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11
Jan
2020

Hart board debates school renovations

first_imgHart senior Michael Ewart said he was shocked to learn classrooms at his school don’t meet fire codes, including ceiling sprinklers required in new construction. Ewart was seriously burned in December 2005 when his family home caught fire. He has since started the nonprofit Michael Ewart Smoke Alarm Education Foundation to promote fire safety. “Accidents can and do happen,” Ewart said. Hart board member Gloria Mercado presented a plan to install a modular building to house science labs rather than try to repair decaying facilities. She suggested seeking state grants to cover the $7 million cost of a 12-classroom modular. “I feel like this is what we’re willing to settle for … it’s just not enough,” Mercado said. Science teacher John Ahart said he had no problems with keeping the older buildings as long as the district guaranteed his students more space and safety. “I understand you don’t get this quality of building any more, so if you can tear down walls to give us bigger lab rooms, than I am OK with that,” Ahart said. “But there are no fire sprinklers in this plan – the safety of my students has to come first.” Hart Superintendent Jaime Castellanos said hiring the architects was a good move. The team will engage teachers in the design process. “Maybe we can do a hybrid plan,” Castellanos said. Shirley Pundt, a Hart Regiment Alumni Association member pushing for repairs at Hart, said she was happy to see the plan. “It’s a great first step,” Pundt said. “But I don’t want to see a Band-Aid solution that when we get additional funding we will have to undo.” In the district’s first phase of remodeling, Hart’s band room would get a full schedule of repairs and replacements – but Pundt said the crowded room would not be enlarged. “That building is built for 60 students; next year we will have 120 students in the band,” she said. “The board is looking into short-term solutions, but that is now what’s critical. What is critical is doing what’s right by the students, teachers and the community.” SANTA CLARITA – The Hart board gave the OK for architects to start preparing more detailed renovation plans for the district’s three oldest campuses but disagreed on how much work needs to be done. At a school board meeting Wednesday night, Rob Gapper, the Hart Union High School District’s chief operations officer, unveiled a $20 million renovation plan for Hart High and Placerita and Sierra Vista junior highs. The plan marks the first of three phases of renovations. At Hart High, the plan calls for new ceilings, floors, paint, lighting, furniture and electrical outlets in 46 classrooms. Science labs and restrooms also would be modernized. But critics, including some board members, called the plans insufficient and even unsafe, saying if the buildings are preserved rather than replaced they won’t be brought up to the current fire-safety standard. “We need to do it right, and we need to do it right the first time,” board member Steve Sturgeon said. The district is hoping to preserve Hart’s buildings – some of them 60 years old. “You can’t buy those buildings anymore; everything now is stucco boxes,” Gapper said. Gapper said the $20 million renovation plans allow for the most upgrades in the shortest amount of time – for the least amount of money. But keeping the older buildings also spares the Hart district the multimillion-dollar expense of updating fire and safety features to the latest standards on the three campuses – something teachers, parents and students called unacceptable. last_img read more

28
Dec
2019

MAN WHO CAUSED COLLAPSE OF TRIAL WARNED HE COULD GO TO PRISON IN FUTURE

first_imgA man who caused the collapse of a trial after he failed to turn up as a witness has been warned he faces going to jail or being fined if he does not comply in future.Conor Kelly appeared at Buncrana District Court today charged with being in contempt of court.He was due to give evidence in a trial of a man charged with dangerous driving but because he failed to do so, the case collapsed. Kelly, who runs PC Repairs at St Mary’s Road, Buncrana, told the court that he was self-employed working with computer repairs and could not get off work.Garda Patrick Henry told the court there had been some confusion and that he believed Kelly was due to appear at 2pm on the day of the trial.Judge Paul Kelly said it was Kelly’s civic duty to appear in court.“It is not a satisfactory answer to say that you were working on the day. A trial could not go ahead because you were not here,” he said.Judge Kelly added that the result was an expense which had to be met by the taxpayer.However, he said in light of Garda Henry’s evidence, he would dismiss the case.He warned Kelly to ensure he appeared again if he was ever a witness in a court case.MAN WHO CAUSED COLLAPSE OF TRIAL WARNED HE COULD GO TO PRISON IN FUTURE was last modified: January 9th, 2014 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:buncranaConor Kellycontempt of courtcourtlast_img read more

27
Dec
2019

GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 13, 17, 18 and 27. There was no winner of Match 3 Numbers. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,400 and Match 3 rolls over to €120. The Killotto is now online. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website www.killybegsgaa.com and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went Margaret Byrne, Dunkineely. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,300 on 46 calls.Killybegs Seniors and Reserves are playing Sean McCool’s in Fintra in the league on Saturday. Throw Ins are 4.15 and 5.45. St John’s ended their championship campaign on Friday last as they were defeated by N. Conaill in their play off. Team was Michael Rice, Niall Carberry, Aaron Kyles, Brendan Mc Callaig, Eoin Gallagher, Noel Breslin, Johnathan Cassidy, Daniel Mc Glynn, Cian Kennedy, Ciaran Battles, Joseph Alvey, Sean Mulhern, Peter Alvey, Alan Lyons, Luke Kelly, Subs Gary Byrne, Michael Mc Glynn and Christopher Cunningham. Other panel members through the season were John Ban Gallagher, Gary Breslin, Tony Gallagher, Hugh Mc Fadden, Ryan Ward, Alan Gillespie and Daniel Larkin. Manager Dermot Boyle wishes to thank the players for their commitment all season and also to Christopher Murrin, Liam Kennedy, Tony Hegarty and Macdara Woods for helping with the team.GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS was last modified: September 27th, 2011 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:Killybegs GAA Club noteslast_img read more

25
Dec
2019

LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL MANAGER APOLOGISES FOR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT CHAOS

first_imgMr Murphy, rightTHE Manager of Letterkenny General Hospital has today apologised for further delays in the Emergency Department today.“Letterkenny General Hospital remains very busy today,” said Sean Murphy.“A lot of emergency admissions over the past few days and high bed occupancy levels are still causing delays in moving patients from the Emergency Department to the wards. “LGH would ask the public for their understanding for any delays that may occur while it responds to the current workload and to avoid attending the Emergency Department today if at all possible. Patients are asked to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance.“The hospital is taking all steps to deal with the situation,” he added.Yesterday staff contacted Donegal Daily to say there weren’t enough staff to cope .  LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL MANAGER APOLOGISES FOR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT CHAOS was last modified: May 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:crisisemergency departmentLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

24
Dec
2019

ROADS FLOODED AS DELUGE HITS DONEGAL

first_imgTHERE are reports of flooded roads across Co Donegal this evening after a day heavy rain.Gardai are asking motorists to take extreme care on the roads this evening as darkness falls.So far we are getting reports of flooding in Donegal Town, Letterkenny, Ballybofey, Buncrana, Carndonagh, Gaoth Dobhair and Pettigo. Standing water on many rural roads is also catching out motorists, says AA RoadWatch.“Roads around Letterkenny are particularly bad,” said an AA spokesman. ROADS FLOODED AS DELUGE HITS DONEGAL was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalflooded roadslast_img read more

19
Dec
2019

Convergent Evolution: A Better Explanation

first_imgReferences[1] Is Evolution Predictable? Butterflies take different paths to arrive at the same color pattern. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 14 November 2019. https://stri.si.edu[2] Ref. 1.[3] Ref. 1.[4] Carolina Concha, et al., 2019. Interplay between Developmental Flexibility and Determinism in the Evolution of Mimetic Heliconius Wing Patterns. Current Biology, 29: 1-14, December 2; DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.10.010.[5] Ref. 1.[6] Doolittle, R. 1994. “Convergent Evolution: The Need to be Explicit.” Trends in Biochemical Sciences, 19(1):15-18, p. 15.[7] Losos, J. B. 2011. “Convergence, Adaptation, and Constraint.” Evolution, 65(7):1827-1840.[8] Wikipedia: List of examples of convergent evolution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_examples_of_convergent_evolution.[9]  Woodward, Aylin. The Tasmanian tiger is thought to have gone extinct in 1936, but mysterious sightings suggest the creature might still be out there. https://www.businessinsider.com/tasmanian-tiger-may-not-be-extinct-sightings-pictures-2019-11.[10] Simpson, George. 1980. Splendid Isolation: The Curious History of South American Mammals. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.[11] Rice, Stanley. 2007. “Convergence,” pp. 89-93 in: Encyclopedia of Evolution. New York, NY: Facts on File, p. 93.[12] Pääbo, Svante. 2014. Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes. New York, NY: Basic Books, p. 66.[13] Lima-de-Faria, A. 1988. Evolution without Selection: Form and Function by Autoevolution. Amsterdam, Holland: Elsevier, p. 271.[14] Losos, J. B. 2011; Simpson, 1980, pp. 12-13.[15] Milner, R. 1990. The Encyclopedia of Evolution. New York, NY: Facts on File.[16] Rice, 2007; Losos,  2011, p. 1872.)[17] Johnson, D. H. 1955. “The Incredible Kangaroo: Australia’s Famous Marsupial Sits on Its Tail, Fights Like a Man, Bounces Like a Steel Spring, and Graces a Coat of Arms.” The National Geographic Magazine, 108(4):487-500, p. 489.[18]  Reuell, Peter. 2019. A Clue to Biodiversity. https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/10/gene-flow-between-butterfly-species-offers-clue-to-biodiversity/; Nathaniel B. Edelman. 2019. Genomic architecture and introgression shape a butterfly radiation. Science. Science  01 Nov 2019. 366 (6465): 594-599. Online at https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6465/594.full.[19]  Hollingshead, Todd. 2019 Analysis of butterfly genomes reveals answers to complex evolutionary history questions. https://lifesciences.byu.edu/researchers-break-down-20-whole-genomes-of-perplexing-butterfly-to-find. October 31.[20] Purdom, Georgia and Bodie Hodge, 2008. “Zonkeys, Ligers, and Wolphins, Oh My!” Answers in Depth, Vol.3, pp.71–73. https://assets.answersingenesis.org/doc/articles/aid/v3/zonkeys-ligers-wolphins.pdf .Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile. The Major Convergent Evolution Obstacle: Can an Event Acknowledged as Improbable Occur Many Times?by Jerry Bergman, PhDHeliconius butterfly (Illustra Media)An international team of scientists working with a certain kind of butterfly in Panama was faced with a question: How could “pairs of clearly unrelated butterflies from Peru to Costa Rica evolve nearly the same wing-color patterns over and over again?”[1] Typically, evolutionists explain this phenomenon away with an empty phrase: “butterflies can evolve along separate and different paths to arrive at the same color pattern, a process called convergent evolution.”[2] This answer requires a suspension of disbelief. How can different species take two very different genetic paths – which would require many major genetic differences – and yet arrive at the same end result?The “convergent evolution” solution fell apart in a study on Heliconius butterflies published in Current Biology. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute remarked that the discovery “forever changes the way evolution is understood.”[3] The finding that motivated this remark is as follows:although natural selection channeled phenotypic convergence [i.e., outward appearances were similar], divergent developmental contexts between the two major Heliconius lineages opened different developmental routes to evolve resemblance. Consequently, even under very deterministic evolutionary scenarios, our results underscore a surprising unpredictability in the developmental paths underlying convergence in a recent radiation.[4]Natural selection can, in other words, cause two animals to converge so they look alike (the process called “convergent evolution” noted above), but it can take very different genetic paths to reach that goal. It’s as if two balloons can leave Detroit at the same time, moved by the same wind, but one goes east, the other northwest and they both end up in Paris at the same time. How can this be considered possible? The review uses word salad to basically restate their faith in natural selection’s ability to work miracles.Evolution is often viewed as a highly contingent process, where chance mutations and random genetic drift affect future outcomes. Nonetheless, there are many cases across branches of the tree of life where different species have evolved remarkably similar solutions to common environmental challenges. Such convergence provides some of the most compelling evidence of the power of natural selection to shape phenotypic diversity in highly deterministic ways. Over the past several decades, numerous studies have examined how convergent change is achieved.[5]The article concludes, “The broad consensus emerging from these studies is that the path taken by evolution is often repeatable among closely related species but becomes more unpredictable when species are deeply divergent.” In other words, neither natural selection, nor convergent evolution, can explain the final results the study found. This study has eloquently shown that classical evolution theory has a major problem. My conclusion is that convergent evolution, although widely accepted, is wrong.Professor Doolittle once said that convergence claims are confusing for several reasons, one of which is that often “not enough care is taken to state exactly what kind of convergence one has in mind.” He adds that evidence of “genuine [genetic] sequence convergence has yet to be made.”[6] Genetic sequence convergence is where genetic comparisons show close similarity. What was found in the butterfly study was major genetic differences although the genes for wing color patterns were close to identical.The authors of the Current Biology paper compared genes between unrelated Heliconius butterflies that nevertheless ended up looking uncannily similar. This undermines the whole convergence argument. There was no genetic convergence and, as we do more genetic comparisons, we will no doubt find many more examples of lack of evidence for genetic convergence in cases where “convergent evolution” has been the consensus explanation. Although claims of convergent evolution are common, even ubiquitous, their identification, interpretation, and explanation are controversial. This line of research will make them even more controversial.[7] Genetic comparisons may well falsify the general theory of convergence.Why Convergent Evolution Does Not Explain SimilaritiesDarwinists face a clear and formidable question: how can two animals, with very different ancestries, evolve to become almost identical? It is no small problem. Evolutionists waved it away with the hands of the clock, by claiming gradual evolution takes a long time. Convergence moves slowly as the two species move towards the same goal of becoming more alike as time flows forward. Wikipedia lists over 300 examples of convergent evolution.[8]Thylacine, or Tasmanian wolf (Wikimedia Commons)An amazing example of unrelated similarity is the marsupial Tasmanian wolf (Thylacinus cynocephalus) which strongly resembles the placental wolf (Canis). Evolutionists claim that the Tasmanian “wolf” is believed to have evolved in Australia, and the placental wolf in North America. They evolved separately along different paths from very different ancestors to coincidentally end up very similar.The Tasmanian wolf is sometimes called the Tasmanian tiger. It looks much like a dog, but has stripes on its back like a tiger, and resembles a large cat, a fox, or a wolf. It was once thought extinct, but some recent sightings have been reported in the news. This animal complicates the convergent evolution narrative because of its similarities to three animals.[9]  Like the platypus, another Australian marsupial, it seems like a mosaic of multiple animals.Thylacinus cynocephalus means “pouched animal with a dog’s head.” The main issue involves their reproductive styles, which are totally different. One is a placental mammal, the other a marsupial. And yet this marsupial’s head and the placental dog’s head have very similar skull morphology. Their resemblances in overall shape, locomotory mode, feeding and foraging are also all very similar. Both also have large canines and grinding molars. The behavior and lifestyles of the North American wolf and the Tasmanian wolf are very similar. The only answer evolutionists can give is “convergent evolution,” an empty phrase masquerading as an explanation.The placental wolf and the marsupial Tasmanian wolf are actually more similar to each other morphologically than a St. Bernard is to a chihuahua. When the Placental wolf and Tasmanian wolf are examined side by side by experts, differences can be seen, but most of the major skull traits and their overall shape are almost identical. “Convergence” attempts to explain away a serious dilemma for Darwinism, namely, how could two animals that are so far apart on the evolutionary tree, and must have diverged from a common ancestor eons ago, end up so similar in so many critical aspects today?Unhappy EvolutionistsSome biologists have effectively argued against the convergent evolution theory for very good reasons. A major complaint is that it acts as like a post-hoc armchair explanation. Another is that it lacks a mechanism. Another is that it lacks historical evidence. We have no fossil record showing the evolution of the placental wolf from some hypothetical ancient ancestor animal in North America. Nor do we have evidence of the evolution of the Tasmanian wolf from some hypothetical ancient ancestor in Australia. We just know from the evidence that lots of placental wolves live in North America and lots of Tasmanian wolves live in Australia and, in general, no fossils of marsupial wolves are found in North America and no fossils of the placental wolves are found in Australia.If large numbers of Tasmanian wolf fossils were found in North America beside living placental wolves, evolutionists would be ready with a different story. They could say both evolved here and split off recently, with the former having migrated to Australia. No matter what the facts show, evolution is always the answer.A Time BombAnother major difficulty with convergent evolution as an explanation for the placental wolf and the Tasmanian wolf is that their common traits are far too similar to have evolved separately from different ancient common ancestors way back in the early Cretaceous, as evolutionists believe. Such a huge time span should have produced far more differences than observed. Many other examples of convergence also show commonalities in so many ways that only experts can see the distinctions.[10]  Evolutionary paleontologists often have difficulty determiningwhether organisms shared a characteristic because they inherited it from a common ancestor, or because they evolved it separately by convergence. This sometimes makes reconstructing fossil history difficult. Sometimes in the fossil record a species appears to have become extinct then reappears. Is it because the species was rare for a long time, then reappeared in greater abundance (what paleontologist David Jablonski calls Lazarus taxa, because they appeared to rise from the dead), or because another lineage evolved similar features by convergence, and it just looked like a reappearance (what paleontologist Douglas Erwin calls Elvis taxa)?[11]The theory of convergence has additional problems. “Natural selection” is the Darwinians’ magic wand to explain everything, including convergence, but science should be open to other theories that can explain things. The major difficulty by far with convergence is how random mutations and natural selection could repeatedly generate the same complex designs requiring many genes, sometimes several scores of times. If Darwinists were not so antagonistic to skeptics of their theory, they might be open to evidence of an intelligent Creator using the same design in different contexts.Convergence Theory Hinders ScienceSvante Pääbo, after decades of research, wrote that convergence makes taxonomy difficult. He wrote that the many “examples of convergent evolution was to me a strong message that morphology is often an unreliable indicator of relatedness among organisms.”[12] Professor Lima-de-Faria, in an extensive study of convergent evolution, concluded that the striking similarities in very different life-forms is a “puzzling fact” not explained by Darwinism. Indeed, he believes, similarities between unrelated organisms are a major obstacle for evolution theory.[13] The esteemed evolutionist George Gaylord Simpson stressed that “the phenomenon of evolutionary convergence… is a source of disquiet and precaution to paleontologists and other biologists.”[14]Some evolutionists try this angle: living in similar environments and experiencing similar selection pressures can produce convergence, they argue.[15] This is called the “adaptationist” theory of convergence. Comparing the adaptationist and constraint perspectives on convergent evolution, evolutionists consideredthe more fundamental question about the predictability of evolutionary change. More generally, convergent evolution has long been taken as evidence of adaptation, but some recent workers have questioned the ability of evolutionary biologists to infer the operation of natural selection from the phylogenetic pattern.[16]Mindless Environments Cannot Force ConvergenceThere is no necessary connection between the environment and convergence. Environments of “convergent” animals are often very different. Except for opossums and their relatives, marsupials are now found only in Australia and New Zealand. The environments of North America and Australia are very different in climate, terrain, and, especially, in the life-forms inhabiting the land, and yet both America and Australia have opossums.[17]Heliconius wing patterns not by chance but by genetic sharing. (Wikimedia Commons)Conversely, environments of unlike animals are often quite similar. No reason exists to believe similar environmental demands could evolve two very different precursor animals to converge into animals with similar traits. Nor does any direct evidence exist that even very similar environments will evolve different animals to increasingly resemble each other until they become, not just superficially identical, but in many ways, close to physiologically identical. In conclusion, convergence theory has launched many disputes in the past between evolutionists, and new research has only added to their headaches.Sharing: A Much Better ExplanationPossibly due to the inadequacy of convergent evolution, another (and much better) explanation has been offered for convergence: shared information. Animals can pass genes back and forth in a process known as introgression, defined as “the introduction of genes from one species into the gene pool of another species, occurring when matings between the two produce fertile hybrids.” In the case of the Heliconius butterflies, the researchers are claiming that rampant introgression has occurred.[18]Another example shows up in the human gene pool. Geneticists writing in a preprint in bioRxiv on November 15 found that “Neanderthal introgression reintroduced functional ancestral alleles lost in Eurasian populations.” Nothing new evolved; the information was “reintroduced” to Eurasions through introgression.Even so, explaining the variety by the exchange of genes due to interbreeding between genetically divergent individuals does not solve the evolutionary origins problem. What needs to be explained is the origin of the functional genes that are passed around by introgression. As any dog breeder knows, the exchange of genes produces an enormous amount of variety. Hollingshead opined: “On a grand scale, the findings provide evidence that the model of an evolutionary tree first famously drawn by Darwin may need some adjusting.”[19]The Creation ExplanationActually, this is what creationists have been saying for decades: a great deal of the variety in the natural world is the result of sharing of genetic information, not emergence of new genetic information by random mutation and natural selection. Sharing of pre-existing genetic information can occur by several methods, including horizontal gene transfer, retrovirus insertions, hybridization, interbreeding and introgression. Creation taxonomists organize life by “created kinds” (baramin), within which a good deal of horizontal diversification and genetic sharing can occur. For example, the cat kind includes lions, cheetahs, domestic cats, etc. – a total of 30+ living species and a number of extinct ones. These all came from the original pair of cats, Purdom and Hodge argued in a 2008 paper.[20]With evolution a theory in crisis, particularly when it comes to convergence, openness to alternative explanations is in order. (Visited 511 times, 2 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

19
Dec
2019

Roadmap for African unity, growth

first_img8 July 2004African delegates attending the African Union’s recent executive summit of foreign affairs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia praised AU Commission chairperson Alpha Konare for delivering a comprehensive, realistic roadmap for achieving economic growth and development on the continent.Konare presented a far-reaching, multifaceted plan aimed at revolutionising Africa’s growth and links with the globe – particularly with Africans in the Diaspora.The plan also covers civil society in the region and its ties with the international community in tackling poverty, disease, unemployment and illiteracy in Africa.The plan was submitted to the African heads of state summit in Addis Ababa this week.The three-volume plan covers the AU’s vision and mission, a plan for the AU Commission for 2004-2007, and a plan of action to speed up integration, and includes a guideline document entitled “Africa, our common destiny”. Vision and Mission of the African UnionStrategic Framework of the AU CommissionPlan of Action While the guidelines, mission and vision outlines Africa’s evolution and the political context within which the AU operates, the strategic framework identifies the challenges in implementing programmes such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).The time-bound action plan highlights “priority programmes” covering practical ways of bridging the digital bridge, pushing for equitable world trade, food security and self sufficiency, generating investment on the continent, and linking Africa with the Diaspora.It also includes workable proposals for encouraging education, deepening peace efforts, distributing clean water and fighting disease on the continent.Questioning Africa’s povertyThe report questions why Africa continues to be marginalised and poor while possessing massive human and natural resources.The continent, it says, accounts for 30% of the total mineral reserves on earth, including 40% of world’s gold and 60% of cobalt, making Africa what it terms “a strategic producer”.Africa is also a leading coffee and cocoa producer, awash with diamonds and oil in numerous countries – yet it remains a “complex continent beset with difficulties”, accounting for just one percent of the world’s GDP and barely two percent of global trade.Besides Africa’s population living on less than a dollar per day on average, the continent’s people remain highly restricted to their countries with little freedom movement, hamper knowledge sharing among different communities.‘An Africa reconciled with itself’On African leadership, the plan’s agenda is that of pan-Africanism, which the plan says should be built on regional integration, good governance and democratic principles.The vision is that of an Africa “integrated, prosperous and peaceful, an Africa driven by its own citizens, a dynamic force in the global arena … an Africa reconciled with itself and with its Diaspora, an Africa using its own resources to play a major role that it can legitimately claim in a polycentric and more equitable world in which there will be no economic, political and ideological hegemonies which characterised the previous century”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

17
Dec
2019

Ohio Ag Equipment acquires Witmer’s, Inc., Equipment Division

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Equipment announced the acquisition of Columbiana County AGCO dealer, Witmer’s, Inc., effective June 19, 2017. The acquisition of Witmer’s, Inc., Equipment Division demonstrates Ohio Ag Equipment’s serious and long-term commitment to the ag industry. The combined strengths of both organizations will provide customers in eastern Ohio with an exceptional line of equipment and product support.“In our early discussions, it was clear the Witmer family had two concerns. They wanted to be sure their customers and employees would be supported through this process and in the future,” said Mike Mampieri, General Manager of Ohio Ag Equipment. “We, at Ohio Ag Equipment, can appreciate these concerns and will work to build on the Witmer legacy by providing outstanding customer support and by welcoming our new team of employees into the extended Ohio CAT family.”Doris Witmer, Ralph Witmer, Ken Taylor, owner of Ohio CAT, Nelson Witmer, Grace StyerGoing forward, ag sales and service will continue out of the Salem, Ohio location and with the current staff. Ohio Ag Equipment will continue to sell and support Woods and the AGCO brands Witmer’s represented (Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Sunflower, White Planters, and Gleaner) with the addition of the Challenger, RoGator, and TerraGator brands. Also, the Salem location will now sell and support LEXION combines and Cat Compact Construction Equipment.“We are pleased to be working with a company like Ohio Ag Equipment as we transition out of the Agricultural Equipment business. Their obvious commitment to customer service and strong management team will serve our generations of customers and employees well,” said Nelson Witmer, President of Witmer’s, Inc. “As we continue our 80-year history by focusing on our growing construction company we are gratified that the farm equipment legacy our family developed over three generations will not only be honored, but strengthened.”last_img read more

26
Nov
2019

Leganes shock Barcelona in their first ever win over the Catalans

first_imgRead also :Football: Twitter reacts to Eden Hazard’s wondergoal against LiverpoolHazard turns on the magic as Chelsea edge out Liverpool AdvertisementDefending Spanish champions FC Barcelona slumped to a a 2-1 loss to lowly Leganes yesterday courtesy of goals from Nabil El Zhar and Oscar Rodriguez in the second half. This loss came as a shock to the entire footballing world but this was not the first time that Leganes had shocked one of the ‘big boys’ of La Liga.Phillipe Coutinho gave Barcelona the lead in the 12th minute with an attempt deserving of a Puskas nomination, a venomous volley that flew right into the bottom corner of the Leganes goal. Barcelona dominated the first half after a demoralised Leganes tried to keep them at bay, creating several opportunities but failing to convert them into goals.The second half saw something almost entirely different as Leganes took it to Barcelona and scored twice in two minutes to take the lead. The first was a point blank header from Nabil El Zhar in the 52nd minute that levelled the game up, followed by a powerful strike by Real Madrid loanee Oscar Rodriguez in the 53rd minute that gave Leganes the victory.Despite having 78% possession, it was Leganes that had more shots and shots on target in the match, while the only other stat where Barca were ahead was offsides, with 5 compared to Leganes’ 1. It just wasn’t meant to be for the Catalans.Watch match highlights here : Advertisementlast_img read more