− vows to appeal rulingFollowing its seizure of a number of supposedly fake evaporated milk products in October of last year, the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GAFDD) lost its court case as the matter was dismissed by presiding Magistrate Annette Singh.In Court 11 of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday, Magistrate Singh ruled that there was not enough evidence to validate the determination that the milk was indeed substandard and non-compliant with the stipulations of the GAFDD.This ruling did not sit well with GAFDD’s Director Marlan Cole as he signalled his organisation’s intention to appeal the case. Cole in court expressed the view that the threat which the product posed on persons’ health was not considered. He however conceded that his officers need to be more equipped with the necessary training in bringing matters of such nature to court.Cole opined that the GAFDD will be hindered in executing its mandate to ensure that food products which can be “injurious to public health,” misleading and/or deceptive would not be available on the market. The director also pointed out that the label on the evaporated milk cannot show a pictorial representation of a cow and it must carry a disclaimer which says: “Not suitable for children under two years.”In October 2015, the GAFDD has issued a warning to the public, against the sale and purchase of what it described as misleading brands of evaporated milk and evaporated filled milk that were being sold at local markets.Coupled with the warning, the department had also seized 909 cans of the said fake milk products which had included: Promex Milko Evaporated Filled Milk, Tinny Evaporated Filled Milk, Rosa Evaporated Filled Milk, GIV Evaporated Milk, Grace Filled Evaporated Milk, Big J Evaporated Milk and Red and White Evaporated Milk.Evaporated milk is a milk, or milk product which is constituted from animal source from which 60% of water has been evaporated, and contains not less than 25% of milk solids and 7.5% milk fat, and may carry a pictorial representation of a cow, while Evaporated Filled Milk is a prepared blend of skim milk, vegetable oil, stabilisers and vitamins.At that time it was observed that in some cases, the content of milk fat which was declared on the label was only three per cent and the cans bore no disclaimer but included a pictorial representation of a cow, which the department said should be removed. It is not yet clear when the department will appeal Magistrate Singh’s ruling.
As citizens continue to protest the parking meters, Thursday’s turn out proved to be much larger than that of the initial one, held last week. Business persons as well as civilians once again voiced their opinions against the parking meter system.Hundreds of persons were seen holding placards against the parking meter initiative, while this time around; no one was counteracting the protest in front of City Hall. Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran along with previous Town Clerk, Carol Sooba, also joined the protest to share their thoughts on the situation.Details of this story will be published in the February 10, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Cingular Wireless will refund $18.5 million to thousands of former California customers who were penalized for canceling their mobile phone service because they had trouble making and receiving calls. The settlement announced Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission ends a lengthy battle revolving around Cingular’s treatment of dissatisfied subscribers from January 2000 through April 2002. About 115,000 customers who left Cingular during that time will receive average refund checks of $160.
The Donegal Youth Orchestra, Donegal Youth Choir and Little John Nee will perform the Happy Prince in The Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon on Saturday 21st April at 3pm and again at 7pm. We look forward to seeing you there.The Happy Prince is a very exciting, exquisite and beautiful music and storytelling commission as part of the Public Art Program of Donegal County Council Cultural Serivces and was commissioned in partnership with the VEC Music Education Partnership, An Grianan Theatre and supported by the Contemporary Music Centre and RTE Jnr Radio.Working from an existing text, and directed by Raymond Keane from Barabbas Theatre, we have commissioned composer Vincent Kennedy and writer, actor, storyteller and musician Little John Nee to write and perform an orchestral/narrated Donegal adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Happy Prince’. The piece, which is about 50 minutes long explores the timeless themes of love, friendship and compassion in a magical way. THE HAPPY PRINCE COMES TO THE ABBEY was last modified: April 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:THE HAPPY PRINCE COMES TO THE ABBEY
Next Game: Full Schedule Roster vs. South Dakota State 8/31/2019 – 2 p.m. Live Stats Preview The Drake University volleyball team was defeated by Memphis, 3-1, in the season opener for both teams in the first match of the EIU Panther Classic Friday afternoon.Drake won the first set, 25-18, but then suffered setbacks of 25-15, 25-23, 25-20 in the ensuing sets.After committing nine attacking errors in the first set, the Tigers made just 11 errors in the final three sets to hold off the Bulldogs.Junior Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) led Drake with 12 kills in the loss while freshman Haley Bush (Waukee, Iowa) added 11 kills. Fellow freshman Michelle Rabbitt (Canton, Ohio) followed with eight kills and no errors on 25 attempts.Paige Aspinwall (Maple Grove, Minn.) captained the offense with 27 assists while Plock and Gillian Gergen (Janesville, Iowa) each contributed on four blocks.The Bulldogs return to action Saturday with a pair of matches to conclude the EIU Panther Classic. The day begins at 2 p.m. against South Dakota State followed by a 6 p.m. match against Eastern Illinois. The nightcap will be broadcast on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version
The Uganda Police team hold their 3rd place trophy at the closing ceremony of the EAPCCO games. (PHOTO/Courtesy)NAIROBI – The Uganda Police Force team on August 31 emerged third in the concluded East African Police Chief Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) at Kasarani National Stadium in Nairobi.The team brought home 20gold, 25 silver and 10 bronze medals in ten disciplines of athletics, Darts, Ludo, Tag of War, Shooting, Boxing, Javelin, Discuss and Taekwondo.The games that started on August 26 saw Uganda finish behind winners Rwanda and Kenya in second place.Other teams including Burundi, Tanzania, and South Sudan emerged 3th, 5th and 6th respectively.In her remarks at the closing ceremony, Kenya’s Cabinet secretary Rachel Omano thanked the members of EAPCCO for the spirit of cooperation and coordination through sports as one way of combating organized transnational crimes in the region“We need these serious engagements by member countries bringing officers to come together and interact. It is not about competition but sharing ideas and information,” she said.This year’s EAPCCO was convened under the theme, ” Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Integration in the fight against Transnational and Organized Crime”Rwanda will host the 4th edition of the EAPCCO games in 2020.Comments Tags: top
Continuing his hugely-popular medical column, Medical Matters, this week Dr Ciaran Roarty examines the common problems of verrucas and warts and how they can be treated.Verrucas and WartsWarts are little rough bumps on the skin which are usually (but not always ) found on the hands and feet. They are caused by a virus and can occur singly or in groups of several. They are usually less than a centimetre in diameter and vary tremendously in size and shape. Verrucas are simply warts that developed on the soles of the feet. They are usually flatter because we are walking on them every day. (Warts near or at the genital or anal area are different and are classified as a sexually transmitted infection.)It is thought that most of us develop warts at some stage in our lives and usually in childhood or our teenage years. They usually are not harmful but tend to be treated if they are unsightly, bothersome (eg at the tips of our fingers) or painful ( eg a verrucae)How do I get them?Close skin to skin contact is needed to pass on the virus that causes warts and verrucas directly. But if your skin is damaged, or roughened and wet and in contact with rough surfaces you may also contract the virus. This is can happen in swimming pools. It is also possible to spread the wart yourself to another part of the body by sucking or biting your fingers or nails for example. Once again if you are immunocompromised for any reason ( eg on special immune suppressing medication) you may be more prone to contracting the virus that causes warts.Can I prevent their spread?Things like not sharing towels, covering verrucas with waterproof plasters when swimming or wearing flip-flops in communal showers all help reduce the spread. Picking or scratching warts and biting nails or fingers that have warts can all lead to the spread of warts.How do I treat them?Often warts will go themselves and up to half will have gone in a year, especially in children. Adults find it takes longer for a wart to disappear. Treatments are used when they are bothersome and include:Cryotherapy – freezing them with liquid nitrogen. Usually, a GP or practice nurse who is skilled in this technique will perform the treatment between 4 to 6 times with a couple of weeks gap between each treatment.Painting with gels and lotions containing salicylic acid. This can be time-consuming as it usually has to be applied daily for up to three months, with prior preparation of the wart necessary ( filing beforehand to rub off dead cells)Combination of both of the above methods.Other specialist treatments such as curettage, light therapy, laser therapy and creams.Should my child stop swimming if they have a wart or verrucas?Swimming may save your child’s life one day so the advice is to continue swimming but place a waterproof plaster over the wart or verruca when swimming and use flip-flops in the showers.The above information is intended as advice only and should you have any concerns please contact your own Doctor.Dr Ciarán Roarty MB, BCh BAO MICGP DRCOG Grad. Cert. Obst. Ultrasoundis a full-time GP at Scally McDaid Medical Practice, Scally Place, Letterkenny, Tel 0749164111Dr Ciaran Roarty at the Scally/McDaid surgery in Letterkenny.Medical Matters: How to deal with verrucas and warts was last modified: August 11th, 2018 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare 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:Dr Ciaran RoartyMedical Mattersverrucaswarts
What are aliens doing in science news reports? There is no evidence they even exist. That has not hindered some scientists from speculating. BBC News reporters Pallab Ghosh headlined an entry “Astronomers hopeful of detecting extra-terrestrial life,” and adorned it with a Hollywood-style alien corpse. The article highlighted the optimism of Lord Rees, the president of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal of Britain, who thinks we are getting close to discovering alien life. And whatever the discovery shows them to be, “It would change our view of ourselves and our place in the cosmos.” Frank Drake of SETI fame was also given very good press by the BBC News for finding nothing for 50 years. Drake was praised for inventing an equation that, to evaluate, would require knowledge of several factors that are beyond observation or measurement. Reporter Jonathan Amos focused on what our reactions would be if we discovered aliens. New Scientist went even further and speculated on what aliens will look like. Reporter Stephen Battersby acknowledged there is no evidence for “Tentacled monsters, pale skinny humanoids, shimmery beings of pure energy… When it comes to the question of what alien life forms might look like, we are free to let our imagination roam,” he said. “The science-in-waiting of extraterrestrial anatomy has yet to acquire its first piece of data, so nobody knows what features we will behold if and when humans and aliens come face-to-face. Or face to squirmy something.” From there, various astrobiologists and origin-of-life researchers weighed in with their imaginative speculations. Stephen Benner thought life might be built on alien chemistry. Battersby speculated about life in our solar system. “In our eyes, the Titanians might seem pretty laid back. At around 93 kelvin, Titan’s seas are very cold and that makes chemical reactions super slow.” Dirk Schulze-Makuch (U of Washington) who said, “Things could be very slow-moving and slow-growing. The lifetime of such an organism may be 10,000 years, or perhaps as much as a million.” Battersby switched over to SETI and let his imagination run loose: “Even without knowing the details of their chemistry or habitat, it is possible to hazard a few guesses,” he said. He used “convergent evolution” to speculate that aliens might look like us, and even put English words in their mouth. So if our aliens come from a planet with a range of habitats not too different from those on Earth, they might well have some of the same characteristics. A well-lit world like ours would probably produce beings with eyes – so maybe a recognisable face after all. And our cosmic correspondents would presumably need some manipulating organs to fiddle with the nuts and bolts of their technology. They might even have hands, but then again why not a prehensile tail or a trunk instead? “Maybe it’s an antenna, maybe a tentacle,” says [Lynn] Rothschild [NASA Ames]. “Maybe an octopus would look at us and think ‘How can you expect this organism to develop technology with its two clumsy front limbs?’”While we’re speculating, let’s not let empiricism get in the way. They might even be machines; or “we might find tentacled monsters, pale skinny humanoids, shimmery beings of pure energy….” At least we can take comfort in the probability that the aliens are green – that is, environmentalists. The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) tells us, for good or for ill, “Astrobiology Opens Pandora’s Box.” Pandora has improved her reputation since the movie Avatar. “Lisa Kaltenegger from NAI’s MIT team discusses exoplanets and science fiction with CNN World, noting that it’s likely many moons such as Avatar’s Pandora exist, and we’re that much closer to finding them with NASA’s Kepler mission.” Actually, Pandora does exist. It’s a little bitty moon inside Saturn’s F-Ring (see Planetary Photojournal). But since this is an article about Astrobiology, the implication is that where big-world Pandoras of the Avatar kind form, Pandorans – environmentally-friendly sentient communicators – are sure to emerge. Why? Because evolution is a force throughout the universe. Whether green sentient slime or general electric beings of pure energy, it good things to life. For more on SETI speculation, see the 10/31/2009 entry. If this is New Scientist, don’t ask what New Rationality is supposed to be. Can you imagine the reaction of these “scientists” if theologians or historians were to flip out in unsubstantiated imagination like this? This is nothing but Darwinism, with all its silly concoctions like “convergent evolution” (01/26/2010) projected into space. They call it “science-in-waiting.” Gnomology could be called that, too (09/01/2009, 09/17/2008, 04/21/2008, and 03/16/2008 commentaries). Let’s throw in alchemy, astrology and natural magic. After all, no data are needed, and those “sciences” actually had more to work with. While the alien hunters are speculating in Fantasyland pretending to be scientists, maybe they could tell us how many aliens made of pure energy could dance on the head of a pin.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Every once in awhile, biologists argue over whether evolution is predictable. The latest flap over stick insects sticks up for predictability, but flops.An international group of scientists, publishing in the journal Science, studied stick insects—those long, skinny walking insects that try to blend in with plants by mimicking twigs. In their paper, “Natural selection and the predictability of evolution in Timema stick insects,” they do their best to estimate the trajectory of these bugs. Laura Zahn, however, in a summary of the paper in the same issue of Science, has this to say:Evolution results from expected effects, such as selection driving alleles toward fixation, and stochastic effects, such as unusual environmental variation and genetic drift. To determine the potential to predict evolutionary change, Nosil et al. examined three naturally occurring morphs of stick insects (see the Perspective by Reznick and Travis). They wanted to determine which selective parameters could be used to foresee changes, despite varying environmental conditions. One morph fit a model of negative frequency-dependent selection, likely owing to predation, but changes in other morph frequencies remained unpredictable. Thus, for specific cases, we can forecast short-term changes within populations, but evolution is more difficult to predict when it involves a balance between multiple selective factors and uncertainty in environmental conditions.According to Zach Gompert at Utah State University, one of the authors, the predictability is hardly surprising: brown stick insects would be found on brown plants, and green stick insects would be found on green plants. The reason is that birds can more easily see the out-of-place morphs and eat them. This explains why out-of-place insects would be missing, but says little about the arrival of the camouflaged species. A USU press release says that the team analyzed 25 years’ worth of data to try to figure out if evolution is predictable.“With the green versus green-striped morphs, the cause of selection was simple and well understood facilitation of predictability,” Gompert says. “In contrast, with the melanistic morph, natural selection was more complex and tied to variation in weather and climate, making it harder to predict from past patterns of change.”The scientists compared their results to better known studies, including Darwin’s finches and the scarlet tiger moth, both of which were also not very predictable.“Our findings support previous discoveries and suggest evolution of morph frequencies in these stick insects is indeed a result of selection,” Gompert says. “They also suggest poor predictability of environmental variation and how it affects selection, rather than random evolutionary processes, might be the main limits on predicting evolution.”While we can use the past to predict change, he says, we’re constrained by our lack of knowledge of the future and complex ecological processes that contribute to change.c. Brett Miller. Used by permission.It’s hard to characterize any of this data support for evolution being predictable. They’re basically saying, ‘evolution is predictable except when it isn’t.’ Reznick and Travis sum up the results:Evolution is like population dynamics because evolutionary change over time can be governed by multiple factors, the relative influence of which vary over time. Nosil et al. used a series of observational data taken over 25 years on natural populations in combination with experiments to show that in one case, evolution can be predicted very well, but in another, it cannot. More generally, they show that without deep biological knowledge, we cannot understand either past or future, much less predict the future from the past.The problem is not just with stick insects. It extends to all of biology:Questionable predictability is not specific to stick insects. Nosil et al. analyzed data sets for other long-term studies of evolution in various species, including Galapagos finches and the peppered moth, and show that they also offer low temporal predictability. In these cases, the likely cause is also multiple forms of selection the strength of which varies over time.Interesting that they would present finches and peppered moths, both of which are “icons of evolution” featured in the list by Jonathan Wells, yet say they were subject to ‘multiple forms of selection.’ Why not simple ‘natural selection’ that strikes so many evolutionists as intuitively obvious? Now, we find, things are not so obvious after all. It’s complicated to predict even one thing on which natural selection might act:These results show that an iconic example of a simple trait subjected to a single agent of strong selection is actually much more complicated. Similar lessons have been taught by other seemingly simple phenomena. For example, the complex ways in which known agents of selection on the color polymorphism of Cepaea snails meant that “each population is subject to a unique explanation”. This is in stark contrast to studies of microbial, viral, and immune system selection, for which evolution seems to be highly predictable. Why this is the case, when it is not so in organisms such as stick insects and others, is a new challenge for evolutionary biologists.So the environment is unpredictable, selection is unpredictable, and mutations are clearly random. Adding three random factors together does not improve on randomness. After 158 years of Darwinian evolution, what has been accomplished to improve scientific understanding other than to say, “Stuff happens”?We like to periodically back up our claim that Darwinism reduces to the Stuff Happens Law. It explains everything; it explains nothing. This is how a stupid idea can put on invisible royal robes and masquerade as an emperor of understanding. Look at these proofs of the Stuff Happens Law we presented earlier. Don’t you feel wiser knowing them?Why the Stuff Happens Law is ScientificIt is reductive: all events can be reduced to this law.It makes predictions: Stuff will happen.It is universal: Stuff always happens.It is normative, not just descriptive: Given matter in motion, stuff must happen.It is falsifiable: If nothing happens, the law has been disproved.It is practical: If something happens, you know you will find stuff around.Corollaries can be derived from it: e.g., Stuff happens at the worst possible time, Bad stuff happens to good people, Murphy’s Law, etc.Impressed? Darwin’s laws of nature are about as helpful to the understanding of nature as the Stuff Happens Law. Your science might be healthier with a bit of Cole’s Law (i.e., thinly sliced cabbage). (Visited 606 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0