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Fugro Relocates French Base

first_imgFugro in France has relocated to a new office space, Espace Le Carillon, close to the central business district of La Défense in Paris.The recent office move follows on from the July 2019 merger of Fugro’s four French entities into a single business unit operating under the sole name of Fugro.This new office location brings together colleagues from local centres of geotechnical excellence to improve Fugro’s so-called ‘Triple A’ approach of acquire, analyse and advise.“This new modern office space accomplishes two important objectives. Firstly, we are closer to our strategic partners, which facilitates stronger business relationships in key sectors where we offer core expertise, such as civil engineering, renewable energy, nuclear energy, and infrastructure. “Secondly, the new office provides a more comfortable environment to our employees, who are the reason for our success in France. It is an exciting time to be part of Fugro,” said Claude Descharles, director for France and Southern Europe.last_img read more

Miami-Dade to reopen beaches Wednesday

first_imgMiami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that beaches will reopen Wednesday and the curfew established during recent daily protests against police violence is also lifted.During a news conference Monday, Gimenez said, “We need a little bit of time get people prepared to open up the beaches. So, I want to do that no later than Wednesday.”The beaches were originally supposed to open on June 1, but that date was pushed back due to the protests and looting that took place the weekend before opening day.last_img read more

Bombers outlast G.W. Graham to finish 11th at AA Rugby Championships

first_imgThe Bombers opened with a loss to South Kamloops before outlasting Sir Charles Tupper.The Bombers then dropped a heartbreaker to Langley’s D.W. Poppey.St. Michael’s Unversity of Victora won the AA title by defeating Rockridge of West Vancouver 27-3 in the final.LVR advanced to the 16-team tournament as the Kootenay Rep by blasting Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar in the Zone Championship game. Ryan Lewis continued his stellar play to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to an impressive 36-26 win over G.W. Graham of Chillwack at the BC High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Saturday in Abbotsford.Lewis, who scored all the points in LVR’s earlier win over Sir Charles Tupper of Vancouver, scored twice as the Bombers got the offence going against the Fraser Valley squad in the 11/12th place game.Sam Woodward, Jake Taylor, Chase Gilbertson and Eli Swan-Wilson also scored for LVR.last_img read more

Bank on General Togo

first_imgHOMECOMING, GENERAL TOGO and AIR MARSHALL in races two, three and four, respectively, can ensure a good payday for Sunrise Super-6 players at Caymanas Park tomorrow.The island’s only racetrack has been silent for the past two racedays while unionised workers went on strike but HOMECOMING (apprentice Javaniel Patterson up) can welcome back the fans at a good price in the opening Super-6 race over 1600 metres for maiden special weight four-year-olds.Trained by Steven Todd, HOMECOMING has shown little form in her past five races. However, her effort on January 30 was not as bad as the final placing suggested. Going a distance much too short to see her at her best (1000 metres round), HOMECOMING finished fifth by 11 lengths just three lengths behind the second-place horse. Now stretched out to 1600 metres and the handicaps in her favour, courtesy of Patterson’s 4kg claim, she can get the better of ante post favourite BRIDLED PRINCESS. Both have similar best times over the distance but the apprentice’s claim can tilt the balance in favour of HOMECOMING.UPTHEPACEGENERAL TOGO, Barrington Bell aboard, will not be caught in the second Super-6 race (third on the card) over 1700 metres. The conditions of the race are overwhelmingly in favour of the six-year-old. On January 30 he was up with the pace in a 1200 metres race in splits of 23.3×47.3 toting 57kg. He has since dropped 11 pounds to 52kg and is simply too light to lose.Lawrence Freemantle’s AIR MARSHALL can stun rivals in the fourth race (third Super-6) following a bullet work on Ash Wednesday. AIR MARSHALL who was highly fancied (7-2) but showed little on debut last November, breezed the last three furlongs in 35.3 the fastest on the day and looks ready for a big run with Shamaree Muir aboard.BIGDADDYKOOL, third in last year’s Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes, has little to beat in the fourth Super-6 race with just 53kg on his back and regular jockey Shane Ellis aboard. He clocked 1:39.1 on the day and that should be good enough to get the better of his six rivals.FRANCIA’S PRIDE is another who could surprise in race six. She strode 1400 metres in 1:37.1 with new equipment (tongue tie and figure eight) on January 30 and is coming to run a big race tomorrow. She has nothing to fear from PINELOPE who looked average on debut despite being heavily backed to win first time of asking.Close those Super-6s with NEVER GIVE UP (very light). He should stay close to the speed represented by MIRACLE RECOVERY, SPROUTING WINGS and REAL: VIBES MACHINE and outfinish rivals in the last 200 metres.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) HOMECOMING/ BRIDLED PRINCESS(3) GENERAL TOGO(4) AIR MARSHALL/MY WAY(5) BIGDADDYKOOL(6) FRANCIA’S PRIDE/PINELOPE(7) NEVER GIVE UPlast_img read more

Call open for local businesswomen to join rural support programme

first_imgFemale entrepreneurs in Donegal are being invited to join the latest cycle of ACORNS for business support.There has been an increase in early-stage female entrepreneurs in Ireland over the past year and the call is now open for those with new businesses, or well-developed ideas, to join ACORNS 5.And Donegal’s ACORNS participants, as well as ‘Lead Entrepreneur’ Deirdre McGlone, are urging their fellow business owners to apply before the September 20 deadline.  ACORNS is the highly-successful development initiative to support female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland who wish to start and develop new businesses or have recently started a business. Previous business owners from Donegal who have participated on the most recent cycle of the programme include Laura Hardaker of HardyBaker, Lorraine Quinn of Harbour Road and Taralouise McCaughey of ZINC.Taralouise McCaughey – ZINC‘Lead Entrepreneur’ on the programme, Donegal’s Deirdre McGlone, formerly of Harvey’s Point, said: “It is with great pride and pleasure that I look forward to being a Lead Entrepreneur for ACORNS 5, following the great success of the past four cycles.“The ACORNS initiative continues to offer much needed and appreciated support to female entrepreneurs in rural Ireland. This is turn is helping our local economy by creating a platform for new businesses to start-up and pave a path for success”. As a Lead Entrepreneur, Deirdre acts in a voluntary capacity to share insights and experience with the group and help the participants to address the issues and challenges they face in progressing their businesses. The lead ACORNS also act as role models, illustrating by their actions that it is possible to start and grow a successful business in rural Ireland.The programme will run over six months from October 2019 to April 2020.Many past participants of ACORNS report increased exports and job creation. Past participants are also invited to participate in a further development phase and to join the ACORNS Community, so they can continue to build their support network of valuable connections.Any woman with a new business based in rural Ireland or an idea for a new venture they want to get off the ground can get more information and register their interest at www.acorns.ie. There is no charge for successful applicants.Call open for local businesswomen to join rural support programme was last modified: August 18th, 2019 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:ACORNSBusinessDeirdre McGlonelast_img read more

But Is it Evolution?

first_imgScientists have been noticing some things that seem contrary to Darwin’s predictions – but they give Darwin credit anyway.Not till us:  The chambered nautilus is a “living fossil,” that uses “jet propulsion,” New Scientist said, with origins way back in the Cambrian.  Has its fitness improved over all that time?  “Its movement is ungainly and slow, but it has survived virtually unchanged for at least 450 million years, so it must be doing something right,” reporter Michael Marshall remarked.  “Its relatives the ammonoids dominated the oceans for millions of years before going extinct along with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago – but the nautilus came through that disaster and is still with us today,” despite having “much simpler brains than other cephalopods.”  They also have weaker eyes and take longer to mature, and are currently endangered by overfishing.  Wouldn’t evolution get rid of adaptations that are inferior?  “Such jet power is a cumbersome way of getting around the seas, and most modern cephalopods personification of negative selection.  “Despite its primitive way of getting around, however, the nautilus is no mental slouch.”Debunking neo-Darwinist genetics:  According to neo-Darwinism, beneficial genetic mutations become established by “selective sweeps” in a population.  “The selective sweep model was introduced in 1974 and has pretty much been the central model ever since,” Molly Przeworski [U of Chicago] said.  In an article posted by PhysOrg.  “It is fair to say that it is the model behind almost every scan for selection done to date, in humans or in other organisms.”    Unfortunately, the model doesn’t fit the DNA.  Looking at the human genome in more detail, the article concluded, “The result suggests that classic selective sweeps could not have been the most common cause of these low diversity troughs, leaving the door open for other modes of evolution.”  Unfortunately again, no other mode was provided:“Phenotypic variation in humans isn’t as simple as we thought it would be,” [Ryan] Hernandez [UC San Francisco] said.  “The idea that human adaptation might proceed by single changes at the amino acid level is quite a nice idea, and it’s great that we have a few concrete examples of where that occurred, but it’s too simplistic a view”….Przeworski said… “These findings call into question how much more there is to find using the selective sweep approach, and should also make us skeptical of how many of the findings to date will turn out to be validated.”Mystery of Mysteries:  What was Darwin’s “mystery of mysteries?”  Believe it or not, it was the thing his famous book set out to explain.  “Although Charles Darwin titled his book On the Origin of Species, speciation was one thing he could not explain,” wrote Bob Holmes in New Scientist.  “He called it the ‘mystery of mysteries’, and even a century-and-a-half later the mechanism by which two groups of animals become genetically incompatible remains one of the greatest puzzles in biology.”  That is a surprising statement, because in popular understanding, it was Darwin’s mechanism of natural selection that promoted evolution into a scientific theory over earlier speculations about common ancestry.    Holmes went on to describe suggestions that a “speciation gene” named Prdm9 might be “evolution’s missing X factor” to solve the mystery.  It’s a rapidly evolving gene, he claimed – a virtual “evolutionary sprinter” on the basis of sequence dissimilarities between humans and chimpanzees.  After a convoluted tale about how this gene blinks on and off, and incompatible mutants make mice sterile, he proposed an “intriguing idea” that “Variation in this gene could be driving a wedge between different parts of our human population.”  But alas, “the evidence to date seems not to corroborate it.”  Evidence, however, should never be allowed to get in the way of a good story.  One expert he quoted said, “We can speculate that this could be some sort of universal reproductive-isolation gene in animals, which would be beautiful,” but, alas again, we shall have to wait, after waiting 150 years already since Darwin, to find out “If that turns out to be the case”.Feathery evolution:  Ken Dial, the Montana man who watches the partridge family run up ramps (12/22/2003), got notoriety again in National Geographic’s story on the evolution of feathers.  Writer Carl Zimmer could never quite figure out if feathers arose for sexual display, or for insulation, or for flight, but they evolved somehow, he is sure.  Dinosaurs with imaginary feathers also made the final cut of the Darwinian script.  “The origin of this wonderful mechanism is one of evolution’s most durable mysteries,” Zimmer said.  Whatever happened, or why, “there is one natural wonder that just about all of us can see, simply by stepping outside,” he teased: “dinosaurs using their feathers to fly.”  From there he went on to describe the marvelous design of feathers:Airplane wings exploit some of the same aerodynamic tricks.  But a bird wing is vastly more sophisticated than anything composed of sheet metal and rivets.  From a central feather shaft extends a series of slender barbs, each sprouting smaller barbules, like branches from a bough, lined with tiny hooks.  When these grasp on to the hooklets of neighboring barbules, they create a structural network that’s featherlight but remarkably strong.  When a bird preens its feathers to clean them, the barbs effortlessly separate, then slip back into place.Most people believe airplane wings came from intelligent design, but all Zimmer could propose for the origin of those “vastly more sophisticated” feathers from simple scales were suggestive analogies.  “The long, hollow filaments on theropods posed a puzzle,” he said of the barbs on some dinosaur skins that lack the complex interlocking structures of flight feathers.  “If they were early feathers, how had they evolved from flat scales?  Fortunately, there are theropods with threadlike feathers alive today: baby birds.”  He then said that reptiles and birds both have tiny patches in their skins called placodes that produce bristles.  Did reptile placodes evolve into feathers via a “simple switch in the wiring of the genetic commands inside placodes”?  If so, “Once the first filaments had evolved, only minor modifications would have been required to produce increasingly elaborate feathers.”    Obviously.  Stuff happens all the time in evolution.  Voila, said the viola: “In other words, feathers were not merely a variation on a theme: They were using the same genetic instruments to play a whole new kind of music.”  Unmixing of metaphors is left as an exercise.  Complete that exercise before tackling the more difficult assignment: understanding the evolutionary significance of another of Zimmer’s evidence-challenged plot lines: “So perhaps the question to ask, say some scientists, is not how birds got their feathers, but how alligators lost theirs.”  (Caution: do NOT visualize a magic dragon.)  It would seem that if the ancestor of all these animals already had feathers, the origin of feathers has just been pushed back into the unknown.  Ken Dial’s partridge family (05/01/2006, 01/25/2008) got the final exit pun, complete with an apparition of Haeckel’s friendly ghost: “Perhaps, says Dial, the path the chick takes in development retraces the one its lineage followed in evolution—winging it, so to speak, until it finally took wing.”  So to speak.Gene comparisons underlying tree-of-life stories may have suffered a setback.  Nature News reported that “Around a fifth of non-primate genome databases seem to be contaminated with human DNA sequences, according to a study.”  The finding represents a “failure of the filter” in software that was supposed to weed out contamination.  In a few cases, “stretches of more than a thousand human bases were seen in assembled non-primate sequences.”  The article did not elaborate on what this means for previously-published phylogenetic studies.We could go on and on.  This borders on the criminal.  Taking data that falsifies evolution and using it to praise Charlie is like election fraud.  Unlike Dawkins, though, we will not stoop to calling our opponents ignorant, stupid, insane, or wicked – just deceived.  So deceived, in fact, that they cannot even receive the sight to conceive their own deception.  The only remedy for the self-deceived is truth given with tough love.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) to cost less

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew Diersen, Risk and Business Management Specialist, Ness School of Management & Economics, South Dakota State UniversityFeeder cattle have been under seasonal price pressure, similar to last year. Thus, locking in cattle prices or spending money for insurance may not be a high priority at this time. However, it is never a bad time to plan nor to look for cost-effective ways to manage risk. Livestock Risk Protection (LRP), price coverage sold by insurance agents, is similar to the purchase of put options on cattle futures contracts. LRP is administered by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) with a federally-subsidized premium that is set to increase soon.Interest in and usage of LRP has fluctuated since first being offered in the early 2000s. Nationally, coverage with the feeder cattle endorsement peaked at over 300,000 head in crop year 2014. Such a total was still less than 1% of the U.S. calf crop. Coverage for the most recent crop year, which ends on June 30, is unlikely to exceed 90,000 head. Demand for the product has fallen with lower prices. Demand in South Dakota remains relatively high at over 27,000 head covered in crop year 2019, but the absolute level covered remains low. Locally, producers and insurance agents seem pleased with how LRP works. Some producers have expressed disappointment after finding out buying LRP is very similar to buying put options. Coverage with the fed cattle endorsement has been small regardless of location or crop year.In April, the RMA announced several changes to LRP, effective on July 1 with the 2020 crop year. The premium subsidy is the most relevant change. Until now, the subsidy has been small and LRP premiums have been very close to the cost of put option coverage with a brokerage fee. Thus, on a per cwt basis producers would have been indifferent between using LRP and put options. The subsidy is increasing to 20 to 35%, depending on the coverage level. An additional subsidy applies for beginning farmers and veteran farmers. The subsidy applies to the full cost of the coverage, but remains low compared to the subsidy on most crops. The highest subsidy rate applies to the lowest level of coverage, 70 to 79% of the base price. At this large deductible level the premium cost is already very low, so an increased subsidy is not likely to look more attractive. The 20% subsidy applies to the 95 to 100% coverage level. Based on recently available premiums, the higher subsidy will only reduce costs by 30 to 60 cents per cwt.The main advantage of LRP will likely continue to be the ability to buy coverage on a per head basis. When using a standard futures or options contract, the size is fixed at 50,000 pounds for feeder cattle. Thus, a producer would need groups of 100 calves weighing 500 pounds to effectively use such contracts. With LRP, the same per cwt option cost is the base, but then it is applied per head, effectively reducing the cost when less than 100 head increments are covered. Smaller producers, producers selling steers and heifers at different times, producers backgrounding a portion of their calves and those only owning a share of a calf crop may have relatively small groups of calves to sell and thus insure. A higher subsidy makes the cost advantage of LRP even better in such situations.last_img read more

SOA: Debate on Measuring the ROI

first_imgThe Datamation article in Does SOA have an ROI has kicked off a debate about SOA and its benefits. A clear measure of SOA’s success is the overwhelming acceptance of it as a best-practice architecture.  Gartner found that 44 percent of companies with less than 1000 employees consider deploying SOA for their organizations as a high-priority.  And at big companies, those with 40,000 or more employees, 67 percent say that they will be using SOA before the end of 2006.But what is SOA contributing in terms of reduced costs and ROI?  Some think that the ROI is very hard to measure.  Gartner’s Randy Heffner says “Any attempt to assign a specific ROI to SOA should be viewed with heavy skepticism”.The Gartner argument is that SOA is an architecture and platform — not a solution, and ROI should be measured against solutions.  SOA may be contributing some weighted amount towards the success of a complete solution but exactly what weight percentage to assign to SOA is hard to quantify.Short term, adoption of SOA may require more planning and that in turn can mean higher budget and result in longer schedules.  SOA is better viewed as a more strategic move rather than one that immediately contributes to the bottom line.Gartner notes that longer term SOA’s benefits can be many and include:Access to new major marketsBetter customer loyaltyReduced application maintenanceGreater Flexibility in IT infrastructureBut some think that ROI metrics relative to SOA are not totally unmeasurable.  They advocate an approach of looking at SOA benefits relative to early pilot and departmental projects.  Looking at incremental differences in costs between successive projects should begin to show the benefits of SOA as reusability kicks in and new projects can take advantage of a growing SOA infrastructure.last_img read more

Commissioner Silver says Seattle a strong candidate for ‘inevitable’ NBA expansion

first_imgLATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The Washington-based franchise has also been home to an array of amazing talents through the years, including Garry Payton, Shawn Kemp, Ray Allen and even Kevin Durant during his rookie year in 2007-2008.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cavaliers execs reject Irving trade talk, deny team in chaos Speaking with Portland Trailblazers guard C.J. McCollum in a Player’s Tribune interview, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed that Seattle is high on the list of possible destinations of the league’s “inevitable” expansion.“I think it’s just a question of when the right time is to seriously start thinking about expansion,” the NBA executive said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I don’t want to put a precise timeline on it, but it’s inevitable at some point that we’ll start looking at the growth of franchises,” he said. “That’s always been the case in this league, and Seattle will no doubt be on a short list of cities we’ll look at.”The Sonics entered the league in the 1967-1968 season and won an NBA Championship the following year, led by Jack Sikma and Paul Silas.  After the 2007–08 season ended, the team relocated to Oklahoma and now plays as the Oklahoma City Thunder. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Former Seattle Supersonics rookie Kevin Durant (35) greets LeBron James before an NBA basketball game in Cleveland.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)The Seattle Supersonics was certainly one of the the most popular franchises in the National Basketball Association (NBA) during its tenure in the league from 1967 to 2008.Nine years removed from having its own NBA franchise, the basketball-hungry city could once again be soon hosting its own team.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View commentslast_img read more

‘FRIENDLY FIRE’ PRELUDE TO WORLD CUP

first_imgDefending Men’s Open World Champions Australia will take on the Lebanon ‘Cedars’ in the Mediterranean Cup ‘Friendly’ Series on Saturday 18 November 2006 at the Canterbury Veledrome, Bayview Avenue, Earlwood. The two game fully sanctioned Federation of International Touch (FIT) ‘friendly’ series will feature both Countries World Cup line-ups in a dress rehearsal for the International competition that awaits them at the sixth FIT World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa 17-21 January 2007.Game times are 2.00pm and 4.30pm.last_img read more