Council sends out gritters as severe ice and snow warning given

first_imgDonegal County Council is to send out its fleet of gritters to all primary routes across the county tonight.The gritters are to treat all routes from 8pm onwards.It follows heavy falls of snow in Munster, Leinster and in other counties. Met Eireann has issued an ice and snow warning for overnight and until 9am tomorrow warning.It is thought that Donegal may escape the worst of the weather but ice is expected tomorrow morning on some routes.Many sorting fixtures have been cancelled in Munster and Leinster while driving conditions have been described as ‘hazardous’ in parts of Kildare.Council sends out gritters as severe ice and snow warning given was last modified: March 5th, 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) Tags:donegalicesnowWarninglast_img read more

Man arrested in Letterkenny on suspicion of Emyvale arson

first_imgA man in his 30s was arrested in Letterkenny on Wednesday night in connection with a fire at a Monaghan Garda Station on Monday. The fire occurred at Emyvale Garda Station, Co. Monaghan, in the early hours of Monday morning.  Gardaí carried out a number of searches this evening in Emyvale and Letterkenny. A Garda spokesperson has confirmed that a man has been arrested in Letterkenny and is being detained at Letterkenny Garda Station under section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984.The man, arrested on suspicion of arson, will be interviewed by the investigation team from Monaghan.Searches involved Detective and Uniform Gardaí from Monaghan assisted by colleagues from Donegal.The Garda spokesperson said: “Investigating Gardaí continue to appeal for any witnesses to this incident or anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area between the hours of 3am and 5:30am to come forward. “Gardaí continue to appeal to any motorists travelling in the area between 3am and 5:30am who may have dash-cam footage to contact Gardaí. “Anyone with information is asked to contact Monaghan Garda Station on 047 77200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.”Man arrested in Letterkenny on suspicion of Emyvale arson was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:EmyvaleEmyvale Garda StationGardaletterkennyLetterkenny Garda stationlast_img read more

Lucy Gets a Date with Big Man

first_imgAnother specimen of Australopithecus afarensis has been announced from Ethiopia.  This one supposedly preceded Lucy by 400,000 years, and according to its discoverers, belonged to a group of primates that shows they “were almost as proficient as we are walking on two legs, and that the elongation of our legs came earlier in our evolution than previously thought.”  The discovery by Yohannes Haile-Selassie’s team, was published in PNAS.1  It was immediately announced in the press by National Geographic, Science Daily and PhysOrg.    True to tradition, the discoverers had to give the specimen a catchy name for the press.  In the local Afar tribal language, it’s Kadanuumuu, but in English, it’s Big Man.  That’s because the male had substantially larger stature than Lucy – 5 feet instead of her 3 feet.  The researchers claim this specimen is 3.6 million years old (compared to Lucy’s 3.2 million).  Ardipithecus ramidus (Ardi), found in the same general area, is said to be 4.4 million years old.    The main claims about Big Man is that it shows upright posture more than Ardi, based on pelvic positions and limb proportions.  Only a scapula, a few ribs, parts of the neck and one shoulder, parts of the pelvis, one arm and one leg were found – no skull fragments.    Only National Geographic offered a dissenting opinion.  Its writeup included the observations of Zeresenay Alemseged, an anthropologist at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  He doubts that it belongs to A. afarensis, and says that without skull fragments and teeth, it is hard to make a positive identification.  He also thinks Lucy and another baby specimen claimed to be 3.3 million years old show evidence of living in the trees.    In the paper, the team admitted that fitting the new find into an evolutionary sequence requires a bit of punctuated equilibrium.  Here’s what the last paragraph said:The total biomechanical pattern of Au. afarensis involves a host of specialized postcranial characters, all of which are fully consistent with data reported here for KSD-VP-1/1,2 those previously available for Au. afarensis, and the Laetoli footprints (58, 60), which at 3.66 Ma are just slightly older than KSD-VP-1/1 (61).  Equally important are similarities between the Au. afarensis pelvis and the recently described H. erectus specimen from Busidima (BSN49/P27a�d) (11).  These similarities are particularly striking, especially in light of the time separating them (at least 2.2 million years).  Such constancy of morphotype suggests that highly derived terrestrial bipedality enjoyed a long period of stasis punctuated only occasionally by additional modifications to the postcranium of apparently decreasing selective significance (e.g., length of pedal intermediate phalanges, lower limb length).It should be noted that the Laetoli footprints, dated earlier than this specimen, are identical to modern human footprints (03/22/2010).  Haile-Selassie seems to be claiming that bipedality evolved in a few hundred thousand years, then remained essentially unchanged except for minor details for almost four million years.1.  Haile-Selassie et al, “An early Australopithecus afarensis postcranium from Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print June 21, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1004527107.2.  This is the designation for the new fossil.This is the lightning flash before the thunder.  The news media all light up on cue, but then the long peals of thunder hit when the other teams get angry at the Ethiopian team for trying to put the spotlight on their Big Boy, making him the new star on the Human Evolution Walk of Shame (06/10/2010).  Just you wait.  This is not the History Channel, you know; it’s the Follywood Squares.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Moyes joins Ferguson & Wenger in exclusive club

first_imgDavid Moyes Moyes joins Ferguson & Wenger in exclusive Premier League club Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 01:36 11/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Moyes Sunderland Premier League Getty Images West Ham United Watford v West Ham United Watford Premier League The new West Ham manager brought up his 500th Premier League game in his first outing as Hammers boss against Watford New West Ham manager David Moyes has joined Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson in an exclusive Premier League club.The Scot was appointed as Slaven Bilic’s successor following the Croatian’s sacking in early November, and took control of his first game on Sunday as the Hammers took on Watford at Vicarage Road.West Ham 6/4 to beat Leicester Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And, in a quirk of fate, Moyes subsequently joined an incredibly exclusive club, as he managed his 500th game in the Premier League. 500 – This will be David Moyes’ 500th Premier League game as manager, the 4th person to reach the milestone in the competition (Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp). Devotion.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 19, 2017 Only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp have taken control of as many matches as the former Everton boss, though it remains to be seen how many more times he will manage the Irons.Moyes was handed a contract until the end of the season upon his appointment, whereupon his performance will be reviewed by the club’s board.last_img read more