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Senate Fails to Summon GSA Over US$1.75m Controversial Car Wash Budget

first_imgA request by Lofa County Senator for the Senate plenary to invite the General Services Agency, (GSA) to make a comprehensive report on the controversial US$1,750,320.00 of the 2011/2012 national budget said to have been given for car wash under the Fleet Management Policy, Tuesday, January 21, failed to materialize.Contained in a communiqué to his colleagues on their 3rd day sitting, Tuesday, that request is a follow-up to one sent that body last week.In that communication, Senator Tengbeh requested his colleagues to launch a full investigation into allegations of misappropriation of US$1,750,320.00 of the 2011/2012 budget that was said to have been given for car wash under a ‘Fleet Management Policy’; an investigation revealed that no car wash in the country received such an amount, he reported.In his rephrased communication, the Lofa County Senator asked the honorable Senate to have the General Services Agency (GSA) appear before the Senate plenary to make a comprehensive report on the use of the amount by car washers. The amount for car washers could not be accounted for as the beneficiaries were not identified in the report. The Fleet Management falls under the GSA authority.”“We believe that accountability, transparency and value for money in the use of public funds are essential elements for good governance,” he continued.Senator Tengbeh, who won the Senate seat on the ticket of the ruling Unity Party, argued that the Executive Branch of Government should account for its stewardship of tax payers’ money to the members of the legislature as well as the public in general.Meanwhile, the Senate voted on Tuesday and sent the communication to the committee on Ways, Means and Finance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgWhile it stayed dry for most of the weekly scramble last Sunday, a strenghtening wind did make iron selection a bit tricky for most of the turkey hunters. When the draw was made for partners, some teams that looked promising on paper, tried to make adjustments to their swings to allow for the conditions, but some ended up with a swing that resembled an octopus falling from a tree. No such problems for the foursome of Damian Gallagher(again!), Sidney Anderson, Kevin Toland and Patrick Kelly, who got the better of the tricky course conditions and return a winning score of nine under par. Well done to all, and the other poor souls still hunting for the Christmas fowl, some of whom just about managed to finish on the same score as they started, and were very happy to get back level! Next Saturday it’s every man for himself as we stage the annual Christmas hamper, when scoring on the shortened winter course normally gets well into the forties, the same direction a lot of the players are heading too ! Names should be in to the clubhouse by 10.30 sat morning for a shotgun start at 11 sharp, followed by the usual Sunday morning scramble. GOLF NEWS: OTWAY CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 10th, 2012 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:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgMilford GAA News *Easter Draw*The Club launched our annual Easter Draw at the Health & Wellbeing Day on Saturday week with Fr Adrian Gavigan doing the honour of buying the first ticket. The draw will take place on Easter Sunday, 5th April. Tickets cost €10 or 3 for €20. First prize is a whopping €2,000. Full list of prizes are below:1st – €2,0002nd – 500 Litres of Home Heating Oil (Sponsored by Donegal Oil)3rd – 2 All Ireland Final Tickets (Hurling or Football) 4th – 32″ Television5th – 6 Month Membership @ Evolution Fitness6th – €100 Travellers Inn Voucher7th – €100 Arena 7 Voucher8th – Digital Camera (Sponsored by Magees Chemist) 9th – Coffee Machine (Sponsored by TV Centre Milford)10th – CD Player (Sponsored by TV Centre Milford)11th – Digital Camera12th – Donegal GAA Jacket *Intermediate Championship Draw*Our Seniors have been drawn in Group 2 for this years Intermediate Championship alongside, Bundoran, Naomh Brid and Burt. Fixture dates have yet to be announced however it has been announced that the Senior will play at home to Bundoran and Naomh Brid and away to Burt.*The Bootroom*The Club will be hosting its new ‘Bootroom’ project in the coming weeks which will provide a swap/shop for outgrown/unwanted football boots. If you find your growing children are going through football boots at a rate of knots this could be perfect for you. Parents will be able to donate any unused football that are in reasonable condition to the clubhouse in the coming month and all boots will then be put on display for sale at a date to be announced. All proceeds go back to the original boot owners however there will be a fixed price per pair of boots. More details to follow in the coming weeks.*Minors*CLG BnaG 0-8 St Michaels 2-11The league opener ended in defeat for the Minors on Saturday as they were defeated 0-8 to 2-11 at home to St Michaels. Goals either side of the break sucked the wind from Na Galloglaigh sails as prior to that they had been excellent. The blues went 2 nil down in the first 5 minutes but responded brilliantly to find themselves 0-5 to 0-4 ahead after 25 minutes. A nasty injury to St Michaels player Michael McFadden caused a long break in play and after which the lads didn’t recover the intensity they had been playing with before. All at the Club wish Michael a speedy recovery from a nasty looking injury. Disaster struck in the closing stages of the half as Gavin Grier had no option but to haul down a St Michaels forward inside the box as he was through on goal. Gavin received a black card for his trouble and the penalty was dispatched, and quickly followed by a point, to leave the half time score 0-5 to 1-5 for the Dunfanaghy men. A second hammer blow came 2 minutes into the second half when St Michaels got their second goal and they soon found themselves 7 points ahead. Na Galloglaigh heads seemed to go down at this point as the scoreline didn’t reflect the balance of play. A 7 point deficit, as well as playing into a breeze that got stronger as the half went on meant it was always going to be a huge task to claw this game back. But credit to the lads, they stuck to it and persevered right until the final whistle, even though they didn’t get the rub of the green today. St Michaels were cute and brought bodies back to clog up the scoring zone and make life difficult for Na Galloglaigh, while breaking in numbers to add scores that kept the blues at arms length. Na Galloglaigh will probably be most disappointed with the fact that 9 of St Michaels 11 points came from frees, and also the concession of a penalty. More discipline in the tackle and this could have been a different game. As it is there are still plenty of positives to be taken from this outing, and with the potential within this team (which had a very strong bench and a panel of 26) you always got the feeling that when this group of players clicks together as a team they will be a match for anybody. Next up for the Minors is another home game against Gaoth Dobhair, on Sunday 8th at 11am. Team: Gavin McFadden, Derek Edwards, Kieran Sheridan, Patrick Ferry, Ryan Mcmahon (0-1), Gavin Grier, Ronan Docherty, Luke Trearty, Adam Serrinha, Ryan Spike Flood, Connor Gormley (0-3), Odhrán Coll, Cormac Toland, Kane Barrett (0-4), Martin Doyle. Subs: Hayden Curran for Grier (29m), Andreas Afxentiou for Ferry (44m), Conor Mc Hugh for Spike (44m), Paddy Mc Carron for Coll (58m). Peter Curran, Niall Trearty, Paul Johnston, James McCahill, Shane McNamee, Kyle Macaulay, Jamie-Lee Blaney*Donegal Senior Ladies*Well done to the Donegal Ladies who were simply superb on Sunday as they swept aside Kildare in Moyle Park by 5-19 to 1-2. Great day for the Club to have a game of this stature in our own backyard and even more so as we got to see Amber Barrett run riot in the county colours on her own pitch scoring 3-4 in a great display. Donegal were magnificent all over the pitch and could have been further than 1-7 to 1-2 ahead at half time. In the second half they were on fire and scoring superb points for fun, while being rock solid at the back keeping Kildare scoreless for the entire second half. Sunday makes 4 wins from 4 for Donegal to put them in second place behind Cavan on points difference. Next up for the Ladies is another home game, this time against Meath, on Sunday 15th March.*Luke Barrett Manages Maynooth to All Ireland FreshersTitle*Congratulations to Luke Barrett who managed NUI Maynooth to All Ireland Freshers glory last week when his side defeated Athlone IT 0-9 to 0-5. Luke seems to be following in his fathers footsteps to managing his side to victory in his first year in charge. Club physio Conall McFadden was also on the sideline for Maynooth. Well done Luke and Conall from all at the Club.*Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others*Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others resumes training next Monday, 9th March at 8.15pm. Open to all newcomers and past players who are over 18 and not currently playing competitive football. These trainings are fun orientated with the focus on learning the skills of the game and interacting with other women/mothers in the community and providing opportunity to be physically active.*Senior Ladies Fixtures Released*The Senior Ladies are once again Division 1 this year with Carndonagh, Glenfin, Moville, St Eunans and Termon.Division 18th Mar @ 11am: Termon (A)5th Apr @ 11am: St Eunans (H)20th May @ 11am: Moville (H)27th May @11am: Carndonagh (A)Rd5 TBC: Glenfin (A)Division 1 (Non County League)1st Mar @ 11am: Moville (A)15th Mar @ 11am: Glenfin (H)22nd Mar @ 11am: Carndonagh (H)12th Apr @ 11am: Termon (A)19th Apr @ 11am: St Eunans (A)*U16 Fixtures Released*Fixtures have been released for the upcoming U16 season and our lads have been drawn in Group 3 along with Gaoth Dobhair, Cloughaneely, St Michaels, Fanad gaels, and St Eunans A.Sun Mar 22nd @ 12pm: Cloughaneely (H)Sun Mar 29th @ 12pm: Fanad Gaels (H)Fri 3rd Apr @ 6.30pm: St Eunans A (H)Fri 10th Apr @ 6.30pm: St Michaels (A)Fri 17th Apr @ 7pm: Gaoth Dobhair (A)Playoff: Fri 24th Apr @ 7pmQuarter Finals: Fri 1st May @ 7pmSemi FInals: Fri 8th May @ 7pmFinal: Weekend of 15/16/17 May*Topaz Cash for Clubs Scheme*Club ID: 10187For any of our members or supporters who clock up a lot of miles Topaz have a ‘Cash for Clubs’ scheme. Collect a card at your local Topaz and each time you top up by €40 get it stamped. When you have your card completed hold on to them and hand them to Barry McNulty to be entered into the draw.*Allianz League Prediction Competition*Nicky Boucher knows his GAA and has shown it this week to take top spot ahead of Ballybodens David Curley. Ryan Ferry has proved he knows something after all to move into 3rd spot, while Michael O’Hara was top scorer this week with 255 points goes 4th, and Dean Boyce rounds off the top 5, just a point behind Mick.1. Nicky Boucher – 7372. David Curley – 7283. Ryan Ferry – 7114. Michael O’Hara – 6995. Dean Boyce – 6986. Cathal McGettigan – 6887. Pat Barrett – 6838. Pat Curley – 6829. Aodh McCormack – 67810. Paddy Peoples – 676*Sympathies*The Club would like to extend its sympathies to the Gallagher family of Ballyare on the death of Jennie Gallagher recently. Jennie is mother to Ladies team mentor Louis Gallagher and grandmother of Senior goalkeeper Sean Gallagher, and Senior Ladies players Denise and Aoife Gallagher. May she rest in peace.*Lucozade Sport Kit Out Project*With 1 month to go we currently have 172 codes, enough for some equipment but a long way short of some of the better stuff so we need more collectors! If you see a Lucozade Sports bottle lying around keep it and enter the code as we have a prize for the top collector, currently Richard Evesson is leading the collector list. To enter any codes you may have follow the instructions below:1. Log on to Login or create an account using Facebook, Google (Gmail) or your email details3. To find your team search for ‘CLG Baile na nGalloglach’4. Enter the code that is printed on the bottle, it is underneath the wrapperSo far we have enough for 3 sets of cones, however the next target is water bottles (185 codes)*2015 Membership*The 2015 membership rates were decided at Decembers AGM and are as follows:€200 – Database members (3 panels on weekly lotto). Entitled to 2 full adults and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€100 – Database members (1 panel on weekly lotto). Entitled to 2 full adults and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€70 – Family Membership. Entitled to 2 full adult membership and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€50 – Senior Ladies (Players). Entitled to one full adult membership.€40 – Adult membership. Entitled to one full adult membership.€30 – Juvenile membership.As well as full family membership database members are:– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– Receive 11 weeks free entry to lotto drawMembership must be paid by St Patricks Day, 17th March 2015. The Club will only be able to source Donegal tickets for fully paid up members. Membership can be paid to any team manager or member of the Executive Committee, or very easily through our Team App on your mobile phone. This extremely useful app (Team App) can be downloaded from the app store. Complete your registration on download and search for CLG BnaG. Membership can be paid via the ‘Shop/Play Lotto’ option.*Training Schedules*Seniors – Tues & Thurs @ 7pm (Pitch)Senior Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)Minors – Fri @ 8pm, Sun @ 10am (Pitch)U16s – Fridays @ 7pm (Pitch)U16 Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)U14 Ladies – Mon @ 5pm (Pitch).U12 Mixed – Wed @ 6pm (Convent Gym)*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 1-3-4-9. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners win €20 each. Eunan Gormley, Ramelton, Cathal McHugh, Philadelphia, Emma Black, Aughanursan, and Laurence McAllister. Next weeks Jackpot is €920. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2014 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2014 included– Entered into every draw evey week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on or see our website*CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751GAA NEWS: MILFORD PLAYER LUKE BARRETT MANAGES MAYNOOTH FRESHERS TO ALL-IRELAND GLORY was last modified: March 3rd, 2015 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:NoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgAfter a hard 9 special stages across Inishowen terrain, the eventual winners, came to the finishers ramp at the An Grianan Hotel, Burt. This was a back to back win for the Donegal crew of Declan and Brian Boyle, in their Fiesta WRC with a winning margin of 1 minute and 35seconds, over second placed driver Gary Kiernan, and his co-driver, Niall Tierney, in a MkII Escort. This event was the final round of the 2015 Sligo Pallets Border Championship with many valuable points to decide classes for the season.  Early in the day, Padear Hurson and Damien Connolly in a Subaru WRC pushed all the buttons and were in the lead, making life hard for all who followed. The Boyles kept it steady, while other local interest drivers, such as PJ McDermott started cautiously on the first special stage.Meanwhile Joe McGonigle and Ciaran Geaney, from Muff were making a steady, but hard-charge, in super quick and reliable, Skoda Fabia S20.Everything was set for a real battle in the Donegal Harvest rally once again.  All change, PJ McDermott only completed stage 1, and did not get a complete recorded time for the second stage, nor complete the first loop of three stages.Then after 3 stages, Hurson and Connolly, retired as well. The Boyle crew were going for it, with a ‘go for it now’ attitude, and a lead the field. Close behind was the Skoda, masterfully handled by the man from Muff, but the usually steady McGonigle, had a spin on at least one stage, and dropped some time. However, Boyle’s car suited the fast drying narrow stages, and kept the time margin that little bit safe to ensure the others such as Damien Gallagher, Wesley Patterson, Daniel McKenna, Damien Toner, Stephen McCann, Brian Brogan, Damien Tourish and Camillus Bradley all fighting for places in the top 10. This was the pace for remainder of the afternoon, with three loops of 3 stages to complete. For Declan and Brian Boyle, it went well, leading the event, with Joe McGonigle in good 2nd place, with no close challenges for the remainder of the afternoon. For the young Skoda driver, Joe McGonigle, things changed dramatically. The usually reliable Skoda had a big problem on its was to the final stage of the day, and despite getting going again and finishing the 9th stage, too much time was lost on the road, causing a large ‘road penalty’ to be applied by the organisers costing the Muff crew 95 places in the finishers list. The top 10 finishers remained steady as well, but Donegal Motor Club Chairman, Brian Brogan fell of the finisher list after the second loop, only completing 6 stages. The top 10 finishers in the National Rally were as follows: PosCarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosTime11Declan Boyle/Brian BoyleFord Fiesta WRC751:32.2220Gary Kiernan/Niall TierneyFord Escort Mk1353:07.2312Wesley Patterson/Johnny BairdFord Escort Mk1453:11.7415Daniel McKenna/Gordon NobleToyota GT8614153:29.9525Damien Toner/Denver DaffertyFord Escort Mk14253:30.9640Stephen McCann/Damien FlemingMitsubishi Evo20153:32.3722Damien Tourish/Domhnall McAlaneFord Escort Mk13153:41.8819Camillus Bradley/Crawford HendersonFord Escort Mk14353:43.4916Damien Gallagher/Brendan McElhinneyFord Escort Mk14453:52.81042David Moffett/Fintan SherryToyota Starlet13254:24.3 Also competing on the event, were Historic and Junior classes.The Historic Rally was won by veteran drivers Seamus Herron and Gerry McVeigh, in a MKI Escort, while the junior classes were hotly contended all day, with eventual winners Martin Swinburne and Gretchen Fegan. Donegal Harvest Historic Rally 2015 RESULTS    1H4Seamus Herron/Gerry McVeighFord Escort Mk18138:51.52H1Malcolm Pedlow/Ivar FergusonBMW18240:45.7Donegal Harvest Junior Rally 2015 RESULTS1J1Martin Swinburne/Gretchen FeganToyota Corolla16137:34.62J15Lee McLaughlin/Aaron McLaughlinHonda Civic16238:49.73J18Ruairi McCaffrey/Eamonn ConwayHonda Civic16338:55.34J3David Kelly/James ConwellPeugeot 20516439:12.35J9Michael Boyle/Dermot McCaffertyHonda Civic16539:15.56J7Colin McFadden/Philip WassonHonda Civic16639:20.57J12Niall Curran/Chris McLaughlinHonda Civic16739:25.58J19Declan Greene/Stephen DooganToyota Corolla16839:29.19J17Shane McLaughlin/Fiona DevlinFord Escort Mk16939:40.510J5Keelan Maguire/Martin McGarrityHonda Civic161039:45.411J6Nicholas Alcorn/Niall CampbellHonda Civic161139:59.512J2Stephen Reynolds/Derek McCarthyHonda Civic161240:05.213J8Gerard McHugh/Paul GallagherSuzuki Swift161353:49.6  MOTORSPORT: DECLAN AND BRIAN BOYLE SECURE BACK-TO-BACK WINS AT DONEGAL HARVEST RALLY was last modified: October 12th, 2015 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:Sportlast_img read more

Tehama County Cattlemen hosts annual Spring Field Day

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Tehama County Cattlemen hosted the annual Spring Field Day Saturday at the Tehama District Fairground, where local ranchers had the chance to show off their skills in several areas of competition.The event has been going on for many years and typically draws at least a couple hundred attendees, said Tehama County Cattlemen President Chad Amen.“It’s a good event that gets people out,” Amen said. “It’s basically local ranchers competing locally.”Areas of competition included …last_img read more

The Malthus Effect on Politics and Economics

first_imgIn 1798, Thomas Malthus published an essay that had a profound impact on Charles Darwin and others.  He said that population growth vastly outstrips the resources for their survival.  This created a mindset of imminent crisis that lent itself to radical political schemes as well Darwin’s idea of survival of the fittest.  Was Malthus right?  A brief criticism appeared this month in an unexpected place: a geology journal article talking about oil futures.In a brief paper in GSA Today,1 Eric S. Cheney (U of Washington) and Marianne W. Hawkes argued that the world is not on the verge of an oil crisis.  To begin their argument, they looked at history, and singled out Malthus2 as a culprit whose ideas have been discredited:The concept that resources are essentially finite may have originated with Thomas Malthus.  He concluded in 1798 that the exponential growth of Earth’s human population was unsustainable because agricultural production could only increase arithmetically.  Since then, mechanized farming, irrigation, refrigeration, chemical fertilizers (from petroleum and other mineral deposits), hybrid grains, genetic modification, and improved transportation systems have blossomed.  Now, famine is only caused by political events and by the inability to deliver emergency supplies following natural disasters.From there, the authors critiqued a dire prediction of M. K. Hubbert in 1956 that oil production had peaked and the world was faced with a precipitous, unsustainable decline.  Scientists and activists frequently refer to “Hubbert’s Peak” to lobby for drastic political action.Cheney and Hawkes showed that numerous factors since Hubbert’s prediction have changed the picture.  Oil and gas production will not peak and fall off, but hit a plateau with a long, slow decline and prices rising gradually far into the future.  “The scenario presented here,” they sang, “places us among the optimists.”Drawing parallels with what happened to food production, they argued that political and economic factors are the main drivers of oil production, not the abundance of the resources themselves.  “Nationally owned companies currently control 90% of the world’s production of oil and gas,” they said.  “These companies tend to be secretive and under-capitalized.”  And just as Thomas Malthus saw doom before major advances in agriculture took place, Hubbert announced his doomsday prediction before major new reserves were discovered, before plate tectonics theory opened up new search strategies, before improved recovery technologies were invented, and before alternative energy sources became economically viable.In conclusion, they argued that the problem with oil is not availability but politics.  “Static or gradually declining production would be fairly easy to manage if oil and politics did not mix,” they said.  “Crises will recur due to aggressive or unstable exporting nations and to counterproductive legislation and foreign policies of some of the major consuming nations.”1Eric S. Cheney and Marianne W. Hawkes, “The future of hydrocarbons: Hubbert’s peak or a plateau?,” GSA Today Volume 17, Issue 6 (June 2007), pp. 69-70.2Malthus was not the first to have a pessimistic view of global economics.  The mercantile system of 16th-18th centuries was built on the principle that wealth could not be generated – only distributed.  This tended to keep peasants in their place and nobles careful to hang onto their assets.  Capitalism represented a radical change of view: the power of the individual to create wealth through hard work and creativity.  These ideas were fed by the Protestant Reformation’s emphasis on individual responsibility and the intrinsic value of work.This entry is partially off topic, as our focus is creation vs. evolution, not the eco-politics of oil production.  We are also not here to argue the merits of the case made by these two, or to suggest that complacency about the future of oil is an acceptable posture.  Conservation is still virtuous and necessary.  Note, however, that these ideas were printed in a publication of the Geological Society of America, a very pro-Darwinist organization, and one of the authors is from the University of Washington, not known for its political conservatism or skepticism of evolutionary theory.The tie-in to Malthus, however, is important, since the Malthusian principle had a profound impact on Darwin.  It was arguably the key insight Darwin claimed led to his theory of natural selection.  The rest of the story – social Darwinism, Marxism and today’s oil-crisis mentality – shows the power of an idea to affect the lives of billions of people.  “Now, famines are only caused by political events” is an understatement.  The worst famines in the history of the world were attributable to Stalin and Mao, whose ideologies were built squarely on Darwin, whose main idea was built on Malthus.  Another horrific famine in modern times is the fault of North Korea’s communist leader, Kim Jong Il, who lives in opulent luxury building nuclear weapons and entertaining himself with fine wines and the world’s largest collection of Daffy Duck cartoons, while his people scrape bark off trees to keep from starving.  Solomon stated a principle almost 3,000 years ago that is the antithesis of Malthus: “Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice” (Proverbs 13:23).\Malthus came up with not so much an empirical discovery as a mental picture of the way the world worked.  Yes, he could point to some empirical facts that seemed to support his concept that population vastly outstrips resources, but it was a naive generality that ignored (or did not know about) important mitigating factors – chiefly, the power of human creativity to solve problems.  Today’s scientific farming technologies can produce bumper crops out of desert sand.  And Malthus knew nothing about genetic engineering.Even in the natural world, we have seen that there are natural feedback mechanisms that can moderate the production of offspring so that it is not exponentially out of control (e.g., 05/28/2007).  Recall from 03/17/2003 how Jason Wolf showed that indirect genetic effects can also act as governors on the engine of change, or slippage on the treadmill.  The vision of “nature red in tooth and claw” has changed dramatically since 1798 and 1859.  Many evolutionists today envision a friendlier world of cooperation, symbiosis and sustainable ecosystems.  Malthus, clearly, was not the last word.The lessons here are many.  Ideas have consequences.  Complex problems have simple, easy-to-understand wrong answers.  Intuitively obvious principles can represent false visions of the world.  And scientific or political ideologies built on them can be disastrous.  Before jumping on any political or economic bandwagon, remember the lesson of Malthus and his ideological offspring.  They did grow exponentially – and led to an economic and political world Soviet-red in tooth and claw.(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Global biotech lab opens in SA

first_img11 September 2007The third component of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) opened in South Africa this week.The state-of-the-art research facility, based at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, will focus mainly on the development of new vaccines against serious infectious diseases such as HIV/Aids, malaria, hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis.It joins sister laboratories in Trieste, Italy and New Delhi, India in serving as the 74-country organisation’s international facilities for high quality scientific research and training in the field of biosciences.Established by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in 1987, the ICGEB is an inter-governmental organisation that operates as a centre of excellence for research and training in biotechnology and genetic engineering, focusing on the needs of the developing world.The Cape Town component of the ICGEB will eventually be expanded to advance knowledge and apply the latest techniques in biomedicine, crop improvement, environmental protection and remediation, biopharmaceuticals and biopestidice production.Hosting the facility will help South Africa develop an African biotechnology hub – drawing scientists from around the world to Cape Town – and boost the country’s profile as a preferred destination for global science and technology initiatives.The Department of Science and Technology is contributing approximately €4-million toward costs of the Cape Town laboratory over the next four years, with the government and ICGEB management also calling on the private sector to provide funding.Speaking at the opening, President Thabo Mbeki said the centre would help reverse the brain drain on the continent, enable countries to meet their Millennium Development Goals and enhance regional scientific cooperation.He said genetic engineering and biotechnology would make a critical contribution in addressing current and future needs in areas of healthcare and food and energy security, especially in the face of global challenges such as climate change.“Equally, we look to biotechnology to assist us … to enhance our capacity in the areas of indigenous knowledge systems and biodiversity, so that we can develop these areas into sustainable initiatives for the benefit of all our peoples and humanity as a whole,” he said.Mbeki said a critical challenge facing African countries was to ensure that they produced sufficient numbers of experts in science and technology, adding that he hoped youngsters would be inspired by South Africa’s Nobel Prize winners in biotechnology-related fields.These include Sydney Brenner, for his work on controlled cell-death during organ development in 2002, Aaron Klug for work on macromolecular biology (1982), Allan Cormack for co-inventing the CAT scan (1979), and Max Theiller for his work on yellow fever in 1951.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 13, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nothing spectacular in our forecast today, although we should see temps climb a good 5-8 degrees over yesterday, getting back near normal for this time of year. We continue to see southwest winds develop through the afternoon, and that gives a signal that this warm up is just beginning. Clouds will likely start to develop later this afternoon and tonight. Above normal temps will be seen tomorrow, and we have to keep an eye out for some minor precipitation. We won’t rule out a few scattered showers over the state, particularly late tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. Rain totals will be a few hundredths to .4” with coverage at 70% of the state.A second wave of action pushes in from the west and southwest Thursday afternoon and evening and goes through Friday. This will be where we see more significant moisture. We are looking for 1-2 inch rains from over 85% of the state from Thursday afternoon through Friday early afternoon. While we do not have as big of concern about thunderstorms, this will still be an impressive batch of water, and we still think that localized flooding will be likely seen, particularly in areas with significant snow melt and frozen ground as of today.Much colder air comes in behind that system to start the weekend. However, it does not last long term. A cold night is expected Friday night, leading to a chilly start on Saturday. But, west and southwest winds are back over Ohio by midday Saturday, and we should see temps move back to near normal levels for Saturday and above normal levels then for Sunday. We will be dry through the entire weekend.Next week is damp, with scattered showers likely from overnight Sunday night through next Friday. Several waves of light moisture will move through. The first, overnight Sunday through Monday will bring A few hundredths to a third of an inch over 90% of the state. Tuesday’s action stays mostly over NW and north central Ohio, and then tries to sag southeast slowly on Wednesday, not making much headway. In those areas, we can see half to 1.5” rains. Then Thursday, the front pushes across the rest of Ohio and brings half to 1” rains to 80% of Ohio. We follow that up with some drier air for a day or two. Temps will be mostly above normal all of next week, leading to increased rain potential. This is a wet upcoming pattern. The 10 day cumulative rain totals map is updated above.In the extended period, we likely see a clipper for Sunday the 25th. That fast moving system can bring some scattered snow, or perhaps some rain mixing with snow. The much stronger front remains targeted for the 26th and 27th, bringing liquid equivalent precipitation of half to 1.5” over the entire state. Right now south flow ahead of that system would indicate rain potential, but the timing of the cold air arrival will be the key going forward.last_img read more

New NFC-Enabled Phones to Hit Europe

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#news#NYT Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces NFC, or Near Field Communication, is a short-range wireless technology that allows for the exchange of data between two devices in close proximity. It will serve as the basis of mobile payment systems, ticketing and transportation services, says Orange.New NFC Phones for Europe: Samsung Wave 578, Galaxy S IIAccording to NFCTimes, a site dedicated to covering NFC-related news, the bada-based Samsung Wave 578 has a touchscreen, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0, in addition to its NFC capabilities. It will arrive in France, Spain and Poland by the second quarter of 2011. Later, it will roll out to additional Orange branch operators throughout Europe, but not the U.K.The phone supports NFC through the use of special NFC-enabled SIM cards Orange will issue, NFCTimes reports. And it will soon be followed by other NFC-enabled handsets from LG and Nokia, among others.Samsung had also announced at its Barcelona press conference this week that some models of its Samsung Galaxy S II would be available with NFC technology. On Orange’s network, these will come to France first. They will also come to the U.K. via Orange U.K. and T-Mobile U.K.Orange: Over Half of All New Smartphones Will Have NFC“Orange expects that by the end of 2011 over half of all new smartphone models to be added to its range for Europe will be optimised for mobile contactless services,” the operator said.However, it’s important to note that some of these phones are launching prior to the services’ existence. Instead, says NFCTimes, the strategy is to put the phones and SIM cards into subscribers’ pockets to encourage service providers to roll out NFC services.NFC-Based Mobile Payments Service Launches in U.K. This Summer This summer, Orange and T-Mobile U.K. arms and their partner Barclaycard will roll out NFC payment services in the United Kingdom. With this initiative, consumers will be able to make payments using a new MasterCard PayPass prepaid account stored on their mobile phone.Explains Orange (via“When you get your new handset, you need to activate it and link it to your existing Barclaycard, Barclays debit or Orange Credit Card. Using your handset, you then simply download (or transfer) funds from your card, to your phone… Loading your account could not be easier and it can also be done online via MyBarclaycard. The mobile phone can then be used to make payments of £15 or less wherever contactless payments are accepted, by simply tapping the phone itself against a contactless reader.”2011 Shaping Up as Year of NFCWhy is this news important? Because it’s signaling the start of mobile payments initiatives in major markets, supported by both operators and banks. This year we will see more and more programs like this launching – for example, in the U.S., Bank of America will roll out its own NFC-enabled mobile payments system sometime this year, too.U.S. operators have also teamed up on their own mobile payments service called Isis and Google is reportedly developing its own, too. This a major area of development to watch in mobile this year, and will have a broad impact on the way we go about our daily lives. Stay tuned. Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Orange announced it will introduce its first NFC-enabled smartphone in the second quarter of this year to select European markets, with others soon to follow. The phone is a mid-tier Samsung Wave 578, which runs the Samsung bada operating system. As it turns out, it won’t be the only new smartphone with NFC to hit European markets – Samsung’s Galaxy S II, also announced this week, will include NFC technology, too. sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Cooperative Extension and WWIA Working Together at Purple Heart Culinary Event for Spouses of Military Heroes

first_imgIn honor of Purple Heart Day this week, we would like to share how Cooperative Extension and the Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation (WWIA) worked together at a Purple Heart Culinary Event.From August  3rd through the 6th, spouses of Purple Heart veterans came together in Minneapolis, Minnesota to learn how to prepare, cook, and serve the fish and game their spouses hunt by Cooperative Extension Nutrition Educator, Moira Tidball. Moira, who is a Chef and WWIA supporter,  is also the Educator for the Wild Harvest Table program through the Cooperative Extension in the Finger Lakes region.What was on the menu? Participants prepared pheasant, pheasant vegetable soup and venison cutlets. The event also gave the participants the chance to talk with other military spouses who understand the daily challenges of supporting the enduring emotional and physical impact our Purple Heart veterans face.Purple Heart Culinary Event for Spouses of Military Heroeslast_img read more