first_imgA NUMBER of businesses in the county are in severe financial trouble as the recession begins to bite.These include:* McNamee Construction Limited, Castlefin. A creditors meeting takes place this Friday, August 5th, at the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny at 11am. * Breslins Londis supermarket in Bundoran. A creditors meeting takes place at 9am tomorrow, Tuesday August 2nd at 9am at the Great Northern Hotel.* Greencastle Plumbing Limited. A meeting is scheduled at Gallaghers Hotel in Letterkenny at 9am this Wednesday, August 3.MORE BUSINESSES IN TROUBLE AS RECESSION BITES was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal businesses in troublelast_img read more

Evolutionist Calls Everyone Crazy

first_imgLast month she called everyone a hypocrite (07/06/2008).  This month, Robin Nixon of Live Science called everyone crazy.  Her latest article is entitled, “Why We Are All Insane.”  But then, how could we trust her explanation?    Attributing everything about humanity to a blind process of evolution, Nixon wove a tale of mythical ancestors going a little nuts to survive: Natural selection wants us to be crazy – at least a little bit.  While true debilitating insanity is not nature’s intention, many mental health issues may be byproducts of the over-functional human brain, some researchers claim.    As humans improved their gathering, hunting and cooking techniques, population size increased and resources became more limited (in part because we hunted or ate some species to extinction).  As a result, not everyone could get enough to eat.  Cooperative relationships were critical to ensuring access to food, whether through farming or more strategic hunting, and those with blunt social skills were unlikely to survive, explained David C. Geary, author of “The Origin of Mind” (APA, 2004), and a researcher at the University of Missouri.    And thus, a diversity of new mental abilities, and disabilities, unfurled.Nixon deflected the charge of calling everyone crazy with a lateral pass to Geary.  But it sounds a little twisted to think of natural selection wanting anything – especially wanting something as crazy as making its products crazy but not too much so.    She proceeded to explicate how craziness is a by-product of natural selection having done too good a job on the brain.  Using an analogy by Randolph Nesse, author of The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology [Wiley, 2005], she said, “Just as horse breeding has selected for long thin legs that increase speed but are prone to fracture, cognitive advances also increase fitness – to a point.”  The point for our brain is narcissism, anxiety, guilt, and other forms of mental illness:Perhaps to check selfish urges, in favor of more probable means to biological success, social lubricants such as empathy, guilt and mild anxiety arose.    For example, the first of our ancestors to empathize and read facial expressions had a striking advantage.  They could confirm their own social status and convince others to share food and shelter.  But too much emotional acuity – when individuals overanalyze every grimace – can cause a motivational nervousness about one’s social value to morph into a relentless handicapping anxiety.In other words, natural selection bumbled by giving us aptitudes but failing to consider the law of unintended consequences.  Forget about joy, she says.  Quoting Geary, Nixon asserted “nature cares about genes, not joy.”  (That is “The Nature of Joy,” one of her subtitles that would surprise C. S. Lewis.)    But wouldn’t the unintended consequences become maladaptive and lead to our extinction?  Crazy as it sounds, Nixon has it all figured out. Certain types of depression, however, Geary continued, may be advantageous.  The lethargy and disrupted mental state can help us disengage from unattainable goals – whether it is an unrequited love or an exalted social position.  Evolution likely favored individuals who pause and reassess ambitions, instead of wasting energy being blindly optimistic.    Natural selection also likely held the door open for disorders such as attention deficit.  Quickly abandoning a low stimulus situation was more helpful for male hunters than female gatherers, writes Nesse, which may explain why boys are five times more likely than girls to be hyperactive.    Similarly, in its mildest form, bipolar disorder can increase productivity and creativity.  Bipolar individuals (and their relatives) also often have more sex than average people, Geary noted.    Sex, and survival of one’s kids, is the whole point – as far as nature is concerned.  Sometimes unpleasant mental states lead to greater reproductive success, said Geary, “so these genes stay in the gene pool.”Natural selection thus worked by intelligent design.  It chose attributes that are advantageous.  It favored certain individuals.  It worked to increase productivity and creativity.  It worked to fill the earth with selfish, crazy hypocrites who don’t care so much about the environment as sex and survival of one’s kids – the “whole point” of evolution.  If natural selection made you depressed, hyperactive, bipolar and obsessed with sex, why fight it?  Deal with it.    In this view, rationality is merely a by-product, not the goal.  But then, where would a rational person categorize Nixon’s explanation – on the side of reason, or of acting out, like a marionette on a string, the forces of natural selection on her own mind?That scientists and science writers can continue to write such self-refuting nonsense with audacity is a sign that we have much work to do.  Darwinian thinking is a blight on rationality and a force for wickedness (see recent example on Evolution News).  It excuses everything that is evil as the inevitable consequence of forces beyond our control.  But then it turns around and engages in rational discussion as if rationality had any meaning.  It’s like vacuuming out a skull and filling it with gravel, and expecting it to still think.    This hypothesis is crazy on multiple levels.  If everyone is crazy, then rationality is what is truly crazy.  On what basis could anyone claim that mental illness is “abnormal”?  Why would anyone have a longing for joy?  From whence did “social lubricants” arise?  And if natural selection favored bipolar nuts by making them promiscuous, then the eugenicists were nuts to interfere.  Obviously, you are more fit if insane.  The eugenics advocates should have sterilized the philosophers instead of the imbeciles.    Darwin put the inmates in charge of the science asylum.  The nature in human nature is to be rational and moral.  Rationality and morality refer to things that are true, universal, necessary and certain – the opposite of natural selection’s contingency and purposelessness.  The Starving Storytellers, under the banner of Charlie, their patron saint, have made a mess in the halls of science (12/22/2003 commentary).  A complete housecleaning is in order.    For those of you who still think and think that thinking matters, fight back against nonsense.  Enlighten these poor fools who insist on shooting their own brains out.  Help them understand that they cannot say such things.  Give them shock therapy for their Yoda complex (09/25/2006 commentary).  Help them off their pedestals as self-styled rational scientists, and welcome them into the pool of crazy, selfish, hypocritical, sex-crazed objects of natural selection.  After a few minutes of grunting and scratching their armpits, maybe they will get the message: “This is crazy.”(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cliff Hodge return a shot in the arm for Meralco

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Meralco’s Cliff Hodge. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCliff Hodge reminded the Meralco Bolts what they had been missing in their first four games.Hodge made his season debut on Wednesday and he returned at the best possible time with the Bolts on a three-game skid coming into the game.ADVERTISEMENT “Nobody’s happier than me to see him (Hodge) back. I mentioned earlier about the lack of effort against TNT and we seemed to have a low energy level against TNT,” Meralco head coach Norman Black said.“We all know that’s [what] Cliff is [all] about. He’s about energy and effort and probably just his presence really helped us a great deal tonight because he does give a lot of effort out there, particularly on the defensive end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 29-year-old Hodge made immediate impact the moment he was fielded into the game at the 2:30 mark of the first quarter. He grabbed an offensive rebound just 36 seconds in that led to a basket by his teammate Bryan Faundo.Hodge finished with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field with six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Four of his boards were offensive rebounds. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Alex Cabagnot sidelined with foot injury, no surgery needed It was an all-around effort from Hodge, doing a little bit of everything in just 19 minutes of play despite still not being 100 percent healthy yet.“I’m pretty tired, but I’m happy that we got the win so that’s all that matters,” he said after helping Meralco get back on the winning track with a 105-76 rout of Kia.“Yeah, I’m really out of shape. I haven’t played basketball in about three months and I’ve only practiced in like two days,” added Hodge, who went under the knife to remove bone spurs in his ankles. “I just need to get back in shape. Actually, my ankle still hurt so I’m just playing through that until it gets better.”Hodge was supposed to be out for at least two more weeks, but with Meralco struggling he knew he would be of great help to his team especially with Ranidel de Ocampo still out with a calf injury.“I know that we needed some wins so I said if I can go up and down [even if] I’m not 100 percent but I mean, I can go out there on defense. I just decided to come back and try and do whatever I can for my team.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Significant Decline in Asthma Admissions Since Smoking Ban

first_img The Minister said efforts against tobacco advertising and promotion will also be intensified. There has been a 20 per cent reduction in asthmatic admissions to hospitals since the imposition of the no smoking policy. The Minister urged Jamaicans to continue supporting the ban. Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says there has been a 20 per cent reduction in asthmatic admissions to hospitals since the imposition of the no smoking policy in specified public spaces.The ban was imposed on July 15, with the implementation of the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013.The regulations’ are consistent with the Government’s 2013/14 strategic priority focus on human capital development in relation to health care.The Minister, who was speaking at the official launch  of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s (HFJ) annual ‘Run for your Heart’ event on October 29, at Emancipation Park in New Kingston, urged Jamaicans to continue supporting the ban, noting that the country will see the gains in terms having a healthier society.He said all non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are impacted by tobacco smoking.  “Within another couple of years, you will see, as has happened in Northern Ireland and other countries, less heart attack, less strokes; and this is not at any big cost…all I ask of Jamaica is for support, that’s all I’m asking,” he stated.The Minister said efforts against tobacco advertising and promotion will also be intensified in accordance with Article 13 of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.“We believe that the article must be taken very seriously and it is going to be part of our rollout later down the road. Article 15, that deals with the illicit trade of tobacco, will also be (focused on as well) but right now, we are concentrating on dealing with the regulations that control smoking in public places,” he said.Dr. Ferguson reiterated that the move to impose the ban was borne out of his “commitment to the people of Jamaica, to the children of Jamaica, to the workers of Jamaica, to the non smokers and the smokers themselves. It is our view that we too have a right. We are not saying persons can’t smoke, all we are saying is ‘you must not smoke in some specified places.”The Health Minister informed that the country spends billions each year on addressing the ills caused by the effect of tobacco smoke, pointing out that the direct and indirect cost of tobacco use and exposure is estimated to be between US$750 million to US$1.3 billion.Dr. Ferguson said commendations have been forthcoming from several heads of international and local agencies regarding the stance which has been taken.“Those who have been fighting or pushing back (do so) because (of their own personal) interest. There are those who are talking about the revenue. We recognise that we are in a special period, and we recognise that tobacco is part of the commercial landscape but…my position is a pro-health position,” he said.The tobacco regulations outline places where smoking is prohibited, such as all enclosed places, public transportation, workplaces, government buildings, health facilities; sport, athletic and recreational facilities for use by the public; educational institutions; areas specifically for use by children, and places of collective use, such as bus stops.They also require the use of large, graphic health warnings on tobacco products, instead of the text only warnings currently used.The 2010 Global Youth Tobacco Survey, undertaken by the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), indicates that just over 40 per cent of young persons, aged 13 to 15 years, have smoked at least once and, alarmingly, over 19 per cent of those who have ever smoked started under the age of 10 years.According to WHO statistics, tobacco kills up to half of its users and causes the death of nearly six million people each year, including more than 600,000 non-smokers exposed to second hand smoke.The statistics also show that across the globe, every six seconds, someone dies from tobacco-related illness; one in 10 adults dies every year because of tobacco; and nearly 80 per cent of the world’s one billion smokers live in low and middle income countries like Jamaica. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Waqar applies for Pakistan bowling coach job says not mentally prepared for

first_imgKarachi: Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has applied for the bowling coach role with the national team as he was not mentally prepared to take charge as head coach for the third time. Waqar, 47, who has twice worked as head coach of the Pakistan team in 2010 and in 2014-2016, applied for the bowling coach position with the PCB’s application deadline ending on Sunday. “I have applied for the position of bowling coach because I think I can contribute a lot in this area. Frankly speaking, I am not averse to being the head coach but this time, to be honest, I am not mentally prepared for it,” Waqar said from Australia. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Would prefer to work in the bowing department if the board shows faith in me, he said. Waqar didn’t have an easy time as head coach in his last tenure when he was forced to leave after his hard-hitting report on the team was leaked out from the board hours after he had submitted it following the team’s return from an unsuccessful 2016 World T20 campaign in India. The feared fast bowler was accused by his critics of being arrogant and not player-friendly and unable to leave the glory of his playing days behind him as a coach. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later But Waqar dismissed this impression and said he would be comfortable working under a head coach. “I have been bowling coach with several outfits in the past and I have worked and learned a lot from other coaches. It is a wrong impression I can’t work under any coach because of my stature as a player,” he added. He pointed out that times had changed and now even former greats were not averse to working with other coaches and he cited the example of Ricky Pointing working under Justin Langer in the Australian team. Whoever the board appoints I know my area of expertise and I will stick to it and in the end, the head coach and his support staff have one target to make Pakistan the number one team in the world.” Pakistan’s first international assignment after the World Cup will be a limited over series at home against Sri Lanka from September 27 and the PCB is expected to announce the captain, head coach and support staff by early next month.last_img read more

Next 3 games pose no easy task for undefeated Buckeyes

The Ohio State men’s basketball team has managed to remain unbeaten through its first 24 games this season. But maintaining an unblemished record through their remaining seven games might prove to be a more difficult task for the Buckeyes. OSU picked up a road win at Minnesota — a place where no current Buckeye, except fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, had won in his career — on Sunday. Now the team will travel to a place where no Buckeye, including Lighty, has won: Madison, Wis. Following their matchup with No. 13-ranked Wisconsin, the Buckeyes will return to Columbus for their lone matchup of the season with Michigan State. After starting off as the No. 2 team in the nation, the Spartans are in the midst of a disappointing season, having fallen out of both The Associated Press‘ Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ polls. Still, MSU, which appeared in the past two Final Fours, remains a threat to the Buckeyes’ undefeated record. The Spartans tout an experienced roster, led by the 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, who leads the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game. MSU also has players with size — 6-foot-7, 230-pound Draymond Green and 6-foot-9, 270-pound Derrick Nix — who could present matchup issues for OSU freshman forward Jared Sullinger, named Monday the conference’s Freshman Player of the Week for the 11th time this season. Michigan coach John Beilein, who has faced both the Spartans and the Buckeyes this season, said he’s been impressed with the Buckeyes, but thinks they’re susceptible to losing a game. “Anyone can get you anytime. It’s never been easy, but home or away, you are in for a battle,” Beilein said. “Ohio State is really good. There is a reason why they are undefeated.” After their matchup with the Spartans, the Buckeyes will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face No. 14 Purdue. The Buckeyes dominated the Boilermakers, 87-64, during their first matchup this season, Jan. 25 in Columbus. Playing the Boilermakers on the road, however, could yield a different result, as OSU will again face the Big Ten’s leading scorer and shot blocker, Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson. Johnson scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots in Purdue’s first matchup with the Buckeyes. “JaJuan Johnson, I don’t know if I could say enough about him,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the Buckeyes’ first game against Purdue. “You watch him make those shots on film and you say, ‘He’ll never do that against us,’ and sure enough, he did.” With the difficult challenges that lie ahead in OSU’s next three games, Matta is aware that on any given night his team’s winning streak could come to an end. “These guys are smart enough to know that if we don’t come to play, if we’re not tuned in to what we need to do, we’ll lose,” Matta said. “It’s probably as simple as that.” read more

Manuel Pellegrini insists Anderson can get better

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini insists Felipe Anderson will only get better after his brace against Southampton.The Brazilian joined the Hammers this summer from Lazio for a club record fee in the region of £35million, but took a while to settle into English football.Pellegrini demanded more from the 25-year-old at the start of this campaign, but with seven goals to his name, Anderson looks to be repaying the faith showed in him by West Ham.Pellegrini places a lot of responsibility on technical players and his faith in those players are starting to reap dividends, with the Hammers winning three of their last four games.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by, Rice opens up…The former Manchester City manager, however, insists he will continue to demand more from Anderson.“Of course he is a different player, a player that in every game makes important things,” Pellegrini said, according to Evening Standard.“I think he will continue improving. He still loses too many balls, maybe because he must understand the Premier League is difficult if you keep the ball in your feet.”“In every game he makes important plays and that’s the most great thing that he has.”last_img read more

Cash savings in air travel as InterCaribbean celebrates 22 Years

first_img Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – No longer an air carrier with one pilot, one plane and the accountant who was also the baggage handler – all in the person of Lyndon Gardiner. Now, InterCaribbean airways has a fleet of 10 aircraft, 31 captains, first officers and flight attendants and 45 ground support and administrative staff in five Caribbean countries; namely: The Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and its hub in the Turks and Caicos.This is the report as the company celebrates 22 years in operation. General Manager of the once InterIsland… then Air Turks and Caicos and now InterCaribbean Airways said the company has marked some great moments over the two and some decades including being the first Turks & Caicos airline to operate its own equipment into the United States and Territories, being the first airline to be allowed to operate domestic flights in Jamaica in 50 years of Jamaican independence, being presented in 2014 the Invest Caribbean 2014 Visionary Award and now with launched flights between Kingston, Jamaica and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Kingston, Jamaica and Port au Prince, Haiti and launched flights between Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico. On the local scene, InterCaribbean has also upped flights into South Caicos to twice a day. Trevor Sadler said to celebrate the milestone, the company is offering a discount on air travel. A $22 voucher is available when you sign up for it online. You type in ’22YEARS’ – all caps and you have until this Friday February 13th to do it to capitalize on the anniversary savings. The company last month introduced a rewards program, called Cacique Rewards. Recommended for you Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, lyndon gardiner, trevor sadler Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more