first_imgDenis Doherty says he broke the speed limit to ensure the safety of the schoolchildren he was driving. Pic by North-West Newspix.A bus-driver with forty-eight schoolchildren on board said he broke the speed limit to ensure the safety of the passengers on-board his vehicle.Denis Doherty, of Gaddyduff, Clonmany, appeared in Buncrana District Court on a charge of speeding at Tullyarvan, Buncrana on 27th March, 2015. The court heard how Gardaí were carrying out a speed detection checkpoint when they clocked Mr Doherty’s bus doing 69km/hr in a 50km/hr zone.Gardaí signalled for the defendant to pull over, and informed him of the speed he was doing.Mr Doherty took the stand, and reiterated that he was forced to break the speed limit in order to avoid a serious accident.Doherty said, “I was driving the bus, and and there was a few cars ahead of me, there was a tractor with a round bale on the back of it, and it was slowing up traffic.“There was a continuous white line on the road, but the cars in front of me decided the overtake the tractor on that stretch of road.“That was a dangerous manoeuvre, but I’ve been driving that bus on that road for fifteen years, and I knew there was a broken white line to safely overtake further up the road.“When I overtook the traffic, the cars behind me where like sheep, they all followed me.“With oncoming traffic in the other direction, I was forced to speed up in order to let the vehicles pull in safely behind me.“If I hadn’t have done that, then there would’ve been a pile-up, my only concern was the safety of the schoolchildren on my bus, and I did what I did to ensue there would be no accident.“Then I was pulled over by Garda Tully, he was very courteous and professional towards me, and informed me of the speed I was doing, I was unaware of what speed I was doing and explained to him what I was forced to do.“During the time I was pulled in, at least 10-12 cars flew past me.”Inspector Garda Michael Harrison said he was ‘flabbergasted’ at the driver’s account of the events which occurred.Inspector Harrison said, “I’m absolutely flabbergasted by your evidence, I’ve never heard anything like it before.“You’re telling me that you broke the speed limit by 20km to ensure the safety of children?“Are you being serious? You had no idea what speed you were doing and you accelerated the vehicle you were driving.“You could’ve slowed down after you overtook the vehicle, and pulled in and let the other cars pass, but you accelerated.”But Mr Doherty responded by saying, “I’m a professional driver, my job is to ensure the safety of the children, if I hadn’t of speed up to let the other vehicles pull in behind me safely, then there would’ve been a huge pile-up and a serious accident.“That’s my job, I ensured their safety and I had to take that action in order to avoid an accident.”Inspector Harrison said, “It was very, very professional, you hadn’t a notion what speed you were doing, and you’re not responsible for the vehicles behind you.“You broke the speed limit, yet you stand here claiming it was to save lives, how can you justify your actions when you had schoolchildren on your bus.“It was reckless, you broke the law.”Solicitor for the defendant Ray Lannon said there was similarities between his client and Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot hailed a hero after he crash landed the jet he was flying into the River Hudson in 2009.Mr Lannon said it was a big call for Inspector Harrison to be questioning the integrity and professionalism of his client.“He knew the road well, and waited until it was safe to overtake a slow moving vehicle, he’s been driving this bus for fifteen years.“The safety of the children was paramount to my client, and he was faced with two evils, and took the lesser of those evils to ensure there wasn’t an accident.“Seven years ago, when that pilot in the US took evasive action by crash landing in the River Hudson, people would’ve labelled that manoeuvre as crazy and reckless.“But he saved lives and he’s now hailed a hero in the US for his actions, he saved the lives of everybody on board.“What my client did was a necessity of circumstances, he believes that if he didn’t accelerate to let the cars behind him pull in, then there would’ve been a serious, serious pile-up.“There was two evils he was faced with an he took the lesser of those, he was in control of the situation.”Judge Paul Kelly decided to adjourn the case until May 12th.SCHOOL BUS DRIVER CLAIMS HE BROKE SPEED LIMIT TO ‘SAVE CHILDREN’S LIVES’ was last modified: April 17th, 2016 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:Angerbus driverchildrencourtsDenis DohertyheroLivesnewsRay LannonsafetySpeedlast_img read more

D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green to sit Monday vs Lakers

first_imgGuard D’Angelo Russell and forward Draymond Green will rest for the Warriors in Monday night’s preseason game against Lakers at Staples Center.Russell and Green are expected to be back in the lineup, while Curry will sit Wednesday’s matchup. Curry is expected to be the lone star player participating in Monday’s exhibition.“I mean, it’s just more of the same, just continuing to build habits. We have a couple things we want to focus on, just common Warrior themes like taking care of the ball …last_img read more

Are These Really Transitional Fossils?

first_imgTo get to the truth, you often have to tune out the Darwin cheerleaders and just examine the data.Transitional TurtleScience reporters like to bring fossils to the imagination with colorful artwork. The artist’s conception of Eorhynchochelys, a fossil found in China, shows it looking somewhat like a sea turtle without a hard shell. It had a toothless beak like a turtle, but who’s to say it was evolving toward turtledom, instead of away from it? Science Daily writes as if it didn’t have a shell “yet” – wording which embeds progressive evolutionary assumptions into the story. And yet we know that modern sea turtles show variations in their shell shapes and textures. Further down in the report from the Field Museum of Chicago, we find evolutionists scratching their heads, making up a just-so story that relies heavily on the Stuff Happens Law:The fact that Eorhynchochelys developed a beak before other early turtles but didn’t have a shell is evidence of mosaic evolution — the idea that traits can evolve independently from each other and at a different rate, and that not every ancestral species has the same combination of these traits. Modern turtles have both shells and beaks, but the path evolution took to get there wasn’t a straight line. Instead, some turtle relatives got partial shells while others got beaks, and eventually, the genetic mutations that create these traits occurred in the same animal.Then we find the evolutionists scrambling to reassure the public that they are getting warmer toward an answer to”an unsolved problem in paleontology for many decades“:“This impressively large fossil is a very exciting discovery giving us another piece in the puzzle of turtle evolution,” says Nick Fraser, an author of the study from National Museums Scotland. “It shows that early turtle evolution was not a straightforward, step-by-step accumulation of unique traits but was a much more complex series of events that we are only just beginning to unravel.“Artist rendition of Eorhynchochelys. Credit: Field Museum.The BBC News notes that the six-foot fossil was “bigger than a double bed” and admits that “How the turtle shell evolved has puzzled scientists for years.” The authors of the paper in Nature are even less confident in their understanding of turtle evolution:The early evolution of turtles continues to be a contentious issue in vertebrate palaeontology. Recent reports have suggested that they are diapsids, but the position of turtles within Diapsida is controversial and the sequence of acquisition of turtle synapomorphies remains unclear. Here we describe a Triassic turtle from China that has a mixture of derived characters and plesiomorphic features. To our knowledge, it represents the earliest known stem turtle with an edentulous beak and a rigid puboischiadic plate. The discovery of this new form reveals a complex early history of turtles.In a commentary about the paper in Nature, Jeremy Bohm seems almost bipolar. His title finds him in depression: “230-million-year-old turtle fossil deepens mystery of reptile’s origins.” At one point, he appears hyperactive for Darwin, cheering the discovery of a transitional form. He quotes one scientist saying, “This new species fits almost perfectly in the evolutionary picture that researchers conceived of years before regarding how turtles acquired their signature features,” and adds “the discovery of Eorhynchochelys fills in the gap between these two species.” But later, in another state of depression brought on by listening to reptile specialist Rainer Schoch, he admits, “But even though Eorhynchochelys helps to demonstrate the acquisition of turtle traits, Schoch says, it’s not so informative about their place on the evolutionary tree.” Schoch also laments with him, “researchers don’t know enough about the anatomy of early reptilian ancestors to know for sure where turtles fall.”Update 8/24/18: A video posted by the BBC News says that the fossil proves turtles can live without shells. The evolutionists essentially call this a shell-less turtle, adding, “We can’t say when or how exactly these broad ribs became a shell.” How do they know the shell was not lost, or that the animal was a degenerate form like a blind cave fish? Moreover, it was bigger and badder than modern turtles today, clearly a complex and successful creature. Where is the evolution?So does this fossil help? We read about an “evolutionary reversal” in the number of ribs and a strange mix of “derived” (advanced) features. They’re not sure it was terrestrial or aquatic. Whatever it was, it was not on any kind of straight line from pre-turtle to turtle. Why not just accept that the fossils reveal more diversity in animals than we see today? Why must they be connected by Darwinian lines of ancestry? Darwin’s tree of life, we’ve already learned, is dead (6 Aug 2018). This animal was part of a network of creatures that possibly exchanged genetic information.Transitional Dino-BirdsConfusion reigns once the astute reader gets past the Darwin Cheerleaders in another case of an alleged transitional form. This time it’s a set of dinosaur fossils that Astrobiology Magazine insists are “Rare intermediate fossils” that “give researchers insight into evolution of bird-like dinosaur.” Odd, is it not, that intermediate fossils are rare? Shouldn’t they be everywhere, blending all creatures smoothly from one to another? But we find more reasons to doubt the “intermediate” status of this fossil, called a type of alvarezsaur (named after a historian, George Alvarez). First of all, despite the artwork, no feathers were found. The creatures look like standard theropods.“Alvarezsaurs are weird animals,” said Choiniere. “With their strong, clawed hands and weak jaws, they appear to be the dinosaurian analogue to today’s aardvarks and anteaters.“Piecing together an evolutionary just-so story about these fossils requires heavy coatings of imagination, figuring out what they ate and why their forelimbs changed sizes. Here comes the Darwin yell king, James Clark:“The fossil record is the best source of information about how anatomical features evolve,” said James Clark, co-author and an Honorary Professor at Wits University. “And like other classic examples of evolution such as the ‘horse series’, these dinosaurs show us how a lineage can make a major shift in its ecology over time.“Bulletin to Clark: the horse series has been debunked (11 Feb 2017). Favorite evolutionary just-so stories fall slowly, like hot air balloons in the wind after the burner has run out of gas.Dino-bird pusher Xing Xu, always mysteriously present when a feathered dinosaur story hits the press, is lead author in the paper in Current Biology. Calling this an “intermediate” between Jurassic and Cretaceous alvarezsaurians, his team asserts that “Specialized alvarezsaurian forelimb morphology evolved slowly, in a mosaic fashion.” There’s no mention of feathers for this alleged “bird-like dinosaur” in the paper, and a mosaic is not a tree.The non-Darwinian story strains credibility: “Our analysis shows that alvarezsaurian skeletal evolution occurred in a somewhat modular manner, with different skeletal parts being modified at different evolutionary rates.” Genetic mutations know nothing of modules. The authors get all excited about forelimb length, but that presupposes the existence of forelimbs. Where is some new innovation, like a new organ or system? Is a king penguin intermediate between an adele penguin and an emperor penguin? With “different evolutionary rates,” the Darwin storyteller has all the flexibility needed to fit any data to his story.Transitional HumansThe science media are reporting another case of interbreeding between human ancestors:Neanderthals and Denisovans Mated, New Hybrid Bone Reveals (Live Science)Neanderthal mother, Denisovan father! Hybrid fossil: Newly-sequenced genome sheds light on interactions between ancient hominins (Science Daily)The genome of the offspring of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father (Nature, original paper)Mum’s a Neanderthal, Dad’s a Denisovan: First discovery of an ancient-human hybrid (Nature, commentary by Matthew Warren)Needless to say, if mating produced successful offspring, the two groups were members of the same species. This should collapse the Neanderthal and Denisovan categories into one. Then that blended category, which hybridized with modern humans and produced offspring surviving to the present, is also one species. They’re all varieties of Homo sapiens. No Darwin-style evolution in this ‘tangled tree’ can be claimed.Another example of “mosaic evolution” is found in a PNAS paper entitled, “Evolution and function of the hominin forefoot.” Certain bones are claimed to occupy “an intermediate portion of the morphospace between apes and humans.” The thrust of the paper, however, is that evolution proceeded in a mosaic fashion, not a clear evolutionary progress. Some bones in Ardipithecus actually moved away from apes but not toward humans, they say. “This pattern of evolutionary change is seen consistently throughout the evolution of the foot, highlighting the mosaic nature of pedal evolution and the emergence of a derived, modern hallux relatively late in human evolution.”A much more important question for Darwinians should concern the astoundingly complex integration of functional parts. One anatomist said in 2007, “With its 26 bones, 33 joints, the foot is a biomechanical masterpiece.”What a scandal Darwin started. To see how these Darwine-drunk reporters and paleontologists ply their trade, read “How not to work a puzzle” at the end of the 5 Feb 2013 commentary. (Visited 925 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Minimize the risk of harvest fires

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry corn and soybean fields have put farmers at greater risk of their combines catching on fire while harvesting crops.At least three combine fires were sparked across Ohio in one week this fall. Two happened during the recent week-long heatwave: one in Crawford County on Sept. 22, another in Miami County on Sept. 24. A third combine fire happened Sept. 28 in Shelby County leaving a man with serious burns, according to news reports.Combines can catch fire when the dry plant material or grain dust mix with heat generated by the combine’s motor, belts or exhaust system or by the static electricity produced as the combine is driven through a field, said Rory Lewandowski. He is an agricultural and natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.Every year, harvest comes with some risk of combine fires, but this year was especially dry so the risk is higher than usual, Lewandowski said. The recent rains have certainly helped, but have not eliminated the risk.Having machinery equipped with a trustworthy fire extinguisher is one of the first lines of defense against field fires, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for OSU Extension. Combines should carry an ABC 10-pound fire extinguisher, while tractors are recommended to have a 5-pound unit. Every vehicle in the field should have a fire extinguisher, she said.“Nothing is worse than watching the combine go up in flames while you’re running to the end of the field to retrieve the fire extinguisher on the grain cart,” Jepsen said.Another safety measure is to attach a chain to the frame of the combine and allow it to drag along the ground, which can reduce the buildup of static electricity, Lewandowski said. Clearing away chaff from various parts of the combine could also reduce the odds of fire, he said.“We wouldn’t have near the risk of fires if we were harvesting under wet conditions,” he said.The week-long heat wave that began Sept. 21 and ended Sept. 27 included multiple record-high days, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for OSU Extension.In the first half of September, temperatures averaged 2 to 9 degrees below normal, then in the second half of the month, the mercury rose. During the heat wave, the northern part of Ohio was 12 to 16 degrees above normal, and the southern part of the state was 8 to 12 degrees above average.“It’s a pretty extreme shift,” Wilson said.Additional safety tips to avoid a combine fire include the following:Keep machinery in good repair. Apply grease to bearings and oil chains regularly to reduce friction. It is advisable to perform maintenance checks at the end of the day, rather than at the beginning, to detect any hot or smoldering areas that may break out into flames overnight.Keep machinery clean and free of plant materials, especially around the wrap points. Wipe up any fuel or oil leaks to eliminate additional fuel sources; and do not leave oily rags on equipment or in the cab.Take time to cool down the equipment each night, and check for any hot spots.last_img read more

New Jersey Police Now Need Warrants To Track Cellphones

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … readwrite Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#GPS#law#Location#now#smartphones#surveillance center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police must obtain a warrant prior to pulling cellphone location data. The ruling makes New Jersey only the second state (after Montana) to require police to show probable cause to a judge before they can request location data from cellphone carriers. While the ruling won’t have any immediate impact outside of New Jersey, it could indirectly influence other courts wrestling with the balance between effective law enforcement and personal privacy. Lower courts remain divided on the subject, suggesting that the issue may eventually be resolved by the Supreme Court.Image via Shutterstock The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Element Critical to go after data center acquisitions

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Data center provider CentralColo has announced a comprehensive rebranding, starting with a name change. It is now called Element Critical and will be pursuing an “aggressive acquisition strategy” to combat the limited customer data center choices.Element Critical currently has two data center facilities in Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley. It is looking to expand at a rate of two to three properties each year, with a possible interest in international acquisitions.See also: How data center consolidation will change how we store data“We live in a world where one size doesn’t fit all and the combination of data center elements change more frequently than ever before,” states Ken Parent, CEO of Element Critical. “We’re designing solutions ranging from a customer moving a lab into a data center for the first time to hyperscale Artificial Intelligence companies requiring liquid cooling for their 30-45 kW racks. We’ve assembled an impressive roster of industry veterans who possess the vision necessary to execute upon a simple proposition – translate data center requirements into custom solutions for less than the big box providers.”A new world for data centersIt’s been a wild few years for data centers. It’s a bit of a wild west feel as IoT needs, as well as heavier content loads driven by new technologies like AR/VR, are driving a land-grab around capacity. At the same time as large cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft and Google are building out their offering, “on-prem” data centers run by companies themselves are consolidating and modernizing, due to mergers and tech upgrades.As well, pressures to move compute capacity to the edge to accommodate growing networks of linked devices, from wearables to autonomous cars, will continue as will the needs of data-acquiring firms to manage and process that data as efficiently and cleanly as possible.Parent says within these forces at work, there are opportunities to acquire data centers with some existing client base but whose footprint needs optimization across to unlock value.center_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry Tags:#AI#CentalColo#data center#edge computing#Element Critical#MWCA17#Silicon Valley last_img read more

CPI(M) allies against pact with Congress

first_imgThe constituents of the Left Front are going to turn on the heat on the Communist Party of India (Marxist) during a meeting scheduled on Friday to decide on its alliance with the Congress. Senior leaders of three major constituents of the Left Front — All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), Revolutionary Socialist Party ( RSP) and Communist Party of India (CPI) — told The Hindu that they are going to raise strong objections on the ongoing talks on electoral understanding with Congress. “We will not have any alliance with the Congress. The AIFB will contest three Lok Sabha seats and on the remaining seats with support CPI(M) and other allies,” Naren Chatterjee, State secretary of AIFB, said. RSP general secretary Kshiti Goswami said: “The CPI(M) has no right to force the alliance with the Congress on the Left Front. We have all seen the result when the Left and Congress came together in the 2016 Assembly polls.”last_img read more