Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team has a home doubleheader Saturday with a match against Wichita State at 10 a.m. and then a match against Valparaiso at 5 p.m to wrap up the Bulldogs home portion of their schedule. The Bulldogs split their doubleheader last weekend, with a 5-2 win over UMKC and a 4-3 loss in a nail-biter against nationally ranked Old Dominion. Old Dominion took the point in the doubles portion of the match to go up 1-0. The singles matches were all very tightly contested, and only two matches were finished in two sets. With one match left, the overall match tied 3-3. Tom Hands took the match against Vincent Schneider of Old Dominion to the third set, but lost in a 7-5 tiebreaker. The match was also highlighted by Barny Thorold defeating No. 78 ranked singles player Aziz Kijametovic in three sets. In the match against UMKC Tom Hands won his singles match to bring his season win total up to 13, which is tied with Ben Clark for the team lead. The doubles pairing of Barny Thorold and Vinny Gillespie went 1-1 on the weekend to bring their team leading win total up to 11.This Saturday is senior day for Drake, and Ben Wood will be honored for his contributions to the team over the past four years. This season Wood is fourth on the team in singles wins with 10, and doubles wins with 12. He is coming off his first career Summit League Player of the Week honor as he led Drake last week with a combined 4-0 singles and doubles record.The Bulldogs’ first matchup of the day, Wichita State, brings a seven-game winning streak into Des Moines. The Shockers are led by Murkel Dellian who has a 14-5 singles record and a 10-6 record in doubles matches. After they face off against the Shockers, Drake will take on Summit League foe Valparaiso. Valparaiso is on a four-match winning streak. The Crusaders are led by Gabriel Carvajal and Kweisi Kenyatte, who both have nine singles victories this season.Following the matches this weekend, Drake hits the road and travels to Lincoln, Neb. Wednesday, April 18 to to take on Nebraska at 5 p.m. After Nebraska, the Bulldogs have their final regular season match against Illinois State in Normal, Ill. at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22.
Serious challenges to naturalistic origin of life theories (OOL) are wiggled out of magically in two pro-evolution articles.The Challenge of Error CatastropheSurvival of the Cooperationist: On New Scientist, Bob Holmes acknowledge the problem of “error catastrophe” (complete genomic breakdown due to inaccurate copying), but then wiggled out of it by speculating that “First life may have survived by cooperating.” Here’s the challenge:The earliest life may have been a primordial soup of RNA molecules, but the first crude self-replicating molecules in this “RNA world” would have faced a big problem. They had to grow to store more information, but that made copying errors more likely. Get big enough and these errors become almost certain, destroying the molecule’s information.The solution, Holmes said, is divide and conquer: “In theory, the first replicators could have avoided this ‘error catastrophe’ by splitting their information between several cooperating molecules,” he continued. “Then the network could function as long as copies of each molecule survived.”This seems to be a blatant case of the Personification Fallacy, but Holmes defended it by pointing to an experiment at Portland State where Niles Lehman got 3 molecules together, with A repairing B, B repairing C, and C repairing A. “When they pitted the cooperative network against a selfish, self-repairing molecule, the cooperators won out,” he said, continuing the personification. Gerald Joyce commented favorably on the speculation. Another researcher got higher yield by forcing ribozymes to cooperate in non-biological chemicals that concentrated them.Holmes did not comment on whether these two experiments were intelligently designed.The Challenge of CompartmentalizationGrab the chemicals off the shelf: OK, so one gets impersonal molecules to “cooperate” by division of labor, where they all help repair one another’s mistakes. But how do you get them in the same space? They’re not going to cooperate for long if they drift apart. They need a membrane, a proto-cell, to stay together. In “Early-Earth cells modeled to show how first life forms might have packaged RNA,” PhysOrg elaborates on the experiment mentioned above where Penn State researchers forced ribozymes into an artifical membrane composed of dextran in polyethylene glycol (PEG). “These solutions form distinct polymer-rich aqueous compartments, into which molecules like RNA can become locally concentrated,” Christine Keating explained. Nice. But how do they get their food? That question was overlooked. Instead, Keating gave an imaginary leap back billions of years ago with the power of suggestion:Keating added that, although the team members do not suggest that PEG and dextran were the specific polymers present on the early Earth, they provide a clue to a plausible route to compartmentalization—phase separation. “Phase separation occurs when different types of polymers are present in solution at relatively high concentrations. Instead of mixing, the sample separates to form two distinct liquids, similar to how oil and water separate.” Keating explained. “The aqueous-phase compartments we manufactured using dextran and PEG can drive biochemical reactions by increasing local reactant concentrations. So, it’s possible that some other sorts of polymers might have been the molecules that drove compartmentalization on the early Earth.”Sure, anything’s possible. She didn’t name the candidate polymers, nor explain how the two distinct types of polymers associated. Maybe they needed a compartment around them, too. She also didn’t explain how ingredients get in or out. Passive diffusion is no help; it can’t differentiate between helpful and harmful molecules. Cells have complex membrane machines that provide active transport, bringing the good stuff in and keeping the nasty stuff out. Without active transport, a compartment is little more than a death trap (1/17/2002 commentary, 4/11/2006, and Jack Szostak’s creative solution, 1/14/2009).Let’s get this straight: an improbable membrane forces selfish RNA molecules together, turning them into cooperating networks that help each other avoid error catastrophe. Problem: the cell can’t divide, because there isn’t any genetic code yet to provide accurate cell division. So either the cell dies, or inaccurate division occurs: helper A and B split up into another dextran bubble, while helper C is left alone to die. Result: error catastrophe. Lehman imagines RNA molecules wanting to help each other correct errors. How do they know (or care about) the difference between an error and a correction on another molecule? Remember, they’re selfish! OOL is cool when you don’t think about it.There are so many other problems we don’t have time to get into: the challenge of getting left-handed proteins and right-handed nucleotides by chance (see online book), the challenge of migrating from RNA to DNA, the challenge of metabolism, etc. (search the Origin of Life category for many, many more). Any scenario that glosses over these major difficulties commits the fallacy of glittering generalities.Anything is possible when speculation is allowed into the science lab (12/22/2003 commentary). That’s why taking away the magic wand from the Darwin Party is essential to sound science. We’re not interested in your imagination, Darwinists: PROVE IT. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
17 October 2013The fourth edition of the prestigious Volvo Golf Champions will be held at the Durban Country Club for a second year in succession from 9 to 12 January 2014.The event is open only to players who have won on the European Tour in the last year, or who have 10 or more European Tour victories to their name.South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen is the defending champion after a one-shot victory over Scotland’s Scott Jamieson in January of this year.In 2012, fellow South African Branden Grace, after qualifying for the Volvo Golf Champions only a week before the tournament on The Links at Fancourt, won the event on his way to capturing a stunning four European Tour titles that year.Volvo World Golf ChallengeThe same week as the 2014 tournament takes place, the World Final of the Volvo World Golf Challenge – Volvo’s global tournament for customers – will be contested in Durban.The top finishers from the World Final will get a chance to play with the stars of The European Tour on the Friday of the Volvo Golf Champions, live on television, in front of a worldwide audience of millions.Commenting on the venue in a statement on Wednesday, Per Ericsson, President of Volvo Event Management, said: “Durban Country Club offers a fantastic stage for the European Tour’s 2013 winners to challenge at the season-opening event.“We are very happy to be partnering with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, the Department for Sport and Recreation and the Department for Tourism again.”‘A fantastic place’Guy Kinnings, the Global Head of Golf, IMG, the tournament’s co-owners, said: “KwaZulu-Natal Province is a fantastic place to kick off the year and, having received no end of positive feedback from the players about their experiences during the Volvo Golf Champions this year, I know all the players will be delighted by this announcement, which will showcase South Africa to a global audience over the four days of the Championship.“This is the third time we have played the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa, demonstrating the strength of golf in South Africa, which is testament to the great work done by the Sunshine Tour, both on their national Tour and in partnership with the European Tour.”George O’Grady, the CEO of The European Tour, said: “We are delighted that our ‘Tournament of Champions’ will return to the Durban Country Club in January.“We are also very thankful for the support of our friends at the Sunshine Tour, who play such a crucial role in the eight tournaments we host in South Africa.”Two-prong strategyMike Mabuyakhulu, the KZN MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, said the hosting of the tournament offered a number of pluses. “The Volvo Golf Champions works perfectly with our strategy to showcase our golf tourism offering to the world, while giving our star players opportunities to compete in front of their home crowds.”Deputy Minister of Tourism, South African Government, Tokozile Xasa, added: “Through the Volvo Golf Champions, we are able to show the world the wonderful facilities we have to offer international visitors as the event is viewed by many millions around the world.“We look forward to welcoming home our South African players and to hosting the many other great Champions from the European Tour in January.”SAinfo reporter and Volvo Golf Champions read more
balkamper13balkamper13Cacheseekers! writes, “Not only is Ted [a.k.a., balkamper13] the Elvis of the caching world, he is just a darn good person. He has introduced and help countless novice cachers become caching addicts. He has lent out his GPS to new cachers, spent numerous hours teaching his secrets, and invited new cachers on caching adventures and to events. He donates quality, homemade swag, time, and money to caching events. Ted is the mastermind behind the Cache Scene Investigator cache series that has a huge following. This series has everything from underwater caches to pulley system caches hoisted up a tree. This series has the Utah caching world on pins and needles waiting for the Longitude and Latitude killer to strike again. Ted also carries around a cache repair kit and leaves every cache in better condition than he finds it in. Ted also shares his caching adventures and tips on his blog at Live Love Cache.com. The list of people he has influenced and befriended is countless.” OF-EradOF-EradNominated by TheBergstromClan, Erik, a.k.a. OF-Erad “is an amazing individual and fun cacher. Erik is always up for a caching jaunt and will go out hiking, hit a power trail, or crawl through tunnels all in the name of finding another cache with friends. He recently ended his cache-a-day streak of over 500 days because he was caring for a friend who needed some support. He gave the friendship priority over getting one more day in his streak. OF-Erad also adopted one of the toughest tunnel caches and then completely revamped it, rescuing it from the clutches of raccoons and other muggles in the process. Erik is a selfless cacher. Even though he had a long caching streak going, he still managed to always put other cachers in the group before himself. As he told me on multiple occasions, ‘I only need one cache to keep my streak going. Let’s go get the caches you want to get.’ The puzzle caches I’ve placed in Aurora were placed using knowledge acquired with Erik’s help. He is mostly interested in making the great game of caching more interesting, more exciting, and more fun for kids of all ages.” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured November Geocacher of the Month. A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon, and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. We will be accepting comments for November’s award through Sunday, November 18th.Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month. If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to [email protected] and include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month.Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award.Nominations for the December Geocacher of the Month must be received by Friday, December 7th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More The November Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees provide their geocaching communities with a little TLC (tender loving care). They maintain for their own hides, but they are always willing to lend a helping hand with geocaches that are not their own. These geocachers are dedicated to doing whatever they can for their geocaching community from donations, to homemade swag, to their time.October Geocacher of the Month, TeamAstroNow it’s your turn to help select one of them as the Featured Geocacher of the Month for November.Write a comment at the bottom of this blog about which of these geocachers you feel should be crowned The Featured Geocacher of the Month.Last month, John, a.k.a. TeamAstro was recognized for creating the Solar System series of caches in South Australia. This series of caches is the world’s largest scale model of the Solar System. John is famous for his creative hides and is the proud owner of the most ‘Favorited’ cache in South Australia. John is also an important part of the South Australian geocaching community, and is known for his friendliness and eagerness in helping out new cachers.Here are your nominees for the October Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.cschoonercschoonerAZClaimjumper writes, “when you go a looking for a cschooner cache, you’re in for fun and adventure far beyond anyone’s imagination.” Al, a.k.a. cschooner “is relatively new to geocaching. However, the creativity of his caches is what makes geocaching such a fun and memorable outdoor adventure each and every time I go looking for one his caches. His hides are very creative and Al takes pride in providing timely cache maintenance, if a cache, or a part of a cache is logged by a fellow geocacher as missing. Take note of the number of ‘Favorites’ that Al’s caches have accumulated before you go looking for them. Almost 60% of all log entries haven given Al’s caches a ‘Favorite’ point. If you are visiting Phoenix, do a search for cschooner to see if one of his caches has been hidden nearby. Trust me, it will be a memorable adventure. A Travel Bug has just been put into circulation in honor of Al as my way of saying ‘thanks’ for all the fun-filled adventures his creative hides have given me.” SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the October Featured Geocacher of the MonthOctober 30, 2012In “Community”October Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsOctober 12, 2012In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community” read more
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#web What happens to Foursquare? As long as it’s just another app to check, it doesn’t have much room to grow. But there’s more to Foursquare than a standalone app, something fundamental enough that it could be built into a phone. Specifically, Apple should buy Foursquare.Foursquare has recently reorganized itself as an exploration app, helping users find and keep track of places to visit, eat, drink and hang out. It has over 20 million users, about half as many as Instagram, which is nothing to sneeze at. But even as it finds new businesses for itself with local deals, it risks being made redundant by bigger social networks.Google doesn’t need it. Google+ Local is well on its way, with Zagat reviews filling in high-quality info and Google Maps providing the definitive backdrop of location data. Facebook, too, has held out with its own location data, combining its Facebook Places check-ins with data from Bing Maps.Between those two giant networks, there’s not much reason to use Foursquare unless you actually want a separate app and network for this. And there’s also Yelp, whose social features suck, but which is loaded with detailed reviews even if you aren’t logged in.But that brings us to Apple. If you ask Siri for a recommended restaurant, bar or store, it searches Yelp. The upcoming Apple Maps in iOS 6 also use Yelp. But a Yelp search isn’t nearly as powerful as a location layer that underlies everything on your phone, including contacts and calendars. If Apple integrated Foursquare data throughout iOS, the whole thing would be vastly more useful.SiriIf Siri is to be much help as a personal assistant, it has to learn to cater to your tastes. That’s exactly what Foursquare does. Your check-ins – and your friends’ check-ins – quickly build up a history, which Foursquare can use to recommend new places to you that it knows you’ll like.If Apple had Foursquare as its own places database, it could improve its recommendations based on any app you used. Google Now does this on Android by incorporating your calendar, email and search history when you search for places. It works beautifully. Foursquare could help Apple match that feature.MapsWhen iOS 6 comes out this fall, Apple will replace Google Maps with its own mapping service. If you search for a specific place, like a restaurant, Maps will find it on Yelp. But while Apple’s Maps will still get you from place to place, it needs a better database of locations to be browsable and interesting.Foursquare can offer that. Consider Foursquare Explore: Related Posts Not only does Foursquare have an exhaustive database of places, it’s also able to filter the data by searches and personal recommendations, so only the kinds of places you’re looking for are displayed on the map. Instead of relying on third-party apps for browsing places, iOS users would now have it baked in.Reminders & GeofencingIn iOS 5, Apple introduced cool functionality that any app can use to trigger events in the background when you leave or arrive at a place. It’s called geofencing, and it uses signals from the nearest cell towers to approximate your location, rather than running GPS in the background, which kills your battery. When you cross the boundary, the system triggers the action automatically.Apple’s Reminders app, new in iOS 5, demonstrates the handiness of this feature. You can set reminders to go off when you get home, leave work, or walk past the grocery store.But the implementation has an annoying drawback, and it holds back third-party apps that use geofencing, too: you can only save locations by using your current location, awkwardly dropping pins on a map or adding them as contacts in your address book. Creating an entry in Contacts for every store you visit, and having to save each address manually, is hardly ideal.If geofencing in iOS could use Foursquare places, this problem would be solved wonderfully. You’d be able to grab places from the Web and add new ones as necessary. Find My FriendsApple has its own location-sharing app called Find My Friends, which allows iPhone users to share their precise locations with each other in real time as a dot on a map. It’s a little bit weird, but it can help people meet up or see what each other is up to.But Find My Friends is half-assed. While it does work as advertised and let you find your friends, it doesn’t add any other value to being an iPhone user than that one weird feature. If the app used Foursquare check-ins, it would be able to send notifications of where friends checked in. You’d be able to immediately see whether you wanted to message them or join them, depending on where they were. Plus, this would be a great way to gather more Siri data for recommending better places for you and your friends to visit.PaymentsNow we’re going out on a limb, because Apple hasn’t made any known moves toward mobile payments other than Passbook, which is just a repository for tickets and loyalty cards so far. But Foursquare offers check-in deals at local businesses as a revenue stream, and this could be a powerful incentive for iPhone users to pay with Apple.If Apple builds near-field communications into its phone for payments, or if it builds (or buys) a software-only mobile payment processor like Square, it will be able to start making money quickly, as the holder of 400 million active iTunes accounts with credit cards. If Apple bought Foursquare and kept the business end of it, Foursquare incentives would be the new coupons for iOS users.Foursquare Is A Great FeatureThere are all kinds of other, less significant ways Apple could use this background of location data (location-tagging photos, locations in iMessage statuses). Importantly, this is not about an Apple social network. Apple doesn’t need its own social network, but it could use a socially-aware location database for a variety of reasons.The features of Foursquare are social the way phone calls, messages, calendars and reminders are social. They’re ways to navigate the world. It’s not Foursquare the app that Apple needs, it’s Foursquare as essential features of a world-class smartphone. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jon mitchell read more
Transfers Buffon to decide future in a week amid PSG speculation Sacha Pisani 09:44 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Juventus Serie A PSG Ligue 1 The Italy goalkeeper legend, 40, said he needs a week to decide where he will play next season as the Ligue 1 champions circle Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon said he will decide his future within a week as the Italian great reportedly nears a move to Paris Saint-Germain.Buffon’s illustrious 17-year Juve career came to an end on Saturday as the seven-time reigning Serie A champions closed out their season with an emotional 2-1 win over Verona.However, the Italy legend declined to call it curtains on his illustrious career, saying he had offers from elsewhere that he was considering. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The 40-year-old has since been linked to French champions PSG, who are believed to be in advanced talks to sign the soon-to-be free agent.Asked about PSG’s interest following Andrea Pirlo’s testimonial on Monday, Buffon told Sky Sport Italia: “I need a week to be calm and analyse everything.”These aren’t simple choices. At 40, you can’t make decisions in the heat of the moment.”Buffon enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Juventus, the Italy international helping the Bianconeri to nine Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia trophies and five Supercoppa Italiana victories.The 2006 World Cup winner also reached three Champions League finals during his time in Turin, having arrived from Parma in 2001, though his last continental appearance with the Serie A champions saw him sent off in controversial fashion against Real Madrid.However, he closed out his tenure with a seventh straight Serie A title, and the goalkeeper could not have drawn up a superior ending than the one he got in Turin. Buffon added: “I think of this passionate and deep love with the fans. I don’t think there was a better way for me to end my spell with Juve.” read more
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery delighted with Saka progressby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is very impressed with the progress that he has seen from Bukayo Saka this season.The 18-year-old is proving to be a key part of the Gunners lineup, as he started on the left wing against Manchester United at Old Trafford.Saka did not manage a goal, but he was involved in the team’s brightest moments, as he ran at Ashley Young and the other United defenders all game.And Emery is very pleased with the teenage sensation.”I think he’s working and improving, being mature and also playing matches in front of each player and each team as tonight against Manchester United,” the club’s head coach told their official website.”But his work is natural and he is improving. He is helping us now as an important player.”We are going to work with him with him with calm, with patience, but if he deserves to take minutes and to take confidence for helping us with his performance, that is fantastic for us.” read more
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Eriksen remains a January target for Real Madridby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen remains a January target for Real Madrid.Marca says Madrid endured a frustrating summer transfer window as they failed to land any of their midfield transfer targets or sell the players they needed to to raise funds. However, the club are already planning their January transfer business and will target Eriksen as they bid to strengthen in the middle of the park.Madrid’s current midfield trio of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos have been first choice since Zidane’s first spell in charge and the club’s hierarchy have made the engine room a priority ahead of January. Eriksen reportedly turned down a move to Manchester United in August in the hope of sealing a move to Madrid, and will be a free agent at the end of the season, meaning the Spanish club could land him for a cut-price fee in January. read more
Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session.The Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Luncheon is taking place on Wednesday, May 22 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Northern Grand Hotel.For more information, and to register for this event, you can visit the Chamber of Commerce’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce will be holding a special Speaker Series Luncheon on May 22 at the Northern Grand Hotel.The Luncheon will feature guest speaker Official Opposition Leader, Andrew Wilkinson, and local MLA Dan Davies.Both Wilkinson and Davies will be providing an update on the current status of Provincial Government issues that are important to the Peace Region.
London: An Irish international human rights lawyer who was caught on camera making abusive rants at Air India crew after she was refused alcohol on a flight from Mumbai to London has been jailed for six months in the UK. Simone Burns, was described as “drunk and obnoxious” during a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court in London on Thursday, where it emerged that she also spat at a flight attendant during her foul-mouthed racist tirade after she was refused alcohol on the flight in November last year. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The experience of a drunk and irrational person in the confines of an aircraft is frightening, not least on a long-haul flight, and poses a potential risk to safety,” said Judge Nicholas Wood, as he sentenced the 50-year-old to six months in prison for being drunk on an aircraft and two months for assault, sentences to run concurrently. “You were drunk and obnoxious almost from the beginning to the end. You were abusive, contemptuous and confrontational and used appalling language,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Burns, born in Northern Ireland and living in Hove in England, was also ordered to pay 300 pounds compensation to the person she assaulted, with the judge saying that “spitting straight into a crew member’s face at close range is a particularly insulting and upsetting act.” The court heard how the lawyer drank three bottles of wine on the long-haul flight before calling the cabin crew “Indian money-grabbing c***s” as she was denied a fourth bottle of red wine for being too drunk. “I’m a f*****g international lawyer,” she told attendants during her tirade before retreating to the toilets to try and smoke. She was given a series of warnings before being arrested on landing in London. A member of the Air India cabin crew described her conduct as unlike anything he had seen during his 34-year aviation career. The judge at Isleworth Crown Court said he was satisfied the offence was racially aggravated and the language Burns used would have been extremely upsetting for the airline staff. Noting Simone Burns’ work with refugees around the world, Judge Wood added: “You are a woman, not just of good character but a positive and impeccable character a righter of wrongs. What this has done, thanks to social media, (has meant) you have had death threats and been a hermit in your home. You are a person who has done good work throughout your life.” Burns’ defence lawyer suggested that her actions were due to a “mixture of altitude, the consumption of drink and anxiety” at the fact that she was likely to miss the funeral of an uncle. Mark Kimsey told the court that his client was “totally ashamed of her behaviour”. “This is not a lady who has a drink problem. This is not a woman who has a drug problem. This is totally out of character,” he said. read more