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Doherty: Minister’s decision on Cruit Oyster Farm ‘highly questionable’

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty will this week raise the controversial proposals for an Oyster Farm at Cruit Strand in Donegal following growing public opposition to the plans.In a Parliamentary Question to the Minister, Deputy Doherty is expected to challenge the decision not to require the applicant to provide an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) as part of the plans submitted to the Department for consideration.Deputy Doherty said; “There is understandably growing opposition to the application for an Aqualculture Licence for an Oyster Farm at Kincasslagh Bay adjacent to Cruit Island which, as many people are aware, is an area renowned for its natural beauty and pristine waters.” “Last week, I attended a very successful public meeting organised by local residents where those in attendance clearly demonstrated their strong objection to the plans which would see the erection of a large number of Oyster trestles and harvesting equipment installed across several acres of the estuary bed.”“Immediately after I learned of these plans, I contacted the Department in relation to this application where Department officials confirmed that the application has now gone out to Public Consultation, with submission from the public being accepted until 17th October.”“Local residents however are extremely angry that the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed has decided, in a Ministerial Determination, to waive the requirement for the applicant to provide an Environmental Impact Statement as part of the application for the development.”“This decision now means that the window for which submissions from the public may be received in respect of the plans has been shortened considerably, therefore those wishing to make a formal objection only have a limited timeframe to air their views about the project.” “The Minister’s decision is highly questionable, particularly when you consider the fact that the site is located within a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and considering the implications which such a large development will have on the region.”“This is why this week I shall raise these proposals with Minister Creed, specifically concerning his decision not to require the applicant to furnish an Environmental Impact Statement in order to analyse the effect which such a project may have on the area.”“I think it’s important that the public are given every opportunity to have their say in relation to these plans, and this is why I am encouraging as many people as possible to make a submission to the Department before the process closes later this month.”“I have therefore made my office available to anyone who should require any help with their submission and to feel free to contact me should they request advice as to how best to put together their observation letters as part of this process.”“I think it’s crucial that everyone recognises the amazing strength which the local community has demonstrated to date as part of their campaign against this proposed oyster farm at Cruit Strand, and I intend to support them in any way practicable.” Doherty: Minister’s decision on Cruit Oyster Farm ‘highly questionable’ was last modified: October 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

Focus on Arizona: Kyler Murray, Cardinals offer 49ers a unique challenge

first_imgIt’s been impossible for the Arizona Cardinals ignore all their doubters, because the noise has been incessant ever since they hired a coach who couldn’t win in college and drafted a diminutive quarterback No. 1 overall.Now halfway through the season, coach Kliff Kingsbury and his hand-picked quarterback Kyler Murray haven’t quite silenced those non-believers but those who expected them to fail miserably have been disappointed. The Cardinals had a three-game winning streak snapped in New …last_img

Shrinking Brains Prove Human Evolution

first_imgEver since Darwin, brain size has been the measure of human nature (e.g., 03/27/2007, 05/27/2009).  Except for some anomalies with Neanderthal and Cro-magnon skull sizes, the iconic march of human evolution showed growing upright posture accompanied by increasing brain size (example on Daily Mail), and brain size was used to discriminate between races on the presumption it was a measure of intelligence.  It is not clear, therefore, what to make of a question on PhysOrg, “Are brains shrinking to make us smarter?”    It seems evolutionists want to have it both ways.  Larger brains are evidence of evolution; smaller brains are evidence of evolution.  Does the new claim muddy the waters of brain size as the measure of increasing human intelligence?  The article tries to draw links between brain size as a function of body mass, or of population size, but it’s not clear any trend is detectable.  In fact, the article later admits that brain size is not well linked to intelligence.  Brian Hare (Duke U) said, “But the downsizing does not mean modern humans are dumber than their ancestors – rather, they simply developed different, more sophisticated forms of intelligence.”    The article ended by Hare hoping that humans will express their inner bonobo.  Chimps are more aggressive and violent.  “Humans are both chimps and bobos [sic] in their nature and the question is how can we release more bonobo and less chimp,” he said.  “I hope bonobos win… it will be better for everyone.”This comedy show is brought to you for your Superbowl halftime entertainment.  Imagine if the Steelers were able to set the rules so that no matter which goal the ball landed on, they would win – and they could get away with it, because they bought off all the referees.  The Packers can’t complain because if they don’t play according to those rules, they are accused of practicing religion instead of Football.  The cameramen aim the cameras to make the Steelers look good and the Packers bad, and the commentators have their talking points down to make it all look enlightened and progressive.  Anyone who complains this is unfair gets Expelled from the stadium.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Sales Improvement Catwalk and Its Supermodels

first_imgSales improvement is a fashion business. The social media channels are now both the catwalk as well as one of the models; an aging model with a fashion that has started to fade a bit. The designers all march their new fashions down the catwalk to the oohs and aahs of an adoring crowd that has been waiting for something better than last year’s fashion.At first glance the new fashions are always different. Look more closely and you’ll see they are simply a derivative of what has come before. The promise is always the same: Do this and you will have wildly massive results now! But, you can’t have these results without the new “new” thing.For the last few years social selling has been all the rage, despite not having lived up to its promise. The promise was that you would never again have to cold call or use a traditional means of prospecting. A good LinkedIn profile and the ability to connect and share was going to be enough fill your funnel with more opportunities than you could possibly handle. Despite the lofty promises, the traditional prospecting methods have proven far more durable than anyone would have imagined.The digital transformation of sales is still in its infancy. It’s going to be more difficult, more complicated, and too important to be addressed by social selling alone.But as one fashion fades, another rises to take its place. Now it’s “account-based” everything. There are “account-based” marketing, and “account-based” selling concepts everywhere. Each version is someone else’s take on an old style that has finally made its way back into fashion. Or as Mr. Robinson says, “This year’s fashion is last year’s flavor.” Targeting clients and contacts with a relevant message isn’t exactly a new idea.Next, look for artificial intelligence.Every approach, every process, every methodology, every sales system, has a partial view of the truth. Each of them contains something worth knowing, and something that may-or may not-help you generate greater sales results.Where every process, methodology, sales system, or approach fails is when it pretends to be the one right way to do anything. None are a panacea. And so far, none of them has been the silver bullet. Each, however, is useful when and where used in a thoughtful way that doesn’t discount, preclude, or minimize other approaches that may also be useful.One cannot avoid the feeling that each one of these new “fashions” has at its core the goal of simplifying sales  into a one size fits all formula, and that is its falling down. What I come back to again and again: Sales has no rules, and you must know them all. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Title hopes end as Philippines falls to Korea anew in Fiba Asia Cup

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Photo from Fiba.comSouth Korea remains the bane of the Philippines in continental basketball.The hot-shooting Koreans broke the Filipinos’ hearts anew with a 118-86 rout in their knockout quarterfinal duel in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games Gallery: August 16 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The loss ended Gilas Pilipinas’ impressive run, where they went undefeated in the group stages despite an undermanned line-up, and relegated the Filipinos to the battle for fifth place.READ: Gilas Pilipinas, Korea resume bitter basketball rivalryFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNot only did the Koreans take the Filipinos out of the running for the title, they also assured them of their worst finish since 2011 when Gilas Pilipinas placed fourth.Defense was the biggest issue for the Nationals as they allowed the disciplined Korean crew to shoot 73-percent from the field in the first half to grab a 16-point lead, 49-33. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Terrence Romeo waxed hot in the second quarter as he linked up with Jayson Castro to pull Gilas within six, 56-49, but Korea proved it was simply a superior team.READ: Gilas five needs pluckThe Koreans shot a mercurial 16-of-21 clip from beyond the arc and dished out 34 assists, leading by as high as 34, 112-78, courtesy of a long bomb from Yang Hong Seok with 1:57 to play.Romeo uncorked all of his 22 points in that blazing second frame, but was held scoreless in the second half by the tenacious Korean defense.Christian Standhardinger added 17 markers and four boards, Roger Pogoy had 12 points in the Philippines’ late spurt, and Castro William got 11 markers, four assists, and three rebounds as the ghost of the Korea continued to haunt the Filipinos.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Korea spoils Gilas bidThe country’s last win over its fierce rival was back in the 2013 edition of the Asian tilt, where the Jimmy Alapag-led Gilas Pilipinas advanced to the final.Oh Se Keun topped Korea with 22 points and five rebounds, while Kim Sun Hyung went 9-of-11 from the field to wound up with 21 markers, four assists, and three boards as the Koreans advance to the semifinals.Kim Jong Kyu also chimed in 15 points, four dimes, and, two rebounds.The Scores:KOREA 118 – Oh 22, Kim S H 21, Kim J K 15, Lee S H 14, Lee Ju H 11, Choi 9, Heo 9, Park 9, Yang 5, Jeon 3, Lim 0.GILAS PILIPINAS 86 – Romeo 22, Standhardinger 17, Pogoy 12, Castro William 11, Aguilar 7, Wright 6, Jalalon 5, Abueva 2, Almazan 2, Fajardo 2, Cruz 0, Norwood 0.Quarters: 26-18, 57-49, 86-62, 118-86. LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Reyes wants expanded Gilas cadets pool

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comWith Gilas Pilipinas’ manpower issues as evident as ever, coach Chot Reyes has already broached the idea of introducing a new batch of Gilas cadets to avoid the scheduling conflicts that comes with the new Fiba competition calendar.“Having an expanded pool will allow us to have guys who are not in the PBA, that when scheduling conflicts arise, we’ll always have choices,” he said Thursday in the Chooks-to-Go-hosted homecoming presser at Marco Polo in Ortigas.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Blatche status still uncertain as Gilas deals with schedule conflicts for Fiba q’fying Reyes is hopeful that all of these planning will eventually bear fruit in the end, saying, “Hopefully, we keep building until we get to the final objective which is to qualifying for the World Cup and be the best Asian team.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Unlike with the original setup between the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the PBA where rookies in the national team pool were dispersed to all 12 teams, Reyes said that the idea is to have a core group similar to that of the old Smart Gilas, where the best amateur players will be tapped to form the core of the national team pool.“Hopefully, in so doing, we’re able to train up enough players to form a competitive group even though there are complications with the pro leagues,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough the idea is still at its formative stage, Reyes shared that the SBP has already made a list of possible players to tap.“We know everyone who has potential, and everyone who are coming out, but we don’t want to touch those who are in college now. We know the problems that they will have in college teams,” he said. “We’re keeping tabs on everyone who we think are worthy, but right now, we want to focus on the guys who has no any collegiate obligations.”center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea defender Luiz: Brighton win showed our spirit

first_imgChelsea defender Luiz: Brighton win showed our spiritby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says Sunday’s win over Brighton showed the club’s spirit.The Blues went up 2-0 before Solly March’s second-half goal made for a nervy finish.And Luiz thinks it was a display of courage to take all three points.”It was a big win and good for us to get another three points,’ said the Brazilian. “Normally when you don’t kill the game in the Premier League the other team believes until the end. Brighton were trying to play more long balls and get fouls to put the ball in the box. I think they only had one shot on goal so it wasn’t a difficult game mentally, it was more about the spirit.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Anton Gill Had To Turn Off His Cell Phone Because Of All The Texts He Received After Game vs. N.C. State

first_imgAnton Gill goes up for layup vs. NC State.Twitter/‏@CBSSportsCBB Earlier, we posted a photo of little-used sophomore guard Anton Gill getting mobbed by his Louisville teammate. Gill hadn’t scored since February 28 and had played just 23 total minutes in March before last night’s game, when he came in for 11 minutes and scored seven clutch points, hitting all three of his shots from the field. Gill’s surprise performance helped Louisville outlast N.C. State in the Sweet 16 match-up, and afterwards, he told Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel that he received so many texts that he had to turn his phone off.Anton Gill after his big night. “I had to turn my phone off.” Said he had 30-35 texts.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) March 28, 2015Louisville can use another big left from Gill tomorrow, when the Cardinals face Tom Izzo’s upstart Michigan State Spartans for a chance to make the Final Four.last_img read more

Whitey Bulgers death being investigated as homicide

first_imgJames “Whitey” Bulger, the murderous Boston gangster who benefited from a corrupt relationship with the FBI before spending 16 years as one of America’s most wanted men, died in federal prison. He was 89.Bulger was found unresponsive Tuesday morning at the U.S. penitentiary in West Virginia where he’d just been transferred, and a medical examiner declared him dead shortly afterward, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.A prison union official says is being investigated as a homicide. Justin Tarovisky is the executive vice-president of The American Federation of Government Employees Local 420. He tells The Associated Press that Bulger would be the prison’s third homicide this year.Authorities did not immediately release a cause of death. The FBI earlier said they were investigating.A lawyer who represented James “Whitey” Bulger is blaming his death on decisions made by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said in a statement Tuesday that Bulger “was sentenced to life in prison, but as a result of decisions by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, that sentence has been changed to the death penalty.”Carney said he had no further comment.The prison bureau declined to comment on Carney’s statement.Bulger, the model for Jack Nicholson’s ruthless crime boss in the 2006 Martin Scorsese movie, “The Departed,” led a largely Irish mob that ran loan-sharking, gambling and drug rackets. He also was an FBI informant who ratted on the New England mob, his gang’s main rival, in an era when bringing down the Mafia was a top national priority for the FBI.Bulger fled Boston in late 1994 after his FBI handler, John Connolly Jr., warned him he was about to be indicted. With a $2 million reward on his head, Bulger became one of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” criminals, with a place just below Osama bin Laden.When the extent of his crimes and the FBI’s role in overlooking them became public in the late 1990s, Bulger became a source of embarrassment for the FBI. During the years he was a fugitive, the FBI battled a public perception that it had not tried very hard to find him.After more than 16 years on the run, Bulger was captured at age 81 in Santa Monica, California, where he had been living in a rent-controlled apartment near the beach with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig.In 2013, he was convicted in the slayings, as well as extortion, and money-laundering after a sensational racketeering trial that included graphic testimony from three former Bulger cohorts: a hit man, a protege and a partner. He was sentenced nearly five years ago to two consecutive life sentences plus five years.Bulger had just been moved to USP Hazelton, a high-security prison with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. He had been in a prison in Florida before a stopover at a transfer facility in Oklahoma City. Federal Bureau of Prisons officials and his attorney had declined to comment on why he was being moved.Bulger, nicknamed “Whitey” for his bright platinum hair, grew up in a gritty South Boston housing project and became known as one of the most ruthless gangsters in Boston. His younger brother, William Bulger, became one of the most powerful politicians in Massachusetts, leading the state Senate for 17 years.In working-class “Southie,” Jim Bulger was known for helping old ladies across the street and giving turkey dinners to his neighbours at Thanksgiving. He had a kind of Robin Hood-like image among some locals, but authorities said he would put a bullet in the brain of anyone who he even suspected of double-crossing him.“You could go back in the annals of criminal history and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone as diabolical as Bulger,” said Tom Duffy, a retired state police major who investigated Bulger.“Killing people was his first option. They don’t get any colder than him,” Duffy said after Bulger was finally captured in June 2011.Bulger was accused of strangling Debra Davis, the 26-year-old girlfriend of his partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, and Deborah Hussey, also 26, the daughter of Flemmi’s common-law wife. In both cases, Bulger insisted on pulling out the women’s teeth so they would be difficult to identify, Flemmi testified.During a search of his Santa Monica apartment, agents found over $800,000 in cash and more than 30 guns, many hidden in holes in the walls. A property manager at the building said Bulger and Greig, who used the names Charles and Carol Gasko, had lived there for 15 years and always paid the rent-controlled rate of $1,145 a month in cash.They were caught days after the FBI began a new publicity campaign focusing on Greig. The daytime TV announcements showed photos of Greig and noted that she was known to frequent beauty salons and have her teeth cleaned once a month.A woman from Iceland who knew Bulger and Greig in Santa Monica saw a report on CNN about the latest publicity campaign and called in the tip that led agents to them. The Boston Globe identified the tipster as a former Miss Iceland, a former actress who starred in Noxzema shaving cream commercials in the 1970s.Bulger, a physical fitness buff, had been taken to a Boston hospital from his jail cell at least three times, complaining of chest pains, since being brought back to Boston to stand trial.———Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

FIFA Brings Top Players Together To Fight Ebola

first_imgTop international football players are joining forces with world football’s governing body FIFA, the Confederation of African Football and health experts to raise global awareness and promote simple preventative measures in the fight against Ebola.Video: 11 players, 11 messages, 1 goal – Together, we can beat Ebola.The “11 against Ebola” campaign, featuring Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, FC Barcelona’s Neymar Jr, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm among others, promotes 11 simple health messages selected with the help of doctors and health experts from Africa, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization who are tackling the outbreak in West Africa.Underneath the slogan “Together, we can beat Ebola” and the hashtag #wecanbeatebola, players share each message with the help of animated films, radio content, banners, posters and pictures in a multimedia campaign launched on Monday, 17 November.Each health message, such as “Report unusual illnesses” and “Cook meat properly”, has been chosen to improve public understanding about how the virus spreads, and to provide clear information that can be used to reduce the chances of the virus spreading in affected communities.FIFA Chief Medical Officer Prof. Jiří Dvořák, MD said: “We doctors have experienced the power of football when it comes to prevention and health, while successfully implementing the ‘FIFA 11 for Health’ programme in 15 African countries as part of the medical legacy of 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Now we are using the same system to tackle Ebola, by presenting simple educational messages to prevent the spread of the disease through the voices of football stars – ‘When football talks, everybody listens’.”The popularity of football and its top players has proven to be a powerful way to connect with a wide audience and to transmit public health messages. This is the first emergency health campaign of its kind implemented by FIFA. The world governing body of football has achieved positive results with previous public health awareness campaigns such as the FIFA 11 for Health, which recruited top players to promote simple health messages for children around the world.Neymar Jr said: “It is so important that we get the right information to those affected by the Ebola outbreak. We all hope this positive campaign will improve people’s understanding of the Ebola virus and help us to reduce the chances of it spreading. Let’s all get behind this campaign to help our brothers and sisters in the worst-hit regions. Together, we can beat Ebola.”FIFA President Blatter said: “The popularity of football gives us a unique platform to reach all communities. We hope that football can play its part and that this campaign against Ebola can make a real difference on the ground as the world comes together to fight the virus and to help those living in affected communities.”According to the World Health Organization, as of 9 November, a total of 14,098 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported in six countries. There have been 5,160 deaths. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have seen the highest number of cases.Download posters, pictures and banners featuring the players and their messages at www.fifa.com and share them in your community with the hashtag #wecanbeatebolaThe 11 against Ebola messages1. Report unusual illnesses: please report any unusual illnesses or deaths in your community. 2. Know the symptoms: do you have a fever with a loss of appetite, headache, fatigue, pain, vomiting, bleeding or diarrhoea? Know the symptoms of Ebola. 3. Seek immediate medical help: please seek urgent medical help if you have a fever with additional symptoms. 4. Avoid body contact: avoid direct, skin and body contact with anyone suffering from Ebola. 5. Wash your hands and disinfect: wash your hands regularly and disinfect anything touched by suspected or confirmed Ebola sufferers. 6. Wear proper protection: wear gloves and proper protective clothing if you are caring for an Ebola sufferer, and get the right instruction for the use of protective clothing. 7. Cook meat properly: cook all meat and animal products thoroughly before consumption. 8. Always practise safe sex: use protection if you are having sex with anyone recovering from Ebola. 9. Avoid contact with wild animals and bats: wild animals and bats can carry the Ebola virus. Avoid them. 10. Do not touch the dead: avoid direct contact with dead Ebola victims or anyone who has died from a strange disease. 11. Seek help for safe burials: please seek help from local authorities to bury any victims of Ebola or strange diseases.Source:FIFAlast_img read more