New areas of partnership being explored with Caribbean Airlines

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Monday met with Caribbean Airlines’ new Chief Executive Officer, Tyrone Tang and its South America Manager Carl Stuart to explore the possibilities of greater partnership.The meeting was held at the Office of the First Lady in State House.First Lady Sandra Granger is flanked by Caribbean Airlines’ Guyana and Suriname Sales Representative Dion Inniss, Chief Executive Officer Tyrone Tang, and South America Manager Carl StuartIn an invited comment, the First Lady said Caribbean Airlines requested a meeting to introduce her to Tang, who is currently in Guyana. “We discussed the Kind Soles Project, which Caribbean Airlines has supported from the inception and has committed to continuing to support,” Mrs Granger said.Caribbean Airlines brings the shoes that are donated to the Shoes that Grow/Kind Soles Project to Guyana from New York free of cost. “I am very grateful for that kind of assistance…It’s a great example of Caribbean Airlines’ commitment as a corporate sponsor and donor,” she said.In an invited comment, Tang said he met with the First Lady to assure her of his company’s continued support of the Kind Soles Project.“We were also inquiring what other charities and [the First Lady spoke about] a number of charities with us that she is working on and we have said that we will look and see how we can assist further on other charities,” Tang said.The shoes donated are distributed to children in Guyana’s hinterland regions under President David Granger’s Boats, Buses, Bicycles plus Breakfast and Books (Five Bs) programme.last_img read more

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Truck fire near the EnCana Events Centre

first_imgWatch for emergency crews who are on the scene of a truck fire on Highway 2 near the EnCana Events Centre.  At this time we don’t have any more information about the accident.  When we get more details we will post them.If you have any photos or more information email news@mile0city.ca- Advertisement –last_img

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JOBS BOOST AS 175 NEW POSITIONS ANNOUNCED

first_imgTHERE is a massive jobs boost for the region tonight after healthcare company Abbott said will invest €85m into expanding its Sligo pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, which will create about 175 highly skilled jobs and 150 temporary construction jobs in the process.A number of current employees of the company are from Co Donegal and commute to the facility each day.The extra space for manufacturing operations to support Abbott’s future pharmaceutical pipeline in therapeutic areas of virology, oncology and nephrology. It will provide additional capacity in Abbot’s global pharmaceutical manufacturing network. The expansion of the facility will be completed in 2014 and the investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.The new jobs will include skilled roles in engineering, quality, pharmaceutical science and other science-based areas. The majority of jobs will be added during construction and the remainder will be recruited after the expansion is complete.In addition to these 175 jobs, another 150 temporary jobs will be created in construction. “Abbott has had a presence in Ireland for more than 65 years and began manufacturing in the country in 1974,” said Dr Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, president of Global Pharmaceutical Operations at Abbott.“Sligo is an important part of Abbott’s pharmaceutical manufacturing network and we are pleased to expand it to support future production needs. The success of our Sligo facility is due to the dedication of its staff and management.“This state-of-the-art expansion will enable us to produce innovative therapies that we expect will represent significant advances in the treatment of cancer, chronic kidney disease and viral infections,” said Saleki-Gerhardt.Barry O’Leary, CEO of Ireland, welcomed the announcement, saying that Abbott Ireland is of “key importance” to Ireland’s life sciences sector, which contributes substantially to Ireland’s export economy. “(Abbott) is part of a strong cluster of life-sciences companies in the northwest region, which is hugely important to the local economy,” said O’Leary.‘’Abbott, with 13 manufacturing, commercial and shared services sites across the country, continues to go from strength to strength and employs nearly 4,000 people. I wish Abbott Ireland every success with this new venture and offer the continued support of IDA Ireland as the company further develops its Irish operations,” he said.JOBS BOOST AS 175 NEW POSITIONS ANNOUNCED was last modified: February 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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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Gladsstone 23, Sierra Vista 22

first_imgBALDWIN PARK — Phillip Nemcek came out of nowhere to prevent a two-point conversion and give the Gladstone High School football team (7-1, 4-0) a Montview League victory over Sierra Vista on Friday night. The Dons (3-4, 2-1) trailed 23-16 with 7:55 left in the fourth quarter when they began their comeback at their own 26-yard line. Sierra Vista quarterback Miguel Parra engineered a 12-play, 74-yard scoring drive that saw him convert a fourth-and-inches at midfield and later hit wide receiver Elias Flores with a 25-yard pass deep into Gladiators territory. After three consecutive incompletions from the Gladstone 12, Parra called his own number, scrambled to his left and was flipped into the end zone to make it 23-22. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week With momentum on their side, the Dons refused to go for the tie and instead went for the win. Parra again called his own number and scrambled to his left with what seemed to be an open path. But that was when Nemcek ran through the Sierra Vista blockers with a sudden burst and made a game-saving tackle to preserve the win. The teams were tied 10-10 at halftime, but the Gladiators took the lead when quarterback Omar Lopez hit Richard Gurrola with a 30-yard touchdown pass when Gurrola outjumped his defender for the score. But a bad snap resulted in a missed extra point and the Gladiators led, 16-10. Parra tied the score 16-16 late in the third quarter when he scored from the 1. An illegal-procedure call against Sierra Vista on the extra point pushed the ball back five yards and the PAT failed. Guillermo Tovar center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Smithsonian Reversal Over ID Noticed by Big Science

first_imgBoth Nature1 and Science2 noticed the Smithsonian’s flip-flop over co-sponsoring The Privileged Planet at their Natural History Museum this month (see 06/01/2005 entry).  Both noted the quandary that the Smithsonian found itself in.  They could not back out because of a contract, but under pressure from evolutionists, did not want to appear to endorse intelligent design.  This led them to return the $16,000 fee so that they would not appear to be cooperating with the Discovery Institute, and to remove their co-sponsorship while allowing the event to go forward.    Nature noted that email from “researchers and the public” prompted the backtracking, titling its news item, “Evolution row makes museum ditch donation” (even though the film is not about evolution).  Science said the Smithsonian’s compromise, permitting the film to be shown privately but without their co-sponsorship or taking a fee, allowed the Institution to avoid the appearance of endorsing the film on the one hand, while on the other avoiding giving the “Discovery Institute yet another martyrdom story.”    Both articles agreed that Discovery Institute had done nothing wrong in scheduling the film.  It was a routine procedure they followed.  Science said that museum spokesperson gave the film a clean review, even though museum policies “preclude events with a religious, political, or commercial message.”  A second review, after the hubbub, also concluded that “the film fell within the museum’s guidelines for such events.”  Their basis for claiming the film violated their scientific research policy was explained by anthropologist Richard Potts, chair of the museum’s human origins program:But it was very clear that the film was trying to situate science within the wider realm of belief.  The idea that human beings have been placed on Earth to discover the principles of the universe is not a position that stems from science; it is a metaphysical and religiously based conclusion.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The Smithsonian frequently accepts donations for use of their auditorium.  After the complaints by evolutionists, however, the Smithsonian is reviewing its policies to avoid confusion in the future.Update 06/24/2005: The event apparently went off smoothly without acrimony or dissent; here is an eyewitness report from Salvador Cordova.1Geoff Brumfiel, “Evolutionist row makes museum ditch donation,” Nature 435, 725 (9 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435725a.2Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Smithsonian Gives Grudging OK to Film Backing ID Argument,” Science, Vol 308, Issue 5728, 1526, 10 June 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5728.1526a].This was clearly an episode about power politics, not science.  Notice how the film passed two reviews that agreed there was no problem with the science; the museum backpedaled only because of the noise from barking Darwin bulldogs, most of whom have probably not even seen the film.  And what a weak excuse; it’s not that the film said anything outrageous, but rather that the Darwinistas don’t want to grant any credibility to the source.  That’s the genetic fallacy – can any good thing come out of Nazareth?  Well, come and see.    Potts’ pot shot about the film putting the evidence into a metaphysical/religious context is absurd.  As an anthropologist studying evolutionary human origins, has he no metaphysics?  Of course he does: look at his chairing a series of lectures on “Science, Ethics and Religion” (in terms of human evolution, of course) for the AAAS recently; another example on National Geographic News shows him speculating about the evolution of modern human behavior (notice the absence of evidence).  Are these kinds of metaphysical dialogues forbidden by the Smithsonian?  Of course not.  Evolutionists shamelessly pontificate about the metaphysical/religious implications of their beliefs, right in the halls of science and before the mass media.    For the Smithsonian to be consistent, they would have to outlaw films like Cosmos, Origins (09/29/2004) and Evolution (09/28/2001) and other pro-Darwinist films, which are replete with religious and metaphysical claims.  The inferences drawn in The Privileged Planet are understated and balanced, many of them coming from astronomers and biologists with no connections to ID.  They speak their own minds based on the evidence, something about which the Darwinians are profoundly silent.  In Darwinian movies, by contrast, the metaphysics are dogmatic and polemical, often imagineered with reckless abandon with no opportunity for rebuttal.  In sweeping generalities, Darwinians preach their philosophy of big-bang to man-as-god in homilies that would make a pope blush.  They take an inch of irrelevant fact and spin a mile with imagination, delivering their sermon outlines to animators to fill in the gaps.    Like most institutions of Big Science, the Smithsonian has become a fundamentalist church of atheism (see next entry).  Despite the increase in its lavish facilities, it has degenerated so far from the philosophy of its first distinguished secretary, Joseph Henry, it is truly sad to see how it has been co-opted by leftist anti-religious propaganda.  Chief of the Darwinian KGB Eugenie Scott was “pleased by the swift steps the museum has taken” while other Party Faithful were even more aggressive, wanting the film canceled until they feared it would make martyrs of their political prisoners.    As long as the news media and reporters perpetuate the false dichotomy and equivocation of “science” (Darwinian metaphysics) vs “belief” (non-Darwinian metaphysics), this pathetic war of heat will continue.  The Darwinians, the “most objectionable” fundamentalists according to Paul Johnson (see next entry), had better learn how to debate the evidence when the day comes that they can no longer take for granted their power to dominate the scientific institutions and prevent alternatives from being heard.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South Africa at front line of GM research

first_imgThe development of hardier maize varietieswill change the lives of millions of Africans.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the image library) Former UN Secretary-general Kofi Annanpraised the efforts of African scientists in hisclosing remarks at the 2010 African GreenRevolution forum in Ghana. (Image: African Green Revolution) MEDIA CONTACTS • Patricia LucasUCT media liaison+27 21 650 5674 / 3732 RELATED ARTICLES • Super sorghum for Africa • Ethiopian wins World Food Prize • ‘Miracle’ rice fights African hunger • GM crops aid SA food security• All eyes on SA’s new suprt spudApril McAlisterSouth Africa is one of the leading participants in research into genetically modified foods, and particularly maize, the most commonly grown staple food on the continent.Professor Jennifer Thomson of the University of Cape Town’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is a principal authority on the subject and has been at the forefront of genetic engineering since the 1970s.She now serves on the National Biotechnology Advisory Committee which advises the Minister of Science and Technology and has advised on the GMO (genetically modified organisms) Act, which was passed by Parliament in May 1997, followed by the regulations in November 1999.According to Thomson, the state of GMO research in other African countries is very positive. One organisation making progress is the non-profit African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), based in Nairobi, Kenya.Its purpose is to develop or acquire biotechnology crops through royalty-free licenses. Intellectual property is transferred to African farmers, some of whom have become hugely successful.Plant pathologist Dr Wilson Songa, the Kenyan Secretary of Agriculture, sits on the organisation’s board of trustees, while Thomson is Chairperson Emeritus.Developing hardy plantsWater deficiency is one of Africa’s biggest challenges, and negatively influences food production as well as economies in severely affected countries. Irrigation is expensive and out of range of the majority of small-scale farmers. Crop plants which can efficiently use what little water there is, and still produce an acceptable yield, will have the advantage in these arid areas.One of AATF’s biggest projects at present is Water Efficient Maize for Africa which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.The gene for drought tolerance is acquired royalty- free from Monsanto, a US-based multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is bred into local maize varieties and is being tested in field trials in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique.The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, based in El Batan, Mexico, is involved in developing hardier varieties of both maize and wheat for developing countries.The results of a study undertaken by the centre in 13 African countries were published in August 2010, and revealed that the distribution of new drought-tolerant maize varieties could improve yields by an average of 25%, help to alleviate poverty, and generate as much as US$1.5-billion (R10.5-billion) in benefits for consumers and producers.Resistant to viral diseasesProf Thomson and her colleagues have focused their attention on the most destructive maize pathogen on the continent – the maize streak virus (MSV). This disease was first observed by entomologist Claude Fuller in KwaZulu-Natal province (known at the time as Natal), and described in his 1901 report as “mealie variegation”.MSV occurs throughout Africa and causes one of the most serious viral crop diseases on the continent. Transmitted by insects, it manifests as pale yellow or yellow-white leaves, stunting the plant severely and often preventing it from producing complete cobs or seed. Research has shown that infection within the first few weeks of planting can result in a total crop loss, and devastation for farmers.The development, through breeding or genetic modification, of a maize variety that resists MSV has been a priority in a number of African countries, among them Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.Locally, research into MSV resistance is now funded by the South African branch of the Pannar Seed Company, based in KwaZulu-Natal. The project was initially funded by the Claude Leon Foundation, a trust which supports postdoctoral research, then by the Rockefeller Foundation and South Africa’s Maize Trust.The process is slow and expensive, which is why few academic research laboratories are able to undertake it.Strict regulationsSouth Africa has a GMO regulatory body which falls under the Department of Agriculture and is administered by the department’s biosafety directorate. There is a full-time registrar and any application is first directed to a scientific advisory committee and handled on a case-by-case basis.The advisory committee advises an executive council, which is the decision-making body. The council consists of members from the health, environment, and trade and industry sectors, all of whom scrutinise the application closely.The application is approved only if the council is satisfied, or it may be declined or sent back for more research.OppositionSome organisations are opposed to the genetic engineering of foods. Biowatch South Africa, based in KwaZulu-Natal, is the main watchdog and was established in 1997 to keep tabs on issues of genetic modification, and promote biological diversity and sustainable livelihoods. Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace are also active in their opposition.There are five main areas of controversy – safety, effect on natural ecosystems, gene flow into non-GM crops, moral and religious concerns, and corporate control of the food supply.During the research process geneticists have to ensure that they don’t introduce a virus that can harm humans or animals. The Food and Agriculture Organisation has done extensive analyses and has shown that to date no modified foods are harmful in the short term.GM foods are subjected to a battery of tests run by toxicologists. Although all findings are published in books or journals, access to literature on research carried out by government bodies is not always possible.The concern that GM foods are inherently allergenic or cause physiological changes is not based in fact. Testing is rigorous and foodstuffs must undergo and pass the full range of tests before the regulatory body gives approval.When asked about concerns of vegetarians and vegans, Thomson stated that there is no animal DNA in any GM plant that is eaten.The way forwardIn his closing speech at the 2010 African Green Revolution forum held in early September in Accra, Ghana, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan said , “I saw African scientists this week who are at the forefront of developing Africa’s own solutions to unlock agricultural productivity.”One of the strategies for the future, said Annan, will be to boost investment in science, technology and research, in order to ensure food and nutrition security. He added that this would work only if it’s done on a sustained basis and in cooperation with farmers.It is clear that Africa is taking responsibility for her own needs with a vision and the implementation of a plan. The key to understanding the future regarding GM products is knowledge. There are many publications freely available that debate both sides and without doubt, South Africa and other African states are on par with European countries and the US in the field of research and advancement in GM foods.last_img read more

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Missing U.P. law student who accused former BJP MP of harassing her found in Rajasthan

first_imgSwami Chinmayanand booked after girl alleging harassment goes missing in UP  The former MP, who served as a Minister of State for Home Affairs under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, was on Tuesday charged with kidnapping (in order to murder) the student. He was also charged with criminal intimidation. The FIR was filed on the complaint of the woman’s father after she went missing, days after alleging in a video clip that Mr. Chinmayanand, the director of Swami Shukdevanand PG College, where she studies, had been harassing her as well as other girls.Also Read A law student from Shahjahanpur who had gone missing after accusing former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand of harassing her was found in Rajasthan, the Uttar Pradesh police said on Friday.The woman student along with her friend were located in Rajasthan by the Shahjahanpur police. Necessary legal action was being taken, U.P. police said.Also Read SC takes cognisance of Chinmayanand row  The matter came to light after the woman posted a video clip online on August 24, claiming she and her family were under threat from a “big leader of the sant samaj” and requested Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene. She did not name Mr. Chinmayanand or specify the harassment or exploitation she allegedly endured, but claimed the “sant” had “ruined the lives of many women” and now wanted to kill her.She also claimed she had all the evidence against him.Unable to find his daughter at her college hostel after the video surfaced, the student’s father blamed Mr. Chinmayanand. He alleged that he suspected that his daughter and the other women mentioned in the video may have been sexually exploited.Though Mr. Chinmayanand did not clarify on the allegations, his lawyer dismissed them as a “conspiracy” and attempt to extort from the former MP. The police are probing Mr. Chinmayanand’s complaint in which he alleged that he received an extortion text message from an unknown phone number demanding ₹5crore from him.last_img read more

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No sibling favors

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments Nietes storms elite circle with venom KO AFP official booed out of forum Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Nextcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Rain or Shine hopes to punch its ticket to the quarterfinals against defending champion San Miguel Beer in the second game at 7 p.m.The Elasto Painters, who hold a 5-4 record, shift their focus on finishing at least sixth to figure in a best-of-three playoff series rather than facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the next round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Elasto Painters will be without their resurgent star, James Yap, who will miss the game due to a calf injury. Yap has been on a tear the past few games, scoring 17 points in the 95-99 loss to Alaska last Friday.With a 4-6 record, TNT can forge at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth in what has been a battle of survival among six teams vying for the last four tickets to the next round. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Road Warriors already secured their spot in the next round as early as last week following a victory over Blackwater Elite. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving TNT knows it can’t expect any favors from sister team, NLEX. Fortunately for the KaTropa, they will be back at full strength as they try to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive on Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.After missing the past couple of games following a bad fall in the clash with Magnolia, Troy Rosario returns to the lineup, while Jericho Cruz, acquired in a trade with Rain or Shine, is expected to make his debut as the flagship team of the Manny V. Pangilinan bloc hopes to avoid elimination against an NLEX team that has been in inspired form the past three weeks.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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