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Posted by: | Posted on: December 24, 2019


first_imgStunning Fahan House on the shores of Lough Swilly.A stunning Donegal period home on the shores of Lough Swilly has been sold after an asking price of €500,000 was put on it.Fahan House has the ruins of an important 6th century monastery which features a 7th century cross slab of St. Mura – a relation of St. Colmcille.Its most famous resident was Agnes Jones (1832 -1864), a nursing pioneer who spent her early life here. She trained alongside Florence Nightingale and is buried in the nearby graveyard. Occupying a village centre location this most desirable property is notably within a short distance of Lisfannon Beach and the popular North West Golf Club with its challenging 18 hole links course.The previous owners undertook a programme of improvements including a major overhaul of the heating system.The house has nine bedrooms, nine bathrooms, is set on one acre and has various other outhouses and coach-houses.It is not known who bought the stunning property.      SALE AGREED ON €500,000 PERIOD HOME ON SHORES OF LOUGH SWILLY was last modified: August 24th, 2014 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:donegalFahan Housesoldlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 19, 2019

How Powerful Is Natural Selection?  “Biologists May Be Deluding Themselves”

first_imgAndrew P. Hendry (McGill University, Montreal) is no creationist; Darwinian evolution is a given in his News and Views piece in Nature1 this week.  But he cautioned his fellow evolutionary biologists not to make overconfident claims about the power of Darwin’s most famous concept, natural selection:Adaptation by natural selection is the centrepiece of biology.  Yet evolutionary biologists may be deluding themselves if they think they have a good handle on the typical strength of selection in nature. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Presumably, nobody does have such a handle.  Darwin himself thought it was slow.  Later biologists, like Kettlewell with his peppered moths, thought it was fast and strong, able to make substantial changes quickly.  Hendry gives historical examples of the pendulum swinging back and forth on this issue, to the point he is not sure what to think.  In 1998, Kingsolver et al. returned to the belief that selection was weak, and “most estimates of selection were non-significant and centred around zero.” A particularly worrisome finding, Hendry says, was that “most studies did not have sufficient statistical power to detect typical strengths of selection” even if it were present.    But then Hereford et al. in 2004, using the same data, came to the opposite conclusion, finding “extremely strong selection overall.”  He based his ideas on a benchmark method: “selection estimates for individual traits are standardized to allow comparison with the expected strength of selection on fitness itself.”  Hendry is not convinced.  He repeats his warning:These results raise some perplexing questions.  Principal among them is the apparent paradox that typical studies of selection do not have the statistical power necessary to detect selection that appears unrealistically strong.  Unfortunately, this paradox will not be resolved simply by accumulating more data of the same ilk, as all reviews identify problems with our current methods.  How, then, are we to obtain a good handle on the true power of selection in nature?    Evolutionary biologists will have to resolve this uncertainty by determining how best to measure and judge the strength of selection, and by conducting more robust studies of selection.  Meanwhile, we are only deluding ourselves that we have a good handle on the typical power of selection in nature.  Once we do, we can begin to investigate how humans are changing selection pressures, and whether populations and species will be able to adapt accordingly.1Andrew P. Hendry, “Evolutionary biology: The power of natural selection,” Nature 433, 694 – 695 (17 February 2005); doi:10.1038/433694a.A more damaging admission by a Darwin Party spokesman could hardly be found.  The entire spectrum of life, from the earliest reproducing sack of chemicals to modern human astronauts, is supposed to be the product of natural selection acting on numerous, slight modifications.  Natural selection is an icon in our civilization, the stuff of myth and legend.  The phrase Darwin grew to prefer, survival of the fittest (whatever fitness means; see 10/29/2002 entry) represents the most powerful force in the universe, a materialistic creator omnipotent enough to evolve not only an Earth filled with millions of diverse organisms – from sponges to penguins to dragonflies to dinosaurs to horses to mushrooms to petunias to oaks – but potent enough to fill unknown worlds with alien biology and weird life beyond our wildest imaginations.  Natural selection is the staple of science fiction movies; it is the cardinal doctrine of the state secular religion.  And now they tell us they don’t even know how to measure natural selection, or to tell if it is weak or strong, fast or slow, or even detectable by statistical methods.    So if the centrepiece of evolutionary theory is this sickly, how do you like the rest of Charlie’s table?  Better not swallow anything he puts in front of you.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2019

Sarbanes-Oxley: Regulations Relaxed

first_imgLast week Wednesday the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revised guidelines for the interpretation of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.The new directives relax the previous interpretation which had been called burdensome and inflexible. Small companies were most often cited as being adversely affected by the law, and accordingly, the new language provides the most relief for companies under $75 million in market value and focuses on activities that are most prone to fraud. It should now be easier and less costly for these smaller companies to comply.Section 404 tries to ensure that external auditors provide investors with accurate company information and require companies to be constantly evaluating their internal controls.Parallel to the SEC ruling, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) also voted on new rules governing how companies are audited. The PCAOB is a private-sector, non-profit corporation created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to oversee the auditors of public companies.The new PCAOB rules encourages auditors to reuse company-created financial information rather than to independently recreate all financials. The new rules lets company executives determine which areas of their business are most at risk of financial error, to assess whether proper controls are in place to contain the risk, and to evaluate how efficiency of the control policy.These changes have been much anticipated and are sure to bring relief to many companies.  It will be interesting to see the reaction to the changes by the general markets and relative to new listings on the New York and NASDAQ stock exchanges.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 28, 2019

God made Sachin Tendulkar to play cricket: Dhoni

first_imgEven as an emotional Sachin Tendulkar gets set to play his last World Cup match in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that expectations are nothing new to the batting maestro and the champion batsman won’t get overawed by the situation.Speaking on the eve of the match, Dhoni said that handling the pressure of expectations is what Tendulkar has been doing successfully over the last 21 years and playing the final of the showpiece event at his home ground wouldn’t be something out of the blues for the little master.”When god made Tendulkar, he made him just to play cricket. From the very first ball he ever faced on the international scene, he has looked at giving his 100 per cent. Players have come and players have gone, but Tendulkar has just grown from strength to strength.”It might be a big occasion for every player out in the middle, but if anything, Tendulkar will use the pressure to his advantage. Irrespective of whether he gets the coveted 100 international centuries or not, he has achieved what not many cricketers can dream of. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone,” he said.Talking of what sets apart the little genius from the other stars to have played the game, Dhoni said: “It definitely has to be his level of dedication towards the game and the intensity with which he has played for the last 21 years. While cricketers have come and gone, he has held fort.advertisement”Even today, he is takes every training session seriously. He would much rather not turn up for training rather than joking around once on the ground. He is not a player to turn up for training just for the sake of it. He has an intent every single time he is on the ground.”Dhoni also feels that it is the master blaster’s knack to get every minute detail in place ahead of a match that sets him apart from the rest.”He comes into the ground and if there is any area which he feels needs to be worked upon, he will work on it and unless he is satisfied with the result, he won’t leave the ground. He doesn’t leave anything for tomorrow.”(On a lighter note) We are blessed that he is a genius and the two or three hour training sessions that we have are enough for him to correct his mistakes, else we might have been stranded on the ground forever,” Dhoni said.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 24, 2019

One Hundred and Fifty Nine Million for Disaster Risk Reduction Project

first_imgA total of $159 million has been allocated to the Community Based Landslide Risk Management Project in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.             The project seeks to reduce the risk of natural disasters in vulnerable communities in Jamaica and provide an evidence based toolkit for vulnerability reduction throughout the Caribbean.             This will be done through the: identification and implementation of community based landslide risk reduction measures for four communities; development of a toolkit and short television programme on Mosaic methodology and its application; enhanced community capacity in disaster preparedness and mitigation; and conducting disaster risk management, hazard mapping and vulnerability assessments.              Anticipated targets for 2013/2014 include: finalising the toolkit adaptable to Jamaica; engage ‘Design and Supervision Engineers’ for the construction of drainage structures in the four communities; and to conduct workshops.               Physical achievements up to March 2013 include: the first draft of the regional toolkit was revised; the Jamaican toolkit was revised to include community selection, engagement, mapping and training; and four communities have been selected and the schematic drainage plan/micro mitigation has been drafted.             The project is being funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Government of Jamaica. It is being implemented by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and is expected to be completed by April 2014.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 13, 2019

27 million fire extinguishers recalled in Canada may not work in emergency

first_imgOTTAWA – More than 40 million fire extinguishers — including some 2.7 million sold in Canada — are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency.Some of the recalled models have been on the market for more than four decades. One death has been linked to problems with the extinguishers made by Kidde, according to a notice Thursday from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.In 2014, extinguishers failed to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery car wreck.The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada made from 1973 through Aug. 15 of this year. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, Health Canada said Thursday.The government says the extinguishers can become clogged and fail to spray when needed. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to pose an injury hazard. Including the death, the CPSC says there have been 391 reports of extinguishers failing to work properly or of nozzles coming off, resulting in 16 injuries that included smoke inhalation and minor burns. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem.Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com .Kidde, based in Mebane, N.C., near Raleigh, says it has worked closely with the government to start the recall and make sure the extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible. The company also makes smoke detectors and other fire safety products.The recalled extinguishers are red, white and silver and are either ABC or BC rated. They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers. They also were sold for use in commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 13, 2019

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,073.58, down 3.07 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 35 cents, or 5.77 per cent, to $6.42 on 13.3 million shares.IC Potash Corp. (TSX:ICP). Agriculture. Down one cent, or 14.29 per cent, to six cents on 8.1 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 99 cents, or 5.39 per cent, to $19.35 on 4.4 million shares.Silver Bull Resources Inc. (TSX:SVB). Miner. Up four cents, or 27.59 per cent, to 18.5 cents on 4.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 14 cents, or 3.66 per cent, to $3.96 on 4.1 million shares.Katanga Mining Ltd. (TSX:KAT). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 10.38 per cent, to 95 cents on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU). Grocer. Down 52 cents, or 1.25 per cent, to $41.03 on 458,818 shares. Metro is looking to expand its online grocery offerings to Ontario next year as the food retailing industry ramps up e-commerce options for shoppers. The company already offers “click and collect” in seven stores and home delivery service in Greater Montreal, Quebec City and Gatineau, Que., covering 60 per cent of the population of Quebec, Metro CEO Eric La Fleche said Wednesday.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 13, 2019

Iowa businessman confirms revival of Cape Breton call centre that laid off

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — An Iowa-based businessman has confirmed he’s purchased a Cape Breton call centre that laid off hundreds of workers just weeks before Christmas.Anthony Marlowe of Marlowe Companies Inc. says in a text message to The Canadian Press that the lawyer for the debtors of ServiCom Canada has confirmed the deal is complete.He says to tell the hundreds of Cape Breton call centre workers who were laid off that the “place is theirs again.”On Dec. 6, ServiCom Canada told its 600 employees in Sydney, N.S., it was closing, leaving employees without their last paycheques.Marlowe offered $1.5-million for the idled call centre this week, outbidding two other interested buyers in an auction that was part of bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.He travelled to the region and met with workers on Thursday.“Congratulations to all of the renewed and refreshed workers at The Sydney Call Centre, Inc.,” the new owner wrote in a text, confirming the new name of the revived business.“We’re proud to be part of your family and thank you very much for the classiest of warm welcomes.”The sale comes as a relief to many in the community, as the island has suffered from chronic levels of high unemployment, and the laid-off workers had few options after losing their positions at the call centre.Since the layoffs, the community has banded together to raise money for the workers, with donations flooding in and the Salvation Army providing food and payments for home heating oil and electricity bills.Most of the workers were owed about four weeks in back pay when the call centre abruptly shuttered, a liability that Marlowe’s company said rests with ServiCom.Workers have told The Canadian Press that while the sale is welcome news for the community and the regional economy, the failure to pay workers their last weeks of salary has meant many are owed thousands of dollars. Some laid-off workers who have qualified for employment insurance have said they may go back to school or pursue training rather than return to the call centre.Others have said they’re struggling to pay their regular bills.MCI Canada has already said the call centre expects to reopen as early as Jan. 2, 2019 under its new name. The company had said earlier that MCI will enter a nine-year lease for the shuttered facility.Marlowe said it was clear that the bankruptcy proceedings in the United States were unlikely to produce any money for the workers. He said his company would offer sign-on and retention bonuses, but no figures were mentioned.Marlowe also suggested in his text that one of the managers buy every employee a beer and send Marlowe the bill.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 12, 2019

I can’t cook, I’m a terrible wife: Priyanka Chopra

first_imgLos Angeles: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas says she is a terrible wife as she does not know how to cook. Priyanka made an appearance on ABC’s chat show “The View”, where she spoke about tying the knot with American pop-singer Nick Jonas, her featuring in his music video “Sucker” and about her marriage. “I cant cook. I told him that when he proposed… I said listen ‘you are from a good Southern home, you are used to your mom making amazing food (but) you are not marrying that (type of) girl. I can’t cook,” Priyanka said in the show. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The 36-year-old actress confessed that the only thing she knows how to make is eggs. “I am terrible wife in that sense. But the most amazing thing is that, when I told him ‘Babe I cannot cook…’ he said: ‘it’s alright babe, neither can I.'” Priyanka married Nick last year in December in Rajasthan, India. Talking about marriage, she said: “Marriage feels so different, it’s like the family you choose.” Priyanka also discussed about featuring in Jonas brothers’s latest single “Sucker”. It also stars Kevin and his spouse Danielle, as well as Joe and his fiancee and “Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner in the over three-minute video. “It was just a dinner table conversation where we were just talking about video girls and who should be in the video… The boys looked around the table and looked at us,” she said.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 12, 2019

Arsenal down 10-man Watford, move into top 4

first_imgLondon: Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four, but made hard work of seeing off 10-man Watford 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fortunate early opener on Monday. Aubameyang profited from an error by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster as he blasted an attempted clearance in off the Gabon international. Watford captain Troy Deeney was then shown a straight red card after just 11 minutes, but the Gunners failed to make the most of their man advantage and were fortunate as the hosts twice hit the woodwork. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHowever, Unai Emery’s men held out for a first clean sheet away from home in the Premier League this season to move ahead of Chelsea on goal difference into fourth. “We didn’t control the match like I wanted,” admitted Emery. “The team was anxious because they could (have) taken some moment. The most important for us is to score the second goal, which we didn’t do.” Arsenal also edge to within a point of north London rivals Tottenham and two clear of Manchester United in the four-way battle for the two remaining Champions League places behind Liverpool and Manchester City. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterFA Cup finalists Watford were already shorn of the man who helped book their place at Wembley against Manchester City next month as Gerard Deulofeu missed out through injury and Javi Gracia’s side did themselves little favours early on. Firstly, Foster dallied as Aubameyang closed in to concede a comical opener. “I’ve said sorry to the lads,” said Foster. “I have tried to drag it on to my left and pass it out but before I knew it he (Aubameyang) was bloody on me. “In hindsight, you have to get rid as quick as you can, even if it goes into row Z. “I am definitely not a modern goalie. They can’t score from row Z.” And within seconds, Deeney was punished for what the referee saw as an elbow into the face of Lucas Torreira. “If it is a foul I have a doubt, maybe a yellow card but (a) red card, I don’t understand why the referee did it,” argued Watford boss Javi Gracia. However, the 10 men were still causing problems to a defensively vulnerable Arsenal at the other end. Craig Cathcart’s shot was turned onto the post by Bernd Leno and the German goalkeeper was also a full stretch to turn an Etienne Capoue free-kick behind. Emery introduced Mesut Ozil at half-time in an attempt to improve Arsenal’s final ball with so much space to counter-attack into, but to little avail. Alex Iwobi looked to have provided the perfect cross to pick out Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Foster made amends for his earlier error by spreading himself to make a brilliant save from the Armenian. Arsenal’s terrible away record is why they face such a tight battle to secure Champions League football next season. And they could have thrown just a second away league win since November away as Adam Masina crashed a 25-yard strike off the crossbar before Andre Gray miscontrolled Daryl Janmaat’s pass when clean through on Leno. Gray was then denied by a last-ditch challenge from Ainsley Maitland-Niles after rounding Leno, but without the firepower of Deulofeu and Deeney, Watford’s brave effort fell just short.last_img read more