Previous articleFinn Harps 0 v 2 St Pats – FT ReportNext articleReal IRA admit Lyra’s killing as 140 people come forward with info News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – April 23, 2019 Pinterest WhatsApp Wildfires in West Donegal are now under control after an Air Corps helicopter dropped over 42,000 litres of water onto the smoldering gorse.A huge damping down operation has been taking place.The situation from Annagry to Kincasslagh is under control – although some hot-spots remain.Tributes have been paid to local volunteers who battled the fire all day yesterday, eventually being joined by a Defence Forces helicopter just before teatime.Local Councillor Michael Colm Mac Giolla Easbuig says the community in the area is strong, and some people put themselves at risk to fight the fires………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/michtuesam.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Earlier in the day, Donegal County Council had hired in a helicopter to help with the firefighting effort, and eventually at 5pm, an army helicopter joined the operation.Local Deputy Past the Cope Gallagher says it took seven hours and constant contactbetween local politicians and Minister Paul Keogh for that to happen, and that’s just not acceptable.He says protocols must be put in place for future incidents.He’s also been paying tribute to local volunteers…………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/coperawfire.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Calls for new protocols as wildfires are brought under control Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Facebook Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
As the Wisconsin men’s cross-country team enters the prime of its season, two runners are ready to lead their teammates and face the added pressure of their final year as Badgers.Senior runners Rob Finnerty and Alex Brill have the responsibility of commandeering a program that has won 14-straight Big Ten Championships and placed in the top 10 of every NCAA championship during the last 17 years is no easy task.However, both have readied themselves to carry the pressure that rests on their shoulders.“I’m on my sixth year, so I have extra responsibility,” Finnerty, who redshirted seasons in his time at Wisconsin, said. “You’re expected to know what you’re doing, and the University has invested so much time in you, so you have to perform.”The beginning of the season is a time that shows where improvements, for both the team and individuals, can be made. For Brill, entering the month of October means the season is no longer in its early stages, but at its most rigorous point.“Today is the first day of October, and we look at October as a time to get down to work as we have our toughest workouts,” Brill said. “But September was a good month of training for us.”The Badgers had a successful September month, finishing in first place in their first two events of the season, the Badger Season Open and the Warhawk Invitational. This past weekend the team came in fourth place at the Coast-to-Coast Battle at Beantown in Boston.On Saturday the No. 12 Badgers faced their first-ranked opponents of the season, placing behind No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Syracuse and No. 25 Providence. Brill finished third for UW, 13th overall in the race.For Brill, the pressure will build as the season wears on, but that is something he has come to enjoy.“Freshman year was all smiles, but now there is pressure,” Brill said. “You can’t shy away from pressure, you have to embrace it and take advantage of it. The added pressure and having to perform well is part of senior year.”While individual times are in the back of the Badgers’ minds as they trek the course to the finish line, success is ultimately all about the team. The key goal of the season remains what it has always been winning the Big Ten Championship, followed by a podium finish at the NCAA National Title race.Beyond reaching these goals, it is also the responsibility of the senior leaders to train the younger team members in what it means to be a Wisconsin runner.“Being a senior on the team generally involves handing down tradition and things I’ve learned over the five years,” Finnerty said.Brill said that responsibility means helping freshman runners by sharing his experience in hopes they will take their freshman year as seriously as they will want to take their last.“In terms of the team, do the little things,” Brill said. “I didn’t do that, and that’s what gets you injured … What you do your freshman year, especially in our cross-country program, allows you to adapt to the program.”As a senior both in school and on the team, nostalgia starts to set in. But looking back, it is easy for Brill to see how far he has come, both as a runner and a teammate.“It goes by quick. Coming from a tradition in a program like this at UW, it’s something special that you have to cherish all four years, not just your senior year,” Brill said. “It’s hard saying that to the freshmen, but you have to cherish every year. Cherish the journey, it’s not just about the finish.”Finnerty, Brill and the rest of the Badger squad will be back on the Zimmer Champions Course Saturday, Oct. 19 to host the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.
Today sees the final of the Nora Kennedy Cup when BT Harps will take on Nenagh AFC.After securing promotion from Division 2 Harps will be looking to leave with some silverware this evening.
Grateful for the friendships and memories made with @terrierhockey ! Excited to have signed with the @dallasstarsA post shared by Jake Oettinger (@jake30oettinger) on Mar 25, 2019 at 10:09am PDTIn addition to an elite NCAA career, Oettinger also shone on the international stage for Team USA’s youth programs. He served as a backup for the Americans’ gold medal-winning run at the 2017 World Junior Championship and played three games as the USA won bronze in 2018. Oettinger also backstopped his country to a bronze medal at the 2016 U18 World Championship.A native of Lakeville, Minn., Oettinger was taken 26th overall by Dallas in the 2017 NHL draft. The goalie comes off a standout career at Boston University, where he amassed a 58-39-11 record and finished tied for first in school history with 13 shutouts. Oettinger, who played three seasons for the Terriers, also leaves the college game with BU’s second-best career save percentage (.923) and fourth-best career goals-against average (2.34). The Dallas Stars added to their goaltending corps Monday, signing 20-year-old Jake Oettinger to an entry-level contract.Oettinger’s three-year deal with the Stars will start with the 2019-20 season; however, he will join Dallas’ AHL affiliate on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the current season. View this post on Instagram
Southampton star Jordy Clasie is on the move again. Southampton central midfielder Jordy Clasie has joined former club Feyenoord on a season-long loan, it has been confirmed.The 27-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Club Brugge, has returned to the Dutch club where the Saints signed him from in 2015. 1 Clasie has made 49 appearances for Southampton but will spend the upcoming season at the Eredivisie club with no takers on a permanent deal for the player who was signed for £8million.The move is just another example of the club’s recent woes in the transfer market with the club also loaning out Sofiane Boufal and Guido Carillo.Meanwhile, Fraser Forster is also set to leave this summer with Angus Gunn, a £10million signing from Manchester City set to start as backup to Alex McCarthy between the sticks.
The ways various news organizations cover the same news story – why swimmers’ fingers get wrinkled – provides a test case on whether evolutionary theory adds any value.It’s one of those things we all know from experience but only a scientist would want to explain: why do our fingers get wrinkled like prunes after about 5 minutes underwater? Recent studies show that the phenomenon is controlled by the autonomous nervous system. Tom Smulders, an evolutionary biologist at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, decided to run some experiments. Bottom line: the wrinkles may serve a purpose, helping us to grip things better underwater.We could leave it at that, but some news sources wanted to invoke evolutionary theory to explain it. Other sources, though secular and supportive of evolution, didn’t refer to it. Here’s the breakdown:Jonathan Amos at the BBC News gave evolution the most credit. Right off the bat, he said prune fingers “suggest our ancestors may have evolved the creases as they moved and foraged for food in wet conditions.” Finding that they are under nervous system control “led scientists into thinking there must be some deeper evolutionary justification for the ridges.” Smulders considered it “less of a leap to assume there must be a function for it, and that evolution has selected it. And evolution wouldn’t have selected it unless it conferred some sort of advantage.“Helen Thomson at New Scientist didn’t refer to evolution at all. “Why do our fingers do prune impressions when soaked? It could be an adaptation that gives us better grip underwater,” she said, referring only to the functional purpose of a better grip. A lot of her readers, though, got into evolution debates in the comments.Sid Perkins at Science Now invoked evolution three times. “Having something under the direct control of a nerve, even an involuntary one, suggests it serves an evolutionary purpose,” he said, adding later, “It’s also unclear whether wrinkles evolved to help us grasp underwater objects, or whether they’re simply a byproduct of a nervous system quirk. Weber says finding out whether such puckering occurs in other primates might shed light on the evolutionary origins of the phenomenon.“Becky Summers at Nature News brought in evolution only tangentially, mentioning that “In 2011, Mark Changizi, an evolutionary neurobiologist at 2AI Labs in Boise, Idaho, and his colleagues, suggested that wrinkling, being an active process, must have an evolutionary function.” But the next statement focused on the design, noting that wrinkling “appeared to be optimized for providing a drainage network that improved grip. But until now, there was no proof that wrinkly fingers did in fact offer an advantage.”Charles Choi at Live Science repeatedly gave evolution the credit, quoting Smulders that the “functional feature” has”very likely been selected for by evolution.” Looking for “a potential explanation of why this effect might have evolved,” he quoted Smulders speculating that “it could have helped with gathering food from wet vegetation or streams.” Smulders took more of a leap to assume, further, that the wrinkling on the toes might have helped our ancestors in the trees. It will take further research to “shed light on when and why it evolved.“Science Magazine‘s feature “Random Samples” didn’t mention evolution at all in four paragraphs on the subject, other than to note that Tom Smulders is an evolutionary biologist. “The pale wrinkles that adorn fingertips after an extended soaking may be unsightly, but they serve a purpose: They help us get a stronger grip on slippery objects,” the article said, focusing on purpose.So while most reporters invoked evolution, a couple did not. Were they lacking anything for the omission? All of the articles noted that there appears to be a purpose for wrinkled fingers underwater, but none of them explained how a purposeless process could arrive at purpose.The only vestigial organ left in evolutionary theory is evolution itself. You can see how it was completely useless as an explanation for this simple phenomenon, a vestige of an outworn Victorian myth. The reporters either (1) cheat or (2) misunderstand evolution when they say that prune fingers “evolved to” or “evolved for” anything. Evolve is not an active verb; it’s passive. It’s a passive result of happenstance, not a force leading to a purposeful end. If wrinkly fingers appeared by happenstance, and they happened to have a function, evolution couldn’t care less. It’s especially hilarious to believe that the evolution made the autonomic nervous system fine-tune this adaptation, enabling it on fingers and toes but not on biceps or buttocks (don’t monkeys sit on rocks underwater?). When speaking of purpose, adaptation, and function, we should be thinking intelligent design – the only cause capable of achieving purposeful ends.Here are some new oxymorons provided by the reporters to add to your Darwin Funnies file: evolutionary justification, evolutionary purpose, evolutionary function. Think about that first one for awhile until you LOL.Evolution gets tacked onto these stories by human beings who innately understand purpose. They purposefully add evolution as an entertaining wrinkle on their story, but it doesn’t help scientific explanation get a grip. (Visited 85 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Odisha Congress, which has been losing its support base in the State — its vote share eroded further in the recently held Bijepur Assembly bypoll — continues to struggle with the leadership issue with little attention from the All India Congress Committee.Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik had resigned from the post following the party’s debacle in the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State, when it lost the Opposition party status for the first time in 19 years to the BJP.However, when the AICC dissolved the OPCC office-bearers and all other committees in August, it retained Mr. Patnaik and two working presidents — Chiranjib Biswal and Pradip Majhi. This gave rise to a fresh revolt against Mr. Patnaik with several senior party members criticising his leadership and lack of ability to connect with the masses.The opposition to Mr. Patnaik’s leadership has surfaced again in the wake of the party’s dismal performance in the Bijepur bypoll. The party, which had won three consecutive elections in Bijepur in 2004, 2009 and 2014, secured only 5,873 votes while the BJP bagged 37,967 votes and winner Biju Janata Dal polled 1,35,957 votes.Demand for change A large group of dissident Congress leaders held a meeting on Wednesday demanding a change of guard in the State unit. They are of the view that necessary since the urban body polls are likely to be held in the State in the near future. Many of them demanded that Cuttack-Barabati MLA Moha-mmed Moquim be appointed the new OPCC president.Responding to queries from the media, Mr. Patnaik said he himself wants to be relieved of the party responsibilities.Reacting to the developments, senior party leader and legislator from Jatani Suresh Kumar Routray said on Thursday that those who want Mr. Moquim as next OPCC president as well as those who do not want Mr. Patnaik to continue further should meet the AICC leadership in New Delhi.Mr. Routray said that the Congress is going through a “bad phase” in Odisha and adequate measures should be taken to ensure that the leaders remain united when civic body polls are on the cards.
The Naga Hills became part of British India in 1881. The effort to bring scattered Naga tribes together resulted in the formation of the Naga Club in 1918, which told the Simon Commission in 1929 “to leave us alone to determine for ourselves as in ancient times”. The club metamorphosed into the Naga National Council (NNC) in 1946. Under the leadership of Angami Zapu Phizo, the NNC declared Nagaland as an independent State on August 14, 1947, and conducted a “referendum” in May 1951 to claim that 99.9% of the Nagas supported a “sovereign Nagaland”. On March 22, 1952, Phizo formed the underground Naga Federal Government (NFG) and the Naga Federal Army. The government of India sent in the Army to crush the insurgency and, in 1958, enacted the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. The insurrection petered out by the mid 1970s but returned with more intensity in the form of the NSCN led by Mr. Muivah and S.S. Khaplang.
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan slates Solskjaer: Man Utd don’t want himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his appointment as Manchester United caretaker manager.Jordan insists the on-loan Molde coach doesn’t deserve the job.He told talkSPORT: “Solskjaer can’t lose.“He was always going to walk in the door, he was always going to pick the big players, he’s not going to make any unpopular decisions and he’s not going to have any confrontation, so all of the players who felt wronged or maligned or not as important as they’d like to be are not going to have that on their toes anymore.“This is all about the players, it’s all about someone walking into an environment simply being able to lighten the mood, and if that’s worth £2million or £3million for six months, I don’t know what to say about football.“But it’s no surprise to me they beat Cardiff, it’s no surprise to me they beat Huddersfield, it’s no surprise to me that Pogba has got his boots on – none of it was a surprise to me.“The next culprit to pop over the horizon will be [Alexis] Sanchez, he’ll start to play now because they’re all getting what they want.“I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no tactical genius, he isn’t doing anything that anybody with half a brain who understands football couldn’t do, which is deliver good news.“These kids in this dressing room only want good news, they don’t want reality or want their noses put out of joint.“The worst thing that could happen to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United is if he gets the job long-term.“Like what happened to Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea, if he wins anything of significance and has to be kept there against the real wishes of the club and then gets taken out later, that would be the worst thing for both him and the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: I’m not doubting myselfby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he won’t doubt himself despite growing pressure surrounding his job security.The Norwegian heads into Monday’s clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford with United sitting 10th after collecting eight points from six games.”I’m not doubting myself. If I doubted myself, then I think the rest of the world would as well,” Solskjaer said.”We have loads of discussions as a club and believe in what we are doing.”I can’t think, ‘I need a player’, because it’s my reputation on the line – no, it’s the club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say