Met Eireann have warned Donegal showers on Sunday through to next week – with spot flooding in some areas. The forecast comes just days after a yellow weather warning was issued for rain across the county.On Sunday, heavy rain will move in from the Atlantic and become widespread into the afternoon and evening. “Spot flooding is possible later, especially across the west and northwest. Feeling humid in a moderate to fresh southwest breezes,” Met Eireann said.“On Sunday morning rain will spread across Ulster. It will extend to remaining areas in the afternoon and continue for the rest of the day. It will be heavy at times with a risk of localised flooding, especially in Ulster. Highest temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees with fresh southerly winds, strong on coasts.”Monday will be a warm and humid day with long spells of sunshine with temperatures reaching up to 26 degrees – but showers will set in again from Tuesday in some parts.Donegal set for heat and showers as Met Eireann warns of flooding was last modified: July 21st, 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)
If evolution could develop a complex structure once, defying all probability, then maybe it could do it multiple times, some evolutionists theorize.For the birds: Different groups of birds evolved ultraviolet vision several times, Science Daily claimed. A two-amino-acid mutation might be within the edge of evolution to allow the receptor to shift its sensitivity, but that’s not the whole story:Anders Ödeen and Olle Håstad, who performed this research commented, “There are two different amino acid alterations that can each change bird colour vision from violet to ultraviolet. One particular single nucleotide change has occurred at least 11 separate times. In general during evolution once a colour shift has occurred all species from this ancestor keep it meaning that the rest of the eye and physiology, must also evolved to ‘cement’ in the new colour sensitivity.“For the fungi: A paper in PLoS ONE last November had this to say about fruiting body evolution in fungi:Fungi sharing ostiolar or sealed fruitbodies represented the most advance form, which include Dothideomycetes, Eurotiomycetes and Sordariomycetes. This trait evolved independently at least three times.For the appendix: Science Now trumpeted this improbable headline without blushing: “Appendix Evolved More Than 30 Times.” In so doing, the article undercut another old evolutionary notion: vestigial organs.The appendix may not be useless after all. The worm-shaped structure found near the junction of the small and large intestines evolved 32 times among mammals, according to a new study. The finding adds weight to the idea that the appendix helps protect our beneficial gut bacteria when a serious infection strikes.The article proceeded to show that Darwin’s belief the appendix was a useless (vestigial) remnant is no longer considered valid. After all, animals as diverse as beaver, koalas and porcupines have them; “in other words, the feature is much more common among mammals than once thought.”Now, an international team of researchers that includes Heather F. Smith, an evolutionary biologist at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and William Parker, a surgeon who studies the immune system at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, says it has the strongest evidence yet that the appendix serves a purpose. In a new study, published online this month in Comptes Rendus Palevol, the researchers compiled information on the diets of 361 living mammals, including 50 species now considered to have an appendix, and plotted the data on a mammalian evolutionary tree. They found that the 50 species are scattered so widely across the tree that the structure must have evolved independently at least 32 times, and perhaps as many as 38 times.Randolph Nesse (U of Michigan) had an interesting take on this conclusion. “The conclusion that the appendix has appeared 32 times is amazing,” he said. “I do find their argument for the positive correlation of appendix and cecum sizes to be a convincing refutation of Darwin’s hypothesis” (about the appendix being vestigial). One critic, trying to help, trimmed the number down to 18 “clear-cut cases” of independent evolution. Readers might want to recall how evolutionists responded years ago when concluding that wings must have evolved independently 3 times in stick insects (1/16/2003).Observers should notice that it is Darwinians’ prior commitment to evolution that forces them to allege multiple miracles of improbability. Otherwise, it would clearly look like evidence for creation: each animal equipped with what it needs to survive. Since the evolutionists appear poised to search for a function for the appendix, the question of why the majority of mammals don’t need one would be a good research project for creationist or evolutionist. (Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Ex-PSG boss Blanc favourite to accept Man Utd caretaker roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaurent Blanc is the favourite to step in as caretaker manager of Manchester United until the end of the season.Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties on Tuesday, ending a two-and-a-half-year stint at Old Trafford.The club will reportedly keep Michael Carrick in charge for 48 hours, with an external person expected to step in for the rest of the season.The Mirrorbelieve that man is Blanc, who played for United between 2001 and 2003.The World Cup winner, 53, last managed PSG from 2013 to 2016. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ready to back Solskjaer in January marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are prepared to support new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January market.Solskjaer takes his first training session as United caretaker boss on Thursday following Jose Mourinho’s sacking after two-and-a-half years in charge. The Norwegian, a hero at Old Trafford from his days as a player for the club, said: “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”A central defender and a right-sided midfielder remain the priority positions to address, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld potentially available for around £30m next month to fill the first of those needs, says the Mirror.Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, currently out of favour at Juventus, could provide a solution on the right flank.
WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Baylor’s 400-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan created quite a stir when he caught a touchdown in the team’s bowl game against Michigan State last season. He worked at tight end and H-back this spring, and judging by his first pitch effort at last night’s Texas Rangers’ game, he may want to see if Art Briles will let him throw a pass this fall.Mound presence? Baylor’s 400-pound TE LaQuan McGowan throws out the Rangers first pich Friday (via @nick_pants) https://t.co/GsijMk4ize— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 13, 2015Not the cleanest mechanics but not a bad toss from the big man. If he ever actually pitched in a game, he could throw inside with impunity, since it’s doubtful anyone would want to charge the mound against him.
Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the Government will continue to take a collaborative approach to tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs). To this end, he said the Ministry will be working with several other Ministries and agencies in ensuring that priority consideration is placed on developing policies that target the prevention and control of NCDs and their risk factors. Dr. Ferguson was speaking at the inaugural national review on NCDs at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in Kingston, on November 16. The Minister cited the 2009 figures, which indicate that NCDs account for approximately 60 per cent of deaths among men and 75 per cent of deaths among women in Jamaica. “It is indisputable that chronic non-communicable diseases, such as heart and other circulatory diseases, strokes, cancers, diabetes and respiratory diseases are the leading cause of death in Jamaica. Chronic non-communicable diseases alone cost the Government and the Ministry US$170 million to treat annually,” he pointed out. The Minister reiterated that death and disability from non-communicable diseases can be prevented by addressing the four main lifestyle risk factors, which are physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol. In this vein, he urged Jamaicans to adopt healthier lifestyle practices in order to achieve the national target of reducing deaths from non-communicable diseases. “Jamaica is undergoing a negative transition from a traditional diet with a limited range of staple foods towards a high energy diet with more animal protein, saturated fats, sugars and highly processed foods. This unhealthy diet, often consumed away from home as fast foods and as snacks, has resulted in a preponderance of over nutrition and poor nutrition, leading to obesity-a major risk factor and a driving force in the prevalence of NCDs,” Dr. Ferguson noted. He pointed out that persons in low socio economic households bear the brunt of impact, as they rely on convenience food, particularly those associated with diabetes and hypertension. “It is estimated that at least five per cent of Jamaica’s gross domestic product goes towards the treatment of diabetes and hypertension. Women are disproportionately affected as one in four Jamaican women is obese. It therefore means that Jamaican women are at increased risk; moreover, many are the main bread winners and heads of households,” he said. The Minister added that children also display a “disturbing trend of obesity and related childhood diabetes,” underscoring that curtailing the NCDs epidemic is crucial. “We are taking a joined up government approach in this regard, including initiatives to provide healthy foods in schools, involving the Ministries of Agriculture and Education, among others,” he said. A non-communicable disease is a medical condition which is non-infectious and non-transmissible between persons. They are referred to as lifestyle diseases, because the majority of these conditions are preventable. They include: heart disease, stroke, many cancers, asthma, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and respiratory disease. The objectives of the national review are: to review the performance of the NCDs prevention and control programme for the year 2011-2012; to share best practises for prevention and control of NCDs in Jamaica; and to sensitise stakeholders
With the President’s assent to Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, two Union Territories: Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir will officially come into existence on October 31, coinciding with the birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the first Home Minister of sovereign India and was instrumental in the integration of nearly 565 princely states into the Union of India following Independence. The Parliament had earlier footed the proposal of bifurcating the culturally and geographically diverse and politically sensitive state. This splitting up of Jammu and Kashmir state is definitely a very daring move which is bound to have far-reaching consequences as it will politically reconfigure the region. The purpose of this split is primarily to contain and eradicate the protracted militancy in Kashmir. But, on the less-talked-about side, there are more pragmatic reasons to have specific approaches to specific regions for optimal function. As it is in the case of Union Territories, law and order is the responsibility of the Central government. In the composite Jammu and Kashmir state inclusive of Ladakh, the valley-based (much smaller in proportion) politics unfairly dominated the politics and political status of the entire state; meaning thereby that visibility was virtually denied to the non-Kashmir entities of the state. Ladakh region was for long in want of the Union Territory status but could not assert its demand due to dearth of numbers. Now that the bifurcation has been mandated, a more methodical approach to the development and governance of India’s northern most region can be undertaken. It needs to be clarified that this spilt, in effect, has no pertinence with communal leanings. The Ladakh region is largely segregated as an ethnically distinct, Buddhist-dominated area with a particular concentration of Muslims in Kargil district. Yet, after the recent development, the Muslim-majority district of Kargil remains with the Buddhist Ladakh and Hindu-dominant Jammu stays administratively conjoined with Kashmir. Also Read – A compounding difficultyA glimpse into how the states were organised and reorganised in Independent India will be crucial to understanding the relevance of the Modi government’s bold and dramatic move. It was 1953 that the first linguistic state of Andhra Pradesh was created for Telgu-speaking populace in the expansive state of Madras. The government at that time was compelled to carve out a separate Telgu territory in the face of prolonged agitation and death of Potti Sriramulu after a 56-day hunger strike. This led to similar demands of carving out separate territories from the mainland on linguistic basis. In 1960, the state of Bombay was disintegrated to create the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra after violence and agitation made it necessary to take this step. In the Northeast, in 1963, Nagaland was born for the Naga people. The Shah Commission report of April 1966 materialised the Punjab Reorganisation Act, following which, Haryana got the Punjabi-speaking areas and the hilly terrains went to (the then Union Territory of) Himachal Pradesh. It was in 1971 that the state of Himachal Pradesh came into existence. Other Union Territories of Tripura and Manipur were also eventually converted to states. The disputed status of Sikkim region was accorded statehood in 1975 and Arunachal Pradesh in 1987. In November 2000, three new states were carved out of existing larger states, bringing into existence Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Uttarakhand (then Uttaranchal) from Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh respectively. Telangana is the latest addition to the list of Indian states since June 2, 2014. There is a reason for making language the basic criterion for division of states. With language as a common factor connecting people of a region, the participation of local people in the administration and order is better ensured since communication will not be a barrier. This will also lead to the development of vernacular languages and in turn preserve cultural heritages with some degree of exclusivity – something which was long ignored by the British rule. Along similar lines of reason, governance is made easier also when geographical features are shared. Cultural and social affiliations and necessary to take into account to connect effectively with the local people. This will subsequently lead to economic development which will open the doors to greater prosperity. Chattisgarh is an apt example, the state is witnessing remarkable overall development after it split from Madhya Pradesh because development in this region was ignored for decades together. Also Read – An askew democracyA good and prospering state is definitely a national asset. It makes perfect sense to create favourable conditions for the upliftment and betterment of a state or to take control of a region for this motive. With adequate opportunities for growth, a region thrives with prosperity. Additionally, for the sake of better representation, political entities tend to associate themselves with identity politics. This has its consequences with respect to exclusivity which is not ideal but with such specific approaches, less visible communities find voice and representation. Hence, if a political move results in safeguarding social and cultural identities, it is bold, it could be met with caustic criticisms, but, then, it is a right thing to do in the long run. As historical records inform, the political or constitutional status of a region is not permanent and can always change depending on how the state is run. Whether as a state or as a Union Territory, autonomy can always be earned if the government of the place performs well. With respect to the two new Union territories, here is hoping that Kashmir and Kargil wake up to a peaceful and happy Eid.
(JB the First Lady and Chief Rock collaborated on the song Sisterz)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsJerilynn Webster had been waiting for a song about missing and murdered Indigenous women to come to her.One solemn morning in February, while attending a protest about the acquittal of Bradley Barton, the man accused of murdering Cindy Gladue, Webster caught a moment of inspiration.“There was a speaker there whose sister was missing,” said Webster. “He said, ‘I’m looking for my sister and I don’t know why I have to look for my sister. I want to walk the alleys and the streets, I wanna walk all the highways, I wanna walk this whole damn world!’ I was like, ‘wow’ I said, ‘that’s the song.’”Webster, also known as her stage name, JB the First Lady, has been a Vancouver based hip-hop artist for the past eight years.She said everyone is affected by the issue of MMIW and that she wants to use her voice to advocate on behalf of those who cannot.“We need to stand up for that,” she said.She collaborated on the song titled Sisterz with fellow artist and friend Sino General, also known as Chief Rock.A preview of the song can be heard here: Sisterz“We’re using hip hop as a contemporary form of oral tradition and it’s our way of communicating our oral history to our people and cataloguing it for future generations,” said Webster.The two wrote and recorded the song in just one hour and what unfolded was a telling emotional and spiritual experience.“I put the beat on, started free styling the song,” said General. “All these lyrics kept pouring out of me, they wouldn’t stop. I got my pen and started writing everything down. Songs happen like this once and a while, but never quite like this.”Webster said there was a tangible presence in the studio that everyone could feel, it was a moment that caused her to burst into tears while recording the track.“It was just so powerful,” said Webster.Their vision for the song has grown into one that they hope will reach far and beyond political and cultural barriers. That through the universal language of music the message of MMIW will get across the world.“That people will say “wow, Canada really needs to step up and bring justice to these women and justice to our community,” said Webster.They’ve partnered with Butterflies in Spirit, a Vancouver based dance group to perform in the upcoming music video to be shot the first week of July. Butterflies in Spirit is comprised of a group of women who are family members of MMIW. The group’s choreographer was also inspired by the song when after she heard it she had a dream that she then created the dance from.The duo has started a GofundMe campaign to raise money to shoot the music video at various urban centres across Canada where Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing.Details of the campaign here: GofundMe.The song will be released via the Enter Tribal label the first week of July on the album titled Hitting the Trail and will be available to purchase online through iTunes and CD Baby.firstname.lastname@example.org
OTTAWA – Canada kicked the tires on the idea of buying used fighter jets from Kuwait to address a shortage of CF-18s, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan revealed Thursday, but found they wouldn’t be ready in time.The revelation comes amid a bitter and escalating dogfight between U.S. aerospace giant Boeing and Montreal-based Bombardier, which has the backing of Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal government.The Liberals had planned to buy 18 Super Hornets from Boeing to fill what they claim is a critical shortage of fighter jets, but have since threatened to go elsewhere over the Bombardier dispute.Boeing has accused Bombardier of selling its controversial CSeries commercial liners to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines at a significant discount, thanks to assistance from what it considers improper government subsidies.The dispute took a turn this week when the Department of Commerce ruled Bombardier did indeed receive improper subsidies and proposed a whopping 219 per cent duty on any CSeries planes entering the U.S.The penalties won’t be official until the U.S. International Trade Commission rules next spring on whether the Bombardier-Delta deal actually hurt Boeing’s business.The ruling has nonetheless divided the country — advocates in Quebec and Ottawa have been calling on the Liberals to fight fire with fire, while officials in Manitoba, where Boeing has a large facility, are urging calm.Speaking from Riga, Latvia, where Canada has about 450 soldiers helping guard against Russian aggression in the region, Sajjan said he was disappointed with the Commerce Department’s ruling.The minister wouldn’t say explicitly that the plan to buy Super Hornets is officially off the table, but he suggested as much.“We are going to be moving ahead with filling that capability gap,” Sajjan said. “We are pursuing other options.”There are growing signs that the top option could be to buy used F/A-18s from Australia, which is getting rid of the fighter jets as it upgrades to the controversial F-35 stealth aircraft.Kuwait, too, plans to sell its own used F/A-18s after securing its own deal to buy Super Hornets. There had been speculation the aircraft, which are similar to Canada’s CF-18s, would be in good shape.But Kuwait won’t be ready to sell fast enough for Canada, Sajjan said, and the government is instead working closely with the Australians about possibly buying their jets.“We have looked at the capability of the Kuwaiti fighters,” Sajjan said.“The biggest thing is right now they are not currently available. But we still want to pursue every single option. As you know, we are pursuing this option with the Australians at this time.”The key question appears to be whether any of Australia’s F/A-18s have enough life left in them to serve alongside Canada’s CF-18s until replacements for both begin to arrive in the mid-2020s.The government has repeatedly emphasized the need for speed when it comes to addressing the current fighter-jet shortage, and hoped to buy interim Super Hornets by the end of the year.That sense of urgency remains, Sajjan said, though he would not provide a timeline for when the government would pull the trigger on whatever option it decides to pursue.“That capability we needed a long time ago,” he said. “We had a plan in place, a very good plan that was going to fill the capability gap, invest in our current fleet and start the fighter replacement competition.”The government announced last November plans to purchase the planes to temporarily fill a critical shortage of fighter jets until the entire CF-18 fleet is replaced in the mid-2020s.Many defence experts, including 13 former air force commanders, have questioned Liberal claims the air force doesn’t have enough CF-18s, and said replacement jets could be purchased much faster.The Boeing-Bombardier dispute has become a major international battle, with the Trump administration backing the former and the Canadian and British governments siding with the latter.Bombardier has a large aerospace manufacturing facility in Northern Ireland.Yet it has also pitted different parts of Canada against each other.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, whose government invested $1 billion into the CSeries line, angrily called for a ban on all Boeing imports into Canada after the Commerce Department ruling.But Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman called for cooler heads on Thursday, and said such rhetoric is not helpful.Winnipeg is home to a Boeing manufacturing facility that employs 1,400 people and is the third biggest aerospace centre in the country.— with reporting by Chinta Puxley in Edmonton and files from Steve Lambert in Winnipeg— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter
DENVER — The U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.The satellite is scheduled to lift off Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s the first of 32 planned GPS III satellites, all being built by Lockheed Martin outside Denver. They’ll replace older satellites now in orbit.The program is months behind schedule, and the Government Accountability Office says costs have increased.GAO says some of the satellites’ most highly touted features won’t be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion program to develop a new ground control system for the satellites.The Air Force estimates that 4 billion people worldwide use GPS for everything from navigation to time-stamping bank transactions.Dan Elliott, The Associated Press