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  • Bush apologizes at Walter Reed

    first_imgThe Defense Department’s independent review group is to report back by the middle of next month with recommendations on how to improve conditions at Walter Reed. Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson is leading an interagency task force to find gaps in federal services received by wounded troops. A bipartisan commission, chaired by former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and Donna Shalala, President Clinton’s secretary of health and human services, will complete its report this summer. This week, the House voted to create a coterie of case managers, advocates and counselors for injured troops. The bill also establishes a hotline for medical patients to report problems in their treatment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He did not visit Building 18, which is now closed. Bush critics questioned the timing of the president’s visit – six weeks after the problems were exposed and in the middle of the White House’s battle with Congress over funding for troops in Iraq. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert Gard, among retired military officers who took part in a conference call before Bush’s visit, said the president needs to make sure the problems are corrected. “We have been shortchanging these returning soldiers ever since the conflict began,” Gard said. “Look at the inadequate funding in the Veterans Administration. That’s caused by the fact that there has been a deliberate underestimate of the number of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who will need care. We’ve got to make this a seamless web between military facilities and the Veterans Administration so the soldiers are not hung out to dry.” Bush has set up three commissions to look into the problems facing military personnel who come off of active duty and are moving into veteran status. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush apologized to troops face to face on Friday for shoddy conditions they have endured at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He shook the artificial hand of a lieutenant and cradled a newborn whose daddy is nursing his remaining, severely injured leg back to health. “The problems at Walter Reed were caused by bureaucratic and administrative failures,” Bush said during a nearly three-hour visit to the medical center – his first since reports surfaced of shabby conditions for veterans in outpatient housing. “The system failed you and it failed our troops, and we’re going to fix it.” News that war veterans were not getting adequate care stunned the public, outraged Capitol Hill and forced three high-level Pentagon officials to step down. Bush met with soldiers once housed in Building 18, who endured moldy walls, rodents and other problems that went unchecked until reported by the media. “I was disturbed by their accounts of what went wrong,” Bush said. “It is not right to have someone volunteer to wear our uniform and not get the best possible care. I apologize for what they went through, and we’re going to fix the problem.” last_img read more

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  • WATCH: ‘Lord’ Bendtner’s unconventional warm-up routine for Wolfsburg

    first_imgNicklas Bendtner is a cult hero at Arsenal for a reason, and it wasn’t for his goalscoring ability.The Great Dane gained a reputation for his calm and collected demeanour on the pitch, and while many fans interpreted it as laziness – surely not! – many others couldn’t help but love him.It would come as no surprise to Arsenal fans, therefore, that ‘Lord’ Bendtner decided that Wolfsburg’s team warm-up for Sunday’s clash with Frankfurt wasn’t for him, with the forward swanning off and showing off to fans instead – as only he could.Check out the clip above…last_img read more

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  • Feds arrest Covina man

    first_imgOne June 2007 e-mail between two unindicted conspirators intercepted by the FBI reads, “you can pack $150,000 with some new sample inside of box. Colin can (deliver) to us when he come to China on Friday.” Hussein Nasser, was identified in the federal complaints as part-owner of the Crown Ambassador Trading Company, which ran the stores. The main store, also called the Crown Ambassador Trading Company, was raided by the New York City Police Department in October 2006, and two people were arrested for possessing approximately $1million worth of counterfeit clothing. Apparently, the police arrests did not deter Nasser and the other defendants from continuing to move the clothing. E-mails and phone calls collected by the FBI indicate the trading continued to go on as late as last October. Tsai was released from custody after posting $500,000 in bail, according to Whom Merozoite, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice. dan.abendschein@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A sixth man, Sam Wang, who lived in Taiwan, but was arrested in New York, allegedly manufactured the clothes and shipped them to Tsai in Los Angeles. Together, the defendants shipped more than $19.7million worth of clothing between August 2003 and November 2006, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The investigation was carried out through wiretaps and e-mail surveillance. The clothing, produced in Chinese factories, were imitations of four designer brands: Akademiks and RocaWear – American clothing labels associated with hip-hop music – and Bathing Ape and Evisu – two expensive Japanese brands. E-mails sent between Tsai and Wang indicate that Tsai would on occasion travel to Taiwan, where Wang lived, and would bring clothing samples and cash between the two locations, according to federal documents. A Covina man was arrested by federal authorities on suspicion of participating in a conspiracy to import and distribute counterfeit clothing manufactured in China, authorities said Thursday. Colin Tsai, 36, acted as a middleman for the movement of the clothing to New York City and the movement of currency back to China, according to the FBI. He was arrested Wednesday, officials said. Hussein Nasser, 27, Hussein Chahine, 27, Hassan Chahine, 25, and Ali Fayad Nasser, 25, of North Bergen, N.J., owned and operated three clothing stores in Manhattan that sold the goods, officials said. last_img read more

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  • CLANNAD STAR SAYS FAITH GOT HER THROUGH BOOZE HELL

    first_imgClannad star Moya Brennan has admitted her faith helped her overcome her demons.The singer, 60, helped her band sell millions of records with the aid of 25 haunting albums.But Ms Brennan has told an interview with the RTE Guide that she owes everything to God for helping her overcome her addictions. “I was in a real mess. I probably did have a bit of a drink problem. I mean, I would have been waking up in the morning not knowing how I got home.“When you work in the music business, it’s easy to get into smoking dope and drinking too much,” she said.Moya, who now lives in Dublin with photographer husband Tim Jarvis, is back making great music again.“I am a very positive person now,” she said.  CLANNAD STAR SAYS FAITH GOT HER THROUGH BOOZE HELL was last modified: July 31st, 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:ClannaddrinkfaithMoya Brennanlast_img read more

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  • CHAOS ON THE GAP AS SNOW BRINGS TRAFFIC TO A STANDSTILL

    first_imgDamian McGarvey just sent us this picture – stuck on the GapTHERE’S chaos on one of Donegal’s main routes tonight.Traffic on the N15 at McGrory’s Brae – between the Twin Towns and Donegal Town – has ground to a halt as cars have become stuck in the snow.There are massive tailbacks in both directions with hundreds and hundreds of cars stuck in the jam. Prison vans returning inmates from Letterkenny court today to Castlerea Prison are amongst the vehicles stuck in the ice.Gardaí are on their way to the scene.“It just takes one or two motorists to become stuck in the ice and snow and that’s the journey home wrecked,” said one motorist via email from the scene.Another complained: “There are massive tailbacks. Where are all the gritters?” There were dozens of minor accidents across the county today due to the snow.Some cars have been abandoned just outside Dunlewey as blizzards hit the area.And there was only a few centimetres of snow today.Met Eireann’s Orange snow alert for Donegal runs out this evening, but with temperatures dropping below 0C, many roads are now covered in ice. CHAOS ON THE GAP AS SNOW BRINGS TRAFFIC TO A STANDSTILL was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyBarnesmoreDonegal TownicesnowThe Gaplast_img read more

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  • COPE CALLS FOR VAT EXEMPTION FOR DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE EQUIPMENT

    first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher MEP has formally drafted and submitted a detailed proposal to the European Commission requesting an exemption from VAT for mountain and lowland rescue teams and for defibrillators purchased by charities, community groups, and sports clubs.Mr Gallagher, along with his party colleagues in the European Parliament, submitted the proposal in response to a public consultation by the European Commission Directorate responsible for Taxation and Customs Union.Mr Gallagher said today “Our submission outlines why we believe mountain and lowland rescue teams should not have to pay VAT on purchases of vital rescue equipment and why we believe community groups such as GAA clubs should not have to pay VAT to purchase a defibrillator.” He added that the 12 mountain rescue teams throughout the island of Ireland provide a valuable and essential public service with over 300 volunteers in who are committed to being on call at any time for requests for emergency assistance.“These volunteer teams pay VAT on all their purchases of life saving equipment that is needed for rescue missions, despite it being in the public interest. There seems to be no legitimate reason why mountain and lowland rescue groups are not included in the VAT exemption group.”“The most obvious discrepancy lies in the fact that presently land based voluntary search and rescue groups are levied with full VAT on equipment purchases but marine voluntary search and rescue services are not.”“Mountain and lowland rescue teams enable citizens to enjoy tourist and leisure activities. These activities and the economic benefit which they provide would almost certainly suffer without the dedication and commitment of mountain and lowland rescue teams.” The submission also outlines why defibrillators purchased by community groups should also receive a VAT exemption in the public interest.Mr Gallagher said today “In cases of cardiac arrest, with each passing minute without defibrillation, chances of survival drop by 14%. Therefore, it is important that there is immediate access to defibrillators in all local communities, especially where people gather in large numbers such as churches and local GAA clubs.”“While many charities, sports clubs and community groups do provide public access to defibrillators, many others are hindered from doing so due to the addition of VAT making the devices significantly more expensive. That is why we are urging the European Commission to act and exempt defibrillators in the public interest.”Mr Gallagher has called on the support of the Irish Government and Minister Noonan to help secure an agreement from the European Commission to exempt mountain and lowland rescue teams from VAT on vital purchases of rescue equipment and to exempt community groups from VAT on purchases of defibrillators.Mr Gallagher if re-elected to the European Parliament will continue to vigorously pursue the matter with the European Commission and the Irish Government. COPE CALLS FOR VAT EXEMPTION FOR DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE EQUIPMENT was last modified: April 28th, 2014 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:Pat The Cope GallagherVAT exemptionlast_img read more

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  • Ligue One: PSG, Rennes rekindle growing rivalry

    first_imgRennes defeated PSG to win the League Cup in April. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)PSG and Rennes will clash for the third time in four months, on Sunday, when the Ligue One returns this weekend.Rennes defeated the Parisians on penalties to win the League Cup at the back end of last season before PSG returned the favour in the Super Cup, this month.The two fixtures have been tense and emotional, giving indicators of a growing rivalry between the two sides.Last weekend, both sides registered victories in their respective opening day fixtures and will be eyeing to make it a perfect six points in two games.PSG defeated Nimes 3-0 at the Parc de Princes with Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe and Edison Cavani all on target.Tomas Tuschel’s side are still without the suspended Naymer Jr who is most likely on his way back to the La Liga.Life without their superstar has so far been ok so far and PSG will be expected to take care of a Rennes side that has lost several key players in the transfer window.Ander Herrera and Timo Kehrer are the other absentees for the visitors while French duo of Adrien Hunou and Flavian Tait are injured for Rennes.The French Ligue One Match-Day 2 starts on Friday when Olympic Lyon hosts Angers SCO at the Stade de Lyon.Just like PSG and Rennes, these two sides were also victorious on opening weekend.Lyon beat 10-man Monaco 3-0 while Angers were 3-1 victors over Bordeaux.Sylvinho’s side who will be without the injured Fernando Marcal is slowly but steadily dealing with the departure of Nabil Fekir and the combination of Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay will once again be looked at for inspiration against Angers.The other fixtures to look out for will be Marseille’s visit to Nantes and Saint Ettiene hosting Brest.Last week, Marseille lost 0-2 at home to Nimes, Nantes went down 1-2 against Lille, Brest drew 1-1 with Toulouse while Saint Ettiene ran out 2-1 winners away to Dijon.The French Ligue One Match-Day 2 fixturesFriday, 16-08-2019-Lyon vs Angers @9:45pmSaturday, 17-08-2019-Nantes vs Marseille @6:30pm-Metz vs Monaco @9pm-Toulouse vs Dijon @9pm-Nimes vs Nice @9pm-Amiens vs Lille @9pm-Bordeaux vs Montpellier @9pmSunday, 18-08-2019-Saint Ettiene vs Brest @4pm-Reims vs Strasbourg @6pm-Rennes vs PSG @10pmComments Tags: AngersFrench Ligue OneLyonPSGRennestoplast_img read more

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  • Never Say Die: Researchers Spend 37 Years Looking for Evolution in Darwin’s Finches

    first_imgThe Grants are still at it.  Peter and Rosemary Grant have been studying Darwin’s finches since the 1970s, looking for evidence to support Darwin’s theory of natural selection.  Their latest paper in PNAS produced results that were tentative at best.1    Up front, they had to admit that you can’t see the birds evolving.  Evolution is measured in terms of an elusive property called fitness, but the Grants, for all their experience and work, fell into the trap of defining fitness in terms of reproduction: “The fitness of an individual refers to its ability to survive and reproduce, generally measured as the number of offspring that the individual contributes to the next generation.”  The problem with this definition is that fitness can represent opposite things – speed or sloth, large size or miniaturization – as long as more offspring are produced.  It can even mean production of large numbers of offspring (as in insects) or very few (as in giant pandas), and still qualify as “fitness.”  Whatever survives is fit; whatever is fit survives.  Defined this way, fitness is a tautology (see “Fitness for Dummies,” 10/29/2002).  They added, “The translation of an individual’s potential fitness into realized fitness is governed by the environment,”  but they never again explained what differentiates those two terms.  Either an individual survives and reproduces or does not; if it only has the potential to do that, how can anyone measure its fitness until it dies and its offspring are counted?    After that unsteady footing, they described how fitness might be determined by scientists.  “Although the survival component of fitness is occasionally and strongly influenced by morphology, there is no single morphological determinant of fitness over the long-term because selection oscillates in direction according to the particular nature of the food supply at the beginning of droughts.”  Don’t look for muscle-bound finches, in other words.  Darwin’s finches have a nasty habit of getting scrawny with droughts and fat in times of plenty (see 08/24/2005).  These outward appearances oscillate with the seasons and food supply.  A scientist will have to look elsewhere to measure fitness, whatever it is.    In the paper, the Grants tried to measure “lifetime fitness” or “recruitment,” which basically measures relative offspring count at the end of an individual’s life: “Lifetime fitness (recruitment) may be determined solely by producing many offspring, modified by stochastic effects on their subsequent survival up to the point of breeding, or by an additional contribution made by the high quality of the offspring owing to nonrandom mate choice.”  The bottom line is how many chicks survive and grow up to pass on the parents’ genes to the next generation.  It’s no score, obviously, to produce dozens of chicks that never survive to adulthood or remain celibate – otherwise that could represent an oscillation around the mean, too, over generations.    Their main finding seems little more than common sense: “Regression analysis showed that the lifetime production of fledglings was predicted by lifetime number of clutches and that recruitment was predicted by lifetime number of fledglings and longevity.”  That only seems to state the obvious, if not restating the premise: the more sex, the more kids.  A breeding pair will score higher the more clutches it has, and the more fledglings they produce over their lifetimes.  But even then, can they apply generally what they found on the unique Galapagos environment?  “Darwin’s finches deviate from the standard tropical pattern of a slow pace of life by combining tropical (long lifespan) and temperate (large clutch size) characteristics.”  Does that mean that what happens in Galapagos stays in Galapagos?  If that is so, what are they learning about Darwinian evolution by looking at a special case?    The Grants were able to discount mate choice as a factor in fitness, whatever that is, and “The offspring sired by extrapair mates were no more fit in terms of recruitment than were half-sibs sired by social mates.”  Maybe, then, this paper is more noteworthy for what it didn’t find than what it found.  Somehow, the Grants kept their positive thinking through it all: “These findings provide insight into the evolution of life history strategies of tropical birds.”  Even though Darwin’s finches are atypical, “Our study of fitness shows why this is so in terms of selective pressures (fledgling production and adult longevity) and ecological opportunities (pulsed food supply and relatively low predation).”  But selective pressures and ecological opportunities cannot generate the genetic information required to make a bird evolve into something better.  The birds were already finches when they moved to the islands, and have not changed all that much in factors that really count (organs, senses, flight, brain, etc).  They must have been pretty “fit” (whatever that means) when they first got to the islands.    The chart in the paper shows four cohorts of birds monitored between 1978 and 1987.  Now it is 2011.  When all was said and done, the Grants admitted that much more research is needed to untangle the factors that might influence the observations:Thus, there are two components of biological success, in addition to chance, that have a bearing on the combination of life history traits.  The first component is an ability to find food (seeds) in dry years when food is scarce and there is no breeding.  The second is an ability to find food (insects and spiders) and avoid interference at the nest from intruders during breeding.  Identifying the components, which are two different suites of behavioral and physiological traits, shows where further research is needed to gain a more detailed understanding of how fitness is maximized.  Such research may yield insight into the question of how lifespan/reproduction trade-offs evolve differently in different tropical habitats that vary in seasonality, elevation, structure, and climate and also between tropical and temperate zones due to differences in ecology and seasonality, as well as other correlates of latitude.So for 37 years of studying these birds,2 the Grants cannot say that any factor provides prediction of upward and onward gains in fitness, whatever that is.  For all they know, each one of these factors has oscillated for thousands of years, or else all the birds would have arrived at fitness nirvana by now.    The end of 2010 marked the 10th anniversary of Jonathan Wells’s book Icons of Evolution, which critically examined the top 10 alleged proofs of Darwinian evolution (peppered moths, the horse series, four-winged fruit flies, Haeckel’s embryos, and others – including Darwin’s finches).  Evolution News & Views has been celebrating the book’s anniversary with interviews.  It began Nov 30 with an overview video and review by David Klinghoffer.  Paul Nelson reviewed the Miller Experiment.  Jonathan Wells reflected on his research about Archaeopteryx, Darwin’s Tree of Life, and on homology in vertebrate limbs.  In addition, Michael Behe and Casey Luskin each commented on the influence of the book, and today, John West paid a general tribute.    If a segment on Darwin’s finches is forthcoming, the newest paper by the Grants will provide more fodder for Jonathan Wells’ gentle reproof in Chapter 8 of his book, where he praised the Grants’s “excellent field work” (p. 173) but criticized the exaggeration of the actual evidence as support for Darwin’s theory: “evidence for oscillating natural selection in finch beaks is claimed as evidence for the origin of finches in the first place,” he said.  “Apparently, some Darwinists are prone to make inflated claims for rather meager evidence” (p. 174).  Wells noted that the National Academy of Science referred to this work by the Grants as a “particularly compelling example” of the origin of species, pointing out that, like a stock promoter, they misled the public by touting the increases during good years but not the decreases during years of drought.  Quoting Phillip Johnson, he ended, “When our leading scientists have to resort to the sort of distortion that would land a stock promoter in jail, you know they are in trouble.”1.  Peter and Rosemary Grant, “Causes of lifetime fitness of Darwin�s finches in a fluctuating environment,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print January 3, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018080108 PNAS January 3, 2011.2.  For previous entries about the research of Peter and Rosemary Grant on Darwin’s finches, see 04/26/2002, 09/03/2004, 10/24/2004, 08/24/2005, 07/24/2006, 03/28/2007, 03/04/2008, and 11/13/2008.Bless their hearts, we hope Peter and Rosemary can find something to console their souls after wasting their lifetimes on a fruitless quest.  Take heart.  Remember that no experiment is ever a complete failure; it can always serve as a 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  • Datatec in $19m Asia Pacific expansion

    first_img10 December 2009South African ICT group Datatec is to acquire the NetStar Group, a leading regional Asia-Pacific Cisco-focused network integrator with operations in Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China, for US$19.8-million (about R149-million) in new shares.NetStar will become part of the Logicalis Group, Datatec’s ICT infrastructure solutions and service business.“This earnings enhancing acquisition of this multinational business, with an excellent reputation, establishes a sizeable presence for Logicalis across South East Asia, China and Australia in one move,” Datatec CEO Jens Montanana said in a statement this week.“In addition to now being able to provide our customers with wider international capabilities, NetStar provides the ideal platform for Logicalis to grow organically and by acquisition across the region.”Logicalis has its largest operation in the US, with a significant business in the UK and Germany. It has also very successfully developed its business in South America during the past 10 years, and now enjoys a market leading position in many markets in that region, including Brazil and Argentina.New markets, servicesNetStar is a leading regional Asia-Pacific Cisco focused network integrator with operations in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China.Previously called Anixter Asia, the business was acquired in 2000 by Barings Asia Private Equity following a management buyout and renamed NetStar. Since then the business has steadily grown its revenues, customers, employees and profitability.It has a high quality customer base and operates across a wide variety of sectors including the government, telecommunications, hospitality and finance, while its multi-country presence across the Asia-Pacific region combined with its network operations centre in Malaysia allows it to support the needs of global and international corporations regionally.“This development into the Asia Pacific region is also the next logical geographic step in Logicalis’ global expansion as it seeks to tap into faster growth and increasing demand for many of its advanced infrastructure and managed services solutions in this region,” Datatec said.“Through an established and incorporated presence in mainland China, the NetStar acquisition will provide Logicalis with an entry into the most significant developing market in the world.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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  • Ice cream social welcomes back Benjamin Logan FFA members

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Benjamin Logan FFA officer team held an ice cream social on August 17th for not only the new FFA members to get to know their officers, but for the current members to get to know the new freshmen.All the members that attended had the chance to enjoy some delicious ice cream and a couple hours of interaction before school starts.Grace Barger, Benjamin Logan FFA president, commented, “I felt that we made it easier on the parents of our members by being able to inform them about all that we will be doing in the upcoming year.”last_img read more

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