‘Rep. Gray Is the Counterfeit, Not All’, Isaac Jackson Somersaults

first_imgThe expected tutorial class for Information Minister Lewis G. Brown and Deputy Minister for Public Affairs Isaac Jackson on public relations and information dissemination has dramatically turned into a ”Probe Hearing,” with Montserrado County’s Representative Acarous M. Gray being accused of being “The Counterfeit.”The House Committee on Information and Broadcasting yesterday, finally had in attendance, after a three-time deferral, the two top Information Ministry officials.But the Committee, upon reviewing the invitation written by the House’s Chief Clerk Mildred Siryon to the Information Ministry, and the complaint contained in Rep. Julius Berrian’s letter, changed the designation of the tutorial class into a “Probe Hearing.” This change of subject description excluded the Information boss from being part of the investigation.After the administration of the oath, Deputy Minister Isaac Jackson categorically denied calling all the Honorable Members of the House of Representatives as counterfeit. He said the complaint was a total and deliberate falsehood and a distortion of what he actually said.The Deputy Information Minister  maintained that he was referring to a lawmaker, specifically, Montserrado County District # 9 Representative Acarous M. Gray, who previously called him  “A Mad Lawyer” for defending President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s letter for additional power to restrict the movement of Liberians.Mr. Jackson argued that Rep. Gray’s insults were aired and published in the local dailies.“I don’t want to jeopardize the finding of the Committee, because accordingly, the finding will be brought before the Plenary for discussion.”For his part, Nimba County lawmaker Garrison Yealue, a member of the House Committee on Information and Broadcasting, said it was wrong for both public officials to engage in abusive language, which contravened the Code of Conduct.“A public servant shall exhibit conduct that will contribute to a positive work environment and not compromise the integrity of the public service. He or she shall not engage in abusive language or fight on any government premises, or any public place,” Rep. Yealue quoted Section 11.10But Rep. Yealue asked Deputy Minister Jackson why he did not write the leadership of the House of Representatives, but instead insulted the House.Deputy Minister Jackson argued that he had responded equally to the insults in the heat of emotions.“I don’t want it to live after me …and you know Sir Isaac Newton’s third Law of Motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite re-action,” Deputy Minister Jackson said.Another member of the Committee, veteran journalist turned Representative, Francis Paye, also expressed his dissatisfaction over the “insults,” noting that all of the branches of government are working towards the same goal.Information Minister Lewis Browne   thanked the House Committee on Information and Broadcasting for the hearing and making reference to the Code of Conduct, but indicated that some members of the other branches of government have the habit of dividing the government.“And in doing so, they seem to cultivate the habit by being disrespectful to members of another branch of government,” Information Minister Brown said.For his part, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Richmon Anderson, thanked the Minister and Deputy Minister for being in attendance and urged them to popularized the Code of Conduct, giving a copy to every appointed and elected public official.“Thank you for coming.  Hopefully as mandated by Plenary, our finding will be submitted to them,” Rep. Anderson said, concluding the session.Meanwhile, the decision to invite the MICAT officials was prompted by a communication addressed to plenary by Montserrado County Representative Julius F. Berrian, in which he complained about the two officials describing lawmakers as “counterfeit.”According to Rep. Berrian, the constant outbursts from Jackson against members of the Legislature could no longer be tolerated, and as such, actions must be taken to remedy the situation.Berrian noted that during a MICAT regular press briefing this week, Jackson referred to members of the House as “counterfeit lawmakers” which he (Berrian) described as counterproductive and a gross disrespect and abuse to the first branch of government.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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An uncertain future

first_imgFour other starters return besides Olivares. Third baseman Andrew Mistone will hit in the middle of the order near Olivares. First baseman Jordan Fox is a solid leadoff hitter. “We like our team to be solid 1-9 and we like our pitching depth,” Nieto said. “Kenny (Kendrena) did a fantastic job, but we’re going to try and take it a step further and build upon what he left behind.” 2. Damien The Spartans allowed the fewest runs (80) by a Sierra League team, yet were left looking up at Chino in the final standings last season. Things might get worse before they get better, but it might not matter because Damien remains one of the top hitting teams in the area. Darren Dworak hit .415 last season and headlines not only the offense, but the pitching as well. Damien graduated its three most used arms last season, thus creating the opportunity for Dworak to log innings this season. Sophomore lefty Mark Garcia is talented but unproven, and he will likely be pitching on Fridays. The good news for Garcia is that he’ll have Dworak and sluggers Danny Pertusati and Nick Quincy providing support. Center fielder Mark Mendrun, who is also known for his football exploits as an All-Area quarterback, is one of the top outfielders in the area. Chino won’t be as dominant this season and the Sierra League looks to be there for the taking, so any degree of Damien success won’t be a shock. 3. San Dimas The Saints scored 282 runs last season, almost 100 more than Valle Vista League champion Northview. With offense like that, but only a second-place finish to go with it, it’s not hard to see that pitching is what San Dimas needs to take the next step. Scoring runs again won’t be an issue, even with graduated standout Mikal Garbarino now in the minor leagues. First baseman Jordan Leyland hit .539, scored 37 runs and had 26 RBIs last year as a sophomore. He’ll take Garbarino’s place as the centerpiece of the offense, but the production won’t end there. Trenton Lively returns after hitting .477 last season, as does David Leonard, who hit .465. It might be a good sign that Mike Regan is more confident about this year’s pitching staff than any he’s had in the past. Kevin Ponzo headlines the group and he’ll be backed up by Scott Jenson. Leyland will log innings, too. If Regan is right about his pitching, the Saints could be scary. On offense alone, San Dimas is the clear favorite to win the league title. What happens after that comes down to what type of stuff is coming from the mound when the Saints are in the field. 4. South Hills The Huskies will rely on ace Dimitri De La Fuente not only to hold opponents down while he’s on the mound, but also to provide much of his own run support. There’s little doubt De La Fuente can do both things well, but for the Huskies to win the San Antonio League title, several other players must step up. Second baseman Angel Marte, a two-year starter, is the lone returner in the field. Matt Hart and Tyler Buffington will split time at first base and should provide reliable sticks. Brandon Barraco and John Salazar should help form a very good outfield. They’ll also be key parts of the offense. South Hills is short on experience, but long on talent. De La Fuente alone gives coach Kevin Smith one of the best Friday starters in the area and anyone thinking the Huskies won’t produce another solid product should think again. 5. West Covina The Bulldogs, with seven senior starters returning and two ballyhooed freshmen, have been the talk of the offseason. West Covina couldn’t have picked a better year to set its sights on league foes Nogales and South Hills. All three starting pitchers return and their battery mate, Nick Field, is one of the top backstops in the area. Field hit .400 last season and had 10 doubles. He’ll be a key part of the offense, as will first baseman Vincent Prado, who will hit in the middle of the order. Center fielder Chad Rosenfeld, who covers his share of ground, adds to one of the area’s better up-the-middle defenses. The Bulldogs finished third in league last year and won 13 games, so the excitement should be tempered. But this year’s team appears headed north in the standings, as opposed to south. Any slip at all by Nogales or South Hills, and West Covina will be ready to pounce. 6. Northview The Vikings, with eight sophomores, are the local version of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays – long on upside, but short on experience in the big show. There are some veterans back, too. Senior center fielder Will Davis is one of the area’s best and his presence should give Northview a head start on having one of the top defensive outfields in the area. Despite the return of Davis and pitchers Aaron Elias and Robert Rodriguez, the buzz has been about the super sophs. “We have eight sophomores, but it’s eight sophomores from a freshman team that was 21-0,” Northview coach Darren Murphy said. “It’s a completely different team and group, but the talent is there. It’s just going to be a matter of how fast our kids mature.” Five, maybe six, of the sophomores will see significant playing time. One sophomore who wasn’t on the freshman team last year is shortstop Rich Pedroza, who wears a family name that should bring back memories for Northview fans. Northview won 20 games last season in large part because of the presence of do-everything standout Javy Lizarraga. He’s since graduated, but the program is loaded with some of the best young talent in the area. 7. Covina The hype around The Farm these days revolves around junior left-handed pitcher Tyler Pill. Recognize the last name? Pill is the younger brother of former Cal State Fullerton standout Brett Pill, who also stood out at Covina and is now with the San Francisco Giants. Tyler is expected to be one of the top pitchers in the area this season. That should have Covina right in the thick of a contentious Valle Vista League race. In addition to carrying the team while on the mound, Pill is also one of Covina’s most- feared hitters. But there is more than just Pill to worry about for opposing pitchers. Victor Valenzuela led the team in RBIs last season and cleanup hitter Steven Wilson can drive in runs as well. Leadoff hitter Brad Gomez should put the Colts in plenty of scoring opportunities. With Pill on the hill and a handful of good hitters, expect Covina to be one of the top teams around. 8. Charter Oak Two seasons removed from an appearance in the Division IV championship game, Charter Oak coach Tom Quinley believes he has a team capable of making another run. The Chargers will build around a solid up-the-middle cast that includes returning All-Area center fielder Keith Nyeholt. Also back is all-Miramonte League shortstop Matt Winkler, who combines with second baseman J.C. Torres to form a good defensive combo. Pitcher Noah Northrop had his moments last year as a sophomore and should be ready to headline the show this season. Catching duties go to sophomore Jake Bailey, whom Quinley calls a good one. Fans will recognize third baseman Danny Tiffany as Chuck’s little brother, but he’s expected to make a pretty big name for himself after tearing up the freshman level last year. Quinley’s program is always well stocked with talent and this year is no different. Youth might be an issue early in the season, but after that, Charter Oak should be ready for another big May. “It’s a good age group, it really is,” Quinley said. “They learned a lot last year, and they played a lot of games together this summer. We should be very competitive.” 9. Nogales The Nobles graduated some of the area’s best talent last season, including standout shortstop Danny Garcia. But things are never hopeless when you’ve got John Romano managing the team. Romano needs only nine wins to reach 500 in his career and he should get it easily this season. Nogales won’t be able to mash like it did for the past three seasons, but with ace Andrew Melchor on the mound, the Nobles won’t need to. Catcher Mario Martinez, the team’s best hitter, and center fielder Tony Garcia also return to give Nogales the makings of a strong up-the-middle foundation. “I don’t know, it’s just a complete question mark to me,” Romano said of his team. “We’re going to be in a lot of tight ballgames, but the good thing about us is that we’ve still got Nogales on our chests. We’ve got some tradition behind us.” 10. Diamond Bar Are the Brahmas, led by Cal State Fullerton-bound standout Gary Brown, going to be a one-man show? That’s been the question this entire offseason and Brahmas coach Rich Gonzalez still has no answers. “I think we’re a ways away,” Gonzalez said. “We’re young, and I don’t mean young in terms of varsity experience. We have three returning starters and the rest are all question marks.” One thing nobody is questioning is Brown’s ability to carry the team by himself. Brown hit .408 last season and has struck out only three times in the past two years. The problem for Gonzalez is that if there’s no protection found for Brown, he could walk more times than Barry Bonds. Pitcher Brett Miller, the football team’s quarterback, was hyped as a good one going into last season. But arm problems limited his season, although a 4-1 record down the stretch lends some optimism. Shortstop Richie Jimenez, a three-year starter, is expected to complement Brown in the batting order. Jimenez hit .380 last season. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com 626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The certainty that this year’s high school baseball rankings will change dramatically is one thing you can bank on as a season of uncertainty opens Friday. Questions abound across area diamonds. Some teams have pitching, but no hitting. Others have the potential to score six runs per game, but could easily give up just as many in return. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the teams that put together the best combination of both will enjoy the finest seasons. The ride along the way figures to be thrilling. Here is a look at the teams most likely to have the best run: center_img 1. Bishop Amat New coach Andy Nieto, previously a USC assistant, brings college coaching experience to the area’s top prep platform. The two could be a match made in heaven. Amat is going to rely heavily on pitcher Maverick Olivares, not only to hold opponents down at the plate, but to provide his own run support when he has a bat in his hands. Olivares, who has committed to UC Irvine, is poised to have one of the best all-around seasons in the area and that should be enough for the Lancers to at least equal last season’s 18 wins. Nieto’s main concern will be shoring up losses up the middle and at catcher. Look for shortstop Tommy Reyes to ease some of those concerns. last_img read more

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ExpressJet Airlines announces Reno service

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We can provide value by saving our Reno-Tahoe customers time and making their travel more convenient,” Ream said. The company said it expects to hire 10 to 15 employees in Reno. ExpressJet is a Houston-based regional airline that recently operated as Continental Express. RENO, Nev. – ExpressJet Airlines on Monday announced it will offer nonstop flights between Reno and cities in California, Arizona and Washington. The carrier said service to and from Long Beach, Los Angeles, Tucson and Spokane is expected to begin Nov. 11. “The addition of ExpressJet gives us new nonstop service to and from four great markets just in time for the start of ski season,” said John Wagnon, chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. “This is terrific news for our region.” Jim Ream, ExpressJet president and chief executive officer, said Reno-Tahoe is the right-sized market for airline’s fleet of 50-seat Embraer 145 aircraft. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Liverpool BLOW! Joe Gomez to miss start of the season with ANOTHER injury

first_img1 Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez has suffered fresh injury setback Liverpool have suffered a blow to their pre-season preparations with news that defender Joe Gomez will miss the start of the new Premier League campaign with ANOTHER injury.The 19-year-old had been working his way back to fitness from a long-term knee problem he suffered in October.He sustained the problem on international duty with the England Under-21 team and it ruled him out for the rest of the 2015/16 campaign.However, it is understood the Reds youngster has now suffered a fresh injury setback.Gomez has reportedly picked up an Achilles problem, and its severity is currently being assessed by Liverpool.But it is believed the problem has definitely ruled him out of their Premier League opener at Arsenal on August 14.While the amount of time that Gomez will be unavailable for is unclear at this stage, the news will be a considerable concern for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, under whom the player – signed last summer from Charlton – is yet to make an appearance.Klopp was already short of central defensive options, with Mamadou Sakho due to be sidelined for a month also with an Achilles complaint, and Martin Skrtel having been sold to Fenerbahce.last_img read more

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DD HEALTH: FARMERS WARNED OVER RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS

first_imgFarmers are being warned about their healthDD HEALTH: New study finds a high prevalence of respiratory problems among Irish farmersA recent study of farmers health has revealed a high level of respiratory problems and lung function abnormalities.Irish Farmers Lung Health Study, undertaken by Investigators from Galway University Hospital / Saolta University Health Care Group, was published recently in Respiratory Medicine. The study was prompted by the high prevalence of respiratory problems in farmers in other countries and by recent reports of increasing mortality rates within the Irish farming community.Professor Anthony O’Regan, Consultant Respiratory Physician, University Hospital Galway told Donegal Daily: “The aim of this cross-sectional study was to determine the prevalence of respiratory disease amongst Irish farmers.“The study took place at the 2013 Ploughing Championship where over 400 farmers agreed to complete an investigator delivered questionnaire and undergo lung function testing. Remarkably almost two-thirds reported one or more chronic respiratory symptoms.“Most were non-smokers (91%) yet 13% had a pre-existing diagnosis of obstructive lung disease and 12% demonstrated abnormal lung function. “Unlike non-farming populations obstruction on lung function testing was not associated with smoking but rather appeared to occur in those patients with symptoms or a prior diagnosis of asthma or hay-fever.”Farmers lung, previously felt to be common in Ireland, was reported by less than 1%.No definite occupational exposure explained the presence of respiratory symptoms or abnormal lung function but further studies would be required to better define any associations.The investigators also found that 89% of farming participants were overweight, with average BMI of 29 kg/m2.This is the first study ever taken that assessed farmers lung health in Ireland and demonstrated a previously under recognised high prevalence of respiratory symptoms and lung function abnormalities in this population. DD HEALTH: FARMERS WARNED OVER RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS was last modified: July 9th, 2016 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:donegalfarmershealth problemslast_img read more

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ARMY STANDS OVER DECISION NOT TO MAKE PRESENTATION TO RETIRED DONEGAL SOLDIER

first_imgThe army says it is standing over the decision not to give a Donegal soldier a retirement presentation – because he owes €28 for tea.Furious Fearghal MacLochlainn contacted Donegaldaily.com to highlight his plight.Lifford man Fearghal, 40, has just retired after 22 years service in the army during which he did four tours of duty in Kosovo and Lebanon. He was due to receive a retirement presentation of some crystal in the coming weeks.But Fearghal has now received a letter from Finner Camp saying because he owes €28 in Mess subs, most for tea and coffee, he will not receive his presentation unless he coughs up the cash.Last night an army spokesman said the presentation did not come from public funds but was from the soldier’s peer group in their mess.It also stressed that the decision was not made by the Defence Forces per se but by members of what it described as “a social club.” “Presentations are organised locally from amongst the retirees peers, in this case the NCO Mess, who at this time are not in a position to bring a motion to their members regarding a presentation, as the requirements regarding the appropriateness of a presentation to the individual involved have not been met,” said an army spokesman.However Mr MacLochlainn has stressed that the letter sent to him warning him he would not receive a presentation was sent to him on official headed notepaper.The father-of-two, whose five brothers and father also served in the Irish army, said he is standing over his decision not to accept any retirement presentation after what he described as a “threatening letter.”“I cannot accept this presentation now. It has just sickened me. How could I pretend everything was okay when I have gone through all this.“I will always feels let down by this now and I cannot turn back,” he said.  FULL ARMY STATEMENTMembers of the Defence Forces do not receive any presentation paid for by public funds, all ranks usually receive a presentation from their peer group in their respective mess ( ie in essence a social club). Most of these presentations are voluntary subscription based or follow clear and approved mess rules. Some important points with reference to such presentations.Firstly they are not an automatic entitlement, regardless of Rank, Service or Station.Secondly, the matter of the appropriateness or not of presentations for retired personnel is within the remit of , in this case, Non Commissioned Officers Mess members. The protocols regarding presentations is a matter for the Mess Members, effectively drawn from this individuals peers. In this case the mess members are adhering to the protocols that are in place. Finally, the issue of a presentations from the Defence Forces is not in question as it is not the custom to give presentations from the organisation per se. Presentations are organised locally from amongst the retirees peers, in this case the NCO Mess, who at this time are not in a position to bring a motion to their members regarding a presentation, as the requirements regarding the appropriateness of a presentation to the individual involved have not been met.ARMY STANDS OVER DECISION NOT TO MAKE PRESENTATION TO RETIRED DONEGAL SOLDIER was last modified: February 6th, 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)Tags:Fearghal MacLochlainnFinner Campsoldierlast_img read more

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WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO SEE LEE MATTHEWS AT THE MILLBRIDGE BAR NEXT WEEKEND

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Country Music sensation Lee Matthews is playing LIVE at The Millbridge Bar in Kilmacrennan next weekend!On Saturday the 19th September the Millbridge welcomes back Ireland’s singing sensation Lee Matthews. Doors opens at 9pm with support beforehand from DJ Tubbsy – you can also pay at the door (€15).However, you could be in with a chance of winning TWO FREE tickets to see one of the hottest acts in the music industry  LIVE.All you have to do is like and share this post on Facebook and tag a friend in the post.A name will be randomly selected from the list of names tagged in the post. Rememeber the Ivy Restaurant EVERY Thursday have our 50% off all food and drink promotion.Booking is advisable (074 91 39800)Music this WeekendOn Friday night sees the welcoming return of Stringfellas, a 3 piece band that will fit just nicely into our new stage area, a must see!!!!!On Saturday night we see the return off John Dolan, sure to have you on your feet all night!On Sunday in “The Snug” we have Kilmacrennans very own trad band Ciocal Iomlan playing from 6pm-9pm. Come join us this Sunday for our Carvery Lunch in our newly refurbished Ivy Restaurant from 12pm to 4pm with 4 courses (tea or coffee) for only €16.95 and kids eat for only €4.95.Live premiership matches shownDrinks promotions3 pints for €10 (Monday – Friday)Loyalty Discount cards availableKeep an eye out on our Facebook page and Donegal Daily for our Christmas party nights specials.For any information contact us on 074 91 39800 or email us at millbridgebar@gmail.comWIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO SEE LEE MATTHEWS AT THE MILLBRIDGE BAR NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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As easy as two clicks with Letterkenny Cabs new ‘Taxi Caller’ App

first_imgLetterkenny largest Taxi company Letterkenny Cabs are delighted to launch their new customer and driver app on to the market.The name of the app is “TaxiCaller” and is NOW downloadable for free on the Play Store on all androids.What this now allows customers to do is book a taxi with 2 clicks of a button without the need to talk to anybody. The main benefit of the app is customers are given the information of how far the taxi is away from you but also view the taxi approaching your pick up point. You can enter your differing needs of transport requirements, for example 5 persons. Due to the nature of our business being a two sided platform, Letterkenny Cabs require not only the demand side of the business but also the supply side of the business. In regards to this we are offering drivers a month’s free trial of the app.In regards to the driver app this is also downloadable on the Play Store and the name of the driver app is “TaxiCaller Driver”. A driver downloads the app on a smartphone and ensures that they have data capabilities. Letterkenny Cabs then issue the driver with a login detail and password. They are ready to not only work the customer app but also if they wish work of our dispatch system and cover Letterkenny Cabs overflow of work.We need drivers to login to the driver app and customers to use the customer app to make this a success, without customers looking for the service or the drivers not offering their service this app will simply not work. Letterkenny Cabs however realise that this is a long term project and will take time to make it a success. We do not want to worry customers who still want to pick up the phone and speak to a dispatcher. Staff will still be on the other side of the line, this is simply another service that we are offering to customers and drivers.The app is only the start of modernising how we do take and dispatch calls. With Google maps now being aligned to the post code it will allow when the dispatch system is fully functional that there will no longer be a need to give directions to a house, you will simply be asked for your postcode.Also things like credit card payments will become available with our new system.If you would like to know more as a customer or a driver get in touch via our Facebook page or ring 074 91 27000 for more details.As easy as two clicks with Letterkenny Cabs new ‘Taxi Caller’ App was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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

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Precambrian Rabbit or Evolutionary Transition?

first_img 1.  Strother, Battison, Brasier and Wellman, “Earth’s earliest non-marine eukaryotes,” Nature 473 (26 May 2011), pages 505-509, doi:10.1038/nature09943. 2.  Peter Van Roy and Derek E. G. Briggs, “A giant Ordovician anomalocaridid,” Nature 473 (26 May 2011), pages 510-513, doi:10.1038/nature09920. These fossils will not cure the evolutionists of their storytelling.  Evolution has been falsified in so many ways already, another anomaly or two won’t cure them.  The evolutionist brain has evolved extraordinary plasticity above the average brain, allowing it to stretch and twist beyond comprehension.  What they should be noticing is the trend that complex life keeps appearing abruptly earlier and earlier, even in their own twisted dating scheme.  The anomalocaridid fossil is typical of the fossil record: abrupt appearance, fully formed, lives for a time, and disappears.  That’s not evolution.     Their self-contained web of belief is immune to challenge, because it is already accepted by faith and enforced by consensus.  Those not already snared by the web can see what they are doing.  The catch-phrase “than previously thought” is a tip-off that another fact has impacted the web.  When you see it, you are about to watch the Darwin spider come running to repair it with a new twist on the plot. Exercise:  Describe how evolutionists would repair their web of belief if a Precambrian rabbit were to be found.(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some evolutionists have defended their theory by proposing a falsification test: the discovery of a Precambrian rabbit.  No such fossil has ever been found, partly because any stratum containing a rabbit fossil would never have been labeled Precambrian in the first place.  But evolutionists would be surprised at finding complex non-marine multicellular eukaryotes in Precambrian strata, and this has just been announced in Nature.     A team led by Paul Strother of Boston College with help from Oxford University and University of Sheffield has announced “Earth’s earliest non-marine eukaryotes.”1  “Direct evidence of fossils within rocks of non-marine origin in the Precambrian is exceedingly rare,” they said.  In Arizona, they found not only ambiguous traces, but oodles of clear evidence for freshwater eukaryotes: Here we report the recovery of large populations of diverse organic-walled microfossils extracted by acid maceration, complemented by studies using thin sections of phosphatic nodules that yield exceptionally detailed three-dimensional preservation.  These assemblages contain multicellular structures, complex-walled cysts, asymmetric organic structures, and dorsiventral, compressed organic thalli, some approaching one millimetre in diameter.  They offer direct evidence of eukaryotes living in freshwater aquatic and subaerially exposed habitats during the Proterozoic era.  The apparent dominance of eukaryotes in non-marine settings by 1?Gyr ago indicates that eukaryotic evolution on land may have commenced far earlier than previously thought. The date of one billion years is nearly twice as long ago as the Cambrian explosion.  The paper shows over a dozen specimens of different shapes and levels of organization, from spherical clumps of cells to others with differentiated structures.  “The Torridonian assemblages contain some striking examples of microfossils that show complexity that goes considerably beyond that of simple leiospheres” [i.e., nondescript clusters].  Some have vesicles, outer walls and armlike projections (thalli).  They figured these organisms were “approaching a tissue-level grade of organization.”     Where would these fit into evolutionary theory?  Some evolutionists posit the origin of life at 3 billion years ago.  These organisms, at 1 billion years, would represent early experiments into multicellular organisms.  The small sizes, they said, argue against them being blastulae (early developmental stages of metazoans).  “The simplicity of these balls of cells precludes their systematic assignment within the Eukarya,” they said; “However, their morphology, in combination with larger, probably multicellular thalli (Fig. 3 b), indicates that evolutionary processes that preceded tissue-grade multicellularity in marine settings, such as cell-to-cell adhesion, were also evident in non-marine settings by 1?Gyr ago.”     This means that “Early eukaryotes were clearly capable of diversifying within non-marine habitats, not just in marine settings as has been generally assumed.”  Because terrestrial environments offer more variety, “Such habitat heterogeneity translates directly into increased speciation potential,” they claimed.     Another interesting fossil was reported in the same issue of Nature.1  A giant version of anomalocaris, the terror of Cambrian seas (as pictured in the opening of the film Darwin’s Dilemma; see trailer) has been found in Ordovician deposits in Morocco.  Science Daily has an artist rendition of the creature that measured up to three feet long – a foot longer than earlier records, and 30 million years younger than other specimens famous from the Burgess Shale.     The “extraordinarily well-preserved fossils” also show a series of “segments across the animal’s back, which scientists think might have functioned as gills.”  So not only was this creature more complex, it “existed for much longer and grew to much larger sizes than previously thought,” the article said.  How were they fossilized?  “The animals found in Morocco inhabited a muddy sea floor in fairly deep water, and were trapped by sediment clouds that buried them and preserved their soft bodies.”last_img read more

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ARC and PLC enrollment open through FSA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs — two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs — for the 2020 crop year. Meanwhile, producers who enrolled farms for the 2018 crop year have started receiving more than $1.5 billion for covered commodities for which payments were triggered under such programs.“These two programs provide income support to help producers manage the ups and downs in revenues and prices,” said Richard Fordyce, Administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). “USDA is here to support the economic stability of American agricultural producers by helping them maintain their competitive edge in times of economic stress. We encourage producers to consider enrolling in one of these programs.”ARC provides income support payments on historical base acres when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guaranteed level. PLC provides income support payments on historical base acres when the effective price for a covered commodity falls below its reference price. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized and updated both programs.Signup for the 2020 crop year closes June 30, 2020, while signup for the 2019 crop year closes March 15, 2020. Producers who have not yet enrolled for 2019 can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to an FSA county office.ARC and PLC have options for the farm operator who is actively farming the land as well as the owner of the land. Farm owners also have a one-time opportunity to update PLC payment yields beginning with crop year 2020. If the farm owner and producer visit the FSA county office together, FSA can also update yield information during that visit.Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium and short grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.  2018 crop year ARC and PLC paymentsFSA began processing payments in October for 2018 ARC-County (ARC-CO) and PLC on covered commodities that met payment triggers on enrolled farms in the 2018 crop year. In addition to the $1.5 billion now in process, FSA anticipates it will issue another $1 billion in November once USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service publishes additional commodity prices for the 2018 crop.Producers who had 2018 covered commodities enrolled in ARC-CO can visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc for payment rates applicable to their county and each covered commodity.  For farms and covered commodities enrolled in 2018 PLC, the following crops met payment triggers:  barley, canola, corn, dry peas, grain sorghum, lentils, peanuts, and wheat. Oats and soybeans did not meet 2018 PLC payment triggers.For more information on ARC and PLC including two online decision tools that assist producers in making enrollment and election decisions specific to their operations, visit the ARC and PLC webpage.For additional questions and assistance, contact your local USDA service center. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator.last_img read more

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