Local MLA Candidates on Oil and Gas Subsidies

first_imgOil and Gas industry subsidies were one of the topics up for debate last night at the local, May 12th election, all-canadidates forum, at the Northern Grande Hotel. Four of the five declared candidates for Peace River North attended and, in this order, here’s part of what we heard from Indepedent Arthur Hadland…New Democrat, Jackie Allen…Pat Pimm of the BC Liberals…and Liz Logan of the Green Party…. [asset|aid=1298|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b1fe0418b34fac7bdce252c5e5be581f-Forum-Oil & Gas_1_Pub.mp3] The four candidates…and note, Sue Arnston of the Refederation Party was a no-show…answered over 20 questions from concerned residents. – Advertisement -The next forum for the local constituency candidates is scheduled for May 4th, at the Hudson’s Hope Community Hall, from 7 to 9pm.last_img read more

Calls made for alternative venue ahead of Carndonagh courthouse closure

first_imgConcern and disappointment arose in Carndonagh today after it emerged that the courthouse is due to close temporarily with no plans for local alternatives.The Cardonagh Courthouse is set to undergo essential repair works in the coming weeks while court sittings are moved to Buncrana.However, local representatives have called for an alternative venue to be sourced in Carndonagh. Inishowen Sinn Féin Councillor Albert Doherty said it is important that legal proceedings are held in the town.Cllr Doherty said: “Working in cooperation with my colleague, Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn, we have submitted questions to the Minister for Justice and the Minister for the OPW requesting that they both ensure that court sittings will continue to be held at a venue in Carndonagh while the local courthouse will be undergoing essential repair in the time ahead.“I understand that the Colgan Hall has been suggested as a possible venue and I would support this suggestion and the exploration of other locations in the town. Indeed it is disappointing that the Courts Service and the OPW did not confirm an alternative venue in the town prior to issuing a notice of closure for the Courthouse.“It is also important that the Carndonagh District Court will soon be back in situ at the Carndonagh Courthouse and that this important building in the community is fully refurbished and made safe for all”. Calls made for alternative venue ahead of Carndonagh courthouse closure was last modified: March 5th, 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) Tags:carndonagh courthouseCllr Albert DohertyInishowenlast_img read more

Man assaulted in late-night attack outside bar

first_imgA man suffered head and face injuries after being attacked outside a bar in St. Johnston.Gardaí are appealing for information on the assault outside Maggie’s Bar in Carrickmore at approx 12.10am in the early hours of Monday morning.The victim had to be taken to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment of head and facial injuries. Gardai are appealing for any members of the public with information relating to the incident to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Man assaulted in late-night attack outside bar was last modified: June 4th, 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

Evolutionary Trees “Positively Misleading”

first_imgAccording to an article in PLoS Genetics,1 there is a fundamental flaw in the way species trees are inferred from gene trees using molecular genetics that is guaranteed to produce erroneous results:Because of the stochastic way in which lineages sort during speciation, gene trees may differ in topology from each other and from species trees.  Surprisingly, assuming that genetic lineages follow a coalescent model of within-species evolution, we find that for any species tree topology with five or more species, there exist branch lengths for which gene tree discordance is so common that the most likely gene tree topology to evolve along the branches of a species tree differs from the species phylogeny.  This counterintuitive result implies that in combining data on multiple loci, the straightforward procedure of using the most frequently observed gene tree topology as an estimate of the species tree topology can be asymptotically guaranteed to produce an incorrect estimate.Their paper proves that “the ‘democratic vote’ procedure of using the most common gene tree as the estimate of the species tree is statistically inconsistent for phylogenetic inference.”  In fact, it is “positively misleading,” they claim.  Common methods used in phylogenetic studies do not take into account the “anomalous gene trees” (AGTs) that result from a flawed assumption: “the implicit premise that makes it sensible to estimate a species tree using a single gene tree or the most common among several gene trees—has remained unquestioned.”  They show that “discordance can occur between the species tree and the most likely gene tree” and that the data can converge on a wrong answer as the number of genes increases.  This is not just a theoretical problem, they say, and provide an example:It is noteworthy that our theoretical results apply to known—rather than estimated—gene trees, and do not consider the effect of mutations on inference of gene trees.  This issue is important, as mutational history is a key factor in determining when an empirical study might actually be misled by AGTs.  As an illustration, in one human-chimp-gorilla study, a substantial fraction of loci—six of 45 considered—had no informative substitutions that could provide support to any particular phylogenetic grouping..  That this many loci would not have any phylogenetic information in the human-chimp-gorilla clade suggests that for the smaller branch lengths typical of the anomaly zone, the fraction of uninformative loci could be much greater.Adding more genes to a study does not improve the statistics, nor does including other types of data, such as genomic inversions or rearrangements.  Their best advice is to include samples with multiple individuals per species.  That, however, is unlikely due to the difficulty and expense of sequencing.  “Different algorithms for combining data on multiple loci will have different degrees of susceptibility to the occurrence of AGTs, and a challenge for phylogenetics is to identify those procedures that are best able to overcome this new obstacle to accurate inference of species trees.”1Degnan and Rosenberg, “Discordance of Species Trees with Their Most Likely Gene Trees,” Public Library of Science: Genetics, Volume 2 | Issue 5 | MAY 2006.So much for hundreds of papers for the last few decades, with all their confident claims about the evolutionary ancestry of this or that group.  Now what?  Can anything reliable come out of Darwinist attempts to find ancestry in DNA?(Visited 57 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

Indians paddlers gear up for individual events

first_imgWith the gold medal eluding them in the team event, Indian paddlers, led by defending champion Achanta Sharath Kamal, will be eyeing to better their performance in the individual competitions of the Commonwealth Games which begins on Monday.The Indian men’s team had to be content with a bronze, while their women counterparts, who went down to Singapore in the final, could lay hands on the silver medal in the team events of table tennis.Indian paddlers will be led by Achanta Sharath Kamal.By his own standards Sharath himself would be a disappointed man as the world ranked 40th paddler failed to earn the golden glory for the country in the team event, and this time he would be desperate to fetch defends his singles title at the table tennis venue inside the Yamuna Sports Complex.Although Sharath has already exuded confidence about retaining the crown, his biggest hurdle would be world number 17, Gao Ning of Singapore, who has beaten the Indian a number of times and did not participate in the Melbourne Games four years ago.”We expect some good performance from Sharath. A lot of things depends on him. I hope we will see some upsets in the men’s section by other players also,” India coach Bhawani Mukherjee told PTI.All the five Indian men have got direct entry to the main draw of the Delhi Games.A Amalraj and Bengal paddler Soumyadeep Roy are in good touch, while former national champion Subhajit Saha has also recovered from an injury to secure a berth in the Games squad and their contribution is going to play a crucial role if the hosts were to improve upon their three medals in Melbourne Games.advertisement”Now the singles and doubles events are coming. That will be totally a different game and we are eyeing to produce some good performance there,” Amalraj said.Women’s silver medal-winning performance in the team has fuelled people’s expectation but with a number of Singaporean paddlers in the main draw, it seems unlikely that Indian eves will go far in the individual category.Kumaresan Shamini and reigning national champion Poulomi Ghatak have performed well in the team event but they now have to think differently for the singles as well as doubles events.”There are five Singapore players and if we have to play them in the first round, it would be difficult for us. A lot depends on the draw,” Mukherjee said.Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar have directly entered the main draw while the rest — Poulomi, Shamini and Mamta Prabhu — had to get their tickets through qualifying rounds.In the mixed doubles, Poulomi will share the table with fiance Soumyadeep Roy, and the duo will leave no stone unturned in their quest to make the Delhi Games memorable by laying their hands on the yellow metal together.”I am playing mixed doubles with my would be husband and if we can win medal here in front of the home crowd it would be a memorable achievement,” Poulomi said.”He (Soumyadeep) is my mentor. He tells me what to do and what is the right way to practice. I also listen to him,” she added.last_img read more