EU Impressed by Liberia’s Development

first_imgWith complaints about poverty and corruption flowing in from almost all sectors of the society, EU Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, says the EU is impressed by the level of development in the country and the way funds provided by the EU are used.In an interview with the Daily Observer on March 20, at his Mamba Point office, Ambassador Pacifici said that while there are challenges of inequality and poverty galore, (in abundance, plentiful) there are an equal amount of key projects the government has targeted for the benefit of the general public under the ‘global public goods’ concept.He named some of the projects government has prioritized (marked important) as the Mount Coffee Hydro project, the Forest Sector, education, health, amongst others; these, according to him, are essential to the survival of Liberians.Ambassador Pacifici also indicated that most of these public goods government is endeavoring to reconstruct were damaged during the course of the Liberian civil war, and rebuilding them takes more years to rebuild.“These things can be destroyed in two days, but to rebuild them it takes years upon years to do. Therefore, Liberians have to be patient and not expect things to happen overnight after years of destruction,” Ambassador Pacifici noted.Pointing out some instances of improvement, the EU Ambassador said the Forest sector had a problem with the Private Used Permit (PUP); but when government realized that there was a problem, it took a tangible step to halt the activities and with EU involvement, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) has been signed to help Liberia reap the benefit of its resources.He also said when there is cheaper electricity in Liberia; Liberians will be able to gain access to it to improve their lives.  Said step, taken by government to prioritize electricity is now ongoing and is a laudable initiative.The Agenda for Transformation that takes into consideration social reformation, the Ambassador said, is something that EU supports; but Liberians have to see the reformation as theirs and positively act towards it, before it can be achieved,” he pointed out.The European Union is one of Liberia’s major partners that provide finance for the post-war recovery of the country.It (EU) has infused millions of dollars in Liberia’s development projects, in the Energy, Health, and Forest sectors.EU provided funds for Health and Sanitation in West Point a few months ago, after signing the Voluntary Partnership Agreement with Liberia earlier, In the process, it infused millions of dollars for sustaining the forest so that its resources might have a direct impact on the citizens.With fear on the part of many Liberians that corruption is rampant and money provided by donor countries may not meet the needed objective, Ambassador Pacifici said EU is confident that wherever it has provided money, encouraging results have emerge.He said that considering the key priority areas government is now tackling, it is unjustified for people to wholly discredit the government for not meeting up with other challenges.Giving some background about EU’s mission in Liberia and other West African countries, Ambassador Pacifici said that while development is important to the relationship, EU also seeks to address political social, policy, and diplomatic challenges with countries it affiliates with; within these areas, the EU created various branches to work for the betterment of people living in their respective countries, he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmer busted with cocaine

first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force’s Narcotics Branch in G Division (Essequibo Islands-Coast) on Tuesday morning arrested a citrus farmer after he was busted with a quantity of cocaine. The discovery was made after Police received a tip.According to reports, the Police went to the Upper Pomeroon River area early Tuesday morning where they conducted a search on the farmer’s premises.During the search, they unearthed 2.22 kilograms of cocaine. The narcotic was wrapped in two parcels.The farmer was taken into custody and was being processed for court.Earlier this month, a joint destruction operation saw a total of 477 kilos of cocaine destroyed at Yarrowkabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway.The exercise was conducted by the Guyana Police Force, which destroyed 132 kg cocaine, and the Customs-Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU), which got rid of 345 kg cocaine.The two agencies also destroyed a combined total of 994 kilos of cannabis. The cocaine and cannabis destroyed carried a combined street value of $513,310,940.The narcotics destroyed were tested by members of the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory before being burnt by fire.last_img read more

Amazon Warriors assist 14-Y-O to fight cancer

first_imgThe Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) cricket team has assisted 14-year-old Shaniece Nahoe, who has been diagnosed with a cancerous facial tumour, in her battle for survival.GAW Media Officer, John Ramsingh hands over the donation on behalf of the team to the Nahoe family in St KittsWhile preparing for their clash against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKNP) in Basseterre in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Warriors learnt of the Washington Archibald High School student’s situation and immediately pooled financial resources to hand over to the family.Nahoe, who was born in Guyana, is currently in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies Hospital with her mother, Shelly Jailall, while her father and two younger siblings remain in St Kitts praying for her speedy recovery.The form two student is far from full recovery having just recently undergone her first chemotherapy session. The next session is set for the end of September and once the tumour begins to shrink, radiation treatment will begin.Upon receiving the donation, Nahoe’s father, who was born in Guyana, thanked the Guyana Amazon Warriors for their support and wished the team well in their quest for a maiden CPL title.last_img read more


first_imgDozens of would-be Donegal entrepeneurs are to be given a chance to create jobs across Donegal.The New Frontiers Programme will be located at the CoLab Centre at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Senator Jimmy Harte said the new programme demontrates some “joined-up htinking on job creation.” “At the start of this month the Government launched its Action Plan for Jobs. This plan set out in 270 points how we were going to help create jobs in Ireland.“The New Frontiers programme is a part of one of these action points and we are already delivering it. It is another example of how the Labour Party in Government is serious about job creation.“Enterprise Ireland and the Institutes of Technology are working together to deliver this programme. Together they will give people the opportunity to start their own business and bring employment to their local areas.  “Our local Letterkenny Institute of Technology is taking part in this programme see Website: www.co-lab.ie for further details this can only be good news for Donegal. This will help those with good ideas to convert them into real jobs which are needed to stimulate the local economy.“New Frontiers will give people a chance to take their business ideas and make them happen. 250 people will be taken through a part time 8 week course to test their business idea,” he said.The 150 people who qualify will be taken through an intensive 6 month course to turn their idea into a viable company.They will receive €15,000 to help them start their business along with space in their local IOT at CoLab business incubation centre. It is hoped that a 100 companies will be created out of this programme with an average of 5 jobs per company.“We said when The Action Plan was launched that it is a working document. We have already delivered on one of Action Points. We are focused on delivering on the rest and getting people back to work,” said Senator Harte. UNIQUE JOBS SCHEME GIVES ENTREPRENEURS THE CHANCE TO CREATE JOBS IN DONEGAL was last modified: February 28th, 2012 by StephenShare 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

Crash victims not ID’d

first_imgLANCASTER – Coroner’s officials have not yet released the names of two men killed Monday when their single-engine plane crashed into a field northeast of Fox Airfield. Officials said they believe they know the men’s identities but are still verifying the information. The plane, a 2005 Cirrus SR20, is registered to Todd Olson of Henderson, Nev. Officials said the men appeared to have been practicing touch-and-go landings, which is common at Fox because the airfield is relatively uncrowded. Firefighters said witnesses told them the plane had pulled up when its engine sounded like it had quit. An emergency parachute meant to soften the impact of an unexpected landing deployed from the plane, but failed to stop the crash. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.last_img read more


first_imgANOTHER BBC investigation into clerical sex abuse in Raphoe and Derry will “expose more cases” donegaldaily.com has learned.The programme’s investigative team is being led by Darragh McIntyre, the BBC journalist whose investigations into the Father Eugene Greene case rocked the Catholic Church.Mr McIntyre was in Letterkenny yesterday for a press conference on the Raphoe Audit. It’s understood that up to six other BBC journalists are also working on the investigation which will be broadcast in the New Year. “They have already gathered a great deal of new information,” said one source.“You can have no doubts whatsoever that the investigation will be thorough.”It’s thought more than €1M in compensation has been paid out to victims of abuse in Raphoe over the past 20 years.Victims are now waiting to see if the Government gives the go-ahead for a state inquiry into Raphoe, with RTE’s religious affairs correspondent Joe Little saying it may be hit by a lack of finances. Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald however has not ruled out a further investigation at this stage, with Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce saying he would welcome whatever was agreed – and would cooperate fully with it.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBBC INVESTIGATION TO ‘EXPOSE MORE ABUSE IN RAPHOE’ was last modified: December 1st, 2011 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

Talkin’ ’bout my destination

first_imgNear the start of her 27-mile morning commute from Woodland Hills to Pasadena, Mindy Zipperstein sees the electronic sign on the eastbound Ventura Freeway just past White Oak Avenue – it tells her how long it will take to get to the 134 Freeway, how many minutes to downtown. Depending upon traffic conditions, the signs might say “10 minutes to 134, 25 minutes to downtown” “or 25 minutes to 134, 45 minutes to downtown.” Just how accurate they are is still open to debate, but one thing that’s certain, says Zipperstein, is that motorists take one look and hit the brakes no matter what the sign says. “It’s eight words that (drivers) are reading,” Zipperstein said. “I don’t know why it would slow up traffic, but it does tend to do that.” The answer is underneath the wheels of your car. Roadway sensors clock the speed and volume of cars traveling on the freeway, officials said. That information is sent electronically to Caltrans’ information management center, which crunches the numbers and converts them to a drive-time estimate. The estimates are updated every three minutes. “They’re able to extract the data and figure out those travel times,” Caltrans spokesman David White said. “There are some very smart people out there.” According to a voluntary survey on Caltrans’ Web site, drivers said the estimates were accurate, Harris said. The jury is still out, though, on whether the signs are a help or a hindrance. About half of the 275 respondents said they liked the signs, and half didn’t, Harris said. Drivers like Zipperstein say it doesn’t matter whether you know you’ll be sitting in your car for 20 minutes or 30 minutes or 40 minutes – you’re stuck in the traffic, no matter what. “They tend to cause similar backups that you experience when there’s an accident on the side of the road,” said Tal Cohen of Sherman Oaks. “I imagine it’s for the same reason – people stop and look at the signs and aren’t paying attention to the road. The signs hurt more than they help. “It’s not as bad as it was at the start, though. It’s gotten better over the past couple of weeks.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Three months ago, Caltrans started using electronic message signs along Los Angeles’ most congested freeways to provide estimates of travel time to various destinations. The signs have long advised motorists about major traffic tie-ups or Amber Alerts for missing children or on holidays to drive safely. Caltrans officials tout the program as a success, and many motorists agree – although some say the signs actually cause traffic delays and offer no advantages to a commute. The state Department of Transportation plans to add a dozen more signs – at the cost of about $200,000 each – within the next few weeks. Already, signs are posted on the 5, 10, 60, 91, 101, 105, 110, 210 and 405 freeways, mostly on routes headed toward downtown. The next phase will include more freeways on the outskirts, including a sign on the eastbound 210 Freeway at Foothill Boulevard. “Any time you introduce something new to the system, people are going to slow down,” Caltrans spokeswoman Deborah Harris said. “That evens out. After about two weeks, the delays evened out.” So how do the signs work? How does the sign know it takes 20 minutes to travel across the San Fernando Valley during rush hour on a Thursday? last_img read more


first_imgGAA RESULTS – COUNTY DONEGALRadio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 06-Oct-2013 Killybegs 0 – 11 1 – 7 Malin Mac Cumhaill ParkCentra Supermarket U21 A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 06-Oct-2013 Kilcar 5 – 15 2 – 9 An Clochán Liath ArdaraKerr Signs U/13 Hurling Section ADate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2013 C.L.G. Bun Cranncha 1 – 4 2 – 7 Swatragh Na MaghaKerr Signs U/13 Hurling Section BDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 06-Oct-2013 Naomh Colmcille 0 – 1 1 – 1 Na Seamróga BanagherRadio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Ardara 0 – 16 1 – 14 Glenswilly Mac Cumhaill Park Centra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Naomh Columba 1 – 18 1 – 6 Naomh Pádraig Leifear Arús Seán Ó hÉinneMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Milford 1 – 15 1 – 11 Moville Moyle Park05-Oct-2013 Naomh Ultan 3 – 8 1 – 11 Na Rossa Naomh UltanMcGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Termon 1 – 5 1 – 9 Naomh Muire TermonBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Four Masters 3 – 5 0 – 12 St Eunans Four MastersCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 St Naul’s 2 – 13 0 – 4 Gaeil Fhánada Páirc Gearóid O’GallachóirMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Convoy 1 – 8 1 – 21 Urris ConvoyMarley Coaches Division 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Milford 0 – 11 1 – 9 Moville Moyle Park05-Oct-2013 Convoy 1 – 11 1 – 8 Urris TBCCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 St Nauls 1 – 7 0 – 10 Fanad Gaels Páirc Gearóid O’GallachóirMcGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Termon 1 – 6 0 – 13 Naomh Muire TermonCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Downings 2 – 6 0 – 7 Naomh Brid Pairc Na nDunaibhCentra Supermarket U21 A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Oct-2013 Gaoth Dobhair 1 – 10 2 – 8 Sean MacCumhaills Naomh Mhuire – ConvoyDONEGAL NORTHU13 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2013 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 7 – 19 4 – 7 Cloughaneely Pairc Colmcille Newton Shield semi finalU13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Oct-2013 Termon 3 – 10 2 – 5 Buncrana Mac Cumhaill Park play-off30-Sep-2013 Letterkenny Gaels 3 – 5 6 – 13 St Eunans Pairc Na nGael-LetterkennyDONEGAL SOUTHCounty U16s Division 2 League Semi FinalsDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2013 Naomh Naille 4 – 6 2 – 10 McCumhaills Four Masters Extra Time If RequiredUnder 16 Championship Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Oct-2013 Ardara 1 – 9 3 – 10 Dungloe CLG Naomh Muire Preliminary Play Off Michael Gallagher & Patrick CaulfieldALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: October 7th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Donegal GAA resultslast_img read more

Fossils Sprout New Tales

first_img(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When unexpected things turn up in the fossil record, evolutionists get out their storytelling playbook.Paleozoic tissue: Geology announces a near-record find of original organic molecules from echinoderms:Isolation of organic molecules directly from Paleozoic to Cenozoic fossils has been documented, which raises important, new questions about the conditions of preservation and the range of paleobiological issues that can be addressed with these new data. Herein, molecules are isolated from fossil echinoderms exceeding 445 Ma in age. The authors quickly shift gears, however, showing more concern about what the molecules might teach about evolution:Previously, morphological data have been insufficient to establish a consensus regarding early echinoderm evolution. Thus, organic molecules extracted from fossil echinoderm specimens (mostly Paleozoic) … are used to assess the position of crinoids and blastozoans within competing echinoderm phylogenetic hypotheses….  These new data support the hypothesis that living eleutherozoans diverged early from stemmed echinoderms….Earliest not-spider: When is a spider not a spider? When an evolutionist says it isn’t. The BBC News reported a fossil said to be 305 million years old that was very “spider-like” in many respects, but only rates as “nearly a spider” because it lacked spinnerets. It “lived alongside the ancestors of modern spiders” we are told. But then comes this shocker: it was neighbors with true web-spinning spiders! Quick: change the evolutionary tale:“The earliest known spider is actually from the same fossil deposit – and it definitely has spinnerets. So what we’re actually looking at is an extinct lineage that split off the spider line some time before 305 million years ago, and those two have evolved in parallel.“Have a heart: The first remains of a heart in any fossil has been found in a fish said to be 113-119 million years old. PhysOrg notes the surprise:For centuries, the fossil remains of back-boned animals – or vertebrates – were studied primarily from their bones or fossilised footprints. The possibility of finding well-preserved soft tissues in really ancient fossils was widely thought to be impossible.Soft organic material rapidly decays after death, so organs start breaking down from bacterial interactions almost immediately after an animal has died. Once the body has decayed, what remains can eventually become buried and what’s left of the skeleton might one day become a fossil.The article mentions other examples of spectacular preservation. So how are they going to explain this? Follow the Darwin playbook and distract attention: “Such finds could contribute to understanding deeper evolutionary patterns as internal soft organs have their own set of specialised features.”Seeds of a plot: Why did some birds die out with the dinosaurs, but other ones live on? Scientists studied some fossil seeds, Science Daily says, and decided that toothless birds that could peck seeds were the ones with a survival advantage. The BBC News picked up on this story line, adding: “seeds that had already built up in the ground would have still been available as a food source for anything with a beak capable of eating them.” How mammals without beaks survived is not stated, nor how meat-eating raptor birds survived. Full tale at Current Biology.Precocious titanosaur: A baby titanosaur (a large species of Cretaceous sauropod) has been reported in Science. Judged about 40 days old, it was the size of a terrier and already able to fend for itself. In the same issue of Science, Patrick Monahan speculates that the young dino starved to death. Live Science entered a trance and looked into a crystal ball: “During its short life, the baby was likely highly mobile, spending its days foraging, sleeping and evading predators during the Late Cretaceous.”Croc crock: A “storytelling crocodile” has been named after a native South American “storyteller god,” Pachakamue, thought to have knowledge of the origin of South American animals. Science Daily says the alleged 13-million-year-0ld fossil tells a tale of parallel evolution of crocodile traits. But who’s the real storyteller here, the god, the crocodile, or the evolutionist?Their analysis suggested that the ‘storyteller’ crocodylian with slightly telescoped eyes represents the ancestral condition from which the South American lineage evolved telescoped eyes. The eyes therefore evolved in parallel in South American and Indian lineages, at first showing partial telescoping as in the ‘storyteller’ crocodylian, and eventually becoming fully telescoped as seen in later-evolving species. Both South American and Indian species adopted a river-dwelling lifestyle, and it is likely that telescoped eyes were adaptive, helping them to catch fish in these habitats.Although further research is needed, thibs [sic, this] study may further our understanding of both the ‘storyteller’ crocodylian and the evolution of all gavialoid crocodylians.Mammal-like reptile survivor: A collection of teeth found in Japan “suggests that tritylodontids co-existed with some of the earliest mammal species for millions of years, overturning beliefs that mammals wiped out mammal-like reptiles soon after they emerged” (Science Daily). They apparently believed in coexistence, not competition for the same niches. A puzzled researcher comments, “This raises new questions about how tritylodontids and their mammalian neighbors shared or separated ecological roles.”Lemurs: we are family: There’s been a shake-up in the tree holding lemurs, Science Daily says. Extinct and living lemurs are all brethren, even some that were as large as gorillas, a new phylogenetic study postulates. “The findings shake up ideas on how geographic changes help species split off.”Aussie killer whale: A man holding a giant tooth opens a PhysOrg article about a giant “killer sperm whale” fossil found on an Australian beach. How much can be told from a single tooth? “Most sperm whales for the past 20 million years have been of the whale-killing kind,” the story goes. “So, the fossil record reveals the living species to in fact be the exception to the rule, the oddball of the sperm whale family.”The pet unicorn: A skull of a large rhino-like animal Elasmotherium dubbed the “Siberian unicorn” was found in Kazakhstan. Live Science tells about scientists deciding to carbon-date the fossil of a species thought to have gone extinct 350,000 years ago. Lo and behold, the date came back at 29,000 radiocarbon years. “If the new calculation is correct, the ‘Siberian unicorn’ could have crossed paths with modern humans,” the article says. If evolutionary estimates were 92% wrong for the date of this animal’s extinction, how wrong could they be about other fossils that have not yet been tested for carbon-14? (Note: radiocarbon ages do not necessarily translate into actual ages.)Monkey shines: The first monkey fossil found in North America (actually, Central America in Panama) has been reported by PhysOrg, based on seven teeth found while the new Panama Canal is being excavated. Evolutionists say it is 21 million years old. Darwin, we have a problem: “Prior to this discovery, New World monkeys were thought to have evolved in isolation on South America, cut-off from North America by a wide seaway.” New Scientist supplies a rescue story. First, quote a puzzled evolutionist for dramatic effect: “How could they possibly be those of a monkey given what almost seems like a law at this point: there are no monkeys in North America prior to the Great American Interchange?” Turn up the tension: “The discovery is absolutely astounding,” says Richard Kay at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “A 21-million-year-old fossil monkey appearing in Central America is extraordinary and a bolt from the blue.” Resolution: No problem. The Old World monkeys crossed the Atlantic, didn’t they? Monkeys have a “wanderlust,” and this one made it over the waves “somehow,” crossing at least 160 kilometers of open ocean. “Unambiguously, these are the teeth of a South American monkey that somehow managed to do what no other mammal could do at that time – get across the Central American Seaway.” Others followed its lead, so it must not have been that hard, the article suggests.Grin and bear it: Fossils in the form of DNA comparisons between North and South American bears either present a problem or shed light on evolution, whichever way you prefer to look at it.The work of University of Adelaide researcher Dr Kieren Mitchell is shedding new light on the evolution of what are believed to be the largest bears that ever walked the Earth.PhysOrg shows the proper way for an evolutionist to deal with unexpected similarities: “The implication of this result is that these bears represent a remarkable instance of convergent evolution, as giant bears appear to have evolved independently in both North and South America.”Kingdom sharing: The first case of DNA sharing between animals and plants was alleged by PhysOrg. Scientists claim that endogenous retroviruses (“DNA fossils”) from insects have been found in pine trees. “The consequences of [the retrovirus] invasion for conifers evolution [sic] remain unclear,” the scientists admit, but they resurrected some Greek fairies to make the story more entertaining. “We called these conifer DNA sequences ‘Dryads‘ after the Greek mythological nymphs that inhabit trees.”Greek gods can be very useful for evolutionists, despite their claim to be anti-supernatural. The philosopher of science Willard Van Orman Quine agreed with William Duhem on the under-determination of theory by data (i.e., that data cannot confirm a single theory as the only explanation for observations). Duhem limited his critique to physics, according to Wikipedia‘s summary:Quine, on the other hand, in ‘Two Dogmas of Empiricism’, presents a much stronger version of underdetermination in science. His theoretical group embraces all of human knowledge, including mathematics and logic. He contemplated the entirety of human knowledge as being one unit of empirical significance. Hence all our knowledge, for Quine, would be epistemologically no different from ancient Greek gods, which were posited in order to account for experience.Now you know. Dryads come into employment as servants of Darwin, the Zeus of our age.last_img read more

SA economy ‘needs structural shift to grow’

first_img9 April 2014 The latest version of South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) is grounded in the imperative of “smart re-industrialisation”, with a focus on growing the country’s manufacturing sector, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Speaking at the unveiling of the sixth iteration of the IPAP in Pretoria on Monday, Davies said the South African economy needed to undergo a structural shift, away from exporting mining commodities to producing value-added products, if it was to create jobs and growth. “Industrialisation is critical to this,” Davies said. “It’s not just critical to South Africa, but critical to the future of the African continent. If Africa has enjoyed a growth spurt up to now, it is not going to sustain this unless we move up the value chain and start producing value-added products.” Making value-added products, he said, was a significant generator of jobs, not only within manufacturing, but also in up-stream and down-stream industries. In recent years, the IPAP has helped to stabilise South Africa’s manufacturing sector, to grow important parts of it and to prevent de-industrialisation. It has done so by putting in place mechanisms to leverage public procurement for the competitive manufacture of inputs into major areas of public infrastructure, including rail rolling stock, clothing and textiles.Progress under the IPAP Davies said that while the IPAP had significantly strengthened the country’s industrial policy in the most “difficult of times”, he was far from content with what has been achieved to date. Nonetheless, the IPAP has seen significant progress. Over the past four years, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) – which provides finance for industrial development projects – has invested R45-billion in equity or loans, helping to create new job opportunities in manufacturing, the green economy, infrastructure development and the services sector. Since 2010, the 12i Tax Incentive has offered R20-billion in tax breaks for compliant manufacturing projects, enabling the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to leverage R32-billion in actual and projected new investments over the 2010/15 period. The 12i Tax Incentive is designed to support both “greenfield investments” (new industrial projects that use only new and unused manufacturing assets) as well as “brownfield investments” ( expansions or upgrades of existing industrial projects). The new incentive offers support for both capital investment and training. Since its inception in May 2012, the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) has approved funding for 413 entities and R2.8-billion has been committed to support manufacturers, with a total investment value of R12.4-billion. This has helped to sustain 110 977 jobs. Since its commencement in 2008, the Manufacturing Investment Programme (MIP) has approved 1 856 projects with a total incentive value of R4.9-billion. These are projected to secure investments amounting to R35.4-billion and create 43 570 jobs. The top three sectors for project approval were agro processing, metals and chemicals. In the creative industries, 66 film and TV productions were supported by the DTI between April and December 2013, with an estimated total investment of R1.8-billion. And a joint initiative between the Cape Craft and Design Institute and the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund programme – implemented by the Development Bank of Southern Africa – saw the creation of 104 new long-term jobs in the Western Cape’s craft and design sector between September 2012 and October 2013. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more