Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleFisher calls for action on street collectorsNext articlePringle makes maiden speech in Dail News Highland Twitter Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp The States standards watchdog is to investigate a Donegal County Councillor who claimed expenses for attending two different local government conferences which took place on the same weekend.A hearing into the conduct of Councillor Terence Slowey, who is the Fine Gael whip on the Council, has been set for later this month, the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) annouced last night.Cllr Slowey is facing questions after claiming expenses for travelling from Ardara to Killarney, a 878km trip, and then Ardara to Clonakilty, a 964km trip. Even though the two meetings were held on the same weekend.Mr Sloweys attendance was recorded at the Third Sector Forum Finance conference in KIllarney from October 16th to 18th as a representative for Donegal County Council.He subsequently recieved €1,270 in expenses from the Council for attending the conference.Mr Slowey was also recorded as having attended the Association of Irish Regions conference in Clonakilty on October 17 as a representative of the Border Regional Authority.The authority subsequently paid him expenses of €1,133 for that conference.However, Cllr Slowey later repaid over €1,100 — the cost of attending the Clonakilty event — when a query was raised over the expenses claim.Speaking to Highland Radio news in January last year, Cllr Slowey said that he had generally realised he had made a mistake and tried to rectify it.However, SIPO began examining the issue in June last year after official complaints were made by former Donegal county manager Michael McLoone and former county mayor Brendan Byrne, a Fianna Fail councillor.A statement issued last night said SIPO will hold a public hearing on March 14. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook By News Highland – March 9, 2011 Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North News WhatsApp Donegal County Cllr Terence Slowey to be investigated over expenses RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Bolt, who is a known lover of Dancehall, released a one-minute snippet on his Instagram, announcing his new dancehall rhythm which will be available on July 5. The Olympian named after his own signature sweet champagne cuvee, ‘Usain Bolt Olympe Rose’.According to a press release, the rhythm is a tribute to Bolt’s entry into the world’s luxury alcohol space in collaboration with French alcohol beverage company Pernod Ricard, under its GH Mumm Brand. Bolt was appointed ‘Chief Entertainment Officer’ of GH Mumm in 2016 before collaborating with the alcohol beverage maker to create a cuvee that reflects his own liquor preference.The rhythm will feature five tracks from popular dancehall artists Dexta Daps, Munga Honorable, Ding Dong and close friend of Bolt, Chris Martin. Retired Jamaican Footballer, Richardo “Bibi” Gardener is also featured on the rhythm.It’s no surprise that Usain has dabbled in yet again, another industry. After retiring in 2017, the 32-year-old tried his feet at professional football, joining the Australian soccer club Central Coast Mariners in August 2018. He left the team in January 2019.His other ventures include two Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records Restaurants in Jamaica, with a third that recently opened in the UK. Bolt Mobility, a brand of personal electric scooter was also launched in March of this year. Additionally, he has invested in in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, with a major BPO center currently under construction in Kingston, Jamaica. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Usain Bolt is proving that he is still, in fact, the King of Tracks, as he sets his sights on yet another business venture- this time in the music industry. read more
Source: ESPN The Premier League has received the go-ahead from the United Kingdom government to resume behind closed doors from June 1, it was announced Monday.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a road map on Sunday evening to ease lockdown restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, and a full report has since been released.The 50-page document includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact,” but this cannot happen before June 1.Titled “Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy,” the document says lockdown measures will only be eased once certain measures have been met.In any case, no spectators will be allowed at matches should the Premier League return, with the league’s 20 clubs set for a vote on how to resume the season in the next few days, including the use of neutral venues to host matches.England’s top division has been suspended since March 13 and there is, as yet, no consensus surrounding how, or if, the 2019-20 season will start. There are still 92 Premier League fixtures to be played, with clubs now back in training at training grounds, albeit while observing the government’s social distancing guidelines.Fans in football stadiums “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections,” the report states.“Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to reopen safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part.”Clubs are split about the prospect of the Premier League returning, with a majority of 14 votes from the division’s 20 teams required to pass any decision. The Premier League were not immediately available for comment following the publication of the government’s report.England’s top division and other leagues around Europe have until May 25 to outline to UEFA their detailed plans to start football matches again. The Bundesliga will become Europe’s first major football league to resume during the coronavirus pandemic when it starts again this weekend. read more
The news media got a load of Joseph Jacobson’s toy robots that could make copies of themselves. Ker Than on LiveScience, for instance, called these “biological” robots:Inspired by biological systems, scientists have developed miniature robots that can self-assemble using parts that float randomly in their environments. The robots also know when something is amiss and can correct their own mistakes. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)(See also MSNBC News). Calling these things “robots” requires a little stretch of imagination. They don’t walk or clean the carpet. They only have two parts. The parts line up in sequences five parts long. If extra parts are floating around, new copies of the 5-element sequence will form automatically because of the way they are designed to fit together. Jacobson (MIT) made the parts latch onto each other in specific ways. The work was inspired by DNA, according to Stefan Lovgren in National Geographic, who said the goal was to illustrate the fundamental aspects of biological replication. Self-assembly had been demonstrated before:But the new robots mark the first time a mechanical system has been created that can self-replicate from random parts using the same principles as biological systems, which assemble structures from disordered building blocks using error correction. “We identified two ingredients about the biological process,” Jacobson said. “One is that it can make these copies from random parts that are distributed throughout the environment, and second is that it can do so with very high fidelity [accuracy].” Jacobsen also said, “The analogy really is that of biology. Biology is exquisitely good at building highly complex, well-ordered structures from disordered parts.” The paper was published in Nature.1 Does this new work bear at all on the question of the origin of this high-fidelity self-replication? None of the articles speculated about it explicitly, but the paper did state that attempts by robotics experts “have yet to acquire the sophistication of biological systems.” The authors also noted that without error correction, the yield for replicating an n-bit string becomes exponentially small, the longer the string.21Griffith, Goldwater and Jacobson, “Robotics: Self-replication from random parts,” Nature 437, 636 (29 September 2005) | doi: 10.1038/437636a.2(1 – e)n, where e is the error per input. For a string of length 5 with two parts, as in this experiment, the yield would be just 3% if e=0.5. For a string of length 10, the yield drops to .09%. For a string of length 100, the size of a small protein, the yield is 8 x 10-29, and that is assuming only two kinds of parts. Since proteins are made up of 20 different kinds of amino acids, the error is correspondingly higher, and the yield much, much lower.One wonders of anti-ID apostle Ker Than lept onto this story during the week of the Dover trial to show that the problem of the origin of life may not be that bad. He could show pictures of “self-replicating robots,” just like DNA. The devil is in the details. This experiment supports ID and defeats chemical evolution theory in many important ways. (1) It illustrates the extreme differences in complexity between Jacobson’s simple 2-part, 5-length strings of nonsense and the luxuriously ordered forms of DNA and proteins. (2) It shows that intelligent guidance is required to make the parts fit together according to rules. (3) It overlooks the problem of left- and right-handed forms. (4) It requires a suitable environment for the parts to come together (here, a frictionless surface with ample spare parts). (5) The error correction derives from the parts themselves. In the cell, DNA errors are corrected by multiple proofreading machines. (5) It makes the yield for lengthier strings of more parts appear hopeless. (6) It demonstrates that no language convention arises by the attractive forces of components. Jacobson got strings of GGYYG and YGGYY. What does that spell? What function or meaning does it convey? Nothing. In living cells, the DNA is a code that specifies parts that have function. These codes are translated by machines into another code. Multiple machines and pathways exist to maintain and correct the DNA language. Any resemblance, therefore, of these so-called “error-correcting robots” to DNA is as superficial as bits (0 and 1) are to an encyclopedia. Don’t allow such things to be used as propaganda for evolution when they are really strong arguments for intelligent design. According to Dembski’s no free lunch principle, any semblance of complex information achieved by this “evolutionary” algorithm was only made possible by the insertion of intelligent design on the front end. Naturalism can permit no such luxury.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
24 May 2013South African scientists, with government backing, are working on a project to recycle disused telecommunications dishes spread out over a number of African countries in order to create an African network of radio telescopes.In June last year, the board of the African Renaissance Fund, which is located in South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, approved R120-million in funding for the initial work to construct a network of radio telescopes in Africa’s nine Square Kilometre Array (SKA) partner countries.The Department of Science and Technology has been working with its counterparts in South Africa’s eight SKA partner countries – Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia – since 2009 on ways to fund an African-owned network of radio telescopes.The African VLBI Network project, which is being driven by SKA South Africa and the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) near Johannesburg, aims both to fill a major gap in the global VLBI network and, by boosting engineering and science skills development across the continent, to pave the way for the arrival of the SKA.Simulating a telescope thousands of kilometres wideVery long baseline interferometry (VLBI) is an astronomical technique that uses widely separated radio telescopes in unison to simulate a single telescope hundreds or thousands of kilometres in diameter, producing the clearest, highest resolution images of some of the most distant objects in the universe.The greater the distance between the telescopes, the greater the resolution of the images produced in this way. Africa’s large north-south geographical spread would therefore make for a powerful VLBI network.The costs of setting up such a network, however, seemed prohibitive – until HartRAO’s Mike Gaylard came up with the idea of converting satellite dishes, rendered obsolete by the arrival of fibreoptic telecommunications cables, into radio astronomy antennae.According to SKA South Africa, there are at least 26 satellite ground segment dishes, possibly more, spread out over Africa which could become a part of the new VLBI network.Where countries do not have existing antennae suitable for conversion, converted dishes from other parts of Africa could be “transplanted”. In some cases, new dishes will be built.The 26-metre radio telescope at HartRAO in South Africa is currently the only VLBI-capable instrument currently operational in Africa. However, work has begun on converting a 32-metre satellite communications antenna at Kuntunse in Ghana, which was donated to the country’s science ministry by telecoms company Vodafone Ghana.If this succeeds, it will provide a model for similar dish conversions in other SKA partner countries.A new generation of African astronomersIn the meantime, a training programme is being developed in South Africa to equip members from each of the partner countries with the requisite technical and scientific skills.The idea is to have a new generation of African radio astronomers in place when the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is completed in the mid-2020s.“We want to make very sure that Africa delivers the best possible instrument, and that African engineers and scientists can maintain and support it,” SKA South Africa’s Anita Loots told scientific journal Nature in August.Tom Muxlow, of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics near Manchester in the UK, was quoted in the same Nature article as saying that the African VLBI Network also stood to benefit global VLBI science, significantly enhancing the work carried out by VLBI networks in the US and Europe.“The addition of a dedicated array of African antennas observing the equatorial sky, by itself or in combination with global arrays, has the potential for a truly transformational step in imaging quality,” Muxlow said.SAinfo reporter read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Equipment announces its intent to acquire the Wyandot County AGCO dealer, Schmidt Machine Company, Ag division, on the target date of Dec. 17, 2018. The acquisition of Schmidt Machine Company’s equipment business will strengthen Ohio Ag Equipment’s ability to service the ag industry by providing customers in central Ohio with an exceptional line of equipment and product support.“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with one of the longest standing Massey dealers in North America, Schmidt Machine Company,” said Mike Mampieri, General Manager for Ohio Ag Equipment. “They are a talented team, dedicated to providing exceptional customer support. This acquisition strengthens our commitment to be the preferred equipment supplier in Ohio.”With an anticipated successful closing on Dec. 17, 2018, all equipment sales, parts sales and service will then be conducted out of Ohio Ag Equipment’s Upper Sandusky, Ohio location (1820 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky, OH 43351).“Our customers and their needs are important to us. As we transition out of the agricultural equipment business, we are thankful to be working with Ohio Ag Equipment. Their dedication to superior customer service will only benefit the generations of customers we’ve come to know,” said Joshua Schmidt, GM of Schmidt Machine Company. “As we now focus on our machining and fabricating company and continue on with our 90 year history, we are confident the legacy our family established over four generations ago will be respected and strengthened.”Ohio Ag Equipment will continue to sell and support Challenger, RoGator, TerraGator, Fendt, Sunflower, White Planters, MacDon, Geringhoff, Unverferth, CLAAS LEXION, and Cat Compact Construction Equipment. With the acquisition of Schmidt Machine Company’s equipment business, Massey Ferguson, Gleaner, and Woods will also be sold and serviced out of this location. read more
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The NFL has suspended New York Giants‘ Will Hill for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. This is the safety’s second drug suspension in two just years.Last year, Hill fought to make the Giants team after going undrafted, yet only played 12 games. Halfway through the season, he tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Adderall and was suspended four games for the violation.Hill will sit out the first four games of the Giants’ season, however, he can still participate in training camp and all preseason games. He will be eligible to return Monday, Sept. 30.Hill commented on his suspension last year saying, “I accept full responsibility for this situation, and it won’t happen again.”Really?