Big celebrations this Friday as Glencar Service Station switches to Circle K

first_imgThe party is about to begin at Glencar Service Station in Letterkenny this Friday from 1-3pm to celebrate a new era for the complex.The petrol station is rebranding to Circle K, joining Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer group.It’s an exciting time for Glencar, as the station has been serving the community for over 20 years. The rebranding party from 1pm-3pm on Friday 20th September will feature fun giveaways on the day and entertainment for the kids. All are welcome to join the celebrations and avail of special offers in-store on the day.The Glencar Service Station team are proud to join the Circle K group and offer innovative service offerings. Not only do they have premium fuels from Circle K and car accessories,  but they also have cash & carry home fuels with special offers, do home-ware, hardware, grocery, Helium balloons, services such as bill pay, lotto, top-ups, mass cards, toll pay, bin tags, Fastways Drop-offs and so much more. Glencar Service Station, Letterkenny Glencar Service Station Glencar Service Station, LetterkennyGlencar Service Station, LetterkennyThe station underwent a refurbishment at the same time as roadworks were carried out locally to have minimal disruption to customers. The Circular Road at Glencar was one of the first areas to be hit by the impact of the roadworks, but it is now one of the first areas to be completely clear of disruption.The Glencar Shopping Centre is a one-stop-shop for the community with ample parking. The centre has a large range of services – including a bar & off licence, restaurant, pharmacy, supermarket, hair & beauty, butchers, post office, service station, charity shop, sunbeds, barbers, gym, pet shop, bookmakers, solicitors, physiotherapist, travel agent, financial advice.Glencar Shopping CentreBig celebrations this Friday as Glencar Service Station switches to Circle K was last modified: September 18th, 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:Businesscircle kforecourtGlencar Service Stationletterkennypetrollast_img read more

The Giants are committed to altering the dimensions of Oracle Park

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It’s almost time to bid adieu to Triples Alley.The Giants haven’t made any formal decisions to adjust the outfield dimensions of Oracle Park, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday the team is inching closer to finalizing plans to move the bullpens out of foul territory and into right center field.“We’ve made a lot of progress on designs that would have them move out to the outfield and potentially alter some of the dimensions out there,” Zaidi said at …last_img

The Hunt for Selection in the Genes

first_imgOne might think that 154 years after Darwin’s book about it, natural selection would be empirically obvious.  The journal Nature went on a search for it in DNA.Nature‘s piece, “Evolutionary Genomics: Detecting Selection” begins with hopes and worries:Advances in population genetics and genome sequencing have made it possible to identify anonymous fragments of DNA that have undergone selection. This yields some evolutionary answers, and a panoply of puzzles.Two things must be clarified before detecting natural selection.  One is that artificial selection has nothing to do with it.  Artificial selection is intelligently designed for a purpose; natural selection, by contrast, is unguided and purposeless.  Even survival fails as a purpose; it’s only a consequence of selection, not a goal of selection.   The other is that natural selection is more than variation.  To differentiate itself from creationism, natural selection has to overcome small changes within a population that creationists willingly acknowledge help an organism adapt.  Evolutionists need to demonstrate innovation, an undirected change providing new functional information.  A mutation that produces “more of the same” effects, like a change in enzyme production, does not qualify.With that in mind, what did the Nature article find in its selection hunt?  The authors acknowledged the “awesome power of artificial selection” directed by the mind of man, such as in dog breeding, but claimed that dogs and humans have been partners in natural selection for 10,000 years in a case of “parallel evolution.”  They praised a recent paper in population genetics that “promises to revolutionize evolutionary biology, by challenging us to detect traits affected by evolution on the basis of genotype rather than an organism’s characteristics, or phenotype.”  Then they praised two other papers that “rise to this challenge and show how hypotheses about an adaptive human genotype can be tested in controlled experiments.”  Sounds impressive.  But is this something new?  What’s gone on in the past 154 years of research on natural selection?  It must not have been very revolutionary.Together, the three papers are a wonderful intersection between genomics, population science and experimental genetics — a synergy that has tremendous potential for teaching us more about how and why organisms evolve.Unfortunately, the evidence cited in the first paper concerns genetic changes found between wolves and domestic dogs.  Even the staunchest creationists put those two animals within the same created kind.  The genetic changes, moreover, were in the “more of the same” category – enhanced ability to digest starch, presumably from crumbs dropped from the dog owners’ tables.  Nevertheless, the authors were ecstatic that dogs and humans both produce more starch-digesting enzymes: “the same molecular mechanism has acted on similar genes in different species exposed to the same dietary pressure — a striking example of parallel evolution.”The other two papers merely found evidence of “selective sweeps” without tying the changes to phenotypic change.  “Even when causal relationships seem obvious, caution is warranted,” the authors warned, noting a case with ambiguous results.  Is detection of natural selection in human populations even possible?  “Classical genetic studies are the optimal way to establish causal relationships, but in many cases these are impossible because the appropriate populations do not exist.”  The third paper invented a “model organism” to tease out evidence of natural selection.  Its researchers concluded that a mutation in East Asians produces thicker hair and more sweat glands; they verified that effect in mice (see 2/19/13, last section).  But that’s another example of “more of the same” variation; people already had sweat glands and hair, and so did mice.Remarkably, this article, poised to showcase the power of natural selection, ended with ignorance:Kamberov and colleagues’ study is an exceptional example of experimental genetics, but does it provide, as the authors suggest, a general framework for assessing candidate adaptive mutations? Genetically altered mice are a powerful experimental tool, but the extent to which recent positive selection in humans acts on pathways and amino-acid residues that have been conserved across mammalian evolution is uncertain. More importantly, it is often not clear how to investigate positively selected genomic regions for which the target gene, let alone its action, is unknown. And so a major challenge for population genomics remains the construction of meaningful null hypotheses. As Charles Darwin, the best known evolutionary biologist, once said, “It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance”.So even though the paper they praised was “an exceptional example” of looking for natural selection, the authors of this article worried its conclusions are uncertain.  Worse, (“more importantly”), it’s not even clear how to look for selection in genomic regions where the action is unknown.  How does a researcher compare the findings with a null hypothesis—a baseline hypothesis that posits no effect from the cause-when “meaningful null hypotheses” are lacking?That’s why the summary of this triumphantly-titled article spoke of “some evolutionary answers, and a panoply of puzzles.”  Even the answers, though, wouldn’t impress a creationist: no clear evidence of positive selection toward new functional information was presented.  One can only hope the authors of all these papers are following Darwin’s advice to perceive clearly their ignorance.And they call creationists ignoramuses.  OK, show us, Darwinites.  Darwin believed people have bacteria ancestors.  All the advances beyond bacteria for every species on earth—be they wings, eyes, or brains—are supposed to be the result of natural selection.  Yet here it is, 154 years after the Origin, and evolutionists still cannot show any example in the genes bigger than starch digestion in dogs, or thicker hair and more sweat glands in certain humans (all interfertile members of the same species, Homo sapiens).  The authors admit the studies are unclear.  It’s appalling that the sole theory allowed to be presented in public school science classes is ignorant, not only of examples, but of ways to test them.  What hath evolutionary theory wrought?  A panoply of puzzles!  Schools are teaching ignorance!If evolutionists do not perceive clearly their ignorance, those of us who do perceive it need to hold it up to their faces.  We can quote Darwin for support: “It is always advisable to perceive clearly [y]our ignorance.”(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Child protection ‘is every adult’s duty’

first_img28 May 2013Protecting South Africa’s children is a shared national responsibility, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said at the launch of National Child Protection Week in Durban on Monday.“Our elders have taught us that it takes a village to raise a child. That is why we say ‘umntwana wakho, ngumntwana wam’ – your child is my child and my child is your child.”This year’s Child Protection Week will focus on sensitising communities and families about children’s rights, including the rights of the children with disabilities.“As we launch this campaign, we recall that many children in our country are growing up without the care of a protective and permanent family,” Dlamini said. “We therefore pledge to work with all South Africans to provide care and support to orphans and vulnerable children.”Ending violence against childrenDlamini called on all South Africans to spread the message that it was time to end violence against children, by reporting cases of child abuse, neglect and exploitation to social workers and police officers, and by wearing a green ribbon to show support for the campaign.“Today we pledge to work to identify more child victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation, and to help and protect them. We will undertake efforts to enhance investigations and prosecute offenders.”The public were urged to brandish whistles and umbrellas in support of Child Protection Week – the whistles to symbolise the sounding of an alarm, the umbrellas to symbolise protection.Addressing the role of the internet in spreading child abuse, Dlamini said: “We commit ourselves to make children aware of online risks, so that they can enjoy their online lives without fear. And we pledge to reduce the availability of online child sexual abuse material.”Dlamini said the government would take proactive action to end the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children. “We pledge our political will and our common and national commitment to protect our children and to reducing the high levels of violence against women and children.”ConferenceFollowing the launch of Child Protection Week, the Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth Conference was launched at the International Convention Centre by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize.A review on the national action plan for orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV/Aids since 2006 will be delivered at the conference, and delegates will discuss how South Africa is doing on child protection issues.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Augmented reality browser Junaio has new look

first_img(Phys.org) — The new version of the augmented reality (AR) browser Junaio launched this week with more promise of easy immersive browsing with mobile devices. The idea is to merge via smartphone the vastness of the Internet into the real world, or to browse the world as one does the Internet. Metaio, the company behind Junaio, says the new release represents “the most advanced AR browser and open development platform.” The browser is designed to bring AR into the everyday world of experiences such as gaming, finding buildings, ordering off a restaurant menu, and walking in the right direction to the subway. Junaio was first released back in 2009 and has built up adoption among smartphone users and developers. Junaio uses have included scanning Quick Response (QR) codes, navigating environments, and discovering augmented content in print. The browser is an open platform for smaller AR apps coded by independent developers. As such, the relaunch is positioned as news for developers as well. The new release includes support for HTML5 and JavaScript, designed to give developers additional tools.The company says it has over 10,000 active content developers building on top of Junaio’s API.Analysts are generally enthused over the future of AR, which is a likely motivator for developers. Gartner finds augmented reality as one of the Top 10 strategic information technologies. Juniper forecasts that AR industry revenue will be driven by AR games, and will reach $1.5 billion by 2015. Metaio is no stranger to the AR marketplace. Founded in 2003, with offices in Munich and San Francisco, it calls itself the world leader in augmented reality solutions. Junaio’s success is attributed to the way it taps GPS, image recognition, visual search and other AR elements and merges them all. The company claims that over 10 million consumers use its AR-technology.“Mobile users should be able to browse life like the Web,” says Trak Lord, head of US Marketing & Media Relations for Metaio. “This latest version of Junaio is the first major step to making that a reality.” Citation: Augmented reality browser Junaio has new look (2012, June 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-augmented-reality-browser-junaio.html Explore further Argon, the augmented reality web browser, available now on iPhone More information: www.junaio.com/ © 2012 Phys.Org The Junaio release is said to be available for iOS and Android devices, but, in the case of Android, has some limitations. Junaio is disabled on the HTC Hero, Magic, Wildfire and Tatoo. The key user feature in the new update is an improved user interface, with a menu that is easy to navigate. A person can at startup start scanning targets, codes, and content. The initial menu has pared down functions to viewing content in the viewfinder; searching for channel-specific content; and scanning QR codes or signs. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more