Amazing Donegal island hideaway put on market for €75,000

first_imgA rare chance to snap up not one but two lighthouse keeper’s cottages on your own island in Co Donegal has come up.And the asking price for the 7-acre site is less than the cost of most one bedroom apartments throughout Ireland. The cottages, which boasts six bedrooms measuring more than 2,550 sq feet, are on Rathlin O Birne Island approximately three nautical miles off the mainland at Malinbeg Head.And despite needing some love and attention, the entire plot with breathtaking views is on the market for a jaw-dropping €75,000.Unfortunately, the stunning lighthouse overlooking the cottages do not come as part of the package.The uninhabited island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and provides excellent panoramic views towards Slieve League and the entrance to Silver Stand Beach in Malinbeg.The property also consists a grassy headland connected to the main island by a sea arch which is bonded on each side by stone walls creating a sheltered walkway to the main access point onto the Island positioned on the mainland side. The lighthouse which overlooks the cottages was originally built between 1847-1856 and designed by George Halpin.Halpin designed and supervised the construction of many lighthouses throughout Ireland, including those on Tory Island, St. John’s Point, Fanad Head, Inishowen, Rotten Island near Killybegs, and on Inishtrahull in Co Donegal.Rathlin O Birne’s lighthouse is fully functional, remotely controlled lighthouse, operated and managed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights but not included in the sale.Estate agents DNG Dorrian have described the cottages as a “unique coastal hideaway positioned in Donegal Bay.”However, they have warned potential buyers that there are no services on the island and is only accessible by boat via shoreline landing (no slipway servicing the island). The owners of the cottages have also asked the estate agents to warn any prospective buyers to contact the auctioneer first before attempting land on the island and/or accessing the internal parts of the buildings.Amazing Donegal island hideaway put on market for €75,000 was last modified: June 18th, 2019 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:cottagedonegalislandLighthouseRathlin O Birnelast_img read more

Over 200 homes without power across Donegal

first_imgA number of electricity outages have been reported around Donegal this Tuesday morning, leaving over 200 properties without power.Faults have occurred in West Donegal, Ballyshannon and Stranorlar.Over 100 customers are affected by outages in Ballyshannon. ESB repair crews are working on the issue and expect to have service restored by 11.45am. Meanwhile, power is out in Portnoo and outside Ardara. Supplies are expected to be restored before 1pm.Another outage in Stranorlar, affecting up to 50 properties, is expected to be repaired by 12.15pm.Updates are available on https://www.esb.ie/esb-networks/powercheck/Over 200 homes without power across Donegal was last modified: December 10th, 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)last_img read more

Stone Tools May Be Crocodile Stomach Stones

first_img“Were crocodiles responsible for the stones we call tools?” is the title of a surprising letter to the editor in Nature last week.1  Patrick Dempsey (the archaeologist, not the actor) raised a possibility that paleoanthropologists and the journals have been making a big mistake for a long time.  He asked, “Could Nature have been unknowingly publishing papers for the past 80 years about crocodilian gastroliths (stomach stones) instead of stones concluded to be 2.5-million-year-old hominid tools?”    Surely anthropologists have thought of this and know how to tell the difference, right?  “Palaeontologists use a simple eyeball test to distinguish stone tools from gastroliths,” Dempsey said.  If there are only wear marks on the outer surface, it’s a gastrolith.  “But wear on both inner and outer surfaces indicates that it has been used for some sort of pounding or battering and can confidently be considered a tool.”  That’s the thinking, but Dempsey stared at photographs from a recent paper in Nature by 18 scientists claiming stones from Africa were tools,2 and noticed the stones only had wear on extended surfaces.  These were not tools.  According to him, they had been tumbling inside some crocodile stomach for awhile.  How could so many scientists be mistaken?Identification of the Oldowan specimens as tools is based on the fact that the soft relict sands of Olduvai Gorge contain no natural stones of their own, so any stone found there must have been moved from distant river beds by some unknown animal transporter – concluded by high science to be Homo habilis.  But crocodiles have the curious habit of swallowing rocks: these account for 1% of their body weight, so for a 1-tonne crocodile that’s 10 kg of stones in its stomach at all times.  Surprisingly, science has never even considered the crocodile as transporter.Homo habilis is nicknamed “Handy man” by evolutionary anthropologists because of assumed evidence he was a toolmaker.  Dempsey’s scenario for the tool evidence, however, pictures crocs on ancient riverbeds vomiting up their gastroliths with no handymen in sight.  “Hippo herds would naturally trample riverside gravel stones into the shape of Oldowan cutting tools, quantities of which the crocodile would then swallow and transport to other places.”  The stones were deposited at the river edge where the crocodiles lived and died.So far, all East African Oldowan specimens have come from the same waterside environments where crocodiles are known to have dwelt.  Millions, perhaps trillions, of transported crocodile stomach stones must remain where the old crocodiles left them, deep in relict East African sediments, though none has ever been reported.A quick Google search does not reveal any response to this letter yet.  A future issue of Nature will undoubtedly contain rebuttals – probably from the 18 anthropologists accused of misidentifying the Oldowan stones.  The point is that science needs to be open to alternative interpretations of mute historical evidence.  The fact that Nature published this letter and even dressed it up with a Sidney Harris cartoon of a croc ordering stones at a fast-food counter indicates that the editors felt Dempsey’s letter deserves a response.  We’ll have to wait and see if that comes after awhile, crocodile.1.  Patrick Dempsey, “Were crocodiles responsible for the stones we call tools?” Correspondence, Nature 461, 341 (17 September 2009) | doi:10.1038/461341a; Published online 16 September 2009.2.  Haslam et al, “Primate archaeology,” Nature 460, 339-344 (16 July 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08188.3.    Recently, Dempsey also questioned interpretations of “stone tools” in the California desert by the late great Louis Leakey.  His publication by the SCA Society alleges they were products of lightning spalls at the same location that had been reported in a scientific paper 25 years earlier.  The fact that a famous scientist could be so mistaken is what led him to also question the stone tool interpretation at Olduvai Gorge.We’re not taking sides till the rebuttals are in, but wouldn’t it be funny if the paleoanthropologists in “high science” have been goofing for 80 years?  Actually, it’s not so funny if our children have been told falsehoods about Homo habilis for the last four generations.  The evolutionary storytellers are likely to be upset with this upstart “Great Basin avocationalist” throwing stones into their glass house.  They will need to preserve their reputations as much as the evolutionary Myth of Handy Man evolving into Man the Wise.    What can we learn from this story?  For one, stones do not interpret themselves.  It takes a fallible human to put them into an artificial explanatory framework.  Other fallible humans can look at the framework to see how well the evidence fits, but fallible humans make mistakes (by definition).  Second, scientists sometimes get on bandwagons.  They train each other and learn how to interpret the evidence according to the reigning paradigm.  The paradigm can become self-reinforcing.  Science needs observers outside the box who aren’t affected by bluffing and peer pressure.  Third, evolutionists have been caught again using design detection principles in spite of themselves, but this time, they may have reported a false positive.  Fourth, where indeed are the trillions of gastroliths that should be there if this site was inhabited by crocs and hippos for millions of years?    Finally, some paradigms can become so intransigent that contrary evidence may not dislodge them.  In the cartoon strip Peanuts, Lucy was showing Charlie Brown a butterfly on the sidewalk one day.  She explained that butterflies this large usually are found in Brazil.  Looking closer, Charlie Brown exclaimed, “That’s no butterfly, it’s a potato chip!” to which Lucy responded, “Well I’ll be, you’re right, Charlie Brown.  I wonder how a potato chip got all the way here from Brazil?”    If the paleoanthropologists come to agree with Dempsey that the Oldowan stones are indeed gastroliths, they will not likely apologize for 80 years of mythology about Homo habilis.  They will just merge the antithesis into a new synthesis.  They will claim that the Handy Men were so handy, they even kept crocodiles as pets and harvested their gastroliths to use as tools.  An alternative interpretation might be the classification of a new genus, Crocodylus habilis.  Irrefutable complicity; 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Records broken at arts fest

first_imgDonkey rides around town were a hit during the arts festival. Crafters were supported by the localgovernment to showcase their work at the Village Green arts and craft market. Festival goers bought tickets in their numbers, breaking a number of records in the event’s 35-year history. (Images: Khanyi Magubane)Khanyi MagubaneOrganisers of the 35th National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, say a record number of tickets were sold during the 10-day event from 2 to 11 July.The festival, labelled 10 days of Amazing, saw over 400 theatre, dance and music productions, photography and art exhibitions, crafts, poetry readings and book launches culminating in a feast for art lovers.After the first weekend, ticket sales were up 7.7% from the same period last year.“At the same stage last year we had sold a total of 84 897 tickets. The comparative figure for this year is 91 487,” said festival chief executive officer Tony Lankester in a statement released after the first weekend of performances.  According to the organisers, both the fringe and the main programmes showed increased ticket sales, with figures for the main festival going up by 11.7%, while the fringe performances enjoyed a 5.4% growth.“The overall picture can still fluctuate wildly over the next week, so it is too early to celebrate or to make predictions about where we are likely to end. We are happy, though, that we have had a solid start to the event,” Lankester continued.In another first, on Saturday 4 July, the third day of the festival, tickets to the value of R413 000 (US$49 000) were sold, making it the biggest selling day in the festival’s 35-year history.Fortunately for the organisers, the upward trend continued throughout the festival.On 8 July, with just three days to go, more tickets had been sold than during the 2008 festival, with ticket sales after that serving as a surplus for the event.The ticket sales were however not the festival’s only success.Rural boost through art Xoliswa Tom, MEC for sport, recreation, arts and culture in the Eastern Cape, was pleased with the progress of the festival, especially the positive influence it had on the province’s rural communities in the province.“141 projects from all seven districts (of the province) benefited through the sale of their crafts at the Village Green. As at 8 July, crafts to the value of R48 288.50 ($5 800) had been sold,” said Tom.In a bid to support the local crafters, government paid for their transportation, accommodation, and meals.The government also covered the cost of the crafters’ sites at the festival’s market fair, The Village Green, ensuring that all the proceeds from sales made at the market, went directly to the artists.Hospitality owners of bed and breakfast guesthouses in the townships surrounding Grahamstown also benefited from a new programme aimed at encouraging festival goers to opt for township style accommodation.The Kwam-Emakana Homestays project, comprising 82 homes, housed a number of performing groups, government officials, tourist groups and private individuals.According to the Eastern Cape government, on average, around 153 people were booked in at the Kwam-Emakana Homestays from 27 June to 12 July.The project generated R659 800 ($56 000) during the festival. This amount includes accommodation, meals, transport, booking office agents’ fees and community liaisons who ensured guests were taken care off during their stay.Preparing for 2010 According to organisers, traditional music is set to feature more prominently in 2010.This year, the Indigenous Orchestra, an ensemble of various traditional instruments played by various ethnic groups, enthralled audiences.The performers were taken to the rural village of Ngqoko in Lady Frere, in the Eastern Cape, where they spent eight days rehearsing for the show.Locals and tourists were treated to donkey cart rides, a new addition to the annual festival.According to Tom, the donkey rides will feature more prominently next year and will resemble the popular rickshaw carts as seen in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.In another change, the festival will be extended by 10 to 15 days to accommodate the expected influx of tourists attending the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The Nelson Mandela Bay, one of the host cities of the World Cup, is an hour away from Grahamstown.The local government, in conjunction with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, will have a public viewing area in Grahamstown, where festival attendees will have the opportunity to keep abreast with all the soccer action.An extensive jazz programme has also been added to next year’s festival line-up. The existing jazz shows will be extended with more artists and various collaborations.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesG’town arts take to the streets Spotlight on words at arts festHair duo wows crowds at art fest  Useful linksGovernment of Eastern CapeNational Arts Festivallast_img read more

Wall Street Can’t Make Sense Of Apple Anymore

first_imgTags:#Apple#iPad#iPhone#Steve Jobs#Tim Cook Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dan lyons 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Seems like only yesterday Apple was a simple company for Wall Street to understand. The products were great, demand was insane, and there was nowhere for the stock to go but up, up, up. Which is exactly what happened.Those days are over. Apple’s stock has dropped 40% since last fall, from $705 to $426. This has happened even as the overall stock market has soared to new highs.Wall Street has no idea what to make of this. Is Apple the greatest deal ever, or is Apple doomed? It depends who you ask. The opinions are all over the map. It’s actually kind of entertaining seeing Wall Street know-it-alls suddenly look so baffled.Goldman Sachs says Apple is one of the most undervalued companies in the world. By that reasoning, the stock is a steal.Citigroup says demand for iPhones and iPads is lagging, and that Apple won’t even hit its own revenue targets for this quarter.(See also Apple May Never Regain Its Status As The World’s Most Valuable Company.)It’s Not About NumbersWall Street guys will fret about how much cash Apple has, how cheap the stock is relative to earnings, what’s happening with gross margins, and so on.But Apple’s stock price never had much to do with fundamentals. Apple is about emotion. It’s about narrative. It’s about mystery. It’s about secrecy and leaks, rumors and hype. It’s about people standing in line outside stores as if they’re going to a rock concert.Apple does best when it lives in the realm that Arthur C. Clarke described when he wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”Magic is what Apple was selling when it introduced the iPhone and iPad. As long as Steve Jobs kept pulling rabbits out of his hat, customers (and investors) were dazzled.The problem is now we’ve come to expect magic from Apple. And lately Apple hasn’t delivered.Sure, Apple is a terrific, well-run company with a business that every company in the world must envy. The iPhone and iPad are terrific products, and Apple keeps making them better.But: there’s no magic.Wall Street keeps trying to tell this story in numbers. Gross margins. Net margins. Growth rates. Market share.But numbers are almost beside the point.Apple is a hits business, like a movie studio. Right now it needs a new blockbuster franchise. Whether that’s an iWatch or an iTV almost doesn’t matter. Apple just needs something. Something new, something exciting, something that gets people standing in lines outside stores again.Apple needs magic. Whether Tim Cook and his team are capable of creating it remains to be seen. That uncertainty, I suspect, is what has shaved $260 billion from Apple’s market value.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Major Camera Rumors from Canon

first_imgCanon camera rumors gain traction leading up to the next major photo and video trade shows. (Yes. There are Canon 5D Mk IV updates.)Top image via ShutterstockIt’s been six months since our Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2016 roundup. In that time, many cameras like the Ursa Mini from Blackmagic, have made their way into their owner’s hands. There have been several major announcements revealing new cameras unlike any other. Some rumors transformed, like the rumored Sony a7000 turning out to be the new a6300. New cameras have come out of no where, like the just announced 8K Panavison DXL and the revolutionary Lytro Cinema Camera.Canon set themselves up to rule NAB 2016, but their announcements certainly fell flat. The company has really only revealed the ME200S-SH, a Super 35 camera using the same sensor as the C100 series.  That said, there are plenty of rumors building for a big August or September announcement, likely at Photokina or IBC 2016. Canon 5D Mark IVImage via ShutterstockThe Canon 5D Mark IV officially-unofficially exists. The camera has not been announced, nor has the name been confirmed, but photographers are currently testing the camera ahead of an August or September announcement. Canon Rumors believes that the hardware isn’t set yet, but we can expect a camera that can shoot 4K internally and 1080p up to a staggering 120fps. The 4K capabilities aren’t set, but it is rumored to shoot 4K up to 60fps.I expect to hear something around late August or early September leading up to Photokina in Cologne, which takes place September 20-25. Hopefully that will get the camera on shelves in October.Rumored Specs:24.2MP Sensor61 AF Points (41 crosstype)DIGIC 7+ (Single)4K Video Recording1080p up to 120fpsISO 100-51,200 (expandable options)3.2″ touchscreen LCDCFast/SD card slotsWifi built-inGPS built-inBG-E20 battery gripLP-E20 batterySlight weight reduction Canon C700Image Cinema EOS line via Canon There is a very strong chance that Canon will announce a new Cinema EOS camera ahead of IBC 2016 in September, and rumors suggest it to be the all new Canon C700. (No, not this sexy office scanner/copier.) This EOS camera would be a step above the C500 and would compete with the ARRI AMIRA. Internally, the camera is being referred to as the “C1,” hinting at the name of a new flagship camera.Canon Rumors suggest that the body will have a different form factor than the rest of the Cinema EOS line, which suggests this would be designed with a shoulder mount. The C700 is rumored to have a new Super35 sensor and a dynamic range of 15 stops that will shoot above 4K. The company has filed for patents which suggests the camera will support anamorphic lenses. There is as estimated cost of $30,000.Canon 1000mm and 28-560mm LensesImage Canon 800mm via CanonSay goodbye to the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS, and maybe say hello to the new Canon EF 1000m f/5.6 IS DO. Once again, Canon Rumors caught wind of a patent suggesting Canon is working on this new 1000mm lens. The also caught another patent for designs of the EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6, which would be a revolutionary announcement. The likelihood of seeing that in the near future is pretty slim.Be sure to keep up with the PremiumBeat blog for all the latest camera rumors and announcements!last_img read more

Sabah MPs expected to back Bill to increase state seats

first_img Nation 08 Jul 2019 Bill to increase number of state seats in Sabah expected to be tabled next week He, however, said his only concern was how the seats would be distributed between Muslim bumiputra areas and non-Muslim bumiputra areas for interior seats.Kurup said he would support the Bill but was concerned it would be incomplete without increasing the parliamentary seats.“The next look at the parliamentary seats can only be done in about eight years since the last one in 2017. It is a long wait,” he added.Anifah said he would definitely support the Bill as the increase was approved by the state assembly in August 2016.The increase of seats was gazetted in late 2016 but the former Barisan Nasional government never tabled it for approval in Parlia­ment. This led to a political uproar and a suit filed by former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee to compel then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to table the amendment. The suit was dismissed.Yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said he was confident that Sabah MPs would support the Bill.He, however, was not taking any chances and would be lobbying for it with the MPs. Nation 09 Jul 2019 Shafie urges Chinese community leaders not to sell prime land granted by Sabah govt Nation 11 Jul 2019 Sabah CM to lobby MPs to support Bill to increase state seats Related Newscenter_img Related News KOTA KINABALU: All 25 Sabah MPs, including the six Opposition lawmakers, are expected to support the long-delayed Bill to increase the state assembly seats from 60 to 73.The Opposition MPs have indicated that they would support the Bill when it is tabled in Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday, which needs a simple majority to pass.The MPs are Parti Bersatu Sabah president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili (Kota Marudu), Parti Solidariti Tanah AirKu president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (Keningau), Sabah Umno chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (Kinaba­tangan), Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah deputy president Arthur Kurup (Pensiangan) and Independents Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (Ki­­manis) and Yamani Hafez Musa (Sipitang).“Yes, Sabah needs to catch up with Sarawak and Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia) in terms of representation,” said Kitingan.“After all, I already supported it at the state assembly level two years ago.” {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more