A Donegal-based bus driver got the chance of a lifetime to spin the wheel on RTE’s Winning Streak on Saturday – to win a whopping €17,000!Mickey McDaid told co-host, Sinead Kennedy, that when it was announced that he was to appear on Winning Streak it led to a lot of confusion as there were three other Mickey McDaid’s in the area.Meanwhile, his phone never stopped ringing with friends and family looking to know was it him who was on a Winning Streak. After a sleepless night of wondering has his luck come in, Mickey celebrated after receiving a phone call from National Lottery officials to confirm he was the Mickey McDaid in question!Mr McDaid is a bus driver, serving the Little Angels, St. Bernadette’s, and Stramore areas.Mickey is the FIFTH Donegal person to appear on Winning Streak in just six weeks.Speaking in the RTE studio in Donnybrook in Dublin, he gave a big hello to all of the school children who had designed the signs that were proudly on display in the audience. Glenswilly man bags €17,000 on Winning Streak was last modified: March 26th, 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:Winning Streak
Two men have been remanded in custody after Gardai raided a house in Co Donegal and found a range of stolen passports, false identity cards and stolen driving licenses.The men were part of a group of three people arrested on Tuesday morning when Gardai raided a rented house in Letterkenny. The third man was today released without charge.The two men who appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court are both Romanian nationals.Evidence and reasons for objections to bail was given by officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, Detective Garda Stephen Kelly and Detective Garda Paulina Szramozski.Legal representatives for both men, barrister Sean Magee and solicitor Kieran O’Gorman applied for bail which was objected to by Gardai.Having heard the bail applications, Judge Paul Kelly turned down both applications.He said he was refusing the applications on a number of grounds including the seriousness of the charges, the likelihood of both reoffending and the possibility that they could leave the jurisdiction.The first man charged was Ioan Barbuc, aged 25 of Glenoughty Close in Letterkenny.He was charged with four offences including having articles used to make forged documents and possession of a stolen UK driver’s license.He was also charged with possession of a stolen Irish passport and also the possession of a forged Romanian National Identity card.The second man, Andrei Ciocan, aged 31, also of Glenoughty Close, appeared on six charges.They included handling stolen property namely €1,100 in cash, possession of a stolen UK driver’s license and having possession of a forged Romanian Identity card.He was also charged with having possession of a forged Romanian driving license, possession of a forged Romanian Identity card as well as possession of a stolen Irish passport, Public Services Card and driving license.Judge Kelly remanded both men to appear by videolink to Letterkenny District Court next Thursday, April 25th when directions by the DPP are expected to be given in both cases.Two men remanded after Gardai bust alleged forgery gang in Letterkenny was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Three ocean creatures have surprised scientists with new discoveries of previously-unknown capabilities.Deep-divers: Devil rays are among the fastest deep-diving swimmers, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute found (BBC News). Previously thought to be surface dwellers, these members of the Mobula ray family surprised scientists when logging devices were attached to the fish (see photo in the article of a scuba diver attaching one with a polespear: it doesn’t harm the animal, but shows how big they are compared to a man). The devil rays “plunge nearly 2km below the ocean surface, making some of the deepest and fastest dives ever observed in the sea.” Very few fish are known to dive that deep. The record holder is a mammal, the beaked whale, that can dive almost 3km down.How can their brains stay warm at such depths? It’s been known for 3 decades that the brains of devil rays contain specialized tissue called rete mirabile, a sponge-like mesh of large and small arteries. “It was a mystery as to why they had this system, which is a way of keeping brain activity high, even in a cold environment,” one researcher commented. Now they know why; the fish need warmth when they speed down into the icy depths. They’re also impressive migrators. For the 15 months they were monitored, “Devil rays travelled up to 3,800km from the Azores in the North Atlantic” to the coast of Chile.Another stunning photo in the article shows four members of a related ray, the flying bentfin ray, leaping high out of the water as if they are having fun. In another article about rays, UC Santa Barbara described the work of Doug McCauley, who studies the giant manta rays at Palymra Atoll where they congregate in large numbers. “There is very little known scientifically about manta rays,” McCauley said, who, working at UCSB’s Department of Evolution, Ecology and Marine Biology, seemed more focused on their ecology than their evolution.Clam with a flash: Where’s that disco light coming from? It’s the disco clam, Ctenoides ales, featured on Science Daily. A video on Live Science shows it in action, flashing its lights to a supplied beat (or watch a shorter clip on Nature News without the music and ads). Science Daily reports how Lindsey Dougherty, a graduate student at UC Berkeley figured out how it works: “the mirror is actually a highly reflective, densely packed layer of silica spheres a mere 340 nanometers across never before seen in animals.” Nature News agrees that this appears to be unique in nature as a light-flashing technique; it’s not bioluminescence, and it’s not photonic crystals. The silica mirrors allow the clams to reflect the whole visible spectrum as white light. “The researchers do not yet know what purpose the disco clam’s photonics serve.”Whatever its purpose, it could be a trick worth learning. Other ‘animal photonics’ have inspired engineers seeking new ways to manipulate light, and C. ales might do the same. Dougherty is particularly impressed with how well the reflectors work in low light. “There could be biomimicry potential in low-light situations or in environments that are dominated by blue-green wavelengths,” for instance underwater, she says.Octopus genius: An expert on octopuses (that’s the correct plural form) spoke with National Geographic about the eight-tentacled cephalopods. Author of the book Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea, Katherine Harmon Courage is clearly jazzed about her subject. The octopus has a number of amazing traits that seem to defy its evolutionary classification. For one, the octopus shows evidence of tool use. It can solve mazes. It is a master of camouflage. And it has one of the most advanced eyes of any animal.Speaking of the octopus eye, it is similar in many ways to the human eye, though far from any evolutionary relationship. Courage, though, was not cowardly about affirming evolution achieved this unexpected convergence: “Our common ancestor was a sightless marine worm, so it’s fascinating to think that from this ancestor so many different types of vision and eye have evolved—and how our eye and the octopus’s eye are so similar.” Evolution, in fact, is the source of her love for these creatures:I just love that they’re so different from us but seem to be so complex and sophisticated. They have so much to teach us about evolution, about how their brains work, and I think it’s an important exercise for our brains to figure out.She was clearly impressed with all she learned about the creatures. One of her pet octopuses, named Billy, figured out within an hour how to open a child-proof jar. Later, Billy remembered how to do it in minutes, indicating a good working memory. The interviewer noted that some compare octopus brain power to that of dogs. They’re playful and will make eye contact to check you out, Courage said in response. “It has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of evolution.”The previous entries on disco clams and devil rays did not mention evolution at all.Not just slime: Readers of Current Biology’s primer on Algae might be surprised to find out that the term “algae” is not strictly-defined group, but a catch-all category for any “organism carrying out oxygen-producing (oxygenic) photosynthesis that is not a ‘higher plant’.” Given that broad definition, the diversity of algae is astonishing: everything from cyanobacteria (less than a micrometer) to diatoms (200,000 species) to kelp forests 60 meters long with 14 cell types. Algae can be colored red, green, blue-green, brown, black, or transparent. Dinoflagellates are considered algae. So are the abundant foraminifera that leave shells in vast numbers. Some use sexual reproduction; others are asexual. Most grow in water, but some can survive in soil, and the algae that form symbiotic colonies with fungi can grow in the most harsh deserts. Given this diversity, the word “algae” seems more a lumping term of convenience than a real taxon.Algae deserve better than the slimy reputation they get, John A. Raven and Mario Giordano hasten to tell us:Algae frequently get a bad press. Pond slime is a problem in garden pools, algal blooms can produce toxins that incapacitate or kill animals and humans and even the term seaweed is pejorative — a weed being a plant growing in what humans consider to be the wrong place. Positive aspects of algae are generally less newsworthy — they are the basis of marine food webs, supporting fisheries and charismatic marine megafauna from albatrosses to whales, as well as consuming carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.We use algae for soil conditioning, Petri dish culture, and a source of vitamin supplements. Algae are being studied as alternative energy sources. Given that “half of global primary productivity (carbon dioxide assimilation and oxygen production)” comes via algae, we should respect them more. And surely, anything that can create food from sunlight using the complex process of photosynthesis is really a champion in the global economy.Philip Ball began Nature’s article began in just-so story format, “How the disco clam got its flash,” but failed to deliver a Darwinian tale. Instead, he inquired “what purpose the disco clam’s photonics serve.” Didn’t Darwin try to ban teleology from science?The octopus lady didn’t explain how her evolved brain could figure out anything. Did she ever consider that the thing an octopus “could teach us about evolution” is that evolution is wrong? “It has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of evolution,” she said. That’s what Darwin divination does. It’s like LSD, a mind-expanding, imagination-promoting, escape from reason that causes brain damage.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week finalized a rule to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provided by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. The action closes a loophole where individuals who were not actively part of farm management still received payments.The changes apply to payments for 2016 and subsequent crop years for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs, Loan Deficiency Payments and Marketing Loan Gains realized via the Marketing Assistance Loan program. As required by Congress, the new rule does not apply to family farms, or change regulations related to contributions of land, capital, equipment or labor.For more details, producers are encouraged to consult their local Farm Service Agency office.
INNISFAIL, Alta. – A central Alberta zoo is facing two charges under the province’s Wildlife Act after a bear was taken through a drive-thru for ice cream.A video, posted on social media in January by Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, showed a one-year-old captive Kodiak bear named Berkley leaning out a truck’s window and being hand-fed ice cream by the owner of the local Dairy Queen.Officials with the province investigated the video and the terms of the zoo’s permit.“Under the terms and conditions of the zoo’s permit, the charges are directly related to the alleged failure of the park to notify the provincial government prior to the bear leaving the zoo,” said a statement from Fish and Wildlife.One count is related to the bear being taken through the drive-thru for ice cream, while the other stems from the bear leaving the facility on other occasions in 2017.The charges were laid against Discovery Wildlife Park and its owners, Doug Bos and Debbie Rowland, under Section 12(3) of the Wildlife Act, which states a person must not contravene the terms or conditions of a licence or permit.Bos said they made a mistake.“What we got charged for under the act was that we failed to notify them that we were going to do those things,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “We were busy, we made a mistake and we didn’t email them and tell them.“I’m glad that they followed through with it because it shows how strictly regulated the zoo industry is in the province.”Bos said they plan to plead guilty on May 28 when they are to appear in provincial court in Red Deer, Alta.The zoo’s permit, which is regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks, has been revised to impose new conditions.They include requiring the zoo to provide more details when asking to transport a controlled animal or wildlife and to keep those animals in a cage, crate or kennel when in a vehicle.It also says the zoo cannot put any animals on display outside the facility without prior permission from the province nor can it allow any member of the public to have physical contact with animals such as monkeys, cougars, wolves or bears.— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton. Follow @cderworiz on Twitter
APTN National NewsA climate researcher from the University of Ottawa has found Labrador is warming at an alarming rate.Robert Way, originally from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, says he has found Labrador is warming at twice the global average.More so, over the past 15 years its warmed at a rate seven times faster than before.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has more.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fox News says its new streaming service will debut in November.Subscriptions to the service, Fox Nation, can be purchased starting Sunday. The cost is $5.99 monthly or $64.99 for a year.Fox Nation will launch Nov. 27 with original content featuring, among others, Fox News Channel hosts Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Brit Hume.Fox Nation will satisfy the audience’s desire to watch content when and where they want, Fox executive John Finley said in a statement Thursday.A one-hour special detailing the service’s programming will air on the Fox News channel at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday. It will include Jesse Watters, Tomi Lahren and others who will be featured on Fox Nation.
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (EC) on Friday night removed Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in a major shake-up in the police establishment of the state. The announcement comes days after BJP leaders had alleged that free and fair elections would not be possible in the state under these officers. Dr Rajesh Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Pollution Control Board, was made the new Kolkata top cop, while Natarajan Ramesh Babu, ADG and IGP, Operations, was named the Bidhannagar police commissioner, an ECI notification about the decisions said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The poll body also named Avannu Ravindranath, DC (Airport Division) of Bidhannagar, as the new superintendent of police (SP) of Birbhum and appointed Srihari Pandey, DC KAP, 3rd Battalion, as the SP of Diamond Harbour. The EC wrote to West Bengal Chief Secretary Malay Dey, directing an immediate implementation of the directives and seeking a compliance report in respect to the joining of the transferred officers within 24 hours. The commission also directed that the present incumbent officers being shifted should not be involved by the state government in any election-related duty. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Both Sharma and Singh were present with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when she started her dharna to protest a CBI action against the then Kolkata police commissioner in connection with its probe in the Saradha scam. Sharma had replaced Kumar in mid-February. Incidentally, after Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira was allegedly found carrying gold at the Kolkata airport, the BJP had lodged a complaint with the EC against Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh. The party had demanded that Singh be held “responsible” for the alleged police interference, if “prima facie any such incident happened”.
In the final meet before the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track teams placed in the top two spots of 25 different events in the Buckeye Tune Up on Friday at French Field House, highlighted by Kendall Sheffield’s record-breaking sprint. Men’s recapSheffield, the Ohio State football team’s cornerback, broke the Ohio State’s 60-meter dash record and the French Field House record with a time of 6.663. The previous team record held by Jonathan Burrell and was 6.665. “It feels great to break the record,” Sheffield said. That time currently puts him at 24th in the nation. With his goal being one of 16 competitors at the national championships in March, Sheffield will have to trim off 0.03 of his time to earn a bid.Junior Coty Cobb reached the 5.41-meter mark on the pole vault for a personal record and stand as qualifier for nationals with one competition remaining. This was the goal for Cobb heading into this meet, and before he even landed on the pit, he was already celebrating what he had accomplished.“I was trying not to celebrate too hard and get ready for the next jump,” Cobb said.Cobb’s teammate senior Cole Gorski, whose personal best 5.47 meters is currently inside the top 16, had a disappointing day, but still finished second at 5.12 meters.The next jump was at 5.49 meters, or 18 feet, a mark that would’ve placed Cobb inside the top 10 in the nation. The closest he came to jumping that height was on his first attempt, when his body grazed the bar just enough to dislodge it.With one meet remaining before the national indoor championships, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s team has six athletes currently qualified, including top long jump qualifier Zach Bazile.Women’s recapIn throwing, junior Sade Olatoye finished second in weight throw at 22.61 meters. The distance would have broken her previous record she held at the French Field House had it not been already surpassed by Cincinnati’s senior Annette Echikunwoke, who recorded a 24.78-meter throw, the best in the nation so far this year.Olatoye did go on to win shot put with a throw of 16.78 meters.Freshman Anavia Battle continues to lead the Buckeyes’ sprinters, this time winning the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.43. Although she didn’t compete in the 200-meter dash, Ohio State didn’t have any trouble with the event for freshman Syaira Richardson finished first with a time of 24.69. Freshman Brooke Mangas got her first collegiate first place finish in high jump. She won with a jump 1.63 meters. In a rematch at pole vault from last week’s Music City Challenge meet, Cincinnati’s junior Brooke Catherine finished first at 4.11 meters ahead of senior Madison Roberts, who finished second at 4.01. Ohio State sophomore Megan Hoffman finished fourth (3.91).Ohio State heads off to the Big Ten Indoor Championships next weekend in Geneva, Ohio.