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Magheroarty Rescue: Heroic cousins praised for saving lives

first_imgUpdated: 2.30pmThree local men are being hailed as heroes for saving the lives of 11 students during the rescue at Magheroarty Beach.Cousins Daniel Ferry, Eugene Ferry and Christopher Mc Garrigle rushed to help after 15 Gaeltacht students and staff were swept out by a riptide on Tuesday evening. A tragedy was avoided thanks to the young fishermen, who used a surfboard to save 11 of the students from the water.Christopher, who was home from Canada for the week, and his cousin Donal went out on a boat when the emergency signal came from Malin Head Coast Guard. Meanwhile, Eugene sped to the students’ aid on a surf boat.Daniel Ferry, Eugene Ferry and Christopher Mc Garrigle pictured at Machaire Rabhartaigh following the rescue on Tuesday 13th August. Photo: Anna Ni FhearraighThe swimmers had been in the water for some time as emergency services and the Rescue 118 helicopter scrambled to the scene.“The quick actions of these local men undoubtedly saved lives,” said Anna Ni Fhearraigh, who was at Magheroarty after the emergency. “Rescue services arrived on the scene very quickly after being contacted and did a fantastic job of transporting those rescued to Letterkenny for medical assessment.”The students were all discharged from hospital on Tuesday night, while college principal Rory MacManus was kept in overnight for treatment for water ingestion. Mr MacManus was not part of the swimming group, but he had entered the water to help when the alarm was raised. He returned to work the following day.Antoine Ó Coileáin, Chief Executive of Gael Linn, which runs the summer college, also paid tribute to the local heroes of the day.Ó Coileáin visited the college in Machaire Rabhartaigh on Wednesday, where all students are back in class.“I would like to pay tribute to the local boat men and surfers who successfully took the swimmers from the water. The assistance of the Irish Coastguard  and Rescue 118 is gratefully acknowledged. The college staff responded magnificently to the alarm and took the greatest care of students,” Mr Ó Coileáin said. “The local community, particularly the mná tí, have given massive support to everyone affected by the dramatic rescue.“We thank God that everything worked out so well,” Mr Ó Coileáin said.This near-tragedy has sparked widespread calls for a lifeguard to be stationed at Magheroarty.Daniel Ferry said: “There’s an urgent need for a lifeguard during the summer months. “Thankfully a tragedy was avoided here, however it doesn’t deflect from the matter that a lifeguard is needed.”Magheroarty Beach is not a life-guarded area as it is not a Blue Flag beach. However its popularity, particularly during Gaeltacht summer courses, has led members of the community to say that a lifeguard is vital.“Does the colour of the flag suggest the importance of the people in the water?” Daniel said.Magheroarty PierCllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has raised the matter with Donegal County Council.He said: “I believe that such a busy beach like Machaire Rabhartaigh, with all the students and all those that swim, should have a full-time lifeguard. The community has asked for this.”Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig is also raising questions over the emergency response on Tuesday. He is calling for an investigation into why the Mulroy Coast Guard was tasked to the scene instead of the local crew at Bunbeg.“We know that minutes, if not seconds is a matter of life and death. To my understanding, the Bunbeg response time from launch would have been 15 minutes, from Mulroy it is half an hour. There is concern about why Bunbeg wasn’t called and I have asked for an investigation into why,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said.Magheroarty Rescue: Heroic cousins praised for saving lives was last modified: August 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAELTACHTMagheroartyWest Donegallast_img read more

News of Steph Curry’s surgery greeted by shock, dismay, half-hearted jokes

first_imgFans, observers and the NBA community barely had time to digest the fact that Stephen Curry was going to miss playing time after suffering an injury to his left hand during a game against Phoenix on Wednesday night.On Friday came another bombshell. The Warriors announced that Curry had surgery to repair his left hand and will be reevaluated in three months. He could miss 45 games.Dr. Steven Shin — who performed surgery on Steph Curry’s left hand — also did procedure on Drew Brees’ broken …last_img read more

Quasar Alignment Is “Spooky”

first_imgUnexpectedly, quasar rotation axes show a peculiar alignment over billions of light-years.The European Southern Observatory, using its VLT (Very Large Telescope) in Chile, finished measuring the positions and rotations of 93 quasars and found something weird.  These powerhouses of light, with powerful jets streaming out their poles, show unexpected traits in common.  An ESO press release titled “Spooky Alignment of Quasars Across Billions of Light-years” states:New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years. The team has also found that the rotation axes of these quasars tend to be aligned with the vast structures in the cosmic web in which they reside.The large-scale structure of the universe looks like a web or network of filaments, with large voids between them.  This new clue to the quasars’ orientations in the filaments will require new models to explain how they got that way.  One of the team astronomers says, “The alignments in the new data, on scales even bigger than current predictions from simulations, may be a hint that there is a missing ingredient in our current models of the cosmos.”More Haunting Finds in CosmologyJet set:  The powerful jets emanating from active galaxies, quasars and black holes has long been a puzzle: where does all that phenomenal energy come from to accelerate the material almost to the speed of light?  A paper in Nature that came out the same time as the ESO announcement is titled, “The power of relativistic jets is larger than the luminosity of their accretion disks.”  Somehow, black holes and quasars are able to put the pedal to the metal:Here we report an analysis of archival observations of a sample of blazars (quasars whose jets point towards Earth) that overcomes previous limitations. We find a clear correlation between jet power, as measured through the γ-ray luminosity, and accretion luminosity, as measured by the broad emission lines, with the jet power dominating the disk luminosity, in agreement with numerical simulations. This implies that the magnetic field threading the black hole horizon reaches the maximum value sustainable by the accreting matter.Early galaxies:  More evidence has arrived that galaxies appeared suddenly at the dawn of creation.   PhysOrg reports the following from a Japanese team:A team of astronomers using the Subaru Telescope’s Suprime-Cam to perform the Subaru Ultra-Deep Survey for Lyman-alpha Emitters [LAE] have looked back more than 13 billion years to find 7 early galaxies that appeared quite suddenly within 700 million years of the Big Bang.Assuming that age, it represents an epoch in the first 5% of the universe’s history, right at the time when, according to the standard big bang model, “cosmic reionization” was removing the fog of particles moving out from the initial expansion, making the universe transparent.As many previous reports have shown over the last decade, early complex structure does not comport with the view of a slowly-evolving universe.  “What would cause this?”, the article asks.In the team’s analysis of their observations, they suggest the possibility that the neutral fog filling the universe was cleared about 13.0 billion years ago and LAEs suddenly appeared in sight for the first time.”“However, there are other possibilities to explain why LAEs appeared suddenly,” said Dr. Ouchi, who is the principal investigator of this program. “One is that clumps of neutral hydrogen around LAEs disappeared. Another is that LAEs became intrinsically bright. The reason of the intrinsic brightening is that the Lyman-alpha emission is not efficiently produced by the ionized clouds in a LAE due to the significant escape of ionizing photons from the galaxy. In either case, our discovery is an important key to understanding cosmic reionization and the properties of the LAEs in early universe.”What this implies, after clearing away the fog of celebratory self-congratulation, is that they have no idea what happened to make these bright galaxies suddenly appear.  More observations will be needed, the article ends.  “By these observations, we will clarify the mystery of how galaxies were born and cosmic reionization occurred.”  Understanding, therefore, lies out there in the future—not now.More fine tuning:  Laymen comfortable with the big bang as an explanation for the universe’s origin may not have heard of this problem:“The Standard Model of particle physics, which scientists use to explain elementary particles and their interactions, has so far not provided an answer to why the universe did not collapse following the Big Bang,” explains Professor Arttu Rajantie, from the Department of Physics at Imperial College London.A press release from Imperial College London offers an explanation for why it did not collapse based on the properties of gravity and the Higgs boson; just a little gravity would have been enough to prevent the cosmic catastrophe, the astronomers say.  The triumphal language in the press release shields the fact that the balance between the strength of gravity, the properties of the Higgs boson, and inflation (to say nothing of the initial conditions of the big bang) would have all had to conspire within tight constraints to allow our universe to survive and host life.Tricks of the trade:  Physics enthusiasts may enjoy New Scientist‘s list of ways astronomers trick quantum physics to learn more about the universe.  The “8 ways we bend the laws of physics” include ways to break light speed, take the twinkle out of stars, and reach absolute zero.  A photo of Bible-believing physicist Lord Kelvin is found in the illustrations.Since secular cosmologists have repeatedly shown their ineptness at modeling the universe (e.g., 11/10/14, 5/17/14), and have even shown a propensity to suppress the evidence (7/01/14) , it’s time for alternatives.  Are you able to think outside the box?  What do you make of these quasar polar alignments?  How about the powerful engines that produce the jets?  How could you get instant galaxies from an explosion?Creation astronomers will have puzzles to address, too, but with a different starting ideology, they deserve a place at the table to make sense of these observations.  By observations, we do not mean the ages of things, nor their position in the timeline of the big bang model.  Those are the very paradigms that are ripe for doubting. 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Press Release: Brand South Africa saddened at rugby legend Joost Van der Westhuizen’s passing

first_imgJoost van der Westhuizen was an ambassador for the nation brand, says Brand South Africa chief executive.Springbok rugby great, Joost van der Westhuizen, passed on after five years of suffering from motor neuron disease. (Youtube screenshot)Johannesburg, Thursday 09 February 2017 – Joost Van der Westhuizen will be remembered as one of the greatest Springboks and as a positive ambassador for the nation brand that is South Africa,” said Brand South Africa’s chief executive, Dr Kingsley Makhubela.Reflecting on the 1995 World Cup final, a match that helped late President Nelson Mandela unite the new South Africa – Dr. Makhubela added: “The rugby legend’s participation in the 1995 Rugby World Cup – a sporting event of immense social and political importance for South Africa ranks as his most triumphant accomplishment.“The iconic image of Nelson Mandela dressed in a Springbok jersey presenting the William Webb Ellis Cup to the winning team galvanised and united South Africa and sealed Van der Westhuizen’s place in history.”The former Springbok scrumhalf passed away on Monday aged 45, after losing his nearly six-year long battle with motor neuron disease (MND). Van der Westhuizen, played 89 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003.Dr. Makhubela concluded: “Today we express our appreciation to Joost van der Westhuizen, for his passion and active role in branding South Africa as a country that Inspires New Ways. We express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr Van der Westhuizen. We share in your mourning.”last_img read more

Blended Retirement or High 36?

first_imgWe have closed comments on this topic. Please refer inquiries to your local Military Installation Personal Financial Manager.Find out more about the Blended Retirement System on militarypay.defense.gov or http://www.militaryonesource.mil/By Carol ChurchAs most service members will have heard by now, major changes are coming to the military’s retirement system. As of January 2018, the new “blended retirement system” will be in full effect, and all those who enlist after that date will be enrolled in the blended system. At the same time, those who enrolled before Jan 1, 2006 will be grandfathered in to the old system; they will remain with the High 3s plan.But service members who joined after 2006 but before January 1, 2018 (this is many people active today!) will need to make a decision. They’ll have to decide whether to stay with the so-called High 36 or High 3s system or change over to the blended system.Why the change? Currently, more than 80% of service members leave the service before reaching the 20-year mark, meaning they never qualify for a military retirement pension. This is a huge number of people leaving service with no retirement savings (at least none provided by the military)!The military knew this, and wanted to do something about it. So, under the new blended plan, shorter-term members will be able to build savings through contributions from the DoD to their TSP plan, plus matching funds from the military for contributions they make themselves. This is basically a defined contribution system, like the 401K plans many workers in the private sector have access to. (However, there are also some reductions in later pension benefits.)Under the new plan, the military starts contributing 1% of base pay to service members’ retirement after 60 days, adding it to their TSP plans. At the beginning of the third year of service, the military will also start matching service member contributions to TSP plans (up to 4% of pay, for a total of up to 5% of pay being matched/contributed by the DoD). After two years of service, service members vest, and all money contributed by the DoD belongs to the service member and will go with him or her.Why Stick with the High 3s?If a service member is close to 20 years already, or feels very confident that he or she will remain with the military for the full 20 years, then the high 3s plan is likely to be the best option. Why? Because its pension pays out at a higher monthly rate—2.5% times years served (minimum 20) times the “high 3” pay (the average of the member’s highest 36 months of base pay). Meanwhile, the pension members will get under the blended system is less—2% times years served times the high 3 pay.That may not seem like much of difference at first glance, but remember that this plays out every month. So, for example, under the High 3s plan, someone with a retired pay base of $6,000/month who retires after 20 years will receive a monthly pension of $3,000. Meanwhile, under the blended plan, someone with a retired pay base of $6,000/month who retires after 20 years will receive a monthly pension of only $2,400. Over the course of just one year, that’s a difference of $7,200.Another reason the High 3s may be preferable to some is that it is not necessary to manage your own portfolio. This is not something everyone wants to do or feels comfortable doing. However, it’s important to note that the military plans to provide investment education.In addition, it should never be forgotten that under this plan, if a member retires before 20 years, he or she receives nothing from the military. Twenty years is a big commitment.Why Choose the Blended System?This plan is very helpful to members serving shorter terms. If a service member does not want to commit many years to the military, or just isn’t sure, it is definitely the best choice. The fact that members vest after just 2 years is great—the plan is “portable,” like most private retirement options, and can be rolled into a new employer’s 401k plan. Members also have the option to leave their money in the TSP plan and continue to contribute to it there. The option to receive matching funds up to 4% of pay is also great. Members who are good at saving are likely to do well with the plan.Of note, the blended plan also provides mid-career incentives intended to help retain more service members. At 12 years of service, members receive a bonus if they choose to continue their service for 4 more years. The amount is equal to 2 1/2 months of pay for active members and ½ month of pay for those in the reserves.Additional ResourcesThe Uniformed Services Blended Retirement SystemDoD Plans Benefit Revision With ‘Blended Retirement’Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the New Blended Retirement Systemlast_img read more