Zoo leaders trumpeting dismay

first_imgThere’s one thing that worries zoo directors from San Diego to Syracuse as much as the growing cost of elephant care: Los Angeles. Fulfilling a campaign promise to animal activists, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected this month to release an independent study – with input from roughly 30 zoo association experts and elephant rights proponents – that could determine the fate of a $19 million pachyderm exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo. The results could determine whether Los Angeles builds the exhibit, expands its existing quarters or follows the lead of such cities as Detroit and San Francisco and sends its elephants to a sanctuary. If the nation’s second-largest city packs off its largest animals, it would be considered a major victory for animal rights activists. “People – zoo directors – are looking at L.A. much the same as San Francisco and Detroit,” said American Zoo and Aquarium Association spokeswoman Jane Ballentine. “They’re waiting to see who says what and how things shake out. While zoo officials maintain the exhibit exceeds standards set by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, critics deem it too small. Most zoo directors argue that the Los Angeles Zoo bears an important role as part of a new mission among American zoos for elephant conservation and breeding. Early this year, Reed led a conference of American zoo directors in Orlando, Fla., to discuss the status of elephant exhibits. The consensus: Zoos must expand exhibits for a half-dozen elephants or more and accept potentially dangerous bull elephants – or get out of caring for pachyderms altogether. In addition, the zoo association has required that zoos comply with new standards for elephant care by early next year. “It’s not a good sign, it’s not a good thing, absolutely, if L.A. canceled elephants,” said Larry Killmar, deputy director for collections for the Zoological Society of San Diego, which runs the renowned San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park. “The issue of whether Los Angeles has elephants or not affects the national program. As far as elephants in captivity, we need all the space we can get in order to help maintain the species.” Mike Keele, deputy director of the Oregon Zoo in Portland, concurred. “In the AZA, it’s not like we’re looking at L.A.,” said Keele, chairman of the AZA Species Survival Program for elephants and a contributor to the L.A. elephant study. “We are L.A. “We want the facts to be fairly represented because we feel that animal rights groups are misleading the public.” Animal rights groups, for their part, accuse zookeepers of bad elephant husbandry. Melya Kaplan, a Los Angeles-based animal rights activist who has worked closely with the Mayor’s Office, said she doesn’t believe elephants belong in zoos and has proposed that L.A.’s elephants go to a sanctuary. Kaplan said elephant exhibits aren’t about education, as zoos contend, but money and entertainment. She also said zoos have a horrible record at keeping – as well as breeding – elephants. She teaches private school and says her students contend they learn more about elephants on TV than at the Los Angeles Zoo. What L.A. needs, she said, are virtual computerized exhibits – or its own elephant sanctuary in the Santa Monica Mountains. “A preserve right here in L.A. – wouldn’t that be great?” said Kaplan, executive director of Voice for the Animals and producer of “Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy,” a documentary critical of the Los Angeles Zoo that is expected to screen next month. “Let’s bring zoos into the 21st century, bring them into our community – it’s not about closing them, it’s about rethinking them.” While zoo officials say they are constantly rethinking exhibits, they also say keeping elephants is costly. Manuel Mollinedo left his job as general manager of the Los Angeles Zoo to direct the zoo in San Francisco. Only a few weeks after he got there, one sick elephant died. Then another. Amid pressure from animal activists and county supervisors, Mollinedo decided to close the outdated exhibit rather than build a new one. He sent the remaining elephants to a sanctuary, where a third one died. “What my decision boiled down to is, we didn’t have the money we needed to build a new, modern exhibit that would meet the new AZA standards,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to raise enough money to bring the elephants back to San Francisco.” Mollinedo said he hopes Los Angeles could keep its elephants, even if it has to expand its exhibit into an adjacent golf course in Griffith Park. “We could see the storm clouds out there – the attack on zoos, trying to isolate zoos, we knew people loved elephants,” said Los Angeles Zoo General Manager John Lewis. “So we asked, how can we do it right, are we doing it right? “I’m ready to move on – I think we’ve got a good elephant program and do what we do best – teach people about animals.” Anne Baker, director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, N.Y., said she worries about potential decisions in Los Angeles made by people who may not know anything about elephants. “There are people in this city who know more about our elephants than I do,” said Baker, who has a doctorate in animal sociobiology. “This is their zoo.” Zookeepers say that in today’s shrinking world, they no longer run menageries of amusement, but manage the sheer survival of many species, including elephants. “We’re not furry amusement parks,” said Mike Crowther, director of the Indianapolis Zoo, who said zoos foster a connection between man and animals and an ethos of conservation. “We’re here to change hearts. “We tend to think of extinctions as the ultimate cruelty and we don’t want to let that occur. Sometimes we view ourselves as the Ark – that’s why we’re here, to serve animals.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I think they are concerned with their own elephant exhibits.” The planned exhibit, on hold pending results of the study by the City Administrative Office, is the latest battleground in the war between animal activists and animal parks. “Without a doubt, no doubt about it, it’s worrisome,” said Mark Reed, director of the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kan. “It’s a bad precedent. My concern is that the (Los Angeles) community is not being asked to speak. “We do not like it in our profession when people who don’t know what they’re talking about – and I don’t want to degrade or talk bad about politicians – speak up about elephants when they don’t know all the facts.” The Elephants of Surin exhibit would be four times larger than current quarters for three elephants at the Los Angeles Zoo. In addition to a larger yard, elephants would share a filtered lake, wading pond and waterfall. last_img read more

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTHURSDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Winter story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Open auditions for the Canyon Theatre Guild production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” 7-10 p.m. at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2702. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Open auditions for the Canyon Theatre Guild production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” 7-10 p.m. at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2702. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Business workshop titled All About Business Loans, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Women’s Business Center, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $20. Call (661) 702-9049. Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12 Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, meets, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with panic attacks, anxiety or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster, third floor. Call (661) 943-3956. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo at 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255; Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will meet for its weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Concept! will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. WEDNESDAY Sweet Talkers Toastmasters meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 will serve specialty meals, or hamburger baskets, 5:30-8 p.m. at the post, 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Proceeds will benefit community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Kids Managing Anger Together for ages 13-17 will meet, 4:30-6 p.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite. B-1, Palmdale. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Women’s Group will deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of relationship, infertility and other issues, noon-1:30 p.m. Call (661) 266-8700. Fobi-Lyte Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to address the medical, nutritional and social ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Conference Room 16 at Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center, 44105 15th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 723-5123. Caregivers Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, 44421 10th St. W., Suite I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-4852. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Eye Opener Toastmasters Club will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call Al Moore at (661) 726-3627. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente. Call Alan Strech at (661) 940-4640. Scrapbookers Club will meet, 5-7 p.m. at Peldyns, 27021 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. Free tools for use. Bring book and photos. Call (760) 608-1422. Antelope Valley Intertribal Council meeting, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 435-0423. AIDS-related death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Sudden-death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Dual Recovery Anonymous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consumers with a history of substance abuse, will meet, 3 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595. Antelope Valley Interfaith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and mature teenagers. Call Kathe Walters at (661) 285-8306. Hi-Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Don’s Restaurant, Victorville. Call (760) 240-4705. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 2 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Belly dancing classes, 7-9 p.m. at the Alpine Grange, 8650 E. Ave. T-8, Littlerock. Lessons: $2. Call (661) 944-1747. Desert Noon Lions Club meets, noon-1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the California Pantry, 120 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call Barbara at (661) 947-4079. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Free. For information and location, call (661) 538-1846. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose meeting room on the second floor at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. The organization is a 12-step, self-help group. Call (661) 943-5466. Little Angels, a support group for families with young children with Down syndrome, meets, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, 43210 Gingham Ave., Lancaster. Call Cyndee Moore at (661) 945-6761 or e-mail cyndeem@nlacrc.com, or visit the Web site at www.geocities.com/littleangels_angelitos. Al-Anon discussion group will meet, 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale; Alateen at 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale, and a women’s discussion group at 7:30 p.m. at 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. A Course in Miracles discussion, 7-9 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 10 a.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Bridge Club for seniors will meet, noon-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Beginner and intermediate players welcome. Call (661) 267-5551. Blood pressure testing for seniors, 10-11:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Knitting and crocheting for seniors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 704 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Bring your own supplies. Call (661) 267-5551. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale Children’s Youth Library, 38510 Sierra Highway. Call Kathy at (661) 265-1839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room 2 at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 256-7064. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Women’s Eating Disorder Group will meet, 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. Bingo for seniors, 12:15-2:15 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Cost: 25 cents per card. Call (661) 267-5551. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Center, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 949-7423. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org THURSDAY High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club hosts ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons are 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission is $2 for club members, $4 for nonmembers. Dance lessons are $2. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at the Harvest Office and Ministry Center, 43209 10th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-2803. Emotional Freedom Technique Group offers demonstrations and practices, 6:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends). Self-help tapping technique used to reduce or eliminate stress, cravings, pains, fears, phobias. Call (661) 945-4045. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting Course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will take its monthly bus trip to “The Glory of Christmas,” noon-9 p.m. Call (661) 267-2586. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.com or www.sava-na.org. center_img TODAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Snyders Dance Groove will give ballroom, Latin, country and swing dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. For ages 40 and up. Cost: $3 per person. Call (661) 609-6510. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. last_img read more

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Other wars

first_imgRe “Anti-terrorism funding for L.A. misses bull’s-eye” (Dec. 6): The terrorist threat, I feel, has been greatly exaggerated. When I step out of my apartment, I do not worry about terrorists, I worry about gang members and violent crime, reckless drivers, air pollution, and getting mugged while waiting an hour and a half for the bus. What keeps me awake late at night is not the fear of terrorists, but the high cost of housing and health care, over-immigration and living in a city that is a chaotic war zone of everyone against everyone. While the War on Terror is doubtless commendable, the war on poverty, homelessness and violent crime is at least equally important and is not even a minor priority with the Bush administration. Charles B. Edelman Los Angeles Social Security Re “Greenspan urges benefits cuts” (Business, Dec. 3): Alan Greenspan advocates trimming Social Security benefits because the government has promised more than it can afford. In college I helped a professor do research for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act and may have contributed in a small way in its formation. Social Security (FICA) is not funded by the government. Equal deductions from participants’ payroll and employer taxes are the sources. To apply Greenspan’s own quote in its proper context, reducing benefits would “cast an even larger shadow” over the future living standards of Americans. David Pine Northridge Give and take Monday was a big day in my life. I came home to the mail and found two letters spelling out my wife’s and my own new benefits for 2006. My wife received the grand total of $2 per month in Social Security benefits and I, as the breadwinner of my home, received the glorious sum of $31 per month. As usual the government gives with one hand and takes away with the other. Our increase was reduced as a result of the increase in the Medicare deduction. So much for that. Albert Cohen Sherman Oaks Why so long? Re “Tookie’s time running out” (Dec. 4): Thank you for a complete and balanced presentation of the issues surrounding the possibly impending execution of Tookie Williams. I do not claim to know what I would decide at this late date, if I were in the governor’s shoes. One question which has been nagging at me, however, you did not address, nor have I seen it discussed elsewhere. Why, more than 20 years after being sentenced to death, is Williams still alive? What flaw in our legal system allows so much time to pass between sentence and punishment that not one cell in Williams’ body today was a living part of it when he heard his judgment? Paul Morgan Fredrix West Hollywood God has the right Re “Tookie now fashionable cause” (Their Opinions, Dec. 5): There is nothing fashionable about being opposed to the death penalty. People have been opposed to the death penalty for many years because they are compassionate and feel that only God has the right to give and take life. My main reason for opposing the death penalty is that death is the easy way out and it is not clemency to spend the rest of your life incarcerated. Many an innocent person has been put to death due to incompetent public defenders, ambitious prosecutors more interested in furthering their careers. Bob A. Greene West Hollywood Keep them in Mexico Re “Mexico relents on killers” (Dec. 1): I see that Mexico has changed its extradition ruling to allow about 700 wanted criminals who face life sentences for crimes committed in the U.S. to be returned here. Why not leave these hardened criminals in Mexico knowing they won’t come here to face their charges. Let Mexico have the pleasure of their company rather than have 700 of their citizens be supported for life by U.S. taxpayers. Bad enough we spend a king’s ransom on our own citizens who break the law. Mexico ought to do itself and us a big favor and extradite those who face execution for being cop-killers, rapists, kidnappers and murderers. Gordon Green Encino Unjustified raise Re “All but 14 lawmakers to get pay raise” (Dec. 3): A 12 percent pay raise for most of our state lawmakers is justified, among other spins, with the excuse “in order to get the most qualified people” (“to run our state into bankruptcy” should be added to that asinine statement). If these people were so qualified why would they spend millions of dollar to get elected to, apparently, what is considered a low-paying job? In the adjoining article, “Hearings set on UC salaries,” Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez (highest-paid legislator) is asking the audit committee to look at UC’s compensation and how they stack up against comparable institutions. So what committee do we ask to compare our $111,000 state Legislature salary to (second-highest salary) New York’s $80,000 salary – 38 percent higher. Don Segien Canoga Park Jesus is the reason Re “Wishing you a PC Christmas” (Dec. 3): Christians all over the world know that Dec. 25 is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Being Christian, I have no qualms about wishing people a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. In our PC world, it is up to us to bypass the generic holiday greeting and stick with what we believe in our heart. I for one profess daily that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” Merry Christmas to all. John Horn Granada Hills Not in public Re “Wishing you a PC Christmas” (Dec. 3): Although Christmas falls between Thanksgiving and New Year, I would not celebrate the birth of Christ in public – not if I were a religious member of a Christian denomination. If I were a believer, I would want to pray and pay tribute with family and friends in private homes and churches. I would not want government to interfere with my rituals, nor would I need government to validate my beliefs. Least of all would I want Christmas to be marketed in public like a slab of meat, along with cars, beer and diamond rings. Oh, the crass commercialism that assaults us this time of year. I would swing open the doors of my church and invite those in need to join me and share my good fortune. Happy Holidays. David Rothman Encino Orange Line crashes Re “Pickup truck, Orange Line bus collide” (Nov. 2): There may be a way to stop drivers from crashing into the Orange Line buses. A large fine for anyone who causes an accident on the busway and take their license away for 30, 60 or 90 days. These accidents are caused by drivers who are on cell phones, running red lights, making illegal turns, etc. Put the blame where the blame belongs, and that is not on the busway. Take responsibility when behind the wheel. Betty Jenkins Chatsworth Strict enforcement Re “Pickup truck, Orange Line bus collide” (Nov. 2): To stop the accidents on the Orange Line we simply need to post a police car at every intersection and have them actually write tickets for going through red lights. Do this for about a week, then cut down to a few intersections – changing them daily. There would be no warnings issued; only tickets given. Robert Lauer West Hills Accepted lies Tinsley’s “Mallard Fillmore” cartoon (Dec. 5) implies that everybody knew that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA. The truth is that her own friends and neighbors denied they knew that she was involved with the CIA. I heard the allegation that everybody knew that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA on conservative television, radio and from conservative columnists. This is another example of the administration’s planted and managed misinformation. If you tell a lie enough times, it will be accepted as the truth. Melvin H. 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At 7-Feet Tall, The Future Is Looking Up For Olejniczak

first_imgBy Giovanna Zavell – Drake Athletic Communications Student AssistantThis story originally appeared in the Feb. 6-9 edition of the Drake Men’s Basketball Gameday Program.It is not difficult to overlook No. 44 of the Drake men’s basketball team, he is 7-feet tall, of course, making him the biggest man on the court on any given night. Moving across the court, towering over other players and continually developing beneath the hoop, freshman Dominik Olejniczak has proven to be a positive addition for the Bulldogs in his first season at Drake.After accepting a scholarship through the Drake basketball program, Olejniczak uprooted his life in Torun, Poland, and moved to Des Moines to pursue his career as a Bulldog.”Drake and a couple of other schools’ coaches came to look at me during the Europe Championships where I was playing with my national team,” Olejniczak said. “Drake contacted and said they were interested in me. I knew it was a good school for not only basketball but also a degree.”Growing up, Olejniczak, despite his mother playing professional basketball and his physical stature, did not enjoy sports and describes himself as not being athletically minded. But, years passed and his parents decided it was time for him to participate in a sport, so at the age of 14, he began playing basketball.”The main reason I started to play was because my mom pushed me,” Olejniczak said. “And, I am pretty tall, so it worked out. The game is really competitive and really physical. You have to be tough.”Olejniczak was in for more adjustments than just learning American basketball. The language barrier between Polish and English became an adjustment he and the team would have to work through.Six months later, Olejniczak says that his English is getting better but he still struggles a little in classes. However, he feels less of a struggle when communicating in practice and games because it is basketball, and “the language of basketball is the same everywhere,” he says.”When he first moved here, Dominik was really struggling with speaking and learning English,” teammate (and freshman) Billy Wampler said. “He still can’t pronounce some words correctly, but he laughs at himself, which is the best part about it. He accepts the fact that he knows he is not perfect at English.”Teammates were surprised by his agility and ability to run the court and jump. His athleticism and large frame provides the team with a big presence on the inside that many other teams in the Missouri Valley Conference do not have. But, there are a few physical aspects of the game Olejniczak is still adjusting to.”The game is a lot more physical and quick here,” Olejniczak said. “As a big man, I struggle with a couple of the defensive aspects. I have the most problems when guarding because you cannot use your hands, which all people in Europe do, you have to use your chest. So, I am getting used to that now.””Dominik has made huge improvements since moving to America,” head coach Ray Giacoletti said. “Everything is new, from learning English and understanding the American game. Every day he is faced with many adjustments and they are all coming together now.”Teammate Reed Timmer mentioned that, like all freshmen, the biggest adjustment is getting used to the game and knowing how hard you have to play in every practice and game.That adjustment became visible midway through the MVC season as Olejniczak scored a then career-high 14 points against Missouri State. That outburst came during a recent seven-game span in which he made 74.2 percent of his shots and averaged 8.7 points per game. He closed the month of January out with back-to-back games of eight points, four rebounds and two blocks against Illinois State and Bradley. That showing earned him his first two collegiate starts against UNI and Wichita State.Timmer expects performances like that to signify and upward trend for Olejniczak as he puts in hours of extra work to develop his game.”He will come to the gym with us late at night and early in the morning just to get better,” Timmer said. “He has a great work ethic which will really help him, especially as time goes on and he gets a feel for the game. It’s a lot different than in Europe. The game is more physical in America than Europe. He will be able to adjust and keep growing as a player, he has a great upside.”Off the court, Olejniczak is studying advertising. Although he does not know which direction that degree will lead him yet, he plans on finding a job related to his area of study once his basketball career has ended.”I chose advertising because I thought it would be a good fit for me and would include a good amount of technology use and experience,” Olejniczak said. “It was also a good fit because my advisor [Dorothy Pisarski] speaks fluent Polish, which is very helpful.”Being away from his friends and family in Poland has been the one of the biggest challenges and they keep in touch through Skype.”My family is 2,500 miles away so it’s not like I can go home every weekend,” Olejniczak said. “I haven’t been home since June and I won’t be back home until May, so it is like 10 months without seeing my family and friends.”Lucky for Olejniczak, he has found a new set of friends and family who are there for him, helping him with each adjustment whether it be on or off the court.”The team is like a brotherhood,” Olejniczak said. “I have been on a couple of teams before and I have never been on a team like this where they are so close. Maybe it is because we see each other everyday on campus and in practice, but it is nice. We have to have a good relationship and be like one person otherwise we can’t work in games and practices. It is really nice that we have good chemistry.”Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Closes League Play This Week

first_imgStory Links Central Arkansas Live Stats Bradley Live Stats Drake is coming off a 4-3 loss to Evansville this past Saturday night at Cownie. Wypych recorded his first career hat trick, but it wasn’t enough to slow the Purple Aces who rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to earn the comeback win. Wypych leads the team and tied for third in the conference in goals with six. Following Saturday night’s match, Drake will close the 2016 regular season on Nov. 1 when it hosts a non-conference match against Western Illinois at Cownie. First kick with the Leathernecks is set for 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version Saturday night will be senior night for nine Bulldogs who are in their final seasons. Prior to the match against the Bears, a recognition ceremony will be held on the field at Cownie Soccer Complex for James Grunert (Muskego, Wis.), Andre Heine (Furtwangen, Germany), Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn.), Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario), James Pendrigh (Canterbury, New Zealand), Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa), Adam Weatherly (Parkville, Mo.), Eric Williams (West Des Moines, Iowa) and James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand).center_img PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University men’s soccer team closes the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference portion of its schedule this week when it visits Bradley on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and then hosts Central Arkansas Saturday night. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. Bradley – Watch Live Drake (4-9-1, 1-4-1 MVC) edged Bradley (2-11-3, 0-5-1 MVC), 1-0, on Oct. 11 in Des Moines, Iowa. LeMay scored in the 69th minute as the Bulldogs snapped a six-match losing streak with the shutout win over the Braves. Bradley is vying for its first win since Sept. 20 when the Braves beat Western Illinois, 2-0. Central Arkansas (5-7-1, 2-3-0 MVC) hosts SIUE Wednesday night before making the trip to the Des Moines. The Bears enter the match against the Cougars riding a three-game winning streak.last_img read more

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Women’s Golf Opens 2017 Season In Florida

first_imgFollowing the Ball State Sunshine Invitational, Drake will have a month to prepare for its next event on March 13-14 at the Bradley Spring Break Invitational in Dallas, Texas.  Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs are excited to have transfer Nicole Blanchard join the team in January. Blanchard spent the last two seasons at Jackson State and earned All-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors in 2015 and 2016. The 54-hole event features 12 teams, including Ball State, Drake, Eastern Kentucky, Illinois State, IUPUI, Keiser, Lamar, Lipscomb, McNeese State, Southern Illinois, Toledo and Valparaiso. Live Scoring Teams will play 36 holes on Friday, beginning at 8 a.m. (EST). Saturday’s shotgun start is set for 8 a.m. (EST).center_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s golf team opens its 2017 season on Friday and Saturday at the Ball State Sunshine Invitational in Port St. Lucie, Fla. at the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club. The Bulldogs have three players with a strokes average under 80 after the fall season, including Madison Glennie, Grace Dunn and Sigurlaug Jonsdottir. Glennie leads the squad with an average of 76.5 strokes over 14 rounds and recorded six rounds shooting under 76. Dunn posted a 77.9 average, while freshman Jonsdottir registered a 79.8 average. Story Linkslast_img read more

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Gillespie Falls In First Round At ITA All-American Championships

first_img ITA All-American Championship Main Draw TULSA, Okla. – Drake University men’s tennis Vinny Gillespie fell in the first-round of the ITA All-American Championships singles main draw Thursday in Tulsa, Okla. Story Links Gillespie, who is ranked 52nd in the ITA Preseason Singles Ranking, dropped the first-set 6-3 but managed to force a third and decisive set by winning the second-set 6-4. Columbia’s Jackie Tang, who is ranked 73rd, knocked Gillespie out of the main draw with a 6-1 third-set victory. Gillespie will continue play on Friday as he squares off against Florida’s Johannes Ingildsen in the consolation draw. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Timmer Scores 32 Points In Men’s Basketball’s Win Over Chicago State

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – Led by a career-high 32 points from senior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.), the Drake men’s basketball team defeated Chicago State, 79-67, in its return to the Knapp Center Sunday afternoon. Drake (4-1) recorded 19 assists on 29 field goals while shooting 47.5 percent (29-61) from the floor. The Bulldogs recorded 11 three-pointers, eight of which came in the second half as the team shot 53.3 percent from the arc in the period. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Box Score (HTML) Listen Live Watch Live Preview Story Links Box Score (PDF) at Omaha 11/29/2017 – 7 p.m. Sophomore Nick McGlynn added a career-high 17 points while just missing his third straight double-double with nine rebounds. H was joined in double-digits by redshirt senior Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) who tallied 10 points. Senior C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) tied for a team-high nine rebounds and had eight assists, one shy of a career high. Chicago State (2-7) opened the first half with a 10-4 lead over the Bulldogs before extending it to a 32-18 lead. Drake surged back out of a timeout to end the half on a 17-2 run that included eight straight points by McGlynn and a three-pointer by McMurray for the 35-34 halftime lead.center_img Following Sunday’s win, the Bulldogs return to the road for a Nov. 29 contest at Omaha. The contest is scheduled to tipoff at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on 1350 ESPN Des Moines. Print Friendly Version “Reed’s been phenomenal so far,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. “If they’re going to give him open looks, he’s going to knock them down and that’s what you expect from a senior. He showed a lot of confidence on the offensive end that really helped us.” Full Schedule Roster Chicago State was led by Fred Sims, Jr. who poured in 25 points followed by Glen Burns and Deionte Simmons who put up 15 and 11 points, respectively. Simmons grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. “We didn’t have our best today, but you have to give a lot of credit to Chicago State,” Medved said. “They [Chicago State] made the decision to soft press back into a zone and it bothered us early. They took us out of rhythm and defensively we weren’t very good. We dug ourselves a hole but showed a lot of resiliency.” The Bulldogs continued their push to open the second half with six straight points for a 41-34 lead. Chicago State fired back to erase Drake’s lead and used an 11-3 run to build a 58-53 lead. Minutes later, a Woodward three-pointer gave Drake the go-ahead lead as part of a 21-3 run that ultimately secured the Bulldog victory. Timmer poured in a career-high seven three-pointers to put himself into 10th all-time at Drake with 139 career three-pointers and those seven three-pointers rank as the fifth most in a game in Drake history. Timmer’s 32 points marked the third time in five games this season he has scored 20 or more points and his 11th straight game in double-figure scoring dating back to last season. Next Game: “We finally had a stretch in the second half where we defended the ball screen better and when our defense picked up, that’s when we went on a run and found a way to get a hard-fought win,” Medved added.last_img read more

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FRONTLINE EDUCATION CUTS WILL SPELL DISASTER FOR DONEGAL KIDS – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fail spokesman on Education, Deputy Charlie McConalogue must resist making more mistakes with his education budget.Classroom numbers are getting biggerThe Inishowen TD has warned that frontline cuts will spell disaster for Donegal’s children.He warned that further increases in class sizes will have a serious impact on the quality of primary school education. He raised his concerns after reports that the government plans to slash €100 million from the education budget next year.“This is more than double the level of cuts originally targeted by Minister Quinn. Taking €44 million out of an already under-resourced education system was bad enough, but cutting €100 million will have very serious consequences for schools and students across the country,” said Deputy McConalogue.He said there simply isn’t scope to take so much out of the education budget without directly affecting the quality of our children’s education.“Approximately 1 in 5 children are already in classes of over 30 pupils. Further significant increases in class sizes would be the single biggest step backwards for the Irish education system. “Children with special needs have been the worst effected by Minister Quinn’s cuts so far. The dramatic reductions in SNA supports have had a serious impact on the most vulnerable children within the school system and on the classroom environment as a whole. It is these children, who are struggling in class and suffering as a result of cuts to one-to-one supports, who will become even more lost if class sizes increase further.“Minister Quinn has made many mistakes in his handling of the education budget over the past two years, some of which he has been forced to row back on. I am urging him against making more mistakes that could potentially set our education system back decades and undo much of the progress we have made in providing equal opportunities to all children.” FRONTLINE EDUCATION CUTS WILL SPELL DISASTER FOR DONEGAL KIDS – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 30th, 2013 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:classroomdeputy charlie mcconalogueeducation cutslast_img read more

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HEARTACHE AS PENSIONER BEATEN BY BURGLARS DIES IN HOSPITAL

first_imgsuzy arthur (NewsPixIreland)THERE is heartache and anger in Co Donegal today following the death of a pensioner battered by burglars three months ago.Suzy Arthur was 89.She passed away in hospital last night. Suzy and her sister Isa were attacked on July 1 at their home.Isa, who is 91, is distraught at the death of her sister. Suzy was taken to hospital and never got out again.At the time Isa told how the lowlife gang called to the property offering to paint it and hours later smashed their way into the house she shared with her sister Suzy.The raiders threw Suzy to the ground and broke her hip, before ransacking the proprety at Feddyglass, Raphoe – on the main Letterkenny to Lifford Road. Isa told Donegal Daily at the time: “I was out in the garden and when I came in they shoved me into the living room. I saw Suzy on the ground and she couldn’t get up.“I tried to shout that I was getting a gun but they were too strong for me. I just wished I had more strength to fight back.“They searched the house looking for stuff and ransacked Suzy’s bedroom but we don’t have anything.”Suzi suffered a serious hip injury from which she never recovered.Her nephew Joe McKean said today that as far as he was concerned the burglars had killed his much-loved aunt. “It was they (the burglars) who put her in hospital and it was those injuries which killed her,” he said.The raid in July was the SIXTH such incident at the elderly sisters’ home at Tullyrap near Raphoe.A full Garda investigation was carried out into the raid but nobody has yet been arrested in relation to the incident.Gardai were given a description of the men and the car they were driving at the time. Isa Arthur: Distraught at death of her beloved sister (Pic NewsPixIreland)HEARTACHE AS PENSIONER BEATEN BY BURGLARS DIES IN HOSPITAL was last modified: October 11th, 2013 by John2Share 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:burglary victimsdeathISA ARTHURSuzi Arthurlast_img read more

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DDTV – MINISTER FOR HEALTH ADMITS PROBLEMS FILLING LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL POSTS

first_imgThe Minister for Health, James Reilly, has admitted his department is having difficulty filling essential posts at Letterkenny General Hospital.The Minister made his comments in the Dail this morning.He revealed that there are 26 vacant full-time doctor’s posts at the hospital but that 14 of these are currently being filled in a temporary capacity. The response came following a question by Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue.TD McConalogue said the reply was simply not good enough.He said the Minister does not specifically address what is being done to address the lack of cover.“I don’t think it’s acceptable for the Minister to say that we “have to live with it,” he said. SIMPLY CLICK ON THE VIDEO TO PLAY.DDTV – MINISTER FOR HEALTH ADMITS PROBLEMS FILLING LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL POSTS was last modified: February 13th, 2014 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:Charlie McConaloguedailMinister for Healthlast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: RED ARROWS DISPLAY OVER LOUGH FOYLE

first_imgAISLING CALLAGHAN’S superb pictures from the Red Arrows display over Donegal earlier today.Conditions could not have been better. PICTURE SPECIAL: RED ARROWS DISPLAY OVER LOUGH FOYLE was last modified: June 29th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalGreencastleLough Foylemovillered arrowslast_img read more

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DONEGAL GAA PLAYER GETS HIS SUBWAY MADE FOR HIM BY LIVERPOOL STARS

first_imgDungloe GAA player Joe Sweeney was left astonished when he had his Subway sandwich made for him by Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge. Sweeney, a die-hard Liverpool fan, was left stunned when he seen Liverpool stars Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson making sandwiches in the popular food outlet in Boston.The Liverpool stars are currently on a pre-season tour in Boston and played Roma at Fenway Park. Sturridge has endorsed the Subway brand in the past and was the face of their World Cup advertising campaign.Sweeney, a student at GMIT, is in Boston for the summer working and playing football for Donegal Boston.He a nephew of former Donegal All-Star Adrian Sweeney and couldn’t believe it when  he saw the two England internationals preparing subs for customers.The Donegal man posted a video of Sturridge preparing the sub on his Facebook timeline with a caption that read “It’s not everyday Daniel Sturridge makes you a subway!!” He added “They were both sound and were having good craic with the customers in the shop, and to be fair Sturridge made a great Subway too, so it was all good.“He’s a brilliant player and he has a cracking left foot, although I think Uncle Eddie’s was better.”    DONEGAL GAA PLAYER GETS HIS SUBWAY MADE FOR HIM BY LIVERPOOL STARS was last modified: July 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bostonDaniel SturridgedonegaldungloeFeaturesJoe SweeneyJordan HenersonnewsSubwaylast_img read more

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WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL FROM DONEGAL’S NO 1 NIGHTSPOT VOODOO VENUE

first_imgWhat another superb weekend clubbers had at Donegal’s No.1 nightspot Voodoo Venue. The No.1 venue in the North-West has firmly established itself as the best clubbing spot around.This is evidenced by the masses coming through the doors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. With this pattern being repeated during the week, it should come as no surprise that Voodoo Venue was nominated for a prestigious award for providing live entertainment every week.Their dedication and excellence in customer service will ensure it will remain the No.1 clubbing venue in the North-West in 2015.Every week in conjunction with Donegal Daily, Voodoo Venue run a picture special competition on the site.If your face is circled in the picture special above, then you’ve just won FREE Champagne and FREE VIP entry for four. Contact Voodoo via Facebook and claim your prize now. 🙂Make sure and check out their Facebook page below for details of this weekend.https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkenny WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL FROM DONEGAL’S NO 1 NIGHTSPOT VOODOO VENUE was last modified: January 27th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

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MEN ESCAPE JAIL SENTENCE AFTER GETTING TASTE OF PRISON FOR ATTACK ON YOUNG WOMAN

first_imgTwo young men who gagged and bound a girl before robbing her have escaped a lengthy jail sentence after being given a taste of prison.Lee McLaughlin was given a taste of prison. PIc by Northwest Newspix.Lee McLaughlin, and James Leedham, were part of a three man gang who terrorised two young women in a house robbery in Carndonagh. The men had pleaded guilty at Letterkenny Circuit Court to false imprisonment and aggravated burglary when they appeared on Monday last.An angry Judge John O’Hagan deferred sentence until yesterday but had sent both men to Castlerea Prison to reflect on what they had done.The court heard gang forced their way into the house at The Mullins in Carndonagh in broad daylight on September 29th, 2013.The men had their faces hidden and had also brought an imitation firearm to the house.Two young women in the house were watching television at around 1.45pm in the afternoon when the gang struck.One of the women Shannon Doherty managed to escape through a window but another woman, Danielle Doherty, who was 20, was held captive by the raiders.McLaughlin, 20, of Allendale Park, Carndonagh, tied Ms Doherty’s hands with a cable-tie and put duct tape on her mouth to stop her from screaming.James Leedham got suspended jail sentence. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The gang tried to put her into a wardrobe but she refused to go into it.They eventually stole 36 packets of cigarettes, 6 packets of loose tobacco and €58 in cash which they put into a rucksack which they had brought with them.However the men were chased by some neighbours who had ben alerted to the robbery by Ms Doherty who had escaped earlier.They managed to flee through fields but were eventually apprehended by Gardai.The court heard the gang had planned the robbery after watching a video the previous night.Victim Danielle Doherty said she was still suffering from the attack and had to lock all the doors in her house if she was home alone.Leedham, 18, of Station Road, Buncrana, revealed he had been turned down for an application joining the army and was upset.McLaughlin had suffered a vert tough childhood and his father abused him and his siblings including occasions when he would stub cigarettes out on them.Judge O’Hagan said if he had sentenced the men last Monday, they would have been looking at a lengthy jail term.“The deviousness which they did it with was quite frightening – the taping of the mouth, using cable ties, attempting to put her in the wardrobe – it’s like something you would see in the movies.“I really do hope the four days they have had in Castlerea was a time of reflection and that they should not wish to be there again,” he said.He sentenced both men to three years imprisonment but suspended the sentences for three years and ordered them to be of good behaviour.MEN ESCAPE JAIL SENTENCE AFTER GETTING TASTE OF PRISON FOR ATTACK ON YOUNG WOMAN was last modified: February 7th, 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:aggravated burglaryFalse ImprisonmentJames NeedhamLee McLaughlinletterkennylast_img read more

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MOVILLE ‘IRISH WATER’ INCIDENT ‘COMPLETELY MADE UP’

first_imgEnda CraigRESIDENTS of Moville have slammed reports that an Irish Water worker was threatened there – saying the claims were fabricated.There were reports that up to 15 people had surrounded an Irish Water worker in the Inishowen town last week.Local resident Enda Craig says the reported incident didn’t happen. He says residents have sought the help of a solicitor to clear their names. Explaining the ‘incident’ Mr Craig said: “A substantial number of people were invited to a meeting at Ard Na Guala Duibhe housing estate in Moville to stand in solidarity with the residents who had meters illegally installed, in breach of the following numerous rules and agreements, by Irish Water:1. Installing meters prior to official starting time of 7.30am.2. No notification of impending meter installation.3. Using a van with no company logo.4. Disconnecting water without prior notice to residents.5. Refusing to speak to residents (passive aggressive behaviour).6. Ignoring “No Meter Here” poster in resident’s window.7. Refusing to stop installation of meters when requested.8. Foul and abusive language to a 77 year old female resident (suffering from diabetes) at 6.45am when she approached them while illegally installing her meter. This lady requested them not to install the meter, pointed to the “No Meter” poster in her window. The installer shouted loudly in her face “Your poster is a joke and you are a joke”. The lady went back inside her house where she became very upset.“Statements were read out condemning the actions and behaviour of the Irish Water meter installers by residents and members present.“As people left to make their way home they identified an Irish Water van parked in the Malin Road. A number of people approached the driver’s window where it was seen he was busy writing.“He lowered his window and stated he was an Irish Water surveyor and not a meter installer. He showed his I.D. when requested and was asked why he was driving an Irish Water van with no company logo markings on the sides. “He was told this was illegal and that he was in breach of his own company’s rules and regulations. He made no response.“The people there requested him to take a message to his bosses that the breaching of all the various rules and regulations (as outlined above) had to stop and most importantly there was to be no more verbal abuse of any residents. He agreed to convey the message and at this point he decided to leave. He started his van and left. This ended the interaction with the Irish Water employee.“We utterly and completely refute the version of events put forward in an online article published on Friday 15th May 2015. It is a million miles from the truth and the reality of what actually happened.“It is very disappointing that anyone would publish such a serious article with so many inaccuracies from an anonymous source.“People who were actually there would have had no difficulty providing an accurate account of what actually happened had they been contacted prior to publication.” MOVILLE ‘IRISH WATER’ INCIDENT ‘COMPLETELY MADE UP’ was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by John2Share 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:enda craigIrish Watermovillelast_img read more

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DONEGAL U21 LADIES CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS

first_imgWelcome homeTHIS is the victorious Donegal U21 Ladies footballers returning home to the county – with an All-Ireland title.The girls lifted the Aisling Mc Ging Cup after a thrilling win over Longford in Sligo on Sunday afternoon.Milford’s Amber Barrett was one of the stars of the show in the 4-12 to 2-07 victory in a title carved out of hard work and dedication. DONEGAL U21 LADIES CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS was last modified: June 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:All Ireland blitzDonegal U21’sLadiesLGFAwinlast_img read more

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Wow! Check out this stunning picture of ancient Donegal fort

first_imgPICTURE: Bren Whelan has established himself as one of the best photographers around – and he has managed to capture a whole host of visually stunning images highlighting Donegal’s beauty.His latest offering, could be his best yet, a spectacular image which captured the ‘Autumn Equinox at the Grianan of Aileach stone fort.The ancient fort is 4,000 years old and is perched on a hill high above Burt. It is a major tourist attraction in the North-West, with thousands flocking to the fort every year.Whelan managed to capture this wonderful shot, (above) which clearly shows how the aptly named ‘Stone Fort of the Sun’ was built to align with the sun’s movements.On just two days every year, on the spring and autumn equinoxes, the rising sun aligns with the monument and rays beam through the entrance, dividing the structure in two.What another stunning image of Donegal in all its glorious beauty, credit to Bren Whelan for the incredible image.  Wow! Check out this stunning picture of ancient Donegal fort was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Gardai set up checkpoints in sex attack investigation

first_imgGardai have set up a series of checkpoints in Letterkenny town centre in a bid to identify a man who carried out a serious sex attack on a young woman.Earlier this week, Donegal Daily reported how a woman was attacked in her apartment in the town.It is understood the woman was set upon as she slept in her bedroom after a man broke into her flat. The attack happened between 4 and 5am on Sunday morning last, October 23rd.The man fled the young woman’s flat moments after he entered the property and attacked her.Gardai have confirmed they preserved the scene of the attack and examined it and state that their investigation is ongoing.Gardai have been trawling through hours of CCTV footage in a bid to identify possible suspects who were in the area at the time. Checkpoints were also set up last Saturday night in the area of the attack in a bid to jog people’s memories who may have witnessed the attacker hanging around the area.Anybody with any information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda station on 0749167100.Gardai set up checkpoints in sex attack investigation was last modified: October 31st, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Vipers SC and Zanzibar’s JKU square off in CECAFA opener

first_imgVipers take on JKU FC in their first CECAFA group game on FridayCECAFA Kagame Cup 2018Vipers SC (uganda) vs JKU FC (zanzibar)Chamanzi stadium, TanzaniaFriday, 29-06-2017 @02:00pmUganda’s representatives at the 2018 CECAFA-Kagame cup-Vipers SC, will lock horns with Zanzibar’s giants JKU FC in the opening game of the tournament on Friday.The reigning Uganda Premier league champions are taking part in their second ever edition after initially representing the nation in 2011Bunamwaya as they were known back then failed to get past the group stages after finishing third in group B that comprised of Al Merrick, Young Africans and Elman FC.“The boys trained so well and we are impressed with the reaction and positive attitude, said Vipers coach Miguel da Costa ahead of the game.“We are sure they will replicate this in the match against JKU on Friday.Miguel Da Costa is happy with the reaction and attitude of his players going into the JKU gameThe Venoms who arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Wednesday evening with a contingent of 20 players and five coaches and conducted a two hour training session.They left a host of big names at home including first choice goalkeeper Ismail Watenga, Moses Waiswa, Halid Lwaliwa and Erisa Ssekisambu but traveled with several new signings.Mosses Waiswa (left) is one of the players that were left in KampalaIt is hard to predict how they will line up but whoever is choosen will surely be keen to impress.With Nicholas Wadada now a Azam FC player, Tadeo Lwanga will be the captain of the side in the competition but it remains to be seen if he will be made the permanent skipper for the Kitende based side.There will be two more encounters on Friday, one in group A and the other in group C.The other group A fixture will see defending champions Azam FC of Tanzania lock horns with South Sudan outfit Katar FC at 4pm.The day’s last fixture will feature another home side Singida against Rwandan giants APR at the National stadium-07:00pm.Vipers will have a day’s rest tomorrow before returning to action on Sunday against Azam FC at 07:00pm.The Venoms’ last group fixture will be played on Wednesday, 04-07-2018 against Katar FC at the same venue (Chamanzi).Vipers SC Squad.Goalkeepers:- Bashir Ssekagya, Eric Kibowa.Defenders:- Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa, Fred Okot, Aggrey Madoi, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Yayo Lutimba, Ashraf Mandela.Midfielders:- Taddeo Lwanga, Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Brian Nkuubi, Duncan Sseninde, David Owori.Forwards:- Dan Sserunkuma, Pius Wangi, Brian Kalumba, Steven Mukwala, Milton Karisa.CECAFA fixtures Friday, 29-06-2018:-Vipers SC vs JKU FC @02:00pm-Azam FC vs Katar FC @04:00pm-Singida vs APR FC @07:00pmThe CECAFA Kagame cup group stage:Group A.Azam FC (Tanzania)Vipers SC (Uganda)JKU FC (Zanzibar)Katar FC (South Sudan)Group B.Rayon Sport (Rwanda)Gor Mahia (Kenya)Lydia Ludic (Burundi)Ports FC (Djibouti))Group C.Singida FC (Tanzania)APR FC (Rwanda)Simba SC (Tanzania)Dakadaha (Somalia)Comments Tags: JKU FCKagame CECAFA Cup 2018miguel da costavipers sclast_img read more

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AFCON U17: Kwesi confident of sealing ticket to World Cup

first_img Tags: AFCON U17 2019Fabin KwesiThomas Kakairetop The Cubs players celebrate one of the goals against Tanzania on Wednesday (FUFA Photos)DAR ES SALAAM – Being a debutant at a finals tournament is not an easy experience for anyone in the sporting world more so in football.Mid last year, the Uganda U17 National football team, the Cubs sealed their spot at the 2019 U17 AFCON finals and would be featuring at the tournament for the first time in the county’s history.Eight months down the road, they lost their opening game 1-0 to Angola and like it is supposed to be, no alarm bells were sound, after all they were just another debutant trying to explore grounds they have never been at.However, they picked themselves up and upstaged hosts, Tanzania 3-0 in their second group game played on Wednesday, April 17th. Uganda’s goals were scored by Andrew Kawooya, Ivan Asaba and Najib Yiga.The three points and goals were their first at the finals but more significantly, put the Cubs in contention for a spot at the U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil later this year as the top two teams in each of the two groups, qualify automatically for the global showpiece.Currently occupying third on the standings, the Cubs will seal qualification with a victory over Nigeria in the last game on Saturday.The team’s head coach Fabin Kwesi could not hide his excitement after the victory over Tanzania.“We are happy for the victory and hope it carries us on to the next game so that we are able to seal the ticket that takes us to Brazil. Said Kwesi in the post-match press conference.“If we play like we played against Tanzania in the next game and add some hard work to it, we will be able to win the last game and qualify for Brazil.Kwesi is confident the Cubs will reach the semi finals of the AFCON 2019 tournament (file photo)The Ghanaian-born tactician was at the forefront of the victory, making one telling inclusions to the team that beat Tanzania on Wednesday.After lacking in creativity on Sunday, he started Thomas Kakaire who had only come off the bench in the first game and what a master stroke that proved to be as the Bright Stars midfielder dominated the midfield.“Kakaire is a ball winner and good passer of the ball, said Kwesi when asked about the 17 year old.“We realized we needed someone like that in the team and i am so happy with his contribution.Uganda takes on Nigeria on Sunday at the Chamazi Stadium, in their last Group game.Comments last_img read more

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Mbarara City FC vs Express FC: Red Eagles in desperate need for points

first_imgExpress are yet to win a game this season. (PHOTO/Express FC)Uganda Premier League Mbarara City FC vs Express FC Luzira Prisons Stadium, LuziraTuesday, 10-09-2019 @4pmExpress FC have had a near to disastrous start to the 2019/20 Uganda Premier League season.Currently, the Red Eagles sit third from bottom having managed just a single point from their first three games.After losing 1-0 at Bul, they drew 1-1 at home to Bright Stars and then went down 2-0 against Onduparaka FC.The loss to Onduparaka at Wankulukuku last Saturday outlined how poor the side has been lately and calls for head coach George Ssemwogerere to be fired could be heard after the game.Simulala, like he is commonly known in the football circles is partly responsible for the sort of start Express have had to endure. The former Red Eagles captain ensured a massive exodus during the offseason as he let go of up to 20 players and signed others that he claims will see the team through the next few years.However, looking at the crop that currently dons the Express jersey, Simulala might have to first worry about beating the drop this season before looking at the coming years.On Tuesday afternoon, Express will take on a Mbarara City side that will also be looking for points.After beating Proline 3-0 on opening day, the Ankole Lions have witnessed a drop in form as they have gone on not to win any of their last two games.A 3-1 loss to SC Villa was followed by a disappointing 0-0 draw at Police FC in a game that they will feel they should have won.Interim head coach Brian Ssenyondo is also in the hot seat and will be hoping he can ease the tension with three points off a wobbly Express side.What they are saying ahead of the gameBrian Ssenyondo“We are coming into the game off a draw and loss in our last two games and we know we have to win again to bring back the confidence in the side.“Express is a traditional giant but we will go into the game eyeing victory because they have also not been in the best of form.George Ssemwogerere“We have had a terrible start to the season and we are hoping to put that behind us.“I currently have a young squad and i know it will take time for them to finally perform to expectation.“I am not under pressure currently but i want to win the game on Tuesday to try and build confidence.Team newsMbarara City have no major injury issues and will look to Paul Mucureezi, Ibrahim Orit, Brian Ahebwa and Jude Ssemugabi for inspiration against a porous looking Express FC side.For the Red Eagles, they will be without right-back Emmanuel Baffoe who got injured in the loss to Onduparaka FC. With Tony Kyamera now fully fit, Josua Adea who started in goal in the last two games is expected to only find a spot on the bench.Match FactsThis will be the 5th meeting between the two sides ever since Mbarara made their latest return to the top flight in 2017.In the previous four meetings, the Ankole Lions have won two, lost one and drew the other.Since making that return in 2017, Mbarara has defeated Express in all two of their home games including 3-1 in the reverse fixture last season.Last season, Mbarara took four points off Express.Mbarara heads into the game having won only two of their last 11 league games (D5 L4).However, at home, they have lost only one of their last 16, winning 11 and drawing the other four.For Express FC, they enter the clash on the back of two victories in their last 8 games (D3 L3).Away from home, the Red Eagles have won just 2 of their last 13 league fixtures (D3 L8).The other games on Tuesday @4:30pm-SC Villa vs Police FC-Tooro United vs Maroons FCComments Tags: Express FCGeorge SsemwogerereMbarara City. Brian SsenyondotopUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

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Flooding fall-out: Council issues latest update on road conditions across Donegal

first_img1pm. Donegal County Council has just issued a latest update on road conditions following last night’s devastating flooding.This is their latest statement to bring the public updated with the ongoing challenges facing the public.North Donegal experienced very heavy rainfall last night resulting in extensive flooding on our roads. Driving conditions were very difficult and many roads had to be closed temporarily. The Inishowen Peninsula was the worst hit with widespread road closures and properties flooded. Since the rain stopped overnight the Council’s roads staff have been taking stock of the damage.Two bridges have been completely washed away either side of Quigley’s Point on the R238 and the R240.The Cockhill Bridge has been closed (R238 north of Buncrana) as has the local road from Drumfree (North Pole Pub) to Clonmany however it is expected that both of these will reopen shortly following some clean up works.Council staff are working to get one operational lane repaired on the R238 between Quigley’s Point & Muff and it is hoped to reopen this road with traffic lights.In the meantime a short local diversion is in place. This diversion is not suitable for HGVs or large volumes of traffic so motorists travelling to north Inishowen are advised to travel via Buncrana until further notice. The R240 between Quigley’s Point and Carndonagh at the Riverside Pub will need a new bridge constructed and is likely to remain closed for a number of weeks at least.Reports are also just coming in of a bridge collapse on the R244 between Carndonagh and Drumfree approx 3 miles from Carndonagh. Further updates will be made available.Road users are being asked to take extreme care when out and about today and members of the public who require assistance including emergency accommodation should contact the Council on 074 91 53900 or out of hours at 074 91 72399.Flooding fall-out: Council issues latest update on road conditions across Donegal was last modified: August 24th, 2017 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:councilROADSupdatelast_img read more

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DD Motoring: Put a little Sunbeam in your life

first_imgI am hoping for forgiveness in place of permission in sharing one of Danielle Duddy Meeke’s posts of the family in Sunny Spain this weekend as they got their picture taken in front of the Citroen at the finish of the World Rally on Sunday evening.It was just a perfect end to a perfect rallying weekend seeing Kris Meeke’s wanes and wife getting into the picture with him to celebrate his win at the finish of the world rally in Spain.Kris Meeke and his family as they celebrate his success on the World Rally Championship in Spain at the weekendIt was such a difficult year for the Dungannon man but he summed it up the best himself: “It’s not about how many times you fall down, it’s about how many times you’re willing to get up again.” Advertisement I was nearly afraid to log on to check the results when Kris Meeke was in the lead this year, such was his spate of bad luck. It’s the story of my life when I am gunning for someone to win, I can hardly watch them until they cross the finishing line that I have any enjoyment in their success. This win is no more than Kris Meeke deserves, his talent gave him a much-needed win both for himself and for his team, Citroen.Rainy Day in DonegalMeanwhile back in Ireland, we hadn’t much sun on Saturday for the final rally of the season as the rain poured down for the most of the morning around Dunfanaghy where the harvest rally was based.A tractor lands up at the start ramp in Dunfanaghy much to the amusement of John Lyons and Mosses Alcorn. Photo Brian McDaidKris Meeke would only be the same age as his children are now when John Lyons brought his Escort over the line in 1981 to win his first of two Donegal Internationals. It also brought Kris Meeke’s father Sidney his first success on an International Rally as the John Lyons car builder. Advertisement Special guest John Lyons pictured with Shaun Doherty’s mother at start ramp on Saturday in Dunfanaghy. Photo Brian McDaidJohn Lyons was on hand on Saturday to stick it out in the rain until all the rally cars went through the starting ramp and even waved through a Ford tractor which went the wrong way around the carpark looking to do a bit of shopping on Saturday morning!Days like thisWhen it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this,When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this,When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch,Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this.Saturday looked like it wasn’t going to be like the words of the song by Van Morrison. A bad start when I got as far as rally headquarters at the Shandon Hotel to sign on only to find no press information packages left. To make things worse John Lyons was already waving the cars off in Dunfanaghy while I was sitting in Marblehill!Donegal TimeWhen we got as far as the square in Dunfanaghy, John was still there waving the crews through. Days like this I am so glad of “Donegal Time” when 10 am means around 10am or so!A lovely MK2 Escort was making its way through the start ramp and we coaxed the driver to stop and get out and brave the pouring rain for a picture with John Lyons. As we got set up the crowd that was standing back made their way forward from under their raincoats and umbrellas and started to cheer on the driver and take photos of him and john with their phones.Shaun Doherty Cresslough gets a masterclass in driving a Mk 2 Ford Escort for John Lyons who was the special guest in Dunfanaghy to wave off the rally cars on Saturday morning. Photo Brian McDaidWe quickly got our pictures not to hold up the already delayed field and as the car pulled away I ask some of the locals what was the name of that driver. “Sure that’s Shaun Doherty,” was the reply, “and that’s his mammy over there!” His mammy was a bit reluctant to go into the photo and was even more reluctant to tell me her name. But it was a moment in the rain in Donegal of pure pride not unlike the pride in the photo of Kris Meeke and his family at the finish of the rally in Spain.The sound of musicIt was like a riff on a guitar for the intro of a song you hadn’t heard in years. It just takes you right back in time travel. That is what the sound of that Opel Ascona 400 of Donagh Kelly sounded like in the hills on Saturday around Dunfanghy and Falcarragh where like a massive ancient natural amphitheatre it introduced the roar of the Ascona long before it appeared on the stage.The Sound of Music..The Ascona of Donagh Kelly in James Cullen’s old colours as sweeper on the Harvest Rally. Photo Brian McDaidBetween that classic Opel being pushed through those familiar slippery autumn stages and a rallying hero like John Lyons braving the driving rain to wave off the competitors on Saturday morning from the Market Square in Dunfanaghy. It really felt like a blast from the past at the weekend.The sound of that Opel sharpened the taste buds to memories of years gone and then out of the blue, a Sunbeam of Neil Campbell passes by on the stage just hit a chord with me from memories from the past. We were raised in Glencar in Letterkenny on the the sound of rally prepared Sunbeams; James Cullen, Eamon Harvey, Danny Caddye, Jeremy Shields all had Sunbeams of different kinds some with twin forty Webers and some with SU carbs but they all had the same note when you lifted of the gas or when you were using the gearbox to slow down the car.I’m not saying Campbell was lifting but when he did his Sunbeam had that same old familiar note. Derek Mc Mahon, John Joe Boyce, James (Deis) McDaid, Robert Ward, Vincent Bonnar, to name but a few all come to mind remembering them all rallying Sunbeams in their day.Donagh Kelly with his Ascona 400 as he has a chat with Donegal Motor Club President Seamus Mc Gettigan at the rally at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaidWouldn’t it be an idea to take an autumn leaf of Donagh Kelly’s book and do what he did this weekend with his classic Opel Ascona and honour some of these great Donegal Drivers by recreating their memory in future events in a Sunbeam?Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Put a little Sunbeam in your life was last modified: October 11th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daidDonagh KellyHarvest Rallymotoringlast_img read more

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Farmer appeals for information following theft of 74 sheep

first_imgFarmer Stephen O’Donnell is appealing for information following the suspected theft of 74 of his sheep.36 ewes and 38 ewe lambs went missing during September and October from a hill situated just outside the Cleeslough side of Termon along the N56.Before the theft, Stephen had a flock of 350 sheep. One-fifth of Stephen’s livestock are now missing. “It’s a big loss, a big hit. A lot of hard work has gone into it to just have people ruin your livelihood. Remember if this happened to you how would you feel? This is our livelihood,” Stephen told Donegal Daily.The ewe lambs were put back out on the hill with the ewes after being clipped in August, and when they gathered the flock together for the ram in October, Stephen discovered the extent to which his flock had decreased.“The sheep could have been sold for breeding, someone might have bought them and didn’t know that they were stolen.“They went missing between September and October, people could have been buying sheep before the rams went out. These sheep might have been sold recently or a few months ago. People also could have bought them if they were short of sheep for commonage grazing. There’s a lot of demand for horned sheep at the minute. The horned breeding ewes are worth anything between €80 and €120.” The Dorset ewe has a white face, as seen on the ewe to the right.Stephen says that whoever stole the sheep would have had to know what they were doing, and believes that they could be sold across the country; not just in Donegal.“People can identify my sheep as there may be the odd Dorset ewe with a white face and horns amongst them, it’s a rare breed and no one else is breeding with that type.”Stephen’s sheep can also be identified by their thick fleece.“The ewe lambs were clipped in August, so there would be a good growth of wool back on the lambs, they’d have a good fleece.”Stephen is now asking that if anyone noticed anything suspicious in the Termon area during this time period to come forward with any information. He is also appealing to farmers to keep an eye out for sheep that may match the description of his flock. He is hoping if anyone bought them without realising they were stolen, that they’d come forward.A reward is being offered for their return.Anyone with information can contact Milford Gardaí on 074 9153060.Farmer appeals for information following theft of 74 sheep was last modified: December 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalsheepTermontheftlast_img read more

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Winter beds crisis beckons for Letterkenny Hospital, warns Donegal Senator

first_imgDonegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn warns that Letterkenny University Hospital desperately needs to reopen the short stay ward before the winter beds crisis worsens.The Sinn Féin Senator has said he will again raise the need for the Minister for Health and the HSE to urgently allocate €1.8 million to LUH to enable them to re-open the 19 bed Short Stay ward in the Seanad tomorrow.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “Earlier this year, the management of Letterkenny University Hospital submitted a proposal to the Saolta Hospital Group under the Critical Unmet Need and Winter Surge Initiative that the Short Stay ward be re-opened with the relevant support staff. They sought €1.84 million euro from the HSE management and hoped for confirmation of funding in October. “We are now in mid December and the Government have refused to give our major county hospital the support they so desperately need. I have confirmed today that the Short Stay ward will be empty again next week with medical rehab moving back to the campus across the road. This means that a 19 bed unit lies empty with a beds crisis ongoing at the hospital and one likely to grow worse as the winter continues”.“I have listened to Fianna Fáil public representatives raising this issue too and it is time that they acknowledged and admitted that this “confidence and supply” deal they have with Fine Gael is proving to be a poor deal for Donegal.“For Sinn Fein’s part, we will continue to raise the funding neglect endured by Letterkenny University Hospital and fight for fairness for our hospital and for our county”Winter beds crisis beckons for Letterkenny Hospital, warns Donegal Senator was last modified: December 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

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Donegal bus driver hailed after avoiding collision with lorry

first_imgA quick-thinking Donegal bus driver has been hailed after his actions prevented a major crash yesterday evening.The driver of a Maynooth-bound John McGinley coach took evasive action to avoid a collision with a lorry close to Castleblayney.The driver took the coach, containing mainly college students, onto a ditch to prevent careering into the lorry. Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures had road conditions treacherous at the time.“It was a scary experience, we just saw the bus going off the road,” said one passenger.“The poor driver was excellent. He managed to drive on to Dublin and I don’t know how he did that.“Everyone was so shocked, but it could have been much worse.  There was a car in front of a lorry that seemed to brake suddenly. The lorry, in the road conditions, wasn’t going to get stopped, so if our driver hadn’t have “Only for the driver, there could have been people injured or even worse. Passengers were all frightened, but just thankful that we were all okay.”Emergency services attended the scene. After the bus was pulled onto the road again, it was able to resume its journey.Donegal bus driver hailed after avoiding collision with lorry was last modified: February 13th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Help save Donegal lives by walking from Darkness Into Light this May

first_imgResidents in Donegal have been urged to join the global fight against suicide and self-harm on May 11. Last year thousands of people registered to attend events around the county raising a total of €136,993 to support our vital services.This year almost 250,000 participants in over 200 venues across 19 countries and five continents will walk from Darkness Into Light. The event, organised by Pieta, is a global movement dedicated to ending suicide and supporting those who engage in self-harm.Speaking on this movement of hope, Marie Peelo, Deputy Director of Funding & Advocacy said: “From rural communities to major cities, suicide is an epidemic that affects all communities.“In 2017, one person a day died by suicide in Ireland – nobody is immune to suicide.“We want to live in a world where suicide is replaced by hope, where self-care replaces self-harm and where stigma is replaced by acceptance. “The only way we can tackle this crisis is together – in our communities, in our places of work, in the sports clubs we are part of. With the help of our community, we can help prevent suicide.”Since opening its doors 13 years ago, Pieta has heard painful truths from thousands of people who have come to the organisation at the point of suicidal crisis or actively engaging in self-harm, which is one person every 40 seconds.Worldwide, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year.Donegal walkers can register or find their nearest venue online at www.darknessintolight.ie.Help save Donegal lives by walking from Darkness Into Light this May was last modified: March 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Water disruptions expected during works in Finn Valley area

first_imgResidents in the Ballybofey, Crossroads and Killygordon areas are being advised to expect water outages this Tuesday due to Irish Water works.Irish Water are carrying out major upgrades to the water network in the region to improve water supply and protect the local environment.As the work progresses a number of areas may experience interruptions to the water supply between 08:00 – 14:00 on Tuesday 02 July 2019. The following areas may be affected: Irish Water’s local engineering lead, Kevin Love  stated: “When completed the upgrade will ensure a more reliable supply of water to customers in the area and safeguard the water supply for the future. We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”Water disruptions expected during works in Finn Valley area was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Contractor to be appointed next month for Killybegs Harbour extension

first_imgIt has been confirmed on Wednesday that tenders have been received for the works at the Smooth Point at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre. Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher confirmed that the tenders were received by the Department on the May 20th and a contractor is expected to be appointed next month.He said: “Subject to availability it is anticipated that the contractor is to be on site by September 2019, the contract duration is 12 months and preparatory works on the site development such as dredging had already commenced in 2017 and were completed in 2018. “The Smooth Point project at Killybegs Harbour, when complete, will provide a 120 metres quay space. The total cost of this phase including preparation, permitting and design costs stands at €6.5m,” added Pat the Cope.“The additional capacity at the harbour will be of immense benefit to the various harbour users and certainly will assist in the overall long-term sustainable development of Killybegs as the premier harbour in the northwest and west of Ireland.”Contractor to be appointed next month for Killybegs Harbour extension was last modified: July 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Love Island star sets out to do good deed for a Donegal woman

first_imgLove Island 2018 winner Jack Fincham has set out to find a young Donegal woman – to reunite her with her passport.The reality star revealed on Instagram that he found a passport belonging to a local woman at Ibiza airport today.And he is calling on his 2.4million followers to help him find the owner.  Jack was jetting into the holiday island when he discovered a passport belonging to a woman called Jade Deery on the ground outside the airportHe shared a photo of the passport on his Instagram story, where it shows that Jade is from Co. Donegal.Instagram post shared by Love Island’s Jack Fincham @jack_charlesfJack is now calling on Jade to message him so he can arrange to drop the passport in a safe place for her to collect it.Jade’s holiday may have gotten off to an unlucky start, but little does she know that she has a famous good Samaritan lending her a helping hand!  Love Island star sets out to do good deed for a Donegal woman was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cost of back to school shopping criticised for putting Donegal families under pressure

first_imgPádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that there is in an urgent need to tackle the cost of sending children to school. The Donegal Senator said that Sinn Fein’s proposed a ‘Back to School Bonus’ of €140 per child to be paid to all families in the summer months to help tackle rising cost.The proposal is contained in a new policy document ‘Lets End Back to School Stress’, published by Sinn Féin. Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “Back to School costs make the summer months an extremely difficult time for many households across Donegal. Every summer, parents are put to the pin of their collar trying to organise uniforms, shoes, books, so-called ‘voluntary contributions’ and much more.“More than any other time of year, it is abundantly clear that ‘free education’ is a myth and parents are forking out, on average, €949 to get children ready for primary school and €1,399 for secondary school.“All of this is contributing to financial worry for many and that is why Sinn Féin is proposing a new ‘Back to School Bonus’ of €140 per child to be paid to all families in July.“This would be a double payment of Child Benefit to be paid to all families for each child, which would go some way to tackling rising Back to School costs and help ease the burden on families during the summer months. “We would also tackle the increasing use of so-called ‘voluntary contributions’ by properly funding schools through restoring Capitation Grants to pre-recession levels.“And we would legislate to ensure that schools work towards providing affordable uniforms, as well as increasing funding to the School Books Scheme to deliver free schoolbooks for all children.”Cost of back to school shopping criticised for putting Donegal families under pressure was last modified: August 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Donegal people can trace their cousins to – Iceland!

first_imgDonegal people and our not so near neighbours from Iceland could well be cousins!A study led by experts in human genetics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland reveals a strong genetic connection between Icelanders and residents of Donegal and the western isles of Scotland.The research project, published in the current edition of the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, sheds light on the Gaelic component to the Icelandic gene pool and has also found strong genetic connections between the Scots and Norse Vikings. Researchers investigated the DNA of more than 2,500 individuals with extended ancestry from specific regions across Great Britain and Ireland, with a specific focus on Scotland. The new data from Scotland means this is the first time the genetic map of Britain and Ireland can be seen in its entirety, researchers say.The study compared the genomes of ancient Gaels buried in Iceland to the modern genetic diversity of Britain and Ireland. The comparison showed that these ancient settlers in Iceland shared the greatest genetic affinity with those on the western Isles of Scotland and the North-West of Ireland.The map reveals that Scotland is divided into at least six clusters of genetically similar individuals, who cluster together geographically – the Borders, the south-west, the north-east, the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland.Some of these clusters, notably those linked with the south-west and Hebrides, share particularly strong affinity with clusters of Irish ancestry. Researchers were also able to analyse the county of Donegal in more detail than before, revealing it as the most genetically isolated region of Ireland observed to date.The study, ‘The Genetic Landscape of Scotland and the Isles’, was completed in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, University of Bristol and the Genealogical Society of Ireland. Funding was provided by Science Foundation Ireland, the Scottish Funding Council, Wellcome Trust and Britain’s Medical Research Council.“The discoveries made in this study illustrate from the perspective of DNA, the shared history of Britain, Ireland and other European regions,” said Gianpiero Cavalleri, Professor of Human Genetics at the RCSI School of Pharmacy and Bimolecular Sciences.“People are well aware of historical migrations between Scotland and Ireland but seeing this history come alive in the DNA is nonetheless remarkable.”Donegal people can trace their cousins to – Iceland! was last modified: September 4th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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DLDC event celebrates the successes of social enterprises

first_imgAs part of Social Inclusion week 2019, Donegal Local Development (DLDC) hosted an information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’ to showcase the work of Social Enterprises in Donegal.Social enterprises are businesses whose core objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact. Like other businesses, social enterprises trade in goods or services on an ongoing basis. However, any surpluses they generate are re-invested into achieving a social impact.‘Enterprising Communities’ was an information and networking breakfast morning to promote and celebrate the achievements of local social enterprises and to acknowledge the social benefit and social impact they provide. It created the opportunity for representatives to meet & network with their peers and to benefit from shared learning. While celebrating the successes of social enterprises DLDC also highlighted the need for a strategic approach in addressing the many challenges.DLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’The event also provided the opportunity for the DLDC team to meet with representatives from local social enterprises, to further promote the launch of the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019 – 2022 and to update attendees on the core objectives of the policy.This policy document is long overdue, however DLDC welcome the strategic approach it contains and the commitment to providing supports for the Community & Voluntary Sector which will help social enterprises reach their full potential. The launch of this policy marks the start of a new phase in the development of social enterprise in Ireland. The speakers representing local social enterprises were selected randomly and invited to come along to share their stories. Although from different geographical locations throughout Donegal, the challenges they face are very similar and the need for additional supports are common to all. The contribution from the social enterprise representatives was key to the success of this event. They are the volunteers & managers who deliver a positive response to social and societal issues and DLDC commends them on their great work.DLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’DLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’DLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’Keynote Speaker was Patsy McGonagle, founding member of the Finn Valley Club and current Chairperson of Donegal Local Development CLG.MC was Andrew McNulty from the Community Development team at DLDC and Speakers on the day included:• Margaret Larkin, DLDC, who gave an overview of the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019 – 2022• Karen McCormick – LYIT – Restart+ Programme• Mick Quinlivan – Cairde Le Cheile, Letterkenny• Mary Coyle – Ionad Naomh Pádraig• Michael Travers – Bundoran Community Centre• Tracy Peoples – Premier Services, MilfordDLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’DLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’DLDC event celebrates the successes of social enterprises was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DLDCsocial inclusion weeklast_img read more

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The Fulham v Newcastle quiz

first_imgFulham face Newcastle at Craven Cottage on Monday night. Test your knowledge of the history involving the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-22]YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Cardiff and Hull chiefs have got it wrong, says QPR chairman Fernandes

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes has said he is keen to avoid the kind of acrimony caused by the rebranding of Cardiff City and Hull City.Cardiff owner Vincent Tan upset Bluebirds fans by changing the team’s home colour from blue to red, while Hull supremo Assem Allam has caused anger by seeking to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers.In an interview with Reuters, Fernandes said: “I take a different approach to life. I like to talk to my fans, I like to get their feedback.“I don’t think we have had a single fan against our [stadium] move, because we have managed it differently.“I am in the pub with the fans, I am in the stands with the fans. Although they may not physically own the club, the fans are part of the club. Without them there is no club, so I think their views have to be taken into consideration.“I’d love to change (the kit) to red but we bought a club that’s blue, so we’ll stick with blue.“I think QPR is a unique name but it’s like buying Harrods, why do you want to change it?”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ipswich v QPR line-ups: Cousins in, no Mackie, Ipswich man passed fit

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Jordan Cousins has been brought into the QPR side for the game at Portman Road.Cousins, who has previously been deployed on the right, gets a chance in his preferred midfield position.Bright Osyai-Samuel drops to the bench and Idrissa Sylla will start as a lone striker, with Luke Freeman in a more advanced role.Jamie Mackie has served a suspension but is unavailable because of a glute problem.Ipswich defender Jonas Knudsens starts after recovering from illness but Cole Skuse is out with a knee problem.Ipswich: Bialkowski, Iorfa, Chambers, Webster, Knudsen, Connolly, Bishop, McGoldrick, Sears, Waghorn, Garner. Subs: Crowen, Smith, Celina, Spence, Ward, Kenlock, McDonnell.QPR: Smithies, Baptiste, Onuoha, Robinson, Wszolek, Cousins, Luongo, Scowen, Bidwell, Freeman, Sylla. Subs: Lumley, Furlong, Hall, Washington, Smith, Chair, Osayi-Samuel.last_img read more

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Local rower ends season at USRowing Youth Nationals

first_imgThe trials and tribulations of Isaac Murphy’s journey to the USRowing Youth National Championship in New Jersey to compete in the men’s singles ended with a very common life lesson — things happen.Besides racing an unfamiliar boat on unfamiliar waters without practice and failed anticipations, Mother Nature joined the party by blowing wind and storm clouds over Lake Mercer, where the races were to be held, and cut the competition. These tribulations resulted in Murphy placing sixth out of six …last_img read more

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Jean Barton: Everything you need to know about next week’s Beef ‘n Brew

first_imgTehama County CattleWomen and the Downtown Red Bluff Business Association invite the public to their 7th annual Beef ‘n Brew on Saturday, Sept. 17 starting at 5 p.m. when 60 craft beers and 22 different beef appetizers will be served at 30 business locations on Walnut, Washington, Oak and Main streets. Cone Kimball Plaza will be the site for dancing and listening to the music of Northern Heat 7-10 p.m., enjoying a tri tip wrap and a cup of craft beer.Your favorite craft beer will be served …last_img read more

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Humboldt State men’s basketball holds off Pacific Union to win third straight game

first_imgARCATA >> Humboldt State head coach Steve Kinder will be the first one to tell you that basketball is a game of runs. And the way the Jacks worked their way through the first half only proves that to be true.After falling behind less than 10 minutes into Saturday night’s game, Humboldt State needed every bit of the lead it created thanks to a 24-12 run to close the first half as the Jacks held on down the stretch to claim a 97-93 win over Pacific Union College at Lumberjack Arena.Pacific …last_img read more

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Fortuna closes strong to hold off McKinleyville for thrilling 80-74 win

first_img“We knew we had … Fortuna >> The last time the Huskies saw the Panthers, Big Blue was left looking at the same number on the scoreboard for final last three minutes and change.It wasn’t the same Wednesday night.Not by a long shot.Behind the ever-impressive sharp shooting of senior guard Sam Betts, the Fortuna boys basketball team opened the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run to get the lead and then held on from there to claim a thrilling 80-74 win over McKinleyville at Damon Gymnasium.last_img read more

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HSU’s Fortuna connection remains strong

first_imgThe Huskies have been making their presence felt on the Humboldt State men’s soccer field in recent years, and that doesn’t look like it’s about to change anytime soon.The newest member of the highly successful Fortuna program to join the Lumberjacks is senior Juan Patino, who announced recently he will be taking his talents to the Arcata campus in the fall.“I know HSU will be a challenge, but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to,” Patino said.The four-year varsity starter will have …last_img read more

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Finally, a Hall of Fame tribute that Terrell Owens agrees to attend

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceCircle November 1 on your calendar, 49ers fans. Terrell Owens has.Owens, the Hall of Fame receiver best known for his time with the 49ers, is scheduled to receive his Hall of Fame ring of excellence at Levi’s Stadium during halftime of a Thursday night 49ers-Raiders game. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the new ring presentation tributes on Wednesday. All eight 2018 enshrinees will be honored during games at …last_img read more

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Steph Curry optimistic on rehab & Durant, Green overcoming spat

first_imgDALLAS — Even though Stephen Curry conceded “there are things that need to be worked through” between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, Curry expressed optimism the two will mend fences over their recent spat. “They have a lot of equity built in that relationship,” Curry said. “They’ve won championships together. They’ve brought the best out of each other. Obviously, they never had an incident to this level. But when you have the experiences that they had and go through the journey we’ve been …last_img read more

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Takeaways: Sharks’ coach grows frustrated with Groundhog Day act

first_imgSAN JOSE — For at least one night, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli looks like he knows what he’s doing.Roughly 14 hours after Chiarelli replaced Todd McLellan with Ken Hitchcock, the Oilers (10-10-1) earned the third-winningest coach in NHL history his 824th win by beating the Sharks 4-3 in overtime.Chiarelli fired McLellan, who coached the Sharks for seven years, Tuesday morning after the Oilers lost six of seven games by a combined margin of 29-17. McLellan entered the …last_img read more

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2019 A’s 25-man roster prediction 1.0

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — When it comes to predicting the 25 players who will line up along the third base line at the Oakland Coliseum on Opening Day, two-thirds of the equation can pretty much be locked in.Things don’t change much when most of your roster is returning from a previous season that featured 97 wins and an appearance in the American League Wild Card game. A’s manager Bob Melvin should have a lineup he can feel confident throwing out there on an everyday basis, and with a strong supply of …last_img read more

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Dodger Stadium organist throws cold water on Bumgarner-Muncy feud

first_imgThe winner in Thursday’s rematch between Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and Max Muncy was … Dodgers Stadium organist Dieter Ruehle.Certainly you recall the unpleasantries between MadBum and Mad Max that broke out on June 9. Muncy launched-angled a come-hit-me fastball clear over McCovey Cove and into LeMaster Lagoon. Muncy then began circling the bases with the measured pace of a condemned man approaching the gallows.Bumgarner invited Muncy to “(expletive) run.” Whereupon Muncy suggested to …last_img read more

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Giants option Conner Menez to Triple-A after strong MLB debut

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Giants rookie Conner Menez turned in an impressive MLB debut on Sunday against the Mets that left fans wanting to see more of what the left-hander has to offer.Giants fans will have to wait at least 10 days to see Menez again as the club announced Monday that Menez was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to clear a roster spot for reliever Sam Coonrod.Menez tossed five innings of two-run ball for the Giants on Sunday and pitched in front of family and several friends who made the …last_img read more

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What does McKinnon’s clearance mean for 49ers running backs?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — It was a subtle yet reassuring sight Tuesday when running back Jerick McKinnon returned to 49ers practice after nearly a year’s absence.A peculiar sight: no brace on his surgically repaired right knee.“There’s no need to wear it. It’s a mental mindset thing for me,” McKinnon said. “I haven’t been wearing it (for a couple months) and don’t plan on wearing it during the season, so no need for it right now.”Albeit a brief cameo, he showed encouraging signs in this first practice …last_img read more

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Raiders’ next Black Hole will be located in Allegiant Stadium

first_imgLas Vegas-based Allegiant Travel is the publicly traded corporate parent of Allegiant Air, a low-fare carrier with 55 nonstop routes … LAS VEGAS — A $1.9 billion stadium being built for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders when the team moves to Las Vegas next year is being named for Allegiant Travel Co., team and company officials said Monday.The announcement came during a ceremony marking installation of the final steel beam for the roof of the 65,000-seat indoor stadium just off the Las Vegas Strip.last_img read more

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Focus on Cincinnati: Ex-Raider: ‘I can’t believe how bad the Bengals are’

first_imgIf a familiar NFL analyst is to be believed, the Raiders and their fans may see something the league hasn’t seen in decades at the Coliseum this Sunday.The Cincinnati Bengals will arrive in Oakland with quite a distinction in the eyes of former Raiders quarterback and current CBS-TV analyst Rich Gannon.“You know, I’ve been associated with the National Football League for the last 33 years, either as a player or a broadcaster. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a team this bad,” Gannon said …last_img read more

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Behind enemy lines, Raiders vs. Jets: Five questions with opposing beat writer

first_imgALAMEDA — Here is what Brian Costello, who covers the New York Jets for the New York Post, has to say about Sunday’s Raiders vs. New York Jets game at MetLife Stadium:1. When Jets CEO Christopher Johnson endorsed coach Adam Gase as the head coach in 2020, skeptics immediately considered it a kiss of death. In reality, is there a chance the Jets would dump their head coach after one season if their play deteriorates following wins over the Giants and Washington?Costello: I don’t think the …last_img read more

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Sharks fall behind early, never recover as losing streak reaches four

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SUNRISE, Fla. — Three games into a four-game road trip and the Sharks have still not held a lead.The Sharks trailed by two goals less than nine minutes into the first period and never fully recovered in a 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.The Sharks, who have lost four straight overall, allowed two power play goals, with the first coming from Keith Yandle just 4:31 into the first period. Goalie Martin …last_img read more

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Strange Exploding Star Continues to Puzzle Astronomers

first_imgThe Hubble took another image of the expanding shell of star V838 Monocerotis (see ESA and Hubblesite).  Four years after the first dramatic sequence (see 05/29/2003), astronomers are still puzzled by this star, with the most dramatic light echo ever photographed.  Leading hypothesis now is that two stars collided before the outburst.  The image made Astronomy Picture of the Day for Nov 3.    The new Hubble image made the Oct. 14 cover of Science News.1  Ron Cowen wrote that astronomers have never seen anything like it and are “stumped by its behavior.”  It rapidly brightened and dimmed and swelled up to a gargantuan size as big as the orbit of Saturn.  It grew 30 times brighter in a single day a month after the explosion was witnessed in 2002, and grew 500 times its original width in a month.  Then its temperature rapidly dropped from 6000K to 2000K.  It’s unlike a classical nova; it may be a prototype for a new class of star.  Did a “hot Jupiter” planet fall into it?  Did two stars collide?  Researchers are toying with various theories.  “In the meantime,” Cowen ended, “astronomers have some beautiful pictures adorning their walls—and an intriguing stellar mystery.”    The Hubble also took a dramatic picture of a supernova remnant, Cassiopeia A, in August; see EurekAlert and Hubblesite.  The outward-expanding shell is still moving at 30 million kilometers per hour, 340 years after the explosion around 1667.  It may have been seen by John Flamsteed, Astronomer Royal in Britain.  Speaking of anomalies, in late September, another “weird” supernova was described by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, reported EurekAlert.  The fact that its mass is well over the Chandrasekhar Limit of 1.4 solar masses for supernovae, according to well-established theory, “opens up a Pandora’s box” for inferring distances to remote galaxies and the presence of dark matter.  Though it may be possible to distinguish these “super-Chandrasekhar-mass” cases from regular Type 1a supernovae by their spectra, it’s not easy to do.  Dark energy studies and cosmological distance probes have been made on the basis that Type 1a supernovae were all the same, providing “standard candles” for measurement.1Ron Cowen, “Enigmatic eruption: the strange case of V838 Monocerotis,” Science News, Week of Oct. 14, 2006; Vol. 170, No. 16, p. 248.Supernovae were thought to be standard candles, till they were found to fall into two classes dubbed Type I and II.  Then Type 1 supernovae were the standard candles, till varieties were found, named 1a, 1b, and 1c.  Now Type 1a supernovas include some fast-rotating types with masses above the Chandrasekhar Limit.  Then there are some Type II’s that can switch types, says Wikipedia.  The universe keeps throwing curve balls at simplistic theories.  This is something to tuck away in your back pocket when reading confident claims about the universe.    The pictures from Hubble, as usual, are really striking – almost unreal.  One of the legacies of the Hubble Space Telescope has been its portrayal of astronomical objects as dynamic environments, where dramatic processes are at work.  The stars will never again look like static, twinkling, changeless ornaments in the sky.  V838 is a dramatic example of how quickly things can change in the celestial realm.  Sorry, Aristotle.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Biological Complexity Continues to Astound

first_imgThere’s more going on in your thinking apparatus than you think.  New scientific discoveries continue to unfold new layers of complexity and control.  Here are a few examples:Meta-code:  Your body has codes directing codes.  Geneticists were initially dismayed to find only 20,000 to 30,000 genes in the human genome.  “We were expecting that something as sophisticated, complex and intelligent as ourselves would have about a hundred thousand genes at least,” said one geneticists quoted in Nature News.  Something has happened since, “restoring the dignity of complexity to the human genome.”  It’s called alternative splicing.  A given gene can produce multiple RNA transcripts, depending on how the pieces are assembled.  These, in turn, can produce vary different protein machines: “This process, called alternative splicing, can produce mRNA molecules and proteins with dramatically different functions, despite being formed from the same gene.”  The report on Science Daily that two proteins coming from the same gene can have opposite functions, depending on how they are spliced and in what cells they are expressed.    The potential for expansion of the DNA code is huge; one gene in fruit flies, reported Nature News, is thought to generate over 38,000 protein products.  Only about 6% of human genes, it turns out, produce a transcript from a linear strand of DNA.  Most others put together parts from different locations on the chromosome.  With alternative splicing, it’s possible that dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of different products can be produced from the same gene.  This begs another question: what code is directing the assembly of these pieces of DNA code?Motor memory:  Your long-term memory may depend on little cellular trucks that run on cellular highways.  These trucks haul neurotransmitters to the junctions between neurons, keeping the junctions active.  Read all about Science Now.  This begs a question: who is the dispatcher?Rewind repair:  Another molecular machine has been discovered that fixes unwound DNA.  “When your DNA gets stuck in the unwound position,” an article on Science Daily says, “your cells are in big trouble, and in humans, that ultimately leads to death.”  This “rewinding machine” takes a damaged portion of DNA and rewinds it into the familiar double helix.  In effect, it does the opposite of the helicase machine that unwinds DNA for transcribing.  The machine, named HARP, uses ATP, the universal energy currency of the cell.    The UCSD scientists were “astounded” to find out how this little machine works.  “It didn’t occur to us that such enzymes even existed,” they said.  “In fact, we never knew until now what happened to DNA when it got stuck in the unwound position.”  Good thing the machine knows what to do.  Failure to heal unwound DNA leads to fatal diseases; yet it cannot interfere with the other helicases that legitimately unwind DNA for transcription.  This begs another question, though: what tells this machine where the damage is and how to fix it?The last article said that the discovery is spurring the scientists to look for more DNA-healing machines.  Here was a whole class of proteins they didn’t even know about.  “This will open up a whole new area of study,” said one team member.  “There are very few enzymes known that alter DNA structure.  And we’ve discovered an entirely new one.  This was not expected to happen in the year 2008.  We should have found them all by now.”  Young scientists should take encouragement: “The field potentially can be fairly large.  And as more and more people discover additional annealing helicases, this field will expand.”    The palpable excitement in their tone required a look at the original paper in Science.1  Yusufzai and Kadonaga called their machine a “molecular zipper” and said, “the pleiotropy of HARP mutations is consistent with the function of HARP as an annealing helicase that acts throughout the genome to oppose the action of DNA-unwinding activities in the nucleus.”  By pleiotropy, they mean that mutated HARP genes can cause problems all over the place.  They identified one disease, SIOD (Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia), that can actually be traced to mutations in HARP.  The genetic disorder leads to dwarfism, a damaged immune system and early death.    The HARP machine is ubiquitous in the nucleus, they said, because the possibilities for DNA winding errors are ubiquitous.  Helicases might fail, or bubbles in double-stranded DNA might form spontaneously.  Without repair machinery available, the DNA transcribing and duplicating machines could fail.  “In this manner, HARP would be able to promote the proper functioning of the cell by catalyzing the rewinding of the stably unwound DNA,” their paper ended.  “More generally, HARP would serve as an opposing force to the numerous DNA-unwinding activities in the nucleus.”1.  Timur Yusufzai and James T. Kadonaga, “HARP Is an ATP-Driven Annealing Helicase,” Science, 31 October 2008: Vol. 322. no. 5902, pp. 748-750, DOI: 10.1126/science.1161233.None of these articles needed, referred to, or owed anything to evolutionary theory.  This was the good old science at work: uncovering the mechanisms of the world, as if it were designed, and seeking to understand the workings of nature.  In fact, the third article says this: “The discovery represents the first time scientists have identified a motor protein specifically designed to prevent the accumulation of bubbles of unwound DNA.”  If that does not presuppose intelligent design, what does?  And how did cells get along before chance found a way to invent a powered repair machine for DNA?    Earlier scientists like Leeuwenhoek and Pasteur would have been pleased and thrilled to learn about the levels of complexity being revealed in the cells they only knew as black boxes.  There is plenty of work for design-motivated scientists to discover.  We will all benefit from their grand openings of the black box.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Bird Tricks

first_imgNews about feathered friends and flying wonders, and speculations about how they evolved.Flight physics: To avoid obstacles in flight, birds need just two postures, the Harvard Gazette says: the wings-overhead stretch, and the wings-tucked in position. This is “why birds don’t crash.” It sounds simple, but when you think how fast a pigeon can fly through jail bars without colliding, as the embedded video shows, it’s pretty nifty. Try getting a quad copter to do that.Chill out like a bird: Birds show “surprising resilience in the face of natural stresses,” PhysOrg says. The blue-footed boobies in the lead photo know a lot about stress out there on the Galapagos islands. Authors of a new book showed experimental evidence that stressed-out chicks do just fine as adults. It’s not clear what this has to do with Darwin, but one bird evolutionist thinks the study will help reorient research in “a vastly understudied area—the evolutionary interplay between early life conditions and phenotypic plasticity.” Whatever that gobbledygook means, it doesn’t sound like survival of the fittest. It sounds more like Lamarckism.Walking on water: You may have seen nature documentaries (as in Winged Migration) where western and Clark’s grebes do their stunning mating dance, leaping from their ducky position to a standing posture then running on top of the water for several seconds. Since they won’t do this in the lab, a Harvard team went to Oregon to figure out how they do it in the wild. Science Magazine says that studies of high-speed films showed “how the birds slap their lobed feet on the water, with all three forward-pointing toes splayed, as fast as 20 steps per second.” This is different from how the basilisk lizard (one of few vertebrates that can run on water) does it, but it is 1/10 the weight. The birds’ foot slapping, however, only accounts for 50% of the lift to keep them elevated, so more work will be needed to figure out the stunt.The bird bang theory: A biologist from Wake Forest University claims that “evolution is hard at work when it comes to the acrobatic courtship dances of a tropical bird species.” Matthew Fuxjager studies tropical birds named golden-collared manakins. He says, “Our results provide the first evidence that androgenic sensitivity in select parts of the neuro-motor system is an evolved mechanism to facilitate performance abilities and acrobatics in physically elaborate socio-sexual displays.” There are about 60 species of manakins, most that perform a complex dance for mating and rivalry. “The researchers hypothesized that evolution acts to help shape the mating display behavior by controlling androgen sensitivity in the avian wing muscles,” PhysOrg reports. But can testosterone alone account for the complex behaviors? Giving a gymnast a hormone shot will not make him do more complex moves, even if he gets a boost of energy; most likely, upsetting the balance will cause other health problems—possibly cancer. And how does the theory relate to the genetics of the bird? “Our current data support the hypothesis that sexual selection shapes levels of androgen receptors expressed in the forelimb skeletal muscles to help drive the evolution of adaptive motor abilities,” he explains. But again, hormone receptors don’t equate to choreography, any more than more lights create a ballet. Keep the funding coming; “He plans to continue to study how testosterone sensitivity and other aspects of the genetics of muscle physiology have evolved across species to develop these behaviors.”Feathered friends: Lastly, the University of Chicago provides tips on making your backyard a bird-friendly sanctuary. Advice includes: grow bird-friendly shrubs, install feeders and bird baths, and keep the cat inside.Adding evolutionary theory to bird watching is like adding an oil slick to a beach. It’s ugly, and it hurts the birds’ image. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Biblical Name Found on Pottery

first_imgThe Times of Israel calls it a “once in a lifetime” discovery. See also Israel National News.  Live Science’s article ends:“Until about five years ago we knew of no inscriptions dating to the tenth century BCE from the Kingdom of Judah. In recent years four inscriptions have been published: two from Khirbet Qeiyafa, one from Jerusalem and one from Bet Shemesh,” Garfinkel and Ganor said in the IAA statement. “This completely changes our understanding of the distribution of writing in the Kingdom of Judah, and it is now clear that writing was far more widespread than previously thought.“Other Biblical Archaeology NewsIn the City of David outside the current southern wall in Jerusalem, Eilat Mazar has continued excavating. She claims now to have uncovered Solomon’s palace wall. The Israel Video Network posted a video by CBN where Mazar describes the find of large walls with Phoenician decor, carved ivory ornaments and royal seals she believes point to Solomon’s reign.To the north, excavators at Khirbet al-Maqatir uncovered another cistern. The site is believed to be the Biblical fort of Ai defeated by Joshua. A video by Scott Stripling shows the discovery.The current issue of Creation Magazine clears up confusion about the identity and role of King Belshazzar spoken of in the Book of Daniel.Bible Places Blog is a good place to keep up on the latest discoveries in Biblical archaeology. Another news site is Bible History Daily. Facebook users can also engage in the conversation by joining the Bible Archaeology group.The Bible always wins out in the end, doesn’t it? Over a century ago, Robert Anderson wrote a book called Daniel in the Critics’ Den. Even now, the Lord has ways of shutting the mouths of lions and critics. An iron-age pot at a fortress south of Jerusalem is inscribed with the name of King Saul’s successor at the time of David.Khirbet Qeiyafa is becoming more of an archaeological hotspot as findings from the excavations are being published. It’s becoming clear this was an important outpost at the time of King Saul, King David and King Solomon, supporting the descriptions in the Old Testament that the first monarchs of Judah and Israel were indeed capable of administering a far-flung kingdom. Not many years ago, Bible skeptics denied that these kings were more than local tribal chieftans (4/24/12).Now, for the first time, the name Esh-baal (Biblical Ish-bosheth), the same name as that of King Saul’s son and rival of King David, has been found in an inscription on a pottery jug. The story was announced by the Biblical Archaeology Society which says,The Biblical name Eshbaal has been found for the first time in an ancient inscription. Incised before firing on a 3,000-year-old pithos (large ceramic storage jar), the inscription was discovered at the site of Khirbet Qeiyafa in Israel. Researchers Yosef Garfinkel, Mitka R. Golub, Haggai Misgav and Saar Ganor have published their study of this inscription in a forthcoming issue of the journal Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR).The Eshbaal inscription reads “[ ] | ʾšbʿl | ˹bn˺ | bdʿ” (“ʾIšbaʿal son of Bedaʿ”) and was written from right to left in the Canaanite alphabetic script. The name ʾšbʿl, commonly translated as ʾIšbaʿal (or Esh-Baʿal—“man of Baʿal”), is known from the Bible. Eshbaal was the second king of Israel, King Saul’s son and a rival of King David (1 Chronicles 8:33; in 2 Samuel 2–4, this king is called Ish-Bosheth). The name Bedaʿ, however, is unique.It is not clear, therefore, whether the name refers to Saul’s son or some other man with the same name. However, this name dates from the period of David, because shortly after the -baal ending fell out of favor. The author of II Samuel may have emended the earlier names with -bosheth (shame) to avoid honoring the Canaanite fertility god, although “baal” sometimes just means “lord” and was used in honor of the God of Israel sometimes. Thus, Ishbaal (or Eshbaal) is rendered Ishbosheth in II Samuel, and Jonathan’s son Merib-baal became Mephibosheth (see Luke Chandler blog). The original name Ish-baal is retained in I Chronicles.Inscriptions from this period are very rare. An ostracon found at the site in 2008 was a sensation—the earliest Iron Age inscription ever found in Israel (1/07/10).This new inscription marks a transitional stage between the writing system used for 800 years and the official, standardized Phoenician script used by kingdoms and states in Canaan by at least the 10th century B.C.E.Radiocarbon shows the jug dating from approx. 1020-980 BC.  King David reigned from about 1010-970 BC. The fact that the text was written in clay in large, clear letters before firing indicates it was the work of a trained scribe. This is another clue to the administrative reach of the early Judean monarchy. Khirbet Qeiyafa is adjacent to the Elah Valley where David killed Goliath. (Visited 223 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Censor Pays to Keep Censoring

first_img(Visited 512 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 cartoon by Brett Miller by Dr Jerry BergmanCensor paid $10,000 but refused to un-censor the censored article!About the same time that I was working with my editor to complete the final edits for my latest volume in the Slaughter of the Dissidents series,[i] I came across the following headline: “Journal Apologizes and Pays $10,000 After Censoring Article.” It was written by John G. West for Evolution News, and dated June 7, 2011. [ii]The article describes an egregious breach of academic ethics perpetrated on mathematics professor Granville Sewell from the University of Texas, El Paso. I tell his story in my book, Censoring the Darwin Skeptics, due out this year. The development West wrote about adds to what I had already documented in my book.Sewell had written a paper titled, A Second Look at the Second Law [of Thermodynamics]. In this paper, Sewell simply detailed what is obvious: everything including life is affected by entropy, meaning we get old, our body wears out, and eventually we die. The word entropy is from the Greek entropia, which means “turning toward” and was used in English in 1868 by German physicist Rudolph Clausius to describe the measurement of increasing disorder of all physical processes. The law of increasing disorder challenges Neo-Darwinism because Darwinism requires the opposite to normally occur. Life should start out as a blob of undifferentiated matter and evolve upward until it ends up as humans or some other higher life form.Sewell’s article had been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication by the journal Applied Mathematics Letters. But then, a Darwinist blogger—self-described as an “opinionated computer science geek”—took up a crusade against the paper. Rather than respond to the article (as would have been the appropriate response of a scholar), he simply wrote to the journal editor and denounced it. The editor caved and pulled Sewell’s article in violation of his journal’s own professional standards.The journal’s rules are: the acceptance of an article cannot be rescinded after an author has been notified of its acceptance except only “under exceptional circumstances,” such as fraud, major errors, or ethics violations. When a complaint is lodged against an author, the general rule is for the journal editor to contact the author to give him or her the opportunity to respond or comment. Sewell was not provided with this opportunity before his article was pulled.The editor may have been aware of what happened to biologist Richard Sternberg at the Smithsonian after Sternberg had allowed a peer-reviewed article favorable to intelligent design to be published in the biology journal that he edited. (To find out what happened to him for that infraction, see Evolution News.)They seem willing to do virtually anything to silence their critics —John WestOne of the favorite claims of the Darwin lobby is the claim that intelligent design scientists do not publish peer-reviewed research. The fact is, intelligent design scholars do publish peer-reviewed articles in spite of the Darwin lobby’s efforts to censor them. After Dr. Sewell’s article was pulled, West says, “Darwinian zealots crowed about their achievement and maliciously speculated that the article was withdrawn because it wasn’t really peer-reviewed or because it was somehow substandard”. The editor apologized and set the record straight, stating that “Dr. Sewell’s article was peer-reviewed and accepted for publication.” He then paid $10,000 to settle the claim. Justice done? No; he refused to reinstate the article even after admitting that the article was not withdrawn because of “any errors or technical problems found by the reviewers or editors”!The Unutterable C-WordOne of the most egregious cases illustrating the all-too-common habit of censorship by Darwinists happened in 2016 when a peer-reviewed scientific paper was retracted solely for using the phrase “proper design by the Creator.” Only two words were mentioned as objectionable in the retraction, namely “design” and the capitalized word “Creator.” As noted by Evolution News & Science Today, there appeared to be some confusion in the translation from Chinese to English, with the authors unaware of connotations of the “C-word” in American academic culture. The exact words of the publisher’s retraction post were: “Following publication, readers raised concerns about language in the article that makes references to a ‘Creator.’”  This serious sin by the authors was treated as even more egregious to PLoS than if they had published erroneous medical research that resulted in the loss of lives.Thus, a single word can result in a retraction if it casts any doubt about Darwin. The corresponding author was Huazhong University of Science Professor Cai-Hua Xiong. The mistake, now dubbed “CreatorGate,” resulted in the journal, PLoS One, experiencing an unprecedented storm of controversy.[iii]  So serious was use of this one word that the public relations manager for PLoS, David Knutson, wrote that “the academic editor who handled the paper has apologized for his serious error, and was asked to step down.”[iv]As John West correctly wrote, there exists a war on science today, but it’s not being waged by creationists (or by any skeptics of Darwinism). Instead, it’s being wagedby Darwinian fundamentalists who are attempting to prevent any voices except their own from being heard in the scientific community. They seem willing to do virtually anything to silence their critics—from denying them tenure, to preventing them from being hired, … to censoring peer-reviewed articles by scholars with whom they disagree.[i] Jerry Bergman, Censoring the Darwin Skeptics. Southworth, WA: Leafcutter Press, 2017.[ii] https://evolutionnews.org/2011/06/journal_apologizes_and_pays_10/.[iii] Kaplan, Sarah 2016. “#CreatorGate: How a study on hands sparked an uproar about science, God and ethics in publishing.” The Washington Post March 8, 2016.[iv] Kaplan, Sarah.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. His Author Page includes a list of his previous articles. See also his three-volume series published by Leafcutter Press that details the unfair treatment received by those who dare to question Darwinian evolution:Slaughter of the Dissidents, (2011).Silencing the Darwin Skeptics, (2016).Censoring the Darwin Skeptics, due out this year.last_img read more

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Hot line from the Cape

first_img24 November 2004South African call centre numbers are expected to double in the next four years – and Cape Town is hotter than India when it comes to service, recent research says.Independent analysts Datamonitor predicts that there will be 939 call centers in South Africa by 2008, almost double the current number of 494 – a compound annual growth rate of 14% over the period – and that South Africa could soon occupy a priority position in the portfolios of global operations.Meanwhile, research conducted by Deloitte & Touche, and commissioned by investment agency CallingtheCape, says Cape Town offers a stable workforce, high quality service, a “robust skills base”, and is a “highly competitive” alternative to India for foreign companies.South Africa: An Emerging Offshore Opportunity – Datamonitor report.Contact Centres and Business Process Outsourcing in Cape Town – 2004 Key Indicator Report.Dial SA for serviceDatamonitor predicts that in four years’ time, offshore agent positions will quadruple on current levels.It says South Africa offers outsource providers a higher quality, more culturally aligned front-office and back-office location. Labour costs run at two-thirds of their US or UK equivalents.For global firms, South Africa is expected to slot in between near-shore locations such as Canada, Mexico or Eastern Europe, which offer close proximity and also cultural affinity to domestic markets, and more traditional offshore locations, such as India and the Philippines, that offer cheap labour.The total number of agent positions in the country is predicted to rise to 69 600 by 2008, with 6 200 offshore outsourced.Currently, 70% of South Africa’s offshore customer service agents service clients in the UK market. Most of these are located in Gauteng province – more specifically, in Johannesburg.However, Datamonitor expects the balance to shift in favour of Cape Town.Capetonians just better than mostAccording to Deloitte & Touche, while the number of agents in the industry grew 25% over the last year – it now employs some 11 000 people – staff attrition is stable at 10.7% compared to India’s attrition rate of 24.3%. Absenteeism is low.Capetonians, its report says, are also better at fielding calls. First-time call resolution – which measures how efficiently customer queries are resolved – is 89% in Cape Town compared to only 65.9% in India.Other key productivity measures, such as abandon rates, hours worked per agent, and business uptime, are ahead of or line with international comparators.The research also found that:The industry in the Western Cape, and Cape Town in particular, is well-established, with a broad base of management and service provider expertise. The industry is already one of the city’s top 10 employers. Growth expectations for the next two years stand at an average 40%. Offshore outsourcing is a key driver of growth, with 55% of outsourcers’ revenue coming from international clients. Outsourcers offer seven foreign languages including German, Dutch, French and Italian. A key strength of the Western Cape market is the depth of financial services expertise, particularly in insurance, mortgage and loan processing, and collection. Financial services accounts for over 50% of staff in the industry. Existing investors in the Western Cape report high levels of satisfaction. From a list of 37 factors that might influence a choice of investment location, 35% were judged to be growth enablers and 41% growth neutral. The key enablers are an excellent skills base, technology, infrastructure, industry sophistication, and quality of life. The local labour market has proved to be both growth-enabling and stable. It is estimated the local industry could grow by 10 000 seats per year without straining available skilled resources.CallingtheCape says that the recent telecommunications liberalisation announced by the government should also be a boon for the call centre industry.The introduction of a second national fixed-line operator will offer competitive price challenges to Telkom. At the same time, regulatory changes, which take effect in February 2005, will allow for the phasing in of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).These are expected to significantly lower the costs of investing in call centres in South Africa. ‘Big bang’ for SA telecomsBritish firm calls on Cape TownDial SA for service SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Introducing an African football

first_imgKopanya’s eye-catching design was inspired by the artwork of the Ndebele people of southern Africa. It won’t be the first time that Ndebele artwork will be seen on the international sporting stage; the yacht of Team Shosholoza, South Africa’s America’s Cup challenger, features a design inspired by Ndebele and Zulu artwork. Inspired by Ndebele artwork “Kopanya” means “join together” in Sesotho, or Southern Sotho, the home language of about five-million South Africans. Bafana Bafana must have taken a liking to the ball; they turned in one of their best performances in years to beat Africa’s top-ranked side 3-2. Kopanya will be available for purchase from 1 December. Suited to its surroundings The complex shapes and black contours, traditional Ndebele elements, have been fused with the colourful vibrancy that typifies modern Ndebele artists. A silver sheen provides a futuristic touch. Comments about the ball, posted on the website Footballshirtculture.com, were very favourable. The ball, says Adidas, provides perfect flight characteristics and allows players exceptional ball control, like its predecessor the “Europass”, which was used in Euro 2008. center_img Dave Stopher commented: “That is nice!! I must admit that this ball is very suiting for its surroundings, I think. I hope the World Cup ball is similar in design.” The ball made its first appearance in the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and Cameroon in Rustenburg on 19 November. Jon said: “I’m from SA and I’m impressed by this ball’s design … Yes, it’s a regular Teamgeist ball but the pattern is cleverly worked on.” 28 November 2008 The 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup will feature a tailor-made ball, called “Kopanya”, which Adidas has designed specifically for the event, and which reflects and pays tribute to tournament hosts South Africa. Source: SAinfo reporter and Fifa.com Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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$24 fares!*

first_imgScoot Airlines is having a $24* for 24 hours fare sale starting at midday today.All routes to Sydney, Gold Coast, Hong Kong, Perth, Nanjng, Qingdao, Shenyang, Nanjing, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok are on sale. The sale is for travel through to March 29 2014 and the price of $24 excludes local taxes.Scoot starts its flights from Perth on December 12.The fares are only available at www.flyscoot.com. Said Campbell Wilson, Scoot’s CEO “The holiday season is nearly upon us so let’s celebrate with an early present! Whether you’re getting away for a break with loved ones – or avoiding Christmas with the mother-in-law – there’ll be no better time to book your ticket. So Get Outta Here and Scoot!” Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines operates a fleet of six Boeing 777s.*EXCLUDES LOCAL TAXES AND CHARGESlast_img read more

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The 360 degree cockpit view

first_imgA new user interactive 360 degree video has been released showing the whole view from the pilot’s seat of an aircraft. The Swiss Air flight from Zurich to Geneva was set up with this impressive technology and filmed by German you tube channel Blick.Viewers can use their mouse to literally move the view from the cockpit to any angle they like, above, below, behind and in front.  Users can also get a great view of the instruments used in the A320’s cockpit throughtout the flight. Throughout the 5 minute video you can hear the communication to the passengers, air traffic control and between the pilot.See this incredible video here.last_img read more

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Free tickets for stadium workers

first_imgThese are the people who built Soccer City. Most workers have been with the projectsince its inception. A symbolical ticket was presented to theworkers. (Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• FifaWolfgang EichlerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 471media-sa@fifa.org• 2010 Local Organising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 0121jermaine.craig@2010oc.comBongani NkosiA promise has been kept, and the construction workers who built the monumental stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup are now getting tickets to some of the tournament’s most important matches, for free.Vuvuzelas blared across Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg on 3 May as Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced that 54 000 tickets will be given to the workers.The 27 000 men and women who helped build or overhaul the 10 host stadiums will each receive two tickets to a match. Soccer City workers will get to see the South Africa’s national squad Bafana Bafana battle it out against Mexico at the opening match, to be held in the calabash-shaped stadium on 11 June. Tickets to this match were already sold out when over-the-counter sales opened on 15 April.The tickets are part of Fifa and its partners’ Ticket Fund scheme, which will distribute 120 000 free tickets to South Africans.The workers’ free was a promise Fifa President Sepp Blatter made in September 2008. “We’re happy that Fifa and the LOC have kept their promise,” said Patrick Geqeza, a shop steward for Soccer City’s National Union of Mineworkers-affiliated workers.Geqeza and his fellow workers have been given letters which will allow them to redeem their tickets from 17 May. “The chance to sit in the stadiums we have built is a perfect reward,” he said.LOC CEO Danny Jordaan encouraged the workers to support the South African team. “You [will] be part of the show on that day,” he said. “You must come make noise for Bafana Bafana.”Enjoying the match with loved onesNobuntu Mbali of Freedom Park has been working at the stadium since January 2009, and will watch the much-anticipated opening match with her husband. “I’m excited that I will get to see Bafana Bafana playing in the stadium I built,” she said.Sandra Mdluli from Kagiso, a township in Mogale City, couldn’t afford to buy a ticket and is thankful to Fifa, she said. “I wouldn’t have the money to buy the tickets. My heart would hurt if I were not to see South Africa playing in the stadium I built.”Mdluli has been part of the Soccer City project since August 2008. It is long-term workers like her that the scheme is targeting. It prioritises with those that have been with the construction projects the longest, while those who were employed about six months ago unlikely to get a ticket.The reconstruction of Soccer City is a joint venture between Grinaker-LTA and Interbeton, a Dutch company.‘They built beautiful stadiums’Jordaan said the workers deserve to be recognised for the splendid work done since 2007, building celebrated arenas like Soccer City, Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and the others.“The world can see what you’ve built. [They’re] not just stadiums, but monuments for our country,” he said. “You’ve made us proud.”Fifa general-secretary Jerome Valcke also praised the workers, and their work. “You have built beautiful stadiums and we’re amazed,” he said.The workers themselves expressed pride in the stamp Soccer City makes in the landscape. The 91 500-seater stadium stands on a rise, silhouetted against the sky, next to mine dumps and near a busy road to Soweto – a stunning view.“I am really proud when I look at the work my fellow workers and I have done over the years,” said Geqeza.Ticket Fund is wide-rangingThe Ticket Fund is a partnership between Fifa and six of its 2010 World Cup sponsors. The sponsors are behind projects that protect the wellbeing of South African communities, and in turn supply participants with match tickets.Coca-Cola is distributing 20 000 tickets through its Give it Back recycling campaign. The nationwide campaign involves learners collecting and recycling plastic bottles.KIA Motors is offering 4 000 tickets through a programme combining street soccer and health education. The company partnered with Sporting Chance, a development organisation, to reach out to some of disadvantaged communities in the country.Sony, distributing 15 000 tickets, is focussing on a campaign that highlights HIV/Aids using football. Adidas will also donate 15 000 tickets to learners through its national arts competition. Visa is running a financial literacy programme in the country, and will give 5000 tickets to ordinary South Africans.last_img read more

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Mandela birthday song a group effort

first_img30 May 2012 Nelson Mandela will have a pleasant surprise a month before his 94th birthday when the recording of the song, in which South Africans across the spectrum sing Happy Birthday to him, goes viral. The father of South Africa as a democratic state was serenaded for his upcoming birthday – on 18 July – at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday.Video: South Africans sing Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela This initiative by Lead SA, the Department of Basic Education and the Shout Foundation was supported by Brand South Africa, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Proudly SA. It brought together a crowd of over 400 people to record a birthday song for Madiba, as Mandela is affectionately known. Present at the event were basic education minister Angie Motshekga, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of home affairs; Anitha Soni, trustee of the board of directors at Brand South Africa; and musicians, TV personalities and sports stars. Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee said: “Thanks to all the South Africans from all walks of life who took their time to join us and sing to our wonderful Madiba.” The recording of the song will go viral on 18 June 2012, a month before his birthday.An icon honoured Moss Mashishi, former president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, said: “If you consider how Madiba is a world icon and how he has helped the brand called South Africa then this is just a good gesture from us to tell our hero that we love him and wish him a happy birthday.” Young and old were in attendance and made sure they lent their voices to the recording by singing loudly and filling Nelson Mandela Square with joyful ululating. Mpho Selepe, from Orlando in Soweto, said: “I work in Melrose but I had to come and be part of this great initiative for an icon.”South Africans come together South Africans need no second invitation to gather for a cause, as they did in Nelson Mandela Square, in a spirit of camaraderie. Soni said: “This is just wonderful, giving South Africans an opportunity to come together and they’ll never cease to amaze you – happy birthday, Madiba.” Soni was reiterating the fact that South Africans can put aside other things happening in the country when asked to rally together – another such occasion was when thousands gathered in the same location to give the Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team, a memorable send-off to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.Turning 94 after becoming president in 1994 Lesley Sedibe, CEO of Proudly SA, said: “We are celebrating a man who, when he came out of prison, brought South African together through his own humility when naysayers thought that South Africa was on the brink of collapse. “This one is very special as Madiba turns 94 and he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994.” Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa on 10 May 1994, after the country’s first free general election had taken place on 27 April. The latter date is now commemorated as Freedom Day in South Africa.Mandela Day celebrated worldwide Dlamini-Zuma said: “Your presence here shows just how much Madiba is loved and we welcome it. We are calling on all South Africans to take 67 minutes of their day to do good on his birthday.” She was referring to the annual International Mandela Day, proclaimed in 2009 by the UN General Assembly. On this day, 18 July, people across the globe are urged “to take action to help change the world for the better and, in doing so, build a global movement for good”. They are urged to take just 67 minutes of their lives to contribute to making the world a better place for the next person. In South Africa, International Mandela Day was launched on 23 May 2012 at Tlhatlogang Junior Secondary School in White City Jabavu, Soweto. Here, singer Danny K, rapper and presenter ProVerb, model and presenter Bonang Matheba and fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee painted the walls of two container classrooms at the school. They were joined by officials from the UN Information Centre as well as employees of several large corporates. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Minnaar wins downhill World Champs

first_imgDress rehearsal victoryMost recently, he raced to victory on the Leogang course in the iXS European Downhill Cup in May, which served as a dress rehearsal for the World Championships. South African downhill mountain biking star Greg Minnaar claimed the biggest prize in the sport for the second time when he lifted the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Leogang, Austria on Sunday. Home town victory?Questioned about the possibility of winning the World Championships title in his home city, Minnaar said: “It would be a nice way to end it, going onto my home track, to win there would be amazing. This is a track that I wanted to do well on as well, but I was thinking about that today. ‘This run was tough’“It’s been nine years and, man, this run was tough,” Minnaar said when interviewed on the track after his victory was confirmed. Poetry in motionMinnaar was up next and he was poetry in motion, his lanky frame making the technical sections look easy. 2 September 2012 South Africans 1. Greg Minnaar (RSA) 3:21.79 2. Gee Atherton (GBR) 3:22.37 3. Steve Smith (Can) 3:23.00 4. Michael Hannah (Aus) 3:23.93 5. Sam Hill (Aus) 3:25.19 6. Damien Spagnolo (Fra) 3:25.64 7. Florent Payet (Fra) 3:26.01 8. Brook MacDonald (NZ) 3:26.65 9. Markus Pekoll (Aut) 3:27.56 10. Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) 3:27.85 Graciously, he added: “I’m a bit bummed for Gwinny. He seemed to have a mechanical out there. I’m not quite sure what happened. It’s not exactly the best way for me to win, although I’d like to win. We’re all out there trying our best, we all have mechanicals from time to time, but it’s been nine years [since my first World Championship win], man!” Minnaar has won more World Cup podium places than any other rider in the history of the sport, but until Sunday he had won the World Championships only once previously, in Lugano, Switzerland in 2003. Now aged 30, the victory means the Pietermaritzburg local will get to defend his title in his home city in 2013. 19. Andrew Neethling 3:29.77 45. Johann Potgieter 3:34.55 90. Tiaan Odendaal 3:45.22 “Three in Maritzburg would be great, but right now I hardly can believe I won this today.” He was up and out of the saddle all the way down the mountain and 0.516 ahead of Atherton at both splits before sprinting over the line in 3:21.79 to move into the hot seat with only World Cup standings leader Aaron Gwin to come. The tension was high, but it ended in an anti-climax as Gwin suffered mechanical problems, which took him out of the running. “I had a lot of pressure today. I sat in my hotel room and I was super nervous. I got to the track and I calmed down, which is normally the reverse,” he admitted. The Leogang course certainly has some similarities to the Cascades downhill course in Pietermaritzburg, requiring a lot of hard pedalling in the middle section especially, and Minnaar had enjoyed success on both previously, so he would have known he had a good shot at winning in Austria. “You know my run. to be honest, I tried to nail that top section and I slid off a bridge and I lost a lot of speed onto the pedalling and I just knew I had to pedal hard, same as in Maritzburg, and I managed to come back. I couldn’t believe I crossed the line in first. Three-time world champion Sam Hill couldn’t unseat Smith and moved into third place behind the Canadian and Australia’s Mick Hannah with a time of 3:25.19. Next off, and the third last man to go, was Gee Atherton, the 2010 world champion. He looked smooth and pedalled strongly and was up at both check points before crossing the finishing line in 3:22.37 to snatch the lead from Smith. Peat went on to finish 38th, to match his age, Neethling ended 19th, and 110th. RESULTS Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material His long time team-mate with the Santa Cruz Syndicate, Steve Peat, suffered a fall on the way down. That was followed by fellow South African Andrew Neethling slipping on a high, banked corner while on a course-leading time. Then, Josh Bryceland, like Peat a Santa Cruz Syndicate team-mate, lost his front end and crashed when going down the mountain in the last 10 riders. On the hot seatAt the business end of the competition, Steve Smith was on the hot seat after clocking exactly three minutes and 23 seconds, with only four more riders to go. Back then, the riders were competing in team colours, while this time around they were wearing their national colours. And truth be told, as the time till Minnaar’s departure from the top of the mountain ticked down, there were some worrying omens for the tall South African.last_img read more

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SA sees ‘tourism boom’ from China

first_img25 January 2013 Growth in South Africa’s tourism sector from its Chinese market boomed in 2012, increasing by 63.5% between January and September, making China the country’s fourth-biggest overseas tourist market. Over 96 000 Chinese tourists visited South Africa between January and September, up from the 59 187 who visited over the same period in 2011. “China is now one of South Africa’s most important and valued partners for tourist arrivals and a market the South African government is committed to investing strongly in,” the Tourism Department said in a statement on Wednesday. To build on the relationship between the two countries, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk left for a media roadshow of China on Wednesday. His activities will include sharing details on South African Tourism’s 2013 marketing plans in China.‘Strengthening relations’ “The major growth in tourist numbers is a strong indicator of the strengthening relations between the two countries, as Chinese tourists warm in greater numbers to South Africa’s scenic beauty, friendly and welcoming people and the variety of wonderful experiences South Africa offers,” the department said. “Since our country took its place among Brazil, Russia, India and China in the BRICS in 2011, we have witnessed an increase in trade relations between China and South Africa, with considerable Chinese investment in South Africa and an increase in interest, awareness and understanding between our two countries,” Van Schalkwyk said. The increase also follows South African Tourism’s launch of promotional activities to promote brand-awareness, as well as the hosting of its 2012 annual trade workshops and participation in tourism exhibitions in China. “In 2012 we concluded joint marketing agreements with seven trade and marketing partners in China to build education and understanding of our destination here in China, to package and promote a larger variety of products and experiences and to make South Africa as affordable and accessible as possible for Chinese travelers,” Van Schalkwyk said. “In January 2012 we also saw the introduction of non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Beijing as part of a code share agreement between South African Airways and Air China, providing Chinese tourists with convenient access to South Africa.” The introduction of two new visa application centres in China has also enhanced the attractiveness of South Africa as a destination. “We are confident of continuing our exciting growth in a market set to become one of the world’s most important tourism markets in the future,” he said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Operation Hydrate to drill boreholes

first_img19 February 2016Operation Hydrate has announced that it has allocated R1-million for the drilling of an initial 15 boreholes in drought-stricken areas of South Africa.Working alongside aid relief organisation Al-Imdaad Foundation, the NGO will drill an initial five boreholes in the Zululand district of KwaZulu-Natal. Partnerships with other NGOs are being finalised for the operation to continue in other provinces.The NGO is on a mission to distribute water to dry parts of the country and has distributed more than 7 million litres of water to regions in five provinces since it launched in early January this year. The initiative was started in response to urgent calls for water from affected communities.According to Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba, drilling the boreholes is phase two of the NGO’s drive. “While we [are] continuing to deliver thousands of litres of bottled water for drinking purposes to those affected, we are now moving into phase two, which is boreholes.”Several boreholes are already in use in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal because of Al Imdaad and the government social initiative, Operation Sukuma Sakhe.Although the boreholes will bring some relief to communities hit by drought, Operation Hydrate will continue to distribute bottled water as it says “more and more taps are running dry and the drought is widening”.“We cannot sit back helplessly and see our people suffering,” says Theba. “We must all join hands and continue and expand our humanitarian efforts.”This weekend, Operation Hydrate will distribute 10 truckloads of water to Modimolle and Tzaneen in Limpopo, Barberton and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, and Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal.UbuntuAt a water drive held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on 29 January, it was reported that Operation Hydrate had collected more than R55-million from private and public sector donors. Meanwhile, in Mogale City, Alma Mater Academy’s 10-year-old learner Annemique Janse van Vuuren got friends and teachers to collect 28 000 litres of water, far surpassing the initial target of 20 000 litres. The water will be donated to Operation Hydrate on Monday, 22 February.The NGO’s project co-ordinator, Yusuf Abramjee, is heartened by donations from South Africans, saying that it is the spirit of ubuntu shining across the country. “Corporates, schools, NGOs, religious organisations and individuals are continuing to donate water and cash. Our hundreds of volunteers are leading the way. They are sacrificing their time and resources to collect water, package it for transport and distribute the loads in affected areas.“We appreciate support from all sectors of society including (the) government. We are working closely with the Department of Water and Sanitation to identify areas in need of water and also where to drill boreholes. Please also donate towards boreholes.”Operation Hydrate chairperson Fayaaz Moosa appealed to the public to continue to donate water and cash. “The support from our schools has been phenomenal. Our teams visit schools every week to collect water. Many schools have taken up the challenge by displaying the water creatively.”What you can do to helpOperation Hydrate has called on all South Africans to help bring relief for those suffering from the drought. Here’s how you can help:Donate cash to buy bottled water and for boreholes. The Johannesburg drop-off point is 11 Western Boulevard Road, City Deep. In Pretoria, water can be delivered to Operation Hydrate at the Zwartkop Raceway along the R55 in Centurion. All collection points for sealed bottles of water will stop on Wednesday, 31 March.Cricket fans can donate five-litre sealed bottles of water outside Bidvest Wanderers on Sunday, 21 February and on 6 March during South Africa’s T20 games with England and Australia respectively.You can donate R30 to Operation Hydrate when you SMS WATER to 42530.You can also transfer funds straight into the NGO’s bank account: Operation Hydrate, Absa, branch code 632005, account number 9314587739. Your name and telephone number can be used as a referenceFollow Operation Hydrate on Twitter @hydratesa, on Facebook or Instagram. Check out its website. For more information, contact Yaseen Theba on 084 222 2222 or Yusuf Abramjee on 082 441 4203.South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

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Investors share insights at first Global Entrepreneurship Congress held in Africa

first_imgThe Global Entrepreneurship Congress gave entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to investors. Others got a chance to hear insights from business experts from all over the world.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa cuts the ribbon to open the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Johannesburg on 14 March 2017. With him is Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu (far left), the conference’s chief executive officer Jonathan Ortmans, Minister Aisha Abubakar of Nigeria (on right) and Tourism Deputy Minister Tokozile Xasa. (Image Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanLook at how you can execute and get traction with the resources that you have, advised one of the investors at a session during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC).The GEC, a Global Entrepreneurship Network event, took place in Johannesburg from 13-16 March 2017. Speaking at the opening, Lindiwe Zulu, minister of small business development, said: “We’re proud that this conference is here on the African continent for the first time.”According to a GEC press release, people from more than 170 countries from all over the world attended the congress. There were 3,000 delegates, according to Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network.Meet to share ideasSpeaking at the official opening on 14 March, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said delegates were meeting to share ideas. One of the reasons for this was to rekindle hope “for our people for a better tomorrow”.The GEC was a platform for African entrepreneurs to connect with global investors, he said. “I invite you to put your best foot forward; shine in front of these investors.”He challenged Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba to help small, medium and micro enterprises to thrive by reducing the day to day costs of doing business, as well as reducing the cost of data, transport and financial services.The GEC theme was “Digital disruption”, prompting Ramaphosa to say that digital disruption was the cornerstone of a modern and diversified economy. “It enhances customers’ experiences. Businesses must embrace digital as an enabler.”He added: “Our main focus is profitable and sustainable businesses… We must foster an African entrepreneur network and go forth with intra-Africa trade. We invite others to collaborate with us.”Delegates tweeted their views:Winners of the GEN pitching competition cc @DroppaZA @vhalikza, Bandile Dlabantu & Dineo Lioma #GEC2017 ^eN2 pic.twitter.com/p4cCOInyyD— #GEC2017 (@GENSouthAfrica) March 15, 2017#inspiringAfricanwomen showcase their products @ #GEC2017 #SMEs r future of #Africa #industrialization. With Kuda Mupawose of FESO Africa pic.twitter.com/KUfAqeAY93— Daktari Kategekwa (@JoyKategekwa) March 16, 2017The #GEC2017 was a great conference.. I look forward to seeing the impact in Africa..#RealEntrepreneurs@Work @1voice_radio @harryakinola— Tonito Samuel (@tonitosamuel) March 16, 2017Inspired, motivated, networked, going to implement @NgwanaEnterpri @GENSouthAfrica @sacyjosecarlos pic.twitter.com/kJQUg7k2nG— Tebogo Modisagape (@tebbyvalentia) March 16, 2017Lessons from investorsIn the session “Investing in emerging markets”, international investors gave advice about what they looked for when entrepreneurs approached them for funding:“Talk in numbers.” – Yusuf Randera-Rees of Awethu Project in South Africa“Nothing says more in traction than your resources you can execute with. Look at how you can execute and get traction.” – Igor Oliveira of Semente in Brazil.“If you’re someone who says ‘I’m going to keep on going,’ that is a human aspect for me. If I feel the person is not in it for the right reasons, I won’t go for it [invest in it].” – Christopher Schroeder of Startup Rising in the United States.“Investors buy into you, not the idea.” – Tomi Davies of the African Business Angel Network in Mauritius.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Fransman winds up Latin America tour

first_img12 September 2013South African International Relations Deputy Minister Marius Fransman arrived in Bogota, Colombia on Wednesday for the final leg of his four-nation trip to Latin America and the Caribbean.Fransman’s tour, geared at strengthening political, social and economic relations, has already taken in Peru, Ecuador and Cuba.On Tuesday, he concluded a two-day working visit to Cuba, where he co-chaired the 10th South Africa-Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism – established in 2001 to coordinate cooperation between the two countries – with his Cuban counterpart, Marcelino Medina.According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Fransman thanked Cuba for its ongoing support for South Africa through joint programmes in health, labour, social development, housing and infrastructure.Cuba has sent doctors, engineers and technical experts to South Africa as part of various programmes, and over 1 400 South African medical students recently underwent training on Cuban scholarships.The department said a further batch of medical students would arrive in Cuba for training in September. “The number of South African students will grow to well over 2 000,” the department said in a statement this week.On Monday, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa signed an agreement with her Cuban counterpart, Ines Maria Chapman Waugh, that will see Cuban engineers assisting South Africa in the area of geo-hydrology in rural and disadvantaged areas.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Bafana Bafana rise in world rankings

first_img18 October 2013Bafana Bafana moved up seven places to 61st in the latest Fifa world rankings, which were released on Thursday.It has been a year of fluctuating fortunes for the South African national football team, which began 2013 ranked 85th in the world, but rocketed up 25 places in February after a strong performance at the Africa Cup of Nations.After remaining in a narrow band, ranked between 56th and 62nd, until July, the team slid to 67th in August and a further place in September before its latest rise.African rankingBafana Bafana are level with Libya in the world rankings and in 11th place on the continent, and while the ascent of the team will be a welcome development the 11th place is far off the ambition of the South African Football Association to see all South African national teams ranked in the top three on the continent.Africa’s top team, the Ivory Coast, is ranked 17th in the world, followed by Ghana in 23rd place, Algeria in 32nd and African champions, Nigeria, in 33rd place.It has been a busy year for Bafana Bafana, with the team playing 17 matches, winning seven of them, losing six and drawing four times. Two of their losses came in shootouts from the penalty spot.African Nations ChampionshipThe composition of the team has varied for different competitions, and coach Gordon Igesund will be forced to shuffle his squad again as he prepares the players for their next challenge, the African Nations Championship.The continental competition to be played in Cape Town, Polokwane and Bloemfontein from 11 January to 1 February 2014, features national teams made up of players who ply their trade in their home countries.South Africa are in Group C of the 16-team finals with Nigeria, Mali and Mozambique. Nigeria and Mali are ranked above Bafana Bafana in Africa, but the relative strength of the four teams is something of an unknown given that the teams will be composed of only home-based players.Nigeria beat the Ivory Coast in qualifying, winning 4-1 at home and losing 0-2 away to book their place in South Africa. Mali saw off Guinea after a 3-1 home win and a 0-1 loss in the second leg of their tie.Mozambique, meanwhile, sneaked through their tie, thumping Namibia 3-0 at home, but losing 0-3 away before edging it 5-4 from the penalty spot.BAFANA BAFANA RESULTS 2013 8 Jan: Cape Town, SA 0-1 Norway12 Jan: Johannesburg, SA 0-0 Algeria19 Jan: Johannesburg, SA 0-0 Cape Verde Islands23 Jan: Durban, SA 2-0 Angola27 Jan: Durban, SA 2-2 Morocco02 Feb: Durban, SA 1-1 a.e.t. (1-3 PSO) Mali23 Mar: Cape Town, SA 2-0 Central African Republic08 June: Yaounde, Central African Republic 0-3 SA16 June: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2-1 SA13 July: Lusaka, SA 2-1 Namibia17 July: Ndola, SA 0-0 (3-5 PSO) Zambia20 July Ndola, SA 2-1 Lesotho14 Aug: Durban, SA 0-2 Nigeria17 Aug: Johannesburg, SA 2-0 Burkina Faso07 Sept: Durban, SA 4-1 Botswana10 Sept: Johannesburg, SA 1-2 Zimbabwe11 Oct: Agadir, Morocco 1-1 SAlast_img read more

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South Africa targets 25-million voters

first_img7 February 2014 South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will open its 22 263 voting stations this weekend for a final registration drive which it hopes will attract 1.1-million new voters. The voter registration, taking place throughout the country on Saturday and Sunday, will be the final opportunity for new voters to register and for registered voters to change their voting station ahead of the country’s 2014 national and provincial elections. President Jacob Zuma is expected to announce the election date shortly after the registration weekend. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Thursday, IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula appealed to South Africans to use the weekend to register and verify their details. “Our country needs you – the future of our democracy is in your hands,” she said, adding that it was all systems go from the IEC’s side. At present, 24 112 414 voters, representing 76.7% of eligible voters, are registered, but the IEC is hoping for 1-million more to take overall registration level to 80%. The Eastern Cape, Free State and Northern Cape provinces have the highest registration percentages at 80% and over, while Gauteng has the lowest with 72.1%. Just over 1-million new voters were added to the voters’ roll after the last registration weekend in November 2013, while 1.5-million voters updated their registration details. For citizens living abroad, Tlakula encouraged them to ensure that their applications are received by close of business this Friday. To date, she said, they have received 3 703 applications for registrations from about 70 missions. “We are still receiving more each day and processing these. The highest number of applications has come from London, Dubai and Cuba.” She added that a three-day registration drive at the country’s 235 correctional services, started on Wednesday, was also going smoothly. Tlakula said forecasts of poor weather this weekend were a possible threat to the registration turnout, but said they had put plans in place to help affected voting stations. Regarding communities in which there have been violent protests over service delivery in recent days, Tlakula said the IEC had partnered and engaged with the security forces, political parties and community leaders to ensure that all South Africans would be able to exercise their right to vote. “I can assure that all our voting stations will be open from 8am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday for people to register.” To attract voters and reach the set target, the IEC had they launched a communication campaign using celebrities to share their reasons why the youth should register and vote. “Further, we have collaborated with some radio stations through the country who will be broadcasting outside some voting stations on Saturday and Sunday.” Members of the public can check whether they are registered to vote by sending an SMS with their ID number to 32810, and can check their voter registration details by visiting www.elections.org.za or calling 0800 11 800 toll-free from a landline. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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South Africans abroad cast their vote

first_img30 April 2014South Africans living and working as far afield as London, Dubai, Canberra, Kinshasa, New York, Doha, Dublin and Khartoum turned out in numbers to cast their votes in the country’s fifth democratic elections on Wednesday.Overseas votes began at the South African High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand at 7am local time on Wednesday (9pm on Tuesday in South African time) and will end in Los Angeles in the US at 9pm (6am on Thursday in South African time). Back in South Africa, voters registered for a special vote will cast their vote on 5 and 6 May. The rest of the country heads for the polls on 7 May.In London’s Trafalgar Square, thousands of South Africans queued in the sun to wait their turn to vote at the country’s busiest overseas voting station. There are over 9 000 registered voters in London, out of approximately 26 000 registered overseas voters in total.On social media, voters posted comments, photos and “selfies”, mostly conveying their excitement at the occasion. Here are a selection of comments from readers of News24, which ran a live updates page on the day:Munene Khoza (London): “Thirty minutes before they even open the doors and we’re queued well into Trafalgar Square. Our vote is our voice. TOO excited!”Craig Munn (Hungary) said “I voted from Budapest, Hungary this morning. The process was smooth and well managed. What a feeling!”Sue-Ellen Hilgemann (Abu Dhabi): “… voted at the SA embassy in Abu Dhabi this morning. Very proud and exciting moment … Waiting time was only about 1 hour and the atmosphere was great!”Darren (Thailand): “I went to vote at the embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. The experience was smooth as silk. They even prepared a few snacks and drinks, from back home, for all voters to enjoy. We also got to meet the Ambassador who is a lovely person. I feel proud and happy to have had this opportunity!”Remerta Basson (The Netherlands): “It was a bit of an effort travelling from Amsterdam to the embassy in The Hague and taking time off from work, but I have casted my vote today. The IEC personnel were very friendly, it was great seeing so many other South Africans – I am definitely feeling proudly South African and homesick today!”Not everyone was happy with the voting arrangements, however, as some of the comments made to News24 reflected:Andre Johann Nel (Azerbaijan): “We are living in Baku, Azerbaijan and are also unable to vote. There is no South African embassy and we were told that we need to travel to Ankara in Turkey.”Simson Moller (Australia): “I just want to say that I think it’s terribly unfair that they only have a voting and registration station in Canberra.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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First identify challenges to small business: Zulu

first_img27 May 2014Lindiwe Zulu, the woman in charge of South Africa’s newly created Department of Small Business Development, says that while the role of small business in job creation is widely recognised, it is important to be sensitive to the challenges faced by the sector.“It’s about dialoguing with them to see where the challenges are,” Zulu told SAnews after her swearing in as the new minister in Pretoria on Monday.“This is a new ministry, but the sector is not new,” she added. “There’s a lot of work that’s already been done by the Department of Trade and Industry and other departments. For us it will be about pulling out that work and seeing what has worked and what hasn’t.”Zulu said that skills development and financing were some of the challenges faced by small businesses. “Sometimes people get a little money and they think that they’ve got a lot, only to realise that that money wasn’t really enough. So the issue of saving amongst our people is also very important.”The former International Affairs adviser has travelled extensively on the continent and has seen how small businesses thrive in other countries – and how foreign nationals who come to South Africa start up thriving small businesses.“You look at some of the foreigners that are in South Africa today. They arrive in South Africa with almost nothing, but they network, they support each other. Those are the things I think one would have to deal with in assisting SMMEs, because there’s got to be a connection, networking and support for each other.”The department will also look at the issue of the government not paying small businesses within the prescribed 30-day time period, while also engaging with the country’s financial institutions and helping to get small business owners organised into formations.“We need to find a way to pull people together; the issue of cooperatives, for instance, is one of the most important elements,” Zulu said.Business welcomes new departmentEarlier on Monday, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) welcomed the establishment of the new ministry, saying it had been “high on the chamber’s wish list”.“Sacci has and will continue to engage towards an SME department that serves the development interests of SMEs and the economy,” Sacci CEO Neren Rau said in a statement.“This includes simplifying the SME regulatory environment, reviewing and expanding incentives for SMEs, and championing the cause of SMEs with other government department and the Presidency vis-a-vis policy development.”In his 2014 Budget speech in Cape Town in February, former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said small business people had raised concerns that they were not receiving enough support in order to raise their enterprises to levels at which they could contribute to the country’s growth.The Budget allocated R6.5-billion over three years for supporting small and medium enterprises.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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South Africans show passion for the arts

first_img17 July 2015The popularity of the National Arts Festival has been reaffirmed with the release of this year’s attendance figures, which show a “significant” increase in attendance in 2015. This increase comes despite expectations that attendance might flatten after last year’s bumper 40th birthday programme.“The total number of tickets issued increased to 241 116, representing 6.9% growth over 2014. Even more heartening is that, within this number, there are more paid- for tickets than ever before with the rand value of tickets bought for festival shows up by 18%,” said Tony Lankester, the festival’s chief executive.“While the festival continues to offer great value and plenty of free entertainment, audiences are showing that they respond to quality work positively, and are prepared to put their money where their passion is – even in a tough economic climate. This augers well for the arts sector, and is a ringing endorsement for the talent and hard work of our artists.”On the main programme, jazz and theatre each accounted for roughly one third of sales, with the remaining third being split between dance, comedy, music and some of the niche genres.“The quickest selling show was Irish comedian Dylan Moran, whose three performances in the Guy Butler Theatre sold out faster than any show we’ve seen in recent years. We also had a massive response to Thandiswa Mazwai, Beatenberg, Ray Phiri and MiCasa, as well as to Chester Missing and Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for theatre, Christiaan Olwagen’s A Doll’s House,” Lankester said.Sold out houses“The list of main productions that had sold out houses is long – but includes Three Blind Mice, the Baxter Theatre’s remake of Barney Simon’s Born in the RSA and Pieter Dirk Uys’s A Part Hate, A Part Love. It was also great to see former Victoria Girls High School head girl Nomfundo Xaluva perform to a sold-out crowd on the Standard Bank Jazz Festival stage.”Both the Symphony Concert and the Gala Concert also played to packed houses.Artistic director Ismail Mahomed said he was delighted with the response to the programme on offer. “Audiences are responding well to both fresh approaches to classic works (Hamlet, A Doll’s House, Born in the RSA) and exciting new work (Three Blind Mice, A Voice I Cannot Silence),” he said.Mahomed also noted the success of some of the international work and collaborations on the programme – notably The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra, The Dog Days are Over and Red Earth Revisited.The FringeComedy and theatre continued to dominate the massive Fringe programme, accounting for 38.1% and 25.2% of total Fringe sales respectively.“If you scan the list of top productions on the Fringe it is still dominated by comedy with great performances by Loyiso Gola, Rob van Vuuren in WhatWhat and a series of top-performing productions from the Followspot Collective (Big Boys II, Big Girls and Bon Soir),” Mahomed said. Theatre and dance held their own, however, with Tobacco And The Harmful Effects Thereof, Blue, We Didn’t Come To Hell For The Croissants and Woza Albert! all doing well both critically and at the box office.Lankester pointed to the Festival’s agreement with the National Lottery as a key driver of the success of the Fringe. “Through this partnership we are able to keep the Fringe stage open to all to participate, with a very low economic barrier to entry and with no curation or selection taking place. This makes it the country’s biggest and most democratic stage, and saw around 300 productions and 50 visual artists make the trip to Grahamstown,” he said. “The Fringe is very competitive and, once again, we saw productions that combined excellent work with solid marketing doing the best. This can be a tough but a very useful experience for young theatre practitioners.” Behind the numbers, Lankester pointed to a number of other features of this year’s festival that of which organisers were proud:Growth in the number of tickets sold online and through the festival’s mobile app, which accounted for 22% of all sales this year.The introduction of a free “Festival Hopper” service, run by a local taxi operator, to move festivalgoers between venues more efficiently.The staging of two works (Waltz and Waterline) from Grahamstown community-based companies supported by the festival’s Creative City project and Makana Arts Academy partnership with the European Union, both of which won Standard Bank Ovation Awards.The 28 visiting international producers who used the festival as a “shopping ground” to look for work to tour to their festivals and institutions.Productions from artists emanating from more than 30 countries on the programme – including Angola, Belgium, Senegal, Spain, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, Colombia, Benin and Zimbabwe.Employment of more than 400 freelance and contract staff, predominantly from the ranks of the unemployed in Grahamstown and student interns, to work across the event in different capacities.“We now get down to planning the 2016 festival, which will run from 30 June until 11 July 2016,” Lankester concluded. “This year will be a tough act to follow, but we’re confident we can rise to the challenge.” The annual National Arts Festival takes place during the winter holiday in the small academic town of Grahamstown, in Eastern Cape. 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South African invests R7bn in ports, ocean economy

first_img9 March 2016Transnet National Ports Authority has allocated R7-billion to build new port facilities to grow South Africa’s ocean economy.Already, 200 jobs had been created in new port facilities. Over the last 12 months, existing ports had been refurbished and maintained, the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster said yesterday.The cluster held a media briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday, 8 March, which was chaired by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. The cluster said work to grow the ocean economy was gaining momentum.Oil and gas hubs“Through the public-private partnership to establish Saldanha Bay as an oil and gas hub, an investment of R9.2-billion has been realised, which will be utilised over the next five years,” Nkwinti explained.“With 14 licences issued for oil and gas exploration, drilling of two exploration wells for potential oil and gas finds will take place along the South African coast. The investment in gas infrastructure has commenced and will contribute to energy security.”Work on the offshore supply base has started, which will lead to Saldanha Bay attracting oil rigs for maintenance and repair. This will create secondary job opportunities for surrounding communities.Boatbuilding infrastructureThe boat-building sector had been revitalised, according to the cluster, leading to 500 direct jobs and 3 000 indirect jobs.The Port of Durban in #SouthAfrica is Sub-Saharan #Africa‘s largest port. Credit: CNN http://t.co/oP5oVi3dCA pic.twitter.com/K5FBcu0jQq— African Biz Central (@AfriBizCentral) June 21, 2015Nkwinti clarified that “an amount of R353-million over the next three years has already been unlocked in the ports of Durban and Cape Town for boat-building infrastructure through incentives provided by government.“Further investments in boat building – catamaran production, workboat ferries for the navy, two offshore mining vessels and tugboats for the ports authority – and a fuel storage facility amount to approximately R3.6-billion.”Transnet National Ports Authority to spend R800m on security upgrades, starting in Durban https://t.co/CKfxCiS1vu pic.twitter.com/FT1kRlX4dF— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 16, 2016Port rehabilitation and maintenanceFor the 2016/17 financial year, R80-million has been allocated for the rehabilitation and maintenance of proclaimed harbours in Gansbaai, Saldanha Bay, Struisbaai, Gordons Bay and Lamberts Bay, as well the establishment of three new harbours in Boegoebaai in Northern Cape, Port St Johns in Eastern Cape and Hibberdene in KwaZulu-Natal. This will provide opportunities for local and rural economic development.AquacultureThe aquaculture sector has unlocked investments of more than R400-million across 10 aquaculture farms, which are already in production.In Hamburg, in Eastern Cape, the first harvest of dusky kob (kabeljou) has been realised, where the Siyazama Aquaculture Co-operative has sold its first harvest of the fish to the Cape Town Fish Market at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.The cluster said the expansion of aquaculture projects to inland and other coastal areas in support of SMMEs will create 3 200 jobs and contribute R500- million to the gross domestic product over the next year.The first two bulk carrier vessels have been registered in Port Elizabeth, and a third tanker in Cape Town, providing opportunities for South African cadets (trainees) boarding these vessels.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, a city like no other

first_imgThe spell-binding new novel by South African playwright and author Harry Kalmer, A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, describes Africa’s greatest city as a living, breathing character. Spanning a century, the book covers the best and worst moments in Joburg’s lifetime.Harry Kalmer’s new novel leaves you asking who gets to shape a citys identity. (Image: Author and playwright Harry Kalmer remains inspred by the city of Johannesburg. (Image: © Joanne Olivier)“The one thing about Joburg is how interconnected everyone is,” Harry Kalmer says. Sitting in a Bryanston coffee shop, surrounded by the well-retired and sound-tracked by the clink of coffee cups and cutlery, the author and playwright explains his reasons for writing A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, a new novel about his hometown.“We’re losing a bit of it now because the city is growing very fast, but it’s always had this sense of dorpiness,” Kalmer continues. “Bryanston is a dorpie (a small town). “Linden and Greenside. These little nodes of habitation, but you don’t see these cities meet. For the book I had to create a hotel, to give them an excuse to meet.”Author and playwright Harry Kalmer remains inspired by the city of Johannesburg. (Image: © Joanne Olivier)A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg is a book about the people who go and come. It tells the stories of poor Afrikaners drawn by the gold reefs, the unseen Indian and Chinese families who shaped the city, and the modern African immigrants who are remaking it.Kalmer’s novel spans a century, from the early days of Johannesburg to 2008. Important writers – Mark Twain, Olive Schreiner, Charles van Onselen – have written great factual biographies of Joburg. These have done the city justice but, for Kalmer, fiction gives the chance to tell a more vibrant story. “Fiction interrogates things in a way that documentaries can’t. It tells truths that non-fiction can’t necessarily depict.”An exile’s view of homeIn the book, expat architect Zweig van Niekerk, long resident in London, is invited back to Joburg by a group of architects who have rediscovered his work. Zweig’s self-imposed exile was a result of his love and marriage to Serenita, a woman of colour. He returns to the city of his birth – and begins to see it with new eyes.Kalmer’s Johannesburg exists in one sense: it is based on actual geography, on actual spaces. The madrassah and the mosque can be found. So can the Chinese old age home and the girls’ school. “The hotel doesn’t exist, but it could have.”The architect returns in 2008, as foreigners from elsewhere in Africa are attacked and flee the townships for the safety of the city. It’s at the imagined hotel in Belgravia that the son of an Afrikaner, a Chinese photographer, Czech immigrant and Marceline, a Congolese refugee, meet and remake the city in their own image.“The fact of the matter is, the Joburg I depict exists only on paper. It is based in history and connected. But it is a personal interpretation of an experience or a representation of the city. Like all fictional cities – like Calvino’s Imaginary Cities – it only exists on paper.” ‘Places change, time moves on’Kalmer writes like he stirs his coffee. Deliberately. Thoroughly. And with a flourish, as he lifts the spoon out of the cup. Talking through the inspiration for the book he references great South African writers: Herman Charles Bosman, Nadine Gordimer.He moves on to Fordsburg-based artist Carl Becker, who created work on the Randlords and their contemporaries, from Gandhi to Abe Bailey and Cecil John Rhodes. “Becker said what he liked about Johannesburg was that you look up, you lift your eyes, and you see the most extraordinary Victorian and Edwardian architecture. When you lower your eyes you’re in Africa. For me that was the trigger for the book. To address that reality, that ‘alongsidedness’ of the city. That the city can live in so many ways.“There is a great line I remember by this Zulu guy who moved to Joburg from rural KwaZulu-Natal. He said in Johannesburg you have to look for the beauty. I think that is what a lot of people do. And I think that is the problem: people who write about Joburg tend to romanticise it.”Denizens experience their city in specific, personal ways. A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg is about how his characters find the city and their connections to it. “It’s very much a theme in the book. It is people who try to come to terms with the city. Be it through impressions or be it through structure or be it through street life. To show there are so many realities living side by side in Joburg.”A cowboy townJohannesburg should never have been. Built in empty veld by the chance discovery of gold, it is a city born only from the desire to make fortunes. It is a place whose residents, in the words of author Clive Chipkin, are not, “here for the benefit of our health”. Kalmer’s Joburg is that city, reinvented and rediscovered through new eyes.Like Italian author Italo Calvino’s Imaginary Cities, Kalmer’s book is a curious mix of history and lore-shaped memory. It maps the city beyond geography, a cartographer’s dream of half-remembered sights and sounds. It celebrates the way the city is constantly reinvented by people from elsewhere, drawn by its promise.A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg is a city dreamed up by artists, writers, hustlers and architects. It is a city that welcomes rich and poor.“Joburg can be a bit of a cowboy town. Poverty has always been an intrinsic part of this place, despite the towers of Sandton. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because it’s a place where you can survive. Think back on the book, people like the Van Niekerks thrived in protected employment. It’s always looked after poor people.”What inspires Kalmer is the city, his body of work, is the city where everyone is from somewhere else. It is a space where no-one ever feels really comfortable, and this gives the city its distinct personality.The Joey Hi-Fi-designed cover of Harry Kalmer’s A 1000 Tales of Johannesburg. (Image: Penguin Random House)Rooted – but restlessKalmer has tried to leave Johannesburg. “I came back. I don’t know why. It’s always been people and my stuff that’s brought me back. There aren’t any other cities that appeal to me. Things that I’ve loved and made my living from – theatre, music, advertising – are here. I’m connected here.”For the characters in A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg the same holds true. They are rooted in Joburg, but Johannesburg makes them restless. “Nobody is from here but they’ve been here for years. If you go back to the Muslim family, you go back to the Hindu family, you go back to the Chinese family. They all have roots going back to the late 19th century, but they all have this thing that this is not quite their place. It’s a very funny thing about Joburg. Nobody is from here but they have this perverse citizen’s pride about eGoli.”It is a city of open and cool people, Kalmer ends. A city where people want to know your story. And Kalmer’s book captures these stories, creating a living, breathing, inspiring world, like the city itself.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Real Feather Hair Extensions : Fantastic product, I’ve had them in about two months

first_imgI considered there would be a lot more as for every pic. But pretty good quality and pretty very.Attractive extensions, feathers have been thinner then i thought they ended up heading to be and my hair was to extended for them but they still appeared fantastic and i would purchase once more.Real Feather Hair Extensions – Mixed Naturals (10 Feathers)Salon grade, real rooster feather hair extensions from Whiting & Metz3, 5, or 10 loose feathers with colours EXACTLY as pictured for each packEach Piece 8.5-13 inches longIncludes 3, 5, or 10 mixed colour micro rings + Application loop (You will need your own household needle nosed pliers to crimp the rings)Application & Removal can be done at home in a matter of minutes, instructions includedStunning feathers actually please will buy once again, have advised.What a change 5 feathers make. I have newborn hair so extentions aren’t an choice but these feathers are no trouble.Purchased 10 much more for a far more funky appear.Gorgeous hippy dippy hair search. Costly but they past and seem fantastic. Feathers blend in with your curls and glance subtly hippy but stylish.Real Feather Hair Extensions – Mixed Naturals (10 Feathers) : Looks lovely and easy to apply. Would have been better if they was a little thicker but we’re seriously. Would have been far better if they was a minor thicker but we are really awesome had loads of compliments on them.Effortless to clamp in and take out with pliers. Best not to leave them in for additional than a few of months for the reason that the hair in the clamp can begin to get matted. My daughter loved them and they looked fab.Superb shipping and delivery truly impressed with good quality. Excellent shipping and delivery actually amazed with high quality.I’ve purchased the 2nd feathers quite a few moments. I dye, curl and straighten them. And generally get compliments about them :).Great merchandise, i have had them in about two months. Superb solution, i have experienced them in about two months now and i like then. Absolutely everyone enhances me on them.Just set the feathers in my hair and i enjoy them. They are a fantastic match in color. I’ve just put the feathers in my hair and i love them. They are a fantastic match in color and size for my shoulder-long blond hair :))) thank you so significantly.last_img read more

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Caravan Hair Decoration Barrette Number 328 : This is the best clip I’ve ever used

first_img I’ve never been able to wear my hair in a chignon or just clipped back. Great hair clip fits my hair in great price. What i wanted – i have long hair and like to twist it up and clip it all behind. Exactly what i wanted – i have long hair and like to twist it up and clip it all behind. My hair is quite thick and this was a perfect size to hold it all up. Not much to say about a hair clip- but this is well made and does the job. Great hair clip for thick hair. Great hair clip for thick hair & looks fabulous too. Really worth the price as it is strong and will last i feel for a very long time. Thanks i am very happy and wear every day. I’ve never been able to wear my hair in a chignon or just clipped back. What i wanted – i have long hair and like to twist it up and clip it all behind. Exactly what i wanted – i have long hair and like to twist it up and clip it all behind. My hair is quite thick and this was a perfect size to hold it all up. These are great if you have thick hair or for using with a pony tail as they are a lot wider than the normal hair clips, they might seem a bit expensive until you see and try this quality item. Great hair clip fits my hair in great price. Great for thick hair and will hold all my hair throughout the day without popping open or falling out, getting clips for thick hair on the high street is no easy task, so pleased i ordered this one. Great for thick hair and will hold all my hair throughout the day without popping open or falling out, getting clips for thick hair on the high street is no easy task, so pleased i ordered this one. Not much to say about a hair clip- but this is well made and does the job. This is the best clip i’ve ever used. This is the best clip i’ve ever used. I am a very happy big haired customer. Great hair clip for thick hair. Great hair clip for thick hair & looks fabulous too. Really worth the price as it is strong and will last i feel for a very long time. Thanks i am very happy and wear every day. These are great if you have thick hair or for using with a pony tail as they are a lot wider than the normal hair clips, they might seem a bit expensive until you see and try this quality item. This is the best clip i’ve ever used. This is the best clip i’ve ever used. I am a very happy big haired customer. Does what it saysGREAT HAIR CLIP FOR THICK HAIR. Looks FABULOUS what I wanted – I have long hair and like to twist it up and clip it all behindCaravan Hair Decoration Barrette Number 328Comfortable Women’s Hair AccessoriesContour Design to FitUp to DateQuality European Design Made to LastWe Use Celluloid Acetatelast_img read more

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Agro Liquid Field Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bart Johnson talks with Galynn Beer with Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers about why you can use lower volumes of liquid fertilizers when comparing against dry fertilizers and still maintain yields in a sustainable manner.last_img

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Court preserves privacy of farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a late September ruling on their ongoing fight to protect private and sensitive personal and financial records, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by animal-rights and environmental activists against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s withdrawal of a proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) rule that would have required livestock and poultry operations to report information about their operations.EPA’s proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule sought to have CAFOs submit to the agency operational information so it could “more effectively carry out its CAFO permitting programs on a national level and ensure that CAFOs are implementing practices to protect water quality and human health.” EPA wanted facility facts such as contact information, location of a CAFO’s production area, CWA permit status, the number and type of animals confined and the number of acres available for land application of manure. It withdrew the proposal in July 2012.The proposed rule was prompted by a May 2010 “sweetheart” settlement agreement EPA entered with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Waterkeeper Alliance — then represented by Hannah Connor, currently an attorney for the Humane Society of the United States, which joined the most recent suit against EPA — and the Sierra Club once it became clear the agency would lose a lawsuit brought by the National Pork Producers Council over EPA’s 2008 CAFO rule. That regulation required, among other things, that large livestock operations that propose to or that might discharge into waterways obtain CWA permits. (A federal court said the clean water law requires permits only for operations that actually discharge.)“Let’s hope this puts an end to these groups, including HSUS, trying to get information on farmers so they can file nuisance suits and otherwise harass people who are providing safe, wholesome products to domestic and international consumers,” said Dr. Ron Prestage, NPPC President, a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C.In their lawsuit, the activist groups claimed EPA’s withdrawal of the reporting rule was “arbitrary and capricious” because it lacked clear reasoning, ran counter to the evidence in the administrative record and constituted a “clear error in judgment.”Judge Randolph Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, D.C., who dismissed the suit, disagreed with the activist groups, saying the agency’s explanation for the withdrawal was “plain and coherent” and that it “adequately explained the basis for its decision.”last_img read more

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Preparing fields for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bill Mullen, Director of Agronomic Services with Seed Consultants, discusses some of the strategies to consider to prepare fields for the 2016 crop.last_img

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ODA updates pipeline construction standards

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Division of Soil and Water Conservation has updated the Ohio Pipeline Standard and Construction Specifications document, which will allow progress while providing guidance to protect the state’s resources and top industry.As part of its duties ODA has the responsibility to recommend soil and water conservation practices and work with other agencies to protect the agricultural status of rural lands adjacent to pipeline projects. The Ohio Pipeline Standard and Construction Specifications were originally developed in 1998 by the Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to mitigate impacts by a proposed intrastate pipeline.Primary changes to the document include:The addition of silvicultural best management practices, when clearing brush and trees in the right-of-way; andUpdates to the methods of repairing damaged subsurface drainsThis document is a recommendation of what is considered best practice for the protection of Ohio’s soil and water resources during pipeline installation. The standards in this document apply only to pipeline construction activities on agricultural land and are intended to supplement the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission upland erosion control, revegetation and maintenance plan. Practices outlined in the specifications are not to be considered mandatory requirements unless cited by other laws, rules, or legal agreements. Users are encouraged to use them as guidance for development of plans. To view the standards visit the Division of Soil and Water Conservation website. Those with questions on pipeline construction on agricultural land in Ohio should contact the division at (614)265-6610.last_img read more

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Growing apples is a family effort at Springhill Fruit Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Like the core of an apple is at the center of the fruit, family is the core of Springhill Fruit Farm owned by Jeff and Laura Burrer of Shiloh. Named for the fresh water river that feeds the 24-acre Richland County orchard, Springhill Fruit Farm was originally acquired by the Burrer family in 1968.“My dad and mom, Kenneth and Mary Jane Burrer, purchased the orchard from a man named Ray Weaver,” Jeff said. “Ray stayed here for a year and helped my dad learn the ins and outs of an orchard. Prior to that, my dad was a small grain farmer.”Kenneth and Mary Jane raised their five children on the orchard. Out of all the children, it was Jeff that showed the most interest in the orchard. He began running the orchard in 1998 and in 2004, Jeff and his wife Laura purchased Springhill Fruit Farm. Since then, it has really been a family effort to grow and maintain the operation. All three of Jeff and Laura’s children worked on the farm growing up and they still continue to help as adults.“It was such a great place to raise our children,” Laura said. “We get to be with each other and spend a lot of time together, especially in the fall. We can’t imagine not doing this.”Originally when Jeff and Laura purchased Springhill Fruit Farm, they thought it would be more of a side job. They both had full time jobs off the farm, but the orchard continued to increase in business every year. Jeff is now retired from the Shelby Fire Department where he worked for 21 years and Laura is working part time as a registered nurse.“We are super fortunate that our kids all have jobs that allow them to still spend their days off here at the farm helping us,” Laura said.Their son, Ben, is also a full time firefighter, their daughter Mandy is an occupational therapy assistant, and their youngest daughter, Megan, is a flight attendant.“We also feel blessed that our kids are so interested in the farm too and that this is a priority to them,” Laura said. “There is a group of employees that return every year that also become a part of the family. We have an Amish family that helps us every year too.”Although the orchard itself cannot grow in acreage, the Burrers have been focusing on maximizing their productivity on what land they do have. Every other year, they plant about 1,500 new trees to replace older trees.“We are planting semi-dwarf, smaller trees so that we can fit 600 to 800 trees in an area instead of just a couple hundred trees. These big trees here are sometimes 30 to 40 years old and are starting to max out on their production so it’s important for us to keep adding new trees to the orchard,” Jeff said. “Listening to our customers is really important — that’s how we decide what types of trees to plant. Our most popular apple is yellow delicious, so we have enough trees to make about 2,000 bushels of yellow delicious apples. We also planted around 50 new plum trees a few years ago that should be in full production in the next year or two.”The Burrer family built a new pole barn in 2010 that houses the retail store, a 2,500-bushel apple cooler and a work area for sorting and grading apples. They currently grow 27 different varieties of apples, five varieties of peaches, three varieties of plums and three varieties of pears. They also grow nectarines, pumpkins, squash and offer sweet cider made from their apples.“This past growing season has been great for us despite some setbacks. We are expecting a 10,000-bushel crop of apples this year,” Jeff said. “We had a lot of rain in the spring so that caused issues for fruit growers across the whole state with having to battle scab and other diseases. We are fortunate to have had limited insect issues this year though.”Burrer uses integrated pest management systems on the orchard. They set insect traps that are checked every week to monitor populations of harmful bugs. They also promote predatory insects, suchBen Burrer is a full-time firefighter who still helps his parents on the orchard.as spiders, in the orchard to limit insecticide sprayings.“A huge problem we had this year was that we got some major hail in the middle of May. It was a wind driven hail so it was falling almost sideways,” Jeff said. “When we started picking our earlier varieties of apples, only 15% to 20% of what we were picking were good apples. When the hail came in May, the fruit were approximately 3/8 inch in diameter, so the small nicks and cuts on the fruit then grew into some giant holes as the apples got bigger.”The later ripening apples are significantly better than the earlier varieties.“As we are getting later into the season, we only had about 50% of the crop being damaged,” he said. “We just had a lot of cider apples this year and second-grade apples.”The Burrers were pleasantly surprised to see that the peaches faired the best.“We had a very large peach crop this year that were not as affected by the hail damage, so that’s pretty exciting,” Jeff said. “We are having a big apple crop too this year, so if you’re going to have major issues like we did this year, it kind of balances itself out. “The Burrer family sells the majority of their produce in their retail store. Less than 25% of their crops are sold wholesale to local grocery stores and farm markets.“Our farm has a lot of return customers every year and they look forward to coming out and getting fresh apples,” Laura said. “We do a lot of our marketing through Facebook and then every year we send out about 400 letters in the mail letting people know our tentative picking dates for all the apple varieties. Really though, most of our customers hear about us from word of mouth, which is nice because it means that people are talking about us and have good things to say.”Springhill Fruit Farm also values giving back to the community.Megan Burrer works in the sales area that features a wide variety of products.“Community is very important to us and we try to help out as many local organizations as possible. We donate a lot of apples and cider to different church organizations and FFA chapters,” Laura said. “We also donate a lot of apples to local food pantries. People really like to get fresh fruit.”The harvest schedule is rigorous and it has to be timely to maximize the quality of the crop.“Yeah it’s definitely fresh,” Jeff said. “Essentially, our crops own us. If an apple variety is ripe and needs picked, I only have a few days to get that type of apple picked. Peaches are even more finicky, sometimes I only have a one- to two-day window to pick them. It requires a lot of work and sometimes I have to cancel plans, but when the fruit is ready, it’s ready.”Springhill Fruit Farm is open from Mid-August through Thanksgiving annually.“I think it’s important for people to support their local orchards when they get the chance,” Jeff said. “Whether you’re in Ashtabula County or Hamilton County, if you have an orchard in your area you should visit them to buy apples and fruit. Ohio is not an easy place to grow fruit in, so the support means a lot to local farmers.”last_img read more

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Extension of the biodiesel tax credit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The bill included many issues of interest and impact to soybean farmers. However, it didn’t include an extension of the biodiesel tax credit that expired last year.The biodiesel tax credit and other expired temporary credits were not addressed in the comprehensive tax reform bill, but there is an effort to have a separate tax extender package included on another legislative vehicle that could pass before the end of 2017 or early in 2018. The Ohio Soybean Association and the American Soybean Association, as well as the National Biodiesel Board, are working to get the biodiesel tax credit attached to a revenue bill that might be moving through Congress.Soybean farmers have played a leading role in establishing and developing the biodiesel industry. From the first investments made by the soybean industry, biodiesel has grown into a domestic market approaching 3 billion gallons.last_img read more

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Ohio farm couple wins American Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 99th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention brought big news for an Ohio farm couple.Greg and Rose Hartschuh of Sycamore were named winners of American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture Award. They will receive a new Ford truck, courtesy of Country Financial, and will also receive paid registration to the AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Reno, Nevada, Feb. 16-19.“It was a really unique opportunity to compete and meet the other farmers from around the United States. It was definitely unexpected. We hoped that our Farm Bureau involvement and the things we have done in our community stood out in our applications. We were definitely pleasantly surprised to be named the winners,” Rose said. “Greg and I have been really active with Young Ag Professionals and we are starting to get to the end of the age group for that. It is nice to wrap up our involvement in YAP winning an award like this. Obviously we are still interested in remaining involved with the organization and are looking for other avenues to participate.”Rose is a seed adviser, contributes to the family farm and manages their additional family businesses. Greg farms full time, raising corn, soybeans and operating a dairy. The Hartschuhs partnered with two other farm families to revitalize a neglected farm property in Bucyrus, which now offers a farm market in one barn and an event venue in another. They also offer agricultural education activities on their farm.The Hartschuhs were instrumental in coordinating an effort in early 2017 that allowed Ohio farmers to convoy semis full of farm goods to Kansas ranches in need of assistance after devastating wildfires ravaged the area.“The caliber of competition was definitely high. The people that participated were really involved in the ag industry,” Rose said. “One of the things we really brought to the table was our amount of Farm Bureau involvement. Look for opportunities to get involved. The county Farm Bureau definitely is not going to turn you down as a volunteer. That can lead to other involvement opportunities as well. There is so much you can do through Farm Bureau and you can learn so much through those opportunities.”The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, their leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, October 8, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The next two days will be mostly dry across the state. However, we could see quite a spread in weather conditions, based on where a stationary/warm front sets up on each day. Yesterday, the front was draped across the northern third of the state, and north of the front we stayed cloudy, foggy, and cooler while the southern two thirds of the state were warmer, drier and sunnier. That front may linger in northern Indiana today, but we should see stronger south flow developing too, which would allow for clearing. Generally, if we see sunshine, we will see temps take off. That is what we expect over the next two days.Significant rains show up Wednesday late afternoon and evening as the strong cold front sweeps through. We still have a concern about strong to severe weather and are projecting moderate to heavy rains. At this point we will keep rain totals at half to 1.5”.  Also, of note, this front will produce gusty winds, which will not be friendly to mature crops waiting to be harvested. The state will see 100% coverage on these rains. But, we are speeding the frontal passage up a bit, and look for all rains to be done by midday Thursday. The map shows system rain totals through midnight Wednesday night.Dry Thursday through early Friday. However, we see a minor wave of action tracking across the northern half of the corn belt for Friday midday and evening. This little wave tries to lift northeast as it slips across Ohio, meaning we likely see rains limited to only NW and North central Ohio. There we can see rain totals at .15” or less over the northern half  part of the state. The rest of Ohio sees nothing.The rest of the 10-day window dry with plenty of sunshine from next Saturday through the following Wednesday. In fact, we see that dryness go through the majority of the 11-16 day extended period too. There may be a slight bit of moisture at the end of the extended period, around the 23rd. Right now, it looks like a few hundredths to a tenth, mostly north. But things will change by the time we get there. Overall, though, that means once we get done with the rains at midweek this week, we should be able to see a fairly wide-open window for drying and eventually a return to harvest with no problems.Temps will be warm the next 3 days, continuing a well above normal streak for the open of the month of October. But, we go back closer to normal behind the front for the balance of the week and should stay normal to slightly below normal for the rest of the period, on through the 23rd.last_img read more

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Paintin’ the Town

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Greg Lamp Progressive Farmer ContributorYou might say that murals are part of the DNA in Faulkton, a typical small, rural community in north-central South Dakota. However, the newest and most impressive mural can be seen from miles away. The unlikely canvas is a concrete grain elevator owned by Agtegra Cooperative.But, make no mistake, once you get past the gigantic elevator artwork, you can find other murals around this town of more than 700. Multiple frescoes are tucked away on the side of the quilt shop, inside the town’s carousel, on a walking path downtown and even in the county courthouse.Still, the stopper is the gigantic mural painted last summer by Australian artist Guido Van Helten.“Our local businessman, who we call Aussie Dave, showed us a silo his friend Guido painted in Australia. We were impressed and pitched the mural idea to our arts council—and got a go,” said Troy Hadrick, rancher and president of the volunteer Economic Development Corp. for Faulkton.Van Helten, who happened to be in Florida, was then invited to Faulkton to discuss the mural project and, ultimately, agreed to paint it.A CLEAN CANVAS“He told us the old paint on the elevator wouldn’t hold, so we rounded up three pressure washers and a lift. Guido and our volunteers began blowing off the old paint,” Hadrick explained. “It took us three weeks because we had to patch over the holes and then whitewash the entire elevator before he could start. We used the same high-quality paint that’s used to paint the White House, which should last more than 20 years.”Van Helten started painting last August and finished a month later. Total cost: $75,000. Funding came by way of grants from the South Dakota Farm Bureau, GROW South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council and private donations from the community.“We didn’t know what the design would be. He didn’t show us a sketch,” Hadrick said. “He’s an artist, and I guess he had to feel it in his soul.”The mural depicts a young boy on one side, a young girl on the other and the two passing their cowboy hats on the third.“Five little boys in town think it’s them. But, Guido based images off people in general, nothing exact,” Hadrick said.After approval from Agtegra, the project took off. Co-op manager Marvin Hutchinson said painting in the summer was the right time, because it caused little disruption to their daily business.“It’s a big canvas, but we could see a lot of progress every day,” Hutchinson said. “Now, a lot of out-of-state people stop, even buses. Instead of going on I-90, they’re driving through our town to see the mural. While here, they buy gas and go to our local stores. It’s helped us and even our surrounding towns.”To avoid traffic-safety issues, three viewing stations were built to clearly see each side of the mural.MORE PROJECTSVal Helten — who specializes in using grain elevators and silos as canvases — has painted murals around the world, from Dubai to Chernobyl. “Artwork can serve as a means to bring a community together in understanding one another in new or different ways,” he said. “Faulkton is a great introduction for a broader project I’m working on in smaller rural communities in the U.S.”Recently, he painted another elevator in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and has plans for other U.S. locations, including Minnesota and South Carolina.For more images of Faulkton murals and to see a time-lapse video, visit https://youtu.be/…; https://youtu.be/…. Also, check out other Van Helten murals at www.guidovanhelten.com.(BAS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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The 4 Most Common Geocache Hiding Mistakes

first_imgFollow these four tips and you’ll avoid many of the common hurdles geocache hiders face. And while this is the end of this blog post, it’s not the end of what you need to know. Check out the Hiding Overview before placing a geocache and avoid these pitfalls and create smiles like the one below!This is the “OMG” look we’re aiming for.Share with your Friends:More Make your geocache smile… 4 things to avoid when hiding a geocache(Cough Cough) Hello class, and welcome to a quick installment of the 4 most Common Geocache Hiding Mistakes. Why read on? It’s like knowing the four common routes where there’s a bridge out, or heavy road construction, or a locust migration. These are all mistakes a new hider doesn’t have to make. Let’s learn together and if at any point you’d like to know more, check out the Hiding Overview for all you need to know.Here are the four guidelines that potential cache owners most commonly overlook:1) Choose an Appropriate LocationThink like a non-geocacher and ask yourself, “Self, am I placing this geocache somewhere where it could be mistaken for something dangerous?” Also ask yourself if geocache hunting behavior (i.e. looking through bushes) might draw attention in sensitive areas, like schools. And make sure you know whether or not geocaches are allowed in that location. Some areas require a permit, are private property, or don’t allow geocaching altogether. Ask a land manager or owner for permission when needed.2) Consider Proximity to Other GeocachesGeocaches must be at least 1/10 mile or 528 feet (161 meters) apart. Check the area for other geocaches before settling on a spot. There’s a great new planning map tool to help you, with red circles showing places that are already blocked by another geocache. It won’t tell you about secret locations, but it will catch a lot of the locations that have already been taken.3) Avoid Commercialization/AgendasGeocaches cannot be commercial or used to publicize an agenda. Sometimes people get tripped up by the commercial guideline unintentionally. There are lots of platforms that you can use to get the word out about your important cause or a business that you really (really) like, but geocaches are not an appropriate platform for that.4) Don’t Damage PropertyTelephone poles and stop signs seem like they are public property because they are so familiar, but they are the property of the city or utility company. Don’t damage things in the environment. Screwing or drilling into a live tree creates an pathway for insects and disease. Never bury a geocache, even partway. If you have to make a hole in the ground, it’s not OK. SharePrint RelatedPadlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 4, 2012April 4, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Be a better hiderAugust 21, 2018In “News”last_img read more

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Canada’s 1st Geocache — Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhy this is Geocache of the Week:There’s something uniquely irresistible about being first. Whether it’s first human on the moon, or First-to-Find on a geocache, the honor of being the-one-who-did-the-thing-before-everyone-else is widely coveted.GCBBA is appropriately named “Geocache–Canada’s 1st geocache”. Hidden just 56 days after Dave Ulmer hid the first-ever geocache in Oregon, this cache in Nova Scotia is among the first few geocaches hidden in the world.Coming as no surprise to anyone, this makes it an exceptionally popular destination for geocachers passing within 300-500 miles of GZ. Visitors are rewarded with a large ammo can in prime condition, capable of holding a very respectable number of trackables and swag.DarkFlare shows a little Canadian pride!What Geocachers have to say about it:“It’s always good to be first isn’t it… In the Halifax area this weekend to visit the Adventure Maze. This old one was too close not to visit. We went in a bit the hard way, but found the easy way out. Dipped a couple TB’s in for Mileage.” –mainiac1957“Yay, Canada’s oldest geocache has been on out bucket list for the longest time. We spied the geo-trail in, jumped the wet ditch and quickly arrived at the Geocache Lane sign, then up the hill to find this awesome cache. Thanks so much eastriver for keeping this unique cache going for all of us to enjoy!! Love seeing these old container. A Fav.” –Trail Mongers“I am very happy to be able to log this cache. It was one of the target caches while on our cross Canada geo-roadtrip. So far we have found the oldest caches in BC, Sask, Manitoba, Ontario and now the Oldest one in the country. Later on, on this trip, we found the oldest caches in N.B., Nfld and PEI. This cache was about 7500 km into our 18,000 km journey. Thanks for the memorable find.” –Cyclepath CacherPhotos:Community Volunteer Reviewer CacheViewer and GPS Derek make the find.GCBBA’s contents bared to the world.de hangijzers out of the Netherlands celebrates 10,000 finds.Says lpaulriddle: “My always-photogenic kids posing with GCBBA, Canada’s oldest geocache.”Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More TraditionalGCBBAby eastriver Location: Nova Scotia, CanadaN 44° 35.607 W 064° 10.838 Difficulty: 1Terrain: 1.5 SharePrint RelatedMelbourne’s 1st — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 17, 2018In “Geocache of the Week”First Berlin Cache (GC2EB4) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEKFebruary 21, 2013In “Community”Arrrrrrr you fan of Pirates? — Nashuan’s First Cache (GC1D56C) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 28, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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SaaS: Commercial Vendors Pressured by SaaS

first_imgNew results from InformationWeek echo a number of similar surveys with findings that SaaS is a serious contender against traditional commerical software.  Microsoft, Oracle and SAP are all moving to the defense.The IW survey asked 250 IT professionals questions about if and how they are using SaaS.  55% of them are in companies with revenues of more than $100 million and 33% of them have more than $1 billion in revenue — so not just SMBs.  Here are some of the responses:29% use at least one subscription-based service hosted by a vendor64% are buying or considering buying software via a subscription69% say a major reason that they chose SaaS was because of ease of deployment87% of those not using SaaS cite security as the major reason for not doing soOf those who already using at least one externally hosted service, here are some of the ways that they are using it:last_img read more

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First iPhone 4 Class Action Suit Filed

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img The first iPhone 4 class action lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and, as expected, it focuses on the phone’s reception issues. Since the record-breaking launch of Apple’s latest gadget – 1.7 million were sold during its opening weekend alone – there have been scores of complaints about the device’s antenna design. Holding the phone in a particular spot leads to signal loss and dropped calls, as many new iPhone owners soon unhappily discovered. Apple’s only suggestion to its legions of loyal customers? Either don’t hold the phone that way or buy one of its $30 rubber bumpers. Neither of these responses were good enough for Maryland residents Kevin McCaffrey and Linda Wrinn, though, the lead plaintiffs in the suit filed by Ward & Ward, PLLC and Charles A. Gilman, LLC on Wednesday.This suit is different than the one reported earlier this week. On Tuesday, we mentioned how a California law firm by the name of Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff is currently exploring the possibility of a class action suit also based on reception issues. Lawsuit Claims Negligence, Breach of Warranty, FraudThe Maryland suit, however, is the first class action suit to have actually been filed. It alleges that Apple, and in some cases, AT&T, have been negligent in selling customers a defective device. The plaintiffs are demanding compensatory damages and “other remedies” in return. Listed among the complaints are general negligence, defect in design, manufacture and assembly, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty for merchantability, breach of implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, deceptive trade practices, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation and fraud by concealment. In layman’s terms, what these claims are saying is that not only did Apple sell a defective device, it did so knowingly. What’s less clear is why AT&T is also being held responsible for these issues, unless it’s simply a matter of the cellular provider’s function as the phone’s reseller –  as the supplier, it has a responsibility to make sure it sells functional devices. Although it’s unknown at this time whether or not Apple was aware of the reception issues beforehand, there are some oddities surrounding the device’s launch that may make the company look guilty to some outsiders. For example, for the first time ever, Apple began selling iPhone cases. These rubber “bumpers” as they’re called have been specifically designed to fit the iPhone 4 and are available for $30 in the Apple Store. They’re also, coincidentally, the one proven way to solve the reception issues. Also potentially damning, is the leaked alleged memo to Apple employees, which details to AppleCare (Apple’s tech support) representatives what steps to follow when dealing with reception complaints from customers. Within its instructions are tips about how to hold the device to avoid touching the antenna and the suggestion to use a case or bumper made of rubber or plastic.Apple apologists have dismissed these issues as “no big deal,” given that a rubber case effectively solves the problem. Some commenters on the various news and blog sites reporting the news have even scoffed, “If you don’t like it, return it.” Unfortunately, AT&T charges a 10% restocking fee for returns, meaning the entire cost of purchase cannot be recouped even for those who have decided to give up on their new phone entirely. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Libya Shuts Down Internet

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Tags:#Breaking#Government#international#news#web Rensys reports that Libya has completely shut down their Internet as of midnight Saturday local time. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “Renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn… and Libya is off the Internet. One Libyan route originated by Telecom Italia directly is still BGP-reachable, but inbound traceroutes appear to die in Palermo. A minority of our peers report some surviving paths through the peering connection between Level3 and Telecom Italia, but traceroutes into those prefixes fail, suggesting that the Libyan cutoff is complete. “Qaddafi’s Libya is engaging in the strategy that Mubarak’s Egypt used to little effect, clearly hoping for a radically different outcome. On January 27, as an attempt to interfere with protester communications with each other and with the outside world, Egypt shut down its Internet connections. However, Telecomix has already provided dial-up access for Libyans. Libya has been wracked by iits #feb17 protests for several days, with 84 people killed by security forces, according to Human Rights Watch. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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SXSW: LightBox, Gorgeous New Photo App Goes Android-First

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#Product Reviews#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement At present, there are some issues with application crashes, but to be fair, the app is actively being coded now. It’s very early. I won’t judge this app’s bugginess or lack thereof until its developers say it’s ready for testing. I’m assuming the problems I’m experiencing now will be dealt with in future updates.“Android-First” is the Big News HereBut what’s most exciting about LightBox, is not just this app, it’s the company’s agenda going forward. LightBox will focus on building great Android experiences first, and iOS ones later. That’s a shift in thinking that’s well overdue, especially given Android’s market share numbers.TechCrunch recently wrote up details regarding the company’s initial round, which will help the company grow its team. Investors include Index Ventures, Accel Partners, SV Angel, 500 Startups and angel investors Beth Ellyn McClendon (formerly UX Designer/Product Manager for Google Maps, YouTube, Android, and Google.org), Brian McClendon (VP Engineering at Google), Charlie Oppenheimer (EIR at Matrix), Michael Herf (formerly CTO of Picasa), Pasha Sadri (founder and CEO of Polyvore), Shishir Mehrotra (head of Monetization at YouTube).LightBox will launch into private beta soon – a sign up sheet is here on its website if you want to participate in the upcoming tests. Related Posts sarah perez LightBox is a beautifully designed new Android application, debuting at this week’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. The app, which describes itself as a “social camera roll,” is notable not only for its attractive design, still somewhat of a rarity in the Android world, but also for its business model: LightBox is building for “Android First.” What that means is that LightBox’s founders, Thai Tran and Nilesh Patel, are building Android applications that will eventually be ported to iOS, and not the other way around.The LightBox photo app, a combination camera and photo gallery, is only the first of many the company plans to build. These apps, for the most part, will be designed to replace default Android features with professionally designed counterparts.Android Gets Pretty?Being an Android user myself for several months now after switching from iPhone, I have to admit that I haven’t completely gotten used to the far more “geeky” nature of the apps I find on the Android platform. It’s an ecosystem where functionality and feature set takes precedence over design – not that there’s anything wrong with that – but it’s a startling shift after years on the iPhone. There are exceptions to this, of course. The major application makers (Foursquare, Twitter, etc.) tend to deliver a relatively consistent experience across devices. And there are apps, like LauncherPro for example, that have an almost Apple-like feel and quality. But many of Android’s most exciting and unique apps have more to do with geeking out with your device than ogling mobile eye candy. A perfect example of this is Tasker, a complex but powerful tool that allows you to control every aspect of an Android phone. (Read more about Tasker here.)In other words, there’s a lot you can do on Android, but it isn’t always pretty. LightBox may change that. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology This screen is definitely my favorite. Everything you do here is a simple tap of a button. You can choose to include location, set sharing options and configure privacy settings. Photos are always synced to LightBox’s own servers, either publicly or privately, plus the app supports Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for now. Integration with Foursquare is in the works, as is support for other social sites like flickr, Picasa, Posterous and more.Your photos can also be viewed within the app, as can popular public photos others are sharing. The nice thing here is that the photos are continually synced with LightBox servers, so they load quickly in full resolution, even when being pulled down from the Web for display. This syncing, we’re told, is done effectively so there won’t be a hit to the device’s battery, but I haven’t used the app long enough to determine whether this is true. I haven’t noticed any negative effects so far, however. A Social Camera RollIf you’re a die-hard iPhone user, you may or may not think LightBox is anywhere near iOS-quality.  But you might be making the mistake of judging the app in terms of Apple’s design standards. Instead, this app uses Android-specific user interfaces, like tabs at the top and option menus. These are things Android users know well and expect to see, but leave some iPhone fans cold. So let’s just say this: for Android, this is a very attractive app.LightBox is easy to use, too. The built-in camera function lets you snap a pic, optionally apply colorful filters through a scrollable interface above the photo and then tap “OK” to save the photo. On the next screen, you can add a brief description of the photo, set its privacy options and share it to your social networks.last_img read more

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IT Poll: Does Your Company Use a Dedicated Idea Management Tool?

first_imgRon Shulkin, VP of the Americas at CogniStreamer, recently wrote a blog post titled “Trust me: You do NOT want to go through your company’s idea list manually.” Shulkin makes the case against using a basic electronic idea box for ideation, or shoehorning ideas into existing tools, instead of an application dedicated to managing ideas.“Without a proper mechanism for automatic idea promotion, someone is going to end up with a thousand ideas on their desk and have to filter them manually,” Shulkin writes. “They’ll have to read them all, sort through them, put them into categories, combine similar ones, somehow score them, rank them and decide which ones are the best.” The result is that the person in charge of filtering through all these ideas won’t be able to do a very good job, good ideas won’t be implemented and people will be discouraged from submitting ideas.How do you gather ideas at work? Are you using an idea management platform, dropping ideas into a box, or dealing with it all through e-mail or a forum? 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finley Tags:#enterprise#Products Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… For more on the case for idea management, check out Shulkin’s article “Is now the time for idea management?“ Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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A Web-Walk Through the Redwoods on Arbor Day

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Save the Redwoods League has partnered with Google Earth Outreach to create a virtual walk through a modeled old-growth redwood stand in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in California.To celebrate the U.S.’s 120th Arbor Day, you can take a stroll through 3D stands of ancient redwood trees. In a post on the Google Blog, Emily Limm of Save the Redwoods explains how to access the 3D walks. “Explore the park by activating the 3D trees layer in Earth (under 3D Buildings) and searching for [Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, CA]. Tilt your view angle toward the horizon to make the trees appear.”StR is also launching a new citizen scientist venture that sounds very cool. Redwood Watch launches today, powered by iNaturalist.org, a platform for recording, organizing and mapping nature observations.“By sharing a simple digital photograph of a redwood tree and the time and location where the picture was taken, you can help the League track and monitor the species. If you know of a redwood tree–perhaps in your own backyard or in a nearby park–you can use the free Redwood Watch iPhone application or your own camera to take a photo, add a comment and submit it online. iNaturalist stores your observation and, if geographical coordinates weren’t captured automatically, uses the Google Maps APIs to assign them to your photo. With your geolocated observation, we can zoom out and analyze your observation in the context of global environmental and climatic patterns.”A lovely way to celebrate our “often under-appreciated forests.” Now, if you’ll excuse me, I got some trees here in desperate need of hugging.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Location#science#user-generated content#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Understanding Indoor Air Quality (1) – Building Science Podcast

first_imgThis podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called “Building Science Fundamentals” taught by Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube, of Building Science Corporation.Last week, Dr. John discussed humidity and the damage it can do to a building. This week, Dr. Joe explains his preferred method of evaluating indoor air quality and why it works. He also points out that air contaminants are usually a symptom of the breakdown of building materials by water, heat, ultraviolet light, and ozone.__________________________________________________Practical air quality evaluationWe’re going to do the four p’s: people, pollutant, path, pressure. That’s a way of looking at indoor air quality, it’s a completely different way of looking at things from the traditional industrial hygiene community view of indoor air quality, which is based on concentration of contaminates versus dilution. That approach is completely correct, completely accurate, and totally useless. The approach that I’m going to propose is not completely accurate, not completely precise, but extremely useful. And so, as an engineer, this is going to be approximately correct, but not precisely or strictly correct. So it’s gonna get you eighty, ninety percent of the way to understanding what’s going on with very little effort; and once you’ve got the big picture sort of figured out, you can then transition into the traditional, industrial hygiene approach.How it worksOkay. What’s this based on? If you have people over here, and you have a pollutant over there, you don’t have a problem because the people and the pollutant aren’t in the same place. You need a way for the pollutant to get to the people; so you need a connection. You need a path. If you have people here, the pollutant here, and you have a path, you have a problem. Well, you don’t yet — you still need something to push the pollutant down the path to the people. You need a pressure. So you need all four things for there to be a problem: people, pollutant, path, pressure.Many different people and pollutantsThe trouble with people is that they’re people! No two people are alike, so it’s difficult to get a uniform or identical response from people to a similar exposure. Some people are more sensitive than others to the same exposure. I’m a very sensitive person and you know, even to modest exposures of things I react in strange ways. You know a very small amount of alcohol makes me do very, very, very strange things. So anyway, people don’t act the same way to the same exposure. So it’s very difficult to make recommendations on exposures, because, how do you choose which group of people, or what type of person you’re dealing with? In terms of pollutants, there are a million of them available to deal with! Which one do you pick? You would go broke if all you did was try to measure pollutants. The problem with pollutant measurement technology is that we don’t have the ability to go into a space and measure the pollutants in the space. Now I’m going to be very careful about what I’ve just said. If you go into a space, we don’t have the technology to measure the pollutants in the space. You don’t go into a space and ask: “what’s in the air in this space?” You go into a space and you ask: “is this in the space? or this in the space? Or is this in the space? You’ve got a million choices to ask about. So when somebody says: “We’ve tested the air in this space, and we didn’t find anything.” No, what they’re really saying is, “What we tested for we didn’t find within our limits of accuracy of the test procedure that we used.” That’s very, very different from saying, “There’s nothing wrong with the air.” Just means what we tested for, we didn’t find within the limits of the test.Don’t start with air testingWell how the hell do you know what to test for? Well, you shouldn’t test for things until you already understand the problem. And so, that’s why all of the people who really know about indoor air quality, like the EPA and the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, say that the last thing you should do is start off an investigation of indoor air quality by doing air testing. Because any of the money that you use on testing won’t be available to you to fix the problem. And the air testing is always going to find stuff in the air, you’re just not going to know what it means. And it gets even worse. If you find stuff in the air you have to ask yourself, is it bad or good? And more fundamentally, where did it come from? We don’t know whether it’s bad or good because very few contaminants have known dose/response relationships so we can actually set acceptable or unacceptable limits to it. So it’s very difficult to measure something in the air, and say, “This is actually bad, and it’ll be good if it drops below this concentration.” We can only do that with very few things. Usually it’s stuff that people don’t manufacture, make, or distribute. So we have really, really good standards for radon. Why? Nobody makes it. Who are you going to sue, God? Right? So let’s say you find something in the air. Where the hell does it come from? Well, that’s pretty fundamental, or pretty important.Pollutants often come from damaged materialsAnd so I’m going to say: forget about that. Most pollutants come from things that get really hot, or really wet, or exposed to ultraviolet light or ozone. We call these things damage function. When damage functions act on materials they damage them. That’s why we call them damage functions. And one of the things that results from the damage is that the stuff falls apart. And as it falls apart, or breaks down, the break down particles are often contaminants in the form of gasses and particles. So as you expose materials to damage functions, your break down products can be viewed as contaminants that are in the form of gasses and particles and the particles are very tiny, they have a very tiny aerodynamic diameter that they can get into the air, and be transported in the air as the solid form.What’s the biggest source?And so what part of your building gets the hottest, and wettest, and most exposed to ultraviolet light and ozone? It’s the roof. So what’s the typical roof? You know, a black EPDM membrane. And you’re on the top of that black EPDM membrane roof in July. And the temperature is what? One hundred and eighty degrees. So you go up on that roof, and you’re standing there, and you go (inhale) — what do you smell? The roof! The roof is emitting huge quantities of VOCs — volatile organic compounds. If you take your hand and you rub it on the top of the roof it’ll actually fall apart in your hand. If those particles get into the air we have an aerosol. So you can actually sense — feel with your own nose because your nose is actually more accurate for detecting chemicals than a gas chromatograph — and you can actually smell the roof breaking down while you’re on it. Which is why it’s always a good idea to put you’re building’s fresh air intake up on the roof. Because you then actually hoover up the VOCs and eject them right into the breathing zone of the occupied space.The pollutant is the symptom, not the problemWho are the mold folks here? There are a couple of mold folks here. What we’ve learned is that you don’t look for mold because you’re always going to find mold in the air. What you look for is the wet spot, because that’s where the mold is coming from. So you search for mold by looking for water. Alright? So you search for VOCs not by looking for VOCs; you search for VOCs by looking for something that’s hot that would be giving off the VOCs. So you look for pollutants by looking for the thing that’s hot, or wet, or exposed to ultraviolet light, or to ozone. And then ask yourself, are those things connected to the breathing zone of the occupied space by a pathway and pressure relationship? I only sample after I know what’s going on, in order to shut up people that don’t know what’s going on. So you don’t look for pollutants, you look for the hot spot, the wet spot, the spot that’s exposed to ultraviolet light and ozone and work backwards via a pollutant, pressure, and pathway relationship. So you do an indoor air quality investigation by thinking in two dimensions at the same time. On one axis is what? People, pollutant, path, pressure. On the other axis is hot, wet, UV. Now, there’s ozone in there, but the first three damage functions are in order of magnitude more significant than the fourth one. So the really, really important ones are hot, wet, UV; ozone is kind of important, but it’s not in the same league as the other one. Why even mention it? Because it’s not insignificant. In other words it’s not the big three, but it can cause you some grief. Are you with me on this?How damaging are these effects?Now, each one of these effects by itself is annoying. Two or three of them acting together is really, really bad. We view these as being exponential and synergistic. Exponential means that each affect by itself gets very, very, very bad, but nor on a linear increase, but on a really ramping increase. So we know with temperature, every ten degree rise Kelvin in a material doubles the off-gassing rate. That’s eighteen degrees Fahrenheit. So you double the badness of a material every 18 degrees. Using Joe math that’s approximately what? Twenty. So every twenty degree increase you double the off-gassing. Now, it doesn’t take very long to have a factor of four. That would be how many degrees? Forty. Cause it’s two by two, so the first twenty degrees doubles it, the second twenty degrees doubles the double. So that would be four. See you want your salary to be increasing exponentially, not linearly. Right? Ok. Now the same thing with humidity. It turns out as you double vapor pressure, you basically double off-gassing. And that’s approximately eighteen percent relative humidity. That’s purely by chance. They’re not connected, the eighteen and eighteen — it just happened serendipitously … accidentally … I can’t even frickin’ pronounce it. Alright. Now the same thing with UV light. Every ten percent increase in UV light results in the doubling of the factors. Now when any two of them are acting together, they’re not additive affects, they’re multiplicative affects, so if you really what to trash something, make it hot, make it wet, and expose it to sunlight. And then zap it with a little bit of ozone.Why should people care?It’s the same thing for humans, not just materials. It’s true. If you want to live a long time, you go to some place that it’s cold, that it’s dry, you protect yourself from UV light, you stay away from urban areas, because urban areas have what? Ozone! And you eat nuts and berries. So you’ll live a very long time but you’ll feel miserable and wish you were dead. So where is the worst place to retire? Florida! Cause you’re going to a place that has what? Hot, wet, humidity, and it’s an urban area. So you’re going to frickin’ die. Alright, let’s go to hospitals. The worst thing to do if you’re sick is to be in a humidified space. The dryer it is, the healthier it is. So why do we humidify hospitals? Cause they’re filled with explosive gasses and we don’t want them to blow up. That’s very unhealthy. Unfortunately, you get lots of mold and bacterial growth and that’s really bad, cause if you’re sick, your immune system is weak, and you’re exposed to these opportunistic pathogens. So the most dangerous place to be if you’re sick is in a humidified hospital. It’s part of the new health care system. Alright. People, pollutants, path, pressure. Cause there’s always going to be a pathway, and there’s always going to be pressures. You can never get rid of all the holes, you can just get rid of the big holes.last_img read more

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High Performance Scopes of Work

first_imgWhat are Scopes of Work?Scopes of work (SOW) are part of the legal contract between the general contractor or client and the trade contractors, detailing exactly what must be done to complete his or her work and achieve the desired result, an assembly or system that works. A program of SOW connects the work of individual trades so that the work of each produces the desired result: a home that works.I learned about this approach, the SOW program, from a great book by Lindsay Haas Davenport, The Scopes of Work Program: Procedures and Standards to Increase Quality. Davenport breaks her SOW program into four key parts:1. Terms and Conditions2. Job Requirements3. Pre- and Post-Work Inspection Reports4. Warranty AgreementThese four elements are used to lock in trade contractor performance, most importantly, creating hard links between what conditions one contractor needs to start his or her work (pre-work checklist) and the conditions that must be achieved in order for the next trade contractor to do his or her work (post-work checklist).Another cool thing about Davenport’s approach is that each of her books comes with her whole SOW program on a compact disc in a complete series of Microsoft Word documents; it was her way of saying, “I know that each builder will need to customize their own SOW program, so have at it with mine.”How are high-performance SOW different from standard SOW?Under the Building America program, team leaders such as Building Science Corporation and IBACOS saw the need for contract documents that supported the integrated, systems-thinking approach. I worked with IBACOS to take the Davenport SOW program and customize it for high performance for the following key trade contractors:1. Foundation2. Framing3. Windows4. Drainage Plane (weather-resistive barrier)5. Air Sealing and Insulation6. HVACThat essentially meant adding building science and systems-thinking to each of the four elements of Davenport’s SOW program for these trades. The new high-performance pre- and post-checklists integrate these six trade contractors’ work; whenever possible, we added performance testing for the desired result (for example, linking blower-door test results to the air sealing and insulation contractor’s final payment). As you look over the IBACOS High Performance SOW you will see construction details strikingly similar to ones within GBA; the same architect, Steve Baczek, did the details for both.A cool thing about the IBACOS High Performance Scopes of Work is that, like Davenport’s, the IBACOS Scopes are available in Word document form, so that any general contractor or client can customize them. And because the IBACOS SOW were developed under the federal government’s Building America program, they are free to download: High Performance Scopes of Work.last_img read more

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GBA Editor Holladay to Speak at Westford XIV

first_imgFolks attending the invitation-only Fourteenth Annual Westford Symposium on Building Science – otherwise known as Westford XIV or, more colloquially, “Summer Camp” – reflexively dive deep into technical discussions of high-performance residential and commercial construction, design, and equipment. Attended by manufacturers, homebuilders, architects, engineers, academics, and scientists from the Department of Energy’s system of National Laboratories and Technology Centers, Summer Camp is all about enriching industry professionals’ working knowledge of building science, forging contacts, and having some fun in the process.This is, however, an unusually small group. The Summer Camp invitation list is limited to about 350 people, and being asked to participate as a symposium presenter or facilitator puts one in extremely select and highly regarded company. That is why GreenBuildingAdvisor.com is proud to report that one of our editors, Martin Holladay, is among the presenters at the upcoming camp, scheduled for August 2 through 4 in Westford, Massachusetts. Martin’s historical overview of energy-efficient residential design and construction is titled “The History of Superinsulated Houses in North America.” (The slides from Holladay’s presentation can be viewed by clicking here.)A well-spoken advocate for green buildingIf you’re among the many GBA readers who follow his weekly Musings of an Energy Nerd blog, you know that Martin draws on more than 35 years of building-industry experience in his analyses of the environmental, technical, and financial pros and cons of everything from ceiling fans and wood stoves to insulation systems, renewable-energy systems, HVAC appliances, building code, and all the other components and variables that affect the quality and cost of residential construction. Just as important, he presents his topics carefully and writes clearly, in terms easily absorbed by both consumers and the technically savvy.In a recent newsletter sent to Summer Camp invitees, “camp counselor” Joe Lsitburek, a principal at Building Science Corporation who also is a frequent contributor to GBA’s Building Science podcast series, points out that Martin “was there at the beginnings of the Superinsulation movement. His personal observations and participation are fascinating and need to be shared.”Suffice to say, he won’t disappoint.last_img read more

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Ventilation Failures and Vocabulary Lessons

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img During the last week of September, I attended the annual conference sponsored by the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA). This year’s conference was held in Frisco, Texas.EEBA was founded in Minnesota in 1982; the original name of the organization was the Energy Efficient Building Association. Thirty-four years later, EEBA is still going strong.Like most national conferences, the Texas event was held at a modern convention center attached to a high-rise hotel. In this case, the soulless commercial space was located a short drive north of Dallas. It’s possible to spend three or four days in this type of convention center without knowing where you are. You could be in a suburb of Seattle or Miami, or almost anywhere in between. If you decide to take a walk, as I did, you have your choice of destinations: either the parking lots north of the hotel, or the parking lots south of the hotel, or one of the strip malls up and down the four-lane roads.In spite of the bleak venue — an inevitable part of any national convention, evidently — the EEBA event was well worth attending. This year’s conference had presentations on a wide variety of topics, from air sealing to building codes. Residential ventilation systems should address risks in the kitchen The conference included several presentations on mechanical ventilation, including one, “A Breath of (Measurable) Fresh Air,” given by Iain Walker from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).Walker’s ventilation advice is based on ongoing LBNL research — research that has been previously reported on GBA. Walker told the audience, “For better IAQ, ventilating your kitchen is about the most important thing you can do from a health-impact perspective. Some homeowners like old vintage gas-burning ranges, the ones with pilot… last_img read more

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