BOXING STAR JASON QUIGLEY OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW FOROIGE CLUB IN BALLYBOFEY

first_imgJason Quigley took time out from his rigorous training schedule to open a new Foroige Club in Ballybofey.The project which was headed by Elaine Chambers and Desmond Crawford are delighted Jason took timeout from his busy schedule to help support their new initiative and drive.He was the special guest at the official opening on Tuesday and pledged his support for such clubs that provide such a vital role within the community. The new club will run every Tuesday and Friday night from 7-9pm.Project co-ordinators Elaine Chambers and Desmond Crawford hope they can add more days in the coming months.BOXING STAR JASON QUIGLEY OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW FOROIGE CLUB IN BALLYBOFEY was last modified: December 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BallybofeyFeaturesForoige ClubJason QuigleyNoticesSportyouth clublast_img read more

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Real Creatures with Superpowers

first_imgCheck out the capabilities of these amazing little critters.The longest-distance flyer is: a small dragonfly. A chicken may cross the road, but Pantala crosses oceans and continents. That’s what scientists at Rutgers deduce from comparing genes of these relatively small dragonflies. Robert Forman reports:A dragonfly barely an inch and a half long appears to be animal world’s most prolific long distance traveler – flying thousands of miles over oceans as it migrates from continent to continent – according to newly published research.Biologists at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) who led the study – which appears in the journal PLOS ONE – say the evidence is in the genes. They found that populations of this dragonfly, called Pantala flavescens, in locations as far apart as Texas, eastern Canada, Japan, Korea, India, and South America, have genetic profiles so similar that there is only one likely explanation. Apparently – somehow – these insects are traveling distances that are extraordinarily long for their small size, breeding with each other, and creating a common worldwide gene pool that would be impossible if they did not intermingle.Evolutionists are baffled by this, because the dragonfly doesn’t need to do it.Pantala leaves many of its fellow dragonflies even farther behind. The mysteries of evolution are such that while Pantala and its cousin the Green Darner (Anax junius) have developed into world travelers, Ware says that by contrast, other members of the family “don’t ever leave the pond on which they’re born – traveling barely 36 feet away their entire lives.”Vanishing act: There’s a beetle that water skis (pause to think about that). Here’s the clincher: it skis so fast, it appears to vanish. Watch the video clip on New Scientist showing the water lily beetle in slow-motion. It flaps its wings for propulsion, and sets its tiny water-repelling legs down on the water to skitter across the surface super fast. A human skiing at a comparable pace would go 310 mph (500 kph), the article says. This is one of the fastest speeds ever measured for any insect on the water. Their anatomy is “well adapted” for this behavior. Hydrophobic legs and wings with a lot of lift give them an “elegant solution” that is giving engineers ideas for low-flying aircraft or water-surface robots. How did this come about? It is, therefore it evolved, one biologist thinks; the unique anatomical adaptation “suggests that skimming is evolutionarily important,” remarked Jake Socha from Virginia Tech, who had studied flying snakes. He was surprised, though, “that they have something this elegant.”Super night vision goggles: This story from Science Daily makes a nice addition to yesterday’s entry on biomimetics. Superman would be envious of the night vision of moths. Look what a scientist says about their amazing eyes:“Nature has evolved simple yet powerful adaptations, from which we have taken inspiration in order to answer challenges of future technologies,” explained Professor Ravi Silva, Head of the Advanced Technology Institute.“Moths’ eyes have microscopic patterning that allows them to see in the dimmest conditions. These work by channelling light towards the middle of the eye, with the added benefit of eliminating reflections, which would otherwise alert predators of their location. We have used the same technique to make an amazingly thin, efficient, light-absorbent material by patterning graphene in a similar fashion.”There’s more to it than just the anatomy of the eye facets. Current Biology reports that an important part of their visual acuity lies in the software. It lets them achieve what seems physically impossible. In “Neural Summation in the Hawkmoth Visual System Extends the Limits of Vision in Dim Light,” three scientists found that the moth brain can filter out noise and sum up spatial and temporal signals to increase the signal-to-noise ratio, giving them 100 times better visual acuity than achievable by the optics alone.  As a result, they can easily observe motion under starlight conditions. Once again, this gives optical engineers ideas:We show that spatial and temporal summation combine supralinearly to substantially increase contrast sensitivity and visual information rate over four decades of light intensity [i.e., over four orders of magnitude], enabling hawkmoths to see at light levels 100 times dimmer than without summation. Our results reveal how visual motion is calculated neurally in dim light and how spatial and temporal summation improve sensitivity while simultaneously maximizing spatial and temporal resolution, thus extending models of insect motion vision derived predominantly from diurnal flies. Moreover, the summation strategies we have revealed may benefit manmade vision systems optimized for variable light levels.They applied the principles on a very-low-light image of the words “Current Biology” and brought it out of fuzzy noise into clear text.What can you do with a million neurons? A bumblebee brain has been imaged in 3-D by scientists at the University of Guelph. They’re interested in learning how this brain, made up of about 1 million neurons (just “0.00001 per cent of the number found in the human brain”) allows these insects to not only fly accurately, but navigate. Their foraging methods are attracting computer scientists. “We’ve also been looking at how tiny-brained bumblebees find practical solutions to challenging routing problems,” the press release says. “Understanding how comparatively simple brains can find functional solutions to complex problems may be very important in allowing us to develop smarter and simpler ways to do the same.” Their non-destructive 3-D imaging technique should prove useful analyzing other insects’ brains as well.Extra! Extra!While we’re talking superpowers, let’s stray from the insect world and talk about a jellyfish with “amazing superpowers” according to National Geographic. This animal’s capability for regeneration makes it almost immortal. Juli Berwald writes, “The moon jellyfish can age backward, form hordes of clones, and regenerate lost body parts, a new study says.” It’s like those characters in the movies.Emblazoned with a four-leaf clover on its back and lined with a fringe of thin tentacles, the moon jellyfish, Aurelia, is a veritable pantheon of power. It not only regenerates like Deadpool, it ages backward like Benjamin Button and forms hordes of clones like Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man.Because of the stages in its lifecycle from polyp to medusa, it has been compared to the butterfly that undergoes a similar metamorphosis. What’s amazing is that moon jellies can morph back into the polyp stage. Some scientists think that understanding their extreme regenerative powers may provide insight into what causes cancer. There’s clearly a lot to learn from one of the “primitive” species that emerged in the Cambrian Explosion. “Look out, Spider-Man,” Berwald ends.Evolution would predict simple to complex. Creation would predict complexity all the way down, each creature well matched to its habitat and its needs. If the pinnacle of evolution, the human brain, cannot grasp the complexity of the smallest and simplest organisms, then creation is the winner hands down. Get lost, Charlie. (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Changing climate highlighted at Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Increased rainfall in larger doses and warming temperatures in the future are likely, building on trends that have already been seen in Ohio.The first day of the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference included many presentations including nutrient management, crop production, water quality, technology and innovation during the event at Ohio Northern University in Ada. The role of the changing climate cannot be ignored inAaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extensionagriculture’s ongoing challenges with nutrient management and water quality.“In Ohio we are seeing temperature changes and precipitation changes and some of the challenges that come with that,” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extension, at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada. “From a climate standpoint we are warming. Our winters are warming faster than our summers, though our warmest maximum summer temperatures have actually gone down compared to the early 20th Century.”The warmer temperatures can have implications for crops and livestock.“On the livestock issue, the one thing we have seen in the summer is that we have warmer nights and longer periods of warmer temperatures that can really stress livestock,” Wilson said.In terms of precipitation, Ohio receives 10% more rain per year, on average, than in the 20th century. Ohio’s current annual average is 42 inches, up 3 inches from the 39-inch average in the 20th century, Wilson said. Those additional 3 inches aren’t spread across the entire year. Instead the bulk of Ohio’s rain is falling in intense rain events, followed by an increase in consecutive dry days, Wilson said.“On the precipitation side we are seeing extreme rain events increasing in number. We are seeing issues then with runoff, soil erosion and nutrient loss across the state,” he said. “And it is very difficult to forecast the extreme precipitation events. When you are trying to make sound management decisions on your farm this is a big challenge. By their nature we know these rain events are highly variable.”The most significant seasonal increase in rainfall for Ohio has been in the autumn months, though springs are also wetter.“Soil erosion compaction, soil health, organic matter, and runoff are all being impacted by precipitation,” Wilson said. “Also water availability throughout the year can affect practices like double-cropping, crop rotations, and other management. We need to think about these things to be prepared for the changes we are going to see.”Extreme rain events in which more than 2 inches fall during a rainstorm have increased by 30% in Ohio since the late 1990s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.“Weather patterns have changed so we can’t just take it for granted that what we did in the past will work well now and into the future,” Wilson said. “The more we understand how our weather is changing, the better we can be about adapting to these changes and making decisions now and into the future in agriculture.”For more information about the conference, visit: fabe.osu.edu/CTCon.last_img read more

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We will all work together in Madhya Pradesh: Digvijaya Singh

first_imgFormer Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh describes his 3,100-km Narmada Parikrama Yatra as ‘apolitical’. Yet the large crowds, who joined him en route, forced his political friends and rivals to take note. Nevertheless, Mr. Singh did not find a place in the latest Congress reshuffle in the State. He speaks about his role and the party’s prospects.Congress president Rahul Gandhi seems to have done a balancing act in Madhya Pradesh by appointing Kamal Nath as Congress chief in the State and Jyotiraditya Scindia as the campaign chief. How do you look at this?This has been under discussion for a long time and finally the Congress president has taken a decision. Mr. Kamal Nath has been appointed president with four working presidents. He has been an MP since 1980 continuously, except for a brief period. He is one person who knows the State and has a good connect with the workers. At the same time, the four working presidents are leaders in their own right. They are comparatively younger and can be assets to Kamal Nath.Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia is a very articulate and young face and a popular leader among the youth. He will be looking after the campaign. So I think it’s a well-considered team.But the Congress doesn’t have a chief ministerial face and elections these days are very presidential in nature…In a parliamentary democracy, it is the party that fights the elections. I personally feel in a parliamentary democracy, it is the elected MPs and MLAs who elect the leader. So why should that right be denied to them?In M.P., the Congress seems to be divided among leaders like Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Digvijaya Singh, Ajay Singh and so on.You see, this is a perception. There are some people who are identified with some senior leaders but 80% of the Congress workers are Congress workers. When you say all Congress workers are divided, I don’t agree with that.And you think Kamal Nath will be able to take along everyone?We will all work together. There are many leaders in M.P. who are not identified with any group and are leaders in their own right.Mr. Gandhi met all of you some time ago. What did he say?I can’t go public with what we discussed but broadly we spoke about how we can defeat the BJP in the State.You have not been given any responsibility yet. What role do you see for yourself in your home State?I think what I can do best is to bring everyone together at the lowest level, at the grassroots.This I intend doing with some senior people who know the State and are not seeking ticket. They are not aligned with any group.You had taken political sanyas from your State after losing power in 2003. Then you went on this Narmada Parikrama Yatra for six months. Some say this was a way to reconnect with the grassroots. Wasn’t this something very political?This may be a fallout but not the original intent. The original intent was religious and a commitment made to myself that I should do it.And there was a clear touch of Hindutva politics. Even Mr. Gandhi is visiting temples in Karnataka…First of all, I don’t need a certificate from the BJP and the RSS on my religiosity. I am a believer and a practising Hindu. But I don’t believe in the word Hindutva. It is neither religious nor found in the scriptures. It just signifies a militant political ideology.Earlier, when Indiraji or Rajivji visited a temple or a dargah, none noticed. But after the Babri Masjid demolition and the use of religion as a political tool by the BJP, this has become an issue even in the media. The religion that my mother and my Guru taught me is equal respect to all religion.Moving on, you handled Karnataka before. What’s your assessment of the elections?I have been away for a long time, so don’t really know but I think the Congress government has delivered on all its promises and Siddaramaiah has been a successful Chief Minister.Many say there could be fractured mandate and the Janata Dal(S) led by H.D. Deve Gowda could play an important role?He will lobby to be the kingmaker, but the single largest party must be called.But in Goa which you handled, in Manipur, the Congress didn’t manage to form governments.The floor test had to be on the floor of the Assembly and not the Governor House. In Goa, in Manipur, the way Governors have acted, it has encouraged horse trading.How do you look at the Congress’s prospects in 2019, especially when parties like Trinamool and the TRS don’t want to accept it as the leader?It is the body which wags the body; the tail can’t wag the body. You cannot ignore the fact that the Congress is the largest Opposition party across States.Therefore, any coalition which emerges to fight the fanatic right-wing ideology of the BJP, it has to be led by the Congress.At the same time, the Congress has to recognise the strength of regional parties in each State and should have alliances in each State — whether pre-poll or post-poll.last_img read more

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Asus 6z launched in India: Starts at Rs 31,999, offers Flip Camera, Snapdragon 855 chipset and more

first_imgAfter almost a month of its global launch, Asus has finally released the Asus 6z in India. Globally known as the ZenFone 6, the phone has been renamed after legal restrictions in India. The phone has been grabbing attention with its unique motorised Flip Camera and a massive 5000mAh battery. The Asus 6z starts from Rs 31,999 for the base variant in India, thereby going up against the OnePlus 7 series phones in the Indian market.The Asus 6z starts in India from Rs 31,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. For the variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, the price stands at Rs 34,999. The top-end variant comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, which costs Rs 39,999. The phone will available exclusively on Flipkart and sale will start from June 26. Consumers will also be able to get the Flipkart Mobile Protection Plan for Rs 99.Asus 6z specificationsThe Asus 6z is primarily known for its Flip Camera module that helps Asus eliminate the display notch. There’s a 48-megapixel primary camera with the Sony IMX586 sensor and a secondary 13-megapixel wide-angle camera to care of the imaging duties. When required, the Flip module lets the user utilise the rear cameras for selfies and video calls. Therefore, you can take selfies with a highly capable 48-megapixel camera. The module uses a Stepper motor that can change angles at a minimum of 2 degrees.DxOMark has awarded the Asus 6z a very high score of 96 for selfie camera performance. User can also manually adjust the Flip Camera angles manually. Asus has even opened up the Camera2 API, which allows users to use the GCam mod. Do note that the phone doesn’t have OIS assistance and only relies on EIS. The Flip Camera module uses Liquid Metal to ensure the durability of the module. Asus has also built safety mechanisms – the module goes in when it detects a drop.advertisementThe Flip Camera makes for a notch-less narrow-bezel display with a slim chin. The phone sports a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with Full HD+ resolution. There’s a capacitive fingerprint sensor at the back. Like all 2019 flagships, the phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 855 chipset that comes with a choice or 6GB or 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage. Asus is designed ZenUI 6 from scratch and based n user feedback, it adopts a very stock Android like interface. Asus has retained some of the smart features from previous ZenUI versions but it ensures a clean boat-free interface.The phone also offers a triple card slot that can accommodate two SIM cards and a micro SD card at the same time. To keep the phone alive, it uses a 5000mAh battery with support Quick Charge 4.0. It also comes with a Smart Key that can be customised either to launch the Google Assistant or custom functions. and it’s oneALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 6 launched globally: Price, specifications, cameras and all you need to knowALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 6 quick review: Flip Camera is cool, performance good and price could be just rightALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 6 in pictures: A Snapdragon 855 flagship with a unique Flip Camera systemlast_img read more

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