Award-winning chef Brian McDermott returns home to hero’s welcome – Pic Special

first_imgHundreds gathered in Moville on Tuesday to welcome celebrity Chef Brian McDermott home to Inishowen following his triumph at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China. The Inishowen chef was recognised for the world’s best cookery book written by a restaurant chef in Macau, China last week. The award-winning Foyle Hotel owner saw off competition from South Africa, Singapore, Argentina and Spain to scoop the award. A host of family, friends and special guests turned out to welcome the Moville man back to his home village, including great friend and fellow celebrity chef Nevin Maguire.Even Donegal’s Daniel O’Donnell sent McDermott a lovely message of support.Received this lovely message from quite simply the greatest ambassador #Donegal has had for years a man with so many genuine values and never forgets his routes. Thank you #DanielODonnell & the lovely Majella for your continued support #GourmandWorldBookAwards @govisitdonegal— Brian Mc Dermott (@ChefBrianMcD) July 10, 2019Meanwhile, Inishowen Mayor and local councillor Martin McDermott and Sarah Nolan of Donegal Tourism were also in attendance, as BBC presenter Mark Patterson was the event’s MC. See some of the best moments from the special surprise below…Photos by Gerry Temple PhotographyGerry Temple PhotographyNevin Maguire giving a congratulatory to best friend chef Brian McDermott. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Nevin Maguire and family welcome chef Brian McDermott home. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Mayor of Donegal offering a congratulatory speech to Brian. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography  Advertisement Mark Patterson MCing the night. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Mark Patterson having a few words with the author of the Worlds Best Cookbook – Brian McDermott. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Daughter Niamh, welcoming her mum and dad back to the Foyle Hotel. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Friends enjoying the night. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography  Advertisement Home made banners by brians young nieces and nephews. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Mark Patterson and Sarah Nolan giving speeches of congratulations to chef Brian McDermott. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Mark Patterson and daughters Niamh and Aoife awaiting their parents – chef Brian McDermott and wife Brenda. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Daughter Niamh and friends. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Crowds outside the Foyle Hotel in Moville gathered to welcome Chef Brian McDermott home. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Chef Brian McDermott with long time friend Carol of Carol’s Stockmarket. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Chef Brian McDermott is presented with homemade banners and cards by local school kids. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Chef Brian McDermott and wife Brenda arrive home victorious from the World Book Awards in China. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Celebrity chef Nevin Maguire takes a shot of Brian’s Arrival. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Celebrity chef, Nevin Maguire gives heartfelt speech to best friend chef Brian McDermott. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Chef Brian Instagram cutout. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Chef Brian McDermott – embracing his mum – daughters Niamh and Aoife. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Chef Brian McDermott and Brenda arriving at the Foyle Hotel welcome home party. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Brian’s Brothers – celebrating his victorious return. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography Brian with Eve-Anne LEO, Councillor Martin Farren, Donegal Mayor, Inishowen Mayor and Barney & Sarah of Donegal Tourism. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography awaiting the return of Brian and Brenda. Photo by Gerry Temple Photography  Award-winning chef Brian McDermott returns home to hero’s welcome – Pic Special was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Evolution Rules

first_img51; It would be convenient if all a scientist had to do to prove his theory was declare it to be a law of nature.  Is that what scientists from UC Berkeley and Imperial College have done with evolution?  “First ‘rule’ of evolution suggests that life is destined to become more complex,” announced a press release on EurekAlert and PhysOrg.  What’s going on?    The statement is based on a paper in PNAS about the fossil record of crustaceans.1  Notice the first sentence of the abstract:The prospect of finding macroevolutionary trends and rules in the history of life is tremendously appealing, but very few pervasive trends have been found.  Here, we demonstrate a parallel increase in the morphological complexity of most of the deep lineages within a major clade.  We focus on the Crustacea, measuring the morphological differentiation of limbs.  First, we show a clear trend of increasing complexity among 66 free-living, ordinal-level taxa from the Phanerozoic fossil record.  We next demonstrate that this trend is pervasive, occurring in 10 or 11 of 12 matched-pair comparisons (across five morphological diversity indices) between extinct Paleozoic and related Recent taxa.  This clearly differentiates the pattern from the effects of lineage sorting.  Furthermore, newly appearing taxa tend to have had more types of limbs and a higher degree of limb differentiation than the contemporaneous average, whereas those going extinct showed higher-than-average limb redundancy.  Patterns of contemporary species diversity partially reflect the paleontological trend.  These results provide a rare demonstration of a large-scale and probably driven trend occurring across multiple independent lineages and influencing both the form and number of species through deep time and in the present day.This sounds much more restrained than the press release title.  For one thing, they admitted that few macroevolutionary trends have been found.  Then they studied a very limited aspect of one group: limb differentiation in crustaceans, and among crustaceans, only 66 fossil representatives.  Furthermore, their definition of complexity is limited to limb number and diversification, as measured by half a dozen parameters.  Once segmented limbs have appeared on earth, it is arguably less an evolutionary problem to multiply and specialize them than to originate them from scratch.    The paper opened, surprisingly, with the authors questioning the status of evolution as a scientific theory:Most of the natural sciences operate by documenting patterns and trends and thereby formulating general rules.  Evolution, however, is an essentially contingent process, meaning that evolutionary trajectories can rarely be predicted.  Proposed evolutionary trends, such as Cope’s rule for evolutionary size increase within lineages, have generally turned out to be only weakly predictive, either resulting from passive diffusion away from some barrier or applying only at local temporal and taxonomic scales.  Here, we demonstrate a remarkable and pervasive trend for increasing morphological complexity in multiple parallel lineages of the Crustacea [the major arthropod group with the longest and most disparate fossil record throughout the Phanerozoic.]Their new rule of evolution, therefore, stands alone on a heap of discarded attempts to find an evolutionary law of nature, after a century of trying.  Hopefully this paper will give more than it just took away.    They attempted to discern trends in limb complexity over time.  Since the dating of the geological column is inextricably tied to evolutionary theory, however, this could be criticized as a circular approach.  Also, the data points on their graphs were widely scattered.  A critic might argue that the straight lines they weaved through the dots are underdetermined by the data, or else influenced by the criteria of diversity they chose to focus on.  Extrapolating a trend from one clade into a rule for all of life seems optimistic, to say the least.    Even granting all their assumptions (age, criteria of diversity, trend line analysis) it appears the claim of finding a new “rule” for evolution goes far beyond the data – especially in light of the predictive failure of past attempts like Cope’s Rule.  Additionally, neither Cope’s Rule nor their “First Rule of Evolution” describe a mechanism for change.  Both are mere passive descriptions of what evolution does – not why or how it does it.    Reality, however, did not inhibit the media from spinning this as a great victory for evolution.  This was exacerbated by the fact that the researchers lowered their inhibitions when talking to the press.  For instance, Matthew Wills asserted, “If you start with the simplest possible animal body, then there’s only one direction to evolve in – you have to become more complex.”  He said after a point, animals could evolve back to simplicity, but they usually don’t.  “This is the nearest thing to a pervasive evolutionary rule that’s been found.”    Reporters took that to mean, “researchers have found evidence which suggests that evolution drives animals to become increasingly more complex.”  Doesn’t this portray “evolution” as some kind of mystical force that pushes animals upward to higher levels of complexity?  Wills explained, “it seems that competition may be the driving force behind the trend.”  Competition alone, however, often leaves one winner by himself and everyone else eliminated from the ring.  From whence does the complexity arise?  They didn’t say.    It was hard to find a place where the assumption of evolution stopped and the demonstration of evolution began.  “Our study uses information about the inter-relatedness of different animal groups – the ‘Tree of Life’ – to demonstrate that complexity has evolved numerous times independently.”  Isn’t that what evolutionary theory is supposed to prove instead of assume?  Again, “All organisms have a common ancestor, so that every living species is part of a giant family tree of life.”  This was stated not as a discovery from their research, but a starting assumption.  They did not claim to discover an evolutionary trend; they claimed that the evolutionary trend that must exist (because of the assumption of common ancestry) was parallel, not haphazard.  The press was even treated to an analogy: “What’s new about our results is that they show us how this increase in complexity has occurred,” Mills said; “Strikingly, it looks far more like a disciplined march than a milling crowd.”    Marching bands are purposeful, intelligently-designed organizations, so the analogy breaks down.  Band members practice and follow printed scores for the music.  They follow predetermined diagrams while performing their formations.  They have a driving force: intelligence, emotions, and will power.  The wish to be applauded by the crowd and to generate enthusiasm for their team drives them to watch and think and discipline their actions to form parallel rows and columns.  In scrutinizing the original paper, no such driving force can be found.  If there was any analogous driving force that could have pushed non-rational creatures like barnacles and shrimp to invent new complex structures, the authors did not mention one.  (Note: natural selection is not a force, nor is random mutation.)    The press release ended with Wills unraveling all the optimistic claims he had just made:Our results apply to a group of animals with bodies made of repeated units.  We must not forget that bacteria – very simple organisms – are among the most successful living things.  Therefore, the trend towards complexity is compelling but does not describe the history of all life.”Yet if the most numerous, successful, widespread and longest-surviving inhabitants of the biosphere did not obey the “first rule of evolution,” is there a rule at all?  Can there be a rule without a ruler – or subjects?1.  Adamowicz, Purvis, and Wills, “Increasing morphological complexity in multiple parallel lineages of the Crustacea,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online on March 17, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0709378105Do you understand how evolutionary dogma perpetuates itself?  Here is the formula: assume evolution, assume the evolutionary timeline, juggle a few data points to look like a scientist, then announce that evolution is a law of nature.  This whole charade is humbug.    Look at this cheap magic trick buried in the paper: “Unfortunately, the fossil record is rarely complete enough to identify ancestors with any confidence.  However, our phylogenetically independent comparisons of early fossils with their closest extant relatives are useful proxies.”  Hold your horses!  Useful to whom?  Are you telling us you can only get to the evolutionary conclusions you want by assuming evolution (phylogenetic comparisons) in the absence of fossil evidence?  Try that trick in a courtroom.  “Your honor, we don’t have any blood or fingerprints or weapons, but since we know the defendant is guilty, we have put together a timeline based on that knowledge showing how he committed the crime.”  Where is the defense attorney screaming “Objection!”  Why is the judge silent?  You know why – he is in on the scam.    Here’s another glaring flaw the scientists (we shudder to use the term) waltzed right by, hoping nobody would notice: they started after the Cambrian.  Do you remember that a modern-looking crustacean was found fully-formed in Cambrian strata last fall? (10/04/2007; see also 07/20/2001)  Suppose we took a pair of living dogs from different breeds, bred several generations, and cataloged a variety of dog descendants possessing different patterns, hair styles, leg lengths, and dispositions.  Then suppose we triumphantly announced we had discovered a new law of nature – The First Rule of Dog Evolution – “Dogs evolve from simple to complex.”  The little boy in the audience with the quizzical look is the hero again: “Where did the first dogs come from?”    How convenient for all the jointed appendages, complex eyes and organs, segments, Hox genes and molecular machinery to be already present before they began their analysis.  If they got a slap for every time they assumed evolution instead of proving it, it would be a “useful proxy” for the blushing they should have been doing.  Maybe it would generate some tears, too, for sins like this: “Perhaps greater intraindividual limb diversity could contribute to the further ‘evolvability’ or ‘versatility’ of a lineage, allowing new and different functions to arise more readily and promoting niche diversification.”  What?  This is circularity wrapped in circumlocution.  They just said, in plain English, “Maybe evolution evolves into more evolvability.”  Good grief.  After a few more paragraphs of hand-waving, these three “scientists” vanished in a smokescreen of maybes, vaporware and futureware.  Halt in the name of the law!  This is supposed to be a science paper, not a magic show.    The charlatans pulled a complete snow job on the reporters.  In their original paper (which nobody reads) they included all the disclaimers, caveats, limitations, and obligatory scientific restraint, hidden in incomprehensible and irrelevant jargon and decorated with a few distracting equations and conjured-up visuals, tables and graphs that (for whatever they are worth) do nothing to establish their main claim.  Afterwards, they ran to the gullible press with its gutless reporters (all of them incapable of asking a logical question) and spouted their vainglorious glittering generalities, extrapolating their highly restricted data domain to the whole history of biological life – except when they deflated the whole circus tent at the end.  They got away with it.  Bold print, up front (which everybody reads): “First ‘rule’ of evolution suggests that life is destined to become more complex.  Scientists have revealed what may well be the first pervasive ‘rule’ of evolution.  In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences researchers have found evidence which suggests that evolution drives animals to become increasingly more complex.”    They don’t have to get away with it.  We just exposed them – right here.    Today is the first day of spring.  The time is long overdue to melt the snow jobs in this land where it is always winter and never Christmas.  Do your part to bring in a rebirth and flowering of responsible science.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

MAN, Daimler line up for 2010 buses

first_img30 April 2009 South Africa has named MAN AG and Daimler AG’s Pretoria-based Mercedes-Benz unit as the preferred bidders to supply 570 buses and coaches for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Mercedes-Benz South Africa is the preferred supplier of 168 semi-luxury coaches and 292 inter-city buses, while Munich-based MAN is the preferred supplier of 110 general spectator buses, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe announced in Pretoria on Wednesday. The government has put in place a guarantee of R1.4-billion (about US$162.5-million) to acquire the 570 buses. Radebe said an additional 260 buses – 250 for general spectator services and 10 semi-luxury coaches – would be leased from the industry, bringing the total fleet of bus and coach to be provided by the government for 2010 to 830. The minister said a critical component of South Africa’s transport preparations for the World Cup was the provision of transport infrastructure, but most importantly the provision of various modes of public transport. The Department of Transport invited bids to supply buses and coaches for the World Cup in May 2008. “We received a number of proposals, and only four met all the minimum requirements to qualify for an evaluation,” Radebe said. “Only three bidders were short-listed after the evaluation process and were issued a Best and Final Offer document on 4 December 2008,” he said, adding that all three bidders had responded with final proposals. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The Guardian is Migrating Its Website from Java to Scala

first_imgThe Guardian is replacing its Java stack comprised of Spring, Apache Velocity and Hibernate to Scala, its Web Platform Development Team Lead Graham Tackley told InfoQ. The Content API is the first part of the paper’s website being migrated to the new language.The Guardian team began using Scala by writing integration tests for the Content API. “After about four weeks of writing just the tests in Scala, we got fed up of having to write the main code in Java, and decided to convert the whole lot to Scala,” Tackley said.The team starting the migration from Java to Scala by using Scala plugin for Maven to build a mixed Java and Scala environments. This enabled the team to keep working on the project without having to take the API down while it was migrated. “So we could convert on a class-by-class basis from Java to Scala, which worked far better than we ever imagined: it really did just work,” Tackley told InfoQ.Tackley said that the team uses the Jetbrains IntelliJ IDEA 10 IDE for development. “The Scala plugin is pretty good but not perfect.” Tackley also discussed the fun of learning Scala, and the readability issues he and his team face in both Scala and Java. If you’re interested in Scala, the article is well worth reading in full.Scala is a programming language designed for scalability. It runs in the Java Virtual Machine, but has its own syntax. It’s in use at companies such as Twiter and Foursquare.For more on Scala see :Scala creator Martin Odersky’s presentation Free and Open Source Development European MeetingLearn Scala the Fun Way: With Processing How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finley Tags:#APIs#hack Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

This Documentary Goes Behind the Scenes of The Shining

first_imgJack Nicholson’s performance in The Shining is historic. The intensity and barbarism Nicholson brings to the film propels the movie to terrifying heights. As you can see, his screenplay is a direct reflection of the sinister mind of his character — manic and scatterbrained. Quite the setup for the infamous stair scene. Given the two-camera setup, Kubrick was notorious for pushing his actors to the limit, particularly Shelly Duvall during the production of The Shining.Kubrick certainly had a way of directing and communicating with his actors. This masterful style of directing has led to some of the bravest and boldest films in cinematic history.Did The Shining inspire your own work? Let us know in the comments. Stanley Kubrick’s (then) 17-year-old daughter created an intimate and artful behind-the-scenes film for one of the greatest horror films of all time . . . and you can watch it online.All images via Juxtapoz.A true treat for Kubrick (and Jack Nicholson) fans, this thirty-minute documentary lives in the nuances and little dramas on set of The Shining. By taking a peek behind the curtain, the audience gets an intimate view of these big names, poised within the vision of a 17-year-old (with her father’s filmmaking genes). This is not your average “Behind the Scenes” takeaway.The Making of THE SHINING by paget76The documentary moves between playful and deeply insightful moments with Jack Nicholson into vignettes of the drama and tensions between Kubrick and Shelly Duval. It shows the actors prepping for scenes and getting into character just before takes and then cuts into the actual scenes from the film, so you can see right away the results of their methods.Long takes tracking through the stages, playful interactions with the crew and cast, and quick little flashes of rehearsals and interview snippets weave into a Kubrick fan’s dream. And this was thankfully not the last family collaboration for these two. Vivian, Kubrick’s daughter, also went on to later do the entire score of Full Metal Jacket.Enjoy the film, originally aired on the BBC, and have a look at how these actors and filmmakers can influence your own work.Behind the Scenes Photoslast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl won’t write off Forster

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl won’t write off Forsterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hasn’t yet wrote off Fraser Forster.The Mirror says Hasenhuttl is weighing up bringing goalkeeper Forster in from the cold as he bids to assess all the players he has inherited at third-bottom Saints.Forster joined Southampton in 2014 for £10million from Celtic weeks after being selected in England’s World Cup squad and nailed down the No.1 spot. But he hasn’t played since December 2017, when Mauricio Pellegrino was manager, after losing his place following a dip in form.The 6ft 7in, six-cap former Newcastle trainee was replaced as first choice by Alex McCarthy, who retained the role throughout Mark Hughes’ nine-month reign and then for the first five games under Hasenhuttl.The Austrian then used Southampton’s last two games, against Chelsea and Derby, to run the rule over England Under-21 stopper Angus Gunn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a day agoDe Visser: I told Chelsea – do not lose Hudson-Odoi

first_imgDe Visser: I told Chelsea – do not lose Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea adviser Piet de Visser has claimed former manager Maurizio Sarri was instructed to play Callum Hudson-Odoi last season.Sarri faced backlash from supporters and critics alike over his refusal to play Hudson-Odoi, who handed in a transfer request in attempt to join Bayern Munich.He recently a new long-term contract, and De Visser has hinted Sarri’s departure may have influenced that decision.”I enjoy young players. Lampard gives six or seven boys of the academy opportunities. That is the future,” de Visser told De Volkskrant.”Hudson-Odoi, he didn’t want to sign.”I told Chelsea: never lose Hudson-Odoi. He will be the new Hazard. But Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea chief executive] said: he doesn’t want to sign.”And you know why not? Because Sarri didn’t play him. Then Sarri was instructed to deploy him, and he was their best player. And he signed for four [sic] years.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Winnipeg Mother gathers winter clothing for inner city kids

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN NewsThe season is giving is upon us – and with it brings some bitterly cold weather.With Christmas around the corner, one Winnipeg mother is trying to make sure little ones in the neighbourhood are kept warm this [email protected]last_img