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Famed mansion goes up in flames

first_imgPASADENA, Calif. (AP) – A multimillion-dollar mansion that played home to fictional characters in such movies as “Hollywood Homicide,” “Just Married” and “Rocky V” has been destroyed by fire. A Wednesday night blaze gutted the 21-room mansion and caused an estimated $15 million in damage, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said Thursday. No injuries were reported. The fire department initially reported the mansion was used in the 1960’s “Batman” TV series as the home of Bruce Wayne. But Derderian said Thursday that officials were confused about the location and Wayne Manor, about two blocks away, was not damaged. The cause of the fire was under investigation. The 12,000-square-foot home on 3.3 acres of land has been under renovation. About 75 firefighters worked to prevent embers from igniting brush behind the home. A police helicopter hovered above the site to guard against flare-ups. “There’s a very large brush area behind that residence,” Derderian said. “It had the potential to turn into a very volatile event.” Fire crews from Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale and the city and county of Los Angeles worked the blaze, she said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Boost for Carndonagh Community Hospital as new X-ray tech showcased

first_imgCarndonagh Community Hospital received a major boost this week as they showcased the upgrading of the new community radiology diagnostic service on Monday.More than 30 people attended the event, including representation from HSE staff that work within Carndonagh Community Hospital, Letterkenny University hospital radiology staff, local GP’s, representatives from Community Groups and local TDs and Oireachtas members.Radiography staff Helen McCallion, Noeleen Gallagher, Eileen Holmes, Carol Anne Smith and Adria WoodsChief Officer for HSE Community Healthcare Organisation in Donegal, Mr John Hayes, said he was delighted to see Carndonagh receive the new technology. “I am delighted to witness the upgrading of the existing equipment at the current sites to modern digital x-ray equipment which will be linked with Letterkenny University Hospital,” he said.“The Carndonagh Community x-ray service provides a speed appointment service for GP Chest x-rays and also provides a service for suspected fractures that would otherwise need to be referred to the Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital.“Having these services provided in our local Community Hospitals reduces the attendances at Letterkenny University Hospital and ensures people in these areas can get local service, Hayes added.“Going forward it is anticipated that all of the Carndonagh Community x-ray Service will see an increase in activity especially if all GP Services and Hospital Consultants utilise the service appropriately.” Eileen Homes radiographer demonstraing the new equipmentThe HSE also confirmed that an additional €235k funding for new diagnostic equipment in Ballyshannon had been granted, bringing the total investment in new diagnostic equipment and upgraded service provision to €2m in County Donegal.Dr Emer Gavin, General Practitioner at Carndonagh Hospital spoke at the event stating: “This new equipment means that the population of Inishowen will have access to the very latest x-ray equipment which means they don’t have to travel to Letterkenny for an x-ray.“The x-rays will be sent electronically to Letterkenny University Hospital where they will be read and reported on by Consultant Radiologists, the reports will then be sent back to the patients GP.“These new digital x-ray machines will improve patient throughout and produce higher quality x-ray images with a 60% reduction in patient radiation exposure,” she added.“These x-ray facilities play a vital role in serving the needs of our patient, in particular,r our elderly clients”. Boost for Carndonagh Community Hospital as new X-ray tech showcased was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Carndonagh Community Hospitallast_img read more

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Locals unite in anger over blocked beach access

first_imgA group of Portnoo locals have united to challenge a new blockade at their beloved beach this summer.Castlegoland Beach is situated just beyond the golf links in Portnoo and for as long as people can remember it has been accessed by the public road and right-of-way.However, there was shock in recent weeks after the routes were restricted by the erection of a barrier and an electric fence. Fence at Castlegoland BeachThe issue has arisen shortly after the ownership of Narin and Portnoo Golf Links (NPGL) changed hands and underwent a re-design.Two measures were taken to block the public from Castlegoland Beach. An open gate was replaced with a new barrier to make the access road impassable.This was followed by the erection of a four wire electric fence around the perimeter of the property.A local action group has said the public is now being “deprived” of their entitlement to use the public beach. ‘Save our Castlegoland Beach’ campaigners came together this month to hold a public meeting and plan ways to challenge the blocks.A public meeting was held on Saturday, 6th of July, as a result of which over one hundred people wrote to Donegal County Council demanding action to remedy the position.A statement from the group said that the lack of response and urgency from Donegal County Council is “extremely disappointing” at the busiest time of the year for beaches.The next step for the group is a Protest Walk, taking place on Saturday 27th July at 5pm, starting from Narin Strand.Locals unite in anger over blocked beach access was last modified: July 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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New Genetics Revolution Underway

first_imgThe genetics of the 1950s was that DNA is the seat of all inheritance, and that genetic information traveled one way: from DNA to protein.  That “central dogma” has been changing after decades of further researchers.  Theories of epigenetics (inheritance not limited to DNA) have been gaining attention with increasing frequency.    Science Daily reported on work by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that “Heritability May Not Be Limited To DNA.”  The European Molecular Biology Laboratory issued a press release shouting, “Rewrite the Textbooks: Transcription is Bidirectional.”  And Nature last week (22 Jan 2009 issue) had a special section on RNA interference.  Small RNAs play a major role in how genes are expressed, and may play roles in inheritance.  One of the papers discussed the interplay of histones and small interfering RNAs (siRNA) in epigenetic inheritance.1  Histone methylation patterns can pass from parent to daughter cell, and “siRNAs act only on those daughter DNA strands that have inherited old parental histone H3 molecules containing H3K9 methylation,” wrote author Danesh Moazed.  “Such cooperativity-based mechanisms involving the dual recognition of histone marks and other specificity factors (siRNAs or DNA-binding proteins) are likely to underlie all epigenetic cis-inheritance mechanisms.”    Much remains to be discovered in this “Pandora’s Box” of new insights into inheritance, as Angela Eggleston described it in the introductory article.  Moazed ended, “Future studies are likely to provide new and surprising insights about the way in which small and large non-coding RNAs regulate chromatin structure and how this ability is, in turn, regulated.”  See also the 01/23/2009 entry, bullet 9.1.  Danesh Moazed, “Small RNAs in transcriptional gene silencing and genome defence,” Nature 457, 413-420 (22 January 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07756.These studies had nothing of substance to say about evolution.  Moazed wrote, for instance, that “With the notable exception of budding yeast, small-RNA-mediated silencing mechanisms and their role in chromatin regulation are conserved throughout eukaryotes, indicating an ancient evolutionary origin.”  It indicates no such thing.  It indicates the absence of evolution.  What is the absence of evolution?  Creation!    Another paper in the set said this: “These findings have raised many questions about how and why this widespread RNA-mediated regulation of genes evolved…”  Maybe it didn’t evolve – why not consider that option?  We’ve already seen from the 01/23/2009 entry, bullet 9, that evolutionists are clueless trying to explain these things.  Genetics was complex enough to justify the intelligent design movement when the structure of DNA was discovered in 1953, and shown to be a code translated into another code.  How much more so today with the mechanisms of inheritance seen to be increasingly complex on entirely new levels.(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Darwinist Intolerance Is Intensifying

first_img(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some recent cases of intolerance against  Darwin skeptics are so extreme, they defy all logic or propriety.  Yet when Darwinists promote radical ideas, they get a pass.The Discovery Institute is on a campaign to defend the career and reputation of a Ball State University professor, Eric Hedin, who dared to present both sides of the debate over intelligent design instead of just the pro-Darwin side (see Evolution News & Views).  Not only that, he offered the material in an elective class in philosophy – not in a science class.  At the same time, Ball State openly promoted another class called “Dangerous Ideas” that claims “Science must destroy religion” and “There is no intelligent designer” (Evolution News & Views).  This “selective academic freedom” means professors are only allowed one position on ID: to oppose it.  This “Orwellian” view of academic freedom by a university that claims to respect controversial topics was described by John West on Evolution News & Views.Hedin did not advocate or teach intelligent design (ENV).  He only permitted a pro-ID book (along with many anti-ID works) in the suggested reading list for his honors course on the “boundaries of science” (ENV).  For that, he was targeted by a radical atheist group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, that wrote Ball State’s president, Jo Ann Gora, to complain.  Unfortunately for Hedin, the president heeded their complaints and ordered that no one on campus was to teach ID in science classes at the university.  The atheist propaganda in the other class, however, was not restricted.  Ironically, Gora maintained that Ball State’s “commitment to academic freedom is unflinching.”Earlier in the year, David Coppedge lost his lawsuit against JPL in which he alleged he was demoted, humiliated and ultimately fired for sharing pro-ID DVDs in the workplace (ENV).  The judge gave no explanation for ruling against him on 10 counts of discrimination and retaliation.  In hindsight, the reaction in the Coppedge case appears part of the same trend in academic and scientific institutions: only the secular, atheist, Darwinian position is permitted, and those who disagree must be silenced.  (The Coppedge case will be reviewed in Volume II of Jerry Bergman’s work, Slaughter of the Dissidents, about the persecution of Darwin skeptics.)It appears the only ones able to stand up successfully against the evolution lobby in a public platform are those with nothing to lose.  Retired surgeon Ben Carson, for instance, has no dirty laundry to hide and, with a stellar reputation as one of the world’s finest  neurosurgeons, a black man from a poor family who rose to excellence via self-education and determination, has credentials that cannot be impugned (see movie of his life, Gifted Hands).  His charitable work for improving education with reading scholarships is another big asset (see CarsonScholars.org).  With nothing in his life to assail, and much to commend, he boldly yet graciously presents scientific arguments against evolutionism, as exemplified in a presentation on YouTube.   Darwinists cannot destroy the career of this kind of enemy, so they try to ignore him.Others are not so fortunate.  They have careers to maintain, or tenure to earn.  They risk losing access to research labs and publications.  They have families to feed.  Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, after receiving unfair treatment by colleagues and loss of tenure at Iowa State for his book The Privileged Planet (even though he never taught intelligent design on campus), took years to find another reputable university position (ENV).  He recently obtained a position at the same Ball State over the protests of outside evolutionists, but he knows that he must keep silent about ID to avoid a recurrence of persecution.This past summer, the Michael Medved radio talk show began a “Science and Culture Update” that airs on Tuesdays.  The Michael Medved website includes a new page with news and information on the programs.  Past episodes can be heard as podcasts on IDtheFuture.com, where the Eric Hedin story and other matters are discussed.  Often, the intolerance of some pro-Darwinist callers is displayed when Stephen Meyer and other representatives of the Discovery Institute try to make the scientific case for intelligent design.  Medved and his guests from the institute usually have to spend excessive time correcting the misrepresentations of ID by angry callers who clearly have not read Meyer’s books, but are intent only on repeating talking-point accusations  from pro-Darwin sources.The Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture began as a think tank to promote scientific research into intelligent design, a role it continues to fulfill.  Increasingly, though, the center finds itself rushing to the defense of victims of extreme intolerance against the ID position – intolerance not just against teaching ID, but even for the “thought crime” of holding to an ID position privately or in outside activities.  John G. West at the Center explained the issues on Evolution News & Views.  In the wake of a bullying campaign by the press and prominent evolutionists against Eric Hedin (ENV), the Institute has also opened a page under AcademicFreedomPetition.org asking for public response to Ball State for their unfair discrimination.Here we are, five years after the movie Expelled, and the Darwinists are still on the rampage.  If anything, they are worse.  At the same time, the scientific evidence has been militating against them: the origin of life troubles, the Cambrian explosion, the collapse of Darwin’s tree of life, and much more (have you been reading our recent articles?).  Either this is the last gasp of Darwinists terrified that their world view is imploding, or (more likely), Satan is protecting his masterpiece at all costs.  Whether or not you believe in a devil, the Darwin defenders are acting mighty devilish.  They cannot allow open debate on their view, because it always gets trounced.  Their only hope is to destroy their opponents before they can get a hearing.DODO! is their chant: Darwin Only!  Darwin Only!  So terrified are they of intelligent design (and any scholarly critique of Darwinism) they passionately weed out any hint of it creeping into academia, public schools, and scientific institutions.  What do they have to fear from debate?  If the evidence for their view is so strong, let them defend it in public against legitimate scientific criticisms.  Their paranoia would be amusing were it not so damaging to the individuals whose careers are lost, and to the students who are prevented from seeing the house of cards on which Darwinism sits.How ironic it is that the Darwin dobermans, mostly leftist liberals, are the very ones who have the traditional reputation for academic freedom.  Remember them in the free speech protests of the 1960’s?  They demanded academic freedom to the point of violence.  You cannot trust these people.  Like communists, they promote “freedom” just long enough to gain power, then they take away the freedom of their opponents.  They promote “democracy” just long enough to win a majority, then they establish tyranny.  Knowing their strategy, wise men will act accordingly – not by imitating them, but by being wise as serpents and harmless as doves, as a certain advocate of intelligent design once advised.You only have till Sept 30 to write Ball State and protest the treatment of Eric Hedin.  Do it today.last_img read more

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South African artist to serve residency in France

first_imgShamin ChibbaSome of Nelson Makamo’s paintings sell for hundreds of thousands of rands. Singer Annie Lennox and designer Giorgio Armani own his work. But he remains humble about his achievements. Now, the 34-year-old artist has been invited to complete a three-month residency in France with the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art.Makamo leaves this week for the southern town of Saint-Émilion, where he will join a number of other artists from southern Africa.He will also travel through the country to find inspiration for his art.Makamo and the other African artists will be following in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest artists who have produced series of works inspired by the French countryside. The residency focus Makamo on producing a series of drawings, a more intimate medium from his usual large-scale paintings and monographs.Quick visit to @nelsonmakamo‘s studio. pic.twitter.com/shHASZtRGW— Gareth Pon (@garethpon) July 12, 2016Speaking from his sunlit studio in August House, in downtown Johannesburg, Makamo says he has a few good ideas for what he wishes to create. “For me those are going to be three months of just doing sketches only. I have two concepts in mind: either I’m going to produce blocks of small oil paintings or a series of sketches.”The work Makamo and his peers produce will be exhibited in a prospective museum for South African contemporary art in France. “They invite artists from South Africa and we all come with different concepts. We put together a body of work and they curate and show it.”Makamo says he will use the countryside concept back in South Africa where he will look to create new works based on local rural communities. One of these ideas is a school mural project he wants to take to small towns across the country.Nelson Makamo takes his art to rural communitieshttps://t.co/4DCEqFgLXz pic.twitter.com/PUg6kfFhFN— Artcoza (@Artcoza) August 5, 2016After the Saint-Émilion residency, Makamo will host an exhibition in Paris with artwork produced during those three months under the title An African in the south of France.He will also be using the residency to prepare for a solo exhibition of his larger works in Munich, Germany in 2017.An artist evolvingMakamo believes the residency and the focus on sketches will bring about a transformation in his work. “There’s something about drawings that will always be mind-blowing. I always say to collectors, ‘You can’t say your collection is complete if you don’t have drawings from an artist.”Makamo says an artist’s sketchbook is where ideas are born. He has about 150 sketchbooks. “That’s the work that is hardly exhibited. I sketch almost every night when I get a chance. I’ve never done a show with only drawings and that is one of the things I’m planning to do in South Africa; just to have an exhibition of small drawings, from some as small as A5. It’s going to be stories of life, like what I’m feeling at that moment.”Makamo’s inspiration comes from the everyday life, observing and speaking to people around him. “[Inspiration] comes from people I always have a conversation with. It can be a joke or something else we have shared, and you always visualise those things. And what do you do? You summarise them and turn them into pieces of art.“I miss those days when I used the taxi because you realise that people read a lot and you underestimate that. You get that from a conversation that someone would share, something that you were not aware of. As long as you are alive you’re a scholar of life. So you can’t say you’ve (finished studying) because every day is a new thing.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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SA to give R100m drought aid to Namibia

first_img11 November 2013 South Africa has pledged a R100-million aid package to help alleviate the effects of drought in Namibia, it was announced after talks last week between President Jacob Zuma and his Namibian counterpart Hifikepunye Pohamba. Zuma was in Windhoek, Namibia for a two-day state visit on Wednesday and Thursday. The semi-arid country has been hard hit by its worst drought in 30 years. South Africa’s president said the package added to international efforts to help Namibia minimise the drought’s impact on food security, according to an SABC report. During their talks, Zuma and Pohamba also reviewed a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues, and reaffirmed their commitment to work together in pursuit of regional economic integration. The presidents said they hoped the newly established Bi-National Commission between the two countries would enhance bilateral economic and political ties. The commission will cover sectors such as education, gender, health, fisheries, land, culture and ICT. South Africa has emphasised that the commission should also contribute to improving regional integration, intra-African trade, and infrastructure development, in order to ease the movement of people and goods across borders. According to official statistics, about 66% of Namibian exports go to South Africa, while South Africa takes up about 80% of total investment in Namibia’s mining, retail, banking and insurance sectors. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Canada Keeps Rolling Out Green Demo Homes

first_imgA national program launched three years ago invites homebuilders and developers to show off their greenest designsIn May 2006, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – the country’s national housing agency – announced an initiative designed to generate interest in eco-friendly housing among builders, developers, and the public.The CMHC, which calls the program the EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, solicited proposals for demonstration homes that, once built, would serve as models and inspiration for comparable home construction on a larger scale. Completed homes are open to the public for a minimum six-month demonstration period and are then monitored for performance for at least a year thereafter.The CMHC says 72 builder- and developer-led teams submitted proposals, and an independent committee of housing experts selected 12 teams to build demo homes. Six homes have been completed and winning project proposals for three more were announced in February.The completed homes include the Avalon Discovery House and the Laebon CHESS Project, both in Red Deer, Alberta; the Riverdale NetZero Project in Edmonton; the EcoTerra house in Eastman, Quebec; the Now House project, in Toronto; and the Minto Ecohome in Manotick, Ontario.last_img read more

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‘Avian botulism’ reason for bird deaths near Sambhar Lake

first_imgBotulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lakeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1401:14 The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, on Thursday confirmed avian botulism — a neuro-muscular illness caused by a toxin which is produced by a bacterial strain — as the reason for mass mortality of birds, including migratory species from Northern Asia, at Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan.The laboratory tests conducted on the samples of carcasses collected from the lake confirmed the disease infecting the birds, the probability of which was earlier stated by veterinarians in the State. The illness, caused by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, affected the nervous system of birds, leading to flaccid paralysis in their legs and wings and neck touching the ground.More than 18,000 carcasses of birds have been removed from the lake and its catchment area so far, raising concern among environmentalists and ornithologists. The scientists at IVRI found the samples infested with maggots of third stage with a clear indication that the avian mortality had occurred over a period of time.Animal Husbandry Minister Lal Chand Kataria said the IVRI report had approved the regimen of treatment adopted for birds recovered from the lake’s shores. “The rescue centres established near the lake have treated 735 birds, of which 368 are alive and 36 have been released to their natural habitat,” he said.Located 80 km south-west of Jaipur, Sambhar Lake is India’s largest inland saline water body and has been designated as a wetland of international importance, attracting thousands of migratory birds during winter.Avian flu ruled outA Bhopal-based laboratory had earlier ruled out avian flu as the cause of deaths of birds after examining the viscera. The post-mortem of two bird carcasses by a Bikaner-based research organisation had concluded that bacterium Clostridium botulinum had entered from the soil into the meat of some dead birds.last_img read more

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