first_imgThe man accused of murdering childcare assistant Elaine O’Hara worked at Letterkenny hospital throughout 2012.Murder accused Graham Dwyer.Graham Dwyer, 42, is accused of murdering the 36 year old woman for his own sexual gratification.A court heard yesterday how architect O’Dwyer worked at the Letterkenny hospital in 2012 but gave no details of his role or where he stayed during his period in Co Donegal. Evidence revealed how Dwyer has a son who now lives in Ballyshannon and how the pair met in Bundoran while he was working here.Mr Dwyer (42), of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, is pleading not guilty to the murder of Ms O’Hara (36) at Killakee, Rathfarnham on August 22, 2012.Ms O’Hara, from Killiney, was last seen alive near Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill that day.Her remains were found by a dog walker in undergrowth in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013. The prosecution maintains Mr Dwyer killed her for his own sexual gratification.The trial has been ongoing for a number of weeks and is expected to last some considerable time. MURDER ACCUSED DWYER WORKED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL, COURT HEARS was last modified: February 21st, 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:donegalElaine O’HaraGarham Dwyermurder accusedlast_img read more

Antonio Brown intimidated sexual harassment accuser via text message, SI reports

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Antonio Brown cannot help himself.Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated reported that he had sexually harassed a woman artist he hired to paint a mural in his home, approaching her while naked with only a hand towel covering his groin.Late Thursday night, SI’s Robert Klemko reported that Brown sent text messages with photos of the accuser’s children to her in a group text with his associates, asking them to …last_img read more

Go to the Ant, Thou Farmer

first_imgWe humans boast too much.  Agribusiness?  Ants have it down to a science.  “One of the most important developments in human civilisation was the practice of sustainable agriculture,” stated Science Daily.  “But we were not the first – ants have been doing it for over 50 million years.  Just as farming helped humans become a dominant species, it has also helped leaf-cutter ants become dominant herbivores, and one of the most successful social insects in nature.”    The article discusses how ants have not only perfected the art of growing crops in their nests, but keeping them pest-free.  They have symbioses with fungi and bacteria that produce antibiotics, preventing the spread of diseases that would destroy their colonies.  Their disposal system is also very elegant.  “So how exactly does an ant go about forming partnerships with a fungus and a bacterium?” the article asked.  Answer: “No one really knows.”    What they do know, in their own minds, is that evolution explains everything.  “Darwin was right about how evolution can affect the whole group” stated another article on Science Daily decorated with a photo of marching ants.  They get bad Marx, though, for their opening line:Worker ants of the world, unite!  You have nothing to lose but your fertility.  The highly specialized worker castes in ants represent the pinnacle of social organization in the insect world.  As in any society, however, ant colonies are filled with internal strife and conflict.  So what binds them together?  More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin had an idea and now he’s been proven right.The punch line is that a scientist at McGill University “discovered how evolution has tinkered with the genes of colonizing insects like ants to keep them from fighting amongst themselves over who gets to reproduce.”  Does this idea Dr. Ehab Abouheif called “reproductive constraint” really enhance Darwin’s vitae? The existence of sterile castes of ants tormented Charles Darwin as he was formulating his Theory of Natural Selection, and he described them as the “one special difficulty, which at first appeared to me insuperable, and actually fatal to my theory.”  If adaptive evolution unfolds by differential survival of individuals, how can individuals incapable of passing on their genes possibly evolve and persist?    Darwin proposed that in the case of ant societies natural selection applies not only to the individual, because the individual would never benefit by cutting its own reproduction, but also to the family or group.  This study supports Darwin’s prescient ideas, and provides a molecular measure of how an entire colony can be viewed as a single or “superorganism.”Some prominent evolutionary biologists, however, are not convinced that natural selection can act on groups, as EvoWiki explains (see also 08/26/2004, 05/31/2004, 05/31/2007 and 03/21/2008).  In fact, Marek Kohn just wrote a lengthy piece for Nature News about the “unending debate” between evolutionists about whether selection acts on individuals or groups.  The rift is deep.  “Group-selection thinking is perceived by some as not just an abuse of natural selection but also a denial of it,” on the one hand, but for others, “it is the individualistic perspective that betrays influences from outside science.”  For Science Daily to claim that this story “proves” group selection, therefore, seems premature.The ant farm was fun till Charlie and Tinker Bell showed up (03/16/2006).(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dinosaur Era Fossils Fail to Support Evolution

first_imgYou have to squint hard to see the image of Charles Darwin in these bones. It works better if you close your eyes.Evolutionists do not ‘own’ the history of dinosaurs, even though they pretend to. Do these fossils support the idea that dinosaurs evolved from smaller, simpler animals?Paleontologists discover largest dinosaur foot ever (Science Daily). A dinosaur dubbed ‘Bigfoot’ found in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1998 turns out to be well named. The monster, a type of brachiosaur, apparently had the biggest footprint of any dinosaur. The open-access paper in PeerJ describing it says nothing about evolution. The authors who have studied the bones for 20 years apparently felt no need to weave a story about how it might have evolved. Nor did Live Science; Laura Geggel’s Darwin-free report says the titanosaur stood 13 feet at the hip and had a footprint a meter long.Artwork of Lingulong sauropod from China.‘Amazing dragon’ dinosaur discovered in China (Fox News). China is known for its dragons. This fossil ‘dragon’ found in northwestern China, a sauropod named Lingwulong shenqi, “may force researchers to rethink the entire lineage of the largest animals to roam the earth,” this article says. Why? Because “the discovery pushes back by 15 million years the appearance of so-called advanced sauropods, which included some of the largest land animals ever.” The Bigfoot sauropod in the previous item lived 150 million Darwin Years ago; this one dates to 174 million Darwin Years on the other side of the world. The paper in Nature Communications says, “The new discovery challenges conventional biogeographical ideas, and suggests that dispersal into East Asia occurred much earlier than expected.” But such spatio-temporal rearrangements are easy for Darwinians. They just turn the speed dial.This ‘pushing back’ of the origination times of major sauropod clades reinforces recent suggestions that the Early Jurassic was a critical phase in dinosaur evolution, characterized by highly elevated rates of diversification and morphological change.New dinosaur fossil explains how Diplodocus evolved to be so massive (New Scientist). We’ve just heard about sauropods from South Dakota and China. They sure got around; this one is from Argentina. After promising the fossil “explains” evolution, reporter Frank Swain says, “A new fossil challenges current ideas about the path to giant dinosaurs.” The fossil named Ingentia prima, dated 220 million Darwin Years old, is said to be a “precursor” of giants like Diplodocus. So how does Ingentia challenge current ideas?“Until now we thought that to acquire gigantic size, it was necessary to acquire adaptations in the structure of the skeleton to support this weight,” says Apaldetti’s colleague Ricardo Martínez. However, Ingentia lacks many of these – for example, it doesn’t have the stout, columnar legs of Diplodocus and modern-day giants like elephants. Also, while giant sauropods grew continuously, tree-ring like patterns in the bone show lessensaurids had growth spurts.Ingentia also developed bird-like air sacs that allowed it to breathe continuously – an important feature giant dinosaurs needed to get rid of their immense body heat.From the looks of the artwork, Ingentia had more ingenuity than the evolution-challenged scientists. Like all other dinosaurs and alleged ancestors, it was a fully complete animal, well adapted to its environment.First snake found in amber is a baby from the age of the dinosaurs (New Scientist). Amber fossils are always exciting; this one especially so, since it contains remains of a baby snake dated 100 million Darwin Years ago. Another piece of Burmese amber was found with pieces of skin that may be from a larger snake or a lizard. Michael LePage says that snake fossils are very rare. Only 15 snake fossils are known from this period, and none of them had ever been found in amber. Unfortunately the skull did not get preserved, but judging from the artwork, it looks like it was 100% snake. LePage obviously did not do eyewitness reporting for his opening story:Around 100 million years ago, a baby snake hatched on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. The tiny snake, just 10 centimetres long, got stuck in resin oozing from a tree.That chunk of resin remained buried as the island drifted north and became part of what is now Myanmar.Could Humans and Dinosaurs Coexist? Here’s the Science. (National Geographic). In a not-so-subtle swipe at young-earth creationists who allege Noah took dinosaurs on the Ark, John Pickrell argues that there’s no way humans could have coexisted with dinosaurs. His overt target is the Jurassic Park series of movies. Their plots revolve around finding dinosaur DNA and using it to resurrect ancient beasts that lived many tens of millions of Darwin Years ago. The young-earth creationists might get a kick out of Pickrell’s waffling about soft tissue:“DNA breaks down really fast, and even in a hundred years, it has broken up into tiny nonsense fragments,” says Mike Benton, a paleontologist at the University of Bristol in the U.K. “It takes massive technical power to link these bits together. So, until someone finds some dino DNA, we haven’t even got off the starting blocks.”…“I’m hesitant to say it’s impossible,” Victoria Arbour, an expert on armored dinosaurs at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, says of dino de-extinction. “So many scientific disciplines are making incredible breakthroughs all the time that something that’s hard to imagine now, like resurrecting a dinosaur, might be possible 25, 50, 100 years from now.”Pickrell’s focus on DNA overlooks the other kinds of soft tissue that have been found in dinosaur bones, capitalized on by creationists as impossible to preserve for millions of years. Even if Jurassic Park became a reality, he says, we wouldn’t get along. How do you train dinosaurs not to eat the tourists?“The dinosaurs would be aliens in our world,” agrees [Stephen] Brusatte. “They evolved tens or hundreds of millions of years ago, when Earth was much different. The continents were in different places, the atmosphere was different, the plants were different. Maybe they couldn’t cope at all.”Maybe they couldn’t cope with humans killing them as trophies (9 July 2018). Before Pickrell pretends to speak for science, he needs to take a closer look at the evidence that dinosaurs lived much more recently than evolutionists believe.And no, Mr. Pickrell, birds are not dinosaurs. (Visited 706 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Trevor Noah wins Emmy award for The Daily Show

first_imgTrevor Noah continues his world domination since taking over as host of American comedy news show The Daily Show. In addition to his sell-out comedy tours in the US and South Africa and his bestselling memoir, Born A Crime, Noah has won his first Emmy award.Trevor Noah joined the Daily Show as host in September 2015, and has since then received critical and popular acclaim for his distinctive comedic flair and level-headed commentary to the American and global political climate. (Image: YouTube)CD AndersonNoah won the award for Best Short Form Variety Series, specifically for the popular YouTube insert The Daily Show: Between the Scenes, in which Noah provides web-exclusive commentary to political events in the US and around the world.The award was part of the Emmy Creative Arts ceremony that highlights production and technical work in television, as well as outstanding short form and new media programming.Watch one of Trevor Noah’s Between the Scenes videos below:The main ceremony, focused on the best of full-length dramatic and comedy television takes place on 17 September 2017.The Daily Show insert beat other nominees that included YouTube favourites Epic Rap Battles and Honest Trailers.News of Noah’s win provoked a wave of national pride among South African Twitter users, as well as a notable shout-out from South African opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to whom Noah responded in his distinctive comedic flair, much to the amusement of South Africans.EFF congratulates @Trevornoah for winning his first Emmy for The Daily Show: continue to make us proud ??— EFF (@EFFSouthAfrica) September 11, 2017Thank you comrades. Where would my comedy career be without you! ?— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 11, 2017Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Army porter killed in Pakistan firing in Uri

first_imgAn army porter was killed in a fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla’s Uri sector.A police official said the porter Mohd. Abbas (22), resident of Kamalkot, lost his life in an unprovoked firing at around 11:30 a.m on Saturday.The incident sparked a “major exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops”.last_img