Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has insisted the Government will fund the A5 road – just not yet.The government wants to change the timetable on how it contributes to the funding of the road – which it must do under an international agreement with the North.Meanwhile Ireland North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has reacted to media reports suggesting that the Government is to renege on its promises made both before and since the election to part fund the Dublin-Donegal motorway project. Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP said: “This road project was one of the outcomes of the St Andrew’s Agreement whereby the Irish Government committed EUR 480 million to the project which will have major benefits for the North West region. The previous Fianna Fáil led Government were at all times fully committed to the part funding of this project despite the current economic difficulties.“As recently as September the Taoiseach Enda Kenny unreservedly committed his Government to the funding when he was well aware of the economic constraints. All other regions of the country have been served by high quality roads. It is absolutely essential that the road infrastructure in the North West is brought up to the standard which exists in other parts. Why should the North West suffer once again? It is obvious that this Government has no commitment to cross border projects, if the media reports prove to be accurate.Pat the Cope today suggested that “certain members of the Government should familiarise themselves with the existing route before taking a decision that will be detrimental to the future economic development of the North West and the regeneration of the region which suffers from the highest unemployment rate in the country.”Pat the Cope further concluded, “I met recently in Brussels with Danny Kennedy, the Regional Development Minister in the Northern Executive who was very positively disposed to the development. The Government should immediately dispel the uncertainty and reaffirm its previous commitments made before and after the election to proceed with this vital infrastructural project.” A5 FUNDING AXE: ‘WE’RE CHANGING TIMETABLE’ SAYS VARADKAR was last modified: November 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:A5 FUNDING AXELEO VARADKARPat The Cope Gallagher
A man has been remanded in custody following a break-in to a leading Donegal car showroom during which a jeep worth €17,000 was stolen.Thomas McDonagh, aged 39, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with theft and criminal damage today. McDonagh, of Letterkenny but with an address at Castelrea Prison, applied to the court to be released o bail.However, bail was refused by Judge Paul Kelly on the grounds that McDonagh had already taken two bench warrants, the seriousness of the charges and the “strong evidence” in the case.The case relates to an incident on Saturday morning during which there was a break-in to Diver’s Hyundai garage at Canal Road.Considerable damage was caused to the premises and a jeep was stolen during the break-in which happened around 2.30am.Owner of Divers Hyundai, Mr Terence Diver, was in court for the short hearing.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, asked for the case to be adjourned until May 20th for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.Judge Kely agreed to the adjournment and ordered the accused to appear by video-link.Divers Hyundai at Canal Road in Letterkenny.Man remanded in custody after theft of €17,000 jeep at Divers Hyundai, Letterkenny was last modified: May 8th, 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:DiversHyundaijeepletterkennytheft
SANTA CLARA — While the 49ers safely kept most of their top players out of Saturday night’s exhibition opener, three still got hurt in the opening quarter, and then news broke of a more significant injury.Trent Taylor, one of the 49ers’ top wide receivers, underwent foot surgery Friday, general manager John Lynch revealed on KPIX’s television broadcast during the 49ers’ 17-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys.Thanks everyone for reaching out! Just missing a couple of games but I’ll be back soon and …
SAN FRANCISCO — Kevon Looney was sight for sore eyes, and without him the Golden State Warriors’ defense was quite an eye sore.Yes, the 23-year-old center returned to the court after missing the entire preseason with a right hamstring injury. In his 11 minutes Looney shined just enough light to line an otherwise deep, dark cloud of the Warriors’ defensive woes.“Our defense was atrocious,” Draymond Green said. “It was bad across the board.”“Bad” is the simplest way to put it: Chase Center’s …
A molecular biologist and a physicist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel (see also 09/26/2003) wrote a paper in PNAS1 with an intriguing title: “Spontaneous evolution of modularity and network motifs.” Can a network arise spontaneously? Biologists increasingly speak of the interaction of genes, proteins and metabolic processes in terms of networks (e.g., 12/20/2004, 03/22/2004, 01/28/2004, 01/27/2003, 01/10/2003). The networks with which most of us are familiar, like the power grid or internet, came about with intensive programming and intentional engineering. After the network architecture and the rules of interaction were defined, however, many unforeseen and spectacular patterns emerged. It could be argued that each emergent property of the internet had its roots in intelligent causes, however, since only sentient beings – humans – use the internet, and they do so with purpose and intent. In biological system there are also characteristic network-like patterns. Could these have arisen without purpose and intent? For Kashtan and Alon to prove this, they need to establish that networking behavior can be an emergent property of the molecules of the cell, without any programming. In the history of computer software design, one important revolution was the invention of modular programming. Early programmers got tangled in their own “spaghetti code,” writing routines that jumped to other routines in such complex ways that the entire system became one single point of failure. Programmers realized that certain functions could be modularized, or segregated into independent routines that, though part of the big system, focused only on their own task. A module for addition, for instance, might take two undefined inputs, and have the function: “add these two inputs together.” The next module up the chain can call this module and give it any two numbers, and be assured the sum will be faithfully returned. Computer systems and networks built with a modular design were found to be much easier to maintain, and became much more robust against perturbations. A module could be upgraded or replaced without requiring a rewrite of the entire system. Biological networks also appear to work in modular fashion. Kashtan and Alon believe that they have found purely natural reasons for why this is so:Biological networks have an inherent simplicity: they are modular with a design that can be separated into units that perform almost independently. Furthermore, they show reuse of recurring patterns termed network motifs. Little is known about the evolutionary origin of these properties. Current models of biological evolution typically produce networks that are highly nonmodular and lack understandable motifs. Here, we suggest a possible explanation for the origin of modularity and network motifs in biology. We use standard evolutionary algorithms to evolve networks. A key feature in this study is evolution under an environment (evolutionary goal) that changes in a modular fashion. That is, we repeatedly switch between several goals, each made of a different combination of subgoals. We find that such “modularly varying goals” lead to the spontaneous evolution of modular network structure and network motifs. The resulting networks rapidly evolve to satisfy each of the different goals. Such switching between related goals may represent biological evolution in a changing environment that requires different combinations of a set of basic biological functions. The present study may shed light on the evolutionary forces that promote structural simplicity in biological networks and offers ways to improve the evolutionary design of engineered systems. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)In short, if the environment is modular, the network will become modular. This has been the problem, they reason, with computer models of evolution. Modelers used to give the computer a fixed goal and let the evolutionary algorithm figure out the way to reach it, by rewarding each routine’s “fitness” as it got warmer. These two researchers, instead, tried routinely switching the goal during the run. The networks that won out in the end were the modular ones:The networks evolved under modularly varying goals were able to adapt to nearly perfect solutions for each new goal, within about three generations after the goal was switched. This evolvability was caused by the fact that the evolved networks for the different goals differed only slightly. For example, in many cases they differed in the threshold value of a single neuron, allowing switching between the networks with a single mutation….Networks that evolve under modularly varying goals seem to discover the basic subproblems common to the different goals and to evolve a distinct structural module to implement each of these subproblems. Evolution under modularly varying goals produces networks that can rapidly adapt to each of the different goals by only a few rewiring changes.So the winners evolved not only to be modular, but to be evolvable. This, they think, is the secret of how biological networks became so robust in spite of changing circumstances. Once a module for chemotaxis arose, for instance, a bacterium could reuse it with just a few “rewiring changes” if the chemical attractant changed. But who is doing the discovering? The subject of their sentence was, “Networks that evolve… discover…” The language of intent continues in another sentence in the ending discussion. Watch the subject:In such cases [evolution with fixed goals], when the goal changes, the networks take a relatively long time to adapt to the new goal, as if it starts evolution from scratch. Under modularly varying goals, in contrast, adaptation to the new goal is greatly speeded up by the presence of the existing modules that were useful for the previous goal.That last sentence used a passive voice verb: “adaptation… is greatly speeded up.” This hides the implication that the modules are seeking to adapt with goal-directed behavior. The authors are clearly not intentionally attributing intrinsic purpose to the modules. Their discussion of “fitness landscapes” in the subsequent paragraph treats the modules as pinballs on a bumpy landscape. Shifting goals keeps the landscape undulating so that the pinballs don’t get trapped on “local fitness maxima.” So is goal-effective modularity a true emergent property, as pointless and aimless as water running down a slope and seeking the least obstructed path? They actually experimented more to clarify this possibility. Notice the words information processing and useful:One possible explanation for the origin of the motifs in the evolved networks is that modular networks are locally denser than nonmodular networks of the same size and connectivity. This local density tends to increase the number of subgraphs (42). To test this possibility, we evolved networks to reach the same modularity measure Q as the networks evolved under modularly varying goals, but with no information-processing goal (see Supporting Text). We find that these modular networks have no significant network motifs (Fig. 9). They show relatively abundant feedback loops that are antimotifs in the networks evolved under modularly varying goals. It therefore seems that the specific network motifs found in the evolved networks are not merely caused by local density, but may be useful building blocks for information processing.In other words, unless information processing was programmed in as a goal, mere environment-shifting produced anti-motifs – a backward step. That is why their only success came with emphasis on achieving useful building blocks for “information processing.” But what is “useful” to a network? Why would a non-sentient network seek to process information? If not the network, is there an outside agent that cares about such things? Like the tree in the woods falling without a sound, can there be “information” without a mind to conceive of it? At this point, they compared their computer models to actual biological networks. Here, they could not escape portraying the genes and cells as if they were tiny sentient beings:How is evolution under modularly varying goals related to actual biological evolution? One may suggest that organisms evolve in environments that require a certain set of basic biological functions…. [They discuss chemotaxis evolving as the chemical attractant changes.] When environments changed, these modules adapted over evolution to sense and chemotax toward other nutrients. Had evolution been in a fixed environment, perhaps a more optimal solution would have mixed the genes for these different tasks (e.g., a motor that can also sense and transport the nutrient into the cell), resulting in a nonmodular design…. An additional biological example occurs in development. Different cells in the developing embryo take on different fates. Each cell type needs to solve a similar set of problems: expressing a set of genes in response to a given time-dependent profile of a set of extracellular signals. However, in each cell type, the identity of the input signals and the output genes is different. Thus, in development, cells need to perform essentially the same computations on varying inputs and output: a modularly varying goal. The solution found by evolution is a modular design where signal transduction pathways (such as mitogen-activated protein kinase cascades), which are common to many cell types, hook up to specific receptors and transcription factors that are cell type specific. This design allows simple rewiring of the same pathways to work with diverse inputs and outputs in different cell types. Over evolutionary time scales, this design allows the addition of new cell types without the need to evolve dedicated new pathways for each input and output….They threw in a bonus that their study might help engineers “evolve” improved networks. But understanding biology was clearly the intent of the paper. How to get biological design without a designer – that quest was evident in their last two sentences. “In summary,” they said, “this study presents a possible mechanism for spontaneous evolution of modularity and network motifs. It will be important to extend this study to understand how evolution could generate additional design features of biological systems.”1Nadav Kashtan and Uri Alon, “Spontaneous evolution of modularity and network motifs,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 20, 2005, 10.1073/pnas.0503610102.Foul, time out, game over. They just violated the No Free Lunch Principle. You just caught them in the act. This is the persistent sin of evolutionists, engraved with an iron stylus on their stony hearts. They only get away with this evil because no preacher is allowed past the walls of the Darwin Party fortress to call them to repentance. Naturalists cannot attribute will, purpose, intent and information processing to mindless entities. This violates their core assumptions as philosophical naturalists (materialists), whose goal was to rid natural explanations of teleology (purpose, final causes). William Dembski in his writings, especially the book No Free Lunch, drives home the point that “no evolutionary algorithm is superior to blind search” – that is, unless information has been smuggled in behind the scenes. Consider his famous treasure island analogy. If you are on an island where treasure is buried, and have no clues, blind search is your only option – a very inefficient method, becoming more hopeless as the size of the island increases. A friend tells you there is a treasure map. Encouraged by this new hope, you go to the hostel where the map is locked in a cabinet. You find, to your despair, that there are a million treasure maps, all different, all claiming to be the right one. In a real sense, you now have moved your blind search to another space: the space of maps, where the the correct map is the new treasure. This analogy can be extended indefinitely: your friend says a guru knows which map is the correct one. You go to the mountain top, only to find again, to your despair, that a million gurus await you promising you the path to enlightenment. The only way out of this infinite regress is to get true, useful information from someone with knowledge of the treasure’s location. Anything else is blind search. Now, to a Darwinist, who is going to provide that information? Surely not the environment. Surely not random strings of DNA. Surely not randomly floating bits of protein. None of them can possibly have any goal or purpose in mind, or any embedded knowledge of the best way to build modular networks that grow, reproduce, and function robustly in changing environments, complete with error-checking, coded instructions. We must emphasize this point: any attempt by a Darwinist to impose wish fulfillment, goal-directed behavior, or teleology on these molecules is strictly forbidden. One must visualize these molecules as completely and utterly indifferent to success or failure. They care nothing if a function is achieved, and nobody is there to cheer them on. Kashtan and Alon conveniently left the origin of any primitive network as an unsolved problem. Fine; they still must maintain the impersonality of that initial network. By analogy, picture a bunch of unthinking robots that had an initial purpose imposed on them by some unexplained inventor – say, to sort and stack rocks. Get real, now, and ask yourself: realistically, is changing the environment going to improve their modularity and evolvability? If you come back after the magic factor of “evolutionary time scales,” will you expect to see the robots building airplanes, printing books and conducting orchestras? Of course not. Remember, the robots are not sentient beings. They couldn’t care less whether some new “function” emerges, or whether they rust in a colossal heap of rubbish (a more thermodynamically favored outcome). Where evolutionists cheat incorrigibly is by personifying molecules into purposeful entities, or by invoking mindless processes as creative agents. Notice again how subtly they do this: “One may suggest that organisms evolve in environments that require a certain set of basic biological functions….” This “suggestion” makes no sense unless one personifies the environment as a manager setting design requirements, and the evolving entity “needing” or “wishing” to fulfill them. Whether invoking Tinker Bell with her mutation wand, or shuffling environments to get the desired outcome, evolutionists are playing the guru telling the treasure hunter which map is the correct one. This is forbidden. The only evolutionary algorithm that is permissible on Darwin Island is blind search. The island is the size of the universe, and according to our online book, the chance of getting even one useful protein, let alone a modular, functional network that can adapt to changing environments, is less than Dembski’s “universal probability bound” of 1 chance in 10150. It would be easier for a blindfolded man to pick a single marked penny out of a whole universe packed with pennies than to expect chance to succeed at this task. But chance is all they have according to the No Free Lunch Principle. And no, they cannot cheat by saying “Well, we are here, therefore it must have happened somehow.” Unless they are willing to consider intelligent design, this is a post hoc fallacy. In conclusion, Darwinian materialism must retreat into pantheism, or else give up in despair. You just read two Darwinists whispering about biological entities as if they were sentient beings. Their pantheism is implicit, despite their intent to explain biological networks in materialistic terms. As such, they are teaching pantheistic nature religion, not science – and of all places, right there in central Israel! This is right where Baal worship, another nature religion, was condemned by the Hebrew prophets 2800 years ago. Where is Elijah when we need him? Phillip Johnson? Henry Morris?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Tripura CPI(M) alleged that its senior leader and former Finance Minister Bhanu Lal Saha and scores of party workers were attacked during the by-elections to vacant seats in nine municipal bodies in the State on Thursday. The party withdrew its candidates competing in four wards of Agartala Municipal Corporation alleging threats and intimidation. Supporters of the CPI(M), led by senior leaders Pabtra Kar and Manik Dey, staged a protest outside the State Election Commission office here claiming failure of administration in conducting free and fair bypolls. Mr. Kar complained that the Election Commission remained unmoved despite several complaints filed by them. By-elections were held in 67 seats under different municipal bodies, including the AMC. A total of 174 candidates from different parties are contesting the bypolls. The counting of votes will take place on Friday. The BJP denied the allegations of attacks and threats on political rivals anywhere. “The CPI(M) has lost the support of people, so they are putting false blame on us to find a route to escape the polls,” BJP State vice-president Ashish Saha said.The CPI(M) claimed seven of its supporters were injured in an attack by BJP workers at Salema in Unakoti district on Wednesday evening. The attack reportedly occurred after the CPI(M) reopened its office in the area.It said party leaders and cadres again came under attacks during the municipal bypolls on Thursday. Mr. Kar said the attacks took place in Agartala, Bishalgarh, Belonia and Santirbazar.
A Muslim youth who was beaten up by a “few of his acquaintances” in Malda district on Friday, died of his injuries later. The incident was reported on Sunday. Sanaullah Sheikh, in his early twenties, was called to the Baishnabnagar market, about a kilometre from his village Chak Meherdi.“He was asked to start a bike so that he could be framed as the one stealing it,” an official told The Hindu. “He was then thrashed by five or six persons, who could be identified from a video,” the official said.Mr. Sheikh used to live with his three children, wife and mother in Chak Meherdi and was “largely unemployed.” Locals alleged that Bappa Ghosh, associated with the Communist Party of India-Marxist [CPI-M] earlier and now attached to the Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP], led the mob.Swadhin Sarkar, Chief Whip of the BJP and Baishnabnagar MLA said that Mr. Ghosh “is associated with the Trinamool Congress.”“In the last election, [Bappa] Ghosh worked with the Trinamool,” he said. Mr. Sarkar claimed that the deceased was suspected of stealing a motorcycle and caught by the locals in the market area. “The beating started and very unfortunately the person died. No Hindu-Muslim colour should be given to it and the culprits should be punished,” he said.Congress MLA from the adjoining Assembly segment Isha Khan Chowdhury and Trinamool’s district president Moazzem Hossain visited the area. Local Trinamool functionary Paritosh Sarkar said the “culprits are not associated with our party.”“It is not a Trinamool-BJP thing but a law and order issue. One person has been arrested on the basis of the video. The rest will also be identified and arrested,” Mr. Paritosh said.
Suspense over the fate of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisee, Kochi, will finally end as the Governing Council meets on Sunday to take a decision on the issue amidst legal hurdles being faced by the BCCI.”A final decision on the Kochi franchisee will be taken on Sunday,” a senior Governing Council member told PTI.The Governing Council had last week deferred its decision on the franchisee for the third time last week in Nagpur, after the investors reached a last-minute shareholding agreement.Barely seven months after becoming the second most costliest team in the IPL, Kochi was on the verge of being thrown out of the event due to the shareholding dispute between the consortium’s investors.The investors — Anchor Earth, Parinee Developers, Rosy Blue and Film Wave — hold 74 per cent of the equity.The remaining 26 per cent lies with the Gaikwad family –Shailendra, his brother Ravi and their parents all part of Rendezvous Sports World — as free equity for services rendered while bidding.It is this 26 per cent, which became a bone of contention among the stakeholders, as the investors were in no mood to give free equity to the Gaikwad family.The Gaikwads, on their part, initially refused to part with the equity but have now agreed to forego at least 15 per cent of it after the investors-group threatened to withdraw from the IPL, threatening the very existence of the franchisee, which was bought for a staggering sum of Rs 1533.33 crore, a franchisee source said.advertisement- With inputs from PTI
When the news of a one-time BCCI benefit purse of Rs 20 lakh, to be distributed to retired cricketers, was broken to former Punjab and Uttar Pradesh fast bowler Ubaid Kamal on Thursday, he broke down and disconnected the line. The tears were of joy.Kamal, who bagged 178 wickets between 1990 and 2000, was only doing a Nirupama Mankad, wife of ex-Test batsman Ashok. She had disclosed to MAILTODAY in May 2012 that she wept on hearing the news that the BCCI would extend the benefit purse to widows. Ubaid, now 41, soon recovered and returned the call. “I was expecting that the Board would give us Rs 10 lakh each. So when I heard that the amount was Rs 20 lakh, I couldn’t hold back my tears. I thank the Board for thinking about players who retired before good money, and the IPL, came in,” the Allahabad bowler-turnedcoach told MAIL TODAY. Ubaid said he would invest all the money – it’s expected that players would only receive Rs 14 lakh after tax deduction – on an academy he’s setting up in Barabanki, a few kilometres from the ancestral home of hockey legend KD Singh ‘Babu’. “I want to produce fast bowlers for India,” he said.The BCCI’s finance committee on Wednesday approved the proposal for this one-time benefit purse, having given in 2012 heftier purses to all Test players and also to those who had played 75 or more firstclass matches. The present slab is between 50 and 74 matches, the only condition being they should have retired by the 2033-04 home season. The finance committee’s recommendation will now go to the working committee for final approval. “About 50-60 players will benefit under this scheme,” said a source.advertisementAmong those who qualified include Madhya Pradesh players Sanjay Jagdale, who as BCCI secretary had suggested to president N. Srinivasan to include Ranji players too in the one-time benefit scheme, and late Syed Mushtaq Ali’s son Gulrez Ali, Haryana all-rounder Dhanraj Singh, Narendra Menon, and Punjab wicketkeeper Arun Sharma.Dhanraj, too, got emotional, but is clear where he would use the money. “I got my daughter married recently. I had taken some loan for her wedding, and this amount would help me pay back the loan,” Dhanraj, who was part of Haryana’s only Ranji Trophy title triumph in 1990-91, told MAIL TODAY. “I’m grateful to the BCCI for this gesture. At the same time, I’d request them to slightly enhance our monthly gratis,” said the man who played 51 matches from 1990-1999. Gulrez, who played 74 matches, said: “We played tough cricket in the days when remuneration was very small. The number of matches was also less in those days, so playing 74 game is no joke.”
Filmmaker Koumbie was chosen as one of the first participants of Telefilm’s 2018 Talent to Watch program.(CBC) Advertisement Packed inside a gussied-up sound stage at Pinewood Toronto Studios this week, dozens of up-and-coming filmmakers met with industry insiders, speed dating-style.They asked questions, built connections and perfected pitches during a two-day summit as part of Telefilm Canada’s new Talent to Watch program, which tapped the creators of 45 film and digital projects from across the country for its inaugural edition.Halifax actor Koumbie, who goes by a single name, spent 10 years appearing in TV shows like Mr. D and Studio Black, but is now moving into directing. She was selected for Talent to Watch for her first big project, CareCroft. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It is a digital series for women’s experiences going through the medical system in Nova Scotia… struggling to be believed by not just their doctors, but the people in their lives as well,” she said, noting that the idea was born from a conversation with her producer about access to birth control and what she sees as a lack of openness in conversations about it.‘It’s that simple’Talent to Watch greatly expands on Telefilm’s former Micro-budget Production Program, according to Francesca Accinelli, the film agency’s director of national promotion and communications. Login/Register With: Twitter