Donegal searches follow seizure of Seven million contraband cigarettes

first_img Facebook Donegal searches follow seizure of Seven million contraband cigarettes Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – March 11, 2011 Previous articleDonegal man recounts Japanese earthquake experienceNext articleRoads passable despite snowfall News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Newsx Advertscenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Seven million contraband cigarettes have been seized by Revenue’s Customs Service as part of Operation Marble.They were found in a 40 foot container which had arrived at Dublin Port from China via Rotterdam and were described as Ceramic Tiles.The truck was later stopped in Co Louth and follow up searches were carried out at two private premises in Co Donegal.It’s believed the cigarettes have an estimated retail value of three million euro and represent a potential loss to the exchequer of around two and a half million euro.Several individuals in both Co. Donegal and Co. Louth have been interviewed. Twitter Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Radium Girls’ premieres at Saint Mary’s

first_imgWith just three day’s worth of rehearsal remaining, director Richard Baxter changed his vision for the upcoming Saint Mary’s fall production, “Radium Girls.” Something was simply not working in the last scene, and instead of making minor adjustments, he threw out the ending altogether, Baxter said.   “What you see is nothing I set out to direct … So much changes when you get in the [stage] space,” Baxter said. “You’re constantly changing things … That’s what I love about this.” Interpreting the script by award-winning playwright D.W. Gregory, Baxter said he directs a cast of 15 Saint Mary’s students ranging from first-years to seniors along with several of the College’s male professors and two male community members to tell a compelling story of young factory workers who begin a campaign for justice after being sickened by radium-laced paint on the job in 1920’s New Jersey. The play, which will premiere Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Little Theater in the Moreau Center for the Arts, takes place over a period of 20 years with a majority of its focus in the 1920’s during a time when radium was considered a miracle substance believed to cure cancer and other illnesses when in fact the element had the opposite effect, Baxter said.   “Directing this play makes me think of two things:  It makes me think, ‘How do we apply the ‘Golden Rule,’ how do we really treat each other the way we want to be treated?’ The second is, ‘What kind of radium products do we have now?’” Baxter said.    Radium is one of several prevalent themes present in all aspects of the show, including the colors in the costumes, costume designer Melissa Bialko said. “The things that I really tried to visualize were simply the colors of radium and what you’d stereotypically think of radium to be, so it’s sort of hitting the audience over the head, but it’s fun as well,” Bialko said. “There’s a lot of yellows and greens, and then there are supplemental blues and purples and neutral colors.”   Baxter and theatre professor Katie Sullivan chose to stage “Radium Girls” after considering several other works. The selection process involved keeping a thematic four-year cycle in mind in order to make sure students coming into the theatre program are exposed to a variety of styles, time periods, playwrights and venues.  “As I read [“Radium Girls”], it filled all the criteria that we had set out.  We wanted something that would involve as many female actors as we could find, something that wasn’t too technically demanding, something that we think we can costume [and] something we could produce in a small space,” Baxter said.   “The big thing is we wanted a good story, something that was compelling and interesting.  At the end of that process, we felt this was the best choice.  It was very cinematic.  There are a lot of short scenes that are tightly woven.  It’s a compelling story.  It’s about social justice.  It has a lot of female characters, the time period works, [and] that’s how we decided to do the play.” Baxter was already familiar with “Radium Girls” because of his personal connections with the playwright through his wife, Baxter said.   “D. [W. Gregory] had sent me a script last year to see if I had any interest in it, and I did, but I didn’t have any venue for it,” Baxter said.   Senior theatre major and stage manager Molly B. Goodman said she had no knowledge of the play prior to its selection, but her subsequent research led her to also find connections within its context. “I actually have family from New Jersey so I talked to my grandparents that live out there about what was happening, and they remembered people talking about it when they were growing up, so it was interesting to hear that,” Goodman said. Baxter said the show’s success derives from crew members’ extra efforts.   “You have to be selfless enough to say what’s better for [the] play, what’s better for the crew, what’s better for the cast, what’s better for the audience, and if you do that then you can really collaborate well,” Baxter said.  The play will run Thursday through Sunday, and Gregory will take part in a panel discussion Friday titled, “Radium Girls, Opening the Doors of Justice” about the labor issues explored in the play. The talk, coordinated by the College’s justice education program, will take place at 1 p.m. in Welsh Parlor of Haggar College Center.  Contact Emilie Kefalas at [email protected]last_img read more

Barca face La Liga expulsion if Catalonia splits

first_imgBarcelona would not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia broke away from Spain, the country’s football league chief Javier Tebas said as tensions mounted in the region over the possibility of an independence referendum next month.Politics have been interwoven with the football club almost since it was formed and is summed up by the team’s motto: ‘more than a club’.Barca’s role in pushing the Catalan nationalist cause varies depending on the board in power, but it always plays a central role in cultural life.The present board, first under president Sandro Rosell and now Josep Maria Bartomeu, have taken a back-seat role in the heated debate currently taking place in the region about whether to hold an independence referendum on November 9.Catalan independence would clearly impact on the future of Barca, who, along with Real Madrid, are the major powerhouses of the Spanish game with support throughout the country.In the event that Barca did leave La Liga then it would severely weaken the image of the competition at home and abroad. Similarly it would be hard to imagine Barca and local rivals Espanyol competing in a Catalan league, which would have many semi-professional teams.”If Catalonia became independent, taking into consideration the Sports Law that would be enforced by the rest of Spain, Barcelona wouldn’t be allowed to play,” Tebas, the president of the LFP, told a sports conference in Barcelona.”There would have to be a change in the law made in the Spanish Parliament.”Clearly if it happened then it would be detrimental for Spanish football to lose Barca who are an historic club.”I can’t imagine the LFP without Barca. In the same way as I can’t imagine Catalonia without Spain, I can’t see La Liga without Barca. Also if it did happen what would you call the league: the Spanish League or the Iberian League?” Barca supporters aligned with former-president Joan Laporta are calling on the club to be more vocal in support of the referendum.Laporta, who was president from 2003 to 2010, wanted the club to be at the forefront of Catalan nationalist politics, which angered many fans, particularly those from other parts of Spain who felt alienated.The present board though are less committal.”It is a sensitive subject and the club won’t get involved but the president is considering making a statement in the coming days,” said a Barca spokesman.Xavi and Gerard Pique, however, are among the Barca players who have come out in support of a referendum, following a September rally in Barcelona in favour of the vote, attended by 1.8 million people according to the police. “We have all the right in the world to vote. We need to vote, we need the people to show their opinions and I am in favour of the referendum obviously,” Xavi told a news conference.Both he and Pique were or currently are Spain internationals and the latter says that he still gives his all when playing for La Roja.”I am Catalan and I wanted to take part in the rally. I went with friends to have a good time with the other 1.8 million that were there,” Pique told a news conference.”There is no need to doubt me. I have played for the national team for 11 years and it is something different to be in favour of a referendum which is democratic. People should have the right to vote and this has nothing to do with the other.”last_img read more

Gold Line extension proposal would boost Ontario Airport

first_imgIn what would be a a multibillion-dollar plan to ease congestion at Los Angeles International Airport, city officials on Tuesday proposed extending the Gold Line light-rail system to provide direct service to Ontario Airport. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, joined by officials from San Bernardino County and Ontario, said he will urge the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and federal officials to consider funding the line’s extension from Azusa to the airport to help increase passenger access to the facility. “Right now, Ontario has 7.9 million passengers a year,” Villaraigosa said at a City Hall news conference. “We hope to see it grow to 30 million a year to take some of the traffic from LAX. “Anyone who has been on the 405 Freeway today can tell you that LAX is already at the tipping point,” Villaraigosa said. That cost could more than double if the line were extended to Ontario, officials estimate. Littman said Metro has already identified some $50 billion in transit improvements needed for the region, but has only about $4 billion in funds. “If it was to be extended, we would need to find some other sources of revenue,” Littman said. The city of Los Angeles owns and operates the Ontario facility, and Ontario officials have supported its expansion. Villaraigosa said the Union Station FlyAway to Ontario Airport already carries 600,000 passengers a year. Part of the plan is to try to persuade the airlines to move more of their service to Ontario from LAX. Villaraigosa said city officials hope to raise maintenance and landing fees at LAX as an incentive for the airlines to move east. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There is no question that regionalization has to be the answer for Los Angeles and surrounding areas. … “We have to find a way to take passengers from LAX, … and Ontario has to be a major source of the air traffic from Southern California.” But Ontario Mayor Paul Leon said the plan will have to be accompanied by ways to deal with traffic. “If we don’t plan ahead, we will end up with the same problems that exist around LAX,” Leon said. Leon and San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt pledged to work with Villaraigosa to lobby for federal funds to help Metro finance a Gold Line extension. Metro spokesman Mark Littman said current plans for the Gold Line call for extending it by 22 miles to Azusa from Sierra Madre at an estimated price tag of $1.7 billion. last_img read more

How Darwin Storytelling Permeates Society

first_img(Visited 574 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Everywhere you go, you get Darwin Just-So Stories. You can’t travel or read the newspaper without them.The BBBB (Big Brother Bearded Buddha) is the totalitarian dictator of science. His doctrine is never questioned. Whatever you observe in nature, “it evolved” according to the Stuff Happens Law (i.e., natural selection). No alternative explanations are ever given a hearing, because they have all been expelled. When society’s doctors, teachers, park rangers and tour guides have all been steeped in the teachings of Charlie & Charlie (i.e., Lyell & Darwin) since their youth, that’s all they know. They have also been trained to mock ‘creationists’ and Darwin doubters vehemently in knee-jerk fashion. Just look what happens whenever a politician meekly professes belief in God as Creator. The BM (Big Media) go nuts in mockery of anyone who does not bow the knee to BS (Big Science) that, despite its creationary origin, has sold out to Darwin. For a politician, it could be a career-limiting move.Few are the reporters who can look at a Darwin just-so story logically, and show that it is just silly.Here’s a recent example from a local Sunday paper (30 Sept 2018). A reader asks a question, and a local Darwin priest (in this case, Keith Roach, M.D., a contributing editor to the paper) is ready with his storybook. There is always one answer: Whatever exists, it evolved. Even in the case of private parts, no intelligent design can be claimed.There is a question that has intrigued me for years: What is the purpose of underarm and pubic hair? I guess, for that matter, what is the purpose of any body hair, and hair on your head?ANSWER: Hair provides protection from the sun, and regulates body temperature. Many evolutionary biologists believe our distant ancestors began losing most body hair when we began walking upright.Axillary (underarm) and pubic hair are thought to be conserved [against natural selection] because they reduce friction, wick moisture away from the skin, and provide a small degree of protection and as part of sexual selection, possibly due to pheromones, hormones that act outside the body to attract others.Notice that the reader asked about the purpose of something. Does Darwinism know anything about purpose? The doctor acknowledges several good functions for hair, but attributes them all to evolution. Why not thank our Maker, that He thought of everything for our comfort? Oh, but that would be religious! That would be a denial of science! Silence! Bring in the “evolutionary biologists” bearing the imprimatur, and let them give the official ‘scientific’ version of what happened. The priests of Darwin close their eyes, envisioning deep time. They see unknown apes turning into humans, climbing out of the trees. The beings stand upright. Their hair falls off. At least, most of it falls off. Darwin has been vindicated again!How silly is Dr Roach’s story? Let us count the ways.How do you get purpose out of a purposeless process?What does walking upright have to do with loss of body hair? Nothing. Naked mole rats crawl underground. Pigs have very thin body hair, but walk on all fours. Meerkats stand upright often, but have body hair all over. Humans actually have body hair almost all over their skin, even on the smooth parts, but much of it is short, thin, and nearly invisible (vellus hair).Gorillas spend little time in the trees. Why didn’t they lose their body hair, if this is a law of nature?Why would blind evolution not ‘conserve’ the very thing—hair—that regulates our body temperature and provides protection from the sun?Because of the ‘cost of fitness,’ every hominid who kept its body hair had to die.If hair loss was a consequence of human evolution, why do males have beards and more body hair than females? Are they less fit?What hairy female hominid would date a naked male? Wouldn’t she think it was weird? She would be repulsed by the freak.Is reducing friction so vastly important to human life as to require the death to all who lacked axillary and pubic hair?How many women are attracted to underarm BO?If underarm pheromones attract mates, why do we use deodorant?Dr Roach, please list all the mutations that were selected in this change from full hair to limited hair.If loss of body hair is such a good thing, why haven’t all mammals evolved into naked forms by now?Who cares what “many evolutionary biologists believe”? How many did he ask?Is Dr Roach aware of the criticisms of sexual selection among evolutionary biologists themselves? (e.g., 30-Jan-2016).Why not invite critics of Darwinism into this explanatory exercise?This is not an exhaustive list by any means. If a list like this were given print space in the newspaper, people would laugh out loud at the Darwin story after thinking about it. Instead, it gets passed off to a vulnerable public as “scientific explanation” giving the world “understanding” – thanks to Charles Darwin, the BBBB.A little thought shows that an evolutionist could explain anything by the same storytelling method. He can appeal to the same ‘mechanism’ of natural selection (in quotes, because it is not a mechanism at all, but a post-hoc rationalization) to explain opposite things: full body hair, and nakedness. Darwinian explanations are vacuous.If you look at the actual functions of even these mundane realities, you would come to a drastically different explanation: that whoever made us took great care and concern for our pleasure. He reduced the chafing in parts of the body that see skin-on-skin contact. He wicked away moisture in those parts, too. He made the human sexes distinct, each beautiful in their own way, to be attractive to one another. Even small benefits that do not necessarily increase survival were provided for, showing evidence of a loving, caring Creator.Of interest to men: Have you ever noticed that the two testicles are asymmetric on two axes? One hangs lower, and one is a little farther from the body. This asymmetry appears to reduce collisions, which could cause discomfort or pain during running and other activity. The Darwinian explanation would have us believe that every male without these small adaptations perished until they became established in the population. Doesn’t it make more sense to see that our Creator thought of everything, even small things that don’t appear to affect survival? Remember that in Darwinism, every tiny beneficial change, down to the level of the fold in every protein, had to happen by accident. Think of the trillions of beneficial mutations that would have to occur out of nowhere. Each one, furthermore, would have to be ‘selected’ far enough to predominate in the entire population of evolving humans, or they would evaporate. Dr Roach tries to have it both ways. He wants gradual mutation and selection to cause every change from ape-like ancestors, but he wants other things to be “conserved” against Darwin’s inexorable force. Until enough people see the fallacies in Darwinian stories, and rise up and laugh out loud, the nonsense will continue.last_img read more

Smart Meters Save Water in San Francisco

first_imgSan Francisco has spent $56 million on smart water meters that allow residential and commercial customers to track how much water they’re using, all part of a voluntary effort to reduce water consumption by 10%, according to an article posted at SFGate.The program, launched on May 21, has placed the meters in 180,000 homes and businesses as California tries to cope with an extended drought. According to the SFGate report, the city has had trouble so far in meeting its 10% conservation goal.Smart meters use the same technology as smart electric meters that have been installed by many utilities. The new water meters track consumption and send the data wirelessly to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission four times a day. Consumers can look at the information as it’s received and compare consumption to past use as well as city averages.According to the report, less than 10% of the state has the smart-meter technology, although many water districts have looked into it. “It’s an emerging technology,” Water Resources efficiency manager Peter Brostrom told SFGate. “It’s not widespread.”last_img read more