NewsLocal NewsMurphy rallies support for AAA in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 18, 2015 1065 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivilleCllr John LoftusCllr Paul KellerlimerickPaul Murphy TDSocialist Party Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick GAA weekend fixturesNext articleValuation day for antiques and collectables Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email AAA councillors John Loftus, Cian Prendiville and Paul Keller with Deputy Paul Murphy (pic by: Krzysztof Luszczki)OVER 200 people attended an Anti Austerity Alliance meeting in the city last night to hear Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy speak.Local AAA councillor Cian Prendiville said it was an honour to have Deputy Murphy speaking in Limerick. He also hailed the huge turnout and reception Paul received as “a sign that the people of Limerick stand shoulder to shoulder with Jobstown and against political policing”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up During his visit Murphy spoke about the Jobstown arrests, the future for the anti water charges movement and the need for a strong anti-austerity political alternative. “Imagine, for a second, if rather than being the Irish State arresting opposition members of parliament and protesters, this was instead taking place in Greece, under the Syriza government. Police being sent on dawn raids into a community every morning to arrest teenagers, teachers, councillors and TDs for their involvement in a sit down protest,” said Deputy Murphy.“The papers would be full of news of it, and editorials decrying it as an attack on democracy. This is part of a concerted effort to try to discredit and criminalise the water charges movement, and the AAA in particular, in the eyes of ordinary people,” he claimed.“This is a sign that we have them worried. They are scared of the AAA. They know we are not like the others. We don’t simply talk the talk, we walk the walk. The establishment are used to parties speaking out against the rule of the one per cent, but then going along, abiding by their rules and forming some rotten coalition. They know we will not do that, instead we will fight tooth and nail for the 99 per cent – and that scares them.”Deputy Murphy also appealed for people who support the ideals of the AAA to get involved. “Now is not the time for staying on the sidelines. We need people to get active, get involved, and help us to build a major political alternative. We have to think big. Here in Limerick, ye need to be making plans to ensure that the AAA win a Dail seat here in the next election. That requires a lot of work, but I believe it can be done. Right across the country, we need anti-water charge groups standing candidates, and building a principled anti austerity alternative. We need people to get involved with us in building that alternative,” he concluded. Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Facebook WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement
A US judge denied on Saturday a request by the Trump administration for an injunction to block publication of a book by Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton that alleges the president sought China’s help to win re-election.”While Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy,” US District Judge Royce Lamberth said in his ruling.The administration had sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the publication of “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” saying it contained classified information and threatened national security. The book, scheduled to hit store shelves on Tuesday, is already in the hands of media organizations.”Defendant Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States. He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability,” the judge wrote.But he said an injunction would be too late to stem the harm. “With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe —many in newsrooms — the damage is done,” Lamberth said.Lamberth also said Bolton had acted unilaterally by proceeding to publish without waiting for prepublication review by the government. A civil suit is pending against Bolton that seeks to force him to give the United States the right to all of the profits from the book.Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House to fly to a campaign rally in Oklahoma, Trump again charged that Bolton had released classified information and lauded the judge’s rebuke of Bolton as “a great ruling.””The judge was very powerful in his statement on classified information and very powerful also on the fact that the country will get the money, any money he makes,” Trump said. “Whatever he makes, he’s going to be giving back.”In a later interview with Fox News Channel, Trump called what Bolton did “treasonous.””He should go to jail for that for many, many years,” he said.Publishers Simon & Schuster and Bolton’s lawyer Charles Cooper welcomed the ruling. “We respectfully take issue, however, with the Court’s preliminary conclusion at this early stage of the case that Ambassador Bolton did not comply fully with his contractual prepublication obligation to the government,” Cooper said in a statement.Bolton’s book has drawn wide attention for its withering portrayal of Trump. Bolton describes Trump as imploring Chinese President Xi Jinping for help in winning his 2020 re-election bid, and details alleged improprieties not addressed in Trump’s impeachment trial.Trump ousted Bolton, a foreign policy hawk, last September after 17 months as national security adviser. Topics :
Offshore Technology conference– as Guyanese contingent showcases local technology in TexasGuyana made its presence known at the opening of a three-day conference on Monday in Houston, Texas, with several booths showcasing what the country has to offer as it created opportunities for business and networking.(second from right) Chief Executive Officer of GO-Invest, Owen Verwey and Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes interacting with other attendeesThe Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is being held this year under the theme “OTC: The Next 50 Years”.Speaking at a recently held press conference, President of GCCI Nicholas Boyer said that participation at the OTC is necessary for local content development. He had noted that it allows for Guyanese businesses to learn and seek partnerships in pursuit of the emerging opportunities in the South American country.GCCI represents more than 240 companies in Guyana and has been advocating for local content development, with emphasis on oil and gas, over the past two years.“Participating at OTC will help us to bring more of the supply chain on to Guyana’s shores,” he said. “It was very important that Guyana has representation at this conference, and as such, in January, I reached out to the CEO of GO-Invest and the Ministry of Business to pursue a partnership so that we can ensure there is an adequate representation.”“One of the key things we are aiming for in this mission is first education, secondly connection and networking. The underpinning of these two is to promote local content,” he saidMeanwhile, the Business Ministry on its social media page posted the Guyanese contingent interacting with other high-level experts in the field.“This year, 24 representatives of Guyanese companies are in Houston, Texas, to market their companies, interact with potential investors and partners and to learn of modern advances in the oil and gas sector. Guyana’s participation at the conference is being coordinated by the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI),” the Ministry said in its post.Before leaving to attend the Conference, Chief Executive Officer of GO-Invest, Owen Verwey told media operatives on Thursday that Guyana will form part of more than 60,000 that will be in attendance and it will create opportunities for business networking and education sharing among Guyana and other countries.He had explained that the goal of the mission is to foster relations with other oil-producing companies to benefit the country and its economy. Furthermore, Verwey said the aim is to allow members of the Guyana delegation to network with other participants, as well as to gather relevant information on the offshore oil and gas sector.“We will have two booths at the Conference and we will be looking into specific activities that are Guyana-focused and that will also complement OTC activity that is Guyana-focused, with emphasis on the country’s upcoming oil and gas industry,” Verwey explained.There will also be a Guyana night of information sharing and networking in collaboration with a major partner ExxonMobil.Some of the businesses attending the conference include Roraima Airways, Hughes Fields and Stoby, Ramps Logistics, GTT, Guyana National Shipping Corporation, Sterling and Japarts.The Offshore Technology Conference was founded in 1969 and forms a series of conferences and exhibitions focused on the exchanging of technical knowledge relevant to the development of offshore energy resources, primarily oil and natural gas.
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Small fish living in Devil’s Hole became isolated just hundreds of years ago, not thousands.Talk about a radical revision in science; evolutionists have been telling the public that fish in an isolated habitat called Devil’s Hole in Nevada became separated from their parent population over 10,000 years ago, and have evolved as a new species ever since. But now, just centuries?Devil’s Hole is a water reservoir 100 meters deep in a cavern that opens to the surface. The water is almost 90° F, enough to kill most other fish in hours, but the small blue desert pupfish swim unharmed in this unique environment. Evolutionists had said they’ve been stuck there since prehistoric times. Now, based on a genetic analysis, Nature “rewrites the story” of this fish species trapped in a single hole:Many researchers thought that the fish species had been isolated in its cavern from around 13,000 years ago — the last time major flooding occurred in the region. But Christopher Martin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his colleagues say that genetic sequencing suggests that the pupfish became trapped in Devils Hole somewhere between 105 and 830 years ago — and since then has continued to exchange genes with neighbouring populations of pupfish species.“That was the big surprise,” says Martin. “Every few hundred years there’s a fish or two that’s moving between the desert springs.” The fish either somehow move over land, he says, or are transported as eggs stuck to the feet of water birds.This implies that the morphological changes that characterize this species also occurred rapidly. The differences are slight; the article only lists “reduced aggression, larger eyes and missing pelvic fins” — but these are variations, not speciation traits, especially if these fish continue to exchange genes with neighboring populations.“This is a very interesting paper, and it deals with a fascinating study system. The short timeframe of evolution is really remarkable,” says Simon Ho, a computational evolutionary biologist at the University of Sydney, Australia. Ho says that the study adds to a growing body of evidence that some species might be much younger than earlier genetic comparisons had suggested, because DNA mutation rates can be very high over a short period of time.Random mutations would certainly be mostly deleterious, however. It would seem that genetic variations in this case were pre-programmed for robustness in harsh environments. “It’s amazing the fish can survive in there for a day,” lead researcher Christopher Martin [UNC Chapel Hill] commented. Other species of pupfish survive in highly saline pools, remnants of Lake Manly that once filled Death Valley almost 600 feet deep.The BBC News has photos of Devil’s Hole and the pupfish. The article quotes Martin giving his best guess that the fish arrived during a flood in historic times. “The ages we’ve come up with for the Devils Hole fish do overlap with the great flood of 1862, which was the largest rainfall event ever recorded for California/Nevada.” He suggests other possible means of transport, including eggs transferred on vegetation stuck to birds’ feet or directly by Native Americans.New Scientist gives additional reasons why the story of this fish’s long evolutionary history is untenable.“Devil’s Hole is one of the most ridiculous fish habitats I’ve seen,” says Martin. “The water temperature would kill most fish within hours.”The fish’s continued existence puzzled him, because genetic theory predicts that such tiny populations ought to go extinct within a few hundred years because of inbreeding or bad luck [e.g., deleterious mutations or local catastrophes -Ed.].Since they’re there, they must share genes or not be that old. And if they’re not that old, this relaxes the need to conserve them. If indeed they’ve only been isolated for an estimated 255 years, and if other fish came and went in Devil’s Hole, these fish could be “reincarnated” if they died out (from another headline on New Scientist quoting a different Dr. Martin):If so, conservationists’ primary aim should be to preserve this process, rather than the species that is there now, says Andrew Martin, a conservation biologist at the University of Colorado in Boulder.The study suggests that protecting the connectivity of this region will be essential for this cycle of rebirth to continue.Devil’s Hole is formally part of Death Valley National Park, but access is restricted to scientific research. The Nature article includes a photo of scuba divers deep in this cavern that gets no direct sunlight for two months of the year. It also mentions some of the reasoning that caused earlier scientists to expect a long isolation period:[Christopher] Martin and his colleagues built up a family tree of pupfish species by examining differences in their DNA. To calibrate the dates of splits in this family tree, they relied partly on geological evidence from Lake Chichancanab basin in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. That basin now contains several pupfish species, but it was dry 8,000 years ago, so the species there now are likely to have diverged from the common ancestor they share with other pupfish only after that drought.That reasoning has been falsified by the new genetic evidence. Another expert on pupfish thinks that pupfish, “among the hardiest of animals,” could have survived in isolated patches of surface water in the Yucatan basin. If so, “the forming of the basin may not have marked such a definite splitting point in the pupfish family tree.” As usual, further study will be needed, he says. Either way, “the Devils Hole pupfish are incredible fish,” Nature concludes.The design of these incredible, hardy animals is more interesting than minor details about their pelvic fins, larger eyes or reduced aggression. Pupfish are incredible for their complex systems that could never have arisen by unguided processes. Moreover, the Creator designed creatures for robustness so that they could fill the Earth even as the environment changed. Rapid morphological adaptions to isolated environments, based on their inherent variability, exhibit forethought in a great design plan—not “selection” of random mistakes in the genes over long periods of time.Just three years ago, an evolutionist called the Devil’s Hole pupfish “one of the most comprehensive snapshots of natural selection in the wild” (1/23/13). (Note: two years earlier, another evolutionist spoke of it as an evolutionary “burst of fireworks”—5/11/11). Once again, we see evolutionary notions of slow, gradual change over long ages to be wrong. It’s funny to think of an Indian dropping some fish in this hole while Boston patriots were getting fed up about King George’s rule in 1761, or even as recently as the year IBM incorporated in 1911. (Visited 88 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Marcos Alonso doesn’t understand why team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi would leave Chelsea for Bayern Munich and urged him to remain patientBayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed reports on Wednesday over their “great interest” in Hudson-Odoi.The 18-year-old winger is understood to be frustrated with his role at Chelsea this season with just 42 minutes of Premier League action under his belt.While Hudson-Odoi has started in both of the Blues’ last two games, in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, he remains heavily tipped to make a move to Germany this month.But Alonso feels that Hudson-Odoi won’t find a bigger club than Chelsea and urged his young team-mate to stick it out and fight for his place in the team.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He is a good player, but he is very young,” said Alonso, according to the Independent.“He needs to have patience and to be hungry and fight for a place in this team.“That is all he needs to do, he has all the conditions to be a great player, now it is up to him to fight for a place here or try to find more minutes somewhere else.“Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team, the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, I don’t know why someone would go to Bayern Munich.”Maurizio Sarri’s side will host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in their next Premier League match.