first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA NotesFootballAfter securing the under 21 B title last year Aodh Ruadh made an impressive return to the a grade with a convincing 1-14 to 1-6 win over Letterkenny Gaels in Father Tierney Park last Tuesday evening. The homesters faced into a tight wind in the first half and made the most of their opportunities to go in leading by 1-6 to 1-2 at the break.Niall Murray was the man with the goal, a reaction volley from the edge of the area. Aodh Ruadh capitalised on the wind at the start of the second half, playing some smart football to run up seven unanswered points and definitely take the game from the Letterkenny lads’ grasp. It was a win built on a fine defensive display with Colm Kelly impressing at full back and Eamonn McGrath and Pauric Patton not far behind. Up front David McGurrin and Ronan McGurrin were the cutting edge, accounting for eight points between them, with Jamie McDonald and Ryan Granaghan also causing considerable problems for the visitors. We have some pictures from the game up on A gutsy away win by the Aodh Ruadh minors sees them take Naomh Conaill to a third game in their first round championship contest. Ballyshannon turned over a six point second half deficit to run out 1-15 to 2-9 winners. The Ernesiders goal arrived from the piston-driven boot of Nathan Boyle in a first half where the visitors were well on top until the dying moments. Naomh Conaill hit the net just before the half-time whistle and the managed to goal again directly from the kick-out to leave the half time score 2-6 to 1-6 in their favour. It got worse before it got better for Ballyshannon, Glenties reeling off three points early in the second half to put six between the sides. However Aodh Ruadh took control in the last 20 minutes and hit nine unanswered points to take it to the third game. Shane McGrath initiated the comeback, pointing after a one two with Philip Patton from a free. Patton finished as Aodh Ruadh’s top scorer with six points, one of them an exceptional effort just in from the sideline 30 metres out. Oisín Roper and Colm Kelly were among the scorers as the Ernesiders rallied with Conal Sweeny also hitting a point coming off the bench. Cookie O’Halloran put himself in with a good shout for the man of the match accolades. He was industry personified, constantly breaking up Glenties attacks and sending Aodh Ruadh off on the offensive. Eddie Lynch also starred in the defence in a game where every Ballyshannon man showed real bottle to secure the win. As things stand now, it is unlikely that the play-off game will happen before Donegal minors exit the All-Ireland championship, so an extended lay off is in prospect, but the play-off is sizing up to be an epic encounter and we whouldThe under 16s are down to travel to Dungloe in the championship first round second leg this Friday, 22nd August with the throw in at 7.30pm. Ballyshannon already have a 5-11 to 2-15 win from the first leg under their belt. Also on the radar is the divisional league final against Ardara next Monday, venue and time to be confirmed.The under 13s have endured a tough start to their season, losing 6-15 to 3-7 against Ardara before going down to Killybegs on a scoreline of 1-6 to 6-16. They will be hoping to turn things around when they host Saint Naul’s this Wednesday in Father Tierney Park. Throw in for that game is 6.30pm.It was a disappointing night for the Aodh Ruadh under 12s. In poor conditions for football they were unable match a strong Naomh Conaill side in the Southern League final at Davy Brennan Memorial Park. The homesters eventually ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3-20 to 0-2. The juniors continued their rich vein of form however, winning their game well.The under 10s blitz in Ardara was postponed so training will be at the usual time of 6.30pm this Wednesday. We will have a blitz in Donegal town this Saturday with Four Masters, Naomh Bríd and Bundoran providing the opposition. We will be looking for parents/guardians to assist with transport. All players and parents/guardians able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park. We will be departing Ballyshannon at 10.00am sharp.The under 8s were in Dunkineely on Saturday at a blitz. The juniors had two good wins against Dungloe and Naomh Ultan. While the seniors mightn’t have got the scores their play deserved they put in a really strong committed performance and did themselves huge credit. We had great 22 players down in Dunkineely, but with Dungloe and Naomh Ultan thinner on numbers we weren’t able to give all the lads as much football as we would have liked. We will have a few more blitzes before the end of the season and we aim to ensure everyone gets plenty of football before we wrap up. Thanks are due to the Naomh Ultan club for their hospitality on the day too. The Aodh Ruadh team was: Killian Bradshaw, Eoin Cassidy, Tommy Clyne, Ronan Delahunty, Eoin Doogan, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Cormac Finnegan, Tom Holland, Donagh Kelly, Micheál Keown, Hugh Óg Maguire, Jack McCadden, Cian McDonald, Garvey Meade, James Monaghan, Tom Murphy, Ted O’Donnell, Conor O’Mahoney, Daire O’Mahoney, Cillian Slevin and James Ward.Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm. HurlingThe under 12s suffered another defeat at home to Gaoth Dobhair on Thursday. Still without a number of players for a variety of reasons it was an improved performance against a strong team who pulled away in the second half after a very even first half. They are away to Four Masters this week.The under 16s play Saint Eunan’s in the league semi-final in O’Donnell Park tomorrow night, Tuesday. The Letterkenny men are a very good outfit and a tough battle lies ahead for our lads, but as always they will give it everything they have, throw in at 7.15pm.On Sunday our under 10s took part in the all-county blitz in Convoy. unfortunately only two other teams took part in the blitz and Aodh Ruadh recorded victories over Burt and Setanta. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to Convoy your support is much appreciated. Unfortunately there was no under 8 blitz as Aodh Ruadh and Burt were the only teams who were going to take part. Hopefully the next blitz on 14th September will be better attended.BingoThe winner of last week’s €400 jackpot was Majella Gethins of Tullyhorky. Bingo this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10 for full book, €5 for a half book.LottoThere was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto Jackpot of €1,900. The numbers drawn were 1, 6, 9, 15, 16 and 18. In the lucky dip €40 went to Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; €20 went to Ann Ward, Erne Dale Heights; Bridie Killalea, Carricknahorna; and Mary McElwaine, Cashelard. Next week’s draw for a jackpot of €2,000 takes place at 8.30pm in Owen Roe’s bar on Sunday.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: SENIOR HURLERS.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH U21’S DEFEAT LETTERKENNY GAELS IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Vinnie Jones admits he was wrong about Raheem Sterling

first_img 2015/16: 47 apps, 11 goals and 10 assists2016/17: 47 apps, 10 goals and 21 assists2017/18: 46 apps, 23 goals and 17 assists2018/19 (to date): 13 apps, six goals and six assists 2 Raheem Sterling’s Manchester City career But the footballer-turned-Hollywood star has taken it all back after watching the England ace’s performance against the Saints on Sunday.Sterling has answered his critics with some outstanding performances since England’s fourth-place finish in Russia.He ended a three-year England goal drought with a brace in the UEFA Nations League win over Spain, and his double against Southampton took his Man City tally for the season to six. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “If he plays like that for England we’re going to get stronger and stronger.“It showed how good he is, it was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from him, so fair play to him.“He was absolutely brilliant.” The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Listen back to Vinnie Jones on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 Most Read In Football latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update tense BEST OF Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos whoops center_img SORRY Sterling put in a sensational display in Man City’s 6-1 riot over Southampton Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Jones said: “I had a go at Sterling at the World Cup and I’ve got to say, what a performance yesterday, he was absolutely fantastic.“There was one where he’s got clattered by the defender, he’s shaken it off, he’s played it in, kept running and scored the goal.“I just take my hat off to him. revealed Gareth Southgate stuck by Sterling at the World Cup despite his lack of goals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Vinnie Jones has admitted he was wrong about Raheem Sterling after watching the winger shine for Manchester City this season, and for his role in their 6-1 demolition of Southampton.Jones was heavily critical of Sterling during the World Cup, where the winger split fan opinion over his performances.The 23-year-old was seen as one of the Three Lions’ top performers by some, but others berated the forward his poor finishing as he failed to score a goal.During the tournament Jones blasted the forward as mediocre and sensationally told talkSPORT: ‘If Sterling didn’t have pace, he would be playing for Exeter’. RANKED gameday cracker LATEST scrap Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more

How Letterkenny Credit Union loans can make summer holidays extra-special

first_imgLetterkenny Credit Union are offering flexible loans for members to enjoy an extra-special summer holiday without taking a chunk out of the household budget:The summer holiday continues to be a staple spend for Irish households, with holidaymakers booking their trips earlier than ever and willing to spend more. A recent survey by the Irish Travel Agents Association revealed that holiday bookings are on the rise with 65% of travel agents reporting an increase in reservations made during the third quarter in 2017.The survey also reveals that cruises will be the top trend for holidays booked through travel agents in 2018 , while an increasing number of people are also booking long-haul and multi-destination trips. These trips of course can be costly, and for many households, the summer holiday will be their largest spend of the year. Letterkenny Credit Union is urging people and families to plan ahead and start budgeting now for that well-earned summer break. Paul Hume, Chairperson Letterkenny Credit Union said: “We know that our members work hard all year and look forward to a much-deserved break when the summer months come around. With overseas holidays and multi-destination trips increasing in popularity, that summer trip can also take a hefty chunk out of the household budget. “Our advice is to start planning now to ensure you spend within your means and that your trip is financially stress-free. If you know you’ll need to borrow, have a chat with us about our affordable holiday loan. Available at an APR of 8.2%*, our loan comes without any transaction fees or charges. “At Letterkenny Credit Union we have a flexible approach and we are happy to structure repayments in a way that works best for you, which means you won’t be paying off your summer break for months on end. So whether your plans for summer 2018 are a romantic cruise ship or a fun-filled family trip-of-a-lifetime we are here to make those plans a reality.” Paul continued: “There are more advantages to a Letterkenny Credit Union holiday loan, as you are also free to pay off your loan early, make additional lump sum repayments or increase your regular repayments all without a penalty.“Remember, in your local credit union, you are more than just a customer, you are a valued member. We are happy to accept loan applications from all our members – those we see every day, our new members and those members we may not have seen in a while. Our friendly staff are also happy to help with tips and guidance on budgeting your summer trip.”Letterkenny Credit Union also offers holiday insurance options through holiday insurance. The web-based product offers members of Letterkenny Credit Union greater accessibility, good value and most importantly excellent cover so holiday-makers can have total peace of mind when abroad. holiday Insurance is being offered by Letterkenny Credit Union in conjunction with AIG Europe and offers comprehensive worldwide travel insurance. For further information please visit our website: or contact Letterkenny Credit Union on 0749124166 or email*For a €2000, 1 year variable interest rate loan with 12 monthly repayments of €173.95 an interest Rate of 7.95%, a representative APR of 8.2%, the total amount payable by the member is €2086.43. Information correct as at 16/2/2018.Sponsored Post How Letterkenny Credit Union loans can make summer holidays extra-special was last modified: February 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:FinanceholidayLetterkenny Credit Unionloanslast_img read more

Doherty’s insurance reform bill reaches the Seanad stage

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty is calling on all parties in the Seanad to support Sinn Féin’s Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, which reaches all stages in the Seanad today.The legislation would modernise insurance contracts and prevent insurance companies refusing a claim when it has not received a full and complete disclosure from the customer, even in a situation where if this information had been disclosed, it would have had minimal or no impact on the decision to provide cover in the first place. The bill would also make it easier for the customer to withdraw from a contract. Plus, any company that cancels a policy would have to pay the customer the outstanding balance of the premium paid. The Seanad will vote on the Bill today, and Doherty is urging all parties and Senators to “stop talking about insurance and start helping policyholders by voting for this Bill.”Deputy Doherty said : “Rip-off insurance costs are squeezing incomes and closing down businesses. People are seeing their premiums go up each year without even making a claim. The insurance market isn’t working for policyholders and the Government have done little to hold the industry to account and reduce costs.“Sinn Féin want to stamp out fraud, ban unfair pricing by insurance companies, recalibrate the value of awards and increase protections for consumers in insurance contracts.“Our Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, which reaches all stages in the Seanad on Wednesday, will shift the balance in favour of the consumer by increasing transparency and strengthening the hand of the policyholder during their insurance contract.” Deputy Doherty added: “Sinn Féin want to take on the insurance industry and ending the rip-off. By stamping out fraud, protecting consumers, banning dual pricing and bringing down premiums. This legislation is a part of that work.”Doherty’s insurance reform bill reaches the Seanad stage was last modified: December 11th, 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

Evolutionist Learns from “Neo-Creationists”

first_imgNeo-creationists: the Intelligent Design (ID) people as well as the active old creationists, are still to be despised and expelled, thinks an evolutionist.  That doesn’t mean, though, that they aren’t making some good points.    The evolutionist is Gordy Slack, a science writer from Oakland, California, who previously wrote a book about the Dover trial.  Writing for The Scientist, he admitted that they’ve gotten some things right.  Here are some lessons he has learned by hanging around them:Origin of life:  “First, I have to agree with the ID crowd that there are some very big (and frankly exciting) questions that should keep evolutionists humble,” like the origin of life.  He admitted that scientists are “in the dark” about this question.  He rejected, though, the idea that biologists can ignore it and start after life began:Still, I think it is disingenuous to argue that the origin of life is irrelevant to evolution.  It is no less relevant than the Big Bang is to physics or cosmology.  Evolution should be able to explain, in theory at least, all the way back to the very first organism that could replicate itself through biological or chemical processes.  And to understand that organism fully, we would simply have to know what came before it.  And right now we are nowhere close.  I believe a material explanation will be found, but that confidence comes from my faith that science is up to the task of explaining, in purely material or naturalistic terms, the whole history of life.  My faith is well founded, but it is still faith.Complexity of the cell:  Another valid point made by neo-creationists is that life is far more complex than Darwin could have imagined.  Slack again expressed faith that natural explanations will be found, “But scientists still have much to learn about the process of evolution if they are to fully explain the phenomenon.”  He even allowed for major surprises – like finding “compelling evidence for a designer,” though he doubted that would happen. Inner knowledge:  Another observation that Slack has trouble computing into his materialism is the fact that so many people find creation obvious.  “Millions of people believe they directly experience the reality of a Creator every day, and to them it seems like nonsense to insist that He does not exist,” he noted.  “Unless they are lying, God’s existence is to them an observable fact.”    He admitted that he can’t deny his own “psychological empiricism.”  No amount of persuasion by cognitive neuroscientists, for instance, that neurotransmitters give him the illusion of free will could make him doubt that he really loves his children.  Material explanations may look good on paper, but “I have too much respect for my own experience.” He did not elaborate on whether reason itself could be reducible to physics and chemistry.Blind faith:  The most striking point of agreement he saved for last.  Are evolutionists the unbiased, white-lab-coat objective empiricists seeking knowledge and finding evolution to be the clearest explanation?  No; many are blind followers, just like the ID people claim.  He has empirical evidence for this.A few years ago I covered a conference of the American Atheists in Las Vegas.  I met dozens of people there who were dead sure that evolutionary theory was correct though they didn’t know a thing about adaptive radiation, genetic drift, or even plain old natural selection.  They came to their Darwinism via a commitment to naturalism and atheism not through the study of science.  They’re still correct when they say evolution happens.  But I’m afraid they’re wrong to call themselves skeptics unencumbered by ideology.  Many of them are best described as zealots.Not that he is against zeal, but Slack says “its coincidence with a theory proves nothing about that theory’s explanatory power.”Demarcation:  On an unlisted point in his conclusion, Slack conceded that “Looking for evidence of design in the natural world isn’t itself unscientific” – it would even be “big and fascinating news.”  He thinks, however, that a designer would be necessarily “supernatural” (assuming he knows how to define “natural”).1Liberal-minded modern as he is, Slack upholds the freedom of outsiders to “pursue their very eccentric and outlying theory.”  After an article full of modest agreement, it was surprising to hear Slack describing neo-creationists as people who would dismiss evolution as “hogwash” while holding to an “improbable hypothesis” (see online book).  He praised evolution as the “cornerstone of modern biology.”  Maybe that is why The Scientist allowed him to publish it.1.  Intellectual historian Charles Alan Kors (U of Pennsylvania) has said, “there are few terms more equivocal, more ambiguous, that have more multiple meanings, than the term ‘nature.’”  For each sphere of phenomena a philosopher would wish to circumscribe with this slippery word, clever interlocutors could find appeals to phenomena outside the sphere.  These, by definition, would also be supernatural – meaning, above, or beyond “nature,” whatever it is.  If nature is defined as that which is open to sense perception, for instance, are black holes and unobservable entities like strings, quarks or dark matter extra-natural?  If nature encompasses only particles and forces, what of reason or the laws of logic?It was unusual of the dogmatic Darwiniacs to allow one of theirs to say something deferential about their most despised enemies.  We appreciate the gesture, but it’s not enough.  We demand complete and unconditional surrender.  They have no ground to stand on empirically, philosophically or ethically.  False humility and crocodile tears are a ruse (as in Michael Ruse).  The Darwiniacs took scientific institutions through deceit and manipulation, so until and unless they relinquish power, they are still at the top of the Most Wanted Ideologues.    A key part of the neo-creationist strategy must be a protracted siege.  No longer will we allow them to raid theistic presuppositions under cover of darkness.  Since they cannot grow their own self-consistent presuppositions within their worldview castle, they will eventually starve or demand our help, which we will only grant provided they acquiesce all power and confess their sins.  Don’t expect that anytime soon.  It will be a long siege.  Freedom, scientific integrity, honesty and self-consistent rationality are worth waiting for.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s shark whisperer

first_imgMike Rutzen reaches out to a great white shark. Rutzen relaxes on deck. Unfazed by the fangs, Rutzen reaches out to a great white shark from the boat. All sharks have different personalities. This one looks friendly, so Rutzen prepares to say “hi” in shark language. Rutzen can tell by the shark’s body language if it is calm or agitated. This, he says, is a mellow shark. (Images: Shark Diving Unlimited)Jennifer SternMike Rutzen dives with great white sharks – without a cage. While he isn’t the first to do it, he’s taken shark diving to a previously unimagined level. He does it not for fun, to win bets or for the adrenaline rush, but to prove a point. And the point is that great white sharks have a gentle side to their nature.While great whites are protected in South African waters, every year hundreds of the fish, and many other species, are slaughtered by the shark nets lining the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal, which were place in the 1960s. Rutzen is a passionate crusader against shark nets.“They’re decimating the shark population,” he says. “The Sharks Board’s initial purpose was protection by eradication, and they haven’t changed. It was understandable in the 1960s; no-one knew better. But now they should take them down.“Gill nets are banned for use anywhere except on swimming beaches. They kill sharks, turtles, dolphins – everything. And they don’t really stop the sharks getting to the beaches. Most of the sharks killed in the nets are killed going back from the beach. So they’re really just killing them, not actually stopping them from getting to the beaches.”It’s largely to campaign for the removal of the nets that that Rutzen wants to change the image of sharks. In some places the gill nets have been removed, only to be replaced by baited drum lines that target bigger sharks – including great whites. Rutzen feels this is not compatible with their protected status.But he’s not an airhead hippy claiming sharks are harmless. He is fully aware that sharks in general – and great whites in particular – are fearsome predators. But, he insists, they don’t target humans. If they did, a person would be taken out at least once a day.“When we get in the water, we’re the dumbest, slowest form of protein,” he says. But we don’t taste good. White sharks are extremely selective in their diet.”They’re not mindless killers, he insists, and he sets out to prove this by hypnotising them.Body languageRutzen slowly developed the idea of hypnosis while working on shark cage diving boats off the small coastal town of Gansbaai near Cape Town, where he now runs a cage diving operation. There he got to see sharks from the safety of the boat and, occasionally, from the cage. And while acting as a safety diver on film shoots, he also had the opportunity to join underwater photographers and videographers. It was while diving safety that he started to think differently about sharks.“The body language thing started when I was safety diver for a cameraman,” he explains. “I started observing what the animal would do. Someone would do something and the animal would react to it. You start picking these things up as you go along.”Rutzen’s ideas about communicating with sharks through body language are similar to the principles of horse whispering – the technique used to communicate with horses. But horses are domesticated animals and herbivores, while sharks are wild carnivores.Some people think he’s crazy, and certainly it takes a great deal of courage to slide into the water with these large predators, but Rutzen approaches each dive calmly and philosophically.“I have to be calm,” he says. “I have to be focused.“I take small calculated risks to try to gain knowledge to learn about the sharks for conservation reasons. If you try to be Rambo in this game you will be dead. They’re not mindless man-killing machines, but they do have a shorter fuse than anything else I’ve dived with. They are the apex predator and nothing stuffs them around.”When he enters the water, he curls up, cross-legged and hugging himself, making himself small so the sharks will not feel threatened. Then he reacts to their body language. If a shark approaches in an aggressive way he will stretch out, lifting his hands above his head and making hostile moves towards the shark to chase it away.“These animals speak to one another in body language. If you can read that language you’re halfway there. The animal can read what your intentions are. It reacts in a way as if it understands your intentions. It’s a very basic communication method. So far it works for me.”Alternatively, if the shark is calm and curious, he will reach out to it.“When I first reached out and touched a great white shark and it reacted to me in a positive manner I was stunned, I couldn’t believe it. The moment I touched the animal in a placid manner the animal started treating me in a placid manner. That was a life-changing insight for me. When I touched it without aggression, it reacted to me without aggression.”Something amazingOn shark-cage safaris, the crew would pat the sharks, stroke them and get them to open their mouths as they approached the boat. In the course of this rather ostentatious showmanship Rutzen noticed that, sometimes, the shark would go limp when he touched it on the nose.Then Christina Zenato, who dives with Caribbean reef sharks in the Bahamas, came on holiday to Gansbaai to dive with great whites. She told him how she puts reef sharks into tonic immobility by stroking them on the nose – effectively hypnotising them.That got him thinking that, perhaps, the same thing could be done with great whites. But to find out he would have to dive regularly with them, and they are a protected species.Diving outside a cage can only be done in South Africa with a specific permit, usually only given for research or filming. Not being attached to a university, Rutzen couldn’t claim to be doing formal research. So he and Zenato planned a documentary in which Rutzen would attempt to hypnotise a great white shark. Once the paperwork was sorted he began to dive with the sharks.The resulting film, Sharkman, was Rutzen’s second documentary about great whites. The first was Beyond Fear, in which he dived with no protection. Most people who dive with white sharks without a cage carry an unloaded spear gun or camera, with which they can push the sharks away.He has since made a third film about great whites, called Living Legend, and is currently working on a documentary about rare and endangered oceanic white tip sharks.As Rutzen expected, hypnotising great whites was not that easy and, both to facilitate the making of the documentary and find out as much as he could about tonic immobility, he headed off to the Bahamas.First he worked with Sam “Doc” Gruber, a biologist who has perfected the technique of putting sharks into tonic immobility by turning them upside down. This results in a deep trance-like state.But the sharks Gruber works with were small, and he works in shallow water where he can stand. While Rutzen had some success with Gruber, he had no illusions about his ability to turn a great white shark upside down in deep water.So he headed off to his next stop, where he spent time with Zaneto, who showed him the basics of nose-tickling tonic trance. It took him a while to get the hang of it, but eventually he found he could put the sharks into light tonic just by stroking them on the nose. A big discovery was that it was only once he started trusting the sharks that they trusted him.It is a humbling experience, Rutzen says. “You can see the shark’s eyes watching you. Its breathing is getting slower and slower. I’m amazed that such a light touch can have such a drastic impact on such a wild animal.”“If people can only feel what I felt, and see these animals through my eyes, they’d never look at sharks the same way again.”Two types of tonicWhile Rutzen had a Caribbean reef shark in tonic, he tried turning it over to see if he could get it into the deeper state that Gruber achieves. The shark immediately swam away, clearly unimpressed.He thinks there are probably two distinct types of tonic, of which Gruber’s is the deeper. Gruber explains how he thinks his type of tonic works.“[The shark’s] visual fields are reversed and her gravity is reversed and I think this produces a kind of a sensory overload and the brain secretes serotonin.”Putting sharks into tonic by stroking their noses works in a different way. Sharks have extraordinary powers of perception. Their eyesight is excellent, they can feel vibrations along the lateral line that runs the whole length of their body, and they have unusual sense organs on their noses, known as the ampullae of Lorenzini.These are a cluster of sensory pits around their snouts, connected directly to the brain and able to sense electromagnetic fields. (This is how electric shark-repellent pods work – they send an impulse that the shark finds unpleasant.) Clearly, there is more to it, though, and the sensations the shark experiences when it is put into a light tonic by this method appear to be pleasurable.When Rutzen was diving with Caribbean reef sharks, he tried an informal experiment. He put a shark into tonic, and then moved away from it. The shark had the choice to follow him for further nose-tickling, or to swim to the canister of sardines they had used as bait to attract it in the first place. The shark chose the tonic.Rutzen’s experience with Caribbean reef sharks gave him the confidence he needed to try the technique on great whites.“Realising that these animals want to go into tonic and that I am capable of putting them in, that was an awesome experience,” he says. “It’s a big key to the whole progression to achieve tonic with bigger animals.”A useful toolGruber uses the tonic immobility to work with sharks. He tests shark repellent, which he is trying to perfect to protect sharks from being killed by long line fishing, he takes blood samples for analysis in the hope that shark antibodies may hold the key to the cure of some human diseases, or he inserts subdermal radio transmitters.Gruber explains that inserting a transmitter while the shark is in tonic is a simple operation as the shark is completely docile and feels nothing. The transmitter will work for up to four years.Zenato also uses the lighter tonic to do basic work with the reef sharks. While they were filming, she removed a fish hook from a shark’s mouth while in tonic. The shark just floated there, feeling nothing.Rutzen wants to bring the technique to South African marine biology. A lot of good information can be obtained by radio telemetry – a shark tagged in Gansbaai was found to swim as far as Australia. But all research with great whites, such as tagging and attaching radio transmitters, is currently done by hooking the shark, manhandling it to the side of the boat, and then releasing it. This is dangerous, expensive and hard work, and is very stressful for the shark.So, Rutzen thought, if he could reliably and consistently put great whites into tonic, research could be much cheaper, more effective and less traumatic for the shark.Research is necessary to ensure the survival of great whites and other sharks, many of which are seriously endangered. Rutzen also believes that changing people’s perception about sharks will help to get protective legislation passed.An amazing experienceAfter returning to South Africa from the Bahamas, Rutzen had a short period to complete the filming before his permit expired. He spent some time off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, diving with tiger sharks, where he managed to put three-metre shark into tonic.Tiger sharks are more dangerous than great whites, and possibly more aggressive, so this gave him more confidence to attempt to hypnotise a great white. After a number of attempts, he managed to get a great white into a mild state of tonic for a few seconds, so from that point of view, the exercise was only marginally successful.But he accomplished two other important things. First, the documentary seriously challenges the notion that sharks are mindless killers so it will, hopefully, contribute to a better understanding of sharks generally.And on a more personal level, Rutzen had an amazing interaction with a 4.5-metre great white. While he didn’t manage to get her into tonic, they bonded, achieving a level of trust that is hard to imagine. For about a minute, she towed him gently and slowly through the water while he held on to her dorsal fin.“I’ve never ever in my life had an experience like that with such a big animal,” Rutzen says. “You realise how wonderful and powerful these animals are. You’re so in touch with the animal, you can feel every little thing. If the animal starts looking at you, you can feel how it’s banking its head and looking at you. We’ve just done the longest dorsal fin ride I’ve ever ridden. It’s surreal, it’s super-peaceful. It feels like you want to stay there.”It was Rutzen who broke the contact because – well – a man’s got to breathe.Related articlesSharkspotting keeps seas safe Big fish, big teeth, big bucks The great whaling debate Big fests for big beasts SA biologist wins thesis award Useful linksShark Diving Unlimited Afri-Oceans Conservation Alliance Save our Seas Sharkspotters South African Shark Conservancy Natal Sharks Board Sharkman, the movielast_img read more

SA signs search and rescue agreements

first_img22 November 2010 Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the agreements, signed in Pretoria on Friday, would help South Africa tighten its operations, enhancing its good safety record. As part of the agreement, common search and rescue procedures will be developed, resources will be pooled and mutual visits will be undertaken. It will also facilitate the easy entry of search and rescue units into each other’s territories. Ndebele said the agreements would make it easy for all these countries to execute their rescue missions and rely on each other for assistance and support. South Africa has identified 14 countries in its search and rescue region with which to partner. To date, seven agreements have been signed, while four agreements have been concluded and are ready for signature. One has been negotiated and two are still to be negotiated. Common search and rescue procedures Ndebele said there was a high level of inter-regional cooperation when it came to passing on information regarding incidents within each other’s regions. South Africa has boosted its sea and air search and rescue capabilities by signing agreements with Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Uruguay that will make it easier for the four to countries to carry out their rescue missions while being able to rely on one another’s support. “We strive to implement stringent safety measures in the areas of aviation and maritime transport in pursuance of international standards and recommended practices,” said Ndebele. “When we are aware of an incident within the neighbouring region, we will try to assist where possible by gathering information, put out broadcasts and on occasion, even contract vessels in order to assist. This practice is reciprocated by all concerned,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How to Get What You Want

first_imgIt is infinitely more likely that you are failing to produce the results you want because of a lack of execution than a lack of knowledge. It is almost certain if you know what you want, that you also know what you need to do to have it.If it isn’t a lack of execution that is preventing the result you want to achieve, then it is almost certainly a lack of patient persistence. If you do the right thing long enough, you will eventually have what you want.If you know what you want and do not have it despite knowing what you need to do and patiently persisting, then your strategy for producing that outcome isn’t right. You can do almost everything right and be off in just one critical area. If you find the distinction between your strategy and someone who already has what you want, making a change will almost surely get you what you want.This is the recipe for achieving what you want to achieve. First, get great clarity about what you want. Two, learn what it is you need to do to have it and execute. Three, patiently persist until you achieve the result. Four, make any necessary adjustments and repeat. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

BJP MLA Lokendra Singh killed in road accident

first_img While the driver and Mr. Singh, 45, were killed on the spot, the two police gunners died during treatment at a nearby medical facility.District Magistrate Sarika Mohan and Superintendent of Police Anand Kulkarni had rushed to the scene of the accident.The gunners who lost their lives have been identified as Brijesh Mishra, 28, and Deepak Kumar, 30. A Bharatiya Janata Party MLA was killed on Wednesday in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur while he was on his way to the Investors Meet in Lucknow, police said.Lokendra Singh, the Noorpur (BJP) legislator from Bijnore, was headed for the summit to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day, when his SUV rammed head on with a truck coming from the opposite direction at Kakaiyyapara.His Fortuner car was going at high speed, an official told IANS. His two security guards and the driver have also died in the crash.Anguished by the demise of BJP MLA from Noorpur, Shri Lokendra Singh Ji due to an accident. His service towards society and role in building the BJP in UP will always be remembered. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of grief.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 21, 2018last_img read more

La Salle escapes Lyceum, goes to Filoil finals

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle averted disaster and survived Lyceum of the Philippines, 100-99, to enter the finals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.Santi Santillan converted on a three-point play in the final 10 seconds give the Green Archers a narrow lead before Lyceum botched its final play as Reymar Caduyac’s inside pass to Harry Nzeusseu went erratic.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lonzo Ball ‘blessed’ to play for Lakers, Johnson Aljun Melecio led the Green Archers with a game-high 30 points while coming away with four steals.Ricci Rivero was not far behind for La Salle as he put up 27 points while Ben Mbala had a 26-point, 16-rebound double-double.CJ Perez filled up the stat sheets for the Pirates with 24 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and six steals while Wilson Baltazar added 19 points.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire La Salle set up a finals dance against San Beda on Sunday.Green Archers head coach Aldin Ayo said the team has to learn from close games where their composure will be tested.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told the team to learn from this ball game because we’re going to learn a lot from this,” said Ayo. “The composure, the decision-making when under duress, the decision-making when the odds are not with us, because there are things that we cannot control.”La Salle held a 97-94 lead in the final 1:15 but the Pirates managed to score five unanswered to take the, 99-97, lead with 35.7 seconds remaining. MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more