Gardai appeal for information following burglary in Lifford

first_imgGardaí at Letterkenny Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to a burglary that occurred at a house in Lifford last weekend. The incident happened in the Commons area of the Donegal town on October 5th (Saturday) between 8pm and 11.15pm.The front door of the house was forced open and the house was ransacked. A sum of money was stolen from the house.If anyone in that area noticed any people/cars that arouse suspicion on that date then we would ask them to contact Letterkenny Gardaí on 074-9167100.Gardai appeal for information following burglary in Lifford was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Flight: If You Can’t Evolve It, Model Your Imagination

first_imgThis is silly. A robot model with outstretched arms cannot begin to say how dinosaurs took wing.“Robot dinosaurs help unlock the evolution of flight” shouts a headline at New Atlas. Michael Irving uses standard hype language to try to interest a bored public dazed by non-stop evolutionary myths:On the timeline of the evolution of flight in birds, gliding seems like a logical first step. But new research suggests that some species could have made the jump straight to flapping flight without a gliding phase in the meantime, which could force a rewrite of our understanding of avian evolution….Although it couldn’t fly, Caudipteryx‘s wings might have flapped when it ran, which in turn could have led to the eventual evolution of active flight. He describes how evolutionists at a Japanese university built a robotic model of Caudipteryx, one of the disputed “feathered dinosaurs” (CMI). They designed the model to run, and as it ran, hold out its arms. Who is surprised that the arms flapped as it ran? That was built into the model. What can this possibly say about flight? Nothing. Without a living Caudipteryx to watch, there is no way to tie it into the “evolution of flight.” And to think that any animal could suddenly leap off the ground and fly is to exercise fact-free imagination to the extreme (see Illustra Media documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds to understand the anatomical and physiological requirements for powered flight).One might as well say that children are evolving flight when they flap their arms while running. If this were a law of nature, kangaroos and lizards are on the way to flying, too. They “could have made the jump to flapping flight,” couldn’t they? The “could have” phrase allows for anything. The paper in PLoS Biology has such a high perhapsimaybecouldness index (use of “might have” and “may have,” etc.) it’s ridiculous. One can only hope the toymakers had some fun goofing off on the job.For comic relief, watch this historical YouTube video of man’s ridiculous attempts to fly by attaching wings to the arms. Powered flight by humans only made headway through biomimetics: imitation of the best flyers on the planet — birds.They refer to Ken Dial’s partridge-family theory for the origin of flight, one of the stupidest cases of evolutionary storytelling ever reported on CEH (19 July 2016). Dial watched living partridge chicks running up ramps, and imagined they were reliving their evolutionary heritage of their dinosaur ancestors beginning training for flight. That theory survived for over 15 years in the literature, not because it was sensible, but because evolutionists had nothing better to offer.(Visited 224 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Discovery launches short-term insurance

first_img20 May 2011Financial services group Discovery Holdings is aiming to take advantage of its unique behavioural economics business model with the launch of Discovery Insure, a new player in South Africa’s R50-billion short-term insurance market.According to Discovery CEO Adrian Gore, the company has studied the market for a number of years and is optimistic that they can bring structural change to the short-term industry.“Discovery clients have come to expect compelling product innovation that meets their needs,” Gore said in a statement this week. “We are confident that with Discovery Insure we will encourage consumers to change their behaviour and reap rewards for it.”Positive behavioural changeDiscovery Insure sets to achieve three key objectives: to structurally reduce the cost of insurance through positive behavioural change, to channel actuarial and risk management savings to significantly reduce the cost of fuel for clients, and to make the roads safer for families insured by Discovery.By channelling the actuarial and financial benefits of better driving, along with the efficient payment mechanism of DiscoveryCard, the BP fuel network and safer vehicles enabled through Tiger Wheel & Tyre, the VitalityDrive programme incentivises clients through valuable rewards.Advanced telematics technologyVitalityDrive is an incentive-based programme that gives clients valuable rewards for improving their driving. The programme uses the DQ-Track, the latest motor vehicle telematics technology, and proprietary algorithms to develop a scientific measure of driver behaviour.The application of advanced telematics technology ensures that Discovery Insure clients are safer and better protected on South Africa’s roads.Led by industry veteran Steffen Gilbert, Discovery Insure will offer comprehensive vehicle, personal and household cover.“I am delighted to head up a new business within the Discovery fold that we see improving the level of competitiveness in the market by rewarding members, not penalising consumers,” said Gilbert. “Innovation has been a hallmark of Discovery’s growth, and we intend to stay true to that ethos with Discovery Insure.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents’ trip highlights trade and farm economy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseOhio Farm Bureau’s county presidents flooded Capitol Hill this week with their message of how farms in Ohio — and their farms specifically — are impacted with federal policy decisions.“It is so easy for all of us to take our food system and agricultural industry for granted. It is so important here at Capitol Hill for our farmer leaders to come out and tell their stories to help educate the leaders here in Washington about the challenges facing Ohio agriculture and what is happening on our farms,” said Jack Irvin, with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). “Having that personal story makes it so much more real than some white piece of paper that has a bunch of facts listed on it. When you have a real-life person telling a real-life story, it is something you can remember and understand a lot more easily than some generic talking point from a generic lobbyist.”The county presidents start the trip with an overview of the policy issues from the experts before meeting with legislators. Top of mind for every farmer is the struggling farm economy and American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist John Newton provided an overview of the numbers and projections for 2019 and beyond.“Early projections on farm income in 2019 are about $69 billion. That is up about 10%, but remains in inflation-adjusted dollars among the lowest 25% we’ve seen in nearly 100 years, so it is still a pretty challenging time. We will see production expenses come down a little as people tighten their belts and folks figure a way to make it through on tighter margins,” Newton said. “Total asset values in ag are over $3 trillion. In the 80s we had about $775 billion in ag assets, so we have a much bigger asset base than we had the last time we were in these tough conditions. Land values and cash rents have been relatively stable in recent years despite the fact that a lot of commodity prices are 40% to 50% below where they were back in ‘11, ‘12 and ’13. How much longer land values can maintain their strong position remains uncertain.”Changes in trade — including the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) — could make or break the farm economy in coming months.“I think 2019 trade could be a game changer. I think we could get something done with China. Word on the street is that in late March there could be some sort of memorandum of understanding on trade with China,” Newton said. “We can get USMCA across the finish line sometime by the summer, do a bi-lateral with Japan, and get ag included in an EU trade agreement and we could come out like gangbusters. At the same time we could see additional tariffs levied on our products that provide even more headwinds. It could be a winner or a loser.”Regulatory reform is another important topic that the county Farm Bureau presidents discussed with lawmakers this week. Paul Schlegel, managing director of public policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation, provided some highlights, including a re-vamped and improved version of the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.“We are talking about the new clean water rule that the EPA proposed. It was informally unveiled back in December. The comment period ends on April 15. We are in the process of letting people know that it is out there, that the comment period is open and they are free to comment to the agency, and to make sure they register their comments. This rule that has been proposed comes far closer, we feel, to congressional intent and the meaning of the law than the old rule did. It is much better for farmers and ranchers so we want to make sure we can get the rules promulgated, finalized and put on the books as quickly as we can get them there,” Schlegel said. “There is also legislation on Capitol Hill that deals with agricultural labor. We expect some bills to be introduced in the near future that would have a new guest worker program. We expect the U.S. Department of Labor to issue a proposal sometime in the next month or two that would revise the H-2A program. We are hoping to see something that would make it easier for farmers, more accessible and less bureaucratic. We do expect improvements.”Other priorities include monitoring the implementation of the farm bill, infrastructure improvements, and broadband in rural America.“There is no shortage of things we are working on at the moment,” Schlegel said.The trip makes for a long, but rewarding, three days for those who attend.“It is a lot of good people who come out here to try to make a difference for everybody back home,” said Dustin Converse, the Union County Farm Bureau president. “I look forward to getting to meet the representatives and senators and getting to talk to them and voice our opinions.”The weather was ideal on the 2019 trip to D.C. for the Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents.last_img read more

Georgia Football’s Official Twitter Account Favorited A Tweet About Taking Everett Golson

first_imggeorgia football favorites tweet about getting Everett Golson for a year.Twitter/@TooMFCold4LNotre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is officially on the transfer market, and there are dozens of teams that could use him at quarterback for the upcoming season. The Georgia Bulldogs seem to fit the bill with the graduation of their 2014 starter Hutson Mason, and some fans are already trying to recruit him to [email protected]_Golson5 @FootballUGA choose the dawgs for one year. Take us to another level. We need a championship!!!— Phillip Coy (@TooMFCold4L) May 7, 2015Whoever runs Georgia football’s official Twitter account also seems to like the [email protected] @Everett_Golson5 tweeted this not even thinking it was possible. #EverettGolsonToGeorgia #dreamcometrue pic.twitter.com/JwvLsUJ1aj— Phillip Coy (@TooMFCold4L) May 7, 2015Unless Mark Richt is the man behind the Twitter, this probably means nothing, but “Golson Watch” should be a fun news story for the college football world over the next few weeks.last_img read more

Mediaplanet Launches Fighting Alzheimers Campaign

first_imgLaunching during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, Mediaplanet last week published this June’s “Fighting Alzheimer’s” campaign.This publication will advocate for caregiver health as well as increased research on treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with over 16 million Americans providing unpaid care for people with dementia. Featuring leading experts, influencers, caregivers and patients, this campaign will spotlight the amalgamation of perspectives in the fight for a cure. Through a series of inspiring and insightful editorials, this publication will reach caregivers to educate them on tips, resources and clinical trials available to them.“I’ve learned that I can do anything, but I cannot do everything,” says AARP’s Family Caregiver Expert, Amy Goyer. In a frank Q & A on the interior of the print edition, Goyer empowers caregivers to seek support and balance their quality of life with the wellbeing of their loved one. The campaign also highlights the work of celebrity advocates such as Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller-Rogen and Maria Shriver.The print component of “Fighting Alzheimer’s” is distributed within the centerfold of today’s USA Today edition in Atlanta, New York, South Florida, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Boston, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and estimated readership of 750,000. The publication will be available at industry conferences, awareness walks and caregiver advocacy events across the country. The digital component is distributed nationally through a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital campaign, click here.This campaign was made possible with the support of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, AARP, Caregiver Action Network, CDC Healthy Aging Program, Always Discreet, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, A Place for Mom, UnitedHealth Group, Dementia Spotlight Foundation, Home Instead, M3 Biotechnology, Alliance for Aging Research, Best Buy, Comfor Tek, Altoida, Voyager Therapeutics, Emory University, Miami Jewish Health, Project Lifesaver, Allergan, Axsome Therapeutics, EIP Pharma, California Table Grape Commission, IXICO, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, Hilarity for Charity, Johns Hopkins’ Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center, Seth Rogen & Lauren Miller-Rogen, Maria Shriver, Sharon Hall and Teepa Snow.last_img read more

Podcast The Pats HomeField Advantage Djokovic The GoAT Cespedes For The Rest

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 15, 2015), we discuss the allegations that the Patriots interfered with the Steelers’ communications in their Week 1 matchup. Then, Carl Bialik breaks down whether it’s time to start thinking of Novak Djokovic as the best men’s tennis player of all time — even though everyone seems to root for Roger Federer instead. And, can Yoenis Cespedes win National League MVP even though he’s only been in the National League for a few months? Plus, an update from FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey on our crowdsourcing Madden challenge to win the Super Bowl using his avatar. And to close out the show, a Significant Digit on a turnaround for Kansas City’s women’s soccer team.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below are links to some of what we discussed on the show:Want to win Madden with Walt Hickey as your quarterback? Here’s how to take part in our crowdsourcing project.ESPN’s list of injuries in the NFL.The Patriots’ home and road records in the Belichick era as compared to the rest of the league.When the Giants decided to pass on third down near the end of their Week 1 game against Dallas, they doubled the Cowboys’ win probability.Djokovic and Federer are vying to become the greatest of all time.Carl Bialik found that Roberta Vinci’s upset of Serena Williams was the biggest in modern women’s tennis.FanGraphs breaks down the argument for Yoenis Cespedes for MVP.The full archive of Baseline podcasts from Carl Bialik.Significant Digit: 4 — the number of teams that FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League leapfrogged to finish the regular season in third. FC Kansas City will face regular-season champion Seattle Reign FC in a repeat of last year’s National Women’s Soccer League final. Hot Takedown read more

At Least Phil Jackson Didnt Leave The Knicks In Ruins

Naturally, that surplus is made possible by the nature of the rookie scale, which artificially depresses pay for young players, but even going only by the real and projected value, this group of young players has been and will be worth far more than the veterans Jackson acquired. And the value isn’t all tied up in Porzingis, either — Hernangomez and Ntilikina both project to produce at a high level.With Jackson on the way out, the expectation is that coach Jeff Hornacek will have the freedom to move away from Jackson’s much derided triangle offense. Dolan is teasing the idea of chasing former Denver Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri, who helped pants New York in the ill-advised trade for Anthony, and then again in the even more lopsided Andrea Bargnani deal a few seasons later when Ujiri was working for the Toronto Raptors. (Somewhat infamously, Ujiri nearly traded Toronto’s star point guard Kyle Lowry to New York before Dolan, hesitant to be humiliated by Ujiri once again, called off the trade at the 11th hour.)The Knicks, who were 80-166 under Jackson, 29.5 games under their preseason Vegas win totals, are in possession of all of their future first-round draft picks for the first time in a decade.2Hell, the last time the Knicks’ draft outlook was promising for consecutive years was 2005 and 2006, when they had back-to-back seasons with multiple first-rounders. In 2005 they drafted Channing Frye and David Lee, and traded Kurt Thomas for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. The following season, the team drafted Renaldo Balkman and Mardy Collins. Things are looking up.And so the Knicks move on to the next stage of their development, better off than they were three seasons ago. Phil Jackson did a good job — except for the parts where he didn’t. Or perhaps he did a world-historically bad job, except for a few draft picks that went his way. It was a mixed bag, full of drama and triangles, and maybe the best thing to be said about Jackson’s Knicks is that they never managed to completely bungle the future. But in this town, that’s not nothing. It’s borderline groundbreaking. Stick around long enough and even the New York Knicks might have a bright future to sell you.VIDEO: Phil Jackson’s legacy with the Knicks isn’t all bad In just three full seasons, Phil Jackson inflicted as much psychic distress on the New York Knicks fanbase as any executive in New York’s recent, storied, terrible history. Jackson signed with the Knicks on March 18, 2014. News broke on Wednesday morning that he’s leaving.Yet the fans’ discomfort was only possible, in large part, because Jackson’s front office drafted well and unearthed talented young players. Jackson built the team of the future, and then set about imperiling it.Jackson’s exit ends several weeks of turmoil which saw him feud openly with Carmelo Anthony over his no-trade clause (which Jackson himself negotiated) and entertain trade possibilities for Kristaps Porzingis, either in earnest or to send the young star a message to fall in line. It was a messy end, but then, things have been a mess for a while now.In Jackson’s first offseason, he made the biggest decision of his tenure: re-signing Anthony to a 5-year, $124 million contract, which included a no-trade clause. He also traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton for then-33-year-old Jose Calderon, a handful of cap filler and a pair of second round picks. Not quite an earth-moving rebuild, but not terrible.The following season, the Knicks made a three-team deal that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland (and three straight Finals appearances), but returned three marginal players and a 2019 second-round pick. That offseason, the team drafted Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick, and signed Robin Lopez to a 4-year, $55 million deal. The roster rounded out with peripheral free agents Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams and a trade for Kyle O’Quinn. Then the real trouble began.In the summer of 2016, Jackson signed Joakim Noah to a 4-year, $72 million contract, and traded Lopez (and his favorable contract), rookie Jerian Grant and Calderon to the Chicago Bulls for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a second round pick. Rose remained a ghost of his former self; Noah was injured, ineffective and more expensive than Lopez.Going by FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system,1CARMELO has been updated to once again use Real Plus-Minus, though it’s now blended with Box Plus-Minus. We’ll have more details in a few days, but for now, these numbers won’t match the ones in the interactive. we can see just how badly Jackson overshot on the veterans he acquired. The seven most significant players he brought in or re-signed — Anthony, Rose, Noah, Afflalo, Courtney Lee, Lopez and Calderon — made or will make a combined $253 million from the 2014-15 season to the end of the 2019-20 season from the Knicks. Over that same time, they will have produced $134 million of value. The Knicks overpaid by half. The rookies were a different story. Jackson famously preferred Jahlil Okafor to Porzingis, but should be credited for taking a talented but risky prospect. The same goes for trading second-round pick swaps for Willy Hernangomez, a viable center of the future, provided we live long enough to see a future without Joakim Noah on the books, and signing Mindaugas Kuzminskas. And last week’s draft selection, 18-year-old Frank Ntilikina, is a risky, home-run type pick at a draft position in which Jackson could have taken safer players with lower ceilings.Using the same CARMELO method as we did for the veterans, the key Knicks rookies look far better. They project to produce $203 million by 2020, but will have been paid just shy of $43 million. read more

AYUSH Ministry to clamp down on permits to state govts for opening

first_imgKolkata: Union Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) has decided not to give permission to the state governments to open any AYUSH medical college and hospital for the next two years.The Centre, however, claimed that the move has been made to carry out a comprehensive drive to enhance existing infrastructure of the AYUSH medical colleges.For the next two years, the AYUSH Ministry will not accept any applications from any state government. The director of Ministry of AYUSH has already written to the chief secretaries of the states in this regard. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsState governments need to take no-objection certificate from the Centre for setting up an AYUSH medical college. The Union ministry has also decided not to construct any medical institutions under its fold for the next two academic years, as they will concentrate more on the development of existing infrastructure of all these hospitals. In a recent notification issued by the Ministry of AYUSH, all the state governments and universities have been urged not to give consent of affiliation to any institution which is under construction. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe restrictions will be imposed only for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. The Centre has also requested the states not to receive any fresh application, as the Centre would not entertain any such application.According to sources, there are around 626 AYUSH medical colleges across the country, among which around 17 are in Bengal. According to the ministry of AYUSH, there are areas which require some infrastructural revamp and hence it is the priority of the ministry to put in place adequate infrastructure so that people coming to the hospitals can avail best quality treatment. The ministry, during its inspection of colleges, will examine and assess if they maintain the prescribed standards. There will be a reform in the education system at all the AYUSH medical colleges in the country. According to the sources, the reforms will improve the quality of education, which will have an impact on providing quality healthcare delivery system rendered by the AYUSH system of medicine.The existing AYUSH medical colleges will, however, be able to admit candidates in various undergraduate courses for the next two academic years. The admissions will be made only through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).The notification also mentions that AYUSH National Teachers Eligibility Test is to be conducted for appointment of all teachers in AYUSH institutions and an unique verification code for such teachers will be allotted before their appointment.The main purpose of the initiatives is to bring transparency and improvement in the quality of all the AYUSH institutions. The ministry also takes up initiatives to achieve standards in AYUSH medical education in the country.last_img read more