first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: I’m going to ask you a question….This might seem odd to you. You might even disagree with me, but what I’m about to ask you could be the biggest reason why you are not sticking to the goals that you set out for yourself at the start of the year.Is your social circle preventing you from losing weight? Whenever you begin to take control of your health and initially start your journey into weight loss, people will be happy for you. You will receive a lot of encouragement and this will help spur you on.But….after a while, you will begin to notice some small changes in how some of your friends, family and work colleagues act around you.This will be subtle to begin with.Actually it will be like the scene in ‘Jaws’… the person is swimming in the ocean, blissfully unaware that anything strange is happening. Then the music starts…Duh, Duh….Duh, Duh. Then all of a sudden, SNAP! This is pretty much how it goes when you start. It could be some small remarks, maybe regarding how you are eating, or maybe you declined the usual Friday night ‘after work’ drinks.Then, you begin to lose weight, or maybe you drop a dress size. All of a sudden the water gets a bit choppier.The small indirect comments will become direct ones. There will be questions; lots of confusing, conflicting questions and some of the stories will be so absurd, they have to be true, don’t they?Questions like:* ‘Why do you want to lose weight’? * ‘I don’t know how you can eat like that’* ‘You can’t miss another night out’?The stories that you will hear will go something like this:* ‘2 litres!, I know this one person who drank that much water and they died!’ * ‘When you stop training all your muscle will turn to fat, you should just stop now!’* ‘You are just depriving yourself. Give in now and it will save you all the heartache later on. You know you will give up anyways.’This is the undercurrent that will eventually drag you down into the murky depths of despair.The real question is why would your family and friends do this? Why would they try and prevent you from achieving your goals?The answer is simple. They cannot help it.Change makes people uncomfortable, really uncomfortable. When you start to lose weight all of their insecurities about themselves are being highlighted. The more you succeed, the more they realise their own failings and hence the more they want you to fail. But don’t be angry. They probably don’t even realise that they are doing it.Now, I am not saying that everyone will do this, but I’m sure that everyone reading this has at one time or another been subject to this sort of behaviour.So, what do you do?Invite your friends and work colleagues to join you. If you can create a social circle that is actively involved in your goals, your ability to achieve them will be easier.Stay focused on your goals, there will always be temptation, there will always be an easy option, don’t take it.You can sink into the murky waters of negativity, or you can swim past the sharks and get to where you want to go.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: IS YOUR SOCIAL CIRCLE PREVENTING YOU FROM LOSING WEIGHT? was last modified: February 2nd, 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:emmet rushefitnesspersonal trainerweight loss advicelast_img read more

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

Power arms, Chapman’s home run lead A’s past Astros

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics rediscovered the formula that put them in the playoffs Wednesday night and did it against the team that stands in the way of American League West supremacy.A sixth-inning home run by Matt Chapman provided the winning run in a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros at the Coliseum, with the power-arm trio of Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen dominating before a crowd of 11,323 at the Coliseum.It was the first win by the A’s over the Astros after four consecutive …last_img

Thursday hoops roundup: CR men advance in tournament, ‘Jacks men, women defend home-court, area high school teams pick up road wins

first_imgMen’s junior college basketball: Redwoods 81 Cañada 70Thomas Nelson scored 29 points to lead the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team to an 81-70 win over Cañada College in the first-round of the Kris Kringle Tournament in Santa Rosa.Drew Gillette chipped in 11 points in the win for Redwoods (11-3) while Donald Willis added 10.Redwoods will face Napa Valley College Friday in the tournament’s semifinal-round.Women’s college basketball: Humboldt 71 S.F. State 59Alexia Thrower scored …last_img

Tuatara Genes Are Running in Place

first_imgOne would expect a living fossil to show extreme stasis at the genetic level.  Not so for the tuatara, a New Zealand reptile, reported EurekAlert: researchers found that “although tuatara have remained largely physically unchanged over very long periods of evolution, they are evolving – at a DNA level – faster than any other animal yet examined.”    The tuatara is said to be the lone survivor of a class of beak-headed reptiles that co-existed with the dinosaurs 200 million years ago (see Live Science for picture).  The rate of molecular evolution of this lizard-like animal, the researchers said, is much faster than that of cave bears, lions, oxen and horses, which supposedly evolved from primitive mammals in far less time.    Based on this study, the authors are claiming that molecular evolution and morphological evolution have nothing to do with each other: “Many scientists have thought that molecular evolution would be fastest in animals whose physical form, or morphology, also evolved swiftly,” the article says.  “The tuatara finding suggests otherwise, that there is no relationship between the two rates.”  But if evolution does not cause fitness changes at the genetic level that translate into body changes, where did elephants and giraffes come from?    See also the discussion of this paper by David Tyler on Access Research Network, and the 03/31/2002 entry about tuatara resilience to climate change.Molecular changes is not evolution in the sense of creating new organs and functions.  That is clear from the fact that the tuatara is unchanged from its fossil counterparts.  The tuatara was already a complete embarrassment for the Darwinists – as are all living fossils.  This counter-intuitive result should make them consider the possibility that something is completely wrong with their assumptions.  The first one that should go on the chopping block is the assumption of millions of years.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_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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Dump site transformed into Cape nature reserve

first_img5 January 2015A 36-hectare area in Cape Town that was once used largely as a landfill has been transformed into one of the city’s most important nature reserves, home to more than 300 plant species, 10 of which are endemic to Cape Town and threatened with extinction.After a decade of hard work – and a R2-million investment – the once deteriorated and deserted Bracken Nature Reserve has been rehabilitated and restored into a environmental space that can be enjoyed by all the city’s residents, the City of Cape Town said in a statement last week.Bracken Nature Reserve was named as the reserve of 2014 by the city’s Environmental Resource Management Department.The rehabilitation project started with the planting of 60 indigenous trees including, karee, real yellowwood, wild peach, Cape ash, wild camphor and milkwood, which are still growing well.Councillor Johan van der Merwe, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, singled out Tshepo Mamabalo for her will and vision in transforming the space.Mamabolo’s involvement began when she was doing a city internship at the reserve. “With the support of the reserve team, she dedicated her passion and energy to transforming the site into what it is today,” Van der Merwe said.Mamabolo is now the area co-ordinator.ConservationThe 36-hectare reserve is home to Swartland granite renosterveld and Cape sand fynbos, both of which “suffer a dearth of conservation consideration”, the city said.“More than 300 plant species have been identified here, of which 10 are endemic to Cape Town and threatened with extinction,” the city said.Important species include cowslip (Lachenalia aloides) and the canary yellow vygie (Lampranthus glaucus).The reserve also supports a great diversity of wildlife. Regularly sighted birds are the red-capped lark, black-shouldered kite, peregrine falcon and southern double-collared sunbird. Other mammal species found in the reserve include the small grey mongoose and a myriad of rodents and reptiles.Critically endagered“Currently there is only one known plant of the critically endangered Kraaifontein spiderhead (Serruria furcellata) remaining naturally in the wild in Northpine,” Van der Merwe said.“The reserve has been surveyed and found to have great potential as a receptor site for this critically endangered species. Cuttings from the original plant were planted and, to date, 20 healthy plants are conserved at the reserve.”The City manages 16 nature reserves across Cape Town. During the 2013/2014 financial year, visitor numbers to City reserves increased by 32% to 351 594 visitors (2012/2013: 266 195 visitors).“The tremendous turnaround of the Bracken Nature Reserve is a good example of how, when the city sows the seeds of collaborative partnerships, the community and the surrounding environment will reap the benefits,” Van Der Merwe said.“It is of paramount importance that we place a higher financial and environmental value on our nature reserves so that, together, we can make progress possible in building a sustainable future,” he said.Bracken Nature Reserve detailsAddress: 2 Reservoir Road, Brackenfell Map directionsOpening hours: 07:30-16:00 (daily)Size: 36 hectaresEntrance fee: NonePublic transport: TaxiActivities: Picnic areas, walking trails, birdwatching, wheelchair-friendly trail. Please note: This reserve has a “no-bin policy” and all visitors must take their rubbish home with them.Environmental education: Brackenfell Environmental Education Centre (booking essential)Contact: Tel +27 21 444 0380The Friends of Bracken and CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wild Flowers) arrange walks, birdwatching, plant surveys and alien clearing. www.brackenfell.org/SAinfo reporterlast_img read more