first_img[embedwidth=”600″height=”500″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98HX4QgvfUc[/em[/embed]Love them or loathe them, Jedward rocked the Donegal Town Summer Festival leaving thousands of young (and not so young!) fans happy.John and Edward – together they’re Jedward – promised Donegal fans a show and they didn’t disappoint. Dressed in black jeans and red blazers, the identical twins showed why concert goers of a certain age across the country just can’t get enough of them.Facebook sites across Donegal are buzzing with reports of the show which helped kick off the festival in Donegal Town.Maeve Barrett said the Jedward boys were amazing.“I’m not a Jedward fans but credit where credit is due – the guys were great. They really got the crowd going. They are wired,” she said. The lads played a number of their songs including the hit Ice Ice Baby/Under Pressure which went down a storm with fans.And the lads were good enough to pose for the many fans who smothered them looking for autographs and photos.They’ll be a hard act to follow but the festival committee have lined up a terrific array of talent.Tonight sees the brilliant Royseven and also Ryan Sheridan and tomorrow sees Ireland’s hardest-working band Aslan belt out all their hits.Ends DDTV VIDEO: JEDWARD ROCK DONEGAL AND WE SHOW YOU HOW THEY DID IT! was last modified: July 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thieves smash into business during overnight burglary

first_imgGardaí are hunting thieves who smashed their way into a business in Demesne, Raphoe during the night.The alarm was raised at 4.10am on Tuesday morning when the suspects removed a glass panel and two doors to gain entry to a local business. They then forced their way into the office and attempted to break open the safe.The suspects did not manage to open the safe and fled the scene empty handed. Significant damage was caused to numerous windows and doors of the business and gardaí are appealing to the public for information which may help find the suspects.Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111Thieves smash into business during overnight burglary was last modified: October 30th, 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)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: High hopes for Saturday’s salmon opener

first_imgThe recreational salmon season is set to reopen this Saturday, and all the signs up and down the coast look extremely promising. The entrance, and Humboldt Bay itself, are still teeming with both sardines and anchovies. The coastline — both north and south and 2 to 3 miles in length — is also stuffed with bait. The water out front of Trinidad is holding the brown, cool water that salmon crave, and the birds are working over the big schools of bait.Salmon have also been seen swimming on the …last_img

Did Borax Evolve Into 20-Mule Teams?

first_imgYou’re dating yourself if you remember the old TV western Death Valley Days, and its commercials about 20-Mule Team Borax.  (Mule teams actually did pull loads of borax from Death Valley to Mojave, quite a feat in those days, but that’s another story.)  In modern times, though, borax has made science news as a possible ingredient in the chemical evolution of life, according to a paper in the Jan. 9 issue of Science1 (see also summary on EurekAlert, “UF study suggests life on Earth sprang from borax minerals”).    Chemical evolutionists have faced many problems, one serious one being the origin of sugars needed for RNA and DNA.  According to the most popular “RNA World” hypothesis for the origin of life (see 07/11/2002 headline), RNA was a molecule that, as the story goes, possessed both primitive coding and enzymatic functions, and was able to evolve by natural selection.  But the ‘R’ in RNA is ribose, a sugar that is doggedly hard to explain by natural processes.  It is unstable and tends to degrade quickly into sticky, tarry substances.  EurekAlert reminds us that Stanley Miller, of spark-discharge experiment fame, gave up on this problem in 1995, lamenting that “The first genetic material could not have contained ribose or other sugars because of their instability.”    Scientists at the University of Florida found that some of the minerals in borax can stabilize ribose, at least for awhile.  So they speculate that borax was an ingredient in the chemical evolution of life.  Steven Benner, one of the scientists on the team, a member of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, is cautiously optimistic:“We are not claiming that this is how life started,” Benner stressed.  “We are saying that we have demonstrated a recipe to make a key part of life without any biochemical machinery.  The more recipes of this type that can be found, the more clues we have about how life could have actually gotten started on the primitive Earth.” (EurekAlert, emphasis added)So presumably once life got going, natural selection developed it all the way to humans, who could hitch mules to carry loads of the stuff that helped them get where they are today.1Ricardo, Carrigan, Olcott and Benner, “Borate Minerals Stabilize Ribose,” Science 09 January 2004, 10.1126/science.1092464.Need we remind anyone that recipes are written by intelligent design?  These scientists did not use chance and mutations in their experiments.  They applied mind to make matter do what it would not do naturally.    If I told you a tall tale, that was so implausibly funny it would make you laugh yourself sick at the campfire, would you believe my story if I added one little observation that might make it slightly more plausible?  Let’s say I told you the story of why fire engines are red:A fire engine has eight wheels and four crew.  Four plus eight is twelve.  Twelve inches make a foot.  Most rulers are a foot long.  Peter the Great was a ruler.  He was also Russian.  Red is the symbolic color of Russia.  Therefore fire engines are red, because they’re always rushin’ all around.Now suppose that one flaw of my story was that the color red had not been clearly identified as a national color in pre-Soviet Russia, but I found an old painting of Peter the Great that showed a prominent red ruby in his crown.  Are you now convinced of my story?  If not, would you at least acknowledge that I am making progress?    This is why chemical evolution tall tales are so lame.  Evolutionists are already convinced life arose from chemicals in some unknown way, without any intelligent guidance, and they feel no need to prove their case.  This is, of course, circular reasoning, or assuming what needs to be proved.  But since NASA is fond of giving away our tax money to storytellers who can explain away an intelligent Creator, there will always be volunteers.  Astrobiologists (a.k.a. Bio-alchemists) feel that they can justify their expense reports if they can add one tiny little experimental detail that might, just might, in some way, support the Darwin Party’s official Origins myth.    Here is how Benner et al. clothe their naked materialism in scientific jargon: “Because neither borate minerals nor interstellar organics are excluded from the early Earth, we also cannot exclude the availability of ribose formed prebiotically at the time when life emerged on Earth” (italics added).  Well, we cannot exclude the possibility of the proverbial tornado in a junkyard causing the emergence of the proverbial 747 either, can we?  There’s that magic word “emerged” again.  It’s a stealthy propaganda trick.  It pulls the wool over unsuspecting readers’ eyes, by embedding within it the assumption that chemical evolution succeeded somehow, against astronomical odds.    Our readers are encouraged to count the number of implausible elements in the “RNA World” scenario as reported in the 07/11/2002 entry.  If there are two dozen show-stoppers preventing the curtain from rising, dreaming up a possible way to remove one (temporarily, under special conditions) does not make the show go on, especially when there is not even a script or actors yet.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New M&G journalism centre

first_imgThe new M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism is set to make waves in South African investigative reporting. (Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stefaans BrümmerM&G Centre for Investivative JournalismRELATED ARTICLES • Reshaping reportage on Africa• Rewarding good African reporting • Fifa guarantees press freedom • The media and open justiceJanine ErasmusThe non-profit M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism has opened its doors with a threefold aim – to produce quality investigative journalism stories; to train suitably qualified journalists; and to help improve the environment for such individuals in South Africa, allowing them to do their work freely and efficiently.The project is the result of a collaborative effort between the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, which is a grant-making organisation committed to promoting the principles of democracy, and M&G Media.The Open Society Foundation, which funded the initiative to the tune of R1-million (US$138 000) for the first year, was established in 1993 by Hungarian-born philanthropist George Soros, now living in the US.Soros founded the South African foundation to help promote an open society in the country. This, he hoped, would result in democracy, tolerance for opposing opinions, acceptance of and respect for minorities, a strong economy, and an active civil society.M&G Media owns the Mail&Guardian newspaper as well as the corresponding online portal, which claims to be Africa’s oldest newspaper website.The company is also responsible for The Teacher magazine, a monthly, and a number of other online publications including blogs Thought Leader, Sports Leader and Tech Leader, as well as Campus Times and entertainment portal The Guide.The foundation’s executive director Zohra Dawood said that a free media culture is vital to the growth of democracy, and support for initiatives that drive such a culture is a priority for the organisation.“In supporting the Mail&Guardian over the years, we salute its commitment to investigative journalism in particular,” she said. “We are proud to be a part of an initiative that will continue a fearless tradition of exposing wrongdoing in the public interest.”Quality investigationsThe team is known collectively as amaBhungane – the dung beetles. Members of the scarab superfamily of beetles, these creatures, although small, help to improve agricultural conditions by consuming dung.Stories produced by the centre’s staff will be distributed through the two M&G publications, the Mail&Guardian and the Mail&Guardian Online.Already a host of top journalists have come on board. Among them are Adriaan Basson, Stefaans Brümmer and Sam Sole of M&G – all of them multiple award winners. Investigators Jackie Mapiloko of City Press and Ilham Rawoot and the first group of interns support the veteran complement.According to Mail&Guardian newspaper editor Nic Dawes, good investigative journalism is central to the publication’s ability to embody the constitutional idea of a free press.“With greatly compromised institutions of state – from parliament to the prosecuting authorities – it increasingly falls to the media to do the crucial work of insisting on accountability, both in government and in the private sector,” he said.Having a dedicated investigative journalism unit will help alleviate the financial pressure that media houses increasingly struggle with, said Dawes, and at the same time allow M&G Media to enhance the quality of its investigative journalism work.“From corruption and governance issues to health, the environment and poverty,” he said, “amaBhungane will be working to turn the dross of greed and self-interest into fertiliser for democracy”.Improving African journalismThe centre is just one of a number of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of all genres of journalism in South Africa and on the continent.Among them are the partnership between Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape and Unesco, which focuses on improving the standard of reporting through the training of journalism teachers, especially with regard to the efficient use of new media.Further afield, the science journalism mentoring project spearheaded by the World Federation of Science Journalists with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development, has produced not only a group of well-equipped young science journalists, but has also given rise to new science journalism associations in South Africa and a handful of other African countries, as well as new science publications and TV and radio programmes.Through internships, the M&G centre aims to produce much the same effect. Budding journalists from any media house in the Southern African region are encouraged to apply for an intern position.last_img read more

The Best Velocity for Moving Air Through Ducts, Part 2

first_imgThis is the second post in a 2-part series on the physics of moving air through ducts. If you missed it, click here for The Best Velocity for Moving air Through Ducts, Part 1. The first thing to know about the velocity of air moving through ducts is that the slower you get the air moving, the better it is for air flow. That was the main point of my last article. It asked the question, is low velocity bad for air flow in ducts? And the answer was that, in terms of air flow, you really can’t get the air moving through the ducts too slowly. But that’s not the end of the story. If it were, you’d always try to get the lowest velocity possible by using the biggest ducts that fit the space without blowing the budget. There’s another relevant fact, however, and ignoring it can lead to trouble.RELATED ARTICLESThe Best Velocity for Moving Air Through Ducts, Part 1The Continuity Equation and Air FlowDo High-MERV Filters Always Reduce Air Flow?Designing Duct System Vents for Good Air FlowIs It OK to Close Air Conditioner Vents in Unused Rooms? Second Law troubles In moving air through a duct system, we want good airflow, but remember that the object isn’t just to move air throughout the house. It’s to move heated air in winter and cooled air in summer. When that conditioned air is moving through the ducts, the second law of thermodynamics comes into play because we have a temperature difference between the inside and outside of the ducts. The second law of thermodynamics says that when you have objects at different temperatures, heat flows from the warmer to the cooler object. In winter, the warm air in our ducts can lose heat to the surroundings. In summer, the cool air gains heat from the surroundings. And the amount of heat that flows between the duct and its surroundings depends on three things: Surface area of the ducts Temperature difference between the ducts Insulation level (as given by U, the heat transfer coefficient, or R, the resistance to heat flow) The equation that ties these things together is: Q here is the rate of heat flow and the units we use for it here in the US are British thermal units per hour (BTU/hr). Heat transfer into moving air As the conditioned air moves through a duct, it gains or loses heat in proportion to those three factors. But that just tells you how many BTUs go into or out of the duct in an hour. The other factor is how much air is involved in picking up each BTU. The factor that governs this is velocity: The slower the air moves in a duct, the more BTUs each cubic foot gains or loses. And it’s not just time of contact that’s responsible. To get the air moving slower, we need bigger ducts so there’s more surface area, too. The upshot of all this is that when you’re sizing ducts, you have to consider the space those ducts are in. If you put ducts in conditioned space, you can move the air as slowly as you’d like. When you put the ducts in an unconditioned attic, you want to move the air at a higher velocity, pushing it up near the maximum recommended by ACCA Manual D, 900 feet per minute (fpm) for supply ducts and 700 fpm for return ducts. Mike MacFarland’s duct sizing tool My friend Mike MacFarland in Redding, California is a home performance and HVAC wizard. He knows the principles and has studied the research and he installs some of the best duct systems in the country. He uses the following ranges of velocity for ducts in different types of space: 600 to 750 fpm  —  Exposed ducts in unconditioned attics 400 to 600 fpm  —  Deeply buried ducts in unconditioned attics Less than 400 fpm  —  Ducts in conditioned space He put this into a chart that allows you to find the duct diameter that gives you the right velocity and air flow rate (cfm). The full chart covers duct sizes ranging from 4 inches to 18 inches and air flow rates from 0 to 1,200 cfm.  (You can download the full chart by clicking on the image below or the link at the bottom of this article.)  Here’s the bottom part of the chart, covering air flow rates up to 300 cfm: Mike MacFarland’s duct sizing tool. Photo: Mike MacFarland, Energy DocsIf you need a duct to move 100 cfm, for example, you’d go with a 7 inch duct if it’s in conditioned space, a 6 inch duct if it’s buried deeply in the attic insulation, and a 5 inch duct for exposed ducts in an unconditioned attic. The takeaway here is that low velocity is great for air flow but sometimes bad for heat transfer. By selecting duct sizes that yield velocities appropriate for the conditions, you get the best of both worlds. Download Mike MacFarland’s Duct Sizing Tool Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Your Results Will Change When You Change

first_imgYour results will only change when you do.You will only have the opportunities you need when you change what you believe about prospecting and nurturing your dream clients. Your pipeline will improve as soon as you start taking the consistent actions that open new relationships and create new opportunities. Your results here will not improve until you massively modify your beliefs and your actions around prospecting.Your win rates will only improve when you change some of the things that you do between target and close. Your results will improve when you follow a process that both creates value for your prospective client and allows you to accomplish the outcomes you need during every interaction. You change how you approach your dream client, and they change in their response to you. You change first.If you have negative emotions or bad feelings about asking people for commitments, you will never gain the clients that you should. You’ll never reach your real potential. If you believe nonsense like “Never be closing,” then you are going to have to change that belief to something healthier. Otherwise, you will fail to ask.Maybe this post is about sales. Or maybe it’s about your physical health, your relationships, your finical goals, or some other area of your life where you aren’t getting the results that you want. The principle is the same: If you aren’t getting the results that you want, then you have to change what you believe and the actions you are taking—in that order. If you don’t first change your mind, you won’t change your actions. If you don’t change your actions, you won’t change your results.So what has to happen for you to change your mind? What new actions do you know that you need to take now to produce the outcomes you want?last_img read more

Hidilyn Diaz says all her focus is on representing Philippines amid inclusion in ouster matrix

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES “Ano’ng matrix? Ano po ‘yun? Di ko po alam kung ano ‘yung sinasabi nilang matrix. Di ko po maisip kung pa’no napunta do’n ang pangalan ko.”READ: Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz shocked over inclusion in oust-Duterte matrixFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDiaz she doesn’t have time to be part of any political uprisings as she’s focused on her weightlifting career. She is preparing for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games and qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.“Busy po ako lagi sa kaka-training, lalo na ngayon malapit na ang Olympics,” said Diaz in the Facebook post. “Ang pangarap ko lang, manalo at makapagbigay ng medalya sa bansa.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Warriors star Kevin Durant injures right calf in Game 5 win Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines celebrate at the podium during the victory ceremony for the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMAMANILA, Philippines—After being tagged in a matrix that illustrates an alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, Olympian Hidilyn Diaz stressed that all her time and focus is dedicated to training for several international competitions where she will carry the country’s colors.Diaz first expressed shock over her inclusion in the matrix on Wednesday when the news first came out and continued to deny any knowledge of the said destabilization plot by releasing a video statement on her Facebook page the day after.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Halos lahat ng oras ko nasa training para mairepresenta ang Pilipinas sa SEA Games at Olympics Qualifying. Mahabang paghahanda, marami pa akong kailangang gawin sa training, sa pagpapabuti ng technique, sa pagkokondisyon ng katawan at isip. Tutok po talaga ako para sa pangarap ko, para sa pamilya ko, para sa mga Pilipino.”READ: Lacson on Hidilyn, Gretchen in matrix: ‘Bikoy’ infiltrated NSA?Diaz, who won a silver medal in Rio 2016, said that she initially laughed off the accusation but has started to fear for the safety of her family.“Noong unang nakarating sa akin ang balita na nadawit ang pangalan ko, natawa lang ako, akala ko biro,” said Diaz. “Pero nang nakapag-isip ako, may takot na rin ako, hindi dahil sa totoo ang balita kundi dahil sa seguridad ko at ng pamilya ko.”“Hindi na alam ng mga tao ngayon kung ano ang totoo at hindi. Pero ako, alam ko kung ano ang totoo sa isyung ito—na wala akong kinalaman dito.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

Reliable Water Supply for 200,000 Residents in Corporate Area

first_imgThe quality and reliability of water supply to over 200,000 residents in the Corporate Area should be significantly improved, as the Mona and Hope water treatment plants have been rehabilitated at a cost of $1.6 billion. The two facilities have a combined output of more than 40 per cent of the National Water Commission’s (NWC) water production capacity in Kingston and St. Andrew. Speaking at the official commissioning ceremony at the Mona Reservoir complex on June 27, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, noted that the newly rehabilitated plants will provide savings for the NWC in terms of operating efficiencies and will also benefit customers in terms of service quality. He pointed out thatin a world that is increasingly being impacted by climate change, it is important that the island’s infrastructure be built and maintained to withstand increasing and unpredictable demands. “In other words, water supply systems have to be able to reasonably cope with drought one moment, flooding and turbidity the next and the attendant howling winds and pelting rains of a hurricane the next,” the Minister said. Mr. Pickersgill further noted that the rehabilitation project represents recognition by the NWC of the importance of building a culture of maintenance, so that the country’s existing infrastructure can serve better, longer and be far more efficient. “This is very important if we, as a country, are to get the very best out of our existing infrastructure and to contain the costs that would otherwise be involved if we were to be constantly constructing new facilities,” he said. The Mona Water treatment plant is the second largest such facility in Jamaica and is connected to the country’s largest raw water storage reservoir. The rehabilitation effort has restored the facility to its original designed capacity of 16 million gallons per day, up from the previous average daily production of 13.5 million gallons per day. The work involved the repair of the rapid gravity filters, and the replacement of filter media; installation of automation and regulation controls and equipment, meters and valves; rehabilitation of chemical dosing equipment, including new chlorination facilities; repairs to existing buildings, walkways and other structures; replacement of backwash pumps; upgrading of the storm water drainage system protecting the plant during flood rains, storms and hurricanes, and rehabilitation of the raw water pumping station located at Mona, which serves the Hope filter plant. In the meantime, the Hope Water Treatment Plant was rehabilitated to restore it to its earlier design capacity of 6.5 million gallons per day. Mr. Pickersgill outlined that the works included the rehabilitation of intake structure on the Hope River; rehabilitation of more than two miles of raw water channel, aqueduct, gravel and silt traps; replacement of chemical dosing equipment; repairs to buildings and other structures; repairs and modifications to the settlement tank; and repairs and improvements to slow sand filters, including re-sanding. The Minister pointed out that the project was completed within budget and on time.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Halle Berry To Host Revlon RunWalk For Women In Los Angeles

first_imgOn Saturday, May 10, 2014, the 21st Annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women will take place in Los Angeles.Created by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), Revlon, and Lilly Tartikoff, the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women has become one of the largest single-day fundraisers for women’s cancers in the United States. More than 25,000 participants are expected to join and to help raise critical funds to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs.The event will be hosted by Revlon Global Brand Ambassador Halle Berry, Golden Globe and double Emmy-winning actor Bruce Willis, and Emmy Award-winning actress Christina Applegate with special guest Entertainment Tonight’s Brooke Anderson.There will be special performances by Grammy Award-winning artist Brandy, who will sing the National Anthem during the opening ceremony, and British crooner and recording artist Matt Goss will perform for participants after crossing the finish line. Additional guests to be announced soon.Launched in 1994 through the combined efforts of Lilly Tartikoff, Ronald O. Perelman (Chairman of Revlon, Inc.) and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), the EIF REVLON Run/Walk for Women has distributed more than $70 million to date for cancer research, counseling and outreach programs. The events have raised much needed funds that have helped to deliver a novel, non-toxic treatment for breast cancer called Herceptin with another promising non-toxic treatment on the way.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more