At this point, it looks like M-P’s are prepared to start this new session of Parliament on a conciliatory note — with the aim of getting along for the greater good.Parliamentarians return to work in Ottawa today, preaching peace, goodwill and, the need for stability and consensus, in the House of Commons.Government House Leader and local area MP, Jay Hill says, a new tone will be essential, for the minority Tory government to deal, with the volatility brought on, by the global economic crisis.N-D-P Leader Jack Layton says he also expects more civility this fall in the Commons….so long as Prime Minister Harper’s prepared to accept some opposition suggestions. – Advertisement –
A COUNTY Donegal woman has been given an award by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for her services to charity.Georgie Duncan, originally from Fahan, works tirelessly for children’s charities in Dumbarton.She runs a court house team room with profits going to children’s hospices. She received the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s birthday honours.Beanfeast, her Scottish charity fund, recently broke through the Stg£100,000 mark.Georgie, a farmer’s daughter from Fahan was accompanied to the ceremony at Kilmardinny House in Bearsden by her son, William, her sister, Marjorie Nicol, and her friend, Desmond Armstrong, from Derry.Sheriff Simon Pender joined lawyers and court staff from Dumbarton’s courts as Georgie was presented with her medal from the Queen. Deputy Lord Lieutenant Owen Sayers said the honour was presented in recognition of the work Georgie had done for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), which runs Robin House at Balloch.Mr Sayers said: “Georgie is a tireless fundraiser and volunteer and the money raised by her and her team have helped to provide essential care for children with life-limiting conditions and support their families.“Alongside supporting and promoting the hospices, she has raised the incredible amount of more than £100,000 so far by raising awareness of their work in the local community and through her management of the sheriff, high court and justice of the peace court tearoom.”Georgie, who retired from her work at Strathleven Bonded Warehouses in Dumbarton in 1995, was “absolutely delighted” with the honour.She said: “I could not do this work without the help of my dedicated band of volunteers.” She was voted Dumbarton’s Citizen of the Year in 2010 and is actively involved also in helping elderly people in the community as a member of the Senior Citizens’ Welfare Committee.DONEGAL WOMAN HONOURED FOR CHARITY WORK BY BRITAIN’S QUEEN was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BEMDunbartonGeorgie DuncanQueen
A leading judge has apologised to people attending a Donegal court because of the lack of space.Judge John O’HaganJudge John O’Hagan made his comments at yesterday’s sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. Judge O’Hagan said he appreciated the conditions for many people attending the court were uncomfortable.He said local veteran solicitor Paudge Dorrian was exhausted pleading for the facilities to be improved.“There is the promise of a new courthouse in the future but that’s as far as it goes,” he said.Judge O’Hagan spoke as barristers, solicitors, prison officers, Gardai, members of the public, members of the HSE and other court officers jostled for space at yesterday’s opening day of the current Circuit Court sitting.That position will be made equally as uncomfortable today when more than 100 members of the public turn up for jury duty selection.JUDGE APOLOGISES TO PUBLIC OVER CRAMPED COURTHOUSE was last modified: October 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:criticalJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit Courtspace
“I just have to keep working,” said Bell, demoted behind Mike Anderson in training camp this year. “I don’t want to just be a ‘one-game wonder.’ I want to be the starter.” The Broncos won their fourth straight despite missing Champ Bailey, who sat out his second straight game with a sore hamstring. It put a damper on what was supposed to be the first meeting between him and Clinton Portis since the Redskins and Broncos pulled off a blockbuster trade and swapped the two stars before last season. Portis, a flamboyant and temperamental playmaker during his two years in Denver, ran for 103 yards on 20 carries for the Redskins and was booed pretty much every time he touched the ball. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Later in the season, you don’t remember how they came, you only remember it’s a win,” said Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, held to 92 yards passing in the driving rain. The problems that plagued Plummer, however, didn’t bother Brunell. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 He went 30 for 53 for 322 yards and drove the Redskins 94 yards for the touchdown – an 11-yard pass to Chris Cooley – that pulled Washington (3-1) within two. On the conversion try, Brunell spotted David Patten open in the back of the end zone for a moment, but Gold came over and batted down the pass to prevent a possible overtime. “You saw what his speed and athleticism will do,” Broncos linebacker Al Wilson said. “It was a hell of a play.” While Gold’s big play saved the game, Tatum Bell made the difference for Denver (4-1) the rest of the time, rushing for 127 yards and two long scores to help the Broncos to a 21-10 lead. In the first quarter, Bell took a toss on fourth-and-1 and faked out Phillip Daniels en route to a 34-yard score. That stood as Bell’s longest career run until the third quarter, when he burst through the Washington defense on a sweep for a 55-yard touchdown to put the Broncos ahead by 11. DENVER – The offense wasn’t moving. Denver was facing overtime in the icy, bitter rain. Linebacker Ian Gold stuck his hand out, knocked down a pass, and with that, the Broncos showed that Washington isn’t the only team that can find odd and ugly ways to win the close ones. Gold knocked away Mark Brunell’s 2-point conversion pass with 1:09 left Sunday to help Denver hang onto a 21-19 victory and keep the Redskins from adding yet another fantastic finish to their charmed season.
SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – The Drake University men’s tennis team added more hardware to its shelves, as five Bulldogs were selected All-Missouri Valley Conference and Vinny Gillespie was named MVC Player of the Year. Clark is on a four-match winning streak after winning both of his matches at the MVC Tournament and going 2-0 in conference play. The Bulldogs find out their NCAA Tournament destination at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Ben Clark, Tom Hands, Calum MacGeoch, Bayo Philips, and Ben Stride highlighted the all-conference team. Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski was named MVC Coach of the Year for the fourth time. He guided the Bulldogs to a 17-11 record and earned his 100th career win earlier this year. Stride has recorded seven dual-match victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 stop. Print Friendly Version Gillespie’s Player of the Year award marked the 10th honor in the last 11 years in which a Bulldog has taken home the league’s top honor since the award’s inception in 2007. Gillespie led the Bulldog with a 18-4 record at the top singles spot. Philips has been recovering from off-season surgery for the better half of the season and has come along strong of late, winning six-straight singles matches. MacGeoch has totaled 11 dual-match wins and clinched both matches in the MVC Tournament. Hands is tied with Gillespie with 18 singles wins and has gone 9-1 in his last 10 matches.
Consumption of SABMiller’s range of beershas enjoyed steady growth across Africa.(SABMiller) SABMiller’s large-scale operations such asthis plant in South Africa, will open up infour African countries before the end ofthis year.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more images, visit the image library) Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa-born multinational SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewery, is to tap into an African market worth over US$3-billion (R30-billion) by opening four new brewing plants in Mozambique, Tanzania, Sudan and Angola.SABMiller will open the new breweries this year to benefit from the various countries’ economical growth, which is estimated at between 4% and 5%.Speaking on the new ventures SABMiller’s head of media relations, Nigel Fairbrass, says the company decided to focus on continuing its expansion into African countries as they were mainly cash economies, and had not run up exposure to credit like many western countries have.The brewery has existing operations in Nigeria, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Ghana, Comoros and Mayotte.Fairbrass added that the $3-billion (R30-billion) market is about four times bigger than SABMiller’s current market. The company aims to become a major role player within that market.Beer – a people’s drinkFairbrass says the company has taken on a “radical” view on making beer more affordable on the African continent.SABMiller aims to reduce the price of beer, which at the moment is averaging around R10 ($1), by introducing new, cheaper brands.The brewery will continue its supply of mainstream and premium beers to its international clients.One strategy, which should cut costs significantly, is researching new brewing technologies by bringing together 55 000 barley farmers to form part of the programme by 2011.Another cost cutting option is expanding the production of sorghum-based beer, currently produced on the continent under the brand name, Eagle.Sorghum beer tends to be cheaper as many countries have a lower excise tax for sorghum-based alcoholic beverages.In order to expand this particular strategy, SABMiller is currently working with 6 000 small-scale local farmers in India to develop a quality source of barley.In addition to that they have partnerships with small-scale farmers in Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania to supply barley and sorghum.A growing brandSABMiller started its Barley Development Programme in 2005, using the Eagle Lager success in Uganda as a blueprint.The main aim of the programme was to establish a long-term reliable source of locally grown quality malt barley.Despite the economic slowdown, SABMiller is positive that the beer industry will continue to grow, even amidst increased food prices.In May 2008, speaking at the brewery giant’s announcement of its annual figures for all its 60 operations, SABMiller group Chief Executive Officer Graham Mackay said, it was a stable industry. “Food prices have skyrocketed since the beginning of the year and most businesses are going to be affected, but we believe demand for beer will still be strong.“Affordability, especially in low income countries, might be compromised to some extent but generally the inflationary environment should be good for our business.”Mackay spoke about the company’s confidence in its 29 African operations, “I believe the green fields [development] will help Africa and we will continue to pump in money towards innovation so that our products are affordable such the introduction of the sorghum based beer, which is cheaper.”Beer volumes for Africa grew on average 12% benefiting from three crucial factors of continued economic growth in all the participating countries, rising disposable incomes and ongoing brand renovation.Although the Botswana market had disappointing figures over the past two years, the figures in 2008 were slightly stronger showing a 15% growth.Mackay says their growth in Botswana can be accredited to a change in strategy. “Key to this result was the successful renovation of St. Louis lager, the market leader, and the introduction of a new 750ml returnable bottle.“The returnable bottle has delivered ahead of expectation in this predominantly one-way pack market, and offers the consumer better value for money.”Tanzania showed a growth of 8%, while Mozambique also enjoyed its fourth consecutive year of growth.In Angola, the growth was not as high as expected, although there were some tangible factors to this, “Angola’s economy continues to grow strongly at approximately 20% annually.“The infrastructure, however, is unable to support the increasing demand for goods and services and our total volumes growth of just below 10% was constrained by both lack of infrastructure and limited capacity,” he said.In South Africa, the loss of the Amstel beer licence affected operations although volumes stayed stable. The weakening rand contributed to difficult trading conditions.Mackay added that the slowed economic in South Africa in the second half of 2007 and the increasing food and fuel costs affected consumer spending. “Revenue grew by 6% on a constant currency basis and price increases were at a level somewhat below inflation for both lager and soft drinks.”Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: firstname.lastname@example.org Useful linksSABMillerPeroni beerCastle lagerMiller Beer
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Last weekend I attended the Fourth Annual North American Passive House Conference in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. The conference offered a great opportunity to learn more about the Passivhaus standard and to discuss low-energy buildings with an experienced group of architects, engineers, and builders.Among the most valuable sessions offered at the conference:The Passivhaus advocates I met at the conference are responsible for some of the best new buildings in the country — buildings with extraordinarily low energy budgets. These exemplary buildings can inspire all designers of low-energy buildings to sharpen their pencils.Unfortunately, the launch of the Passivhaus movement in North America hasn’t been particularly smooth. Some Passivhaus advocates have reacted defensively to legitimate technical questions from knowledgeable American builders. On the other side, the chance for fruitful dialogue has been hampered by a few Passivhaus critics who have adopted an unnecessarily adversarial tone. Fortunately, these bumps are only public relations problems; they shouldn’t seriously detract from the great accomplishments that Passivhaus builders have achieved.Clearing Up MisconceptionsIn my opinion, the Passivhaus movement in North America needs to do a better job at disassociating its message from a package of misconceptions. It’s important to emphasize the core strength of Passivhaus — namely, the fact that PHPP software provides a sophisticated method for designing and constructing buildings that use very low levels of energy — and to clearly separate this message from a collection of red herrings originating in Europe:Red herring number one: Very low U-factor windows (U-0.14) are necessary “for the comfort of the occupants.” It’s true that occupant comfort is one of the benefits of high-quality triple-glazed windows. It’s also true that windows with a very low U-factor may be necessary to meet the Passivhaus goal of 15 kWh/m2. But a very high level of occupant comfort… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
We humans marvel at our big brains, which have made us the most advanced animals on the planet. But running them takes a lot of energy. A new study suggests that we paid a big price for being so smart. Over the course of our evolution, humans got weaker relative to other primates, trading brawns for brains.At an average volume of 1400 cubic centimeters, our brains are three times as large as those of our closest living evolutionary cousins, chimpanzees. While researchers debate why our noggins got so big, one thing is for sure: The brain is a costly organ. Our brains use 20% of our energy expenditures when we are resting, more than twice as much as expended by chimps and other primates. Back in the 1990s, U.K.-based researchers Leslie Aiello and Peter Wheeler proposed what they called the expensive-tissue hypothesis, arguing that the human digestive system, which uses a great deal of energy to metabolize our food, had downsized considerably to help pay that price.To see what other trade-offs might have occurred, a team led by Philipp Khaitovich, a biologist at the CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology in Shanghai, China, looked at the energy use profiles of five different tissues in four animal species. Three of the tissues were in the brain: the prefrontal cortex (involved in advanced cognition), the primary visual cortex (which processes the sense of sight), and the cerebellar cortex (key to motor control). The other two tissues were the kidney and thigh muscle. 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The team detected about 10,000 different metabolites in each tissue type and compared the metabolic and genetic differences between these diverse animals, using a sample of 14 individuals from each of the four species. As the researchers report today in PLOS Biology, the differences in metabolome profiles between the mice, monkeys, and chimps were no greater than the relatively small genetic differences between them, meaning that evolution had probably not significantly altered any of their tissues. Nor was there evidence of significant evolutionary changes in the human kidney or the visual or cerebellar cortex.On the other hand, the metabolome profile of the human prefrontal cortex was dramatically altered from that of other primates: Using the split between the human and mouse (130 million years ago) and between humans and monkeys (45 million years ago) as baselines, the team calculated that the metabolome had evolved four times faster than that of the chimpanzee over the roughly 6 million years since the human and chimp lines split. (The genetic differences between the two species, in contrast, are only about 2%.)This result was not shocking, given the mountains of evidence for the greater cognitive prowess of the human brain compared with that of other primates. But what did surprise the team was the differences in the profiles of primate and human skeletal muscle: The human metabolome had evolved more than eight times faster than that of the chimps since the two species went their separate evolutionary ways.To make sure this disparity wasn’t simply due to differences in environment and diet, the team exposed monkeys to something resembling the modern human lifestyle. The researchers took 12 macaque monkeys and divided them into two groups of six each. One group was put into individual, solitary cages to limit how much exercise they could get, and was fed a cooked diet high in fats and sugars; the second group was put into solitary cages but fed a normal diet of raw plant foods. When these 12 subjects were compared with a control group of 17 monkeys fed on normal diets and allowed to romp outside in family groups, the differences in their metabolomes were minimal, amounting to no more than 3% of the metabolic changes detected in humans. That rules out dietary or environmental explanations for the differences, the researchers conclude.Finally, the team performed a key test: comparing the strength of macaques, chimps, and humans. Although very limited earlier studies had suggested that humans were the weaker species when body size is taken into account, no systematic comparisons had been done. So the researchers devised an experiment in which macaques, chimps, and humans had to pull an adjustable weight with all their strength, using the muscles of both their arms and their legs (see video). The monkeys and chimps were motivated by their desire to grab a food reward, whereas the humans—who included five university basketball players and four professional climbers—were motivated by the exhortations of the researchers to do their competitive best. The result: Humans were shown to be on average only half as strong as the other two primates.The team concedes that it is not yet clear why the differences in metabolome between humans and other primates lead to weaker muscle strength; when the researchers looked at possible structural differences between chimp and human thigh muscle, they found none, leaving as-yet-unknown differences in energy use as the most likely explanation. And although the researchers caution that the differences between humans and other primates might have been due in part to different levels of motivation while pulling the weights, the consistency of the findings indicates that humans are indeed weaker overall. The scientists hypothesize that the parallel evolution of bigger brains and weaker muscles on the human lineage may not have been a coincidence, but rather due to a “reallocation” of energy resources between the two tissues. The idea of such a trade-off “is a very simple hypothesis,” Khaitovich says, “but in evolution simple explanations are often the best ones.”Aiello, who is now president of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in New York City, says that recent research has suggested that “the energetic trade-offs relevant to [human] brain evolution are more complex” than she and Wheeler had originally suggested in their brain versus gut hypothesis, and that “this work demonstrates another possible trade-off between the metabolic requirements of the brain and skeletal muscle.”However, Aiello and other researchers think that humans didn’t just get weaker, but started using their muscles in different ways that required less overall strength, for example for endurance running during hunting or other activities—an idea that has been championed by Daniel Lieberman, an anthropologist at Harvard University.Lieberman says that the new paper “is very cool and interesting,” but he doesn’t buy its suggestion of a brain versus brawn trade-off during human evolution. “Humans are less strong than chimps, but I don’t believe we are less athletic,” Lieberman says. Thus, he argues that humans still used a great deal of muscular energy, but applied it to tasks that enhanced their survival over the long term rather than to feats of brute power. With our bigger and cleverer brains, Lieberman says, humans devised ways to be more energy efficient, by becoming more effective hunters, learning to cook our food, and sharing resources among larger groups. In other words, in the evolutionary sweepstakes, victory sometimes goes to the brainiest rather than the brawniest.(Video credit: Kasia Bozek)
Defending champions India will look to book a place in the semi-finals of the ongoing Champions Trophy when they take on Sri Lanka in their crucial second Group B encounter at the Kennington Oval here on Thursday.The Virat Kohli-led side had a dream start to their eight-team marquee event, when they thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in a rain-hit opening clash at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Sunday.Lanka, on the other hand, slumped to a 96-run defeat at the hands of top-ranked ODI team South Africa in their first group encounter at the Oval.While a win here would ensure India a semi-final spot, the Angelo Mathews-led side finds itself in a do-or-die situation. They need to clinch victory to keep their hopes in the tournament alive.Kohli on Wednesday had asserted that the team is currently playing good cricket, but needs to respect every opposition and not play with arrogance.”At the moment, we are playing good cricket, but, that doesn’t mean we play with arrogance as a team.We respect every opposition the same way, and, we intend to play the same kind of cricket against everyone,” Kohli said ahead of the match.Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara had said Sri Lanka should play with arrogance against India on Thursday.”I would personally like this young Sri Lanka side to walk out at The Oval and play with the arrogance and abandon of youth,” Sangakkara wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC).Sri Lanka will be without senior opener Upul Tharanga who has been handed a two-match suspension by the ICC for a slow over rate during opening match.advertisementMeanwhile, batsman Chamara Kapugedera has been ruled out of the tournament due to knee injury. Opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been named in the squad as his replacement.Here are some facts about two sides:- India have won 14 of their last 17 ODI matches against Sri Lanka ; winning the last five such meetings.- These sides have met three times before in the Champions Trophy but two of them ended as no results; India winning the most recent such encounter in 2013 (eight wickets).- India have won 10 of their last 13 ODI matches; claiming victory in four of their last five.- Sri Lanka are without a win in their last five ODIs played in Europe ,last grabbing a win on the continent in June 2016 against Ireland.- Sri Lanka have won 13 matches in the history of the ICC Champions Trophy, the equal second most of any team in the competition’s history second only to India.- This will be the 150th ODI fixture between India and Sri Lanka, the first two teams to have played each other so many times in the 50-over format.- Sri Lanka have managed only one win from nine games so far in 2017; the last time they finished a calendar year with fewer than six ODI wins was in 1991 when they were defeated in all four of their fixtures.- India have won each of their last seven ICC Champions Trophy fixtures, only once in the history of the tournament has any team won more games in succession.- Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah will be the only two players in this fixture to have maintained a record of 100% legal deliveries so far this tournament.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh KarthikSri Lanka: Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickewalla, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Sekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is back in the one-day team for the three-match series against India starting next month.The 27-year-old, who sustained the injury before the second test against Pakistan this month, is expected to return to the field in a domestic Twenty20 match for the Durham Jets on July 5, a week before the ODI series begins.The all-rounder last competed in a 50-over international for England in New Zealand, which was his first competitive action after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) banned him from international cricket after his involvement in the incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September of last year.With the India ODI series beginning on July 12, Stokes will be able to build-up match practice ahead of the five-match Test series with India, starting August 1.If Stokes is deemed fully fit for Durham, he could also play in the third international Twenty20 against India on July 8.England are seeking to continue a winning run that saw them to an ODI series whitewash of Australia this month.Batsman Sam Billings, who has failed to impress for England in his past two call-ups, has been left out of the squad.All-rounder Sam Curran, who made his ODI debut against Australia last week, has also failed to make the cut.Fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes is still recovering from a thigh muscle tear and persistent knee injury but could return for the latter part of the India series.Team: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)