TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Cmhlr Séighin Ó CeallaighSINN Féin councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh believes that Limerick is seriously lacking in national support and promotion.This he says is “evident from the latest figures from Fáilte Ireland for 2017 which has Limerick ranked as the sixth most popular destination for overseas tourists and a mere fourteenth for domestic tourists”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Limerick City and County Council has been investing in tourism promotion, and festivals and events, but we need to be met halfway. With the exception of Dublin, all of the counties ahead of us in the rankings are along the Wild Atlantic Way, which speaks volumes,” Ó Ceallaigh claimed.“Limerick only had half the number of overseas tourists that Kerry had, and our nearest neighbours Clare had over 100,000 more foreign visitors last year. It is clear that national support is helping these counties, but Limerick has been ignored for big tourism schemes like the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.“The story gets even worse when we look at domestic tourism. Limerick had only 280,000 domestic visitors last year, compared to Cork’s 1.1million, and we are even lagging behind counties like Wicklow and Kilkenny.”The Council’s work, the City East representative maintains, has increased tourist numbers over the past few years, but when competing against counties who have the major tourism routes, it is a “losing battle”.“I will continue to put pressure on Fáilte Ireland, and the Minister for Tourism to secure a place for Limerick on both the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, so that Limerick sees it’s fair share from Irish tourism,” he concluded.Read more politics news here. TAGSLimerick City and Countypolitics RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Twitter Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Previous articleWATCH – Johann van Graan “pretty happy” with Carbery debutNext articleAutumn highlights at Belltable and Lime Tree Theatre Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Print WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites NewsPoliticsLimerick not getting its share of tourism revenueBy Alan Jacques – September 3, 2018 1759 Advertisement Email Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year
Here we present Antarctic snow accumulation variability at the regional scale over the past 1000 years. A total of 79 ice core snow accumulation records were gathered and assigned to seven geographical regions, separating the high-accumulation coastal zones below 2000 m of elevation from the dry central Antarctic Plateau. The regional composites of annual snow accumulation were evaluated against modelled surface mass balance (SMB) from RACMO2.3p2 and precipitation from ERA-Interim reanalysis. With the exception of the Weddell Sea coast, the low-elevation composites capture the regional precipitation and SMB variability as defined by the models. The central Antarctic sites lack coherency and either do not represent regional precipitation or indicate the model inability to capture relevant precipitation processes in the cold, dry central plateau. Our results show that SMB for the total Antarctic Ice Sheet (including ice shelves) has increased at a rate of 7 ± 0.13 Gt decade−1 since 1800 AD, representing a net reduction in sea level of ∼ 0.02 mm decade−1 since 1800 and ∼ 0.04 mm decade−1 since 1900 AD. The largest contribution is from the Antarctic Peninsula (∼ 75 %) where the annual average SMB during the most recent decade (2001–2010) is 123 ± 44 Gt yr−1 higher than the annual average during the first decade of the 19th century. Only four ice core records cover the full 1000 years, and they suggest a decrease in snow accumulation during this period. However, our study emphasizes the importance of low-elevation coastal zones, which have been under-represented in previous investigations of temporal snow accumulation.
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, will soon be submitting a letter – signed by a bipartisan group of more than 260 House members – to CFPB Director Richard Cordray urging him to use the bureau’s Dodd-Frank Act authority to exempt credit unions from certain rulemakings.NAFCU expects the letter to be sent to Corday within the next couple days.The letter praises credit unions and community banks for their focus on local lending and community development. The signers will urge Cordray to use CFPB’s authority under Section 1022(b)(3)(a) in the Dodd-Frank Act to adapt regulations by exempting “any class” of entity from its rulemakings.In a message to House members last month, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler said, “Exempting credit unions from rulemakings intended for larger financial institutions would result in significant, immediate regulatory relief that would allow credit unions to better serve their members.” continue reading »
Pictured left to right – Greensburg Rotary Club President Mandy Lohrum presents the champion trophy to Joe Taylor. Also pictured, Shirley Dowell, Doris Andre, James Feaster, and James Koors.Players in the 17th annual Greensburg Rotary Club Euchre Tournament battled through some very tight rounds in the day-long event Saturday at the Knights of St. John Hall in Greensburg. In the end, Joe Taylor was crowned the champion of the 2018 tournament and has been awarded the top prize of $1,000.The euchre tournament has been a southeastern Indiana staple of the Greensburg Rotary Club, who uses the proceeds to benefit Decatur County Special Olympics and its Olympians by providing charter bus transportation to the Special Olympics State Games in Terre Haute. All local Special Olympians ride in the comfort and convenience of the chartered bus so they can arrive safely and rested from the trip, ready to compete in the games.The euchre tournament saw 97 players participate in the event this year, down slightly from last year. “We do appreciate the players coming from all over for this event,” Greensburg Rotarian and Euchre Tournament Chairperson Jennifer Sturges said. “For the most part, there were very few issues and players seemed to get along very well. They played at a steady pace and the day moved rather quickly. Of course we had a lot of help from our Greensburg Rotarians who showed up in force for the event, assisting with whatever was necessary.”The official results show that Joe Taylor was the champion, while Shirley Dowell came in second and won $500; Doris Andre was third capturing $250; James Feaster came in fourth and won $150, while James Koors came in fifth garnering $100. In the consolation round, Greg Baker won $100. Other winners included Scott Davis who won $50 for most lones in the morning session and Joe Taylor and Bill Eldridge who won $25 each for most lones in the afternoon session. Taylor and Eldridge agreed to split their winnings of $50 for $25 each.The trophy presentation was made by Greensburg Rotary Club President Mandy Lohrum.“Not only is this event successful thanks to those who play, many who are repeat players from throughout the years, but also to our many sponsors who generously contribute to our event and causes,” Sturges said. Major sponsors for the 2018 tournament include Hilliard Lyons, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, Robub Farms, LLC, Arbor Grove Village, and David and Mary Miers.“There were many other levels of sponsorship as well and we thank all who contributed in any manner,” Sturges said. “Seeing the faces of the Special Olympians from Decatur County as they get on that bus and knowing that they have comfortable and safe transportation makes all this effort worth it. Greensburg Rotary Club can’t do what we do without the help of our players and supporters.”
Finch beaks, peppered moths, transitional forms – the standard props for evolution have been scrutinized ad infinitum for decades. Can anything new be said about them? Find out in these recent articles.Peppered moths: The peppered-moth story just about collapsed when investigators realized that the famous pictures that adorn textbooks were staged, because the moths do not normally reside on tree trunks, but in the branches. Other critics pointed out that no evolution occurred – just shifts in abundances of existing varieties of the same species. Moreover, it was never proved that changes in coloration were related to predation by birds. Seeing this icon under assault was enough to make staunch evolutionist Jerry Coyne feel like discovering Santa Claus was really his dad (07/05/2002). Nevertheless, another peppered-moth paper appeared in PNAS recently.1 The authors did not add anything of substance; they only provided evidence that a shift in populations across a region requires many generations. The notable aspect is what was lacking: no mention of the controversy, no mention of the critics who found flaws in the previous studies (like Judith Hooper, 06/25/2004), and no indication that the peppered moth evidence is useless for evolution anyway. Quite the contrary. Kettlewell (who glued moths to tree trunks) was cited favorably, and the article began triumphantly, “Historical datasets documenting changes to gene frequency clines are extremely rare but provide a powerful means of assessing the strength and relative roles of natural selection and gene flow.”Darwin’s finches: The Galapagos finches are to Darwinism what the Statue of Liberty is to America: the leading light of evidence for natural selection. What they are not, Jonathan Wells argued in Icons of Evolution, is evidence for macroevolution, because the changes oscillate back and forth with no real trend either way. Furthermore, after all the flutter of scientific papers, the finches are still finches. Most varieties on the islands are still interfertile. It seems it would be hard to add anything to the work of David Lack and Peter and Rosemary Grant, work that covers decades of observations (03/04/2008 bullet 4, 07/14/2006). Nonetheless, PhysOrg reported on work by a team from University of Massachusetts at Amherst that “Offers Rare Glimpse Into How Species Diverge.” What else is new? Previous researchers had already shown that environmental changes can trigger adaptive changes, primarily in beak size and shape. The team must have had fun figuring this out again, because one said, “Witnessing this dynamic tug of war among environmental factors is very exciting.” The punch line that deflates the excitement came at the end of the article:The behavioral ecologist points out that this process has been known to change in the other direction; one species can emerge where once there had been two, if environmental factors press in that direction. Thus Podos and colleagues have not necessarily witnessed the birth of a new finch species at El Garrapatero. In wetter years with more abundant food, selection may be less intense and medium-beaked populations may rebound. But the researchers suggest that understanding the relative strength of disruptive selection in different environmental directions could provide key insights into the speciation process.They speak of “key insights” in future tense. What, exactly, was demonstrated that was not already common knowledge? Finch beaks change slightly depending on the food available. That claim is not controversial even to creationists. This team just stated two conclusions unhelpful to Darwin: that they didn’t observe any new species coming into being, and that two species can merge into one. How did finches arise in the first place? No researcher at the Galapagos has answered that question. But that was Darwin’s question: the origin of species.Tiktaalik again: Among the alleged transitional forms demonstrating “great transformations” in evolutionary history, Tiktaalik is a relative newbie. Neil Shubin’s 2006 discovery of an alleged tetrapod ancestor made a splash on TV and became the centerpiece of his book, Your Inner Fish. This fossil, however, is only one contender for the title (e.g., 10/20/2006). Shubin’s pet fish-a-pod is not wholeheartedly endorsed by other paleontologists; nor do paleontologists look for a straight-line series leading from one body form to another as they did in the days of belief in orthogenesis. As with other alleged transitional forms, Tiktaalik contains a confusing mosaic of features evolutionists consider primitive and derived. Casey Luskin on Evolution News showed reports of other scientists claiming that the quality of this evolutionary icon is poor in retrospect. Last month’s paper on Tiktaalik in Nature2 did not make as much of a splash. Shubin and team claimed more transitional features in the cranium. National Geographic endowed it as the fish with the first neck, and Science Daily dressed it up in a series declaring the hyomandibula is shrinking toward becoming an ear bone (cf. 03/19/2007). Other than that, very few mentioned this latest claim. We’ll have to wait and see if the quality of the icon has improved.Not one of these papers mentioned the controversial aspects of the icons.1. Saccheri et al, “Selection and gene flow on a diminishing cline of melanic peppered moths,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, October 21, 2008 vol. 105 no. 42 16212-16217, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0803785105.2. Downs, Daeschler, Jenkins and Shubin, “The cranial endoskeleton of Tiktaalik roseae,” Nature 455, 925-929 (16 October 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07189.Leftovers again. High-profile criticisms, not just from creationists, have been leveled at these so-called proofs of evolution. It would seem in the interest of publishers to air the controversies and deal with them, rather than present the icons as news.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal PLAY LIST 02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Just as things were looking up for James Yap, an unfortunate injury derailed what could’ve been his finest performance yet in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Yap, who came into the game averaging 8.7 points a game for Rain or Shine, was torching Phoenix to the tune of 15 points through three quarters when he suddenly felt pain in his groin area.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Denzel Bowles powers Painters past skidding Fuel Masters The Elasto Painters were trailing when Yap went out. Luckily for them, Denzel Bowles went berserk, scoring 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Fearing that things could get worse, Yap decided to not play on.“My groin suddenly felt painful, I didn’t want to risk it because it might get torn because I really felt that if I forced things then it will really be injured,” said Yap in Filipino after an 89-82 win over the Fuel Masters Sunday at Ynares Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I know that when a groin is torn then, the recovery period is long, so I decided to just be subbed out.”Yap was taken out of the game with 7:29 left with Rey Nambatac filling in nicely. View comments
CANNES, France — Quebec director Denis Villeneuve has been chosen as one of the nine jurors who will select the highest prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.Australian actress and producer Cate Blanchett will head the jury for the Palme d’Or.The other members are American actress Kristen Stewart, French actress Lea Seydoux, French director Robert Guediguian, Chinese actor Chang Chen, American scriptwriter Ava DuVernay, Burundian singer Khadja Nin and Russian director Andrei Zviaguintsev.? OMG !!! Le jury de #Cannes2018, présidé par Cate Blanchett, est complètement dingue ! On y retrouve Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Denis Villeneuve, Robert Guédiguian, Ava Duvernay, Khadja Nin, Chang Chen et Andrey Zvyagintsev. pic.twitter.com/KpGZKz8GeE— Mehdi Omaïs (@MehdiOmais) April 18, 2018 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Director Denis Villeneuve, Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro pose for photographers upon arrival for the screening of the film Sicario at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Thibault Camus Villeneuve’s first feature-length film, “Un 32 aout sur Terre (“August 32nd on Earth”) was invited to Cannes in 1998. “Next Floor” in 2008, “Polytechnique” in 2009 and “Sicario” in 2015 were also presented at the festival.The 71st edition of the festival begins May 8.
— – Another major IPO just flopped… Yesterday, credit card processing company Square (SQ) held its initial public offering. An IPO is when a company sells shares to the public for the first time. Companies “go public” to raise money. Square makes a small, plastic device that turns any smartphone into a credit card reader. The device is popular with coffee shops, food trucks, and other small merchants. Square originally hoped to raise $324 million. It only raised $243 million, or 25% less than its original goal. Yesterday’s IPO put the value of Square at $2.9 billion, a major disappointment. Last year, private investors valued Square at $6 billion. Based on that, Square had hoped to price its shares at about $15.46. But the company couldn’t generate enough investor interest at that price, so it lowered its goal to $11-$13 per share. In the end, Square went public yesterday at only $9 per share… • Then Square’s stock price skyrocketed on its first day of trading… Square closed at $12.85 on Thursday, or 44% above its IPO price. This doesn’t make the IPO any less of a failure. The post-IPO rally doesn’t put any more cash in the company’s bank account. After six years of business, Square still hasn’t turned a profit. The company lost $54 million last quarter. Also, its sale growth rate slowed during the first half of 2015, which is a bad sign for any startup. Plus, Square only has a part-time CEO, Jack Dorsey. He doubles as the CEO of social media giant Twitter (TWTR). Twitter’s stock price has fallen 34% over the past year. • Square picked a lousy time to go public… U.S. IPOs have raised 64% less money this year than they had at the same point last year, according to IPO research firm Renaissance Capital. The number of IPOs is also down 62% compared to the same period last year, according to research firm Dealogic. The number of tech IPOs has dropped 53%. Meanwhile, companies that are going public are struggling to raise money… Last month, global payment processing company First Data Corp. (FDC) had the biggest IPO of 2015. The company originally hoped to raise $3.2 billion. Like Square, First Data couldn’t generate much investor interest at its target valuation. So, the company discounted its IPO share price by about 16%. Other companies are delaying or canceling IPOs altogether… Last month, supermarket chain Albertsons postponed its IPO because of market volatility. The company was hoping to raise $2 billion. It would have been the second-biggest IPO of the year. And mobile phone provider Digicel Group flat-out canceled its IPO in early October.