Malin Head records Ireland’s hottest temperature on Tuesday


first_imgIreland’s most northerly point at Malin Head recorded the country’s highest temperature of the day on Tuesday.The Inishowen weather station recorded a high of 25.7C yesterday.Dublin the Phoenix Park hit 25.5C, while temperatures were a cool 18.1C further south in Cork. Weather for rest of the week is set to be warm and a mix of sunny spells and showers.Tonight will remain dry in most areas of the north west.Met Eireann forecasters said it will feel close tonight with temperatures ranging from 14-16C.Thursday will be dry in the morning with bright spells. Some rain is expected in the afternoon. The forecast says: “In the west it will be cloudy by the afternoon with rain and drizzle. The rain will spread eastwards later but it will become just light and patchy. It will brighten later in the evening with sunshine breaking through. Warm and humid, with maximum temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees.”Malin Head records Ireland’s hottest temperature on Tuesday was last modified: July 24th, 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

Evidence for Evolution Found – Or Claimed


first_imgIt seems that in this Darwin Bicentennial year, some reporters are overeager to find confirming evidence for Darwin’s theory.  Here are some recent reports where it is not clear the evidence presented would convince a skeptic.Survival of the weakest:  Add a new catch-phrase to Darwin’s arsenal: survival of the weakest.  Sure enough, Science Daily reported on experiments at LMU in which “in large populations, the weakest species would – with very high probability – come out as the victor.”  Almost without exception, their simulations of a scissors-paper-rock game-theoretical ecology showed the weakest species coming out the survivor.  They call this the “law of the weakest.”  They did not explore the philosophical question of whether a theory that can simultaneously explain the survival of the fittest and the weakest – opposite outcomes – explains anything at all (see the Stuff Happens Law, 09/15/2008 commentary).Psychedelifish:  A “freaky” fish species was found offshore of Indonesia, reported Robin Lloyd for Live Science.  The yellow-and-white-striped swimmer uses jet propulsion thrusters as well as fins to swim, has eyes that face forward, a fleshy chin and cheeks, and stripes that mimic the venomous corals among which it feeds.  Despite having “mysterious origins,” Histiophryne psychedelica was immediately Darwinized by its classifier: “It is just an absolutely fantastic example of what natural selection can produce.”Sharks in living color:  “Primitive deep-sea fish may have viewed the world much as we do,” announced New Scientist.  “The elephant shark, which evolved about 450 million years ago, is the oldest vertebrate to have ‘the colour vision system we know as humans’, says David Hunt at University College London.”  The article goes on to point out that the finding pushes the earliest known color vision back by 76 million years.Yeast is yeast and guessed is guessed:  The genomes of some 70 species or varieties of yeast have been sequenced.  Science News reported that this gives scientists a text “on the origin of subspecies” that helps “to bring the small branches of Darwin’s ‘Tree of Life’ into focus.”  The new data “enables the scientists to study genetics in much finer detail than was ever possible for Darwin.”  Readers may find it surprising that Darwin studied genetics, since the word was not invented till 1905, after Darwin was dead, but the sentence might be understood to mean it would not have been possible for Darwin to study it in such detail.  But then, neither would it have been possible for Louis Pasteur, Mendel or any other great biologist of the 19th century to do so.    Creationists probably wonder what this has to do with Darwin anyway, since they accept significant variation within created kinds.  They might also note the significance of this line in the story: “The basic machinery of yeast is surprisingly similar to that of humans….”  How Darwin could be vindicated at all by this research seems questionable.  The article went on to say, “They found that rather than all being derived from one common ancestor, humans have domesticated yeast strains at many points in history and from many different sources.”  (Readers are expected to ignore the dangling reference.)Fast-moving plants:  Darwin’s theory relied on slow, gradual accumulation of small variations.  To him, the abrupt appearance of the flowering plants (angiosperms) in the fossil record was “an abominable mystery.”  Science Daily chose to ignore these facts and boasted, “Rapid Burst Of Flowering Plants Set Stage For Other Species.”  The article spoke of a “burst” of diversification, “rapid emergence,” and a “series of explosions” of adaptive radiation.  Gradualism was getting blown up everywhere: “A new University of Florida study based on DNA analysis from living flowering plants shows that the ancestors of most modern trees diversified extremely rapidly 90 million years ago, ultimately leading to the formation of forests that supported similar evolutionary bursts in animals and other plants.”    Any hint of ancestry required divining fine details in molecules.  “Because the diversification happened so quickly, at least in evolutionary terms, molecular methods were needed to sort out the branches of the rosid clade’s phylogenetic tree, a sort of family tree based on genetic relationships,” the article explained.  “Only after sequencing many thousands of DNA base pairs are genetic researchers able to tease apart the branches and better understand how plant species evolved,” not whether they evolved.  Would it be clear to a neutral observer, though, when teasing apart the twigs in a hedge, that there is only one root below?Evolution completed:  Charles Darwin got praise again at the beginning of a press release from the University of Washington: “As the world marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, there is much focus on evolution in animals and plants.  But new research shows that for the countless billions of tiniest creatures — microbes — large-scale evolution was completed 2.5 billion years ago.”  Are they saying that evolution stopped dead for the majority of the world’s biota two billion years before the first multicellular animal emerged?  Apparently so.  Roger Buick, a paleontologist and astrobiologist at the university, added a remark that casts doubt on how human beings could ever know this: “it appears that almost all of their major evolution took place before we have any record of them, way back in the dark mists of prehistory.”  That being the case, it is not clear how any of the subsequent statements in the press release about microbe evolution have any footing in empirical science.    Most of the work revolved around the amazing ability of living microbes to fix nitrogen.  Molecular nitrogen, with its triple bonds, is a tough nut to crack, but microbes do it with ease by means of complex molecular machines (see 09/06/2002 and 11/18/2006).  Think how a Darwin skeptic might interpret this quote: “All microbes are amazing chemists compared to us.  We’re really very boring, metabolically” (compared to microbes).    Somehow, this press release was intended to convey the idea that evolutionary thinking leads to understanding: “To understand early evolution of life, we have to know how organisms were nourished and how they evolved” (not whether they evolved).  But that is just what Dr. Buick had said is lost in the dark mists of prehistory.The power of suggestion:  A news item on Science Daily shows a photo of Mars with geological deposits that resemble, in a superficial sense, the hot spring deposits on Earth.  No life has been found, but a lot of suggestion emerged.  The photos from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate “sites where life forms may have evolved on Mars.”    Most astrobiologists doubt that life evolved at hot springs.  They would say that the thermophiles found in Yellowstone’s geyser basins became adapted to that extreme environment long after life was well established.  Nevertheless, the article states that the Mars photos “have great astrobiological significance, as the closest relatives of many of the most ancient organisms on Earth can thrive in and around hydrothermal springs.”Getting together:  A press release from University of Arizona discerned evolution in some colonies of green algae.  Volvox is a well-known colony of cells that has a division of labor and thrives in community instead of individuality.  Now, research by Matthew Herron suggests that “Some algae have been hanging together rather than going it alone much longer than previously thought.”  In “a geological eyeblink” of 35 million years, he claimed, single-celled algae “took the leap to multicellularity 200 million years ago.”  Why?  “Some things can’t eat you if you’re bigger.”  That seems odd, because the majority of organisms have remained microscopically small throughout the history of life on earth.    Herron showcased Pleodorina starrii, a colonial alga with an incomplete division of labor.  “All the macroscopic organisms we see around us trace back to unicellular ancestors,” he proclaimed Darwinistically.  “Each of those groups had to go through a transition like this one.”  He did not think it necessary to explain why they took that “leap” 200 million years ago, nor why, if being bigger confers a security advantage, the simple colonies (and indeed the plethora of microbes) stepped off the evolutionary conveyor belt to remain essentially the same for the next 200 million years.    In some unspecified way, cell colonies invented the “extracellular matrix,” a kind of goo that binds the parties together.  Herron ascribed evolutionary game theory to the strategy of group-think: “Overcoming that conflict is essential to becoming a multicellular organism, he said.  The benefits of cheating have to be reduced for the cells to cooperate successfully.”  Apparently even Darwinism has a doctrine of original sin.Evolution as un-design:  One of the most remarkable new papers giving evolution the glory for complex design is a piece by Forterre and Gadelle1 about DNA-processing molecular machines called topoisomerases (see 08/14/2007, bullet 5).  They used the E-word evolution 18 times in an attempt to explain how these machines evolved.  Surprisingly, there is very little homology to hang a phylogeny on: similarities crop up between different kingdoms, and differences are seen where there should be homologies.  “Topoisomerases are essential enzymes that solve topological problems arising from the double-helical structure of DNA,” they explained.  “As a consequence, one should have naively expected to find homologous topoisomerases in all cellular organisms, dating back to their last common ancestor.  However, as observed for other enzymes working with DNA, this is not the case.”  Has Darwinian universal common ancestry, therefore, been falsified?  Not so fast.  In the evolutionary “scenario,” evidence is no longer a requirement.  The story is the thing:Topoisomerases could have originated by combining protein modules previously involved in RNA metabolism, such as RNA-binding proteins, RNA endonucleases or RNA ligases.  Alternatively, they could have evolved from protein modules that were already working with DNA, if the first steps in the evolution of DNA genomes occurred in the absence of any topoisomerase activity, i.e. before the emergence of long double-stranded DNA genomes.  Two arguments favour the latter hypothesis: first, whereas RNA polymerases and RNA-binding proteins are obvious candidates to be direct ancestors of DNA polymerases and single-stranded DNA-binding proteins, ‘RNA topoisomerases’ that could be direct ancestor of DNA topoisomerases are unknown.  Secondly, it is likely that double-stranded DNA genomes with complex DNA-replication mechanisms (i.e. concurrent symmetric DNA replication) were preceded by single-stranded or even short double-stranded DNA genomes replicated by simpler mechanisms, such as asymmetric DNA replication, and/or rolling circle (RC) replication (75) (Figure 3).  These simple systems probably did not require topoisomerases, as it is still the case for their modern counterparts (the RC replication of some replicons require supercoiled DNA, hence gyrase activity, but only for the recognition step of the initiator protein).  If this scenario is correct, topoisomerases probably originated when more complex DNA genomes (long linear or circular DNA molecules) were selected in the course of evolution, together with more elaborate replication machineries.Their viral-origin hypothesis required the word suggest 26 times, possible 16 times, could 14 times, and might 10 times.  Of one thing they were sure, however.  These complex molecular machines were not intelligently designed.  It’s rare for a scientific paper to even mention intelligent design.  Here’s what they said about it: “An intelligent designer would have probably invented only one ubiquitous Topo I and one ubiquitous Topo II to facilitate the task of future biochemists.”  Whimsical as that statement is, it represents a remarkable turnaround.  Usually, evolutionists claim that similarities disprove intelligent design.  These scientists are claiming that differences disprove it.  ID can’t win for losing.Darwin’s defenders continue to take their Bicentennial show on the road.  Science Daily and MSNBC reported on a show by Sean B. Carroll about “Adventures in Evolution,” a recounting of “the rip-roaring adventure tales behind the great advances in the theory of evolution.”  Interesting as the stories are, adventure is not the same thing as scientific evidence.  Undoubtedly the alchemists had their share of adventures (exploding flasks, etc.).    Forbes is one of few news organizations giving a platform to both sides of the Darwin-ID debate (see Evolution News report).  Jerry Coyne recently let creationists have both barrels.  Attacking an earlier piece by neurosurgeon by Michael Egnor, Coyne had no patience with Forbes giving any credibility to “evolution-deniers,” which he likened to Holocaust-deniers.  Phillip Skell, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, wrote the most recent post about “the dangers of overselling evolution.”  Even Ken Ham got a word in for Biblical creationism in this typically economics-focused venue.1.  Forterre and Gadelle, “Phylogenomics of DNA topoisomerases: their origin and putative roles in the emergence of modern organisms,” Nucleic Acids Research, published online on February 9, 2009, doi:10.1093/nar/gkp032.For those who need a refresher course on the Darwiniac storytelling strategy (see 10/11/2006), it goes like this: (1) Assume evolution.  (2) Observe a fact.  (3) Make up a story to fit the fact into the assumption.  For step 2, we have just shown you many contrary facts that should falsify evolutionary theory, but step 3 (the non-sequitur) remains invariant.  This is how the Darwinians get away with murder (11/30/2005).  The robust storytelling ability of the Darwinists is their most legendary trait.  It provides the foundation for the entire naturalistic political/economic/legal/educational/spiritual programme.    We should add a Step (4): Hate creationism.  Rant, rave and blather about how evil and wicked creationists and intelligent design proponents are, and how the Discovery Institute is conspiring to return America to the dark ages by substituting religion for scientific evidence.  This is supposed to provide subliminal reinforcement that Steps 1, 2 and 3 are “scientific.”  Step (5) is to outlaw challenges to Steps 1-3 in the courts.    Now that you know the Darwinian storytelling strategy, you understand about 95% of evolutionary biology.  The remaining 5% is microevolution, which is not controversial even for Ken Ham.  One would think Ken would be overwhelmed by the mounds of solid scientific evidence displayed in the articles reported above.  Does he know something Jerry Coyne doesn’t?(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

School campaign helps change lives


first_imgThe brand new library is the firstin the school’s 32 years of existence.The lavender patch brings in a modest income for the school. Lavender Hill Secondary School aims tochange lives and transform the community.(Images: April McAlister) MEDIA CONTACTS • June OrsmondYES programme coordinator+27 083 709 4105• Fareeg Manie, headmasterLavender Hill Secondary School+27 21 701 9000 RELATED ARTICLES • DVD scheme to help poor schools • Safe social portal for scholars • Reviving sport in SA’s schools • Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• Poor schools score textbooksApril McAlister A school programme in an impoverished Cape Town suburb is helping to bring about positive change in individual pupils, their families and communities – and could be used as a model for sustainable development elsewhere in the country.The Youth Empowerment through School project, also known as the YES scheme, is a collaboration between the Wynberg Rotary Club in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, and Lavender Hill Secondary School.The Lavender Hill community is like many others on the Cape Flats – an area coloured people were moved to during apartheid, so authorities could make space for more white families within the city.This legacy of displacement and oppression is still felt today, and crime, drug abuse, domestic violence and gangsterism are rife.Lavender Hill residents generally have a meagre earning potential, and a large portion of adult males there are unemployed.These issues have deeply affected the youngsters of the community, leaving them despondent about their future.YES aims to break this negative cycle by equipping young and old with skills to improve their lives and the project’s model can be applied in any community that wants to improve its standard of living.Empowering kids to make better life choicesThe YES campaign began as a charity assisting the Lavender Hill Secondary School and was previously known as the Lend a Hand in Lavender project.The project’s coordinators, June Orsmond of the Wynberg Rotary Club and Lavender Hill headmaster Faseeg Manie, have been driving YES for the past 10 years.In that time it has made substantial progress in getting children off the streets, encouraging them to take part in healthy activities and empowering them to make better life choices.The new name has emphatic and positive implications, which are reflected in all the campaign aims to do.Better facilities The campaign has been carefully and methodically planned, with four structured phases involving infrastructure development; sustainability through financial management and a trust; implementation; and the Dream Phase – which envisages community members selling fresh produce grown in the school vegetable garden.With the aid of various NGOs such as the Gauteng province-based Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, the children are given a decent meal at school, so they can focus on their schoolwork and not their grumbling stomachs.Nutritious packs are also made up and allocated to needy families, through an organised and well-managed feeding scheme.Wynberg Rotary, with assistance from a UK-based Rotary group, funded a revamp of the school playing fields and also arranged for a proper irrigation system to be installed. The fields are now ready to be used by the pupils.The Lavender Hill Development Trust has been registered to raise money for the sustainability phase, and to manage the finances. Its aim is to raise R2.5-million (US$352 178) for a capital fund and implement a YES fundraising programme, which involves leasing a block of playing fields, among other items.An established lavender garden, apt for the area and the school’s name, also provides a small income from a local market.The Bicycling Empowerment Network uses the Lavender Hill school premises for promoting exercise and alleviating poverty by providing people with a low-cost form of transport. Twenty donated bicycles will be used to start a supervised bicycle club for the community.Aiming high Although some South Africans still blame their situations on the country’s history, the Lavender Hill pupils are beyond that and are aiming high, says Manie.The school has received a batch of computers from the Western Cape’s Department of Education, with the help of the Khanya project, which uses technology to address the shortage of teachers. Lavender Hill Secondary School now boasts a top-class lab where pupils can practise their computer literacy.Two thousand covered reading books now sit on the shelves in the school’s new library which, through donations of quality furniture, has become a place for relaxation, study or leisure reading.With the assistance of activist group Equal Education, the library opened in July 2010 and is a first in the school’s 32-year-old history. Just 8% of South African schools have functional libraries.This school is still battling with a shortage of staff, but hopes to soon appoint a social worker for the children; an aide to the principal; and other helpers to free the teachers to do what they do best, which is teach.Volunteers for extramural sports and culture activities are also needed, and a drug rehabilitation programme is on the cards.Despite these challenges, the matric pass rate has improved steadily over the past five years. According to the school, its pass rate is 80%, which is well above the national average of 60.7% given by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in January 2010.In 2008 the Lavender Hill pass rate was as high as 87%, but it dropped slightly in 2009.last_img read more

South Africans nominated for Innovation Prize for Africa


first_imgFour South African innovations have made it on to this year’s list of 10 nominees for the Innovation Prize for Africa. Its aim is to encourage local solutions to challenges and inspire continued growth on the continent. The winner will be announced in a ceremony in June in Botswana. This year’s Innovation Prize for Africa takes place in June in Botswana. Four South Africans are in the running. (Image: African Press Organisation)• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls• How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?• Busting the myth that Africa doesn’t produce scientific innovators• African scientists make headway in grasping persistent TB bacteria• Robotic gliders boost for ocean research• Meet the global leaders heading WEF Africa 2016 Priya PitamberFour South Africans have been included in the list of 10 nominees announced for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Run by the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) and now in its fifth year, this year’s theme is “Made in Africa”. The aim is to create home-grown solutions for Africa to spur growth and prosperity on the continent.“As Africans, we have the talent, potential and clout to solve our own problems with ingenuity too, and IPA is testimony of this,” said IAP director Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl. “In the past five years, I’ve seen innovation grow from a mere buzzword to a sturdy path for African growth in multidisciplinary industries across the continent.”There has been tremendous growth in applications and keen interest from innovators and innovation enablers since the inception of the awards. “IPA 2016 attracted a record 3 600-plus innovators and received 985 successful submissions from 46 African countries,” it said in a statement. To date, it has attracted more than 6 000 innovators from 50 African countries.The nominees and their inventionsThis year, the nominees include breakthrough innovations in malaria and other public health burdens, smart solutions for farmers and dynamic energy initiatives.Tackling malaria and other public health concernsDr Eddy Agbo, Nigeria: Urine Test for MalariaUrine Test for Malaria (UMT) is a rapid non-blood diagnostic medical device that is able diagnose malaria in less than 25 minutes. Africa is still in the process of eradicating malaria. Diagnosis of the disease can take a long time, and if the patient is not treated quickly enough, it can lead to kidney failure, lung fluid build-up, and even death.The technology in the UMT detects malaria parasite proteins in the patient’s urine. The UMT is simple and affordable, and a potential game changer in managing malaria across Africa.Valentin Agon, Benin: Api-PaluApi-Palu is an anti-malaria drug treatment developed out of natural plant extract. It is significantly cheaper than available anti-malarial drugs, and has great inhibitory effects on 3D7 strains of plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria.The drug is available in tablets, capsules or syrup. It has been approved in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Central Africa Republic because of its therapeutic and non-toxic effects.Dr Imogen Wright, South Africa: ExatypeExatype is a software solution that enables health care workers to determine the responsiveness of HIV-positive patients to antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. A growing number of people are increasingly resistant to ARVs. Exatype processes the highly complex data produced by advanced “next-generation” DNA sequencing of the HIV DNA in a patient’s blood. Through a simple report, it detects drugs that are resistant to the patient, then highlights the need to avoid these to ensure successful treatment.It has the potential to contribute towards effectively managing HIV/Aids in Africa, and also holds promise in helping to detect drug resistance for other diseases, such as tuberculosis and malaria.Dr Kit Vaughan, South Africa: AcesoAceso improves breast cancer detection by using imaging technology that is capable of performing full-field digital mammography and automated breast ultrasound at the same time.If diagnosed early enough, the cancer can be treated successfully. However, because 40% of women have dense tissue, their cancers cannot be seen on X-ray. Furthermore, a false negative finding can have devastating consequences. This world first system is protected by international patents and has been successfully tested in two separate clinical trials with 120 women.IF you could do one innovative thing to show your LOVE for #Africa, what would it be? #MadeinAfrica #IPA2016 pic.twitter.com/DwGVy5EkQS— IPA Prize (@IPAprize) May 3, 2016Design architecture and learning platformsDr Youssef Rashed, Egypt: The Plate PackageThe Plate Package (PLPAK) is a software solution that assesses the architecture of building plans or technical drawings, determining structural integrity of the end design. PLPAK applies the boundary element based method to analyse and view practical design of building foundations and slabs.It enables engineers to represent building slabs over sophisticated foundation models easily, building information modelling techniques and eliminating human error. With the rapid growth of African cities, there is increased demand for infrastructural developments to support the growing population.Godwin Benson, Nigeria: TuteriaTuteria is an innovative peer-to-peer learning online platform that allows people who want to learn any skill, whether formal or informal, to connect with anyone else near them who is offering that skill. For instance, a student needing maths skills can connect online with someone in their vicinity offering remedial classes in mathematics.Tutors and learners form an online community that connects them, and once a fit is established, they meet offline for practical exchange. Both tutors and learners are thoroughly vetted to ensure safety, accountability and a quality learning experience.Smart farming solutionsOlufemi Odeleye, Nigeria: the TryctorThe Tryctor is a mini tractor modelled on the motorcycle. By attaching various farming implements, it can carry out similar operations as a conventional tractor, but on a smaller scale.Through inspired alterations to a motorcycle’s engine, gearing system and chassis, this innovation has made it possible to mechanise agriculture in Africa for small-scale farmers in a way that was previously not possible.Additionally, the Tryctor is easy to use and cheaper to maintain as 60% of its parts and components are locally sourced.Samuel Rigu, Kenya: Safi Sarvi OrganicsSafi Sarvi Organics is a low-cost fertiliser made from purely organic products and waste from farm harvests, designed to improve yields for farmers by up to 30%.Safi Sarvi costs the same as traditional fertilisers, can reverse farmers’ soil degradation and lead to improved yield and income. The product uses biochar-based fertiliser that can counteract soil acidity, retaining nutrients and moisture in the soil.The carbon-rich fertiliser also removes carbon from the atmosphere by at least 2.2 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per acre of farm per year. The nominees for this year’s Innovation Prize for come from all over the continent. (Image: IPA, Facebook)Dynamic energy initiativesAndre Nel, South Africa: Green TowerGreen Tower is an off-grid water heating and air conditioning solution based on solar power that uses advanced thermos-dynamics to create up to 90% savings in electricity consumption.The Green Tower improves efficiency of a solar heat pump with solar thermal collectors, low pressure storage tanks and heat exchangers.With Africa’s middle class rapidly growing and demand for energy outstripping supply, this initiative has the potential for large-scale roll out. Green Tower can conserve limited energy resources, diverting them from heating and cooling systems to more productive industries.Johan Theron, South Africa: PowerGuardPowerGuard enables consumers to determine the maximum amount of power supply required for daily operations. Consumers can thus reduce their power demand, especially during peak times, leading to a more efficient power supply, and helping to reduce power cuts.Consumers are able to set their own maximum peak power usage needs. This technology substantially reduces load shedding and power rationing, diverting power to more productive industries.The existence of a smart grid can help to reduce the pressure on existing infrastructure while moving the continent slowly towards renewable energy.The big nightThe winner will be announced at a gala ceremony on 23 June at the Gaborone International Conference Centre in Botswana.Watch this:There is a grand share prize of $150 000 (about R2.3-million).last_img read more

S-noilite ® Fashion 24″ : Easy, looks great!


first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-04-02 11:30:42Reviewed Item S-noilite® Fashion 24″(60cm) Straight Ash Blonde Wrap Around Ponytail Clip in Hair Extensions Strap Pony Tail Long Popluar StyleRating 1.0 / 5  stars, based on  9  reviews Fantastic it matches my ash blonde hair perfectly. I love this product, i only bought it for a dance show and yet when in arrived and i put it in i never wanted to take it off. It matches my hair colour perfectly and its so easy to use. I loved it that much i told all my dance friends where id got mine so now we all have the same hair piece. S-noilite® Fashion 24″(60cm) Straight Ash Blonde Wrap Around Ponytail Clip in Hair Extensions Strap Pony Tail Long Popluar StyleLength:24″ straight, weight:120g, colour:Ash Blonde,Brand: S-noilitePremium quality Wrap-On ponytail hair extension for an instant hair transformation!Velcro ponytail, very easy to attach. Fixed with traps and a small clamp to your own pigtail.Perfect for adding volume and length to a ponytail. For glamour, fashion and elegance, and at any occasions.Location:United Kingdom, Postage:1st Class Ship, 1-2 Business Days arrive. Hello i am so amazed by the quality of this product. I love it so much it came earlier 2 days than expected i am very happy im looking to buy something more from them, definelty worth buyin . So chep for hom much it s good . These pony tails are so easy to use. However the comb isn’t too strong and you need to straighten your hair underneath but it looks good. 👌🏻 bit too thin compared to others i have bought but still looks good. S-noilite® Fashion 24″(60cm) Straight Ash Blonde Wrap Around Ponytail Clip in Hair Extensions Strap Pony Tail Long Popluar Style : center_img Posted on April 2, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags S-noilitelast_img read more

House of Representatives passes Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The House of Representatives passed its Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, significantly increasing funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and programs that support and maintain waterways functions.“Soybean farmers commend the House for its leadership and for placing a priority on funding to support our waterways transportation network,” said Wade Cowan, American Soybean Association (ASA) president. “The waterways and ports are vital to the efficient transportation of soybeans and other major commodities and a key factor in maintaining competitiveness for U.S. soybeans in global export markets.”Within the Corps of Engineers Construction account, the bill provides $340 million from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund for priority navigation projects, which utilizes all the revenues received into the trust fund, including increased revenues resulting from the barge fuel fee increase enacted by Congress in 2014.For the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), the committee’s appropriation of $1.178 billion was amended on the floor to increase the level to $1.25 billion, which is $150 million or 14% higher than last year’s $1.1 billion, and well above the $915 million than the Administration requested from the HMTF.The Corps’ Operations & Maintenance (O&M) account funding level is $3.094 billion, the highest ever appropriated to this account in an annual appropriation bill, and the third consecutive year of record-level O&M funding. It is nearly $390 million higher than the Administration’s FY16 requested level.While the bill has passed the House, the Senate must still act on a bill and it could face a potential veto by President Barack Obama. The White House has issued a statement indicating that the president’s advisors would recommend that he veto the bill in its current form citing reductions to certain energy programs that are priorities for the Obama Administration.last_img read more

Google Buzz: The Mainstream’s Geo-Social Network?


first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Buzz’s Advantage: It Already has the UsersNow, however, Google is releasing a product to millions of people that makes geolocation a major focus of the service. Already, you can bring up the Google Maps layer and find buzz messages in virtually every location. This quick adoption makes sense, given that Google is putting the colorful Buzz logo in a prominent place on its mobile interface. The Google Buzz mobile site also makes it very easy to see messages from nearby users (including those you don’t follow). The “nearby” button is very prominent and takes you right to a list of nearby messages, which feels a bit like BlockChalk (though without the anonymity of that service). Thanks to this, you can even get good use out of the service if none of your friends are Gmail users. You can, for example, just ask a Twitter-like question that’s related to your location (“Where can I find good pizza around here?”) and anybody on Buzz can see your message and post an answer.Worries about Privacy.By default, location sharing is turned on in Buzz, which raises concerns about privacy. Just today, as the European Union celebrates “Internet Safety Day,” the E.U. warned users to turn off geolocation services whenever possible. Clearly, we do feel a lot more comfortable with sharing what we had for lunch than where we are right now. It would be nice, though, if Google allowed users to easily control the precision of this location data. A lot of people would be very comfortable with sharing what city they are in, for example, but don’t necessarily want to disclose the exact coffee shop they are sitting in right now. On the other hand, that would also dilute the value of the information and it looks like Google opted to go for precise locations that are couple to Place Pages for this exact reason. Geolocation: The Killer Feature for BuzzBy connecting Buzz to Google Maps Place Pages and by having a huge built-in user base, Google will be able to deliver a better location-aware social networking experience than any of its competitors. The question, of course, is if users are actually looking for this. The early reactions to Buzz are mostly positive, but we still have to wait and see if this will be another failed attempt by Google to create a social networking service, or if the tight Gmail integrations and Google’s aggressive push to put Buzz front and center on its mobile services will be enough to convince users to use Buzz regularly. Tags:#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Buzz could quickly become the most popular location-based service on the Internet. Not only does Buzz integrate itself into Gmail, which will give it a large mainstream user base, but Buzz also puts geolocation front and center on its mobile sites. In addition, the new Buzz layer in the Google Maps mobile interface makes it incredibly easy to find geotagged Buzz messages around you. Nobody is Geotagging Tweets – So Can Buzz Geolocation Succeed?Twitter introduced its own geolocation API in August 2009, but while we were very excited about the possible applications of this API, very few users and developers actually use it today. While location-based apps and services like Foursquare and Gowalla (which launched its own API today) have quickly grown in popularity, only 0.23% tweets currently include location data. Unlike Buzz, however, neither Twitter itself nor any of the popular Twitter client really put geolocation at the center of their applications.ReadWriteWeb’s full coverage and analysis of Google Buzz:Live Blog From AnnouncementAnalysis: Open Data StandardsAnalysis: Geo-Social NetworkFacebook & Google BuzzComparison to FriendFeedEnterprise ApplicationsBuzz Hacks & TipsThe Missing FeaturesGoogle Makes Changes to Buzzlast_img read more

Choosing a New Wood Stove


first_imgThe pellet stove optionOne way of taking some of the variables out of the picture is by opting for a pellet stove, which would operate more automatically than a wood stove fed by hand, Charlie Sullivan suggests.Pellet stoves incorporate electrically driven augers that move compressed wood pellets from a hopper to the firebox; the feed rate is determined by the setting the temperature on a thermostat. And that’s part of the problem: without electricity, the auger won’t work.“The issue with pellet stoves is that we’d rather not have to depend on the electric grid (and we don’t have alternative power),” Applebaum says.Granted, Sullivan says, but some pellet stoves can be run on a 12-volt battery as a backup, and the battery pack could be sized to run the stove for as long as she wanted. He points to four companies that offer than option on their pellet stoves: American Energy Systems, Sierra Products, Inc., Quadra-Fire, and Thelin Hearth Products.Dorsett suggests another problem with pellet stoves: the cost and availability of fuel.“A few years ago many people in my area got caught short during an exceptionally cool stretch of spring weather, and many of the local vendors don’t restock after early March, and there was a real run on retail pellet inventories,” he said. “It’s a more convenient fuel than cordwood in many ways, but it isn’t nearly as cheap. And (as a co-worker of mine recently discovered as she shivered while waiting for the UPS truck to arrive with the replacement board) the power controls will sometimes have reliability issues, too, just like any other electromechanical whatzit.” Err on the side of smallMarc Labrie sees parallels between the size of a wood stove and the size of a house: “Do you prefer one that is 2% of the time too small or 98% of the time too big?”Referring Appelbaum to Woodheat.org, Labrie argues there’s nothing green about a big wood stove with a smoldering fire. “Gone are the days of loading huge unspilt blocks and choking off the air supply before bed,” he writes, “a procedure that wastes much of the wood’s potential and coats the chimney with flammable creosote.”For his money, a small firebox with a hot fire keeps both the chimney and the glass doors cleaner with less work.Yes, replies Dorsett, but having a wood stove with a small firebox means someone will have to stay up to tend it. “Some amount of oversizing still works OK, and lets you get more sleep on the really cold nights,” Dorsett says. “A reasonable compromise is ~1.5x oversizing, which still means it has to hot enough that the glass will stay clean. (Some stove designs are better than others at keeping the glass clean too.) But until you’ve done the heat load calculations it’s hard to pick one.”And, Holladay points out, there is the human variable, which makes the ideal 500 degree burn target a matter of wishful thinking rather than reality.“A wood stove isn’t like a furnace. It is fueled by humans who load it with oddly-shaped chunks of wood, and who have a variety of needs: a desire to warm their cold hands, to dry their mittens, and to make a fire last all night, with coals to greet them in the morning,” Holladay says. “All of these factors mean that aiming for 500 degrees is probably not going to happen.” All About Wood StovesWood Stoves: Safety FirstUnderstanding Pellet StovesHow to Provide Makeup Air for a Wood Stove A small, hot fire is bestA fire that burns quickly and intensely is the most efficient kind because it produces the most heat per unit of fuel, and also the least amount of air pollution, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay says. Hot fires also produce less creosote than low, smoldering fires that are starved for air. RELATED ARTICLES GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE center_img Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost adds these thoughts:We often ask a lot — and I think too much — of our wood stoves: burn cleanly and efficiently, heat a space or room as well as a whole home, fire and heat up quickly yet accomplish an overnight burn. Their job is tough enough to begin with, being both the heating plant and the distribution system.So I would just like to add a resource and another perspective:The best resource on choosing a wood stove is “Buying, Installing, and Maintaining a Wood Stove.” This is actually great content and a collection of the best resources on specific aspects of the challenge. And note that the EPA has a list of approved products that includes both catalytic and non-catalytic stoves.Gary Goodemote is the owner of Friends of the Sun here in Brattleboro, Vermont, as well as the chair of our local Sustainable Energy Outreach Network. Gary has been selling, installing, and maintaining wood stoves for more than 25 years. When I asked him about the Applebaum situation, here is what he said:“It sounds like a medium to large stove would be a good choice. I try to get people to think of the future when they may find that a new, high-efficiency stove is more enjoyable to use than their old stove. In that case, they would do well to have a larger stove and get more use out of it. If they’re certain that they won’t use it that much, no matter how easy or enjoyable it is, than they should probably go with a medium stove. I wouldn’t recommend a large stove if the expectation is that people will use it just once in a while to heat the whole house.“It’s hard to get more than four- or five-hour burn times from a small stove. A medium stove can give a user seven or eight hours. For many people, seven to eight hours is the minimum acceptable burn time and that’s often the determining factor. New, high-efficiency stoves can be slightly oversized and still be efficient, as long as they’re heated up sufficiently to start with. If a stove is drastically over-sized, it’s hard to get it up to temperature initially without overheating the space.“One more factor that often comes into play is the setting. A small stove would look and feel okay in a room that is smaller and has a low ceiling. It may look and feel out of place in a room with a vaulted ceiling and a lot of wall space, not matter how well matched it is by the numbers.“The most difficult sizing situation for us, in the store, is for people who have very well insulated, very tight construction, small homes. It’s very likely that anything we might recommend for a wood stove would be too large.” Patricia Appelbaum is in the market for a new wood-burning stove, one without a catalytic element, to provide mostly supplemental heat for her 1,600-square-foot home. There are a lot of models to choose from, and that’s part of the problem.“We understand that a non-cat stove needs a minimum temperature of around 500 degrees for an efficient secondary burn,” she says in a post in GreenBuildingAdvisor’s Q&A forum. “But we would like to have enough capacity to heat the whole house occasionally if necessary.”Appelbaum’s family already has an older wood stove, a large model, that some people in the family like to run at a lower-than-optimum temperature. Before buying a new stove, she’d like to know whether having one with a smaller firebox would make any difference.That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Heating Stoves“Going to a stove in the 50,000-55,000 Bth/h range can still work for a house with a ~25,000 Btu/h design heat load, but try not to go beyond that,” advises GBA reader Dana Dorsett. “Once the stove is up to temperature, it will still burn cleanly when throttled back to ~25% of its rated fire, which isn’t going to roast people out very quickly.”The thermal mass of a stove becomes an important factor when the stove is used only intermittently but at high temperature, he adds. But there’s a caveat — when the output of the stove is three or four times more than the heating load, it won’t be as effective.“A soapstone stove can be 2x oversized for the heat load and still work well with an intermittent high-temperature burn strategy,” Dorsett says, “but less well at 3-4x oversizing, since it takes time to get the stove up to temperature (due to the thermal mass that helps you coast between firings).”last_img read more

Son-spurred Koreans face Samurai threat at Asian Cup


first_img“Of course teams like South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia have the same ambition, but Japan has the potential to win the title.”A South Korea side led by free-scoring Tottenham forward Son Heung-min start as favorites to end more than 50 years of Asian Cup hurt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionIran, Asia’s top-ranked side, also pose a threat to Japan’s hopes, along with holders Australia.But a new-look Japan side are capable of springing an upset, as they proved by reaching the knockout stages of last year’s World Cup in Russia after controversially sacking coach Vahid Halilhodzic in the run-up. View comments Only a stunning comeback by Belgium prevented Japan from reaching the quarter-finals under interim boss Akira Nishino, and veteran defender Yuto Nagatomo insists there is more to come.“We have to believe we can win it,” the Galatasaray full-back told local media. “But all the players need to be at it.”Meanwhile, Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu indulged in some early mind games by claiming his side were long shots to snaffle a record-extending fifth title.“We’re the challengers,” said the former Japan midfielder, who has yet to lose since taking over from Nishino after the World Cup.“Our job is to try and snatch the title back.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening South Korea were runners-up to the Socceroos in 2015 and are unbeaten under Bento since exiting the World Cup following a stunning 2-0 victory over holders Germany.Korean firepowerSon sits out South Korea’s first two Asian Cup games under a deal with his Premier League club, but the Taeguk Warriors should still have too much firepower for the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan in their first two Group C fixtures.Elsewhere, Australia appear to have gone backwards since lifting the trophy in Sydney four years ago.New coach Graham Arnold has not been helped by record scorer Tim Cahill’s retirement, while a serious knee injury has ruled playmaker Aaron Mooy out of the tournament.The Emiratis, runners-up as hosts in 1996, have also lost the mercurial Omar Abdulrahman to injury but will also be buzzing after hosting the FIFA Club World Cup last month when local side Al Ain reached the final against Real Madrid.Rivals Qatar will be desperate to make a statement before hosting the 2022 World Cup, despite being under economic blockade from their Gulf neighbors since June 2017 over Doha’s alleged support of terrorism — a charge Qatar denies.The world’s most populous countries — China and cricket-mad India — take part, China once again hoping to make an impact in what looks set to be Marcello Lippi’s last outing as coach.The likes of Kyrgyzstan, war-torn Yemen and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Philippines, meanwhile, are happy just to have qualified.But Saudi Arabia, who won the last of their three Asian Cup titles in 1996, could factor in the closing stages, while Syria, Uzbekistan and North Korea lurk as dark horses. Hezbollah and crocodilesTroussier steered Japan to the 2000 Asian Cup, where his players trained on a bumpy pitch in Beirut surrounded by bombed-out houses used as hideouts by Hezbollah fighters while Israeli warplanes roared overhead.The Frenchman sees parallels in the current Japan side’s blend of youth and experience.“The fact Japan got to the last 16 at the World Cup will also give them a lot of confidence,” added Troussier. “It’s also a good chance to prepare the younger generation for the next World Cup in 2022.”Meanwhile, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has called on the country’s football federation to protect his players as they chase a first Asian Cup since completing a hat-trick of titles in 1976.“Iran football officials should learn from the past and must protect us from people who want to distract our concentration,” said the former Real Madrid boss, currently being linked with the Colombia job.“We must be protected from crocodiles.”On the pitch, Iran look settled: a narrow 1-0 defeat to Spain and 1-1 draw with Portugal at the World Cup has been followed by a six-match unbeaten streak.South Korea’s 59-year wait for a third Asian Cup is puzzling for a country that reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals.But while Australia, Iran and the Emirates are outside bets to win a tournament expanded from 16 to 24 teams, none will relish facing Paulo Bento’s Koreans. 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LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion South Korea’s forward Son Heung-min celebrates after defeating Japan during the men’s football gold medal match at the 2018 Asian Games in Bogor on September 1, 2018. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)While street-wise South Korea pack a harder punch, former Japan coach Philippe Troussier has tipped the Blue Samurai to push their fierce rivals all the way at the Asian Cup.“Japan have one of the best teams in the competition on paper,” the Frenchman told AFP before hosts United Arab Emirates meet Bahrain in Saturday’s opening match.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Ritika Sajdeh wishes Rohit Sharma on Valentine’s Day, Mumbai Indians join in


first_imgMumbai Indians found a very different but great way to pay tribute to team captain Rohit Sharma on the occasion of Valentine’s Day.Mumbai Indians’ Instagram account found the perfect opportunity to do so as Rohit’s wife Ritika Sajdeh wished him on social media along with a heartfelt message. MI joined in the conversation and got the approval of none other than Ritika herself.”Happy Valentine’s Day baby, you’ve changed my life in the best ways possible. Here’s to lifetimes of this,” Ritika wrote on her Instagram account and posted a picture of herself with Rohit.MI commented on the picture with “Ours too” along with a heart smiley and three trophies, signifying the three Indian Premier League titles that Rohit has won as captain for the team.Rohit is the joint-most successful captain in the IPL with three titles that he won in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the other skipper with three IPL wins with Chennai Super Kings in 2010, 2011 and 2018.Indian cricketers are making the most of their break from international cricket and today being Valentine’s Day, the players and their spouses have filled social media showering their love for their respective partners.While Kohli went out for dinner on the eve of Valentine’s Day at their restaurant Nueva. Rohit posted a picture of his wife Ritika Sajdeh to wish her Valentine’s Day while Yuvraj Singh wished wife Hazel Keech on social media as well.advertisementIndian players are currently enjoying their leave with their families but will be required to regroup soon for the upcoming limited-overs series against Australia starting February 24.India had recently defeated Australia in a three-match ODI series Down Under with a 2-1 scoreline and will be looking to repeat the feat when Aaron Finch’s side come to the sub-continent later this month.The two teams will play a series of two T20Is before a five-match ODI series starting March 2.According to reports, skipper Kohli and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah are set to be back in the squad for the final dress rehearsal before the ICC World Cup. The selectors are unlikely look beyond 16 to 17 players, who are now in the scheme of things for the World Cup in England and Wales.The limited-overs series will be India’s last international assignment before the World Cup, which begins in England on May 30.Also Read | How India cricketers are celebrating Valentine’s DayAlso Read | This is special, so good to be back: Rohit Sharma posts picture with baby Samairalast_img read more