first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A MAN who raped a girl at a teenage disco when he was 15 and she was 14 has been found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court.He will be sentenced later.The 20-year-old convicted rapist cannot be named to protect the victim’s anonymity. He pushed the girl into the ladies toilets of the teen disco in December 2010 and raped her in a cubicle.The pair were seen kissing shortly before the incident after his friends and her own girl friends had encouraged her to “meet”, or kiss.The man pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and sexual assault of the girl at a nightclub in a Co Donegal town on December 23, 2010.The jury of seven men and five women returned the unanimous verdicts of guilty on both charges after deliberating for just over two hours.The judge remanded the accused in custody after Sergeant Angela Cummins told the court that he had previously breached the conditions of his bail a number of times.He will be sentenced in March when a victim impact report and an assessment of the accused by the Probation Services will be provided to the court.Ms Justice Heneghan asked the lawyers to inform the court on that date of any case law pertaining to sexual offences committed by an accused of a young age. Gerard Clarke SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said he didn’t think there would be much case law in that area but they would provide what existed.The court heard how the accused kept putting his hand up her skirt and she kept pushing it away and told him to stop. She then told him she wanted to go find her friends in the smoking area.He walked with her towards this area, holding her hand. She said she thought they were going to find her friends until he pushed her into the toilets.She didn’t know what was happening and asked him to let her out as he took her into a cubicle.“He had me up against the wall. He pulled down my underwear. I tried to pull them back up but he had me pinned,” she testified.She said he pulled down his trousers and raped her. She had never had sex before, that it hurt and felt “excruciating” and she was screaming and crying.A female friend of the victim met her afterwards and saw she was upset. She confronted the accused on the night and he told her he had done nothing. When she “kept at him” he told her, “yeah, she said yeah”.The accused told gardaí that he had no recollection of being in the girls’ toilet in the nightclub.GUILTY: MAN FOUND GUILTY OF RAPING GIRL (14) AT DONEGAL DISCO was last modified: January 16th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalrapeTEEN DISCOlast_img read more

Community praised after huge blaze destroys homes in West Donegal

first_imgA Donegal Councillor has vowed to ‘rebuild’ homes in West Donegal that were destroyed during Friday’s massive gorse fire. Cllr Micheál Mac Giolla Easbuig praised the local community for coming out and saving as many homes as they could close to Annagry.  Two houses were destroyed as dozens of firefighters alongside the community tried to tackle the blaze.Eight units of the Donegal fire service attended the scene of the fire which was stretched out over a large area.Dozens of local people joined the cause yesterday afternoon, helping firefighters to bring the blaze under control. Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig, who was also helping to battle the fires along with scores of other locals, said: “I would like to thank everybody who fought to save as many homes as we could today but unfortunately not all could be saved.“Women and men, young and old, our emergency services worked tirelessly for hours on end.“Well done to you all.“(It is a) very sad day for our community but we will rebuild.”Community praised after huge blaze destroys homes in West Donegal was last modified: April 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Annagrygorse firegorse firesWest Donegallast_img read more

Visitors from International Appalachian Trail take a hike in Donegal

first_imgU.S and Canadian walkers were given a taste of one of Donegal’s best walks during a recent visit to the local section of the International Appalachian Trail.Twenty walkers from the International Appalachian Trail and Northern Ireland enjoyed a hike at Leghowney (near Donegal Town) earlier this month.DLDC’s Inga Bock, Rural Recreational Officer and organiser of the International Appalachian Trail was delighted to welcome the delegates. The walk stretched from Kelly’s Bridge, Killeter to Leghowney Hall, with local walkers coming out to welcome the international visitors to the area. It was the end of a five day visit to Ireland North and South, discussing walking trails in the community and the knock on benefits economically to a region. The 5 day forum included walks along parts of the International Appalachian Trail on the island of Ireland, group discussions, presentations, local food and plenty of laughs.The International Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking trail in the world today. It is a long-distance walking trail that extends beyond borders to all geographic regions once connected by the Appalachian-Caledonian mountain terrain, formed more than 250 million years ago. Donegal was officially added to Appalachian Trail maps in 2010. “DLDC would like to thank everyone who took part and give a big Bualadh Bós to everyone including Regional Recreation Officer Inga Bock and James Mc Crudden National Chairman of Country Markets Ltd Association and Leghowney Country Market on organising such a successful international event,” a spokesperson said.“Thanks to everyone from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter of the IAT, IATNL, Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland, Mountaineering Ireland, International Appalachian Trail of Ireland and all of the others who joined the event. Thanks also to Mark Flagler of Flagler Films who gave us permission to use his footage of the event.” This would not have been possible without the financial support of funders including: DLDC, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Mid & East Antrim Council and The Ulster Federation of Rambling ClubsVisitors from International Appalachian Trail take a hike in Donegal was last modified: June 29th, 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) Tags:International Appalachian Traillast_img read more

Tall Dinosaurs Couldn’t Lift Up Their Heads

first_imgIn Jurassic Park, the huge sauropods were pictured grazing on the tops of tall trees.  This would have been physically implausible, said an Australian biologist in a letter to Science.1  A brachiosaur’s head would be 9 meters above its chest.  That would require 750 mm (Hg) of blood pressure.  The problem of circulation, not only of hypertension, would have made these beasts keep their heads down, he said.This approach to the problem does not rely on knowledge of heart size or strength, but involves an estimate of the energy cost of the circulation, based on two axiomatic relationships between metabolic rate, blood flow rate, and blood pressure.  First, the Fick Principle states that an animal’s aerobic metabolic rate is proportional to blood flow rate.  Second, the rate of work done by the left ventricle is proportional to the product of blood flow rate and mean arterial blood pressure.  Therefore, cardiac work is proportional to the product of metabolic rate and blood pressure.  Cardiac work averages about 10% of the metabolic rate in mammals that have a mean arterial blood pressure of about 100 mm Hg.  An animal that produces 750 mm Hg would consequently have a cardiac work rate 7.5 times higher.  Its metabolic rate would increase to 165%, and it would expend 45% of its total energy requirements just to circulate the blood.  These percentages would be the same whether the animals were active or resting, high-energy endotherms or low-energy ectotherms.  The high cost of high browsing makes it energetically more reasonable to keep the head down and move the neck horizontally rather than vertically.Even so, the hearts of these creatures must have been enormous.1.  Roger S. Seymour, “Sauropods Kept Their Heads Down,” Science, 27 March 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5922, pp. 1671-1672, DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5922.1671.Creationists have long pointed to the design features of living giraffes that enable them to lift their heads high to browse in the tall trees, yet bend over and drink water without passing out (see, for instance, Robert Kofahl’s article from Creation Magazine, and the film Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution).  The engineering problems solved by the Creator in the giraffe are simple compared to those of the brachiosaurus.  We think, despite Seymour’s concern, that God’s engineering expertise is adequate for the task.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Eskom repairing Koeberg unit

first_imgSapa 17 May 2011 There was no interruption of electricity supply as a result of the trip. “The cause of the trip was a faulty electronic component. The fault has been rectified. The Unit One reactor is in a safe and stable condition,” Eskom said in a statement. Eskom is in the process of returning Unit One of its Koeberg power station near Cape Town, to service, after the unit tripped in the early hours of Saturday morning. “Eskom will make use of its open cycle gas turbines if needed to assist it to maintain an uninterrupted supply of power to the Western Cape. We urge all South Africans to use energy efficiently.” Unit Two, which was shut down for scheduled refuelling and maintenance will return to service this week.last_img

Don’t Let This Happen to You

first_imgDoor design detailsThe photo at right is from an entry that’s just 15 years old. Fortunately, it was able to be repaired. I haven’t always been so lucky. Let’s just say that replacing subfloor and framing is no fun. A safe assumption is that, for one reason or another, doors always leak. They shouldn’t, but they do. Seals wear out. Wind blows. Jambs rot. Sills crack. Weepholes clog. Following are some ways to mitigate the chance of damage.Always use a sill pan. I used to make my own out of lead, a practice (and a material) I would not recommend. Then I used custom-soldered copper pans, but only on the most exposed locations, due to cost. Less-exposed locations received pans made from bituminous membrane. It is imperative that the corners are sealed, which is hard to do. Simply adhering the membrane to the subfloor without creating sealed, upturned corners only relocates the water. Now it’s easy: I specify one of the ready-made sill pans. It is important, however, to seal the sill pan to the subfloor and the door sill to the pan to prevent air leakage and flexing of the door sill.Choose the right sill type. When it’s important to be historically correct, I call for real wood sills, protected with epoxy paint or a penetrating sealer such as Penofin or Sikkens. Otherwise I prefer adjustable aluminum or fiberglass sills. They are usually available in brown or tan, if mill finished aluminum is not desired. Turning a few screws is enough to snug the sill against the door to stop water and air from getting through. Where the side jamb meets the sill there is usually a big dollop of butyl caulking. Don’t cut it away the way I did as a novice carpenter—it is necessary for sealing the transition between components. I like to order doors with “long horns” on the sills, meaning that the sill extends to the outside edge of the casing instead of the inside edge, where a vulnerable corner is susceptible to moisture. It takes more care to work with and is usually a special order, but I’ve repaired enough doors to consider it a worthwhile detail.Use rot-proof jambs. An added benefit to an adjustable sill’s air-sealing capability is the fact that it’s rot-proof. Rot usually starts at the bottom of the jambs. The end grain wicks water and rots the wood from the inside out. It shows up as paint failure after it’s too late to fix. This can be minimized by priming all sides of the jamb and leaving the caulking at the sill joint. Some manufacturers offer an even better alternative: rot-proof lower jambs. While as a rule I don’t consider pvc or composites to be green, this is one case where it solves a real problem.Storm doors are often discouraged because excessive heat buildup can damage the doors they are meant to protect, and if you live in a warm climate, you wouldn’t want them anyway. Anywhere that’s cold part of the year, though, I would still like to use them. They are a first line of defense, the same way siding takes the brunt of the weather but has housewrap behind it. Plus, in warm weather the storm panel can be swapped out for a screen panel, allowing for natural ventilation.Overhangs should protect every door. I know it’s not always possible, but a porch roof or some other form of protection is a good goal. Not only does an overhang keep rain from hitting the door on its way down, it also minimizes damaging splashback. An overhang also keeps the summer sun from baking south-facing doors. My favorite reason for overhangs: They offer a protected location to ease the transition between indoors and out.last_img read more

Who Will Win The Google-Amazon-Microsoft Cloud Computing Price War?

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s a great time to jump into cloud computing. If your business runs on the Web, you can reap the benefits of a good old fashioned price war among Google, Microsoft and Amazon. The trio is lowering prices for their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud-computing platforms in order to attract developers. For startups and other companies not tied to legacy platforms, that means the time is right to get a good deal on building and running websites and client-side applications on any one of three state-of-the-art data centers.A New Round Of Price CutsLess than six months after launching Compute Engine, Google dropped prices this week by about 5% for its baseline services, even though the cloud service is still in preview mode and available only to select customers. Amazon and Microsoft are expected to bring their prices in line with Google’s for their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Azure services, respectively.That’s because the rivals have cut prices in unison before. In March, Amazon lowered pricing first, and Microsoft and Google followed suit within days. Google had Cloud Storage at the time and unveiled Compute Engine in June at its Google I/O developer conference.“All other factors equal, price isn’t going to get you to success,” warned Melanie Posey, analyst for IDC. “But having pricing out of line with competitors is certainly going to set you back in the market.”Is Anyone Making Money?No one on the outside knows whether Microsoft, Google or Amazon is making money on their increasingly important side businesses of renting computing power via the cloud. None release the financial details needed to determine whether their cloud platforms are profitable.Because these are not any of the companies’ core businesses, there’s little pressure to make money right away on cloud services. “It may very well be the case that these cloud platform divisions don’t have any set mandate to make a profit,” Posey said. Therefore, pricing could go down much lower, if the companies need to prime the customer pump even further.Amazon has the first-mover advantage. The online retailer opened its data center to developers in 2002, making Microsoft and Google the challengers. Amazon has done well in building a customer base of startups and established businesses. Among the biggest cloud-based sites it supports is Tumblr.But the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market remains young, and Google and Microsoft have plenty of cash to throw at their fledgling platforms. Also, because the goal isn’t yet about stealing Amazon customers, but more about attracting the growing number of companies building Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) businesses in the cloud.In a recent survey of 556 organizations across 10 countries in North and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, Gartner found 71% have been using SaaS for less than three years and 77% are expecting to increase spending on the application-delivery model.Cost Is Only One FactorWhile low prices certainly help get potential customers’ attention, it’s not enough to seal the deal.“I would say that everyone continues to have room to cut prices,” said Gartner analyst Lydia Leong. “However, customers generally say that agility, not cost, is their primary driver. There are use cases where the cheapest possible compute is valuable, but we generally see customers buying based on capabilities, not price.”That’s true even for cash-strapped startups. “Startups are far more interested in time to market and capabilities than cost, since the former two things translate to competitive advantage,” Leong said.So with every round of price cuts, the vendors will also be adjusting the amount of system memory, processing power and other features they offer, depending on market demand.No matter which company edges ahead in features, any advantage will likely be short lived. Amazon, Google and Microsoft are all fierce competitors and they are unlikely to let a rival enjoy an advantage for very long. That mean that the real winners of the cloud computing price war will be startups and other potential cloud customers.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts center_img antone gonsalves Tags:#Amazon#cloud computing#Cloud Providers#Google#Microsoft Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

London Olympics: Mary Kom through to semis, assured of bronze

first_imgMC Mary Kom is turning out to be the cerebral fighter at the London Olympics. Up against the tall and strapping Maroua Rahali from Tunisia, the diminutive Indian used a solid strategy to outpunch her opponent 15-6 and assured herself of a bronze medal.The Excel arena was again packed with Indians and had the commentators raving about the achievements of Mary Kom, whose popularity in London has increased manifold.Wearing blue gear and with a spring in her feet, Mary Kom realised that winning an Olympic medal is not about just punching hard, but using the head as well.”I am thrilled that I am assured of a bronze medal. What makes it special is this is the first one in the 51kg category,” said Mary Kom, who has been in touch with professional coach Charles Atkinson on phone in Liverpool daily. She said the two had been discussing strategies regularly.Up against the five feet and six inches tall Rahali, Mary Kom took time to gauge her opponent. There was no bravado about her approach and fleet-footed Mary did well in the first round to understand what her opponent was going to throw at her.The Indian’s slick footwork caught the eye again as she stayed away from the ‘punching zone’ of her opponent. Mary earned her first two points in style and did not exactly open out, hitting her punches but winning in a measured manner.Mary Kom had a strong guard to show in a tight second round where either boxer was not willing to take chances. Rahali, predominantly a southpaw, may have hoped to score points with her better reach. But full credit to Mary Kom for not doing anything dangerous as caution was the watchword.advertisementIt was a very different Mary Kom the Excel arena supporters saw in the third round. The vocal support for Mary Kom grew loud and the Indian responded beautifully. Realising that Rahali was not doing much damage, Mary Kom waded into her opponent and scored vital clean points. She registered five points in this period and went to the corner at the break with a smile on her face.Yet, Mary Kom realised there was no room for complacency in the fourth round, where her energy level was still high. The Indian used a solid punching strategy to get the better of the Tunisian in the last round with four vital points.Up next for Mary Kom is Britain’s Nicola Adams. The crowd support will be there for the Briton, but Mary Kom is not bothered.”I am aware I have to do my best and see if I can get silver. Let me tell you one thing, having moved to a higher weight category, it’s tough as I can’t put on weight,” said Mary Kom.”Competing in the Olympics and now being assured of a medal is a dream come true for me. I have been training with boys taller and heavier than me and it has helped a lot,” added the five-time world champion.Lest one thinks this has been an easy effort for Mary Kom, she was quick to add: “I have only been fighting at this weight for 51kg since a short time. It’s so hard,” said the Manipuri star.From the Indian point of view, Mary Kom’s bronze has assured the country its best haul at an Olympics. This is also the first time at an Olympics that two Indian women are winning medals. Saina Nehwal was the first to do so when she won bronze on Saturday.HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BOUT:Samip Rajguru: “Best ever olympics for India confirmed.”Samip Rajguru: “Final score 15-6. Mary you rule the ring!”S Kannan: “Mary Kom scores well against the tall Tunisian. Mukkee pe mukkaa!”Samip Rajguru: “Mary wins in a style! One more bronze confirmed, but we are looking at gold. Nicola Adams is next for her in the semi-finals.”Samip Rajguru: “Mary fighting like a tigress… and leading like one too! Her opponent from Tunisia is the prey.” India Today: Three round of domination by Mary Kom. She has now stretched her lead to 11-4. Surely, she can’t lose it from here now. Just one more round to go. Gaurav Gala: “5-3 in favour of Mary after two rounds. More of the same please Mary.” India Today: This is amazing boxing by Mary Kom. She is bringing all her experience to the ring here. Superb show gives her a 5-3 lead after two rounds. A bronze medal is almost withing grasp. advertisementIndia Today: It’s a great start for Mary Kom. She has taken a slender, but important, lead in the first round for a 2-1 lead. Samip Rajguru: “Mary prayed before the bout for about 20 seconds. I will ask her and tell you about it after the bout.”Gaurav Gala: “Biggest cheer of the night just went up for Mary.” Samip Rajguru: “Excel arena is full with Indian supporters for Mary Kom. About 3 mins to start guy.”Gaurav Gala: “Mary Kom’s bout up next… Atnicipation at fever pitch now.”Aaj Tak Sports Editor Samip Rajguru: “Mary about to start in 5 mins…” India Today: Just a few minutes left for Mary Kom’s big fight. Her opponent is 24-year-old Maroua Rahali of Tunisia, who is fighting her first bout as she got a bye in the previous rounds. Mary had won her last fight 19-14.Mail Today Sports Editor S Kannan: “Mary Kom bout in afternoon. Are you ready?”Headlines Today Sports Editor Gaurav Gala: “India could gurantee two boxing medals today if Mary Kom and Vijender win their bouts.”last_img read more