Over 1.6 million dollars in federal and provincial funding will go towards the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality to help build local infrastructure and trails. Senator Richard Neufeld says the federal and provincial funding will help Fort Nelson build important infrastructure projects that both encourage physical activity and enhance water system operations.The municipality will receive $400,000 in ‘Towns for Tomorrow’ funding. ‘Towns for Tomorrow’ is a program set up to help smaller communities with infrastructure spending.- Advertisement -The funding will invest in upgrades to its Raw Water Supply Energy Efficiency Project. It will improve energy efficiency and reliability of the existing system. It will also receive around just over $602,000 in LocalMotion funding for the first phase of the Fort Nelson Community Trail Master Plan Project, and just over $617,000 for the first installment of the Small Community and Regional District Grant. Mayor Bill Streeper is pleased with the results. He says he is confident that it will be money well-spent as it helps create more jobs, more efficiency and more opportunities for workers and their families.The Towns for Tomorrow and LocalMotion projects are part of an overall $14-billion capital infrastructure program supported by the Province that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build public infrastructure in every region of B.C.Advertisement
0Shares0000Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata controls the ball under pressure from Kariobangi Sharks’ Patillah Omotto during their Kenyan premier League tie at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on August 1, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 1- Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia showed their class, hitting Kariobangi Sharks 3-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu to move 15 points clear on top of the standings with three matches still left in hand.An own goal from Geoffrey Shiveka started off the beautiful rainy afternoon at the Moi Stadium before second half goals from Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi and Lawrence Juma capped off Gor’s 17th win of the season. The victory took Gor to 55 points after 21 rounds of matches with the closest chaser Sofapaka lying second with 40 points having played 24 matchesThe league leaders did not show any signs of fatigue with head coach Dylan Kerr making changes to the squad that played the midweek CAF Confederation Cup tie against Yanga in Dar es Salaam.Only skipper Harun Shakava, Godfrey Walusimbi, Francis Kahata and Ephraim Guikan survived form the team that played in Yanga with Shaban Odhoji coming into goal while Charles Momanyi partnered Shakava in defense.They were away in the lead after 25 minutes when Sharks skipper Shiveka was forced to turn the ball into his own net, a lead Gor took to the half time break.Omondi who has been reinventing himself since being subjected to close to eight weeks in the cold picked another goal for himself, taking Gor two up after 77 minutes with virtually his first involvement in the game after coming on for Guikan.Gor Mahia players celebrate one of their four goals against Yanga during a CAF Confederation Cup game at Kasarani on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFive minutes to time, Juma completed the victory for the 16-time league champions with a neat finish as Gor preserved their unbeaten run.K’Ogalo are faced with a mountainous month of August as they are set to play another eight matches all in the span of four weeks.They travel back to Nairobi on Wednesday night before preparing to face Nakumatt on Saturday in Machakos before flying to Mombasa to play Bandari on Wednesday. After that, they will face Kakamega Homeboyz and Chemelil Sugar in Machakos on August 12 and 15.Four days later they play Rayon Sport at home in a Confederation Cup fixture before facing Sofapaka in a league fixture on August 22.If the fixture does not change, they are scheduled to face arch rivals AFC Leopards in the second leg of the Mashemeji Derby on August 25 then end their suicidal month with an away trip to Algeria to face USM Alger in their final Confederation Cup group match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
DDTV: PEOPLE visit Donegal for many reasons – none of them the weather! It’s the great Donegal outdoors which sets pulses racing.And cliff jumping by those who know what they are doing is one activity growing in popularity.These cliff jumpers in this film took a camcorder with them.And this is the result – click to play. DDTV VIDEO: JUMPING FROM A DONEGAL CLIFF – WITH A VIDEO CAMERA was last modified: August 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV VIDEO: JUMPING FROM A DONEGAL CLIFF – WITH A VIDEO CAMERA
Glen receives his scholarship from President of LYIT, Paul Hannigan.A Donegal student and firefighter has won a prestigious scholarship.Glenn Hamilton, a part-time MSc Research student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), is on cloud nine following the announcement by the US-based Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) that he has been awarded the Dr Guylène Proulx, Order of Canada Scholarship for 2016.The Scholarship been awarded in memory of Canadian researcher, and former member of the SFPE Board of Directors, Dr Guylène Proulx, who died in 2009, and is worth $5,000. Dr Proulx led the research on the human responses to the 9/11 World Trade Centre investigation. This is only the second time that the Scholarship has been awarded, and it is a tremendous honour for Glenn, and indeed for Fire Safety Engineering research at LYIT.The scholarship will assist with funding Glenn’s research project: ‘Towards Fire Safe Schools: Investigation of Pedestrian Evacuation Dynamics and the Human Behaviours of Children and the Influence of Training on Evacuation Performance’.Glenn has outlined that his research will allow him “to make a small contribution to an area that is lacking statistical data and trends”.Glenn was guided in his studies by his research supervisor, Dr Patrick Lennon, Lecturer in Fire Safety Engineering at LYIT. Glenn is also Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer with Donegal County Council, where he has worked in both fire prevention and education, as well as in operational response over the past twelve years.His experience in inspecting buildings and the assessment of pre-fire human behaviour has motivated his current research. He is delighted to have been recognised and awarded this accolade by peers in his chosen field of study. Having achieved his undergraduate qualifications at LYIT, graduating with an Honours Degree in 2002, Glenn embarked on his Research Master’s journey motivated by a longing to make a difference.The Scholarship’s recognition and financial reward will go a long way in furthering his research agenda and his research findings will be presented at a future SFPE conference.Anne Boner, Head of Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, said Glenn’s research has now been elevated to an international platform and it will reach Fire Safety Engineers throughout the world.“It is certainly a milestone in the development of Fire Safety Engineering research at LYIT. As educators and facilitators we endeavour to offer programmes that match ‘real-world’ demands and having a student like Glenn, who has been recognised in such a prestigious way, is a ringing endorsement for the Fire Safety Engineering programme available at LYIT. “Fire Safety Engineering is offered uniquely at undergraduate, and also at post-graduate research level at LYIT. Several local national schools have facilitated Glenn by allowing him to conduct school evacuations as part of his empirical research, I would like to acknowledge their contribution and it is nice to know that the implications of his research will be wide-reaching, creating a safer school environment for all.”FIREFIGHTER GLENN ON CLOUD NINE AFTER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD was last modified: March 4th, 2016 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:firefighterGLenn HamiltonLYITScholarship
HURLING: A sensational first-half performance from Down inflicted yet another defeat for Donegal’s hurlers this afternoon at O’Donnell Park.Donegal are still searching for their first league win of the season, and a devastating first-half display dispelled any hopes of Ardal McDermott’s side earning their first win. 3-11 from a rampant Down side in the opening period – meant that it was damaged limitation exercise in the second-half.Donegal to their credit battled gamely throughout the match, but were simply outclassed by an excellent Down side.Down have ambitions of promotion this season, and look a side determined to achieve that.Donegal will face a relegation play-off in order to consolidate their position, but Ardal McDermott is confident they can achieve that. He was happy with his side’s performance, despite the heavy defeat, praising their togetherness, work ethic and effort.Final score: Donegal 0-14 Down 3-22DONEGAL HURLERS OUTCLASSED BY RAMPANT DOWN SIDE was last modified: March 13th, 2016 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:donegalDownGAAHURLINGNFL
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The DVD now available in the museum store and online includes “The Final Days,” a short video produced for Clinton’s appearance at the 2000 White House Correspondents dinner. The segment shows Clinton mowing the White House lawn, washing the presidential limousine, and watching his clothes dry – activities to keep busy while his wife campaigned for the Senate and the vice president campaigned for president. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One of the most popular attractions at the Clinton Presidential Library is available to anyone who wants to see the former president poke fun at himself. Excerpts from President Clinton’s appearances at the White House Correspondents Association dinners and other lighter speeches are part of the 22-minute video “A Time to Laugh” that has played at the library since it opened last year. The video is now available on DVD. “It causes what we call a traffic jam upstairs,” library foundation Chairman Skip Rutherford said. “We’ve had thousands of requests for copies.” The library’s video attracts the most visitors after the replica of Clinton’s Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, Rutherford said.
This is the dramatic video footage just moments after a Donegal man was plucked from the sea to safety.The lobster fisherman was rescued after Inishowen sheep farmer John Grant heard his cry for help while tending to his sheep at Tullagh Bay. The circumstances surrounding the rescue are even more amazing considering the man was an estimated half a mile out to sea clinging to a lobster buoy.John Grant contacted Malin Head radio station who set in motion a chain of events which saw the man’s rescue.The Lough Swilly RNLI footage shows the man being taken from a civilian boat to the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat before being taken ashore.The rescue 118 helicopter then takes the man from Tullagh Beach to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry for treatment. Well done to all involved in the rescue.It once again highlights the amazing work doe by our volunteer sea rescue services around out coastline.Simply click the video to play.All rights of the video are property of the Lough Swilly RNLI. DDTV – VIDEO FOOTAGE OF MAN’S RESCUE AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP AT SEA was last modified: May 19th, 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:clonmanydonegalInishowenJohn GrantLough Swilly RNLYrescue
Welcome to an imaginary world of Red Queens, Green Beards and warring armies: the world of evolutionary theory. Though its adherents work in prestigious universities and laboratories in the real world, they seem preoccupied with speculative visions of imaginative fitness landscapes – even when defending evolutionary theory as the best explanation for natural phenomena, and essential for our understanding and progress in science. This can be seen in two recent papers, one pro-evolution and one critical of it, that center on the question: is evolutionary theory essential to biology? Ajit Varki defended evolution all the way down in a paper in Cell1 with the self-explanatory title, “Nothing in Glycobiology Makes Sense, except in the Light of Evolution.” Adapting the title from a famous quote by Theodosius Dobzhansky, used more often as a club than a flashlight at school board hearings, Varki attempted to show the utility of evolutionary theory to one specialty: glycobiology, the study of biological sugars. This is a complex field of unity and diversity, complexity and simplicity, conservation and diversification. Cells use sugars inside and outside for a variety of functions, but pathogens also attach to them. Glycobiology seems a confusing picture, from highly-conserved enzymes that have changed little from mouse to human, to variations within species and even within the lifetime of organisms. In his defense of evolution to make sense of it all, he invokes the Red Queen effect (running in place to get nowhere: see 05/16/2004, 03/31/2006), co-evolution and evolutionary arms races. It’s not clear, however, whether his presentation would convince a critic. For one thing, most of his examples deal with microevolution, which is not controversial, even among the most ardent creationists. The only exception is his treatment of possible means of speciation, one species splitting into two – which also fits within most creationist frameworks. Nowhere in his article, however, does he explain how glycobiology needs evolution to explain the major changes most often implied by the term evolution. A critic might also point out that Varki’s ideas are amply sweetened with speculation, by his own admission: “Whatever the reader might think of the speculations in this Essay,” he states in conclusion, “it is safe to suggest that approaches to understanding glycan biology must fully take into account the role of multiple and often simultaneous evolutionary processes, an aspect that has received limited attention.” That seems an admission that many biologists have up till now not given it much attention – a contradiction to Dobzhansky’s claim. It’s noteworthy how many times Varki’s scenarios are salted with qualifiers and peppered with hopes: The question that needs to be asked is not whether evolutionary theory may explain the phenomenon in question, but whether it is essential for any sensible explanation: whether or not “nothing makes sense except in the light of evolution.” A Biblical creationist, for instance, might be perfectly content with certain aspects of these mechanisms at the microevolutionary level – evolutionary arms races and Red Queen effects – in a world cursed by sin and infected with pathogens. He might claim that the Creator provided enough versatility for organisms to be able to adapt to changing environments, so that an animal would not be wiped out by the first encounter. Yet the same creationist would still vehemently deny molecules-to-man evolution, the kind envisioned by Darwin and Dobzhansky. Another assertion left unproved is whether biology really needs the kind of speculation Varki illustrated in its day-to-day business. This question was taken up by a well-known critic of evolution, Jerry Bergman, who investigated whether practicing biologists actually illustrate Dobzhansky’s claim in their work. In a recent article on TrueOrigin, Bergman concluded that Dobzhansky’s claim is a myth. He interviewed scientists and researched textbooks, and found that evolutionary theory was rarely mentioned or used, and when it was, it was more an afterthought than a substantive part of the discussion:If, as Dobzhansky stated, “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”…, why is it rarely, if ever, mentioned in most natural science books? We usually use the leading college texts in each area (for example, the A&P text we use is the 10th edition of Hole, a standard text). And why is it a minor topic even in most introductory biology books that cover the subject in more depth than most all other courses except formal classes on evolution?He concluded, “This statement is ideologically not factual. Biology makes perfect sense without ever mentioning Darwinism.” (See also the related entry from 08/30/2006).1Ajit Varki, “Nothing in Glycobiology Makes Sense, except in the Light of Evolution,” Cell, Volume 126, Issue 5, 8 September 2006, Pages 841-845, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2006.08.022.Varki inserted so many doubt-words into his text, it makes you wonder which side of the looking-glass he is on. Despite his valiant effort, he only showed that evolution doesn’t buy you anything in theory. Last week, Jerry Coyne showed (08/30/2006) that evolution doesn’t buy you anything in practice. Conclusion: evolution is a bad investment. While scientific freeloaders amuse themselves with “tantalizing speculations” in the Darwin Party lizard lounges (12/22/2003 commentary), the real work in science is being done by design (e.g., 07/21/2006, 06/29/2006, 06/22/2006).(Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Overall, one can speculate that some episodes of speciation might be mediated by pathogens that bind to specific forms of cell-surface glycans.A lethal pathogen that binds to glycans of a certain species to initiate infection might markedly reduce the primary population, leaving geographically isolated subpopulations that have the opportunity to evolve into new species.Some of the survivors are likely to have been selected because of random glycan variations that allowed them to escape from infection with the pathogen.Such survivors may have secondary alterations in glycan biology that are permissive for pleiotropic changes in embryogenesis and/or morphogenesis.Glycan changes also might alter fertilization barriers, causing either reproductive isolation or anomalous fertilization by closely related species.Any or all of these mechanisms could support the formation of new species. Many of these speculative ideas are testable by observational studies and possibly by long-term experiments. [No examples cited.]Thus, glycans may be trapped in neverending cycles of evolutionary “Red Queen” effects in which long-lived hosts must evade the more rapidly evolving pathogens that infect them by changing their glycan expression patterns, without compromising their own survival (Van Valen, 1974 and Hamilton et al., 1990). The colorful term, “Red Queen” effect, recalls the comment to Alice by the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass that “it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” This may explain the remarkable structural variations of glycans in nature, which contribute to biological diversity and perhaps even to speciation.Thus, the glycans of complex multicellular organisms with long life cycles may be subject to evolutionary “Red Queen” effects….For example, cell-type-specific expression of certain glycans can mediate specific biological roles within an organism (Lowe and Marth, 2003), which thus may be under positive selection.Additional Red Queen effects may arise from the fact that many pathogens use a successful form of molecular mimicry,…Such diversification and redundancy may be driven by sexual selection and sexual conflict….
Stem cell research has not been as prominent in the popular media lately, but researchers continue to make impressive strides – mostly with adult stem cells. Science Daily reported the first success treating leukemia with stem cells from umbilical cord blood. A researcher at the Hutchinson Center said, “The real ground-breaking aspect of this research is that we have shown that you can manipulate stem/progenitor cells in the lab with the goal of increasing their numbers. When given to a person, these cells can rapidly give rise to white blood cells and other components of the blood system.” This is but one more dramatic advance in the use of adult stem cells. Whatever happened to the rush for embryonic stem cell therapies? It has largely been trampled by the recent stampede to use adult tissues and induced pluripotent stem cells (06/06/2007, 10/24/2009, bullet 12). Dr. Gregory Brent (UCLA) told an audience Saturday night that embryonic stem cells have yet to produce one treatment, while adult stem cells are currently treating millions (if you include bone marrow transplants – a form of adult stem cell therapy). Dr. Brent believes the momentum has clearly shifted away from research on the ethically-questionable embryonic cells toward therapies with adult cells, because that’s where real progress is being made (e.g., 02/23/2009, 12/17/2008). The funding tells a story of shifting priorities, too. The Family Research Council noticed this month that only four of the 14 research grants funded by CIRM, the institute California voters authorized in 2004 to use $3 billion in tax revenues to further stem cell research (see 04/30/2008, bullet 3), deal with embryonic stem cells. Advocates of embryonic stem cell research do not expect any treatments for a long time (10/13/2006). The Christian Medical and Dental Associations website contains dozens of resources on the ethical issues regarding embryonic stem cells and other beginning-of-life and end-of-life questions.Do you remember the hysteria in the mid-2000s about embryonic stem cells? Do you remember how anyone opposed to ES research was portrayed as uncaring, unloving and hung-up on outmoded religious scruples? Do you remember how President Bush was savagely attacked by the scientific community for providing a carefully thought out compromise, after he had consulted numerous scientists and ethicists about the issue, because his decision did not give free rein to all the scientists’ desires for complete freedom to cut up human embryos? (08/11/2004, 07/31/2006). Do you remember the tear-jerking commercials by celebrities suggesting that only embryonic stem cells provided hope for cures to Parkinson’s and other crippling diseases? Do you remember the glorious promises of miracle cures right around the corner? Do you remember the guilt trip they all put on voters for raising questions about ES cells, because poor victims would remain without hope, while the Nobel Prizes would go overseas and American scientific prestige would be irreparably damaged? Do you remember how financially-strapped California voters were lured into shelling out $3 billion for what has turned out to be a colossal boondoggle? Do you remember the Gold Rush mentality? Do you remember the Hwang scandal that resulted? (01/09/2006, 02/05/2006). You should. Fortunately, CIRM has been watching the trends, and is now channeling the bulk of research funding on adult stem cells – but only because that’s where success is coming from. Democrats and liberal scientists got what they wanted from Obama (01/31/2009) but have little reason for pursuing their pet vice now that iPS provides almost everything they need for curing disease – without the ethical problems of embryonic stem cells. ES research requires the creation and destruction of human embryos and/or the harvesting of human egg cells. To revisit the shameful news about embryonic stem cells over the last decade, type “embryonic stem cells” into our search bar above. Then for an exciting list of actual miracle cures and promising research leads, type in “adult stem cells.”Exercise: Considering the outcome of the stem-cell hysteria of the last decade, what other passionate claims are coming from the scientific elitists today, demanding swift and immediate public support? What should be our response?(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The implications of saying violence is a product of natural selection are disturbing.Lethal violence is rooted deep in our animal ancestry, says Mark Pagel in Nature. “Researchers estimate that the incidence of human lethal violence at the time of the origin of our species was about six times higher than for the average mammal, but about as violent as expected, given our great-ape ancestry.” Well if researchers say it, it must be true, right? The researchers are from Spain, with their Nature paper titled, “The phylogenetic roots of human lethal violence.” Phylogeny is code for universal common ancestry by natural selection, i.e., neo-Darwinism. Pagel makes that clear:One of Charles Darwin’s great insights was that all living things evolve by a process of descent with modification, such that species give rise to daughter species that inherit many of their ancestors’ traits. Comparative biologists can use the family trees (phylogenies) that arise from this process to infer the history of biological evolution, to date past events, and to reconstruct probable ancestral features of species that lived hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of years ago.Hopefully the “researchers” were peace-loving when they wrote this. Otherwise, why don’t they act out what their roots tell them is natural? They try to justify peacefulness by saying, “the level of lethal violence has changed through human history and can be associated with changes in the socio-political organization of human populations.” But since gorillas and chimpanzees, our alleged nearest evolutionary neighbors, are violent, they have to believe that humans are just more of the same. Other apes have “socio-political organization” in their populations, too – maybe not as advanced as ours, but evolved nonetheless. One thing neither Pagel or these Spanish researchers can claim is that violence is immoral and peacemaking is desirable. If humans over time have learned to curtail their violent tendencies, the only cause for that is the Stuff Happens Law.Read John West’s book Darwin Day in America to get angry and depressed at the many evil fruits of Darwinism. West describes, for just one instance of many, how the notorious defense attorney Clarence Darrow of Scopes Trial fame got two brutal young murderers, Leopold and Loeb, off the hook by arguing that they were just doing what evolution made them do. This is just one more clear evidence that the teaching of Darwinian evolution as fact as terrible for society. Think also of the Columbine massacre where the two murderers wore T-shirts saying “Natural Selection.” They felt the same as Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, who believed blacks and mentally handicapped people were human weeds that needed to be eradicated. That evil organization just celebrated its 100th anniversary this month. (Note: Hillary Clinton announced in the third Presidential Debate that she would support Planned Parenthood, and did not deny that the unborn have no human rights, even up to the moment of birth.)The evil that Darwinism did to our justice system alone is incalculable. Add to that its evil fruit regarding sexual mores, abortion, law, art, education, and even architecture. Jesus warned, “By their fruits you will know them.” That’s a prime reason for CEH: to expose the evil root that brings evil fruit.Speaking of Columbine, look for the new film documenting the courage of Rachel Scott who died at the hands of the Columbine murderers when she openly affirmed, “Yes, I believe in God.” This film is called “I’m Not Ashamed” and comes out in theaters today.(Visited 97 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0