Tory Island Hotel on the market for less than a Dublin home!

first_imgOne of Ireland’s most remote island hotels has just gone on the market for less than the price of a three-bedroom semi-detached home in Dublin.The sale of the famous Óstan Thóraigh or Tory Island Hotel is billed by the selling agent as a “fantastic opportunity to acquire a landmark property with huge potential.” Óstan Thóraigh is the only hotel on secluded Tory island, a Gaeltacht area located nine miles off the rugged coast of County Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way.And this island getaway could be yours for just €400,000 – around the price of a three-bed apartment or less than a three-bed semi in Dublin.Gareth McLarnon, from Glen Estates in Letterkenny, said: “The Tory Island Hotel is an iconic building situated in a thriving seasonal tourism destination.“This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a landmark property with huge potential. It is a chance for someone to embrace island life in a strong community on one of Ireland’s most beautifully scenic islands located off the coast of Ireland’s most northerly county.“Properties like this don’t come to market very often in Ireland and we are expecting quite a bit of interest in this unique opportunity. This wonderful island hotel is on the market for around the same price as two-bedroom apartment in parts of Dublin.” The 14-bedroom hotel, with bar and restaurant, is being offered for sale as a going concern by owner Sean Doherty, who was also the island’s former lighthouse keeper.The family-owned and run hotel is the biggest employer on the island and has been a focal point for many of the island’s historic moments since the 19th century.The business dates from the late 1800s, when the Ward family operated the hotel and a general store, supplying everything from salted fish to the marine chandlery.The store traded with passing ships while people from what Tory islanders call ‘the country’ also made regular shopping trips to Wards from the mainland.Roger Casement once stayed at the hotel and Easter Proclamation Signatory Joseph Mary Plunkett sent a postcard from the hotel on his second visit to the island in 1914. He wrote that he did not stay in the hotel, however, as Mr Ward was “very Sombre”. With a total population of around 140 Islanders (double that in summer), the Atlantic-battered island is steeped in history, mythology and folklore.The island outpost has long been a favourite getaway for artists, nature-lovers, bird watchers and many who simply want to switch off for a few days.Tory Island is part of the Donegal Gaeltacht and has one of the highest rates of native Irish speakers anywhere in Ireland.The only access to the island is by ferry and each crossing takes around an hour. The ferry runs four times daily during the summer season and twice daily during the winter months. The closing date for offers is Wednesday, July 31, 2019.Tory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTory Island Hotel on the market for less than a Dublin home! was last modified: September 2nd, 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

Is This Duck a Dinosaur?

first_img(Visited 817 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Before swallowing the hype about the latest dino-bird fossil, ask some hard questions.When something really unusual turns up, skeptical observers should not just take a scientist’s word for it. That’s especially good advice when the scientist has a bias toward a preconceived worldview of the past history of the earth. In this case, evolutionists tell us that birds evolved from dinosaurs—indeed, that birds are dinosaurs. A new ‘dino-bird’ fossil turned up after an unknown period of time in Brussels that supposedly first came from Mongolia. What is it? Laura Geggel says in Live Science, “This Dinosaur Fossil Was So Bizarre, Scientists Thought It Was Fake.” They dutifully published the artist reconstruction anyway, saying,Caution: All they found were bones in rock pieces glued together.An enigmatic dinosaur — which sported a swan-like neck, amphibious flippers and Velociraptor-esque claws — could walk like a duck and swim like a penguin during its heyday on Earth, scientists have found after examining its fossilized remains.In fact, the remains, which were on the black market for years, painted such a wacky image of a dinosaur that paleontologists thought it was a sophisticated fake at first.Naturally, the news-hungry organizations like National Geographic and Fox News Science quickly posted the same picture and interpretation.A research team including well-known dinosaur hunter Phillip Currie did some analysis on the rock and the bones, and decided it was not fake. They published it in Nature with all the usual Latin, taxonomy and descriptions as with any new fossil, but you would have to dig into the Supplementary Materials PDF file to read about how it was found:Originally poached from the Ukhaa Tolgod locality (according to associated documents, deposited at MPC together with the specimen), MPC-D102/109 resided in private collections in Japan and England for an unknown amount of time. In 2015, the specimen was transferred to the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences through the French company Eldonia. Subsequent negotiations between the RBINS, Eldonia and Mongolian authorities, in the scope of the official cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia, the Belgian Science Policy Office and the RBINS, led to the official return of the specimen to the Institute of Paleontology and Geology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences. MPC-D102/109 was incompletely prepared when it arrived at RBINS. Preliminary preparation under the supervision of PG allows us to certify that this specimen is not a composite.If there was “preliminary preparation” to certify it was not a composite, like the infamous Archaeoraptor that laid egg on the face of National Geographic in 1999, what will ‘subsequent preparation’ determine? That’s not all; there’s glue holding the pieces together:The block is crossed by several fractures, including one consolidated with glue: nevertheless, the sediment shows good structural continuity and all the fractures in the matrix continue within the bones (Extended Data Figures 2a-d). This indicates that the specimen is not an assemblage of bones from distinct individuals glued together on the matrix block: all restoration done on the specimen before our analyses was thus aimed at consolidating and stabilising the block including the skeleton. Minor portions of few exposed bones had been restored in plaster. In the skull, only the anterior half of both nasals and the anterior end of the exposed (right) maxilla, anterior to the antorbital fenestra, have been reconstructed in plaster. The rest of the exposed skull shows no signs of being restored, as also confirmed by the overall correspondence and symmetry with the cranial elements still inside the block matrix. In the postcranial skeleton, only some elements of the exposed hand were restored in plaster: restoration affected particularly the badly preserved epiphyses (proximal and distal extremities) of many elements and metacarpal I entirely (Extended Data Figure 3). Given that epiphyseal dissolution affected also the right forelimb that is still inside the block, the absence of epiphyseal bone in the exposed hand is not caused by restoration, and is interpreted as a pre-burial phenomenon (e.g., soft tissue decay and invertebrate scavenging that targeted the least ossified elements of the skeleton).In short, there is a great deal of interpretation going on. Scientists are fallible. They can declare their opinion that this fossil is genuine, and indeed it may be. But before accepting their judgment, we should recall the critical opinions of liberal scientists who questioned the authenticity of some artifacts in the Museum of the Bible (see 11/18/17). Those criticisms concerned artifacts only a couple of thousand years old, not tens of millions like this Cretaceous-era specimen is claimed to be. Are secular paleontologists immune from being fooled? Remember, they only found bones in a questionable rock, not any of the non-skeletal remains pictured in white feathers in the artwork. The bones, moreover, are hollow, as in birds; so why are they calling it a dinosaur? Evolutionists have a vested interest in making dinosaurs as bird-like as they can, and birds as dinosaur-like as they can. They do this with ‘hominid’ fossils, too.Sometimes, however, fossils throw a curve ball at evolutionists. That happened with platypus a century ago. Like platypus, it’s not clear this fossil is helping the evolutionary story. They wave the magic wand of ‘convergent evolution’ in their last sentence:This lineage adds an amphibious ecomorphology to those evolved by maniraptorans: it acquired a predatory mode that relied mainly on neck hyperelongation for food procurement, it coupled the obligatory bipedalism of theropods with forelimb proportions that may support a swimming function, and it developed postural adaptations convergent with short-tailed birds.Did this creature choose to evolve this way? Did it purposely ‘acquire’ and ‘develop’ traits that make it like a mixture of creatures? Fox News says,It walked like an ostrich, had flippers and could swim like a penguin, had a bill like a duck and a neck like a swan but had killer claws and teeth like a crocodile, which it needed because it was a meat-eating dinosaur.(Note: dietary habits were not observed.) In the same flock, National Geographic quacks,More than 70 million years ago, a creature roaming Earth’s ancient wetlands may have looked like a duck and hunted like a duck—but it was really a dinosaur related to Velociraptor.The man on the street will have a different answer to, “If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck…”This fossil may represent a new kind of creature, but certain questions should be addressed first:Are there other paleontologists questioning the provenance of the bones?Are there other paleontologists concerned about the glue and plaster, who suspect fraud?Did the poachers of this fossil have a financial motive for selling this specimen?What happened to it in the many other places where it was stored?Why is this specimen unique?On that last question, we should note that specimens are members of a species—a population that had to be large enough to breed and interact with an ecosystem. There had to be many of these whatever-they-were’s to exist. Where are they? So many unique specimens are coming from China and Mongolia, it should seem very odd that these same creatures are not usually found in other parts of the world.We’re just asking. This may represent a great new advance in the understanding of prehistoric life. Before anyone accepts the artwork, though, some critical questions ought to be answered.last_img read more

Video: Homeless Team SA returns

first_imgThe South African street soccer team is welcomed by supporters at Cape Town International Airport after taking part in the 2009 Homeless World Cup in Milan, Italy from 6 to 13 September.After a tough eight days of competition, the team sponsored by Ambition24 beat Malawi 9-1 in the final of the Milan Cup playoff among teams ranked 17th to 24th after the second round of the competition.Click arrow to play video.last_img

The challenges and rewards of growing buckwheat in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Like many farms in Ohio, the 2016 planting season started a little later than expected for Marion County’s Lill Farms. Planters started rolling on May 23 and wrapped up in the first part of June. Summer dealt a rough five-week period with no rain and then timely August rains helped push yield numbers to higher marks than anticipated.As harvest time approached, Lill Farms’ David Niederhuber had to take a hiatus from the corn and soybean fields  to take off another crop that is part of the farm’s rotation — buckwheat.“We started growing buckwheat here in the early 1990s and it certainly is a unique crop,” Niederhuber said. “It’s a double-crop with a short growing season and it goes in after wheat and this year we planted it on July 15 but it can go in as late as Aug. 1.”With a mid-summer planting time frame and a short growing season window, the weather experienced this year was ideal for the unique crop.“We received about two inches of rain about a week after we planted it,” Niederhuber said. “That was helpful, but buckwheat doesn’t need a lot of rain and it doesn’t require the best soils and it is most beneficial in how it pulls fertilizer back out of the soil and will make it readily available for next year’s corn crop.”Because it grows so quickly and helps to keep the weeds down, buckwheat works really well as a cover crop, not to mention the added production revenue per acre.“That is always a factor we consider when we decide to plant buckwheat,” Niederhuber said. “The last time we put wheat out we followed it with tillage radishes and crimson clover, but buckwheat looked good on paper this year.”In a normal growing season, buckwheat requires a frost in order to be harvested, but the extended warm temperatures of 2016 forced Lill Farms to take a different approach.“Buckwheat is an indeterminate crop, which means it will keep flower and producing seed until it is dead,” Niederhuber said. “Normally we go in and cut it three days after the first frost, but this year that wasn’t an option. It did look pretty green coming out the back, but all and all we didn’t have too many issues with cutting it before a frost.”A decent yield for double-crop buckwheat is around 25 to 30 bushels to the acre and Lill Farms was a bit above average with this year’s harvest.Choosing to plant buckwheat in Ohio does have other challenges. The dealer that Lill Farms used to work with was in Forrest, Ohio, but there are currently no buckwheat dealers in the state, leaving the only option to deal directly with a mill in New York.“I make the trip up to pick up the seed and I’ll take the harvested product back to that mill this fall,” Niederhuber said. “They will process it to make buckwheat flour which is then used for pancakes.”Buckwheat is considered highly nutritious and the market for the grain is growing, especially with an increasing number of people adopting a gluten-free diet. Buckwheat is not a member of the wheat family and is more closely related to rhubarb.This rare crop is marketed much differently than corn and soybeans, which base their values from the Chicago Board of Trade.“Buckwheat is a 100% production direct contract,” Niederhuber said. “The mill sets the price for the seed and sets the price for what they’ll pay when you deliver the harvest back to them and it’s all on the hundredweight.”Trucking the new crop back to New York is the biggest expense in Lill Farm’s buckwheat endeavor.“That may be one of the biggest hurdles for other farmers playing with the idea of making buckwheat a part of their operation,” Niederhuber said. “Logistically and economically, not many farmers are going to be willing to make that trip when harvest is complete.”That’s why the decision to plant double-crop buckwheat on these Central Ohio wheat acres is made on a year-to-year basis.“Straw has chemicals in it that are toxic to the buckwheat, so we chose to bale 3,500 bales of straw this year as opposed to disking it in,” Niederhuber said. “Combine the value of that straw with the value of the buckwheat and the end result to the bottom line would equal close to 200 bushel corn with a quarter to half of the expense.”With two plantings, two harvests and straw handling, Niederhuber and Lill Farms are willing to do the more difficult tasks in order to make things work in this current agricultural economy. In 2017, an additional 10 acres of buckwheat will be planted for a total of 60 acres, meaning a few more pancakes for the rest of us and a bit more profit for Lill Farms.last_img read more