first_imgA Donegal company is expected to make a major announcement regarding future investment on Monday next.Largo Foods, which is located on the Udaras na Gaeltachta Business Park in Goath Dobhair,will also mark the official opening of a new manufacturing line.The company is involved in the production of a number of Ireland’s favourites snack foods including Tayto, King and Hunky Dorys. The official opening will be made by Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley.EndsDONEGAL COMPANY SET TO MAKE ‘CRISP’ INVESTMENT IN FUTURE was last modified: June 16th, 2011 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:Gaoth DobhairLargp FoodsÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

Bird Brains: No Evolutionary Pattern in Size

first_imgA scientist went looking for evolutionary patterns in bird brain size, but his chart shows data all over the map.  Fahad Sultan (U of Tuebingen, Germany) measured brains in a wide variety of birds, and published his results in Current Biology.1How does brain size and design influence the survival chances of a species?  A large brain may contribute to an individual’s success irrespective of its detailed composition.  I have studied the size and shape of cerebella in birds and looked for links between the bird’s cerebellar design, brain size and behavior.  My results indicate that the cerebellum in large-brained birds does not scale uniformly, but occurs in two designs.  Crows, parrots and woodpeckers show an enlargement of the cerebellar trigeminal and visual parts, while owls show an enlargement of vestibular and tail somatosensory cerebellar regions, likely related to their specialization as nocturnal raptors.  The enlargement of specific cerebellar regions in crows, parrots and woodpeckers may be related to their repertoire of visually guided goal-directed beak behavior.  This specialization may lead to an increased active exploration and perception of the physical world, much as primates use of their hands to explore their environment.  The parallel specialization seen in some birds and primates may point to the influence of a similar neuronal machine in shaping selection during phylogeny. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He measured the cerebellum (a “a highly conserved part of the brain present in most vertebrates”) in birds as diverse as turkeys, owls, robins, buzzards, flamingos, crows, woodpeckers, swifts, gulls, and lovebirds, and plotted them against body size to “relate them to functional or phylogenetic differences.”  One look at his chart, though, shows no clear pattern, although similar birds cluster together in different parts of the chart.  But there are some wide differences that seem unexpected: pheasants and turkeys, for instance, fall in different quadrants, as do phalaropes and gulls.  The only statistically significant groupings he could point to were the owls vs. the crows, parrots and woodpeckers, which he attributed to functional differences in their lifestyles.  Did he find any evolutionary mechanism that would have led to these differences?One unexpected observation was that in excellent flyers only the buzzard scores positively, and that several birds with excellent flying capabilities like the swift and falcon score negatively in the principal plane (Figure 1).  This implies that well-developed motor skills per se do not require a large cerebellum, contradicting the common idea that cerebellar size increase in birds is mainly linked to their flying capabilities.    What could be the behavioral denominator common to crows, parrots and woodpeckers that is not developed in owls?  All of these birds also have large brains; however, their cerebellar designs differ arguing against a simple co-enlargement model.  The enlargement of specific visual and beak-related cerebellar parts in crows, parrots and woodpeckers fits well with their marked adeptness in using their beaks and/or tongues to manipulate and explore external objects.  Their skills are even comparable to those of primates in using their hands.  The tight temporal coupling between motor command, expected sensory consequences and resulting afferents during visually guided hand and beak usage may be the reason why these animals need large cerebella.  The comparative analysis of the birds cerebella reveals that some brains may have enlarged to solve similar problems by similar means during phylogeny.  Furthermore it shows that large brains have a specific architecture with dedicated building blocks.1Fahad Sultan, “Why some bird brains are larger than others,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 17, 6 September 2005, pages R649-R650, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2005.08.043.Sultan uses the word phylogeny three times in this short article.  Anyone see any phylogeny here?  His only observational, scientific data are: (1) cerebellum size and structure, (2) body size, (3) functional abilities of birds for flying and beak manipulation.  The data points are all over the map.  While there are clusterings of similar bird types in some quadrants, nothing in the data suggests any kind of evolutionary trend.  Again, evolutionary biology fails at mathematical formalism (see 08/19/2005 entry).  (This exercise in futility harks back to Broca’s detailed measurements of skull size as a way of ranking humans.)  The point is not that Sultan’s measurements are worthless or uninteresting, but only that they are useless for propping up evolutionary theory.    Add this to the growing list of Rudyard Darwin’s Just-So Stories: “Why some bird brains are larger than others.”  The short answer is, they evolved that way because they needed to.  Since a woodpecker has to have quick information (“tight temporal coupling between motor command, expected sensory consequences and resulting afferents during visually guided … beak usage” – how’s that for jargon), well wouldn’t you know it, this may be the reason why they need large cerebella.  Their need is evolution’s command: “some brains may have enlarged to solve similar problems by similar means during phylogeny.”  So off Charlie sends Tinker Bell with her mutation wand and a cheerful response for poor, slow-witted Woody, One big, specialized brain, coming right up!    It must have worked, because Woody didn’t die of starvation during however many millions of years she took to get it right.  Or, maybe Woody found a way to revive vestigial genes (01/16/2003) from some ancient ancestor: Lignosaurus, the woodpecking dinosaur.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Woolies wins global responsibility award

first_img26 September 2012South African retail group Woolworths was named the 2012 international “responsible retailer of the year” alongside joint British winner Marks & Spencer at the World Retail Congress in London last week.It is the third consecutive time Woolworths has received the award.“Woolworths was shortlisted in recognition of our commitment to our sustainability programme that we call our good business journey through all facets of the business,” the retailer said in a statement.“It recognises our ongoing commitment to improving the lives of people and doing our best to protect the planet.”Four other retailers were shortlisted with Woolworths and Marks & Spencer. These were: Pick n Pay, Coop Switzerland, The Co-operative in the United Kingdom, and Turkcell Iletisim A.S. from Turkey.“This award honours our customers, shareholders, suppliers and employees who understand that our country’s future growth depends on all of us doing our bit to contribute to a better environment and society that we all share,” said Woolworths good business journey manager Justin Smith.South Africa ‘on global retail map’“It indicates yet again that South Africa is on the global retail map and is competing successfully with the best on a consistent basis.”Woolworths’ 2015 good business journey programme focuses on six areas: sustainable farming, protecting water supplies, reducing energy use, improving waste management, making a contribution to social development and supporting transformation initiatives.It is one of only five South African companies – and the country’s only retailer – to be included on the world’s most respected sustainability index, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).The DJSI was launched in 1999 and is the first global index to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies around the world.Woolworths was also named as one of the 16 sustainability champions in the developing world by the World Economic Forum, as well as being listed as one of the 10 most innovative companies in South Africa by Forbes Magazine in July this year.It was also included in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) index for 2011/12 and was named as one of the index’s best performers.“Our philosophy is that the true sustainability of a company is reliant on its continuous good performance, as well as a sustainable society and environment,” Woolworths chief executive officer, Ian Moir, said in the company’s 2012 good business journey report.“We have seen over and over again that our focus on social and environmental issues drives innovation and operational efficiencies in our business.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Federer ‘never imagined’ having chance to become oldest number one

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “The most important thing is to be healthy, I would have had great regrets if I had not come here this week. I’m very excited for tomorrow’s match, I can’t wait for it to come around.”Federer moved into the quarter-finals on Thursday with a hard-fought 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.“Tonight was complicated, I had to fight and struggle,” said Federer who has won three of the last five majors. “I had a good game plan going in, but I was never able to completely pull it off.“He came out with a clean start. I was serving well, that’s a great sign. I’d rather do that and return poorly.”ADVERTISEMENT Thursday’s win was Federer’s 13th in as many meetings against Kohlschreiber.Second seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to also reach the quarter-finals.Dimitrov has now reached a second straight quarter-final in the Dutch city, advancing with 13 aces and saving all four break points he faced.The Bulgarian will face Andrey Rublev on Friday after the 20-year-old Russian struggled for nearly two hours before finally seeing off Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).Rublev, the world number 34, forced his Bosnian opponent to save 10 of 15 break points while he saved nine of 13.Russian Daniil Medvedev joined his compatriot in the last eight by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.The two-and-a-quarter-hour contest featured 13 aces from the loser and just four from the winner. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the men’s singles final at the Australian Open against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Melbourne, Australia Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Roger Federer can become the oldest world number one on Friday, a remarkable achievement for the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who admitted he “never imagined” he’d get the opportunity.The 36-year-old faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open where victory will allow him to replace old rival and close friend Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Goldwin Monteverde gets UE coaching post The Swiss would surpass Andre Agassi, who held the top spot in 2003 aged 33 years and 131 days.It would be Federer’s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top spot in February 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is an exciting challenge, I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year,” said Federer who was as low as 17 in the world in January last year before he returned to form with the Australian Open title.“I never imagined this after my (February 2016) knee surgery. Number one is a tough place to get to. View commentslast_img read more

Indian men beat Nigeria, clinch bronze in table tennis

first_imgShrugging off the disappointment of a 1-3 semifinal loss to England, Indian men’s team spanked Nigeria 3-0 in third place play-off to clinch the bronze in the Commonwealth Games’ table tennis competition in New Delhi on Saturday.It was an easy win for the Indians, who were off-colour in the final-four clash on Friday and had failed to match their opponents in every department of the game.On Saturday, Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal gave the hosts a winning start, beating Akinade A Quadri 3-0 and then A Amalraj eased past Monday Merotohun with an identical scoreline at the Yamuna Sports Complex.In the third tie, Abishek Ravichandran lost the first set 14-16 to Seun Ajetunmobi, but soon found his touch and clinched three sets back to back (11-6, 11-8, 11-7) to ensure a podium finish for the home side.Although the paddlers were happy with their performance on Saturday, they continue to rue their defeat to the British side in the previous match.”Today we played good and did not give much chances to them. But I am feeling bad, because if we would have defeated England it would have been better,” Amalraj told after the match.”Yesterday they (England) were playing better and were also quite comfortable with Sharath,” he added.However, he was happy to win his first CWG medal, that also in front of the home support. “But the mood of the team members is fine. We have won the bronze and we are happy for that.”advertisementAbishek said, “It is the first CWG medal for me too. We got a good start in the match and after that it was not very tough to beat Nigeria. We also got good support from the crowd.”But it would have been more special had we overcome England,” he added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Star Trek 4 movie reportedly shelved but more shows on the way

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe cinematic future of the Star Trek Enterprise looks a bit grim. Paramount Pictures While Star Trek: Discovery is impressing fans with an extra dose of “action, wit and color,” it looks like the Star Trek 4 movie has been put on hold indefinitely. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)Star Trek’s first female director, S.J. Clarkson, is jumping off the Enterprise to direct the upcoming HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series, Deadline reported Tuesday. In August 2018, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth (who played Kirk’s father in the 2009 Star Trek film) might not rejoin the series due to contract problems. With both the director gone and two of the stars walking away due to salary disputes, Star Trek 4 sadly won’t be engaging audiences anytime soon. Paramount Pictures didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  But Star Trek fans shouldn’t feel too distraught. In addition to Star Trek: Discovery, fans also have more than one new animated series to look forward to.On Tuesday, producer and writer Alex Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter there’ll be a “minimum of two” animated series as he continues to build out the Star Trek franchise.In addition to Star Trek: Lower Decks (the half-hour animated comedy from Rick and Morty producer Mike McMahan), CBS All Access has ordered two more installments of shortform series Star Trek: Short Treks. If that’s not enough new Star Trek shows for fans, there’s also the Patrick Stewart-led untitled Picard series, a Star Trek: Discovery spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh, and The Starfleet Academy from producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage in the works.Season 2 of Discovery premieres on CBS All Access in the US on Jan. 17, and on Netflix around the world. The new season begins with an episode titled Brother, which picks up right where season 1 left off with the arrival of the Enterprise. 14 Photos Tags Share your voice Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Star Trek: Discovery taps classic fun for new season: From the return of Spock to the lighter tone, this IS your father’s Star Trek. Star Trek: Discovery cast members on the tech they’d phase-blast away How Star Trek: Discovery’s Spock differs from the classic Nimoy take Star Trek: Lower Decks have you excited? Give the ’70s cartoon a try TV and Movies Every Star Trek: Discovery season 2 photo so far Comments Game of Thrones HBO CBS Star Trek Netflix 14 More Star Treklast_img read more

BJP will not come back to power CM

first_imgBankura/Purulia/Kharagpur: Accusing Narendra Modi of talking nonsense as he is suffering from fear of defeat, Trinamool Congress supremo said the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23, the day when the Lok Sabha election result is declared.Addressing a mammoth rally in Bankura on Thursday afternoon, she clearly indicated that BJP will not come back to power in Delhi and said: “Modi is talking nonsense as he is suffering from the fear of defeat and the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAt Purulia, Banerjee challenged Modi to prove that his party leaders are involved with the coal mafia as alleged by him. “The Central Industrial Police Force (CISF) guards the coal mines which are under the Ministry of Coal and BJP leaders are its agents. Instead of blaming them, Modi is blaming us. If he can prove that any of my leaders are involved in the matter, I will withdraw the candidature of 42 candidates but if he fails to prove his allegation, he will have to tender apology and do 100 sit-ups holding his ears.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn Bankura, Banerjee alleged that to please Modi, seven-phase elections are being held in Bengal. “It is impossible to bear the heat but still polls are being conducted so that Modi can come and address election rallies. He is least bothered about the people who are suffering from unbearable heat and incredible stressful conditions.” Banerjee said that BJP had used power to hold Modi’s meeting in Bankura. “There are 50 owners of the land and out of them only 17 had allowed the party to hold the meeting. BJP used force to hold the rally at the venue,” she said. The Chief Minister further added: “Modi had influenced police to get clean chit in Godhra and Gujarat riot incidents.” She also alleged that BJP workers threw chairs and bottles at the police. “Modi babu, this is your culture and not ours. Such incidents do not happen in the meetings of Trinamool Congress leaders,” she said. Banerjee added: “He does not know about our culture and heritage. He says that I do not allow Durga Puja in Bengal. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held and more than one crore Saraswati Pujas are organised throughout Bengal. He is so shameless that he does not do any homework before addressing the election meetings.” Banerjee urged people to vote for party nominees Subrata Mukherjee, former state minister for Panchayats and Rural Development in Bankura and Mriganka Mahato in Purulia. “Your one vote will help Trinamool to consolidate its position in Delhi and help to form a stable, secular and pro-development government.” Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday hailed his Banerjee as a “Bengal tigress” and said she had “taught a lesson” to the Prime Minister. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief attended her election rally in Kharagpur in support of her party’s Lok Sabha candidate Manas Bhunia.last_img read more

Buy 1 get 2nd at 50 off with Sunwings BOGO sale

first_img Posted by Buy 1, get 2nd at 50% off with Sunwing’s BOGO sale Monday, November 12, 2018 Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Sunwing is bringing back its popular BOGO sale, but for one week only.With the sale, clients can buy one vacation package and get the second at 50% off when purchasing select vacation packages from a range of resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.Bookings must be made by Nov. 16 for departure dates from January 2019 onwards.Clients can also take advantage of cruise packages with Norwegian Cruise Line departing from select airports throughout February.Moreover, Canadians who book with Sunwing during this promotion can get more value with perks like Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, unlimited specialty dining, discounted spa treatments and exclusive access to private beach and pool areas.Participating resorts include the brand new Grand Memories Punta Cana featuring stylish accommodations that can fit five or more guests as well as access to one of the largest on-site water parks in the Caribbean.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionAlso included in the promotion is the Riu Dunamar on Playa Mujeres beach in Cancun. This family-friendly resort features its own water park, complimentary non-motorized water sports like kayaking, a supervised kids club, the Renova Spa and a host of RIU-topia perks such as in-room liquor dispensers and reservation-free dining at specialty restaurants.There’s also Sunscape Splash Montego Bay located near Dunn’s River Falls, which also includes a pirate-themed water park complete with 250-foot waterslides.All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. Tags: Sales, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Missing man in Marsalforn Bay found

first_imgA missing man that was reported missing in Marsalforn Bay in the early hours of this morning, has been found.A police spokesperson told that the man, who was last seen holding on to a buoy late last night.His disappearance was initially reported to the police at 2AM, prompting police and a helicopter from the Armed Forces of Malta to carry out a joint search.The police initially said that they had found a number of items which they believe belonged to the missing man.The man was discovered at around 8.30AM in a car and understood to be in good health.The man’s name is Kenny Davidson.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more