first_imgFINE GAEL is still considering expelling Cllr Terence Slowey from the party, has learned.The Ardara politician refused to resign from Donegal County Council despite admitting he claimed double expenses for two meetings in Kerry and Cork on the same day in 2008.Members of the county council discussed the matter on Monday but no action was taken against Cllr Slowey who paid back more than €1,000 he over-claimed from the incident. Sinn Fein whip Mick Quinn said that while Cllr Slowey was a very decent man, such actions could not be accepted and called for him to resign.However Cllr Slowey said he had made a genuine mistake and had no intention of giving up his seat on the council.A meeting of the Fine Gael Disciplinary Committee held two weeks ago has yet to make a decision on Cllr Slowey.A well-placed source told that the matter is far from over and that Fine Gael are determined that such incidents do not overshadow their image as they ”enter a new era of politics.” “The issue is still very much a live one and we are certainly not sweeping it under the carpet – far from in it fact.“Cllr Slowey’s future within the Fine Gael party is still very much in the balance and nothing has yet been decided about his future membership of the party.“We cannot say too much more at this stage but the message has to go out that Fine Gael will not tolerate such matters – even if Cllr Slowey claims it was a genuine mistake,” said the source.EndsFINE GAEL STILL CONSIDER FUTURE OF SLOWEY WITHIN PARTY was last modified: April 28th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:ArdaraCllr Sloweylast_img read more

US radio hosts sing Donegal’s praises to 16 million listeners

first_imgPresenters from six of America’s most popular radio stations have been visiting Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way on an action-packed programme to promote tourism. The hosts, who are guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, have a combined audience of some 16 million listeners.That huge audience – or potential US holidaymakers for Ireland – have been keeping up with the radio presenters’ travels here via social media. The radio presenters’ adventurous programme included a tour of Donegal Castle, a guided walk at Slieve League with Paddy Clarke, as well as a visit to the Glencolmcille Folk Village. They stayed in Lough Eske Castle.Each of the presenters has been conducting interviews throughout the visit with local tourism operators and personalities. The various interviews will air to some 16 million Americans later this month.Tour guide Barbara Hunter (left), with US radio presenters, during their fact-finding visit to Ireland.Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America and Australia, said: “We were delighted to invite these radio presenters to visit Donegal and Ireland. Their interviews will be heard by around 16 million people across the US – helping us to spread the word among American travellers about the many things to see and do on a vacation in Ireland. Visits like this are an invaluable part of Tourism Ireland’s overall promotional programme, delivering positive exposure for Donegal and Ireland through the American media.“Tourism Ireland has prioritised North America as a market which offers a strong return on investment, in terms of holiday visitors and expenditure. In 2019, Tourism Ireland aims to surpass the record-breaking performance of 2018 and to grow revenue from North American visitors by +8% to €1.99 billion, generated by 2.17 million visitors.” US radio hosts sing Donegal’s praises to 16 million listeners was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Failte IrelandtourismWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Darwin Dethroned by Geologist

first_imgGradual evolution seems synonymous with Charles Darwin, but a geologist at New York University disagrees.  According to an article on PhysOrg, Michael Rampino thinks Patrick Matthew deserves the credit for a different, more realistic view of evolution – a catastrophist view:“Matthew discovered and clearly stated the idea of natural selection, applied it to the origin of species, and placed it in the context of a geologic record marked by catastrophic mass extinctions followed by relatively rapid adaptations,” says Rampino, whose research on catastrophic events includes studies on volcano eruptions and asteroid impacts.  “In light of the recent acceptance of the importance of catastrophic mass extinctions in the history of life, it may be time to reconsider the evolutionary views of Patrick Matthew as much more in line with present ideas regarding biological evolution than the Darwin view.”By emphasizing catastrophic events, Rampino is also discrediting one of Darwin’s best friends – Charles Lyell, the uniformitarian geologist.  Rampino thinks Patrick Matthew was far ahead of its time but escaped the notice of the scientific community of the day.This is a startling announcement that could put Rampino in grave danger.  It’s not that he or Patrick Matthew have anything worthwhile to contribute to the understanding of how we got here.  Good grief, catastrophes do not manufacture wings and eyes and brains, or else they would spontaneously emerge on Mars and Titan.  What is startling is that Rampino would put his reputation and livelihood at stake.  Doesn’t he know the penalty for failing to pay homage to Charles Darwin?  PaV on Uncommon Descent fears, since not even Stephen Jay Gould could survive scorn with his catastrophist theory of punctuated equilibria, even though being an ardent evolutionist, that Rampino will be “gobbled up by the Darwinian thought police” in short order for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s first vegan magazine

first_imgMedia24 has launched South Africa’s first vegan focused magazine, The Vegan Life. Besides vegan friendly recipes, there are also informative articles on a wide range of relevant topics, from getting enough protein to buying cruelty-free beauty products.The Vegan Life launches on 30 January 2017. (Image: Screengrab via digital version of the magazine)Priya PitamberIn the newly launched magazine, The Vegan Life, numerous questions relating to the lifestyle are tastefully answered:How can a vegan include more protein in their diet?Do vegans need to take supplements?How to respond to frequently asked questions?What is safe and not safe for a vegan to eat?Those who follow a vegan diet exclude meat, poultry, eggs, dairy and other animal related products from their menus.“The huge shift towards veganism is really interesting,” said Marianne Erasmus, publisher of The Vegan Life.“It reflects a growing awareness of our impact on the world because the basis of veganism is not only about what is good for the individual, but also what is best for the planet.“We support the decision to live ethically and the activism behind it, and are very proud to launch the first vegan magazine in South Africa.”Thokozani Mashigo has been a vegan for just over a year, eating organic, plant-based food. “I adopted an alkaline-based diet which meant cutting out acid-based foods, of which animal-based foods are a part.”But his decision has not been without its difficulties.“Being a vegan,” he said, “especially a black vegan, posed many challenges for me, from explaining such a foreign concept to friends and family to finding suitable eateries that cater for vegans, to understanding the labelling on almost every single item of food I purchase.”The magazine got his attention, he said, by the cover because of the “beautifully shot food and the layout of the magazine”.“I immediately got the earthy, natural organic feeling that comes with being a vegan,” he said.He enjoyed that the magazine contained an abundance of information. “I loved the answers to the many questions one asks oneself when embarking on such an unpopular diet choice.”The list of vegan-friendly restaurants was also appreciated, as was the article about which supplements vegans could buy.“This magazine has helped me to understand veganism even better, to plan my meals and the ingredients, and it has helped me from a nutrition point of view.”Mashigo is also interested in trying out the dessert recipes.Animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or Peta, said 2016 would be #TheYearofVegan and it was that exactly, reads the magazine.“In the UK, where veganism is widely regarded as one of the fastest-growing lifestyle trends, the number of vegans rose by more than 360% over the past 10 years.“Here in South Africa, although we don’t have the exact statistics, veganism is clearly a path more and more people are choosing to take.”@JoziStyle @media24 @XXXSHEWOLFXXX @TheLifesWay Looks great! Even though I am not vegan, #healthyeating ideas are always welcome! ? ?— Roelia (@GPBoozyFoodie) January 27, 2017Progress, well done!— Tim Harper (@timharper) January 30, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

USDA offers plentiful numbers for the sideways market to digest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last month USDA held their annual outlook conference. During this conference they provide 10-year projections for U.S. grains. Typically, during the first day they provide acres estimates for U.S. grains. Then during the second day they publish additional numbers that include supply and demand estimates, including ending stocks.There are a bunch of numbers. To highlight a few: USDA estimated 2016 corn acres at 90 million acres, up from last year’s 88 million acres. Soybeans for 2016 were projected at 82.5 million acres. This is down ever so slightly from last year’s 82.7 million acres. Wheat acres continue their trend of shrinking from previous years, projected this year to be just 51 million acres. Last year U.S. wheat acres were 54.6 million acres. One way of looking at 2016 acres is to total corn, soybeans, and wheat, the three major U.S. crops. USDA puts the total for those three at 223.5 million acres, last year that total was 225.3 million acres. If you go the additional step to look at all U.S. grains, those acres are estimated to reach 272.8 million acres, down from last year at 275.8 million acres.The ending stocks projections for 2016-17 corn were estimated at 1.977 billion bushels, up slightly from the 2015-16 ending stocks of 1.837 billion bushels. Ending stocks of two billion bushels or more only encourages the bears. So, producers, “Don’t feed the bears.” USDA estimated the 2016 corn yield at 168 bushels per acre. Compare that to the record yield in 2014 of 171 bushels per acre and last year’s 168.8 bushels per acre. Many producers and analysts are already thinking that such a high corn yield could be suspect this year. Their reasoning stems from looking at past years’ final corn yield. Rarely do you see the reality of actually obtaining three years in a row of record or near record yields.Soybean ending stocks become a much more delicate situation. Ending stocks for the 2015-16 year are currently estimated at 450 million bushels. Next year for 2016-17, USDA puts ending stocks at 440 million bushels. Many are suggesting that USDA has soybean exports too high for both the 2015 and 2016 crop years. Those analysts are suggesting soybean ending stocks could reach 550 to 600 million bushels for the 2016-17 crop year. Two things come immediately to mind for soybean ending stocks. First, we are two months plus away from seeing U.S. soybeans planted reaching 50% or more.Keep in mind that USDA is merely sticking their toe in the water with the February outlook numbers. The February numbers tend to be the low acres numbers for the year and increase with time. While weather can play a huge role, final acres numbers can vary significantly from the February outlook numbers. Second, is something that is hard to wrap your head around if you have not been a student of the market for decades. The 600 million bushel or higher ending stocks has been forecast numerous times in the past 15 years, only to be forgotten with time. Then months later, with additional demand or production-reducing weather issues, it has been reduced to 250 to 400 million bushels.Producers will have until March 15 to make their final decisions on crop insurance for 2016 corn and soybeans. If they do take zero action, coverage levels will be the same as those seen for 2015. Premiums per acre look to be down slightly from 2015. Revenue protection for corn will be near $3.87 while soybeans will be near $8.86.Corn and soybeans made new lows for the month of February in the final week of the month. During that same week, wheat made new six year lows. Anticipated higher production for Brazil’s corn and soybeans was partly to blame. Expect Argentina to be aggressive sellers of both soybeans and soymeal in the months ahead. Four dollar corn seems to be very hard to reach without some kind of weather issues in the next two months.Thought for the day. “Hasbro announced they are making a new version of Monopoly to appeal to a younger generation. It won’t come with any cash, so you’ll have to borrow some from your parents’ Monopoly game.” – Jimmy Fallon.last_img read more

McGregor’s biggest rival: ‘No way’ Conor beats Mayweather

first_imgView comments While McGregor’s win ended Aldo’s 10-year winning streak, nobody found it to be as utterly improbable as a potential victory over Mayweather (49-0), the most successful boxer of his generation. McGregor worked relentlessly to get under Aldo’s skin during the months before their fight, and Aldo recognizes the similarities in the mental game McGregor is playing against Mayweather.McGregor calls himself “Mystic Mac” due to his ability to predict the results of his fights. While he has been wrong before — such as in his submission loss to Nate Diaz last year — he has shown a remarkable ability to back up his boasts with results.McGregor vowed to stop Mayweather within four rounds during their uproarious promotional tour last month, but Aldo is among those who don’t think even McGregor believes it. Aldo saw the posturing and insult-trading as something else entirely.“It’s a joke,” Aldo said. “He’s just looking for the money.”Aldo spoke while in Los Angeles to support Brazilian boxer Esquiva Falcao, who fought on the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko’s victory over Miguel Marriaga.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES “There is no way McGregor can defeat Mayweather,” Aldo said. “Mayweather has done this his entire life, and it’s a different sport.”The way Aldo sees it, McGregor has obvious motivations for the spectacle that will occur Aug. 26 in Las Vegas — and those motivations don’t include boxing glory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“After the Mayweather fight, he’ll get lots of millions of dollars,” Aldo said. “Probably he’ll never fight again.”Aldo was the most dominant champion in mixed martial arts until McGregor set his sights on the Brazilian star several years ago. McGregor embarrassed and infuriated the champ with his loquacious showmanship during the buildup to their December 2015 bout — and then McGregor stunned the UFC with a 13-second knockout of Aldo, flattening the feared 145-pound star with one punch. WATCH: Cavs unveil fresh Nike jerseys for upcoming season Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters McGregor never defended the featherweight belt that he took from Aldo, who reclaimed that 145-pound title last year with a win over Frankie Edgar. Aldo lost the belt again in June to Max Holloway, who stopped him in the third round in Brazil.Aldo said he doesn’t plan to move up to lightweight, but hopes to reclaim the featherweight belt from Holloway, who received praise from Aldo. The loss to McGregor stings much more.“(McGregor) can say whatever he wants, but he was a lucky guy,” Aldo said. “One punch and he finished it. No skills.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Irish boxer Connor McGregor, background, touches US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr on the head, during a press conference to promote their upcoming fight, at the SSE Arena, in Wembley, London, Friday July 14, 2017. (Scott Heavey/PA via AP)LOS ANGELES — Conor McGregor became known as a fighter with a mystical ability to defy the odds because of his stunning upset victory over Jose Aldo, the former UFC featherweight champion.Aldo says there’s zero chance McGregor can beat the daunting odds he faces when he steps into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Khade’s mistake costs him rare medal

first_imgLike ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh at the 1960 Rome Olympics and former track queen PT Usha at the Los Angeles Games in 1984, Virdhawal Khade missed what could have been only the second medal in swimming at the Asian Games on Monday. It turned out to be a yet another case of never before Khajan Singh and never after him.India’s fastest swimmer managed only the fourth spot in the 50m freestyle after clocking 22.87, just 0.03 seconds behind the bronze medal winner Japan’s Rammaru Harada who had clocked 22.84 sec at the Aoeti Spors Complex pool here. Predictably, the winner was Wu Shi Lu at 22.37 sec from the host nation who pushed another Japanese Masayuki Kishida to the second spot for silver.It was, indeed, a disappointing day for India and that gloom could have been lifted by Khade and given greater impetus to swimming had he not committed the blunder of stretching to touch the pad, rather than plunging for another stroke. “It was the biggest mistake of my life,” admitted Khade. He as well as the Indian officials present at the pool knew how it has cost the country a precious medal, more so in swimming where India have not won a medal after Khajan Singh. That was way back in 1986 at Seoul.Since then it has been a big struggle for Indian swimmers to make a mark. Monday was the day when Khade could have done that besides overcoming the disappointment of not winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games back home.advertisement”The boy’s potential was never in doubt. We all along knew Virdhawal was capable of winning us a medal, but for the crucial mistake,” said Virendera Nanavati, the secretary-general of the Swimming Federation of India (SFI).Drawn in lane two after qualifying in Heat 6 at 22.98, he had in the final two Chinese in Qiang Run Shi and Wu Zhi besides the two Japanese and a Korean, Taipei and a Hong Kong swimmer. Except for the Taipei and Hong Kong swimmers, all others, including Khade, clocked sub-23 seconds.The difference between the winners and Khade was all of them had been coming after hard practice for the Games. To Khade’s credit, it must be said that he had the pressure of performing in front a home crowd at the New Delhi Games. Just before that he had to compete in the Nationals which was the qualification event. Instead, he should have been allowed to train in the US.One SFI official, who did not want to be quoted, admitted that if Khade had continued his practice in the US and come for the CWG, he would have done well both at home and here. He said this without blaming the authorities for the mistake. Whatever the case, both Khade and India lost a precious medal on Monday.last_img read more

2019 TVS Apache RR 310 with RT Slipper Clutch launched at Rs 2.27 lakh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is first owner

first_imgTVS Motor Company today launched the 2019 Apache RR 310 at a price of Rs 2.27 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new TVS Apache RR 310 now comes with a Race Tuned (RT) Slipper Clutch. The motorcycle also gets a colour update and is now available in two colour options — Racing Red and Phantom Black.The first TVS Apache RR 310 with RT Slipper Clutch is now owned by Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni.The 2019 TVS Apache RR 310 gets the same 312.2 cc, reverse inclined, DOHC, 4-stroke, 4-valve, single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine that makes 34 PS at 9,700 rpm and 27.3 Nm at 7,700 rpm. The motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle gets a split chassis trellis frame. There is an inverted cartridge telescopic fork at the front and a two-arm aluminium die-cast swingarm monoshock at the rear. The new TVS Apache RR 310 comes with Michelin Street Sport tyres and 300 mm petal-type disc at the front and 240 mm petal-type disc at the rear, with dual channel ABS. The 2019 Apache RR 310 in Phantom Black colour option.The company claims that Apache RR 310 can make 0-100 kmph in 7.17 seconds and has a top speed of 160 kmph. It gets an 11-litre tank, with a kerb weight of 169.5 kgs. Earlier this month, TVS Motor Company had released a video teasing the new Apache RR 310, with the tagline “Crafted to be invisible”.According to the company, the new slipper function of the motorcycle allows rapid downshifts preventing wheel hop and chain whip. The new system is also engineered with an assist function wherein the clutch plates lock tightly increasing the clutch engagement force, thus resulting in the reduced clutch effort.advertisementTVS Motor Company is also providing RT Slipper Clutch as a TVS Racing accessory and the existing Apache RR 310 customers can get it retrofitted to their motorcycles. The facility will be available at select TVS Apache RR 310 dealerships across the country. However, the company did not reveal its price.”We are excited to introduce the Race Tuned (RT) slipper clutch on the TVS Apache RR 310 and I am confident that our existing and new customers will appreciate this performance upgrade. The super-premium motorcycle, which is seen as an ultimate track weapon, originates from our racing pedigree and boasts of industry-first features. Equipping it with this technology is a natural progression for the bike. We also want to expand this experience to our existing TVS Apache RR 310 customers, who will appreciate the enhanced racing dynamics. The new styling upgrades accentuate the racing stance of the motorcycle and create customer delight,” TVS Motor Company Director and CEO K N Radhakrishnan said.TVS Apache RR 310 gets features like race-inspired vertical speedometer-cum-tachometer, Bi-LED twin projector headlamps and snake-fang inspired LED tail lights. The deflector cowl of the bike has been patented by the company.”I have been associated with TVS Motor Company for over 12 years and my relationship with the company has only strengthened with each passing year. Being an avid bike enthusiast, I am excited to get the new TVS Apache RR 310 Slipper Clutch variant as it combines a stunning design with exhilarating performance. It is also a feeling of immense pride for me to own a super-premium bike from an Indian manufacturer. I wish the team all the very best for their future endeavours and look forward to hitting the road with my new motorcycle,” Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.ALSO READ | PM Narendra Modi holds Varanasi roadshow in stylish Land Rover Range Rover Vogue: Know all about this SUVALSO READ | Tata Tiago is safer than ever, now comes with a range of standard safety featuresALSO READ | Hyundai Venue price is so good that it may spell trouble for Vitara Brezza, EcoSport, Nexon, XUV300last_img read more

Oklahoma State Falls in AP Top 25 After Bye Week

first_imgAfter sitting out this week with a bye, Oklahoma State dropped one spot in the AP top 25 poll that was released on Sunday afternoon to No. 11, and stayed at No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.Three-loss USC, who beat a 4-win Notre Dame team Saturday, jumped the Cowboys into the 10th spot.Here’s a look at where the top 25 stands in the AP poll.screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-22-55-pm screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-23-17-pmThe Cowboys rank No. 10 in the college football playoff committe rankings that will be updated once again on Tuesday. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Mike Gundy Talks Mullets With Barry Melrose

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy went on SportsCenter with Barry Melrose on Tuesday evening to talk, well, mullets. Melrose (who is a mullet connoisseur if there ever was one) asked Gundy about how his family feels about the locks.“My wife kind of likes it,” said Gundy. “Now my boys … they were a little skeptical about me maybe embarrassing them in front of their friends. I have a 20-year-old in college, and he thinks it’s pretty cool.The best part was Gundy talking hair product. On national television.“It’s a little bit of butch wax,” said Gundy of what he uses to tame the mane. “You’re right. You gotta have good genes. You gotta have great hair. You have to make sure you have the right product. There’s a lot of pressure when you have hair like this. You have to make sure it looks right.”ICYMI: @CoachGundy went on @SportsCenter with @nhlbarrymelrose to talk mullets and it was just as funny as you thought it would be.— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 22, 2017last_img read more