The Scoil Mhuire gan Smál debating team has won the Letterkenny and District Debating League for the second year in a row-a wonderful achievement for the school. Primary schools in the Letterkenny area competed in four rounds of this league since the beginning of the school year. Adjudicators commented on the very high standard of the debates. The team is pictured with members of the Woodland debating team, teachers and adjudicators.SCOIL MHUIRE gan SMAL ARE CHAMPS – AND IT’S NOT UP FOR DEBATE! was last modified: May 5th, 2016 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)
Bees stabilize their flight in windy conditions by extending their hind legs. Even though this costs 30% more energy and produces more drag, it provides stabilization against turbulence by increasing their moment of inertia (i.e., their resistance to being flipped over). A team of scientists videotaped the insects flying when blasted by powerful bursts of air, Science Daily reported. “In every case, the bees displayed a side-to-side rolling motion at high flight speeds, negotiating the turbulence by extending their rear legs while in flight.” They only studied ten species of bees. The team thinks this may be a universal skill among other members of their class Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies), but are not sure. There was no mention of evolution in the article, except that one of the scientists is a Harvard evolutionary biologist who said, “we know remarkably little about how animals navigate windy conditions and unpredictable airflows.”Who taught these bees about physics and aerodynamics? Did they learn it in Bee’s Knees Flight School? Did a lucky one figure it out and share the idea with its fellow aces (Lamarckism)? Did a lucky mutation arise, after trillions of bees fell dead from gusts of wind (neo-Darwinism)? Did the right engineering solution just emerge (naive Darwinism)? Those ideas don’t fly, even in hot air.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
“You humiliate and assault Kashmiris. Make them feel like criminals and that they don’t belong to this country. Why are you surprised then when young pliable men are taken under the wings of terror groups & indoctrinated? The culprits here were clad in saffron kurtas and are from Vishwa Hindu Dal. They have no fear and in fact uploaded the video online,” said former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti.She alleged that the Government of India’s conspicuous silence was actually a political tactic to encourage such elements and communalise the atmosphere until polls.National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah stressed on the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajasthan denouncing violence against Kashmiris. “The speech has seen no realization on the ground. Targeted violence against Kashmiris is not seeing an end in absence of a full throated condemnation from BJP leadership,” said Mr. Abdullah.”Nothing will do more damage to the idea of India in J&K than videos like these. Keep thrashing Kashmiris like this on the streets at the hands of RSS, Bajrang Dal goons and then try to sell the idea of ‘atoot ang’, it simply wont fly,” said Mr. Abdullah.Separatists amalgam, Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a joint statement terming the attacks on Kashmiris “condemnable”. “Fascist goons attack on Kashmiri traders, employees, labourer and students have not receded but are increasing at an alarming pace,” they said. Mainstream as well as separatist parties on Thursday condemned the attack on a Kashmiri trader in Uttar Pradesh, a video of which went viral on social media.Also Read Four arrested for assault on two Kashmiri street vendors in Lucknow
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won in contrasting styles as the title contenders battled their way into the fourth round of The Championships on a sunny Saturday.On a packed day, when several marquee names were in the arena, Sachin Tendulkar also watched the proceedings with immense interest. Dressed in a suit and sporting dark glasses, Sachin also soaked in the atmosphere.Second seed Novak Djokovic advanced after a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, but the biggest upset on the men’s side was fifthseeded Swede Robin Soderling losing 1-6, 4-6, 5-7 to Aussie Bernard Tomic.Nadal was back on court after rain had stopped his match against Gilles Muller the previous day.Nadal had looked listless at start on Friday and then won the first set in a tie-break.On Saturday, again, he did not look his invincible self as Muller tried hard with his groundstrokes, attempting to find the range and the depth.But once into the second set tie-break, Muller lost a crucial point with a backhand error.Otherwise for a man who smashed 17 aces and showed his power, the end was tame as he could not win a single game in the final set and lost 6-7, 6-7, 0-6.Three breaks of serve in the decider for Nadal was an anti-climax as Muller, who had beaten the defending champion in the second round in 2005, lost heart.Nadal next faces 2009 US Open champion and 24th seed Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round. “Del Potro is a tough opponent and I have to be ready with my best game,” Nadal said.advertisement”Del Potro, for sure is much better than what the computer (rankings) says. In my opinion, he’s top-five level, if we talk normally.” When then media tried to drag Nadal into a controversy over the choice of court, he was smart. “I have played on the Centre Court and Court No.1. It doesn’t change the game,” he said.On Friday night, when Nadal called for a trainer, it appeared he was in some trouble. “No, it’s not the knee, just a little bit of the muscle,” he added.Moving on to comparisons between champions of this era and the past, Nadal was very frank. “Andre (Agassi) wasn’t that far. I played against Andre. And Federer played against Andre Agassi. So you can prove that, nothing new,” said Nadal.”Champions are champions in their era. It’s difficult to compare the moments of tennis 15 years ago between now because the game changes. I can say one thing for sure, the top four players before didn’t play as solid as they are doing today,” he said.Adding further, Nadal felt today’s rivalries are more intense.”The players of today have a big rivalry and they know if they don’t play at their best in every tournament, it’s going to be very difficult to be in the top positions at the end of the season. For that reason, we have to be very focussed mentally – week after week,” added the World No.1.Meanwhile, Federer changed gears smoothly to get past seasoned pro David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.Both Nadal and Federer are yet to drop a set in The Championships but the Swiss master was able to put his showing in perspective.”It was a good match from both sides. Nalbandian chose to go on the offensive and I did the same. It was a handful of mistakes from me but the level was high,” said Federer.Asked if he was happy with his overall form, Federer said: “I am playing better than last year. This year, may be, I am more confident of my serve and relaxed from the baseline.”Federer thinks it will be much tougher in the second week. “After a day’s break when we are back on court, we will see. The rounds will get tougher,” he added.In men’s doubles, the No.3 seeds Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were shown the door by the combination of Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and France’s Arnaud Clement 6-2, 3-6, 6- 7(1), 4-6 on Court 19.
“I’ve never run on the track before,” the 30-year-old Kenyan said on Tuesday after picking up a check for $150,000 as the winner of the 123rd Boston Marathon. “To me, it was a lesson. I never lost hope.”A six-time marathon winner, Cherono was the fastest man in the field by virtue of his victory in Amsterdam last fall in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 6 seconds. That speed came in handy Monday when the pack ran faster in the second half than the first, and Cherono completed the final mile in 4:29 to get to the tape before two-time Boston winner Lelisa Desisa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn fact, at the 30K checkpoint there were still a dozen runners in the lead pack, including three of the last four champions: Desisa, who won in 2013 and ’15, Geoffrey Kirui (’16) and Lemi Berhanu Hayle (’17).“I was not thinking of what they did last year,” Cherono said. “I was running my own race.” Cherono finished in 2:07:57, the fastest winning time in Boston since Geoffrey Mutai’s 2:03:02 set a course record and a world best. Desisa slowed up, grimacing in agony, and finished 2 seconds behind.Worknesh Degefa won the women’s race in 2:23:31 after pulling away from the pack in the outer suburbs and running alone for more than 20 miles.“This is going to change my life,” she said Tuesday. “This marathon throws me onto the world stage. Winning the Boston Marathon is everything.”A year after dealing with some of the foulest weather New England has to offer — temperatures in the mid-30s, an icy rain and near-gale headwinds — organizers lucked into a pretty nice day. Temperatures were in the high 50s at the start, and the rain held off until late in the afternoon.That led to some new challenges.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Lawrence Cherono, left, of Kenya, runs to the finish line to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in front of Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, right, on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Sometimes a race is both a marathon and a sprint.Lawrence Cherono paced himself for 26 miles from Hopkinton to Boston, making the turn from Hereford Street for the last 600 meters on Boylston shoulder-to-shoulder with two other runners. From there, it was a footrace.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:53WWII veteran celebrates 110th birthday in New Orleans02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Forecasts of cold and rain forced the Boston Athletic Association to prepare again for the worst, and heavy rains and lightning overnight led organizers to delay some of the buses shuttling runners out to the start. An early-morning military march was delayed for 90 minutes, but had the lightning continued the whole race could have been canceled.Para athletes and others with imperfect contact with the ground were offered a deferment; not a single one took it, race director Dave McGillivray said.The skies remained clear for the entire elite race and a light rain began falling mid-afternoon. But instead of the hypothermia that had been feared from anticipated cold weather — extra heaters were ordered for the medical tents — temperatures soared into the low 70s and doctors were dealing with exertion heat stroke.One runner had a core body temperature of 109 degrees, medical coordinator Chris Troyanos said. A total of 2,217 runners needed medical attention on the course or at the finish line; 103 people were transported to hospitals and 13 were admitted overnight.All were expected to be released Tuesday, Troyanos said.McGillivray said the changing forecasts put pressure on organizers that last year’s dreadful — but predictable — weather did not.“It was a moving target all week long,” he said. “But pressure is a privilege. And the B.A.A. team is at its best when we are challenged.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Women’s wrestling to cap competition at Tokyo Olympics Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments
Week two didn’t look like it’d be that crazy on paper, but after a roller coaster day of football, Notre Dame has a new quarterback, Auburn narrowly avoided a historic upset, Arkansas got embarrassed by a MAC school, and BYU won on ANOTHER Hail Mary. Those ridiculous events have really altered odds for the national championship. As ESPN’s Brett McMurphy points out, the Fighting Irish, Tigers, and Razorbacks all fell significantly.Biggest drops in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Notre Dame from 12-1 to 40-1, Auburn 15-1 to 30-1, Arkansas 40-1 to 100-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015On the other hand, there are some big gainers as well.Biggest moves up in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Michigan State from 20-1 to 10-1, Ole Miss & UCLA both from 30-1 to 20-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015Via VegasInsider.com, here are the 10 teams that currently have the best odds to win it all.Who are you betting on?[VegasInsider.com]
Mumbai: A day after his meeting with Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil triggered speculations about him joining the ruling party, NCP MP Sunil Tatkare on Wednesday asserted his “unflinching” loyalty to party chief Sharad Pawar.Tatkare called on Patil, also Revenue Minister in the state government, at his official residence here on Tuesday, the day three MLAs of the NCP resigned from the Assembly. The trio and an MLA from the Congress joined the BJP on Wednesday morning. In a video message, Tatkare said he met Patil and some other ministers over public works to be carried out in his Raigad constituency. He said it was “wrong” to malign his image by spreading such rumours of crossover. During his meeting with Patil, Tatkare discussed about construction of roads in his constituency on a hybrid annuity mode. The NCP leader said he conveyed the demands of Kunbis from Dapoli in his constituency for a land for community purpose to Patil. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I met Chandrakant Patil, Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal and also Minister of State Dada Bhuse (of Shiv Sena). I met four principal secretaries and secretaries too. I met these people in my bid to fulfil promises made to the people during Lok Sabha polls,” Tatkare said. “My unflinching loyalty is with Pawar Saheb only. It is wrong to malign my image by spreading rumours,” he added. He said the NCP will rise again like a proverbial phoenix bird under Pawar’s watch in the Maharashtra Assembly polls, due in September-October this year.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4.2 per cent in the second quarter, the best performance in nearly four years, though economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter partly because of a drag from trade.The performance of the gross domestic product, the country’s total output of goods and services, was unchanged from an estimate the Commerce Department made last month, the government reported Thursday.The strong GDP performance has been cited by Trump as proof that his economic program is working.“We’re doing much better than anybody thought possible,” Trump said at a Wednesday news conference.However, a big part of that growth reflected a temporary rush to ship soybeans and other U.S. exports out before penalty tariffs triggered by Trump’s get-tough trade policies took effect.Economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter to between 3 per cent and 3.5 per cent, still a solid pace. While trade boosted GDP by 1.2 percentage point in the second quarter, due to a surge in exports, it is expected to trim growth by around 1 percentage point in the third quarter. Some of that weakness may be offset by businesses rebuilding their inventories at a stronger pace.“Growth still looks quite strong,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist for High Frequency Economics, said in describing the revised GDP report for the second quarter. He said he was forecasting third and fourth quarter growth at around 3 per cent “before momentum starts to fade in 2019.”A 3 per cent growth average in the second half of this year would leave the annual growth in 2018 at 3 per cent. That would be the best performance since 2005, three years before the 2008 financial crisis pushed the country into the worst recession since the 1930s.The country is currently in the 10th year of an economic expansion, the second longest in history. But growth has averaged a lacklustre 2.2 per cent, making this the weakest recovery in the post-World War II period.Trump often noted that performance when he campaigned for president, blaming the weakness on Obama administration economic policies. He pushed a $1.5 trillion tax cut through Congress last December and has emphasized deregulation and vowed tougher enforcement of trade agreements as ways to boost growth.The administration is projecting growth will return to sustained rates of 3 per cent or better over the next decade. However, others disagree with that assessment, forecasting growth will slow sharply in coming years as the impact of the tax cuts and increased government spending this year begin to fade. There is also an expectation that rising interest rates from the Federal Reserve will temper growth.The Fed pushed its key policy rate up for an eighth time on Wednesday to a new range of 2 per cent to 2.25 per cent.As he has done recently, Trump criticized that move, but Fed Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday that outside criticism would have no impact on the Fed’s efforts to follow its mandate of promoting maximum employment and stable prices.The Fed indicated that it planned to stick with its plan to raise rates one more time this year and another three times in 2019.The government’s third and final look at second quarter GDP showed only minor and off-setting changes. Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity, was unchanged at a solid growth rate of 3.8 per cent. Business investment grew at a strong 8.7 per cent rate, up slightly from last month’s estimate of an 8.5 per cent growth rate.
Maharashtra reels under the scorching sun with well-known adversity that has repeatedly featured on the face of the earth – drought. Droughts have been a seasonal affair for this part of the Deccan region. This happens to be the sixth consecutive year that parts of Maharashtra have been facing severe drought situation and discounting the adversity from preceding numbers, six long years seem adequate time to prepare for droughts. Witnessing Odisha’s commitment and resilience to withstand cyclones and safeguard lives, Maharashtra and Karnataka are very much capable of setting up drought redressal systems and action plans in cases of exigency. The disaster management guidelines, to begin with, are apt for this sort of situation which definitely demands attention amidst the polling season. Notwithstanding the fact that Centre and state exchequers will be accessed towards remedial actions but sustenance of crops, animals and farmers is defeated in the face of annual occurrence. The fact that only 16 per cent water reserve is left in the dams in proximity stresses on lackadaisical approach despite imminent adversity. If droughts have been occurring in the parts of both the states forming a pattern which enables to predict future droughts then a lack of redressal system to tend to such calamities is simply a travesty of governance. Requesting whatever quantity of water from neighbouring states, scooping reserves and anticipating financial assistance from the Centre are all haphazard measures usually in place when preemptive measures have effectively either not taken up or failed. The Centre has released 4,562 crores while the state government has allocated 4,300 crores making a total of 8,862 crores to combat the unprecedented drought situation which has regions such as Marathwada, Yavatmal, Nagaon, Aurangabad, Amravati, and Nashik among others in its grasp. Scores of fishes floating lifeless atop the Godavari spotted by locals in Nagaon village does not augur well for the area. While the Centre and state progress to tend to this adversity is welcoming, it hardly makes any difference to locals who have been witnessing droughts for years and remain deprived of alternatives to counter the natural calamity with remedial measures initiated by state authorities being the only hope. Contemporary times have equipped us to predict rainfall and be aware of impending calamities like a drought but state government’s enthusiasm in anticipating and implementing exigency measures has remained an area of concern. It has to be understood that measures also take time to take full effect and not happen overnight. Tankers to water-deprived areas is an expected step to address the severe drought problem but even that will have to be on time and well-coordinated from before. Waking up to droughts and then drafting action plans, consulting and requesting neighbouring states and the Centre for help will delay the remedial measures and the most direct impact would be loss of life – human, animal, fishes – apart from the agricultural setback. Present numbers denote that 4,331 villages and 9,470 hamlets are being supplied water through 5,493 tankers. Arrangements made by the Maharashtra government draw a proactive picture to combat drought but this 2019 severe drought cuts a sorry figure for CM Devendra Fadnavis who had claimed to make Maharashtra drought-free by 2019. And, words of politicos rarely reverberate in the face of adversity because tending to a life-threatening crisis is more important than pulling up authorities for lack of emergency system and audacious promises. The promise was flawed since droughts are nature induced adversities which can be controlled by humans but not overcome entirely. Drought-resistant should be a better aim and efforts should be made to that effort. Hindsight tells a lot about the adversity and it helps us learn from our flaws. It urges us to improvise and reduce damage. It also aids us in predicting the grave consequences which right now parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka imminently face. Interestingly, Bombay High Court has pulled the Maharashtra government for not appearing in court over the prevailing severe drought situation. A petition which was filed two and a half years ago has come to haunt the state government where the petitioner alleges that the state government has not done much to provide relief. He also alleges that the absence of the state government lawyer, in this case, points to the government’s tactic to sit out the drought period till rainfalls hit the area so that damage is reduced and the situation is not as grave as it currently is. Agrarian distress has already been highlighted as a severe issue in the state and it can only be hoped that it was well reflected in the general election polling which has concluded in Maharashtra. While the court now will pass an order on May 20 irrespective of government’s presence for the matter, the state government hurriedly pursues to minimise damage and increase the ambit and outreach of its relief measures. Rainfalls will provide relief but what is the point of progress if the damage inflicted resembles primitive situations.