Watch: The humpback is back for an amazing encounter with fishermen

first_imgA local fishing crew caught a lot more than they bargained for when they caught a glimpse of a humpback whale in Donegal Bay on Tuesday.The mighty creature was spotted off South Donegal among schools of dolpins and bluefin tuna.The whale wasn’t shy either, as it surfaced only a few feet away from the fishing boat. The amazing marine moment was caught on camera and shared by the Donegal Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, but viewers are advised that the video contains expletives:Video: Donegal IWDGThese events follow another sighting of a humpback whale off St John’s Point on Sunday. Sightings are expected around the Irish coast at this time of year as whales come to their seasonal feeding grounds. However, two whales in Kerry baffled researchers after returning to the region together 20 years after their first recorded sighting.The Donegal branch of IWDG advised that there is a good chance of seeing the humpbacks off the north west coast at St John’s Point, Sliabh Liag and Carrick. If you do see the whales, the public is asked to report all sightings to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Watch: The humpback is back for an amazing encounter with fishermen was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CoastfishHumpback WhaleMarinelast_img read more

News in brief: Cup draw, QPR youngster’s loan deal, Della-Verde injury

first_imgFA Cup drawAll four west London clubs have been drawn at home in the third round of the FA Cup.Chelsea will host Watford, now managed by former Blues midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic. The two sides met in the third round in both 2009-10 and 2003-04, and the fifth round in 2008-09.QPR play Sheffield United, last season’s semi-finalists, at Loftus Road – a repeat of a third-round tie from 2009-10.Both Brentford and Fulham were drawn at home to fellow Championship opposition. The Bees will entertain Brighton, who they beat 3-2 at Griffin Park earlier in the season, while Fulham host Wolves, hoping to avenge the 1-0 defeat they suffered in August.Michael HarrimanThe QPR full-back has had his loan deal at Luton Town extended until 10 January. The 22-year-old has made 10 appearances for the League Two high-flyers and been on the losing side just once.Jamie Sendles-WhiteQPR’s 20-year-old centre-back has returned to Loftus Road after his loan spell at Mansfield Town was cut short. The Northern Ireland under-21 international played eight games for the Stags after joining in October and was due to stay at Field Mill until early January.ChelseaThe Blues have agreed a deal for their development teams to continue to play at Aldershot Town next season. Chelsea’s Under-21s have played at the ESS Stadium for the past 18 months, while the Under-18s’ successful FA Youth Cup run last term began at the Conference Premier club’s ground.QPR LadiesIn the second round of the FA Women’s Cup, QPR have been drawn away to Eastbourne Town of the London and South East Regional Premier Division. Two leagues separate the two teams, who will meet at the The Saffrons on Sunday 11 January.Lyle Della-VerdeThe Fulham winger has been ruled out for at least three weeks with ankle ligament damage, ending his loan spell at Bristol Rovers. The 19-year-old was hurt during a Conference Premier match against Wrexham last week. He made seven appearances for Rovers but will now go back to Craven Cottage for treatment.Dennis MarriottThe former Middlesex bowler, who took more than 80 wickets for the club between 1972 and 1974, has died, aged 75. The left-armer was one of a relatively small group of players to have represented both Middlesex and Surrey.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Team Returns Pseudogene to Junkpile to Counter ID Claim

first_imgAn earlier claim that a pseudogene has a function (see 05/01/2003 story) has been debunked by a team of scientists reporting in PNAS.1  Their reanalysis of the claim made in 2003 “invalidates the data upon which the pseudogene trans-regulation model is based and therefore strongly supports the view that mammalian pseudogenes are evolutionary relics.”  The end of their paper triumphantly announces that “our work reestablishes the evolutionary paradigm supported by overwhelming evidence that mammalian pseudogenes are indeed inactive gene relics.”    A press release by some of the researchers from Children’s Hospital at Pittsburgh took glee at this apparent slap in the face to intelligent design. This finding, discovered in a mouse model, was hailed by proponents of “Intelligent Design” (ID).  According to the Intelligent Design Network, the premise of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection.  ID is thus a disagreement with the core scientific basis of evolutionary theory.    However, researchers at Children’s and the Wadsworth Center in New York, including first author Todd A. Gray, PhD, have found scientific evidence that contradicts this finding.  The pseudogene in question … is an inactive copy of a gene, an evolutionary relic as previously believed.Some leaders in the ID movement found this press release ironic.  Evolutionists have claimed that ID is not scientific because it is not testable or falsifiable.  Why, then, are evolutionists claiming that this study refutes intelligent design?1Todd A. Gray et al., “The putatively functional Mkrn1-p1 pseudogene is neither expressed nor imprinted, nor does it regulate its source gene in trans,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0602216103, published online before print August 1, 2006.Finding one flaw in one claim (which did not originate with ID anyway) does not falsify ID, and there are many other cases where researchers have found treasure in the junk.  Use the search box above with keywords “junk DNA” to find many more examples, such as 05/04/2006 (bullet six), 03/24/2006 and 04/13/2004.  Finding something broken does not mean it never had a function, and finding something thought to be useless that really does have a function means we have much to learn.  Darwinists should not bring science to a halt by assuming, “evolution did it.”(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Activation Gallery – Mpumalanga

first_imgBrand South Africa celebrated women’s month in Mpumalanga where women and girls were given the opportunity to speak about matters affecting them.On Saturday, 29 August, high school girls attended a workshop at the SABC offices where they covered matters related to dignity, health and empowerment.The girls were encouraged to go out in their communities and play their part to uplift and encourage their peers to develop their communities.The girls were given an opportunity to network and rub shoulders with influential women from Mpumalanga at a gala dinner later that evening in the Emnotweni Arena. The gala dinner was hosted in collaboration with Ligwalagwala FM.Guest speakers tackled issues of personal financial management, opportunities and investment portfolios available out there for women to explore and exploit.Other topics included women’s spirituality as well as a discussion about women’s health. To round up the evening, four Mpumalanga designers showcased their spring collections in a fashion show.last_img read more

US-Africa summit a major breakthrough: Zuma

first_img7 August 2014African leaders and the United States have agreed to work together to build stronger trade ties between the two continents, South African President Jacob Zuma said at the close of the historic US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington on Wednesday.Hailing the summit as a major success, Zuma touted the inroads made at the summit, including more than $33-billion in investments in Africa announced by US President Barack Obama.The summit, the first of its kind to be hosted by a US president, was seen by many as an attempt by Obama, who has African origins, to recalibrate relations between America and Africa. Some say it was also a legacy issue for Obama, whose father hails from Kenya.However, Zuma said that the conference had succeeded in bringing almost all African leaders together under one roof to discuss common interest with the United States, a crucial market for African goods.Africa is home to six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies and a rapidly expanding middle class, Zuma said, and this week’s summit was an affirmation both of Africa’s growth and of US willingness to take Africa on board as the two regions seek to expand their growth.South Africa’s inclusion in Agoa ‘no longer an issue’He added that, following the summit, the question of whether South Africa would continue to be part of a renewed Agoa no longer an issue.“That to us is very important, because before we came here some people were saying South Africa is now developed and doesn’t need Agoa. That is no longer the issue, because everyone has realised that South Africa is one of the key players in the integration of the continent and [that] if you pull South Africa out of that you really will be in a sense destabilising that process.”A ministerial meeting at the US State Department ahead of Wednesday’s summit had also eased lingering doubts regarding the Obama administration’s support for the renewal of the African Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa) when the Act’s current term comes to an end next year.“Given the manner in which this summit has helped to foster our relationship, it’s going to be very difficult for any future American leader to come and ignore that this summit has taken place and what it has achieved,” Zuma said.Support for Africa’s stand-by forceHe said a great part of the summit’s deliberations had focused on boosting US business ties with Africa, the continuation of Agoa, good governance as well as peace and security.The US also pledged to provide financial support for Africa’s stand-by force, which is expected to start operating in October.The good news is that America has changed its earlier stance on conflict resolution on the continent, and will not attempt to send any troops to Africa in times of crisis but will instead leave this to the continent’s leaders and the African Union.Since 2009, the US has committed to provide nearly $892-million to develop African peacekeeping capacity and strengthen African institutions. The US has also come out strongly in support of the work done by more than 67 000 African peacekeepers serving with the African Union and United Nations in Africa.US ‘not just playing catch-up with ChinaZuma played down suggestions made by some analysts that the US was simply playing catch-up with China, which is increasingly expanding its presence in the continent.“The view is that anyone who wants to make business in Africa is welcome. The Chinese have a role to play. Even Obama says they have a relationship with China. China’s presence in Africa is not an issue that was discussed. What we discussed was that Africa is opening up and whoever wants to come and invest is welcome.“Africa is saying here we are, we are ready to do business, and whoever wants to do business with Africa must come. A relationship should be based on mutual benefit and understanding,” Zuma said.There were fears, earlier this week, that the US stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict and the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa would overshadow the summit.But in his final press conference at the end of the summit, Obama said leaders from both sides had emerged more determined to strengthen ties between the US and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions.New financing to promote US exports to Africa“The summit advanced our shared interests in increased US-Africa trade and US investment in Africa and highlighted America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people,” Obama said.“By enabling discussion of tangible actions that can be taken to deepen the US-Africa partnership, the Summit fostered stronger ties between the United States and Africa.”The summit’s theme – “investing in the next generation” – reflected the common ambition that the US shared with Africa “to leave our nations better for future generations by making concrete gains in peace and security, good governance, and economic development,” he said.On Wednesday, Obama announced $33-billion in new financing to promote US exports to and investment in Africa.He made the announcement at the first US-Africa Business Forum, where he said that $7-billion would go to new financing to promote US exports to and investments in Africa under the Doing Business in Africa Campaign.US companies will also sign deals in clean energy, aviation, banking, and construction worth more than $14-billion, in addition to $12-billion in new commitments under the President’s Power Africa initiative from private sector partners, the World Bank, and the government of Sweden.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

How Mastercard wants to become your new travel ticket

first_imgPublic transportation systems around the world are very different. Ticketing systems and route information are often confusing and rarely convenient for the user. But what if your credit card could act as a Fifth Element-style multipass enabling you to board that commuter train or bus with a wave of your hand?This is the idea behind Mastercard’s initiative to make its contactless payment system to work getting people around town, or cross-country, with ease.Embracing contactless paymentsMore than 80 cities around the globe are enabling commuters to pay for their train or bus pass by tapping their card on an onboard terminal. For users that prefer to use their smartphones as a contactless payment medium, this feature will work for them, as well.This allows holders of a Mastercard to skip the ticket lines and hop on board with a tap or a swipe. London, a city with one of the largest public transportation systems in the world, introduced contactless payments in 2014. Since then, an incredible 40% of daily pay-as-you-go trips are taken by passengers using this system.See also: How contactless payments can help disaster-proof smart citiesCommuter rail lines in New York are set up so travelers can “Masterpass” their ticket. Singapore is following suit, becoming the first city to offer contactless ticketing in the Asian market.“While every city has its own characteristics, virtually all of them are dealing with congestion and pollution, hence they are eager to shift passengers from cars to public transport,” said Pablo Tomasi, senior analyst, smart cities and IoT, IHS Markit. “With constraints on their budgets, cities are looking for smart, cost efficient ticketing and demand management solutions that enhance urban life.”Mastercard showcased this technology during the Global Public Transportation Summit in Montreal this week. Mobile ticketing and contactless payments are a key part of Mastercard’s strategy to extend its reach and provide a value-add for its customers.What are long-term implications?Mobile ticketing and contactless payments are an appealing addition to any public transportation system. These systems have long been struggling with a ticketing bottleneck. Having a simple, one-step solution for passengers to board and pay their fare makes life easier not only for Mastercard’s customers but countless other passengers in the transportation system.This isn’t an exclusive system for Mastercard customers. Visa, American Express, and other payment system providers have long been pushing to make it easier for their customers to use their services. Time will tell whether or not this system will make public transportation more appealing to the larger market. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Ryan Matthew Pierson Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#MasterCard#Payments#travel IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

Pumaren wants better decision-making from UE after 2nd loss

first_imgUE went just 1-of-4 in uncontested field goals while FEU was far better going 11-of-15.Passing was also a thorn on the Red Warriors’ game tallying just 19 assists as compared to FEU’s 26. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pumaren rued his team’s reliance on isolation plays instead of finding open shots and executing extra passes.“I was telling them to move the ball, don’t force shots, and I told them even after our game against NU [National University],” said Pumaren, whose team lost 86-69 against the Bulldogs in the opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s fine with me if you dribble and try to attack your man, go ahead, but if you’re just going to dribble the basketball and you know there are no stats in basketball that says ‘most number of dribbles.’”In their game against the Bulldogs, the Red Warriors went 4-of-8 on uncontested shots and that mark was worse against the Tamaraws. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter starting the season with two straight losses, University of the East head coach Derrick Pumaren wants a stronger mental game from his players.The Red Warriors dropped to 0-2 after losing to Far Eastern University, 90-83, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

More field goals needed, says hockey player Rani Rampal

first_imgRani Rampal is one of the few known faces in the Indian women’s hockey team, and she will be key to the side’s prospects when it takes to the turf at the upcoming Incheon Asian Games.After a fifth-place finish at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this year, the team is much more aware of its strengths and weaknesses, and Rani, being one of the most experienced players in the squad, knows what is required to get the job done at the continental showdown.”At the Commonwealth Games, we missed a lot of field goals and the defence conceded several soft goals. At our subsequent camps, we focused on these areas and also worked on fitness and set plays,” Rani told MAIL TODAY on Thursday. “On the other hand, penalty corner conversion is our big strength.As the most prominent attacking threat for opponents, and with the likes of China, Japan and hosts Korea in fray, Rani is under no illusions about what is at stake and what is expected of her.”The gold medallists will book a spot at the 2016 Olympics, and it is our primary objective. We have improved a lot during the course of the year. Our performance at the Champions Challenge was pretty poor, but we have played a lot better since,” the 19-year-old forward from the hockey hotbed of Shahbad in Haryana said.”As a senior player, it is my responsibility to lead by example and guide the younger players and cover for their mistakes.” With China, Thailand and Malaysia in India’s pool, the task confronting India is anything but easy. “Our first goal is to top our pool, which will give us a semifinal against the runners-up of the other group. Our Australian coach Neil Hawgood has also changed the way we play. Now all 10 players go on the attack and all of them fall back when it is time to defend,” Rani informed. It will be the first time that India will play under the four-quarter format. “Modern hockey is very fast. The new format gives players a break after 15 minutes and the opportunity to refresh themselves.advertisementOur coach also likes to use the rotation system and no player is on the field for more than six or seven minutes at a stretch,” she added.last_img read more