Donegal family heartbroken after second arson attack on future home

first_imgA Donegal family has been left devastated after their dream home was set alight, just weeks before they were due to move in.This is the second time that the council home in St Johnston was broken into and damaged this summer.Caroline Orr, her husband Christopher and their three children were looking forward to moving into the bungalow at Arda this month. But their hopes were dashed on Tuesday morning when they got a call saying that it was set on fire during the night.Damage at St Johnston home following fire on 3rd SeptemberCaroline told Donegal Daily: “They broke in by smashing a window. They knew what they were doing, they opened a kitchen window to get airflow in and they brought tools to gain entry. They set the fire in the attic.“The whole roof is caved in on the house. It’s thousands of euro in damage.“This happened before at the start of the summer. They ripped slates off the roof to make entry then. That was just the day before we were supposed to move in.” Damage at St Johnston home following fire on 3rd SeptemberCaroline said she was heartbroken over having to break the news to her children that they couldn’t move to their new home again. Her eldest is six years old and her other children are aged two and one.“This home was for me, I’ve been trying to get this house for years and finally we got it started,” she said.“I had to come home yesterday and tell my wee boy we can’t move in beside his Nana again. He was devastated.“This home was our future,” she said.Damage at St Johnston home following fire on 3rd SeptemberThe incident is under investigation by Gardaí and the fire services. Caroline is appealing for anyone who has any information to come forward if it can help find those responsible. She said: “There are cameras on houses on all the local roads here. If people can check their CCTV, it might be something small but it might help Gardaí and maybe they can run a number plate.“If anyone saw suspicious cars or anything strange I’m asking them to please call the Gardaí.”The break-in is believed to have taken place after midnight on Tuesday morning, the 3rd of September.“We just want it to stop. There are so many people hurt over this. Who would do this to a family?,” Caroline said. Anyone with any information is asked to please contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111Donegal family heartbroken after second arson attack on future home was last modified: September 7th, 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:arsonbreak-inSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Lizards that Leap Over Evolution

first_imgThey may appear less evolved to Darwinians, but some lizards are world champions.World’s Fastest Tongue: According to National Geographic, the chameleon sports the world’s fastest tongue. The “remarkable performance” of these “motor mouths” astonished the researchers who watched a chameleon nab an insect, using a high-speed camera shooting 3,000 frames per second. This sluggish-looking lizard has the highest acceleration and power of all the amniotes, a group that includes reptiles, birds and mammals.The results showed that not only did the smaller chameleons perform just as well as their larger counterparts, but in many cases their tongues were actually faster and stronger.For instance, the tongue of Rhampholeon spinosus, an endangered chameleon from Tanzania and the smallest in the experiment, produced a peak acceleration 264 times greater than the acceleration due to gravity. If it were a car, the chameleon’s tongue could accelerate from 0 to 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour in 1/100th of a second.Science Magazine shows a video of chameleons extending their tongues up to twice their body length. Scientists calculate the power output of the tongue at 14,000 watts per kilogram—the highest power output for any terrestrial vertebrate, including cheetahs and pronghorns. But does anyone really need the evolutionary gloss? Is the smaller guy more fit “because small chameleons have evolved larger tongues relative to their body size, handy since they also need to consume proportionally more food to survive”? Live Science quotes an evolutionist opining, “It’s an example of morphological evolution being driven by metabolic constraints.” Then why didn’t horned lizards and snakes get this ability? The evolutionist offered a just-so story without any evidence.Learning Lizards: Monitor lizards called goannas in Australia have been trained not to eat poisonous cane toads, an invasive species that threatens their numbers. The BBC News reports, “the study suggests goannas have the ability to learn from experience and retain that knowledge over a long period of time.” They’re not as dumb as they look for primitive tetrapods newly evolved from the sea, as evolutionists would have it.Gecko Tires: The gecko is well known as a biomimetic icon. What’s new in an article on Science Daily is a creative application of the amazing adhesive power of gecko toes: tires with an adjustable grip. “Imagine a new type of tyres whose structure has been designed to have greater adhesion on the road,” this article based on the European Physical Journal begins. Applying the “fakir” principle that allows a man to lie comfortably on a bed of nails, researchers relied on “a model specifically developed to study the contact between a smooth silicon sphere and textured silicon surfaces featuring a pattern of pillars–both in the micrometric range in terms of diameter and height.” This is similar to the effect of the hairs on the gecko’s feet that can either sit lightly on a surface or press down and create adherence using van der Waals forces. “Nature is full of examples of amazing adjustable adhesion power, like the feet of geckos, covered in multiple hairs of decreasing size.”Intelligent design provided all the impetus to this story: the motivation to study these animals, the astonishment at what was found, and the application to human designs. Darwin, be gone.(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Facebook Goes Extra-Light: Announces Stripped-Down Mobile Site

first_imgTags:#Facebook#mobile#news#NYT#social networks#web Related Posts At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, Facebook announced Facebook Zero, a new stripped-down mobile version of the popular social networking site. Zero, which will go live within the next few weeks, will allow users on slow connections and basic phones to access the service through a very basic version of the site. By default, Zero will not feature any images or other bandwidth-heavy features. Facebook also plans to offer a more feature-rich version of Facebook Zero through deals with select mobile carriers.Given that over 100 million Facebook users now access the service’s mobile site, it makes sense for the company to try to cater to the widest possible variety of potential users. With Facebook Lite, the company already offers a very basic version of its service for desktop users on slow connections. This version is mainly aimed at users in the developing world.If you try to go to zero.facebook.com right now, this message will appear: Sorry, your carrier does not support zero.facebook.com. As Robin Wauters notes, chances are that Facebook plans to offer carriers the most basic version of Zero for free. Mobile operators will be able to charge for the premium version. It’s not clear if Facebook plans to take a cut of these fees. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos frederic lardinoiscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

TypeKit: Fonts for Adobe Video Editors and Designers

first_imgEditors/motion designers need access to good fonts just as print/web designers do. Now get access to high quality fonts for all your Adobe based projects.Building a quality font collection can get very expensive and free fonts vary in their quality (for instance, many fonts need more kerning).Luckily, Adobe is now offering Creative Cloud Members access to great fonts via TypeKit. If you need a general guide to typography, start here and here.Typekit for Creative CloudTypeKit gives you the ability to access hundreds of fonts that are synced locally to your computer. Licensing wise, you can use the fonts as you would a system font. Read the specifics of licensing here.Browsing Fonts and ListsYou access Typekit from within Creative Cloud. Clicking on “Browse Fonts” takes you to the TypeKit website.Here you can sort fonts by featured, newest and name. You can further filter fonts based on:Classification (Serif, Sans Serif)Available For (Desktop or Web)Recommended ForFont PropertiesLanguageVideos will want to select Desktop Use, as Web Use fonts are specifically for users designing websites.If you aren’t sure which fonts to use, you can also Browse Lists created by the Typekit team. Select a list to get a description of the fonts and click the heart beside any font to add it to your favorites.Manage FontsSynched Fonts lets you manage the fonts on your computer, removing those that are no longer desired. To access this tab in your account settings simply click on your name in the top right corner of the TypeKit page.You also access your account information in Manage Fonts. Though you have access to hundreds of fonts, be aware that you can only sync 100 desktop fonts at one time with a Creative Cloud membership. They offer more expensive plans if you need access to more fonts.Get more info on TypeKit here.Are you using TypeKit with your Adobe products?Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!last_img read more

Forget the deal, return our water, Maharashtra tells Karnataka

first_imgMaharashtra will not sign a water-for-water agreement with Karnataka till it gets back over six thousand million cubic feet (6 tmcft) of pending supply from Karnataka which has only returned 0.078 tmcft of the total 6.787 tmcft diverted to it since 2016. The two States are now sparring over signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to exchange 4 tmcft of water on each side of the border on condition that Karnataka returns 10.787 tmcft at the end of the agreement period, senior officials said.The Water Resources Ministers of the two States have traded charges, blaming each other for the faltering deal. Karnataka Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Saturday termed the Maharashtra decision to cancel the MoU as “shocking”. “Earlier, based on our request, the Maharashtra government had agreed to release water after due payment. But now they have backtracked and are not releasing water into the Krishna river. This is an unexpected and shocking decision by the Maharashtra government, especially as it concerns drinking water,” he tweeted. He said Karnataka had paid money in lieu of water released from Maharashtra. “Even after 2016, we have paid most of the bills. Around ₹35 crore is pending now, for the release of around 5.35 tmcft of water,” he said.In response, his counterpart Girish Mahajan said unless the pending supply is fully returned, there is no question of signing a water deal. “They (Karnataka ministers and secretaries) are not even taking our calls, forget talking about the deal,” Mr. Mahajan had told reporters earlier.The MoU shows Maharashtra had plans to supply 4 tmcft from Koyna and Warna downstream of the Rajapur K.T. Weir. In return, Karnataka was to release 4 tmcft form Tubachi Babaleshwar Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS) to be used in drought-prone areas of Jath taluka in Maharashtra and Vijaypur taluka in Karnataka. Senior officials said there was no question of taking payment for the pending water and the State would only sign the MoU once the pending supply is returned. “We don’t want money; we want our water back,” said an official. The MoU documents shows the two States disagreed on the point of ‘measure discharge’. “Since infrastructure is proposed to be created parallel to the existing Tubachi Babaleshwar LIS to cater to Maharashtra’s needs, there is no need to measure the discharge at the State border,” the Karnataka government wrote in response to the draft MoU. In its reply, Maharashtra said the MoU is as good as dead. “Karnataka has expressed its inability to lift 2 tmcft in the rabi season. In short, the Karnataka government has almost denied to make available 4 tmcft at the State border, while suggesting a parallel scheme by the side of the Tubachi Babaleshwar. This suggestion is unacceptable to us,” Maharastra government said in its response. (Inputs from Bengaluru bureau)last_img read more