BHC Honiara distributes vegetable seeds and gardening tools to Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock

first_imgBHC Honiara distributes vegetable seeds and gardening tools to Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock The British High Commission in Honiara yesterday (18th January) handed over millions of vegetable seeds and gardening tools to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands and Nauru, His Excellency Dr. Brian Jones handed over the more than 5 million vegetable seeds and about 618 gardening tools to the Ministry.Handing over the items, High Commissioner Jones said:Every new seed planted brings hope. And in 2021, a sign of hope for the future is even more important.He said the UK Government is proud to support the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock replenish its stocks of vegetable seeds and garden tools, to ensure that they can support vulnerable gardeners across the provinces.At this time of year, as we face cyclone season, a good supply of seeds is the best form of savings account in the rural areas. Even if a disaster hits and damages vegetable gardens, a supply of seeds can get people’s gardens growing again and restore food security. And as low-lying areas of Solomon Islands face uncertainty in the future from climate change, food security is ever more vital.Dr Jones said 2021 will be a tough year, even as we see the shoots of our recovery from coronavirus worldwide.I am pleased to support the Ministry in its agricultural extension work, ensuring people have access to good quality seeds and the tools to grow them, across the provinces of Solomon Islands.Receiving the items, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Hon. Senley Filualea expressed gratitude to the people of Great Britain for seeing fit to donate seeds to the people of Solomon Islands through his ministry.As you are aware, the Solomon Islands budget for 2021 is not yet decided on due to the many uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But our needs are still there and are many. The need to ensure our people can live through this pandemic times and the need to keep our economy afloat are great challenges for us at this time.The challenges of the 2019 COVID-19 are still here with us in 2021. We were hoping that this year will be different but as you may have heard from the global news on status of COVID-19, it is increasing again. And despite some efforts on the availability of vaccines, we were also informed that it will take months before Solomon Islands can even have some vaccines available and the vaccine programs other countries are rolling out as well will take months, which means we will still have months of negative economic growth and food insecurity before we can all come out of this pandemic.He said the gifts, are timely.These are New Year gifts for our farming household around the country and I am honoured Excellency Dr. Brian Jones to receive these gifts on their behalf. “My ministry will ensure the distributions will reach far wide to all provinces in the country.Hon. Minister Filualea on behalf of the DCGA government, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and people of Solomon Islands thanked the UK Government for the timely support to the people of Solomon Islands. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Britain, British, climate change, Commission, Commissioner, coronavirus, Government, Great Britain, Honiara, livestock, Nauru, Solomon Islands, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Behe’s New Book, Darwin Devolves — Stunning and Absolutely Convincing

first_imgI recently had a lively conversation with a former colleague at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne. We have been on good terms for more than thirty years now and continue to be so. The subject turned to intelligent design and he stated emphatically: “There is no irreducible complexity,” and “There are no orphan genes.” To which I responded, “Yes, and there is no [my interlocutor’s name], either.” I thought of this exchange in considering Michael Behe’s forthcoming book. Will it perhaps help our Darwinian friends to somewhat refine their assessments of ID?ID critics appear to suspect something terrible is about to befall them when Behe’s book, Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution, is published on February 26. Some well-known and also lesser-known commentators were already more or less outraged months before publication. See here, here, here, and here for several examples.What’s the  Fuss About?In his new work Behe has extended his studies on intelligent design to several fields of biology. Instead of regretting and repenting his former arguments — dismissed by Darwinists as “totally wrong,” “completely wrong,” “dead wrong” — he now confirms them yet again: “The firm conclusion I’ve drawn over the past decades is this: despite occasional questions and bumps along the road, the greater the progress of science, the more deeply into life design can be seen to extend.” And “[A]lthough chance affects superficial aspects of biology, the newest evidence confirms that life is the intended work of a mind and that that work extends much more deeply into life than could previously be seen.” He even dares to substantiate his claims by clear and powerful scientific evidence. Outrageous indeed!In fact, he writes, the book addresses a very important, pivotal topic on the question of Darwinism versus intelligent design. It will show that not only is Darwin’s mechanisms incapable of building complex structures — that was doubted ever since he first proposed his theory — but it also shows that Darwin’s mechanism actively degrades complex structures, and that in many circumstances that’s helpful to an organism. So, it helps a species survive and it can’t explain where the elegant complexity of life came from.Mindless RecyclingOn a range of topics, evolutionists for more than a century have been mindlessly recycling supposedly indisputable “proofs” against any design in the origins of life in any of its forms. Behe critically examines these “proofs,” held out as unassailable validation and verification of Darwinism. They have not only been found wanting but also, in several cases, are revealed as presenting strong evidence for the exact opposite conclusion, for ingenious design. Among the latter are the inverted retina of the eye, Galápagos finches, honeycreepers, fruit flies, the cichlid fishes, and others.Regarding the evolution of the systematic categories in question (the finches, for instance, and others), I urge you to check out Behe’s new book. Incidentally, I must admit that I was fascinated that he has come to virtually the same conclusion as I have. Yet he has done so by a totally different approach. (See my book, in German, about Species Concepts, Evolution and Creation.) Concerning the eye, as I have written and as I note that Behe agrees, Darwinian theory substitutes imagining for reasoning. In affirming this, Dr. Behe’s analyses are stunning and absolutely convincing.Apart from further intriguing comments on Lenski’s famous investigations on bacteria, you will also find deep insights on the multiverse theory, complexity theory, self-organization theory, evo-devo, niche construction, developmental plasticity, natural genetic engineering, the machinery of splicing, major transitions in evolution, game theory, and more.The First Rule of Adaptive EvolutionAs expected, on many of these topics, he presents a detailed extension to his “First Rule of Adaptive Evolution.” He put this forth in 2010, mainly in the context of microorganisms. See “Experimental evolution, loss-of-function mutations, and ‘the first rule of adaptive evolution’,” in The Quarterly Review of Biology 85: 419-445: Adaptive evolution can cause a species to gain, lose, or modify a function; therefore, it is of basic interest to determine whether any of these modes dominates the evolutionary process under particular circumstances. Because mutation occurs at the molecular level, it is necessary to examine the molecular changes produced by the underlying mutation in order to assess whether a given adaptation is best considered as a gain, loss, or modification of function. Although that was once impossible, the advance of molecular biology in the past half century has made it feasible. In this paper, I review molecular changes underlying some adaptations, with a particular emphasis on evolutionary experiments with microbes conducted over the past four decades. I show that by far the most common adaptive changes seen in those examples are due to the loss or modification of a pre-existing molecular function, and I discuss the possible reasons for the prominence of such mutations.In Darwin Devolves you’ll find the application of the “First Rule” to macro-organisms as well.There are many further captivating topics addressed in the book. These include a comparison of flagellum sequences, irreducible complexity (of course), Darwin’s “horrid doubt,” reflections on minds, on a judge’s plagiarism, and many others.So, will our Darwinian friends perhaps reconsider their views on ID by carefully studying Behe’s book? We’ll see.As for me, I can only agree with molecular biologist Russel Carlson, in his comment about Darwin Devolves on the book’s Amazon page:I highly recommend this book to both proponents and skeptics of Darwinian evolution as it will open new avenues of thought and creativity regarding this important subject.And with protein chemist Douglas Axe: Behe’s latest masterpiece takes the evidence marshaled in defense of the unbounded power of blind evolution and deftly brings it to the opposite conclusion: evolution is self-limiting by design. Time for the Behe-bashers to retire.Or as bioengineer Matti Leisola concurs: “The conclusion is clear: life is the product of a mind.”For further pre-publication reviews, see here, here, and here at Evolution News.Photo: A red-legged honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus), by DickDaniels (http://carolinabirds.org/) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons. Recommended Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Intelligent Design Behe’s New Book, Darwin Devolves — Stunning and Absolutely ConvincingWolf-Ekkehard LönnigJanuary 11, 2019, 1:38 PM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Sharecenter_img Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man TagsColognecomplexity theoryCyanerpes cyaneusDarwin DevolvesDarwinistsdevelopmental plasticityDNAevo-devoevolutionFirst Rule of Adaptive Evolutiongame theoryhoneycreeperIrreducible Complexitymacro-organismsMatti LeisolaMax Planck Institute for Plant Breeding ResearchMichael Behemultiverse theorynatural genetic engineeringniche constructionplagiarismRichard LenskiRussel Carlsonself-organization theoryThe Quarterly Review of Biology,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidelast_img read more

Upgrade works announced for Derry cemeteries

first_img Twitter Upgrade works announced for Derry cemeteries WhatsApp Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Google+ Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Twitter Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Facebook Previous articleMc Hugh acknowledges a “sense of annoyance” in Donegal FG at the treatment of John Mc NultyNext articleForeign Affairs Minister hoping to build on business links during Boston visit News Highland WhatsApp Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre By News Highland – October 1, 2014 Derry City Council is to embark on a new phase of development works at the City Cemetery in the coming weeks.The works, which are expected to commence during October, will exploit the remaining undeveloped area of the cemetery, to provide for a further 700 burial plots.The proposed development works will consist of new access roads, retaining walls and improved car parking facilities.A spokesperson for Derry City Council explained the development works are expected to be complete by the late summer of 2015.Works are also commencing at Ballyoan Cemetery over the autumn period, to provide additional burial plots, new pathways, road widening and vehicle storage facilities for cemeteries staff. Pinterest LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restoredlast_img read more

News / Warning to forwarders as appetite for fake goods will rise alongside trade war tariffs

first_img“Rather than pay more for legitimate goods, we fear that consumers might seek cheap counterfeits as a replacement, whether knowingly or unknowingly. In other words, US policy could help legitimise fake goods at the expense of rightful intellectual property owners.”And with an additional 10% on prices from Monday, the lure of cheaper but fake goods is likely to grow among consumers. One case in five involves trademark infringements of US companies.Forwarders face significant penalties if they are found to have shipped counterfeits – even unknowingly.A case in August saw two forwarders and a customs broker found liable for moving 10 containers of counterfeit Nike shoes into the US, and were sentenced for failing to operate with “reasonable care”.City Ocean Logistics and City Ocean International, registered in China and California respectively, and customs broker Eastern Ports Customs Brokers argued that they had no knowledge of the goods and had no intent to violate the law. They also claimed they had no direct contact with the shipper.However, the court found they taken responsibility for the goods and made presentations as to the nature of them.Eight containers had been retrieved by the buyer, although the forwarders told the court they did not know who that was. The final two boxes were seized at the port of Newark after arriving on a China Shipping vessel.The court found the forwarders liable, even though they argued they had “merely booked a cargo container with an ocean common carrier for the shipper”.They believed they were “innocent service provider[s]” who “neither knew nor had any reason to have known that [their] services were being used by the actual, direct counterfeiters to assist in the shipment of product from China to the US.”The shipment was labelled as “ceramic tiles”.Ned Kiley, legal counsel of the US Airforwarders Association, told Voice of the Independent this month: “Forwarders need to check the documents and verify accuracy. That’s ‘reasonable care’. The watchword for forwarders, especially on shipments from places known for this stuff, is check and double-check the parties and the documents,” he urged.Intent is also not a relevant argument, and according to the court, “becomes relevant only at the damages stage of the inquiry”.“Violations of trademark/copyright are what is called ‘strict liability’ offences,” explained WCA forwarder network attorney Michael McMullen to VOTI. “It doesn’t matter that the defendants didn’t know, or didn’t intend, or even didn’t want to violate – they moved the goods in commerce, hence they are strictly liable. No ‘intent’ is required.”City Ocean International underlined its responsibility for the goods by being identified as the consignee on the master bill of lading.“From a legal standpoint, I have often wondered why a forwarder would list his company as the ‘consignee’ or the ‘shipper’ on any bill of lading. The effect of that is he increases his risk, without any compensation to cover that risk,” said Mr McMullen.“How can a forwarder protect himself? Don’t list yourself on the bill of lading as consignee or shipper,” he advised.“Simple common sense dictates that you have some contact [with the consignee or shipper], some way to reasonably verify who is who, what is what and what is being shipped/received. If you don’t, don’t do the movement,” he warned.In this case, Nike argued for damages of $3.2m from the customs broker, owing to the number of trademarks infringed – eight – and the value of the shipments. The court found the broker liable for $240,000 – but the maximum amount could have been $16m.Another recent case, involving some 22 containers packed with fake handbags and other designer goods and found in New York ports, is also destined for the courts. It represented a loss to US companies of nearly $500m. © Tassaphon Vongkittipong Forwarders must protect themselves from the risk of shipping counterfeit goods, trade in which is forecast to increase.The business of fakes is expected to get a boost from the next round of tariffs on $200bn-worth of Chinese goods, including handbags, leather and silk.“A tariff on a genuine bag is a subsidy for a fake,” Susan Scafidi, a New York fashion lawyer,” told the Washington Post this week.In June, six US trade associations wrote to the US government noting: “The administration’s … tariffs place significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes. US tariffs on critical imported machinery not only hurt industries, but the additional costs trickle-down to consumers thus, affecting their choices.center_img By Alex Lennane 21/09/2018last_img read more

My.Games launches $10m hypercasual publishing programme

first_imgMy.Games launches $10m hypercasual publishing programmePublisher will invest up to $50,000 per game to accelerate first wave of titlesJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 30th April 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareRussia-based publisher My.Games has launched a new programme that will see the firm branch into hypercasual titles.The company will invest up to $10 million into development and marketing for the initial line-up, with plans to spend this by the end of the year.Much of the funding will go towards the developers themselves, with the publisher offering up to $50,000 per project to aid development costs, plus additional budget for marketing.Funding can be applied to prototyping, with the company’s application site also promising “unlimited UA [user acquisition] budget.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The studios that My.Games chooses to fund will retain control of the decisions made about their games, and profits will be shared 60/40 in the developer’s favour.The company already publishes casual mobile titles such as Hustle Castle.In My.Games’ most recent financials, the company reported Q1 revenues of $115 million, boosted by the number of people turning to gaming during the COVID-19 pandemic.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 4 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

France to ramp up military presence in Eastern Mediterranean

first_imgFrance will temporarily increase its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean to support Greece in its ongoing dispute with Turkey, the armed forces ministry confirmed Thursday.The move came after President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday tweeted that “Turkey’s unilateral decisions on oil exploration are causing tensions.” Macron added that he had “decided to temporarily strengthen the French military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean in the coming days, in cooperation with European partners including Greece.”The armed forces ministry said France would send two Rafale fighter jets for a stopover in Crete and that a naval frigate, the Lafayette, had also joined French military efforts in the region. In his Wednesday tweets, Macron said “the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean is worrying,” and tensions have to end to facilitate a “peaceful dialogue” between the two NATO members. Macron followed up his French-language posts with versions in Greek.Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday thanked Macron in a tweet in French, calling the president a “true friend of Greece” and “a fervent defender of European values and international law.”Macron’s announcement came after a Turkish vessel on Monday entered waters claimed by Greece, further fueling tensions between the two countries. Athens denounced the move as “illegal” and warned it was prepared to “defend its sovereign rights.”On Wednesday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called an emergency videoconference of EU foreign ministers for Friday to discuss the crisis in the region and other pressing issues.This article has been updated.This article is part of POLITICO’s premium policy service: Pro Energy and Climate. From climate change, emissions targets, alternative fuels and more, our specialized journalists keep you on top of the topics driving the Energy and Climate policy agenda. Email [email protected] for a complimentary trial. Also On POLITICO Macron offers Lebanon’s elite a carrot and a deadline By Rym Momtaz EU foreign ministers to discuss Turkey, Belarus, Lebanon in emergency meeting By Laurenz Gehrkelast_img read more

Paramedic: Webster Firefighter Ambush ‘the Hardest Call of My Career’

first_imgRead More: “It was hectic. First responders, paramedics, EMTs, police officers, firefighters – everyone trying to figure things out and make a plan.” Join the Discussion: The Most Difficult Call of Your Career Webster, N.Y. — Steve Marino could not believe what the dispatcher was telling him: “Firefighters down on Lake Road in Webster.” “You’ve never heard of such a thing,” Marino said.last_img

Clayton John Daenen

first_img Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Wounded Warrior Project.While the world has lost a wonderful and caring man, heaven has gained a beautiful soul. Clayton John Daenen passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the age of 96, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.  He was a loving family man and friend to many and will be dearly missed.Clayton was born on January 24, 1920, in Alexandria, Louisiana.  He was the oldest of 5 children born to Henry and Annie Daenen. Next UpHe married the love of his life, and dance partner, Agnes Guidry, on August 29, 1939. Clayton and Agnes enjoyed traveling throughout their 69 years’ of marriage, especially to the Hawaiian Islands.  He also served his country proudly in the Coast Guard from 1942 to 1945.  Clayton retired from Gulf Oil after 35 years’ of service to his beloved farm in Vidor, Texas, where he could garden and raise cattle.  Clayton was an avid outdoorsman whoenjoyed spending time with his family, whom he loved and supported fearlessly.  He was also a proud member of The American Legion Post #0817. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church.Clayton is survived by his son, Thomas (Jan) Daenen; grandsons, Bryan Daenen and Geoffrey (Summer) Daenen, both of League City, Texas; great grandchildren Sierra, Alexis, and Clayton Robert Daenen; his sister, Angeline Herpin of Port Arthur, and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Clayton was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes, and son, Jon.center_img A visitation will be held Friday, January 20, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Rosary to be prayed at 6:30 pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at11:00 a.m. at the Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves, Texas, with a burial following immediately at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, Texas.last_img read more

VIDEO: Help ID those involved in theft of AR-15 rifle from Port Neches vehicle

first_img “It appears as though one of the subjects has a tattoo of a cross on the upper left portion of his chest,” a Port Neches Police Department statement read. PORT NECHES — Police said an AR-15 rifle was stolen from a Port Neches vehicle last month and the public’s help is needed locating the suspects. The theft occurred at approximately 5 a.m. Aug. 14 when unknown suspects entered vehicles in the 2300 block of 3rd Street and 2200 block of Armstrong Avenue.Video of the suspects was released Tuesday, and police said an AR-15 was taken from one of the unlocked vehicles.center_img Anyone who recognizes either of the individuals in the video is asked contact Det. Scott Thompson at 409-719-4239 or [email protected]last_img read more

Stars on Sondheim: Jessie Mueller Dreams of Playing a ‘Scrumptious’ Sondheim Role

first_img Star Files Jessie Mueller March 22 marks Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday. It’s impossible to state the great contribution and influences this titan of the stage has made to musical theater, but we’re taking a stab at it by reaching out to some stars who have appeared in his many shows to share their personal experiences. Jessie Mueller as Cinderella in “Into the Woods.”(Illustration by Ryan Casey)center_img Tony winner Jessie Mueller first saw Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods when she was a kid and was immediately transfixed by the modern twist on classic fairy tale characters. She went on to play Cinderella at the Public Theater’s 2012 production in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater alongside Amy Adams, Donna Murphy, Denis O’Hare and Chip Zien, who, of course, also starred in the original production. Mueller told Broadway.com all about her time with Into the Woods and more.What’s your desert island Sondheim cast recording? Into the Woods. Besides the brilliant vocal performances (Chip Zien on “No More” stirs my heart!), it’s one of those shows that reveals something new to me every time I listen to it. I really don’t understand how Mr. Sondheim could write about life in that way, with such perspective, while being in the midst of it. It’s inspired.Which Sondheim production do you wish you had seen? The original Merrily We Roll Along. I got to do a production with dear friends of mine in Chicago, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.What was the first Sondheim show you ever saw? The original Into the Woods, either on PBS or possibly rented from the library on VHS. I had never seen something that fully fanciful before, done to that scale! It was my little girl dreams of actual fairy tales coming to life.Which Sondheim role would you love to tackle? Mrs. Lovett! She’s saucy and lovable and sassy. And she makes bread products, gets to hit things with a rolling pin and be a bit evil. I just think it would be scrumptious.Tell us about a note you received from Sondheim that you’ll never forget. He told me I could “sing it more” during “On the Steps of the Palace” in Into the Woods. I probably said something like, “Sir, yes, sir!” View Commentslast_img read more