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first_imgJohnston Press has told staff at the Donegal Democrat newspaper group that they are seeking redundancies at the paper.The Scottish-based publishers have made a series of cuts to staffing at its newspapers throughout Ireland in recent weeks, shutting offices and doing away with editor and advertising manager roles.It’s understood that four positions at the paper are under threat – one in advertising and three in editorial. Johnston Press sources say all the positions in the Letterkenny and Donegal Town offices will go on a voluntary basis.Donegal on Sunday is to be closed down as part of the shake-up. Sales had been below 3,000 per week in recent times.The Thursday edition of the Democrat will also go Compact as part of a re-design.“This was inevitable,” said one insider, “the Sunday has been performing poorly in terms of sales.”   REDUNDANCIES ANNOUNCED AT DONEGAL DEMOCRAT was last modified: July 5th, 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)last_img read more

Humans: More than Dust in the Cosmic Wind

first_imgSuperb design in the human body counters the claim we are mere starstuff.“All we are is dust in the interstellar wind,” Sara Dwyer writes as the headline of a PhysOrg piece. Her article is actually quite informative for what astronomers are learning about interstellar dust grains. At one point, though, she does reinforce her title with the old Sagan quote, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”Is that a fair assessment of human exceptionalism? It’s not the atoms; it’s the way they are organized. Biological information and intelligently designed structure has a lot more to say than the chemical elements that ferry them along. Here are some recent news findings to increase human esteem:Study suggests human infants develop metacognition earlier than previously thought (Medical Xpress). Don’t underestimate what happens in the brain of a developing child.Humans have been found to have a variety of different mental abilities compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, one of which is metacognition—where an individual not only experiences uncertainty, but possesses an ability to convey that uncertainty to others. It is very common in adults, but scientists have not been able to pinpoint when it first develops—some have suggested it does not appear until babies develop into children. In this new effort, the researchers suggest the results of their study show that it occurs by the time a baby is just 20 months old.The gut: Performing into old age: First large-scale study on the secretion of the human intestine (Science Daily). We go now from infancy to old age. This article states that the findings of Dr. Dagmar Kruger at TU Munich “are startling: contrary to common beliefs, the secretory capacity of the human gut doesn´t decline with age. Nor does gender play a role.” She found this by studying 2200 samples from 450 human patients, instead of relying on older studies that used guinea pigs.Eye cells may use math to detect motion: Study reinforces theory for how neurons process information (Science Daily). This article reinforces the view that life is about information, not just atoms.Our eyes constantly send bits of information about the world around us to our brains where the information is assembled into objects we recognize. Along the way, a series of neurons in the eye uses electrical and chemical signals to relay the information. In a study of mice, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists showed how one type of neuron may do this to distinguish moving objects. The study suggests that the NMDA receptor, a protein normally associated with learning and memory, may help neurons in the eye and the brain relay that information.“The eye is a window onto the outside world and the inner workings of the brain,” said Jeffrey S. Diamond, Ph.D., senior scientist at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the senior author of the study published in Neuron. “Our results show how neurons in the eye and the brain may use NMDA receptors to help them detect motion in a complex visual world.”Math-wise, the cells use “multiplicative scaling” to amplify information about motion in the visual field. “Cells in the eye can multiply,” the researcher says. This ability helps us distinguish between a fast-approaching tiger and one that is just sauntering by.How the brain processes the torrent of information coming in through its windows (the senses) is a marvelous mystery. A concert violinist who suffered a concussion resulting in speech and memory loss, Jennifer Koh, became very interested in the workings of the brain, reports Medical Xpress:“I have a general curiosity about the relationship between human beings and music,” said Koh, a touring professional who has played the violin since she was 3 years old. “No matter what the culture, no matter what the country … music is a fundamental part of human beings.“A video clip in the article shows her playing highly complex violin music and tells how Koh went to a Tobias Overath, a neurologist at Duke, who examined her brain using functional MRI (fMRI) as she mentally interacted with the music she loves. Together, they learned about activation patterns related to listening, reading, and imagining playing music.  Some activation patterns were shared by the three activities, while others were unique. It’s clear that the brain was not playing the music; it was responding to Koh’s mind as she thought about it.“The musician’s brain is exquisitely sensitive to all aspects of music, be it listening, reading or imagining playing music,” Overath said. “Therefore, you engage a whole range of areas of your brain – it’s quite literally a whole body experience. From a cognitive point of view, but also physically, it’s incredibly strenuous.”Does this sound like starstuff? You can watch starstuff till the cows come home and you won’t find speech, music, experience, curiosity, imagination, or sensation. Those all had to emerge subsequent to the alleged origin of life from atoms and molecules. The human experience is so much richer than we can imagine. Calling it starstuff blowing in the interstellar wind reduces humanness to something much less than its fundamental essence, unworthy of its complex design.Greet your family and friends with “Hi, starstuff” and see how they respond. Starstuff becoming human is a subset of the Stuff Happens Law. It explains nothing. We are not atoms; the atoms are mere carriers of the information that ferries our souls and/or spirits along. As Dembski argues in Being as Communion, the real essence of the universe is not starstuff but information. Physical particles become secondary in this view.When you think about metacognition and the ability to imagine music in the mind, the physical systems (like the gut) are mere servants to the mind. To be human, to act like a human being, to be rational and moral — these cannot be reduced to nitrogen, iron, calcium and carbon. Those things, too, are manifestations of information. Information only makes sense to a mind. The mind of God, therefore, used atoms to create the real world as a habitat for thinking beings.Exercise: Watch some virtuoso musicians on YouTube, like Alexander Hrustevich on accordion or Clara Rockman on theremin pulling music out of thin air, or thalidomide baby Tony Melendez, born without arms, playing guitar with his feet and singing. Who can forget Vladimir Horowitz playing Rachmaninoff? Find more examples. Then consider Carl Sagan responding to this with, “These are some of the things hydrogen atoms do, given 15 billion years of cosmic evolution.” (Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

KLM serves draft beer at 35,000 feet

first_imgThe trolley was used for the first time on a scheduled flights between KLM’s hub at Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Curaçao aboard Boeing 747 aircraft. The draft beer was reserved for passengers travelling in KLM’s business class. Passengers also could enjoy a special Indonesian rice table as their meal. How does it work? The beer that is served from the draft trolley is delivered cold to the aircraft in kegs which are enclosed in highly-insulated shells. These keep the beer at the right temperature, guaranteeing cold draught beer is on tap throughout a hot flight. A select group of cabin personnel have received special training to pour perfect beer at altitude, which in no way differs from the draught beer passengers are used to on the ground.It took KLM and Heineken years to develop the trolley, which carries a highly innovative keg. The “BrewLock” keg works on air pressure instead of CO2.This is because air pressure in an aircraft cabin is very different from air pressure on the ground. The air pressure brings the “BrewLock” up to the right pressure, compensates for the low pressure onboard, and builds up the pressure at the tap.“We are continuously innovating at Heineken to ensure our customers can enjoy a high-quality Heineken experience wherever they are. This new beer dispenser enables passengers to drink brewery quality draught beer fresh from the tap, making their journey even more spectacular,” says Lennart Boorsma, Marketing Manager Global Innovation at Heineken. KLM on Wednesday set a new first!The Dutch airline became the first airline in the world to launch a draft-beer trolley on board and serve freshly tapped beer at 35,000 feet. The unique draft-beer trolley is the result of a collaboration between KLM and Dutch brewer Heineken. Both companies worked for a long time on the draft-beer trolley and had targeted to introduce the concept already in July, but certification by the aviation authorities took longer than anticipated. Joining forces with Heineken is part of the airline’s product vision in which the Netherlands takes center stage. KLM in recent years also has invested a lot in upgrading its inflight product.  last_img read more

Bafana final squad announced

first_imgCoach Carlos Alberto Parreira hasasked Bafana Bafana supporters tokeep up the energy, the vibe, and thenoise. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com.For more free photos, visit the image library)  The 23 players that will carry the hopes of the nation in the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been announced.Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira described the whittling of five players from the current 28-man complement as one of the most difficult of his career – and he surprised the nation by leaving controversial striker Benni McCarthy out of the team.The announcement took place at media house Primedia’s premises in Johannesburg under the auspices of the National Press Club. It follows national squad Bafana Bafana’s 5-0 thrashing of Guatemala in Polokwane, Limpopo province, the evening before.Fifa has set 1 June as the deadline for all countries to submit their final 23-member teams.Besides Parreira, the South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Leslie Sedibe, Safa president Kirsten Nematandani, assistant coach Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane, and representatives from sponsors Absa Bank and South African Breweries, were also in attendance.Parreira quit as the national coach in April 2008 because of family reasons, only to be reappointed in November 2009 when his successor Joel Santana left. Before Santana’s departure, Bafana lost eight of their last nine games and dropped to their lowest Fifa ranking since 1994.However, Safa is confident that bringing Parreira back was the best possible move. “This hasn’t been an easy road for any coach,” said Nematandani to Parreira, “but the Safa executive made no mistake when we recalled you.”He encouraged the players who did not make it to the final squad by saying that they have all developed and improved immensely, and there will be another opportunity for them. The investment into developing their skills will pay off in the future.“There are 48-million people behind you,” he told the newly announced squad, “so now you must stand up and be counted.”Nematandani also urged the media to report positively about the team during the last remaining days until kick-off, to help build an atmosphere of energy and confidence that will inspire Bafana Bafana.Commitment and support“This announcement is the culmination of Bafana’s strict training regimen,” said Sedibe, “that saw them attending camps on three continents, in Brazil, Germany and Durban.”He reminded the audience that during the World Cup, South Africa plays host to the world both on and off the field and as such, it’s not just the players’ performance that needs to be top-notch.“Bafana has committed to putting on a game that is always worth watching – yesterday will attest to that statement,” said Sedibe, referring to the Bafana-Guatemala game.He thanked the South African public for their overwhelming support of the national team, mentioning the Football Fridays initiative that encourages all to wear yellow Bafana shirts at the end of the working week.“This is what nation-building is about. We saw it [at the Super 14 rugby final] in Orlando over the weekend, and yesterday in Polokwane. This is how we rally behind our team as a nation.”Sedibe spoke of Safa’s confidence that South Africa was entering the football spectacular with the best possible team, one that was backed by world-class coaching and technical expertise.Ready to make the country proudBesides McCarthy, the four that didn’t make it are defenders Bryce Moon and Innocent Mdledle, goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez and midfielder Franklin Cale. They were informed of the coach’s decision on 31 May.Parreira said that every player deserved to be in the final team, and it was not a matter of one being better than another. Rather, factors such as team dynamics, discipline and physical condition were applied in making the selection.“Our goal is to go as far as we can in the World Cup,” he said, “and we are ready to make you proud.” He said that he was happy with the players’ improvement, and felt that, with an average of three goals per game in their last four games, the team was ready.Parreira added that Bafana Bafana were looking to their fans to create their usual spirited vibe in the stadiums. “We need the vuvuzela – it is our 12th man, and it will help us a lot.”Bafana Bafana final squad:Goalkeepers:Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Shu-Aib Walters (Maritzburg United)Defenders:Siboniso Gaxa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Matthew Booth (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town), Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates), Aaron Mokoena (captain) (Portsmouth), Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport United), Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk)Midfielders:Steven Pienaar (Everton), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Kagisho Dikgaco (Fulham), Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan), Surprise Moriri (Mamelodi Sundowns)Strikers:Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bernard Parker (FC Twente), Siyabonga Nomvethe (Moroka Swallows)last_img read more

Tamaraws regain solo 4th, oust Red Warriors

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES The Red Warriors fell out of Final Four contention after dropping to 3-10.FEU and UE were at a standstill after the third quarter tied at 49, but the Tamaraws found their groove in the fourth with Arvin Tolentino capping off a 21-8 scoring stretch with a four-point play with 3:27 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTamaraws head coach Olsen Racela said their game against the Red Warriors was a crucial one for the team, which came into the game having lost its last two outings and is in a tight race for the fourth spot.“Well after that loss to UP [University of the Philippines] we really needed this win,” said Racela. “Actually, we need more wins in our remaining games but this is a good confidence-booster for us going into the homestretch.” Read Next UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors03:43UAAP Season 80 Preview: FEU Tamaraws02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University momentarily gained solo fourth place after brushing off University of the East, 79-63, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta ColiseumThe Tamaraws improved to 6-6 but will still wait for the result of the game between University of the Philippines and Adamson University to determine if they will keep sole possession of the fourth seed.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Grateful Manuel vows not to disappoint Ginebra fans John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Jasper Parker orchestrated for FEU finishing with 18 points and eight assists while Prince Orizu towed the Tamaraws inside with 14 points and 13 rebounds.Tolentino, who’s celebrating his 22nd birthday, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds off the FEU bench.Alvin Pasaol led UE with 18 points and seven boards while Mark Olayon added 14 points and six assists.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Pitch invader knocks off zing bails during England vs Afghanistan match

first_imgA major security breach took place in the World Cup 2019 match between England and Afghanistan on Tuesday as a spectator broke the security cordon and ran on to the pitch, causing the match to be halted for a few minutes during Afghanistan’s 398-run chase against England at the Old Trafford cricket ground.The pitch invader came running on to the 22-yard strip during the 24th over of the second innings with Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi on strike.Afghanistan were 101 for 2 at the time when after the fifth delivery bowled by Ben Stokes, when a fan managed to evade the security guards and came running towards the striker’s end and knocked over the zing bails.Security personnel then managed to catch a hold of them and escorted him out of the stadium. It was the first case of pitch invasion in this World Cup so far.Earlier in the first innings, captain Eoin Morgan destroyed the Afghanistan bowling attack and smashed the fourth fastest hundred in World Cup history as England reached 397 for 6. Morgan ended up clobbering 17 sixes, a world record in ODI cricket. England finished with 25 sixes in total which is also the most hit by a team in an ODI innings.17 maximums were hit by the captain himself, while Moeen Ali hit four and Bairstow clobbered 3 sixes. Root also managed to hit one out of the park. Moeen Ali played a lovely cameo in the end, scoring 31 not out off 9 balls.Morgan was superbly assisted by Joe Root in the 189-run partnership for the third wicket during which Root made 88 runs off 82 balls. Before that Root was involved in a 120-run stand for the second wicket with Jonny Bairstow, who scored 90 off 99 balls.advertisementDespite the carnage, Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib managed to pick up 3 wickets as did Dawlat Zadran but both still ended up with an economy of over 6 runs per over. Rashid was the worst hit with an economy of 12.22.Also Read | Eoin Morgan and England shatter world record for most sixes in an ODI inningsAlso Read | Eoin Morgan hits 4th fastest hundred in World Cup historyAlso Read | Most expensive spell in a World Cup: Rashid Khan goes for 110 runs off 9 overslast_img read more

10 months agoMcCarthy: I want to build Ireland around West Ham youngster Rice

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say McCarthy: I want to build Ireland around West Ham youngster Riceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRepublic of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy wants to build his team around West Ham youngster Declan Rice.Rice, 19, has already been capped for the Republic but has not been involved in any competitive fixtures while he considers playing for England instead.McCarthy, who began his second spell as national boss last month, revealed he has held talks with Rice and feels he could be a future captain of the country.He told Sky Sports: “I had a really good meeting with him.”There was myself, (assistant manager) Robbie (Keane), Declan and his dad and it is just up to him what he wants to decide – that’s how I’ve left it.”It’s not my decision as to whether he plays for the Republic of Ireland, it’s my job – if he decides that he wants to stay with us – to pick him.”I think he’s a really talented player. I thought he was a lovely lad, he’s got a really nice family behind him and he has everything about him that makes you want him to play for you.”That’s still my case, I want him to play for us.”I’d love to build a team around him. We start in March and that’s my deadline I guess, I need to know by then.”I’d like to build a team around him and he could be a future captain – he’s that type of player.” last_img read more

24 days agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp desperate to avoid Carabao Cup replay

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp desperate to avoid Carabao Cup replayby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to avoid a Carabao Cup replay.The Times says sources close to Klopp claim he would be “horrified” at the prospect of having to replay the Reds’ Carabao Cup tie at MK Dons due to the fielding of an ineligible player.Pedro Chirivella came on as a second half substitute for Naby Keita during the 2-0 third round win last week, when the Reds’ goals came from James Milner and Ki-Jana Hoever.Following two loan spells in the Netherlands, Chirivella seemingly wasn’t re-registered with the Reds following a loan spell at Spanish Segunda Division side Extremadura last season, when he also ran into registration problems and didn’t play a game.Liverpool – who were drawn to face Arsenal at home in fourth round – insist that they they did register Chirivella as their player as far back as July, and say that the blame for the apparent loss of paperwork lies with the FA. The Reds could be expelled from the competition if the EFL decide to come down hard on them, although replaying the game or a fine seems like the much more likely outcome. last_img read more

Video: Ohio State’s Joey Bosa Has Some Wonderfully Simple Trash Talk For Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJoey Bosa walking off the field after an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts as he walks off the field after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28 in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh has done a great job in his very brief tenure at Michigan, going 10-3 in his first season, and inking a Top 10 class—and a No. 1 recruit—in his first full recruiting cycle this week. The next step, however, is a little more tricky. Harbaugh needs to beat Ohio State, and this year, his Wolverines weren’t even close.FOX Sports’ The Buzzer caught up with Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa on Friday and asked if he had any words for the Michigan head coach. He only had one, and it is pretty perfect: “sorry.”Michigan’s first year under Harbaugh went about as well as could be expected, but a 42-13 loss to OSU has to stick in the craw of Wolverine fans. Luckily, next year Bosa won’t be there to push their offensive linemen around.[Eleven Warriors]last_img read more