25 Dec
2019

MARYS TURN HEADS AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR

first_imgMARYS FROM DUNGLOE FINALISTS AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR IN LETTERKENNYTHERE’S just something about those Marys – as the Mary from Dungloe finalists certainly turned heads of customers at Evolve Menswear in Letterkenny.The leading fashion retailer might cater for men when it comes to the latest clothes and footwear.But they’re also one of the sponsors of this year’s show and competition. So when the Marys popped in yesterday to say ‘thanks’, it certainly put a smile on the faces of the regular customers! MARYS TURN HEADS AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR was last modified: July 31st, 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) Tags:MARYS TURN HEADS AT EVOLVE MENSWEARlast_img read more

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19 Dec
2019

Imagination Cures Falsifications of Darwinism

first_imgHow many show-stoppers does it take to stop a show?  With Darwinism, the show goes on despite multiple falsifications.  The trick is to imagine solutions that don’t require evidence.Top-Down Head InversionNotice this admission in an article on PhysOrg titled, “Scientific study turns understanding about evolution on its head” —Our understanding of how animals on the planet evolved may be wrong, according to scientists at the University.In a new paper, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, evolutionary biologists from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry looked at nearly one hundred fossil groups to test the notion that it takes groups of animals many millions of years to reach their maximum diversity of form.Contrary to popular belief, not all animal groups continued to evolve fundamentally new morphologies through time. The majority actually achieved their greatest diversity of form (disparity) relatively early in their histories.The paper, attempting to explain the Cambrian explosion, was analyzed on Evolution News & Views.  Normally, an admission of this magnitude would be sufficient to say, “Game over.  We were wrong about Darwinism.”  Suffice it to say that the Cambrian explosion (which was known to Darwin) has never been answered – yet Darwinism marches on in triumph as if nothing happened.  Later in the PhysOrg article, though, the imaginary scenario appeared to save the day.  A co-author of the paper said,“Our results hint that this may hinge upon the evolution of new ‘key innovations’ that enable groups to exploit new resources or habitats, for example dinosaurs growing feathers and evolving wings or fish evolving legs and moving onto land to claim new territory.”Quick, Make Like a FishIn the evolutionary story, the Devonian period is often called the Age of Fish.  It ended, though (the story goes) by a series of mass extinctions, wiping out all but a couple of genera.  Why do we have so many ray-finned fish today, then, “from tuna to trout, catfish to cod, swordfish to sunfish, perch to piranha, goldfish to goby”?  PhysOrg imagines that evolution was fast to fill in the vacancies:“These early, post-Devonian ray-finned fish provide the first glimpse of what is to come: an evolutionary profusion of body forms, fin shapes, and extraordinary jaws and teeth. The ray-finned fish really do exemplify Darwin’s comment about ‘endless forms most beautiful and wonderful,’” Coates said.Rapid “evolutionary profusion” is called “diversification” or “radiation” in evolutionary terms (the PNAS paper used the word rapid three times).  If there’s a vacancy, customers must want to show up: “in the immediate aftermath of the end-Devonian extinction, ray-finned fish had already acquired a diversity of forms that gave them an evolutionary edge, enabling them to fill the ecological vacuum left by the demise of most major fish groups.”  The evolutionist imagines that if a vacancy “enables” a fish to fill a vacuum, it will – endlessly and most beautifully.  It’s only a matter of evolutionary time to get catfish, lionfish and zebrafish.Meteoritic SelectionIn the evolutionary story, dinosaurs and many other animals went extinct when the asteroid dubbed Chicxulub hit the ocean near Mexico 60 million years ago.  The fiery cataclysm was followed by a kind of “nuclear winter” – a one-two punch. Problem: many species survived just fine.  For instance, half of marine species went extinct, but only about 10% in freshwater ecosystems, including delicate ones like turtles and amphibians.  Doesn’t this cast doubt on the story?Science Now wielded imagination to keep the evolutionary saga going.  In “Why Some Species Thrived While Dinos Died,” the reporter deferred to a University of Colorado expert who imagined that the survivors either learned to scavenge or hibernate, surviving on groundwater or under the ice until conditions got better.  It makes a good story to tell impressionable students:The team’s analysis “basically tells the story I’ve been telling my students for years,” Holtz says: While many species in the marine realm starved when the base of the food chain collapsed, he notes, the bottom-feeders there—as well as many species in freshwater ecosystems—were taking advantage of stored sources of nutrients such as nutrient-rich runoff from the land and previously accumulated organic material. In a sense, he says, they were “eating from the pantry,” so they suffered less severely.Seems strange that not a single dinosaur (and many were small) never thought of those survival tricks.Once Upon a TimeThat’s exactly how a PhysOrg article begins on “the evolution of multicellularity.”  It would seem a major hurdle to get cells to organize into cooperative and differentiated systems (to say nothing of body plans, with tissues and organs).  But with evolutionary imagination, nothing is impossible if you try:Once upon a time all cells were solitary, going about the everyday business of life on their own.Then, perhaps as many as 25 times in the history of life, some cells tried something different: banding together into groups. A few of these attempts gave rise to groups of cells that worked together rather like bees in a beehive, eventually resulting in the trillions-strong communities of cells that make up complex multicellular organisms like us.Roberta Fisher continued to employ her imagination in the interview.  Perhaps microbes tried organizing for defense.  Perhaps they wanted to try new sex positions.  Perhaps they got political.  Perhaps they wanted better ways to disperse.  Perhaps they did it out of unselfish love… on and on she goes, never citing an observational peg to hang these ideas on.  The fact that multicellular organisms enjoy some of the benefits does not imply that microbes wanted to “try” them.  Obviously, one-celled organisms vastly outnumber multicellular organisms even today.Fisher’s paper in Current Biology, “Group Formation, Relatedness, and the Evolution of Multicellularity,” continues much of the same line, only translated into jargonese with more chutzpah.  She and her co-authors did admit up front, though, that “The major challenge raised by each of these transitions is to explain why individuals should join together and become mutually dependent in a way that leads to a more complex individual.”  Why is that a major challenge?  Didn’t Darwin explain that?These papers and articles sample the literature on Darwinism.  No challenge or falsifying evidence is too strong to overpower the imaginations of evolutionists.  This was shown starkly in Ray Comfort’s new film, “Evolution vs. God” (available online).  When he challenged Gail E. Kennedy for evidence for evolution, she responded, “The problem with those who are unable to see evolution is I think they don’t have imaginations.”Our commentary from 1/17/07 will suffice here.  See also Brett Miller’s cartoon for the Bandwagon fallacy set to the song, “Imagine.” (Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

Brics bank will change global economics: Zuma

first_img17 July 2014South African President Jacob Zuma has hailed the establishment of a Brics development bank as “an everlasting legacy that will change the face of global economics and the face of all the developing world for the better”.The leaders of the Brics emerging market bloc, at their meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil on Tuesday, nnounced the signing of an agreement that paves the way for the establishment of a New Development Bank, to be headquartered in Shanghai, China, as well as an African regional centre of the bank, to be located in South Africa.“Although we wanted to have the headquarters in our country, I think South Africa, on behalf of the continent of Africa, got a good deal out of the decision about the bank,” Zuma said on his return to South Africa on Thursday.He added that the decision had been reached through consensus, looking at the advantages and resource positions of the five Brics member states.The Brics grouping, he said, had added a refreshing and enlightening dimension to the management and direction of the affairs of the world for the benefit of developing countries.According to the Fortaleza Declaration, the Brics bank will have an initial authorised capital of US$100-billion, and its initial subscribed capital of $50-billion will be equally shared among the five founding members.The bank is aimed at mobilising resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in Brics and other emerging and developing economies that continue to face financing constraints to address infrastructure gaps and sustainable development needs.The bank, the declaration stated, is aimed at “mobilising resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in Brics and other emerging and developing economies”.“Based on sound banking principles, the New Development Bank will strengthen the cooperation among our countries and will supplement the efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions for global development, thus contributing to our collective commitments for achieving the goal of strong, sustainable and balanced growth.”The first chair of the bank’s board of governors will be from Russia, the first chair of its board of directors from Brazil, and the first president of the bank from India. The Brics finance ministers have been directed to work out the modalities for its operationalisation.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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16 Dec
2019

Chilling Out With Air Conditioners

first_img[This reflects a few corrections from the original posting]My wife and I did our outside work early, while the weather was still bearable. Since mid-day we’ve been holed up in the house. It’s not exactly cool indoors, but we’ve had the house closed up and it’s about 15 degrees cooler than outdoors. If it gets much warmer, though, I admit that I’ll at least be thinking about getting an air conditioner—as I do every year for a few days during the hottest weather.Readers of last week’s blog know that there are usually ways to avoid mechanical air conditioning (at least in Vermont)—though in places like Phoenix (where it was forecast to reach 109°F today), air conditioners are pretty-much a necessity.So what is an air conditioner exactly, and how does it work?A short history of refrigerant-cycle air conditionersRemarkably, one of our founding fathers, Ben Franklin, had a hand in the underlying science of air conditioning. In 1758, Ben Franklin and a colleague in England, chemist John Hadley, conducted an experiment on the cooling properties of evaporation. By using a bellows to evaporate highly volatile liquids like alcohol and ether, they were able to drop the temperature to 7°F, building up a thick layer of ice on their mercury thermometer—while the ambient temperature was 64°F.In 1820, another of history’s greatest scientists, the British inventor Michael Faraday, showed that by mechanically compressing ammonia to liquefy (condense) it and then allowing the ammonia to expand and evaporate, he could cool air. And in 1842, a Florida physician, John Gorrie, wanting to keep patients cool, was able to use this principal to make ice in an Apalachicola hospital. Gorrie patented his system in 1851 and hoped to commercialize it to cool buildings, but his financial backer died, and with it, Gorrie’s path to success. Air conditioning would not reappear for 50 years.In 1902, Willis Carrier of Syracuse, New York perfected a system for dehumidifying a commercial printing plant. The goal was to stabilize the paper, but the invention also kept the plant’s temperature more comfortable and the workers more productive. He formed The Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America to produce these systems, eventually extending beyond commercial buildings to homes. With 32,000 employees in 170 countries, Carrier Corporation (now a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation) is today one of the world leaders in high-technology heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems.Refrigerant-cycle air conditionersThe operation of a mechanical air conditioner depends on a refrigerant, a specialized fluid whose phase can be altered between liquid and vapor by compressing and then evaporating it in a closed loop. This phase change process absorbs and releases heat, thus enabling an air conditioner to move heat from one place to another—even if that heat flow is from a cooler to a warmer space (seemingly in opposition to Second Law of Thermodynamics). This vapor-compression or refrigerant cycle is the principle behind nearly all air conditioners, as well as heat pumps and your kitchen refrigerator.It’s a complicated process, though, so hang onto your hat!In an air conditioner, refrigerant is pumped through a closed loop where it is alternately evaporated and condensed. In the process of evaporation, which usually occurs inside the house, heat from the house is absorbed into the refrigerant—cooling the house. That gaseous refrigerant is then pumped to the condenser, located outside the house, where the compressor mechanically compresses the vapor, increasing its pressure and causing it to condense back into liquid; this process releases the heat that was absorbed inside the house.The evaporator coils and condenser coils are heat exchangers that transfer heat first from the indoor air into the refrigerant and then from the refrigerant to the outside air. It’s an elegant process that is largely hidden inside the air conditioner components. In a window air conditioner, this refrigerant cycle occurs in a single box, absorbing heat on the room side and rejecting it on the side hanging outside the window. In a central air conditioner the indoor and outdoor units are separate and connected by refrigerant lines.To summarize, this refrigerant cycle is a closed loop, and two phase changes occur every time the refrigerant is pumped around that loop. Heat is absorbed on one side of the loop (evaporation) and rejected on the other (condensation). In a heat pump this refrigerant cycle can be reversed allowing heat from the outside air the be captured and delivered into the house during the winter months. (I told you this was going to be complicated!)Very significantly, air conditioners lower household humidity levels. This occurs because the evaporator coils that are in contact with the house air are cold (below the dew point temperature), and moisture from the indoor air condenses on them (just as water condenses on the outside of your glass of iced tea on a hot humid day). This condensate is captured and drained outside the building, thus removing that moisture from the house and lowering the relative humidity. That condensate is what drips on you when you walk underneath a window air conditioner in the summer.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also coauthored BuildingGreen’s special report on windows that just came out. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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9 Dec
2019

Disclose Your Pricing When Asked

first_imgFor a long time, salespeople have been taught and trained not to disclose their pricing when asked. Instead, they have been directed to require their prospective client to engage in the discovery process with them, allowing the salesperson to gain the information they need to provide pricing. It’s a very logical idea that one should know what they are pricing before doing so, but that logic tends to elicit an emotional response.Why Can’t You Say It?The fact that you are unwilling to disclose your price can signal to your prospective client that it is so much higher than your competitors that you dare not disclose it for fear of chasing them off. If you are afraid of your price, then maybe they should also be concerned.Even more troubling is that fact that you don’t seem to believe that your price is appropriate for the value that you create, or you’d be more likely to share it. The Mercedes dealership doesn’t hide their prices. Neither does Tiffany’s. Any brand that is differentiating and creating value understands that higher prices are a signal of greater value.The fact that you won’t share your pricing is a lack of transparency. You look like you are hiding something negative. What kind of partner are you going to make if you are going withhold things that your dream client will perceive as a negative? One of the ways you build trust is to deal with things that are negative in a frank and candid way.But in this case, your price isn’t a negative at all. In fact, it’s the way you capture enough value to generate the better results for your clients. Without their investment, your company can make the investments in creating compelling, differentiated value, the value worth paying more to obtain.Sooner. Not Later.There is no way you are going to win a deal with a higher price by hiding that fact from your client. By hiding it, you create doubt. By sharing the price, you create confidence in what you sell.When asked, you say, “Based on the little that we know now, the price is likely somewhere between $100,000 and $140,000. If you are willing to answer a few questions to make sure I understand what you need, I can dial that number in from you.” If your prospective client says, “That’s more than we’ve heard up to this point, you reply, “I understand. Our price is little higher, but as we talk through what you need, I’ll share with you the investments we make to produce better results, and we’ll see if it makes sense for you to make the same investments.”If you don’t want your prospects to believe your price is higher than you can justify, don’t be the cause of that belief.last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Nitish blames banks for woes of demonetisation

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said the November 2016 decision to demonetise high value currency notes had failed to deliver its desired objectives.Addressing the 64th State-level Bankers Committee (SLBC) meeting in Patna, Mr Kumar, who had broken ranks with the opposition to support demonetisation, blamed banks for failing to curb the flow of banned high denomination notes back into the system.Mr. Kumar said large defaulters were able to obtain huge loans and escape from the country, while the poor had to face stringent recovery action over loans.“The biggest responsibility for the success of demonetisation drive rested with the bankers but everyone knows how a portion of unaccounted cash got accommodated in the banks…while the small borrowers face difficulty in getting loans, big people manage to get away with huge loans what we hear as banking scams,” the Chief Minister said.Despite the dramatic change in his position on the controversial monetary reform, Mr. Kumar a short while later posted a tweet congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi on completion of four years of his government.“Congratulations to honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi on completion of four years of the government…I believe the government will rise to the expectations of the people,” he said.Funds crunchMr Kumar’s apparent u-turn provoked swift reactions across the political spectrum. Sources in the JD(U) told The Hindu that Mr. Kumar has been upset with the Centre for releasing only ₹1,711 crore for relief and rehabilitation after last year’s flood in north Bihar districts. The Bihar government had asked for ₹7,636 crore. Over 500 people died and more than a crore were affected in 19 districts of northeast Bihar.Leader of Opposition Tejaswi Yadav of the RJD said, “He (Nitish Kumar) had supported demonetisation but is now questioning it. He is always years behind in understanding the issues, difficulties and demands of common people.”“Don’t be surprised if he calls demonetisation the biggest scam of India,” Mr. Yadav said. Nitish Kumar would “betray” BJP also, he added.last_img read more

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22 Nov
2019

As Alab seeks redemption, Fil-Am standout eyes validation

first_imgView comments This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES And he makes no effort to hide his goal to be an MVP in the league.“Of course, that’s my goal,” said Gray about the MVP query. “But whatever I could do to help my team, then that comes first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manAlab will certainly need help. A title favorite last season, Alab was ushered out by No. 7 seed Hong Kong Eastern, a defeat that still haunts coach Jimmy Alapag.“We haven’t forgotten about last season,” Alapag said on Thursday at the league’s launch at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City. “We got off to a really great start and then we got hit by the injury bug and all of a sudden, the wheels fell off quickly.” Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics To celebrate its 10th season, the Asean Basketball League honors its all-decade team. —TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETJeremiah Gray has had an interesting journey in his basketball career, and this wild ride brought to San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League.A would-have-been Ateneo recruit, Gray went back to the United States to star for NCAA Division II school Dominican University of California, averaging 17.9 points in his junior and senior years, breaking the school’s single-season scoring record with 509 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cignal books semis seat; rookie Laure lifts Fotoncenter_img Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Gray will have help as Alab signed Jason Brickman for the season that starts on Nov. 16.“Of course, with Jason, things will get easier, but we still have to come in and practice every day to get that chemistry just right,” Gray said.Alapag has yet to fill up his roster with only Lawrence Domingo and Brandon Rosser as the holdovers from last season.Meanwhile, the league honored its 10 greatest players of all-time that includes three Filipinos in Parks, Leo Avenido and Jerick Cañada.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? With Alab seeking redemption and Gray looking to validate his stardom, it seems Alab will not run out of motivation this season—but neither will it run out of quality opposition, too.The field is stacked with Taiwanese powerhouse Fubon Braves joining the league this season, completing a powerhouse 10-team cast that also includes Thailand’s Mono Vampire, the Singapore Slingers, Formosa Dreamers, Wolf Warriors, Macau Black Bears, Hong Kong Eastern and Saigon Heat of Vietnam.“We’re also expecting the other teams to be better,” said Alapag, who will take on reloaded foes minus three-time league local MVP Ray Parks, who’s now with Blackwater in the PBA.But he has Gray.“Knowing Ray was a good player … it means that a lot of people are looking for me to replace him,” Gray said. “But like I’ve always said, I’m just trying to make a name for myself.”ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

This day, that year: 25 years ago, Glenn McGrath makes Test debut for Australia

first_imgGlenn McGrath, considered as one of the greatest bowlers in cricketing history, made his Test debut exactly 25 years ago on November 12 in 1993.Then a 23-year-old, McGrath was handed his maiden Test cap against New Zealand at the WACA in Perth.McGrath had to wait until the second day to hold the red cherry in his hands as New Zealand had won the toss and asked Australia to bat first.Australia rode on Ian Healy’s century and fifties from Mark Taylor and Paul Reiffel to score 398.In reply, New Zealand were rocked early as McGrath made Mark Greatbatch his maiden international victim when the right-arm paceman found the edge of the Kiwi opener’s bat.However, he was made to work hard for his second wicket until Day 4 when he trapped Danny Morrison before New Zealand declared their first innings at 419/9.In their second innings, Australia declared at 323/1 to set New Zealand a victory target of 303.McGrath bowled well for his 1/50 as the match ended in a draw.#OnThisDay in 1993 Glenn McGrath made his Test debut, against New Zealand at Perth. Unsurprisingly, his first innings figures were a parsimonious 39-12-92-2, and also unsurprisingly, he made a golden duck! pic.twitter.com/nJoFVAedgAICC (@ICC) November 12, 2018There was no looking back McGrath after that. He kept picking wickets after wickets and has been key to Australia’s success be it Tests or ODIs.He finished with 563 Test wickets and 381 ODI wickets and in this period Australia won three World Cups and six Ashes series.advertisementMcGrath held the world record for the highest number of Test wickets by a fast bowler until September when England paceman James Anderson surpassed the Australian legend’s tally of Test wicket.He also holds the fourth position in the list of top wicket-takers in international cricket with 949 wickets to his credit. The first three slots have been occupied by Muttiah Muralitharan (1347), Shane Warne (1001) and Anil Kumble (956) — all being spin bowlers.McGrath announced his retirement from Test cricket on December 23 in 2006.Awards and honours:The 2007 World Cup marked the end of his ODI career. He was honoured with the Player of the Tournament award for his outstanding bowling which was instrumental in Australia winning the title for the 4th time.He is also the leading wicket-taker in World Cups with 71 wickets under his belt.He was named a Member of the Order of Australia on January 26 (Australia Day) in 2008 for ‘service to cricket as a player’In the year 2008, McGrath was named Australian of the Year.McGrath was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in January 2013.last_img read more

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