first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has described as “cruel” the fact that so many people are waiting for home help hours to be allocated. The latest figures from the HSE reveal that 6,310 people were on waiting lists for home help services at the end of April.He said it is shocking the delays at present in getting home help hours and home help supports approved. “As far as I am aware no new home help hours are approved and the only home help hours available are recycled hours or hours that come available from patients which no longer avail of the services be that through death or patients moving into care homes or nursing homes,” he added.He said that over the past number of years we have seen the number of people waiting for home help hours increase significantly, but despite this, the resources have failed to meet demand leaving some service actually losing hours.“We are experiencing the qualitative effect of under-resourcing of home help hours, and this situation will get considerably worse unless increased funding becomes available.“Families across Donegal are angry and frustrated with the Government’s approach to home help.  Instead of allowing people to live and be cared for in their own homes, they are forcing them into nursing homes and hospitals.  This is turn is increasing the strain on our already overburdened hospital system.” Pat the Cope added the fact that more than 6,000 people are on waiting lists for hours shows clearly how strained the service has become.He said the Minister needs to clarify how many people will be affected by these proposed cuts, as there is no doubt that any reduction in hours will pushed an already stretched service to the brink.He fumed “It defies logic that cuts are being even considered at present and it certainly demonstrates how out of touch this Government are in terms of the demands on home help hours nationwide at present.“I have met with many families who are at the end of their tether and deeply concerned that their loved ones will not get the care that they need.  This is a deeply distressing situation for them and simply should not be happening.“Home help services are essential; they must be maintained, and indeed increased, the massive savings to the state that home help and carers provide for the health service cannot be underestimated. “Any move to reduce hours further cannot be countenanced and measures must be taken to ensure that these home helps are protected into the future – we will be judged as a society on the care we provide for our elderly, our sick and most vulnerable within our communities.”Fury as more than 6,000 on waiting lists for home help was last modified: June 12th, 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:Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagherdonegalhome helpListswaitinglast_img read more

first_imgWhat do evolutionists do when data bring surprises to their claims?  They find new ways for evolution to work magic.  See if these stories illustrate that or not.Plant-animal partnership:  One could hardly find two groups of organisms more disparate than plants and animals, but an article on PhysOrg claims that both groups hit on the same evolutionary solution to a problem independently.  The subtitle emphasized the disparity, saying, “Despite their divergent evolutionary history, membrane-bound kinase receptors in animals and plants rely on similar regulatory mechanisms to control their activity.”  To arrive at this solution, “plants took an evolutionary path different from their animal cousins,” the article continued.    How to explain that in evolutionary terms?  “There seem to be only so many ways to build a robust signaling system,” Dr. Joanne Chory of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, “and plants and animals have hit upon the same mechanisms.”  Odd; there seem to be a lot of evolutionary solutions to many other common problems.  Conservation and convergence are contrary to predictions of Darwin’s branching tree of life, but evolutionists routinely invoke those terms within evolutionary theory, not as a falsification of it.Tooth loophole:  What is the truth about the tooth in frogs?  Most frogs lack teeth on the lower jaw, but a strange tree frog in the Andes named Gastrotheca guentheri has teeth on both upper and lower jaws – the only known frog species so equipped.  The headline on the BBC News announced, “Frogs re-evolved lost lower teeth.”    How to explain that in evolutionary terms?  Dr. John Wiens of Stony Brook University published his explanation in the journal Evolution: “I combined data from fossils and DNA sequences with new statistical methods and showed that frogs lost their teeth on the lower jaw more than 230 million years ago, but that they re-appeared in G. guentheri within the past 20 million years.”    This would have to mean that genes for lower teeth sat dormant in frogs for 210 million years.  If they served no purpose, though, why would natural selection retain them?  “The reappearance of these lower teeth after such a long time fuels debate about whether complex traits are lost in evolution or if they can resurface,” reporter Ella Davies wrote.  Is this a kind of resurrection miracle?“The loss of mandibular teeth in the ancestor of modern frogs and their re-appearance in G. guentheri provides very strong evidence for the controversial idea that complex anatomical traits that are evolutionarily lost can re-evolve, even after being absent for hundreds of millions of years,” Dr Wiens says….   What G. guentheri did was to put teeth back on the lower jaw, rather than having to re-evolve all the mechanisms for making teeth ‘from scratch’,” says Dr Wiens.While efficient for the frog, it seems to contradict the notion that natural selection continually sifts out the bad and adds up the good.  210 million years is a long time to keep genes around that don’t do anything.  But Dr. Wiens was not done with his evolutionary magic tricks:“This ‘loophole’ may apply to many other cases when traits appear to re-evolve, such as in the re-evolution of lost fingers and toes in lizards,” Dr Wiens tells the BBC.    According to Dr Wiens, this theory could be applied to other recent studies that have suggested the re-evolution of lost traits.    In the last decade, scientists have identified and debated several attributes that have apparently “re-evolved” over time including stick insect’s wings, coiling in limpet shells, larval stages of salamanders and lost digits in lizards.Update 02/10/2011:  National Geographic News reported the story, saying “The discovery challenges a ‘cornerstone’ of evolutionary thinking, according to experts.”  After some argument over whether lost organs can never re-evolve (Dollo’s Law), the article admitted scientists cannot explain this by neo-Darwinism:With that in mind, natural selection—the process by which favorable traits become more common over time within a species—is “not enough to explain” why the marsupial tree frog regained its lower teeth.    “I can confidently say that we don’t know,” [Gunter] Wagner [Yale U] said.  “It’s an extremely interesting question.”Who’s your daddy?  Now that the orang-utan genome has been deciphered, evolutionists are saying that parts of the human genome are more closely related to orang-utans than to chimpanzees (see Science Daily).  The BBC News, reported that the orang-utan genome “evolved slowly,” while another article on Science Daily claimed that the orang genome is simultaneously “More Diverse Than Human’s, Remarkably Stable Through the Ages.”    How to explain that in evolutionary terms?  It seems the only way is to make evolution run fast and slow, both genetically and phenotypically: “That doesn’t mean the species itself has evolved more slowly,” said Devin Locke (Washington University), of the orang-utan genome, “but that this particular mechanism of genome evolution has been proceeding at a lower rate.  Humans and chimps, in sharp contrast, have experienced an acceleration in this form of evolution over the past 5 million years or so.”Carnation race:  Why would evolution’s mechanisms not follow predictable natural laws?  PhysOrg announced that carnations “show the fastest known diversification rate in plants,” at the same time some of their neighbors in similar habitats do not.  The short article tried to explain “the most rapid rate ever reported in plants or terrestrial vertebrates” as a function of arid conditions, “suggesting a link between climate and biodiversity,” but then one would expect all organisms in the Pleistocene to respond similarly in evolutionary terms.  Clearly the “living fossil” species, and many other stable organisms, have not.  What in tarnation made the carnation go on a diversity kick?Evolutionists are clearly having to juggle a confusing jumble of data.  Science Daily put forth a new theory about intron evolution, trying to bring order out of that seeming chaos, while PhysOrg tried to weave evolution and ecology into a curious feedback loop.  Thomas Schoener (UC Davis) looked at the oscillating beak sizes of Galapagos finches, and said, “If ecology affects evolution (long supported) and evolution affects ecology (becoming increasingly supported), then what?  The transformed ecology might affect evolution, and so on, back and forth in a feedback loop.”    This will certainly confuse cause and effect inferences, to say nothing of making evolutionary trends unpredictable.  A “major research effort” will be needed to find this out, he said.  But if evolution, ecology and environment are all interconnected, evolutionary theory will have a difficult time with this three-body problem being able to predict what will happen.  With apologies to Arthur C. Clarke, any sufficiently convoluted evolutionary theory is indistinguishable from magic.Has there ever been a more vacuous theory than Darwinism?  Evolution is fast except when it is slow, chaotic except when it is stable, divergent except when it is convergent, a driver except when it is driven, selfish except when it is altruistic, exorbitant except when it is thrifty, accelerating at the same time it is pushing on the brakes, dependent on the climate except when it’s not, mechanistic except when it is random.  There is no observation that cannot be incorporated into this hodgepodge of explanation, rendering it little more than a flexible, dynamic, evolving, adjusting, backpedaling, ad hoc narrative.  But we MUST teach it as FACT in the schools! (Re-read 01/29/1011 now).(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img1. How large a plant should be built? We want to satisfy the heating needs of the town but also generate enough electricity to make the economics of the project work. There’s an economy-of-scale with power plants; operating a high-pressure steam turbine for electricity generation requires highly trained personnel, and with too small a plant we wouldn’t sell enough electricity to cover those costs. Last week, I addressed some of the benefits of capturing waste heat from power plants and distributing it to buildings—a technology referred to as combined heat and power or CHP. This week we’ll look at how this idea could be implemented in Brattleboro—using sustainably produced wood chips as the fuel source.The idea of building a wood-chip-fired CHP plant in Brattleboro goes back to the fall of 2002 when Paul Cameron created a Brattleboro chapter of Cities for Climate Protection (now Brattleboro Climate Protection) to help Brattleboro reduce its carbon footprint. At one of Paul’s early meetings, Hervey Scudder, Rick Foley, and several others of us were brainstorming about how Brattleboro could reduce its carbon emissions, and the idea of a CHP plant using locally available, sustainably produced wood chips came up.This might have remained just an interesting idea, but Hervey—who has long been involved with local energy issues including hydropower—pursued it actively. Over several years of quiet research, Hervey came across Dr. Morris Pierce of the University of Rochester, an expert on district heating systems. Morris visited Brattleboro to scope out the potential, and then gave a number of inspiring presentations in town, the first in January, 2007. Out of those meetings grew the organization Brattleboro Thermal Utility, or BTU, on whose board I serve.Following the vision Morris originally laid out, BTU is pursuing the idea of building a power plant in town that would produce between 5 and 25 MW of electricity and perhaps twice that much energy in the form of heat that would be distributed in the more densely developed parts of town and to local industries. Individual buildings would have heat exchangers to extract heat from the circulating loop of hot water.Adding some confusion to all this, another group is pursuing a somewhat different vision in which a handful of smaller, less expensive heating plants—rather than a single large plant—would be built around the town to feed heat into a district hot water network. Some of these could be at existing facilities that already operate small CHP or wood-chip heating plants. Their idea is to jump-start the construction of the district heating network with smaller plants, then eventually replace them with the same sort of CHP plant we are pursuing in BTU. Hervey Scudder is now involved with this alternative strategy.So where are we now in moving toward CHP and district heat in Brattleboro? I can only speak to the efforts of BTU, but we’re at an exciting point. We’ve just issued a “request for qualifications” to identify a firm that can carry out a preliminary feasibility study for the project. This study will answer some important questions, including the following: 3. If the plant is operated primarily for its electricity, what do we do with the excess heat during times of year when it’s not needed for heating? We are hoping to identify year-round, industrial thermal loads—or even attract new, sustainable businesses to Brattleboro for the affordable heat. We will also be considering distributed cooling—using the waste heat during the summer (odd as it sounds) to operate an absorption chiller that can produce chilled water that we can distribute for air conditioning buildings.4. What organizational structure will work best for BTU? We are currently a community-based nonprofit organization, but would a different ownership structure be needed to attract the capital for building a power plant and distribution network that will likely cost tens of millions of dollars? How will we maintain local control? Should the system—or the piping network—eventually come under some sort of public ownership? Does a public-private partnership make sense?We don’t know the answers to these questions. Our board includes energy and business expertise, but not the specialized knowledge needed to answer even these fundamental questions. We’re looking for the feasibility study to do this. We’ll keep you posted!If we succeed in this vision and—in five or six years—have a state-of-the-art, clean-burning, biomass-fired CHP plant and a piping network to distribute affordable hot water throughout town, this will be the first system like it in the country. There are lots of systems like this in Europe, but the only district heating systems in the U.S. are in the downtowns of our largest cities (most of them distributing steam, which is inherently less efficient and more dangerous) and on university and hospital campuses. Brattleboro could become the first small town to demonstrate the future of renewable power generation and distributed heat. More information about this project, and a list of BTU board members, can be found at brattleborothermalutility.org.center_img 2. Should the CHP plant be operated to satisfy the heating needs (referred to in the industry as “thermal following”), or should it be operated primarily for the electricity output—like a standard power plant? Our hope is to make enough money from electricity sales (and renewable electricity can earn a premium price in the market through “renewable energy credits”) to keep the distributed heat as affordable as possible, satisfying one of the goals of BTU.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday slammed the opposition’s criticism over the timing of announcement of ‘Mission Shakti’ as “clerical objections” and asserted that these parties were not at all bothered about national security.Taking on the Congress, Jaitley accused that the erstwhile UPA government of not granting scientists permission to build the country’s own anti-satellite missile, saying it lacked “capability and clarity”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters here, he said when India had test-fired the Agni-V missile in April, 2012, then DRDO chief V K Saraswat had said that India could now develop an anti-satellite missile but the government had not given its nod. Targeting the Congress, he said those patting their own back for India’s strategic missile programme were doing so for wrong reasons. “If they want to rectify the Balakot (air strike) mistake, it is the opportunity for the opposition to do so and stand in support of our scientists,” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Khe said, referring to the air strike on a terrorist camp in Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space super powers. Underlining that “tomorrow’s wars” will not be the same and that the nation has to prepare for future geopolitical situations, he said this technology will serve as a “deterrent”.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Hours after opposition Congress unveiled its campaign slogan, the Bharatiya Janta Party too launched its campaign tag line, slogans and theme song for the impending Lok Sabha elections on Sunday at the party headquarters here, seeking Prime Minister Modi’s second term in the centre: “Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar” (“Modi once again”).Union Minister and senior party leader Arun Jaitley revealed the campaign themes. “The first theme of our campaign will be ‘Kaam Karne Waali Sarkaar’ (A government that works). Our second theme will be ‘Imaandar Sarkaar’ (Honest government). Our third theme will be ‘Bade Faisle Lene Waali Sarkaar’, (A decisive government that takes big decisions),” Jaitley said during a press conference. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Referring to the opposition alliance he further added, “The country has decided as to whether a weak centre (government) will be in the country’s interest or a decisive prime minister heading a majority government. We want a government with one captain and not a team of 11 members with 40 captains.” BJP also launched its campaign song – ‘Phir se Modi Sarkar Banate Hai, Phir se Kamal Khilate Hai’ (let’s elect Modi government again, let’s help lotus bloom again). The party is also going to release its election manifesto on Monday in the national capital. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KJaitley was joined by Union minister Piyush Goyal and BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav, among others, at the press conference. The poor, the middle class and the neo-middle class will be at the centre of the BJP’s electioneering, Jaitley said, and took a swipe at the Congress for “not even saying a word” on the emerging middle class when it launched its manifesto. In fact, some of the advisers to the Congress have spoken of levying more taxes on this class, he said, adding the Modi government has consistently reduced their taxes, something that has never happened earlier. The Indian middle class will impact the global economy in the coming decades in the same way the Chinese economy influenced it earlier, he said. Pitching for a majority for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls like it got in 2014, he said it enabled the party to take decisive and big decisions on a host of measures, including national security, corruption and black money. Many opposition leaders have spoken about their wish for a hung Parliament and it is now for people to decide, Jaitley said. “The country has decided as to whether a weak centre (government) will be in the country’s interest or a decisive prime minister heading a majority government,” he said. On one hand is a cohesive and tested government and on the other is the choice of chaos and mahamilawat (grand adulteration), he said. With agency inputslast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Coal India Ltd has put in place over 5,000 security cameras across 300 mines of its subsidiaries to thwart pilferage attempts and ensure quick response to disasters, a senior company official said. The Rs 50-crore project will provide live feed from the mines to the coal major’s headquarters in Kolkata and other regional offices, prompting swift action in case of emergencies, he said. “CIL hopes to achieve twin purposes with the initiative – live monitoring of the collieries to prevent pilferage and other corrupt practices, especially during dispatch by rail, and increase overall efficiency of the mines with real-time response to crisis situations,” the official said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The CCTV project, unveiled recently by the Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary, along with CIL Chairman A K Jha, will also help settle allegations and disputes on coal availability. “As a part of the in-house project, 5,100 CCTVs have been installed at strategic points vulnerable to pilferage — the weigh bridges, near coal dumps and the entry and exit points of collieries. “The information technology department of the company is also working on a system to automatically trigger alarms in case of a pilferage attempt from stockyards or mines,” he added.last_img read more

Ohio State wideout Johnnie Dixon reels in a touchdown reception in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes’ 39-38 win on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDown 15 points to No. 2 Penn State (7-1, 4-1) in the fourth quarter, No. 6 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0) looked finished. Quarterback J.T. Barrett fumbled the ball, turning it over with 13:13 remaining as the Columbus crowd’s screams turned to dulcet tones. But the Buckeyes never panicked. Cornerback Denzel Ward blocked a punt and two plays later, Barrett hit wideout Johnnie Dixon for a 38-yard touchdown. Ohio State held the Nittany Lions to a field goal and responded as Barrett once again found Dixon, this time for a 10-yard touchdown.And after Penn State went three-and-out, Barrett put the finishing touches on what head coach Urban Meyer called the best comeback of his career. He dropped back and delivered a strike to tight end Marcus Baugh in the end zone to give the Buckeyes a one-point lead, their first of the game, with 1:48 remaining in the final quarter. The advantage would hold as Ohio State survived, winning 39-38 Saturday at Ohio Stadium and remaining in contention for the College Football Playoff.“Honestly, we’ve been in those situations quite a bit, whether it be spring ball or fall camp,” Barrett said. “What was going through my head was Coach Meyer saying go win the game. He says that all the time, go win the game.”Barrett followed up five weeks of increasingly impressive play with the best game of his career which potentially thrust him into Heisman Trophy contention, completing 33-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He also raced for 95 carries on 17 yards, succeeding taking multiple zone reads for 10-plus yards. “I’ve never had a kid play perfect, but damn he was close tonight — 33 of 39,” Meyer said. “I can count four drops off the top of my head and two penalties that kept him from big completions.”Though the Buckeyes outgained Penn State through the air (328-192) and on the ground (204-91), they trailed for the first 58 minutes of the game due to many special teams blunders which have plagued them throughout the season.It took just 15 seconds for Ohio State to seemingly realize its nightmare scenario as Penn State running back Saquon Barkley caught a well-placed kickoff and raced 97 yards, giving the Nittany Lions the early lead, which they nearly never relinquished. The Nittany Lions capitalized on a multitude of Ohio State mistakes as the home team seemingly could not get out of its own way at times. The Buckeyes committed 10 penalties for 79 yards, including four false starts. Safety Damon Webb intercepted a pass in the end zone, but cornerback Damon Arnette was flagged for pass interference which set the Nittany Lions up at the 6-yard line and quarterback Trace McSorley ran in for a touchdown on the next play.Ohio State’s defensive front managed to bottle up the Nittany Lion rushing attack for much of the game, but Barkley broke free for a 36-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and finished with just 21 rushes for 44 yards and four catches for 23 yards.“My biggest concern was not just the fact he’s a great running back, but he had 21 carries for 44 yards, if I’m reading that right. Is that right?” Meyer said, incredulous.McSorley finished the game 17-of-29 for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He made his most prominent impact in the rushing game as he carried the ball 13 times for 49 yards. He had a crucial 10-yard rush on 3rd and 10 early in the third quarter, which extended a drive, leading to Penn State scoring its fifth touchdown and taking a 35-20 lead.In the third quarter, Ward nearly pulled off an interception, but due to both he and wideout DeAndre Thompkins having possession, the Nittany Lions scored a touchdown.Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins exploded for four carries for 50 yards in the first quarter, but was conspicuously absent from the game in the second quarter. He returned to the game in the third quarter and finished with 13 carries for 88 yards. While Dobbins was out, the Buckeyes relied heavily on redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber, who ran the ball seven times for 21 yards and scored a 2-yard touchdown up the gut in the second quarter.Wideout K.J. Hill set a career high in receptions as he led Ohio State with 12 catches for 102 yards, often acting as Barrett’s short-range target. Ohio State will be back in action Saturday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa, taking on the Hawkeyes. read more

first_imgSlavisa Jokanovic told the press that his players still need time to work details out, but he believes in them ahead of Saturday’s clashFor Fulham boss Salvisa Jokanovic, Saturday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur would be a great test for his players.The newly promoted club lost 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace on their first game of the season.And now, they want to rebound back to a victory.“We have many new players and will need time. We worked well this week, building our spirit and working on the way we want to play football,” Jokanovic told the press as reported by Sky Sports.“We are returning to Wembley as a Premier League team. An amazing and great challenge is ahead of us, and we will do our best to fight for the points.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It’s a great opportunity. We have fought for the opportunity to play against teams like Spurs,” he said.“We have experience playing against them in the FA Cup a year ago and it wasn’t an easy day for us. But they haven’t changed much and we might see a similar starting 11 for Spurs.”[email protected]: “We have many new players and will need time. We worked well this week, building our spirit and working on the way we want to play football.”— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 16, 2018last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari showed his frustration over the ongoing questions in regards his refusal to play IscoThe Spanish playmaker made a rare start in the return leg of Real’s last-16 Copa del Rey tie at CD Leganes on Wednesday but couldn’t do anything to prevent them losing 1-0.However, the result at Butarque had little effect on the outcome of the tie with Real progressing to the quarter-finals with a 3-1 aggregate win.But, for Isco, doubts still remain on his long-term future at the Santiago Bernabeu with Solari opting to withdraw him from their last game in the 68th-minute for youngster Cristo Gonzalez Perez.Speaking in a press conference today, ahead of Los Blancos’ La Liga game against Sevilla on Saturday, Solari finally snapped after enduring months of questions over Isco.“I have answered more than 100 questions about Isco,” said Solari, according to FourFourTwo.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He is a great player, like the rest, they all have the same options to play.”Meanwhile, the future of Marcelo has recently been shrouded in doubt as well with the Brazilian having only started 11 times in La Liga this season.But Solari wouldn’t budge and instead side-stepped the questions over Marcelo.“Marcelo is the most decorated full-back in world football over the last decade,” he said.“We work with all the players so that they are at their best.”The game between Real Madrid and Sevilla will take place at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday with kick-off set for 16:15 (CET).last_img read more