first_imgCllr Patrick Mc Gowan and chairman of Donegal County Council John Campbell try out the Adult Exercise Machine at Glenfinn Play area.The official opening of the new Community Play Area in Glenfinn took place on Friday last to great excitement.It follows a total funding package of €118,128.51 which was funded by Donegal Local Development Company Limited (DLDC) and the local community, through the Leader Programme contributed funding of €88,586.45.Speaking at the opening, John Starrett ,Vice Chairman of DLDC said the Board were delighted to be associated with the project and to be in a position to provide LEADER funding under the Village Renewal and Development measure at a grant rate of 75%. Children try out the new Equipment“It is certainly very impressive having been developed from a community owned site, to the marvellous facility that we see here today. It will also have a very positive environmental impact due to its design and location close to the Day Centre and The Isaac Butt Heritage Centre, and will be of great social benefit to the local community. The needs analyses that was carried out by the Gleann Fhinne Teoranta Committee and showed quite clearly the need for the project”.Indeed overall, in Donegal, the Board were delighted to have delivered a total investment of €12.7 million in Rural Communities since 2009 which in turn has led to an overall investment of over €20M.Neil Martin, Chairman of Gleann Fhinne Teo, said “Today sees years of hard work and planning come to fruition with the official opening by, Cllr. John Campbell, Mayor of Donegal, of the Glenfinn Community Play Area. Our Committee has been working tirelessly over the past few years to see their dream of establishing a much needed children’s play area and an adjoining adult outdoor exercise facility, and have enjoyed the support of the whole community and local care of the aged committee.“The Project, costing €118,128.51, has been funded largely through a grant from Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) via the Leader programme, with the remainder coming from funding from fundraising as well. The contract for construction of the playground was awarded to Play and Leisure Services after an open tender process, and was supervised by Mc Mullin and Associates, Architects. The site was purchased by the local committee in 2005 for the development of community facilities”. He also thanked the Parish of Killteevogue for their generously in granting a loan Facility for the project. He also thanked all the Care of the Aged committee, the Parish of Kilteevogue, local community and voluntary groups and families who have also contributed or otherwise helped raise funds.The opening of the facility was an opportunity for everyone in the area to celebrate the completion of the project and enjoy the many fun, colourful pieces of play and exercise equipment.Cllr. John Campbell Mayor of Donegal officially opened the Play Area and paid compliments to the Gleann Fhinne Teo committee for their patience, hard work and efforts in making it possible.He also thanked the staff and Board of Donegal Local Development Company Ltd for their support both financially and administratively in helping the promoter complete their Project. A great time was had by all and families in the area are now encouraged to enjoy this play park for many years to come! GLENFINN LOOKS FORWARD TO PLENTY OF PLAY DAYS WITH OPENING OF NEW FACILITY was last modified: October 28th, 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:DLDCdonegalGlenfinnnew play arealast_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND – The Philadelphia trio of Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are finding their stride during the Sixers’ West Coast trip. Now, with a nationally televised showdown against the champs Thursday night, the three players will try to see how they stack up against Golden State’s Big 5.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup. When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)Sixers projected starting lineup: Wilson Chandler, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick …last_img read more

first_imgNeanderthals: Just Another Ethnic Groupby Jerry Bergman, PhDYet another new article on Neanderthals supports the growing scientific consensus that they are just another group of human beings like you and me. Nonetheless, remnants of the old and now disproved evolutionary view keep hanging around. A new article in the May 2019 issue of the leading magazine The Smithsonian does a marvelous job covering this topic.[1] In short, the article, which includes reprints of cartoons maligning our Neanderthal relatives, opined: “Revolutionary discoveries in archaeology show that the species long maligned as knuckle-dragging brutes deserve a new place in the human story.”This topic has special meaning for me. Knowing that several colleagues of mine at the college where I taught for 31 years had Neanderthal DNA, I had mine analyzed by 23 and Me and found I am 51.6 percent Finnish-Swedish, which I already knew. I also found I have 360 Neanderthal variants which is more than 96 percent of the enormous 5 million-person database 23 and Me used as a comparison.In my case, Neanderthal ancestry accounts for about four percent of my overall DNA analyzed. The only larger percent, besides Finnish-Swedish, was British and German. One does not think of Neanderthal as related to blond, blue-eyed Scandinavians, but from what we know about Neanderthals they were well-adapted to the cold, so when the post-Flood Ice Age swept over Europe, the Neanderthals no doubt moved north up into Scandinavian lands where my relatives lived.New Research on Neanderthal ArtDeep within a cave in southern Spain, researchers have been searching for the ancient markings of the people they believe inhabited the caves there, namely the Neanderthals. The art is beneath layers of calcium carbonate. In one of three sites in Spain, cave explorers, or spelunkers, found designs consisting of hazy circles drawn with red ocher. Separated by hundreds of miles, the caves house handiwork—vivid artwork patterns (spheres, ladders or hand stencils). Using drills and surgical scalpels, the cavers grind and scrape the minerals that dripping groundwater deposited on top of the artwork for centuries. At each spot, “to avoid damaging the paintings,” a few milligrams of veneer are carefully removed without touching the final coat of calcite overlaying the ocher.The results have begun to change scientists’ understanding of the so-called prehistoric artistic creations. The findings are yet more evidence that the world’s first artists must have been Neanderthals, people once believed to be “stocky, stooped figures, preternaturally low-browed, who became extinct as sapiens inherited the earth.”[2] University of Barcelona Professor Zilhão, opined, “the paintings have turned out to be the oldest known art in Europe, and, with current knowledge, the oldest in the world.”[3]This is only one more find revolutionizing our view of Neanderthals. The old story began in the summer of 1856, “when quarrymen in Germany’s Neander Valley dug up part of a fossilized skull with a receding forehead.” Researchers have been arguing “about the position of this group of early people in the human family tree ever since,” speculating “they apparently thrived in Europe and Western Asia from about 400,000 to 40,000 B.C.”[4]A more modern depiction shows Neanderthals as strong, intelligent and culturally astute. What’s the difference? image by Mauro Cutrona.False Evolutionary Ideas Slowly Overcome by ScienceUnfortunately, soon after Darwin published his book that overturned the creation worldview, Homo neanderthalensisgot a bad rap as lamebrained brutes who huddled in cold caves while gnawing at slabs of slain mammoth. Nature’s down-and-outs were judged to be too dimwitted for moral or theistic conceptions, probably devoid of language and behaviorally inferior to their modern human contemporaries.[5]These now-discredited opinions were consequences of preconceived ideas about human evolution. Evolutionists needed missing links, and so placed these unusual bones into their “march of progress” between apes and men. If researchers would have gone where the scientific facts led them, a very different picture would have been drawn. A new body of research has emerged, transforming our image of Neanderthals as fully human as much as any ethnic group. In the Smithsonian article, Franz Lidz describes the transformed image:Through advances in archaeology, dating, genetics, biological anthropology and many related disciplines we now know that Neanderthals not only had bigger brains than sapiens, but also walked upright and had a greater lung capacity. These ice age Eurasians were skilled toolmakers and big-game hunters who lived in large social groups, built shelters, traded jewelry, wore clothing, ate plants and cooked them, and made sticky pitch to secure their spear points by heating birch bark. Evidence is mounting that Neanderthals had a complex language and even, given the care with which they buried their dead, some form of spirituality. And as the cave art in Spain demonstrates, these early settlers had the chutzpah to enter an unwelcoming underground environment, using fire to light the way.[6]Now this sounds more like my relatives! Finns tend to do well in running on the track partly because of their large lung capacity. That may be a coincidence, or it might be a relic of Neanderthal ancestry, given humans’ well-known adaptability to different environments. Unfortunately, old ideas based on evolutionary presumptions have for decades resulted in “squabbles over the intelligence and taxonomic status of these archaic humans” that havehave gotten so bitter and so intense that some researchers refer to them as the Neanderthal Wars. Over the years battle lines have been drawn over everything from the shape of Neanderthals’ noses and the depth of their trachea to the extent to which they interbred with modern humans. In the past, the combatants have been at each other’s throats over authorship of the cave art, which had been hampered by lack of precise dating—often sapiens couldn’t be ruled out as the real artists.[7]The latest rumpus centers on whether or not the abstract patterns qualify as symbolic expression, which would be indicative of cognitive sophistication. Dirk Hoffmann, a lead author of the cave art study, noted the one of the main evidence of the conclusion of Neanderthal humanity is evidence of theemergence of symbolic material culture [which] represents a fundamental threshold in the evolution of humankind… the debate over whether the cave art qualifies as symbolic expression “touches deeply on a concern that goes far beyond academic rivalries. It confronts the issue of how special we, as modern humans,” are.  Zilhão has been the Neanderthals’ loudest and most persistent advocate. At 62, he’s more or less the de facto leader of the movement to rehabilitate a vanished people.[8]Stay tuned. Another major problem is dating the Neanderthal bones and fragments.The Problem of DatingIf Neanderthals lived from 400,000 to 40,000 years ago as claimed, does this mean my 360 Neanderthal variants have managed to survive intact that long? DNA deteriorates very rapidly due to several causes, including background radiation from cosmic rays and the radiation that seeps up from the ground as radon gas, a byproduct of uranium-238 decay. Radon in turn decays by the emission of alpha particles to polonium, bismuth, and lead in successive steps, most of them also radioactive.Other sources of radiation include exposure to medical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as X-rays and CT scans, nuclear weapons production and testing, accidents such as at Chernobyl in 1986, and occupational exposure.[9] This is why the mutation load increases by about 100 new mutations for each generation. Mutations are constantly damaging genes which, fortunately, are repaired successfully 99.99 percent of the time by repair systems in body cells. The 100 or so new mutations per generation are a result of the 0.01 percent that are not repaired. In dead bodies, however, DNA damage is not repaired. Consequently, damage to DNA accumulates rapidly in cadavers and fossils.The half-life of DNA (the point at which fully half the DNA molecule backbone bonds are broken) is 521 years. Professor Morten E. Allentoft, Director of the Ancient DNA Laboratory, after extensive study, concluded that after 521 years DNA would be useless for comparisons or sequencing. I am unable to fathom sufficient DNA would remain for DNA analysis after 40,000 years—over 76 half-lives.[10] Specifically, Allentoft’s lab found, by analyzingmitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from 158 radiocarbon-dated bones of the extinct New Zealand moa, we confirm empirically a long-hypothesized exponential decay relationship. The average DNA half-life within this geographically constrained fossil assemblage was estimated to be 521 years for a 242 bp mtDNA sequence, corresponding to a per nucleotide fragmentation rate (k) of 5.50 x 10– 6 per year.[11]Furthermore, the 400, 000 to 40,000-year range estimate is a guesstimate, based partly on rocks and the surrounding environment. Early-1990s claims of million-year-old DNA recovered from fossils, Allentoft documented, are now widely regarded as modern contaminants. As anyone who has done sequencing of DNA is aware, contamination is a major problem.[12] This problem has been recognized for over 25 years by Lindahl, who observed that DNA, the carrier of genetic information, is not chemically stable outside a living cell.Hydrolysis, oxidation and non-enzymatic methylation of DNA occur at significant rates both in vivo and in vitro, but an organism fights the decay until it dies. Then, the spontaneous decay of DNA sets limits for the recovery of DNA fragments from fossils.[13] The only way to reduce this problem is to work in a level-5 clean room, as one who sequenced the mitochondrial and nuclear genomes of the Neanderthal, knows.[14] The fact is, “the kinetics of long-term post-mortem DNA decay is still poorly understood.”[15]In teaching forensics, I recall courtroom debates in my textbook about the quality of DNA of a woman we know died in 1947. After just 70 years, the woman’s DNA had become far too fragmented to make any valid conclusions, the court argued. The ability to sequence and reconstruct ancient DNA is improving and becoming more sophisticated,[16] but 40,000 years is an awfully long time, let alone 400,000 years.1960-era diagrams put Neanderthals beneath “modern” humansReferences[1] Lidz, Franz. 2019. “What Do We Really Know About Neanderthals? The Smithsonian Magazine. 50(2): 24-35,  86, May 2019.[2] Lidz, 2019., p. 26.[3] Lidz, 2019. P. 26.[4] Lidz, 2019, p. 28.[5] Lidz, 2019, p. 28.[6] Lidz, 2019, p. 28.[7] Lidz, 2019, p. 29.[8] Lidz, 2019, p. 29.[9] Report of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the effects of atomic radiation. UN Publication.[10] Allentoft, Morten E. 2012. The half-life of DNA in bone: Measuring decay kinetics in 158 dated fossils. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology, 279(1748): 4724–4733.[11] Allentoft, 2012, p. 4724.[12] Allentoft, 2012, p. 4724.[13] Lindahl, Tomas. 1993. Instability and decay of the primary structure of DNA. Nature, 252(6422):709-715. April 22.[14] Pääbo, Svante. 2014. Neanderthal Man. New York, NY: Basic Books.[15] Allentoft, 2012, p. 4724.[16] Herrmann, Bernd and Susanne Hummel (Editors). 1994. Ancient DNA: Recovery and Analysis of Genetic Material from Paleontological, Archaeological, Museum, Medical, and Forensic Specimens. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 906 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgOSU’s opening drive of the season was everything you could’ve expected.The Cowboys strung together an 8-play, 74-yard drive that spanned only 2 minutes and resulted in a deep ball to none other than Tyron Johnson — the LSU transfer receiver — who bagged it for six points from 44 yards out. Take a look.WATCH: Welcome to the SEAson of Orange! Rudolph to Tyron Johnson to start the night for #OKState! #MA2ON— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 31, 2017Johnson sat out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules after logging just 150 yards through the air as a freshman with the Tigers, but despite the down time, he doesn’t look like he’s dealing with any rust in his new threads in orange and black.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_img Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Ag, Cole, Repeal 24Feb Rep. Cole aids in repeal of outdated agriculture lawscenter_img The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation to repeal outdated agricultural laws.State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, sponsored House Bill 5052 to repeal Public Act 340 of 1913, which prohibits the sale of unwholesome calves, pigs, and other livestock.“The definition of ‘unwholesome’ includes provisions regarding food quality and requirements for the sale of young farm animals,” said Rep. Cole. “With the approval of this legislation the state can now effectively remove outdated laws from 1913.“Michigan no longer has the power to enforce these laws. The United States Department of Agriculture now regulates rules and law concerning food safety and sale of meat for consumption. It serves no purpose to a Michigan resident to have laws that are null and void which is why I sponsored this legislation to effectively remove it.”HB 5052 now moves to the Senate for consideration.######last_img read more

first_imgUAE-based service provider du reported a drop in Q4 profits, but said that its business had experienced a year of “solid growth,” in line with expectations.Du said fourth quarter net profit was AED570 million (€113 million), up sequentially but down 43% year-on-year, while revenues climbed 8.3% compared with Q4 2012 to AED 2.87 billion. For the full year, net profit was up marginally at AED1.99 billion, while revenues grew 9.7% to AED10.80 billion.Announcing the results, du chairman Ahmad Bin Byat said “we recorded near double digit growth by developing innovative propositions to meet the requirements of our rapidly evolving customer base, including a focus on providing high speed data.”last_img read more

first_imgFibre networks served 761,000 Portuguese pay TV customers at the end of Q3, up 29.5% year-on-year, meaning that 213.9% of all TV customers receive their service over a fibre network, according to figures compiled by regulator Anacom.Cable continues to serve the most subscribers overall, accounting for 38.9% of the total, while DSL networks account for 21.6% and dTH for 17.5%. DTH was the only technology other than fibre to grow in the quarter.Some 85.5% of homes took a subscription service, up from 82.3% a tear earlier, with 87% taking TV as part of an integrated service package.Nos was the biggest pay TV operator, with 43.7% of the market in September, followed by Meo with 41.1%, Vodafone wth 9.6% and Cavovisão with 5.4%.About 15.5% of subscribers took premium services, down 1.5% quarter-on-quarter.last_img read more

first_imgA new 4K channel, Clubbing TV 360, is to launch by the end of this year, bringing a mix of lifestyle and dance music, including virtual reality content, to a global audience, according to the channel’s owners.Alongside live DJ sets and concerts in native 4K from and electronic dance music festivals around the world, Clubbing 4K 360 will offer Extreme sports, Gameplay, Drone races and other 4K content.Viewers will also be able to access virtual reality content on their mobile devices by flashing QR codes that appear on the TV screen.Stéphane Schweitzer, CEO of Clubbing TV said “Clubbing 4K 360 will go beyond music and even beyond TV to offer a total immersive experience. We are very excited to reveal to our community our premium exclusive VR content. With CLUBBING 4K 360 and a mobile device, participate to mega concerts and thrilling events, dance among thousands of people in festivals, be part of a drone race, dive from a plane or sit in the first raw in roller-casters! Stop watching, start living!”last_img read more

first_imgWILL JOHHNY MCDAID AND COURTENEY COX TIE THE KNOT IN USA? was last modified: August 9th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: The insider added that the pair have said to friends to keep October free for the ceremony.Before splitting and reuniting again, there had been reports that the couple would wed in Ireland.But now sources close to the pair say Ireland will be their holiday destination.And Johnny is expected to bring his bride to his native Derry as part of their honeymoon plans. ShareTweet Wedding bells for Johnny McDaid and actress Courteney Cox as couple plan quiet nuptials in USADERRY musician Johnny McDaid and Friends actress Courteney Cox McDaid are said to be planning to “elope” before enjoying an Irish honeymoon, according to reports in America.The Snow Patrol musician and the Friends actress will tie the knot in a LA registry office according to reports.A source said Courteney had found the wedding plans “so stressful” and the couple will be doing something low key instead. FRIENDS ACTRESSWILL JOHHNY MCDAID AND COURTENEY COX TIE THE KNOT IN USA?last_img read more