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Looking for the perfect Christmas Party venue? Check out The Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel

first_imgWith Christmas getting closer, we would like to introduce our Fire and Ice Christmas party night at Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel! This year, as usual, we will be celebrating in style!The Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel presents a spectacular Fire & Ice Christmas Party extravaganza! Red carpet arrival, Fire & Ice decor, Sumptuous gala dinner followed by an amazing night of entertainment and dancing. THE THEMESparkling drinks receptionFive Course Christmas MealFire & Ice Themed arrival & event Live music followed by discoEARLY BOOKERS OFFERAny bookings who pay the deposit by Friday 4th October will receive the below offer;•             10% discount on the price per person *excludes the buffet party night on 21st December•             1 Free bookers place on tables over 20 people•             Sparkling Wine toast for your tableTHE DATEFriday 13th December Saturday 14th DecemberFriday 20th DecemberTHE BAND13th & 14th December – The Cavanagh Brothers 20th December – Hard 2 HandleTHE TICKETS€35.00ppBuffet Party NightSaturday 21st DecemberDJ Scotty€25.00ppIf you would like to make a booking you can contact our team directly on sales@redcastlehotel.com or +35374 938 5555. Visit: www.redcastlehoteldonegal.com/christmas/fire-ice-party-nightsLooking for the perfect Christmas Party venue? Check out The Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Steve Kerr endorses Beto O’Rourke for president following his Senate loss

first_imgU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke may have narrowly lost his U.S. Senate race to incumbent Ted Cruz Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean his political star has fallen.Steve Kerr during the U.S. Open Trophy visit with Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors at the Warrior’s practice facility in Oakland, Calif. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (Copyright USGA/Andy Kuno)During the race, the charismatic Democrat won the attention of the nation and the hopes of progressive-leaning entertainment and sports celebrities, …last_img

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More Reasons to Doubt Scientific Pronouncements

first_imgIt’s unsettling to hear scientists say that long-held beliefs might be wrong, but that’s the nature of science.  Scientific “findings” are tentative, not absolute.  Some see this as a strength of science, but unless actual progress is demonstrated, that strength is called into question.  Recent news casts doubt on various beliefs that had been trusted for a long time.1.  We were wrong about Neanderthal Man:  For well nigh a century or more, Neanderthals were thought too brutish to make art.  Not any more.  Cave paintings alleged to have been created by Neanderthals have been discovered in Spain, New Scientist reported.  Dating tests are still being done on the figures, which appear to be representations of seals.  The correctives are more serious, though.  The article also pointed out that dating of other cave art is uncertain.  Paul Pettitt from the University of Sheffield let that cat out of the bag: “Even some sites we think we understand very well such as the Grotte Chauvet in France are very problematic in terms of how old they are.”2.  Rings around the tree dates:  What could be more reliable than tree ring dating?  Trees make annual rings; count them and you’ve got an absolute date.  Why, then, did PhysOrg report, “Tree rings may underestimate climate response to volcanic eruptions”?  A study re-evaluated some estimates, and found them overall quite good, with one “glaring error” – trees might not produce rings after a volcanic eruption strong enough to affect climate.  But if dates could be underestimated by factors not previously considered, could they be overestimated by other unknowns?  The article exposed some of the assumptions that go into the dating method:The potential absence of rings in the first one to three years following eruption further degrades the temperature reconstruction. Because tree-ring information is averaged across many locations to obtain a representative estimate of northern hemisphere temperature, tree-ring records with and without missing rings for a given year are merged, leading to a smearing and reduced and delayed apparent cooling.3.  Power Law, or lawless power?   One of science’s great strengths is the ability to describe nature mathematically.  But now, PhysOrg said, it’s time for a “frank discussion,”  about the use of power laws.  These are widely-used techniques to describe relationships between phenomena so as to show causation, instead of just correlation.  Causation is a vexed question in philosophy of science.  There’s nothing like a graph to give the appearance of objectivity.  Not so fast; Michael Stumpf [Imperial College London] and Mason Porter [Oxford], wrote in Science about “the inexact science of trying to apply the power law to situations in science where it’s not always easy to show a direct link between correlation and causation, a key problem they say, in much of the science that is conducted today.”  The original paper in Science began,1The ability to summarize observations using explanatory and predictive theories is the greatest strength of modern science. A theoretical framework is perceived as particularly successful if it can explain very disparate facts. The observation that some apparently complex phenomena can exhibit startling similarities to dynamics generated with simple mathematical models has led to empirical searches for fundamental laws by inspecting data for qualitative agreement with the behavior of such models. A striking feature that has attracted considerable attention is the apparent ubiquity of power-law relationships in empirical data. However, although power laws have been reported in areas ranging from finance and molecular biology to geophysics and the Internet, the data are typically insufficient and the mechanistic insights are almost always too limited for the identification of power-law behavior to be scientifically useful …. Indeed, even most statistically “successful” calculations of power laws offer little more than anecdotal value.Sure enough; Nature last month reported a rethinking about power-law extrapolation in geology.2 “Multi-scale modelling of the deformation of magnesium oxide reveals the need for a re-examination of the way in which laboratory data are used to estimate the strength of Earth’s lower mantle,” Andrew M. Walker said.  “….The results suggest that the usual power-law extrapolation is not reliable over the wide range of strain rates that must be considered, potentially changing our view of the way in which the deep mantle deforms.”  Note: “anecdotal value” is indistinguishable from “educated guesswork.”4.  Rethinking evolution:  Since the discovery of DNA’s structure and function as the carrier of genetic information in the 1950s, most evolutionary work has concerned mutations and natural selection on DNA alone.   A major new monkey wrench has come into focus in the last decade: Epigenetics – heritable information and processes that lie beyond DNA (see new book by Woodward and Gills, The Mysterious Epigenome).  One of the few papers to rewrite evolutionary history with epigenetics in mind is a paper in Current Biology,3 “Epigenetics: What News for Evolution?”   The news is that there is little news – yet.  They don’t even know the questions, let alone the answers.  The authors wrote, “Having a formal body of evolutionary theory that incorporates epigenetics, as well as developing a clearer quantification of the connection between epigenetic variation and phenotypes will allow us to more rigorously ask whether or how epigenetics plays an important role in adaptive evolution.”References:1. Stumpf and Porter, “Mathematics: Critical Truths about Power Laws.”  Science 10 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6069 pp. 665-666, doi:10.1126/science.1216142.2. Andrew M. Walker, “Earth Science: Limits of the power law,” Nature 481, (12 January 2012), pp. 153–154, doi:10.1038/481153a.3. Ben Hunter, Jesse D. Hollister, Kirsten Bomblies, “Epigenetic Inheritance: What News for Evolution?”  Current Biology, Volume 22, Issue 2, R54-R56, 24 January 2012, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2011.11.054.There is no question that scientists provide a wealth of knowledge in the form of data and observations of the natural world.  Whether they understand what they are looking at (particularly in questions of origins), and can explain it with rigor above that of anecdote, are entirely different questions.  Healthy skepticism is a virtue when approaching scientific claims – especially about non-reproducible phenomena, like origins.  Would that the skeptics, who are usually skeptical of creationism and naive about evolutionism, would develop some healthy skepticism about the nature and targets of their own skepticism.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Upcoming Webinar: TRICARE Reforms in 2018

first_imgPresenter:Mark A. EllisSenior Health Program Policy AnalystTRICARE Health Plan, TRICARE Policy and Benefits OfficeDefense Health AgencyContinuing Education Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will apply for 1.0 continuing education (CE) credit from UT School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals. Additionally, Certificates of completion will be available for participants interested in receiving training hours.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on TRICARE Reforms in 2018. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 16, 2018. Please join MFLN Military Caregiving Wednesday, March 28 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, for our free webinar entitled ‘TRICARE Reforms in 2018.’This webinar will summarize significant reforms to TRICARE, the Department of Defense health plan for military members and their family members, that have occurred as of January 1, 2018 and will occur during 2018.Learning Objectives:Identify what the Military Health System is and the mission and goals of the Defense Health Agency (DHA).Understand the new TRICARE Select health plan.Understand TRICARE enrollment reforms.Understand upcoming TRICARE benefit and coverage reforms.last_img read more

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BJP’s countdown has begun, says Haryana Congress chief

first_imgHaryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Sunday said the countdown for the BJP-led government at the Centre and in the State has begun “as all their misdeeds have been exposed before the people”. “People have suffered due to the flawed policies of the BJP governments during the past over four years and now they have realised that it is time to throw out the BJP from power to get rid of its misrule,” said Mr. Tanwar, addressing the “Rafale Pol Khol-Halla Bol” rally in Panipat. He alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre decided to purchase Rafale fighter planes by ignoring all set principles, which has put the country in a huge financial loss. “Their [BJP] decision of demonetisation was a complete failure and their promises about black money have fallen flat. Unbridled rise in petroleum prices, making false promises about employment and presenting a false picture of investment has exposed them. People are waiting for the upcoming elections to oust them from power,” he said.He said if the Congress comes to power in Haryana after the Assembly polls, loans of farmers and the poor would be waived, old age pension would be raised to ₹3,000 per month, a fresh survey of BPL families and those families who have not got any government job so far will be undertaken and the 100-yard plot scheme would be restored without any discrimination. “The Congress government will ensure that students’ union elections are held in colleges and universities,” he added.Mr. Tanwar said the struggle of party workers will continue till Congress chief Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister and a Congress government is formed in Haryana. “People are fed up with the misrule of the BJP government in Haryana and they have come to the rally to show their resentment against the government,” he said.last_img read more

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Perlas Pilipinas falls to South Korea, faces China in QF

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Cignal HD gets other outright semis berth LATEST STORIES South Korea outscored PH, 51-28, in the middle quarters to cruise to its first victory in the group stages.The Philippines, which played in its first Division A tournament, dropped to 0-3 in Group B after lopsided losses to defending champion Japan and powerhouse Australia in its first two outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAfter a winless opening round, Perlas got heavyweight China as its quarterfinals foe on Thursday.Allana Lim finished with 14 points and six rebounds for Perlas, which shot just 30% from the field and was out-rebounded, 65-41. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments South Korea had five players in double-figures led by Kim Danbi’s 19 points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas gave itself a chance early, but faded as the game went on en route to a 91-63 loss to South Korea in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup Tuesday night at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bangalore, India.The Filipinos stayed in step with the South Koreans as they entered the second quarter knotted at 19, but it was a different story the rest of the way.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Will Maken spot the googlies in his innings?

first_imgNewly appointed sports minister Ajay Maken.Within a few days of Ajay Maken taking over the reins, divergent views have emerged over what kind of sports minister MS Gill’s successor would turn out to be. But sports officials are sure that the new minister’s style of functioning as well as his preferences will be known sooner rather than later.On his first day in office, Maken called for “out-ofthe-box” thinking and introducing new programmes to increase participation of the youth in sports. He also said that a blueprint would be prepared with an eye on next year’s Olympic Games in London. But experts have questioned whether a fresh policy can be prepared and implemented in pursuit of medals at the highest platform in sports, especially with just 550-odd days left for the Games. They say that long-term planning is needed to win medals and that has always been missing in India for various reasons.Top sports administrators point out that Maken was off target when he spoke about such a blueprint. “A blueprint for the 2012 Olympics is already in place. Either he was not aware or he was probably driven by the need to say something to the media on his first day in office,” said a senior official. “At the most, we can tinker a bit with the existing policy pertaining to the 2012 Olympics. But you can’t have a completely fresh policy so close to the world’s biggest sports extravaganza.”Remarkably, Maken also said that he would pursue a non-confrontationist approach towards the national sports federations (NSFs) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) with regard to the age and tenure guidelines of the ministry.advertisementA senior ministry official clarified that this statement should not be misconstrued to present that the new minister would be lenient towards the NSFs. “There would be no change in the policies that we have been pursuing till now. For instance, there are five-six court cases with the NSFs going on and our stance will not change with regard to those. Law, of course, will take its own course,” he said. Maken is young and is expected to bring in a new forward-looking approach in the working of the sports administration.”Even Gill was forwardlooking in his approach, but his attitude towards the NSFs was confrontationist, something that Maken wants to avoid.Then there was the age factor in Gill’s case,” said a senior sports official. Gill was 70-plus while Maken is just 47. “We will come to know Maken’s style of functioning in 10-15 days.” Another point that Maken made was about the introduction of new schemes and programmes.But it will not be a bad idea to streamline the various existing schemes, many of which are currently being neglected.For instance, the existing schemes of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) have largely been ignored in the last few years, including during the tenure of Gill which lasted nearly three years.SAI is responsible for training and nurturing athletes and appointing coaches besides other tasks. But the number of trainees with the various SAI schemes has reportedly gone down remarkably.”No interest has been shown in this direction and as a result, the number of trainees across India has gone down. The projection for 2010 under the five-year plan was to have 50,000 trainees, but the actual current strength is far, far less than that,” an official pointed out.On the issue of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) defying the ministry over registering itself with the ministry, as other NSFs have done, Maken again seems to be non-confrontationist. He said he would speak to BCCI officials, but ministry officials say that the issue has reached a certain point and action could well be taken against the richest sports body of the country for being arrogant.last_img read more

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JANAAC Hosts Forum for World Accreditation Day

first_img Speaking to JIS News at the forum, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, JANAAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sharonmae Shirley, said that the forum aimed to bring awareness that building materials used in construction must conform to certain standards. The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) hosted a forum on Friday (June 9), which focused on how accreditation can support professionals in the construction industry.These include contractors, manufacturers, designers, architects, civil engineers and regulators.Accreditation supports the construction sector to control risk, drive efficiency, demonstrate regulatory compliance, and provide supply chain confidence.Importantly, accreditation determines the technical competence, integrity and impartiality of organisations providing conformity assessment services, such as testing, calibration, certification and inspection based on international standards.Speaking to JIS News at the forum, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, JANAAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sharonmae Shirley, said that the forum aimed to bring awareness that building materials used in construction must conform to certain standards.“So, the construction blocks, the aggregates, the cement and concrete, all of these materials ought to be tested in an accredited laboratory,” she emphasised.Mrs. Shirley further noted that when developers and other construction players use the materials, there should be a guarantee of their quality and integrity.Meanwhile, Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, said it is important to ensure the highest level of standards in the construction industry, especially with the threat and frequency of climate events.Mr. Brown, who delivered remarks on behalf of Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, pointed out that increased globalisation has resulted in the need for increased standardisation of products and services, and, with this, increased conformity assessment requirements.“Indeed, our global trading partners are demanding products and services that meet rigorous and advanced standards to satisfy customer expectations and to comply with their technical regulations,” he said.The Director General congratulated the staff and management of JANAAC for their role in providing internationally recognised accreditation and training services to laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies.He also lauded JANAAC for being the only internationally recognised accreditation body in the English-speaking Caribbean, which means that test results from its laboratory, or any of its conformity assessment bodies, are accepted worldwide.During the forum, the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus’ Microbiology Diagnostic Services Laboratory was awarded an accreditation certificate for having satisfied all the requirements necessary for medical laboratories.The forum was held under the theme ‘Delivering confidence in construction and the built environment’ and was part of World Accreditation Day celebrations in approximately 90 countries.The theme, which is adopted worldwide, is important, especially to Small Island Developing States, such as Jamaica, as assuring the quality and integrity of the nation’s physical infrastructure is paramount.JANAAC was incorporated in 2008 as an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. During the forum, the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus’ Microbiology Diagnostic Services Laboratory was awarded an accreditation certificate for having satisfied all the requirements necessary for medical laboratories. Story Highlights The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) hosted a forum on Friday (June 9), which focused on how accreditation can support professionals in the construction industry. These include contractors, manufacturers, designers, architects, civil engineers and regulators. last_img read more

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Parents Urged to Start Saving Early for Children’s Tertiary Education

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is urging parents and guardians to start saving early for their children’s tertiary education. “It shows that you believe that they are going to make it to college and if you believe it, they will believe it. It doesn’t matter how little you are saving; if you put down a little bit and say ‘this is your college fund, so this means you are going to college,’ they will make it happen,” he said. Minister Green was speaking at the Public Sector Employees Co-operative Credit Union’s 14th Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards ceremony at the St. Stephen’s United Church, Cross Roads, Kingston, on Wednesday (Aug. 15) Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is urging parents and guardians to start saving early for their children’s tertiary education.“It shows that you believe that they are going to make it to college and if you believe it, they will believe it. It doesn’t matter how little you are saving; if you put down a little bit and say ‘this is your college fund, so this means you are going to college,’ they will make it happen,” he said.Minister Green was speaking at the Public Sector Employees Co-operative Credit Union’s 14th Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards ceremony at the St. Stephen’s United Church, Cross Roads, Kingston, on Wednesday (Aug. 15)He said saving for tertiary education is an important investment that will enable children to realise their career aspirations in the 21st century job market.“Secondary school is not enough, the jobs that they used to get when they leave secondary school, by the time they are finished with high school, a lot of (those jobs) don’t exist,” he argued.The State Minister further stressed the need for parents to be involved in their children’s school life.“Do you pay attention to what your child is doing in school? Do you ask them about their homework? Do you ensure that it is done?” he questioned.State Minister Green commended the GSAT award recipients and implored them as they go on to high school, to surround themselves with positive people, who mean them well, find their passion and take pride in themselves.A total of 74 students received education grants totalling $1 million from the Public Sector Employees Co-operative Credit Union.The entity’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Tamara Maxwell-Green, said that since 2004, more than 600 students have benefited from financial assistance valued at $12.6 million.She congratulated the students on their achievement, adding that the credit union strongly believes in supporting the youth and investing in their education.“We offer financial literacy programmes to help students and parents get a firm grasp on all the various financial weights that come with education. Our goal is to help you make the right decisions for your children’s future from both a financial and education perspective,” she said.The credit union’s GSAT awards provide support to members’ children to meet some of the cost of their secondary schooling. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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