JUDGE SAYS IT WAS WRONG TO GRANT BAIL TO FORMER COUNTY COUNCILLOR

first_imgA judge has said it was wrong to grant bail to a man who has terrorised his ex-partner after being released by the courts.Former county councillor Gareth ReidFormer Donegal County Councillor Gareth Reid appeared in court yesterday as part of long-running court battle. Reid, of Lawndale, Ballybofey, has broken a barring order against his ex-partner on numerous occasions despite being warned to stay away from her.His case was adjourned to yesterday at Letterkenny District Court for a probation report.A previous sitting of the court heard how Reid warned his ex-partner he would ‘put a bullet between her eyes’ after they had a row.Judge Paul Kelly said he was gravely concerned at the content in the probation report.He said Reid was blaming others instead of taking responsibility for his actions and also has serious questions about his attitude.“I’m concerned about his behaviour and he really needs to address the concerns the court has,” said Judge Kelly.The court was told Reid currently signs on at his local Garda station three times a week but this was reduced to just one signing.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had also surrendered his passport and was requesting it back so he could attend a friend’s stag party in the UK.Judge Kelly granted the application and said he could have the passport from today but must return it on July 21st.He adjourned the case until January next year.JUDGE SAYS IT WAS WRONG TO GRANT BAIL TO FORMER COUNTY COUNCILLOR was last modified: July 18th, 2014 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:county councillordonegalGareth ReidJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

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Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:  Design withouta Designer

first_img(Visited 108 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Apparently Francisco Ayala (UC Irvine) thinks that just stating something dogmatically is enough to end all discussion.  The scope of his paper in PNAS is grandiose and sweeping, enough to keep philosophers and theologians from around the world busy for years, but Ayala just put out his opinions without any hint of dispute, and stamped it with the seal of the National Academy of Sciences.  Here is the abstract from his paper, “Darwin’s greatest discovery: Design without a designer” –Darwin’s greatest contribution to science is that he completed the Copernican Revolution by drawing out for biology the notion of nature as a system of matter in motion governed by natural laws.  With Darwin’s discovery of natural selection, the origin and adaptations of organisms were brought into the realm of science.  The adaptive features of organisms could now be explained, like the phenomena of the inanimate world, as the result of natural processes, without recourse to an Intelligent Designer.  The Copernican and the Darwinian Revolutions may be seen as the two stages of the one Scientific Revolution.  They jointly ushered in the beginning of science in the modern sense of the word: explanation through natural laws.  Darwin’s theory of natural selection accounts for the “design” of organisms, and for their wondrous diversity, as the result of natural processes, the gradual accumulation of spontaneously arisen variations (mutations) sorted out by natural selection.  Which characteristics will be selected depends on which variations happen to be present at a given time in a given place.  This in turn depends on the random process of mutation as well as on the previous history of the organisms.  Mutation and selection have jointly driven the marvelous process that, starting from microscopic organisms, has yielded orchids, birds, and humans.  The theory of evolution conveys chance and necessity, randomness and determinism, jointly enmeshed in the stuff of life.  This was Darwin’s fundamental discovery, that there is a process that is creative, although not conscious.There is hardly a line in this paragraph that is not disputed by some of the greatest minds of this and past ages, yet Ayala stated it all as a fact of science and a “discovery” of Charles Darwin.    The paper mostly summarized the history of mechanistic science and construed the Darwinian Revolution as supplanting natural theology.  Ignoring the Cambrian explosion, he judiciously began his tale of gradualism after the sudden appearance of all the animal phyla: “Several hundred million generations separate modern animals from the early animals of the Cambrian geological period (542 million years ago)…. we can readily understand that the accumulation of millions of small, functionally advantageous changes could yield remarkably complex and adaptive organs, such as the eye,” he said.    He also attributed mental and moral qualities – aesthetics, rationality and even free will – to matter in motion: “organisms that populate the Earth, including humans who think and love, endowed with free will and creative powers, and able to analyze the process of evolution itself that brought them into existence,” he said, not blinking a philosophical eye.  ”This is Darwin’s fundamental discovery, that there is a process that is creative although not conscious.”  He did not ask whether a product of unconsciousness could determine the presence or absence of consciousness in another, nor how a product of irrational forces could rationally defend the truth of such a claim.  Apparently this was all intuitively obvious and needed no defense:And this is the conceptual revolution that Darwin completed: the idea that the design of living organisms can be accounted for as the result of natural processes governed by natural laws.  This is nothing if not a fundamental vision that has forever changed how mankind perceives itself and its place in the universe.Ayala’s paper was one of a dozen from a colloquium held by the Academy last December in Irvine, California, on the subject, “In the Light of Evolution I: Adaptation and Complex Design.”  The papers just became available today (May 10) on the PNAS website.  Of course, no one from an Intelligent Design movement was allowed to publish a contrary view or rebuttal.1Francisco J. Ayala, “Darwin’s greatest discovery: Design without designer,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 10.1073/pnas.0701072104, published online before print May 9, 2007.They just aren’t learning, are they?  How these people, with Eugenie Scott and Nicholas Matzke and all the other Darwin Party hacks present, can continue to spew out their unchanged rhetoric after years of debates, books, documentaries, conversions and international movements is a measure of their incorrigibility.  It would be honorable if they acknowledged the criticisms and strove to address them in a scholarly way.  Then, at least, we could have a discussion about the evidence.  But they don’t even admit the existence of challenges to their views.  When they stoop briefly to admit the existence of critics, they just sweep them away with the same old talking points devised in the 19th century.  It’s always one-way communication.  They act like wooden dolls with fake ears and prerecorded voices, complete with halitosis.    Where have they been?  This is the Information Age, the age of molecular machines and biomimetics and rational design.  The Science Wars and the collapse of logical positivism have shown one cannot assume a fact/value distinction, a science/religion dichotomy, a demarcation criterion for science, or an objective/subjective posture.  Presuppositions matter.  It’s not the early 19th century any more.  We have paradigms, webs of belief, social and historical influences on science, redefinitions of scientific explanation, deep debates about empiricism vs rationalism, no consensus on what constitutes scientific explanation, and a host of other worries that do not allow one to merely assume science is progressive and true to reality.  Even then, Ayala cannot just assume that Darwinism is better aligned with science (whatever it is) than are other world views.  Darwinian claims go far, far beyond anything that can be subjected to scientific investigation.  Claims this broad need warrant, not assumption.    None of the worn-out Darwinist propaganda could stand up to a minute’s worth of hard questioning by an undergrad in philosophy of science or intellectual history.  His Copernicanism is all wrong, his history of science could be shredded by even secular historians of science, and his terminology begs numerous questions about what is science, what is design, what is natural law, and whether chance and necessity can produce rationality.  No problem, thinks Ayala.  I’ll just speak the talking points and let them come true.  I’ll use my rationality to disprove rationality.  Well, he succeeded on that last point – but only within the boundaries of his own skull.    So.  If they aren’t going to listen, we shouldn’t listen to them (as if we hadn’t heard their reruns long enough to have them memorized).  Tune out of the flat black-and-white Darwin Party propaganda machine, and tune in to the 3-D, stereo, fresh, live broadcasts of the information age.    The only value of this paper is a lesson in hindsight.  Modern students should study this to learn what the Old Guard of the Darwin Party was saying right before their regime collapsed.  It would be like reading Mein Kampf or studying the Sayings of Mao in a 20th century history class – weird, but thank God nobody still believes that. Exercise:  Find all the errors of fact and propaganda techniques Ayala used in the abstract quoted above.  For an advanced exercise, read his entire paper and search for any actual scientific evidence he used to prove that chance and necessity could produce orchids, birds and humans (remember, microevolution cannot be extrapolated recklessly, and he cannot assume what he needs to prove).  Among his historical and scientific references, see if there are observations that are actually relevant to this grandiose claim (e.g., bacterial resistance is limited to bacteria – it does not follow that humans evolved from bacteria).  A successful graduate should also be able to describe some of the havoc these ideas have wrought on civilization.last_img read more

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Rollsing from Cape to Cairo

first_imgMike and Jeanette van Ginkel with the 1981 Rolls Royce that will take them across Africa from Cape Town to Cairo, and on to London.Tamara O’ReillyAll Jeanette and Mike van Ginkel want to do is visit their friends in London. With a lifetime’s experience in aviation one would think the couple would take the obvious way, but not this daring duo – they’re driving there in a 1981 Rolls Royce.The idea was born one day as the couple were having lunch. “It went something like this,” explains 71-year-old Jeanette, “Let’s drive to Botswana. Why stop in Botswana, let’s see if we can go to Kenya. Actually, let’s go from Cape to Cairo and then to London.”Their journey began on Sunday 30 March, and 52 days and 15 000km later they expect to reach the port of Alexander in Egypt where the vehicle will be ferried to London.With only 100 000km on the clock the car still has a lot of life left in it. Add to that the fact that the couple have taken such good care of the vehicle since they got it in 2007 that they achieved the highest ever score of 96.5 percent in the Concourse d’Elegance – an international competition that judges the elegance of automobiles – and its seems plausible that the car can make it that far.A backup team comprising a medic, a mechanic and a documentary filmmaker will also accompany the couple in an Isuzu 4×4 vehicle that is equipped with the latest satellite tracking and communication devices. The team will navigate their way through Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan before they put the brakes on their journey.Modifications to the vehicle for the trip include treating the windows and coating the car with a protective film to ensure minimal damage from the elements such as heat and rain. The couple also purchased a new Rolls Royce specifically for its parts, the most essential of which will be carried by the accompanying vehicle. In the event of any other parts being required along the journey, they will have to be couriered to the adventurers.Driving will be shared among the two, but the spots that are difficult to navigate will be negotiated by well-known adventurer Roger Pearce who has already done this trip as well as several other extended journeys like London to Cape Town in 1990, London to Sydney in 1993 and single-handedly driving from South Africa to Silverton UK in 2004.The couple are both successful business people with Mike spending his entire working career as a pilot, clocking 27 000 hours of flying in over 100 different aircraft, and Jeanette pioneering hot air ballooning in the country.The vehicle was put to the test in February this year, making it over Africa’s highest pass with no hassle. The Sani Pass, which climbs from KwaZulu-Natal to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and lies 3 200m above sea level, is usually only accessible by 4×4 unless special permission is granted.“I can’t wait to see out friends,” says Jeanette. “They are all so old now and we can’t expect them to come to us. Besides, I also want them to see the Rolls.”Related articlesAfrica: fast factsUseful linksSilver SpiritRolls RoyceSani Passlast_img read more

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Running the farm like a business

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Mar 31st (11AM CST) the USDA will announce the 2017 US planting intention estimates. Arguably, this report could have the biggest impact on the market in 2017. Until next Friday, there is little else to talk about.Many are expecting estimates of 91 million corn acres and 89 million bean acres. If the report shows a more narrow range (i.e. 90 million acres each), corn prices could get a bump, while beans may slide. Right now prices favor beans over corn, so the report will show if farmers have made any adjustments based upon this. Thinking of the farm as a businessA profitable farm is more complicated than planting crops and hoping they pay the bills at the end of the year. Farmers should consider their operations as a company with multiple profit centers working to a common goal. Each profit center must “pull its own weight” without drawing profits from another division. Successful farmers understand each profit center independently and how it maximizes profit for the farm operation.There are four large divisions (some with smaller subsets):• Land ownership• Custom operations• Grain storage• Farmer. Land ownershipSince farmers are naturally passionate about working the land, this is where I see the most “cheating.” I ask all my clients, “Are you paying yourself a fair market rental price for use of your land?” In theory, some farmers could spend all their time on the beach, while hiring people to do the hard work of farming the land. Considering the typical farmer’s mentality, few think like this, but they should. The most successful operations understand the profit of ownership comes from a long-term investment.Regardless of when the land was purchased, 20 years ago when land was cheaper or recently, there is a fair rental price based upon the local market conditions. From the start this needs to be calculated to understand the possible guaranteed income. Often farmers are surprised about the cost of their time and energy.Custom operationsProfitable farmers also understand the cost of every piece of equipment. Most mid-sized farmers today have over $1 million invested in equipment, so it’s important to be as efficient as possible. Plus, farmers have more choices than ever, so why not take advantage? Following are questions that should be asked of every piece of equipment (i.e. planter, combine, sprayer, semi, tractor, etc.)What is the local custom rate for each piece of equipment you need if hired done?What is the yearly maintenance cost for each piece of equipment needed (e.g. 5 year avg)?What are the yearly depreciation costs?Is there profit potential in owning equipment and doing custom hire work?Is renting or leasing a better option?Often farmers “mine” the equity on their equipment by not paying themselves enough per acre to use the equipment. This may be fine for a while, but years later replacing equipment becomes too expensive, leaving the farmer in a difficult position.Generally speaking most farmers prefer to own their own equipment, because often it can cost less, but it’s important to consider alternatives. Sometimes it makes sense to hire work done, while other tasks can be accomplished (i.e. office work) or even second jobs.In the end, while some equipment is nice to own, and can even look impressive to your neighbors, if it doesn’t make financial sense and puts a strain in this division, then your operation’s profits can easily slip needlessly through your fingers. Grain storageGrain storage is a profit center many producers use incorrectly. Most farmers store non-contracted grain, hoping for a market rally, because storing unpriced grain at their local elevator means hefty charges. Between storing unpriced grain at home for “free” or storing it at an elevator for a charge, it can make a little sense I guess.However, many farmers are missing out on all of the profitable benefits of storing grain at home and selling forward – taking advantage of carry and basis appreciation. By considering on-farm grain storage as a separate cost center, analyzing the expense to build new storage becomes a practical one. One just needs to analyze the premiums received from carry and basis optimization against the expense of building new bins. Almost every time I walk a client through the numbers, having on-farm grain storage is a profitable venture. Actually, I find grain storage can have the best return on investment above every other investment in a farm operation. FarmerThe “farmer” is the part of you that makes management decisions each year. One could liken it to the CEO position, but it also includes the titles of CFO and COO. Strategic decisions need to be made on crop inputs and farm operations:• Fertilizer – What kind? How much? When to apply?• Chemicals – What kind? How much? When to apply?• Seed/Agronomy – How much corn vs beans? On which fields? Which brands/hybrids/traits?• Insurance – How much? What program?• Hired Help – How much? Where do I find these people? How much to pay?• Marketing – When to sell. Was that a profitable price? What I too greedy in my goal?• Strategic Planning – Should I rent or buy more ground? Should I drop a low producing field? There are so many decisions for farmers to make it can be overwhelming. To help in budgeting, I ask my clients – How much do you want to make on each acre and what kind of ROI is needed to be profitable? Each farm is different and has its own challenges, but these questions can be answered by the big established family farm down to the small young farmer who is renting all of their land. Putting it togetherFinally, the farmer puts all of these profit centers together to form a budget (or business plan, but farmers don’t usually call it that). Then a marketing plan is developed to ensure the farm is profitable. If each profit center is optimized, the biggest opportunities for the farm operation can be achieved regardless of all the variable factors (i.e. weather, market volatility, etc).Some may think all of this means just being a farmer, but breaking up the divisions/profit centers independently and then optimizing each one can help maximize profits. Perhaps there is a weak division/profit center that was only exposed after doing the analysis. Farmers can then take steps to maximize each area.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

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Philippines bows out of 3×3 World Cup

first_imgThe Filipinos can still cap off the campaign on a positive note as they brace for El Salvador in the tournament closer.The Scores:SLOVENIA 21 – Ovnik 7, Finzgar 7, Srebovt 4, Kavgic 3.PHILIPPINES 14 – Ravena 7, Paras 4, Teng 2, Quiñahan 1.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Kiefer Ravena skies for a layup in the Philippines’ game against Slovenia. Photo by Fiba.comThe Philippines bowed out of contention in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup with a 14-21 defeat to second-seed Slovenia Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) at Parc des Chantiers de I’lle in Nantes, France.Overwhelmed from the get-go by the powerhouse Slovenians, the Filipinos struggled to find their rhythm and found themselves down early, 5-0, before stumbling to a 14-4 deficit courtesy of Simon Finzgar’s hot shooting.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Parks ready to serve PH as Reyes welcomes him in Gilas pool Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiefer Ravena rallied the troops and got the Philippines within four, 15-11, but Gasper Ovnik was quick to douse that run before Adin Kavgic iced the game from the free throw line with 1:20 left on the clock.Ovnik and Finzgar fired seven points apiece, Anze Srebovt added four markers, and Kavgic had three for Slovenia, which topped Pool B with a 4-0 slate to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena led the Philippines (1-2) with seven points, while Kobe Paras chipped in four markers from a pair of two-pointers.Jeron Teng chimed in two points, while JR Quiñahan got one in the losing effort. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? View comments MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup: Twitter abuzz with gloomy Argentine fans

first_imgArgentina’s loss to Germany in the FIFA World Cup final on Monday had its effect on social media as well.While overwhelmed Germany supporters celebrated their team’s win, disappointed Argentine fans found solace in the fact that it was able to make it to the finals.Argentina isn’t rioting; cars there are pretending to be tipped over to draw a foul.; Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) July 14, 2014Argentina lost but we still partying. https://t.co/TbX2TI227v; pizza goddess (@rowseeyo) July 14, 2014Cutting these onions and crying like a 13 year old Argentinian boy at the World Cup. Peter Gilroy (@petergilroy) July 14, 2014Marking Argentina’s heartbreaking loss by watching equally grim TV shows.; Edmond Ortiz (@satscribe) July 14, 2014as consolation for their loss, argentina can have an extra hour in the ball pit aneesha (@ane3sha) July 13, 2014The best extra weight we’ve ever carried! pic.twitter.com/qaknvITdGyLufthansa (@lufthansa) July 13, 2014During the final World Cup match, more than 32.1 million tweets were sent out about the game between Germany and Argentina. Nearly 5.6 lakh tweets were sent out per minute as Germany’s Mario Gotze scored the winning goal.Lionel Messi had his own followers tweeting up a storm with nearly 4 lakh tweets when he was awarded the Golden Ball and declared Best player of the tournament.Here is a heat map of how fans reacted on twitter through the match:Mario Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill.It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title.advertisementlast_img read more

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