Gardai investigate theft of €38,000 digger and trailer from yard overnight

first_imgThieves have stolen a €38,000 mechanical digger and trailer from a yard in St Johnston overnight.The Hitachi 26U digger, which had been hired out from a private company, was being used to carry out work by Donegal County Council.The digger was on a trailer and the thieves had to remove a considerable amount of other equipment to get the digger out of the yard. The digger and trailer had been hired out from Watson Hire.Owner John Watson told Donegal Daily that this was a very organised operation.“From our information we know the trailer was taken around 7.30pm. They had to move a lot of equipment to get the trailer and digger out.“They removed all of our branding stickers which we found on the ground. They knew what they were doing. “We know that it crossed the border and we would appeal to anybody who knows of its whereabouts to contact us,” he said.Gardai investigate theft of €38,000 digger and trailer from yard overnight was last modified: March 18th, 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) Tags:DIGGERdonegalGardaiSt Johnstontheftlast_img read more

An Animal Cannot Be On the Way to Evolving Something

first_imgNo animal can plan ahead how it will evolve, so why do some evolutionists talk like they do?“500-million-year-old creature was on the way to evolving jaws,” Sid Perkins titled his short article in Science Magazine, accompanied by an artist’s conception of “one of the world’s oldest known vertebrates“—a Cambrian creature named Metaspriggina from Canada.  The thumb-sized swimming creature possessed “eyes, muscle groups and the support for gills,” the article says; the upward-pointing eyes were “large and prominent.”  Moreover, “A small but sharp-edged circular area in each eye hints that the eyes of these ancient fish included a lens, a relatively modern feature for its era.”In Live Science, Tia Ghose surmises that this “tiny fish” was possibly “the ancestor of almost all living vertebrates.”  It lived during the “Cambrian Explosion, the ‘big bang’ when almost all complex life appeared.”  These fossils hail from the newly-discovered Marble Canyon site in Kootenay National Park that rivals the famous Burgess Shale site (see 2/11/14 and Royal Ontario Museum post).  The “camera eyes” are “indisputable vertebrate eyes,” one paleontologist said.  (Note: Metaspriggina is unrelated to the earlier Ediacaran creature Spriggina, contrary to earlier beliefs; Metaspriggina is now classified as a chordate.)Why does Perkins think the animals were “on the way” to developing jaws?The arrangement of these paired structures foreshadows that seen in fish that evolved much later, and the slightly thicker dimensions of the foremost pair of gill supports may reveal the first steps in the evolution of jaws. Detailed analyses place Metaspriggina near the base of the vertebrate family tree and certainly among the earliest fish, the team suggests.Big MouthPerkins might be excused for his headline, evolutionists could claim, because jaws did appear in later fish.  PhysOrg announced a “jaw-dropping” armored fish (placoderm) from China dated 419 million years old, named Entelognathus, with big toothless jaws and big eyes.  The discoverers likened it to the Australopithecine “Lucy” because of its importance in “forcing us to rethink what we thought we knew about evolution.”  The trouble with this “weird-looking specimen” is that it “rewrites man’s evolutionary history” because it “disproves the long-held theory that modern animals with bony skeletons (osteichthyans) evolved from a shark-like creature with a frame made of cartilage.”  It looks now like the bony fish were the ancestors of the cartilaginous fish.  “This astounding discovery does throw a spanner in the works of some long-held ideas about vertebrate evolution,” a lead author said.  Other co-authors remarked, “It will take time to fully digest the implications of such a remarkable fossil, but it is clear that a major reframing of our understanding of early gnathostome (jawed vertebrate) evolution is now in full swing.”But then things got worse for evolutionists.  A more modern-looking toothed jawed fish was found even earlier in the record.By the Silurian (dated by evolutionists about 75 million years later than Metaspriggina), a fully modern-looking fish fossil with teeth and jaws able to crush armor-plated placoderms was also found in China in strata about 16 million years earlier than Entelognathus.  Live Science reported the meter-long animal, named Megamastax (big mouth), challenges beliefs that oxygen levels in the oceans were too low to support large animals:The new discovery suggests that large vertebrate predators may have emerged earlier in the Devonian period than previously thought.At the same time, a newer climate model suggests the Silurian period may not have been as oxygen-starved as previous models have shown.The newly discovered fish, together with fossil finds that show greater diversity in vertebrates at the time, call into question the notion that low oxygen levels during the Silurian limited the body size of early jawed vertebrates.Proto-EyeDespite these puzzles, is this not a succession that could justify Perkins’ claim that Metaspriggina was “on the way to evolving jaws”?  Evolutionists also argue that eyes show a sequence from primitive to complex.  This month, the Max Planck Institute pointed to marine worms (polychaetes, a type of annelid) to support Darwin’s notion of “proto-eyes” as precursors of more complex eyes later in evolution.  Bristle worms have little more than light-sensitive spots able to distinguish light and dark.  By mapping the neurons involved, researchers said they could see evolution in action, from its starting point to the advanced vision to come:For the first time, the developmental biologists from Tübingen describe a complete neuronal network of a simple visual system from the stimulus to the behavioral output. They also further gained deeper insights into the evolution of eyes. The simple eyes, which mediate phototaxis in the early larva, consist of two cells corresponding to Charles Darwin’s idea of the “proto-eye”, the precursor of all existing eyes. The four eyes which appear in the 3 day old larva represent an advanced form of this proto-eye principle. “It is as if we could observe several steps of eye evolution in a single animal”, says Jékely. “We think that the first eyes probably evolved to perform phototaxis – later, eyes evolved that could recognize objects”.Probably, the first simple eyes in evolution could merely discriminate a bright from a dark field. Such eyes might nonetheless represent the starting point for the evolution of more complex visual systems, as for example the human eyes.Evolution on the Way?There are several problems with the notion that simple traits are “on the way to evolving” into more complex traits:First, and most obviously, is that a series of objects does not necessarily represent an ancestral sequence.  One could arrange vehicles or tools in a series to weave a tale about how one “developed” or “evolved” into the other, when in actuality, the objects were intelligently designed for different purposes.Another problem is that no single individual animal has any way of knowing (or caring about) what its descendents would become.  Each animal must be adapted to its own environment while it is alive, or it will die.  In the mindless, unguided process of Darwinian evolution, nothing plans ahead.  It is misleading, therefore to say that a jawless fish is “on the way to evolving” jaws, or a worm with simple eyes is on the way to evolving more complex eyes.  Assuming some invisible hand is guiding them to progress into more complex forms is tantamount to a belief in a designing intelligence.Another problem is the gaps between each item in the series.  There is a huge gap between Metaspriggina and the Silurian fish Megamastax with its crushing jaws and teeth.  So many random mutations would have had to appear in the interim, the improbabilities become astronomical.  This problem is compounded when considering all the other systems that were supposedly “evolving” simultaneously during the gap: muscular systems, skeletal systems, digestive systems and more.Lastly, there is no time sequence.  Metaspriggina and the bristle worm were contemporaries in the Cambrian Explosion, both arriving essentially instantaneously in geological terms.  The “proto-eyes” of the bristle worm did not have time, therefore, to evolve into the complex camera eyes of Metaspriggina.  This effectively falsifies the claims of the Max Planck evolutionists.  As for jawed fish, the modern-looking jaws of Megamastax is dated by evolutionists to have lived 423 million years ago – far earlier than the placoderm Entelognathus (419 million years) that had been suggested as representative of ancestors of jawed vertebrates (gnathostomes).  “Fossil finds from the region [of the South China Sea] predate jawed vertebrates found anywhere else thus far,” PhysOrg reported, “suggesting the area was the birthplace of such creatures.”  It’s doubtful they stayed in their birthplace, if that indeed were true.  Since contemporary Burgess-Shale animals have been found in Canada and China, it’s likely that large, powerful swimmers like Megamastax did not take long to spread their “innovation” around the world.  Other specimens could well turn up in locales distant from China.Considering these issues, a series of animals becomes a line-up of brute facts about which nothing more can be said in terms of ancestral relationships.The Tinker Bell myth of the Darwinists continues.  Tinker Bell tinkers with animal parts blindly, and new complex traits magically emerge out of the void.  Helping her is Popeye (5/31/05), telling her that eyes can pop into existence when you wish upon a star in the magic kingdom (the realm of King Charles).  Don’t think for a minute that Darwinians are secular naturalists.  They personify evolution, while practicing Finagle’s Rule: “Do not believe in miracles.  Rely on them.” (Visited 79 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Wizards slip past Hornets but lose John Wall for season

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ “Of course losing John is huge for this team — he’s the head of the snake,” Ariza said. “But when something like that happens, you have to find ways to win. That’s why you have what we call a team.”Thomas Bryant added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Ariza had nine assists and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefDespite allowing Hornets guard Kemba Walker to score 47 points, Washington won for just the third time in 12 games after announcing Wall would undergo a procedure to address bone spurs in his left heel and miss at least six months.The Wizards also overcame an uncharacteristic 7-of-19 shooting from leading scorer Bradley Beal, who finished with 19 points. Tomas Satoransky added 20 on a night rookie Troy Brown Jr. was the only Wizards player not to reach double figures. Hornets: G Tony Parker did not travel with the team on a planned off day. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s put-back at the buzzer gave Charlotte a 29-27 lead at the end of the first quarter.Wizards: F Markieff Morris will see a specialist about his continuing upper back and neck stiffness sometime next week, coach Scott Brooks said. . F Otto Porter Jr. (right knee) has been cleared to play, but Brooks wanted him to return to full practice first, rather than returning for the second of back-to-back games on Saturday. . Sam Dekker had 13 points off the bench after hitting his first six shots.UP NEXTHornets: Host Orlando on Monday.Wizards: Conclude a three-game homestand Wednesday against Atlanta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I can’t sit here and try to do it all on my own,” Beal said. “There’s no way .. I’ll be able to do it on my own. And it’s just a matter of trusting my teammates no matter what it looks like. We’ve got to get the win.”Walker scored 24 of his points in the fourth quarter and nearly lifted Charlotte to a remarkable comeback when his 3-pointer cut the lead to a point with 1.9 seconds to play.Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Hornets, who fell to 4-11 on the road and are facing a six-game West Coast road trip early in January. Charlotte has allowed at least 130 points in consecutive road contests.“It wasn’t enough offense,” Walker said. “The defense is usually what gets teams over the top. It gets us over the top. That’s when we’re at our best … tonight it wasn’t it.”The Wizards went 20-21 last season without Wall, who missed many of those games while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. They’re still nine games below .500 (14-23) this season, despite Saturday’s victory.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Hornets led only once after halftime, when Walker’s jumper made it 105-103.However, Washington nearly squandered a 125-116 lead inside the final 25 seconds. Walker sank a technical free throw assessed to Beal, and Cody Zeller hit two more. Then, Walker hit two more jumpers, one following a turnover and the next off a pair of missed free throws by Satoransky. He then hit a 3 from the left wing to cut it to 127-126.On the ensuing inbounds, Jeff Green found Ariza on a full-court feed. Ariza was fouled by Walker and converted a three-point play to seal it.“We found a way to score the basketball,” Ariza said. “We played together, we moved the ball, so we got a lot of people a lot of open shots.”FORTY FEATSaturday marked Walker’s fourth time scoring 40 or more this season, after posting career-high five 40-plus point performances in the 2017-18 campaign. He now has 13 such games for his career.LOST JOHNThe decision for Wall to have surgery came after visiting with Green Bay Packers associate team physician Dr. Robert Anderson on Saturday.Wall had yet to address the surgical option publicly before to the game, although he walked through the Wizards’ locker room Saturday night with a gray protective boot on his left foot.TIP-INS Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Amanda Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds, Jon Jones wins at UFC 232 BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Washington Wizards guard John Wall leaves the court following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Washington. Washington won 130-126. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards will need more of the balance they displayed on Saturday night if they hope to make the playoffs without injured All-Star guard John Wall.Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and was one of seven Washington players in double figures as the Wizards defeated the Charlotte Hornets 130-126 amid news that Wall will have season-ending surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Brett Brown: Jimmy Butler wasn’t disrespectful when questioning role

first_img“There’s nobody trying to figure this out more than I am,” Brown said.Butler’s contention is that he would like to be used more in pick-and-roll or isolation situations offensively, but those aren’t hallmarks of Brown’s offense.“You can’t always win on your own terms,” Brown said.Brown said that he would like to accommodate Butler’s request as much as he can without completely altering his system and what he thinks will work for the 76ers’ other stars.“The team part of this is my true north,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Mr. Football’ Elmer Bedia optimistic of Azkals in AFC Cup LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Brown dismissed the report before Saturday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.“I didn’t feel like any of that crossed the line,” Brown said. “He’s vocal. He’s all in and he has opinions, but it’s instigated by me. None of this should surprise anybody. He’s got opinions. He wants to be heard. And he should be heard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionButler was not available for comment, and the Sixers said he would not play Saturday night due to an upper respiratory infection.Philadelphia acquired Butler, a four-time All-Star, last month with an eye on making a run to the NBA championship. But meshing Butler with stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid hasn’t always been easy — which Brown acknowledged. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img The 76ers are 16-8 since acquiring Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Dec. 30, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler, front, drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown denied a report that Butler was disrespectful while questioning his role in the 76ers offense. A report published on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, said that Butler recently challenged Brown in a disrespectful way and wants to be utilized differently in the coach’s offensive scheme. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia coach Brett Brown denied a report that Jimmy Butler was disrespectful while questioning his role in the 76ers offense.A report published on Friday said that Butler recently challenged Brown in a disrespectful way and wants to be utilized differently in the coach’s offensive scheme.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Kante says Chelsea can be optimistic about todays match

first_imgChelsea will play against Manchester City in the English Premier League, in one of those games that will define the season.Chelsea and Manchester City will meet tonight in English Premier League action.And for Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante, his team can be optimistic about playing against the Citizens.“It was an important game for us when we played them in December,” he recalled about the 2-0 win over City last year, as he spoke to the team’s official website.“This will be another game, it will be difficult, but of course the last game gave us confidence that it is possible to win and I hope we’ll get a good result there.”“It’s been a little bit difficult away from home in 2019, but we will try to get the result we want because we need to start to have many wins to keep the top four spot,” he added.“I think we are a little bit far from the title race, but we will try to give our best until the season has finished.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The most important thing is to finish the season in the top four. If we do very well and we are able to fight for the title, why not, but the most important thing is to get into the top four,” he commented.“I think if we have a review of the first six or seven months of the season, we have had a little bit of inconsistency when we lost some games to put us in the position we are in now, but we need to work hard, keep going and go on a good run. We are still in four competitions and we can reach our goals.”“I think I played some good and not so good games, but the most important thing is to play as a team, to complement our team-mates, to be organized and work together,” he continued.“I think in training we prepare the game in the best way and we need to reproduce that in the games.”I have chosen to join @chelseafc in 2016 as it has always been my priority. I want to thank the Management of the Club, the President and my agent for making this agreement possible. I am grateful to my teammates and to our amazing fans as the adventure continues. Common’ Chelsea pic.twitter.com/5hieULDX1L— N’Golo Kanté (@nglkante) November 23, 2018last_img read more

Hospitals medical colleges ban chicken from menu

first_imgKolkata: Following the carcass meat case that has already triggered a flutter in the state, various medical colleges and hospitals in the city have decided not to serve chicken among the patients as a precautionary measure.Most of the medical college and hospital authorities in the city have issued instructions to keep chicken out of the menu, in view of the rotten meat row. It has been learnt that top medical colleges in the city, including the multi super-speciality SSKM and the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, have decided not to serve chicken among the patients, as it might create confusion among them. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to sources, patients in the government hospitals or medical colleges get chicken once or twice a week. But for the last few days, the hospital authorities have asked the catering companies to not provide chicken to the patients, until the dead meat debacle gets sorted. Instead of chicken, the patients are getting fish or egg curry, depending on their choice.It may be mentioned here that in SSKM Hospital, patients get chicken once in a week during lunch. If any patient is willing to have vegetarian dishes, they can easily opt for them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to a senior official of SSKM, ever since the matter came to light, there has been an impact of the incident on the patients as well. Many patients have also become unwilling to have chicken. “There is no point in serving chicken at a time when a huge amount of rotten meat has been recovered from various parts of the state and the matter is still under investigation,” he said.The other list of food items on offer remains unchanged. Like usual, the patients are getting milk, bread and banana for breakfast. On some days of the week, the patients the getting vegetable dishes, while on the other days they can opt for fish or egg. A senior official of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital said that the revised menu will continue till further order issued in this regard.last_img read more