8.5 hour interview was “not exceptional” Donegal sergeant tells tribunal

first_img WhatsApp By News Highland – September 26, 2017 Twitter Homepage BannerNews A garda sergeant has denied it was ‘exceptional’ to interview a garda whistleblower’s partner for 8 and a half hours.Sgt Brigid McGowan was speaking at the Disclosure’s Tribunal – which is currently focusing on garda whistleblower Keith Harrison.Sgt Brigid McGowan was present in October 2013 when a Marissa Simms gave a statement about her partner – garda whistleblower – Keith Harrison at Letterkenny Garda Station.The sgt described Ms Simms as nervous in her demeanour and said she was professional, credible and intelligent.The Sgt told the tribunal Ms Simms made serious allegations about her relationship with her partner Garda Harrison and she felt for her.The Sgt felt Garda Harrison’s behaviour was controlling and referred the matter to the HSE over concerns about Ms Simms two children.She denied that it was exceptional to interview the garda’s partner – Ms Simms – for 8 and half hours.And the sgt denied that she led Ms Simms during questioning by using suggestive words like ‘controlling’ and ‘obsessive’.Ms Simms subsequently withdrew her statement three months later.She is scheduled to give evidence to the Tribunal this afternoon. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+ Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook 8.5 hour interview was “not exceptional” Donegal sergeant tells tribunal WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Previous articleTrillick progress to Tyrone semi finals: Nigel Seaney ReactionNext article19 people waiting for a bed at LUH News Highland Google+last_img read more

Five Red Bluff girls qualify for Masters; Rider leads boys

first_imgCottonwood >> Five Red Bluff High girls swimmers advanced to the Northern Section Masters championships Thursday at the division I meet. Sophomore Jayne Brandt kept her winning streak alive by winning two events. Brandt won the 100 freestyle (56.10) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.41) and is seeded first in both Masters events. Freshman Abby Lair placed 4th in the 500 Free dropping six seconds at (6:18.87) and finished 7th in the 200 IM (2:40.03). Lair will compete in both events at the section …last_img

Derek Carr has no chance as Raiders’ offensive line gets manhandled

first_imgLONDON — Derek Carr was helpless in the pocket all night, either scrambling for his life, absorbing thud after thud after thud or ducking away from a hand mere inches from his facemask.The Raiders’ offensive line was dominant in 2016 and well above average in 2017. This year, and especially on Sunday, it has left much to be desired. Against the Seahawks, Carr’s protection was terrible.The Raiders’ quarterback weathered 10 hits and six sacks. That’s only one fewer sack than the Raiders have …last_img

Intact Protein Remnants Found in Dinosaur Eggs

first_imgA new record for soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil was reported in Nature: collagen in dinosaur eggs from the early Jurassic.The Nature paper is all over the news, but not all the science reporters are mentioning the most damaging admission to long ages: the preservation of organic material in fossil sauropod eggs from China, said to be 190-197 million years old from the early Jurassic – 100 million years older than the previous record. The Nature paper by Reisz et al. states, “This discovery also provides the oldest evidence of in situ preservation of complex organic remains in a terrestrial vertebrate.” Here’s how Chris Palmer reported it in Nature News:But it is not just the age of the fossils that is notable, the researchers say. Spectroscopic analysis of bone-tissue samples from the Chinese nesting site revealed the oldest organic material ever seen in a terrestrial vertebrate. That was surprising because the fossilized femur bones were delicate and porous, which made them vulnerable to the corrosive effects of weathering and groundwater, says Reisz.“That suggests to us that other dinosaur fossils might have organic remains,” he says. “We just haven’t looked at them in the right ways.”The organic material is thought to be collagen. The researchers reported “organic residues, probably direct products of the decay of complex proteins, within both the fast-growing embryonic bone tissue and the margins of the vascular spaces.” They mentioned Schweitzer’s “controversial” reports of dinosaur soft tissue and corroborated them by their own methodology:The embryonic bones were also studied using synchrotron radiation-Fourier transform infrared (SR-FTIR) spectroscopy. In contrast to previous studies of organic residues based on extracts obtained by decalcifying samples of bone, our approach targeted particular tissues in situ (Fig. 5). This made it possible to detect the preservation of organic residues, probably direct products of the decay of complex proteins, within both the fast-growing embryonic bone tissue and the margins of the vascular spaces (Fig. 5a, b). This is indicated by the multiple amide peaks revealed by both infrared (1,500–1,700 cm−1 strong band from amide I and II, and 1,200–1,300 cm−1 weak band from amide III) and Raman spectroscopy (amide A peak at 3,264 cm−1) (Supplementary Figs 6.1 and 6.2). Previous reports of preserved dinosaur organic compounds, or ‘dinosaurian soft tissues’, have been controversial because it was difficult to rule out bacterial biofilms or some other form of contamination as a possible source of the organics. Our results clearly indicate the presence of both apatite and amide peaks within woven embryonic bone tissue (Fig. 5a), which should not be susceptible to microbial contamination or other post-mortem artefacts.References in that quote were to Schweitzer’s 2005 and 2007 papers. The Supplementary Material indicated that mathematical manipulation was necessary to see the amide peaks:The orginal FT-IR amides peaks from the organic residues of Dawa (Lufeng) embryonic limb bone were convoluted, and provided relatively little detailed information (Fig.5, main document), showing a big unresolved hump around 1600 cm-1. Deconvolution is a mathematically based process to reverse the effects of convolution on recorded data. The deconvoluted peaks shown above match well known secondary structures of protein. Thus, it can be concluded that complex proteins were preserved in our specimen.A table after this statement shows that they identified typical secondary structures of protein, such as alpha helices, beta sheets, and side chains – i.e., actual protein structures, not just amino acid “building blocks” of protein.Science Now said the researchers “suspect” the presence of organic remains, but maintained some caution on the grounds that it’s hard to rule out contamination. “Still, if the evidence holds up, the find could finally tip the scale in favor of soft tissue preservation,” the article said. The BBC News and New Scientist didn’t mention the organic remains, but Science Daily did, based on a press release from the University of Toronto where Robert Reisz works. He said, “To find remnants of proteins in the embryos is really remarkable, particularly since these specimens are over 100 million years older than other fossils containing similar organic material.” Live Science briefly mentioned the soft tissue, and added an Image Album about the story.National Geographic completely ignored the soft tissue evidence, but did add this detail: the eggshells were found crushed, and the bones were sorted and concentrated. Reisz presumes they were buried in a flood: “It became inundated, the embryos were smothered by sediment and water, and [they] basically rotted and fell apart,” he said. The original paper described what the site looked like: “completely disarticulated skeletal elements at various stages of embryonic development… with calcium carbonate nodules often surrounding tightly packed appendicular skeletal elements.” What does this imply? The paper continues,We interpret the bone bed as a para-autochthonous assemblage, formed by low-energy flooding and slow inundation of a colonial nesting site. The host sediment is a heavily bioturbated, massive siltstone, throughout which are dispersed isolated skeletal elements, eggshell fragments and the small, fossil-rich nodules of calcium carbonate. There are no preserved nest structures or uncrushed eggs.It would seem that vulnerable, porous bones buried underwater in silt subject to bioturbation would have difficulty preserving the dinosaurs’ protein parts for 197 million years. It would also seem that a low-energy local flood by a riverbank would not leave “massive siltstone” filled with bone fragments.Interesting that the Brits at BBC & New Scientist (as well as NG) ignored the most important part of the story, the soft tissue, as if trying to protect their national hero Charlie from embarrassment. The other articles simply assumed that soft tissue can last almost 200 million years! Why isn’t anyone seeing the obvious? Chris Palmer admitted that the eggs were “vulnerable to the corrosive effects of weathering and groundwater,” making it unbelievable that up to 197 million years passed without obliterating the proteins. Who are you going to believe, evolutionary scientists or your own eyes?Notice also that Reisz suggested soft tissue would likely be found in other dinosaur fossils. Why haven’t they all been looking? Evolutionary theory often dictates what scientists look for and what they expect to see. Thank goodness Reisz & team made an effort to find the protein signal, even if they didn’t dwell on the implications for geological dates. This is a hot topic for creation research. Unfortunately, when they try, they are often severely criticized for (1) poor technique or (2) agenda-driven bias (example to be forthcoming). As if those problems never occur in the secular world.Multiple reports now from different parts of the world are making a watertight case for soft tissue in dinosaur bones. Critics of the reports are not necessarily driven by respect for the evidence, but by fear of what it means to evolutionary geology, evolutionary dating and the whole evolution industry. (Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

House Pays Tribute to Lady Cooke

first_img The House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 13) paid tribute to Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Lady Ivy Cooke, who died on June 5. Story Highlights In his tribute, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said Lady Cooke lived a long life, distinguished by service to the nation, the field of education and to her family. For his part, Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, said Lady Cooke was a teacher by vocation and a humanist by disposition. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 13) paid tribute to Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Lady Ivy Cooke, who died on June 5.Lady Cooke, who was the widow of former Governor-General, Sir Howard Cooke, passed away at the age of 100 years, leaving behind two sons, Howard Cooke, Jr. and Richard Cooke, and one daughter, Audrey Cooke.In his tribute, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said Lady Cooke lived a long life, distinguished by service to the nation, the field of education and to her family.Mr. Holness said at 100, Lady Cooke was a matriarch, whose vast wealth of knowledge, experience and her stories of old-time Jamaica “must have given her family and friends great joy”.“As a former Minister of Education, I must especially salute Lady Cooke. Her contribution to the sector cannot be overstated. I applaud her as an outstanding educator. She was passionate about education, child development and guidance and counselling,” he said.A graduate of Warsop All-Age School and Bethlehem Training College for Teachers, Lady Cooke also pursued courses at the Department of Child Development, Institute of Education, University of London, and various educational courses at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.This extensive training earned her various leadership positions in the teaching field.On the social side, she has trained several cultural groups in speech and song for the Jamaica National Festival Movement, and supported several basic-school projects, in partnership with United Way.“She was passionate about our culture and always ensured she devoted her time accordingly. Lady Cooke was also known for her love of gardening. She made a meaningful and valuable contribution to our schools and, by extension, our communities,” the Prime Minister said.For his part, Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, said Lady Cooke was a teacher by vocation and a humanist by disposition.“She spent 43 years in the classroom. Throughout her husband’s active life she would provide the anchor that enabled him to combine the rolls of educator, organiser of the performing arts, and be a founding member of the People’s National Party,” Dr. Phillips said.“She proved to be an exemplary wife (and) mother to their three children. She also mentored thousands of others, but still found time to give voluntary service to church, community and country,” he added.Tributes were also paid by former Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Reverend Ronald Thwaites; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang.last_img read more

Siri Cant Help TV Stars Kiss Like They Mean It In This

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 25, 2016 Pro tip: If you have to ask Siri how to kiss right, you’re doing it wrong.TV stars Alison Brie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau do just that in a goofy new Apple ad. The actors lock lips, but Brie (whom you might recognize from Mad Men) isn’t feeling it.Cue Siri to the rescue. Make that the fancy fourth-gen Apple TV-integrated Siri. “Is there tongue? Is there a little bit of tongue?” Brie awkwardly asks Coster-Waldau as a steamy clip of the Danish beau tasting the lips of a Game of Thrones co-star unfurls on an Apple TV. Next, Brie tells Siri to rewind seven seconds, not accidentally showing off how the Siri remote searches for content. Related: Cookie Monster Demonstrates Why Hands-Free Siri Is Useful (Video)End scene. Then the odd couple is called on set to seal a hot minute with a kiss. But Brie wants to brush up with more high-def makeout GOT sessions. Coster-Waldau has a different plan. He snatches the Apple TV remote and asks Siri to spin some sexytime tunes (yep, a la Apple Music). Maybe that’ll get Brie in the mood.Nope. Not happening. Siri’s no substitute for raw animal attraction.No surprise there. Siri’s a notorious ice queen, apparently by design. Why, it snubbed us just this morning when we asked the snarky digital assistant for a virtual smooch. “Let’s talk instead,” it said. No thanks. We’re good. 2 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Were Getting a FullSize Commodore 64 in 2019

first_img There was much excitement back in 2017 when a C64 Mini got announced. However, the version that hit store shelves wasn’t without its problems, most notably the poor joystick. It did include 64 games and could run BASIC, but the keyboard didn’t function meaning you needed to plug another one in to type. An almost great release then, but not the end of the story.Retro Games Ltd., who gave us the C64 Mini, this week revealed we’re getting a follow-up device. This time it’s a full-size Commodore 64 complete with a working keyboard!Related: Inspiring Quotes From ’80s and ’90s MoviesOn Christmas Eve, the first photos of a working prototype were posted on Facebook. The images reveal an early version of the Commodore 64 direct from the manufacture and “small modifications” are likely. There is no release date yet beyond 2019, but with the pre-production prototype already created it will hopefully appear before the summer.Retro Games isn’t revealing the final spec just yet, but I’m confident they will have taken into account all the complaints and feedback received about the C64 Mini. It’s also pointed out in the Facebook post how much the Mini has been improved by recent firmware updates. At the very least that shows they are listening, which bodes well for the full-size Commodore 64.Related: The Most Successful Companies Led By EntrepreneursFor now, the C64 Mini can be picked up for just $50. As the next model is much larger and includes a functioning keyboard I expect it to cost more than the $79.99 price point the Mini launched at. If they can keep the price below $100 then it should do well and entice many Mini owners to make the upgrade. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read December 28, 2018last_img read more