Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Koreas have often used sports to facilitate diplomacy. North Korea sent hundreds of people to the Winter Olympics in South Korea’s Pyeongchang in February, including Kim’s sister who conveyed his desire for an inter-Korean summit after tensions created by North Korean nuclear and missile tests.South Korea’s enthusiasm for engagement with its rival has created unease in Washington, which has called for allies to maintain pressure until Pyongyang denuclearizes.South Korea last month walked back on a proposal to lift some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea following President Donald Trump’s blunt retort that Seoul could “do nothing” without Washington’s approval.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “The plan is to organize friendly competitions marking meaningful anniversaries between the South and North, for example the first anniversaries of the (April) inter-Korean summit and the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics,” said South Korean Vice Sports Minister Roh Tae-kang, according to a pool report. North Korean officials at the meeting were led by a counterpart, Won Kil U.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a summit in September agreed to pursue a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics and send combined teams to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games and other major sports events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt would be extremely difficult to host the Olympics in North Korea under heavy U.S.-led sanctions, which are unlikely to be removed until the North takes concrete steps to relinquish its nuclear arsenal. There continues to be doubts whether Kim will ever give up his arsenal he may see as his strongest guarantee of survival. There’s also declining public support among South Koreans for hosting mega sports events due to worries over huge costs.For many South Koreans, it’s mind-boggling that the Koreas are even talking about sharing the Olympics. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics, both held in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the North’s bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Roh Tae-kang, right, South Korea’s vice minister of culture and sports, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Won Kil U while posing for a photo during a meeting at the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. North and South Korea agreed to officially inform the International Olympic Committee of their intent to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics. (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea on Friday agreed to officially inform the International Olympic Committee of their intent to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics as they continued with reconciliation efforts.Korean sports officials after meeting at the North Korean border town of Kaesong also agreed to send a combined team to the world handball championships in January, according to a statement. The rivals vowed to “actively participate” in international sports events hosted by each other and organize more friendly competitions between them.ADVERTISEMENT Red Sox unsure on White House visit if invited by Trump View comments
The global steel giant, ArcelorMittal Liberia, said it has launched a literacy and numeracy program for its employees. It said the Adult Basic Education Training (ABET) is aimed at employees, who have not had a formal education. According to them, the program is now underway with 149 employees taking part at the company’s Yekepa and Buchanan sites, in collaboration with USAID’s Advancing Youth Project (AYP).ArcelorMittal Liberia senior managers, facilitators from AYP, USAID representatives, and employees admitted into the program attended the launch events at both sites in late May.Speaking at the launch in Buchanan, ArcelorMittal Liberia CEO Antonio Carlos Maria encouraged employees enrolled in the program: “You have made a bold decision, and we at ArcelorMittal Liberia will support your success in this program.” In Yekepa, mines manager Artur Gomez expressed the company’s support for each employee as well as offering some advice: “You need to be committed to this program,” said Gomez, “because we have shown our commitment by supporting you so you can attend this training.”ArcelorMittal said it has given its employees “paid leave” in order to study on the literacy course, which takes place twice a week, with two five-hour sessions.According to Gwendolyn Johnson, AYP representative, the six-month program will cover literacy and numeracy education, plus other skills to improve job performance and employees’ lives as a whole.Dr. John Malogo Kongola, head of the ArcelorMittal Liberia training and learning development department, who led the development of the project, said he and his team are encouraged by the excitement and enthusiasm shown by the group.“The response, to this program among employees, has been very positive. A total of 149 employees registered, 64 in Yekepa and 85 in Buchanan,” said Loveness Hoyange, one of the lead learning and development trainers at ArcelorMittal Liberia. According to Hoyange, as more employees learn about the program, demand for places is rising, signaling a need to expand the program once the first group of students has completed the course. “Three departments were selected at each site to ensure full implementation, and all other departments will be added later,” said Hoyange. In Yekepa, candidates were selected from the mine, maintenance and estate departments, while in Buchanan candidates came from the port, rail and estate teams.Placement tests were done for all 149 candidates to determine which one of three categories was the appropriate level. Level one is for those who cannot read or write at all; level two is for students who have attended grades 1 and 2 and have limited reading and writing abilities; and level three is for those who have attended school up to grade 3 or 4, with some limitations. The USAID curriculum being used was developed in collaboration with the Liberia Ministry of Education. The program qualifies students who complete the course, to join the Liberia school system at Grade 7 if they wish to continue their education. “I am impressed by the commitment of these men and women,” said Gwendolyn Johnson who said that the ArcelorMittal Liberia students have shown a level of commitment beyond her previous experience: often after applicants take the placement test and once they learn the results, the majority do not pursue the course.“This was different at ArcelorMittal Liberia,” she said, “the numbers are encouraging and the learners are excited,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As investigations continue into the gruesome murder of Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher Kescia Branche, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has indicated that even though the DNA samples have not as yet been sent overseas for testing, police are still questioning the owner of the car linked to the teacher’s death.This comes nearly one month after the battered body of the school teacher had been found at the corner of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown; and to date, investigators are still putting the missing pieces together to solve the crime.“They (samples) have not been sent as yet, but they will be sent soon,” the acting Commissioner revealed.He, however, deemed the return of Mathew Munroe, the owner of the car allegedly linked to the death of the teacher, as a success in the ongoing probe. Munroe was overseas, but returned to Guyana recently.“The good news is that the suspect has returned, and the police have been able to do some further work,” Ramnarine disclosed, further telling reporters that the suspect has been questioned.Branche, who had resided at Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, had last been seen on November 4, when she left for a night out with her friends. Several persons were questioned and subsequently released for the young teacher’s killing. These included the father or Branche’s son, and two police officers who claimed that they had offered her a lift after seeing her waiting outside a Lamaha Street night spot.Branche’s unconscious body was found in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown, and she was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where she remained in an unconscious state until her death 2 days later.
Director of National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) Dr Pedro LewisDirector of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), Dr Pedro Lewis expects to receive some 12,000 units of blood from volunteers across the country today as Guyana observes International Blood Donation Day.Dr Lewis said that 80 per cent or 9600 units of blood will be given by volunteers residing in Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four).International Blood Donation Day is being observed under the theme “Safe Blood For All” this year in a global bid to raise awareness of the universal need for safe blood in the delivery of healthcare and the essential role of voluntary donations in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.The theme was also chosen to “encourage more people around the world to become donors and to make regular donations, actions that are the cornerstone to create a solid base on which to establish a sustainable blood supply at the national level that will allow the transfusion needs of all patients”.Lewis explained that the NBTS is in a very privileged position, especially in the Caribbean, because the country maintains “an excellent 100 per cent record of voluntary donation”.The NBTS Director attributed this to the strong sense of empathy among Guyanese.“It’s a cultural thing,” Dr Lewis said, explaining the longevity of volunteerism among the thousands of annual voluntary donors who back the country’s ongoing blood donation drives.Lewis called for “more community involvement” in the process since the country is moving towards establishing a trauma centre at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).“We will need more blood to sustain a trauma unit,” Lewis said, making his pitch for a spike in grassroots support for the NBTS.He lauded the 450 collaborators who helped organise the year-round, nationwide blood donation drive necessary to maintain a sufficient blood supply and achieve universal and timely access to safe blood transfusions in the nation’s health system.According to the WHO, “An adequate and reliable supply of safe blood can be assured by a stable base of regular, voluntary, unpaid blood donors. These donors are also the safest group of donors as the prevalence of blood-borne infections is lowest among this group.”World Health Assembly (WHA), an arm of the WHO, also “urges all member states to develop national blood systems based on voluntary unpaid donations and to work towards the goal of self-sufficiency,” the global body’s website explained.It said that the risk of transmission of serious infections, including HIV and hepatitis, through unsafe blood and chronic blood shortages brought global attention to the importance of blood safety and availability.“With the goal of ensuring universal access to safe blood and blood products, WHO has been at the forefront to improve blood safety and availability, the WHO website said.
“But if a mother is walking down the street with her children and doesn’t have a place to go, I don’t consider that abuse,” Adamson said. “I continuously balance that against the fact that we need to ensure children, if they are removed, are put in a foster system we can all have faith in as well, because it’s had its problems.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Concerned by the large number of families living on Skid Row, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to direct officials to visit each shelter daily to ensure eligible families receive public benefits. Last December, the supervisors voted to declare zero-tolerance to families living on Skid Row and to provide them with an array of services. But in the first six months of the year, 358 families were contacted by the county’s Skid Row Outreach Team, including 199 families that declined referrals to county welfare offices for food stamps and hotel vouchers. “The environment has nothing positive about it,” board Chairwoman Gloria Molina said. “We know the number of sexual predators in the area, the derelicts, the drug abusers. It is not a place where a child should be.” Molina also directed the County Counsel’s Office to explore potential changes in the law that would allow the county to remove children from “neglectful and abusive” situations on Skid Row and place them in foster care. “Some people believe as long as the shelter and the child are clean there is nothing wrong with living on Skid Row,” Molina said. “I think those parents not willing to work with us may be subject to neglect laws. We need our lawyers to challenge whatever law it is to make those children safe.” Molina’s motion directs the Department of Children and Family Services to ensure that every child encountered on Skid Row is assessed and “appropriately referred.” Larry Adamson, president of The Midnight Mission, said the “very charged issue” boils down to what definition of abuse or neglect county officials would use in deciding whether to remove children from a homeless families. He said there are mentally ill parents who refuse county services and subject their children to living in a situation in most people’s minds that is abusive. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week
Maxime Colin and Harlee Dean return to the Brentford defence for Saturday’s home match with Huddersfield.Colin has fully recovered from the injury that has kept him out for three months and comes in for Nico Yennaris at right-back.Dean, who was only an unused substitute in the defeat at Cardiff on Tuesday after returning from a three-match ban, replaces Jack O’Connell for his first start under Dean Smith.The last of three Bees changes sees Sergi Canos return at the expense of Konstantin Kerschbaumer.Jota and Josh McEachran are among the substitutes, as is Alan McCormack who is also fit again after injury.Huddersfield make four changes, with Martin Cranie fit again after a thigh injury, though Emyr Huws misses out (hamstring) and Jonathan Hogg is also injured.Jamie Paterson, Ishamel Miller and Joe Lolley come in, with Nahki Wells on the bench.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Tarkowski, Button; Diagouraga, Woods; Canos, Judge, Swift; Vibe. Subs: Bonham, O’Connell, McCormack, McEachran, Saunders, Jota, Hofmann.Huddersfield: Steer; Cranie, Hudson, Lynch, Chilwell, Smith, Holmes; Lolley, Carayol, Paterson, Miller. Subs: Allinson, Davidson, Scannell, Wallace, Bunn, Wells, Dempsey.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The origin of biological complexity is a major concern for believers in unguided, random processes of nature. Some recent news articles, though, make it sound easy – no problem at all. But do their theories and experiments reflect the real world?Multicellularity: “Scientists replicate key evolutionary step in life on earth,” trumpets a headline on PhysOrg based on a press release from the National Science Foundation. One doesn’t have to read far to get the matter-of-fact assertion: “More than 500 million years ago, single-celled organisms on Earth’s surface began forming multi-cellular clusters that ultimately became plants and animals.” Film at 11:00. No good novel is without a conflict, though: “Just how that happened is a question that has eluded evolutionary biologists.”Why, it’s no problem at all, announced some scientists from University of Minnesota, with NSF money in hand. Sam Scheiner of the NSF’s Division of Experimental Biology called the study “the first to experimentally observe that transition, providing a look at an event that took place hundreds of millions of years ago.” They got yeast cells to evolve into clusters so quickly it’s a wonder nobody ever thought of the experiment before. “Then came the big surprise: it wasn’t that difficult,” the article said. The clusters fragmented into sub-clusters and even exhibited division of labor, with some cells committing suicide to allow others to thrive.How did the team leap over this evolutionary hurdle? It’s elementary, as long as you centrifuge the cells for a hundred generations till they get so dizzy, they cling to one another for dear life. How that happens in nature was not explained, but “The results have earned praise from evolutionary biologists around the world.” The Scientist called it “provocative.” Why would that be? My goodness; think of the possibilities for more NSF money to centrifuge jellyfish and giraffes to see what evolves. “The first step toward multi-cellular complexity seems to be less of an evolutionary hurdle than theory would suggest,“ said George Gilchrist of the NSF, grant money in hand ready to pass around. “This will stimulate a lot of important research questions.” Indeed, “There aren’t many scientists doing experimental evolution,” the NSF said, as if that is a bad thing. Left wondering if “experimental evolution” is some kind of oxymoron, the taxpayer might be worrying that the press release will draw more research beggars to the dessicating public trough.One little problem is that if the transition to multicellularity is so easy, why didn’t it happen more often in the last two billion years? Let them ask it: “Travisano and Ratcliff wonder why it didn’t evolve more often since it’s not that difficult to recreate in a lab. Considering that trillions of one-celled organisms lived on Earth for millions of years, it seems like it should have, Ratcliff says.” And it’s not clear what this has to do with nature, wrote The Scientist, with “just one experiment under admittedly contrived conditions.” Contrived; doesn’t that word conjure up Paley’s watch and other “contrivances of nature” he argued were evidence of design? An article by Ed Yong in Nature News about this (Jan 16) revealed another tidbit; evolutionists believe yeast evolved from a multicellular ancestor. If so, the experiment demonstrates, at best, a return to a more complex past.Complex phenotypes: A paper in PNAS (January 4, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1119859109, open access) offers new insight into “understanding the development of complex phenotypic characters.” Using whiz-bang phylogenetic analysis and developmental theory, they devoted 5,000 words and 21 references to explain the evolution of – what? – color patterns on snail shells (See PhysOrg summary). Since even creationists believe these kinds of horizontal variations can occur over time, it’s not clear what the seven scientists from UC Berkeley and University of Pittsburgh intended to prove about evolution. “We infer the evolutionary history of these parameters and use these results to infer the pigmentation patterns of ancestral species,” they boasted, even though inferring what ancestral marine snail shells looked like is untestable without having the ancestors to look at. If anybody is impressed with the power of Darwinian evolution by this paper, call in.Blessed subtractions: A recently-announced explanation for the origin of complexity sounds for all the world like the joke about the salesman who lost money on every sale, but thought he could make it up in volume. Joe Thornton [U of Chicago] and his team believe complexity emerges due to “selective losses of function rather than the sudden appearance of new capabilities.” Does this imply that enough loss of function can build a giraffe from an amoeba? His subject was molecular machines in the cell, but he didn’t suggest any limits to the concept.To sell his idea on PhysOrg, Thornton awed readers with the sci-fi phrase, “molecular time travel.” By this he meant they could conjure up visions of original molecular machines before and after increases in complexity. If that didn’t sell, he had a backup plan: assert that his notion could embarrass the creationists who have long pointed to the origin of complexity as a “favorite target” to discredit evolution. According to Thornton, evolution by subtraction refutes the “irreducible complexity” argument of intelligent design:Thornton proposes that the accumulation of simple, degenerative changes over long periods of times [sic] could have created many of the complex molecular machines present in organisms today. Such a mechanism argues against the intelligent design concept of “irreducible complexity,” the claim that molecular machines are too complicated to have formed stepwise through evolution.“I expect that when more studies like this are done, a similar dynamic will be observed for the evolution of many molecular complexes,” Thornton said.“These really aren’t like precision-engineered machines at all,” he added. “They’re groups of molecules that happen to stick to each other, cobbled together during evolution by tinkering, degradation, and good luck, and preserved because they helped our ancestors to survive.”Dr. Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box where the concept of “irreducible complexity” was introduced, was very charitable in his rebuttal on Evolution News & Views. Yes; it is indeed possible that a blind man carrying a legless man can safely cross the street.Keep laughing, lovers of scientific integrity, until the charlatans are shamed out of the labs. Laughter is the best medicine. The best medicine kills germs. The germs are foolish ideas that infect scientific practice, reducing the vitality of the search for truth, replacing it with the mucus of consensus and the pus of paradigm. Grab a can of laughter Lysol and let us spray: LOL!(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
February’s Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees show such creativity, innovation, and helpfulness that their fellow geocachers sit back and say, “wow.” Groundspeak Lackey’s selected these three nominees because of their ability to give selflessly to the geocaching community. Now you get the chance to comment on who you believe should be February’s “Featured Geocacher of the Month.”January Featured Geocachers of the Month, SerenityNowWrite a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocachers you feel should be the featured Geocacher of the Month. Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month.Here are your nominees for the February Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.Magicman65Magicman65Nominated by RayandLynn, “Magicman65 is Vice President of the BC Geocaching Association. He is a member of the Mid Island Geocaching Association and a member of the Vancouver Island Geocaching Association. He teaches geocaching, creates and attends events. Magicman65 encourages geocachers to be respectful of the environment, caches, each other and of course (be respectful of) Muggles. When he comes across a cache that needs maintenance, he will fix it right there on the spot.” SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the February Featured Geocacher of the MonthMarch 27, 2012In “Community”March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsApril 10, 2012In “Community”February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsFebruary 13, 2013In “Community” Steve ‘n’ NancySteve ‘n’ NancyNominated by rvjn, “Steve ‘n’ Nancy has given their all to promoting caching in the North Bend/Coos Bay area. Caching was very limited when they began so they started getting the local cachers together, inviting visitors to dinner, meeting with all, and putting on events on a regular basis. Ask anyone in Oregon and they’ll tell you that the best caches are to be found in Coos Bay/North Bend area. Steve ‘n’ Nancy make every cacher who comes to the area feel special!” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured February Geocacher of the Month. A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. We will be accepting comments for February’s award through Monday March 12th.Featured Geocacher of the Month GeocoinIf you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a Featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to email@example.com.Every nomination must meet the following requirements:Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and a description (500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the March Geocacher of the Month must be received by March 27th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More RattrakRattrakNominated by HotBarbecuered, “My first encounter with this AMAZING cacher was when I moved to the Windsor Ontario Canada area for my university studies. I later went to my very first caching event in Michigan and found out that Rattrak was behind organizing many of the events in the Metro-Detroit area. Each year, Rattrak is one of the organizers of the Annual Detroit/Belle Isle Event. Rattrak also hosts an semi-annual CITO event and potluck on the island each spring and fall.”
Code requirements for wood-concrete contact treat the symptoms of rot, not the cause Last week we talked about moisture meters, and I asked readers why the wood in the picture was wet. As it turns out, that photo was taken in the same house on the same day as the two pictures at right. Why is one bottom plate sitting on concrete “dry,” and the other one “wet?” I admit that this week’s top photo was taken in the basement and last week’s and the bottom photo were taken in the crawl space, but the location is not the cause of the different moisture readings. The reason is simple: sill sealer. The light blue sill sealer installed between the bottom plate and concrete (most likely for air sealing) in the top photo is closed-cell foam. It’s meant to be an air-sealing gasket, but it also is working as a capillary break because it keeps water in the concrete from wicking up into the wood. Both wood and concrete wick water well because they are porous materials. A “red light” moisture meter reading because of something this building assembly lacks.The real problem expressed in these photos: Building codes require wood that comes in contact with concrete to be pressure treated, rather than just saying that wood should not come in to direct contact with concrete. While the pressure-treated bottom plate won’t rot, it is still porous and can’t keep water from wicking through it and up into the end grain of the studs. In last week’s photo, we saw the moisture content at the bottom of the stud (not pressure treated) was above 17%. While we may not care if pressure-treated wood has high moisture content (it won’t rot), we certainly do care about the studs connected to the sill (they can). Pressure-treated bottom plates deal with the symptoms of the problem when a capillary break between wood and concrete deals with the cause. No direct contact, no need for pressure-treated bottom plates. A cautionary note about moisture meters and pressure-treated wood. Moisture meters use the electrical activity of the water in the wood to calculate moisture content. The salts used to treat lumber have a significant effect on this electrical activity; moisture readings for pressure-treated wood tend to run high, so take actual readings with a grain of salt (pardon the pun). The relative difference between the two readings in these two photos — both in pressure treated wood — is still useful. For more information on this effect, see “Effects of Wood Preservatives on Electric Moisture-Meter Readings” from the Forest Products Laboratory.