Free Lunch … not just yet

first_img“We think the $2.25 deters some people from participating,” said Bryan Spragg, recreation services manager at the park located at 10130 Gunn Ave. Officials have submitted the proposal to the Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority (SASSFA), which provides the lunches. SASSFA must OK the change. Spragg said the site, which has had the senior lunch program for three years, is only averaging about 16 seniors per lunch. That’s too low, he said. Park officials need to increase the number of seniors served to more than 20 per day. Otherwise, the program might be canceled, he said. On Wednesday, as seniors enjoyed a lunch of stuffed bell peppers, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots and cranberry juice, their reactions to the proposal were mixed. SOUTH WHITTIER – They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But the adage soon might not apply to seniors at Adventure County Park. In a bid to attract more seniors to Adventure’s weekday lunch program, parks and recreation officials are seeking to make the meals free of charge. Seniors now are asked to donate $2.25 for lunch. Although everyone still gets fed, even if they don’t pay a cent, if the change is approved, seniors no longer would be asked to make a contribution. “It sounds good, ” said Manuel Carrillo of La Mirada. “You would save money.” But Dolores Ramirez of unincorporated South Whittier thinks $2.25 for lunch is a pretty good deal as it is and doesn’t see a need to make the lunches free. “You can’t eat anywhere for this price,” she said. “Where are you going to eat for $2.25? It’s really a nice place to come to.” Margarita Carlos of unincorporated South Whittier, who comes to the park for lunch because she enjoys the company and the food, said she likes the idea of seniors no longer being asked to make a donation. “We’re seniors, and we live from check to check,” Carlos said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mark Hughes plays down Chelsea links and insists he’s ‘very happy’ at Stoke

first_img1 Stoke manager Mark Hughes Stoke City manager Mark Hughes admits he was flattered by speculation linking him with the full-time job at Chelsea, but played down the rumours and insisted he is “very happy” at the Potteries.Reports this week have suggested the Welshman is among several candidates for the permanent role at Stamford Bridge.But when asked about the rumours on Thursday, Hughes – whose side are ninth in the Premier League table – said: “It’s just speculation.“There is a little bit of speculation about certain roles in the Premier League at the moment, and at some point, if you have a decent spell, you get mentioned in dispatches. I think it is no more and no less than that.“I think everyone just tries to cover all bases and mentions everybody, and this week I got a mention.“It’s nice to be mentioned I suppose, because that reflects well maybe on me but more so on the players and how well they are doing, which is how it should be because we are having a decent season.“But we are fully focused here and enjoying what we are doing.“It is a good time to be at Stoke. Everybody feels we are going in the right direction and building something. So I’m very happy.”Hughes, whose contract with Stoke runs until 2019, also dismissed talk of the club preparing to enter talks with forward Bojan Krkic over a new deal.“I’m not quite sure where that’s come from,” Hughes said.“Bojan has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it seems a little bit premature to be talking about that.”Hughes was speaking ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Crystal Palace, where Stoke will be without midfielder Charlie Adam.Adam was forced off in Tuesday’s contest with a calf tear, and Hughes revealed on Thursday the Scot is facing five to six weeks out.There was more positive news regarding skipper Ryan Shawcross, who had been ruled out for up to a month earlier this week by a back problem.“He feels a lot better and the injury seems to be settling down,” Hughes said of the defender.“Initially we said three to four weeks, but hopefully it will be sooner than that.”last_img read more

Judge refuses to bend

first_img Alito’s wife returned with him following a brief recess. The nominee commands the support of all 10 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and while the Democrats could delay his approval by the panel they cannot block it. His prospects for confirmation by the full Senate are also strong, although Democrats have not ruled out the possibility of a filibuster that could require supporters to post 60 votes in the 100-member chamber. Still, unlike Chief Justice John Roberts last fall, Alito could draw the opposition of all eight Democrats on the Judiciary panel, and partisan maneuvering was evident Wednesday. Abortion triggered one incident. Sen. Richard Durbin, who supports abortion rights, told Alito that his 1985 written view on abortion “does not evidence an open mind. It evidences a mind that sadly is closed in some areas.” Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, saying he wanted to “razz” Durbin, soon noted that the Illinois Democrat had himself changed his mind on abortion. “For 45 years, Senator Durbin was adamantly pro-life, and he wrote multiple, multiple letters expressing that up until 1989,” said Republican Coburn. Later, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy pressed the committee’s chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., to subpoena records at the Library of Congress that might shed light on Alito’s membership in the conservative Princeton group. “If I’m going to be denied that, I’d want to give notice to the chair that you’re going to hear it again and again and again and we’re going to have votes of this committee again and again and again until we have a resolution,” said the Massachusetts Democrat. Specter, bristling, said, “I’m not concerned about your threats to have votes again, again and again. And I’m the chairman of this committee. … And I’m not going to have you run this committee.” The tempest proved short-lived. Specter later announced the committee would have access to the records. Kennedy questioned Alito sharply about the organization, which drew notice for opposing admission practices that resulted in rising numbers of women and minority students at the Ivy League school. “If I had received any information at any point regarding any of the matters you referred to … I would never have had anything to do with it,” said Alito, who listed his membership in the group on a 1985 job application for the Reagan administration but now says he does not recall anything about it. Outside the committee room, Kennedy was scathing. “He can remember all 67 dissents … in great details,” he said of Alito and his judicial record. “But he can’t remember anything about this organization.” Those judicial dissents drew the attention of several Democrats, as did other rulings over the course of Alito’s 15-year tenure on the appeals court. Durbin cited rulings in cases involving a black man accused of murder, a retarded man who had been sexually molested and an injury at a coal work site. He said that in each case, Alito had made rulings that favored the powerful at the expense of the powerless. “I find this as a recurring pattern, and it raises the question in my mind whether the average person, the dispossessed person, the poor person who finally has their day in court … are going to be subject to the crushing hand of fate when it comes to your decisions.” Alito defended his rulings one by one, then was offered a chance for a general reply. He cited a case in which a “high school student had been bullied unmercifully by other students in his school because of their perception of his sexual orientation, been bullied to the point of attempting to commit suicide.” The school board refused a request from the parents to move their child to a different school, but Alito said, “I wrote an opinion upholding their right to have him placed in a safe school in an adjacent municipality.” Underscoring the political significance of the nomination, Durbin had scarcely completed his 20 minutes of questioning when the nominee’s supporters circulated written material titled, “A sampling of cases where Alito rules for the ‘Little Guy.”‘ Democrats countered with a document of their own. It accused Republicans of distorting Alito’s record by “citing uncontroversial cases with obvious outcomes or by distorting the facts or outcomes of the cases they cite.” Alito’s views on abortion were a recurring theme for Democrats. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., picking up where Durbin had left off, asked Alito why he felt comfortable renouncing 20-year-old statements he had made questioning the principle of one person, one vote, when he wouldn’t do the same on Roe v. Wade. Alito said once again there are cases making their way through the courts on abortion. Feinstein noted four voting-rights cases currently pending that raise questions of whether the principle of one person, one vote has been violated. “If you’re willing to say that you believe one man, one vote is well settled and you agree with it, I have a hard time understanding how you separate out Roe,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito turned aside Democratic attacks on his judicial record and credibility at contentious confirmation hearings Wednesday that left his wife in tears. “If I’m confirmed I’ll be myself,” said Alito, a 15-year veteran of a federal appeals court, named to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor for a swing seat on the high court. Challenged by Democrats, Alito repeatedly said he had no memory of involvement with the conservative Concerned Alumni of Princeton, though he highlighted his membership in a 1985 job application for the Reagan administration. He repudiated the opinions expressed in articles in the organization’s magazine. “They’re not my views … I deplore them,” he said of writing that contained material that was racist, sexist and homophobic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Under persistent questioning, Alito also declined for a second straight day to say whether he believes, as he did in 1985, that the Constitution contains no right to an abortion. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to speak about issues that could realistically come up” before the courts, he said. Alito, 55, was unflappable for hours on end in marathon questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But his wife, Martha-Ann Bomgardner, grew emotional near the end of the day and left the hearing room weeping. “Judge Alito, I’m sorry that you’ve had to go through this. I am sorry that your family has had to sit here and listen to this,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham. A moment earlier, the South Carolina Republican had offered Alito a chance to defend his integrity, asking whether he was a “closet bigot.” “I’m not any kind of bigot, I’m not,” said Alito. “No sir, you’re not,” Graham agreed. last_img read more


first_imgRamelton 5km Fun Run and Walk will take place on Thursday 8th May. This race is part of the Donegal Grand Prix FixturesRace commences at 7.30pm from Gambles Square. Registration prior to the race will be in the Town Hall from 6.30pm onwards.Fee: €7 runners and €5 walkers or sponsor ship covers entry fee. Light refreshments and prize giving in the Town Hall after. All Welcome, proceeds in aid of Ayr Hill National School Ramelton.RAMELTON 5K ON MAY 8 was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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


first_imgURRIS GAA NOTESU21’S: Good luck to our U21 team who play Glenfin tonight in Buncrana in the quarter final of the U21B Championship. Match is at 7pm. Support most welcome. CLUB MEETING: Club meeting on Wednesday night at 8pm. Please do your best to attend as a lot on the agenda including the official opening of the new clubhouse. JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP: The lads are now through to the semi-finals of the championship against Convoy on Saturday (Sept 6th) in Buncrana. Time to be confirmed. Good luck to Danny and the team.CLUB IORRAS : Club Iorras winners for August: €50-Colm Toland, Fahan, €30-Barney Friel, Boston and €20-Edward Mc Laughlin, Tullagh. Thanks to all who support our monthly Club Iorras draw.MATCH “N” WIN: August 28th: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 1, 10, 11 & 19. €15 winners: Pauric Doherty, Malin Head, Joe Mc Carron, Roxtown, Martine Quinn, Co Galway, Madeline Mc Crossan, Tornabratley and Monica Doherty, Tul-Na-Ri, Carndonagh. Jackpot next week €660.Thanks to all our lotto sellers and all who support this weekly draw. 13 Team: Urris v Glenfin in Straid on Wednesday night at 7pm. Support welcome. The team had a comprehensive win over Moville lasWednesday night.WELL DONE: To the Donegal GAA Senior & Minor teams on reaching the All Ireland Finals. Great achievement for all involved with both teams.DONEGAL TRAINING FUND DRAW: The club is now selling tickets to support the Donegal GAA teams training fund, tickets are €5 or three for €10. 1st prize-€1,000, 2nd prize-€500, 3rd prize-€250, 4th prize-€250 and 5th prize-two All Ireland Football Final tickets. Tickets can be purchased from John Friel or any committee member.Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email no later than 9pm on Sunday night. GAA NEWS: URRIS U21’S FACE GLENFIN IN QUARTER-FINALS OF THE U21 B CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL County Council’s monthly meeting erupted again today – despite an agreement among councillors.Labour Councillor Frank McBrearty clashed with Fianna Fail councillor Seamus O Domhnaill.Cllr McBrearty had an emergency motion before the council seeking extra funding for roads on four school routes in the Stranorlar electoral area. When Cllr O Domhnaill went to object to the motion because the roads funding allocation had already taken place, Cllr McBrearty reacted angrily.He told the Fianna Fail man: “You never seem to object to anyone else’s motions when they are tabled.”As Cllr O Domhnaill tried to speak, Cllr McBrearty told him: “I’ll put you in your box.”Cllr O Domhnaill complained that he had been threatened, but Cllr McBrearty insisted: “That is not a threat. It’s a promise.” The row flared later when Cllr O Domhnaill went to speak again on the issue.“I did not threaten anyone,” said Cllr McBrearty. “I want you to define what you mean by threat because I am being accused of a very serious criminal offence and I did not issue a threat.”The Labour man threatened to leave the chamber as Mayor Noel McBride ordered him to be quiet or face ejection.On the issue of the poor roads, Cllr McBrearty said he wanted to “ensure the safety of schoolchildren using those roads.”The roads needed €250k of funding, he said. Five councillors voted for the motion. Twelve voted against it.‘I’LL PUT YOU IN YOUR BOX’ – McBREARTY CLASHES WITH O DOMHNAILL AT COUNCIL MEETING was last modified: March 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:’I’LL PUT YOU IN YOUR BOX’ – McBREARTY CLASHES WITH O DOMHNAILL AT COUNCIL MEETINGlast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: IT’S still sinking in – Termon are All Ireland Senior Club Ladies Football Champions.Watch this video highlights from Gaelic Games journalist Jerome Quinn. “To be All Ireland champions, number one in Ireland, it’s just indescribable, it’s unreal,” says captain and goal hero Geraldine McLaughlin.Click play to watch DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS AND REACTION FROM TERMON LADIES’ SUPER ALL-IRELAND WIN was last modified: November 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:all-irelandLadiesTermonvideolast_img read more


first_imgThe Government doesn’t know the extent of ‘Pre-Fab’ Schooling in Donegal, claims TD Thomas Pringle.Deputy Thomas PringleThe Independent Deputy claims Donegal Town school Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí is missing from the Education Minister list of schools in Donegal with pre-fab classrooms.He says the school, located in four pre-fabs, failed to turn up on a list of schools identified by the Department across the country as having pre-fab classrooms and no permanent structure. Pringle stated ‘This is a worrying sign that the Government is unaware of the full extent of pre-fab schooling in Donegal and perhaps in the rest of the country.’According to Pringle, the school suffers from poor insulation, single glaze windows and very high heating costs and is in ‘urgent need of repair’.To date, the school has not been considered for emergency works by the Department of Education despite a number of applications and representations made on its behalf.‘What has been frustrating for the parents and teachers of the school is that planning permission was granted to build a new 8 classroom school on a site the Department already owns. It’s even fully serviced with water, sewerage and electricity facilities. But the school needs funding so it can progress to the construction stage as soon as possible’ explains Pringle. ‘I’m concerned that Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí will be left out of the Capital Investment programme announced this week because its needs are simply not documented by the Department. It’s particularly worrying as this Capital Investment programme has promised to end pre-fab schooling once and for all.’‘A good place to start would be to correctly document the schools across the country and the extent to which they use pre-fabs for classrooms. I will be bringing this anomaly to the attention of the Minister and will expect an explanation as to why Gaelscoil Máistrí was omitted’ concludes Pringle.PRINGLE CLAIMS GOVT DOESN’T KNOW EXTENT OF ‘PRE-FAB’ SCHOOLS IN DONEGAL was last modified: September 30th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Townpre-fabsschoolsThomas Pringlelast_img read more

Three big surprises and three big disappointments for the 2018 Giants

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The Giants expect their calendar to fill up this October, but not in the same way it did at the beginning of the decade.A franchise that grew accustomed to staying busy during baseball’s biggest month had a lease on the national spotlight.October is when Giants CEO Larry Baer likes to conduct speeches, not searches. But this year, Baer will spend the month booking a meeting room instead of a parade route.After losing 187 games over a two-year stretch, the Giants need a new …last_img

More Examples of “Convergent Evolution” Claimed

first_img(Visited 186 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Traits evolve by common ancestry, evolutionists claim—except when they don’t, which is all too common.“Convergent evolution,” the Darwinists’ explanation for similarities that could not have evolved by homology or common ancestry, keeps popping up in the most unusual places. For example, Evolution News & Views analyzed cases among marine creatures that hit on identical swimming strategies in groups as diverse as flatworms, cephalopods and fish. Also called homoplasy, convergence seems to be the rule more than the exception, as these articles suggest:Spider venom is very similar to centipede venom, even though their branches split 500 million years prior, Science Daily says. Does this falsify evolution? No, it confirms it, Science Magazine claims. “It’s cool that it happens in similar ways for two very different and unrelated arthropod groups,” says Trine Bilde, an evolutionary ecologist at Aarhus University in Denmark. But, “it is common in biology that evolution comes up with similar ‘solutions.’ ”Natural sunscreens are showing up in very diverse organisms, Science Magazine reports. The sunscreens consist of mycrosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) that provide protection from solar UV rays. They have been found in “bacteria, algae, and marine invertebrates … marine fishes … amphibians, reptiles, and birds, suggesting that such internal sun protection could be widespread.”Fly developmental switches have been lost and regained in various groups of flies, Science Daily claims. “The genes that drive embryonic polarity are not conserved across flies and their evolutionary replacement does not seem to be rare at all,” a researcher at U of Chicago says. “The hijacking of this early developmental pathway by novel or newly evolved genes happens at a much higher frequency than previously thought.” It also happens “in a very short amount of time,” he adds.Like human, like fly: An article on PhysOrg claims that the “Biological clockwork of human beings and flies [is] comparable” despite them being extremely far apart on Darwin’s tree diagram. The article includes watchmaker language: “Although both homologous receptors do not act in an identical way, the fact that they modulate the expression of clock genes in Drosophila as well as in mammals demonstrates that very distant organisms, displaying different circadian activities, can present the same type of biological clock gears.”Diving birds: How many specialized adaptations would it require for a flying bird to be able to dive and swim underwater? It would seem to require multiple mutations to eyes, wings, feathers, lungs, beaks, feet and other parts, to say nothing of instincts.  Science Daily shouts, “Go fish!” in another case of convergence: “A new study of some primitive birds from the Cretaceous shows how several separate lineages evolved adaptations for diving.”Bee together: Convergence is also claimed for independent cases where solitary insects evolved group therapy. Science Magazine published a paper by 52 evolutionists claiming, “We compared the genomes of 10 bee species that vary in social complexity, representing multiple independent transitions in social evolution….”Warning cues: What organisms could be more diverse in their evolutionary history than plants and animals? Yet they evolved warning cues independently, another article in Science Daily asserts. This problem dates back to Darwin and Wallace. Readers may be unaware that “Despite a number of attempts, however, no satisfactory evolutionary mechanism for the origin of warning cues has been proposed.” Maybe giving it a name like “concurrent reciprocal selection” can help.Update 6/15/15: Four evolutionists responded in PNAS to an earlier paper by Schopf, a microfossil hunter, who had pointed to “extreme stasis” in bacteria over billions of years (2/04/15). Apparently they don’t like his appeal to long ages without continuous Darwinian evolution. Their solution? Convergent evolution, of course: “We hypothesized that cyanobacterial (and possibly bacterial) evolution is characterized by serial convergence… For example, convergence has also been observed in cyanobacteria dwelling in hot springs, which are considered one of the oldest habitats with living organisms…. In conclusion, we are convinced that the long evolutionary stasis in bacteria is only elusive and might be explained by serial convergence of phenotypic traits, which masks possible continuous metabolic, genetic, and ecological changes.” This new Darwinian maxim might be termed, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”Convergent aliens: Speculating about independent origins of similar traits can get downright silly. Live Science printed a speculation by Fergus Simpson (NOT Homer’s brother) who thinks aliens will be bear-size. Don’t believe it? He has the math to prove it. Some critics aren’t buying it. They say it’s “not clear if humans are a random sample of intelligent beings.”This last one is like the joke about the two fishermen who found a good fishing spot. One suggests, “How’s about we mark an X on the boat where the fishing is good?” The other fisherman, appalled at this expression of imbecility, tries to reason with him. “That’s stupid. Can’t you see that would never work? What if we take out another boat next time?”Homoplasy is quite amazing. It’s astonishing that so many evolutionists, trained at different universities in different countries, would converge on the same illogic over and over.last_img read more