, a lighter workload and more time for research. The CSU system – the nation’s largest with 417,000 students on 23 campuses – filled 720 of the 971 searches for open positions in 2005, the last year for which complete data are available. Among those who refused the offer of a CSU job, 42percent said they received better offers elsewhere, and 15percent said the salary available just wasn’t good enough. As a result, Ballard said, the administration will hire a less-experienced instructor – and that candidate may not always be the first choice to fill the job. “You hire a new professor at the cheapest rate possible, as opposed to hiring someone with experience you would have to pay more,” he said. “Before, our first choices were saying, `I can go to Nebraska and buy a home for those wages,”‘ Ballard said. “Then it was our second or third choices saying that. Now those are gone, too. Now, we’re finding ourselves hiring our fifth and sixth choices. You’re still getting good people but not the best people.” According to the recruiting report, 38percent of the instructors hired at CSUN in 2005 had less than four years’ experience, and 25percent had not yet completed their doctorate. At Cal State Los Angeles, 33percent of new hires had less than four years’ experience, while that number soared to 58percent at Long Beach. Recruiting and retention problems are not unique to CSUN, said Harry Hellenbrand, campus provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I don’t want to downplay what we’re going through here, but if you’re teaching in similar institutions such as in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., or Seattle, all the coastal cities are seeing this high cost of living,” Hellenbrand said. “The main thing is the cost of living is such that the people cannot afford to live here, particularly if they don’t have housing. “We’re hoping the new contract will give us equity with other institutions over the next few years.” Ballard, who teaches in CSUN’s sociology department and is widely regarded as an expert in terrorism trends and counterterrorism tactics, has received offers from three competing universities that would allow him to teach three classes a semester instead of four. “For a young faculty member, that’s a very attractive lure,” Ballard said. “You can get a home. You can get a middle-class lifestyle. It’s not just working less, but you can do more of what you like.” He said he stayed in California because he has family in the Los Angeles area. But instructor Amir Hussain left CSUN two years ago to teach religious studies at Loyola Maramount University. He teaches three classes instead of four, and he recently published a book, “Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God.” “It really was a frustration over salary and workload issues that caused me to leave,” Hussain said, adding that he stayed at CSUN for eight years because he grew up in a working-class family and wanted to teach students with whom he could relate. But when he didn’t get a pay raise to accompany his promotion from assistant to associate professor, he decided it was time to move on. “I was teaching four classes per semester, publishing and doing scholarly work and community service,” he said. “And here I was, a specialist in the Muslim community in America, and after 9-11 I was speaking at various lectures. But I was not getting any economic compensation.” He said he may have been persuaded to stay at CSUN if he had received a raise and if there were a housing subsidy. Recognizing that housing is a problem for tenure-track instructors, CSUN administrators have included faculty residences in a plan for developing the north end of campus. It shows that about 850 homes could be built there by 2035, for those earning $40,000 to $100,000 a year. “Housing is the biggest factor in why people don’t come here, and there’s not much being done about that, except subsidized housing,” said Bob Stern, president for the Center for Government Studies in L.A. Neighboring Cal State Channel Islands, which opened in 2002 in Camarillo, has built 658 faculty housing units, most of them apartments. But there have been mixed reviews statewide about faculty housing, said Craig Flanery, associate secretary for the American Association of University Professors. “Some universities provide either good housing on or near campus, such as UCIrvine, which really attracts good faculty,” Flanery said. “UCLA attempted the same thing a few years ago, but a bit less successfully. They bought housing too far from campus, and faculty didn’t buy them.” Flanery, an adjunct professor at Cal State Los Angeles for 13 years, said he left that position because he too found it difficult to make ends meet, and he found himself driving long distances to teach. “What can happen is faculty end up living 20 to 40miles away from campus, spending more of their time on the road, and away from the classroom, so there’s some serious work-performance concerns,” he said. But others such as Ballard of CSUN do not like the idea of faculty housing. “To me, it comes across as dorms for faculty,” Ballard said. “You’re going to work on campus, you’re going to live on campus. It’s going back to that company town mentality, where a company owned the house, the store and everything else. “That economic model was abandoned 70 years ago by most of corporate America.” Housing aside, many are hopeful that the latest contract deal, which is expected to be ratified in the next few weeks, will help CSUN lure more qualified candidates.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! High housing costs have made it difficult to recruit and retain veteran professors for the nation’s largest university system, forcing the California State University to fill out its faculty with less-experienced educators, officials say. Administrators said they hope more applicants will be attracted by a four-year contract tentatively approved last week that would raise salaries by 20percent. But they concede it’s still a tough sell because of the high price of living in the Golden State. “The CSU had been running on goodwill in terms of California being a desirable place to live. But what’s happened in the last few years is that the economy has become so bad that whatever benefit that we had – like the weather, the orange trees we have on campus – has been washed out,” said James David Ballard, president of the California Faculty Association chapter at California State University, Northridge. Ballard said CSUN has seen a declining number of applicants for tenure-track positions since 2002, and contract negotiations that dragged on for two years contributed to the problem. The campus has filled about one-third of the 65 vacancies for the fall semester. last_img

Suit seeks to halt class

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Similar battles are being fought in Georgia and Kansas over the controversial subject. Officials of El Tejon Unified School District, which is a defendant in the suit, could not immediately be reached for comment. Superintendent John Wight said last week that the class, “Philosophy of Design,” was not being taught as science and was an opportunity for students to debate the controversial issue. Fifteen students were enrolled in the class in Lebec, a town of 1,285 in the Tehachapi Mountains between the agricultural Central Valley and Los Angeles, about 75 miles south. The five-member school board was divided when it learned about the class last month and discovered that three guest lecturers were scheduled to speak in support of intelligent design, but none in favor of evolution. One pro-evolution speaker listed on the syllabus declined to participate because he disagreed with the class topic, and another – Nobel laureate Francis Crick, who co-discovered the structure of DNA – had died more than a year earlier. The class is taught by social studies teacher Sharon Lemburg, who is married to an Assembly of God pastor. FRESNO – A rural high school teaching a religion-based alternative to evolution was sued Tuesday by a group of parents who said the class should be stopped because it violates the U.S. Constitution. Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec violated the separation of church and state while attempting to legitimize the theory of “intelligent design” by introducing it as philosophy taught by a minister’s wife, according to the U.S. District Court suit filed by the parents of 13 students. “The course was designed to advance religious theories on the origins of life, including creationism and its offshoot, ‘intelligent design,”‘ the suit said. “Because the teacher has no scientific training, students are not provided with any critical analysis of this presentation.” The suit was filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which successfully blocked Dover, Pa., schools last month from using science courses to advance the theory that living things are so complex they must have been designed by a higher being. An initial course description sent to parents in December said it would examine “evolution as a theory and will discuss the scientific, biological, and Biblical aspects that suggest why Darwin’s philosophy is not rock solid.” The El Tejon district’s Board of Trustees approved the course 3-2 with a revised syllabus in a Jan. 1 special session, during which board members had to vote up or down on the entire winter session curriculum. Classes started two days later, with a less scientific and more philosophical class plan that relied solely on videos, not guest speakers. Still, the Washington, D.C.-based group said that with only one exception, the course “relies exclusively on videos that advocate religious perspectives and present religious theories as scientific ones.” “This is clearly intended to introduce religion into a public school,” said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The lawsuit against the district and its trustees on behalf of 11 parents seeks a temporary restraining order to halt the four-week class in its second week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DUNGLOE EARN SUPER CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER TERMON

first_imgThe Green Machine: Conor Greene helped Dungloe to a crucial victory over Termon in the Donegal SFC. Pic by Mary Bonner.Dungloe continued their unbeaten run this season by recording an excellent win over Termon at Rosses Park in the Donegal SFC earlier this afternoon. Dungloe won the Division Two title and went the entire league campaign unbeaten, they took that form with them into the championship and earned a crucial win against Termon.Conor Greene was outstanding for the hosts and he was ably assisted by Adrian Sweeney who was as lethal as ever. Dungloe opened the scoring through Adrian Sweeney and Greene, but the visitors posted three points in-a-row to take the lead.Two points from Daire McDaid and one from Christy Connaghan edged Termon ahead.Dungloe responded through Adam Neely to level up the game and that’s how it stayed until the break.Dungloe upped the tempo in the second-half and really took a stranglehold of the match. With Greene and Sweeney again the chief tormentors for Tony Boyle’s Dungloe side.They edged Dungloe out to lead by six with ten minutes to go.Termon rallied though through the outstanding Daire McDaid for Termon.He scored three points unanswered to bring Termon back to within a score of Dungloe, but Dungloe used their experience to run down the clock and secure the win.It was a tremendous individual display from McDaid who scored seven of Termon’s total of eight points. Next up for Dungloe is a derby match with local rivals Gaoth Dobhair next Sunday in Magheragallon.Termon host Killybegs next weekend in desperate need of a result to keep their Donegal SFC hopes alive.DUNGLOE EARN SUPER CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER TERMON was last modified: September 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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 SFCdungloenewsSportTermonlast_img read more

‘Only Spurs could make me sick twice in two days’ – Some fans dislike their third kit

first_img Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion But some supporters on Twitter weren’t so keen about the new kit and took to social media to voice their displeasure, as you can see below. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 End the kit deal with Nike— Chris Taylor (@TCP_31) August 11, 2018 silverware Horrible! And still no worse than the home or away kit, which says a lot.. Worst set of kits I have seen— Tommy (@elTommyo) August 11, 2018 Looks like arsenal fan designed it— judy (@spring_fever_1) August 11, 2018 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Most Popular Premier League News Seriously , you need to employ a leading edge designer who understands what makes a great kit. Whoever designed this one clearly does not understand the kit market, it’s awful ! Do let me know if you need help.— Adrien Pettiford (@adrienpettiford) August 11, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade predicted pic.twitter.com/5fxz05RmGy— Daniel Godden (@Punkdude1981) August 11, 2018 Tottenham Hotspur have unveiled their new third strip but it’s not gone down too well with some fans on Twitter.The navy and green number, which is decorated with a map of N17 as the club move to their new stadium, has finally been confirmed after months of rumours. But it’s fair to say it’s not up their with the best kits this year, despite a unique twist.Thankfully for the haters, it’s unlikely to be used too often but it will be the strip they wear in their opening game against Newcastle United. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Very bad season in terms of kits this year— Rawhide (@Rawhide1882) August 11, 2018 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? center_img BIG PRESENTS UP TOP latest Only you could manage to make me sick twice in the space of 2 days.— kosta veziri (@KVeziri) August 11, 2018 Horrific. Who got paid to design this? Own up.— Rob Simms (@robertsimms) August 11, 2018 revealed SORRY How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures gameday cracker 1 pic.twitter.com/d90p7l89Yq— Mark Carter (@markcarter1986) August 11, 2018 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT whoops smart causal Mother of God, what is happening to our club.— Ricardo Johnathan (@RickyRick3_3) August 11, 2018 possible standings We got to win the award for worst kit this seasons! … well least that’s one trophy 🏆 COYS! #sackNIKE— SYEtheDJ (@DJSYE81) August 11, 2018 Someone should be sacked over this— Spuddy Murphy (@spudddddy) August 11, 2018last_img read more

Picture Special: Donegal’s Special Olympians enjoy homecoming celebration

first_imgDonegal’s Team Ulster athletes were welcomed back to their home county this evening for a great celebration of their success in the Special Olympics Ireland Games.Athletes from Donegal returned home with a haul of 59 medals and memories galore from the 2018 games in Dublin last weekend.A homecoming function was held to honour the athletes at The Vestry in Letterkenny. Proud families, coaches, friends and public representatives gathered to cheer on their winners. Sportspersons from clubs across the county earned medals, fourth and fifth place finishes, participation ribbons and personal bests in a wide range of sports, including athletics, gymnastics, football, basketball, bocce, 10 pin bowling, equestrian and motor activities.North West Special Olympics Club members and Letterkenny MD Mayor Ian McGarveyTeam Ulster Special Olympics athletes from Little Angels school at the Homecoming in Letterkenny, 19th June 2018Team Ulster’s gymnasts blazed a trail at the Games, securing 19 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze medals. Amongst the winners was Patrick Quinlivan, 36, from Letterkenny, Donegal, who claimed four gold medals and Meg Carr, 17, also from Letterkenny, who won two gold and one silver medal.Letterkenny gymnasts Patrick Quinlivan and Meg Carr with supporters at the Team Ulster Special Olympics Homecoming in Letterkenny, 19th June 2018Angela McGee, Patrick and Mick QuinlivanOther notable achievements were the North West Special Olympics Club ladies basketball team making history as the first Team Ulster ladies squad to win a gold medal.Little Angels pupil Paul McFadden earned a special achievement Gala Fair Play award for his outstanding sportsmanship. Paul McFadden is presented with the Gala Fair Play AwardSeamus Campbell, Regional Development Officer with Special Olympics Ulster at the Homecoming in Letterkenny, 19th June 2018Seamus Campbell, Regional Development Officer with Special Olympics Ulster, congratulated all athletes, families and volunteers on their hard work.Mick Quinlivan of the Team Ulster committee and The Vestry Cairde le Cheile, commended the athletes who achieved victories and those who were brave in their attempts.“This function shows the esteem that all you athletes are held in,” Mr Quinlivan said.Team Ulster Special Olympics Homecoming in Letterkenny, 19th June 2018Team Ulster Special Olympics Homecoming in Letterkenny, 19th June 2018President of the Letterkenny Chamber Leonard Wasson celebrated Donegal’s medal wins and said: “I think for every athlete to represent not only their town, but their county and province, is a very proud moment. It’s also a proud moment for the family. The amount of work a dedication that goes into training and preparing is unbelievable. To see so many medals here tonight is great.”Letterkenny Mayor Ian McGarvey congratulated the athletes and volunteers who contribute to the wellbeing of people in the county and to inclusion and equality. “People should recognise those around them who need a bit of help and support, because it would make this county the most friendly county in Ireland, and it would become an attraction to people around the world.”An Garda Siochana with Errigal Sports and Social athletes Rónán Ó Coirbín, Peter Doogan and Patrick GallagherA total of 2,144 medals (959 gold, 667 silver and 518 bronze) were awarded over the course of the four-day residential Games, with countless personal bests achieved by athletes from each of the five regions – Connaught, Eastern, Leinster, Munster and Ulster.Overall, Team Ulster came home with 384 medals. The 2018 Games were supported by 600 coaches and official delegates and 2,500 volunteers, with thousands of spectators turning out to cheer on athletes in venues across Dublin.Selected athletes from these Games will go on to represent Team Ireland at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi. Team Ulster Special Olympics Homecoming in Letterkenny, 19th June 2018Team Ulster Special Olympics Homecoming in Letterkenny, 19th June 2018Team Ulster Special Olympics Homecoming in Letterkenny, 19th June 2018Team Ulster Special Olympics Homecoming in Letterkenny, 19th June 2018Team Ulster Special Olympics Homecoming in Letterkenny, 19th June 2018Picture Special: Donegal’s Special Olympians enjoy homecoming celebration was last modified: June 21st, 2018 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:HOMECOMINGSpecial Olympicsteam ulsterlast_img read more

Warning after motorist caught speeding in Letterkenny

first_imgGardai in Letterkenny have issued speed warnings to a motorist after a vehicle was caught speeding well in excess of 100kph. The car was clocked by speed detection devices travelling 158km/h.Officers with the road policing unit have appealed to drivers to slow down. Warning after motorist caught speeding in Letterkenny was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Letterkenny Hospital Roundabout to close for nighttime works this week

first_imgThe Hospital Roundabout in Letterkenny will be closed for nighttime roadworks from Monday 16th September to Wednesday 18th September.The four junctions of the roundabout will be closed to traffic from 7pm to 7am to facilitate Irish Water works.Motorists are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys as diversions are put in place. This “junction” Closure will close the;– De Valera Road approaching from Letterkenny Town Centre– Kilmacrennan Road approaching from Mountain Top– High Road approaching from Town Centre– Circular Road approaching from GlencarAlternative Routes:– Traffic approaching from De Valera Road going towards Mountain Top will be diverted via Ramelton Road R940 onto Ballyraine and Business park Road N56.– Traffic approaching from De Valera Road going towards Glencar will be diverted via N56 and onto Windyhall Road L1164.– Traffic approaching from High Road going towards Glencar will be diverted via Newline Road L5002-2.– Traffic approaching from Kilmacrennan Road approaching from Mountain Top be diverted via the Business park Road N56.– Traffic approaching from Circular Road will be diverted via the Glencar Road and New line Road L5002-2. Or Windyhall Road L1164Letterkenny Hospital Roundabout to close for nighttime works this week was last modified: September 13th, 2019 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:letterkenny hospitalroad closureroadworksRoundaboutlast_img read more

Using Engineering to Prove Evolution

first_imgDavid Deamer smiling at a tide pool: is there an evolutionary connection?  The picture accompanies an article on Science Daily about Deamer’s latest thinking on the origin of life.  He’s going to share his ideas at a symposium in Oakland, California, organized by Eugenie Scott of the NCSE.According to Deamer, life began with complex systems of molecules that came together through the self-assembly of nonliving components.  A useful metaphor for understanding how this came about, he said, can be found in combinatorial chemistry, an approach in which thousands of experiments are carried out in parallel by robotic devices.But, one asks, where are the robots in the ancient primordial soup?  Who designed the experiments?  Nobody. The power of combinatorial chemistry lies in the vast numbers of structurally distinct molecules that can be synthesized and tested at the same time.  Similarly, conditions on the early Earth allowed not only the synthesis of a wide variety of complex organic molecules, but also the formation of membrane-bound compartments that would have encapsulated different combinations of molecules.    “We have made protocells in the lab–artificial compartments containing complex systems of molecules,” Deamer said.  “The creationists charge that it’s too unlikely for the right combination to have come together on its own, but combinatorial chemistry gives us a better way to think about the probability of life emerging from this process.”In his view, the spark of life was born “when one or a few protocells happened to have a mix of components that could capture energy and nutrients from the environment and use them to grow and reproduce.”  He distinguished between protocells that simply grew and those that could evolve:“Evolution began when large populations of cells had variations that led to different metabolic efficiencies,” Deamer said.  “If the populations were in a confined environment, at some point they would begin to compete for limited resources.”    The first evolutionary selection processes would have favored those organisms that were most efficient in capturing energy and nutrients from the local environment, he said.Deamer has been working on the origin of life for more than 20 years, and others decades longer than that.  The first serious thinking about a naturalistic origin of life dates back to Oparin in the 1920s at least, but Deamer remarked that the “Efforts to replicate this process in the laboratory are still in their infancy.” Will someone in the philosophy department please look at this nonsense that passes for science these days and speak up?  This is absurd.  Deamer and Scott are asking the public to tolerate decades of fruitless research with nothing to show for it and a lot against it and still bless it with the label of science.    Creationists point out how improbable their fable is for good reason (see online book).  Deamer responds, in effect, “Oh, so you think our story is improbable?  Well, I’ll show you.  I have a LOT bigger imagination than you think!”  So he conjures up metaphorical robots doing combinatorial chemistry experiments with no chemist around.  The lucky imaginary “protocell” (there’s the power of suggestion for you) wins the X-prize: the one that learns to synthesize and capture energy and nutrients and use them to grow and compete for resources.  Wow.  You thought intelligent agents did those things, but no: Deamer’s magic molecules are endowed with purpose and drive and visions of new possibilities: pterosaurs, roses, and concert pianists (01/24/2008).  Now isn’t this a “better way to think” about it?    Look how many miracle words are in this short article.  Life came about.  Life came together through self-assembly via natural experiments in combinatorial chemistry.  Molecules were synthesized and formed membranes that allowed different protocells to compete for limited resources.  In sum, life emerged.  There is their favorite miracle word again.  That miracle is so common it hardly seems miraculous any more (see repetition).    Look at that smile on Deamer’s face again.  He’s happy when you’re gullible.  “I’m a scientist, and YOU came from slime!”  Some smiling people need a change of face.  A citizen’s arrest should help (see 09/30/2007 commentary).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more