Amazon Warriors spread cheer at Ptolemy Reid Rehab Centre

first_imgBy Romario SamarooAfter Amazon Warriors defeated the Chris Gayle-lead Jamaica Tallawahs at the Providence Stadium, theThe Guyana Amazon Warriors team visited the Ptolemy Reid Rehab Centreteam made a heart-warming early morning visit to the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre on Carmichael Street, Georgetown, on Friday.Children, parents and teachers all enjoyed an interactive session with the players as part of the collaboration between Caribbean Premier League sponsors, Digicel (Guyana), which organised the event.Head of Digicel marketing Jacqueline James assisted the team in distributing autographed hats to the children of the Centre.Digicel’s communications manager, Vidya Bijlall-Sanichara said this is an event that Digicel has implemented with the Amazon Warriors team: “This is something we always try to do whenever we have the players. Last year we did a Kiddies Press Conference with the guys and some school children but as you know school is closed so we decided to visit and have a light moment at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre.”Bijlall-Sanichara noted the Ptolemy Reid Rehab Centre was chosen because special needs is something close to the hearts of the Amazon Warriors and Digicel.The children were treated with photographs and a fun-filled cricket session with their heroes Captain Martin Guptill, Dwayne Smith, Asad Fudadin, and Digicel brand ambassadors Christopher Barnwell and Devendra Bishoo.Captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors Martin Guptill said that he was thankful to be part of something this special: “It’s a very cool thing to do for us. We don’t get to do these sort of things too often but when we can we take our time and come down and see these kids here and hopefully put a smile on their faces.”last_img read more

Voter turnout up in Prince George-Peace River

first_imgVoter turnout increased across the Prince George-Peace River riding during the 2011 federal election, but still fell short of the national numbers.The official numbers from Elections Canada show 53.9 per cent, up from 48.9 per cent in 2008, of registered voters cast their ballots in the riding that elected Conservative Bob Zimmer. That number translates to 38,546 people out of more than 71,500 registered voters. Yet, the 53.9 per cent does not take into account voters that registered at the polls on Election Day.- Advertisement -The Prince George-Peace River riding was still behind the national average that also increased from 58.8 in 2008 to 61.4 per cent in Monday’s election.The election was full of upsets and victories for almost every party, with the Conservatives taking a 167 seat majority in the House of Commons and Green Party leader Elizabeth May winning the very first seat for the party, while beating out Conservative incumbent Gary Lunn.last_img read more

County chief’s salary: $399K

first_imgIn 2002, Cooley found that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the supervisors on charges of violating the Brown Act when they voted in closed session in 2001 to block an initiative that would have raised the salaries of home-care workers. Antonovich, who voted against the reorganization plan, unsuccessfully sought an amendment requiring meetings held by the CEO to be subject to the Brown Act. Open-government advocate Karen Ocamb said she was concerned that the new structure would encourage decisions to be made behind closed doors by deputy CEOs. “Janssen has said the CEO, an unelected executive, is not subject to the Brown Act,” Ocamb said. “This structure has the new CEO running deputy CEO meetings. “While the County Counsel’s Office may have advised you differently, I strongly urge you to err on the side of transparency and not secrecy.” The pay raise pushes Janssen above Dr. Bruce Chernof, the head of the Department of Health Services, who earns $306,800 annually and is now the county’s highest-paid worker. The supervisors voted to give Janssen an increase within a range, with the top reaching just over $399,000. “It sounds like they are being pretty generous with taxpayer dollars,” said David Kline, spokesman for the California Taxpayers Association. “One would think when the government is facing shortfalls left and right and a really tight budget that they should be trying to conserve taxpayer dollars whenever possible, and that includes salaries for administrators and the people who should be leading by example.” After two candidates to replace Janssen backed down, the supervisors voted in March to explore giving his position greater powers, including the ability to hire and fire most nonelected department heads. Troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This plan has a lot of promise,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t things I worry about. This is a very big and bold step. But it makes me nervous and I know I’m not the only board member who is nervous about putting this in the charter and not being able to go back later and change it.” At Tuesday’s meeting, advocates for open government and Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich blasted the proposal, saying the new structure would allow many decisions to be made behind closed doors. “Our chief administrative officer stated that the new governance will be `better’ because policy discussions will be exempt from the Brown Act,” Antonovich said. “This is a step backward toward the old days of backroom deals and catering to an all-powerful bureaucrat.” The supervisors have run into trouble with open-meeting laws in the past. In 2004, District Attorney Steve Cooley found that the board violated the Brown Act when members decided in closed session to close the trauma center at Martin Luther King-Drew Medical Center. Despite concerns the system would bring back the days of “backroom deals,” Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to grant vast new authority to CAO David Janssen and to give him a whopping pay raise from $242,116 to as much as $399,000 a year. Under the $1.7 million reorganization approved 4-1 by the board, Janssen’s title will be changed to chief executive officer, and he’ll have five deputy CEOs who will oversee clusters of departments. On July 1, department heads will begin reporting directly to Janssen rather than taking orders from the supervisors. The supervisors plan to ask voters next year to approve the reorganization as part of the County Charter. Advocates said the plan would allow the supervisors to hold one person accountable for fixing many of the county’s problems. last_img

Blatter urges investigation of Infantino’s prosecutor meet

first_img0Shares0000Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber defended his dealing with FIFA at a press conference in Bern © AFP / RUBEN SPRICHLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 21 – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter called for an investigation into his successor Gianni Infantino, after Switzerland’s Attorney General admitted meeting the current boss of world football’s governing body.The attorney general, Michael Lauber, told journalists earlier on Wednesday that his meetings with current FIFA boss Infantino were “normal and regular, especially in complex cases”. The Football Leaks website alleges that Infantino offered favours to a senior Swiss prosecutor, Rinaldo Arnold, in a bid to foster a relationship with Lauber, possibly to obtain privileged information about the FIFA probe.Lauber added that his office was disclosing the meetings for the sake of “transparency”.According to Football Leaks, the informal meetings occurred in the spring of 2016, a few months after Infantino took charge of FIFA and vowed to restore its credibility, which had been shaken by the corruption-plagued 17-year leadership of Blatter.The body that oversees Lauber’s office, known as the AS-MPC, told AFP on Wednesday that while Lauber was not under investigation, it was examining the propriety of the meetings between Infantino and the attorney general.Blatter reacted to Wednesday’s news by telling AFP: “The FIFA Ethics Committee… must do something and open an investigation into Mr Infantino.“Where is the transparency preached by Mr Infantino during his election? He should report himself to the Ethics Committee to show that he is transparent.”Blatter added: “Infantino met Mr Lauber several times, whereas I have been questioned by him just once since a procedure against me was opened in September 2015.”Switzerland has pursued some 25 individual cases since a raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich in May 2015 led to the arrests of a number of FIFA executives and exposed the corrupt underbelly of world football.In addition to Blatter, the high-profile targets of Swiss investigators include FIFA’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the powerful Qatari national and media executive who is the president of French giants Paris Saint-Germain.None of the Swiss cases have moved to trial, but Lauber rejected criticism that his office was working slowly, noting that several could be closed next year or referred to court.In a separate case, Lauber’s spokesman has become the target of a grievance filed by former UEFA chief and French football great Michel Platini.Platini was implicated in the Blatter probe over a questionable payment the Frenchman received from FIFA, but he was never named in a criminal allegation.Platini’s Geneva-based lawyer, Vincent Solari, told AFP that prosecution spokesman Andre Marty had engaged in “actions” detrimental to Platini, without providing further details.Solari said he had filed an “administrative complaint” against Marty with the oversight body AS-MPC.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Allen, Dooling ejected for fighting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Allen got up and tackled Dooling into the first row of seats along the sideline and onto some fans. The two briefly scuffled and television replays showed Dooling throwing a punch at Allen that did not connect. The two were eventually separated with Orlando’s Stacey Augmon pulling Allen away from Dooling. Underneath the stands, Dooling briefly ran toward the Sonics locker room and was seen yelling at Allen, but team officials and police kept the two apart. Dooling was scoreless in three minutes of play, while Allen had just one point in eight minutes. Arroyo out for one: Detroit Pistons guard Carlos Arroyo was suspended by the NBA for one game without pay Wednesday for bumping an official while protesting a foul call. Arroyo was ejected after he made contact with the official with 7:43 left in Detroit’s 96-86 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night. He had picked up his sixth personal foul moments earlier while trying to block a shot by Hornets guard Speedy Claxton. Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen and Orlando’s Keyon Dooling were ejected for fighting during the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game in Seattle. Allen and Dooling got into a scuffle with 10:53 left in the second quarter and Seattle holding a 33-24 lead. Arroyo, a reserve averaging 13.3 minutes a game, will sit out of the Pistons’ game at the San Antonio Spurs tonight. One last meeting: The San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons have the top records in the league and one more game against each other tonight in San Antonio before going their separate ways for the rest of the season. If they do meet again, it will be for another NBA title. The two teams met on Christmas Day in a rematch of last season’s NBA finals and Detroit held San Antonio to just eight points in the first quarter and clamped down on the Spurs’ offense in the fourth in a 85-70 win. That point total was the lowest of the season for the Spurs, and the Pistons expect the rematch to also be dominated by defense. “People want to see scoring in basketball, but we’re two defensive teams,” said Detroit forward Tayshaun Prince. “A lot of people like the matchup, but at the same time, they’d like to see us score more, but that’s not going to happen.” San Antonio ended New Jersey’s 10-game winning streak on Tuesday night, beating the Nets 96-91. The Spurs nearly faded down the stretch, seeing a 16-point lead cut to four in the final minute. “We can’t have bad endings of games because against Detroit or good teams, it can hurt us,” said San Antonio guard Tony Parker. The Pistons beat New Orleans on Tuesday to improve their record to 27-5. San Antonio stands at 27-8, the league’s second-best mark. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img After Orlando’s Jameer Nelson missed, Allen pulled down the rebound and replays showed that he caught a glancing blow in the chin from Dooling forearm. At the other end of the floor, the two collided as Seattle ran a set play and Allen appeared to give Dooling a short elbow to the chest before running along the baseline. Dooling went running at Allen and pushed him to the ground. last_img read more

DDTV: CASSIDY SENSATION…TIME TO ENJOY THAT KEVIN CASSIDY POINT AGAIN

first_imgKEVIN Cassidy is a Donegal County player no more.Whatever the rights and wrongs of the decision for him to leave the county panel, we should not forget what this re-born All Star did for our county this year. And what all of the team and management did.So – for one more time – here’s THAT point against Kildare again.DDTV: CASSIDY SENSATION…TIME TO ENJOY THAT KEVIN CASSIDY POINT AGAIN was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Cassidy out of Donegal squadDonegal GAAdonegal v kildarelast_img read more

Emerging Ballybofey artist wins €1,500 Craft Skills Award

first_imgRaychel Murphy, a Donegal textile artist from Ballybofey, is this week celebrating her success in Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Future Makers Awards & Supports Programme.Raychel was presented with the Craft Skills Award at a creative ceremony for ‘Future Makers’, one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers.The judges said that Raychel’s work presented “a mix of technical processes and a new take on traditional craft skills. Subject matter was a humorous take on modern Irish culture, with a refreshing style.” Raychel Murphy DesignsRaychel Murphy DesignsRaychel Murphy DesignsRaychel Murphy DesignsRaychel crafted her skills in Textiles, Surface Pattern Design & Fashion at Ulster University in Belfast while specialising in Digital Embroidery.She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from Queens University, Belfast, before moving to London in June 2018 to complete internships with Hand & Lock London and Wilcom Embroidery in Chesterfield, UK.The Craft Skills Award, worth €1,500, was presented to Raychel at a ceremony in The Westbury, Dublin on Thursday, July 12th.Raychel and Laura Murphy, pictured at Design &Crafts Council of Ireland’s Future Makers Awards & Supports awards at The Westbury, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall IrelandRaychel was among 22 students and emerging designers and craftspeople who have received awards and supports totalling €23,500 through the DCCoI Future Makers programme. A record 191 online applications were received and assessed by judges this year, 41 were short-listed and narrowed down to 22 successful applicants.Demonstrating traditional and contemporary techniques as well as imagination, innovation and skilful execution, the applicants come from a broad range of disciplines, from glass making to fashion, ceramics to jewellery making, and from across the island of Ireland.Design &Crafts Council of Ireland’s Future Makers Awards & Supports award winners at The Westbury, Dublin.Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, said: “The Future Makers Awards & Supports programme is one of many initiatives that the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland has established to provide practical supports to emerging creatives in developing their skills, evolving their practice, promoting their work and building careers both in Ireland and abroad.“Investing in the development of the next generation of Ireland’s designers and craftspeople through our Future Makers programme is crucial in order to create a pipeline of talent and pave the way for a strong, dynamic and innovative design and craft sector into the future.“We hope to work with these up-and-coming designers and makers as DCCoI-registered client enterprises in the years to come, supporting their potential to grow and generate employment opportunities. We wish them every success as they establish their careers.” Emerging Ballybofey artist wins €1,500 Craft Skills Award was last modified: July 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Design & Crafts Council of Irelandfuture markersraychel murphylast_img read more

Let Kellys of Mountain Top take care of Mother’s Day for you

first_imgThis Mother’s Day, treat that special woman to a memorable meal at Kelly’s Diner, Mountain Top, Letterkenny!Celebrate Mother’s Day in style with all the family, while mom eats FREE between 12-3pm for Sunday Lunch and all kids meals come with a FREE ice-cream and cordial!Enjoy a 3-course meal for only €14.95 and check out our exciting new vegan menu! Voted best family restaurant for the past 3 consecutive years, Kelly’s Diner is the only stop to make this Mother’s Day special!Lovely Mother’s Day hampers are available in Kelly’s Centra!Let Kellys of Mountain Top take care of Mother’s Day for you was last modified: March 27th, 2019 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:flowersGiftsKellysMother’s DayMountaintoplast_img read more

Fossil Facts and Fantasies

first_imgThe stories told about some fossils raise more questions than answers, even with top Darwin spin doctors in the operating room.Aquatic sloths:  Live Science has some comments about the “aquatic sloths” that were found with those Chile whale fossils (2/26/14).  The interpretation that they lived in water relies on measurements of high density of their bones.  But since land-dwelling sloths and some other mammals also had dense bones, the idea seems a stretch.  The article weaves a tale about how they swam to the bottom of the water to eat vegetation, since the coast was becoming arid, then went extinct when the Isthmus of Panama closed “4 million years ago.”  Whatever happened, there used to be more species of sloth, and bigger ones, than the two kinds that live in trees today – and they didn’t evolve blowholes, flippers or sonar.Tar pit tales: Paleontologists are rushing to document bones in asphalt tar in west Los Angeles before a subway tunnel is completed, PhysOrg reported.  70 feet below the surface, workers have found ice-age mammals, birds, and insects in the same formation as the nearby La Brea Tar Pits.  “In one spectacular instance,” the article says, “a worker scraped his bulldozer across what turned out to be a nearly intact skeleton of a Columbian mammoth with 10-foot-long tusks, which researchers named Zed.”  The terrestrial fossils are supposed to be two million years old, but this paragraph jumps out of the article:Paleontologists have recovered mollusks, asphalt-saturated sand dollars, pieces of driftwood and Monterey cypress cones. For [Kim] Scott, the most exciting finds have been a rock embedded with what appears to be part of a sea lion’s mouth (perhaps 2 million years old) and a non-fossilized 10-foot limb from a digger pine tree that would look right at home today in Central California woodlands.The dating seems convoluted.  The article says that the deposit is supposed to be from 50,000 to 330,000 years old, so how did a 2-million year old seal get mixed in?  And an unfossilized digger pine?  Those don’t usually grow near sand dollars.  Why are marine and land creatures in the same mix?  The explanation given is that this was a coastline community.  “Even though we’re finding fossils older than what’s found at La Brea, none of the identified fossils found to date are extinct,” Scott said. “We can still find all the plants and animals in California.”  That doesn’t help much; the “younger” La Brea fossils include mammoths, mastodons, American lions, saber-tooth cats, dire wolves, huge bison and camels that are extinct.Fossilized fern cell division:  A fossil fern said to be 180 million years old shows  “preserved cell walls and the nucleus containing genetic material” so clearly that chromosomes undergoing cell division are discernible, says New Scientist.  For such exquisite preservation, it must have been “almost instantly fossilised,” perhaps by becoming engulfed in a lava flow.  Why, though, did it not burn up in the hot lava?  The fossil was donated in the 1960s by a Swedish farmer, but was forgotten in a museum drawer till analyzed recently.  Despite being so “old” in the evolutionary timeline, no evolution is visible:  “The fern is very similar to a living species: the cinnamon fern, Osmundastrum cinnamomeum,” the article says.  “The similarity of the cinnamon fern to the fossil supports the idea that is a ‘living fossil’ – an example of evolutionary stasis, when organisms appear not to evolve for millions of years.”  The fossil was also reported by Live Science, where Tia Ghose presented a different theory: “The fossilized plant was likely preserved when minerals in the superheated, salty water oozing from a crack in the earth, called a hydrothermal brine seep, rapidly crystallized, freezing the plant in time while it was still alive.”The original paper in Science calls this “180 million years of genomic stasis in royal ferns,” indeed a “paramount example of evolutionary stasis.”  Why, then, do they claim it “can provide exceptional insights into the evolution of life over geological time“?  The paper shows stunning photographs of cells with chromosomes in various stages of cell division.  Prior to this fossil find from Sweden, “evidence for evolutionary conservatism in fern genomes has been exclusively based on studies of extant plants.”  Now, fossils confirm that no evolution is evident in 180 million Darwin years.Conventional wisdom fails turtle race:  Two halves of a giant sea turtle fossil came together at last after being separated for 162 years, PhysOrg reported. One half of the fossil had been brought to the attention of famed paleontologist Louis Agassiz in 1849.  When an amateur found the other half on a grassy knoll in a New Jersey stream bed in 2012, scientists were startled, not believing it could have survived so long at the surface – but the fit was good.  “Now, the scientists are revising their conventional wisdom to say that, sometimes, exposed fossils can survive longer than previously thought.”  Paleontologists estimate the turtle was 10 feet long, the largest known sea turtle.  How did the turtle swim to New Jersey?  “The scientists believe that the entire unbroken bone was originally embedded in sediment during the Cretaceous Period, 70 to 75 million years ago, when the turtle lived and died,” the article explains, but then “those sediments eroded and the bone fractured millions of years later during the Pleistocene or Holocene, before the bone pieces became embedded in sediments and protected from further deterioration for perhaps a few thousand more years until their discovery.”Snakes alive, venomous snake evolution in Africa?  Fossils of a clade of venomous snakes have been found in Tanzania, Science Daily reports, providing the “Oldest fossil evidence of modern African venomous snakes” in that part of the continent.  “Colubroid fossils are documented as early as 50 million years ago,” the article explains. “But they weren’t expected to constitute such a large part of the African snake fauna 25 million years ago, as they became dominant in Europe and North America much later.”  Instead of the high ratio of venomous snakes “In the Oligocene epoch, from about 34 to 23 million years ago, we would have expected to see a fauna dominated by booid snakes, such as boas and pythons,” experts said.  Clearly they didn’t see what they expected.Cambrian care:  Ostracods babysat their young 450 million years ago, an article on Live Science reveals.  Ostracods are small crustaceans that lay eggs; it is very rare to find fossilized animals of any kind with their eggs intact. This is the earliest known example of brooding in an animal.“This is a very rare and exciting find from the fossil record,” David Siveter, lead study author and a geologist at the University of Leicester, said in a statement. “Only a handful of examples are known where eggs are fossilized and associated with the parent. This discovery tells us that these ancient, tiny marine crustaceans took particular care of their brood in exactly the same way as their living relatives.The ostracod specimens are among the rare fossils that preserve body tissues, such as limbs, embryos and other soft parts. These tissues have been replaced by the mineral pyrite, or fool’s gold, but the mineralization means the researchers could closely examine the tiny fossils by X-ray and CT scanning.The report on Science Daily says that “like their modern relatives, the ostracods were probably capable of swimming near the sea bed and obtained their food by scavenging and hunting.”  The “exceptionally well preserved” fossil ostracods were found in Ordovician strata in New York along with trilobites.Coal beast from Vietnam:  A fossilized “coal beast” and a rhinoceros, said to be 37 million years old, were found in a Vietnam coal mine, according to Science Daily.  “The newly described mammals show a surprisingly close relationship to prehistoric species known from fossil sites in Europe.”  The coal beast is a “pig-like ungulate, closely related to hippos,” the article says.  Their predators were found, too: “The mammals’ remains bear signs of crocodile attacks. Indeed, the excavation site at Na Duong contains the fossilized remains of crocodiles up to 6 meters in length.”Fishapod on the air:  Neil Shubin, discoverer of Tiktaalik (the fossil that crawled onto land behind Neil Tyson in the first Cosmos episode, 3/10/14) is taking his fish to TV.  In an interview for National Geographic, he said his fossil garnered so much attention partially because the Dover case on intelligent design was going on at the time (12/23/05, 12/30/05) and Steven Colbert also featured it, “it ended up part of popular culture, which is really wonderful.”  Having achieved his “huge find in paleontology” (1/14/14) he plans to go back to Ellesmere Island, the site of his discovery, to push the envelope. “I’m going back there this summer to look for something even older, something from the ‘Cambrian Explosion,’ when you see all these different sorts of creatures appear in the fossil record,” he says.  “A fish with a real skull, that’s what we hope to find. That would be terrific.”There are facts (the fossils as observed), and there are narratives into which they are forced.  Learn to keep them apart.  There is nothing about any of these “brute fact” fossils that serves the Darwin narrative; indeed, they militate against it.  Early complexity (e.g., the ostracod), extraordinary stasis (the fern), and the strange mixtures of fossils (tar pits), are not what Darwin would have predicted.  The millions-of-years dates become increasingly absurd when you think of organisms that Darwin claimed would be in a continuously fluid state of evolution turn out to be identical to their living counterparts for hundreds of millions of years.  Add to that the exceptional preservation of many of these fossils after tens or hundreds of millions of years.  How can you believe such things?  If we had not been indoctrinated into the moyboy lingo for so long, such notions would appear incredible.  Philosophically, time becomes the evolutionists’ closet, as big as a warehouse, in which to hide their skeletons.Shubin still doesn’t mention the tetrapod trackways that precede his fishapod.  Let him find a Cambrian-explosion fish with a skull.  Bring it on.  That will hurt the Darwin narrative even more.  There’s an inverse relationship going on, you see: as the Cambrian explodes, Darwinism implodes.(Visited 77 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Summer 2018 Community Councils Discussion Guide

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe Summer 2018 Discussion Guide for Community Councils includes four discussion topics, giving groups a few options for meetings scheduled during spring through the summer. Participation from community council members ensures Ohio Farm Bureau continues to focus on critical issues, create better policy and help people work together to get things done.TopicsLeadership Development – An InvestmentEffective organizations will not survive from one generation to the next unless they invest in leadership development. Great leaders develop over time. They use life experiences as a basic foundation for involvement and network with peers and community members who have similar interests. Many look for opportunities to learn more about issues as well as participate in programs where they can sharpen communication skills. Discussion GuideIdentifying Trends in Ohio’s Political LandscapeOhio is seen as a premier “battleground state” in American politics. Many political observers credit the state’s diversity as a key element of its unique political character. Politics change over time. What are some of the political trends and issues impacting elections and politics in your neighborhood? Discussion GuideWater Quality Management Issues – UpdateThe Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, always in close contact with the state’s leaders, will continue to communicate farmers’ commitment to water quality solutions. This council guide is a general update on programs and activities taking place through the early months of 2018. Discussion GuideWildlife Management – A Project to ConsiderODNR – Division of Wildlife has legal authority over management of Ohio’s fish and wildlife. The Division uses six categories – endangered, threatened, species of concern, special interest, extirpated, and extinct – to define the status of selected wildlife. In this Discussion Guide, Farm Bureau Community Councils will be exploring the process using a real case study under development by the agency – Re-establishing a Species of Concern, the Northern Bobwhite Quail.Remember, participants are not limited to these materials – Feel free to discuss additional topics and issues generated from the local newspaper, other publications and/or key events happening in your neighborhood. Discussion GuideKeep in touch with Farm BureauNeed some additional help? Contact your county Farm Bureau office for assistance.Councils can access the council roster, meeting summary sheet and activity sheet forms online.Remember to send council meeting forms and correspondence directly to the county Farm Bureau.Many of Farm Bureau’s action plans started with conversation around a kitchen table, living room or front porch; lively discussion continues to develop using web applications, too.To join a community council, contact the county Farm Bureau office.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more