Final Four starts

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Bo Perasol, UP coach, feels his team has some sort of an advantage after finally making the Final Four for the first time in two decades.“Actually, the pressure’s already off,” he told the Inquirer last week at the new Epsilon Chi Center. “The pressure was for us to be in the Final Four.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The pressure lies within the task of making the most of what we have,” Perasol said. “What’s important is that we’re given that chance.”Adamson lies in UP’s path. The Falcons own a 2-0 sweep of UP in the elimination round. And the Falcons know what UP is feeling right now. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Every team needs those type of players and I’m just glad we have those players who could step up, you know,” he added. “They don’t care about playing times and nobody in the team cares about stats. Nobody’s a padder. Everyone just wants to win. We all want the same thing, we all have the same goal.”The two teams collide on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena. The day after, farther up north at Araneta Coliseum, top seed Ateneo takes on No. 4 Far Eastern U.Both Ateneo and Adamson need only one win to advance to the Finals. UP and FEU need two straight victories to do so.Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, who doesn’t fancy labels, wants his Blue Eagles to forget a tag they rightfully earned last season: defending champions.“We don’t consider ourselves as defending champions,” he said. “That’s another team. That’s another time.”“And I think our potential is significant now,” he added. “The 2018 team has to stand on its own merits.”On Sunday, this current Ateneo squad can begin earning its own merit against FEU, the team that pushed the Blue Eagles to the limit in last year’s Final Four and upset Baldwin’s boys in the first round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Just like when I took over, during my first year, coming from a cellar dweller, we went all the way to Final Four,” said coach Franz Pumaren. “That’s the same scenario (for UP) right now. Hopefully our crowd will be there also, to at least give us additional lift.”And while forward Sean Manganti has dealt UP heartaches this season, nobody believes this series will be decided by one player.“[Manganti has] been playing well against us,” Perasol said. “It’s something we need to address.”“To say he’s the one who beat us altogether? I don’t think so,” Perasol said. “Adamson has a very good team; I think everybody contributes … [and] everybody defends. We need to defend Sean as well, but what’s important is we need to do it as a team.”“I’m sure their focus is on me, Jerrick (Ahanmisi) and Papi (Sarr),” said Manganti. “But you know, you can’t put a price on the guys like Simon (Camacho), Jonathan Espeleta, Jerom Lastimosa. Those guys do things that don’t show up on the stat sheet.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title In a key battle between big men, Papi Sarr and the second-seeded Falcons will try to get past a huge hurdle in Bright Akhuetie and the third-ranked Maroons. —Sherwin VardeleonAdamson has a twice-to-beat edge, a player who seems to love burying daggers in the heart of University of the Philippines and the mental edge of having swept the Maroons in UAAP Season 81.But it’s not like the Falcons own every edge in their Final Four showdown with the Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eala is last Filipino standing in Phinma tennis tourney New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud PLAY LIST 01:13New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

CAN YOU HELP SAVE LIVES AT SEA?

first_imgDonegal Town RNLI is appealing for people to attend a special information evening next Wednesday in the Abbey Hotel to hear first- hand from RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew about the work the charity does in saving lives around the Donegal coastline and the support they need to continue their work.The Donegal Town RNLI branch is a small but active voluntary fundraising group who provide vital support for Donegal’s three lifeboat stations at Bundoran, Arranmore and Lough Swilly.Last year Donegal RNLI lifeboats rescued 67 people and overall in Ireland RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews based at 44 lifeboats stations rescued 907 people. The charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews receive the very best in training and equipment but never know what they will face on a callout.They operate in some of the most challenging sea and weather conditions, often in complete darkness, to save lives.Donegal Town RNLI PRO Paul O’Sullivan said: “The RNLI relies on the generosity of the public to ensure that our county’s lifeboats can continue to launch and carry out their life-saving work.“A little of people’s time goes a long way and the RNLI is a fantastic charity. We have a small but very effective branch in Donegal Town. We know our efforts do actually save lives but we need more help.” The information evening is being held on Wed 13th March at 8pm in the Abbey Hotel. Members of Bundoran RNLI will be at the meeting and will speak on what it is like to be a volunteer crew member of an RNLI lifeboat.All are welcome to attend.  CAN YOU HELP SAVE LIVES AT SEA? was last modified: March 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CAN YOU HELP SAVE LIVES AT SEA?Donegal TownRNLIlast_img read more

Why Michael says we should all ‘Make A Wish’!

first_imgGAA star Michael Murphy has thrown his support behind the “Make-A-Wish Foundation’ saying it really makes a difference to the lives of sick children and their families in Donegal.Make-A-Wish Ireland made six lifetime-memories for sick children and their families in Donegal last year.They need just 25 local volunteers on 31st March to continue this work. A total of 25 local volunteers are needed in Donegal on Wish Day, which takes place on Friday, 31st March to celebrate and support the work of Make-A-Wish Ireland.Volunteers are simply asked to give a few hours of their time to sell wristbands and badges for €2 each in their local area.Make-A-Wish is funded entirely through donations and fundraising. To support the ongoing happiness they give to children and their families from Donegal and throughout Ireland, Make-A-Wish needs the help of volunteers in Donegal to continue their important work.Local Coordinator Chris Frize said “Last year we had such a successful day and a great turn out and support from our local volunteers and schools that we reached a goal of €1800 on the day. This year we hope to exceed that amount, but that will only be possible with the help of our volunteers. We would urge anyone who can spare a few hours on March 31st to contact us now and sign up to help this amazing cause.” Irene Timmins Head of Fundraising for Make-A-Wish said “Last year in Donegal we were able to make memories for 6 brave local children and their families. The value of these memories is truly immeasurable. Make-A-Wish offers positivity in an extremely dark and anxious time. Every child deserves that.“We are approaching our 2,000th wish for Irish kids which would not be possible without our volunteers. All we are asking is a few hours from the people of Donegal on Friday 31st March to sell some of our wish bands and badges, which cost €2 each, with 100% of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.“Wishes make memories that last many lifetimes, but we cannot make them without our volunteers.”Wish Day will take place across Ireland on 31st March and Make-A-Wish volunteers will be located throughout Donegal, including Buncrana, Bundoran and Letterkenny.To sign up to volunteer visit www.makeawish.ie or contact Daragh on (01) 2052011 / volunteer@makeawish.ie or Donegal Coordinator, Chris on (086) 1038037.The backgorund! Wish Day began in 2013 and the event has grown from strength to strength with thanks to the support of Make-A-Wish volunteers and the general public. Last year’s event raised over €80,000 and this year Make-A-Wish are hoping to raise over €100,000 to help them reach their target of 210 wishes in 2017. In order to achieve this, they need at least 1,500 volunteers nationwide.Since its inception in 1992, Make-A-Wish® in Ireland has granted wishes for over 1,900 children and realised their greatest wish and experienced the hope, strength and joy each wish provides. In all possible cases Make-A-Wish grants the child’s first wish ensuring that all immediate family members participate. In doing so it provides long-lasting and happy memories for those relatives, whatever the future may hold.To continue with its work and succeed in its aims, Make-A-Wish rely overwhelmingly on the kindness of the general public as they receive no government funding.Why Michael says we should all ‘Make A Wish’! was last modified: March 8th, 2017 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

ARLENE SUSPECT LAUNCHES LEGAL CHALLENGE TO HER INQUEST

first_imgA convicted child killer and rapist has launched a legal challenge to the holding of an inquest into the death of Arlene Arkinson.Robert Howard was acquitted of murdering the teenager, from Castlederg, County Tyrone who was last seen in Bundoran.He is seeking a judicial review of the senior coroner’s decision to examine events surrounding Arlene’s disappearance. The teenager was 15 when she went missing in 1994.Arlene is believed to have been murdered. Robert Howard was acquitted at trial of her murder in 2005.The family want an inquest to be held to examine how the RUC conducted its investigation into her disappearance and the acquittal of Howard for her murder.A report by the Police Ombudsman in 2008 said police treated her disappearance as a missing person inquiry for too long rather than a potential abduction or murder.It also said they took too long to arrest the main suspect, Robert Howard.Although they had grounds to do this within 48 hours of her disappearance, it did not happen until 46 days after Arlene had first been reported missing.Arlene vanished near her home in Castlederg after attending a disco at Bundoran with friends in August 1994.She was last seen in a car driven by Howard.Howard was questioned and later charged with her murder, but he was found not guilty in court.In October 2003, Howard was found guilty of murdering Hannah Williams, 14, from Deptford, in south London, whose body was found in a cement works in Northfleet, Kent, in March 2002.EndsARLENE SUSPECT LAUNCHES LEGAL CHALLENGE TO HER INQUEST was last modified: June 29th, 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:Arlene ArkinsonbundoranRobert Howardlast_img read more

MOONEY WINS SHAUN GRAHAM MEMORIAL 3K – WHERE DID YOU COME?

first_imgLetterkenny AC athlete Danny Mooney was first home in this evening’s Shaun Graham Memorial 3K walk/run in Letterkenny.The late Shaun Graham.There was a great urn-out in memory of the popular young Letterkenny man who passed away tragically in 2013.The following is a list of participants and their times. Well done to all who took part.Shaun Graham Memorial 3k 2015Place Bib Name Sex Time1 71 Danny Mooney m 09:162 412 Donal Farren m 09:263 55 Annmarie Mc Glynn w 09:354 395 Dean Toland m 09:515 511 ALAN MCGINLEY m 09:536 58 Danniel Hannigan m 09:577 467 CHARLIE MCELWAINE m 10:188 592 Enda Mc Bride m 10:219 400 Bryan Mc Name m 10:2410 420 OISIN FARREN m 10:2911 499 Niall Elliott m 10:3012 570 Mark Mc Ginley m 10:3213 491 Jason King m 10:3414 392 James Stevenson m 10:3815 453 David Smith m 10:4016 475 DAREN HUNTER m 10:4317 575 Eddie Mc Laughlin m 10:4318 455 PATRICK MURPHY m 10:4919 509 CONOR MCGINLEY m 10:5020 472 FIONNTAN MOORE m 10:5521 494 Karim Maguella m 10:5822 398 Dean Bonner m 11:0323 870 Caolan Grant m 11:0324 458 Aron Cole m 11:0325 959 Dennis Mc Ginley w 11:1526 480 Eoin Hughes m 11:1627 377 CIARAN O’ DONNELL m 11:1828 958 Jack Holian m 11:1829 374 BARRY MACKEY m 11:1830 875 Evan Keown m 11:2031 502 PAUL COSGROVE m 11:2132 507 BRENDAN GOYVAERTS m 11:2933 397 Andrew Leighton m 11:2934 447 WILSON CRAIG m 11:3035 484 Brian O’ Donnell m 11:3136 500 Mark Diver m 11:3637 961 Monica Mc Granaghan w 11:3838 339 FRANCES JUDGE w 11:3939 381 William Freney m 11:4040 393 Brian Boyce m 11:4941 483 Liam Doherty m 11:5242 540 Pj Doogan m 11:5443 457 Trevor Cox m 11:5644 578 Gerard Mc Connell m 11:5645 490 RINTAN KELY m 11:5846 304 CHARLIE O’ DONNELL m 11:5947 549 Tiernan Boyle m 12:0048 547 Sean Houston m 12:0249 497 Darren Ferry m 12:0450 478 GEMMA MCFADDEN w 12:0651 518 NASEER SHERZAD m 12:0652 431 PAT BRADY m 12:1053 477 Mollie Page w 12:1154 572 Peter Doherty m 12:1255 487 John Mc Elwaine m 12:1256 302 Ben Dunleavy m 12:1357 399 Raymond Mc Namee m 12:1758 300 Emmet Gallagher m 12:1759 541 Ronan Mc Cann m 12:2360 310 Ronan Dorrian m 12:2461 955 LIAM FERRY m 12:2562 372 Angus Hunter m 12:2763 565 John A Mullen m 12:3264 432 TERENCE DIVER m 12:3665 433 Shane Mc Ateer m 12:3766 543 Paul Mac Kinnon m 12:3767 360 Jesseka Judge Gallagher w 12:3868 963 Shaun O’ Donnell m 12:3869 473 GARY MCDAID m 12:4170 488 MICHAEL HARKIN m 12:4771 471 Richard Raymond m 12:4872 367 Gerard Mullen m 12:5273 383 Billy Black m 12:5474 593 Brian Mc Bride m 12:5875 456 Gerard Dunleavy m 13:0276 419 Sammy Johnston m 13:0277 524 MARK DALY m 13:0278 452 Terence Quinn m 13:0879 423 Eugene Mc Ginley m 13:0880 952 RORY REYNOLDS m 13:1181 335 Tommy Doherty m 13:1682 370 Louis Bradley m 13:1783 529 Liam Mc Laughlin m 13:2084 448 JOHN CRAIG m 13:3185 583 Megan Skinnader w 13:3186 553 Paul Shiels m 13:3487 305 PAUL MCATEER m 13:4988 523 CATHERINE GRIER w 13:5689 501 DAMIEN MCGLYNN m 13:5790 967 NANCY MCNAMEE w 13:5991 463 EUGENE MCGETTIGAN m 14:0292 877 James Ferry m 14:0793 574 Noel Heekin m 14:0894 410 SARAH DOHERTY w 14:1195 966 Kaelan Dunleavy m 14:1296 481 Anna Boyle w 14:1397 962 Billy Brodwick m 14:1498 417 Breda O’ Hagan w 14:1699 425 BERNIE MARTIN w 14:17100 426 BRENDAN MARTIN m 14:18101 479 Sinead Mc Gettigan w 14:18102 404 LIAM KEANE m 14:22103 394 LIAM NELIS m 14:23104 359 Stephen Doherty m 14:26105 951 CATHY HARVEY w 14:30106 451 Sinead Doherty w 14:37107 495 Gloria Donaghey w 14:40108 874 Seamy O’ Donnell m 14:47109 309 Sam Faulkner m 14:49110 950 CLEMENT BONNAR m 14:50111 408 PETER MCLEAR m 14:51112 859 Sean Daly m 14:56113 595 Jose Annides m 15:01114 496 Laurence Mc Connell m 15:06115 542 Mary Bond w 15:08116 390 Pat Mc Crudden m 15:11117 373 Hugo Blake m 15:14118 492 Matrina Watson w 15:18119 869 Fiona Doherty w 15:18120 968 Catherine Mallone w 15:22121 576 Brian Mc Daid m 15:29122 577 Meabh Rafferty w 15:35123 949 MARY BONAR w 15:36124 531 Noel Mc Glinchey m 15:40125 548 Sarah Mc Laughlin w 15:41126 544 Michael Gibbons m 15:48127 379 Sharon Black w 15:48128 588 Jack Mc Glynn m 15:50129 416 Brid Ginty w 15:53130 587 Christopher Diver m 15:55131 414 Brid Whoriskey w 16:03132 867 Majella Fisher w 16:03133 564 Megan Holian w 16:04134 391 CON DUFFY m 16:04135 585 Paul Doherty m 16:14136 546 Amanda Toland w 16:15137 371 Mary Hegarty Brogan w 16:15138 953 MARIE BONNER w 16:17139 498 Dermot Mc Gettigan m 16:17140 476 Maureen Rodgers w 16:18141 873 Sean Bonner Londis m 16:21142 872 Denis Ferry m 16:23143 454 C.J. MCGINLEY m 16:24144 376 FIONA TEMPLE w 16:25145 486 Gerard Sharkey m 16:27146 865 Aisling Meehan w 16:27147 868 Claire Gildea w 16:29148 407 Ciara Crossan w 16:30149 589 Nicola Gregg w 16:31150 508 ABBIE MCGETTIGAN w 16:33151 512 Luke Mc Gettigan m 16:44152 532 Lorraine Gildea w 16:45153 536 NIAMH RYAN w 16:46154 493 Aoibheann O’ Grady w 16:47155 422 Rosemary Parkinson w 16:47156 421 KAY BONNER w 16:49157 550 Michelle Carr w 16:50158 405 FLETCHER REBECCA w 17:00159 449 Michelle Doherty w 17:00160 566 Aoife Holian w 17:13161 954 KATHLEEEN MCGAREY w 17:14162 482 Chantello Gibson w 17:15163 474 EDELLE MCDERMOT w 17:34164 581 Padraig Mc Keon m 17:41165 539 Phiannon O’ Donnell w 17:43166 545 Fiona Gibbons w 17:50167 515 Aoife Nee w 17:54168 517 Mark Nee m 17:55169 554 John Mc Laughlin m 17:56170 380 Annmarie Daly w 18:02171 520 SHAWNA BRADLEY w 18:08172 521 TERESA BRADLEY w 18:09173 418 Edel Walker w 18:15174 960 Deirdre Mc Garrigle w 18:17175 528 Jimmy Gildea m 18:21176 396 Bridget Friel w 18:33177 378 Noreen Sharkey w 18:37178 466 ELAINE LYNCH w 18:38179 464 BERNIE MCBRIDE w 18:52180 957 ELIZABETH SHARKEY w 18:53181 956 JACKIE MCATEER w 18:54182 552 Lorraine Mc Gonigle w 18:54183 538 Shane Laverty m 19:09184 599 Laura Mc Maken w 19:13185 503 MAJELLA ORR m 19:13186 429 BRIANNA WARD w 19:13187 470 SHEILA GALLAGHER w 19:27188 567 D Mc Dermott w 19:35189 401 BREID LINDSAY w 19:39190 402 KATHIE LINDSAY w 19:39191 563 Karen Houton w 19:44192 415 NIAMH TONER w 19:58193 306 GAVIN CALLAGHAN m 20:12194 597 Malachy Canning m 20:18195 424 Angelina Martin w 20:32196 535 CIARA COSTELLO w 20:43197 876 Maria Hannigan w 21:00198 582 Chloe Holian w 21:01199 598 Laura O’ Donnell w 21:03200 964 CIARA CRAWFORD w 21:18201 965 EAMONN BOYCE m 21:18202 333 AVA DOHERTY w 21:30203 334 Noreen Doherty w 21:30204 871 Caroline Mc Laughlin w 21:50205 878 Elizabeth Mc Corkell w 21:50206 489 JOE HUNTER m 21:50207 596 Ellie Mae Canning w 21:53208 569 Eabha Daly m 22:37209 858 Ciara Daly w 22:43210 446 Sinead Duddy w 22:52211 444 Jackie Friel w 22:52212 384 Kellie Forde w 23:12213 366 Jean Mc Glinchey w 23:15214 427 AOIBHINN WARD w 24:03215 428 COLETTE WARD w 24:05216 375 Josie Gallagher m 24:48217 537 SHAUNA WALSH w 25:25218 434 MARION CULLAN w 30:32219 430 MARIE GIBSON w 30:33220 590 B.j. Bancia m 31:41221 568 Brian Bradley m 35:23222 413 MARY DOHERTY w 35:50MOONEY WINS SHAUN GRAHAM MEMORIAL 3K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: September 30th, 2015 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:3KDanny MooneyletterkennyShaun Grahamlast_img read more

HSE ADMITS 20 PATIENTS ON TROLLEYS AS LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL COPES WITH SPIKE IN DEMAND

first_imgManagement at Letterkenny General Hospital have said they are trying their best to cope with a spike in patient numbers at the hospital.Letterkenny General Hospital – major overcrowding today.Donegal Daily revealed last night how there was severe overcrowding at the hospital.And tody the HSE issued a statement to say they have introduced a series of measures to cope withat that demand for services. The statement said “In common with a number of other hospitals throughout the country, the Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital is very busy today.“Members of the public are reminded to keep the Emergency Department for emergencies and to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance.“The spike in the level of activity over the past few days is due both to the number of patients presenting to the hospital and the dependency level of the patients who are presenting or are already in hospital.“There are currently 20 patients on trolleys awaiting admission and the hospital is working strenuously to ensure access to beds.” Measures that are being pursued in order to ensure that every patient who presents to the hospital is treated in a timely and safe manner include:• Each patient is being reviewed by their attending consultant with a view to expediting discharges.• Consultant led rounds twice daily driven by Bed Management meetings.• Prioritising diagnostics for in-patients.• Scheduled in-patient admissions are being deferred until a later date. • Escalation beds are being commissioned to accommodate additional patients.• There is on-going engagement with colleagues in PCCC and Community Hospitals with regard to transferring patients who require residential care but who do not require secondary care any longer.• Private nursing homes will be considered if insufficient capacity is available in PCCC.The overall situation is being kept under constant review. HSE ADMITS 20 PATIENTS ON TROLLEYS AS LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL COPES WITH SPIKE IN DEMAND was last modified: January 5th, 2015 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

JOB VACANCIES: DONEGAL TRAINING COMPANY SEEK TUTORS FOR JUNIOR AND SENIOR CYCLE

first_imgFEATURES: A Donegal Training Company are seeking tutors for Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle after School Tuition Programmes. UpSkill Donegal Training Services is looking for experienced or retired teachers/tutors to provide group tuition in the Ballybofey area for secondary level students.All levels of tuition and subjects are required. An ideal candidate would have experience working as a teacher in a secondary school.A good working knowledge of current syllabus and ability to engage students.If you’re interested then contact them NOW!Contact upskill@khcontracts.com or 0749130474 for more details. JOB VACANCIES: DONEGAL TRAINING COMPANY SEEK TUTORS FOR JUNIOR AND SENIOR CYCLE was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:jobsnewslast_img read more

Origin of Life Faces Four Paradoxes

first_imgOne show-stopper is enough, but a veteran origin-of-life researcher acknowledges four paradoxes in origin-of-life research that have never been solved.Susan Mazur, a reporter welcome to new ideas about evolution, interviewed Steve Benner (U of Florida) for the Huffington Post about a Gordon Research Conference he is chairing in January called “Origins of Life.”  She and Benner agree that “the time is calling for more transparency” in the field.  Benner was quite transparent about four hurdles he called “paradoxes” that still challenge theories for getting from chemicals to a Darwinian replicator.  He transparently admitted failure in all four of them:We have failed in any continuous way to provide a recipe that gets from the simple molecules that we know were present on early Earth to RNA. There is a discontinuous model which has many pieces, many of which have experimental support, but we’re up against these three or four paradoxes, which you and I have talked about in the past. The first paradox is the tendency of organic matter to devolve and to give tar. If you can avoid that, you can start to try to assemble things that are not tarry, but then you encounter the water problem, which is related to the fact that every interesting bond that you want to make is unstable, thermodynamically, with respect to water. If you can solve that problem, you have the problem of entropy, that any of the building blocks are going to be present in a low concentration; therefore, to assemble a large number of those building blocks, you get a gene-like RNA — 100 nucleotides long — that fights entropy. And the fourth problem is that even if you can solve the entropy problem, you have a paradox that RNA enzymes, which are maybe catalytically active, are more likely to be active in the sense that destroys RNA rather than creates RNA.Benner went on to say that “We are finding all sorts of problems in getting behavior that we find useful, let alone Darwinian out of this.”  All he can do is hope that the Gordon Conference will turn up something.  From there, the interview devolved into matters of funding.  “Our group actually sells origins-of-life jewelry,” he quipped.  “The minerals that create the borate and the alkali and the phosphate are minerals like tourmaline and apatite and peridot.”  Hopefully the jewelry was intelligently designed.Benner, we’re calling you out.  We ask you to leave the dark side and come to the light.  Transparency doesn’t work in the darkness.  You know all the problems you listed are old problems your peers have complained about for decades.   You stated almost ten years ago that the problems are so daunting, they almost make one want to become a creationist (11/04/2004).  Now you are still concerned with four “paradoxes” (better, show-stoppers) that are no closer to being solved after a lifetime of work (5/01/08).  But even if you overcame those four (hoping against all hope), the Darwinian “stuff happens” mechanism cannot take a simple replicator farther up from RNA, as you yourself hinted above.  Stop distracting the public with funny stories to the press about boron from Mars (8/28/13) and hydrogen fish swimming in Titan’s methane seas (1/31/05) and get real.Become a creationist.  Why not?  What’s stopping you?  Fear of ridicule from your peers?  That will undoubtedly happen, but what’s more important, the truth or your feelings?  One more conference of your old buddies pooling their ignorance (5/01/08) is not going to accomplish anything.  Take courage, my friend.  Do the right thing.  There’s nothing in science or philosophy that requires a scientist to bang one’s head endlessly against the brick wall of naturalism.  You’re a smart guy in philosophy as well as organic chemistry, so you know better.  You probably have enough life savings by now.  Besides, creationists have a lot more fun (and less head pain).  Do you want to come to the end of your life on a note of complete failure?  Come on.  You’ll make a lot of new and better friends in the light, and it just might save your sanity. (Visited 178 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bipedal Ape Fossil Falls on Its Face

first_imgEvolutionists Struggle to Explain the Evolution of Bipedalismby Jerry Bergman, PhD Another new discovery yet again claims to “challenge the prevailing view about when and where our ancestors first started walking upright.”[1] A major difference between all primates and humans is humans are bipedal (walk on two feet) and all other primates are quadrupedal (walk on four feet). As Professor Offord acknowledges, “Although some other extant great apes, such as chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), can walk upright, Homo sapiens are the only species that regularly walks on two legs.”[2] Actually, the great apes can walk upright but only for very short distances, and are clearly not designed to walk upright. In contrast, humans, who are designed to walk on two feet, are only comfortable walking upright.The evolution from quadrupedal to bipedal walking requires many major anatomical changes. Some of the many morphological alterations to the human skeleton that are required include major changes to both the arrangement and size of the bones of the foot, changes in the hip size and shape, the knee size, the leg length, and both the shape and orientation of the vertebral column. Even the ribcage must be altered. Specifically, the Chimpanzee ribcage is cone-shaped to house the gut and yet provide a great range of motion around the shoulder to allow them to walk on all fours. In contrast, the human ribcage is barrel-shaped, allowing arms to swing freely from side to side which is required to effortlessly maintain balance when walking. A few other alterations required to walk upright include the following:Chimpanzee feet have a divergent hallux (the big toe) that is opposable like the human thumb, allowing chimps to grasp objects with their feet. A disadvantage is when walking upright, chimps have no center of balance. In contrast, humans have a longitudinal arch that runs along the entire foot, allowing the foot to push off the ground with the toes. The heel bone of the human foot is also more robust than that of chimps, allowing it to absorb the force encountered during heel strikes, such as when distance jumping. The hallux of the human foot is longer and not divergent (extending away from the body), aiding in balance due to the center of gravity over the big toe when walking.The foramen magnum in Humans lies in the center of the base of the skull and the spine. It attaches at this location to hold the head up straight. The foramen magnum in chimpanzees is located at the back of the skull, designed for their locomotion style, namely knuckle-walking.The nuchal crest is located in Chimpanzees at the back of the cranium. It is larger and more prominent than this structure in humans, reflecting the large muscles required to hold the chimp’s head up. Humans have a far smaller nuchal crest because the skull is balanced above the vertebral column, and thus use muscles to help hold up the head.The ‘S’-shaped spine in humans is caused by a forward bend in the lumbar region and a backwards bend in the thoracic region. The ‘S’-shaped spine produces a center of gravity directly above the pelvis, allowing the forces of locomotion to be effectively absorbed without bodily damage. The Chimp design lacks the S-curve and uses only one curve.New book by Dr Bergman addresses back pain and many other alleged cases of poor design in the human body.These are just a few of the many alterations that are required as a set to convert a chimp from quadrupedal to human for bipedal walking. Any one of these changes found in the fossil record is perceived by evolutionists as evidence of human evolution, even though the result would likely be a major misfit. All of these changes, and many more, including major brain and neuron changes, would be required to evolve from quadrupedal to bipedal travel.The origin of bipedalism is conventionally addressed by evolutionists using either a top-down or a bottom-up approach. Top-down theory involves animals that eat, sleep, and for protection, live in trees, but spend much of their time on the ground knuckle-walking. The bottom-up theory was inspired by the mechanical similarities between how apes use their legs for climbing and how humans use theirs for walking. This observation suggests that bipedalism evolved from an ape ancestor almost fully committed to life in the trees that was forced by climate changes to walk on the ground.[3]Ironically, in spite of these many major alterations, some evolutionists incorrectly claim the human skeleton remains poorly adapted to bipedalism, including the fact that lower back and knee joints are plagued by malfunctions resulting in pain.[4] One of many studies that contradicts this claim found the vertebrae of humans with disc problems are closer in shape to those of chimpanzees than vertebrae of humans without disc problems. The evidence against these poor design claims, and the harm they cause to medicine, has also been carefully documented.[5]  (See my 7 Sept 2019 article.)The two main theories are human bipedalism evolved from an ancestor that was a palmigrade quadruped (which would have moved similar to living monkeys) or from a more suspensory quadruped (most similar to extant chimpanzees who can seemingly effortlessly brachiate on trees).”[6] The palmigrade quadruped involves placing the entire foot on the ground as opposed to walking on the toes; from palma, the palm of the hand and gradi, to walk.A Find that Evolutionists Hope to Bridge this GapThe evolution from quadrupedal to bipedal travel is “thought” by many evolutionists to have occurred from the middle to late Miocene epoch.[7] Some of the discoveries uncovered that hint at this change include some partial skeletons, but none of the discoveries have included the “preservation of completely intact long bones” which would be necessary to document a transition from quadrupedal to bipedal locomotion. Authors of the current study believe that the newly-discovered long bones provide such evidence. The fossil contains 12 bone fragments assumed to belong to four different Danuvius individuals. The name Danuvius guggenmosi is from the discovery in the Hammer-schmiede locality named Sigulf Guggenmos.Researchers found 21 bones from a single Danuvius guggenmosi individual at the site.CHRISTOPH JÄCKEL, 7 Nov 2019, The ScientistThe bones were unearthed from a Bavarian clay pit between 2015 and 2018. The results reveal a “combination of anatomical features that are indicative of a pattern of arboreal” activity termed extended limb clambering.[8] Although classified as a small hominid (hominin lineage comprises all species more closely related to humans than to chimpanzee) ranging in size from about 17 to 31 kg, a more likely classification is probably an extinct ape.In contrast to the glowing reports about the importance of the find to document the evolution from quadrupedal to bipedal travel, the New Scientist article was more circumspect, writing that researchers in “Germany have discovered the fossilized bones of a previously unknown species of ape that appeared to walk upright.”[9] The Nature article also openly admitted that the evolution of bipedalism has proven to be a major problem in evolution, admitting that, although many “ideas have been proposed to explain the origin of bipedalism in hominins and suspension in great apes (hominids),” the persistent problem was always that the “fossil evidence has been lacking.”[10] In other words, there exists no fossil evidence. In place of evidence was only speculation. They hope that will change with this new discovery. Madelaine Böhme, a paleobiologist at the University of Tübingen in Germany where the bones are stored, admitted  that many researchstudies since the nineteenth century have investigated the origin of human bipedalism. From Darwin and Huxley to the present, many researchers have added insights into this question but with little or no fossil evidence in support. Although many fossils have been discovered, none has shed light directly on this central question in palaeoanthropology.[11]According to one study of the Danuvius guggenmosi bones, which the team Darwin-dated to nearly 12 million years ago, the findings “suggest that bipedalism might have evolved in a common ancestor of humans and other great apes living in Europe, and not in more-recent human ancestors in Africa as many researchers had assumed.”[12] This find challenges the almost universally accepted conclusion called the ”Out of Africa theory”—the belief that modern humans first evolved in Africa —thus requiring a major rewriting of the thousands of books and scrapping the major educational and documentary films that all assume this view was settled science. Thus, the claim is the D. guggenmosi bone-fragment finding “changes the why, when and where of evolution of bipedality dramatically,”[13]The evolutionists’ interpretation is that the bone fragments “reveal an ape with arms suited to hanging in trees but human-like legs, suggesting a form of locomotion that might push back the timeline for when walking on two feet evolved.” [14] Professor Kivell added that the find “offers something for everyone: the forelimbs suited to life in the trees that all living apes, including humans, still have, and lower limbs suited to extended postures like those used by orangutans during bipedalism in the trees.” The problem is, “the clues uncovered from such fossils can be difficult to interpret,” as is also very true in this case.[15]Another possibility is that the D. guggenmosi find actually consists of mixed humans and orangutan fossils. I look forward to more research being completed on this intriguing find. The fact is, there exists “many theories about the evolution of bipedalism,” most assuming that “upright walking appeared in our ancestors about 6 million to 8 million years ago—possibly as an adaptation to a reduction in forest cover occurring in East Africa around the same time.”[16] The fossil rejects this basic assumption. The orthodox “Out-of-Africa” theory will clearly be questioned as a result of this find.References[1] Offord, Catherine. New Scientist 2019. The 12-million-year-old bones of a previously unknown species named Danuvius guggenmosi challenge the prevailing view about when and where our ancestors first started walking upright. [2]  Offord, 2019.[3] Kivell, Tracy L. 2019. Fossil ape hints at how bipedal walking evolved. Nature, November 6. https://www.nature.com/magazine-assets/d41586-019-03347-0/d41586-019-03347-0.pdf.[4] Stearns, Stephen K and Jacob C. Koella. 2008. Evolution in Health and Disease. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.[5] Bergman, Jerry, Useless Organs: The Rise and Fall of the Once Major Argument for Evolution. 2019. Tulsa, OK: Bartlett Publishing; The “Poor Design” Argument Against Intelligent Design Falsified. 2019. Tulsa, OK: Bartlett Publishing.[6] Böhme, Madelaine, Nikolai Spassov, Jochen Fuss, Adrian Tröscher, Andrew S. Deane, Jérôme Prieto, Uwe Kirscher, Thomas Lechner & David R. Begun. 2019. A new Miocene ape and locomotion in the ancestor of great apes and humans. Nature, November 6. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1731-0. [7] Böhme, et al., 2019. The word thought was used by the author.[8] Böhme, et al., p. 1.[9] Offord, 2019; emphasis added.[10] Böhme, et al., 2019.[11] Böhme, et al., 2019, p. 1.[12] Offord, 2019; emphasis added.[13] Offord, 2019.[14] Kivell, 2019, p. 1.[15] Kivell, 2019, p 2.[16] Offord, 2019.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 450 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Anand Teltumbde refutes Maharashtra Police claim on Naxal links

first_imgData analyst and human rights activist Anand Teltumbde on Saturday refuted the Maharashtra police claim that he had attended a convention in Paris which was allegedly funded by Maoists and dismissed as ‘outrageous’ charges of having links with Naxals.Mr. Teltumbde, who teaches at a management institute in Goa, was among the activists and lawyers whose homes were searched by the Pune police on August 28 on suspicion that they had links with Maoists.‘Nothing secret’“These are all false allegations to malign and defame my image. I don’t know any Maoist leader and I am not having any relation with this,” Mr. Teltumbde told PTI over the phone.“I keep going abroad for academic conferences. It is all on official invitations and everything is well documented,” he said.Also Read  Five activists were arrested following the searches and they have been placed under house arrest till September 6 as per a Supreme Court direction. Mr. Teltumbde was not home at the time of the searches and has not been arrested.At a press briefing here Friday, the Maharashtra Police had cited a letter, allegedly written by one “Comrade Prakash”, that mentions about arranging funds for a human rights convention attended by “Comrade Anand” in Paris. However, the police did not say when the convention was held.Dismissing these charges, Teltumbde said, “Police should think before levelling allegation; they should see my background, the work I which I did. I don’t have time to do all these things,” he said, adding “this is all outrageous”.Mr. Teltumbde accused the police of harassing activists. “Only because the police have rights and they will do anything they want, this is not done,” he said. Republic of Caste review: Division belllast_img read more