July 31, 2021

Donegal duo scoops €93,000 on Winning Streak – and ANOTHER local player is picked!

first_imgTwo Donegal women are continuing the county’s lucky run on Winning Streak after taking home a combined haul of €93,000 last Saturday.And another Donegal resident is on her way to the RTE studios on 27th April!Mary Doran, from Woodthorpe in Newtowncunningham, was chosen for the next show in an unprecedented lucky streak for the county. Sarah McCarron from Clonmany, Co. Donegal bagged herself a cool €48,000 including a holiday to Madeira in Portugal worth €3,000 in the most recent episode of the gameshow.St Johnston woman, Kathleen Coyle won €45,000 when her niece’s husband, Christopher Boyce, played in her place.And Chris Gillespie, a chef from Co. Antrim who bought his ticket in Carrick in Donegal, cooked up a storm as he won a hefty €50,000 in cash, as well as a holiday to Oslo in Norway, worth €3,000.Sarah McCarron last week said that the great news of getting on Winning Streak had the whole town of Clonmany buzzing. She admitted to being overwhelmed by the good wishes of all her friends and neighbours over the past week and says her phone hasn’t stopped ringing since. Sarah McCarron from Clonmany, Co. Donegal has won €48,000 including a holiday to Madeira on last Saturday’s (13th April 2019) Winning Streak Game Show on RTE. The winning ticket was bought from Centra, The Cross, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes Photography.She is very well known in the area as she works in the local pharmacy and says that Clonmany is a close knit town.Sarah has been married to Terence for the past 24 years and they have three children: Ciaran (21), Sean (17) and Clare (19) who were all excited ahead of their mum’s Winning Streak appearance last Saturday night, along with Sarah’s parents Paddy and Rose and Sarah’s sister Anne. Her two brothers, Michael and Don McGonagle, who run the Ballyliffin Hotel in Donegal – which they took over from their father Paddy – weren’t able to make it but watched the show, along with a crowd of locals at the hotel.It was her son Ciaran who Sarah had to thank for her Winning Streak luck, as he bought her a couple of Winning Streak scratch cards for Mother’s Day card a couple of Sundays ago. These gifts ended up getting her on Europe’s second longest-running TV game show.Sarah said she has no plans as of yet for any winnings from the show as she was just focussed on the day out and absorbing the Winning Streak experience with her loved ones. She will now take her time to decide how to spend her cash. Kathleen Coyle from St. Johnston, Co. Donegal has won €48,000 including a car on last Saturday’s (13th April 2019) Winning Streak Game Show on RTE. The winning ticket was bought from Crana Superstores, Cockhill, Co. Road, Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyKathleen Coyle from St Johnston, Co Donegal had just returned from mass last Saturday evening, which caused her to miss most of the Winning Streak show, when her phone started ringing with her niece telling her she had been pulled out of the Winning Streak drum. She quickly switched on the television while her phone was hopping and she watched the last few minutes of the show, refusing to believe the good news until she saw her name after the end credits of the programme.Kathleen then set about selecting who would play in her place. She is very close to her niece Annette, who lives in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, and both decided that Annette’s husband Christopher Boyce would take on the role. Christopher is more than happy to do this for his wife’s aunt and certainly did her proud, winning her €45,000 in cash.Christopher states that he has now scored himself some serious brownie points with Kathleen by winning her a good haul from the show. Chris Gillespie from Belfast Co. Antrim has won €53,000 including a holiday to Oslo on last Saturday’s (13th April 2019) Winning Streak Game Show Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyBelfast chef, Chris Gillespie, had bought his lucky ticket during a work night out back in January. He was working in An Cistin restaurant in Glencolumbkille at the time – a place where he does seasonal work but has since gone back to live and work in Belfast.Chris brought his family and fans from all over Ireland to RTE this weekend to cheer him on to spin the wheel. Friends and relatives came from counties Cork, Meath, Wexford, Donegal and of course, Antrim.As well as being a soccer fan, Chris is also a member of Fortwilliam Golf Club in Donegal and he tries to get a round in when he is back in Donegal, where a lot of his relatives still live.Winning Streak will take a break for Easter Weekend, but Donegal viewers will be tuning in again on Saturday 27th April to see Mary Doran play for huge cash sums, holidays and cars!Donegal duo scoops €93,000 on Winning Streak – and ANOTHER local player is picked! was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:national lotteryRTEWinning Streaklast_img read more

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Driver arrested after being caught on cocaine in Pettigo

first_imgA drug-driver has been arrested after being caught behind the wheel on cocaine.The driver was caught in Pettigo Village in the early hours of Sunday morning by the Donegal Town Roads Policing Unit.The person tested positive for cocaine after being tested and will appear at a future court sitting. A Garda spokesman warned: “Please don’t ever drive under the influence of drink/drugs.”Gardai have warned that they are now stepping up their checkpoints to catch drink and drug drivers over the Christmas period.Driver arrested after being caught on cocaine in Pettigo was last modified: December 18th, 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) Tags:donegaldriverDrugPettigolast_img read more

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Keelan Doss off to Jacksonville practice squad after going unclaimed on waivers

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Keelan Doss, the wide receiver from Alameda and UC Davis who was waived from the Raiders’ 53-man roster Saturday, graciously accepted a dose of reality unrelated to the HBO series ‘Hard Knocks.’Then after clearing waivers, in a surprise, Doss reportedly accepted an offer to play on the practice squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars rather than remain with a team and an offense he is familiar with.WR Keelan Doss is …last_img read more

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49ers vs. Cardinals injury report: Sanders encouraged, Kittle doubtful

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders doesn’t sound like a veteran on the verge of missing his first 49ers game.Although a rib injury forced him out of Monday night’s loss and kept him from the 49ers’ ensuing practices, his “questionable” status comes with optimism for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. .“It’s getting better by the day,” Sander said Friday. “I’m going to try to battle it out. I have muscled it out before, though.“I don’t see it being that big of a problem, …last_img read more

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Caves Are Made by Bacteria

first_imgCaves seem like archetypes of slow, gradual, ancient processes.  Tourists have long been told that caves form slowly over many tens or hundreds of thousands of years by the slow dissolution of limestone by weak carbonic acid in water carried down from surface rainfall.  That explanation took a dramatic turn in the 1970s when scientists realized that a stronger agent, sulfuric acid, might enlarge subaerial chambers much more quickly. It was a revolutionary discovery to realize that sulfuric acid could be formed by oxidation of subterranean hydrogen sulfide.  Now, the same “type locality” where the initial studies were done, Lower Kane Cave in Wyoming, has produced another revolutionary discovery; bacteria make caves.    A trio of geologists from the University of Texas at Austin revisited Lower Kane Cave for a three-year research program.  They measured very little hydrogen sulfide emitting into the air able to dissolve limestone on subaerial surfaces.  Instead, they found two species of bacteria that feed on hydrogen sulfide produce more sulfuric acid.  Concentrated in dense microbial mats, these bacteria essentially focus the acid on the phreatic (groundwater) limestone surfaces.  “Our observations show that sulfur-oxidizing bacteria colonize subaqueous carbonate surfaces, localize dissolution by generating acidity, and therefore are integral to sulfuric acid speleogenesis,” they state in their revised model of sulfuric-acid speleogenesis (SAS; speleogenesis meaning cave formation).  Their paper is published in the May issue of Geology.1    Although some of the hydrogen sulfide is autocatalyzed, escaping into the cave atmosphere to contribute to dissolution of subaerial surfaces as previously suggested, it appears that most of it is biogenic – catalyzed by microbes that extract energy from hydrogen sulfide: “cave enlargement via dissolution of the cave floor is microbially mediated,” they theorize.  Because these bacteria concentrate sulfuric acid formation on the cave floor and are operative where subaerial dissolution would be kinetically limited, ”microbial catalysis extends the phreatic depths to which porosity and conduit enlargement could occur in carbonate systems, including oil-field reservoirs and aquifers.  The metabolic consequences of an active microbial ecosystem change the model for sulfuric acid speleogenesis.”    See a summary of this paper on Nature Science Update, which states, “Although the exact age of Lower Kane Cave is controversial, Engel says that it probably formed about 10,000 years ago.  That is relatively recent; caves formed by the more common action of carbonic acid grow considerably more slowly.”  They claim Carlsbad Caverns is 10-14 million years old; “They show just what the bacteria can achieve, given time.”1Engel, Stern and Bennett, “Microbial contributions to cave formation: New insights into sulfuric acid speleogenesis,” Geology, Vol. 32, No. 5, May 2004, pp. 369�372, doi: 10.1130/G20288.1.The authors do not give any indication of how rapidly this process would occur relative to other cave-formation processes or to the old SAS model, nor do they indicate that microbial sulfide oxidation would be the only or dominant process.  Nevertheless, if the dense microbial mats described by the researchers focus sulfuric acid on the rock surfaces, it seems plausible that cave formation, at least in some cases, could be much more rapid than usually assumed.  Despite NSU’s guesses, nobody was present even 10,000 years ago to tell us if conditions were the same back then; how much less for millions of years.  If enough bacteria and the right conditions were available, why could not even large caves form rapidly?  NSU claims that most caves form by standard carbonic acid solution, but look at how revolutionary the SAS model was in the 1970s.  Who knows what other mechanism might be discovered?    According to these researchers, an open-air environment is no longer required for sulfuric acid speleogenesis; cave enlargement by concentrated sulfuric acid could be occurring within groundwater-saturated regions.  It would be interesting to find out if this extends the temperature range in which cave formation could take place.  Enzymes are known to facilitate reactions that normally take much longer or require narrow temperature ranges.    Share this finding with the guide on your next cave tour right after the “millions of years” story.  It’s fun watching the summer hires get befuddled when something off the script happens.  Have the kid record it on the camcorder.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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How the Evolution Story Became Like Jellyfish

first_img“How the [blank] got its [blank]” is the template for story titles imitating Rudyard Kipling’s Just-So Stories: i.e., How the Camel Got His Hump and How the Leopard Got His Spots.  Kipling wrote these as silly stories to entertain children, not to be taken seriously by scientists.  Knowing that creationists often criticize Darwinian explanations as Just-So Stories, was Amber Dance being sarcastic or whimsical when she titled her article on Nature News “How the jellyfish got its sting”?  Apparently the latter (or neither) because she dove into the genre forthwith: “From a bacterium, surprisingly.”    The article discussed apparent evidence for widespread lateral gene transfer among multicellular animals.  In particular, a French team supposed jellyfish got the toxin in their stinging cells from bacterial genes.  Comparing genomes, they deduced that the same gene jumped between cnidarians (jellyfish, corals, and anemones), sponges, worms and fungi.  The team lead said, “horizontal gene transfer is often neglected, and could sometimes be more important than we thought.”    If true, this scrambles attempts to understand common descent.  It’s understandable that other evolutionists didn’t want to take that plunge.“There are other explanations for the incongruencies they see in the tree,” agrees Casey Dunn, an evolutionary biologist who studies phylogenetic problems at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.    For instance, the gene could be vertically transferred from a distant progenitor, before being lost from some organisms.  Or, it may be possible that more than one animal independently evolved the gene; such sequence conversion is not unheard of, Dunn says.  “At the end of the day, it will probably take far more data to paint a conclusive picture of what’s happening.”    Rabet responds that since the PGA synthase gene is approximately 1000 bases long, it is statistically unlikely to be the product of multiple distinct genes converging on the same sequence.    And if the gene was lost from all but the cnidarians and a few other animals, it must have disappeared from all related organisms.  “It’s possible, but we need to imagine a lot of lost genes,” he says.The Stuff Happens Law thus becomes the null hypothesis, unless one wants to fill the explanation with imagination of statistical unlikelihoods.1  Another alternative is to give up on evolution and explore alternatives.  Any chance of that happening?  Using phylogenetic analysis, Rabet and his colleagues found that the cnidarian gene fits well into the bacterial family tree.  They also showed that the gene turns on in at least one jellyfish, Clytia hemisphaerica.  The same gene pops up in certain sponges, worms and fungi, suggesting it jumped between species more than once, the scientists say.  It is not yet clear how the transfer might have occurred, or why this particular gene would be so well-travelled….Scientists are finding that horizontal gene transfer, once thought to be the domain of single-celled critters, is not uncommon in the animal world, says Syvanen.  “Horizontal gene transfer with the animals is going to turn out to be more widespread than anybody believes now.  When that realization comes down, it will definitely change the way people think about evolution.”The answer seems as slippery as the jellyfish they were studying.  But the stinger-gene of evolution shows up everywhere, even when it has to hop around who knows how.1.  See online book for a calculation that the probability of getting one gene is one in 10236.With the new Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week cartoon, we welcome Brett Miller to our website talent pool.  His drawing of Emperor Charlie’s New Clothes removes all need for comment (click image for larger version).  Watch for his occasional eye-catching graphics in days to come.  Thanks, Brett!  Your cartoon made our day.See more of Brett’s work at EvidentCreation.com.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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What It’s Like To Write A Story With Microsoft’s New Surface Pro Stylus

first_img[Editor’s note: The unusual style of this article isn’t an accident. Read on to see why, if it isn’t obvious to you already.]I have never Been a fan of digital stylus pens. They are often frustrating and overly Complicated, especially in touch Screen environments. Devices that come with a Stylus tend to have different Settings and modes outside of the normal workflow that make a Stylus not worth the trouble of ditching the normal Swipe and finger approach.See also: With Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate The PC MarketMicrosoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet comes with a Stylus, so I was curious To try it out. For the surface pro, the stylus essentially acts liken mouse that is also a pen that can write and draw. The Pro Pen, as Microsoft calls it, can be both a navigational device and a digital input, giving it some of the most unique characteristics ever released in a Stylus.In case you can’t tell, I am writing this article with the stylus on the surface Pro 3. To account for accuracy, the article has been edited only lightly to show the errors of grammar and random capitalization as a byproduct of the accuracy of the pen (and, to be fair, my handwriting).The Surface Pro 3 has several different kinds of text input. It has the $99 Type Cover. The classic tablet-based screen keyboard (with two settings) and the Stylus. If You are using the Stylus, every time that the screen-based keyboard Would normally pop UP, you get a input section where you can hand write the text and the Surface will turn: into digital text. The Surface will attempt-to translate your handwriting, but, as you can see, something is often lost in the translation. That being Said, I have awful handwriting and always have.If you make q mistakable writing a word in the styles input field, you Can cross it out before inserting it into your document or app. If, once it has already seen inserted into your document, you Want to edit an error, you can highlight the word or just a letter and change it in the stylus input field. You can also tap on a word in the sellers input field to write it letter By letter for letter for better accuracy while also using Microsoft’s predicted test generator. Punctuation and numbers can be added through an option in the Stylus input field. (You think this bad, you should’ve seen it before I edited it with the Pro Pen.)As you can see, my a’s look like 9’ S or q’s and I can’t write a lower case B or S with the Pen to Save my life. Random words are capitalized and proper nouns can be difficult.Needless to say, this is not an input method for everything.I wrote this article using the desktop Word app for Windows 8. Word is probably not the app most conducive to the Pen. Microsoft touts the Surface Pro Pen with apps like Adobe’s Photoshop and its own OneNote app where writing and drawing are more natural behaviors. But, it is a novel input method and I was Curious to test out the Pro Pen in an extended Setting to test its accuracy. The first draft of this article (almost 500 words) took about an hour-and-a half.Perhaps the Pro Pen for the surface Pro 3 is not the best method for writing an article, I but it does Make for an interesting and useful mouse for the tablet-that-would-be-a-PC. Tags:#handwriting recognition#Microsoft#microsoft surface#Microsoft Word#stylus#Surface#Text#Windows#Windows 8.1 dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Quebec parents seek class action against makers of addictive Fortnite game

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec law firm is seeking authorization to launch a class action lawsuit against the makers of the Fortnite video game, alleging it is highly addictive and can cause health problems.Montreal-based Calex Legal is seeking to sue Epic Games Inc., the U.S. company behind the popular online video game, as well as its Canadian affiliate based in British Columbia.The filing is on behalf of two plaintiffs — parents of Quebec children who are 10 and 15.The children are described as highly dependent on the Fortnite video game and the parents say, had they known, they would have prevented them from downloading the game or monitored their activities more closely.The filing adds there are real physical, mental and social consequences for those who are addicted to the game.The request for authorization, filed Thursday with Quebec Superior Court, has not been approved by the court, and a spokesperson for Epic Games was not immediately available for comment.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 4, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The only jazz festival east of Montréal can continue its international development

first_imgAdvertisement RIMOUSKI, QC – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)The Government of Canada’s investment in sports and cultural events is an effective way to support actions that generate substantial economic and media spinoff in the regions in which the events are held.On the occasion of the opening of the 32nd Festi Jazz international de Rimouski (website in French only), the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, announced that $48,400 in financial assistance, in the form of a non-repayable contribution, has been granted to commercialize the 2017 and 2018 events outside Quebec. Festi Jazz Rimouski Inc. is an organization whose mission is to organize and promote the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, allowing tourists and Quebecers to discover various jazz styles. The funding awarded through CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP) will go toward hospitality for journalists and foreign representatives, advertising costs and participation in events for target markets. The project also involves the design of a new Internet site and bilingual application, English translation of the various promotional tools and the purchase of digital production equipment for Web promotion.Quote“The Government of Canada supports mobilizing and unifying projects like the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, which showcase the regions of Canada abroad. These artistic events generate significant spinoff in terms of jobs, tourism and visibility for Canada.”The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CEDQuick factsFesti Jazz Rimouski Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give jazz lovers from Bas-Saint-Laurent, the rest of Quebec and the Maritimes access to high-quality shows in an urban and maritime environment.The 2017 line-up includes 60 shows with 300 artists, including two Grandes soirées du jazz québécois, featuring many major Quebec musicians.The shows in the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, which attract over 30,000 people annually, will be presented on 15 stages in the area, including a festive site in the heart of downtown Rimouski.CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.For more information on CED’s key directions until 2021, consult Strategic Plan 2021 or visit www.dec-ced.gc.ca.Stay connectedFollow CED on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube Follow the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Medieval Times to replace all its kings with queens

first_imgThe days of a king sitting on the throne at Medieval Times castles is coming to an end.It’s now time for queens to take control at the franchise’s various locations across North America. After 34 years of kings lording over the jousting competition, all Medieval Times are undergoing a “sea change” and transitioning to queendoms.For those unaware of the goings-on at Medieval Times, here’s how things typically go: upon entry, customers are separated into different colour “teams” and the jousting knights wear the corresponding colour. The knights do battle on horseback while the customers consume a medieval-themed meal with their hands (for real, there are no utensils unless requested). You’re encouraged to be raucous and rude; as you eat, you cheer for your knight to claim victory. Login/Register With: Advertisement A new queen takes the throne at ‘Medieval Times.’ Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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