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MAN APPEARS IN COURT AFTER DRAMATIC CAR CHASE ACROSS DONEGAL

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first_imgA man has ben remanded to Castlerea Prison after a car chase from Sligo to Ballybofey last night.The 19 year old appeared at Letterkenny District Court for a brief appearance.The court heard the man had been involved in a pursuit with Gardai before being apprehended in Ballybofey just before 11.30pm. The man was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.It is understood the man had been attending Sligo General Hospital and stole the a car form the car park of the hospital.The man, who is already before the courts, was placed under medical supervision at the prison and will appear again on Monday next at Letterkenny District Court.MAN APPEARS IN COURT AFTER DRAMATIC CAR CHASE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: April 2nd, 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:car chasedonegalGardaiLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

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Are Two Cambrian Explosions Better than One?

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first_imgSomething seems wrong with this picture: deep sea creatures living in the dark were preserved in ash from a land volcano.Science Daily just picked up on a press release from Oxford University that came out two weeks ago: the discovery of exquisitely-preserved Ediacaran creatures.  Both articles explained that the Ediacaran fauna appear to bear no relationship to the Cambrian animals that came (in Darwin years) millions of years later, even though “where exactly they fit in the tree of life is unclear.”  The discoverers believe the animals are baby rangeomorphs, animals with frond-like structures that “lived deep beneath the ocean where there would have been no light.”That’s where their explanation for the burial seems puzzling: “A volcanic eruption around 579 million years ago buried a ‘nursery’ of the earliest-known animals under a Pompeii-like deluge of ash, preserving them as fossils in rocks in Newfoundland, new research suggests.”  Lest one think this was an undersea volcano, Professor Martin Brasier clarified it:‘We think that, around 579 million years ago, an underwater ‘nursery’ of baby Ediacaran fronds was overwhelmed, Pompeii-style, by an ash fall from a volcanic eruption on a nearby island that smothered and preserved them for posterity.’By all accounts, the inhabitants of Pompeii that were buried by the ash fall from Mt. Vesuvius did not live at the bottom of the sea.  One would think the ash would float, get diluted or be swept around by currents, not fall to this spot at the sea floor where the animals were living at the time.It’s also not clear how the professors were able to spin the story into a blessing for Darwin.  “The discovery confirms a remarkable variety of rangeomorph fossil forms so early in their evolutionary history,” the article said.  Professor Brasier added another difficulty to the fact that they appeared in a remarkable variety out of nowhere: their diversification came “in an ‘Ediacaran explosion’ that may have mirrored the profusion of new life forms we see in the Cambrian.”When you look in a mirror, you usually see an image of yourself.  How the Ediacaran fauna could have mirrored the Cambrian, when there was no relationship between the creatures, is strange, unless it is like you looking through a clear glass at a tree and you both explode at the same time.  Apparently this is what the eminent Professor professes: the Ediacaran explosion was just as rapid, and produced as many pieces of debris, as you and the tree.This story is more proof that anything goes in Evolutionary Fantasyland, as long as Darwin gets the gory glory.  Maybe one should ask, instead, why scientists keep finding so many examples in the fossil record of abrupt appearance of complex life, rapid burial, and exquisite preservation.  What’s “evolutionary history” got to do with it? (Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Stromatolites and Suppositions

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first_img(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 We know some things about stromatolites, but we don’t know what we don’t know.In “Unlocking the secrets of Shark Bay’s stromatolites” on PhysOrg, Samille Mitchell introduces the world’s most famous examples of stromatolites. These are columnar rock formations caused by bacterial mats that grow upward, depositing sand grains and other geological material with their biological material (the microbes subsequently vanish, leaving just the columns). The word stromatolite simply means “layered rock” in Greek without any necessary biological association. We can measure their growth rates in the few known active biogenic stromatolites, such as the ones at Shark Bay, Australia. Why the fuss about stromatolites?They appear as strange-shaped columns of rock—a mere oddity. Yet this mundane appearance belies a fascinating structure whose fossilised remains hold records to the earliest life on Earth.Mitchell mixes confidence with diffidence in his treatment of the subject. At one moment, he speaks like a prophet about how they “provide a picture into life billions of years ago” and how their microbes “generated the oxygen that went on to help make the planet habitable to human life” (but see Evolution News & Views). At the next moment he is confessing, “Despite their importance to our very existence, and many years of research, much about stromatolites remains disputed.” Reading on, we find some factors that could lead a neutral observer to question Mitchell’s confidence.Recent research “has transformed the way we understand the modern stromatolites at Shark Bay,” implying that previous orthodoxy was misinformed.“Understanding how the local environment affects stromatolite morphology will help scientists interpret the ancient stromatolite structures so prevalent throughout the rock record,” a researcher says, implying that assumptions that do not take into account local environment effects could lead to misinterpretations.The article mentions prior doubts whether fossil stromatolites are analogous to current ones. The new research seems to conclude they share characteristics, but to what degree? Which factors are shared, and which are not?In Astrobiology Magazine, Charles Q. Choi takes the reader below Antarctic ice where a team is investigating microbial mats for “Clues To Life on Early Earth.” Spectacular and diverse stromatolites in this remote environment are actively growing.“Microbes very rarely fossilize well, and even when they do, the shapes of the microbes don’t necessarily tell us much about the lifestyle of the organisms,” Mackey said. “The overall shape of microbial mats, however, is much more likely to be preserved.”One unique characteristic of these Antarctic stromatolites is their branching structures – a feature scientists from UC Davis attribute to changing environments.The shape of stromatolites is intimately linked to environmental and microbial activity. These shapes varied over time, potentially shedding light on how the ancient world changed over the course of millions of years.During the Proterozoic — the eon 2.5 billion to 540 million years ago before multicellular life appeared — some stromatolites grew branched formations rather than simple flat layers. The branches varied in shape, the degree of divergence from the underlying stromatolite, and whether the branches themselves branched.But questions come to mind once we scrape away the confident assertions.What about the lack of multicellular life would cause stromatolites to branch out instead of grow flat?If “Branches also varied in abundance over time, potentially serving as markers of long-term environmental changes and microbial evolution,” how does one distinguish causation from correlation? “However, the environmental and biological processes responsible for different stromatolite shapes are difficult to deduce from fossil stromatolites.““Studies of modern microbial mats could yield insights into the factors that cause specific variations in stromatolite shape,” the article says, but conditions today are very different than the presumed past, especially regarding the presence of oxygen, multicellular life, a more complex ecology, and other unknowns such as ocean temperature, minerals present, and more. So even if a cause were found for a branching shape in a growing stromatolite today, that does not necessarily confirm the same factor(s) caused the shape changes in the past.“There are so many observations that could be made, samples that could be collected,” one scientist comments, implying possible selection bias. “We need to maintain a balance between collecting samples that can test a hypothesis and being open to the unexpected.”Some of the specimens collected had branches, and some did not, but they were collected in the same environment at the same time. What conclusions could be drawn, therefore, about fossil stromatolites over assumed vast ages of time? They found one microbe responsible for branching structures that seemed to prefer a certain depth, but can that supposition be extrapolated back to conditions hundreds of millions of years ago?Yet these scientists hope to correlate their suppositions with the search for life on Mars, where no microbes have ever been proved to exist.“If we were to find some ambiguous squiggly layers in sedimentary rocks on Mars, we would have a very high burden of proof to determine their origin, much less to actually say whether these were due to microbial communities. Microbial mat growth models like the one we have outlined here are a necessary step in developing interpretations of microbial community activity from the sedimentary record.”It appears there’s a long way to go before such conclusions could be drawn, and even then, they would be interpretations, not proofs. Indeed, some geologists have argued for abiotic formation of stromatolite-like structures on Mars and in the fossil record on Earth. See our 3/22/06 where a leading JPL planetary scientist questioned the assumption that fossil stromatolites are biogenic and provided a plausible geochemical model for their formation.We want to make clear that we at CEH support good basic research on natural phenomena. Studying and measuring stromatolites is great; the details will go into the corpus of observational literature. These scientists did right to point out the “very high burden of proof” necessary to determine the origin of stromatolites (or possible stromatolites in the fossil record and on Mars). They were also right to point out the difficulties in interpretation, and the potential for the unexpected. And undoubtedly, they had fun scuba diving and taking pretty pictures. Nothing wrong with any of that.It’s the interpretation of the data that is problematic. You probably noticed the going-in assumptions about the ancient age of the earth, the vast time scales, the evolution of life, and major geological changes; none of those were factored into their interpretations. What if conditions were very different in the recent past, causing stromatolites to grow rapidly? No scientist has observed millions of years. No human could.Creationists are also studying stromatolites. Some scientists at the Geoscience Research Institute at Loma Linda University are working on them. ICR has posted several articles about stromatolites. Creationists also freely admit difficulties with interpretation when causes are not clear. Everybody has puzzles and mysteries about this subject. What is not needed is overconfidence, boasting and bluffing about them in order to avoid running afoul of the Darwin Sharia enforcers.Exercise: list some factors that might influence the structure and formation rates of stromatolites. For instance, would algal and bacterial stromatolites form at the same rate at the same water depth, water temperature, sunlight and oxygenation? How different would they look? How could one test such factors?last_img read more

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Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation sets up inquiry panel

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first_imgMumbai: The city civic body has set up a committee to inquire into the death of a man after he allegedly got sucked into an MRI machine and inhaled the liquid oxygen that leaked out of a cylinder he was carrying. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is also planning to issue stricter guidelines to all civic body-run hospitals in view of the incident, an official said. Authorities at the Nair Hospital, where the incident occurred, said they were cooperating with the police in its investigation. Rajesh Maru (32), carrying a liquid oxygen cylinder, was killed on Saturday evening when he was yanked into the jaws of the MRI machine and inhaled the gas that leaked out of the container, his family said. The police, however, said Maru was killed when he inhaled excessive oxygen that oozed out of the cylinder when he entered the MRI room with a relative, who was there to undergo the scan. A senior official of the civic body-run Nair Hospital in Central Mumbai on Monday told PTI, “The BMC administration has set up a probe committee, headed by the deputy municipal commissioner. The inquiry report is expected by next Monday.” He said the BMC will issue stricter orders for hospital staff for handling MRI machines. Nair Hospital’s dean, Dr. Ramesh Bharmal, said, “It is a tragic incident and we will cooperate with police officials. We cannot make any comments on how the incident occurred as it is under investigation.” Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners use strong magnetic fields, electric field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of organs in the body. Metallic objects are not allowed in MRI rooms. As regards the Nair Hospital incident, the patient’s family members said they were made to remove all such items, including mobile phone handsets, before going inside. They claimed the ward boy said the oxygen cylinder could be carried in the room as the machine was not switched on. A relative of the victim on Sunday said the powerful magnetic field of the machine pulled Maru towards it along with the oxygen cylinder. “Maru’s hand got trapped in the machine while the opening of the oxygen cylinder snapped. After hearing this commotion, we all rushed inside the room and pulled him out of the machine,” he said. However, a police official said the victim, as directed by the doctor, took the patient to the MRI room for the scan.There, an oxygen cylinder leaked. The official claimed that the oxygen was in liquid form which is poisonous and the victim inhaled it in an excessive amount and died on the spot. The police booked three staffers of Nair Hospital for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and arrested a doctor and a ward boy.last_img read more

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Olympiakos Tops Veria 2-0, Ups Lead

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first_imgATHENS — Costas Mitroglou and Mathieu Dossevi scored in the final 20 minutes to lead defending champion Olympiakos to a 2-0 win at nine-man Veria in the Greek league Feb. 1.Veria lost Sotiris Balafas after he was shown a yellow card in the 12th minute for a hard tackle and, seconds later, was dismissed for dissent. Roberto Battion got a second yellow card in the 76th for a bad challenge.Though Battion hit the bar with a header in the 18th minute, Veria mostly defended and held out until the 71st when Mitroglou scored from close range after exchanging passes with Costas Fortounis. Dossevi added the second in the 87th off a cross from Omar Elabdellaoui.Olympiakos increased its lead to five points, as PAOK lost 2-1 at home to Panetolikos on Jan. 31.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Nextgeneration Audi RS6 Avant teased ahead of September debut

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first_img Share your voice More From Roadshow 0 Post a comment Audi 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is sharp but not shouty 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark More about 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Enlarge ImageHey Audi? We want this. Audi Audi treats Americans to a rather wide variety of RS models, but there’s piece of forbidden fruit we’ve yet to taste. That’s the Audi RS6 Avant.While we don’t have confirmation the hot wagon will be heading our way, Audi is nearly ready to reveal it and teased the model on its German Facebook page this past Friday. According to the post, the brand plans to debut the wagon at its Audi City Berlin showroom locally this September. To be clear, Audi didn’t explicitly say this teaser shows the RS6 Avant, but there’s no denying the rear end and long roof on display here. Although cloaked in darkness and a sheet, Audi’s latest corporate taillight peeks through with a signature LED design. Compared to the current-generation RS6, the design should be rather evolutionary overall, but who are we kidding? It’s going to look gorgeous because it’s a sleek wagon. Preview • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback: Performance without compromise 6:29 If the new RS6 Avant follows suit with the current car, it’ll pack a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with around 650 horsepower. Should Audi Sport feel frisky, an electric motor part of a mild-hybrid system could push that figure even higher.Will Audi finally bring it to North America? All signs have pointed to that being the case. Audi previously told Motor Authority in February that the company is actively looking at bringing the RS6 Avant and standard A6 Avant to these shores with the next-generation models. The company has also previously encouraged fans to continue speaking out in favor of bringing the model to North America. Say it loud, say it proud: we want the RS6 Avant, Audi. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Review • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes Wagons Performance Cars 69 Photos Audilast_img read more

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Kolkata hosts week long Seven Sisters Weave Fair

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first_imgKolkata, Oct 05 (ANI): The week-long handicraft fair was held in Kolkata and it attracted participants from the northeastern states. Soni, an exhibitor from Nagaland, showcased a variety of products like bags, cushion covers, fabrics and Naga shawls. She was thrilled by the response of the people.last_img

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Jihads family compensated with Tk 2m

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first_imgFour-year-old JihadBangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence and Bangladesh Railway on Sunday paid Tk 2 million as compensation to the family of Jihad, who tragically died after falling into an abandoned deep tube-well in Shahjahanpur area of the city on 26 December 2014.Jihad’s father confirmed that the two government entities each paid Tk 1 milion through check and pay-order as compensation to the family.Earlier, on 3 July the High Court summoned the Bangladesh Railway Director General to appear before it on 14 August and explain the failure to execute its earlier order to provide Tk 2 million as compensation to the family of Jihad.On 1 March, the High Court issued a contempt of court rule on three government officials for not implementing a court order to provide Tk 2 million as compensation to the family of Jihad.An HC bench of justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and justice KM Kamrul Kader asked Bangladesh Railway director general Md Amjad Hosain, fire service DG brigadier general Ali Ahmed Khan and its director major AKM Shakil Newaj to respond to the rule within two weeks.A legal notice was served to defendants on 22 January as they did not provide the compensation money to the family.Later, the contempt petition was filed as the defendants did not reply to the legal notice.On 18 February 2016, another HC bench comprising justice Farah Mahbub and justice Kazi M Ejarul Haque Akond asked the government to compensate Tk 2 million to the family members of the four-year-old victim, who met the premature end of his life inside a 600-foot abandoned shaft of a water pump at Shahjahanpur Railway Colony.Lawyer Md Abdul Halim filed a writ petition with the High Court on 28 December 2014 seeking its directives for providing Tk 3 million as compensation to Jihad’s family members.The body of Jihad was pulled out from the abandoned shaft 23 hours after he had slipped into it.last_img read more

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US Drops Biggest NonNuclear Bomb Ever Used In Combat

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first_img Share Eglin Air Force Base/APA photo provided by Eglin Air Force Base shows the GBU-43B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped the military’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target on Thursday, the first-ever combat use of the weaponThe U.S. has dropped the largest conventional weapon ever used in combat to hit an underground ISIS complex in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials say.The nearly 22,000-pound “MOAB” — standing for Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or as it’s also known, the “Mother of All Bombs” — was designed during the Iraq War but had never before been used on the battlefield.The U.S. has used the bomb’s predecessor, a smaller but still massive weapon known as the “Daisy Cutter,” in Afghanistan before.The Pentagon says it dropped the MOAB in Nangarhar province at around 7:30 p.m. local time, to counter ISIS efforts to use bunkers and tunnels as defense mechanisms.“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K,” or the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement.The Pentagon says the U.S. “took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties” in the strike.At a news conference Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the bomb used was “a large, powerful and accurately delivered weapon.” He declined to comment on whether the U.S. would use the weapon again, in Afghanistan or elsewhere.The weapon is officially known as the GBU-43B, NPR’s Phil Ewing explains:“The GBU-43B has been in the U.S. arsenal for more than 14 years, deployed to bases in the Middle East where it could be loaded aboard an American aircraft but never used until now. At more than 30 feet long, it’s too big to fit inside the weapons bay of a standard Air Force bomber. Instead, troops load it into the cargo compartment of a specialized transport, the MC-130 Combat Talon, which releases it over the target by opening its ramp in the same way it might for paratroopers or air-dropped supplies. The bomb is guided by satellite to its target.“The MOAB is a replacement for the earlier, smaller, unguided BLU-82 ‘Daisy Cutter,’ which was about 15,000 pounds. The Air Force used Daisy Cutters early in the war in Afghanistan to destroy al Qaeda and Taliban cave complexes, like the ISIS base the Pentagon described destroying in Nangarhar Province on Thursday.”When deployed in combat, the smaller Daisy Cutter could be felt from miles away.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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