Carthy says CETA concerns must be addressed

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Carthy says CETA concerns must be addressed Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By admin – October 27, 2016 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article11 second level schools in Donegal shut today due to ASTI strikeNext articleGleann Cholm Cille Parish Council seeks clarity on sewerage scheme admin Google+ Twitter The alleged flaws in the EU-Canada free trade deal should be dealt with according to Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy.The Midlands North-West MEP has welcomed the postponement of the official signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement known as CETA, echoing a statement earlier this week from Independent MEP Marian Harkin.The Canadian Prime Minister was to have signed the deal in Brussels today. However, those plans were scuppered after the Belgian regional parliament of Wallonia recently rejected the deal.Matt Carthy says the reasons behind the Belgian rejection need to be addressed………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Venus: 80% of Its History Is Missing

first_img(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In spite of being called Earth’s twin, Venus is vastly different.  Scientists are struggling to fit its young surface to 4.5 billion years.A land of global lava flows and volcanoes but few craters (for its assumed age), Venus has defied explanation for decades.  Ideas about its origin and geological evolution have been overturned several times since the first spacecraft visited it in the 1970s.  The Magellan mapping mission (19xx-19xx) did the most to startle scientists who expected to find its geology similar to Earth’s.An open-access article in Geology by James Head tells the story of shifting paradigms about Venus.  In a section called “The Conundrum of Venus,” he includes the single exclamation point of the article:Many features on Venus (folded mountain belts, rift zones, tesserae) were like Earth, but there were few signs of Earth-like plate tectonics, so that Venus seemed to have a single lithospheric plate that was losing heat conductively and advectively. But the cratering record presented a conundrum. First, the average age of the surface was <20% of the total age of the planet, and second, the average was not a combination of very old and very young surfaces, such as Earth’s continents and ocean basins. Third, the lack of variability in crater density, and of a spectrum of crater degradation, meant that all geological units might be about the same age. This implied that the observed surface of Venus must have been produced in the past hundreds of millions of years, possibly catastrophically, with very little volcanic or tectonic resurfacing since then! Suddenly, Venus was not like Earth, nor like the Moon, Mars, or Mercury.Emphasizing the conundrum, he spoke again of “the missing ∼80% of Venus history.”  That figure may be his own estimate; in The New Solar System, 4th ed. (1998), p.110, R. Stephen Saunders stated that volcanic resurfacing “seems to have run rampant over a short period of time, obscuring all traces of what had occurred during the first 90 percent or so of the planet’s history.”  Whether 80% or 90%, this speaks of a long unknown history, a short period of violent volcanism, then quiet for the remaining few hundred million years or so, assuming conventional dating.James Head describes the theorizing that has been ongoing since Magellan’s surprising results – a work in progress still.  Better mapping has allowed solar system geologists to correlate some features into global regimes.  The realization of an entire globe undergoing simultaneous catastrophic upheaval is leading some to ask whether such violent changes are possible on Earth.  Many questions, however, still remain that will require a “renaissance in Venus science.”The Renaissance was a “rebirth” of classical ideals, looking back at Greece and Rome as models for how to build a civilization.  It was needed, Petrarch and other Renaissance humanists argued, because of centuries of medieval malaise that was making little progress in the arts, sciences and civics.  Similarly, decades of Darwinism and Lyellism have led to intellectual laziness that struggles with contradictions between its assumptions and the observations.  It will require a scientific renaissance greater than James Head calls for – a return to “classical” geology based on theism (in particular, Genesis) to take geology out of its dark ages and put it back in the framework that makes sense of the evidence.James Head has just described planetary scientists wrestling with ideas outside their expectations: rapid, global catastrophism.  Similar contradictions of secular predictions with observations apply to Mercury, Enceladus, Europa, Miranda, Earth, Vesta, comets, asteroids, and much more.  The number of worlds in our solar system that have matched expectations is a minority of worlds spacecraft have visited.  As for global catastrophism, have they never considered Noah’s flood, involving the world’s rift systems forming in a matter of weeks or months in the Biblical timeframe?  Lyellism has already been falsified.  Sometimes progress requires backtracking from a wrong turn, having the humility to realize that wisdom can be discovered before the poorly-named Enlightenment.last_img read more

Banyana draw with New Zealand

first_img4 March 2013South Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, turned in a strong performance to draw 2-2 with New Zealand in a friendly match at the Larnaca Sports Ground in Cyprus on Saturday ahead of the 2013 Cyprus Women’s Cup.The 12-Nation Cyprus Women’s Cup takes place from 6 to 13 March.The South African team had fight back from an early goal down against the Black Caps ladies. They equalised through winger Mary Ntsweng before the impressive Jermaine Seoposenwe netted a second Banyana goal off a rebound after the New Zealand goalkeeper had saved a fierce shot by Janine van Wyk.Banyana, ranked 56th by Fifa, were heading for a win over the 21st ranked New Zealanders, but the Kiwis found an equaliser towards the end of the match through an own goal, off the hip of Banyana Banyana defender Nothando Vilakazi, to make the final score 2-2.‘Very rusty early on’Commenting after the game, Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza said: “We looked shaky and very rusty early on, which was understandable as we haven’t played competitively in nearly three months, but I was glad to see the girls gain confidence and play to instructions as the match progressed and then go on to hold this good New Zealand side.“Having arrived in Cyprus last Tuesday, we’ve quickly managed to familiarise ourselves with the usually chilly conditions we face in the mornings and evenings, while the tactical training we have implemented on the girls seems to be progressing nicely thus far.“We are grateful to Safa and Sasol for providing us with the opportunity of performing at this level again this year,” he added.LeadershipThere has been a change in the leadership of the team, with midfield star Amanda Dlamini choosing to step down as captain. She has been replaced by Janine van Wyk, the most experience player in the side, in the interim, until a new captain has been decided upon by the side’s technical team.Dlamini, who is a student at the University of Johannesburg and in her third year of study in Transport Management, said she needed to fully commit to her studies in a crucial academic year of study while also concentrate on improving her game without the huge responsibilities that come with leading Banyana Banyana.“It has truly been an amazing journey leading the team for the past three years and my position as captain has opened a lot of doors for me while on the field of play,” she said in a statement.“I led Banyana Banyana during one of our most successful eras, which saw us make history and qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.‘Support and guidance’“I wish the next captain all the best in leading such an amazing bunch of talented and committed girls. As a senior member of the team I will continue to give my support and guidance where it is needed.”Dlamini, who was captain of Banyana from 2010 through 2013, has made 60 appearances for the national team and scored 19 goals.Coach Mkhonza said: “When we first heard the news from Amanda we were all quite shocked and disappointed, but we fully accept her decision and have supported her during this time.“She has made a name for herself during the time she led the team. She showed good leadership qualities and saw the team through many successes, which include participating in the Olympics and playing in the final of the African Women’s Championship in Equatorial Guinea last year.”The Cyprus Cup kicks off on Wednesday, 6 March. South Africa’s group also includes South Korea, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Who Uses Social Networks and What Are They Like? (Part 2)

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez Read Part 1 of this post here. In a recent study by Anderson Analytics, the demographics and psychographics of social networking users on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn were revealed. The ultimate goal was to provide marketers with information about users’ interests and buying habits as related to their network of choice. The end result is a detailed look at the profiles and habits of social networking users on the web today. Here we’ll delve into the details about the specific networks studied. Facebook As we’ve heard before, Facebookers are older and better off. They are more likely to be married (40%), white (80%) and retired (6%) than users of the other social networks. They have the second-highest average income ($61,000) and an average of 121 connections.In general, there is no one area of interest for this group of social networkers. Out of 45 categories, national news, sports, exercise, travel, and home and garden skewed only slightly higher than the rest. This is likely because this network has the most users and contains a high number of users within each demographic. Facebookers are also extremely loyal: 75% say Facebook is their favorite site and 59% say they’ve increased their use in the past 6 months. MySpace MySpace users are young and there are less of them on the site than there were in the past. Even those participants who reported using MySpace said they had used the site less in the past six months. The users of this network are more interested in having fun, specifically in the areas of entertaining friends, humor and comedy, and video games. They’re less into exercise than any other network. Oddly enough, despite the youth-skewed demographics, they seek out parenting info more than users of any other network. The average income of the MySpace user is the lowest ($44,000). They’re more likely to be black (9%) or Hispanic (7%) and single (60%) and students (23%). Twitter Twitter users are more likely to be employed part-time (16% vs. 11% average) and have an average income of $58,000. The average Twitter user has 28 followers and follows 32 others.The Twitter group is especially interested in news, restaurants, sports, politics, personal finance, and religion. They’re also really into pop culture with music, movies, TV and reading ranking higher than average. Their buying habits reflect those interests, with this group being more likely to buy books, movies, shoes, and cosmetics. However, this group is not that loyal to the network: 43% said they could live without Twitter.LinkedIn It should come as no surprise that a network of business users is the one that has the highest average income ($89,000). Also not surprising is that LinkedIn users joined the network for business or work purposes, specifically for keeping in touch with business networks, job searching, business development, and recruiting.They tend to like news, employment information, sports, and politics. They’re also more likely to be into the gym, spas, yoga, golf and tennis. Interestingly enough – and perhaps because they can afford to do so – LinkedIn users own more electronic gadgets than users of any of the other social networkers. In particular, they enjoy digital cameras, high-definition TVs, DVRs and Blu-ray players.However, when these guys unwind, they have some interesting interests: gambling and soap operas. 12% seek gambling information online (vs. an average of 7%), while 10% go online for soap-opera content (vs. an average of 5%).This group is more likely to be male – it’s ratio of male to female users is 57% to 43%.ConclusionThe findings of this study have confirmed in some cases what we already knew about the different demographics of these networks. However, they’re still helpful since the more sources that confirm the same demographics, the more likely they are to be accurate. In addition, by surveying social networkers’ interests, the study reveals some interesting insights into the various groups, like how one group is more pop-culture focused and another spends more time at the gym. That info is invaluable to marketers looking to best capitalize on their social network ad spending.Anderson Analytics will be releasing the full report next week. If you’re interested, you can check their site for more details. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#social networks#Social Web#Trends#twitter#web Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Video Examples of ALL FCPX Transitions, Filters & Generators

first_imgLooking for the perfect Final Cut Pro X transition, filter or generator?  Check out these videos that demonstrate every FCPX effect.Apple has upped the ante on the number of effects they have included in Final Cut Pro X.  Although this is great for providing more options in your video editing, it can be daunting to go through and test out each of them, especially for a new FCPX editor.  Vimeo user Yordi Capó has taking the guesswork out of these effects by documenting each in action in the series of videos below.This is a great review for anyone planning to do a significant amount of editing in FCPX.  It’ll give you an idea of the effects you may want to use in your projects (some of the color effects are pretty handy) as well as those you’ll likely want to avoid (some are just too specialized or just too cheesy, sorry Apple!)Note: these are the effects included with FCPX, not 3rd party plugins.**Thanks to the excellent Final Cut Pro X user site for tipping us off to these cool demo videos**All Final Cut Pro X Transitions in under 8 minutes from Yordi CapóAll Final Cut Pro X Effects in under 9 minutes from Yordi CapóAll Final Cut Pro X Generators in 3 minutes from Yordi Capólast_img read more

Loblaw eyes recreational marijuana market in Newfoundland and Labrador

first_imgTORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is looking to sell recreational marijuana in Newfoundland and Labrador, as the provincial body handling pot sales has included the company on its list of potential licensed cannabis retailers.Cannabis NL, a division of the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corp., on Monday released its list of qualified retailer applicants which have been selected for the next phase of the application process.Loblaw’s applications for 10 potential locations were among the 24 selected by Cannabis NL. Other applicants on the list included licensed medical marijuana producer Canopy Growth, regional health store chain the Healthy Vibe, and Tobin’s Convenience.Lobaw’s presence in Newfoundland and Labrador includes grocery stores under the Dominion banner and Shoppers Drug Mart locations.Company spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said the retailer does not plan to sell recreational cannabis on its grocery store shelves in the province.“It would be available behind the counter, in small, existing tobacco shops, adjacent but separate to our Dominion grocery stores,” Thomas wrote in an emailed statement.Cannabis NL said the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corp. will be in touch with applicants in the coming days to determine the next steps in the process.Loblaw first applied for a license to dispense medical marijuana in 2016. Shoppers Drug Mart has lined up supply deals with several licensed medical marijuana producers including Aurora Cannabis and Aphria, which are subject to Health Canada’s approval of its application.Loblaw has said medical marijuana is their focus, but their CEO has also said that the retailer is open to being involved with recreational marijuana.Thomas said Monday that while Loblaw has been named among the qualified applicants to sell recreational pot, “there are more steps to come and it’s premature to discuss details or outcomes.”“This has nothing to do with Shoppers Drug Mart or our application to distribute medical cannabis, which remains our focus,” she said.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:WEED)last_img read more

Peace Region mayors meet in Ottawa to discuss LNG with Feds

first_imgOTTAWA, ON – The Peace Region was well represented in Ottawa last week by five local mayors.The Mayors of Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge had scheduled meetings last week in Ottawa to discuss the importance and value of an LNG export industry in each community. The five local majors were also joined by the mayors of Kitimat and Terrace.Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead said the meetings went extremely well. The Mayors meet with a variety of officials including the Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The Mayors focused on driving home the message of how vital the LNG export industry is to the northern communities, BC and Canada as a whole. It is estimated that the proposed LNG Canada facility in Kitimat will produce seven billion annually in GDP. As well, the project would create and sustain sixty-five thousand jobs per year and would provide six billion in taxes to the federal government annually.As well, the Mayors lobbied to have to the tariff regarding fabricated industrial steel components by-passed for the construction of the LNG project. The tariff was created to reduce an influx of cheap fabricated steel produces created by the Asian Market and protect the Canadian producers. Ultimately, a mass amount of large fabricated industrial steel components must be purchased and installed to make the LNG modules. Without the relief of the tariff, the cost of the project will increase by upwards of five hundred million dollars. Bumstead said he was hopeful leaving the meetings. “All of the meetings went very well and we faced support from all members of the government. They all realised how important LNG Canada’s investment actually is and what positive things it could do for the communities it affects and the country as a whole.”A final investment decision is expected in the fall by the four partners of LNG Canada; Shell, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Kogas.last_img read more

String of school shooting threats cause Fort Nelson School District to bolster

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The latest of a trio of school shooting threats against students in Fort Nelson this year has caused officials with School District #81 to bolster security measures at area schools – measures that will be making a sizeable dent in the school district’s budget.Back in February, the School District sent a letter sent home to parents saying that it had received reports of graffiti that contained an alleged threat that a shooting would occur at the school on February 6th. Last month, another threat of a school shooting was found to have been graffitied on the side of R.L. Angus School, which said a shooting would occur there on May 7th and 8th. The School District said it responded to both occurrences by calling the RCMP, who maintained an increased presence at the schools in the days following both instances.This past Wednesday, the School District sent home another letter to parents from Superintendent Diana Samchuk, which says that graffiti was found at Fort Nelson Secondary threatening that a school shooting would take place on June 20th – the final day of classes for the school year. Samchuk said that the RCMP are currently investigating the graffiti, while Safer Schools Together – the company that delivers the provincial violence Threat Assessment – has also been contacted. She said that the District has also locked all of the school’s doors, meaning everyone will have to use the front door until the end of the year, while police will also be increasing patrols of the area.The District sent home another letter to parents outlining alternative arrangements it has made for students writing their final exams on June 20th.Samchuk added that over the summer, the District will be upgrading security at all of its schools by adding more security cameras, installing windows into all classroom doors, and updating door locks. She said that the cost of those extra security measures will cost the District approximately $25,000.last_img read more

People wonder why Modi insults elders Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Hours after BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi announced he had been denied ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that people were wondering why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “insulting elders”. In a series of tweets, Kejriwal said insulting elders was not part of Hindu or Indian culture. “The way Modi insulted his elders — (L.K.) Advani and Murli Manohar (Joshi), this is against Hindu culture. In Hinduism, we have been taught to respect our elders,” the Delhi Chief Minister said. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said that those who built the “house” — a reference to BJP — had been thrown out and questioned the loyalty of those “who are not loyal to their elders”. “Is this Indian culture? People are discussing why Modi is insulting Advani, Joshi and Sushma (Swaraj)?” Joshi, elected in 2014 from Kanpur, has announced that the Bharatiya Janata Party had told him not to contest the Lok Sabha election. The BJP has also denied ticket to Advani and replaced him with party President Amit Shah from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat.last_img read more

Tottenham reveals new stadium will be ready in 2019

first_imgIn a statement released on Friday evening, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy apologized to Spurs fans who he had earlier promised that the club’s 62000 capacity stadium will be ready from September, adding that the stadium will now be ready in the year 2019.Daniel Levy said as quoted by Sky Sports:“In light of the above, and taking into account the restricted availability of manpower over the festive period, we have taken the decision to confirm today that all home games will be played at Wembley Stadium up to and including the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 December.“We know the continued delay is a source of immense disappointment to everyone and I can only continue to apologise for this – it is a sentiment felt by all of us.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“There isn’t an hour that goes by when I am not asked when we will be able to stage our first game at our new home. I wish I was able to confirm an exact opening date and fixture.”“However, in light of factors completely outside of our control, contractors missing deadlines and possible future unforeseen issues, we are naturally being cautious in respect of our timetable for our test events and official opening game.“Whilst we are conscious of the need to keep pressure on our contractors to deliver as soon as possible, we are also acutely aware of how difficult the lack of clarity is for you, our supporters, to plan around games, particularly those at Christmas and New Year.last_img read more