first_imgA total of six Donegal festivals and projects have been allocated a total of €509,000 through the Arts Council.The Arts Council, the Irish government agency for funding and developing the arts, said it was investing the cash in projects with proven track records of delivering great arts experiences for people all over the county and beyond.The funding comes through the Arts Council’s three main annual grants programmes. In addition, people in Donegal will enjoy the arts through Arts Council funding for touring, projects and bursaries for talented artists throughout the year.The organisations to receive annual funding from the Arts Council for the period to the end of March 2014 are:An Grianán Theatre – €100,000Balor Arts Centre – €28,000 Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc – €45,000Earagail Arts Festival – €165,000Regional Cultural Centre – €135,000Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy – €36,000The ever-popular Earagail Arts Festival will swing into action in July, filling sixteen days with the very best in Irish and international visual art; music; theatre; dance; literature; film; children’s events and much more. Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy will continue to attract students and audiences of traditional music to Gaoth Dobhair through its programme of workshops and performances.In Letterkenny, An Grianáin Theatre will give local audiences and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the very best local, national and international arts and entertainment events including drama, comedy, music, dance and much more throughout 2013.The Chairman of the Arts Council Pat Moylan said his body is delighted to be able to continue supporting and developing the arts in Donegal.“For over 60 years the Arts Council has been at the forefront of developing and promoting the arts and even with reduced funding, the Arts Council continues to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.” “Despite that funding to the arts has been cut by around 30 per cent since 2008, we recognise that work of the Arts Council produces an important social dividend that positively impacts on the quality of life of citizens across the country. Not only this, but the arts play a vital role in our economy, especially in job creation and tourism. Therefore, we see it as vital to areas such as Donegal and other areas across the country that support for the arts is maintained.”“As the year progresses, we will be announcing further funding to individual artists and to groups undertaking projects, festivals and other events.”ARTS BOOST AS €500,000 ALLOCATED FOR SIX DONEGAL FESTIVALS AND PROJECTS was last modified: March 12th, 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:cash boostDonegal County CouncilFESTIVALSlast_img read more

first_imgCeltic are braced for an £8m bid from QPR for South Korean playmaker Ki Sung Yueng, the Daily Mail suggest.It is claimed that R’s boss Mark Hughes has received favourable reports on Ki and that Celtic want £9m for the 23-year-old.Hughes has been linked with a number of players.Bundesliga clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen are also said to be interested.Chelsea are looking to complete the signing of Wigan forward Victor Moses in the next 24 hours, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed the Blues will offer an initial fee of £7m, with the deal eventually likely to be worth around £10m.The Mail also report that Chelsea are ready to table an improved bid for the former Crystal Palace man, having recently had an offer of £3.5m rejected.The Mirror say Chelsea are among the clubs interested in 18-year-old Argentine striker Paulo Dybala and Santos star Ganso.Dybala plays for Instituto and Manchester City are apparently chasing him, while Tottenham are said to have been handed the chance to sign midfielder Ganso, 22, after contract talks broke down this week.Meanwhile, the Mail report that Cologne defender Sascha Riether, 29, is set to join Fulham on a one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent move.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgFormer San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock has sold his Santa Clara, Calif. townhouse for $1.415M, reports the Los Angeles Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.Brock, who played for the 49ers from 2010-2016, currently plays for the Denver Broncos.The 1,716 square foot townhome has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. It features a gas fireplace, patio and an attached two-car garage, among other amenities. The community also has a pool, playground and gardens. …last_img read more

first_imgBirds are the only vertebrates with a unique one-way, flow-through breathing system that includes hollow bones.  Their unique respiratory system is part of the set of features that allows flying with its need for rapid metabolism.  Science news outlets are clucking wildly about another putative missing link between dinosaurs and birds: “Meat-eating dinosaur from Argentina had bird-like breathing system,” announced PhysOrg, for instance.  Does the evidence fly?    The original paper in PLoS ONE is much more subdued.1  Paul Sereno and team found an allosaur-like dinosaur with more hollow bones than usual, which they interpreted to be associated with air sacs.  Air sacs are a feature of the avian lung system, but not the only feature; nor is this the first dinosaur fossil with “pneumatized” (hollow, air-filled) bone.  The big sauropods like Diplodocus had them.  Opinions differ on what function they served in the dinosaurs: thermal regulation, weight reduction, balance and other functions are possibilities unrelated to respiration.    Sereno’s team has been examining this fossil for 12 years.  In short, they found more of hollow bones than usual in this dinosaur, some in the thoracic region.  Using this evidence as a launching pad for speculation, they devised a four-stage hypothesis on how the avian lung might have evolved.  They did not claim that this dinosaur had a bird-like breathing system, despite the headlines.    The following excerpts from the paper give a feel for the conservative tone of the authors about their find:Evidence from the fossil record for the origin and evolution of this system is extremely limited, because lungs do not fossilize and because the bellow-like air sacs in living birds only rarely penetrate (pneumatize) skeletal bone and thus leave a record of their presence.Principal findings: We describe a new predatory dinosaur from Upper Cretaceous rocks in Argentina, Aerosteon riocoloradensis gen. et sp. nov., that exhibits extreme pneumatization of skeletal bone, including pneumatic hollowing of the furcula and ilium.  In living birds, these two bones are pneumatized by diverticulae of air sacs (clavicular, abdominal) that are involved in pulmonary ventilation.  We also describe several pneumatized gastralia (“stomach ribs”), which suggest that diverticulae of the air sac system were present in surface tissues of the thorax.The advent of avian unidirectional lung ventilation is not possible to pinpoint, as osteological correlates have yet to be identified for uni- or bidirectional lung ventilation.The origin and evolution of avian air sacs may have been driven by one or more of the following three factors: flow-through lung ventilation, locomotory balance, and/or thermal regulation.As a result of an extraordinary level of pneumatization, as well as the excellent state of preservation of much of the axial column and girdles, Aerosteon helps to constrain hypotheses for the evolution of avian-style respiration.The capacity of the cervical air sacs to invade centra to form invaginated pleurocoels may have evolved independently in sauropodomorphs (sauropods) and basal theropods and appears to have been lost several times within theropods.The osteological or logical correlates needed to support some of these inferences have been poorly articulated, which may explain the wide range of opinions on when intrathoracic air sacs like those in birds first evolved and how these relate to ventilatory patterns.Based on the osteological correlates we have assembled (Table 4), we would argue, first, that until we can show evidence of the presence of at least one avian ventilatory air sac (besides the non-ventilatory cervical air sac), it is problematic to infer the presence of flow-through ventilation or a rigid, dorsally-attached lung.  Second, we know of no osteological correlates in the gastral cuirass that would justify the inference of abdominal air sacs.  Potential kinesis of the gastral cuirass and an accessory role in aspiration breathing potentially characterizes many amniotes besides nonavian dinosaurs.  The absence of gastralia in crown birds or in any extant bipeds also hinders functional inferences.  And third, it is not well established that abdominal air sacs were either first to evolve or are functionally critical to unidirectional ventilation.Avian lung ventilation is driven by muscles that expand and contract thoracic volume by deforming the ribcage and rocking a large bony sternum.  Basal maniraptorans have many of the features associated with this ventilatory mechanism including a large ossified sternum, ossified sternal ribs, uncinate processes a deepened coracoid that contacts the sternum along a synovial hinge joint.  By contrast Aerosteon and the abelisaurid Majungasaurus lack these features.  Does that mean that maniraptorans had evolved unidirectional lung ventilation?  Or does it indicate only that the maniraptoran ribcage functioned in aspiration breathing more like that in avians?  We do not know of any osteological correlates that are specifically tied to uni- or bidirectional lung ventilation (Table 4), which may explain the range of opinion as to how and when avian unidirectional lung ventilation first evolved.The factors driving the origin and evolution of the functional capacity of avian air sacs and lung ventilation remain poorly known and tested.After the fossil was described with its typical taxonomic details, the paper primarily contained a good deal of speculation on the origin of the avian lung system, with no firm conclusions.  The authors discussed problems with all existing theories.  The most optimistic claim they could make was stated as follows: “In sum, although we may never be able to sort out the most important factors behind the origin and evolution of the unique avian pulmonary system, discoveries such as Aerosteon provide clues that help to constrain the timing and circumstances when many of the fundamental features of avian respiration arose.”  Such a statement merely assumes that avian respiration “arose” by evolution somehow.  The “wide range of opinions” within the evolutionist community undermines the confident claims in the popular press.  It also shows that non-evolutionary explanations for the unique system that enables birds to soar gracefully in the air were completely ignored.    For problems with bird lung evolution theories, see an article on CMI that reviewed Michael Denton’s use of the topic to argue against Darwinism in his classic book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis.  A diagram of the bird respiratory system is shown in the article.  Carl Wieland on CMI (PDF file) also critiqued an earlier claim (2005) that hollow bones in some dinosaurs revealed an evolutionary link to the avian lung.1.  Sereno et al, “Evidence for Avian Intrathoracic Air Sacs in a New Predatory Dinosaur from Argentina,” Public Library of Science ONE, 09/30/2008, 3(9): e3303 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003303.The bluffing about evolution in many science news reports is shameful.  Search on Aerosteon and you will find examples, like this one on “Dinosaurs: Breathed like birds.  A carnivorous dinosaur with a bird-like breathing system has provided more evidence of the connection between the two groups of animals separated by millions of years.”  The whole article is fluff.  “Palaeontologists are now satisfied Aerosteon provides the evidence needed to seal the connection with birds,” it ends.  One cannot bluff about fluff.    National Geographic must have panicked at our expose, so they cranked out a propaganda piece immediately announcing, “New Birdlike Dinosaur Found in Argentina.”  They even put imaginary feathers on it: “The new dinosaur probably had feathers, but did not actually fly,” they said (cf. 06/13/2007).  OK, so we went hunting for feathers in the original paper.  “The fossil evidence for intrathoracic air sacs now closely overlaps that for feathers, which had evolved in coelurosaurian theropods most likely for heat retention.”  That was the only mention of feathers.  This appeal to imaginary feathers was followed by more storytelling in lieu of empirical evidence:Air sacs may have initially been employed as an antagonist to feathers in theropod thermoregulation.  Although this hypothesis has been criticized for lack of empirical evidence in living birds, air sacs have been implicated in avian heat transfer and/or evaporative heat loss, and Aerosteon and many other theropods had a body weight more than an order of magnitude greater than that for any living bird.  A thermoregulatory role for the early evolution of air sacs in nonavian dinosaurs should not be ruled out without further evidence from nonvolant ratites.Can you believe that?  They invented imaginary feathers out of thin air for this big heavy meat-eater to compensate for imaginary air sacs that they presume existed near its hollow bones.  So now their evolutionary magic produced two imaginary thermoregulatory systems competing with each other – what, for survival of the coolest?    For the fun of it, let’s grant them air sacs and even imagine with them a respiratory system that had some birdlike features; after all, any two vertebrates, like mice and camels, or frogs and penguins, are bound to have similarities as well as differences, depending on what you decide to focus on for the moment.  Paul Sereno told National Geographic that the beast didn’t fly (obviously, unless you can imagine wings on a T. rex), so NG concluded, “even though this species was birdlike [sic], feathers and air sacs didn’t necessarily evolve for flight.”  So their point is… ?  All the hype about feathers was supposed to reinforce the idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs.  They were practically ready to name this thing Tweety Rex, and now they seem to be telling us this beast evolved air sacs for a completely different function, about which no one is sure, and it was an evolutionary dead end anyway.  Even NG’s accompanying slide show didn’t show feathers.  The only suggestion of a birdlike respiratory system was in slide 2, where colored regions represent the imaginary air sacs in the thorax. But excuse me, Mr. Scientist sir, did any of that soft air-sac material fossilize?  “Evidence from the fossil record for the origin and evolution of this system is extremely limited, because lungs do not fossilize and because the bellow-like air sacs in living birds only rarely penetrate (pneumatize) skeletal bone and thus leave a record of their presence.”  Are you telling me there was no direct evidence for the air sacs in this dinosaur?  “Some of its postcranial bones show pneumatic hollowing that can be linked to intrathoracic air sacs that are directly involved in lung ventilation.”  They can be, you say, but how strong is the inference?  “We do not know of any osteological correlates [fossil evidence] that are specifically tied to uni- or bidirectional lung ventilation (Table 4), which may explain the range of opinion as to how and when avian unidirectional lung ventilation first evolved.”  But isn’t a unidirectional lung ventilation system the primary distinguishing feature in birds?  Are you telling the court that this is all inference, not evidence?The tale gets more speculative and implausible with each lawyer’s question.  Darwin’s defense attorneys are sweating in their seats.  NG quoted a colleague admitting, “It shows that evolution is not a chalk line—there are many dead ends.”  Being interpreted, this means evolutionists can always concoct a story for any possible combination of data.  (Chalk is erasable, you know.)  We think a scientist who wants to feather his monster should produce the feathers in the fossil, not draw feathery dragons on the chalkboard and tell the press that it “probably had feathers.”  Chalk lines are supposed to be snapped to a level that has been carefully measured.  So he’s right; evolution is not a chalk line; it’s a crooked crack in the wall of a theory that is about to collapse.  Don’t build to it.    We brought you extended quotes to illustrate the difference between original sources and the news media hype.  The lesson: always check out the original data.  The authors with the bones in their hand usually know better than to make any outlandish claims to their colleagues.  In front of reporters, though, they lose restraint.  Reporters go ape to praise Darwin.  For example, Live Science, that perennial Darwin billboard, shouted Extra! Extra! “Bus-sized Dinosaur Breathed Like Birds.  A huge carnivorous dinosaur that lived about 85 million years ago had a breathing system much like that of today’s birds, a new analysis of fossils reveals, reinforcing the evolutionary link between dinos and modern birds.”  That, in turn, got passed around to all the major news outlets as gospel truth.  This is bad breath, not bird breath.  The sound of flapping dino-feathers is only the pompons made of synthetic material manufactured for the Darwin Party cheerleaders.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest    A conversation with…Cathann Kress, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences OCJ: This spring, you started in as the new dean. How have things gone since you got started on the job?Cathann: It was good timing coming into a position like mine. At the end of the academic year everything comes together. You really get to be there when you can see the best of everything happening. We gave out faculty and staff awards and had commencement. It is a great time to come in and see all of the good stuff happening. I have had opportunities to talk with alumni and I have been at the Statehouse three times already and had a chance to dive into some of the budget discussions going on. I have been delighted at that opportunity as well. OCJ: What are some of the area of the state budget affect Ohio agriculture and the College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences as a whole?Cathann: We are very appreciative of the attention that has been given to the lines that we have that impact us directly. One of those is for OARDC and research in general. The House has recommended an increase for OARDC and we are very appreciative of that. The research that is being done is incredibly important to not only agriculture but also peripheral and related industries. We really need to stay at the forefront of that work. The other line, of course, is Extension. Extension throughout the state has such a wide portfolio of programs including 4-H, which is an incredibly important way to reach out to the young people. All of the Extension programs form an important network that allows us to make sure we are getting the research-based information out to all of our citizens — serving all Ohioans, not just those on our campuses. Those are both really important lines we are watching in the state budget. OCJ: Are there things that need to be pushed a little bit more in the College? Are there ways Ohio State needs to be more competitive?Cathann: In our research and academic programs we have a tremendous amount of talent and expertise and we have really strong students across the whole portfolio. The breadth is really impressive. That is one of the things that was appealing to me as I considered this position. But it doesn’t appear to me that we have the level of depth that I would like to see in some of our program areas. When you look across the nation at the top departments, while everyone knows we have really good programs, we don’t often end up in that top tier. To me that is a bit frustrating because I know we have the talent and resources. I think what it really boils down to is that we haven’t had the focus. I want to make sure we have that focus so we are able to move on some of the priorities in a way that really starts to position our college in that top tier where I think it belongs.We always want to be at the forefront in our portfolio of offerings we have for students so when they leave us they will be able to step into the workplace and really be able to bring the most technological savvy possible. We need graduates who know about state-of-the-art to be accountable to businesses and our citizens. That is important to us. OCJ: What are your thoughts on improving facilities for the College?Cathann: Facilities are one of those things that are constant. Growing up on a farm, one of the things my dad always used to say was, “In agriculture no matter where you sit you’re always looking at work to be done.” It is like that when you’re a dean too. No matter where you are sitting there is always work to be done, particularly with our facilities. People who aren’t as familiar with agriculture think about agriculture as being agrarian and not really cutting edge with technology. We know, though, that this is the world of agriculture and it will be even more so in the future. You are going to see more use of data and technology. The big challenges ahead of us in agriculture really mean that we are going to have to continually upgrade so our research can address these things. We have got to keep pace with the technology, facilities and the equipment or we just won’t be able to answer those challenges. OCJ: What are some key challenges moving forward?Cathann: Water quality and health in general are important challenges. There are three components of health: human health, environmental health and animal health. But in my mind they really are part of one big circle. You don’t have one without the other. We really need to get beyond just thinking about human health. When we think about health, we think about hospitals and medical communities and place less emphasis on environmental and animal health. In my opinion those are equally important if we are going to preserve our health in the future.And, somewhere along the line we ended up with a gap or divide between urban areas and the general public and agriculture. What are we doing in agriculture and can we be trusted? How do we communicate the stories in agriculture to reassure consumers that nobody cares more about the land and animals than we do? I think that is another role for us to play at the College. When you look at the misinformation out there, I think we have a responsibility to help make sure that we are transparent in farming. I think we have been silent for too long and people made assumptions and got misinformation. We have a role to play in making sure the public understands our industry better.Also, the USDA just issued a new report that in the future all of the colleges are only going to account for 61% of the jobs that we anticipate will be in the ag industry. That is a huge shortfall. How are we going to address that shortfall? We are already looking at the challenge of feeding the world and research is critical in that area. We are falling way behind in investments being made into agriculture and ag research. If we are only turning out 61% of the grads of what we know the workload is gong to be, that will start to be a pretty pressing workload too. OCJ: You have worked in several jobs around the country. What is the opinion and reputation of Ohio State from the outside looking in?Cathann: The Ohio State University has a very solid reputation in terms of a strong community within the faculty and students as well as among the network of alumni and donors. That is a tremendous asset. As far as the reputation of the College, as I said earlier, the resources are there and it is always in the top 10, but as far as the very elite group of the top five often it doesn’t pop up there in the different disciplines and departments. That is something I am hoping to change. The talent is there and we need to leverage that talent and opportunities in ways that get recognized nationally. I am very optimistic we can address that. OCJ: What are your thoughts on the Agricultural Technical Institute?Cathann: ATI was another one of the reasons I was interested in this position. There are several positions out there for deans but there are not many of them that have this broad portfolio of educational opportunities that we can make available to students. ATI is right at the top with being able to offer these kinds of opportunities with associate degrees here in Ohio. Not every learner learns the same and not all of them need the same opportunities. I am very proud of the fact that we have a whole variety of ways you can come in as a student and learn the different things you may be interested in learning. Whether you start at ATI or in Columbus or distance learning, we want to make sure we can tailor an educational program that is going to meet your needs and at the end of it you will be able to go out and get the job you are looking for. I think we have more opportunities to do that here at Ohio State than most other universities do and that makes us highly competitive.last_img read more

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillDoes TRICARE offer special benefits for families with special needs?TRICARE offers several health care options. Go to the TRICARE website at and choose the “Use a Plan Finder” to get more information about your family’s TRICARE options.Wounded Warriors on the way to recovery.Photo by Army Medicine ( offers additional benefits to help eligible uniformed services families facing the extra challenges that come with caring for a family member with special needs. These additional benefits include case management services, mental health care, hospice care, the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO), and ECHO Home Health Care (EHHC). Some of these services are free, and some have an additional cost for coverage. For more information, refer to these websites:Tricare – Special NeedsTricare – Special ProgramsFor more detailed information on Early Intervention Services, refer to these websites:to order the Special Needs Parent Toolkit to find a variety articles, links, and tools for families with special needs Browse more military personal finance webinars and articles by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 12, 2013last_img read more

first_img A total of $15.5 million has been allocated in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to strengthen the capacity of Jamaica’s National Designated Authority (NDA), under the Green Climate Readiness Support Project. Story Highlights It will also be used to host a regional workshop with NDAs from the Caribbean and convene a project development training workshop. The money will go towards the establishment of an NDA Toolkit and completing the country programme strategy and regional scoping study. A total of $15.5 million has been allocated in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to strengthen the capacity of Jamaica’s National Designated Authority (NDA), under the Green Climate Readiness Support Project.The money will go towards the establishment of an NDA Toolkit and completing the country programme strategy and regional scoping study.It will also be used to host a regional workshop with NDAs from the Caribbean and convene a project development training workshop.So far under the project, a consultancy firm has been engaged to develop a Jamaica Country Programme Strategy.The project, which started in October 2017, is slated to end in March 2020 and is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).The GCF Readiness Programme is a funding programme to enhance country ownership and access to the Fund.It provides resources for strengthening the institutional capacities of NDAs and direct access entities to efficiently engage with the Fund. Resources may be provided in the form of grants or technical assistance.The Estimates will be considered by the Standing Finance Committee of the House from March 4 to 5.last_img read more

Cam Burrows talks to the media on Aug. 12 after practice at the Woddy Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Photo EditorJust days before the season opener, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer indicated on Wednesday that redshirt junior Cam Burrows could miss the entire 2016 campaign. Meyer was not confident the defensive back was going to be healthy enough to play for the Buckeyes this season. “I don’t think he’s going to play this season,” Meyer said.An OSU spokesperson told the media on Wednesday that Burrow’s foot was bothering him.After appearing to be fully healthy for the first time since his sophomore campaign back in 2014, he was forced to redshirt in the 2015 season after breaking his foot.Burrows began his career at Ohio State with lofty expectations, as he was a four-star recruit according to 247Sports back in 2012. He was viewed as the second best recruit in the state of Ohio, the eighth best cornerback prospect and the 61st best recruit overall.When OSU released its first depth chart on Tuesday, Burrows was not on the two-deep at safety. Redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker and junior Damon Webb are scheduled to start at the two safety positions with freshman Jordan Fuller and junior Erick Smith serving as the primary backups. read more