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first_imgA BIG ‘Thank You’ to Donegal Daily reader Maggie McCool and her family in Kilmacrennan for reuniting this pooch with its owner earlier today.Maggie responded to an appeal on Donegal Daily last night.We were able to put her in touch with the owner after Maggie found the dog. “I’m glad it has had a happy ending,” she said.Well done to Maggie and her son Gary. DOG REUNITED WITH DELIGHTED OWNER was last modified: November 6th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DOG REUNITED WITH DELIGHTED OWNERlast_img read more

Can evolutionary theory explain terrorism?

first_imgIn military strategy, it is vital to know what the enemy is up to.  Can evolutionary theory help?  An interdisciplinary team at the University of Miami got their heads together and appealed to an evolutionary notion called the “Red Queen” hypothesis, and claimed it provides a “Pattern in Escalations in Insurgent and Terrorist Activity” that is neutral regarding the good guys and the bad guys.  It resembles, they argue, how pedators and prey evolve in nature.  They offer their model as a way military planners can have the ability “to estimate not only the number of fatalities but how often attacks that result in fatalities will take place.”  They applied their pattern prediction to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. How robust is this notion, and should evolutionary theory take credit for it? The paper was published in Science July 1.1  Live Science provided a summary of the hypothesis.  The “Red Queen” hypothesis comes from a character in Alice in Wonderland who complained that she had to run as fast as she could just to stay in place.  Like a runner on a treadmill, or like the old Spy vs. Spy cartoons from Mad Magazine, predators and prey co-evolve just to keep up with each other’s new technology. Can these cartoons apply to the real world?  The authors realized that human armies are much more complex, but chose to omit all the factors involving human intellect, choice and planning, and make their theory completely amoral: Our broad-brush theory does not require knowledge of specific adaptation or counteradaptation mechanisms, and hence bypasses issues such as changes in insurgent membership, technology, learning, or skill set, as well as a need to know the hearts and minds of local residents. We regard the escalation of hostilities as representing adaptation and counteradaptation in a way that is analogous to the Red Queen hypothesis of evolutionary biology. The traditional story features the Red Queen (which in our context is an insurgency, or terrorist group) running as fast as she can just to stay at the same place, implying that her Blue King opponent (the coalition military or antiterrorism organization) instantaneously and perfectly counteradapts to her advances so that they are always neck and neck (the distance between the two R = 0). However, instantaneous and perfect counteradaptation is unrealistic; indeed, complex adaptation-counteradaptation dynamics generated by sporadic changes in circumstances imply that R’s temporal evolution is likely to be so complex that it can be modeled as a stochastic process. So right off the starting block, they admitted the Red Queen cartoon is unrealistic.  Yet they continued their simplistic story of a Blue King fighting a Red Queen, and somehow produced a linear relationship for which they found matches for a couple of particular battles in the Middle East conflicts.  It was not clear whether their model was rigged to match the particular cases.  “One might argue that analyses of this kind are useless once publicly known, because they can be invalidated by insurgents’ free will,” they worried, but then justified their model by appealing to another analogy – the fact that commuters will hit the freeways knowing that there will be a rush-hour traffic jam.  “External constraints of working hours, school schedules, and finite numbers of direct roads mean that such predictability is hard to avoid,” they ended.  “Similarly, the spontaneity of fatal attacks by an insurgency is probably constrained by many factors, including the availability of troop convoys, explosive materials, and sympathy within the local population.” Other than reference to the Red Queen hypothesis, mention of the E-word evolution was rare in both the Science paper and the Live Science summary. The original authors did not even refer to predators and prey, to Darwin, or to any natural analogues among animals.  Only Live Science referred to similarities with predator-prey relationships, and realized that, for a law of nature, the model has lots of exceptions: The Red Queen race does not necessarily apply to civilians who don’t actively react and adapt to the new weapons or tactics brought to bear by the insurgents or coalition forces, Tivnan says. In other words, the Taliban attack with suicide bombers on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on June 28 would not have fit in the researchers’ latest study. Still, the researchers have already begun different studies about how civilians play their own role in the ongoing battle between insurgency and counterinsurgency. 1. Johnson et al., “Pattern in Escalations in Insurgent and Terrorist Activity,” Science, 1 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6038 pp. 81-84, DOI: 10.1126/science.1205068. Military strategists needs Darwin like a soldier needs Calvin and Hobbes (the cartoon, not the philosophers).  It’s a fictional, entertaining distraction with no practical use.  Strategists can study human nature as a somewhat predictable trait in people, and can learn from history, but that is not evolution; it is folk psychology.  We all use it when trying to predict what other people are thinking and planning.  It has nothing to do with how human nature originated or maintains itself.  Folk psychology assumes free will, reasoning and planning – e.g., intelligent design – not evolution. We learn about human nature from the Bible, not from Origin of Species or Descent of Man.  Even these Darwin-loving theorists realize that their “broad-brush” theory speaks in generalities with many exceptions. The Red Queen hypothesis is another personification fallacy in Darwin’s large collection. One cannot leap from actions of free moral agents (real or imagined, like Lewis Carroll’s character) to laws of nature that act on bacteria and cheetahs by amoral, unguided, materialistic processes. To see the extent that the personification fallacy has polluted Darwin’s theory of natural selection itself, read Randy Guliuzza’s new article in ICR’s July issue of Acts and Facts, “Darwin’s Sacred Imposter: How Natural Selection Is Given Credit for Design in Nature.”(Visited 63 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Grids London 10 Hair Bobbles Stretchy Girl Ladies Styling Bands Ponytail Elastic Stretchable Strong Hairband : Five Stars

first_img Posted on April 15, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories HeadbandsTags Grids London Good but not very strong It’s difficult to find hair bobbles that can cope with my thick hair without breaking. These are relatively good; but they do lose their elasticity rather quickly. The little wooden beads are a nice feature; but tend to snag my hair. Both myself & our 2 daughters have long, thick hair. These hold the well & seem less prone to snapping & breaking than others bought – very good buy. It’s hard to find hair bands that don’t break if you have long thick hair. These are great they don’t break:-). Unlike other bands, these have a little head where the band joins, so it fully protects the hair from breakage. Wish i’d found these sooner, would have prevented a lot of breakage. Perfect Five Starscenter_img Very good, my daughter is pleased with them. Good strong hair bands as advertised. They last more than once which is fantastic, i pull my hair back tight for excercise classes and these bands are standing the test if time. These are amazing i haven’t had a problem with the hairbands. Less likely to break than others on the market. I have heavy, thick hair, so need a band that won’t overstretch, and are strong enough. These do seem to return to size well enough. Were perfect for putting my daughter’s hair up for her ballet exam. I know they’re just bobbles but there the best bobbles i’ve ever bought lol. Oh and very reasonably priced. Good quality, not too stretchy. Really hold your hair in place. Pleased with these hair bands, they are good and strong and don’t snap when using in my thick hair. Bought as a gift, well sturdy and recipient was happy. When you try to tight the pony the elastic of the bobble break. I have very long and thick hair and i have always been struggling to find a strong and think enough hair band to hold my hair. No matter what i used my hair would always would slide down and just wouldn’t hold. This hair band is absolutely the best one i ever had. Good item, just what i needed to control my ponytail. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-04-15 12:38:05Reviewed Item 10 Hair Bobbles Black Stretchy Girl Ladies Styling Bands Ponytail Elastic Stretchable Strong HairbandRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  26  reviews 10 Hair Bobbles Black Stretchy Girl Ladies Styling Bands Ponytail Elastic Stretchable Strong HairbandPack comes with 10 Black hair bandsApprox size -60mm and stretch upto 100 mmIdeal for young girls and adults to do tight ponytail and stylingHairbands Ponytail Thick Snag ColorMade with very Good Quality….last_img read more

Adversity brings team closer as Beermen rally for Austria, ailing wife

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES San Miguel Beermen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdversity tests the character of a family.For the better part of the last five years, San Miguel has proven to be one of the most resilient teams in addressing tough situations, further forging their bond through challenges both on and off-the-court.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We really wanted to just play for him and his family,” shared Chris Ross.“We know that he had a heavy heart and he hasn’t been getting much sleep. He’s been with us at practice every day, hasn’t complained about it, hasn’t brought it up, and hasn’t mentioned it. That’s just a testament to the type of professional that he is. He’s really a hard worker, and he really puts a lot of time into preparing us for what we have to do.READ: Fajardo, Beermen step up for coach Ross said San Miguel tried its best to make Austria feel a little bit better. “We kind of just gave him a big hug and let him know that we’re there for him.”Arwind Santos also knows how tough Austria’s situation is.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City After all, he had to go through the same ordeal back in 2015 when his mom Araceli was rushed out of the venue due to profuse bleeding on the nose during one of San Miguel’s game, coincidentally, against TNT.“Even I went through that, too,” said the 36-year-old forward in Filipino. “We knew we just had to be strong. We can’t control what happens in the world and what happens to us. If those things happen, we can’t do anything but to pray and focus on what we need to do. We have to fight through the emotions so that we can still play despite our situation. We used her as our inspiration.”READ: Fajardo wreaks havoc as San Miguel ousts TNT, advances to semis The Beermen came together and pulled one off for their coach and his family, dedicating the triumph as they progressed to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.Austria, too, can heave a sigh of relief as his wife’s operation was a success.“That was for coach Leo and (his son) Bacon. We really wanted to go out there and play hard and try to get that win for the Austria family,” said Ross. “Luckily, we’re able to go out there and play hard and get the win for him. Going forward, we’ll be playing for him and his family as well.”“At least, we were able to give coach a little bit of a relief, lift him up, and get us closer to our goal,” said Santos. “I believe we’ll be harder to beat because of that.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Ceres blanks Shan United, keeps top spot in AFC Cup LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving On Tuesday, the Beermen’s mettle was once again tested.With San Miguel starting its quest for a rare four-peat in the all-Filipino conference with a tough draw against TNT in the quarterfinals, coach Leo Austria had his attention divided as wife Nanette had just undergone a kidney transplant at Cardinal Santos Medical Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Austria turns emotional after SMB win as wife undergoes kidney transplantLacking in sleep, the three-time Coach of the Year tried to fight through the emotions, holding strong for his team before eventually breaking down in the press room and once again in the dugout after the squad pulled off the 106-93 win to advance to the semifinals. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoMarcos Llorente proud to be Real Madrid MOM for CWC final

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marcos Llorente proud to be Real Madrid MOM for CWC finalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente was named man of the match for the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain.Llorente impressed in midfield and even added a goal to mark the occasion.”Football is like a dream and it can change overnight,” he said.”You have to keep working and not let your guard down.”Only then can you take advantage of opportunities.”Llorente again shone for Real Madrid and he admitted his happiness with the recent recognition he has received.”I’m happy to receive it,” he said.”For the goal and for the final we just won.”It’s time to enjoy it with the family now, with those who are there when things are not going well.” last_img read more

a month agoEintracht Frankfurt coach Hutter: Arsenal favourites

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt coach Hutter: Arsenal favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt coach Adolf Hutter insists they face Europa League opponents Arsenal as underdogs.The Germans host the Gunners tonight in their opening group game.Hutter said, “We can’t wait to face last year’s finalist. “Tomorrow we play at home, there will be a great atmosphere. Our expectations have increased, we are perceived differently thanks to our performance last season, but now we start from scratch, we are ready to take the field against our group’s favourites. “Arsenal is a real big team, we are charged.” last_img read more

Roundup Of All The Projected NCAA Tournament Brackets A Month From Selection Sunday

first_imgProjected NCAA Tournament brackets.NCAA BracketsWe’re about a month away from the start of the best three weeks of the college sports year. In roughly four weeks, it’ll be Selection Sunday. On March 13, the NCAA Tournament selection committee will unveil its 68-team field on CBS. Here’s what the bracketologists are currently projecting the NCAA Tournament to look like. CBSNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Kansas, Virginia, Villanova. No. 2 seeds: Xavier, Iowa, Oregon, Miami. No. 3 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Michigan State, West VirginiaNo. 4 seeds: Dayton, USC, Iowa State, PurdueFull bracket. ESPNNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Villanova, Kansas, Iowa. No. 2 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Oregon, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: Miami, Michigan State, Xavier, West Virginia.No. 4 seeds: Kentucky, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Dayton. Full bracket. FOX SportsNo. 1 seeds: Kansas, Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: Iowa, Michigan State, Oregon, Miami.No. 3 seeds: UNC, West Virginia, Maryland, Xavier.No. 4 seeds: USC, Texas, Iowa State, Purdue.Full bracket.Sports IlllustratedNo. 1 seeds: Iowa, Villanova, Kansas, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: UNC, Maryland, Xavier, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: West Virginia, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oregon.No. 4 seeds: Baylor, Miami, Texas A&M, Purdue. Full bracket. And now, to get you in the mood for the NCAA Tournament: last_img read more

Ohio State unable to get on a roll offensively in loss to

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) is sacked by Virginia Tech sophomore cornerback Kendall Fuller during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State football team broke records and multiple streaks Saturday night, many of which were not positives.The Buckeyes dropped their first home opener since 1978, due in part to a lack of offense as they allowed seven sacks, six of which occurred in the fourth quarter.The loss also snapped OSU’s streak of 25 consecutive regular-season wins, which was the longest such streak in the country.Coach Urban Meyer said postgame that he was “very disappointed” with the way his team performed in front of a record crowd of 107,517, in Ohio Stadium.“We had all kind of issues that we have to get a lot better at,” Meyer said. “We also had a lot of dropped passes…we just have to do a better job.”Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin said the offense, which was four of 16 on third downs, needs to do a better job to help out the defense.“We just haven’t been able to get on a roll offensively,” Baldwin said. “Defense has been playing well and when we get these opportunities, we haven’t been taking advantage of them. Those three and outs have been killing us.”Not only could the Buckeyes not convert third downs, they could not complete passes. Redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett completed just nine of his 29 attempts, including three interceptions — the last of which was taken back 63 yards for a score by Virginia Tech junior cornerback Donovan Riley.Despite a less than stellar showing, Meyer said he thought his quarterback did well with what he had.“Gutsy effort,” Meyer said. “Obviously not good enough, but a quarterback is a product of those around him, and we all have to get better.”The Hokie defense lined up in zero coverage — a formation with no deep safeties — for most of the game and crowded the line of scrimmage, daring the Buckeyes to throw the football. It was a tactic co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the OSU coaching staff had not expected.“They played something we hadn’t prepared for so it took quite a bit of adjusting,” Herman said. “We had to find some ways to get to the speed option game, and we did that during the second half. We got a little momentum back on our side but couldn’t make the plays in the end.”After a year in which the Buckeyes were near the top nationally in yards per game in 2013, when then-junior Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde each rushed for over 1,000 yards, OSU managed just 108 rushing yards against the Hokies. Barrett, who suffered the seven sacks, led the team with 70 yards on the ground.The next leading rusher for OSU was sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who carried the ball just eight times for 32 yards.Baldwin said he was disappointed that OSU could not move the football on the ground.“The run game opens up the entire offense,” Baldwin said. “It really just opens up everything and we just couldn’t get it started.”Although the running game struggled, Herman said the loss cannot be blamed solely on one unit or person.“From myself on down to the players, it was certainly not one position or one thing that you can say, ‘this is the reason,’” he said.Meyer said that the team will regroup and come back ready to go on Sunday.“So anxious to get back to work tomorrow and get a little better,” Meyer said. “We had a good meeting as a team (after the game).”The Buckeyes are set to begin preparations for their next game against Kent State, which is scheduled to kickoff at noon on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Ronaldo is Madrids greatest Morientes

first_imgFernando Morientes believes Cristiano Ronaldo is a bigger Madrid legend than Alfredo.Ronaldo who left Madrid this summer after winning every trophy that he could possibly win the club has embarked on a new challenge with Juventus.The FIFA Best Player of the Year completed a £100million move to Turin on Monday after completing a medical at Juventus medical centre.Alfredo Di Stefano is regarded as the club’s biggest icon after scoring 216 goals in 282 appearances during an eleven-year with the Los Merengues.But Morientes believes Ronaldo leaves Madrid with a bigger profile than Buenos Aires-born striker.“I think for the time he spent in Madrid, Ronaldo achieved everything he possibly could with the club.” Morientes told Goal.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“There might be things that happened and we can only speculate but I think he left the club because he wanted a new challenge.”“I did not meet Di Stefano who’s regarded as the greatest Madridsta but I believe Ronaldo surpassed his greatness at the club.”“What he has done in modern Football is very difficult and I’m disappointed a player like him has to leave the club, even if it’s for a lot of money.”“He has gone to a very big club. The Serie A was the benchmark 20 years ago and they’re trying to get back to that level but La Liga remains the point of reference,” the La Liga ambassador said.“I’m sure he wants to do well in Turin and go on to win titles including the UEFA Champions League.”last_img read more

Alex McLeish wants an improved Scottish side

first_imgScotland boss Alex McLeish has called on his players to put up a better display in their upcoming games after a dismal outing against Belgium.McLeish’s side will face Albania on Monday in their first Uefa Nations League fixture on the back of a 4-0 loss to Belgium.Finishing top of the group will ensure a place at Euro 2020 and a first major finals appearance in 22 years.“I’m hearing people say it’s more hope than expectation, but we have to change that perception,” McLeish said.“The players are motivated for it, and this is where it starts.”Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…And he went on to suggest that Scots often “produce their best” when they are “backed into a corner.”“I’m not saying everyone is against us, but the players know that to get their names on the international map again, they have to win these types of games,” he said.“We need to change it from ‘ach, they’ll no do it’ to ‘great team we’ve got, exciting times ahead’.“We feel pretty good about ourselves, but it’s time to stop the talking.”last_img read more