first_imgBuncrana Pier hero Davitt Walsh has been hit with a huge bill which he fears could force him to shut the doors on his popular Letterkenny cafe.The Irish Music Rights Organisation has slapped a fee of €1,500 on the business when Davitt claims it should be just €75.63.The huge bill arrived at Cafe Davitt in Letterkenny on the third anniversary of the tragedy in which the Kerrykeel man rescued a toddler from a sinking jeep off Buncrana Pier. Speaking to Joe Duffy Live, Davitt said he thinks they’ve been mixed up with other local nightclubs.He said: “I just play the local radio and a couple of things of USB – it’s not a venue, it’s a cafe/coffee shop.“IMRO obviously got me mixed up with a couple of bars and nightclubs around me.Davitt outside his new restaurant. Pic by Northwest Newspix.“It can only sit about 40 to 45 people. I just signed a form without reading what I was signing. “I would have serious cash problems going forward, I don’t have that money as I have people to pay and bills to pay.” The tragedy on March 20, 2016, saw a family of five drown but brave Davitt rescued four-month-old baby Riognach Anne from the sinking jeep.Sean McGrotty, 46, his sons Evan, eight, and 12-year-old Mark, Ruth Daniels, 57, and 14-year-old Jodie Lee Daniels all drowned when their jeep slid off Buncrana Pier and into Lough Swilly.Davitt opened the cafe in Letterkenny six months after the tragedy and said it has helped him to recover.He said: “I didn’t think I’d ever be normal again. Opening a business and putting everything into this has been a huge help. I still have bad days but I have improved something dramatically.“The first year-and-a-half was tough with nightmares and different things going on. My family and friends have been massive for me. “I’m getting there, this time of year, this month is always a bad month for me because of the anniversary and it’s still so fresh.“When you come around to March 20 – it’s just a bad time for me but you just have to keep going.”Buncrana tragedy hero Davitt Walsh hit with huge bill at popular cafe was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:BillbuncranaCafe DavittIMROletterkennyMUSIClast_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — Tomas Hertl was too exhausted to go crazy.Asked to describe how he may have faked out Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on his game-winning goal in double-overtime of Sunday’s Game 6, Hertl said, “I don’t really know, because I was really tired. So I didn’t even celebrate after.”Hertl’s goal at the 11:17 mark of the second overtime gave the Sharks a heart-stopping 2-1 win over the Golden Knights, setting up a decisive Game 7 in San Jose on Tuesday at 7 p.m.And, after …last_img read more

first_img1.  Prud’homme et al, “Body plan innovation in treehoppers through the evolution of an extra wing-like appendage,” Nature Volume: 473 (05 May 2011), pp. 83�86, doi:10.1038/nature09977.By making evolution mean anything, they make it mean everything – and therefore nothing.  By creating an illusion of progress, evolutionists have created the perfect conspiracy: a way to snow the public under the banner of science, using the Stuff Happens Law (SHL).  Philosophers may realize that “stuff happens” amounts to a failure of scientific explanation, but by calling it something more sophisticated – evolution – evolutionists can tinker with it in countless ways.  Being inherently flexible, the Stuff Happens Law lends itself to endless corollaries that can be couched in Darwinian jargon.Strange stuff happens (evolutionary reversal)Stuff happens at any speed (evolutionary stasis or radiation)Stuff happens by surprise (evolutionary innovation)Stuff re-happens (circular evolution)Stuff survives happenstance (living fossils)Stuff makes other stuff happen (humans affecting biology by “unnatural selection”)As long as creative minds inhabit evolutionary biology labs, the future looks bright for endless twists on Darwin’s tale.  Whether this amounts to science is an entirely different question. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolution is a strange theory; it goes forwards, backwards, sideways and nowhere, fast or slow, up or down, inside out and outside in.  Here are some examples that contradict the slow, gradual picture of progress that was so popular in Victorian England.Re-using lost genes:  Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are claiming that evolution dug into an old bag of tricks and pulled out something lost 200 years ago.  “Ever since Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution in 1859, scientists have wondered whether evolutionary adaptations can be reversed,” the press release from MIT News said.  Examples have been the re-evolution of wings in insects (see 05/28/2003).    Using a computational model, Jeff Gore at the university decided that evolution can reverse itself, but only if fewer than four mutations were involved.  He studied bacteria that achieved resistance to an antibiotic named cefotaxime.  It took five mutations to confer resistance; there were 120 ways to get all five, but only 18 could actually occur, he found.    The article did not get back to the question of how insects could re-evolve wings – a reversal that would seem to involve many more than four mutations.  It also repeated the discredited idea that the human appendix is no longer needed.Going nowhere:  New Scientist announced in a bold headline, “Horsetail fossil tells tale of plant evolution.”  But when the reader looks for said evolution, there is none to be found except a tale indeed.  Alan Channing [Cardiff U] found a fossilized horsetail that must have been preserved in a hot spring environment.  It looks modern: “Though a new species, the fossilised plant is quite similar to some horsetails living today with a single upright evergreen shaft,” the article confessed.  While admitted that horsetails have had a “contested evolutionary history” that Channing’s work now “clears up,” the article went on to say that “The findings suggest horsetails experienced only modest innovations in their long evolutionary history.”    Innovations?  The article presented no evidence of ancestors of horsetails.  Worse, Channing’s study pushes the origin of modern-looking horsetails back another 14 million years, to 150 million years before the present.  The fossil preserved “not only stems but also leaf sheaths, roots and reproductive structures.”  It’s as if this plant popped into existence 150 million years ago and never dreamt up any new innovations all the way to the present except, if anything, the older ones were bigger and better: “Today’s horsetail plants are living fossils, the only surviving members of the class Equisetopsida, the article ended.  “For more than a 100 million years, Equisetopsida plants dominated the understory of the late Mesozoic period forests, stretching up to 30 metres high.”Evolution in reverse:  PhysOrg tells us that cicada-like insects called treehoppers cast aside their front wings 200 million years ago, only to call them up into service as headgear.  “That’s probably shocking news if you are an entomologist, and challenges some very basic ideas about what makes an insect an insect, the researchers said.”    Strange things happen in evolution.  “But then, some 50 million years ago, something strange happened to the cicada-like treehoppers: they once again sprouted wing-like structures from the top of the first segment of the thorax.”  But they didn’t flap: “Some of these wildly divergent extrusions resemble thorns, others look like antlers, and still others like aggressive ants or animal droppings, creating one of Nature’s most exotic menageries.”  It wasn’t clear if the capitalized Nature referred to the outdoors or the journal Nature, where the study made the cover story.1     What does this mean for evolutionary theory?  “Evolution is usually described as linear, but these modified wings suggested the process had come full circle.”  Turning evolution into a personified inventor, French biologist Benjamin Prud’homme said, “This extra pair of wings was not needed for flight, but nor did it prevent it.  So it became raw material for evolution to play with.”  A co-author said that the study shows “how development abilities can be lost or silenced over millions of years, only to be redeployed to contribute to the evolution of a complex and beautiful appendage.”  The abstract of the Nature paper remarked, “This innovation in the insect body plan is an unprecedented situation in 250 Myr of insect evolution.”  The paper claimed this required no new genetic information: “We submit that morphological innovations can arise from the deployment of existing but silenced developmental potentials, therefore requiring not so much the evolution of new genetic material but instead the expression of these potentials.”Evolution in hiding:  Biologists who study fungi have found an embarrassing surprise: according to PhysOrg, “a hitherto unknown type of fungi which has fundamentally expanded the scientific understanding of this group of organisms.”  A British team has uncovered a whole new group of fungi which they named cryptomycota – hidden fungi.Dr Tom Richards, from the University of Exeter’s Biosciences department and the Natural History Museum London, said: “This study has been very surprising – not least because the original sample came from the nearby pond.  Fungi have been well studied for 150 years and it was thought we had a good understanding of the major evolutionary groups, but these findings have changed that radically.    “Current understanding of fungal diversity turns out to be only half the story – we’ve discovered this diverse and deep evolutionary branch in fungi that has remained hidden all this time.”Cryptomycota apparently lack a rigid cell wall.  What does this mean?  The article referred to the fungus as either an “intermediate state” or a “living fossil,” but admitted that it must be successful: “Despite lacking the tough cell wall, they seem still to be very successful in the environment because of their extensive diversity and cosmopolitan distribution.”  The discovery also points out that biologists may be oblivious to large segments of the living world: “Until recent years, researchers investigating microbial diversity have sampled by growing microbes in lab cultures, but now it seems that the vast majority of life forms are never captured using these methods – meaning most of the evolutionary complexity of life remains unsampled.”Evolution by loss:  A lizard in Cambodia has no legs or eyes.  The BBC News has a picture of what looks like an earthworm, but is a “legless lizard” that has also lost its eyes.  Uncommon Descent teased about “Evolution as loss of function.”Unnatural selection:  What would you call “unnatural selection”?  Would it be synonymous with intelligent design?  Not according to Michael Le Page at New Scientist, who has been writing a series about how humans are harming the environment with their pesticides, hunting, climate change, pollution, diseases, and shuffling of invasive species.  He left begging the question of whether humans were naturally selected to do this.last_img read more

first_imgIn addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on avoiding toxic insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter. Equipment for measuring humidityMeasuring humidity is no less of a struggle than understanding it. There are a lot of aspects of the equipment’s performance to consider:the speed that a humidty sensor reacts to humidty changes,the range over which they maintain the same level of accuracy,differences in measurement accuracy based on whether humidity is increasing or decreasing (hysteresis),third-party certification of the sensor’s accuracy, and,the need for (and ease of) calibration.Below is a list of generalizations about humidity sensors and hygrometers, cutting to the chase on the really complicated and difficult topic of measuring humidity.1. It’s a real shame that just about all electronic humidity sensors display RH to 0.1%, since even really sophisticated and expensive equipment is only accurate to +/- 1%. Ignore that bloody decimal point number!2. Measuring dewpoint temperature directly is done with sensors such as chilled-mirror hygrometers. These are not really appropriate for our purposes but can be important in calibrating other sensors.3. Simple dial hygrometers are based on metal-paper coils: the coil tightens or loosens with changes in the moisture content of the metal-paper medium, with the coil connected to the dial. We don’t recommend these sensors for either occupants or building professsionals. While these units are inexpensive, their accuracy is in the range of +/- 10%, and they don’t report dew point.4. Sling psychrometers: These use the temperature difference between paired wet-bulb and dry-bulb thermometers to then calculate corresponding RH. These hygrometers run about $50 to $60. They generally read up to 5% high because of slowed evaporation from less-than-perfectly clean wick, poor contact of the wick to the thermometer bulb, less than complete evaporation from the wick. And of course, they don’t include dewpoint temperature readout.5. The most common hygrometers/humidity sensors are electronic and work this way: hygroscopic materials take up and release water vapor and as they do, their electrical conductivity changes so that capacitors or resistors can be used to correlate to RH. Each of these sensors also lends themselves to data logging in addition to digital readout.Resistive humidity sensors are not nearly as common as capacitive and it’s the latter that comes with a bit of a problem. Capacitive sensors use electrodes separated by a dielectric polymer film that responds to moisture content. The huge range of quality of the electrodes and film mean a huge range of accuracy, response time, and cost for capacitive sensors. But since they are all digital and display to a tenth of a decimal point, it can be hard to tell them apart, cost notwithstanding. Author’s Note: I can’t even start this blog before thanking Lew Harriman of Mason-Grant Consulting. Lew very patiently and gently hammered me into a much better understanding of humidity in air and its measurement. While any errors or lack of clarity regarding humidity and its measurement are mine, much of the insight and many of the resources mentioned here are Lew’s. How to Use the Psychrometric ChartAre Dew-Point Calculations Really Necessary?Relative Humidity Doesn’t Tell You How Humid the Air IsFundamentals of Psychrometrics, Part 1Fundamentals of Psychrometrics, Part 2Fundamentals of Psychrometrics, Part 3Moisture Sources, Relative Humidity, and MoldWhy Is It So Humid In Here? Hygrothermal Rule Number One: Add understanding (and use) of dew point to RHMost of us are familiar and comfortable with the term relative humidity (RH) when dealing with vapor in air. But RH is really only half of a measurement of vapor in air; it always needs a corresponding air temperature measurement to be complete and useful.This is why most mechanical engineers strongly prefer to use the dewpoint temperature of air to characterize humidity; that is, the temperature at which the air is fully saturated and condensation occurs. The dewpoint temperature of air is a singular way of expressing humidity in air unaffected by changes in air temperature, changes that routinely occur within buildings and changes that can actually be distracting In understanding and managing moisture in buildings.A great way to make the shift to include dew point in the way we think and work with humidity is to have one of these apps on our smartphones:For iPhones: PsyCalc – Psychometric calculator smartphone app (iOS) — $8.For Android: AirPro – Android app.Both apps include unit conversions from SI (metric) to I-P and vice-versa (another translation that I, at least, can often use help with). The other key thing about these apps is that as psychrometric tools, they remind us that discussion of humidity in air must include heat or temperature; hence this blog about humidity having hygrothermal rules. And despite how much heartburn this might cause Lew, I am going to make just one recommendation for a desktop sensor that does not include dew point, for those occupants and homeowners for whom including dewpoint may cause more confusion than it is meant to prevent.NIST Certified from the Weather Store 4096 (Traceable) — $68. Hygrothermal Rule Number Two: In terms of thermal comfort, humidity is most important at the farther reaches but not so much in the middleIn my experience, many of us — even most of us — don’t really care about humidity until it is less than about 30% (at which point we get static electricity and significant drying of mucous membranes and our eyes) or greater than about 60% (at which point we begin to perspire to stay comfortable, even when at rest). It can be helpful to work this through with something like the CBE Thermal Comfort Tool.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Hygrothermal Rule Number Three: In terms of building durability, it is key to think and work in terms of dew point rather than RHMany of us in the building community just need to be dope-slapped on this point; it’s when surface temperatures approach or reach dewpoint that all hell breaks loose in buildings. I can’t do this perspective greater justice than strongly recommending that all of us not just view, but study, Lew Harriman’s YouTube discussion: “Dew Point v. RH Control for Commercial Buildings.” It’s just under 20 minutes — so it’s tight and to the point. Lew has this one recommendation for a desktop unit for homeowners/occupants: DH Gate — $20 or less from China.“Includes outdoor sensor. Probably not very fast-responding, but probably good enough accuracy for long-term awareness of high vs. low dew point.” Finally, here is Lew’s list of handheld dewpoint meters that he recommends to building professionals, meters that have the best combination of accuracy and price, and that come with a certificate of their accuracy: Control Company (includes certificate) — $150.“I have had very good luck with Control Company hygrometers. They always seem to be better than the specs, and this one is very inexpensive, and has a remote probe — very useful for checking inside small places and inside ducts.” Kestrel 5200 HVAC — $269. (My favorite.)“This is the updated version of the one I carry at all times (my Kestrel 4200 is no longer manufactured). This newer version actually is slower to respond, but better protected. It’s accuracy is better than stated (based on measurements against calibration salts). This has a backlight, and you can choose three variables to display on each of three ‘user screens.’ Great for documenting the reading with your cell phone camera.” Omega RH 650 — $265. Multifunction, including material moisture content probe. Fluke 971 — $315.“Trusted name, reasonable accuracy, dew point and wet bulb, good sensor protection for dirty toolbags!” We humans are really pretty good at sensing and measuring temperature, but sensing and measuring humidity turns out to be a lot more challenging. And not surprisingly, with increased humidity measurement accuracy comes increased cost.When I am teaching building science, I routinely ask building professionals how many recommend or provide their customers with a way to measure humidity, as well as what they think the air temperature and humidity is in the classroom. Most say they don’t provide any type of humidity sensor to their homeowners. And most will get the air temperature in the room within a +/- 2 degrees F accuracy, but guess at the humidity in the room — either dewpoint or more likely relative humidity (RH) — with accuracy of +/- 10%, or even more.So, how important is it that we as building professionals — and our customers as home operators — know what the real moisture content of the air around us is? The answer — as with many building science questions — is, it depends.last_img read more

first_imgRaising the issue of income tax notices to several Durga Puja committees in the State, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party of insulting the festival. Speaking to journalists at the State Secretariat, Ms. Banerjee said those who talk about Hinduism before the elections are insulting a religious festival like Durga Puja by asking the organisers to pay income tax. The Income Tax Department had issued notices to about 40 big budget pujas during the last festival, seeking details of their income and expenditure.“Those who believe in the Hindu religion, observe Durga Puja. Many political parties do not have to pay income tax for the funds they spend during the elections. Then why would the puja committees have to pay tax? I condemn this attitude,” she said.Ms Banerjee’s remarks, just before the onset of the festival season, assumes significance as the BJP is likely to associate with several community Durga Pujas this year. Durga Pujas in West Bengal also serve as a prominent means of reaching out to large number of people. ‘Subscription by people’The Chief Minister said that community Durga Pujas are held on subscription paid by people, who pay taxes and therefore the question of taxing puja funds does not arise. “It is an insult to the pujas,” she said. Last year, West Bengal government paid an honorarium of ₹10,000 to the community Durga Puja organisers, a decision that was challenged in thee Calcutta High Court.last_img read more

first_imgBan on single-use plastic came into effect in all urban areas of Odisha on Wednesday on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Manufacture, sale, trade, import, storage, transportation and distribution of single-use plastics are prohibited as per a notification issued by Odisha Forest and Environment Department on September 30, an official said. The ban is imposed on polythene carry bags of any shape, thickness and size (excluding compostable), Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet/Pete) bottles of less than 200 ml capacity, he said. The vendors will not be allowed to use polythene sheets of less than 50-micron thickness for storing, transporting, dispensing or packaging of any article or commodity.last_img read more