LETTERKENNY ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES

first_imgTHERE will be a club meeting on Monday night at 8pm in Aura. All committee members are asked to attend. Michael Black stormed to victory in the inaugural 5miles New Year run in Letterkenny on Sunday. The local sporting fitness businessman and chairman of LAC clocked a superb time of 26.48 to take the honours, a minute ahead of club colleague, Ivan Toner (2nd – 27.36) and 24/7 Triathlon club member and well known local coach, Adam Speer (27.44).A total of 108 athletes put their toes to the line for the race and despite a stiff head win in the first section of the race the route produced very good times.The ever improving, Noreen McGettigan of LAC, won the senior womens race finishing 28th overall in a time of 32.25. The Kilmacrennan based athlete was ahead of club colleague Margaret Kelly (36th overall) in a time of 33.18 while Maria Boyle took third place in the women’s race with a time of 33.50.Elsewhere, the evergreen and inspirational Kevin Toner was first Over-60 finishing 27th overall in a time of 32.13 while Marty Gormley (17th overall in a time of 30.08) ahead of well known local financial consultant, Garvan McCloskey (31st- 32..38).Popular John Daly (12th overall- 29.46) was the first man home in the Over-40 category ahead of the improving Ciaran O’Donnell (23rd- 31.35).It was a very pleasing result for Ciaran on two fronts as he was one of the key organisers and brainchild behind staging the event. “We’re delighted with the turnout. It goes to show the appetite for good quality racing and there are more and more people getting into the sport which is great to see,” he said.Special mention must be made of husband and wife team, Seamus and Marjorie Morrison who along with their young son, Darragh, competed. Roll on a promising year ahead for all three.Three of Letterkenny AC’s leading track athletes had good runs in the British Midland Championships in Sheffield at the weekend.Dan Mooney set a new personal best in the 1,500 metres when clocking 3.46.02 to finish second in the A race. His club mate, Ruairi Finnegan, posted a time of 3.50.79 in the same race. Dan King broke the four minute barrier in the B race when finishing in 3.59.Peter Gibbons represented N.Ireland/Ulster U17 team in the Celtic Cross Country in Edinburgh last Saturday. Well done to stalwarts, Pauric McKinney and Gary Crossan who finished 8th and 10th respectively in the Northern Ireland Masters Cross Country Championship’s last weekend in Scotstown. The other club competitors were: Aidan McKenna 59th, Noel Lynch 80th, Cathal Roarty 86th. Barry Meehan finished 28th in Intermediate Race.The lotto numbers drawn last weekend were 10, 18, 19 and 24. There were four match two winners: Laurence Begley, Michael Carr, Austin Cribben and ‘Zico’. This weekend’s jackpot in The Glencar Inn is €980.LETTERKENNY ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 10th, 2012 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:Letterkenny Athletic Club noteslast_img read more

Validity of Evolutionary Explanations Demonstrated

first_img(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An article in Ethology is claiming much for itself.  It purports to show “New evidence for the validity of evolutionary explanations,” according to EurekAlert.  Researchers are claiming evidence that “Men holding high positions within a hierarchical organisation have more offspring than those in other positions within the same organisation.”  The sample was male university employees.  Apparently this group compensated for unexpected results from other groups:Although a positive relationship between male status and offspring count has been predicted by evolutionary theory and found in animal species and “traditional” human societies, in modern societies, most studies found no or even a negative relationship. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)So how to account for the discrepancy?  According to the brief summary, “status may be a more important dimension for subsamples than for representative samples of entire societies.”    Economists and managers should take note of this finding, the report says.  It suggests that “evolutionary forces may still be at work in modern societies” and “might explain the striving for high and prestigious positions in men.”There are so many things wrong with this study, Darwinists should silence these researchers so as not to embarrass the Party.  (1) When you have to use subsamples instead of representative samples to get the results your theory predicted, what does that tell you about your theory?  (2) What kind of bizarre sample is university male employees, anyway?  Perhaps it could be compared to the jungle, so we might grant that possibility.  (3) More offspring is not better.  In the university milieu they might all be gay.  (4) Evolution is not a force.  Suggestion: replace o with a, then it works.  (5) Men in high and prestigious positions don’t have time to have kids.  If their fable were true, why is the country being overrun with low-income workers with big families who grow up to repeat the cycle?  (6) Women don’t marry such men to have kids.  They marry them to divorce them and take their money.  (7) Feminists are going to get mad about this sexist idea, because it will appear to give scientific justification for male ambition.  (8) The argument is self-refuting, because if being a scientist is an example of a high and prestigious position, then these scientists did not come up with their fable to discover a truth, but to pass on their genes.    That should do for starters.  “Evolutionary explanations” is an oxymoron, like vanilla fudge, rock opera or Microsoft Works.  O, for reporters who would not let the Darwinists get away with unadulterated tripe.  Nobody on a school board is going to read Ethology, but the Darwinists hope their little bugle calls on EurekAlert will make everyone salute as a conditioned response.  Sorry, those days are over.  Since the Baloney Detector went online, the prisoners in the Darwinist concentration camps (i.e., high school biology classes) have seen the outside world, and are no longer afraid of the authority figures behind the Bamboozle Curtain.last_img read more

Finding the Insulation Sweet Spot

first_imgCan Foam Insulation Be Too Thick? Payback Calculations for Energy-Efficiency ImprovementsPearls of Wisdom From Recent Conferences Energy Modeling Isn’t Very Accurate Sometimes, It’s Cheaper to Install PV Than More Insulation Building America Special Research Project: High R-Value Enclosures for High Performance Residential Buildings in All Climate Zones If you double the R-value of your insulation, the rate of heat loss is cut in half, Holladay continues. “The only questions are (a) whether more insulation is a good investment, and (b) whether the embodied energy of the insulation materials exceeds the energy that is likely to be saved over the lifespan of the insulation,” he says.Lewendal proposes the construction of three identical houses and studying the effects of adding more insulation. Although it’s possible this exact test has not been performed before, Holladay says, it really doesn’t matter.“Michael Blasnik (among other researchers) has assembled energy use data on hundreds of thousands of U.S. homes,” he says. “Energy researchers have developed sophisticated models that have been repeatedly validated by comparing modeled results to test home performance. In short, we know exactly what happens when we add R-20 of cellulose to an attic with R-38 cellulose. Of course, different families operate their houses differently. But we have all the data we need to do the calculations that you apparently think have never been made.” Passivhaus targets aren’t based on cost-effectivenessHolladay agrees with Lewendal that R-70 walls are overkill. Holladay notes, “You’re right; PHPP [Passive House Planning Package software] pays no attention to cost-effectiveness. All PHPP tells you is how to hit 15 kWh per square meter per year.”He also agrees that R-40 isn’t the right answer for all cold-climate builders. “If you have done the calculations for your housing type, your wall insulation type, your insulation costs, and your payback time frame, and you have come up with R-30, I have absolutely no reason to doubt you. I have consistently said, ‘You have to do the calculations.’” The work has already been doneLewendal could save himself the trouble of a new study, replies GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, because the work has already been done.“What you call a ‘theory’ is a truism enshrined in our building codes,” Holladay says. “The entire reason that the minimum insulation values in U.S. building codes are higher in Minnesota than in Florida is the well-understood calculation that you call a ‘theory.’” RELATED ARTICLES Parts of the equation we don’t knowCalculating the “sweet spot” of exactly the right amount of insulation with any precision requires two bits of information, adds Ron Keagle, the cost of energy and the cost of money over time. “It also depends on individual perception of thermal comfort and their willingness to pay for it,” he says, “although I suppose you could average that across all homeowners.”Another wild card, says James Howison, are the occupants themselves. Suppose they spend $200 a month on heating and cooling in a leaky, poorly insulated house. They stay on budget by adjusting the thermostat — a little cooler in winter, a little warmer in summer. With a better insulated house, they still spend $200 a month on energy but they can afford to be more comfortable, Howison says.“On one hand one could say that the improvements are yielding more comfort and are therefore efficient, but from an energy perspective it’s problematic,” he writes. “I suspect that this applies with existing housing, perhaps less with new housing. I think that the proposals to include energy costs in budgeting for getting mortgages would really help this, by including this expectation.”Holladay adds that there’s one more thing to ponder: “Here is a huge factor: should we include the external costs of burning fossil fuels in our fuel cost assumptions? Right now, the U.S. government is unwilling to enact carbon taxes that reflect the true economic cost of global climate change. As a result, every U.S. homeowner pays less for electricity, natural gas, and fuel oil than would be the case if the price of energy included the the true cost to the planet of burning fossil fuels.”center_img No, we still don’t know the answerDespite claims to the contrary, Lewendal isn’t convinced enough research has been conducted. He’s done the background reading suggested by Holladay and others, and is familiar with the suggestion that above-grade walls in cold climates be insulated to R-40.“What if the diminishing returns for insulation here in Bozeman is R-30 and we took your advice and installed R-40 in the next thousand homes and it turns out R-30 is where the curve bends down reducing the marginal improvement in performance?” he says. “The cost of going from R-30 to R-40 is about $3K. What is the opportunity cost for our customers if we overspent $3 million on insulation?”In fact, Lewendal says he has used two energy modeling programs and can’t conclude R-40 is best for his area. “We have studied models from all over the world and found that countries like Turkey and those in Scandinavia have done a better job of modeling the diminishing returns of insulation than we have,” he says. “Still, we are not convinced that prescriptive modeling matches performance very well. My best example is the PHIUS [Passive House Institute U.S.] model. They think that R-70 plus walls will give homeowners the best value. I am quite sure that a very low [air changes per hour] and modest insulation is more appropriate. The exact number for us here in Bozeman is what I want to determine.” R-40 may be ideal but consumers aren’t listeningThe bottom line, Lewendal adds, is that consumers don’t seem to be responding to the consensus that R-40 walls are close to ideal in a cold climate.“Most homes get about an R-21 because the government says it is good and our cities enforce that level of insulation,” he writes. “A few homes get about R-70 because they think Wolfgang [Feist of the Passive House Institute] is a smart guy and they will pay almost anything to reduce CO2 even if it means making more CO2 than the opportunity cost of that extra insulation… So, how do we get the average homeowner to ask for what your blogs have suggested, which is a PGH or pretty good house?”Lewendal thinks there are enough uncertainties to justify his new study.But to Keagle, his quest to find the insulation sweet spot can be based only in part on objective science.“The rest is intuitive and subjective,” Keagle writes. “Part of that is simply belief. You can build an example house and prove what it does. That would be convincing to the extent that it confirms part of the objectivity of the sweet spot.“But communication, information, explanation, and marketing can also be convincing without an example. Or the example can be part of the marketing as a working demonstration. I don’t see any of this as reinventing the wheel. The goal is to sell the public on the idea of higher efficiency.” Anders Lewendal, a builder in Bozeman, Montana, is wrestling with a familiar dilemma: What’s the right amount of insulation to put in a house?“Our theory,” he writes in Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, “is that too little insulation wastes energy and equally, too much insulation wastes energy. Where is the sweet spot in each climate zone?”To that end, Lewendal is proposing more performance testing.“We are interested in knowing if GBA has conducted any performance testing that makes diminishing returns conclusions,” writes Lewendal. “If not, we are hoping GBA might give us some advice that makes our experiment productive.”[Coincidentally, Lewendal is the founder of a “build American” campaign promoting the use of U.S. building materials. GBA has published two articles on his efforts: One Builder’s Buy-American Strategy and A 100-Year-Old Energy Star Home.] Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost added this:On one level, this sort of discussion drives me crazy. You simply can’t energy-model a single answer to the question of the “right” level of insulation or home energy efficiency. There are just too many variables, including changing wall configuration and systems with greater assembly depths; ever-increasing and unpredictable energy prices; climate change; assembly performance impact on the “right” mechanical system.And since many energy-modeling program results are either directly or inherently linked to simple payback analysis of the various energy measures, that really makes my head explode. We should not be using term-based payback analysis for long-term durable goods, like houses and their building assemblies. Please see the BuildingGreen blog I wrote on value transfer.And please also consider a recent GBA Energy Solutions blog by Alex Wilson in which he suggests that the insulation sweet spot can be a function of the PV sweet spot. I like the idea of comparing the opportunity costs for insulation and renewable energy, although to make the comparison really “apples to apples” the two approaches would need to have identical service lives (the PV system would need to last as long as the wall assemblies, or the insulation in them).In any event, I think the insulation sweet spot is a lot like the literal use of the term sweet, in relation to food: the best flavors are not just sweet, but a combination of flavors. The insulation “sweet spot” is actually a more complicated flavor involving more than just insulation.last_img read more

Will contest from Patna Sahib, says Shatrughan

first_imgNotwithstanding his differences with the BJP, party MP Shatrughan Sinha said on Sunday he will not change his constituency in the coming Lok Sabha election “whatever the situation”, making clear he would contest again from Patna Sahib seat irrespective of the party decision. “Situation kuch bhi ho, location wahi hogi (Whatever the situation, location would be same),” Mr. Sinha said on the phone from Ranchi. Sitting MPThe sitting Patna Sahib lawmaker has been at loggerheads with the current BJP leadership since the 2015 Bihar election, over several issues. He has often taken a stance at variance with the official party line, including on demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax, and shared the stage with Opposition leaders at an anti-BJP rally in Kolkata in January, where he was projected as the “star speaker”.Wife may enter politics On a recent visit to Lucknow, he had held a meeting with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, giving rise to speculation his wife Poonam Sinha may enter active politics from the Uttar Pradesh capital, currently represented in Lok Sabha by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Asked about it, the actor-turned-politician said he will neither confirm nor deny this. “Poonam Sinha has been busy with social work for long. She is liked by all. People want her to contest but whether this will happen or not only time will tell,” Mr. Sinha, 72, said. Following his meeting with Mr. Yadav, there was also a talk that Mr. Sinha could contest the general election, which must be held by May, on a Samajwadi Party ticket. He had also visited the Samajwadi Party headquarters and joined Mr. Yadav on Jai Prakash Jayanti programme with Yashwant Sinha. The SP and BSP have forged an an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the general election, deciding to contest 37 and 38 seats respectively.last_img read more

Gurugram constable dragged for several metres on bonnet of car

first_imgGurugram: For a city that has witnessed numerous incidents of murderous rage against the policemen, Sunday night was one more example of utter lawlessness and violence on display against cops after a constable deputed with Gurugram police was seriously injured when a car dragged him several metres on the busy Pataudi road.The incident occurred at around 11:30 pm, the constable who has sustained injuries on his head, shoulders and neck is presently receiving treatment in the hospital. Meanwhile, the persons involved in the crime have not been arrested. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The incident occurred at around 11:30 pm when a Hyundai Accent car hit our constable and dragged him several metres when the vehicle was asked to stop. We are trying to ascertain that whether people in the car had a criminal background or not,” said Subash Bokan the Gurugrampolice spokesperson. The incident follows just days after a couple (husband and wife) tried to run their vehicle over a cop when he asked the vehicle to stop for checking. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt did not end there. In more drama that followed thereafter Anamika and her husband Rahul, the manhandled the law enforcement officials and the local media personnel that were present around the area. They were later arrested. This is not for the first time when cops have been targeted by commuters in such a manner. There have been incidents in the past when the cops have even lost their lives due to the reckless and careless approach adopted by the drivers. Many drunken drivers and rash drivers who have been penalised for their unlawful act have also got in a scuffle with the law enforcement personnel. Not only deaths but various police officials have also sustained severe injuries due to rash driving. To tackle such incidents a number of meetings have been held. It was decided among the officials that though tough action against the culprits will continue, the police on their part will try to be composed and be calm in order to tackle with angry commuters. Certain commuters also allege that there is growing anger against the police as they feel that often they are often being harassed on the pretext of being checked.last_img read more

The Triple Crown Slump Is Even Slumpier Than You Think

On Saturday, California Chrome became the 34th horse to win the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, and thus the 34th horse with a chance to complete the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, to be held June 7. Of the 33 previous horses that had such an opportunity, 11 succeeded — from Sir Barton in 1919 to Affirmed in 1978.The last 12 horses to win the Derby and the Preakness have failed to complete the Triple Crown, which has a historical success rate of 33 percent. The current slump is unlikely: The odds of it happening by chance are about 1 in 130 — nearly the same as the 2011 Atlanta Braves failing to make Major League Baseball’s playoffs with 18 games remaining and an 8.5-game lead for the wild card.Another way to assess the likelihood of the slump is to use the historical odds at the time each race occurred. For example, in 1979, when Spectacular Bid entered the Belmont with the Triple Crown at stake, about 52 percent (11/21) of such attempts had succeeded. The success rate for horses when Pleasant Colony entered the Belmont in 1981 was 50 percent (11/22). And before Alysheba’s attempt in 1987, it was 48 percent (11/23), and so on. (The results for this approach are below.)But the 12 races in question aren’t the only Triple Crown attempts to fall short: They’re the only ones we knew about at the time. What if time weren’t a constraint?In order, the Triple Crown races go, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Let’s ignore order. Since 1979, there have been five horses that won the Preakness and Belmont but came up short in the Derby — let’s call these failed “reverse” attempts. There have been two horses that won the Derby and the Belmont but not the Preakness — let’s call these failed “gutshot” attempts. (All seven horses ran in all three events.) This brings our total failed Triple Crown attempts since 1979 to 19.Between 1919 and 1978, horses actually converted atemporal Triple Crown attempts at a higher rate than temporal ones, winning their “final” leg in 55 percent of opportunities (33/60) versus 52 percent in the Belmont alone.Here are year-by-year cumulative odds for the temporal and atemporal slumps:Note that I used a logarithmic scale on the y-axis, so each gridline represents the event being 10 times less likely than the gridline below. From this perspective, the atemporal Triple Crown slump looks spectacular.If you think those figures seem ridiculous, let’s look at the odds posted by the favorites at the Belmont each year.The odds of all 11 horses that raced in the Belmont losing at their race odds (by chance) are only 1 in 20,000 —  about the odds of a random pitcher throwing a perfect game on a given night (and that’s not counting I’ll Have Another, who in 2012 was 4:5 to win but scratched on race day).Although historically comparable pari-mutuel odds won’t be available until the Wednesday before the Belmont, various online/offshore futures markets list California Chrome at close to even money.This seems high relative to the overall Belmont conversion rate of 33 percent (much less the dismal rate in recent years), but there’s good news for California Chrome in our analysis as well. Factoring in atemporal Triple Crown attempts significantly increases the chances that the present slump has a legitimate cause, but it also mitigates the slump’s impact on the historical record. Including our 19 failed attempts since 1979, horses have converted 42 percent (33 of 79) of such opportunities. read more

Blue Hills Robber jailed for Christmas Holidays arms charges

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 22, 2016 – Police say the public is their strongest ally and that was again proven earlier this month when someone reported suspicious activity involving two burglars and one of them was caught.  Around 3:36am the report came in on November 12 that a restaurant in the Turtle Cove area was being broken into.Police got there quickly, gave chase to the two and one of the men was caught with a hand full of food, likely stolen from the unnamed business.  Press Officer, Kevin Clarke said:  “Try as we may, officers cannot be everywhere, but with the help of residents who keep their eyes open for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, we can respond quickly…” Police yesterday also reported that the 34 year old who was arrested after residents foiled his armed robbery attempt is now in prison facing a number of arms charges.  Carrying ammunition, carrying firearm, discharging firearm and robbery were leveled at the suspect who caused the community of Blue Hills to rise up last Monday night when he tried to rob City Market Store, located on Millennium Highway.   No plea was required for the suspect who has a sufficiency hearing in January and is on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk until then.The man boldly entered the store and even, allegedly fired off a shot in a move to rob the grocery store – residents stopped him and while police say they do not encourage these actions typically, the residents who did stop and restrain the man until Police arrived on scene were called, ‘brave, offering valuable assistance…’ Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Volunteers help revamp the Salvation Armys downtown center

first_imgVolunteers help revamp the Salvation Army’s downtown center April 26, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Salvation Army’s Downtown center was cleaned up this morning with the help of local business and volunteers.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has more on Project Beautification Day. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

New rules coming for sales of old vessels

first_imgState officials are finalizing rules that would put increased scrutiny on the sale of older, longer barges and ships in Washington.The Department of Natural Resources is preparing to roll out many of the new requirements later this year. Among the biggest changes: Anyone who owns a vessel that’s at least 40 years old and 65 feet long will have to provide documentation of a recent inspection before selling it or transferring ownership.The rules were created by a new law approved by the Washington Legislature in 2013. Many of them take effect July 1. And it was a costly mess on the Columbia River in 2011 that helped spur action, said Melissa Ferris, manager of DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program.The botched dismantling of the derelict barge Davy Crockett spilled oil into the Columbia near Camas and prompted a complex cleanup that ultimately cost $22 million. In 2012, the fishing vessel Deep Sea caught fire and sank at Whidbey Island, costing the state $3 million to raise, remove and dispose of the ship.“That kind of created the political impetus to do something,” Ferris said of the two incidents.The rules pertaining to vessel inspections, which would apply to hundreds of vessels across the state, take effect July 1. Part of the goal is to prevent vessels from becoming derelict or abandoned, according to DNR. The agency hosted a series of open house meetings last week, including one in Vancouver.Some details are still being worked out. The original legislation stated that vessel inspections must happen within six months of a sale or transfer, for example, but that window may be shortened based on recent comments, said Lisa Randlette, a DNR environmental resources planner.last_img read more

Esquire Cares Part I

first_imgI wrote a while back that most magazines were not particularly concerned with that ambassador to the reader, the table of contents page. Still true—but Esquire is an exception to the rule. TOChinations at the magazine predate January’s redesign—the book has a history of putting collaged, structuralist, and sometimes even more whimsical arrangements on its contents page. One (from late last Fall) put content in the form of an array of cubes—it looked more like a recent NYT infographic than anything else. Stunning and inefficient, that version took four pages rather than the usual two.None of the magazine’s recent contents pages are your parents TOC, into which text is unceremoniously poured and routinely formatted. As a whole the pages vary in interest (to my mind the “issue map” version [above, bottom] is a hum-drum take on old gimmick of previewing spreads—first done (I think) by Talk) but as a group they delightfully show the potential of the page.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Buy Jandos new book!]last_img read more