Donegal County Council has been urged to help end the ‘biggest crisis in a generation’ by tackling climate change across the county. The call comes as hundreds of schoolchildren and students from across Donegal stage a climate strike as part of a global day of climate action today (Fri).The rally, which started at 10am and will conclude at 1pm, is taking place in Market Square, Letterkenny.Inishowen Councillor, Jack Murray said more can be done by Donegal County Council to implement new ideas surrounding the reduction of the carbon footprint for generations to come.He told Donegal Daily: “It is inspiring to see young people coming together in what is the biggest crisis in a generation. “At the end of the day, we only have one planet and all the science shows climate change is accelerating and we have seen the effects of that accelerations globally, nationally and even locally.“In Inishowen, we have seen more flooding in recent years than ever before, especially the devastating flooding of 2017.“If the environment continues to deteriorate then these occurrences are going to become more frequent and more severe.“And at a local level, there is much that we can do,” he added. “We should be encouraging people to use public transport and we as a council should be investing in greenways. “The list goes on,” he said.“Implementing carbon taxes is all well and good but it is hitting people in the pocket without any positive effects.“We need more positives measures put in place.”Donegal County Council urged to seize climate change opportunity was last modified: September 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Evolutionists have doubled their date of the chimp-human split from 7 million to 13 million years ago. How, and why?National Geographic announces gleefully, with a picture of a chimp playing with a child, “Ancient Human-Chimp Link Pushed Back Millions of Years.” Based on a study of chimp genes in Science Magazine, the claim adds another problem, just in time for Father’s Day: the researchers claim that males contribute 90% of random mutations to the next generation (Gee thanks, Dad).One might think that doubling the age of the split would cause problems for evolutionary dating, but evolutionists are clever. They found a way to make both dates true:On the surface, this and other recent studies contradict the general consensus suggested by the fossil record: that the last common ancestor of the two species, a flat-footed ape, lived some seven million years ago.But both observations could still be true, said paleoanthropologist John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who was not involved in the new study. The ape-like common ancestor species might have endured until 7 to 10 million years ago, long after the genetic split between chimps and humans, he said.The new estimate is based on current mutation rates in the sample, but a lead author confessed, “We also don’t know if mutation rates varied widely in the ancient past; maybe they were different than now.” So this is a tentative reassessment, based on chimpanzee genes from only two males, two females, and their offspring covering 3 generations (9 individuals total). There’s plenty of wiggle room left, therefore, if they look at a bigger sample, or the genes of other primates. Chimpanzees are notoriously promiscuous. The older the male, the more mutations, too. Varying mutation rates “could also change estimates of the age of an ancestral genetic split between men and chimps.”Despite these weaknesses of the study, Charles Q. Choi at Live Science, as usual, regurgitated the claims without any skepticism or hard questions.The games evolutionists play can quite accurately be called monkeyshines (n., frivolous or mischievous pranks; monkey business). This is not unflattering, because in their own view, they themselves are really just glorified monkeys. Time to remember Darwin’s horrid doubt: “But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy,” he wrote a friend in July 1881. “Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?” Ten months later, he died and found out. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
One of the driest places on Earth has been storing its seeds underground for years for a moment like this.The photos in this Live Science article are astonishing, considering where they were taken. The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth; where did all this vibrant color come from?Astrobiologists go to the Atacama Desert to study life at the extremes. Usually it is brown, barren and dusty. What happened?The normally barren, almost Martian landscape of the Atacama Desert recently erupted in flowers, painting the hillsides, blue, fuschia, orange and yellow. The almost magical transformation occurred thanks to heavy rains earlier in the year, which watered flower seeds that had lain dormant for years.In a companion piece on Live Science, Tia Ghose says this part of the world usually gets 0.6 inch a year of rain. It’s springtime in the southern hemisphere. This is the biggest bloom in 18 years, she says. Similar rare blooms occur in other deserts such as Death Valley.Seeds can sometimes survive for decades waiting for the right conditions. How do they know? Moisture descending through a seed coat underground can leach out inhibitors to sprouting. There are also built-in clock controls to know the seasons, and other monitors such as for temperature. Some of these trigger cascades of enzymes that form networks with feedback loops, switching on genes that wake up the cells in the seedling and call them to action. How the various factors coordinate these changes is not well understood. One thing is for sure; the plants have it all figured out. Simultaneously, they sprout up and bloom while the conditions are good.What a wonderful world! To see a dry, hot desert spring to life is amazing; what an illustration of the difference between Earth and Mars or the moon. You could shower Mars for years and never see something like this. Why? The required ingredient is complex, specified information. It’s been programmed into these seeds by a Mind that is not only super-intelligent but loves beauty.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Trulia is my favorite of the bunch, with a simple, intuitive design and ample listings of properties for sale and rent—along with links to open houses and agents. You can search by city or address, although I found it most useful to let the GPS service provide a map of all nearby homes for sale (within my specified criteria). As you drive through an area, the map can adjust, updating the homes quickly as your position changes.With Trulia, it’s also very easy to set-up notifications and to save your searches. These may be linked to their website, so you can review your favorites on your laptop later. Trulia’s app often displays a small ad-sized listing of an agent across their map. At the beginning, this is helpful. After you’ve selected an agent, it becomes annoying. I would have been happy to pay about $2 for the app, say, to ditch these ads.Trulia makes it a snap to get turn-by-turn directions to any property listed, and to quickly text your spouse of your latest find. You can also sort listings by price, features (e.g. number of bedrooms), and by “newest” listing – which can be very useful to know.Use Trulia and you’ll wonder how people searched for homes before smartphones existed. 2. Zillow Having viewed nearly as many apps as properties in my ongoing search for a home, I can recommend these three: Trulia, Zillow and Redfin.They each provide you with an abundance of listings and include the most important details of nearly every home displayed. Each app can text new listing alerts directly to your phone. All are optimized for real-time location-based house hunting, using the smartphone’s GPS. However, you can also search for properties by typing an address or city into the app’s search bar, or even touch-scrolling the app’s map to where you want to live. All three are available on iPhone, iPad and Android, and are all free. All three also have companion websites, with additional layers of information available, such as school rankings and property taxes. 1. Trulia Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Because of the ease of use of the Trulia app, I have placed it above Zillow. The breadth of information that Zillow offers on each listing, however, makes it a must-have for your home search.Zillow includes a photo tour of the property, a sales history and an estimate of its current value. brian s hall Buying a home is a nasty, arduous and blessed task. It’s further complicated by the glaringly obvious fact that nobody makes any money until you buy. The feeling that you are so much meat waiting to be ground into sausage rarely goes away.I should know. I am in the process of moving from the lovely state of Wisconsin to sunny California—specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area. There are, shall we say, some bracing differences in the two real estate markets, and not just in terms of price. (Did you say the actual ground beneath your feet sometimes … moves?)Big Market For Real Estate AppsLuckily for me and everyone else in the market, there are many useful real estate apps available across all major smartphone platforms. In fact, there are so many good real estate apps that it can be hard to choose the best one.This shouldn’t be too surprising. The housing market in the U.S. is valued at about $10 trillion. Numerous companies are eagerly hoping to carve out a slice of this sizable American pie—and garner your loyalty—by helping you choose among the 70 million homes located throughout the country.Zillow, for example, recently began airing this television commercial. Spoiler alert: for the Bay Area, at least, the price estimate is wildly under-valued. This fact somewhat diminishes the Schaedenfreude of discovering that seemingly every buyer in the past ten years has lost a small fortune. Zillow includes a handy “draw” feature which lets you swipe an area on the map that then displays the listings within that area. The app also claims to include “pre-market” properties—those which may be coming on to the market soon. This might be a great feature, though I never saw any such properties in the Bay Area. And I would have jumped at them.If you love good house porn, Zillow is the app for you.3. RedfinRedfin is also very good. The app provides a simple, yet robust search interface. You can search by GPS, type in a city or street—or even an MLS number—and narrow these down across several search criteria. These can include price, square footage, year built, number of baths and much more. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#App#iPhone#real estate For me, Redfin’s best feature was letting me know if a house was already “pending”—meaning, an offer had been made. This saved me a great deal of time. Redfin also lets you check out homes that have recently sold and for how much. This turned out to be extremely helpful information and has aided my subsequent searches.Note: Redfin appeared to have as many or more listings than either Trulia or Zillow, at least within the Bay Area. In my personal app tests, looking for sales data in other states yielded fewer results.Location, Location, AppI sometimes tell people that there are so many apps that they need to download three great ones, no more, and focus. But that’s not quite true.While I do highly recommend all of the apps above, there remains that nagging uncertainty that some awesome property is out there, ready to slip away if I don’t reach for an alternative. So here are several backups for the paranoid house-hunters out there (i.e., all of you):1. Foreclosures Real EstateIn the Bay Area, at least, a shocking majority of houses for sale are, in fact, houses in foreclosure. It may be the same where you are searching.This app lists foreclosures, short sales, HUD homes and auction properties. 2. For Sale By Owner What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces This app claims to be the “only” one to provide properties that are exclusively for sale by owner. It contains over 30,000 listings. As most listings in other apps are taken from the MLS, this app clearly serves a purpose.3. Realtor.comA very well-designed app from the National Association of Realtors. Not surprisingly, it appears to contain as many listings as any of my top three. This app also provides better in-app data on schools.That said, I found my top three easier to navigate, and their information better optimized for my iPhone’s screen. 4. HomeSnapThis is a popular app that includes all the available MLS listings. Its claim to fame is that the app lets you take a picture of a house and—based on the GPS data embedded in the photo—get back the sales information on that property.I have yet to use this feature.5. Google GlassIf you’re one of the very few people possessing Google Glass, I am not, you’re in luck. According to the New York Times, Trulia offers a Google Glass app.6. Agents and BrokersI found no compelling reason to choose a particular realtor’s app over any of those listed above. Related Posts