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Health service recruitment embargo must be lifted – Cllr McMonagle

first_imgDonegal County Council has agreed to write to Minister for Health Simon Harris to call for the recruitment embargo to be lifted in the Health Service.County councillor Gerry McMonagle has this week called for a ‘strong letter’ to be sent to the Department of Health ahead of Budget 2020 seeking the necessary resources to fill long-term vacancies that have resulted from the embargo.Cllr McMonagle told the council that a high number of vacancies in Letterkenny University Hospital has contributed to extended outpatient waiting lists in outpatients, a shortage of beds, patients on trolleys and long A&E waiting times. He also warned that Brexit will put further pressures on the health service. “It’s not good enough that our people in Donegal seem to have to travel everywhere for everything,” Cllr McMonagle told this week’s county council meeting.“We have a state of the art hospital, we have good staff, but we have a lot of vacancies.”Cllr McMonagle, who is a member of the Northwest Regional Health Forum, added that LUH would not disclose how many vacancies there are present, despite his requests.Health service recruitment embargo must be lifted – Cllr McMonagle was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:healthRecruitment embargolast_img read more


Darwinists Party Hardy, But Crash ID Events

first_imgAs the 150th anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species approaches in November, institutions are promoting Darwin in some bizarre ways.  When other events are held critical of Darwin’s ideas, though, the sponsors know to expect trouble and media distortion.    Last night, the new film Darwin’s Dilemma (review) was shown in the auditorium of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, and the prior evening, Dr. Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute spoke about the thesis of his book Signature in the Cell; this received a fairly balanced review in the student newspaper Oklahoma Daily but with a rather unflattering photo of Meyer.  According to Evolution News, Darwinist blogger PZ Myers said the university should be ashamed for allowing Meyer and the film on campus.  “Where are the rational people of the state of Oklahoma?” he exclaimed, displaying his feelings about diversity and tolerance.  “They should all be rising up in disgust to mock this ridiculous affair.”    Prior to the film showing, Museum Director Dr. Michael A. Mares felt it necessary to assure the university and museum visitors that Darwin was safe.  In an open letter on the Museum website, he indicated that the university had to comply with diversity policies by allowing the film to be shown, because “The museum does not discriminate against recognized campus organizations based on their religious beliefs, political philosophy, scientific literacy, or any other factors,” hinting that the IDEA club that sponsored the events was motivated by other than scientific concerns.  Mares listed 15 Darwin-friendly programs that had been held at the museum in 2009 and 11 more that were upcoming.    According to a live blogger at the IDEA Club, during the Q&A after the film, someone claimed that the interviews of Valentine and Morris had been made 9 or 10 years ago and that they had since renounced the claims in the film.  John West on Evolution News quickly responded that this “Gotcha” moment fell flat, because it simply was not true.  The recordings had been made in 2006 when the filming project began.  The interviews were conducted with full disclosure and cooperation of the two Cambrian experts.  Both had signed releases and accepted payment for the interviews.    Meanwhile, Darwin Bicentennial celebrations are continuing around the world and ramping up again for the 150th Anniversary of Darwin’s bombshell book.  John Travis highlighted the new Darwin Centre at the London Museum of Natural History.  Some Darwin celebration events consist of lectures, but others seem strange for honoring a scientist.  Virginia Morell reported favorably on a British dance company presenting The Comedy of Change, “a distillation of Darwinian ideas about evolution, particularly sexual selection.”  One dance features male dancers dressed in bird feathers who “vigorously shake their heads and necks while sliding across a stage—all while being critically observed by a gallery of females.”  Whether this method of getting a date supersedes eHarmony.com remains to be seen.    A new website called the Darwin 150 Project shows Darwin surrounded by balloons.  It’s trying to get a crowd of admiring fans: “Help our Darwin Facebook Group get to 1 million members!” the headline reads.  “250,000 have already joined.  Join now!”  The campaign was promoted by Science magazine’s Darwin Bicentennial blog, Origins.  You can follow Darwin on Twitter, too, by subscribing to “Darwin 150 Tweets.”  A calendar on the page shows Darwin events worldwide.  Since community organizing is trendy these days, Darwin gets his own grass-roots promotions, too: “If you’re not listed below or if you want to get involved in campus/community outreach and become a Darwin150 representative for your organization,” the website tells you where to write.  The website also has a campaign to get the movie “Creation: the Movie” (09/16/2009) booked in U.S. theaters, as if distributors were afraid of the reactions of creationists, when in fact it has been getting poor reviews even from evolutionists (e.g., Science Origins blog).  Those who want to voice their opinion about the celebrations can join the “Darwin Shoot-Out” and add their comments to the first entry, “Darwin rocks!  Awesome mission.  Definitely will be sharing with all my friends. :)”If society can endure a few more months of silliness, the hoopla should probably quiet down a little in 2010.  The impact of Darwin’s ideas, though, will continue.    As for Dr. Mares and his open letter, it’s understandable in terms of human nature.  Ken Ham would probably write a similar letter if he allowed a prominent evolutionist to speak at the Creation Museum.  The difference, of course, is that Oklahoma Museum of Natural History presents itself as an unbiased scientific institution.  Despite the fact that Darwin’s Dilemma contains 100% science, no religion, and interviews with experts all with exceptional scientific credentials, and that lecturer Stephen Meyer has two PhDs, Mares painted them as religiously motivated and scientifically illiterate.  He made it sound as if he had to tolerate the stench of intelligent design in the interest of complying with non-discrimination policies.  His list of pro-Darwin events at the museum, though, contains many topics that are either irrelevant to Darwinian views of universal common descent or problematic for evolutionary theory.  The list only makes a pretense of overwhelming support for evolution.  None of the events provide an opportunity for debate.  That’s the Darwinian method (artificial selection).    There’s a good side to the celebrations.  They raise public awareness of Darwin and the impact of his ideas.  The issues raised by his book are important.  They deserve to be discussed.  It would be good strategy for the Darwinists to show they are not afraid of challenge.  Instead, they hype Charlie in ways that make them all look silly.  More power to them.  Let the public see the shenanigans for what they are – the actions of power-hungry, bigoted ideologues who mistakenly think that the way to win friends and influence people is to dumb them down and insult them with balloons and tweets and Facebook fan clubs.  Darwin would have been insulted, too.  Do a good deed for Charlie.  When you see his grizzled visage caricatured with balloons and Twitter logos at the next Darwin Party circus, or at the next DODO Lecture Series (Darwin-Only, Darwin-Only), post his statement about balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question (see February page) by his picture, and draw some tears coming down his face.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


The race is over

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Driving down the road it is impossible not to notice how fast the corn crop is maturing (technically dying). The corn crop went from having some green left in it to all brown in a matter of days. While fast maturing corn is a good thing for providing growers with dry corn at harvest, it also adds to the last chapter of a very interesting growing season. The fast maturation did not begin in September, but rather it actually started in June.Most growers will spend years talking about the amount of rain they received in June. Depending where the rain gauge was located it could have seen anywhere from 5 to 18 inches during the month of June. The rain definitely set the tone for yield expectations. The rain also set the tone for root health, nitrogen longevity and the corn plant’s overall resilience — all of which a corn grower can see firsthand in their corn fields. But, the other part of the story of June, most growers are not talking about is the amount of sunlight the corn fields received during the month.Corn really only needs three things to thrive: water, nutrients and sunlight. While this is an overly simplistic view and there are many more dynamics involved, the basics are water, nutrients and sunlight. If one of the basic ingredients is missing, then the corn plant begins to suffer. The month of June was missing sunlight. It was one of the cloudiest months with very little direct sun. But, did the corn crop ever stop growing and maturing during June? No, amazingly the corn crop kept growing. How did it do that without sunlight to drive the photosynthetic factory? The answer to that question could be seen early in July. The corn plant began to cannibalize itself in order to keep the plant growing and moving towards producing a crop. Stalks split open in early July showed very high amounts of cannibalization, telling the story of what little sunlight in June will do to a corn crop.Since June, the corn crop has been living on borrowed time. Coming out of June, the corn crop was telling us that it needed everything spoon-fed to it so it could maximize the yield potential that was left. The corn crop needed timely rains, adequate nitrogen and needed as much leaf area as possible to maximize sugar production via photosynthesis. The condition of the corn coming into September was a picture of how well the corn crop’s needs were met. If the corn fields were still green and healthy looking, then all the needs were met, while corn fields that were brown and dying proved that something was missing.The need for spoon-feeding the corn crop was really challenged in many corn fields thanks to several different factors. Factors such as lack of timely rainfall in August, running out of nitrogen thanks to leaching and denitrification early in the season, heavy infestations of northern corn leaf blight limiting photosynthesis and finally the extreme heat in early September that “baked” the corn crop to a rapid and early demise.The ultimate question is what did all these challenges ultimately do to the final yield of the corn? When walking corn fields, growers will find several interesting factors concerning their corn yields.Kernel counts have been higher than expected. Even under high stress, the corn plants put on an amazing number of kernels.Final ear counts were excellent, thanks to the fast and uniform emergence in early May.There was some kernel abortion at the tips of the ear, due to the corn plant readjusting its expectations.The kernel depth is rather shallow in most cases. The size of the kernel is very important in the final yield equation and how much depth that was lost will impact the final yield.Dry down and test weights should be very good as harvest begins.Corn stalks are weak and brittle due to a season long cannibalization and should be harvested as early as possible.The 2015 corn harvest is starting, as the combines roll through the fields, keep in mind all the different events that have occurred and let that help build your story for 2015.last_img read more


Evolution Ag open houses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Evolution Ag in Plain City has announced that it will be holding its annual Open House and Customer Appreciation event on Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017 and producers will have the opportunity to be recertified for pesticide application as well as being able to complete the new course required of all producers to be able to apply nutrients.Doug Loudenslager, Principal and General Manager said that current and future customers are invited to the dealership on Feb. 22 to enjoy lunch as well as discounts on parts, filters and fluids as well as specials on products throughout the store. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.  Classes will be run in conjunction with the open house. The dealership is located on US 42 North, eight miles south of Delaware and eight miles  north of Plain City.Product specialists from Case IH and the other companies that Evolution Ag represents will be in attendance to answer questions and review new product offerings. In addition, new Dodge Ram trucks will be on display along with available test drives.Evolution Ag will be hosting a pesticide recertification as part of their open house on Feb. 22  from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Attendees can be recertified in categories core, 1, 2, 3, and 6. Call the Union County Extension Office  (937-644-8117) or contact Evolution Ag (740-363-1341 extension 101) to register. Registration cost for this class is $30.To apply a fertilizer with a guaranteed analysis on more than 50 acres of agriculture grown crops primarily for sale, a certification is needed by Sept. 30, 2017. Fertilizer that is run through the planter and application of lime and manure are exempt. If a custom applicator makes your fertilizer applications for you, you do not need to be certified. A Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training will also be offered at Evolution Ag from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. State specialist Greg Labarge will be covering nitrogen, phosphorus, and soil testing. Register by calling 937-644-8117 or by contacting Evolution Ag. There is no cost for this training.Additional Open Houses will be held at Evolution Ag in Upper Sandusky on Feb. 24,Evolution Ag in Circleville Feb. 27; Evolution Ag in Utica on March 2; and Evolution Ag in Lisbon on March 4.last_img read more


Grimpant per La Mola — Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation: Cataluña, SpainN 41° 38.002 E 002° 00.155 Multi-CacheGC36RWHby josua Share with your Friends:More Difficulty: 1.5Terrain: 5center_img Why this is Geocache of the Week:Three words describe this Geocache of the Week in Spain: GPS. Guts. Glory.Grimpant per La Mola, or “Climbing La Mola”, is a T5 multi-cache that has geocachers following secret trails across Mola Mountain, collecting clues along the way that will lead them to the final location of the cache.The journey takes most groups about 5 hours—making the 5 terrain stars well-earned. Along the way you’ll be forced to shimmy straight up narrow channels of rock, squeeze through holes in outcroppings that barely exist, explore damp and dark caves, and tamp down vertigo while walking along a barely there trail on a steep mountainside. This is not a cache for the faint of heart.An overview of the journey across Mola Mountain, from the Mother of God formation on the left, to the Sescorts Caves on the right.A geocacher holds onto tree roots while climbing through the “Channel of Monkeys”.What the Cache Owner, josua, has to say:When did you first follow the route of your geocache, and why did you decide to make this a multi-cache?“We often go hiking in a mountain called ‘La Mola’, so we knew some pretty unknown trails where it is necessary to do some moderate difficulty climbs (no rope needed), and it seemed to be a nice idea to create a multi-cache that linked all those interesting sections, what resulted in a nice and exciting circular route around La Mola.”What’s the most interesting part of this route?“The route has several interesting places, but perhaps the most interesting one in ‘Mal Pas Superior de Can Pobla’, an exposed section protected with a chain, that can be a nightmare for people with vertigo.”The Mal Pas Superior de Can Pobla is terrifying for those with vertigo…or anybody on the clumsier side.Are there any funny stories from geocachers who’ve done your multi-cache route?“Yes, a lot! In this cache, the logs are usually pretty long and funny, specially those from people not used to climb, and for them this cache usually is a mix of fear and happiness, resulting in a great experience for them. Doing this cache has represented a challenge and a great experience for several teams, and we are specially proud of having been a part in that.”Do you have anything you’d like to share with the geocaching community in general?“It has been 12 years since we started this activity, and it has been a great way of discovering beautiful places, and meet new friends, so we are really grateful to Geocaching during all these years. We would like to thank geocachers as Garri, Marc Longarón and Galtanegra, that have contributed a lot to ‘quality’ geocaching in Catalonia.”Photos:Stunning view of the areas around the mountain.Geocachers stop for a bit of fun.This is a real sunset that really happened near Mola Mountain.The cache itself, in the foregrount, with the route in the background.Friends don’t let friends fall.The struggle is real.Miranda of Horses tower.The final location of the cache is a secret until the journey is completed.An intrepid geocaching team at the start of their journey.Jumps of joy.Sescorts caves.Climbing narrow channels.A view peeks out.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. SharePrint RelatedArctic Circle Trail (K –> S) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 1, 2016In “Community”350 miles, all for a smiley. — Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1) — Geocache of the WeekJune 12, 2013In “Community”Masca – Los Gigantes – Masca – a real adventure — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 20, 2017In “Community”last_img read more


10 months agoMourinho tells Benfica to move on from him

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho tells Benfica to move on from himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told Benfica to move on from him.Record says Mourinho was sounded out about a return to his homeland following the sacking of Rui Vitoria.He was approached but despite not giving them an outright ‘no’ he indicated returning to Benfica is not in his plans at the moment.Even the high wages of Mourinho was not considered a problem for Benfica bosses – who believed his benefits far outweigh the outlay.Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager in December. last_img read more


Video: Duke Basketball Released An Epic 55-Minute Video Celebrating The Blue Devils’ National Championship Run

first_imgDuke and UNC get set for the tip.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Since Duke men’s basketball team won the national championship this past spring, many videos have been released celebrating the Blue Devils title. If you’re a Duke fan, you’ve probably watched all of them. None are better than the following one, though. Today, Duke released “Champions Forever: A Look at Duke’s Title Run.” It’s 55 minutes long and includes highlights, interviews, etc. It’s pretty great and definitely worth your time if you’re a Blue Devils’ fan. Videolast_img read more


Car Carrier Sector Braces For a Bumpy Road Ahead

first_imgzoom The car carrier sector has seen an increase in scrapping and almost no new orders in 2016 as vessel owners are trying to combat a decline in global seaborne car trade, according to Clarksons Research.Given the strong link between economic growth, consumer demand and car sales, the car carrier sector has been highly exposed to sluggish world economic performance in recent years, and global seaborne car trade has still not yet returned to its 2008 peak of 21.3 million cars, with average annual growth of just 1.4% in 2013-15. This year has seen further pressure on seaborne volumes, with car trade projected to have dropped 4% to 19.8m cars.The key driver of this fall has been considerably lower imports into developing economies following the commodity price downturn. Car sales in these countries have dropped sharply, and seaborne car imports into the Middle East, Africa and South America are set to drop by more than 10% this year, according to Clarksons Research.While imports into North America and Europe, still the two largest markets for imported vehicles, have grown moderately (by 2% and 4% respectively), this has not been enough to offset declines elsewhere. Other factors have also dented volumes, with expansion of car output closer to demand centres leading to a disconnect between global car sales, which have continued to expand, and seaborne trade volumes.Largely as a result of the downturn in demand, car carrier market conditions have deteriorated further this year, according to Clarksons Research. Most car carriers still operate under long-term agreements, but guideline charter rates have fallen back to subdued levels, with the one year rate for a 6,500 ceu Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) falling to USD 16,000/day in recent weeks, down 30% from the start of the year.Vessel idling has risen, utilisation of active capacity is under pressure, and waiting time between fixtures has increased, whilst a trend towards shorter-term and spot fixtures has also been apparent, Clarksons Research said.In response to these pressures, owners have stepped up supply-side action. Scrapping has increased, and is projected to reach 0.2m car equivalent capacity this year, over four times the 2015 level and the highest since 2009, with fleet capacity projected to have declined by 0.3% in full year 2016. Meanwhile, only two ships have been ordered this year, after 42 contracts were placed in 2015.Yet the road ahead still seems far from clear for the car carrier sector, with demand seeming unlikely to shift up a few gears in the short-term, according to Clarksons Research.last_img read more


The Latest Boeing cites airline error in Indonesian crash

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia — The Latest on an investigation into a Lion Air crash on Oct. 29 in Indonesia that killed all 189 people aboard (all times local):2:40 p.m.The Boeing Co. has reassured travellers and airlines that its 737 MAX aircraft are as safe as any other airplane following a report on an investigation into a crash in Indonesia last month that killed 189 people.The aircraft manufacturer noted that the report on the details of the doomed flight cited actions by the flight crew that led to the crash.It noted the airline’s maintenance work and procedures had failed to fix repeated problems with the aircraft. It also said records on installation and calibration of a key component, an angle-of-attack, or AOA sensor, were incomplete.The report said erroneous AOA data affected measurements of speed and altitude, contributing to the crash.Boeing said it is co-operating with investigators. It referred questions to the National Transportation Safety Board.___1:15 p.m.A report based on black box data from an Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed last month cites equipment failures and the airline’s safety measures as factors in the disaster.The data reported Wednesday showed the pilots of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 struggled to maintain control as an automatic safety system repeatedly forced the plane’s nose down. The report repeats recommendations that pilots be better versed in emergency procedures aware of past aircraft problems.The probe into the crash has focused on whether faulty information from sensors caused the accident. The new 737 MAX 8 plunged into the Java Sea on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people on board.Shortly after the catastrophe, the airline issued a notice to pilots urging them to be more proactive in reporting problems.The Associated Presslast_img read more


Dawson Creek RCMP looking for help to find missing 15yearold

first_imgShe is described as aboriginal, 101 pounds with dark brown hair and brown eyes and 5’1″.If you have any information to share about this missing person, contact the RCMP at 250-784-3700 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are just now asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 15-year-old.In a press release early Tuesday, the RCMP said Nitasha Chowace was reported missing to the Dawson Creek RCMP on October 22 when she failed to return home for her curfew.The RCMP say Chowace has been in sporadic contact with family only via social media. However, she has failed to return home or provide any information as to her whereabouts.last_img read more