Man appears in court after break-in to Letterkenny car dealership

first_imgA man has been remanded in custody following a break-in to a car dealership in Letterkenny.The man appeared before Judge Kevin Kilraine at a special sitting of Sligo District Court. An application for bail was refused and the man is to appear by videolink before Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court tomorrow morning.The man’s appearance follows an incident in which a jeep was stolen from Diver’s Hyundai in Letterkenny and used to ram the gates of the premises.Man appears in court after break-in to Letterkenny car dealership was last modified: May 6th, 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:break-incourtDiver’s HyundaiGardaGardailast_img read more

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Tilt-A-World: Another Constraint on Habitability

first_imgDid you ever ride a Tilt-A-Whirl, one of those cheap carnival rides that makes you dizzy and sick?  Our planet would be like that (in slow motion) if its inclination were out of control.  Without tilt stability, a new study reveals, we wouldn’t be sick, we’d be dead, or never alive in the first place.   It’s not enough to be in the Habitable Zone.  Would-be inhabited planets need to avoid a new problem, called “tilt erosion.”The new constraint on habitability is described in an article by Adam Hadhazy on NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine, “Loss of Planetary Tilt Could Doom Alien Life.”  Astronomers considering the factors needed to sustain life already knew that inclination was important.  They knew that it provides for alternating seasons, distributing the temperate zones so that the equator is not eternally hot and the high latitudes eternally frozen.  They also knew that red dwarf stars (the majority of stars), with their narrower habitable zones closer in, tend to tidally lock one face of a planet toward its star, dramatically reducing its habitable real estate (2/09/2006).The new study by René Heller, a postdoctoral research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam, Germany, shows that stable inclination is far more important for life than previously assumed.  Cheerful astrobiologists envisioning life everywhere are going to have to worry about this new constraint; “The findings do not bode well for planets residing in the habitable, or ‘Goldilocks’ zones around red stars smaller than the Sun,” the article said.  Here’s a summary of Heller’s findings and the implications:Time limit:  “According to computer simulations, red dwarf stars quickly erase the axial tilt of habitable, Earth-like exoplanets. This temperature-moderating tilt is nullified in such a short time that life may never have a chance to get going.”Far out:  Habitable planets around sun-like stars suffer far less tilt erosion.  So far, so good – provided they have at least 5 degrees of tilt.  If not, watch out:Gasping for air:  “In theory, bands of habitability in temperate, mid-latitude zones could persist. In a worst-case scenario, however, the entire atmosphere of a zero-obliquity planet could collapse, Heller said. Gases might evaporate into space around the planet’s blazing middle and freeze to the ground in the bleak north and south.  Life, had it ever emerged, would be stopped dead in its tracks.”Zero tolerance:  All planets suffer tilt erosion, including Earth.  “Over time, this mechanism forces the planet into a zero-obliquity equilibrium.”  This limits the time available for life to originate and persist: “The length of a window of significant obliquity could be critical for the development of life.”Narrowing and harrowing:  Most stars have too short an obliquity window: “For relatively cool, dim stars with less than half the Sun’s mass, the obliquity window becomes quite narrow.”Life stopwatch:  Assuming that evolution needs more than a billion years for life to originate and evolve up to sentience, it’s never going to happen on worlds around stars less than 90% the sun’s mass.  Red dwarfs have an obliquity window of about 100 million years; stars with 90% the sun’s mass might have a billion years before it’s too late, and the planet is forced to zero obliquity (see points 3 and 4).  Heller said, “We found that extrasolar terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of low-mass stars lose their primordial obliquities on time scales much shorter than life required to evolve on Earth.”Size doesn’t matter:  Won’t larger planets fare better?  Sorry; “The obliquities for ‘super-Earths’ – worlds several to 10 times the mass of the Earth – would also rapidly vanish around red dwarfs.”Lockout:  “To make matters worse,” the article continued, tidal locking gets added to tilt erosion.  One side becomes locked to face the star forever.  “That side can become superheated and sterilized while the dark half of the planet enters a permanent, frozen night.”Jupiter’s wrath:  A habitable planet too close to a gas giant suffers its gravitational blows.  Thank God Earth is farther from Jupiter than Mars.  “Hulking Jupiter wreaks havoc with the Red Planet’s obliquity, causing it to vary by perhaps as much as 60 degrees over the course of a million years, Heller said. Those disturbances lead to big swings in global temperatures and glacier cover, and on more habitable worlds that sort of climatic chaos could spell the end for life.”Lucky moon?  Our moon helps keep Earth’s obliquity stable for long periods, but that’s partly because we orbit a rare star  “Yet big moons might not be a saving grace for habitable-zone, terrestrial worlds around red dwarfs. The habitable planet’s necessary close proximity to a dim star could destabilize lunar orbits, said Caleb Scharf, director of Columbia University’s multidisciplinary Astrobiology Center, who was not involved in Heller’s research.”Overall, the article on NASA’s prime astrobiology website sounds pretty pessimistic for astrobiology (a science without a subject).  Obliquity is coming into view as a far more critical factor for habitability than previously realized.  Caleb Scharf, director of Columbia University’s multidisciplinary Astrobiology Center, who was not involved in Heller’s research, got off the Tilt-A-World onto solid ground when he said, “obliquity can certainly end up being the critical lynchpin of determining whether or not any part of a planet could be considered habitable.”  All we know is that conditions are pretty darn good on the spinning globe on which we stand.If you haven’t experienced a Tilt-A-Whirl, somebody recorded a stomach-eye view on YouTube.  Enjoy.  Ponder Earth on that kind of trajectory.In The Privileged Planet documentary, Dr. Bijan Nemati (JPL) explained the combined probability of some 20 different factors needed to support life, using conservative values of 1 in 10 for each, at a thousandth of a trillionth.  That makes another habitable planet unlikely in the Milky Way or local group of galaxies.  This new factor might just lower the probability to make Earth unique in the local supercluster of galaxies, if not the whole universe.  Let’s tally up the habitable zones astrobiologists have told us about:Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Stable Obliquity Habitable Zone (this entry)Some of these probably overlap: for instance, a red dwarf will fail on the last two points due to the same forces eroding obliquity and tidally locking the planet’s rotation; a red dwarf will also subject its planet to flares and UV.  It is still very clear, though, that getting all these factors just right requires winning a cosmic lottery.  You can have an earth-like planet with a good moon orbiting a sun-like star, but if it is outside the Galactic Habitable Zone, no dice.  Or you can have all the right combinations except a star that is less than 90% the sun’s mass, and tilt erosion will kick in, given enough time, to erase life before (using evolutionary assumptions), sentient beings could evolve.  It’s like a combination lock; close enough is not good enough.Note that the list of Habitable Zone factors ignores other requirements, like water, the right atmosphere, the right crustal composition, a global magnetic field, plate tectonics, the right moon at the right distance, and more.  A planet could win the Habitable Zone lottery and still be lifeless if too volcanic (like Io), or shrouded in carbon dioxide and sulfuric acid (like Venus), or lacking surface carbon (see 05/21/2011).Let’s face it: either we are pretty darn lucky, or Earth was designed for life, as the Creator spoke through the prophets (Isaiah 45:18).  If you take the former view (luck), you have said good-bye to science.  Why?  Because sheer dumb luck is none other than the Stuff Happens Law (9/15/2008, 9/22/2009), the law of nature for science quitters (“Why is there life on Earth?  Stuff happens”).  It’s a hand-waving answer that provides no useful information or understanding.When you combine extremely low probability (see our online book) with functional information (a planet that supports sentient life), you get intelligent design science.  When you combine that with consciousness and intelligence, you get philosophy.  When you combine that with revelation from the Creator, you get all the necessary and sufficient evidence you need to understand yourself, the world, and the universe.  What’s the problem?  Why would anyone wish to resist the only answer that makes sense of the world?  Stop riding the Tilt-A-World theory of evolution, and stand on the solid rock (Matthew 7:13-29).(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Brand South Africa urges citizens to play their part and contribute to helping flood victims of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape

first_imgFloods have ravaged homes in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, resulting in the loss of lives and leaving many displaced. Brand South Africa calls on all citizens, corporates and non-profit organisations to play their part and lend a hand to those in need.The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) together with the Gifts of the Givers are on high alert to assist with rescue equipment and humanitarian aid.“As South Africans, the entire nation’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, who have been affected by the forces of nature against which they had little defence,” said President Ramaphosa who visited the communities in KZN.To this end Brand South Africa urges the public to remain alert as heavy rains are expected to continue. Community members are advised to avoid crossing low lying bridges, streams, rivers while motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and avoid driving on flooded areas.“We as South Africans are different, when faced with challenges, we simply do one thing, we each play our part and contribute to a positive change. It is the South African way, we get involved”, said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Thulisile ManziniCitizens are urged to donate blankets, plastic sheeting, new clothing, shoes, food, baby milk, linen, dishes, stationery, diapers, sanitary pads, school clothing and other relevant items. To offer any assistance please contact;The KZN relief fund on 0837960118 and The youth economic alliance [email protected] Cape – Port St Johns Disaster Satellite Centre on 073 596 8082The Gift of the Givers toll free number 0800786911last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – August 31st, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain would be welcome in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 30th. Statewide soil moisture shortages continue to rise, however crop condition ratings remain virtually unchanged. Some growers noted improvements in crop conditions despite the dry weather, while others said the very dry conditions are becoming a larger concern, particularly where early season wet conditions lead to shallow root systems. Fall-like temperatures are delaying maturity among various crops. Livestock producers have had to supplement with hay as many pastures have been grazed to stubble.View the latest report herelast_img read more

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5 Tips for Editing a Fast-Paced Video

first_imgFramingIf you are creating a fast-paced edit, you absolutely must consider what the audience is seeing during each shot. For instance, if the subject of the shot is on the bottom right side of the frame, it’s probably a bad idea to quickly cut to somebody else at the top left corner of the frame. If you do decide (or simply don’t have enough footage) to include this cut, make sure you give the audience enough time to comprehend what they’re seeing before cutting away. An excellent example of crucial framing in a rapidly cut scene comes from 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Rapid-cut edits have their place in certain projects. Here are a few things to consider before undertaking one of your own.Top image via Shutterstock.One of the most difficult aspects of editing and video production is knowing exactly how your edit will look when it’s all said and done. Creating engaging content is sometimes left up to the editor, who must make the right cuts while guiding the audience through the experience. Here are a few ways you can create a fast-paced, entertaining video while keeping your audience’s attention. Match ColorsThis might seem obvious, but consider cutting from dark rooms to light rooms and the amount of time our eyes need to adjust accordingly. As with framing, the audience needs enough time to recognize the change in scenery and understand what’s happening before you can cut to the next shot. You must also consider the colors and exposure of contrasting shots.Cut to the BeatIf your goal is to maintain a fast, fun pace, it’s important to note that cutting to the beat of a song is an excellent way to maintain rhythm and style. Many of the biggest vloggers and creators on YouTube employ this technique at some point due to its absolute ability to entertain while maintaining the illusion of professionalism. PremiumBeat offers songs broken down into Beats Per Minute, and they come in 15-, 30-, and 60- second versions.Match MovementOne technique that might not seem as obvious is to match objects’ movements between cuts by moving in the same direction. As you can see in the example above, liquid flowing from one side of the screen to the other and cutting to a similar action — whether it’s people drinking or rain falling — will help the video flow more smoothly. This might be difficult if you don’t have the right footage, but if you need to cut to a three-second clip of a resembling motion or shot, check out Shutterstock’s footage library.Match Camera MovementMatching action has been an editing staple for decades; however, it’s also worth noting that matching camera movements is an excellent way to achieve a consistent, sweeping feeling throughout your video. This similarity in movement will help the audience register the image if you’re cutting quickly.Know any other helpful editing tips for quick cuts? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Into the City

first_imgMezze MagicOverwhelming. That’s perhaps the first word that comes to your mind as you step into Rrala’s Habibi. For this restaurant, spread over 1400 sq ft and serving Moroccan and Lebanese food, seems too huge to be true. Enter this dimly lit space and you get a feel of dining,Mezze MagicOverwhelming. That’s perhaps the first word that comes to your mind as you step into Rrala’s Habibi. For this restaurant, spread over 1400 sq ft and serving Moroccan and Lebanese food, seems too huge to be true. Enter this dimly lit space and you get a feel of dining somewhere in the Gulf-crafted jali works, glistening chrome accessories, Moroccan lamps and waiters with the traditional Turkish fez headgear-the experience starts with the ambience. And it just gets better once the food arrives. Just like the space, the menu is also vast and leaves you spoilt for choice.We started with the cold mezze platter and fell in love with the Baba Ghanoush (roasted eggplant based smokey dip). These, paired with the Meat Sambousek (minced lamb with pine nuts in a tender crust), gave the perfect start to our meal. The star of the main course was the Lamb Tagine, a traditional Moroccan lamb simmered in ginger and vegetables, and served with couscous. The lamb was perfectly cooked and flavourful with just the right amount of spices. The vegetarians should go in for the Spinach Stew, which had spinach leaves cooked with onions and garlic, and served with vermicelli rice. We ended our meal with the famous Baklava, the flakiest and the best we’ve tasted in the city. Meal for two Rs 3,000, At 3rd Floor, MGF Metropolitan Mall, SaketTheatreStage is SetMay 31 to July 6Saksham Theatre’s festival is back. The five plays to be staged during the festival include Checkov Ki Duniya by Anton Checkov, Tyger Tyger written by Khushwant Singh, Toba Tek Singh by Saadat Hasan Manto, Ek Tha Gadha by Sharad Joshi, Pot of Gold by Plautus and Miya Biwi aur Manto, again by Saadat Hasan Manto. At Akshara Open Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. Timings 7.30 p.m.advertisementShaken and StirredBe creative, adventurous and your own bartender at Mamagoto’s bar (pic right). Pick your poison-whether its vodka, rum, whisky or gin, mix it up with any flavour that suits your mood that day. Whether you like it shaken or stirred, in a martini or margarita glass, Mamagoto will serve you your drink your way.At Mamagoto outlets across the cityOn The HouseJune 12Indian rapper and hip-hop musician KRSNA will unveil his debut album, Sell Out, as part of his five-city tour. KRSNA, whose song Last Night has created an lan since its exclusive launch on VH1, will perform for the first time in the city. Hip-hop lovers can look forward to hearing popular numbers from the album as well as some of his other popular tracks (pic right).At Hard Rock Cafe, DLF Place, SaketTel 47158888Youth ExpressJune 27, 28 to 29National Museum is celebrating the International Museum Day with a five-week series of youth-centric summer workshops. The activities will cover print-making, script learning, story sessions and ‘know your museum’, besides ‘touch-and-learn’ on arms and armour.At National Museum, JanpathTel 23792775Small WorldJune 27 to 29Head to the World Children Expo to peek into the world of children. Companies will showcase everything from educational products to apparel, health care, schools, food, gifts, sports, music, entertainment and much more.At Ambience Mall, GurgaonTimings 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Compiled by Amritha MenonThe Joy Of CookingFrom South American avocados and over 60 varieties of cheese, to freshly made breads and exotic ingredients, the chef in you can now find all this and more at the newly-launched Foodhall at DLF Place, Saket. Spread over 5,000 sq ft, the one stop store offers daily essentials, organic food items, staples, dry fruits, fresh produce, kitchen appliances and accessories, and much more. And like all good food retail stores, Foodhall has live counters with cafe-style seating, a spice station and a tea bar. So the next time you want to whip up a delicious and exotic meal, hop over to Foodhall.At Level 1, DLF Place Mall, Press Enclave Road, Saket Tel 41080520last_img read more

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Ben Stokes ties the knot with long-time partner Clare Ratcliffe

first_imgEngland’s Ben Stokes — who’s Ashes hopes hang in the balance after he was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm — tied the knot on Saturday.The all-rounder tied the knot with fiancee Clare Ratcliffe in the southwest of England, with guests including Test captain Joe Root, former skipper Alastair Cook and fast bowler Stuart Broad.Earlier this week, representatives of Stokes said the cricketer would offer a full explanation of the incident in Bristol last month, that could cost him his Ashes place, “when the time is right”.AP PhotoThe England all-rounder, 26, was arrested following a disturbance outside a nightclub late last month.Stokes will not travel to Australia with the rest of the England squad for the Ashes as he waits to learn whether he will face criminal charges but has not been ruled out of the five-Test series, which starts on November 23.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will not consider him for selection until further notice as it awaits developments in the ongoing police investigation.The player’s contract with sports equipment manufacturer New Balance was terminated this week.The company’s decision was announced hours after Stokes apologised to British celebrity Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey after a video emerged of Stokes impersonating the pair.Beautiful day for a friends wedding!! Plus my date isn’t looking too bad either ??????????? pic.twitter.com/hG3IsS4n1badvertisement- Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) October 14, 2017Stokes, who is also subject to internal disciplinary action, has had his central contract renewed by the ECB since his arrest.AP Photolast_img read more

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LIME Announces Flat Rate Plan

first_img CWC/LIME gets exclusive rights to sports TV Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands – October 1, 2014 – LIME, the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications provider has announced one simple flat rate prepaid plan for Turks & Caicos Islands. The simplified, flat rate plan takes effect October 1, 2014.Mr. James Pitt, GM LIME TCI said, “As the number one mobile network in Turks & Caicos Islands, LIME is committed to delivering the experience our pre-paid customers want and expect from their service provider. At LIME, we continue to listen and remain responsive to the needs of our consumers. Our consumers have asked for a simplified flat rate and LIME, the company that continues to innovate, has responded positively.”With the new, affordable, flat rate plan, pre-paid consumers will no longer have to schedule their calls for specific off peak times. There will be no differentiation between weekend, week day, peak and off hour rates. Calls can be made at any time to any network and the rate will be the same. This therefore eliminates the need for consumers to carry two handsets to get better deals on rates. LIME, the network of choice in Turks & Caicos Islands, offers customers one simple and transparent plan with no hidden fees.Mr. Pitt also said, “Upgrade to LIME, the handset of choice! One phone, one rate, on the number one network! This is just another way that LIME is keeping families, businesses and our communities connected. Upgrade to the #1 Mobile 4G Network for real value every time.”About LIMELIME is the Caribbean’s largest telecommunications company with a proud history in the region, and which is always working to improve life in the Caribbean. LIME delivers the very best communication services to governments, businesses and families in 13 Caribbean countrieswith one unifying promise—building, connecting and serving communities. LIME is part of Cable& Wireless Communications PLC, one of the world’s leading communications companies. Recommended for you Related Items:james pitt, lime tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp James Pitt & Rachel Harvey no longer at LIME The best internet in the Caribbean…last_img read more

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2008 Most Wanted completes prison time TCI residents concerned

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 6, 2016 – Residents have expressed outrage to Magnetic Media that a man convicted of one of the most frightening and infamous home invasions of about a decade ago, was on the weekend released after serving his time without notice to the general public.    Robert Jackson, who had appealed the conviction and claimed he was framed with fabricated evidence in the case where a Blue Mountain couple was terrorized, robbed and the woman rapped is now a free man.  Civilians had joined in the search for Jackson, who was born in Grand Turk and raised in the US but returned to the TCI after committing a serious felony in the United States.  Jackson reportedly not remorseful, Officials contacted At the time, then Commissioner Edward Hall said there was nothing to be done about the return of Jackson to the Turks and Caicos despite his Haitian parentage.  It was expressed to Magnetic Media that the public should have been notified of the release of Jackson, who in 2008 turned himself in after a national manhunt was launched. center_img Robert ‘Black’ Jackson was not alone on the night in question, the second man, was never caught it appears.  Recommended for you At this point, Jackson has served his time and hopefully he has changed his ways.  Related Items:Blue Mountain couple terrorized, Robert Jackson, TCI residents concerned about release of 2008 most wanted manlast_img read more

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