Disqualified driver arrested at checkpoint after testing positive for drugs

first_imgA disqualified driver is to appear in court after being arrested at a checkpoint in Bundoran for driving under the influence of drugs.The motorist was caught driving under the influence of cocaine and cannabis during a roadside test on Friday, May 10.The vehicle was first stopped by the Donegal Town Roads Policing Unit at a Mandatory Intoxication Testing (M.I.T.) checkpoint. The driver was subsequently tested for the presence of drugs and the test came back positive. The driver has been ordered to appear in court in the near future.Disqualified driver arrested at checkpoint after testing positive for drugs was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Resisting Science, or Resisting Purposelessness?

first_imgWhy do so many adults “resist science”?, asked Yale psychologists Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg in an essay on The Edge.  They argued that childhood common sense impressions lead to a teleological view of the world.  These impressions conflict with evolutionary ideas presented at school, but are reinforced by religious authorities.  The job of the teacher, then is to help them overcome their natural proclivities toward design thinking.  They ended,Given the role of trust in social learning, it is particularly worrying that national surveys reflect a general decline in the extent to which people trust scientists.  To end on a practical note, then, one way to combat resistance to science is to persuade children and adults that the institute of science is, for the most part, worthy of trust.Dr. Albert Mohler launched into a commentary on this essay on his blog for May 29.  He joked, “The attorney who asks a jury, ‘What are you going to believe, my argument or what you see with your own eyes?,’ has a fool for a client.”  More seriously, he turned the tables on Bloom and Weisberg: “Many polls indicate that a majority of Americans reject the dominant evolutionary theory and believe in some form of divine creation.  This frustrates the evolutionary scientists to no end.  But they are asking Americans to reject what they learned in Sunday School in favor of a theory that insists that the universe is a great cosmic accident.  It’s not just children whose brains are hard-wired to reject that.”This interchange provides some good food for thought, but before digesting it, add this antacid: what on earth do Bloom and Weisberg mean by science, anyway?  Sounds like they could use a purpose-driven life instead of a life divorced of purpose.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Plants Use the Perfect Propeller

first_imgWhat kid hasn’t played with maple seeds to watch them spin in the air like helicopters?  Scientists watch them, too.  A team from the Netherlands and California found out how they stay in the air for so long without engines to drive them.  One would think in an era of advanced aeronautical engineering the physics would all be worked out, but the abstract explains that the seeds know more than the engineers do:As they descend, the autorotating seeds of maples and some other trees generate unexpectedly high lift, but how they attain this elevated performance is unknown.  To elucidate the mechanisms responsible, we measured the three-dimensional flow around dynamically scaled models of maple and hornbeam seeds.  Our results indicate that these seeds attain high lift by generating a stable leading-edge vortex (LEV) as they descend.  The compact LEV, which we verified on real specimens, allows maple seeds to remain in the air more effectively than do a variety of nonautorotating seeds. The trees involved often grow in nutrient-poor environments, so their seeds rely on wind, updrafts and turbulent gusts to spread out.  They can sometimes fly several kilometers away from the parent tree.    The team studied three species of maple and one species of hornbeam, because “The seeds from all four of these species are known to generate high lift.”  The seeds start rotating within a meter of detachment.  “They autorotate because the heavy nut, and hence the center of gravity, is located at the base of the wing-shaped seed, they said, emphasizing again how this is partly mysterious: “The stable autorotation of maple and other rotary seeds depends on an interplay between their three-dimensional (3D) inertial and aerodynamic properties, which is not fully understood.”    Measurements of the seeds in wind tunnels showed that the leading-edge vortex (LEV) is attached at the 25% span location where the sectional lift coefficient is the greatest.  “The stable attachment of the LEV is noteworthy, given that the local angles of attack are well beyond the stall point for conventional aircraft wings and helicopter blades.”  They explain how the stalling that endangers pilots is overcome by the seeds:Like autorotating seeds, insect wings generate very high lift despite operating at angles of attack well above those that will stall conventional aircraft wings and helicopter blades (11) (Fig. 1D).  Instead of stalling, insect wings generate a prominent leading-edge vortex (LEV), which is known to be responsible for elevating both lift and drag.  Building upon these observations, we hypothesized that autorotating seeds create a LEV that enables them to generate high lift at high angles of attack during their descent.The authors believe aircraft engineers should go back to the drawing board.  “The enhanced aerodynamic performance of autorotating seeds could inspire the design of more effective autorotating vehicles.”    As to how this phenomenon arose, the scientists noted that a similar LEV lift-generating principle is employed in the wings of bats, birds, insects and seeds.  To them, this suggested “that the use of LEVs represents a convergent aerodynamic solution in the evolution of flight performance in both animals and plants.”    For more on Dickinson’s fascinating research on biological flight design, see the 11/20/2006 entry, and especially the 12/08/2003 entry.1.  Lentink, Dickson, Leeuwen, and Dickinson, “Leading-Edge Vortices Elevate Lift of Autorotating Plant Seeds,” Science, 12 June 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5933, pp. 1438-1440, DOI: 10.1126/science.1174196.Everything about this article was wonderful except the evolutionary storytelling, which incited wonder of a different kind (see Brett Miller’s treatment of the Convergence Concoction).  Convergence is not an answer; it’s a sidestep.  What should have falsified evolution is turned into a support for it by the hocus-pocus of employing a miracle word.  Aircraft engineers don’t need miracles, they need real-world physics, inspired by nature’s designs.  Keep the materialistic metaphysics out of it.    A great film on seed dispersal, including stunning images of autorotating seeds, is the Moody Science production Journey of Life.  Take your kids on a walk in the woods where maples grow and play with the seeds.  Make it a teachable moment.  Older kids might want to do a school science project on autorotating seeds.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA launches school for public servants

first_img22 October 2013 South Africa has launched a National School of Government to provide “hands-on and brains-on” training as the country moves to establish a modern, professional, performance-oriented public service. Speaking at the launch of the school in Pretoria on Monday, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said there were no short cuts to delivering operational excellence. The establishment of the new School of Government follows a nine-month process of comprehensive research and international benchmarking carried out by a task team of scholars, education practitioners and academics with experience in managing higher education entities. The government had tried providing public service training through various kinds of institution, but had “come to the realisation that establishing functioning state machinery, the creation of a public service ethos and the creation of a cadre of government, is a responsibility that cannot and should not be outsourced,” Sisulu said. The new School of Government replaces the current training institution for public servants, the Public Administration and Leadership Management Academy, locating public service education and training provision within the state. “What we have today, I am convinced, will stand the test of time, because we have learned from our past mistakes, learned from international best practice, seen ourselves through the mirror through the diagnosis produced by the National Planning Commission.” Sisulu said the School of Government had to respond to the “urgency of now” in righting the wrongs that have so far hobbled the public service. “Curricula and programmes will be designed on the basis of a sound understanding of the challenges and realities of the public service environment. It is about unleashing the best in our students to enable reform and performance oriented public service.” The minister described this as a shift from the current model, that focuses largely on building the generic knowledge and skills of individuals. “The National School of Government and its hands-on and brains-on approach will enable us to apply common norms and standards in the public service … In doing so, the School will help to address the unevenness and the poor quality that characterise most of the learning and development offerings in the public service.” The School of Government will be strengthened by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, facilitators, trainers and organisational development experts, and governed by a council that is accountable to the public service minister. Sisulu said a principal would be appointed who, supported by a number of deputy principals and a registrar, would deliver on the overall functions and responsibilities of the National School of Government. “Our new academic approach to professionalising and making the public service efficient and effective ought to set the new public administration management frontiers to the year 2030,” she said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Improve Activity or Increase Effectiveness

first_imgLet’s say your sales results are off by 50 percent. You are literally producing half of your number. There are a few things you can do to improve your results and close the gap.First, you can double your activity. You can do twice as much work, which for many people may be exactly what is necessary.Second, you can double your effectiveness. You can double the size of the opportunities and double your win rates. This recipe will also produce an improvement, and it may also be a good choice.The first choice begins with an assumption that sales is strictly a numbers game. In this view, there is nothing but activity. More activity leads to more opportunities leads to more wins, and there is no reason to do anything except double up your prospecting efforts, which, again, may not be a bad idea for those who do too little to create the results they need.Choosing only to increase activity leaves out too many other factors to make it the only thing that one might do—or should do—to improve their sales results.The second choice begins with a different assumption than the idea that activity is the only thing necessary to producing results. Instead, this view is biased toward improving the effectiveness of the sales force or salespeople who are struggling. The training, development, and coaching that increase one’s ability to target their dream clients and create bigger opportunities isn’t easy to provide and it doesn’t produce results as fast as one might hope. But the upside of working on effectiveness is that it also improves win rates, and a higher percentage of wins against bigger opportunities improves results exponentially, almost invariably more than activity alone.The truth of the matter is that some people need more activity to produce the better results they need. Others need to improve their effectiveness to close the gap between their results now and the results they need, especially if they already have good activity.Some, however, need to improve their activity while they work on their effectiveness. The increased activity solves the problem that is low activity, and the additional reps provide them with the opportunity to practice the new mindsets and skills that will—eventually—lead to greater effectiveness. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Jarencio, Globalport welcome long break before crucial battles ahead

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 4 West Brom players accused of stealing taxi in Spain Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES “At least, we have a five-day break before we go against Kia. And after Kia, it will be a 10-day rest before we face Phoenix. That’s going to be big for us,” he said.GlobalPort faces the Picanto on Wednesday before taking on the Fuel Masters on March 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJarencio highlighted the importance of this respite as he looks at this stretch as a make-or-break for the Batang Pier.“It’s big because you’re not tired. Just like what happened to TNT, they played three games in a week. When they faced us, they struggled because we were well-rested and they were fatigued. They had a hard time to recover,” he said. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio would rather stick to the positives as his side remains in the running for a quarterfinal spot in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.After losing to Magnolia, 96-81, on Friday, the outspoken mentor put the spotlight on the scheduling advantage the Batang Pier has into their final two elimination games as they will be well-rested for their remaining assignments this conference.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ That’s exactly what worked against GlobalPort in the tussle after playing its second game in three days, with Jarencio struggling to find a spark in his lineup.“There’s no spark left and we can’t do anything. We were up by 12 points, but when the second half came, that’s when everything went downhill for us. Stanley (Pringle) could no longer shoot,” he said, as his leading scorer was limited to just five points in an awful 1-of-12 shooting from the field.Still, Jarencio lauded how his wards fought, a character which he believes will be a good building block going into the Batang Pier’s last two games.“At least you saw the team compete,” he said. “We have a good chance to make it to the playoffs if we can recover. We’re just ready. At least, the team will be well-rested.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Krushnaa Patil is the first Indian woman to climb Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica

first_imgKrushnaa PatilKrushnaa Patil, 21, MountaineerShe’s all of 21 and already has several firsts to her credit. At 19, Krushnaa Patil became the first mountaineer from Maharashtra to reach the summit of Mount Everest and in the next two years scaled six of the world’s highest peaks, one in every continent.,Krushnaa PatilKrushnaa Patil, 21, MountaineerShe’s all of 21 and already has several firsts to her credit. At 19, Krushnaa Patil became the first mountaineer from Maharashtra to reach the summit of Mount Everest and in the next two years scaled six of the world’s highest peaks, one in every continent. She went on to become the first Indian woman to climb Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica.The Journey: Professional mountaineering happened by chance to the girl from Pune when she took a summer course at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi after Class XII in 2007. Atop Mount Satopanth in Uttarakhand during her pre-Everest expedition, Patil was hooked.The challenge: She couldn’t find a sponsor for her Everest adventure, so she took a bank loan of Rs 30 lakh. “Sponsors don’t find it lucrative to put their money into mountaineering. It’s not a very popular sport,” says Patil.The future: She is setting up an adventure company.Second Opinion”Achievements at such a young age are noteworthy and we need such young girls in adventure sports.”Reena Dharmashaktu, first Indian woman to ski to south polelast_img read more

China Gets Control over Sri Lankas Hambantota Port

first_imgzoom Sri Lanka has handed over Hambantota Port for operation to China under a 99-year lease deal.On December 9, the joint venture of China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) started operations, according to China’s State Council.The development of the port, strategically located to connect the Middle East and East Asia, is expected to benefit China, Sri Lanka and other countries as well.The investment was unveiled on July 25 as part of the concession deal terms agreed between CMPort, SLPA, the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (GOSL), Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services Company (HIPS).Under the deal, CMPort obliged to invest USD 1.12 million for an 85 percent stake in the port.By developing the port, the two parties intend to make it an international shipping hub linking South Asia with Africa. The port will also be connected with the Logistics and Industrial Zone in Hambantota.With its position between Africa and the Middle East on one side and Southeast Asia on the other, Hambantota is in the middle of important energy supply lines in the Indian Ocean. What is more, Hambantota is said to be of strategic importance to China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.“The agreement for Hambantota could be seen as an example for further cooperation with countries in South Asia,” Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, commented.“Hambantota Port will make a strong impact in South Asia and I think it will, beyond South Asia in the Middle East as well as the African continent,” Parakrama Dissanayake, President of Sri Lanka Ports Authority, said.last_img read more