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first_imgDONEGAL’S World-beating Irish dancer Gerard Byrne has been given a hero’s welcome home in Donegal tonight – after returning home with his SECOND world title in three years.Family, friends and supporters packed into The Diamond to greet the dancer from McNeilis Cunningham Boyle School of Dance.“I’m over the moon at winning back my world title and I still can’t believe it,” said the Abbey Vocational School student. “I want to thank to my dance teachers Claire Mc Nelis, Isobel Cunningham, Déirdre O’ Reilly and Eilis. I couldn’t of done it without them,” he said.Friends from the local soccer club and Four Masters GAA club joined the crowds along with hundreds of others.Gerard’s fame after his victory in London has caught the imagination of the people of Britain.He was one of two world dancing champions to give an exhibition of the art form on the BBC2 show Newsnight. Presenter Jeremy Paxman introduced Gerard and Julia O’Rourke from New York at the end of his TV show last night when they performed a hard-shoe reel.The World Irish Dancing Championships are taking place in London this week for the first time in its 44-year history.And it’s one week young Gerard will never forget.Maith thú.You can watch Gerard on Newsnight here: HERO’S WELCOME HOME FOR WORLD IRISH DANCE CHAMP GERARD was last modified: April 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Gerard ByrneWorld Irish Dancing Championlast_img read more


first_imgWe examine numerous articles and papers that talk about evolution to see if neo-Darwinism (or even old Darwinism) actually contributes to the understanding of nature.Because evolution carries multiple meanings, we focus on the neo-Darwinian view that new complex traits arrive through common ancestry by blind, unguided processes of mutation and natural selection. Darwinian evolution is not simply change through time, or variation of existing types. It is a mechanism (Darwin thought) of creating new complex structures that never existed before. Through time, Darwin envisioned, natural selection could generate every living thing from the first primitive cell (the origin of which he could only speculate about). He proposed an all-encompassing worldview of life’s origin and elaboration. If every species or family is related through Darwin’s proposed creative mechanism, then individual branches on Darwin’s ‘tree of life’ should reflect that.The question before us in this entry is whether this worldview contributes to scientific understanding of nature. We must not be distracted by details about unrelated topics, by humor, by non-sequiturs, red herrings and other detours off topic. We must discount unjustified assertions. We don’t care about empty promises that such-and-such a study ‘might shed light’ on evolution. Busy work, no matter how rigorous or honorable, is irrelevant to the question if it does not concern the issue at hand. We want to see actual understanding of nature that could only come about through scientific research applying Darwin’s worldview. Take a look:Blue lupines are legumes that fix nitrogen in the soil. Photo by David Coppedge.Those DAM Flowering Plants. Evolutionists have been trying to understand the origin of flowering plants since they were first called “Darwin’s Abominable Mystery” (DAM) in honor of Darwin, who couldn’t understand how they popped into existence and took over the world 140 million Darwin Years ago. Nature News reports on one of the biggest-ever evolutionary attempts to solve the mystery, called eFLOWER. It was a statistical analysis of 20 traits from 800 species of angiosperms, undertaken specifically to figure out what the common ancestor must have looked like. Did Darwinism help? The article says that researchers have “budding doubts” about the conclusions of the project. Some combinations of traits of the mystical first flower seem biologically impossible, some complain. “Things can be statistically possible without being biologically possible,” said another. Another summed up the results, “We don’t know the final answer yet.” After 158 years, how much more time do they deserve to find an answer?Things can be statistically possible without being biologically possible.In a related article, Science Daily obeys the DAM Law (q.v.) by pretty much admitting that evolutionists are forced into an uncomfortable position. They either have to trust the molecular clock, which implies “cryptic evolution of flowers that is not documented in the fossil record,” or believe the fossils, which show abrupt appearance. Anyone see evolution in any of these articles? Anyone see Darwinism providing a better understanding of nature? Darwin envisioned slow, gradual change over long ages. His mechanism of natural selection could never taking a big leap, he said. He was troubled by the fossil record that showed otherwise. Evidently, his disciples still are.Spider with a tail but no evolution (except in promises). Evolutionary biologists were fascinated with a spider stuck in Burmese amber, Nature News indicates. They date it and two other specimens as 100 million Darwin Years old. Grading time: did they learn anything when they looked at it with Darwin-colored glasses? The tail on the creature didn’t provide any evolutionary clues, because “Silk-spinning spiders with and without tails co-existed for millennia, the authors agree.” The spider also had a modern-like web-spinning apparatus. Any lineage evident? Any progression from pre-spiders to spiders? “On the basis of the creature’s tail, they conclude that it belongs to the Uraraneida, a group of spider relatives that was thought to have gone extinct around 275 million years ago,” some said. So why was it found in amber said to be 175 million Darwin Years younger?It gets worse: Phys.org notes that it looks similar in many ways to modern spiders. “It makes us wonder if these may still be alive today,” said Paul Selden, author of the paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution, which begins, “Details of their origins remain obscure, with little knowledge of their stem group and few insights into the sequence of character acquisition during spider evolution.” The Abstract claims that this fossil “documents a key transition stage in spider evolution,” but then quibbles about this spider’s place in the phylogeny, only to conclude that this spider’s lineage survived for a very, very long time without really changing much. In the BBC News coverage, another evolutionist commits futureware, issuing a promissory note that the fossil “will be important in deciphering the puzzle of the evolution of spiders and allied groups.”Frame from Illustra Media, Origin.Uniting the divided: evolving multicellular life. An article on Phys.org begins, “One of the big evolutionary questions in life is how and why single cell organisms organised themselves to live in a group, thereby forming multicellular life forms.” Notice that they say it remains one of the big evolutionary questions today, in 2018. How long have evolutionists had to address this question? They still don’t know the how; they still don’t know the why. An action hero appears for the rescue! It’s “PhD student, Jonathan Featherston, of the Evolution of Complexity Laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.” Finally, we get someone who “has answered at least part of this question,” the article promises. He looked at the genes of Tetrabaena, a four-celled alga, for clues. But if you bypass all the distracting details that don’t address the question, we are left with speculations about a few genes that “probably are important for the evolution of multicellularity.” Then we are told that “Multicellularity has evolved at least 25 times independently” — how? by genes that “gave rise to multicellularity” by various mechanisms, perhaps gene duplication, or by unspecified “lineage-specific genetic developments.” Such statements would not give an unbiased listener confidence that Darwinians have yet explained anything about the origin of multicellularity.Evolution by subtraction: blind cave fish. If Darwinian evolution is the Designer Substitute that liberated biology from creationism, it seems strange that evolutionists would advertise blind cave fish as examples of it. Current Biology not only does that, but makes a remarkable claim about convergence that flies in the face of common ancestry anyway.Like other cave animals, fish species adapted for cave life exhibit a suite of sensory, morphological, physiological and behavioral traits that are shared among species from phylogenetically distant families. Most cave fishes are entirely or partially blind. The most extreme of them, the obligatory cave-dwelling fish that spend their entire life in caves, are the subject of this primer. At present, over 200 such cavefish species have been described, and all of them have evolved independently from surface ancestors. Thus, each cavefish species is a replicate of the same natural experiment, testing the evolutionary response of a sighted surface fish to the absence of light and the limitations on food in a subterranean environment. The evolutionary responses converge on loss of eyes and pigmentation and the augmentation of other senses, such as taste, smell or mechanosensation, as well as a more efficient metabolism, changes in feeding behavior, altered activity levels, loss of circadian rhythmicity and increased wakefulness.Nothing new has been created by evolution in this case; existing traits have been accentuated, that’s all. But some very helpful traits have been lost. Blind people, too, learn to become more aware through their other senses, but it would be odd to consider them more evolved than sighted people.Are these crows evolving, or just gifted to begin with? The BBC News caws over the tool-making ability of New Caledonian crows, throwing the word “evolve” around with reckless abandon, but does it understand the cause of their unique gift? Even if the crows know how to make hooks out of twigs and use them to retrieve food, does it justify the breathless Darwinian ecstasy expressed by Prof. Christian Rutz when he observed the clever crows at work? “When I see these crows making hooked tools, I have a glimpse of the very foundations of a technology that is evolving.” Consider:(a) He didn’t watch crows evolve technology; he observed a trait they already have.(b) He didn’t witness mutation or natural selection.(c) He didn’t witness speciation. The crows remain not only crows, but New Caledonian crows.(d) The fact that hooks are ten times faster than twigs for catching food is irrelevant: “Measuring the hooks’ effectiveness tells scientists something about what drove this tool-use to evolve.” But nothing was observed evolving.(e) If the Darwinian view of this ‘technology’ were a law of nature, all birds should have evolved it by now, but “These crows are the only animals known to make hooks.” Science cannot build a theory on a sample size of one.(f) Rutz claims that birds evolved tool-making faster than humans, which would seem to make birds into human ancestors. How does this help Darwin’s story? “But we have to be more humble and accept that many ‘small-brained’ animals are intelligent enough to make and use tools and sometimes are even more proficient at this task than our cousins.”(g) The observations have nothing to do with human technology or Darwinian gradualism, yet Rutz draws that comparison: bird technology evolution is like human technology evolution, he says. Our invention of fish hooks “was incredibly recent – only 1,000 generations ago, which is an eye-blink in evolutionary terms,” he exclaims passionately. “When you think that we went in that 1,000 generations from crafting fish hooks to building space shuttles – that’s absolutely mind-boggling.”(h) Finally, Rutz insults all engineers who worked in the space shuttle, implying that their magnificent machines evolved by blind processes of mistakes and natural selection.There are so many examples like this in the news, we will have to continue in another entry. But do you see a pattern emerging? No matter what is observed, no matter how much it falsifies what Darwin himself expected biology would reveal, evolution takes credit (see 2007 Aug 24). Bird technology? It evolved. Spider web-spinning? It evolved. Multicellular life? It evolved. But Dr. Science, How did it evolve? What are you, some creationist nincompoop? Away with you! Guards, seize him.(Visited 680 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_img23 May 2008As the police and the army move to contain the violence against foreign nationals in parts of the country, a growing number of South Africans are taking action against xenophobia, and stepping up to help the thousands of people displaced by the violence.“The recent upsurge of violence in Johannesburg calls for a response from everyone, not only government and the police,” the Movement For Good says on its For Good website.The For Good website offers practical ways for ordinary people to help the victims and to bring a permanent end to the violence.Places where members of the public can drop off food, blankets or clothing, where they can go to volunteer their help, or how to make cash contributions, are all listed on the site – along with stories of what For Good members are already doing in response to the situation.South Africans have been responding generously to calls by relief aid organisations to help provide emergency relief to those affected by xenophobic attacks.The South African Red Cross Society said the support of the public had, by Monday, enabled it to provide assistance to more than 6 000 people. Red Cross staff and volunteers, working in shifts and “often in dangerous and difficult conditions”, have been providing first aid and distributing food, blankets and hygiene and baby kits.More donations are still needed, however, and the organisation has urged the public to visit the Red Cross website or call their national office on 021 532 0202 to find out what and how they should donate.Meanwhile, a march in solidarity with foreign nationals it to take place in Johannesburg on Saturday, starting at the Pieter Roos Park on Empire Road, near Hillbrow, at 9am.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have been catching the rains, but things are looking OK. I definitely think there has been some nitrogen loss in the corn. I have heard that there is some corn leaf disease showing up in Wayne County too.If there are molds and toxins in the plants it can show up in the silage and then you can be dealing with high toxin levels in the feed. The molds that show up in the ear are a problem, but it is hard to determine the cost verses the payback on spraying a fungicide for silage. It takes a ton of silage just to pay for the spraying and to get a return you need to get an extra ton and it is questionable whether that will happen or not.Normally we just wait longer to get the forage drier when the moisture is high, but this year we have mowed and chopped in the same day a couple of times on the haylage because that is all the window we’ve had. We have definitely put up wetter forage than we ever have this year and a good inoculant will help that more than forage chopped at optimal moisture. It has been very difficult to get haylage done. We haven’t had much more than a day or two without rain for the last couple of months, but we have been squeaking it out. All of our second cutting is done, but we haven’t tried to dry bale any of it. A lot of guys in this area have been doing the same thing we have.The beans are looking pretty good. A lot of them are coming around but guys are getting behind on spraying and there is weed pressure. The wheat did well this year. It was coming off around 16% moisture and yielded around 81 bushels per acre. There is still some wheat out there yet, but ours is done. There have been a lot of elevators not taking wheat around here because of the quality issues.last_img read more


first_imgThe Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a Bill on Friday against conversion by force, inducement or through marriages solemnised for the “sole purpose” of adopting a new religion. The Opposition supported the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2019, which was passed unanimously with a voice vote. Replying to the discussion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said a new stringent legislation was required as “forced conversion”, especially in Rampur and Kinnaur, was “on the rise.”The Bill seeks to repeal the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2006, which is on similar lines. The new Bill proposes stringent punishments — up to seven years in jail compared to the three years under the existing law.The Bill prohibits conversion by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement, marriage or any fraudulent means. Any marriage for the sole purpose of conversion will also be declared null and void under Section 5 of the Bill. While participating in the discussion on the Bill, Congress legislators Asha Kumari, Sukhvinder Sukhu, Jagat Singh Negi and lone CPI(M) MLA Rakesh Singha sought changes in some clauses. Answering Mr. Sukhu’s suggestion, Mr. Thakur said the 13-year old act was not so effective. The government decided to bring a new legislation instead of amending the already-existing Act as it has only eight sections and it would have not better to add about 10 more sections to it, the chief minister said.As per the Bill, anyone seeking to convert will need to give a month’s notice to the district magistrate, stating that the person is converting on his/her own. The provision figured in the 2006 law as well and was challenged in court. The priest who performs conversion ceremony will also give a month’s notice in advance. Those reconverting to their “parent religion” are exempted from this provision. Replying to Mr. Negi’s suggestion, the chief minister said everyone was worried about untouchability, but provisions in the Constitution against untouchability were already there. According to the new Bill, if Dalits, women or minors were made to convert, the jail term will be between two-seven years. Law Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Rakesh Pathania and Rakesh Jamwal from the treasury bench also participated in the discussion. Section 10 of the Bill states that no person or organisation violating the provisions will be allowed to accept any donation or contribution of any kind from within or outside the country. The Bill will become an Act after its notification following assent by the Governor.last_img read more


first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting With Rashford not fit to start and wide players Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard also injured, United was without its entire first-choice front three as well as key midfielders Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera.Lukaku recovered from missing a glorious early chance to score in each half and help keep United a point behind fourth-place Arsenal in the fight for Champions League qualification. A further goal from Ashley Young, after Joel Ward had responded for 14th-place Palace, ensured United continued the momentum it will hope to carry into next week’s Champions League match at Paris Saint-Germain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUnited trails 2-0 from the first leg.If Palace had taken confidence from United’s dwindling options, which also meant rare starts for Fred and Alexis Sanchez, the hosts were vulnerable, too, without injured defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mamadou Sakho. United was clinical in delivering a third goal in the 83rd minute.Lukaku was again involved, exchanging passes with Pogba before the midfielder fed Young into space at the back post. United’s captain calmly finished low beyond Guaita.In stoppage time, Ward kicked the ball from De Gea’s grasp and into the net after a header from Christian Benteke, but referee Martin Atkinson ruled out the goal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lukaku should have taken advantage of Palace’s uncertainty at the back when, in the eighth minute, Luke Shaw’s corner found the striker in space directly in front of goal but he somehow volleyed over.Andros Townsend twice threatened for Palace — on both occasions he shot narrowly wide — before Lukaku put United in front in the 33rd minute after Shaw again put him into space. Lukaku this time showed greater composure to take a touch before curling first time into the bottom right corner.Jeffrey Schlupp almost produced an immediate response for Palace when he glanced wide from close range but further poor defending undermined the home side as Lukaku extended United’s lead in the 52nd.Paul Pogba missed a header before Victor Lindelof found Lukaku, who held off James Tomkins to smartly finish over goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.Palace’s goal came through Ward in the 66th minute when Schlupp collected a loose ball on the left and beat David De Gea by crossing to Ward at the back post, leaving the defender with a near-open goal in which to send his diving header.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, left, in action with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, during the English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park in London, Wednesday Feb. 27, 2019. (John Walton/PA via AP)LONDON— Manchester United made light of its injury crisis by winning 3-1 at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday, with Romelu Lukaku scoring two of the goals on his return to the team.Lukaku had gone nine games without a goal and was becoming a more peripheral figure at United since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has preferred Marcus Rashford as the sole striker.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Liverpool regains verve with 5-0 thrashing of Watford Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief 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 MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


first_imgMumbai: Singer-composer Adnan Sami might have opted for Indian citizenship, but his son Azaan Sami Khan insists on calling Pakistan his home. “The reason I have never really spoken about it before is because he is my father. I love him and respect him. He has made certain decisions of where he wants to live and which country he chooses to call home, and I respect that. What I choose to call home now is my choice and I chose to work in Pakistan,” said Azaan, in an interview to BBC. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaAzaan, a music composer, revealed that although he spent his teenage days in India, he prefers to call Pakistan his home and is proud of the fact. “I have amazing friends there (in India). I have lived a lot of my life there – my teen years particularly, but Pakistan is my home. I have grown up there but I feel like the industry in Pakistan is my family. There is immense pride for me, and hope and ambition, that I contribute to an industry which I call home,” he said. Azaan is Sami’s son from singer’s first wife.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor has called actor Neil Nitin Mukesh his family. Neil on Wednesday had tweeted a photograph of his wedding, where Rishi is seen sitting next to him and his wife Rukmini Neil Mukesh. The three are seen smiling for the camera. The “Saaho” actor wished Rishi, who turned 67 on Wednesday. He wrote: “From playing his junior in a film VIJAY to him spreading so much love and positivity at my sangeet, Chintu uncle has always been most loved. Happy Birthday Chintu uncle have a super year. God bless you with all the happiness.” To which, Rishi replied: “You are my family beta!” Rishi is undergoing medical treatment in New York. A slew of family, friends, and celebrities from across the world, including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, and Karan Johar, have visited Rishi over the past months.last_img read more

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