first_img Make a comment Community News Caltech engineers and scientists often work at the frontiers of science—pushing the limits of what is known and what is possible. Now, with its eighth annual Breakthrough Awards, Popular Mechanics magazine is recognizing two projects that fall into this category and in which Caltech faculty members have played major roles—the development of ultralight micro-lattices by materials scientist Julia Greer and colleagues, and the Voyager 1 and 2 missions, whose project scientist, physicist Ed Stone, has been at Caltech for the missions’ entire 35-year ride.The Breakthrough Awards recognize “innovators and products that have dramatically advanced the fields of technology, medicine, space exploration, automotive design, environmental engineering and more.” This year’s recipients will receive their awards during a ceremony on October 4 in New York City.“I am delighted that Professor Greer is being honored with this award,” says Ares Rosakis, chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) at Caltech. “She is a great example of how we in EAS are working at the edges of fundamental science to invent the technologies of the future.”Greer, an assistant professor of materials science and mechanics at Caltech, is being honored as part of the team that engineered a metallic lattice celebrated late last year as the world’s lightest solid material. Including engineers and researchers from HRL Laboratories and UC Irvine, the team was able to make three-dimensional lattices composed of tiny, metallic hollow tubes. The end product has a density of just 0.9 milligrams per cubic centimeter, making it approximately 100 times lighter than Styrofoam.“Having developed the micro-truss is a nice beginning,” says Greer, “but it’s not the end of the story in any way. Now we can start dreaming big, developing completely new materials for a variety of applications, without being limited by their classical processing routes.”In fact, since the group described the micro-trusses in the journal Science in November 2011, Greer has received several grants to work on potential applications ranging from lightweight, damage-tolerant, and radiation-resistant materials for use in space to planar structures that could hold thousands of modular solar cells at different angles in order to capture more of the solar spectrum.Stone, the David Morrisroe Professor of Physics at Caltech, will accept a special Mechanical Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the entire Voyager team, along with Suzanne Dodd (BS ’84), the project manager, and Jefferson Hall, the mission flight director. The Voyager spacecraft were built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which continues to operate both. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.Voyager 1 recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of its launch in 1977. It lifted off just 16 days after its twin, Voyager 2 (which reached Jupiter second despite being the first to launch). The long-lasting probes have revealed much about our solar system—”things we hadn’t really thought about or imagined,” Stone says. Today, both spacecraft continue to relay data, and Voyager 1 is expected to enter interstellar space soon.“We are once again excited to recognize this year’s list of incredible honorees for their role in shaping the future,” said James B. Meigs, editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics, in a press release. “From a featherweight metal to the world’s fastest and most electrically efficient supercomputer, this year’s winners embody the creative spirit that the Breakthrough Awards were founded upon.”The winners were chosen by the editors of the magazine after recommendations were solicited from a wide range of experts and past Breakthrough Award winners, in fields ranging from aerospace and robotics to medicine and energy.To read more about all of the awards, visit the Popular Mechanics website. Full descriptions are also available in the magazine’s November issue, available on newsstands October 16. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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first_imgIs it time to look at Vermont s transportation system or the lack of one? That is a question being explored by AARP and a number of other groups around Vermont. An AARP report released today shows that significant groups of Vermonters are unable to get where they need to go particularly older and lower income residents. As a strong consumer advocate, AARP is committed to supporting efforts that foster independence and livable communities or communities that have affordable and accessible housing, community engagement opportunities, and offer a range of mobility options.The report reveals that a substantial number of residents (54%) do not believe there are enough driving alternatives in their community and would like to see more. In addition, some 73% of Vermonters are concerned about the impact of vehicle emissions on global warming. Survey respondents said they were also concerned about gas costs and change their driving habits when prices are high. About 90% of residents believe the State should play a role in helping non-driving residents get where they are going.A convergence of factors changing demographics, environmental impacts, volatile gas prices, and transportation funding shortfalls make this an opportune time to rethink the way we transport the public, concluded the report. Vermont s rural nature also presents a host of challenges to traditional public transit. The study shows that a significant percent of residents are motivated by a variety of reasons to consider alternatives to driving their own car. The report, based on a survey of 800 residents over age 18, covers current driving habits, transportation alternatives, public transit and what motivates Vermonters to change driving behaviors.The AARP study is intended to inform a public discussion on the subject and help begin the process of putting this important issue on the state s policy agenda. AARP is convening a group of stakeholder groups to explore transporting the public. Initially, they will work to identify principles and create a vision for a statewide system while engaging a broad cross-section of Vermont agencies, institutions and organizations in the transformation process. We re working with several organizations that believe some action is needed in this area and the survey findings show that Vermonters support that view as well, said Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont state director. This is a complex subject that seems to have been overlooked to date by policymakers and others. As a convener of this process, AARP ultimately aims to engage policymakers, legislators and the Governor s administration as we put together a roadmap to better serve the transportation needs of Vermonters.Selected Data & Findings:-Nearly all Vermont residents rely on a car to get around. However, a number of respondents traveled to their destinations in other ways most frequently, walking or sharing rides. -Older, lower income, and unemployed residents are more likely to have problems with transportation and get out less frequently.-Some 90% of respondents believe the State should help people get where they need to go if they are no longer able to drive.- Vermonters are motivated to change their driving habits by rising gas prices and a desire to protect the environment.-73% of Vermonters are concerned about vehicle emissions contributing to global warming. In addition, most Vermonters are concerned about the cost of gas and change their driving habits to lessen the economic burden when prices are high.- 54% do not believe there are adequate driving alternatives in their community and a majority of these people would like to see more alternatives. Interest in these alternatives is strong in communities where they are not available.The key refers to residents who live within or beyond five miles of services. Residents who live within five miles of services would be more likely to walk on sidewalks and use bike paths if these options were available, whereas those living farther away are more inclined to carpool and use park and rides should they become available in their communities.-Two-thirds of Vermonters believe the State has a role in providing personal car driving alternatives if gas prices continue to rise and to reduce vehicle emissions.AARP Vermont commissioned Pacific Market Research to conduct telephone interviews with 800 Vermont residents age 18 and older in December, 2008. The results of the survey are detailed in the final report. For a full copy of the report go to: www.aarp.org/vttransportation(link is external).AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with 138,000 members in Vermont and 35 million members nationally. Through a wide array of special benefits, services, and information resources, we help our members make important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of life after 50.Source: AARP. BURLINGTON, VT, April 23, 2009last_img read more

first_img Lisbon: Captain Cristiano Ronaldo left the field with a thigh injury as Portugal drew 1-1 against Serbia in an Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday. Ronaldo was replaced after 30 minutes in Lisbon as Fernando Santos’ reigning European champions drew for a second time in their opening two games of the campaign after they were held by Ukraine on Friday. There was no word whether the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would be fit for to play for his club Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Ajax on April 10.William Carvalho wasted the best of the early chances at Benfica’s two-thirds empty Estadio da Luz.Serbia failed to clear the ball in the box before it fell to the unmarked Real Betis midfielder who’s side-footed shot glanced past the post after five minutes.Ajax playmaker Tadic opened the scoring from the penalty spot two minutes later. Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio collided with an advancing Mijat Gacinovic in the box and Tadic tucked the spot kick away with ease to take a shock lead over the Euro 2016 winners.Ronaldo was denied an equaliser two minutes later as his effort was very well saved Marko Dmitrovic. Portugal will next play Switzerland in a Nations League semi-final.Serbia will take on Ukraine in the Euro 2020 qualifier.Juventus will take on Ajax, who knocked out Real Madrid from UEFA Champions League. The 156-time international left the field on the half hour mark after he pulled up chasing a ball on the left wing. He received quick treatment from members of the medical team before returning to action but was replaced by Pizzi minutes later as Pepe took over the skipper’s armband. The visitors were level with three minutes of the first half to play. Porto’s Danilo Pereira hammered his shot from outside the box into the top corner past a helpless Dmitrovic.Carvalho should have put his side into the lead 25 minutes into the second half. Guerreiro chipped a cross to the back post, Bernardo Silva then played it into the middle of the box but Carvalho couldn’t make a solid enough contact with the ball to challenge Dmitrovic. Fernando Santos’ outfit were denied a second penalty on 73 minutes after the linesman overruled referee Szymon Marciniak’s original decision for off-side. The hosts pressed on for the winner in the closing ten minutes but Mladen Krstajic’s outfit defended stubbornly to claim a point in their first game of the campaign. Next for Portugal is a Nations League semi-final against Switzerland on June 5 and Serbia travel to Kiev in a Euro 2020 qualifier two days later. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Paul Pogba is struggling with a foot injury and has been left out of the France squad for the next batch of Euro 2020 qualifiers © AFP/File / Paul ELLISPARIS, France, Oct 3 – Paul Pogba was left out of the France squad named Thursday for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey, but N’Golo Kante and Kylian Mbappe both return.Pogba is currently struggling with a foot problem and was not named in Manchester United’s squad to play AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday, although he did play in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Kante has had an injury-hit start to the season and did not feature in France’s home wins over Albania and Andorra last month, while Mbappe has only just returned from a hamstring injury.Elsewhere, Mbappe’s PSG teammate Presnel Kimpembe returns with fellow defenders Samuel Umtiti and Aymeric Laporte sidelined.Tottenham Hotspur’s Tanguy Ndombele makes his comeback as Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi drops down to the under-21 squad, and there is a recall for back-up goalkeeper Steve Mandanda of Marseille.The World Cup holders face Iceland in Reykjavik on Friday, October 11 before entertaining Turkey at the Stade de France on Monday, October 14.Les Bleus are level atop Group H with Turkey on 15 points from six games, with Iceland three points back and the top two qualifying for the final tournament.France squadGoalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Real Madrid/ESP), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton/ENG), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich/GER), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona/ESP), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich/GER), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea/ENG)Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko (both Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER)Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich/GER), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona/ESP), Jonathan Ikone (Lille), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img targets 3 Latest Transfer News RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on Arsenal are nearing a new long-term deal for Aaron Ramsey, with the signing of his incoming midfield partner Lucas Torreira set to be announced imminently.Ramsey, 27, has just a year left to run on his current contract but is said to be keen to work with new Gunners boss Unai Emery, who sees the Welshman as the team’s key player. 3 3 Unai Emery has already made a major impact at Arsenal in his short time in charge of the club REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Speaking to fans on Wednesday night, Emery outlined his intentions to play an attacking style, saying: “I prefer to win 5-4 than 1-0 because football is about emotion and what is the best feeling in football? When you score.”Chief executive Ivan Gazidis heralded a new era for the club with a first managerial appointment since 1996.He said: “We really have a collective effort now, in terms of how we identify players and then how we take forward our interest, and of course Unai is a huge part of that.“This is now a different way of doing things, one with a very, very accomplished team of professionals who we have spent time bedding into the club.” LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland With Jack Wilshere departing the club when his deal expires in June, Ramsey will be among the first names on the teamsheet, likely alongside £26million Sampdoria man Torreira.The Uruguayan is set to become Arsenal‘s third signing of the summer after Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno, with Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos not far behind.The deal for Ramsey is reportedly five years according to the Telegraph, following on from long-term contracts signed by fellow midfielders Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer.Torreira could line up in a central midfield trio alongside Xhaka and Ramsey in a new-look Arsenal side, although that could mean one of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Alexandre Lacazette missing out. TOP WORK Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets LIVING THE DREAM IN DEMAND One player certain of his spot in the team is club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who signed in a £56m deal from Dortmund in January.Aubameyang, is thought to be one of two players, Ramsey being the other, who Emery sees as indispensable.Arsenal finished outside the Champions League places for a second consecutive season in 2017/18, leading to Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign coming to an end.Emery is keen to bring them back to Europe’s top tier as soon as possible, with the raft of new deals and incomings already putting his mark on the club. Ramsey is set to end months of speculation by committing his future to Arsenal three-way race Lucas Torreira, 22, will join in a £26m deal from Sampdoria Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signinglast_img read more

first_imgDonegal ETB launched a new Traineeship in Automated Software Testing on Monday last in Gaoth Dobhair. This exciting new training opportunity has been developed in partnership with Pramerica and Údarás na Gaeltachta.The course is being delivered in the [email protected] Dobhair innovation and digital hub, one of a network of thirty hubs to be developed in locations throughout Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas by Údarás na Gaeltachta. At the launch of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) Automated Software Testing Traineeship in [email protected] Gaoth Dobhair on Monday last are left-right: Vinny McGroary (Area Training Manager, Donegal ETB), Colm Richardson (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB), David Roche (Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pramerica), Anna Ní Ghallachair (Chairperson, Údarás na Gaeltachta), Cróna Gallagher (Director of Further Education and Training Services, Donegal ETB), Michael Logue (Director, Systems Development and Gweedore Site Exec Pramerica Systems Ireland) and Micheál Ó Duibhir (Manager, [email protected] Dobhair).In opening the launch event Údarás na Gaeltachta Board Chairperson, Anna Ní Ghallachair, said, ‘Údarás na Gaeltachta are delighted to have had this opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues in Donegal ETB and our client company Pramerica. Innovation is central to our 3-year strategic plan and in supporting the delivery of this training provision we have developed a new innovative collaboration with the industry which we hope will reap significant benefits for course participants and this Gaeltacht community. This type of collaboration is essential for the development of the region and we look forward to working together on similar projects in the future.”In speaking about the development of the course, Pramerica’s Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, David Roche said, ‘This career traineeship has been developed in close collaboration with Pramerica here in Donegal. It will allow learners to progress directly into employment in the software sector. This is a great example of the strategy and success of ICT/FinTech working in collaboration with academia. Because of the Donegal ETB’s flexibility in course development and delivery, we are delighted that courses like this can be provided in all parts of county.”The traineeship covers a range of modules relevant to the industry including HTML5 application development fundamentals, software development fundamentals, database administration, computer programme using C#, software testing fundamentals and computer program using JAVA. Work experience is a core component of the traineeship with thirty percent of the training consisting of practical work experience in the industry.At the launch of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) Automated Software Testing Traineeship in [email protected] Dobhair on Monday last are left-right Dara Devine (Contracted Training Officer, Donegal ETB), Micheál Ó Duibhir (Manager, [email protected] Dobhair), Paul Herron (Automated Software Training Instructor, Donegal ETB), Cróna Gallagher (Director of Further Education and Training Services, Donegal ETB), Colm Richardson (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB), Anna Ní Ghallachair (Chairperson, Údarás na Gaeltachta), Vinny McGroary (Area Training Manager, Donegal ETB), David Roche (Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pramerica), and Mairead Carlin (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB).In officially launching the traineeship, Cróna Gallagher, Director of Further Education and Training (FET) with Donegal ETB stated, ‘We are delighted to launch this exciting new training development here in Gaoth Dobhair today. Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service, has worked closely with Pramerica to develop this new traineeship in collaboration with Údarás na Gaeltachta. It has been a wonderful example of how our FET Service is working with industry in the county to meet their training needs and subsequently helping to fulfil employment requirements.’ Traineeships are co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Donegal ETB launch new Automated Software Testing Traineeship was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Automated Software TestingDonegal ETBÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

first_imgI can make it shine, drinking that Dar-wineAnytime night or dayOnly trouble is, gee whizI’m dreamin’ my data away When I feel lazy in the labI need a plot line that’s pre-fabI grab old Darwin then all I have to do isDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam It’s difficult to believe any other vaunted science than cosmology would be so rife with fact-free speculation.  Well, maybe paleoanthropology, too.The Saga of Stone ToolsIn an article on Live Science, the stone tools were mere props for the real story: a speculative wandering among possibilities.  This can be seen by distilling the key words into a seamless stream of consciousness:Did Rise of Ancient Human Ancestor Lead to New Stone Tools?… the emergence of an ancient human ancestor …  the finding suggests an ancient tool-making technique may have arisen with the evolution of the new species…. “We think it might be related to the change of species.” …  emerged … probably used … scientists believed … but proving that was tricky … colleagues, however, have found Aucheulean tools that are indistinguishable in age from those found in Kenya, suggesting the symmetric hand axes were widespread in the region … increasing the likelihood … That the timing of this tool-making emerges at the same time as Homo erectus is intriguing, and allows for the possibility that the tools were made by this ancient lineage … But while the new study is suggestive that Homo erectus made these tools, it’s not a smoking gun…. It’s tempting to say … and that’s very difficult to prove.The only tangible facts in this saga consist of a bag of scraping rocks gathered from disparate areas dated by fallible humans who didn’t see when and where they were made by whom.The Running Man“Run for your life!” the hominid shrieked to his hairy companion dropping from the tree.  “It’s the only way to evolve!”  A slightly more academic version of this short story was told in Live Science, in “How Running For Our Lives May Have Made Humans Smarter.”  The operative phrase is “may have,” which implies its converse, “may not have”.  The article continues the stream-of-consciousness dreamland scenario of suggestion, emergence and possibility:Could athletic prowess be linked to the size of our brains? Some new research suggests that exercise-loving mice have larger midbrains then their more mellow counterparts.Scientists now think that the ability to run far and fast helped us evolve both physically and mentally. For evidence, look to the common house mouse.It appears that the childhood storybook tale of City Mouse and Country Mouse has evolved (or emerged into) The Couch Potato Dufus and the Precocious Athlete.  But since the article promised “evidence,” it’s worth looking for evidence of the evidence.  Here it is: Mice on treadmills, bred for both their propensity and abilities on treadmill wheels were found to have slightly larger midbrains—”But the overall size of their brains did not vary significantly.”  This is a long way removed from the hypothesis at issue.  After all, mice are mice, and men are men, whether or not they operate treadmills.  Furthermore, the hypothesis sounds like a case of artificial selection, not Darwinism.  But it provided enough putative “evidence” to start the tale: Whether the mice evolved larger midbrains because they exercised, or exercised because they had bigger brains, remains to be determined. In the classic comedy sketch, “The 2,000-Year-Old Man,” Mel Brooks, playing the title character, said the main form of transportation long ago “was mostly fear.” “You’d hear an animal growling and you’d go two miles in a minute,” he said. That was probably true, at least in spirit.And so the Lamarckian story ran, based on a comedy sketch.  It’s frankly hard to know where the comedy sketch left off:In 2004, Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University and Dennis Bramble at the University of Utah suggested that one of the reasons humans survived and evolved is that they learned to run faster and further. That allowed them, like Mel Brooks’ character, to get away from predators, and they also could walk farther so they could track down animals and bring food home.Those who could run faster and walk farther reproduced more than those who could not, they wrote, so humans evolved endurance. Our legs grew longer, toes shortened; we lost hair, and gained more complex middle ears for balance.Where, exactly, was the linkage between running farther and reproducing more?  While we’re imagining things, one could imagine the lazy guy in the cave having sex, while the distance runner is miles away. Other than that, the story is Lamarckian.  Learning how to run faster like Mel Brooks won’t make a bit of difference if the trait isn’t in the sperm.Back to the stream of consciousness:Another thing Garland and his team were trying to test is a theory called mosaic evolution. As animals evolve, do certain areas of their bodies change independently of what happens to the rest of the body, or does the whole body generally evolve simultaneously? … [time out for more mice on treadmills] … “They love going on the wheels and excel in both motivation and abilities,” said Garland … seems to support the mosaic evolution concept … For whatever reason … [a bystander] calls Garland’s work “an amazing step forward” … Garland’s next experiment, however, is to see whether it is the exercise that is increasing the midbrain in mice instead of the opposite. He thinks using MRIs and questionnaires with living humans could test to see if the same things are true of human joggers.The question was, “How Running For Our Lives May Have Made Humans Smarter.”  Well, the answer is, Yes, it may have.  But then again, an equally valid answer in storytelling is, No, it may not have.This gets so tiring.  Today’s evolutionists think they have done their job if something (anything) “suggests” that an unobservable event “may have” made us hairless rocket scientists with opposable thumbs and complex middle ears.  Evolution is the mother of invention.  Need shorter toes?  Got it.  Can’t keep your balance while running?  Semicircular canals coming right up.  Need opposable thumb for flaking rocks?  Oh, they just emerged right on time!  The storytellers weave effortlessly between Lamarckism and Darwinism, sipping their Darwine and plucking tantalizing speculations from thin air. Ah, science.  Ain’t it wonderful?  We can watch our mice on the treadmill and dream, dream, dream.The dream is a lie.  One thing these unaccountable, reckless charlatans know with absolute certainty: criticisms of their speculations must be lied about, expelled and silenced (read previous entry).  Hearing them would ruin all the fun.Dream, by the Evolutionary BrothersDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dreamDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dreamWhen I want to get a grantI tell a tale, though data’s scant,Whenever I want funds, all I have to do isDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dreamcenter_img With critics gone, the media’s mineThey’re always there to make me shineWhenever I want fame, all I have to do isDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dreamDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream[fade out](Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Building upon historic changes undertaken earlier this year to improve Lake Erie water quality, Ohio has reached an agreement with Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario to achieve a 40% reduction in the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie’s western basin by 2025.“This is significant because it shows that it is not just Ohio fighting this. We have partners in this trying to reach that achievable goal that was set out in the Governor’s Water Quality Working Group in first year of his term,” said David Daniels, Ohio Agriculture Director at today’s Ohio Soybean Association Barn Talk Series meeting at Reinhard Farms in Bucyrus on the topic of water quality . “We feel good they are going to be working with us to achieve that goal.”Lt. Governor Mary Taylor represented Ohio and signed the agreement last Saturday at a meeting of the Council of Great Lakes Governors in Quebec City. As part of the agreement, each state will develop a plan on how they will achieve their phosphorus reduction goal, with the interim target of a 20% reduction by 2020.“Lake Erie is one of our state’s crown jewels for its recreation, wildlife and economic benefits and as a key source of water for millions of Ohioans,” Taylor said. “While we have made tremendous progress in protecting Lake Erie over the past four years, there is more work to do and by working in unison with our Great Lakes neighbors we can make even more progress to improve the water quality in our Great Lakes.”Earlier this spring, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 1 legislation to aggressively tackle water quality issues to protect the Lake Erie watershed, by:• Eliminating open lake disposal of dredge materials by 2020: Reducing the sediment dumped in Lake Erie will help reduce chemical and nutrient loading, which likely contributes to harmful algal blooms and will improve water quality and protect fish and wildlife habitats. Ohio will require that all dredge material be diverted from open-lake disposal by 2020, unless it’s for a beneficial use such as beach nourishment.• Banning manure or fertilizer application on frozen/snow covered ground in Western Basin: Ohio will prohibit manure or fertilizer from being applied to frozen, snow-covered or rain soaked ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin unless proper farming practices such as injection, tillage or cover crops are also used.• Limiting phosphorus discharges: Ohio EPA will evaluate and modify new and existing wastewater discharge permits for major public wastewater treatment plants to expand monitoring and continue to limit phosphorus discharges in state waters.• Adding requirements for spreading manure: The Ohio Department of Agriculture will now require anyone applying livestock manure from a Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility to obtain a Certified Livestock Manager certificate or an agricultural fertilizer applicator certificate.These reforms build upon significant progress made over the past four years in protecting the Lake, including:• Ohio has invested more than $1 billion since July 2011 in the Lake Erie watershed to improve drinking water and wastewater facilities, monitor water quality, plant cover crops, recycle dredge material, install controlled drainage systems on fields and fix faulty septic systems.• Restricting water amounts that can be diverted out of the Lake Erie watershed;• Beginning to phase out open-lake dumping of Maumee River dredge material and continuing to prohibit open-lake dumping of Cuyahoga River dredge material;• Banning oil and gas exploration in Lake Erie; and• Helping combat invasive species via mutual aid agreements with nine other Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces.In terms of Ohio agriculture, Director Daniels said that the ODA is hard at work implementing SB 1.“We don’t have a timeline on the SB1 rules, we just want to get them implemented as quickly as we can and we are listening to agriculture on this. Fixing this problem is going to be kind of like a Rubik’s cube. We’re going to have to turn it a little bit this way and then adjust it back a little more that way to get it figured out. We’re going to adjust our practices in agriculture, municipal sewer systems will change things, septic systems will have to change. We’ll have to address this problem in many areas,” Daniels said. “But, at the end of the day, I’m convinced that we are going to take care of this. The last thing any farmer wants to see is their nutrients going down the stream and agriculture is doing its part.”last_img read more

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The entire PBA Board led by chair Ricky Vargas will be honored on the silver anniversary celebration of the PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Night on Jan. 21 at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.Vargas and the rest of the board will be the recipient of the special President’s Award from the group of sportswriters covering the PBA beat for getting its act together to uphold the spirit of harmony within the league.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Setting aside its differences to work for the common good, the board’s move paved the way for the league to successfully hold its 43rd season.Aside from Vargas (TnT Katropa), the board is composed of vice chair Richard Bachmann (Alaska), lawyer Raymond Zorilla (Phoenix) as treasurer, and Robert Non (San Miguel), Rene Pardo (Magnolia), Rod Franco (NLEX), Al Panlilio (Meralco), lawyer Mamerto Mondragon (Rain or Shine), Bobby Rosales (Columbian Dyip), Silliman Sy (Blackwater), Alfrancis Chua (Barangay Ginebra), and Eric Arejola (NorthPort).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsVargas, who is also the current president of the Philippine Olympic Committee, will serve as guest speaker during the event presented by Cignal TV.Also to be honored are Vic Manuel of Alaska (Mr. Quality Minutes), Poy Erram of NLEX (Defensive Player of the Year), and recently retired Rain or Shine star Chris Tiu (Breakout Player of the Season). Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal PLAY LIST 01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Several Azkals without clubs after national team stint Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_img The Ministries of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at developing strategies and collaborative programmes that will promote and encourage the involvement of women in entrepreneurship.The objective is to facilitate more opportunities for women in the micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) sector.“We are pleased to be signatories to this MOU, which will allow for us to develop strategies to address the constraints affecting women in business,” said Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange.“The agreement is designed to promote sustainable and productive entrepreneurial activities to generate income among disadvantaged women, particularly among those persons living in poverty,” she added.She was speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Agriculture Ministry at Hope Gardens in St. Andrew on Wednesday (November 1).Ms. Grange said the Ministry is concerned about the gender imbalance when it comes to opportunities for entrepreneurial pursuits.She noted that historically, female entrepreneurs have faced many social and financial challenges in starting businesses, and many struggle to stay afloat.She said that while there are no visible barriers to women’s access to the financial sector, too many of them, particularly rural women, are unable to access specific types of financing that are required to be successful entrepreneurs.“The challenge, therefore, is to ensure that financial entities provide services which women can access freely, ensuring that there is a level playing field. Women need to have a voice… and an enabling environment to become successful entrepreneurs,” she pointed out.Minister Grange said she believes that the initiatives to develop from the MOU will be successful, particularly with regard to access to loans.“Statistics indicate that women tend to be more consistent at loan payment. This is true particularly of women in agriculture, who have a good track record in paying back agricultural and credit loans,” she noted.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, for his part, said the opportunities to be provided for women under the MOU will redound to the country’s benefit.“It will strengthen (our women), whose role in the family is paramount, and have influence in building the maturity and responsibility of youngsters… who will contribute to the growth and development of our nation,” he said.As it relates to opportunities for financing, Minister Samuda said, “we are doing everything in our power to ensure that, through dialogue with our banking sector and the Development Bank of Jamaica, that the women play a prominent role as recipients of assistance in their businesses”. The objective is to facilitate more opportunities for women in the micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) sector. Minister Grange said she believes that the initiatives to develop from the MOU will be successful, particularly with regard to access to loans. Story Highlights The Ministries of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at developing strategies and collaborative programmes that will promote and encourage the involvement of women in entrepreneurship.last_img read more