Letter from the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU to the Secretary General of the Commission Letter from the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU to the Secretary General of the Council PDF, 32.1KB, 1 page PDF, 30.6KB, 1 page The UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU has sent letters to the Secretary General of the Council and the Secretary General of the Commission to recall that the UK has no doubt about the sovereignty of the UK over Gibraltar. In addition, the UK will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their wishes, nor enter into a process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content.These letters were sent in response to the letter of 24 November 2018 from the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission to the President of the Government of Spain, and in response to the Statement to the minutes of the European Council (Article 50) meeting on 25 November 2018 on the territorial scope of the future agreements to be concluded between the Union and the United Kingdom.The letters also restates that the UK will negotiate future agreements on behalf of all territories, including Gibraltar, for whose external relations it is responsible.
A Linden-based, non-governmental organisation (NGO) – ‘For the Children Sake Foundation’ (FTCSF) in collaboration with the Linden Fund USA – rendered assistance to over 300 students from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) with their School Ready Supply programme.As part of its annual back to school drive, the FTCSF,through this collaboration was able to assemble backpacks and other school supplies which went towards assisting the less fortunate children from various communities within the region. Vernon Todd, founder of the NGO, said the organisation was able to secure 372 backpacks under the programme.He explained that many children in Region 10 live in poverty and arrive on the first day of school without the supplies they need to learn. As such, he said by partnering with selected organisations, friends and other corporations nationwide, the School Ready Supplies programme directly delivers school supplies to thoseStudents pose with members of FTCSF and Linden Fund USAstudents who are less fortunate.Tisha Campbell, Director of FTCSF, who also spoke at the distribution of the school essentials said in her remarks that last year 300 backpacks were distributed to vulnerable families. This, she noted, is to ensure every child, regardless of circumstances gets to start the new school term with much-needed learning necessities.“This year, we are pleased to not only have another back-to-school drive but we are pleased to be privileged enough to increase the number of children we brought relief to. Three hundred and seventy-two bags were distributed not only in Linden but in other communities like Ituni. So we were fortunate to expand and we hope in the coming year more support would be garnered from privileged families and community members who understand the need and see fit to assist,” she said.Campbell also emphasised on the organisation’s continued support of vulnerable groups. She added that it was a privilege to be able to aid families and pledged the organisation’s continued support in assisting families in any way possible.
Pamela Deery.Paddy Melaugh.Paddy Melaugh from Manorcunningham and Pamela Deery from Quigley’s Point were celebrating this week after winning major awards at the Federation of Passenger Transport (NI) Awards ceremony.Paddy Melaugh won the Coach Driver of the Year 2015 and Pamela Deery won the Hidden Hero Award, an award that recognizes those people who remain behind the scenes but are integral to the business.Companies all over Northern Ireland are judged by an industry expert from the UK and the competition is fierce. The pair who both work for their renowned and highly reputable Airporter service are overwhelmed by the awards.A spokesman for Airporter said,” Both of these Donegal citizens are exceptional ambassadors for our business and or the North West as a whole.“We are extremely proud of them both! DONEGAL COACH DRIVING DUO WIN MAJOR AWARDS AT PASSENGER TRANSPORT AWARDS was last modified: February 12th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnews
The chances of Kyler Murray ever playing a single inning of baseball for the Oakland A’s organization may have just taken a severe blow.According to The Chronicle, Murray is expected to capitalize on his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Oklahoma by declaring for the NFL Draft Sunday, one day before the deadline for underclassmen to declare. The thought of Murray choosing football over baseball back in June when he was drafted ninth overall was a pipe dream at best, but after leading the …
A new paper about a theropod dinosaur fossil illustrates the methods Darwinians use to force uncooperative data into their belief.Science is supposed to gather evidence before announcing conclusions. Darwinians, however, often reverse the method, and announce their conclusions before gathering the evidence. A case in point is a Dec. 11th paper in Nature Scientific Reports about big carnivorous dinosaurs (you know, the Allosaur kind). The conclusion? They evolved. The first sentence announces: “Tetanurae, the most successful clade of theropod dinosaurs, including modern birds, split into three major clades early in their evolutionary history: Megalosauroidea, Coelurosauria, and Allosauroidea.” Now that the conclusion is settled, how about the evidence?Another trick is to use an artist conception to sell evolution by Visualization. Credit: Gabriel Lio, LMU Munich.Unfortunately for the authors, Rauhut and Pol, the fossil they discovered in Patagonia poses lots of problems for Darwinism. In the title, they call it a “probable basal allosauroid from the early middle Jurassic,” but the fossil “highlights phylogenetic uncertainty in tetanuran theropod dinosaurs.” For a basal (ancestral) allosaur, their big fossil already had features characteristic of the three subsequent lineages they thought took millions of years to evolve. A second problem shows the descendants evolving rapidly in what they call a “rapid expansion and diversification.” What to do?Opposites AttractThe press release from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich applies a Darwin trick—sophoxymoronia—to get around this: “experiments in evolution.” One would think that a blind process is incapable of running experiments, but Darwinians merge those contradictory words together into an sophomoric oxymoron. This effectively turns the mystical blind watchmaker into an experimental scientist through personification. Then, they make him into a wizard who sheds light on a situation he can’t even see (he’s blind, remember?)A new find from Patagonia sheds light on the evolution of large predatory dinosaurs. Features of the 8-m long specimen from the Middle Jurassic suggest that it records a phase of rapid diversification and evolutionary experimentation.FlubbingAnother trick is to pour on plenty of Darwin Flubber. This magic potion allows animals to converge, diverge, run parallel, and make animals with mosaics of traits. All these ideas run contrary to the simple formula of RM+NS (random mutations and natural selection, e.g., the Stuff Happens Law). But skilled Darwinians know that there’s no combination of unexpected data that Darwin Flubber cannot mold into conformity with theory.The press release applauds the rhetorical wizardry of Oliver W. M. Rauhut to pull of this miracle of evillusion with the help of his stage hand, Diego Pol. Give dinosaurs the opportunity, they say, and they will evolve into whatever niche is there. “If you build it (the niche), they will come.” Driving out the competition through extinction is the pathway to adaptive radiation!Rauhut links the explosive evolution of the group with an episode of mass extinction that had occurred in the late stage of the Lower Jurassic, about 180 million years ago. The two researchers therefore interpret the parallel development of similar external traits in different species as an example of evolutionary experimentation during the subsequent rapid expansion and diversification of the tetanurans. The prior extinction of potential competitors will have opened up new ecological niches for the groups that survived, and the tetanurans were apparently among those that benefited.Pre-Emptive DefenseWith the layman now taking the experts’ word for it that magic really does happen, the wizards up the ante. To show how powerful Darwin magic is, they run it past the red line. Darwin Flubber not only resolves dinosaur family trees, it resolves all those other uncooperative phylogenetic trees that characterize the whole Darwinian tree of life! Watch—“This is a pattern that we also observe in many other groups of animals in the aftermath of mass extinctions. It holds, for example, for the expansion and diversification of both mammals and birds following the extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous 66 million years ago,” says Rauhut. It could also explain why it is so difficult to unravel the phylogenetic relationships close to the origin of many highly diversified animal groups.Firecrackers explode all over the Tree of Life, and yet it survives. It’s a miracle.This tactic of pre-emptive defense recalls a memorable cartoon by the late Johnny Hart (a Christian who also drew the “B.C.” comic strip) and Brant Parker, from their series, The Wizard of Id. In one episode, the wizard accidentally turned the king into a chicken. The king chicken grows increasingly agitated as the wizard thumbs through his spell books trying to find the way to reverse his mistake. “If you don’t change me back soon,” the king clucks, “I’ll peck your eyes out!” Hurriedly, the wizard mixes various fluids together in a flask, and says, “Here; drink this.” The king, after drinking it with a sour face, asks, “Yechhh. What was that?” “Beak softener,” the wizard replies proudly.The wizard, in other words, protected his own assets instead of fixing his mistake. This is what Darwinians do. They know they are safe. Their conclusion of evolution is already considered “settled science” by the culture, no matter what the fossils show. When skeptics point out problems, they pull out their beak softening tricks, hiding their errors with circumlocutions and subterfuges in various Jargonwocky incantations to soften the critics’ mouth parts. They don’t realize what’s happening to them. The Darwin Wizards get away with this because all the secular media are on their side. And Darwinians have another advantage greater than the king in the cartoon: their King Charlie the Magnificent gets to be king and wizard at the same time!This allows Darwinians to rule science and pull off magic tricks with impunity. Critics outside the Darwin castle can’t get a hearing, because the Wizard King pours battering ram softener on their weapons. Charlie, the Wizard King, hates peasants. He resembles the king pictured on a Wizard of Id cartoon book, who called his peasants Idiots. Johnny Hart and Brant Parker show the king up in his parapet, safely above the rabble. A messenger shouts, “The peasants are revolting!” to which the king remarks, “They certainly are.”Exercise: Now that you’ve watched some of the Darwinian tricks, look for them in this article on Phys.org, “When penguins ruled after the dinosaurs died.” What other tricks can you identify? For assistance, refer to the Darwin Dictionary and the Baloney Detector.(Visited 271 times, 3 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
28 September 2015Government wants to engage more actively with South African youth, using the pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP) to highlight and solve challenges in unemployment, education and social cohesion.Minister Malusi Gigaba during the Governance and Administration Cluster Media Briefing #GABriefing pic.twitter.com/oo77kpqfda— GCIS Media Liaison (@GCISMedia) September 27, 2015Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba stated government has partnered with youth organisations and business to make sure youth development is prioritised.At a media briefing of the Governance and Administration Cluster on Sunday 27 September 2015, the Minister said the partnerships were formed to alleviate the challenge of youth unemployment.Presidential Youth Working Group“President Jacob Zuma launched the Presidential Youth Working Group in June 2015, to promote youth participation in governance and policymaking and to mainstream youth development and empowerment in the work of government, to build a better life for young people,” Minister Gigaba said at the briefing.“In the work of the Presidential Youth Working Group, the Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, the following work streams have been established: Economic Participation and Transformation Education; Skills and Second Chances; Health Care and Combating Substance Abuse; Nation-Building and Social Cohesion, and Effective and Responsive Youth Development Institutions.”The Minister’s statement comes after Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, accompanied by Deputy Minister Buti Manamela, signed the National Youth Policy in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape in August this year. This policy framework, which was signed after a lengthy consultative process, also identified partnerships with all sectors of society as a way of advancing youth development.Minister Gigaba said that the strategies of the Presidential Youth Working Group’s work streams would form part of the Integrated Youth Development Strategy and progress will also be included in the MTSF for proper monitoring and evaluation.“The process to amend the National Youth Development Agency Act, 2008 (Act 54 of 2008), is ongoing, with a draft Bill currently with the State Law Advisors,” the minister said.Interventions to fast-track NDP implementationMinister Gigaba said interventions had been implemented to assist in fast- tracking several NDP imperatives, including growing the economy with an appropriate and healthy Growth Domestic Product (GDP) rate, as well as creating jobs and eradicating poverty and inequality.He said these were implemented using government’s Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-19, which Cabinet adopted last year.“The current initiatives to stimulate growth include government’s Infrastructure Build Programme, the War Room on electricity, Operation Phakisa on the Ocean Economy and in Mining, and the Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and create jobs,” the minister said. He also stated that there were other reports showing success linked to the implementation of the framework.A recent report on education and skills development showed that tremendous progress was made in the education sectors which continue to be a priority area of focus.While with rural development and land reform, progress on land acquisition for smallholders has been slow, but government’s implementation of programmes are being reviewed and strengthened to resolve some of these issues.Health care, crime and social cohesionMinister Gigaba said in regards to health care, South Africa has received worldwide recognition for its HIV and Aids programme, which has over three million people initiated on treatment, contributing to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.“Good progress is being made under safety and security, regarding the reduction of overall levels of serious crime,” he said, “the department is implementing Operation Fiela (Reclaim), to rid our country of illegal weapons, drug dens, prostitution rings and other illegal activities.”“This multidisciplinary, interdepartmental operation is contributing to the safety and security of our communities,” the minister concluded.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Word that Microsoft is shutting down its line of Band devices could be a blow to the future of mainstream enterprise wearables.Computer Weekly discussed the impact of Microsoft’s decision to kill off its Band series of smart watches. This decision marks the exit of the only large enterprise vendor active in the wearables field.“We have sold through our existing Band 2 inventory and have no plans to release another Band device this year,” said a spokesperson discussing the disbanding of Band’s hardware team. Microsoft has also taken down any Microsoft Store references to Band devices and its related software development kit.Though Microsoft’s Band primarily focused on personal health, its demise further proves the challenges facing enterprise wearables of any kind.A Kony report from last month found that wearable developers are finding it very difficult to transition from consumer applications to business-focused products. The report found that almost 75% of those surveyed found designing wearables for the enterprise market was challenging.“Forward-thinking enterprises are eager to take advantage of the wealth of new devices and form factors entering the market today, but capitalising on these innovations remains a challenge for today’s mobile app design and development teams,” said Kony’s Dave Shirk.The report also found that 40% of respondents saw communication problems between IT stakeholders and developers as a top challenge.Microsoft isn’t the only strugglerMeanwhile, consumer wearables are facing their own share of difficulties.A report from this summer found Apple Watch sales had fallen to 1.6 million in the second quarter of 2016, representing a 55% decline from the 3.6 million sales recorded in the same quarter last year. This combines with predictions by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who sees Apple Watch overall sales falling in 2016 despite the Apple Watch Series 2 launch.One bright patch comes from China, which could become the world’s largest wearable customer in 2017, if sales continue to surge. In the past year, the country has seen an 84% increase in wearable sales, reaching 9.5 million between April and June. Tags:#Apple Watch#Band#devices#IoT#Microsoft#wearables Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Donal Power Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…
Time for the post-State of Origin 1 edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch and the last-day-of-May edition, the edition that signifies the end of autumn and the start of winter. With temperatures dropping to the minuses overnight here in the ACT, we’re starting to feel it, letting us know that Christmas is just under 7 months away… * Well after Queensland’s nail biting 24-20 win in the first game of the NRL State of Origin for 2005, there are no doubt many NSW Touchies out there feeling the heat from their Queensland counterparts. A special congratulations to Matt Bowen, who not only took the winning intercept and scored the winning try but is a past Australian Touch representative, taking part in the Australian 18’s Mens 1999 tour and the 2000 Trans Tasman Youth Series. Congratulations Matt! * Make sure you keep an eye out this week for the next edition of the ATA newsletter Touch-e-Talk, it’s being released at the end of this week and is full of great stories and tons of info. There’s some added feature stories about All-Nations representatives, with the media starting to take an interest in these players. * The newsletter will be available for download on the ATA website, however, if you would like it emailed directly to you simply send an email to [email protected] and let Rachel know. * The next article on www.sportsnews.com.au is also due for release this week…with the topic set to be the State of Origin series, in Touch and the NRL. Make sure you keep an eye on the ATA website, a link to the Sports News website will be up as soon as the story is done. Sports News is a great website and it’s a fantastic opportunity to put Touch into the media and world of sport. * There’s some big changes afoot with the ATA Constitution and so forth. Please make sure you have a read of the article “Governance Review FAQ’s” on the ATA homepage. It’s got heaps of info and several documents on what’s going to be happening and the process for this. Definitely worth a read. * The NSWTA 2005 Country Championships are done and won, with Central Coast defeating Yass to take the Mens Open division and Newcastle Uni defeating Wagga for the Womens Open division. For the full story, please use the following link: http://www.nswtouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=924&sID=12 * Touch SA have introduced the Mitchell Cup, a new intrastate challenge cup to help develop their elite Mens and Womens Open players. All the info can be found on their website http://www.touch-sa.asn.au/ * Victoria Mens Open are holding their trials in June, check out http://www.victouch.com.au/ for all the info. * Nominations will be called for next with for referees and a referees manager to attend the National 18’s Championships in Coffs Harbour from September 7-10. So keep an eye on the ATA website and get your nominations in early, numbers are limited. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]
zoom The number of ships registered in the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) has surged by 48 percent in the first three quarters of 2017.As a number of new members joined the association during the period and existing members added significant number of ships, INTERCARGO passed the 1,500 ships threshold with a total tonnage of 138 milion dwt at the end of the third quarter of the year.Additionally, the associations number of full members increased by 32 percent, passing the 100 threshold.“We are proud that INTERCARGO-entered ships continue to outperform industry averages in respect of detentions and deficiencies per inspection,” John Platsidakis, INTERCARGO Chairman, said.Platsidakis added he would encourage the formation of a dry cargo charterers’ assessment scheme which would enable them to promote their quality of performance.The information was presented as part of semi-annual meetings held by INTERCARGO’s Technical and Executive Committees in Athens on October 9 and 10, 2017.Main topics covered at the meetings included the safe carriage of cargoes, the non- availability and adequacy of reception facilities for cargo residues and cargo hold washing waters hazardous to the marine environment (HME), port state control transparency and anti-corruption practices, operational challenges after the entry into force of the ballast water management convention, air emissions, design standards for bulk carriers and related equipment.INTERCARGO will hold its next meetings in Singapore in March 2018.