Gardai Inspectorate report vindicates SF position – Mac Lochlainn

first_img Google+ WhatsApp The head of the Garda Inspectorate says it’s time for the culture of “who you know” inside the Gardai to change, but it won’t happen overnight.Robert Olson was speaking after the publication of a report into the force yesterday, which found massive failings in how crimes are recorded and classified.It ran to over 500 pages and also highlights serious systems failures and problems with training.Chief Inspector Robert Olson says the Garda Síochána needs to return to independence, but that will take leadership from the force itself and the Department of Justice.Meanwhile, Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn, Sinn Fein’s Justice Spokesperson, says the report gives the lie to the clam that recent government cutbacks were about modernising the force.He says the inspectorate is very critical of the lack of resources to gardai, and that vindicates what he and others have been saying for some time……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/paricreport.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Twitter Google+ Homepage BannerNews Gardai Inspectorate report vindicates SF position – Mac Lochlainn Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp By News Highland – November 12, 2014 Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Previous articleDonegal County Council to debate water charges at special meetingNext articleParents warned of data protection breach after HSE laptop is stolen News Highland Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath last_img read more

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Xtreme Cleaners/GT Beer Gold Rush Futsal Championship

first_img… Quarter-finals decided; Sparta Boss holds off eliminationFOLLOWING the conclusion of round-robin play in the inaugural Xtreme Cleaners/GT Beer Gold Rush Futsal Championship, Sparta Boss, Future Stars, Albouystown, Broad Street Bullies, Bent Street, Sophia, Tucville and Back Circle have all advanced to the quarter-finals.Sparta Boss secured their quarterfinal berth when they outclassed Sophia 3-0 on Thursday, thanks to goals from Solomon Austin (4th), Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson (12th) and Dennis Edwards (14th minute).Sophia had several clear chances on goal, but their shots were either well saved or hit the crossbar, as the star-studded ‘kings of futsal’ were able to limp into the knockout stage of the tournament.Part of the action on Thursday in the Xtreme Cleaners/GT Beer Gold Rush Futsal Championship at the National Gymnasium.Meanwhile, Bent Street, Back Circle and Tucville clinched their place in the knockout round compliments of contrasting results. Bent Street edged Broad Street 3-2.Keith Caines, Job Caesar and Daniel Wilson netted in the ninth, 11th and 16th minute respectively. For the losers, Daniel Favourite and Rocky Gravesande scored in the fourth and 10th minute each.Back Circle dismantled Tiger Bay 3-0. Selwyn Williams scored twice in the second and fourth minutes, while Jermaine Beckles netted in the seventh minute.Tucville overcame a 4-1 deficit to draw 4-4 with Agricola. Orson Francois bagged a brace in the third and fourth minutes for Agricola, while Domini Garnett and Lloyd Matthews netted in the first and eighth minute.For Tucville, Jermaine Junior recorded a double in the seventh and 15th minutes, while Jahaal Greaves and Raphael Edwards scored in the 12th and 17th.The quarterfinal stage of the tournament will commence next Tuesday, when Albouystown come up against Broad Street at 20:00hrs, Sophia will engage Bent Street, Back Circle will lock horns with Tucville and Sparta Boss will have to live up to their hype against Future Stars.The semi-final round kicks off on June 15, with the grand final set for June 17.Winners of the tournament will pocket $500 000 and the championship trophy. On the other hand, the runners-up will receive $200 000 and the respective accolade.The third- and fourth-place finishers will pocket $100 000 and $50,000 respectively and the corresponding accolade. On the individual side, $50 000 will be awarded to the Most Valuable Player (MVP).Other sponsors of the event include Fas Grafix, Jefford’s Distribution and Sales, Giftland Distribution Store and FARMSUP Mining Investments Inc.last_img read more

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NASA Throws Tax Millions to Evidence-Free Astrobiology Projects

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astrobiology has yet to establish that it has a subject to study, but NASA is giving millions of tax dollars to multiple teams, including SETI researchers.It’s no surprise that Astrobiology Magazine published smiling faces from 7 teams joining the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) that will be receiving an average of $8 million in taxpayer funds.  Here’s the stated justification:“The intellectual scope of astrobiology is vast, from understanding how our planet went from lifeless to living, to understanding how life has adapted to Earth’s harshest environments, to exploring other worlds with the most advanced technologies to search for signs of life,” said Mary Voytek, director of NASA’s Astrobiology Program in a recent press release. “The new teams cover that breadth of astrobiology, and by coming together in the NAI, they will make the connections between disciplines and organizations that stimulate fundamental scientific advances.”Another entry on Astrobiology Magazine sums it up: “NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $50 million to seven research teams nationwide to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.”  One of the teams is the SETI Institute, whose primary purpose is to search for intelligent aliens, even though this award money is allocated for something else: “The goal of the proposed research is to best prepare for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover” how? “to better understand where and how to search for life, and what biosignatures to look for,” the article says.  The SETI Institute, to remain afloat after years of non-detection of aliens, has had to diversity into other projects.  “I am absolutely thrilled that the SETI Institute is joining the NAI,” the team lead said (PhysOrg).This goes to show that Astrobiology, as a young science (less than 20 years old) is still receiving NASA priority, despite no detection of life anywhere beyond Earth.If you look through the proposed projects, none of them need to fall under the heading of “astrobiology.”  It may be justifiable as “basic research” to study the properties of organic molecules and see if they could survive transport to Earth via comets.  It may be interesting to consider the habitability of Europa.  It may be worthwhile to constrain what life could look like, so that we don’t fool ourselves on the next Mars mission.  But none of this justifies considering “astrobiology” a science; it’s a made-up concoction, like “Space Turkey.”  The whole enterprise, furthermore is drenched in materialistic evolutionary speculation.  We need the NAI like we need the NEA; the country would be better off without the wasteful spending that achieves nothing and often makes matters worse.Nobody is stopping the dreamers from dreaming on their own dime.  But wouldn’t you like to stop throwing good money after bad?  If there’s such a market for aliens, let the interested parties try crowdfunding in the free market instead of forcing everybody to pony up.  How about less Darwin and more Pasteur?  (10/01/14).  How about spending taxpayer money on something that can cure disease, improve human life, or help the economy?  Biomimetics deserves more support than astrobiology.NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine website spends most of its time drawing cartoons or reproducing other institution’s press releases; it is completely expendable.  The whole Astrobiology Institute scheme was born out of exorbitant hype over a Martian rock that turned out to have nothing to do with life.  Yet here we are, 18 years later, suffering in a down economy with a crippling debt, stuck with Space Turkey and nothing to eat.last_img read more

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One-stop ZOK shop

first_imgZOK offers internet, telephones, faxing and and copying, lottery tickets, prepaid electricity and airtime, and a host of retail services too – in one compact container. (Image: ZOK Cellular)Janine ErasmusSouth African communications company ZOK Cellular, in collaboration with national cellular provider Vodacom and other partners, has introduced an entrepreneurial project that will supply communities with essential retail, financial and communications services.The ZOK facility is a compact multi-function business unit that operates out of a refurbished shipping container. The name is taken from the initials of the three original partners – the Zion Christian Church, and top local football clubs Orlando Pirates and Kaiser Chiefs.The ZOK brand was initially established in 2005 by ZOK and a company associated with JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms, based in Johannesburg. Now the ZOK container has been officially launched with assistance from Blue Label Telecoms and in partnership with Vodacom, Absa Bank, and Premier Foods. Other key partners are software giant Microsoft and wireless internet provider iBurst, while the three initial partners are still shareholders in the ZOK brand.The container project has as its primary objective community upliftment, and is expected to create about 9 000 jobs as containers have the potential to employ two or three people each. With the pilot phase successfully concluded, ZOK intends to distribute more than 2 000 containers over the next few years across South Africa, rolling out between 30 and 40 every month.Containing the essentialsEach container costs R35 000 (excluding VAT) and is divided into two sections, one offering communication services such as four public telephones, two internet stations, and banking and faxing facilities, and the other operating as a small spaza shop that will sell prepaid airtime and electricity, lottery tickets and basic fast-moving consumer goods such as bread and maize meal.A spaza shop is a small informal business that is usually run from home. According to trade publication Spaza News there are over 100 000 spaza shops in South Africa with a collective turnover of more than R7-billion a year. Since each shop employs two or three people who support an average of four family members, this means that about one-million people across the country depend on revenue from a spaza shop.Other services are optional, such as the sale of Pirates and Chiefs merchandise. The unit will also contain an ATM. In short, says ZOK, most products and services available in the containers cater to the necessities of daily life in a South Africa township.Once the container has been installed on site, the operator will be able to start trading immediately. ZOK will assist in choosing the ideal location and will install the unit but the onus lies upon the operator, says the company, to ensure a constant power supply. Due to the recent difficulties experienced by national power provider Eskom in matching supply and demand, electricity supply can, at times, be unpredictable.Those who buy a license to operate a container, says ZOK, will find themselves in a position to gain financial independence without the risk and difficulties often associated with starting a small business.Skills for the futureZOK provides operators with comprehensive initial and ongoing training in various essential aspects of doing business, equipping them with valuable skills to take into the future. Training is compulsory and includes input not only from ZOK but from the company’s strategic partners, including Absa, Premier Foods, and the Itec Group, which supplies the office automation equipment. Therefore, operators will know the facts about the products and services offered as well as how to manage them in terms of brand awareness.Containers remain the property of ZOK, however, once the licence fee is paid up front, all income goes to the operator – apart from monthly costs to service providers. After six years the ZOK container will then belong to the operator. There are a number of terms and conditions which operators are expected to adhere to.ZOK, in conjunction with Blue Label Telecoms, who is facilitating the provision of products and services within the container, is planning to expand the range of services offered and is in negotiations with various parties so that those in underprivileged communities will soon have even more choice.last_img read more

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South Africa’s SweepSouth receives multimillion rand investment

first_img28 January 2016South African startup secures R10 million in funding #tech #business #sweepsouth https://t.co/VUdIOkrRQy pic.twitter.com/XjWteoVDRe— Stock Shop (@stockshopportal) January 25, 2016SweepSouth has received a boost for business from First National Bank’s Vumela Enterprise Fund and other investors. The company has secured R10-million in venture capital to expand the business across the country and secure plans to take the idea global.The South African home and corporate cleaning business was launched in 2014 by management consultant Aisha Pandor and software developer Alen Ribic. Much like the popular Uber lift-sharing and Airbnb accommodation apps, SweepSouth uses new media technology to supply online, on-demand home and business cleaning services.Pandor describes SweepSouth as an accessible platform for booking, managing and paying for cleaning services. The online, app-based platform connects clients with reliable, diligently vetted cleaning staff at affordable rates.“SweepSouth was founded on the belief that the home cleaning industry needed modernisation through technology as well as a change in mind-set towards the belief that everyone deserves access to dignified work at decent pay,” says Pandor.The funding comes from the Vumela Fund, as well as from the company’s existing investors, namely technology entrepreneur Vinny Lingham and Newtown Partners.The Vumela Fund, which was launched in 2010 to “create economic opportunities through high-impact entrepreneurship and job creation”, is capitalised by FirstRand Group and the Jobs Fund, and is managed by First National Bank (FNB) in an alliance with Edge Growth, an enterprise and supplier development specialist firm.The alliance focuses on helping small companies through its scale-up development phase and, to date, has almost R400-million in funds under management invested in various businesses in South Africa.Janice Johnston, the lead investor at Edge Growth, calls SweepSouth a dynamic and creative concept, adding that “the on-demand economy is a huge growth area, because a lot of consumers’ needs can be far better served with tech-enabled, on- demand services”.Pandor calls the Edge Growth investment in SweepSouth a vote of confidence in the South African entrepreneurial spirit. “It is an experienced and respected investor [that] shares our passion for job creation and social transformation. We’ve loved interacting with their team and are excited about utilising this investment to continue our rapid growth and create sustainable work for thousands of cleaners in the next year.”In 2015, SweepSouth was the first local company to be selected to participate in 500 Startups, a venture capital fund and start-up accelerator in Silicon Valley in the US.“SweepSouth has created thousands of job opportunities in the last few months for women, the vast majority of whom were unemployed, resulting in more than 100 000 hours of cleaning being completed over this time,” Pandor said when presenting the concept to 500 Startups.BREAKING NEWS: Domestic cleaning startup SweepSouth sweeps in R10m: https://t.co/oFJpSMXckQ pic.twitter.com/RarRED9S87— Jacques Coetzee (@feeblefruits) January 25, 2016The company is also part of the Microsoft BizSpark Programme, which supports small business with free software services. It was also named as one of the top five tech start-ups in the country by Ventureburn website in 2015.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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Get Ready for Smart Appliances

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Utility executives and some energy-efficiency experts have been dreaming for years of a smart electricity grid connected to smart appliances that can be remotely controlled. In many North American cities, however, the installation of smart meters has faced strong opposition from some homeowners. The resulting fallout has amounted to a public relations nightmare for electric utilities.According to utility engineers, the smart grid will be able to accomplish many things. Married with smart appliances, the smart grid will eventually:GE, Samsung, and LG are now manufacturing smart appliances that can interact with a smart grid and can be controlled from a remote location.When utility executives first hatched the idea of smart appliances, their chief motivation was a desire to remotely control appliances as a “demand response” strategy. “Demand response” is utility jargon; it refers to measures designed to lower electricity demand during peak hours. (When peak load is high, some electric utilities struggle to meet the electricity demand of their customers.)I first became aware of utility executives’ smart grid vision in early 2008. My article on the topic, “DOE Studies Homeowners’ Tolerance Of Utility-Controlled Appliances,” appeared in the February 2008 issue of Energy Design Update. I wrote, “In a study conducted by researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 50 homeowners in Washington and Oregon were offered a free electric dryer and a free electric water heater in exchange for participation in a study called the Grid Friendly Appliance Project. It was explained to the homeowners that the new appliances included devices allowing their heating elements to be remotely controlled. The control devices turned the heating elements off during certain peak load periods, ‘to help reduce pressure on the grid.’ Describing what might be termed ‘stealth load shedding,’ the researchers explained, ‘Anyone’s willingness to supply demand-side responsiveness will… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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Kiwis enter rugby quarterfinals

first_imgThree-time Commonwealth Games rugby champions New Zealand began their campaign on a confident note by breezing into the quarterfinals of the rugby sevens event at the University Stadium on Monday.The Kiwis, with four All Black players in their side, registered a 43-7 win over Canada, beat Guyana 52-0 and overpowered Scotland 46-0. New Zealand booked their berth in the quarterfinals along with Wales, South Africa, Scotland, Australia, England, Samoa and surprisingly, Kenya.The match against Canada was especially gripping, with the defending champions receiving two yellow cards. The Kiwis’ performance is even more commendable given the fact that in the second half, they were reduced to five men after Tomasi Cama and Liam Messam were sent off the field.However, they put in two more tries to seal the match. The hosts were never expected to match the speed and size of either South Africa or Wales. They lost to both convincingly.India went down to Wales 56-7 in their first game and were next hammered 59-0 by the South Africans. Against Tonga, whom India captain Nasser Hussain hoped to beat, the hosts were walloped 38-5 to register their third straight defeat.last_img read more

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9 months agoBurnley fullback Taylor: Players are behind Hart

first_imgBurnley fullback Taylor: Players are behind Hartby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley fullback Charlie Taylor says the players are behind Joe Hart.Hart, who had played in each of the first 19 league games this term, was dropped after the Everton match and Burnley have instead had Tom Heaton in goal for the last two league outings.Taylor said when asked about Hart: “Joe is a top professional and a top player.”We have a lot of top-class goalkeepers here and only one can play, so it’s a tough decision for the manager, and he made the call of putting Tom back in.”I think everyone would say Joe has played really well this season and is unlucky to lose his place, but that’s football, and Tom has come in and results have happened.”It’s unlucky on Joe, but he’s not changed anything around the place – he’s still a top pro, a top player and is brilliant to have in the dressing room.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Public Warned About Misuse of Antibiotics

first_img The Ministry of Health is warning members of the public of the negative impact on health caused by the excessive or misuse of antibiotics. The Ministry of Health is warning members of the public of the negative impact on health caused by the excessive use or misuse of antibiotics.Antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the result of the abuse of antibiotics. AMR occurs when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause.AMR is caused by a number of factors, including overprescribing of antibiotics, patients not finishing their treatment, overuse of antibiotics in livestock, fish and crops; poor infection control in hospitals, clinics and unclean facilities, lack of hygiene and poor sanitation.As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others. The condition also increases the prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria in humans, animals, plants and the environment.This poses a great threat to public health, as persons of any age are vulnerable to untreatable infections from surgical site infections, minor injuries or even colds, which can cause life-threatening complications from ‘superbugs’ such as tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.In response to this public health threat, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with its partners, has come up with a National Action Plan (NAP) to tackle AMR.Under the NAP, the Ministry of Health will be establishing a surveillance system of antibiotic-resistant infections and strengthening infection prevention and control measures.Additionally, the Ministry, in collaboration with the UWI, will be undertaking a public education campaign on the impact of antibiotic resistance.Members of the public are being encouraged to play their part in slowing antibacterial resistance by only using antibiotics prescribed by a certified health professional. Persons are also advised to always take the full prescription, even if health improves.Persons should never share leftover antibiotics with others, and should prevent infections by regularly washing hands and keeping vaccinations up to date.A major component of the action plan is stricter regulation and promotion of the appropriate use of quality medicines among healthcare professionals.Health workers are also being urged to participate in the initiative by ensuring that hands, instruments and the environment are clean; to only prescribe and dispense antibiotics when they are needed, in accordance with current guidelines; report drug-resistant infections to surveillance teams; and talk to patients about how to take antibiotics correctly.These workers are also charged with educating patients about the dangers of antibiotic resistance and the dangers of misuse. Medical professionals are also urged to talk to patients about methods of preventing infections through vaccination, hand washing, safe sex practices and covering nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.The food production industry is also integral to arresting AMR by promoting and adopting good practices at all steps of production and processing of foods from animal and plant sources.Stakeholders within the agricultural sector can also adopt sustainable systems with improved hygiene and biosecurity, proper handling of livestock, and ensuring that antibiotics given to animals are only used to control or treat infectious diseases.Animals should be vaccinated to reduce the need for antibiotics, and the development of alternatives to the use of antibiotics in plants is also encouraged.Food producers are also encouraged to implement international standards and guidelines for the responsible use of antibiotics. These standards are established by the World Health Organization (WHO), Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).Noting that 20 to 50 per cent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett-Templer, is calling on health workers to dispense these drugs judiciously.“It is a fact that antibiotic resistance is putting the achievements of modern medicine at risk. Organ transplants, chemotherapy and surgeries such as caeserian sections become much more dangerous without effective antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of infections where antibiotic resistance becomes a problem,” she notes.Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Consultant, Dr. Kam Mung, has commended the Government and local health officials for the effort in establishing a multisectoral national action plan to combat this threat.“We at PAHO congratulate Jamaica because of the formation of the anti microbial resistance technical working group,” he says.Noting that almost half a million people have developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, Dr. Mung said the action plan will assist in the national effort to stem the devastating health impact associated with the condition.Meanwhile, Medical Microbiologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr. Alison Nicholson, tells JIS News that the UWI has been conducting research into the condition to better prepare the health sector to manage the effects of AMR.“At the UHWI we monitor the organisms and look for resistance. We monitor our resistance patterns and take it further by doing research. We try to figure out what is the mechanism of this resistance. We look at the organisms and track them, so we know what organism causes which diseases,” Dr. Nicholson explains.The NAP is being executed through a multisectoral technical working group comprised of the Ministries of Health and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of the West Indies (UWI). AMR is caused by a number of factors, including over-prescribing of antibiotics, patients not finishing their treatment, over-use of antibiotics in livestock, fish and crops; poor infection control in hospitals, clinics and unclean facilities, lack of hygiene and poor sanitation. Members of the public are being encouraged to play their part in slowing antibacterial resistance by only using antibiotics prescribed by a certified health professional. Persons are also advised to always take the full prescription, even if health improves. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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