Water charge boycott is winning says Prendiville

first_imgNewsWater charge boycott is winning says PrendivilleBy John Keogh – July 2, 2015 761 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Linkedin Facebook  CITY North councillor Cian Prendiville urged those attending the We Won’t Pay campaign’s Water Bill Bonfire on Saturday to hold off on paying their water bills as the water charges boycott is “winning”.Speaking at the event, which saw about 200 members of the public burn their Irish Water bills at City Hall, the Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor advised anyone considering paying the charge to “hold off, as any money handed over before the general election could be money down the drain if we succeed in getting these charges abolished”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Despite all the Government’s threats and legislation, it is still the case that there are no penalties, late payment fees or interest before the general election. If the boycott that has been established holds firm, it will force the abolition of these charges in that election, just like happened in Limerick in the 1991 local elections, and nationally in the run up to the 1997 general election.“For those considering paying they should remember that on both those occasions, when the charges were abolished then, no refunds were issued. The money paid was lost – money down the drain. I’d advise everyone therefore to hold firm, and don’t give Irish Water any money. Even those who paid the first bill shouldn’t send good money after bad – they should join the boycott now as the second bills go out,” continued Cllr Prendiville.Cllr Prendiville assured that “everyone can safely boycott at least until the general election, piling the pressure on all the parties and independents in that election”.He concluded: “There will be non-payment candidates standing across the country in those elections too, and I’d encourage non-payers to only support those parties that support non-payment.” WhatsApp Print Email Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks center_img TAGS’We Won’t Pay’Anti Austerity Alliancecity hallCllr Cian PrendivilleIrish WaterlimerickWater Charges Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area Abbeyfeale water supply gets the all clear Twitter Previous articleSuspect further detained as 80 gardai investigate shootingNext articleCamogie – Limerick face Wexford in game three of Championship John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Irish Water to replace old water mains on St Nessan’s Road Pictures reveal damage caused by wipes being flushed down Limerick’s loos Irish Water defers introduction of new business charges during the Covid 19 emergency last_img read more

Red Cross Offers Blood Drives Due to Shortage

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSevere winter weather is causing a major impact on blood donations. More than 150 blood drives have been canceled causing a blood shortage.January is National Blood Donor Month and the American Red Cross is in need of more donors. Northeast Michigan will be holding multiple drives to allow donors to help.A drive will take place at Onaway High School on January 19th starting at 8:30 am, and on January 23rd at noon at the VFW Post.Another drive will be hosted in Posen on January 25th at 1 pm and the last opportunity to donate will take place at Hillman High School on January 30th starting at 11 am.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Field Trip Friday Visits STARBASE AlpenaNext Alpena Aeromodelers RC Flyers Club Encourages Aviation Educationlast_img read more

Local MMA fighter Brad Stewart ready for upcoming fight

first_imgThe middleweight title fight is one of five title bouts on the card for the evening, and tickets for the event can be purchased at the Encana Events Centre Box Office, or the Fivestar Training Facility. Stewart will be entering the bout with a record of 5-2, and will be squaring off against Matt “The Riotmaker” Baker for the Fivestar Fight League’s middleweight title. It won’t be the first time these two have met, as Stewart previously dropped a split decision to Baker in 2010.Stewart says that this time around he’ll be better prepared for Baker.“I’ve been working on my cardio. My first fight, I didn’t have as much time to train as this fight,” he says. “I wasn’t in good enough shape for it, so I got gassed right away so I think that will make the difference. My striking is a lot better, and I have another two years of training in.”- Advertisement -Baker meanwhile enters the contest with a record of 8-3 and was victorious in his last fight in July of last year.Stewart says that Baker is a fighter who likes to take things to the ground.“He does a lot of jiu-jitsu, from what I’ve seen, a lot of ground and pound. He does a lot of take downs as well.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Council to lend its support to “Make Way Day’

first_imgDonegal County Council will be supporting the 3rd annual “Make Way Day” in September 2020. Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh had asked at the November meeting if the council would commit to supporting the initiative.“Make Way Day” is a campaign that brings the disability and wider community together to consider the needs of people with disabilities in the public spaces we all share. It is led by the Disability Federation of Ireland and is a unique collaboration across Ireland and the voluntary and local government sectors.“Make Way Day” is about people with disabilities, but it takes the involvement of all of us to make it a success, and to create awareness of the obstacles facing people with disabilities; wheelchair users, the visually impaired and the elderly as they go about their daily lives.Cllr Kavanagh said “I had been contacted about the issue and it was pointed out to me that many councils across Ireland have passed resolutions indicating that they support the initiative.“Donegal County Council had not done so, but in reply to my query I have been given a clear commitment that they are fully supportive of the initiative and I am delighted that they have done so, said Cllr. Kavanagh. The council will also be actively involved in their support of “Make Way Day.”In a written reply to Councillor Kavanagh, the Council stated “Donegal County Council will be supporting the 3rd annual ‘Make Way Day’ in September 2020. The Council will be doing this in collaboration with local disability groups by inviting volunteers to participate in a fun and leisurely street survey.“Green stickers will be placed on any obstacles identified by the group which pose challenges to people with disabilities.”The aim is to promote awareness amongst business owners and the general public.The top three obstacles that hinder people getting from A to B are simple and avoidable.• Parking on the street• Free standing signs, sandwich boards and bins.• Careless parking of bicycles The Council will be raising awareness using social media posts, uploading photographs and videos of obstacles found.Council to lend its support to “Make Way Day’ was last modified: November 25th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Spartans fall late at Paradise, 21-17

first_img“I’m proud of how our … Paradise >> The head coaching era of Orlyn Culp for the Red Bluff High football team began on fire Friday night at Paradise. At least for the first 24 minutes. Up 10-0 at halftime on the road against the reigning Northern Section Division II runner-up and perennial power Paradise, Red Bluff couldn’t quite see it all the way through, falling to the Bobcats, 21-17 in a non-league contest. Red Bluff (0-1) continues its season-long road trip at Shasta next week. last_img read more

Hopping Fish and Other Darwin Mysteries

first_imgThe chieftans of evolutionary theory insist that their doctrines have come a long way since Darwin.  Discoveries in molecular biology, population genetics, biogeography, paleontology have left the Victorian concepts of evolution outdated and antiquated, they would say.  Yet a look at the evolutionary literature shows otherwise.  Simplistic just-so stories, Darwinian phrases like “survival of the fittest” and “missing link,” iconic fossils, and antiquated principles continue to be the rule, as the following articles illustrate. Just-so hopping lungfish and leaping media:  The media are in a frenzy again at the observation that certain lungfish move their fins under the water in an alternating pattern suggestive of walking, suggesting that this provides clues to the mythical Darwinian day when fish moved onto the land.  Science Daily, for instance, titled its report in epic Apollo lingo, “A Small Step for Lungfish, a Big Step for the Evolution of Walking.”  Not to be outdone, Live Science wrote with the power of suggestion, “‘Hopping’ Fish Suggests Walking Originated Underwater.”  It’s not just reporters saying this.  Neil Shubin, leading evolutionist of Tiktaalik fame, said, “This shows us – pardon the pun – the steps that are involved in the origin of walking.”  No one seems to be asking why, after hundreds of millions of years in the evolutionary timeline, they haven’t evolved feet.  One motive might be for Shubin to regain priority with his inner fish.  Still smarting from a Jan. 2010 find of trackways in Poland (Live Science), he put out the bait, and Live Science took it, that the Polish fossils were made by fish, not tetrapods.  Science Daily’s coverage also supported this motive: “The discovery suggests that many of the developments necessary for the transition from water to land could have occurred long before early tetrapods, such as Tiktaalik, took their first steps on shore.”  For video of the “walking” lungfish, see Live Science. So simple it’s silly:  One of the appeals of Darwinian theory is its apparent ability to solve mysteries in nature.  Who doesn’t like a good mystery story?  In “Biologists solve an evolution mystery,” PhysOrg promised its readers CSI about why guppies have not evolved for half a million years.  “Guppies in the wild have evolved over at least half-a-million years – long enough for the males’ coloration to have changed dramatically,” the press release begins. “Yet a characteristic orange patch on male guppies has remained remarkably stable, though it could have become redder or more yellow. Why has it stayed the same hue of orange over such a long period of time?”  Drum roll, please.  The short answer is: “Because that’s the color female guppies prefer.”  Elementary, my dear flotsam.  (Don’t ask why female tastes didn’t evolve in all that time.)  It takes a UCLA professor to explain this: “Sometimes populations have to evolve just to stay the same,” said Greg Grether.  Maybe this is just a rare exception that proves the rule.  Nope; Grether “noted that there are many examples in which there is less variation among populations of a species than life scientists would expect.”  With copious appeals to jargon, Grether and his academic professionals assure us that evolution can produce both drastic variation and stasis, all using the same theory. Missing links:  That hoary Darwin-brand chestnut “missing link” appeared in an article on Science Daily, claiming that “Evolution Reveals Missing Link Between DNA and Protein Shape.”  Don’t look for missing links in the body of the article; it appears someone just decorated the headline with the roasted chestnut to attract attention.  The confident-sounding article claims that evolutionary theory informed a team at Harvard Medical School on how to predict protein folds from the DNA sequence.  “The international team tested a bold premise: That evolution can provide a roadmap to how the protein folds.”  A closer look at what they did, though, shows evolutionary theory to be the packaging rather than the roadmap.  They examined “accumulated evolutionary information in the form of the sequences of thousands of proteins, grouped in protein families that are likely to have similar shapes,” the article said, but the meat of the story concerned using their intelligent design to create an algorithm that was partially successful at predicting “remarkably accurate shapes from sequence information alone for a test set of 15 diverse proteins, with no protein size limit in sight, with unprecedented accuracy.”  Any confirmation for evolutionary theory will have to wait: “Synergy between computational prediction and experimental determination of structures is likely to yield increasingly valuable insight into the large universe of protein shapes that crucially determine their function and evolutionary dynamics,” one of the researchers said.  If it’s likely to yield insight into evolutionary dynamics, the insight hasn’t yet arrived, in other words. Survival of the fittest:  What could be more a mark of human intelligence than language?  Yet PhysOrg headlined, “Survival of the fittest: Linguistic evolution in practice.”  The reader who dives into the article will struggle to find anything Darwinian in there, except by analogy, as explained in the caption: “A new study of how compound word formation is influenced by subtle forms of linguistic pressure demonstrates that words which ‘sound better’ to the speakers of a language have a higher chance of being created, suggesting that, like biological organisms, words are subject to selection pressures that play a role in deciding which words become part of a language over time.”  Surely humans who decide what they like are not using an unguided, purposeless process of nature.  This would be like Darwin’s fallacy of comparing artificial selection (a form of intelligent design) to natural selection. Victory through falsification:  Let’s jump to the last sentence of an article on PhysOrg for a clue to why evolutionists may feel uncomfortable with it: “This should cause a rethink of how the symbiosis between mitochondria and eukaryotic cells originally developed – one of the most controversial topics in biology.”  That’s right; biologists from down unda are wielding the dork side of the farce to destroy an evolutionary icon, the engulfing of a prokaryote by a bacterium to evolve the first eukaryotic cell.  Is that an unkind epithet?  Here’s what they said: “The University of Sydney research investigated the bacterium Midichloria mitochondrii – named after helpful Star Wars microbes, called Midi-chlorians, that live inside cells and grant the mystical power known as The Force.”  OK, that’s poetic license, but the upset is real: “Our results challenge the paradigm – shown in every biology textbook – that mitochondria were passive bacteria gobbled up by a primordial cell,” one team member said.  Whether their new paradigm amounts to an improvement can be gauged by the number of times they used words like perhaps, could have, might have, and probably.  Then that last sentence comes, leaving its own doubts.  “Causing a rethink” does not guarantee “arriving at a satisfactory answer.” Howdy, pardner:  What do you know, an extinct meat-eating Komodo-dragon-like animal hung around past its evolutionary cue.  PhysOrg tells us that “varanopids had a longer co-existence with animals that eventually evolved into mammals than previously believed,” the article claims.  “They suggest that the dental and skeletal design of varanopids, reminiscent of the Komodo dragon of today, may have contributed to their long survival and their success.”  They even hung around through the infamous Permian Extinction Event (“a poorly understood extinction event in the history of life on land”) that supposedly took down 90% of living species.  It was sleek, well-built, successful, and durable, only to drop off the scene 35 million years after the evolutionary ancestors of mammals appeared, then re-appear as a look-alike on the island of Java in time to hunt humans for dinner.  Evolution works in strange ways. Order from chaos:  Anyone thinking evolutionists have their phylogenetic diagrams all wrapped up should read the opening of an article about the mollusk fossil record in Current Biology.1  “While the seven classes within the phylum Mollusca are clearly defined morphologically and molecularly, relationships between them have long been contentious,” the summary begins.  “Two recent phylogenomic studies take an important step forward with intriguing implications for their evolution.”  Nothing like finally taking a step forward after 150 years of confusion.  So what was found?  After several paragraphs about the problems, and presentation of competing phylogenetic trees without consensus, the wizards gave some Bayesian hand-waving over software, they got most of the groups to line up according to evolutionary expectations, except for the troublesome Scaphopoda, that remains a “known unknown” in their otherwise positivistic paper.  The success they claim, though, lies not in answers, but questions: Probably the most important achievement of these studies is the firm establishment of the Aculifera and Conchifera groupings; this finding is particularly exciting as it shows that some of the most vexing questions of molluscan evolution remain wide open. We find shelled molluscs on one side of the tree and molluscs with serially repeated sclerites and spicules on the other; so, which represent the ancestral condition? Are the spicules and sclerites of the Aculifera and the shells of the Conchifera in fact homologous? And can these features be recognised from more distantly related lophotrochozoan relatives or in fossil ancestors? …. We may be bidding farewell to the ‘hypothetical ancestral mollusc’; but the fight over molluscan evolution may even now just be warming up. At least we have a clearer idea of what the battlefield now looks like. If this is an important “step” at all, it appears to be a step before the step; a step where the fingers do the walking, laying out a battlefield map before sending in the troops. Stop the presses!  The ghost of Lamarck was seen at Columbia University Medical School!  Long thought dead, Lamarck with his theory of inheritance of acquired characteristics has been a has-been ever since Darwin proved him wrong, right?  According to this article, “researchers have found the first direct evidence that an acquired trait can be inherited without any DNA involvement,” in the form of small RNAs that can reversibly pass on an acquired benefit to offspring.  “The findings suggest that Lamarck, whose theory of evolution was eclipsed by Darwin’s, may not have been entirely wrong.”  By logical implication, that would make Darwin not entirely right, too, although historians well know that Darwin started his own slip-slide toward Lamarckism in later editions of The Origin.  Obligatory homage to Lamarck in the form of a giraffe picture accompanies the article.  Paul Kammerer, a researcher persecuted in the 1920s for his paradigm-threatening work on the midwife toad, might be miffed at the claim that Columbia found “the first direct evidence” for Lamarckian inheritance, though his claims remain highly suspect and controversial. 1. Maximilian J. Telfordsend and Graham E. Budd, “Invertebrate Evolution: Bringing Order to the Molluscan Chaos,” Current Biology Volume 21, Issue 23, R964-R966, 6 December 2011. Learning the schemes of the Darwinian storytellers is a requirement for one’s intellectual security, to avoid being swept up in the euphoria of an alleged all-encompassing theory that explains everything.  And yes, it does.  It can accommodate contradictions, opposite outcomes, and falsification.  It’s invincible.  So is the “Stuff Happens Law” (9/22/09, 9/15/2008).  But how informative is that?  Even if true, it’s not very useful.  Full of jargon, icons, trappings, slogans and promissory notes, Darwinism is the Stuff-Happens Theory that pretends to explain everything, therefore explains nothing (except job security for storytellers). Exercise:  Interpret the empirical data in the stories above without using evolutionary theory.(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Iran’s “Cyber Army” Hacks Voice of America

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Tags:#Breaking#Government#news#NYT#web Iran’s regime-controlled hackers have broken into a number of websites run by the U.S.government broadcasting organization Voice of America and changed their landing pages. This was confirmed by Iran’s semi-official state news agency, Fars. The sites were reported to have been restored to normal but at last check the main English language site was still hacked. As well as the English version, those in Azeri, Dari, Pashtun, and Urdu languages, carry, or did carry, the image of a machine gun, an Iranian flag and an anti-American statement. This is an important proof of concept for the idea that any tool a “dissident” group like Anonymous can use can be also be used by a government with the will and the know-how to do so.According to Voice of America itself:“VOA executives said the hackers did not penetrate any of the government-funded agency’s computer networks. They did gain entry to an outside computer system that operates a domain name server – a database of Internet addresses available worldwide – and redirected VOA traffic to the hackers’ own site.”It was done because of VOA’s “anti-Islamic stand,” claimed the Fars Agency.“The move came in response to the false reports released by the VOA and other websites on the spread and progress of seditious moves in Iran. VOA and its affiliates have long been supporting anti-Islamic Republic groups and sought to provoke unrests in Iran.”The attack started Monday evening is lasting into today.This is far from the first time this Iranian group has hacked a site. Last January, they broke into the Chinese search engine Baidu, also redirecting it to a political message. The month before, they broke into Twitter. center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Journeyman Watson finally gets chance to play in PBA

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next His immediate impact is more impressive given that he only had three days to prepare for the duel against the league-leading Gin Kings.“I had like three days to prepare, but when you’re playing with guys like that, when you’re playing with June Mar (Fajardo), Alex (Cabagnot), (Chris) Ross, and those type of guys, they make it just really easy for me,” he said.Watson’s performance also backed up his credentials, much to the delight of coach Leo Austria.“He’s a big help and he’s a big factor for us. I’m happy for him that in only his first game, he played really well,” Austria said.Watson has had a pretty gaudy resume in his international career, leading his past teams to the championship and a runner-up finish with Hapoel Kfar Saba/ Kohav Yair in the Israeli National League last season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president PBA IMAGESTerrence Watson is just grateful for the chance to finally suit up in the PBA after four years of courtship.“I’ve been studying and wanting to play in this league for the past four years, and every team I think kind of passed up on me,” Watson said.ADVERTISEMENT A veteran of the international leagues with stints in Iceland, Finland, and Israel, Watson finally got the shot to play in the PBA when San Miguel tapped him as its third import for the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“They finally gave me a shot, so I’m just studying and I know they’re going for a Grand Slam. I’m just happy they brought me here to be a part of it,” said Watson, who replaced the underwhelming Terik Bridgeman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd Watson made sure that the Beermen made the right decision in giving him the call.The 6-foot-5 bruiser impressed in his debut, tallying 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal in San Miguel’s 107-103 victory over Ginebra on Sunday. MOST READ Kia coach Gavina praises players for ‘amazing effort’ in loss to Alaska Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  But he knows that when you’re tasked to backstop a team with the caliber of San Miguel, playing well isn’t good enough.“I’ve been playing basketball professionally for eight years now, so having that pressure is tend to happen,” Watson said.“There are a lot of guys who get cut if you don’t win; there’s always pressure no matter what team you go to. There’s pressure for guys in last place – they don’t want to finish in last place. The guys in the middle want to be up top, so there’s pressure for everybody. But I just have the pressure of wanting to win a championship and I think it’s good pressure to have.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Curry hits unbelievable backwards half-court shot at Warriors practice

first_imgAdvertisementStephen Curry has dazzled his way through NBA courts in recent years with his shooting and ball-handling skills, but he still continues to wow us. During the Warriors’ open practice on Sunday, the point guard added to his highlight reel.He made a backward half-court shot, which amazed his teammates and the fans alike.Curry was initially fooling around at halfcourt, and he just nonchalantly tossed the ball behind his back. Incredibly, it went in, without even touching the rim. Coach Steve Kerr, who had started to address the Warriors fans who had gathered in the Oracle Arena, was overshadowed by Curry’s shot.Best shooter of all-time and it’s not even close. pic.twitter.com/PoGXNaQY8C— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) October 7, 2018 Steph has consistently conjured up amazing long-range shots on the floor, and he has created a different marker altogether for shooting exploits. He has truly changed the mindset regarding three-point shooting which has changed the way the game is played currently.Will Curry add this shot to his arsenal for the upcoming season? You wouldn’t bet against the man who is arguably the best shooter the league has seen.The Warriors will continue their preseason against the Lakers tomorrow after they lost the last game against the Phoenix Suns.Advertisementlast_img read more