Daniel surprises Galway granny who was in hospital for her 96th birthday

first_imgWhen Nora Canny from Galway turned 96 yesterday, she got a huge surprise when she got a birthday message from none other than Kincasslagh crooner Daniel O Donnell!Nora, who has lived in Britain since 1947, is one of Daniel’s biggest fans.Speaking to the Irish Post Nora said; “Oh my gosh, honestly, I could not believe it. I was so shocked and delighted. Isn’t it marvellous the things you can do now!” Nora had missed Daniel’s most recent gig in Birmingham due to a stay in hospital, so to make up for it her granddaughter Colette came up with the fantastic idea of reaching out to Daniel and getting a personal birthday wish from the man himself.Colette said; “The first thing she said was, ‘How does he know?’, at which point we all burst out laughing and she said ‘One of ye must have called him’.”Nora all dolled up in younger years“I decided to get in touch with Daniel because grandma has had such a difficult year. She has spent a lot of time in hospital due to her hip which kept dislocating.”“We would play Daniel to her in the hospital when she was anxious to calm her down.” “Danny Boy is her absolute favourite. We even got the hospital radio station to play it for her.”“Daniel was playing in Birmingham last month. I’d have loved to take grandma, but she just wasn’t up to it. I thought a card off Daniel would be the next best thing. So I was absolutely bowled over when his PA sent me that video.”“We all absolutely adore her, which is what made last night’s surprise all the more special, I have never seen her look so shocked, seeing Daniel O’Donnell on her telly wishing her a happy birthday.”“She only got out of hospital last week after a whole month, so this birthday was a particularly special occasion for her and us.”In the video Daniel says; “Hope that you have a wonderful day all together and enjoy every minute. Take care and all the best” Although the video is unfocused, there’s no mistaking the whopping cheers at the end!Video Playerhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/video-1477039853.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Well done to Daniel for sending Nora this lovely message, and happy belated birthday Nora!Daniel surprises Galway granny who was in hospital for her 96th birthday was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

More Holes in Evolutionary Theory

first_imgHere are three examples of animals not branching out neatly on Darwin’s tree like they’re supposed to.Why, Chromosome?According to standard theory, chimpanzees are humans’ closest living relatives. But if you ask Y, a new genetic comparison puts gorillas closer to humans than both are to chimpanzees. Science Daily shares the emotional reaction to the upset:“Surprisingly, we found that in many ways the gorilla Y chromosome is more similar to the human Y chromosome than either is to the chimpanzee Y chromosome,” said Kateryna Makova, the Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz Professor of Science at Penn State and one of two corresponding authors of the paper. “In regions of the chromosome where we can align all three species, the sequence similarity fits with what we know about the evolutionary relationships among the species — humans are more closely related to chimpanzees. However, the chimpanzee Y chromosome appears to have undergone more changes in the number of genes and contains a different amount of repetitive elements compared to the human or gorilla. Moreover, a greater proportion of the gorilla Y sequences can be aligned to the human than to the chimpanzee Y chromosome.”Two Holes Are Better than OneHumans find it disgusting to imagine pooping food waste out the mouth, but that’s how corals, jellyfish and sea anemones carry out their business. According to Darwinian expectations, a two-hole digestive tract is more advanced, so it evolved later. For decades, scientists thought that comb jellies (phylum Ctenophora) shared this trait. That’s one of the reasons evolutionists placed them as among the ancestors of the other groups. Lo and behold, they were wrong! A Florida biologist proved with flourescent proteins that comb jellies have an anus.However, several unprecedented videos of gelatinous sea creatures called comb jellies, or ctenophores, now threaten to upend the standard view of the evolution of the so-called through-gut. On 15 March, at the Ctenopolooza meeting in St. Augustine, Florida, evolutionary biologist William Browne of the University of Miami in Florida debuted films of comb jellies pooping—and it wasn’t through their mouths.Browne’s videos elicited gasps from the audience because comb jellies, whose lineage evolved long before other animals with through-guts, had been thought to eat and excrete through a single hole leading to a saclike gut.Earlier observations  of comb jellies emitting substances out the mouth might have mistaken barfing for pooping. So does this find falsify evolution? Of course not; Darwin always finds a way to accommodate upsets.One possibility is that the comb jellies evolved through-guts and anuslike pores on their own, independent of all other animals, over hundreds of millions of years. Alternatively, a through-gut and exit hole may have evolved once in an ancient animal ancestor, and subsequently became lost in anemones, jellyfish, and sponges.Saber ConvergenceFor our amusement, Live Science posted a gallery of 12 living and extinct animals with sabre-like teeth. We know about saber-tooth cats, but what about the saber-tooth deer? or the saber-tooth salmon? This is not a late April Fool joke; these animals exist or used to exist. There’s also the walrus, a dog, and an extinct ungulate in the gallery, and a mammal-like reptile. Even among the cats, there were three independent kinds, including unrelated marsupial and placental kinds that (according to evolution) evolved saber teeth independently  by “convergent evolution.”Update 4/06/16: Three More HolesThese Darwinian anomalies appeared shortly after this entry was published.Scientists find surprise lurking in crocodilian jaw (Science Daily). The crocodile has a “previously unknown second jaw joint that helps to distribute the extreme force of their bite,” implying it is better designed than thought.  Note that this discovery was made on living animals that have long been available for study. What’s the Darwinist reaction? “When we discovered that crocs had built this new jaw joint, it made us re-evaluate how mammals actually evolved our jaw joint and reinterpret what we thought we knew about where parts of our jaw joint came from,” said the research leader at the University of Missouri. The article also calls them “living fossils,” implying that they have changed little since their appearance in the fossil record.Population size fails to explain evolution of complex culture (PhysOrg). This Darwin Fail is causing another major re-think. An intuitively logical Darwinian assumption about culture has been shown to be wrong. “But this consensus view is however severely compromised by a paper published this week” in PNAS that found critical flaws in the evolutionary models. It’s back to the drawing board, the article says. Has evolutionary theory been helpful at all on this topic? “For the evolution of complex culture, no satisfying answer is available yet,” the article ends. “The question of the emergence of complex culture remains as elusive as ever.” Doesn’t intelligence have something to do with it?Cuckolded fathers rare in human populations (Science Daily). Here’s another case where evolutionists have wrongly considered people to be dumb victims of blind evolutionary forces. Very few fathers, a study shows, have been duped into raising another male’s offspring. Back to the drawing board again. “The collective evidence for low rates of extra-pair paternity (EPP) challenges the notion that it pays, evolutionarily speaking, to sleep around, the researchers say.”Undoubtedly, evolutionists will find ways to use these observations as evidence for evolution. But of course; when you have convergence and imagination in your storytelling toolkit, you can always keep your web of belief patched up. And so Darwinism limps along, one theory rescue at a time. (Visited 1,150 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NBB Fair Trade Coalition succeeds in latest stage of biodiesel import cases

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition won a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the Commerce Department regarding subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The Commerce Department found that Argentina and Indonesia provide subsidies to their biodiesel producers in violation of international trade rules. In addition, Commerce found “critical circumstances” to address the post-petition surge of imports from Argentina, paving the way for the imposition of retroactive duties, going back to May 2017.“The Commerce Department has recognized what this industry has known all along —that foreign biodiesel producers have benefited from massive subsidies that have severely injured U.S. biodiesel producers. We’re grateful that the Commerce Department has taken preliminary steps that will allow our industry to compete on a level playing field,” said Doug Whitehead, chief operating officer of the National Biodiesel Board.As a result of Commerce’s ruling, importers of Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel will be required to pay cash deposits on biodiesel imported from those countries. The cash deposit rates range from 50.29 to 64.17% for biodiesel from Argentina, and 41.06 to 68.28% for biodiesel from Indonesia, depending on the particular foreign producer/exporter involved. Cash deposit requirements will be imposed when this preliminary determination is published in the Federal Register sometime. In addition, based on Commerce’s “critical circumstances” finding, these rates for Argentina will apply retroactively 90 days from the date of the Federal Register notice.The NBB Fair Trade Coalition filed these petitions to address a flood of subsidized and dumped imports from Argentina and Indonesia that has resulted in market share losses and depressed prices for domestic producers. Biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia surged by 464% from 2014 to 2016, taking 18.3% of market share from U.S. manufacturers. Imports of biodiesel from Argentina again jumped 144.5% following the filing of the petitions. These surging, low-priced imports prevented producers from earning adequate returns on their substantial investments and caused U.S. producers to pull back on further investments to serve a growing market.Between the preliminary and final determinations, the Commerce Department will audit the foreign producers and governments to confirm the accuracy of their data submissions. Parties will file briefs on issues arising from the agency’s preliminary countervailing duty determinations, and the Commerce Department will hold a hearing. Preliminary determinations in the companion antidumping investigations are due to be issued in October. Final Commerce determinations will be issued later this year, or in early 2018, with a final determination by the International Trade Commission soon thereafter.last_img read more

How a Misinformation Campaign Altered the Debate on Climate Change

first_imgHolding fossil fuel companies responsibleExxonMobil’s conduct — promoting uncertainty about climate science it knew to be accurate — has generated public outrage and led New York’s attorney general to initiate an investigation into whether the company has illegally misled the public and its investors about the risks of climate change. This trend in litigation has expanded, and there are now several ongoing climate litigation suits.While important, lawsuits cannot fully address the larger issues of corporate social and political responsibility to acknowledge and address climate change. Just as Congress investigated efforts by the tobacco industry to dupe the public into believing its products were harmless in the 1990s, I believe a full and open inquiry is needed now to unmask the vested interests behind scientific misinformation campaigns that continue to delay our efforts to mitigate a global threat.At a minimum, the U.S. needs to change the system of hidden funding, in which companies such as ExxonMobil or the Koch brothers use pass-through organizations to camouflage donations to climate denial efforts. Current U.S. tax rules for nonprofit organizations, including climate-denying think tanks, do not require them to reveal their donors, enabling them to support large-scale political activities while remaining unaccountable. American voters deserve to know who is behind climate disinformation efforts, and revising nonprofit reporting laws is a good place to begin.In my view, the central concern here is nothing less than the moral integrity of the public sphere. The Declaration of Independence states that governments “derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.” But when vested interests with outsize economic and cultural power distort the public debate by introducing falsehoods, the integrity of Americans’ deliberations is compromised.So it is with the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to distort public discourse on the urgent subject of climate change. If corporations and public relations firms can systematically alter the national debate in favor of their own interests and against those of society as a whole, then democracy itself is undermined. I believe Congress can and should act to investigate this issue fully. Only then can we restore trust and legitimacy to American governance and fulfill our society’s moral duty to address climate change at a scale commensurate with its significance. Massive gap on public opinionFuture generations will look back on our tepid response to global climate disruption and wonder why the world did not act sooner and more aggressively.One answer can be found in the polarization of public opinion over climate change in the United States. The latest Gallup Poll shows that concern about climate change now falls along partisan lines, with 91 percent of Democrats saying they are worried a great deal or fair amount about climate change, while only 33 percent of Republicans saying the same.Republicans and Democrats hold very different views on climate change, as this 2018 survey shows.Clearly, a massive gap between Republicans and Democrats has emerged regarding the nature and seriousness of climate change. This partisan divide has led to an extreme political conflict over the need for climate action and helps to explain Congress’s failure to pass meaningful legislation to reduce carbon emissions. Why Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Won’t Lead to Action on Climate ChangeClimate Change Challenges the Human ImaginationThe Paris Agreement on Climate ChangeReport Warns That Climate Change Efforts Are Too SlowGood News Bad News With Climate ChangeHalf of All Americans Worry About Climate Change Just as predictedFour years after Hansen testified to Congress, 165 nations signed an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. They committed themselves to reducing carbon emissions to avoid dangerous disruption of the Earth’s climate system, defined as limiting future temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius. The signatories have now held 25 annual UNFCCC conferences dedicated to developing goals, timetables and methods for mitigating climate change, the most consequential of which are encompassed in the Paris Agreement of 2015.But as of today, not one single major northern industrial country has fulfilled its commitments under the Paris treaty, and the nonprofit Climate Action Tracker has rated the United States’ plan to achieve the Paris goals critically insufficient.There have been more than 600 congressional hearings on climate change, according to my calculations, and numerous attempts to pass binding limits on carbon emissions. Despite those efforts, the United States has yet to take meaningful action on the problem — a discrepancy compounded by President Donald Trump’s decision last year to withdraw from the treaty altogether.In the three decades since Dr. Hansen’s testimony, the scientific certainty about the human causes and catastrophic effects of climate change on the biosphere and social systems has only grown stronger. This has been documented in five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment reports, three U.S. National Climate Assessments and thousands of peer-reviewed papers.Yet CO2 levels continue to rise. In 1988, atmospheric CO2 levels stood at 353 parts per million, or ppm, the way to measure the concentration of CO2 molecules in the atmosphere. As of June 2018, they have reached 411 ppm, the highest monthly average ever recorded.The effects of these increased concentrations are just as Hansen and others predicted, from disastrous wildfires in the western U.S. and massive hurricanes associated with historical flooding to extended droughts, rising sea levels, increasing ocean acidification, the pervasive spread of tropical diseases and the bleaching and death of coral reefs. RELATED ARTICLES By ROBERT BRULLE June 23, 1988, marked the date on which climate change became a national issue. In landmark testimony before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Dr. James Hansen, then director of NASA’s Institute for Space Studies, stated that “Global warming has reached a level such that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause-and-effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and observed warming … In my opinion, the greenhouse effect has been detected, and it is changing our climate now.”Hansen’s testimony made clear the threats posed by climate change and attributed the phenomenon to human exploitation of carbon energy sources. Its impact was dramatic, capturing headlines in The New York Times and other major newspapers. As politicians, corporations and environmental organizations acknowledged and began to address this issue, climate change entered into the political arena in a largely nonpartisan fashion.Yet despite decades of public education on climate change and international negotiations to address it, progress continues to stall. Why?One reason for the political inaction is the gaping divide in public opinion that resulted from a deliberate — and still controversial — misinformation campaign to redirect the public discussion on climate change in the years following Hansen’s testimony. Polarizing public opinionThe current political stalemate is no accident. Rather, it is the result of a well-financed and sustained campaign by vested interests to develop and promulgate misinformation about climate science.My scholarship documents the coordinated efforts of conservative foundations and fossil fuel corporations to promote uncertainty about the existence and causes of climate change and thus reduce public concern over the issue. Amplified by conservative media, this campaign has significantly altered the nature of the public debate.These findings are supported by recent investigative news reports showing that since the 1970s, top executives in the fossil fuel industry have been well aware of the evidence that their products amplify climate warming emissions. Indeed, industry scientists had conducted their own extensive research on the topic and participated in contemporaneous scientific discussions.The American Petroleum Institute, an industry trade group, even circulated these research results to its members. By 1978, a senior executive at ExxonMobil had proposed creating a worldwide “CO2 in the Atmosphere” research and development program to determine an appropriate response to growing evidence of climate change.Unfortunately, that path wasn’t taken. Instead, in 1989, a group of fossil fuel corporations, utilities, and automobile manufacturers banded together to form the Global Climate Coalition. The group was convened to prevent the U.S. adoption of the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. In its public statements, the coalition’s official position was to claim global warming was real but that it could be part of a natural warming trend.The corporate drive to spread climate misinformation continued beyond fighting Kyoto. In 1998, API, Exxon, Chevron, Southern Company, and various conservative think tanks initiated a broad public relations campaign with a goal of ensuring that the “recognition of uncertainties of climate science becomes part of the ‘conventional wisdom.’”While that coalition disbanded in 2001, ExxonMobil reportedly continued to quietly fund climate misinformation, funneling donations through conservative, “skeptic” think tanks such as the Heartland Institute, until 2006, when the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists exposed its funding scheme. ExxonMobil — the nation’s largest and wealthiest company — continues to work with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a self-described public-private partnership of corporations and conservative legislators, to block climate change policies. Robert Brulle is professor of sociology at Drexel University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

How the IoT and Related Tech Are Helping to Update the Energy Sector

first_imgThe Top 5 Issues Faced by Futurists Related Posts Tags:#energy#engagement Solar Panels Installation: 6 Unexpected Factors… Aramco, Holder of the Largest IPO in History is…center_img Energy sector improvements have the capacity to affect almost every other industry. We all recognize the importance of a reliable energy system — after all, no business runs without electricity. As DataRPM, a Progress company that uses anomaly detection and prediction to provide a stable energy supply, notes in its recent e-book, “Since energy literally drives everything in the industrial world, the energy and utilities industry itself is under constant pressure…to tackle efficiency problems and perform 24/7 without disruptions.”Another thing we all know is that electricity costs money. Thankfully, the Internet of Things is empowering companies to better understand their energy consumption and adapt, so as to reduce both their consumption and their costs.Industry represents a huge proportion of U.S. energy consumption – about a third of the total — and that figure is projected to increase further. With consumption on the rise, energy companies are incentivized to improve efficiency in order to decrease their total operating costs, and opportunities for these improvements are abundant. According to independent studies, U.S. industry could introduce measures that cut energy consumption by between 14 and 22 percent. IoT technologies that either exist or are being developed are among the tech-based solutions that promise to address efficiency and security issues for the energy sector. Startups are exploring IoT-oriented solutionsEntrepreneurs often look for areas to make a difference, and the energy sector represents a substantial opportunity. Companies such as WIFIPLUG, which produces a smart plug that currently works with four IoT platforms, are helping both businesses and consumers reduce energy consumption by learning their routines and making it easier for them to adjust their energy usage. The company was part of the 2017 cohort of the Ameren Accelerator, which is currently accepting applications for its second annual cohort in hopes of finding other energy solution-focused startups.BlocPower, a tenant at the Urban Tech Hub in New York City, is another promising project. The company is utilizing the IoT to build a platform meant to grow clean energy usage in the nation’s inner cities, which it feels are often overlooked by large companies.See Also: How startups can work with cities to innovate for a smarter futureEnergy-demand forecast data is improvingRenewable energy sources are becoming increasingly capable, but they’re not always easy to incorporate into the grid. In addition, weather has a big impact on the success of these energy sources, making them less reliable than those based on fossil fuels. Right now, renewable sources can’t always meet peak demand on their own.Scientists at the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-North Carolina (CICS-NC) are taking steps to improve data analysis and create more accurate forecasts of energy demand. Knowing the demand for a specific area is an important part of determining how best to meet its need. As artificial intelligence and the IoT further develop, the predictive capabilities of both will aid the energy sector as it seeks to balance the grid and meet industry and consumer demands.Industrial companies are using tech to increase efficiencyIndustrial companies wanting to improve their operations naturally turn to tech solutions. In the case of Honeywell, the New Jersey-based company is improving its IIoT abilities in oil and gas by partnering with air emissions firm Aereon of Austin, Texas, with the goal of helping its customers increase the efficiency of their supply chains and decrease unplanned downtime.In addition, the IoT and AI are obvious partners when it comes to achieving energy efficiencies. Google’s DeepMind technology — the same AI that taught itself to play Go and beat the best players in the world — has helped the company predict increased demand on cooling systems at its data centers. That information helped Google reduce its energy usage by 40 percent, which will save it hundreds of millions of dollars over the next several years. The U.K.’s National Grid is in the preliminary stages of talks with Google about putting DeepMind to work as well.There’s no denying it — the IoT has had an impact on the energy sector, and its influence will continue to grow. Tech innovations promise to bring the grid into the 21st century and create a safer, more efficient system while reducing costly reliability issues. By making investments in a smart grid and fully utilizing the IoT, we’ll be able to take full advantage of renewable technologies such as solar and wind power and create a brighter future, both literally and figuratively.See Also: Industrial IoT and energy efficiency will slash carbon emissions Get Smarter About Enterprise Management with AI Peter Daisymelast_img read more

UP takes on soaring Ateneo

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After all, they are getting their act together at the right time.“This is not our peak yet. I feel there’s more to come,” said UP coach Godfrey Okumu after UP swept La Salle with a three-set triumph last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsUP tests Ateneo at 4 p.m., after Far Eastern University collides with University of the East at 2.The Lady Maroons will have their hands full against the Lady Eagles who, after dropping their first game to La Salle, have logged seven straight victories and show signs of slowing down. MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Boxers in limbo say AIBA as IOC mull Tokyo 2020 exclusion View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines has twice beaten defending champion La Salle, the only team that has beaten league-leading Ateneo so far.Small wonder the Lady Maroons are upbeat as they get ready to take on the Lady Eagles on Saturday in UAAP Season 81’s women’s volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UP will have to make full use of its double-barreled gun in Tots Carlos and Isa Molde, who unloaded 24 points in its victory over La Salle (25-16, 26-24, 25-19), if it wants to hammer out another major upset.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

National award huge responsibility wont take it for granted Vicky

first_imgMumbai: Actor Vicky Kaushal said winning the National Award is a “beautiful feeling”, one which is both humbling and a reminder for him to keep doing good work. Vicky shared the best actor National Award for his peformance in “Uri- The Surgical Strike” along with Ayushmann Khurrana for “Andhadhun”. When asked about his win, Vicky told reporters, “It’s a beautiful feeling. I would have never thought that in my four years of career, I will be honoured with something like this. But it also brings a huge responsibility. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “That one should keep working like this and keep doing good work and that one shouldn’t be complacent and that don’t take it for granted. But it’s a huge honour, I think the biggest honour in the country and it really means a lot to me.” The actor was speaking at a special event of his latest T-Series single, “Pachatoge”. Vicky said for the longest time he has been wanting to collaborate with Bhushan Kumar. “I told him that I was really hooked to the song and he told me about the team that was supposed to work on the song. I thought it would be a great team to work with. I really follow my heart when it comes to doing something creative. And this just took my heart away in a second. I just jumped into it,” he added.last_img read more