Daniel O’Donnell has revealed his dream of becoming an actor – and has signed up to acting classes in Galway.DanielThe Kincasslagh man is on an extended break from his music career and will be heading to drama school in the coming weeks.The crooner hopes the experience will help him land a role in a musical in the future.He has revealed in the past how he would love even a walk-on part on his favourite soap opera, Coronation Street.“I plan to take part in a workshop in acting, but only for a week,” he said.“That is just what it would be like, as I have always thought that I would like to do something- perhaps in a musical.”“This will just give me a feel for it and it will be with an acting school in Galway.”Daniel’s manager is already coming up with some ideas for what roles the singer would be suited for.“It is with somebody that my new manager, Kieran Cavanagh, knows and he is coming up with his own ideas for what I might be suitable for and he is bringing those ideas to the table.”In an interview with his eponymous fan club magazine, Daniel assured fans he will be returning to music soon enough.“I’m not retired, I have not given up, it’s just a break from touring,” he said.“I know that I will be going back and this thought makes the sabbatical more enjoyable.DANIEL MOVES A STEP CLOSER TO ‘CORRIE’ DREAM WITH ACTING CLASSES was last modified: June 20th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:ACTING CLASSESDANIL O’DONNELLdonegal
A tinkerer usually implies a human being with a brain. A man in his garage, for instance, might look around for spare parts to arrange into some new contraption. What would he think if he were told that his own brain was made that way? That’s what evolutionists commonly teach: our bodies and our brains were organized not by design or plan, but by nature’s tinkerer: a blind, aimless physical process that somehow cobbled parts together to allow us to think, and tinker, and even design master plans. A good example of this tendency in the popular press was published in Science Daily and PhysOrg. They reported on the “Genes to Cognition Programme” at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a group attempting to discern connections between genes and brains (see original press release). The team concluded that brain size alone was not the deciding factor in human cognition. More complex synapses – the junctions between neurons – had to evolve first. Surprisingly, some of these complex junctions appear in yeast and other organisms we think don’t think. Some of these junctions humans use in learning and memory. The first arrival was the most impressive: “The number and complexity of proteins in the synapse first exploded when multicellular animals emerged, some billion years ago.” That’s even before the Cambrian explosion, when all life was single-celled. Another explosion occurred at the arrival of vertebrates, they said. This all suggested to the researchers a vision of the human brain as an example of tinkering. The view was best expressed by team member Richard Emes, lecturer in Bioinformatics at Keele University. He said, “It is amazing how a process of Darwinian evolution by tinkering and improvement has generated, from a collection of sensory proteins in yeast, the complex synapse of mammals associated with learning and cognition.” The project head, Seth Grant, used his tinkered brain to think that this is bringing human cognition closer to understanding its origins. “This work leads to a new and simple model for understanding the origins and diversity of brains and behaviour in all species,” he said. “We are one step closer to understanding the logic behind the complexity of human brains.” He did not specify how many steps have been traversed, how many lie ahead, or what direction to go, assuming he himself is tinkering with ideas that emerged from a product of tinkering. Can such a product have any assurance its cobbled neurons are capable of understanding anything? The tinkering metaphor was echoed in another context by Meredith Small at Live Science. She was trying to explain why men have breasts and nipples. Her explanation combined immiscible concepts: that we were produced by an aimless process, yet are somehow capable of thinking rationally about that process:In fact, men’s breasts are a good lesson in the higgledy-piggledy way that evolution works. Natural selection chooses for and against body parts, but there is no master plan that aims for the perfect creature. Men have boobs, women get facial hair, and we all stand in front of the mirror asking, “Why?” Each person is, in fact, a Rube Goldberg sort of organism pieced together by biology and made up of good parts, bad parts and parts that are inconsequential.She also claimed that we all start out as women in the embryo, but males only become male after testosterone kicks in about the sixth week of development. She called femaleness the default or “fallback” position of the human form. How she could know any of this was an unasked – and unanswered – question. Ironically, philosopher and astronomer John Herschel ridiculed Darwinian theory as the “law of higgledy-piggledy” after reading The Origin of Species. He was not speaking of how natural selection works. He was speaking of the concept of natural selection itself. Proposing a “law of nature” that depends on higgledy-piggledy ways is a higgledy-piggledy scientific idea, he meant; a law that acts haphazardly is no law at all.Some day these evolutionary explanations are going to sound so stupid, students will shake their heads in disbelief that smart people could have believed such things. Let’s hasten the day. Did it occur to Ms. Small that Rube Goldberg designed his comical devices by intelligent design, not by chance? As kludgy as they looked, they were quite effective. How much more effective are her eyes, hands and brain? It seems highly inconsiderate for her to employ them with finesse and then call them hodgepodges of bad parts. These scientists have convinced themselves that there is no master plan. Nothing in reality was designed. Everything is the result of happenstance. Parts emerge from the void. New neurons appear in unthinking cells, without any foreknowledge that some day scientists will employ them to think rationally. From the growing garage of various parts that emerged from the void, Tinker Bell, the goddess of evolution, sets to work, cobbling brains and breasts and everything else, and presto – here we are. How on earth can Meredith Small and her friends have any standards of rationality to know this is true? How can she have any standard of ethics to call parts good or bad? How can a cognitive “I” emerge from this mess to ask “Why?” or any other question, and believe itself capable of finding an answer, let alone comprehending it? If this mythology gives some comfort to the evolutionist, well, it’s a free country. We would like to just tug on their garment and say, ahem; by thinking, you are refuting your story. Yes indeed: stand in front of the mirror and ask, “Why?” Why do Meredith Small and Richard Emes and Seth Grant believe they are in touch with reality? Why do they claim an ontology that grounds an epistemology? Think, and think that your thinking matters, and you are now dealing in concepts. Concepts are not physical. Thought is not reducible to neurons, proteins and genes. Thought can employ material objects; it can even tinker with them and be influenced by them. But the moment you employ concepts, you cannot look in the mirror and see the image of Tinker Bell. You see the image of God. Whether you see or understand His Master Plan is debatable. But by thinking, you acknowledge that one exists. (Visited 71 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
When we first heard about inDegree, pitched to us as a LinkedIn for graduate students, our initial response was, “Yes, but don’t graduate students already have LinkedIn?”This startup’s CEO, Alexander Miningham, responded that while many grad students do indeed see some job hunting success via the behemoth site, many others have not yet built the professional networks to find a great deal of value there. As LinkedIn grows ever larger, more of us are relying on our networks for word-of-mouth, referrals, and recommendations. Miningham’s point stands; so what does inDegree propose to offer as a substitute for a large professional network?New users of the site are placed in what Miningham called “education networks,” which allow users to find and connect with classmates or alumni – who are arguably more useful in a job-search scenario. Users can share documents and work collaboratively through the site. Job listings on the site are for advanced degree-holders only, which creates a welcome bottleneck for jobseekers.“Through research,” wrote Miningham, “we’ve found that graduate students are looking for a more dedicated site that fits their specific needs. Coupled with the services we plan to offer in 2010, we are confident that graduate students and alumni will rapidly adopt the website. inDegree is also the first website that connects these 4 user groups in one centralized location (graduate students, alumni holding graduate degrees, employers, and universities).”InDegree launched in beta in May to Florida State University business students and launched publicly August 31. Currently, all accounts and postings are free of charge for all users, including universities and companies.In early 2010, inDegree plans to roll out matching services similar to the models established by eHarmony.com and Match.com. InDegree proposes to match grad students and alumni to open positions with consideration for job types, experience required, location, salary, specializations, licenses, and other criteria. At that point, the site will charge employers and universities for matches, although job-seeking grad students will still be able to use the site and find matches free.It’s an interesting concept, and one that will require plenty of user adoption to work effectively. And we get the impression that effective pitching to universities will be one of the most important ways to increase user adoption. The interface on the site needs work; it doesn’t have a professional look and feel, and the site’s features and benefits are not compellingly highlighted. Although these aspects need work, we can see the “matching” concept working well for grad students in the future. What do you think? Grad students and alums are especially encouraged to weigh in. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Chris Banchero led the Aces with 22 and three more tossed in 10 each in a balanced scoring attack that Compton counterpart Louie Alas could not find.Matthew Wright was bottled up the whole night and struggled to finish with 16 points—all of them coming from close range—as the Aces never allowed him to settle into a groove from the perimeter. He was 0-for-6 from beyond the arc.Pushed to the wall by an enemy taken lightly by almost everyone, TNT KaTropa did enough to avoid a laughable upset in the other game.“I didn’t see that they gave their best today,” coach Nash Racela said of his Texters, who barely nosed out cellar-dwelling KIA Picanto, 90-85, to climb to the upper half of the 12-team pack.It took two RR Garcia baskets inside the dying minutes for the Texters to pull this one out of the fire and rise to 4-3 for fourth place at the moment, as Racela stayed on target for at least a top-six finish.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa JRU boosts Final Four bid The Aces clamped down hard and gave up 24 points in the first two periods, and when the Fuel Masters tried making a game out of it in the fourth quarter by coming to within 14, Alaska scooted away for good on the way to rising to 5-2 and solo third.Only San Miguel Beer and Magnolia are better with 5-1 slates, though the Beermen and the Hotshots are sure to part ways as they still have to face each other later on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoenix couldn’t find the same game it dished out in upsetting Barangay Ginebra last week and slipped to 3-4.“We gave up 24 (first half) points. If I can find a way to bottle that, I’d be a millionaire,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said with a smile, marveling at the great job they did on Phoenix’s offense. “It was one of those halves where our defense had a lot of teeth.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Read Next Meanwhile, Commissioner Willie Marcial suspended the referees who worked the Barangay Ginebra-San Miguel Beer game last Sunday because of the confusion that marred the final 4.6 seconds of a 100-96 Kings victory.Three referees got one-week suspensions each while a fourth one was slapped a three-week ban even as Marcial also suspended the game barker and a table official for failing to spot the error that led to San Miguel’s Chris Ross taking a free throw instead of Chico Lanete. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PBA IMAGESStarting out hot and finishing at boiling point, Alaska mowed down Phoenix Petroleum, 93-75, on Wednesday night as the Aces—who have never looked this good in almost two years—are now staring the PBA Philippine Cup leaders in the face and are making a case for a twice-to-beat privilege.Calvin Abueva didn’t just warm up this time. He came off the bench at Mall of Asia Arena to pump in 21 points that went with 14 rebounds and four steals in 25 minutes and lead a hardnosed defensive stand by Alaska that starved the Fuel Masters to a franchise low total at the half.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
DefinitionCarpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which there is excessive pressure on the median nerve. This is the nerve in the wrist that allows feeling and movement to parts of the hand.Carpal tunnel syndromecan lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.Alternative NamesMedian nerve dysfunction; Median nerve entrapmentCausesThe median nerve provides feeling and movement to the thumb side of the hand, including the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and thumb side of the ring finger.The area in your wrist where the nerve enters the hand is called the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is normally narrow. Any swelling can pinch the nerve and cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome.Some people who develop this problem were born with a carpal tunnel that is small.Carpal tunnel syndromemay becaused by making the same hand and wrist motion over and over. Using hand tools that vibrate may also lead to carpal tunnel.Studies have not proved thatcarpal tunnel is caused by typing on a computer, using a mouse, or repeating movements while working, playing a musical instrument, or playing sports. But these activities may cause tendinitis or bursitis.Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs most often in people 30 to 60 years old. Itis more common in women than men.Other factors that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome include:Alcohol abuseBone fractures and arthritis of the wristCyst or tumor that grows in the wristInfectionsObesityIf your body keeps extra fluids during pregnancy or menopauseRheumatoid arthritisSymptomsadvertisementClumsiness of the hand when gripping objectsNumbness or tingling in the thumb and next two or three fingers of one or both handsNumbness or tingling of the palm of the handPain extending to the elbowPain in thewrist or hand in one or both handsProblems with fine finger movements (coordination) in one or both handsWasting away of the muscle under the thumb (in advanced or long-term cases)Weak grip or difficulty carrying bags (a common complaint)Weakness in one or both handsSigns and testsDuring a physical exam, the health care provider may find:Numbness in the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and thumb side of the ring fingerWeak hand gripTapping over the median nerve at the wrist may cause pain to shoot from the wrist to the hand (this is called the Tinel sign)Bending the wrist forward all the way for 60 seconds will usually result in numbness, tingling, or weakness (this is called the Phalen test)Tests that may be orderedinclude:ElectromyographyNerve conduction velocityWrist x-rays should be done to rule out other problems (such as wrist arthritis)TreatmentYour health care provider may suggest the following:Wearing a splint at night for several weeks. If this does not help, you may need to wear the splint during the day as well.Avoid sleeping on your wrists.Placingwarm and cold compresses on the affected area.Changes you can make in the workplace to reduce the stress on your wrist include:Special devices include keyboards, different types of computer mouse, cushioned mouse pads, and keyboard drawers.Someone should review the position you are in when performing your work activities. For example, make sure the keyboard is low enough so that your wrists are notbent upward while typing. Yourhealth care providermay suggest an occupational therapist.You may also need to make changes in your work duties or recreational activities. Some of the jobs associated with carpal tunnel syndrome include those that involve typing and vibrating tools.MEDICATIONSMedications used in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Corticosteroid injections, given into the carpal tunnel area, may relieve symptoms for a period of time.SURGERYCarpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure that cuts into the ligament that is pressing on the nerve. Surgery is successful most of the time, but it depends on how long the nerve compression has been occurring and its severity.Outlook (Prognosis)Symptoms often improve without surgery. But more thanhalf of cases eventually require surgery. Surgery is often successful, but full healing can take months.Possible ComplicationsIf the condition is treated properly, there are usually no complications. If untreated, the nerve can be damaged, causing permanent weakness, numbness, and tingling.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall for an appointment with your health care provider if:You have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndromeYour symptoms do not respond to regular treatment, such as rest and anti-inflammatory medications, or if there seems to be a loss of muscle bulkaround your fingersPreventionadvertisementUse tools and equipment that are properly designed to reduce the risk of wrist injury.Ergonomic aids, such as split keyboards, keyboard trays, typing pads, and wrist braces, may be used to improve wrist posture during typing. Take frequent breaks when typing and always stop if there is tingling or pain.References Huisstede BM, Hoogvliet P, Randsdorp MS, Glerum S, van Middlekoop M, Koes BW. Carpal tunnel syndrome. Part I: effectiveness of nonsurgical treatments — a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010;91:981-1004.Huisstede BM, Randsdorp MS, Coert Jh, Glerum S, van Middlekoop M, Koes BW. Carpal tunnel syndrome. Part II: effectiveness of surgical treatments — a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010;91:1005-1024.Keith MW. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons clinical practice guidelines on the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009;91(10):2478-2479.Keith MW. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010;92(1):218-219.Thomsen JF, Gerr F, Atroshi I. Carpal tunnel syndrome and the use of computer mouse and keyboard: a systematic review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2008 Oct6;9:134Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.