Public warning issued over forged €50 notes circulating in Letterkenny

first_imgBusiness owners and the public are being warned that forged €50 notes are being traded in the town.The Letterkenny Chamber issued the alert via Facebook today, warning staff to be on alert for fraudulent activity and take necessary steps to check all cash.Some businesses have already invested in scanners in a bid to beat con artists. Those who suspect people of trying to pass these forged notes are advised to contact Gardaí.Public warning issued over forged €50 notes circulating in Letterkenny was last modified: June 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Haeckel Vindicated?  Parathyroid Glands from Gills?

first_img“Human gland evolved from gills” trumpeted a BBC News science article without apology.*  It gives uncontested press to a team from King’s College that is claiming the human parathyroid glands evolved from gills.  This is claimed on the basis that they have similar functions (calcium regulation) and are located in the neck region.  Fish have no parathyroids; their gills help them extract calcium from seawater.  The parathyroids in mammals are attached to the thyroids in the neck and are vital for regulating the amount of calcium in the blood.    Calcium is the most tightly regulated of all elements in the body; it performs essential functions in cell signaling, nerves, muscle and bone.  The parathyroids (unrelated to the thyroid glands) regulate calcium by manufacturing and secreting a specialized hormone, 84 amino acids in length, into the blood.  When calcium levels fall below normal, parathyroid hormone stimulates at least three processes to conserve it: resorb it from bone, absorb more from food, and prevent loss in urine.  (For anatomy and physiology of the parathyroids, see these sites: Colorado State, Dr. Howard Glickman, and Parathyroid.com).    Professor Anthony Graham, part of the team making the connection between fish and humans, told the BBC Ernst Haeckel has been vindicated:The researchers also found a gene for parathyroid hormone in fish, and they discovered that this gene is expressed in the gills.    Professor Graham said: “The parathyroid gland and the gills of fish are related structures and likely share a common evolutionary history.    “Our work will have great resonance to all those people who have seen Haeckel’s pictures, which show that we all go through a fish stage in our development.    “This new research suggests that in fact, our gills are still sitting in our throats – disguised as our parathyroid glands.”The researchers also based their claim on the fact that the gills in fish and the parathyroids in mammals stem from the same location in the developing embryo (but then, so do many other organs and structures, including the tongue, epiglottis, pharynx, Eustachian tube, and more; see Temple University site for details).Does anyone really need help to see how dumb this is?  Three strikes and they are out:Ernst Haeckel, Dr. Sickman Fraud, the toady disciple of Charlie Frown (see 04/22/2004 headline) deserves nothing but scorn (see 07/10/2001 headline), but look at what these absent-minded professors do: they point to his classic fraudulent drawings for support of their theory!  That makes them accessories to a crime.  Strike one.Do they have any idea how complicated the parathyroid system is?  It may be located in the neck, but its influence is felt throughout the body, in every cell.  It is so essential, it is 4-times redundant, and the manufacture of its special hormone, its packaging in the Golgi apparatus in a dormant state, and its delivery to the blood stream, and then what it accomplishes in terms of regulation – all these interconnected systems are staggeringly complex (for a good overview, see the explanation by Dr. Howard Glickman).  Darwinists have no explanation for how any hormone, any cell, any complex regulatory system, just “emerged” by an unregulated process of natural selection (see 07/16/2003 headline); that is the issue, not just homology, whatever that is (see 04/22/2004 headline).  Strike two.It’s not just location that matters; it is function.  The parathyroids are located right where they need to be to work.  An evolutionist cannot tell simply by location of an organ that animals are related by common ancestry.  Evolutionary theory is so flexible, in terms of location and rate, that any observation, even contradictory observations, can be made to fit it (see 10/29/2004, 10/13/2004, 09/17/2004 and 09/13/2004 headlines out of many examples).  If the parathyroids were located somewhere else, the evolutionists would have an alternative explanation to keep Charlie’s idol from collapsing.  Strike three.The laziness of evolutionists is parasitic on society.  Did this tall tale by Darwin Party mythmakers bless your heart?  Did it do anybody any good?  Did it advance civilization or help those in need?  Mutations could not have built the parathyroid nor any of the systems with which it interacts; on the contrary, mutations have broken the system, causing diseases of the parathyroid and calcium irregularities.  Challenge your professor when he wastes your time with unproveable assertions and glittering generalities that assume evolution before the evidence even has had a chance to speak.  Tell the prof you’d rather the time be spent understanding the function of the parathyroids so that science could help those with parathyroid disease and osteoporosis.*Update 12/08/2004: One of our readers wrote to the BBC and said he didn’t appreciate the way they had titled the piece about gill evolution as fact.  To their credit, the BBC wrote back and made a change:Many thanks for your message.  I would stress that the piece reports the King’s College research as a theory, and not a fact.  The piece says that the researchers believe that the gland evolved from gills, not that they have proved it.  I have modified the headline to read, “Gill theory of human glands”.Never underestimate the power of a letter to the editor.  Most editors like to hear from readers, and unless readers respond to bad information, editors can get away with unwarranted claims, whether intentionally or not.  Now, at least readers of this article will not get a wrong impression that the evolutionary link was proven.  At Creation-Evolution Headlines, we also make corrections when typos or errors of fact are pointed out to us; feel free to write to us here.  (Editors also appreciate knowing if the articles were helpful.)(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Charlton Athletic’s SA connection

first_img15 October 2004English Premier League club Charlton Athletic is home to two of South African football’s most loved exports, Mark Fish and Shaun Bartlett. The club’s South African connection goes further than that, though, extending all the way to Alexandra township in Johannesburg.Members of the Charlton Football in the Community scheme and the club’s community liaison department jetted into South Africa this week to follow up on work that began in the township in 2003.One of three projects initiated by the club was the training of 18 youth workers, police officers and teachers to be qualified football coaches – the first time the English Football Association’s Level One coaching course had ever been carried out outside England.According to Matt Wright, writing on Charlton Athletic’s website, those new coaches have been holding football sessions in Alexandra schools and youth clubs over the past 12 months.During the club’s latest trip, a further 20 students will complete the coaching course under the guidance of community scheme officers. Once they have qualified, they will be able to start and run community-based football clubs and leagues.Then there is a youth development programme that sees the Metropolitan Police teaming up with the South African Police Service and Bristol’s John Cabot Technical College from Bristol in bringing it to Alexandra. The course focuses on citizenship, health education and information technology.John Cabot looks after the third part of the programme. The college, as part of its ongoing charity work in conjunction with British Airways and Unicef, is working to empower township dwellers in literacy, computer technology, sewing and textiles.Charlton Athletic chairman Martin Simons, speaking from South Africa on Tuesday, said: “It’s another week of extremely hard work. We have got the first lot of 200 kids coming this afternoon, and in total we expect to see 1 000 youngsters this week.“When we left last year we were really hoping that things would take off in this township , and that’s exactly what has happened”, Simons said. “The coaches that we trained have seen more than 4 000 kids since we were last there, and it’s important to remember that they’re carrying out all of this work voluntarily – they’re not getting paid.“One of the big considerations in everything we do is whether or not the work is sustainable”, Simons said. “It seems so so far, and we want to be able to come back in five years’ time and discover that hundreds of thousands of children have received football coaching.”British Bank Barclays, whose chairman, Matt Barrett, is also visiting the country this week, is to host a special presentation event on Friday. According to Charlton’s website, “discussions are taking place to see if the company wants to become involved with the project, possibly as a sponsor”.Barclays is bidding to buy a majority stake in SA banking group Absa.Charlton Athletic’s Alexandra connection is part of the club’s “Red, White and Black” campaign that is into its second decade and targets racism.On 8 November 2003, Charlton celebrated its South African connection when the club tackled Fulham at The Valley on a day the club called South Africa Day.Speaking on the day, former Bafana Bafana player Mark Fish said that since joining Charlton, “I have been amazed at the extent of the club’s work in its community, and I am proud to support that work, both locally and back in my homeland.“It’s something that is very important to me because of the historical links between the club and South Africa and the community work that the club’s been doing over there.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Giving kids a sporting chance in life

first_imgIn the 25 years that Sporting Chance has been in existence, it has worked with about 170 000 and even helped unearth exceptional sporting talent. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Sporting Chance, as the name suggests, is a sports development agency that gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to participate in sport while also receiving a physical education.One of the organisation’s more important goals was to instil an active life pattern, said founder and managing director Brad Bing. He was speaking at a Play Your Part Rugby Activation held at Khayelitsha Rugby Stadium in Cape Town on 2 October. “What you need is to create life patterns by the age of 12. You don’t just wake up on your 14th birthday and say, ‘Tomorrow I’m going to play squash.’ Your kids are going to grow up following that and that’s the culture we need to have.”Sporting Chance helped Play Your Part facilitate the activation in Khayelitsha, bringing along rugby coaches and experts to train the children.With calypso cricket and street soccer programmes their mainstay, Sporting Chance is taking sport to the children. “Basically we never make plans. All we do is facilitate the opportunity and these kids have got to grab the opportunity themselves,” said Bing.Bing himself has been active all his life. He played cricket professionally for Western Province in the late 1980s and played in England for 10 years. After he retired, he returned to South Africa with the idea of getting children outside and playing sport.“I came back with international ideas to South Africa and if you remember correctly in the 1980s it was the height of apartheid and the height of the struggle. Not many people understood the ideas I was talking about. Out of pure frustration, in September 1990 I said: ‘That’s it, I’m going to start my own company.’”And 25 years later, the organisation is still moving strongly. It has worked with about 170 000 children, some of whom have gone on to represent South Africa at the highest level. According to Bing, these include six members of the national men’s hockey side and cricket player Herschelle Gibbs.However, he insists that the organisation’s job is not to produce international level talent but to get children to play sport, lead a healthy lifestyle and receive mentorship from experienced coaches.Play Your Part worked with Sporting Chance coaches to run the rugby activation in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. MENTORSHIP IS CRUCIALBing’s cricket career would not have bloomed had he not received mentorship from teachers, coaches, fellow players and his father. “On a Saturday morning, when my dad or my mom took me to play cricket, they sat there and watched me. And my father would say to me: ‘You made this mistake or that mistake.’ These kids don’t have that. In our townships, those parents only come back at night and those kids get fed and put into bed so where does the mentorship come about?”When a budding athlete from a disadvantaged background lacked mentorship, he added, it was difficult to progress through the ranks. “That’s the obstacle we have to get around. You’ll always see our township [children] struggling and that is the bridge we have to cross in order to make sure that South Africa really becomes a powerhouse in sport.“If I was formerly disadvantaged I would still be toyi-toying outside the Department of Sport and Recreation’s office not because I want to be a rebel but because I want more access to facilities.” By having the sports facilities and equipment at their disposal, Brad Bing believes children from disadvantaged areas like Khayelitsha can realise their potential not just as athletes but as good people too.LACK OF ACCESSSporting Chance sees itself as a business that gives communities access to sports, coaches and facilities. “We run coaching programmes as well regardless of the type of sport it is in that community.”At the rugby activation in Khayelitsha, Bing said that though there were facilities in the area, they were not maintained. “We have a rugby facility here but with all due respect you look at the clubhouse… You’ve got the poles here but you don’t see the field markings and if the fields are not marked are you telling me that rugby is actually played on a daily basis… most of those people are out there working, when do they have time to make the club work?” Bing asked.“So we are talking about rugby but where are the squash courts and the tennis courts? There are cricket facilities that haven’t been maintained. How are we going to produce black cricket in communities?”In addition, although the facility was there, residents did not have access to equipment. “We fully know that if we leave equipment here we won’t find it tomorrow so you need someone to lead that facility and make sure it’s secure.”There is also no access to professional and structured coaching. At the rugby activation, former Springboks Sevens player Mpho Mbiyozo and Sporting Chance coaches were on hand to teach children from the township about rugby and life.However, Bing said such events took place once; training programmes should be ongoing. “Believe me, in a population as big as Khayelitsha where you have got half-a-million people, you can have 400 to 500 kids coming here at any time.”Mbiyozo agreed, saying: “It ends here today, and when they go home and they’re all happy. This event is a seed but we need to water it to germinate.”last_img read more

Wikipedia’s Inkblots: Normality in Tech and Medicine

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#crowdsourcing#health#web dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Wikipedia is aflutter with angry psychologists demanding that the community take down reproductions of 10 original Rorschach inkblot plates and their statistically common responses. The Rorschach tests have been used since the 1920’s to determine psychological disorders through the analysis of images. Twenty-five percent of all forensic cases utilize the Rorschach test in assessing defendant competency and criminal responsibility. According to the New York Times, Dr. James Heilman of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan originally uploaded the files and discussion has exploded ever since with doctors on both sides of the argument.Although Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach (the creator of the test died) in 1922, the inkblots are still widely used in personality and psychological assessment today. However, once an image’s copyright owner passes away, that image is automatically released into the public domain 70 years after his/her death unless an extension is filed. While many argue that Wikipedia’s release of the inkblots invalidates testing and causes potential harm to patients, others argue that the images are already widely accessible and too relevant to the article to omit. For now, the Wikipedia discussion page states,”Prior discussion has determined that Rorschach inkblots images shall be displayed in this article, and removal of pictures without consensus at Talk:Rorschach test/images [the discussion page] will be reverted.”Times reporter Noam Cohen writes about those against the posted images saying, “For them [the psychologists], the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT.”The fact that both of these tests are based on normative results adds another dimension to the Wikipedia debate – whether or not the inkblot test is a valid metric in the first place. In the late nineties, based on reviewing the demographics of students with the lowest averages in the country, critics called the SAT racist, urban-centric and classist. With the test determining college placement, scholarship eligibility and in some cases, job placement, it remains an important one. For this reason, it was redrafted in 2005 to be more tolerant of diversity and more reflective of classroom curriculum. With the Rorschach inkblots having been established since the 1920’s, what are the chances that each of us aren’t already showing signs of major psychosis? If there’s a doctor in the house, by all means, let us know if and how the psychological indicators of the test have changed over time. There’s no doubt that a number of those awaiting SATs and psychometric testing might choose to game the system. While higher SAT scores improve college eligibility, average Rorschach inkblot results might alleviate the fear of being estranged from friends and family. Unless the person being psychologically profiled wants to shirk criminal responsibility or can see themselves as a danger to themselves or others, it makes sense to want to establish “normality”. But why is Wikipedia more responsible to protect Rorschach testing than scientific journals or medical websites? Admittedly, I am not an expert in medicine, psychology or the forensic sciences and I have no idea how these Wikipedia images will affect the patient community. However, as a tech blogger, I understand this issue to be Wikipedia’s dedication to free and educational content – even when that education is widely debated. It will be interesting to see if those against the inkblot posting will be able to determine a consensus to have them removed. last_img read more

Congress-NCP restart alliance talks with VBA

first_imgRestarting alliance talks, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday held a meeting with leaders of the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA). The VBA has announced candidates for 22 seats, but said that the announcement is not concrete.Action against RSS“Action against Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and seat sharing are two issues before us. Even though we have announced candidates for 22 seats, we will continue talking to them,” said Laxman Mane of the VBA. Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan, who was present in the meeting said that the Congress and NCP are committed to bring the RSS under the ambit of the Constitution. “Our president Rahul Gandhi is even fighting a court case against the RSS. That issue is sorted. We are discussing seat sharing now and even though nothing concrete has been reached, talks will continue,” he said.NCP MLA Dr. Jitendra Awhad said the VBA had announced candidates for Nanded, Madha and Baramati Lok Sabha seats. “Even they know that these seats cannot be exchanged at any cost, they have come to talk, which is a positive sign and we will surely move towards forming a secular front in the State with Mr. Ambedkar,” he said.Following Mr. Ambedkar’s demand to bring RSS under constitutional ambit, the State unit of the Congress had written a letter to him asking for a draft and promising to sign it. However, Mr. Ambedkar replied saying Congress should send it. In Tuesday’s meeting, leaders of the parties’ legal cell, including noted counsel and Rajya Sabha member from NCP Majid Memon were present.Ambedkarites’ appealMeanwhile, a group of intellectuals and social activists from the left and the Ambedkarite movement from Maharashtra have made an appeal to Mr. Ambedkar to think twice on his decision to contest the general elections independently. Activists Bharat Patankar, Milind Ranade, Uka Mahajan and Suresh Sawant said that Congress-NCP’s push to bring RSS under constitution and willingness to give four or more Lok Sabha seats has cleared the path for further discussions. “We are sure that, if taken, your decision to contest polls independently, will not help fascism of the BJP,” the appeal said.Mr. Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh has allied with AIMIM to form VBA. Congress has already clarified that it will not join hands with the AIMIM, but is open to form an alliance with Mr Ambedkar.last_img read more

10 months agoLuiz insists Chelsea in the title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Luiz insists Chelsea in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz insists they’re in the title race.Chelsea are fourth in the table ahead of their match against Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and go into the festive period looking to make it three league wins in a row.”Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” the Brazil international told Sky Sports News.”Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.” last_img read more

Atlantic salmon caught in BC waters far north of damaged US fish

first_imgSECHELT, B.C. – A First Nation on British Columbia’s south coast says its members have caught three Atlantic salmon after thousands of the fish escaped from a farm in Washington state.The Shishalh First Nation in Sechelt says its members caught the Atlantic salmon while fishing for pink salmon on Sunday.A news release from the band says the fish weighed between three and 4.5 kilograms, one was male and the two females had developing eggs.Band officials say there’s a high probability all three escaped Aug. 19 when a pen containing 305,000 salmon collapsed in U.S. waters about 150 kilometres to the south at a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm.Fisheries and Oceans Canada has confirmed one Atlantic salmon was caught off southwestern Vancouver Island on Saturday and officials were checking reports that two more of the non-native species were hooked off Sooke and Esquimalt.Sishalh Chief Warren Paull says the First Nation does not support the farming of non-indigenous salmonid species within its territory and the question is not if, but when Atlantic salmon will enter B.C. streams.Concerns have been raised that escaped Atlantic salmon could compete with their Pacific cousins for food, interbreed with them or introduce disease.“We hope this situation can be contained and monitored, and that future decision making around marine finfish aquaculture will be carried out through developing shared and collaborative decision making processes with First Nations,” Paull says in the release.Michael Rust, science adviser with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s aquaculture office, told The Associated Press last week that farmed salmon tend to be domesticated, raised on feed and are not used to catching fish or escaping predators. Farmed salmon are more likely to be prey than predator, he said.On Saturday, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Department of Ecology to put any new permits for net pens on hold.The Lummi Nation in northwest Washington state declared a state of emergency last week and directed its members to catch as many of the escaped salmon as possible.The band reports its anglers caught about 20,000 of the fish over the weekend.New Brunswick-based Cooke Aquaculture has said high tides and currents damaged the salmon farm and led to the escape. (The Canadian Press, AP, CFAX)last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Bombardier’s no good, very bad week After having its CSeries jets slapped with a 219 per cent duty by the U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday, Bombardier says it expects a large anti-dumping duty to be announced next week.End in sight to the CAMI dispute? After “constructive” talks in Detroit last week, Unifor Local 88 president Dan Borthwick said GM negotiators understood the union’s position and committed to providing a response.Happy anniversary! OSFI turns 30 years old this year and Superintendent of the Office of Financial Institutions Canada Jeremy Rudin will speak to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto Tuesday to outline the role of Canada’s prudential regulator.What’s next for BoC? Deputy Governor Sylvain Leduc of the Bank of Canada will speak Tuesday at the Chambre de commerce de Sherbrooke.Latest labour stats Statistics Canada will release the labour force survey for September on Friday.last_img read more

Husky Energy gets help from Q2 tax relief but profit down from

first_imgCALGARY — Husky Energy Inc. says its second-quarter financial results were dragged by a heavy maintenance schedule, non-routine write offs and expenses, but those negatives were partly offset by a one-time tax benefit.The integrated oil and gas company had $370 million of net earnings in the quarter, including a negative impact from $77 million in after-tax adjustments that were offset by a $233 million benefit from Alberta corporate tax reductions.The profit amounted to 36 cents per share, down from 44 cents per share, or $448 million overall, in last year’s second quarter. However, net income was above the consensus estimate of 32 cents per share from financial markets data firm Refinitiv. It didn’t provide a revenue estimate for Husky’s second quarter.Husky says its revenue net of royalties was $5.30 billion, down from $5.88 billion in last year’s second quarter. Funds from operations dropped to $802 million or 80 cents per share from $1.21 billion or $1.20 per share.The Calgary-based company says it’s on track with a plan outlined at its recent investor day.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)The Canadian Presslast_img read more