Donegal was the 10th most-visited county in Ireland by overseas tourists in 2017, according to new figures from Failte Ireland and CSO. Some 255,000 foreign tourists checked out the ‘Coolest Place’ last year and spent €82 million during their stay.However, the figure is a fall of 28,000 visitors from 2016, when 283,000 overseas travellers made Donegal their destination and spent €90 million. Overseas tourist visits to Ireland grew by 3.2% to 9 million in 2017, making it a record-breaking year for tourism nationally. Visitors spent a combined €4.9 billion during their visits.Irish residents took 9.6 million trips within Ireland and spent €1.9 billion last year. Domestic visitors took 376,000 trips to Donegal in 2017, spending €96 million on their travels.The number of local visitors is up by 2,000 from 2016, when 374,000 Irish residents’ trips were made to Donegal, spending €99.9million.The number one fee-charging attraction in Co. Donegal was Glenveagh Castle and Grounds, with 211,000 visitors exploring the national park in 2017. Malin Head Viewing Point and the Sliabh Liag Cliffs were Donegal’s top free attractions, attracting 172,329 and 164,546 visitors respectively.Overseas tourists from Britain to Ireland have fallen by 5.1% in the last year, while other markets continue to grow. Mainland Europe recorded growth of 5%. North American visitor numbers increased by 16.1%, with the long haul markets increasing by 14.2% in 2017.Donegal sees drop in number of overseas tourists visiting the ‘Coolest Place’ was last modified: August 22nd, 2018 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:Failte Irelandtourism
(Visited 451 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Lizards put onto lava can change color within a week. Over time, the population blends into the darker environment.“Plasticity precedes and facilitates adaptation” in side-blotched lizards. Behind this piece of jargon is an interesting story that flies in the face of Darwinian evolution, although Darwinists are trying to make the most of it.There’s a volcano out in the California desert called Pisgah Crater. It sticks out like a solitary black mountain in a tan-colored environment, surrounded by black lava flows. Most of the side-blotched lizards that live in that part of the Mojave desert have tan-colored patterns, but their relatives living on the volcano are nearly jet black. How did that come about? Is this evolution in action?Pisgah Crater (DFC)Before proceeding, we should recognize that the two varieties of side-blotched lizards are interfertile, so this is not a case of the “origin of species” but rather of color adaptation to a new habitat. A press release from the University of California at Santa Cruz tries to make this a story of natural selection:One explanation has been that many of an animal’s traits are not fixed, but can change during its lifetime. This “phenotypic plasticity” enables individual animals to alter their appearance or behavior enough to survive in a new environment. Eventually, new adaptations promoting survival arise in the population through genetic changes and natural selection, which acts on the population over generations. This is known as the “Baldwin effect” after the psychologist James Mark Baldwin, who presented the idea in a landmark paper published in 1896.This cannot be a case of Darwinian evolution, because a single lizard can begin changing its color within a week. Zoologist Ammon Corl describes what they found:When researchers move side-blotched lizards from one background to another (for example, from sand to lava rock), changes in coloration start to appear within a week, and gradual changes in coloration continue for months afterwards. “It seems like there’s a slow, gradual build-up of the dark melanin pigment,” Corl said.In classic neo-Darwinism, only the offspring with chance mutations for darker color would be selected. The ‘Baldwin Effect’ implies a degree of plasticity (internal ability to adapt) that comes pre-programmed in the lizard genome. It can be expressed within the lifetime of a single individual, suggesting that adaptability is epigenetically regulated. It is not due to chance mutations.A male lizard from the Pisgah Lava Flow photographed five days after collection in the field (left), and the same lizard (right) after being housed for four months in the lab on light-colored sand. (Image credit: Corl et al., Current Biology, 2018)Mutations will continue within either population, however. Over generations—for the population living entirely on the volcano—the in-built plasticity can be reduced, just like the genes for eyes in blind cave fish are no longer needed. Mutations that do not prevent melanin production can become fixed in the population, giving the appearance of Darwinian natural selection. The paper in Current Biology explains:Overall, our results suggest that ancestral plasticity for coloration facilitated initial survival in the lava environment and was followed by genetic changes that modified the phenotype in the direction of the induced plastic response, possibly through de novo mutations. These observations provide a detailed example supporting the hypothesis that plasticity aids in the initial colonization of a novel habitat, with natural selection subsequently refining the phenotype with genetic adaptations to the new environment.But natural selection was not the cause of the adaptation in this closely-researched example. If anything, it was a johnny-come-lately artifact of the Stuff Happens Law that did not prevent the black lizards from keeping mutations that enhanced dark coloration. The potential to quickly adapt to dark background was already present in the plasticity of the lizard genome.If pre-programmed adaptability explains lizard coloration, the possibility of “phenotypic plasticity” explaining many of the classic icons of evolution (e.g., peppered moths, Galapagos finches) cannot be dismissed.Plasticity implies design. Imagine trying to design robots to operate on an alien planet. A good designer would include plenty of “if-then” routines to help it operate under a variety of circumstances. A bad designer would turn adaptation over to luck (the Stuff Happens Law), thinking, “Well, if I send out a million robots, the ones that just happen to continue operating will survive, and all the rest will die.” The former is adaptation by intelligent design. The latter expresses what neo-Darwinians believe happens in living organisms. Which view makes more sense? Which one matches the real world? If the side-blotched lizards had to wait for neo-Darwinian mechanisms, they would never survive on the lava. It would take far too long for lucky mutations to show up in the offspring and be “selected” by the Stuff Happens Law. The observations published by this research team show that the plasticity to adapt to a novel habitat was built-in ahead of time.Dr Randy Guliuzza at ICR has written extensively on pre-programmed adaptability, which he calls “engineered adaptability.” In his most recent entry in ICR’s Acts & Facts monthly magazine, he says, The Institute for Creation Research is developing an engineering-based, organism-focused model called continuous environmental tracking (CET) to explain how organisms self-adjust to changing conditions. Our model anticipates that the adaptive solutions creatures express can also be characterized as directed, rapid, and highly targeted. As we’ve highlighted in this Engineered Adaptability article series, research results are aligning with this expectation.While the evolutionists struggle to encompass their observations within neo-Darwinism, Guliuzza could celebrate the dark coloration of the Pisgah Crater lizard population as a recent confirmation of his model.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kyle Poling, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Ada, OhioPhysiological maturity of a soybean seed occurs when the seed has completely lost all green color and turns yellow. At this point grain moisture is still over 50%, but a harvestable moisture of near 13% can be reached in as little as two weeks under good drying conditions. In order to time harvest perfectly, it is necessary to monitor soybean drying very closely. At full maturity (R8), 95% of pods have reached their mature pod color. At the R8 growth stage, only five to 10 good drying days are needed before harvest. Begin checking grain moisture before all the leaves have dropped off all the plants as various stresses can cause soybeans to retain some leaves. It is not uncommon to see a few green leaves and stems on some plants after the pods are fully ripe and the soybeans are dry enough for harvest.Soybeans should be harvested the first time they reach 13% to 14% moisture. Moisture above 13% will incur a price discount, but moisture below 13% results in less weight at the elevator. What is the cost in lost yield from shrink when soybean moisture levels get down to 10% or less? Delivering soybeans at 12% moisture is a 1.14% yield loss; at 10% moisture there is a 3.3% yield reduction. If a field of soybeans yields 60 bushels per acre at 13% moisture, but if harvest moisture is at 10% moisture than the amount of bushels sold will be reduced by 2.3 bushels per acre from just the moisture shrink. Additionally, when harvest is delayed, a number of potential losses may occur, including increased tendency to shatter.Several factors affect the rate at which crops develop — photoperiod, heat, moisture, and fertility. Heat and photoperiod are the two primary factors influencing soybean maturity. Soybeans are considered short-day plants, meaning that physiological development is accelerated as daylength shortens. However, the rate of maturity is sped up by hotter temperatures and slowed down by cooler weather. Soybeans can compensate for stresses/shortcomings that occur during early to mid-reproduction provided ample sunlight, adequate temperatures, and soil moisture is available. Favorable late-season temperatures (not too hot) and rainfall during late stages of development (R5 to R6) can create larger seed weight by extending the seed fill duration.For corn, the reproductive stages last for approximately 65 days. Nearly half of this time during reproduction is spent in the dent stage (R5). At the beginning of R5, the kernel has accumulated about 45% of its total dry weight. Kernels will begin to “dent” as the soft dough at the top of the kernel begins to be convert into a solid starch. A visible “milk line” on the kernel marks the progression of the solid starch formation as it moves from the kernel cap towards the kernel tip.Stress during the R5 growth stage can reduce the time for additional starch accumulation thereby reducing yield potential. At the beginning of dent stage approximately 60% of yield potential has been reached. At growth stage R5.5 (50% kernel milk) nearly 90% of a corn plant’s yield is final. Visual signs of stress that are speeding crop maturation and negatively impacting yield include leaf firing, ears prematurely tipping over, or plant top die-back from anthracnose stalk rot. Physiological maturity, also known as black layer (R6), is complete when an abscission layer forms at the base of the kernel eliminating further dry matter accumulation.Kernel drying following black layer is entirely due to evaporative moisture loss. In standing corn, kernel moisture loss requires approximately 30 GDUs to remove 1% of grain moisture between 30 and 25% moisture. As corn continues to dry down, approximately 45 GDUs are needed to remove each moisture point between 25% to 20% moisture. When weather conditions are warm and dry, corn may lose 1% of grain moisture per day, but during periods of cool and/or wet weather moisture loss may be minimal. Hybrid characteristics such as husk leaf coverage, husk leaf senescence, ear angle, and kernel pericarp thickness can affect drydown. Corn that matures earlier will dry down faster due to more favorable drying conditions early in the harvest season. Later maturing corn has fewer warm days to aid in drying thus will dry down at a slower rate.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was a good game. We made an improvement and that’s really what I wanted to see and I hope we can bring this next year,” said EAC coach Rod Palmero in Filipino.The victory was only their second in eight outings with a game left in their season and though it may not be a usual cause for celebration, it’s already an accomplishment for the Lady Generals, who won just one game last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEAC appeared well on its way to winning in straight sets after taking a 7-1 lead in the third set, but Lyceum fought back behind team captain Elaine Juanillo and Christine Miralles.“It’s a lesson for us. But my players are new and still adapting to my system and the pressure is still getting the best of them so they tend to lose their game.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Aira Binondo also had 13 points while Crislie Pablo and Yvette Tongco chipped in 10 apiece for the Lady Generals, who will wrap up their season against powerhouse San Beda on Friday.Juanillo fired a game-high 20 points while Miralles tallied 18 for the Lady Pirates (1-6). EAC Lady Generals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College dodged what would’ve been a disastrous outcome and escaped Lyceum, 25-14, 25-21, 23-25, 17-25, 15-11, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Five Lady Generals scored in double-figures led by Ladeisheen Magbanua’s 16 points. Jaylene Lumbo added 13 points, including a perfectly-placed hit that sealed the game.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Kevin Love suffers broken hand, could be out 6-8 weeks John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Some of the biggest names in the mixed martial arts scene aligned on Thursday, three days before ONE’s inaugural show in Japan unfurls.WATCH: The legend Vitor Belfort in the flesh! #ONENewEra | @MarkGiongcoINQpic.twitter.com/OWOxrMpVZQFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) March 28, 2019 View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants TOKYO, Japan—There’s no shortage of star power during ONE Championship’s press conference for its upcoming spectacle here.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Tim Cone ‘steaming mad’ at Raymond Aguilar for garbage-time shot in Ginebra win Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show PLAY LIST 00:54Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Legendary fighters Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Vitor Belfort and even Rafael dos Anjos were all in attendance at Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Tokyo.Media presence was also overwhelming with journalists from all over the world present in the event.Media madness. #ONENewEra @INQUIRERSports pic.twitter.com/nr8DH5dYjg— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) March 28, 2019ADVERTISEMENT The ONE: A New Era fight card features four world title fights with Filipino superstar Eduard Folayang defending his lightweight belt in a title rematch against Japanese MMA icon Shinya Aoki in the main event.The fighters at Thursday’s ONE: New Era press con at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tokyo. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netAngela Lee, the women’s atomweight champion, is also fighting in the co-main event as she shoots for Xiong Jing Nan’s strawweight strap.Look who’s also here for the #ONENewEra presser. Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos bringing more star power here in Tokyo. Is he signing with ONE as well? 🤔 @INQUIRERSports pic.twitter.com/TqTW1uPoja— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) March 28, 2019Johnson and Alvarez, meanwhile, are making their keenly-awaited debuts for ONE Championship as they compete in the Flyweight and Lightweight World Grand Prix, respectively.Another Filipino in Kevin Belingon is putting his bantamweight title on the line against Bibiano Fernandes as the two rivals complete their trilogy.To complete the championship bouts, Myanmar’s pride Aung La N Sang is staking his middleweight crown against Japan’s Ken Hasegawa. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
Mohun Bagan were held to a 1-1 draw by Shillong Lajong at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata in the I-League on Thursday.Mohun Bagan, who were down to ten men, are currently troubled by a host injuries in their side. The match saw both the goals coming from penalties as the teams failed to launch many devastating attacking moves.Dipanda Dicka (12th minute) gave Mohun Bagan the lead early on in the first half only to see his strike cancelled out by Samuel Lalmuanpuia (72nd) in the second period.The home team were down to ten men minutes later when Kolkata Derby’s scorer Kingsley Eze was sent off for a second yellow card.The result saw Mohun Bagan hold on to the second spot with eight points from four matches. They are two points behind league leaders Minerva Punjab FC who have also played four matches.Lajong meanwhile, are at the third position with seven points from four games.A host of injuries picked up in their last game against Churchill Brothers meant the likes of Sony Norde, Yuta Kinowaki, Ansumana Kromah and Arijit Bagui could not start for Mohun Bagan with Naro Hari Srestha and Dipendu Dowary pairing up front.The hosts’ hopes rested on Dicka and the former Lajong striker delivered from the spot after Sheikh Faiaz was brought down inside the box by Rakesh Pradhan.Dicka chose not to celebrate and dedicated the goal to his indisposed Japanese teammate Kinowaki by showing his jersey to the fans.advertisementMohun Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul, in good form lately, pulled off a good save to deny Samuel Lalmuanpuia minutes after the goal.Mohun Bagan bossed the game despite the spate of injuries as the visitors lacked the cutting edge up front to trouble their rival defenders.Dowary came close to doubling the margin at the half-hour mark with a left-footed volley that fizzed just wide. At halftime, Mohun Bagan led by a solitary goal.Post the breather, Aiman Saleh Abdullah Al-Hagri, who had played well throughout, was tripped inside the box by seasoned Mohun Bagan defender Kingshuk Debnath and Samuel made no mistake from the spot.Things turned worse for the green and maroons when Eze committed a rather unnecessary foul on Lalmuanpuia and was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.Down to ten men and without the services of the influential Norde and in form-Kromah, Mohun Bagan struggled.Mohun Bagan went all out in the final minutes, but to no avail.(Courtesy: IANS)
Guardiola ‘Pochettino was mistaken’ – Guardiola denies disrespecting Tottenham in ‘Kane team’ row Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 05:49 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Manchester City v Stoke City Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Harry Kane The Manchester City coach launched an impassioned defence of himself after his Spurs counterpart said his comment was disrespectful Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola strongly refuted Mauricio Pochettino’s allegation that he disrespected Tottenham by calling them “the Harry Kane team”.Guardiola made the comment in the aftermath of City retaining their position at the top of the Premier League by winning 1-0 away to champions Chelsea, in the final fixture before the international break.When assessing the strength of City’s title rivals, the former Barcelona boss said: “We’re in September. Chelsea won 13 games in a row last season. We have [Manchester] United and the Harry Kane team, who scores every game two or three goals.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Harry Kane 17/10 FGS v BournemouthKane was indeed in stellar form during September, scoring 13 goals for club and country to scoop the Premier League player of the month award.The 24-year-old striker continued his purple patch with both goals in England’s back-to-back 1-0 wins over Slovenia and Lithuania to secure their place at the 2018 World Cup, but Tottenham manager Pochettino was unimpressed with his counterpart’s words.Speaking ahead of Spurs’ meeting with Bournemouth at Wembley, the ex-Espanyol coach described Guardiola’s observations as “sad” and suggested it was not uncommon for him to overstep the mark post-match.”I know Pep very well and when he is excited, after an amazing victory against Chelsea, sometimes he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman,” Pochettino said.”The situation didn’t affect me but, in reality, it was very disrespectful for many people.”When Pochettino’s thoughts were relayed to Guardiola at his pre-match briefing for Saturday’s home game against Stoke City, he appeared genuinely dismayed.”I’m disrespectful?” he responded, before looking down at his desk and shaking his head.”I think Mauricio, for the times we’ve met each other and the times I spoke with him… maybe my English is not quite well.”I never was disrespectful for my colleague in the press conference. Never.”When I said ‘Harry Kane’s team’ it was because of the fact Harry Kane was scoring a lot of goals. I know very well that Tottenham is not Harry Kane alone.”Guardiola spoke regularly of his admiration for Spurs’ style under Pochettino last season.The north London club handed him his first defeat in the Premier League before battling to a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium in January.City then prized right-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham during the last transfer window and Guardiola was keen to remind both Pochettino and those present of his previous praise.”I think last season, the guy who appreciated the way they play the most was me,” he said. “When he lost against Chelsea in the [FA Cup] semi-final, I said it was incredible because Chelsea shot on target four times and scored four goals. Always I said Tottenham was one of the best teams.”So I am really disappointed if he said that. I was never disrespectful in this period here about my colleagues.17 – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City won all four @premierleague games in September, scoring 17 and conceding none. Awarded. pic.twitter.com/RpJ1ei3ldk — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 13, 2017 “I respect a lot what Tottenham have done in the last two or three years, a lot of credit [to them] in the way they play and the way they show football in the Premier League – the way he proposes, always attacking. I said it many times, just review it.”I give a lot of credit about Tottenham. Maybe you don’t believe, but they are always a contender. Last season they finished better than us. That means a lot.”But it’s okay – I spoke many times with Mauricio – if he believes that.”Guardiola famously clashed with United boss Jose Mourinho during the latter’s tenure at Real Madrid – a feud he alluded to here – but appeared in no mood to spark a fresh war of words.”Maybe I should say ‘Pochettino team’ instead of ‘Harry Kane’s team’. I did it because he scored two goals more against Huddersfield and he got more with the national team,” he added.”I think Mauricio made a mistake. Never, never in my career was I disrespectful. Maybe I can answer when someone attacks my team or my club but I would never be disrespectful about what Mauricio and Tottenham did.”What I said, I said. It’s over, so that’s all.”City are due to host Tottenham in the Premier League on December 16.
Ohio State defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones (86) takes the field in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignFollowing Ohio State’s win against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, redshirt junior Dre’Mont Jones’ future as a Buckeye was up in the air.When asked if he would play in the Rose Bowl, Jones responded, “we’ll see.”On Wednesday, Jones put all those rumors to rest, announcing he will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on Jan. 1. Jones also said it will be his final game at Ohio State, forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.Jones was a first-team All-Big Ten member this season after leading the Buckeyes with 7.5 sacks, as well as earning 12.5 tackles for loss. Jones became an even more important player for Ohio State this season as the team lost junior defensive end Nick Bosa for the season with a core muscle injury.Jones is projected by many to be a first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.