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TD PRINGLE’S ANGER OVER DEATH ROW PRISONER

first_imgPeter Pringle and Sunny JacobsA DONEGAL TD whose own father was sentenced to death but later cleared has hit out at the Government today over a death row prisoner in America.Thomas Pringle criticised Fine Gael and Labour for their failure to provide adequate consular assistance to Irish citizen Michael Fitzpatrick, who is facing the death penalty in the US and today has a hearing to determine whether evidence of an additional murder could be presented at his re-trial.“The Irish government is failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that their citizen facing a death sentence receives a fair trial in Florida. Mr Fitzpatrick, whose first death sentence was overturned in June of last year, is facing a retrial in Florida whereby he still faces the threat of the death penalty. “I have contacted the Tánaiste urging him to ensure consular attendance at the hearing today on a possible additional murder charge and also to request a meeting with State Attorney Bernie McCabe to assist the legal team in re-opening plea negotiations, but I have yet to hear back. While I acknowledge that Mr Fitzpatrick received a consular visit last October, this is not enough for such a serious situation.“It is standard practice for government officials to provide extensive consular assistance to nationals imprisoned abroad, including attending hearings and trials to ensure that minimum standards are upheld. I am very disappointed that the Department of Foreign Affairs cited ‘limited resources’ to legal action charity Reprieve when they asked for increased consular assistance for Mr Fitzpatrick.“Michael has already spent more than ten years on death row because of a grossly unfair first trial. It’s the Irish government’s duty to step in and make clear our position against the death penalty and Florida’s attempt to kill one of our nationals. They should start by there being representation at today’s hearing, but at this time that appears unlikely which is gravely disappointing,” stated Pringle.Mr Pringle’s father Peter was sentenced to death in 1980 for the murder of a Garda. He was released from prison 15 years later after the state accepted there had been a miscarriage of justice He later married Sunny Jacobs – an American woman who also spent 15 years on death row before also being found innocent. TD PRINGLE’S ANGER OVER DEATH ROW PRISONER was last modified: January 10th, 2014 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:Americadeath rowTanaisteThomas Pringlelast_img read more

Donegal designer awarded for creative rethinking of airline uniform

first_imgA Donegal fashion student has proven that her creativity is anything but ‘plane’ after being highly commended in the prestigious Professional Clothing Awards.Marguerite Cowburn from Bruckless redesigned the Aer Lingus cabin crew uniform to fly into the Top 10 finalists in Europe.Marguerite Cowburn’s AER Lingus design at the Professional Clothing Awards 2019The 10th annual PCA awards took place on the 19th of June in London. Marguerite’s design was modelled in front of 300 guests in the grand surroundings of the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel in London. The event was hosted by Strictly Come Dancing Star Anton Du Beke.Marguerite’s vision for a vintage-look uniform is a wonderful blend of heritage, sustainability and practicality. She used Magee of Donegal Tweed, linens and velvet for the three piece look.Marguerite’s fashion career began with Donegal Design in Dublin and she recently decided to return to the craft and is now going into her final year of a BA in Fashion with Promotion at LYIT. Lecturer Sharon Maxwell proudly joined Marguerite at the PCAs last month, which celebrated style, function and innovation.Marguerite Cowburn highly commended at the Professional Clothing Awards 2019Marguerite Cowburn’s AER Lingus design at the Professional Clothing Awards 2019Practicality and tradition were a main focus of Marguerite’s as she dreamt up the design. She explains: “I went with a sleeveless tunic with green salt and pepper Magee Tweed. I went very much for sustainability and our landscape. When you are flying into Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn, those colours were a big influence.”Marguerite swapped the Aer Lingus skirt for green linen trousers, with slits up the front for an elegant feel and a little velvet piping up the seams.The linen top is an off-white shade for a vintage look, with a faint shamrock print down the sleeve to tie in the Aer Lingus logo. A velvet cap brings the retro look together in an edgy way.Marguerite’s design was one of 10 Highly Commended pieces on the night.After a hectic year, she said she is enjoying her summer break before returning to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in September. Donegal designer awarded for creative rethinking of airline uniform was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ba fashion with promotiondesignFashionMarguerite Cowburnprofessional clothing awardslast_img read more

Facing Reality About Life on Other Planets

first_imgLet me start with the first: location within the parent galaxy.  We ride in the Milky Way galaxy, about half way between the center and the edge.  That is a safe place to be, as the center has all sorts of things going on such as black holes and supernovae.  The center is a place with a high radiation environment which would be destructive to life, and even to basic chemistry processes.  On the other hand, being close to or at the edge of the galaxy would be in a region of low density of materials, probably not enough to collect into a planetary body.  The half-way position results in a reasonable sized habitable zone around stars.Our galaxy has spiral arms, and we don’t want to be located in one of those.  We are between the Sagittarius and Perseus arms of the galaxy.  These are regions of star building activity, where we do not want to be. We are in a nice safe gap between the arms.And one comment about our galaxy which does not impact its livability, although our galaxy is huge in extent, it is quite flat and has narrow thickness.  This puts us in an excellent place for astronomical observations.  We do not have much dust to peer through. We are far enough from the bright center of the Milky Way to be able to see outside our galaxy, and to be able to discern and identify other galaxies and their constituent stars.  So not only do we live in a place which permits life, it also is an excellent place to be able to conduct scientific research, and to develop some understanding and appreciation of the universe and all the marvels of nature. This is an added benefit of being alive.In subsequent articles, I will march down the list of features listed above and have a brief discussion of how these become crucial to the existence of life, and how this affects our search for life elsewhere in the universe.Image credits: Illustra Media, The Privileged PlanetDr Henry Richter, a contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines, was a key player at NASA/JPL in the early days of the American space program. With a PhD in Chemistry, Physics and Electrical Engineering from Caltech), Dr Richter brings a perspective about science with the wisdom of years of personal involvement. His book America’s Leap Into Space: My Time at JPL and the First Explorer Satellites (2015), chronicles the beginnings of the space program based on his own records and careful research into rare NASA documents, providing unequaled glimpses into events and personnel in the early days of rocketry that only an insider can give. His next book, Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, is due out later in 2017. For more about Dr Richter, see his Author Profile. Recommended Resource: Consider buying copies of The Privileged Planet in bulk to hand out at the total solar eclipse on August 21. You can obtain them in convenient quicksleeve packaging in quantities of 10, 25, 50 or 100 from Go2RPI.com for only about $3 per unit, less than a third of the usual price.(Visited 807 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Dr Henry RichterFor a number of years I have been amused to watch many in the scientific community conduct a frantic campaign to identify life elsewhere in the universe. There has been a plethora of articles and significant dollars dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life, particularly intelligent life. In recent times several thousand planets have been discovered orbiting stars throughout the visible universe. Several large radio telescopes have been conducting searches for coherent radiation that originated outside of our galaxy. A number of scientific instruments have flown on unmanned spacecraft looking for life forms or related chemicals in our local planetary exploration.A recent article in EOS Earth & Science News discusses “Ten Earth-Sized Planets Found by Exoplanet-Hunting Telescope.” Now, the way that distant planets are detected is that when they pass in front of their host star that they cause a minuscule dimming of the light from that star. No information about the new planet is forthcoming at this point except an estimate of its size and of its orbital parameters around its host star.  No atmosphere, no oceans, no type of surface, no core, no magnetic field, no rotation rate, etc. can be inferred.It is certainly no surprise to find planets orbiting stars. This is to be expected in the universe. There is no rationale that would say that our sun is the only object in the universe surrounded by planets. It is a big leap beyond that conjecture to think that life abounds on these planets around other stars. So I would like to explore a number of  features and characteristics of the planet that will allow life to exist. We, of course, will start with the earth as an example of a planet where we know life exists. We can list a number of features and characteristics that allow life to exist here and which if just one were not present, would make life impossible.  So let me list a number of these features, and we will examine them in more detail in this and future issues of this series.  Many of these insights I have gathered from the excellent video “The Privileged Planet” produced by Illustra Media.A location in a “safe” place in the galaxy, not close to any active regions, overactive stars, or black holesBeing attached to a stable star.  Our sun, a G2 type is idealHaving our host star the proper size, and with proper stable energy outputBeing in an orbit in the “habitable” zone setting temperature in a fairly narrow regionHaving several gas giant planets in the system for protection from orbiting debrisHaving a near-circular orbit assuring that the heat input from the star does not vary muchA planet with the proper inclination as it goes around its orbitHaving a planet within a certain range of massesHaving a planet with a reasonable rotation rateHaving an atmosphere with the right composition and densityHaving liquid water of the proper amount and compositionHaving a good ratio between water (oceans) and landHaving hydrogen with specialized bonding to give water characteristics different than other substancesHaving a satellite moon of the right size and distanceA planet of the proper massA planet with a liquid iron core to generate a magnetic fieldA planet with a magnetic field of the proper strengthA rocky planet with a crust of the proper thickness to allow plate tectonics to occurA planet with a good source of carbon – in the form to allow chemical reactionsA planet with a number of rare element chemicals which are essential to life formslast_img read more

Christmas Velvet and Fur Trim Hair Scrunchie Bobble Elastic Hair Band by Pritties Accessories, brilliant quality.

first_imgActually wonderful color and good in good shape.Wore it at christmas even though functioning.Arrived very rapid, good top quality.Key specs for Christmas Red Velvet and White Fur Trim Hair Scrunchie Bobble Elastic Hair Band by Pritties Accessories:Festive Red Velvet ScrunchieWhite Fur TrimScrunchies full diameter measures approximately 11cm (4.3″) laid flatIdeal for the Christmas party seasonComments from buyers“brilliant quality.”I appreciate this tiny hair bobble. Been putting on it for operate above christmas and folks have commented on it :).Attractive festive hair bands – sturdy and designed of excellent product.Wore it at christmas even though functioning.Wore it at christmas even though functioning.It really is okay for the money and it really is only likely be worn for xmas.I appreciate this tiny hair bobble. Been putting on it for operate above christmas and folks have commented on it :).Terrific velvet hair tie for christmas.Terrific velvet hair tie for christmas.Arrived very rapid, good top quality.It really is okay for the money and it really is only likely be worn for xmas.Appreciate the color quite content with the condition.Arrived very rapid, good top quality.Wore it at christmas even though functioning.It really is okay for the money and it really is only likely be worn for xmas.Terrific velvet hair tie for christmas.Actually wonderful color and good in good shape.I appreciate this tiny hair bobble. Been putting on it for operate above christmas and folks have commented on it :).Appreciate the color quite content with the condition.Actually wonderful color and good in good shape.Appreciate the color quite content with the condition.Terrific velvet hair tie for christmas.last_img read more

Jon Miller, Nov. 7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished on Wednesday evening with the double-crops. They did extremely well. They were short but they still had a lot of beans on them. They were in the mid-40s over 300-some acres of double-crops. Even some of the beans we planted July 18 still made it in the upper 30s. On our first field we were hoping for 50 but it actually went 49. They matured great.The wheat looks great. The moisture we got helped it and the warm temperatures have it off to a really good start.It was probably one of the best years we’ve had for beans. One non-GMO variety that we plant could have been better on yield. It is an old variety and it does well for how old it is. We ended up averaging around 69 on beans. The last fields we had were in the low 60s and brought the average down.The corn high yield was a field averaging 240 and the lowest average yield was around180 bushels. Very few fields went below 200. It wasn’t a record yield for corn but it was still good. After talking to other people we can’t complain about 2016. With the way the fall went, it makes you feel good about doing it again next year.Prices stayed better than I anticipated with there being such a big crop out there. We sell double-crops straight to market because we can’t hold them and they were close to a dollar higher than last year.The wheat acres did extremely well with the wheat crop, the straw and a 40-bushel double-crop average. The income off of those acres was probably the highest.last_img read more

PH salvages silver in women’s wushu event

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH archers miss gold target anew, settle for bronze medals LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Wong’s performance made up for Daniel Parantac’s showing on Sunday where the Filipino ended up in fourth place in men’s taijijian.Honetown bet Audrey Chan settled for a bronze with 9.64.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Filipino wushu artist Agatha Chrystenzen Wong took home the silver medal in women’s taijijian event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Monday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Malaysia.Wong’s performance earned a score of 9.65 just .3 points behind gold medal winner and reigning world champion Lindswell Kwok of Indonesia (9.68).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

21 days ago​Aston Villa manager Smith wary of Norwich

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Aston Villa manager Smith wary of Norwichby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith is wary of Norwich City and the threat they pose to his side.As two of the teams that were promoted last season, Villa and Norwich know that every point is vital in the Premier League.And a game between the two sides could be seen as a six pointer in the relegation battle.Smith wants to ensure his team are prepared to handle the attacking threat of Norwich.”Anybody who can beat Manchester City in this league is a team to be reckoned with and they’ve done that already at Carrow Road,” Smith said to reporters.”We know they’ve got firepower within their team and they are tough to play against. We had two tough games against them last season and came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 [defeat] both times.”But they won’t have played against this Aston Villa and some of my players won’t have played against them before.”It’s a game we are looking forward to and I’m sure it’s a game both sides will be looking at to get three points.” last_img read more

Earnings Rise at Citi Mortgage Profits Fall

first_img “”Citigroup””:http://www.citigroup.com/citi/ reported a net income of $4.2 billion for the second quarter as credit losses diminished.[IMAGE]The bank’s Q2 earnings represent a 42 percent increase over Q2 2012’s estimated $2.9 billion.According to Citi’s quarterly earnings filing, the increase “”was driven by the higher revenues and lower net credit losses, which were partially offset by higher legal and related costs, a lower loan loss reserve release and a higher effective tax rate.””[COLUMN_BREAK]Citi’s allowance for loan losses was $21.6 billion–3.4 percent of total loans–as of the quarter’s end compared to $27.6 billion (4.3 percent of total loans) at the end of the prior-year period. The loan loss reserve release totaled $784 million in the quarter, down 22 percent year-over-year.Citi also reported a 4 percent decline in retail banking revenues to $1.6 billion, “”reflecting lower mortgage origination and servicing revenues … partially offset by a gain of approximately $180 million of the sale of a mortgage portfolio during the quarter.”” Retail banking revenues are expected to continue to suffer from lower mortgage origination revenues and spread compression, the bank said.On the positive said, CEO Michael Corbat noted Citi is on track as far as Basel III is concerned, saying, “”We increased our already strong capital levels, reaching an estimated Basel III Tier 1 Common ratio of 10 percent. Generating consistent and quality earnings is a key priority and this quarter met that goal.”” Share in Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Citigroup Investors Lenders & Servicers Profits Quarterly Earnings Service Providers 2013-07-15 Tory Barringercenter_img July 15, 2013 422 Views Earnings Rise at Citi, Mortgage Profits Falllast_img read more

Microsoft and Ooyala have partnered to develop and

first_imgMicrosoft and Ooyala have partnered to develop and accelerate the deployment of next-generation IP video services. The strategic partnership will see the firms bring together Microsoft’s Azure Media Services and Ooyala’s Software as a Service (SaaS)-based video distribution, analytics and monetisation technology.The deal establishes Ooyala as Microsoft’s preferred online video provider and Microsoft as Ooyala’s favoured public cloud provider.The firms have also formed a global sales and marketing alliance, which is aimed at driving “standardisation of new personalised TV services for broadcasters and operators around the world.”“Through our partnership with Ooyala, we can offer fully integrated comprehensive managed TV and video services to our customers, and we’ll work together to aggressively drive adoption among broadcasters and operators everywhere,” said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure.Sean Knapp, executive vice president and chief product officer of Ooyala, added: “Through this alliance, Microsoft and Ooyala are in a position to seize a major opportunity together, to drive standardization of the next generation of personalized, IP-delivered video offerings, based on our combined solutions.”last_img read more

Expanding pill could be used to monitor stomach conditions for up to

first_img Sources:Ingestible, expanding pill monitors the stomach for up to a month.Ingestible hydrogel device. Nature Communications. Jan 2019. You would have to crack through many crystalline domains to break this membrane. That’s what makes this hydrogel extremely robust, and at the same time, soft.Shaoting Lin, Co-author As reported in the journal Nature Communications, on immersing the pill in solutions that mimicked gastric juices, the pill expanded to 100 times its original size within about one-quarter of an hour, which is much faster than the rate seen with existing hydrogel-based devices. Senior author Xuanhe Zhao says that once inflated, the pill resembles the softness of Jell-O, but is surprisingly strong.To test the strength of the pill, the team squeezed it thousands of times, applying forces even greater than those it would be subjected to as the stomach contracts.“We found that even when we make a small cut in the membrane, and then stretch and squeeze it thousands of times, the cut does not grow larger. Our design is very robust,” says Lin.Finally, small temperature sensors were embedded in the pill which was then fed to pigs. The sensors were later retrieved from the pigs’ stool and used to plot temperature measurements over time.The team reports that the sensors were accurate at tracking the pigs’ daily activity over a period of 30 days.Liu and colleagues hope the pill could one day be used to deliver sensors to the stomach that could measure pH levels and signs of bacterial or viral infection, for example, or cameras that could capture images of ulcers or tumors. The dream is to have a Jell-O-like smart pill, that once swallowed stays in the stomach and monitors the patient’s health for a long time such as a month.Xuanhe Zhao, Senior Authorcenter_img Lin and colleagues wanted to design a hydrogel-based pill that could be used to carry sensors into the stomach to monitor vital signs or disease states over an extended period.However, they knew that a pill tiny enough to pass down the esophagus and into the stomach would also be small enough to pass through a structure called the pylorus and out of the stomach.They therefore looked at ways of designing a pill that would quickly expand to the size of a ping-pong ball to prevent it from leaving the stomach.The inflatable device is made up of one inner hydrogel layer containing superabsorbent particles that quickly soak up liquid and expand and a second outer layer that forms a protective layer that is impervious to churning stomach acids. By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jan 30 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a Jell-O-like pill that quickly expands on reaching the stomach and uses an embedded sensor to monitor health status over an extended period of time. Komsan Loonprom | ShutterstockThe soft, squishy device, which is made from hydrogel materials, is softer, longer lasting and more biocompatible than some of the current ingestible stomach sensors that can only stay in the stomach for a few days.last_img read more